Community Summer Reads 2021

We have created this webpage for members of our community - students, faculty and staff - to share their thoughts and recommendations about what they have read during the summer. Next week, we will also create a means for you share what you have read and what it means to you.


WMA Community Recommendations

From WMA Black Student Union 

List of suggested literature 

  • "Between The World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates 
  • "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin 
  • "Kindred" by Octavia E. Butler 
  • "There Is Confusion" by Jessie Redmon Fauset 
  • "The Hate You Give" by Angie Thomas
  • "The Souls Of Black Folks" by W. E. B Dubois
  • "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison 
  • "Quicksand" by Nella Larsen 
  • "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou
  • "Splay Anthem" by Nathaniel Mackey
  • "The Weary Blues" by Langston Hughes
  • "The Sport of the Gods" by Paul Laurence Dunbar


Faculty Recommendations


From Director of Library Services Valeri Wallace

From English Chair Meg Lenihan Hutcheson

Book name: "American Dirt"

Author: Jeanine Cummins

From Ms. Hutcheson: "JRoh recommended this book to me, and it was a page-turner. This novel was about a mother and son - who for terrible reasons beyond their control - had to flee Mexico and migrate to the U.S. The story covers their journey as they jump trains to travel up through Mexico, telling a harrowing tale of love, betrayal, desperation and survival. I think this book is a great read for anyone who wants to understand better people who might cross borders - even illegally - to save their life, and poses some great moral questions about what you would do if you were in the same situation."