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Summer Reading

July 31, 2013

Casual VacancySo it's just over halfway through summer and this means that most college students are finally emerging from the stupor that finals left them in and beginning to scratch their heads and think "I could read something...for fun?" Why yes lovely readers you can and it will be a beautiful thing, I promise you. So in light of that fact, I want to share with you a few books that I've recently read that have been absolutely fascinating, helpful, or just plain old fun, as well as some of the books that are on my to-do list. Leave your summer reads in the comments!

1.Hiding from Humanity by Martha Nussbaum
This book is the best thing I've read in a long time. It explores how shame and disgust are used in the law and tries to pinpoint exactly when and why they might be appropriate sources for legislation. It has some amazing breakdowns of the different emotions and the psychology behind the laws.

2.Bossypants by Tina Fey
I know, I know I'm way behind the curve on this one. But if you're looking for a really fun way to kill a few hours, this is it. It has its problematic bits, and it's not perfect, but it's definitely enjoyable and funny and will keep you engaged.

3.The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
This book has not gotten a lot of very good press, however I have a higher opinion of it than most people seemed to. It had some really great character development and an incredibly realistic ending that also wrenched my heart out a little bit. It reads easily, just like the Harry Potter series, but has a little more going on.

4.The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde
I have a horrible confession to make: I have never read anything by Audre Lorde except a few quotes and essays on the internet. However I am about to rectify that with this book. I am deeply excited to read her as everything I've heard about her and seen of her has shown that she is incredibly insightful and spot on with her commentary.

5.The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J. Adams
Again, this book has my interest caught to no end. It looks to make a connection between a culture of meat-eating and a patriarchal culture. It links animal rights and women's rights. As someone who is very interested in women's rights and who has a shaky relationship with food and meat at best, this book looks to be intensely interesting.

6.The Once and Future King by T.H. White
I'm going classic on you guys! I personally think summer is a great time to catch up on a classic or two that you've been meaning to get to for ages and never quite manage to pick up. This is one of those for me. What could be bad about King Arthur?

So go forth and read my friends, and let me know what's on your reading list for the rest of the summer.


About the Author: Olivia James

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Olivia James is a recent graduate from St. Olaf College who is now navigating the post-college pre-grad school waters. She was a philosophy and religion major and was a member of St. Olaf's SSA. She is also an avid swing dancer, voracious reader, and all around nutjob. 




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