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Pace Media Shelf: Summer 2019

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This month, Setters share their picks for what books and shows to spend the last few weeks of August with. Here's what you should be adding to your media shelf!

What Setters are Reading/Watching

The Nickel Boys by Colson WhiteheadThe Nickel Boys is about a reform school in Florida’s panhandle, and the story is based on fact. It depicts segregated schooling and how reform schools often tormented the youngest of children. Whitehead’s previous book, The Underground Railroad, received the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Carnegie Medal, and was an Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 pick. I found The Nickel Boys to be an excellent read. 

—Peter McDermott, PhD, Professor of Education and Chairperson, School of Education

The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro and Dune by Frank Herbert. I have been reading the Robert Caro series The Years of Lyndon Johnson, as well as the original Dune series by Frank Herbert. In each case, I started with one book (which I had read before). Then I got hooked. In the case of Dune, it was the elaborate development of its world-building and themes. In the case of the Johnson books, it was Caro's incredibly expansive research and masterful writing. The depth of the research he does has really positively influenced my own research. I have also been (re)watching key movies from the ’70s (Taxi Driver, Network, etc.).

—Gerald Ardito, DPS, Assistant Professor, STEM-D Education; Program Coordinator, Educational Technology, School of Education

Jennifer Government by Max Barry. Even though this book was published in 2004, it’s interesting to see how relevant it still is. Also fun fact: the author created an internet game, NationStates, based on Jennifer Government. You can play it in your browser, and you get to create your own country and run it as you want!

—Rosemarie Scilipoti, Director of Undergraduate Advisement, Lubin School of Business

Becoming by Michelle Obama and When They See Us on Netflix. I'm finally getting a chance to read Michelle Obama's Becoming.  It's an inspiring memoir about the former first lady and a call for us all to keep on growing and learning—a great message for educators!  I also was moved by the Netflix miniseries, When They See Us. The series is stark and deeply disturbing about the Central Park Five who were wrongfully convicted of a rape in NYC in 1989. I was in college when this happened and remember hearing about it but, being in California, it was so far away. The series challenges all of us to think more deeply about social justice, race, and incarceration.

—Christine D. Clayton, EdD, Associate Professor, School of Education

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. This book answers so many questions about why we need sleep, what happens to our brains and bodies while we sleep, and what happens to us if we don’t sleep. I definitely recommend it if you have ever wondered why it is we spend a third of our lives unresponsive and hallucinating. Wild Swans by Jung Chang is a biographical (and autobiographical) account of three generations of women in China. It is a record of a century of Chinese history from a very personal perspective of hardship and survival. This is not exactly light reading, but it’s a gripping and important story. 

—Leanne Keeley, Web Programmer, Office of the Dean, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

Cousins Maine Lobster: How One Food Truck Became a Multimillion-Dollar Business by Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac. I'm currently reading the story of Cousins Maine Lobster, who parlayed their success on the hit show Shark Tank to a business that’s both successful monetarily and spiritually—in addition to raking in profits, it appears that the founding cousins, Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac, have stayed true to the soul and purpose of the company. The book tells their story, as well as the story of Maine. In compelling fashion, the book also examines the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, and provides excellent insights into creating a successful business. One of their trucks is often parked a short walk from the One Pace Plaza, so be sure to try out a Maine lobster roll for yourself!

—Lance Pauker, Marketing Writer, University Relations

Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews. I'm currently reading Chris Matthews' biography of Robert Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit. When I'm finished I intend to read Jon Meachum's biography of George H. W. Bush, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush. Both should serve to help one escape the current political situation.

—Phillip Cohen, LLM, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Taxation, Lubin School of Business