Summer Reading Recommendations

I’m getting ready to read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel while I am on vacation. And I am currently re-reading 1984 by George Orwell for the fourth or fifth time.

Why those two books?

The current state of the world is what made me pick up 1984 – and yes, it ‘hits different’ today.

And Station Eleven – HBO made a show based on the book and I loved it, so I thought I would give the book a try. The story feels really relatable in a lot of ways and shares similar themes to other books… but the characters are so different and compelling. Something a little different than what I normally read for work.

  • Submitted by Nichole E. Ammon, M.S.Ed., LPCC-S, manager, Integrated Healthcare Initiatives / Community-based and Interprofessional Education, clinical assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry

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Earlier recommendations

Momi Talukdar

A good read is In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope by Rana Awdish.

It’s a captivating human story that shows how resilient the human body and the human spirit can be. We may all have an “armor” we don as health care professionals, but no armor can hide our emotions and human connection.

— Submitted by Momi Talukdar, P3


Shelley Gordon

We asked the NEOMED community what books they’ve been reading this summer. Here’s one response:

Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce. A great summer read that provides intrigue along with a glimpse of a different place and era.

— Submitted by Shelley Gordon, curriculum data coordinator, Office of Medical Education, College of Medicine


Phaedra R. Norrell

If you like biopunk fiction, I strongly recommend the Scythe Trilogy by Neal Shusterman.

If you're looking for something lighter — and with LGBTQIA+ representation — Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston was very heartwarming (an alternate history romance), along with The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (the retelling of an ancient Greek romance). 

Submitted by Phaedra R. Norrell, Ph.D. candidate

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