1. The Midnight Cool: A Novel [Harper Perennial] by Lydia Peelle (M.F.A. Creative Writing, ’06).
Peelle, a Whiting Award-winning writer, tells the tale of two flawed yet endearing grifters in this debut novel set in 1916 Tennessee.
2. Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism [University of Chicago Press] by Emily Ogden (Assistant Professor of English).
3. Charlottesville 2017: The Legacy of Race and Inequity (UVA Press), Edited by Claudrena N. Harold (Professor of History) and Louis P. Nelson.
When hate groups descended on Charlottesville in 2017, it had a profound effect on the University of Virginia community. In this essay collection, scholars, educators, and researchers come together to reflect on how we should respond to the moral and ethical challenges of our times.
4. Bearskin: A Novel [Ecco], by James A. McLaughlin (M.F.A. Creative Writing ’97).
5. Jefferson and the Virginians: Democracy, Constitutions, and Empire [LSU Press], by Peter Onuf (Professor Emeritus of History).
Renowned scholar Onuf reconstructs conversations between Thomas Jefferson and fellow Virginians―George Washington, James Madison, and Patrick Henry―to offer glimpses into the struggle to define Virginia during the upheaval of the Revolutionary War.
6. Monacan Millennium: A Collaborative Archaeology and History of a Virginia Indian People [UVA Press], by Jeffrey L. Hantman (Professor Emeritus of Anthropology).
7. The Afterlives: A Novel [Riverhead Books], by Thomas Pierce (M.F.A. Creative Writing, ’13).
8. Cave Dwellers: A Novel [Vintage], by Richard Grant (Interdisciplinary, ’74).
9. The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s [Simon & Schuster], by William I. Hitchcock (Professor of History).
10. The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters [Riverhead Books], by Priya Parker (Political and Social Thought, ’04).
Parker, a strategic advisor, investigates a wide array of gatherings—conferences, meetings, a courtroom, an Arab-Israeli summer camp—and explains how simple, specific changes can invigorate any group experience.
11. The Magnificent Esme Wells: A Novel [Harper], by Adrienne Sharp (Henry Hoyns Fellow).