Reading List Fall 2021
New Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry by BU Alums
At the Foot of the Mountain
Floricanto Press, 2021
By Tak Erzinger (CGS’94, CAS’95)
The poetry collection challenges the boundaries between nature, man, and cultural identity while exploring the dark underbelly of depression and the possibilities of hope, healing, and recovery to be found in the wilderness.
The Brain on Youth Sports: The Science, the Myths, and The Future
Rowman & Littlefield, 2021
By Julie Stamm (MED’15)
Stamm, who did her PhD research with BU’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center, looks at the troubling issues around repetitive brain trauma in youth sports and its health consequences to help parents make informed decisions about their children’s participation.
Game Misconduct: Hockey’s Toxic Culture and How to Fix It
Triumph Books, 2021
By Jashvina Shah (COM’13) and Evan F. Moore
The authors tackle issues of racism, homophobia, xenophobia, bullying, sexism, and violence on and off the ice, at the junior, college, and professional levels.
Hair TwinsLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2021
By Raakhee Mirchandani (CGS’01, COM’03)
Literacy Heroines: Women and the Written WordPeter Lang, 2021
By Alice Horning (CAS’71)
Horning looks at 12 women who lived and worked between 1880 and 1930—including Jane Addams, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett—and achieved heroic results by using their literacy skills as writers, editors, speakers, and activists.
No Other RomeUniversity of Akron Press, 2021
By Heather Green (GRS’09)
The poems in this collection engage contemporary art and modern literature, alongside texts from Classical Greece and Rome.
The Playwright’s HouseRed Hen Press, 2021
By Dariel Suarez (GRS’12)
Suarez was born in Havana and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1997. Now education director at GrubStreet creative writing center in Boston, he focuses his first novel on Serguey, a young Cuban lawyer whose life is upended when his estranged brother delivers the news that their father, a famed theater director, has been detained by the authorities. Getting to the bottom of what happened will force Serguey to risk everything.
Sailing To Freedom: Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad
University of Massachusetts Press, 2021
Edited by Timothy D. Walker (CAS’01)
While most attention has focused on the overland routes to freedom for enslaved Americans, this volume explores the journey to liberation on the sea, mainly along the Eastern Seaboard. Walker also wrote a chapter of this volume, as did Elysa Engelman (GRS’03) and Len Travers (GRS’89,’92).
Small Town Monsters
Random House, 2021
By Diana Rodriguez Wallach (COM’00)
Teenagers Vera and Maxwell battle a dark angel and the cult hell-bent on taking over her small, coastal town. For teen and young adult fans of Stranger Things and other suburban chillers.