Dave's Summer Reading Recommendations

Summer Reading Recommendations from Dave Young, UVic's Records Management Archivist.

Updated June 5, 2023
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12 years a slave: a true story
Northup, Solomon
The shocking first-hand account of one man's remarkable fight for freedom; now an award-winning motion picture. 'Why had I not died in my young years - before God had given me children to love and live for? What unhappiness and suffering and sorrow it would have prevented. I sighed for...
The arrival
Tan, Shaun.
A truly remarkable work of art that is already one of the most talked-about books of the season."Tan's lovingly laid out and masterfully rendered tale about the immigrant experience is a documentary magically told." -- Art Spiegelman, author of Maus"An absolute wonder." -- Marjane Satrapi,...
Lab girl : a story of trees, science and love
Jahren, Hope
Lab Girl is a book about work and about love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren's remarkable stories: about the discoveries she has made in her lab, as well as her struggle to get there; about her childhood playing in her...
A light in the attic
Silverstein, Shel.
"Last night while I lay thinking here Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear And pranced and partied all night long And sang their same old Whatif song: Whatif I flunk that test?Whatif green hair grows on my chest?Whatif nobody likes me?Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me'...Here in the attic of Shel...
Maus : a survivor's tale
Spiegelman, Art
The bestselling first installment of the graphic novel acclaimed as "the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust" (Wall Street Journal) and "the first masterpiece in comic book history" (The New Yorker) * PULITZER PRIZE WINNER * One of Variety's...
Never let me go
Ishiguro, Kazuo
From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, a moving new novel that subtly reimagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love. As a child, Kathy–now thirty-one years old–lived at Hailsham, a private...
Pictures at a revolution : five movies and the birth of the new Hollywood
Harris, Mark
The epic human drama behind the making of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967-Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Doctor Doolittle, and Bonnie and Clyde-and through them, the larger story of the cultural...
Small things like these
Keegan, Claire
An exquisite winter tale of courage - and its cost - set in Catholic Ireland.
The stone carvers
Urquhart, Jane.
Set in the first half of the twentieth century, but reaching back to Bavaria in the late nineteenth century,The Stone Carversweaves together the story of ordinary lives marked by obsession and transformed by art. At the centre of a large cast of characters is Klara Becker, the granddaughter of a...

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