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Appalachian Fiction & Non-Fiction 2024

The July "Leisure Reads" features a diverse range of fiction & nonfiction print and ebooks on Appalachia, researched and formatted for the website by MSJ Librarian Cynthia Gregory!  Featured authors include bell hooks, Lee Smith, Harriette Arnow, Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, J.D.Vance, & James Still. Titles are requestable from the MSJ Library and OhioLINK.

Pride Month 2024

Our June “Leisure Reads” post celebrates Pride Month with fiction and nonfiction by authors in the LGBTQIA+ community. Featured below are Alice Walker, James Baldwin, Ocean Vuong, and more!  

AA&PI Heritage Month 2024

May’s “Leisure Reads” features fiction, nonfiction, and poetry selected in honor of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Featured below you will find Ocean Vuong, Bharati Mukherjee, Khaled Hosseini, and more.

Mental Health Awareness Month 2024

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This special edition of “Leisure Reads” features nature writing, including a special focus on the connection of nature to mental health and wellness. Below you will find ebooks, print books, and books that can be requested from other university libraries via OhioLINK. Many thanks to MSJ Librarian Cynthia Gregory for this list of books, as well as for her assistance formatting the post!

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National Poetry Month 2024

This month’s “Leisure Reads” post celebrates National Poetry Month with more selections from the Levine Poetry Collection, including Etheridge Knight, June Jordan, and Anne Carson. Check out the entire collection in the Library Lobby!

Women’s History Month 2024

Our March “Leisure Reads” post features an assortment of fiction and nonfiction by diverse women authors in celebration of Women’s History Month, which will be celebrated throughout March in the United States. This includes a children’s book by Maya Angelou, a classic Gothic potboiler by Eliza Parsons, and creative nonfiction about the nation of Antigua by Jamaica Kincaid.

Black History Month 2024

This month’s post in honor of Black History Month features short fiction by Black writers from America and around the world. The selections presented here are featured in Kenneth C. Davis’ book Great Short Books: A Year of Reading—Briefly. Many thanks to MSJ librarian Cynthia Gregory for bringing this work to the attention of the Library!

MLK Day 2024

In celebration of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., we present a list of works written by great civil rights leader and minister, as well as several biographical works about him and his equally prominent contemporaries. Also included are several nonfiction works on the history of civil rights, race relations, and the struggle for equality in America.

Back to School Reads

To kick off the 2022 Fall Semester, the theme of this month’s “Leisure Reads” post is “back to school.” Included here are not only campus novels about the college experience, but also fiction having to do with school life more generally, and Bildungsromane (lit. “novels of formation”) in which the protagonist’s childhood educational experiences play a significant role in the plot. Two nonfiction works are included as well: A Hope in the Unseen and To Sir, With Love.

August 2023: College Success

In celebration of the fall semester starting, we're highlighting books that will help students secure college success.