Nicholas Carr, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
Carr explores a wide-ranging history of technological advancement and neuroscience, showing how our minds (and lives) adapt to each new invention.
My English Composition class theme this semester is technology, so we're reading and writing about many facets of contemporary technologies. Carr's book is our shared class read.
Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Skloot's masterful work of creative non-fiction explores Henrietta Lacks, the woman behind the historic HeLa cells, her surviving family, biomedical ethics, and Skloot's own experience following this story.
This is the third text my Multicultural American Literature class is reading; I've structured the class to cover a range of genres. My class isn't sold on the genre yet, but we have hundreds of pages to read.
I finished reading Toni Morrison's novella Home last week. As always, I'm struck by Morrison's lyrical prose and bittersweet storytelling.
And, waiting to be cracked open, is Jhumpa Lahiri's newest novel, The Lowland. I love Lahiri's storytelling--lush, evocative, and compelling.