Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology

Summer 2021 Reading Lists:

DEI Summer Reading List Suggested by Pharmacology and Chemical Biology Community Members:

  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid 

    • A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both. $12 Kindle, $10 hardcover

  • The Henna Artistby Alka Joshi

    • Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist opens a door into a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel. $12 Kindle, $14 paperback 

  • The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges

    • Full of philosophical puzzles and supernatural surprises, these stories contain some of Borges's most fully realized human characters. With uncanny insight, he takes us inside the minds of an unrepentant Nazi, an imprisoned Mayan priest, fanatical Christian theologians, a woman plotting vengeance on her father’s “killer,” and a man awaiting his assassin in a Buenos Aires guest house.  This volume also contains the hauntingly brief vignettes about literary imagination and personal identity collected in The Maker, which Borges wrote as failing eyesight and public fame began to undermine his sense of self. $35 paperback, not available on Amazon

  • The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 by Tim Madigan

    • On the morning of June 1, 1921, a white mob numbering in the thousands marched across the railroad tracks dividing black from white in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and obliterated a black community then celebrated as one of America's most prosperous. 34 square blocks of Tulsa's Greenwood community, known then as the Negro Wall Street of America, were reduced to smoldering rubble. $12 Kindle, $47 hardcover

  • On Juneteenth by Anette Gordon-Reed

    • Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed’s On Juneteenth provides a historian’s view of the country’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond. All too aware of the stories of cowboys, ranchers, and oilmen that have long dominated the lore of the Lone Star State, Gordon-Reed—herself a Texas native and the descendant of enslaved people brought to Texas as early as the 1820s—forges a new and profoundly truthful narrative of her home state, with implications for us all. $8 Kindle, $12 hardcover.  

  • Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth by Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, and Jason Stanford
    • Forget the Alamo provocatively explains the true story of the battle against the backdrop of Texas's struggle for independence, then shows how the sausage of myth got made in the Jim Crow South of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

The following books are recommended by the website She Geeks Out: 

  • Books suggested by She Geeks Out

  • This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism
    by Ashton Applewhite
    Listed as one of the “100 best books to read at every age” by the Washington Post, This Chair Rocks debunks myths and explores the impact ageism has on older people in the workplace and beyond. According to author and activist Ashton Applewhite, ageism– discrimantion that sidelines and silences older people– exists because it is socially acceptable, and must be stopped.  $13 Kindle, $15 hardcover
  • The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters
    by Priya Parker
    If you are re-thinking the way you host your meetings or attend conferences, this book provides examples on how to meet, better. Author Priya Parker uses a human-centered approach to gathering in order to help us create “meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play.”  $13 Kindle, $9 paperback
  • If They Come For Us
    by Fatimah Ashgar
    A poetry collection describing experiences of a young Pakistani Muslim girl in the United States, author Fatimah Ashgar invites us into her world growing up as an orphan and explores issues of race, sexuality and what it means not only to be human, but also to belong in a society.  $10 Kindle, $13 paperback
  • Gender: Your Guide
    by Lee Airton
    This book is a conversation starter on all things gender in the 21st century. With great explanations and examples of how to discuss and understand gender diversity, readers are also provided online discussion guides to help further the conversation. Check out A Starting Place Discussion Guide for Co-Workers and Team Leaders. $12 Kindle, $15 paperback
  • We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation
    by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown
    A photographic book that highlights the struggle, victories and appreciation of the LGBTQIA+ community. We Are Everywhere gives the reader an opportunity to learn, appreciate, and honor queer history. Couldn’t find it on Amazon
  • How to Be an Antiracist
    by Ibram X. Kendi
    This New York Times bestseller provides an opportunity for the reader to go beyond mere awareness of racism, and become an agent of change in society. Author Ibram X. Kendi discusses how we support harmful aspects of our history, law, and science through our beliefs, and helps us to reexamine them. This book also includes an online discussion guide specifically made for a book club. $15 Kindle, $14 hard cover
  • The Witches Are Coming
    by Lindy West
    The New York Times columnist, Lindy West, writes a compelling book that brings to light the issues of patriarchy and white male privilege in the wake of the #MeToo movement. West unpacks the history of prejudices and harmful narratives that have infiltrated the media and our overall culture. West believes that our society needs to examine these truths and the stories we have accepted in order to transform. $14 Kindle, $19 hardcover
  • Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets
    by Feminista Jones
    In this book, cultural commentator, activist and social worker Feminista Jones highlights how Black women have used digital spaces and created digital communities to change our culture and overall society. Hashtags such as #BlackLives Matter, #SayHerName, #BlackGirlMagic have expanded the conversation of feminism by centering intersectionality and storytelling, while at the same time creating a space to learn and engage in Black feminist theory and thought. $12 Kindle, $13 paperback
  • White Tears/Brown Scars
    by Ruby Hamad
    In White Tears/Brown Scars, author Ruby Hamad explores what happens when racism and sexism collide and how White victimhood, specifically White woman victimhood, is “masked by white entitlement.” This oftentimes silences the experiences and voices of racial minorities, and does not allow us to have productive dialogue or create change. $12 Kindle, $15 paperback
  • Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces
    by Karen Catlin
    If you’re thinking of ways you can be an ally in the workplace, Better Allies provides case studies, examples of allyship, and tangible steps you can take to support the people you work with. Topics include hiring and retaining, using inclusive language, providing effective and equitable feedback, advocating, and amplifying the voice of others. $10 Kindle, $18 paperback
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor
    by Layla Saad
    Me and White Supremacy is a 28-day challenge guide that explores the history of racism, provides examples of how white supremacy is consciously and unconsciously perpetuated, and what can be done to stop “inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color.” Author Layla Saad includes definitions, anecdotes and resources to help her readers become change makers.  $9 Kindle, $12 Hardback
  • We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders
    by Linda Sarsour
    Linda Sarsour, author, activist, and co-organizer of the Women’s March in Washington D.C., speaks truth to power in this memoir. Reflecting on her religion, activism journey, and community, Sarsour shares with us what it means to organize for racial, economic, gender, and social justice, and how to take action instead of being a bystander. $13 Kindle, $15 hardcover