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Book Recommendations

Get reading this summer with classic must-reads, titles from faculty authors, and favorites from across the Harvard community.

It is not often that someone comes along who can reinvent fairy tales and reclaim their magic.”

“The School for Good and Evil” series by Soman Chainani

Recommended by Maria Tatar, research professor of Germanic languages and literatures and of folklore and mythology

Maria Tatar
It is a beautiful, evocative inter-generational saga of a family in Kerala, weaving together sociology, politics, and colonial history.”

“Covenant of Water” by Abraham Verghese

Recommended by Tarun Khanna, director of the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute

Tarun Khanna
I devoured it in record time this spring and have been recommending it to others ever since.”

“Journeys of the Mind: A Life in History” by Peter Brown

Recommended by Elizabeth Papp Kamali, professor of law

Elizabeth Papp Kamali ’07, Austin Wakeman Scott Professor of Law
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From the experts

Matthew Noe, lead collection and knowledge management librarian at Harvard Medical School Countway Library, shares why “Shubeik Lubeik” by Deena Mohamed should be on everyone’s summer reading list.

A collage of book covers that feature interesting heroes and villains

Heroes and villains

Literature is full of characters we love, and others we love to hate. Harvard faculty share their favorite literary heroes and villains—and some may surprise you.

Meet their favorite characters

A collage of book covers

Life lessons

Harvard faculty share some of the books they say left them transformed.

Discover the life-changing works

Meet the authors

Check out the latest titles from these Harvard authors.

Purposeful reading

Explore books written by experts who are tackling some of the biggest issues facing our society today.

Curated by the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project, these 15 new titles help us understand race and racism across healthcare, education, sports, and beyond.

This collection of must-reads showcases new ideas and efforts to build a more inclusive democracy in the U.S.

From stories about patients taking control of their health care to ideas for making the U.S. less lonely, these public health reads will educate and inspire.

As we enter election season, explore this mix of foundational texts and new thinking on how AI may impact democracy.

Here is a roundup of gender-focused books by Harvard affiliates published in the last two years.