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Summer Reads

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Summer Reads

From children’s books to the classics, from casual beach reads to non-fiction deep dives, we’re celebrating books, authors, literacy, and all things reading.

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What are Harvard Library staff members reading? These are some of their favorite picks.

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Reading, writing, and research

From learning to read to the benefits of being a bookworm, Harvard researchers are continually exploring the art and science of reading.


But you don’t have to take our word for it 🌈

Members of the Harvard community publish countless books each year. Take a look at some of these new releases.


When an enslaver died and his or her estate was reorganized, liquidated, or apportioned out to heirs, enslaved people suffered."

Tiya Miles

“All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake”

A woman stands in front of green bushes

I feel like reading a book can be a pilgrimage, and that’s one way to travel together."

Stephanie Paulsell

“Religion Around Virginia Woolf”

A woman stands in a church

The reason I feel so inspired when writing about these educators is because these were educators who chose to be more than just practitioners."

Jarvis Givens

“Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and The Art of Black Teaching”

A man stands outside in front of green trees

There’s no question that policing was a major shadow in the lives of essentially anyone living a socially active life in gay or lesbian circles."

Anna Lvosky

“Vice Patrol: Cops, Courts, and the Struggle over Urban Gay Life Before Stonewall”

A woman wearing a suit stands in a stone walkway
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