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Book Recommendations for Writers: September 2018

This month’s #OfftheShelf recommendations were selected from a wide range of genres. From interpersonal communications to science memoir, all of these reads will have you thinking about the world a little differently. Stretch your reading comfort zone with our picks for September 2018:

The Medium is the Massage

by Marshall McLuhan & Quentin Fiore

This book is all about how the medium that a message travels in becomes its own message, whether we’re aware of it or not. McLuhan & Fiore challenge genre with an  image-heavy text to show instead of tell about the growing power of media. With this text, learn to examine the ways technology impacts content, and how our perceptions are changing as a result.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Rebecca Skloot

A riveting read about bioethics and informed consent, this scientific memoir investigates the first immortal human cells grown in a culture and the woman they were taken from, Henrietta Lacks. This book is both compelling and informative while revealing the troubling history tied to some of our most important scientific discoveries. Go grab it off the shelf!

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

By Alan Alda

As someone who grew up watching M*A*S*H, I’m particularly excited to recommend actor, Alan Alda’s book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? The interpersonal communication lessons within pull from his experiences in improv, science, and storytelling. If you’re looking to improve your communication skills in all aspects of life, go check this book out!

Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World

By Maryanne Wolf

Maryanne Wolf’s newest book acts as a hopeful, yet cautionary tale about the transformation of the reading brain in an increasingly digital age. She poses challenging questions about current cultural reading practices alongside neuroscience and education research. This book encourages readers to reflect and critically think about the future of reading.

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