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:
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.
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!
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!
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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