4. Persepolis 2, Marjane Satrapi** - I've wanted to read these books for years. I walked by them repeatedly in the library and finally checked them out and tore through them. This panel made me laugh out loud.
5. My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante** - Two women I admire loved and recommended this series. After I finished My Brilliant Friend, I was ambivalent. “Well… if they both like them, there must be some reason,” I thought and picked up the next book.
6. The Story of a New Name, Elena Ferrante** - I devoured the second book, while despising the two main characters and their awful decisions. I really needed to know what happened to them, though, but as the semester was beginning, I put the series aside to focus on reading about Marx.
7. Karl Marx, Anthropologist, Thomas Patterson
8. The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America, Michael Taussig
9. Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery - Reread and cried again.
10. Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connections, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
11. The Infinite Wait and Other Stories, Julia Wertz
12. Difficult Women, Roxane Gay**
13. Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing, Didier Fassin**
14. Eating the Ocean, Elspeth Probyn
15. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Elena Ferrante** - The semester ended, and I was back to the Neapolitan novels.
16. The Story of the Lost Child, Elena Ferrante** - By the time I finished this book, I’d convinced at least two other people to start the series. Names and relationships were confusing, and, as mentioned, I really hated the two main characters at times, but overall, I’m glad I stuck with it.
17. Becoming Unbecoming, Una - I didn’t know what this book was going to be and picked it because I liked the cover image. It was a about a British woman growing up when the Yorkshire Ripper was in the news. It’s about surviving rape and abuse, slut-shaming, misogyny, and the struggle of becoming a woman in a society that hates women. It was heartbreaking, enraging, inspiring, and way more than I expected from a graphic a novel.
18. The Black Penguin, Andrew Evans**
19. Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rose and Reign of Unruly Women, Ann Helen Petersen**
20. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, Tracy Kidder - I reread this for class, then told my professor I was thinking of leaving the program to become a nurse. I did not carry through.
21. The Land of Open Graves, Jason De León
22. Anthropology: A Student’s Guide to Theory and Method, Stanley R. Barrett
23. Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter** - this was one I stayed in bed to finish on a Sunday morning.
24. Niki de Saint Phaille and the Tarot Garden - Jill Johnston, Marella Caracciolo Chia, Giulio Pietromarchi - This was the art book whose text took me months to read. Niki de Saint Phaille was married to Swiss artist Jean Tinguely, and she created this wonderful sculpture garden in Italy that we will get to one day.
25. Lumberjanes vol 3: A Terrible Plan Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen
26. Lumberjanes vol 4: Out of Time Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen
27. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty, Dorothy Roberts
28. The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate, Robert Caro**