book cover for Green Rider by Kristen Britain

Summer Reading No.7: Kailyn Middleton

Resource Sharing Coordinator, Kailyn Middleton, facilitates the exchange of items between networks of libraries across the globe, making her the perfect candidate for Summer Reading Recommendations. Check out her top picks among a world of options below!

Kailyn’s first recommendation is the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain (DAW Books, 2014). The first book, Green Rider, follows Karigan G’ladheon after a fateful meeting with one of the king’s infamous Green Riders. The mortally wounded Rider has Karigan agree to take his vital message to the capital in his stead. As she struggles toward Sacor City and the king, Karigan’s understanding of her world is shattered as she encounters ancient forces, races, and magics thought long extinct. Pursued by not only the hunters of the dead Rider but the Rider’s specter as well, Karigan finds herself in far more dangerous situations than she could have expected when she took message satchel and Rider brooch in hand. The best part—these books come with music to accompany the reading experience

Ever wonder what serves as the basis for shows like Forensic Files? Learn about the “mother of forensic science” in Kailyn’s second recommendation 18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics by Bruce Goldfarb (Sourcebooks, 2020). Frances Glessner was born into a wealthy family in the 19th century, but broke the traditional mold when she became fascinated with the investigation process of violent crime. In an effort to improve investigative training, she built what are known as the ‘Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death.’ These tiny dollhouse dioramas were incredibly detailed stages of violent crime that could be interacted with and studied in a way that photographs and descriptions could not be. These exercises were so successful that the methods she developed are still in use today. Find this look into early forensics and the woman who helped advance the field at Emory or a local library near you

Looking for a story with visual appeal? Kailyn’s final recommendation comes from the Japanese manga genre! Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo (VIZ Media LLC, 2020) is the story of the spy, Twilight, whose most recent mission requires that he get close to a reclusive state official—the only way to do so by infiltrating the elite school that the target’s son attends. To pull this mission off, Twilight (known as Loid Forger, therapist) must acquire a child to enroll in the school and secure a wife to make the family illusion complete.  Kailyn calls the story “just a truly fun read, but if manga isn’t your thing, the first season of the anime is currently airing, subbed, on Hulu and will be airing, dubbed, on Crunchyroll!” Find the book at a library near you

Need more suggestions? Check in next week for recommendations from a Candler faculty member!

Summer Reading, Vol.11: Khalia Williams

For reading recommendations this week, we consulted Assistant Dean of Worship and Music, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Worship, and Co-Director of the Baptist Studies Program, Khalia J. Williams! An ordained minister, Khalia serves as an associate minister and First Lady at the historic Providence Missionary Baptist church in Atlanta. With a deep passion for the intersection of worship, womanist theology and embodiment, she is a lead consultant for multiple denominations in the area of liturgical transformation.

Khalia’s first reading recommendation is no surprise in consideration of her pivotal role as a leader the church and higher education. She share’s Shelly Hart’s (Director of Academic Administration and Registrar) endorsement of Another Way: Living and Leading Change on Purpose written by leaders of the Forum for Theological Exploration, Stephen Lewis, Matthew Wesley Williams, and Dori Baker. This book offers practices to facilitate change through a holistic approach to leadership. The authors propose a 21st century model that honors the self, the community, and even the stranger as we work together for purposeful change in the midst of turbulent times. Find a copy of this book online in both paperback and ebook formats!

If you’d prefer a fictional saga, Khalia recommends Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon. This book follows the tumult and adventures of Camelot’s court through the eyes of the women who bolstered the king’s rise and schemed for his fall. This the great Arthurian epic filled with a diverse cast of characters will keep you hooked as Christianity takes over the island-nation of Britain. Find this book online or on the shelves at Emory or at your local public library!

Khalia’s last pick is the acclaimed post-apocalyptic novel from award-winning author Octavia Butler, Parable of the sower. Set in a time of global climate change and economic crises that led to social chaos in the early 2020s, this story follows fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina who lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbors, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy. This powerful fight for survival in any environment full of dangers leads to the birth of a new faith and a startling vision of human destiny. This book is available at Emory Libraries, your local public library, or online for purchase.

Next week we will wrap up our summer reading series with recommendations from Candler’s incoming Professor of Hebrew Bible, Roger S. Nam! Catch up on the whole series on the Pitts Librarians blog.

Summer Reading, vol. 10: Bo Adams

This week we explored the shelves of someone who is no stranger to Candler School of Theology, the Graduate Division of Religion, or Emory Libraries, Director of Pitts Theology Library and Margaret A. Pitts Assistant Professor in the Practice of Theological Bibliography Richard (Bo) Manly Adams, Jr.! Trained as a New Testament scholar, a software developer, and a librarian, Bo Adams has guided Pitts Theology Library as it moves into an increasingly digital future through remote learning and research, collection access, and virtual outreach. Bo’s recommendations for summer reading and listening are ancillary with his talents, interests, and vision for the library.

If you fancy fiction, Bo recommends Neal Stephenson’s latest novel Fall, or, Dodge in Hell (William Morrow, 2019). Stephenson, a prolific author of science fiction and technology thriller, explores what it means to be and stay alive through a story of a man who dies but is kept “alive” through the attempt to scan and upload the contents of his brain. Stephenson’s fast-paced story, which draws upon fields as diverse as transhumanism, religion, history, and sociology, invites readers to consider the connection of our minds to our bodies, the notion of the human as a social being, and our responsibility and control over the created world we inhabit. Be prepared, however, as Bo warns “this book is long!” Find it on the shelves at Emory, at your local public library, or online for purchase

If you’re looking to listen on a long road trip or flight, Bo suggests of of his favorite podcasts, the NPR series “Tiny Desk Concerts.” This collection of intimate concerts is recorded in the office of All Things Considered host Bob Boilen. Bo has listened often to the concert of John Prine, who recently died due to COVID-19 complications. This 4-song concert was recorded in March 2018, and shows the genius and humor of Prine, one of America’s great songwriters and story tellers. NPR also just released a tribute to Prine, with performances by Margo Price, Jeremy Ivey, Courtney Marie Andrews, John Paul White, Nathaniel Ratcliff, and Brandy Clark, all performing Prine classics.

As we move into the final weeks of the summer intercession, find even more summer resource suggestions from Candler and Pitts faculty and staff, including podcasts, films, and more, on the Pitts Librarians’ Blog!

Summer Reading, vol. 7: Shelly Hart

This week Pitts consulted a Candler staff member who specializes in educational administration, keeping the ship afloat as students enroll, access academic records, and plan their course roadmaps for a variety of programs. Shelly Hart, Director of Academic Administration and Registrar, not only engages with students through the registrar office, but also by actively highlighting edifying resources pertinent to the Candler community!

Shelly’s first recommendation is a must read for aspiring leaders, both in Candler and beyond! Another Way: Living and Leading Change on Purpose written by leaders of the Forum for Theological Exploration, Stephen Lewis, Matthew Wesley Williams, and Dori Baker offers practices to facilitate change through a holistic approach to leadership. The authors propose a 21st century model that honors the self, the community, and even the stranger as we work together for purposeful change in the midst of turbulent times. Find a copy of this book online in both paperback and ebook formats!

If you’re looking for a work of fiction, one of Shelly’s recent favorites is Lisa See’s novel The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. This book tells the stories of two girls, a very young mother, Li-yan, from a remote village in the tea mountains of China and her estranged daughter. The story follows Li-yan’s search to reclaim her daughter after the child disappeared into the international adoption machine in China, through which she has become Halley, the daughter of a white family in California. As mother and daughter grow up in vastly disparate circumstances, they experience divergent realities while at the same time continuing to long for a reuniting. Shelly notes that this book reveals interesting cultural details about a remote part of China and explores the experiences of both parents and adoptees involved in international and intercultural adoption. Find this item in the Emory catalog, at your local library, or online for purchase

If you’re looking to listen, Shelly recommends researcher and New York Times best-selling author Brene Brown’s podcast Unlocking Us. While originally planned to launch at South x Southwest 2020, this podcast instead premiered at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.  Brown’s discussion partners include a range of writers, thinkers, artists, and others, including Sue Monk Kidd, Ibram X. Kendi, Alicia Keys, Tarana Burke, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, and Celeste Ng. Episodes offer “conversations that unlock the deeply human part of who we are, so that we can live, love, parent, and lead with more courage and heart.” Listen to this inspirational content online for free at

Summer recommendations from Pitts and Candler faculty and staff don’t stop here! Find more suggestions at

Summer Reading, vol. 5: Elizabeth Corrie

Our summer reading recommendations this week come from Dr. Elizabeth Corrie, Associate Professor in the Practice of Youth Education and Peacebuilding and Director of the Religious Education Program. Dr. Corrie’s teaching draws on commitments to both peace with justice and the education of young people, particularly the development of teaching and ministry that empower people for global citizenship.

Dr. Corrie’s first recommendation is a collection of narratives titled Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi.  These diverse stories feature the voices of young people growing up not only black, but also gay or lesbian, first or second generation immigrant, light-skinned or dark-skinned, rural or urban, middle class or working class, and religious or non-religious. Appropriate for older youth or adults, Dr. Corrie suggests that “these stories leave you with a sense of hope for each young person you meet” despite the challenges of being young and black in America. Dr. Corrie attests that these narratives were “exactly the life-affirming tales I needed to get my through this pandemic.” Find this book on the shelves at Emory, at your local library, or for purchase online.

Dr. Corrie’s second reading suggestion is a New York Times Best-Seller and winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, There, There by Tommy Orange. Unlike her first recommendation, Corrie describes this novel as “suspenseful and dark, but equally revealing of an unexplored perspective: contemporary Native Americans in urban Oakland.” This captivating tale draws many threads of different characters closer until they converge and collide on one fateful day. Emory users can read this book online, or purchase it as an audiobook, ebook, or in print!

Next week we look forward to hearing from Pitts’ Reference & Instruction Librarian, Brady Beard! Find all summer reading suggestions on the Pitts Librarian’s Blog.