Some summer days, all you need to get by are music, TV, arts and crafts. Other times it takes a little grace, hope,
compassion and resilience. Whatever you seek, Amherst authors will help you find it.

Start immediately with Immediations: The Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary, by Pooja Rangan, assistant professor of English in film and media studies (Duke University Press). Christopher Grobe, another assistant professor of English, examines The Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV (NYU Press). Colin Westerbeck ’63 and Joel Meyerowitz have developed a new edition of Bystander: A History of Street Photography (Laurence King Publishing).

With assistance from Joseph Kimble ’67, you can begin Seeing Through Legalese: More Essays on Plain Language (Carolina Academic Press). Then you might notice something Unforeseen: The First Blind Rhodes Scholar, by James Barnes ’54 (William Charles).

Jared D. Kass ’69 provides A Person-Centered Approach to Psychospiritual Maturation: Mentoring Psychological Resilience and Inclusive Community in Higher Education (Palgrave Macmillan), and Christopher Castiglia ’83 guides you through The Practices of Hope: Literary Criticism in Disenchanted Times (NYU Press). Try Reclaiming Banished Voices: Stories on the Road to Compassion, by Lawrence J. Lincoln ’68, M.D. (Balboa Press). Only then is Grace Revealed: Finding God’s Strength in Any Crisis, by Fred Sievert ’70 (BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC).

Nichole Rustin-Paschal ’93 describes The Kind of Man I Am: Jazzmasculinity and the World of Charles Mingus Jr. (Wesleyan), and Matt Weber ’02 hails The Eighth King (Curiosity Quills Press).

Nicole Blum and Catherine Newman ’90 take you to Stitch Camp: 18 Crafty Projects for Kids & Tweens (Storey Publishing, LLC). But you can always go Home at the End of the Day: An American Family Drama in Three Acts, by Howard R. Wolf ’58 (Prestige Books International).

Illustration by Jenny Kroik