Dive into the 2022 MIT summer reading list

Borrow these titles recommended by MIT News

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For the second straight year, MIT News is featuring recent books published by MIT faculty and staff (including fellows) in its 2022 summer reading list. The following titles from this year’s list are available to borrow now from the MIT Libraries. We will add to this list as more titles become available.


Novel, Biography, Memoir, and Poetry

“Naiad Blood” (Finishing Line Press, 2021)
by Sarah C. Beckmann, communications coordinator at the MIT Media Lab

“Une Fille Indocile: L’émancipation d’une femme nourrie par les mouvements féministes des années 60-70 aux États-Unis” (Iconoclaste, 2022)
by Isabelle de Courtivron, the Ann F. Friedlaender Professor Emerita in the Humanities
Print (2016 edition)

“Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel” (Wizards of the Coast, 2022)
chapter by D. Fox Harrell, professor of digital media and artificial intelligence and director of the MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality

“Shapley’s Round Table: A Memoir by the Astronomer’s Daughter” (BookBaby, 2021)
edited by June L. Matthews, professor emerita of physics, and Thomas J. Bogdan

“Carbon Queen: The Remarkable Life of Nanoscience Pioneer Mildred Dresselhaus” (MIT Press, 2022)
by Maia Weinstock, deputy editorial director of MIT News
Print and ebook


Science and Medicine

“A Tactical Guide to Science Journalism: Lessons From the Front Lines” (Oxford University Press, 2022)
Edited by Deborah Blum, director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT (KSJ); Ashley Smart, associate director of KSJ; and Tom Zeller Jr., editor of Undark, the digital science magazine published by KSJ

“Chasing Black Holes: An Insider’s View of a Space Astronomy Mission” (Van Dorn Books, 2021)
by Hale Bradt, professor emeritus of physics

“A Shot in the Arm: How Science, Engineering, and Supply Chains Converged to Vaccinate the World” (MIT CTL Media, 2021)
by Yossi Sheffi, Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems and director of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics


Culture, Humanities, and Social Sciences

“Life-Destroying Diagrams” (Duke University Press, 2022)
by Eugenie Brinkema, associate professor in MIT’s Literature Section
Print and ebook

“Until We Have Won Our Liberty: South Africa after Apartheid” (Princeton University Press, 2022)
By Evan Lieberman, the Total Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa and director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives

“Shakespeare and Digital Pedagogy: Case Studies and Strategies” (Bloomsbury, 2021)
edited by Diana E. Henderson, the Arthur J. Conner (1888) Professor in Literature; and Kyle Sebastian Vitale
Print and ebook

“Seeking the Bomb: Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation” (Princeton University Press, 2022)
by Vipin Narang, the Frank Stanton Professor of Nuclear Security and Political Science

“When People Want Punishment: Retributive Justice and the Puzzle of Authoritarian Popularity” (Cambridge University Press, 2021)
by Lily Tsai, the Ford Professor of Political Science and chair of the faculty

“Republics of Myth: National Narratives and the U.S.-Iran Conflict” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2022)
by John Tirman, executive director of and principal research scientist at the Center for International Studies (CIS); Hussein Banai, CIS research affiliate; and Malcolm Byrne, CIS research affiliate

“Unintended Lessons of Revolution: Student Teachers and Political Radicalism in Twentieth-Century Mexico” (Duke University Press, 2022)
by Tanalís Padilla, professor of history

“Fearless: A Dissection of Jamaican Spirituality: A Path to Unity and Triumph for the African and Non-African Diaspora” (Self-published, 2021)
by Bianca Rose, administrative assistant in MIT Open Learning

Syntax in the Treetops” (MIT Press, 2022)
by Shigeru Miyagawa, professor of linguistics and the Kochi-Manjiro Professor of Japanese Language and Culture (post-tenure)

“The Transgender Exigency: Defining Sex and Gender in the 21st Century” (Routledge, 2021)
by Edward Schiappa, the John E. Burchard Professor of the Humanities

“Hidden Games: The Surprising Power of Game Theory to Explain Irrational Human Behavior” (Basic Books, 2022)
By Erez Yoeli, research scientist in the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Moshe Hoffman


Technology and Society

“The Essence of Software: Why Concepts Matter for Great Design” (Princeton University Press, 2021)
by Daniel Jackson, professor of electrical engineering and computer science

“97 Things Every Data Engineer Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts” (O’Reilly, 2021)
edited by Tobias Macey, associate director of platform and devops at MIT Open Learning

“The Age of AI: And Our Human Future” (Little, Brown & Co., 2021)
by Daniel Huttenlocher, dean of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing; Henry A. Kissinger; and Eric Schmidt

“Biofabrication” (MIT Press, 2021)
by Ritu Raman, the d’Arbeloff Career Development Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Print and ebook

“Into the Anthropocosmos: A Whole Space Catalog from the MIT Space Exploration Initiative” (MIT Press, 2021)
by Ariel Ekblaw, director of the Space Exploration Initiative at the MIT Media Lab; designed by Sands Fish, researcher at the Media Lab

“Building the New Economy: Data as Capital” (MIT Press, 2021)
by Alex “Sandy” Pentland, the Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and director of MIT Connection Science, and Thomas Hardjono, technology director of MIT Connection Science and of the MIT Trust::Data Consortium
Print and ebook

“The Immersive Enclosure: Virtual Reality in Japan” (Columbia University Press, 2022)
by Paul Roquet, associate professor of media studies and Japan studies and the Mitsui Career Development Professor in Contemporary Technology


Education, Work, Finance, and Social Impact

“Computational Thinking Education in K-12: Artificial Intelligence Literacy and Physical Computing” (MIT Press, 2022)
edited by Harold Abelson, the Class of 1922 Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at MIT, and Siu-Cheung Kong; includes one chapter by Cynthia Breazeal, professor of media arts and sciences and dean for digital learning; Blakeley H. Payne, research assistant in the MIT Media Lab; and Daniella DiPaola, research assistant in the Media Lab

“The Answer Is You: A Guidebook to Creating a Life Full of Impact” (Mango, 2022)
by Alex Amouyel, executive director of MIT Solve

“The Work of the Future: Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines” (MIT Press, 2022)
by David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics; David A. Mindell, professor of aeronautics and astronautics and the Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing; and Elisabeth B. Reynolds, executive director of and principal research scientist at the MIT Industrial Performance Center, and lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning

“Learning Engineering Toolkit: Evidence-Based Practices from the Learning Sciences, Instructional Design, and Beyond”
Three chapters by Aaron Kessler, assistant director of learning sciences and teaching at MIT Open Learning; Scotty D. Craig; Jim Goodell; Dina Kurzweil; Scott W. Greenwald; and Janet Kolodner

“In Pursuit of the Perfect Portfolio: The Stories, Voices, and Key Insights of the Pioneers Who Shaped the Way We Invest” (Princeton University Press, 2021)
by Andrew W. Lo, the Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor in the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Stephen R. Foerster


Arts, Planning, and Design

“Persuading with Data: A Guide to Designing, Delivering, and Defending Your Data” (MIT Press, 2022)
by Miro Kazakoff, senior lecturer in the MIT Sloan School of Management

“Urban Play: Make-Believe, Technology, and Space” (MIT Press, 2021)
by Fábio Duarte, principal research scientist at the MIT Senseable City Lab, lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and professor at PUCPR in Brazil; and Ricardo Álvarez PhD ’20
Print and ebook

“Design to Live: Everyday Inventions from a Refugee Camp” (MIT Press, 2021)
edited by Azra Akšamija, associate professor of architecture, director of the MIT Future Heritage Lab, and director of the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology; Melina Philippou, program director of the MIT Future Heritage Lab; and Raafat Majzoub
Print and ebook

“New Industrial Urbanism: Designing Places for Production” (Taylor and Francis Group, 2022)
by Eran Ben-Joseph, professor of urban studies and planning, and Tali Hatuka

“Leadership in Planning: How to Communicate Change and Effect Positive Change” (Routledge, 2021)
by Jeff Levine, lecturer in urban studies and planning
Print and Ebook

“Equity, Evaluation, and International Cooperation: In Pursuit of Proximate Peers in an African City” (Oxford University Press, 2022)
by Gabriella Y. Carolini, associate professor of urban studies and planning


For Young Readers

“Ada and the Galaxies” (Candlewick Press/MIT Kids Press, 2021)
by Alan Lightman, professor of the practice of the humanities, and Olga Pastuchiv; illustrated by Susanna Chapman