We are closer than ever before to the end of the semester and the holiday season which means many of us will finally have time to pick up those books we’ve been dying to read. In anticipation of the upcoming break, check out four more sets of book suggestions based on your college major!
The Best Books, According to Pre-Health and Medicine Majors:
1. Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery by Richard Hollingham
This book throws you right into the middle of some of the most groundbreaking and consequential discoveries in modern medicine. The surgeries detailed in these pages may pale in comparison to the medical miracles performed today, but those same miracles would be impossible without the groundwork laid by the greatest doctors of yesteryear.
2. One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine by Brendan Reilly
In this book, we follow the author in looking back on some of the most memorable and impactful cases of his career. Reilly offers a brutally honest look at how medicine has changed over the course of his career and it serves as a testament to how much impact just one doctor can make in a world where equal access to decent medical care is becoming increasingly threatened.
Honorable Mentions: The Heart Healers: The Misfits, Mavericks, and Rebels Who Created the Greatest Medical Breakthrough of Our Lives by James S. Forrester; When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery by Frank T. Vertosick Jr.; The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris
The Best Books, According to Theatre and Performing Arts Majors:
1. Stop the Show! A History of Insane Incidents and Absurd Accidents in the Theater by Brad Schreiber
This one is sure to be appreciated by anyone who has ever participated in live theatre, whether their role was onstage or off. Schreiber has compiled a collection of some of the best anecdotes from actors and artists in the U.S. and U.K. to illustrate that when it comes to performing, anything that can go wrong, will inevitably go wrong. Stop the Show! will have you cringing, crying from laughter, and thanking God that these stories didn’t happen to you.
2. The Untold Stories of Broadway: Tales from the world’s most famous theaters by Jennifer Ashley Tepper
In a vein similar to my first suggestion, this is the first in a three-part compendium that takes you behind the most hallowed velvet curtains of all and into the secrets of the stage. With stories featuring favorite stars from Barbra Streisand to Jonathan Groff, this book allows you to learn from all who make the Great White Way a reality.
Honorable Mentions: Pulitzer Prize Plays: The First Fifty Years 1917-1967, A Dramatic Reflection of American Life by Paul Firestone; On Broadway: From Rent to Revolution by Drew Hodges
The Best Books, According to Business Majors:
First of all, this is a beautiful book. Secondly, the advice inside from the women featured is so important for any college student hoping to branch out into the business world after graduation. Each woman is as inspiring as the previous and the breathtaking full-color photographs on every page make this title the perfect gift for the #bosslady in your life.
2. Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change, by Ellen Pao
It should come as no surprise to anyone studying this field that the business world is still very much a boys’ club. In this book, Ellen Pao details her fight to claim her place in a field that repeatedly diminishes the achievements of women and people of color. Despite the fact that she lost her lawsuit exposing workplace discrimination against women and other minorities in Silicon Valley, Pao was still immensely important in bringing attention to such an important issue. Her book is a must-read for anyone hoping to make a name for themselves in a world that tries to dim their light.
Honorable Mentions: 101 Things I Learned in Business School by Michael W. Preis; Lean In for Graduates: With New Chapters by Experts, Including Find Your First Job, Negotiate Your Salary, and Own Who You Are by Sheryl Sandberg
The Best Books, According to Criminal Justice Majors:
1. Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson
Pulitzer Prize winner Thompson dives deep into one of the most important events in criminal justice history of the last fifty years. Anyone going into the field of criminal justice or hoping to reform the system needs to read this book to understand the enduring influence of the Attica Prison riot and why the actions of these prisoners one fateful September continue to be one of the most consequential civil rights events of the past century.
2. Without a Doubt by Marcia Clark
Marcia Clark is another one of my she-roes; not only is she one of the greatest lawyers of our time, but she’s also an incredible writer. In this book, she details her most infamous case, the O.J. Simpson trial. While there are countless books on the Simpson trial, Clark’s is especially important because of the scrutiny she was placed under during the course of the trial and because she didn’t win. Her account offers an intimate look at the trial from start to finish and begins to explain why the case continues to fascinate to this day.
Honorable Mentions: Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek; Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas; Silent Witnesses: The Often Gruesome but Always Fascinating History of Forensic Science by Nigel McCrery
What do you think?
Keep an eye out for the next installment! What are you currently reading for class (or for fun) that you can’t put down no matter how hard you try? I know that I can’t wait to *finally* have some free time to read whatever I want instead of whatever’s assigned, so let me know your favorites in the comments below!