Your Endicott College Summer Reading List

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The summer will soon be upon us, and who doesn’t enjoy tossing a good book in a beach bag? As an educational institution, we know the importance of continuing to learn over break, and who better to learn from than our faculty? Faculty members at Endicott College have written numerous books on a variety of subjects. The books are widely available online and are each extremely informative. Below, you will find a curated list of books by our team and a list of links where you can grab a copy.


Jonathon “Rocco” Gangle, Ph.D.


Gangle is a philosopher whose current research focuses on metaphysics, semiotics, diagrammatic logic, and category theory. He is also one of the foremost translators and expositors of the work of contemporary French thinker Francois Laruelle. He is co-director of the Center for Diagrammatic and Computational Philosophy. At Endicott, Gangle teaches a variety of courses in philosophy, intellectual history, and religious studies.


François Laruelle's Philosophies of Difference: A Critical Introduction and Guide

Categories: non-fiction, reference, philosophy, history, guide


“Everything you need to understand both Laruelle's critique of difference and his project of non-philosophy. Gilles Deleuze described Laruelle's thought as 'one of the most interesting undertakings of contemporary philosophy'. Now, Rocco Gangle - who translated Laruelle's philosophy into English–takes you through Laruelle's trailblazing book Philosophies of Difference, helping you to understand both Laruelle's critique of Difference and his project of non-philosophy, which has become one of the most intriguing avenues in contemporary thought. He explains the context within which Laruelle's thought developed and takes you through the challenging argument and conceptual scaffolding of 'Philosophies of Difference'.”

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Diagrammatic Immanence: Category Theory and Philosophy and Philosophy and Superpositions: Laruelle and the Humanities (Critical Perspectives on Theory, Culture and Politics) are also available from Gangle.


William Young, Ph.D.


Young has taught at Endicott since 2005. He teaches Ethics, Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Religion and Politics in the Contemporary World, Religion in American Life, and other courses. His primary areas of expertise are philosophy of religion, modern Jewish and Christian thought, and medieval theology.  


Uncommon Friendships: An Amicable History of Modern Religious Thought

Categories: non-fiction, religion, history


Uncommon Friendships explores the often-overlooked dynamic of interreligious friendships, considering their significance for how we think about contemporary religious thought. By exploring the dynamics of three relationships between important religious thinkers–Franz Rosenzweig and Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, Emmanuel Levinas and Maurice Blanchot, and Julia Kristeva and Catherine Clément–this study demonstrates the ways such friendships enable innovation and transformation within religious traditions.”

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Young is also the author of Listening, Religion, and Democracy in Contemporary Boston: God’s Ears (Ethnographies of Religion) and The Politics of Praise: Naming God and Friendship in Aquinas and Derrida (Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies).


Lara Salahi, Ed.D.


Salahi is an award-winning multimedia journalist and author, and assistant professor of broadcast and digital journalism at Endicott. 


Outbreak Culture: The Ebola Crisis and the Next Epidemic

Categories: non-fiction, scientific, journalism


“An award-winning genetic researcher and a tenacious journalist examine each phase of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the largest and deadliest of its kind. Their postmortem identifies factors that kept key information from reaching doctors, complicated the government’s response to the crisis, and left responders unprepared for the next outbreak.”

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Luke Reynolds, Ph.D.


Reynolds is a passionate teacher and writer who has many years of experience teaching in middle and high schools in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. Research interests include: creativity in the classroom, balanced teaching approaches, service learning, motivating tweens and teens, social justice in the public school culture, and sustainable energy in education.


Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors on Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself

Categories: non-fiction, essay, reference


“Middle grades and young adult authors speak candidly on the unspoken ‘rules’ of adolescence in this collection of moving, inspiring, and often funny essays.”

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In addition, Reynolds is the author of Fantastic Failures: True Stories of People Who Changed the World by Falling Down First, Bedtime Blastoff, Griefers Creepers and Swords: Pick Your Path Series Book, If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song, and many other fantastic books for different age groups. 


Sergio Inestroza, Ph.D.

Inestroza joined Endicott in 2001. He primarily teaches Spanish courses, but also loves to help students who want to taste the flavor of Portuguese, as it’s his second language. He is very passionate about teaching and learning alongside others and is known for his emphatic personality.


La calle de la laguna: Cuentos

Categories: non-fiction, narrative, psychology


 “Inestrosa, with a masterful hand, builds such entertaining and human stories, well linked with the presence of its protagonists and antagonists, with vigorous psychological descriptions and a majestic, life-giving and realistic profile, that his name can be conjugated with those of Tolstoi, Quiroga and Maupassant.”

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Inestroza is also the author of La religión como mediadora del sentido de la vida, Los bordes del placer, Luna que no cesa, and many other written works, including extensive poetry.


Charlotte Gordon, Ph.D.


Gordon is an award-winning author whose work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among other publications. A Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Endicott, she received her A.B. from Harvard College and her Ph.D. from Boston University.


Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley

Categories: non-fiction, biography, feminist, history


“This groundbreaking dual biography brings to life a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she never knew. Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley have each been the subject of numerous biographies, yet no one has ever examined their lives in one book—until now.”

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Gordon has also written Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of America's First Poet and Two Girls on a Raft


Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA


Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA specializes in the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and its application to human problems, especially autism. She serves as the Executive Director of Programs in ABA and Autism, and as Director of the Ph.D. Program in ABA at Endicott. She is especially passionate about the philosophical and scientific foundations of ABA, ethical decision making in the context of professional practice, and collaboration across disciplines.


Reaching Out, Joining in: Teaching Social Skills to Young Children with Autism (Topics in Autism)

Categories: non-fiction, reference, guide


“One of the most important yet difficult skills for children with autism to learn is effective social interaction. This book introduces social skills programs to parents of preschool- and kindergarten-aged children diagnosed with one of the pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), including Autistic Disorder, Asperger's disorder, and PDD: not otherwise specified.”

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Weiss also wrote Jumpstarting Communication Skills in Children with Autism: A Parents' Guide to Applied Verbal Behavior (Topics in Autism) 


Brendan Cronin, D.B.A.


Cronin entered the hospitality industry in his native Ireland at 16. He has since worked for major international hotel companies such as Intercontinental Hotels, Sheraton, Mandarin Oriental, and Pan Pacific Hotels in Ireland, Switzerland, Africa, Thailand, Macao, Malaysia, Singapore–in addition to traveling to over 20 countries. Prior to joining Endicott in 1995, Dr. Cronin taught for many years at Les Roches International Hotel Management School in Switzerland. 


Cheffin': From Potatoes to Caviar

Categories: non-fiction, essays, cookbook, hospitality


“Master Chef Cronin–the only Irish chef to attain the prestigious Swiss culinary title of ‘Chef de Cuisine Diplomé’, Swiss Master Chef–takes us on a global journey of gastronomic delight from his childhood on a small dairy farm in the West of Ireland, to cooking in great hotels in Limerick, Dublin and onward to the beckoning and beautiful Swiss Alps, Africa, and The Far East.”

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Daniel Skylar, Ph.D.


Sklar teaches creative writing and inspires his students to love language and to write in an original, natural, and spontaneous way. He is also advisor for the Endicott Review.


Flying Cats (actually swooping)

Categories: non-fiction, poetry


“Fans of European 19th century verse, thick with symbolism and multi-syllabic, will find little to love in Dan Sklar's work. Sklar's poetry could be characterized as American Primitive, clean and bracing as creek water. Like Whitman, Sklar celebrates the mystery and profundity of the everyday.”

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Skylar is also the author of Hack Writer: Poems, Stories, Plays, B I C Y C L E S , C A N O E S , D R U M S, and Straightforward: Plays, Poems, Stories.


Larry Volk, M.F.A & Danielle Currier, M.F.A.


Volk is a professor of photography in the department of visual communications at Endicott. He holds an M.F.A. in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and has been a photographic educator for over 25 years.


Currier is an Associate Professor of design in the department of Visual Communications in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Endicott. She holds an M.F.A from Parsons, The New School for Design. Danielle has worked as an educator, designer, and artist in the Boston area and New York City for over 12 years.


No Plastic Sleeves: The Complete Portfolio Guide for Photographers and Designers

Categories: non-fiction, reference, guide


“Your resume and cover letter, as well as a digital portfolio, business card and mailers, will function as the first contact and impression you make. These items will work to get your ‘foot in the door.’ Ultimately, however, it will be your portfolio book or online portfolio website that will land you the job. The creation of your own portfolio is a creative statement about the value you place on your work and craft.”

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Alena Dillon, M.F.A.


Dillon’s work has appeared in Slice Magazine, The Rumpus, Bustle, and River Teeth. She earned her M.F.A. from Fairfield University and lives on the north shore of Boston with her husband, son, and dog.


Mercy House: A Novel

Categories: fiction, history


“Inside a century-old row house in Brooklyn, renegade Sister Evelyn and her fellow nuns preside over a safe haven for the abused and abandoned. Gruff and indomitable on the surface, warm and wry underneath, little daunts Evelyn, until she receives word that Mercy House will be investigated by Bishop Hawkins, a man with whom she shares a dark history. In order to protect everything they’ve built, the nuns must conceal many of their methods, which are forbidden by the Catholic Church.”

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We hope you found something interesting to read! If you are still searching for a match, a full list of available titles from Endicott faculty members past and present is available through the Diane M. Halle Library’s catalog.
Summer reading from Endicott College faculty authors.