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It's the end of the semester! Looking for some books about where you're bound, or how to manage coworkers or get ahead? Check out some of these.

Essays & More

You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a "Useless" Liberal Arts Degree by George Anders: Explore some of the ways in which your liberal arts degree prepares you to be a force in the Real World.

When They Go Low, We Go High: Speeches that Shape the World - And Why We Need Them by Philip Collins: Explore 25 of the world's great speeches, from the past to the present, and delve into ways to make your point - well.

Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell: Writer Gaiman and artist Riddell work together to present some of the many ways in which your imagination (and your local library!) can change the world.

Where Are We Heading? The Evolution of Humans and Things by Ian Hodder: Have you ever wondered about, well, where humanity (and technology) is bound? Delve into possibilities with anthropology professor and archeologist Hodder!

I Was Raised on the Internet by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago & edited by Omar Kholeif: This series of essays and provocation taken from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's recent exhibit of the same name explores arts and the Internet.

Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers, and Rebels by Alissa Quart: A look at some of the American outsiders, from activists to professionals and beyond, who are helping to change the status quo.

Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss: Life advice from the one and only Dr. Seuss, aka Theodore Seuss Geisel. 

Guides to Beginnings & Becomings

Game On! Gamification, Gameful Design, and the Rise of the Gamer Educator by Kevin Bell: Are you a gamer - and an educator? Or an gamer planning to become an educator? Check out some ways to gamify your educating game!

Real Artists Have Day Jobs (And Other Awesome Things They Don't Teach You In School) by Sara Benincasa: Writer and comedian Sara Benincasa offers advice from her own tumultuous twenties in this guide to figuring out where you fit (and getting a job).

Making it in the Art World: New Approaches to Galleries, Shows, and Raising Money by Brainard Carey: Heading into the professional art world? Check out these tips and tricks from an artist and career development lecturer! 

Design Thinking at Work: How Innovative Companies Are Embracing Design by David Dunne: Explore the uses of creativity (and creative solutions) in the corporate world.

How to Get Grant Money in the Humanities and Social Sciences by Raphael Brewster Folsom: Planning something big this coming school year? (Or the year after?) Check out this resource for people seeking grants in the social sciences and humanities!

Problem Solved: A Primer in Design and Communication by Michael Johnson: Explore new (and better!) ways to make points with design and (visual) communication. 

Never Too Late: The Adult Student's Guide to College by Rebecca Klein-Collins: Heading back to school? Or considering it? This book may be for you!

Graduate Study in the USA: Surviving and Succeeding edited by Christopher McMaster and Caterina Murphy: Thinking about heading to grad school? Check out these essays!

Becoming An Academic: How to Get Through Grad School and Beyond by Inger Mewburn: Thinking about an academic trajectory? Check out this book about grad school and early career professorship! 

What's Next? Eco Materialism & Contemporary Art by Linda Weintraub: Learn about some of the places art is going - and some new and different things you can try - with this book about art, matter, and the environment! 

Novels & Lives


Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream by Ibtihaj Muhammad with Lori L. Tharps: Olympic bronze medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad tells the story of her life and her rise in the world of competitive fencing. 

Becoming by Michelle Obama: Michelle Obama, Chicago native, attorney, administrator, and former First Lady, tells the story of her life in this memoir.

First: Sandra Day O'Connor by Evan Thomas: Delve into the life of the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court: Sandra Day O'Connor.

Let Her Fly: A Father's Journey by Ziauddin Yousafazi: Ziauddin Yousafazi tells the story of the Yousafazi family, including daughter (and Nobel laureate) Malala.


Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter: This isn't exactly a novel - but it is the libretto for Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter's Hamilton: The Musical!

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero: Gabi chronicles the difficulties and triumphs of her senior year in high school in her diary.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez: Chicago-area teen Julia balances grief, family expectations (and secrets),and her own ambitions after her sister's death in this novel by local author Sánchez. Prefiere leer en español? Tenemos Yo no soy tu perfecta hija mexicana, traducida por Gracaiela Romero Saldaña. 

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