Claire Kissinger’s Best Reads of 2014

claireMy name is Claire Kissinger, and I’ve lived in Evanston for the past three years.  I am a senior at Northwestern majoring in Art History and minoring in Gender & Sexuality Studies, and I work at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art as the Undergraduate Curatorial Fellow and as a Student Docent.  I love working at the Block Museum because it allows me to learn and talk about art with both professionals in the field (artists, curators, preparators, scholars) as well as our patrons who come from a variety of backgrounds.  In my free time, I love to drink coffee, dance, visit museums, and watch movies.

1) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1970)

I loved reading One Hundred Years this summer. The book features an INCREDIBLY extended and unique family and the changes the family undergoes over many years as their community evolves.  My favorite part of reading the book is that it was entirely unpredictable and fantastical, with characters constantly coming in and out of the narrative, always with ridiculous stories.

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Meghana Puri’s Best Reads of 2014

picture 2My name is Meghana Puri, and I’ve lived in Evanston for four years while studying Economics and Psychology at Northwestern University.  I enjoy reading and learning how to cook.

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1) Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2013)

Adichie became one of my favorite authors with this book which has incredibly insightful perspectives on varied topics such as the American dream, race, and immigrants around the world while telling a compelling love story.

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