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Recommended Reading

This is a complete list of summer reading recommended by Kent State Salem students, faculty, staff, and friends. 

The KSU Salem Campus Library provides this list for your information and entertainment.  The list is alphabetical by title.  Click on any title to see a library record and location, when available.    

Cupid : a tale of love and desire / Julius Lester. Orlando : Harcourt Children's Books, 2007.

Newbery Honor-winning author Julius Lester tells the story of Cupid, the Roman god of love, and the beautiful mortal, Psyche in this fresh and funny retelling of the classic myth. 

 Recommended by Breanna McCreary, KSU senior.





The Paleo Answer: 7 days to Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Stay Young / Dr. Loren Cordain. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012

As a future dietitian, I have always had interest in nutrition and food composition. The Paleo Diet is a new type of lifestyle eating that refers back to our ancestors, specifically cavemen, and focuses on their simple diet which contains food items in their most natural state. Cordain wrote The Paleo Answer to help his readers get started with the Paleo lifestyle while also explaining the benefits of eating the caveman diet. His breakdown is very easy to understand and researched reasoning made this book worth reading. I also enjoyed his recipes and tips on how to be successful while eating Paleo. If any readers are seeking a healthier lifestyle, I would highly suggest this book.

Recommended by Chlesey Palumbo, KSU sophomore.  


The Round House / Louise Erdrich.  New York: Harper, c. 2012. 

The Round House is the story of Geraldine Coutts, an Ojibwe rape victim, told through the eyes of her thirteen-year-old son Joe.  The novel is part mystery and part coming-of-age story.   It provides a suspenseful and compelling look into life in the fictional Argus, North Dakota.   Erdrich is the author of 14 novels including The Beet Queen, Love Medicine, and Plague of Doves.   She has also written several volumes of short stories, poetry, and children’s stories.  The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2012.

Recommended by Lilith Kunkel, Library Director, Salem Campus.


  A Wrinkle in Time / Madeleine L'Engle.  New York: Ariel Books [1962].  

 This has always been one of my favorite books to read. I first fell in love with science fiction when I was transitioning into junior high and L’Engle opened me up to a whole new world. A Wrinkle in Time is classic 1960’s book that features a young girl who is on a quest to find her father who has mysteriously disappeared. This book also features a coming of age theme in which the protagonist, named Meg, finds her true identity while on the search for her father. This book is a classic and has won multiple awards ever since it was published in the 1960’s.

Recommended by Chlesey Palumbo, KSU sophomore.



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