Check out our Featured Books on display for June. Whether you want to brush up on writing techniques, keep up with your subject concentration or just get around to all those great books that you weren’t able to during the semester; this list has something for everyone.
We do our best to cover a variety of student interests and research needs.


Play their hearts out by George Dohrmann     Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist George Dohrmann’s remarkable debut offers an up-close and unforgettable narrative that reveals the gritty reality hiding behind the romanticized hoop dreams of America’s basketball prodigies.

Gin before breakfast:the dilemma of the poet in the room by W Dale Nelson    “In this volume W. Dale Nelson offers minibiographies of key British and American poets who at one time or another worked as journalists. Examining the work of such poets as Whittier, Whitman, Kipling, and Coleridge, the author presents a unique portrait of their writing process and influences.” “Nelson’s stories also bring to light the ever-present struggle between poetic truth and literal journalistic truth.

Deadlines and Disruption by Stephen B. Shepard    Shepard recounts his five decades in journalism: a time of radical transformations in the way news is developed, delivered, and consumed. In the digital age, anyone can be a journalist. Opinion pieces are replacing original reporting as the coin of the realm. And an entire generation is relying on Facebook friends and Twitter feeds to tell them what to read. Is this the beginning of an irreversible slide into third-rate journalism– or the start of a better world of interactive, multimedia journalism?

Fatland: How Americans became the fattest people in the world by Greg Crister    Fat land highlights the groundbreaking research that implicates cheap fats and sugars as the alarming new metabolic factor making our calories stick and shows how and why children are too often the chief metabolic victims of such foods.

The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich    On March 16, 1970, the day Newsweek published a cover story on the fledgling feminist movement, forty-six Newsweek women charged the magazine with discrimination in hiring and promotion. It was the first female class action lawsuit, and it inspired other women in the media to follow suit. Povich was one of the ringleaders. She tells the story of this dramatic turning point through the lives of several participants, and shows how personal experiences and cultural shifts led a group of well-mannered, largely apolitical women to challenge their bosses– and what happened after they did.

Cultural meaning of news: a text-reader by Daniel A Berkowitz    An essential collection of seminal and contemporary studies on the nature of news today, by leaders in the fields of mass communication and media studies.

Be sure to check out the full list of the Research Center’s featured books  for June  on our Pinterest page and don’t  forget to share with us what’s on your reading list for the summer.