June 07, 2017

Ms. Mentor's Summer Reading

Ms. Mentor has been recommending academic novels for Chronicle readers since 2009.

In this summer’s fiction recommendations, faculty are taking out their frustrations on overworked and under-respected middle managers.

So much for the classics; time to break open the juicy academic novels.

Five classic texts about professors and learning for your summer reading list.

Spend at least part of your summer reading about fictional campus life.

Spend at least part of your summer reading about fictional campus life.

Should an M.F.A. trying to make it in her field accept an adjunct teaching job or take a break from academe?

Ms. Mentor offers her annual summer reading list for faculty members.

Ms. Mentor offers her annual summer reading list for faculty members.

Throw out the self-punishing idea that each summer must be a symphony of accomplishment.

Your skills are unappreciated, your colleagues mistreat you; is it time to release your demons via an academic novel? Ms. Mentor weighs the pros and cons.