Rochester and Western New York’s Favorite Books in 2021, Part 2


We continue an annual tradition of Connections by talking to community members about their favorite books of the year. Their selections cross a range of genres. Get yourself a pen and paper so you can write a list of books yourself!

Our guests:

  • Shaun nelms, Ed.D., Superintendent of East High EPO, and Associate Professor (Clinical) and Acting Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the Warner School of Education
    “We want to do more than survive: abolitionist teaching and the pursuit of educational freedom” by Bettina Love
    “Ratchetdemic: reinventing academic success” by Christopher Emdin
    “I Came as a Shadow: An Autobiography” by John Thompson
  • Linda Sue Park, author of “A Long Walk to Water”, “Prairie Lotus” and “The One Thing You’d Save”, and more
    “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story” by Nikole Hannah-Jones
    “The 1619 Project: Born on Water” by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Renée Watson; illustrated by Nikkolas Smith
    “The Last Night at the Telegraph Club” by Malinda Lo
  • Allison Larkin, author of “The People We Keep” and more
    “Catch Us When We Fall” by Juliette Fay
  • Justin murphy, education reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle, and author of the forthcoming book, “Your Children Are Very Greatly in Danger: School Segregation in Rochester, New York”
    “A Bath in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading and Life” by George Saunders
  • Shani wilson, chairman of the Rochester Police Accountability Board, physician assistant and activist
    “How the other half lives” by Jacob Riis
  • Rosa Marie, president of the Marvelous Mind Academy
    “The Art of the Impossible: An Introduction to Peak Performance” by Steven Kotler


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