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Recharge with Reading - Welcome!: Reading Lists for each Group 2021


Reading Lists for Each Group

Reading Lists for Each Group

Keri Grant and Tiffany Nelson

Theme: Wellness

  1. James Clear. Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results.  Avery, 2018 (5 Star rating on, and a bestseller) Available as an Audible audio books.
  2. Shonda Rhimes. Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person. Simon & Schuster, 2015 (another bestseller on There is also a journal available.
  3. Matt Haig. The Midnight Library. Viking, 2020. (4.5 star rating on, and also another bestseller. Available as an Audible audio book.)
  4. Don Miguel Ruiz. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. Amber-Allen Publishing. 2011 (4.5 star rating; 62,500~ people have rated this book. Bestseller on; available as an Audible audio book.)
  5. Brene Brown. The Gifts of Imperfection. Random House, 2020.  (4.5 star rating; 22,800~ people have rated this book; available as an Audible audio book.)

Facilitators: Keri Grant and Tiffany Nelson

Viki Stoupenos

Theme: Community

November Reads

Catalog of unabashed gratitude by Ross Gay, Available FREE to read Online through the Saint Leo Cannon Memorial Library, please follow this link!:       A collection of poems by award winning poet, Ross Gay

The book of gutsy women: favorite stories of courage and resilience by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, Available for checkout from the Saint Leo Cannon Memorial LIbrary:

December Reads

I always eat my dessert first by Rhondra Willis     A book for encouragement, affirmation, and reflection

The Wagon by Elaine Omann


Library Guide for this selection of books:

Facilitator:  Viki Stoupenos

Dr. Dan Dubois: Double Dog Dare You

Theme: Double Dog Dare You (to read this!)


In this group readers get to sample some of the most lively and interesting history books ever written. The first two books, read over the fall semester, explore aspects of American history, from the harrowing and beautiful life of a midwife in the early American republic to the dark side of US imperialism in modern Latin America and the Middle East.  The second two, read over the spring, consist of a history of 16th-century art and a historical novel about a wild man that together explore developments in world history as seen from China’s perspective.

Group members will discuss the books during four evening meetings over the course of the academic year.  Best of all: NO prior knowledge about any of these topics is required! These are all wonderfully-written, engaging books that explore the human past in fun and different ways.

List of Books:

Fall, 2021

  • A Midwife’s Tale by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
  • Empire’s Workshop by Greg Grandin

Spring 2022

  • Vermeer’s Hat by Timothy Brook
  • To Live by Yu Hua (this is a novel)

Facilitator: Dr. Dan Dubois

TBD: Mujeres de Posibilidades: Mexican Authors

Theme: Mujeres de Posibilidades: Women Authors of Mexican Heritage


Women are possibilities and places. Places we know we belong and places we long to be. In this reading challenge, we will explore works by Mexican and Mexican American women who are concerned with contemporary language, roles, and struggles. And all the possibilities.


List of Books:

  • The Carrying by Ada Limón
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Selected Works translated by Edith Gossman
  • Loose Woman by Sandra Cisneros
  • When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz


Facilitator: TBD

Theme: Inclusion

Theme: Inclusion

Our reading group book is Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judy Heumann and Kristen Joiner

Being Heumann

We will have a book discussion event on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 7PM. 

ALL students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.  

Saint Leo authentication is required to use this Zoom link 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 963 1741 4680

Contact Maria Santos or Christine Woods with any

Saint Leo University students, faculty, and staff are invited to join our LionShare group.

October is National Disability Awareness Employment Month!

The theme for NDEAM 2021, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,” reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

NDEAM is held each October to commemorate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. 

More information, resources, recommended reading and videos are available on our NDEAM LibGuide.



Dr. Ernest Luke McClees: Veterans' Experience

Theme: the Veteran Experience

List of Books:

  • Redeployment by Phil Klay - A 2014 National Book Award winner is made up of twelve stories written by a former U.S. Marine in Iraq. The wide array of stories includes navigating post-service relationships, attending college after being discharged, and moral injury.
  • Fire and Forget by Roy Scranton, editor and Matt Gallagher, editor This collection of stories was assembled as part of post-combat healing exercises. This collection is significant as many of the stories make little reference to service and concentrate on life after the military.
  • EAT THE APPLE by Matt Young - This selection highlights a phenomenon that is widely misunderstood in the non-veteran community. One may be proud of the aspect of their service while simultaneously being horrified by their military service.  


Facilitator: Dr. Ernest McClees