Whether you want to expand your horizons through a deep exploration of a thought-provoking topic or need an escape to an imaginary world near or far, it’s impossible to beat curling up with a good book. That’s why we put together a reading list featuring books by alumni authors—add them to your own reading list and let us know what you think using the hashtag #DPUAlumniAuthors!
For a deep read…
by Clark Elliott (MUS ’83, MUS MM ’85, CDM ’90, CDM MS’90), Penguin Random House
When alumnus Clark Elliott suffered a traumatic brain injury in 1999, he had to completely remake his life. Hailed as “a remarkably informative discussion of brain injury” by Newsday, The Ghost in My Brain is the result of Elliott’s scrupulous note-taking during his nearly 15-year recovery process, creating a landmark new document in the literature of traumatic brain injury recovery.
For the child in all of us..
by Liam Heneghan (LAS ’13), University of Chicago Press
The stories we remember being told as kids and that we go on to tell our own children can contain remarkably powerful insights into life and the natural world. Alumnus Liam Heneghan’s philosophical exploration of the environmental lessons inherent in children’s literature is a perfect addition to your own nightstand.
For maintaining a positive attitude…
Positive Psychology in Practice
by Gina Delucca (CSH ’09), Rockridge Press
Especially now, it’s never been more important to make time to check in with yourself and your mental health. Alumna Gina Delucca, a licensed clinical psychologist, along with Jamie Goldstein, provides simple, actionable steps to help you define your own happiness and start working toward it.
For a dose of intrigue…
The November Man series
by Bill Granger (alumnus – no degree), Hachette Book Group
You know you’re dealing with a serious spy when Pierce Brosnan plays him in a movie. Alumnus Bill Granger’s November Man series features the exploits of ex-C.I.A. operative Peter Devereaux. We recommend starting with Book 1—Code Name November.
For cozy contemplation…
by Patrick Hicks (LAS MA ’94), Salmon Poetry
Library of the Mind is alumnus Patrick Hicks’ 11th book, containing poems at once reflective and forward-looking, interior and exterior. Hicks has long been an important figure in the American literary scene—for more of his work, check out the short story collection The Collector of Names, and if you’re more interested in a novel, try The Commandant of Lubizec.
For spiritual nourishment…
by Thomas Moore (MUS ’67), Harper Perennial Press
When alumnus Thomas Moore graduated from DePaul with a music degree in 1967, few could have guessed he would go on to write a #1 New York Times Bestseller and become one of the leading spiritual thinkers and writers of our time. Moore has published more than 20 books, though Care of the Soul is perhaps his best-known and most-loved.
Excellent new feature and these are good choices as well. I’m an alumnus and a writer myself — nine novels and one coming out sometime this year.