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Summer reading: UC Davis on history, beer and spiritual journeys

Looking for a great summer book? UC Davis’ talented faculty and alumni have new offerings to whet a variety of reading appetites. 

Renowned for our Creative Writing Program that boasts several bestselling authors among its faculty and alumni, UC Davis annually launches a number of well-received novels, memoirs and books of poetry connected to the Department of English

This year the Creative Writing Program director, Pam Houston, has published a new novel, Contents May Have Shifted. Other new works include those by alumnus Anthony Swofford (Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails), alumna Melanie Thorne (Hand Me Down) and English professor emerita Sandra McPherson (Certain Uncollected Poems). 

It’s not just our English department authors who create thought-provoking books. Enter the fascinating realm of Old West history through music professor Beth Levy’sFrontier Figures: American Music and the Mythology of the American West or learn about Foam from the thoroughly entertaining brewing science professor Charles Bamforth

To keep up with other new books from UC Davis authors, subscribe to the UC Davis Bookstore Buzz, published by UC Davis trade books buyer Paul Takushi. Send an email to pmtakushi@ucdavis.edu with “buzz subscribe” in the subject heading. 

Books by UC Davis authors are also on sale at the bookstore in the “Campus Authors” section or can be ordered through UC Davis Stores.

The choices are many: New books from UC Davis include all genres: novels, poetry, biography, history, memoir, scientific analysis and more. Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo illustration

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