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Rochester and Western New York's favorite books of 2021, part 2

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

Our guests:

  • Shaun Nelms, Ed.D., superintendent of East High EPO, and associate professor (clinical) and interim 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: Reimagining 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 the Water” by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Renée Watson; illustrated by Nikkolas Smith
    “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 Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life” by George Saunders
  • Shani Wilson, chair of the Rochester Police Accountability Board, physician assistant, and activist
    “How the Other Half Lives” by Jacob Riis
  • Rosa Marie, president of Marvelous Mind Academy
    “The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer” by Steven Kotler
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.