Stack of hardcover books, from the top down: Witness by Jamel Brinkley, Up Home by Ruth J Simmons, Ordinary Notes by Christina Sharpe, The Worlds I See by D. Fei-Fei Li, Suzuki by Eri Hotta, and Sounds Wild and Broken by David George Haskell. Below the books is a white furry blanket and a strand of fairy lights surround the book stack.

Dean Minor’s Winter Reading List

Lloyd B. Minor, MD, Dean of Stanford School of Medicine, recently shared his 2023 winter reading list on social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, & Instagram). Describing his recommendations, Dean Minor stated:

This past year has deepened my appreciation for stories and their power to unite us, ignite curiosity, and inspire. All can be found in my winter booklist, and I’m thrilled to share it with you.
The journey begins with two extraordinary women who have ascended to influential positions. ‘The Worlds I See’ is the story of Fei-Fei Li, my esteemed colleague here at Stanford, who immigrated from China as a child and through her expertise and imagination, has played a pivotal role in the global AI revolution. ‘Up Home’ follows the life and career of Ruth Simmons, the first female Black president of an Ivy League university, from her youth in the Jim Crow-era South.
Next, ‘Ordinary Notes’ and ‘Witness’ each focus on narrative moments that delve into intimacy, loss, and the quest for personal and societal progress. The final selections, ‘Suzuki’ and ‘Sounds Wild and Broken’, explore the transformative impact of music and our planet’s soundscape on our lives.

Lane Library has purchased the books on Dean Minor’s reading list and they are ready for you to check out:

The Worlds I See
By Fei-Fei Li

Up Home
By Ruth Simmons


Witness: Stories
By Jamel Brinkley


Access these books and more leisure reading!

Print copies of all the books are available at Lane Library. To access the ebooks, you need a SUNet ID for login. Many ebooks are limited to one simultaneous user.

Many of the ebooks are available through Stanford Libraries’ Overdrive platform. Use your SUNet ID to log in to Overdrive to explore a curated collection of ebooks and audiobooks. To access materials on your mobile device, download Overdrive’s Libby app. Many public libraries also use Overdrive and the Libby app to provide easy access to leisure reading materials. Check out your local public library to explore options! You can log into the Northern California Digital Library on Overdrive with a public library card from the City of Palo Alto Public Library and many other local libraries. 

What are you reading this winter? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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