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Each year, Musselman Library asks Gettysburg College faculty, staff, and administrators to help create a suggested summer reading list. Our goal is to inspire students and the rest of our community to take time in the summer to sit back, relax, and read.

With the 2017 collection, we again bring together recommendations from across our campus—the books, movies, TV shows, and podcasts that have meant something special to us over the past year. 118 faculty, administrators and staff offer up 218 recommendations.

We include five special features this year. Two of our regular columnists return once again: James Udden and his latest recommendations for the best film and TV, and Allen Guelzo with suggested readings on Civil War history. The #GBCTalks program has curated a series of recommended books that explore issues such as race and racism in America, social justice, and diversity and inclusion. Amy Dailey, Fritz Gaenslen, Caroline Hartzell, Salma Monani, and Jim Udden also present a "Focus on Health" feature in preparation for the next Gettysburg Cycle, and Devin McKinney remembers the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with a selection of Beatles-themed films and books.

Every reader is sure to find something tempting in this publication, which has become a campus favorite. Happy reading!

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Summer 2017

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You've Gotta Read This: Summer Reading at Musselman Library (2017)