Summer Reading Suggestions from SSE Researchers and Staff
Trying to provide some reading inspiration for those upcoming lazy summer days, we have asked some SSE profiles what they will be reading this summer, or what they have recently read that they would recommend others. You can read their answers below, as well as check out the complete reading list on the right.
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
"Holiday reading...I tend to take this very (and according to my wife and children: too) seriously. Right after the Christmas break, another long holiday filled with books, I start planning what to bring on my summer vacation, which we traditionally spend at our summer cottage in Värmland. This year it will be an eclectic range of books: in four languages, philosophy, religion, fiction (most of it), literary nonfiction, a collection of letters by one of my favourite Dutch authors, and lots more. I just bought a cheap secondhand, and beautifully leather bound copy of Det svenska ordförrådets ålder och ursprung; as a bit of an etymology nerd, I look forward to leafing through it every now and then.
A recommendation? One of my favourites in literary nonfiction is Bernard Cooper’s My avant-garde education. From right-out funny to extremely moving, this memoir tells about going to art school in the early years of the conceptual art movement and about losing a partner to AIDS."
"Among my reading projects, I have one that has been going on for the past two summers: to read the books in the quintet of City novels (Stadserien), written by Per Anders Fogelström. In this modern epic story, we get to follow the generations of a working-class Stockholm family. The story is as much about Henning Nilsson and his descendants as about Stockholm itself, as it portrays how the city changes with economic and political development. The quintet spans the years 1860 to 1968. The characters are realistically portrayed individuals, and at the same time representatives of a historical process. This summer I will read the third book in the series, Minns du den stad (Remember the City), set in the years 1900-1925.
Per Anders Fogelström is among the most well-known and appreciated authors of “Stockholmiana”. His books are the product of remarkable research and have sold by the millions. There are still regular tours in the city that follow in footsteps of Stadserien. I recommend the books warmly to all who want to understand more about modern Swedish and Stockholm history."
"I am reading Swedish artist Hilma af Klint’s Notes and Methods (translated by SSE alumna Kerstin Lind Bonnier). af Klint was a remarkable individual who produced abstract art works years before Kandinsky, Mondrian, and Malevich. Her exhibition at Guggenheim New York is the most visited in the museum’s history. She is now taking a more visible part in art history. I am also reading Sven Carlsson’s and Jonas Leijonhufvud’s book on the creation of Spotify, a company that in less than a decade has contributed to completely transforming the logics and business models of the music industry."
Associate Professor, Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology
“Never Stop Learning by Bradley Staats (Harvard Business Review Press, 2018) is about how we can be lifelong dynamic learners. The book gives ideas about learning processes in an ever-changing environment, where learning becomes more important than knowledge. Partly on the same theme, I would also recommend Lifelong Kindergarten by Mitchel Resnick (MIT Press, 2017). Here the focus is on how we can learn to think and act creatively – a way of innovative thinking often used in kindergarten."
Postdoc Fellow, BSc Program in Retail Management
"The summer holiday is a time to spend time with family and loved ones. I would therefore first and foremost recommend that you read books for the future generation of vivid readers.
In my case, my godchildren Agnes and Lowe are just about the age where they can start to appreciate literature. This summer, I therefore hope to get a chance to read such books as Vems lilla mössa flyger? by Barbro Lindgren (1987), Vem ska trösta lilla knyttet? by Tove Jansson (1960), and A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (1968) to them. What all these fantasy books have in common is that they are enjoyable for children and adults alike.
If you don’t plan to read for anyone else than yourself, and still wants to read a fantasy novel, I would for example recommend James Branch Cabell’s (1921) Figure of Earth: A Comedy of Appearances which I am reading right now. It is a great work of irony, wit and elegance."