What to Read While School is Closed: Part One

Mailynn Nguyen

While some may see the school closure as a source of boredom and loneliness, it can also be viewed as a chance to catch up on reading. I’ve compiled a list of books (and the books that follow them, if applicable) below, with short descriptions. Many of these titles can be accessed through online resources for e -and- audio books such as Overdrive, Destiny Read, and MackinVIA. Happy reading!


This article will be published in three sections, one every week. This week, all titles featured are nonfiction titles



Outbreak: If you’d like to spend your time during this pandemic reading about past pandemics (and epidemics), Outbreak by Bryn Barnard will be greatly enjoyed. 


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: In southern Virginia, the cancerous cells of a woman by the name of Henrietta Lacks were taken and studied without her consent. These cells have led to great advancements in biology… yet Lacks was not recognized or heard of in the least. Journalist Rebecca Skloot uncovers the story of Henrietta Lacks in this well-written work. 


Primates, a graphic novel, is the story of the amazing work and lives of three women primatologists: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. 


Radioactive: A Tale of Love and Fallout is by Lauren Redniss. Radioactive tells the story of the life, love, and legacy of Marie Curie and how her discovery of two radioactive elements, Polonium and Radium, have greatly affected our world. 


A Slice of Pi by Liz Strachan is a novel with informative and humorous insights to the wonderful world of math.