I am a hyper-curious person, and curiosity is an important value in my life … as well as an important impact of museums.
But curiosity isn't limited to museums, and can be hard to sustain through adulthood. By sharing some of my curious paths through reading, I'm hoping to reinforce how important wide-ranging curiosity is to our practice and spark new conversations that may seem unrelated to museums, but deeply matter to how we do our work. After all, as museums we cover a variety of topics. Our curiosity should also be as omnivorous!
To that end, here's a new installment of some of my wide-ranging reads (mostly non-fiction) I hope to hear recommendations from you!
Book Love, by Debbie Tung
Books. They are stacked all over my house. I read several at a time. My daughter has every indication of taking after me. And cartoonist Debbie Tung is our kindred spirit. This graphic book beautifully captures what it means to love books … and tea … and the smell of books …
Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading, by Lucy Mangan
I was totally a bookworm as a kid (and still am). This memoir reminded me how intoxicating reading is to children … and cracked me up about the travails of being a bookish kid … because I totally related. If you read a lot as a kid, you'll find memories here as well as new books to discover.
Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science, by Jeannine Atkins
I picked this up for my daughter, but loved it for me. Three beautiful, long-form poems celebrating three girls who truly looked … at butterflies (Maria Merian), fossils (Mary Anning), and the heavens (Maria Mitchell). It is an evocative mixture of poetry, history, science, and girl-power … and three resilient girls who I hope will inspire my daughter.
Have a suggestion for my reading list? Email it to me at susie (at) wilkeningconsulting (dot) com.
I respectfully acknowledge that I live and work on the traditional lands of the Duwamish people. I thank them for the care of this land, and I endeavor to help museums bring forward a more complete and inclusive history and culture in their work.