Summer Reading, vol. 4: Brinna Michel

This week, we spoke to a librarian at Pitts whose work behind the scenes ensures that you can find the books and resources you need in our online catalog! Brinna Michael specializes in metadata, which describes and makes discoverable objects in the Digital Image Archive, church conference minutes, databases, online exhibitions, and more. This work is especially crucial as Emory students, faculty, and staff continue with remote learning and research.

Brinna’s first recommendation is I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief. This “strange and heartwarming story” follows Ed Kennedy, an average cab driver who accidentally foils a bank robbery and ends up being launched into an unexpected adventure of human connection and self-reflection. Brinna recommends this book for those looking for a “fun read that’s a little bit philosophical think-piece and a little bit telepathic fly on the shoulder of a person experiencing a continuous, low-level existential crisis.” This book is available online for Emory users, or you can find a copy at your local library!

Brinna’s second summer suggestion is Wolf 359, a podcast about humans (and sometimes sentient operating systems) being humans no matter where they are (even 7.8 lightyears away from Earth). The best description comes from the podcast’s site, “Wolf 359 is a radio drama in the tradition of Golden Age of Radio shows like Escape! and Suspense. Take one part space adventure, add one part character drama, mix in one part absurdist sitcom, and you get Wolf 359.” Brinna recommends this for those who want a “lighthearted and unique character-driven sitcom that hooks you in and drags you along for a dramatic and unexpectedly emotional ride.” This podcast is available on iTunes and Google play.

Next week we look forward to hearing from Dr. Elizabeth Corrie, Associate Professor in the Practice of Youth Education and Peacebuilding and Director of the Religious Education Program! Looking for more recommendations? All summer reading blogposts are archived at