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As summer starts, we ask members of the Tufts community to tell us about books that they’ve read recently and recommend to others. The responses are always filled with surprises, forming a cornucopia of many genres that is guaranteed to appeal to readers of all stripes and ages.

an open book on a field of grass and flowers

Tufts alumnus James C. Nicola, A72, has received a Special Tony Award in recognition of his successful 34-year run as artistic director of New York Theatre Workshop, an Off-Broadway nonprofit with a reputation for incubating important new plays and musicals.

James Nicola

When her daughter Eloise turned 16 last November, Meredith Melling, J96, wanted to mark the occasion in a special way. She knew Eloise didn’t want to make a big deal of it—“She just wanted to have dinner with a friend or go shopping,” Melling says.

John Melling with the Tufts soccer team, 1967