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Community Reading List: 2020 Fiction

Each year the library compiles reading recommendations for the Winter Break.

Marina by Carlos Ruiz ZafonThe Wild RobotThe Dutch House

Tatiana Abatemarco

Visiting Faculty - Center for the Advancement of Public Action

Annabel Davis-Goff

Director of the Prison Education and the Incarceration in America Initiatives, CAPA. Faculty - Literature. 

Camille Guthrie

Director of Undergraduate Writing Initiatives

"All new novels; all scary and brilliant."

Farhad Mirza, '12

Technical Instructor in 3D Technology

Natalie Redmond

Associate Writer - Communications 

Susie Reiss, '79

Head of the Music Library

Betsy Sherman

Faculty - Science and Mathematics

Ellen Weiner

Manager of Grants and Partnerships - President's Office

Oceana Wilson

Acting Dean of the College. Dean of the Library

Barbara Alfano

Faculty - Cultural Studies and Languages

A page-turner. This is the disastrous story of a difficult family narrated from three different perspectives, with a great, unpredictable final twist.

Keegan Ead

Digital Marketing Strategist - Communications

What happens when regular people get caught up in a tragic mistake? Crippling paranoia and guilt that pulls them apart from the inside, of course!  A dark psychological tale written by one of our own staff members.

This sci-fi series is insane.  Witness a new civilization spring to life as humanity collapses into dust. Spider, Octopus, and what remains of Men must find a way forward in a cold universe.

Mirka Prazak

Faculty - Society, Culture and Thought

Sue Rees

Faculty - Visual Arts

Donald Sherefkin

Faculty - Visual Arts

Anna Maria Hong

Faculty - Literature

Nicole Arrington

Events Manager

Laura Crosslin

Senior Admissions Systems Coordinator - Admissions

" It's a middle-school read, but so lovely."

Mary Lum

Faculty - Visual Arts

Vanessa Lyon

Faculty - Visual Arts

"This is Rankine's first published play and, like Citizen--but even more emphatically--it asks us to see (quotidian performances of) what's always/still there."

"2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of Morrison's searing first novel--a devastating account of the racialization of childhood and the sexualization of race."

"Two hundred years later, Austen's feminist Gothic parody is no joke."

Ray Stevens, '15

Student Employment Coordinator - Career Development and FWT Office

" Original and intricately-drawn fantasy of resistance."

" Madcap mystery with all the fixings—like an improbable number of fixings. Think Victorian London with fairies, werewolves, dragons, transdimensional libraries, and biblioespionage."

Mark Wunderlich

Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars. Faculty - Literature

Marguerite Feitlowitz

Faculty - Literature

Noah Coburn

Associate Dean for Curriculum and Pedagogy. Faculty - Society, Culture and Thought

Jared Della Rocca

Director of Library Services

Dina Janis

Faculty - Drama

"I was moved and inspired by this book."


Jean Randich

Faculty Drama  

Stephen Shapiro

Faculty - Cultural Studies and Languages