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Community Reading List: 2022 Fiction

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

Barbara Alfano

Director of First-Year Forum and Faculty - Cultural Studies and Languages

Jared Della Rocca

Director of Library Services

Sherry Kramer

Faculty - Drama

Vanessa Lyon

Faculty - Art History

I'm not saying grad school is (always) evil for BIPOC--but it's not (always) *not evil.

Bracket the so-called tragic Mulatta trope and revel in the gorgeous imagery, fearless dialogue, and ubiquitous queerness of this Harlem Renaissance novel--then maybe watch the Netflix adaptation.

Jean Randich

Faculty - Drama

No hidden secret, this bestseller won the Pulitzer Prize. But if you love enchanting fables to lead you into the mysteries of the visible and invisible world that surrounds us, read "The Overstory." It will change your life.

"Marianne had the sense that her real life was happening somewhere very far away, happening without her, and she didn’t know if she would ever find out where it was and become part of it." I know so many Bennington students who have felt that way. Sally Rooney articulates it so clearly that reading this book I felt I could breath under water. She finds shimmering mystery in the ordinary and a toughness about class struggle that exists on a cellular level. Page turner with staying power.

Oceana Wilson

Dean of the Library

Benjamin Anastas

Faculty - Literature

A short, savagely perceptive novel about rich expats in France in the 1920s by a well-known gay American writer from the 40s and 50s who has been largely forgotten. New York Review of Books has reissued the book beautifully.

There is nothing else like this satiric novel about Oreo's heroic journey through New York City to discover her birthrights as a biracial child of Black and Jewish culture--it's wild, funny, and so forward looking that it stumped everyone when it was first published in 1974.

Sarah Harris

Dean of Faculty

Mirka Prazak

Faculty - Social Science

Stephen Shapiro

Faculty - Cultural Studies and Languages

Sue Rees

Faculty - Visual Arts and Drama

Tom Bogdan

Faculty - Music

Very unusual format and very moving.

Noah Coburn

Associate Dean for Curriculum and Pedagogy

Camille Guthrie

Director of Undergraduate Writing Initiatives

Dina Janis

Faculty - Drama

Rich prose and characters

Pure fun in Three Pines

Super fun and surprising

She is a terrific writer

Carly Rudzinski

Associate Registrar

Wade Simpson

Acquisitions Coordinator - Crossett Library

Laura Walker