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Community Reading List: 2024 Complete List

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

Andrea Belair

Collection Services Librarian

Jared Della Rocca

Staff - Director of Library Services

Rage Hezekiah

Associate Director of Academic Services

Hooray for stunning debuts by queer BIPOC folks. I'm grateful Sarah Thankam is on the scene, and I can't wait to read whatever she writes next.

I will read anything by Mary Karr, and was thrilled to read her insights on craft in this book. I'm still excited by her robust index of memoir recommendations in the appendix.

I thought I had some awareness of my own bodily privilege until I read this book. I'm almost embarrassed to share how much this book shifted my perspective.

I honestly haven't completely made my way through this book yet, but when I found out it existed I ordered it immediately. I need these poems, I need these poets, I've loved everything I've found in these pages so far.

Vanessa Lyon

Faculty - Visual Arts

Best-case scenario, you hear Dumanis read his poems, formally various as they come. Otherwise: only connect, like the skins and skulls and furs that elegantly defamiliarize, making new natures for us all.

The brilliant Sinclair is a Bennington alum and her poetic memoir is already a classic of the genre.

Hart came to Bennington to introduce us to the folklore and family secrets animating her visual art--but these related First Nation/New England poems are more darkly graphic and musical. They feel powerfully witchy sometimes.

Lua Piovano-Marcotte

Staff - Crossett Library Acquisitions Coordinator

Oceana Wilson

Dean of the Library

Jennifer Burg

Assistant Director of Academic Services and Student Grants Counselor

From the Prologue: "The old gods may be great, but they are neither kind nor merciful. They are fickle, unsteady as moonlight on water, or shadows in a storm. If you insist on calling them, take heed: be careful what you ask for, be willing to pay the price. And no matter how desperate or dire, never pray to the gods that answer after dark."

From the Prologue: “‘Between life and death there is a library,’ she said. ‘And within that library, the shelves go on for ever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be different if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?’”

From Chapter 0: "THE INVITATION - You are invited to my home on May 14, the Year of the Hummingbird. Please begin to arrive no earlier than 1:04 p.m., as I have many matters to settle before the event. The stars have shifted. The earth has turned. The time is here. I am dying. Come and collect your inheritance. Eternally, Orquídea Divina Montoya"

Camille Guthrie

Faculty - Writing

Dina Janis

Faculty - Drama

Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie

Faculty - Ecology

Corinne Rhodes

Technical Instructor - Printmaking

Will Schultheis


Annabel Davis-Goff

Director of the Prison Education Initiative

Sarah Harris

Dean of Faculty

Renée Lauzon

Social Media Manager

Alfredo Medina, Jr.

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and College Diversity Officer

Carly Rudzinski

Associate Registrar

I'm an unabashed King fan, and his latest release (focusing on a character from his Mr. Mercedes series) had me on the edge of my seat for the entire 400+ pages. Great fun, and contains hidden gems for long-time King fans.

I love a good Southern mystery, and this one had it all - a whiff of the supernatural, a smart female protagonist, and all the Spanish moss you need for a great suspense novel.

Sue Rees

Faculty - Drama and Visual Arts

Iva Sopta