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Community Reading List: 2017 Complete List

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

Elisa Albert

Doug Bauer

Noah Coburn

Marguerite Feitlowitz

Dan Hofstadter

Vanessa Lyon

Something old:

Billed as the first Gothic novel and brimming with icky extravagant weirdness.

Something new:

Revelatory critical approaches to Isaac Julien, Renee Green, Kerry James Marshall, and Yinka Shonibare among others.

Something borrowed:

Where the magisterial title poem consists entirely of "the titles of catalogue descriptions of Western art objects in which a black female figure is present."

Something blue:

Because it's the right thing to shore us up for a course called 'Rape/Culture' and because Butler was once a Bennington student!

Mariko Silver

Barbara Alfano

From Barbara Alfano:

It is the story of a TV producer who loses his wife to an aneurysm in the same instant he's saving somebody else's lfe. To cope with the tragedy, he spends his days sitting on a bench outside of his daughter's school and from there he discovers the hidden corners of a few people's lives. It's funny, somewhat dark, and most of all ironic.

Ella Ben Hagai

Ron Cohen

Camille Guthrie

Yoko Inoue

Mary Lum

Mirka Prazak

Aysha Peltz

Liz White

Brooke Allen

David Bond

Michael Dumanis

Karen Gover

Dina Janis

From Dina Janis:

Lovely musings on life through the lens of a wonderful old Swedish curmudgeon.

Nancy Nowacek

Elizabeth Sherman

David Anderegg

From David Anderegg:

One seldom reads a book that is this hilarious on such a serious subject (racism) but this book succeeds brilliantly. It is a joy to read...and it recently won the Man Booker Prize, so I'm not the only one who liked it.

From David Anderegg:

One of her earliest novels, and still a marvel. It is almost absolutely pitiless, and for that reason alone it is worth reading. How can she sustain interest in such a large cast of characters, almost all of whom are so deeply unlikable? This is a book that teaches one how to write.

Akiko Busch

Janet Foley

John Hultgren

Sherry Kramer

Three books about America as it is, not as we think it is:

Karthik Pandian

2 on black LA:

From Karthik:

Epistolary fruit from the loquat tree

From Karthik:

Reminder that we need a sense of humor in Trump's America

Isabel Roche

Sue Rees

Stephen Shapiro