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Community Reading List: 2015 Complete List

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

Barbara Alfano

From Barbara Alfano:

A masterpiece of irony about assumed identities.

David Bond

Noah Coburn

A writing memoir, a novel, a zombie textbook, and a journalistic account of anthropologists at war:

Liz Deschenes

Michael Dumanis

Michael Leczinsky

Mirka Prazak

Jenny Rohn

Steven Shapiro

Benjamin Anastas

From Benjamin Anastas:

I'v been reading Mark Wunderlich's latest poetry collection The Earth Avails for most of the year, dipping in whenever I feel the need for sustenance. Whispering the Wisconsin names (Bootie Schmidt, Wiggy Stuber) is now my favorite form of prayer.

From Benjamin Anastas:

I can't say enough about Zachary Lazar's novel I Pity the Poor Immigrant. It follows the Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky to Israel and turns him into a figure from the Old Testament.

From Benjamin Anastas:

Martin Stannard's biography of Muriel Spark is much better than the usual literary biography, in part because Spark's later life took on all the qualities of a Muriel Spark novel. I've also been re-reading her novels in preparation for a class next term: The Girls of Slender Means, The Ballad of Peckham Rye and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie remain my favorites, but you really can't go wrong with any of them.

From Benjamin Anastas:

The short stories in Rivka Galchen's new collection American Innovations are all "secretly in conversation" with literature from the canon (poems by Keats and Wallace Stevens, stories by Gogol and Borges); they'll amaze you.

Annabel Davis-Goff

Camille Guthrie

Jonathan Kline

Katie Montovan

Sue Rees

Kerry Ryer-Parke

Mark Wunderlich

Doug Bauer

John Bullock

From John Bullock:

A humorous look at the pathologes of American higher ed, especially the admissions process, from the persepective of a parent.

Hugh Crowl

From Hugh Crowl:

A first-hand account of why Pluto isn't a planet anymore from one of the world's top planetary scientists.

Yoko Inoue

From Yoko Inoue:

Science fiction about psychotherapy (with some theory on psychiatric research and Western history about development of the psychology studies included in some chapters!) using a dream monitoring and intervention system. Those who have seen the amazing 2006 animation film Paprika by Satoshi Kon (DVD Animation 4077) must read this novel.

From Yoko Inoue:

Newly translated book of his 2010, Karatani is a renowned critic, philosopher and theorist, and the author of Architecture as Metaphor. A big book (I have not yet finished reading but I went to Karatani's lecture at University of Chicago explaining the core of his thoughts about how the world beyond capitalism would be, a world in which the reciprocity retaining individual freedom) on interconnected world history!

Mary Lum

Robert Ransick

Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly

Allen Shawn

Betsy Sherman

J Blackwell

Nick Brooke

Akiko Busch

Andrew Cencini

Warren Cockerham

Dina Janis

Robin Kemkes

From Robin Kemkes:

Rarely do the worlds of economists and artists overlap, but in the Bloomsbury Group, John Maynard Keynes and Virginia Woolf, among others, share their thoughts on life and work.

From Robin Kemkes:

A romance between a Georgian and an Azeri set in Baku during the First World War and the Russian Revolution.

Carol Pal

Isabel Roche

Tim Schroeder

Donald Sherefkin

Liz White