Faculty Summer Reading

With school out for summer, our faculty has been digging into their personal reading lists. Here’s a sampling of books that can be found in their beach bags:


Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgramage, Haruki Murakami

AmericanahChimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Outlander Series, Diana Gabaldon

Dubliners, James Joyce

When We Were Birds, poems by Joe Wilkins

The Night In Question, Tobias Wolff

Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Association of Small Bombs, Karan Mahajan

The Year of the Runaways, Sunjeev Sahota

Underworld, Don DeLillo

The Tsar of Love and Techno, Anthony Marra

Forunte Smiles, Adam Johnson

Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut

Lo que mueve el mundo, Kirmen Uribe

The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers

American Dervish, Ayad Akhtar

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

A Darker Shade of Magic, V. E. Schwab

The Sense of Ending, Julian Barnes

The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen

The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope

Outline, Rachel Cusk

Balthazar, Lawrence Durrell

The LeopardGiuseppe di Lampedusa


The Guns of August, Barabara Tuchman

Shakespeare in Parts, Simon Palfrey and Tiffany Stern

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa, Adam Hochschild

American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good, Colin Woodard

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, Edward Baptiste

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley, Charlotte Gordon

The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal, David Hoffman

Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes, Stanley Kutler

Byzantium: The Early CenturiesJohn Julius Norwich


An Actor’s Companion, Seth Barrish

But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz, Geoff Dyer

Akademie X: Lessons in Art and Life, Studio Rags Media Collective

The Design of Everyday Things, Don Norman


The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, Norman Doidge

The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity, Norman Doidge

Enhancing Evolution: The Ethical Case for Making Better People, John Harris 

Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better, Tracey Stewart


String Theory, David Foster Wallace

Golf is a Game of Confidence, Bob Rotella

The Match, Mark Frost

The Greatest Game Ever Played, Mark Frost 


Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams, Alfred Lubano


Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, Debby Irving


Both Flesh and Not, David Foster Wallace

But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past, Chuck Klosterman


The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius


Flight of the Buffalo, James Belasco

The Motivation Manifesto, Brendon Burchard