27 June 2011

An intriguing book list

My college alumni Facebook page asked grads what they're reading this summer. Here are the results from the first two hours. It's lists like this that often lead me to books I'd never encounter otherwise.

I'll resist the temptation to comment and just post the list (without links too):
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • The Portrait by Ian Pears
  • Uncertain Path: A Search For The Future Of National Parks by William C. Tweed
  • Unnatural Selection by Mara Hvistendahl [Okay, I'll comment. The author was once in a class I taught.]
  • Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson
  • Fire and Ice books by Neal Stephenson
  • In The Woods by Tara French, great mystery and great writing
  • The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization by Vishal Mangalwadi
  • Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James Hornfischer
  • Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami
  • Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon (listed twice)
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Cinderella Ate My Daughter: dispatches from the front lines of the new girlie-girl culture by Peggy Orenstein
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog
  • Emma
  • Unbroken
  • Fall of Giants
  • In the garden of beasts
  • The Origins of Political Order, Vol. 1 by Francis Fukuyama
  • Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  • Waiting for Aphrodite (essays about amphibians) by the wonderful Sue Hubbell
  • Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne
  • Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
  • Embassytown by China Mieville
  • Philosophical Fragments and Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard

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