40 Favorite Reads from MA’s English Faculty

This week we have a list of 40 that may take you some time to read through.  We asked our fantastic English department faculty to recommend a few great reads that they have enjoyed recently, and throughout the years. Pickup one of these faculty favorites at your local bookstore and let us know what you think!
Alumni:  A few of these great reads are on our Alumni Book Club list!  Visit our events page to get more information on what we’re reading and when we meet!
Now, kick up your feet and enjoy this special list of 40…  “Having your feet up is the first condition for enjoying a read” – Italo Calvino

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez

A Book of Luminous Things by Czeslaw Milosz

A Box of Matches by Nicholson Baker

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernières

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

Dubliners by James Joyce

Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Prisoner’s Dilemma by Richard Powers

State of Wonder Ann Patchett

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Histories by Herodotus

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Social Animal by David Brooks

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Word For World Is Forest by Ursula Le Guin

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson

The 2012-2013 school year marks 40 years of education at Marin Academy.  Throughout the year we will be commemorating this anniversary with on-campus events for students, special publications (including this on-going series of “lists of 40”), and a community celebration at Bimbo’s in San Francisco on April 20 (Save the date!).

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