Summer 2012 Reading List

June 19, 2012

We asked Stonehill staff and faculty what they're reading this summer. From the many recommendations they shared, we picked 13 great summer reads.

#1 11/22/63 by Stephen King

I NEVER read Stephen King novels. This semester, though, I read King's 11/22/63 virtually nonstop. It's about someone who goes back in time to try to prevent the assassination of JFK. Due to a plot device, he has to live several years in the 1950s while waiting for his encounter with history; if you can remember the late 1950s, you'll especially appreciate the cultural references.

- John Golden, Foreign Languages


#2 One Good Dog by Susan Wilson

This is a story about a man who is forced to start his life over after losing everything he worked for and a dog who was bred to be a fighter but needs to be given a second chance for a better life. It is a heartfelt story of how the two find each other and learn to accept their new lives together.

- Lisa Richards, Annual Fund


#3 Don Quixote by Cervantes

Despite being the "most read" book in the world, after the Bible, this classic by Cervantes is widely ignored. However, every person with a "minor" degree of culture should (must) read it. Entertaining, it can be read at different levels and can be enjoyed by anyone. Do not rely on songs, plays, and musicals based on the novel, read the book.

- Antonio Barbagallo, Foreign Languages


#4 This is How by Augusten Burroughs

Absolutely the best self-help book ever written. Not so much "smart" as "funny and wise," he offers surprising insights into dealing with some of life's biggest problems, like addiction, or the death of a child. A book you don't want to put down.

- Wendy Hanawalt, Lead Faculty Administrative Assistant


#5 The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter

This is a historical fiction novel set in a world where Abraham Lincoln survives his assassination in 1865 and oversteps his authority during the Civil War and entangling himself in a political conspiracy.

- Eli Gardner, Athletics


#6 Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache by Keith Basso

This is a beautifully written anthropological study of Western Apache places, the stories they tell about them, and how these stories and places together convey cultural values. The stories are at once humorous and moving, their tellers witty and wise. With the help of Western Apache experts, Basso draws us into their world to explore their ideas about wisdom and how to cultivate it in one's own life.

- Erica Tucker, Anthropology



#7 A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.

This story has it all, love, honor, betrayal, faith, and greed. Set in a mythical medieval-like kingdom, it takes you through the journeys that each character must take in order to gain power and survive the game of thrones. Immerse yourself in a land of knights, barbarians, battles, wildings, white walkers, wolves, romance and dragons.

- Jason Martin, Student Financial Services


#8 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can by Barbara Gordon 

The book is about the author's addiction to anti-anxiety prescriptions (how it started and why) and how she takes control of her life. Thought-provoking, it makes the reader think about the current health structure and even mental health stigma in our society. I wasn't sure I would like this book, but it's a page-turner.

- Katie Conklin, MacPhaidin Library


#9 The Lotus Eaters by Tatjan Soli

A novel about a woman photo journalist in Vietnam - the real Vietnam...the smells, the heat and humidity, the terror and horrific well as love, camaraderie and commitment. The writing is superb and will stay with you long after the last page.

- Lori Harris, Advancement


#10 Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson

This is the coming of age story of two sisters who are cared for by different relatives through their childhood and adolescence. They grapple with many of the concerns facing adolescents, identity, well-being, spirituality. Eventually, they find a way to navigate this lifelong this journey. Housekeeping is a novel that I glean something new from every time I revisit it.

- Devon Sprague, Center for Writing and Academic Achievement

#11 Raising Elijah by Sandra Steingraber

Poet-biologist Steingraber is the mother of two children, who is searching for ways to protect them--and all children--from the toxic, climate-threatened world they inhabit. Each chapter focuses on an ingredient of childhood from pizza to laundry to homework to the "Big Talk" and explores the underlying social, political, and ecological forces behind it. She shows how closely the private world of parenting connects to the public world of policy-making and how the ongoing environmental crisis is, fundamentally, a crisis of family life.

- Corey Dolgon, Community-Based Learning


#12 A Private Affair by Beppe Fenoglio

One of the finest novels of post-war Italy, it is set in 1944 in the Langhe region of northern Italy, where the author had been a partisan in the fight against Fascism. Lyrical and beautifully written, it is a tale of love and resistance that will keep you reading.

- Daria Valentini, Foreign Languages


#13 The Brownstone Deception by Robert E. Spencer

Written by a Business Administration faculty member, the mystery explores how higher education can mask criminal activity. And it deals with a very hot topic: the rising cost of college education. A must read!

- Virginia Cortijo, Business Administration

To see a list of all the recommendations click here.



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