FAME Books You Must Read

Professors and their recommended books:

Ed Block

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera)

MC Bodden

  • Why I Wake Early (Mary Oliver)
  • An Interrupted Life (Etty Hillesum)
  • Beloved (Toni Morrison)
  • The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
  • Ceremony (Leslie Marmon Silko)
  • Angle of Repose  (Wallace Stegner)
  • The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
  • The Handmaid's Tale  (Margaret Atwood)
  • 1984 (George Orwell)
  • The Awakening (Kate Chopin)

John Boly 

  • Leaves of Grass (Walt Whitman)
  • The Palm at the End of the Mind (Wallace Stevens) 
  • The Wild Swans at Coole (William Butler Yeats)
  • As I Walked Out One Evening: Songs, Ballads, Lullabies, Limericks, and Light Verse (W.H. Auden)
  • Seeing Things (Seamus Heaney)
  • Ariel (Sylvia Plath) 

Julia Chavez

  • Jane Eyre
  • Middlemarch 
  • Jude the Obscure 
  • Anna Karenina

John Curran

  • Pride and Prejudice 
  • Gibbon's Decline and Fall
  • Paradise Lost
  • Faerie Queene
  • Divine Comedy
  • Aeneid, 
  • Ovid's Metamorphoses
  • Beowulf

Diane Hoeveler

  • "Forevermore" (my favorite short story by S. J. Agnon) the poetry of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley and Byron
    the novels of Ann Radcliffe, Jane Austen, and Walter Scott
  • Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
  • Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
  • Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)

Daniel Khalastchi 

  • Revolutionary Road (Richard Yates)
  • The Meadow (James Galvin)
  • 2666/Last Evenings on Earth (Roberto Bolaño)
  • Collected Stories (Leonard Michaels)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
  • Housekeeping (Marilynne Robinson)
  • The Dream Songs (John Berryman)

Christine Krueger 

  • Middlemarch (George Eliot)
  • Function of Criticism at the Present Time (Matthew Arnold)

Jodi Melamed

  • Moby Dick; or the Whale (Herman Melville) 
  • The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
  • The Toughest Indian in the World (Sherman Alexie)
  • Beloved (Toni Morrison)
  • Salt-Eaters (Toni Cade Bambara)
  • Zami (Audre Lorde)
  • Native Son (Richard Wright)
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain (James Baldwin)
  • Waiting for the Barbarians (J.M. Coetzee)

Dana Prodoehl

  • Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
  • When We Were Orphans (Kazuo Ishiguro)

Kris Ratcliffe 

  • Beloved (Toni Morrison)
  • Paradise Lost (John Milton) 
  • Tracks (Louise Erdrich)
  • Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf) 

Angela Sorby 

  • 2666 (Roberto Bolano)
  • Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

John Su 

  • Gilgamesh
  • The Iliad
  • Paradise Lost
  • The Satanic Verses

Sarah Wadsworth

  • To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
  • Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
  • All the King's Men (Robert Penn Warren)