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Stags Read: Book Recommendations

This guide provides book recommendations with links to books from the Library's catalog and to other external websites.


American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Recommended by: Eddie Nicolas ‘23

"This standalone novel is about a man, Shadow, who is plunged into a world of myth and monsters upon his release from prison. It’s dark, gritty, and shock-full of references to legends and folklore from around the world. American Gods was my first introduction to Neil Gaiman while in high school, and he’s since become one of my favorite authors."

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 Dubliners by James Joyce

 Recommended by Julia Lanzillotta '22

"I read the short stories that make up “Dubliners” in high school and James Joyce’s writing style really struck a chord with me. I appreciated how he was able to use his words in such an artistic way, and his work encouraged me to think more about the deeper meanings that the texts hold, beyond what they mean in a literal sense. This story prompted me to explore other Joyce pieces like “Ulysses” and “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”. I encourage anyone who enjoys to read to take a chance at Joyce’s dark humor and colorful language." 
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Grass Hopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Recommended by: Eden Marchese '23, Major: English: Creative Writing, Philosophy, German, Peace & Justice, and Black Studies

"For as dark a subject as the end of the world, Grasshopper Jungle is an incredibly realistic look into the psyche of a 16 year old boy as he tries to navigate growing up alongside his best friend all while accidentally unleashing an army of unstoppable bugs bent on two things: reproducing and feeding. This novel is hilarious as much as it is serious and the author navigates this to create a nonstop, exciting experience. I never wanted to put the book down and found myself laughing as much as I held my breath; I cannot recommend this book enough and am eager to read the sequel that came out."

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 The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

 Recommended by: Danielle Sondgeroth '22

"I first discovered V.E. Schwab last year after reading her book, “A Darker Shade of Magic.” I adored it so as soon as I saw “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” on a shelf in Barnes and Noble, I knew I had to read it. It’s about a young woman who, upon being forced into an arranged marriage, calls upon the old gods to save her. The god that saves her grants her eternal life, but damns her to live without anyone remembering her. It’s a haunting novel with many twists and turns and a fantastic writing style."
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The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Recommended by: Danielle Sondgeroth '22

"This is one of my favorite books that I've read this year. It follows Classics majors at an elite New England college and the dark underbelly of the department. Filled with mystery, murder, and lots of ancient Greek, The Secret History is a perfect book for anyone interested in the dark side of academia."
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The Monuments Men: Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history by Robert Edsel

Recommended by: Andy Gargiulo '05

"Millions of people have seen these works of art if it wasn't for a handful of people. It was cool to read about works like the Ghent altarpiece and then see it in real life in Belgium."

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 Untamed by Glennon Doyle

 Recommended by: Rachel Anderson '18

"I believe every female should dive into this book, not matter where you are in life. As Glennon says " we can do hard things" and this has helped me through so many pivotal moments in my life. A truly remarkable memoir to living your best life!"
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Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community by Martin Luther King Jr

Recommended by: Pete Baron '23

"This is a great book that illustrates the power of compassion and peace. It inspired me to stand by my principles even when it is more convenient to abandon them and I believe this is a lesson everyone should learn."

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MFA Creative Writing

Over the past years the MFA in Creative Writing program has celebrated the success of many books published by MFA students and alumni. MFA students and faculty have also published hundreds of articles, essays, stories, and poems in renowned literary journals and magazines, won awards and have received honorable mentions.