Back-to-School Must-Reads


We checked in on some of our authors who are also teachers and asked them to share some titles they thought everyone should read before leaving college. After some protest about not being able to explain their answers they came back to us with this wonderful assortment! We're sure, though, that even if your school days are behind you, these recommendations still apply!



Jeffery Renard Allen (Song of the Shank and Rails Under My Back)
teaches at the University of Virginia


       A People's History of the United States—Howard Zinn
       Absalom, Absalom!—William Faulkner
       The Souls of Black Folk—W.E.B. DuBois
       Blood Meridian—Cormac McCarthy
       Beloved —Toni Morrison








Tony Hoagland (Application for Release from the Dream)
teaches at the University of Houston


       The Autobiography of Malcolm X
       The Short Stories of Flannery O'Connor
       Moby Dick—Herman Meville
       Catcher in the Rye—J.D. Salinger









Diane Seuss (Four-Legged Girl)
teaches at Kalamazoo College


       The Odyssey—Homer
       As I Lay Dying—Faulkner
       The Bluest Eye—Toni Morrison
       Things Fall Apart—Chinua Achebe
       Citizen—Claudia Rankine








Steve Stern (The Pinch)
teaches at Skidmore College


       Ragtime—E.L. Doctorow
       Slaughterhouse Five—Kurt Vonnegut
       The Bluest Eye—Toni Morrison
       One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest—Ken Kesey
       Love Medicine—Louise Erdrich




If you still want to beef up your fall reading list, don't forget that all of our Art of craft books are on sale this month and are under $10 each! More info here.