The Humanities Center Recommendation List

The Humanities Center Recommendation List

This week's Humanities Center Recommendation List is curated by the Humanities Center Student Board. They have selected a collection of books to add to your summer reading list.

Book Recommendations

  • Antígona González by Sara Uribe is a long citational poem that appropriates Sophocles’ Antigone within the context of the Mexican ‘Drug War.’ I highly suggest that you find the John Pluecker translation as it has the text in Spanish and English!, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri is a beautiful novel!, and Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow is mind blowing! – Jesús Martínez Saucedo

  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit is a beautiful and thought-provoking exploration of memory, narrative, philosophy, and art that helps you see the world around you in a different way. It’s a quick read but the thoughts and melody of Solnit’s words will stick with you for a long time. – Sienna Todd

  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Normal People: A Novel by Sally Rooney, anything Haruki Murakami, and Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid – Ana Coviello

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck is my favorite piece of “serious” literature. I love its assertion that our choices determine our fate, not our circumstances. The Power by Naomi Alderman is sort of a strange premise, but gets at the heart of gender dynamics LIKE NO OTHER – Claire Bredar

  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce is the novel that made me appreciate modernism. Some of the prose is heavenly and it really speaks to the struggles of youth. Enjoy! – Emma Heflin

  • The Values Compass by Mandeep Rai is a very eye opening book about little lessons to take from 101 countries. I think it will really keep you open minded. – Grant Wu

  • Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, Danielle Allen’s Talking to Strangers, and Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Oliver Thiel

  • Isabella Allende’s The House of the Spirits, Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, and Margaret Mazzantini’s Twice Born: A Novel – Anna Ancona

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is one of my favorite books and definitely worth reading if you haven't. This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto by Suketu Mehta is a necessary history of immigration in the United States. – Neve Pacera

  • A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid is an incredibly thought-provoking read that makes you question yourself as a traveler and world citizen. It’s very eye-opening and well written. – Anna Valaik

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