Summer Reading Books – As Chosen by the Fitchburg State English Department

by Jaliannette Marquez
If you’re looking for some summer reading inspiration, look no further! I asked the professors from the English Department to choose what they believe are “must reads” for college students. Summer may be your chance to take a break from school, but you can still continue your learning over the summer and have fun at the same time! Below you will see a list of books and the professor that recommended it. Maybe their favorite book becomes yours as well!
 
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Diego Ubiera:

  • 2666- Roberto Bolaño
  • Krik? Krak! – Edwidge Danticat
  • Deep Rivers- José María Arguedas
  • The Death of Artemio Cruz- Carlos Fuentes
  • Ficciones-Jorge Luis Borges
  • The Black Jacobins-C.L.R James
  • Bestiary: Selected StoriesJulio Cortázar
  • Decolonising the Mind- Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

 
 
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Benjamin Railton

  • The Marrow of Tradition – Charles Chesnutt

 
 
 
 
 
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Joseph Moser

  • Candide- Voltaire
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God- Zora Neale Hurston

 
 
 
 
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Kisha Tracy

  • The Lord of the Rings- Tolkien
  • Sir Orfeo- Anonymous.
  • The Lion’s Skin- Rafael Sabatini

 
 
 
 
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Elise Takehana:

  • The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana- Umberto Eco
  • Eunoia -Christian Bök