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Summer Reading: Part Four

In general on August 13, 2009 at 10:00 am

Birthday Girl: a novelThe Rings of SaturnTo Kill a MockingbirdIn the Company of Crows and RavensInfinite Jest: A Novel

Midnight's ChildrenThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & ClayMr. Wilson's Cabinet Of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic TechnologySwann's Way: In Search of Lost Time, Vol. 1

This will be my final post in the summer reading series. We’ve talked about why reading is the best thing to help you expand your English vocabulary, and so far, I’ve shared a dozen novels that you might enjoy. I have my last six books here for you to check out. As the summer winds to a close, I’ll slow down my posting on novels, but I’ll let you know what I’ve been reading—especially if I come across a book that I think some of you might enjoy.

Here are the last six books in our summer reading series:

1) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon
This is a story about a pair of comic book creators during World War II. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2001. It’s an exciting and fun read.

2) Birds in Fall, by Brad Kessler
One of my all-time favorite novels, Birds in Fall tells the story of families that gather together after a fatal plane crash. Kessler’s description of grief and community in the aftermath of the crash is both heartbreaking and beautiful.

3) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
Huck Finn and his friend, Jim, are famous characters in American history. This story, written in the 1800s, depicts slavery in the American South. Because of the time of its writing, the book uses some language that’s tough for modern ears. It’s a classic story, though, raising issues that have shaped American history.

4) Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen
Gruen’s book tells the story of Jacob, a veterinary student who becomes a doctor for circus animals during The Great Depression. This story has it all: adventure, love, class struggles, regret, and tigers.

5) Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
Originally published in 1952, Invisible Man is Ralph Ellison’s classic novel showing the journey of a young African American as he encounters unforgettable racism and intolerance. The writing is lyric and haunting, with amazing description.

6) On Beauty, by Zadie Smith
On Beauty is the story of the family of an academic and the struggles of family members. In it, Smith brings up ideas of politics, class, race, and gender, raising questions of beauty and culture.

If you’d like to check out other books that I’ve enjoyed, you can take a look at my GoodReads page here: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/561922-kathryn

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NEWS YOU MIGHT FIND INTERESTING

The Study Hacks blog has two insightful posts that I think might be helpful, as we approach the start of a new academic year: “What is Your Time Worth?” and “Pruning Your List of What Matters.”  Each blog helps you focus on the most important goals, to help you get the most out of the time you put into school. Excellent advice!

ULS has a post listing common campus resources available to international students: “Support for International Students Studying in the US.”

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