Friday, April 17, 2009

what we're reading

The what we're reading list to the right currently lists the textbooks for the spring Prose class. Next quarter, we'll use that section to list books that MFA students, faculty, and others are reading right now... or have read and loved. Add your books in the comments section of this post.

And if you haven't read it yet, read The Road.

14 comments:

Nancy Baumann said...

Here's a book I'm devouring: Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Alan Gurganus. It was his first novel and is historical fiction that surrounds the Civil War -- a retelling of a Confederate soldier's story through his wife's eyes. The voice in this book is amazing! I can't believe it's a first novel.

eve said...

the story of forgetting by stefan merrill block -- it's lovely...

Suzanne Newsham said...

The Time Traveler Wife-
by Audrey Niffenegger

I was discussing with one of the teachers my love for Romance Novels and she told me to read this. It is beyond romantic and wonderful. Her use of language and the story between Henry and Clare is a must read for any lover of good literature. The book is also being transformed into a movie this summer with Rachel Mcadams and Eric Bana-so read the book first!

Deborah Garwood said...

Currently reading During the Reign of the Queen of Persia by Joan Chase. Michael Nye recommended it...so far, we do not share the same taste in novels. Ha! I loved and recommend Peace Like a River by Leif Enger.

AmandaRose said...

Naomi Shahib Nye's
I'll Ask You Three Times--
Are You Okay-- is fabulous.
It's a collection of short essays about times that she rode in vehicles. Quick, easy, and enjoyable!

AmandaRose said...

I'm about to start teaching to my high school students...
Kingsolver's
The Bean Trees. It's one of my new favorites!

AmandaRose said...

Alice Hoffman's short story collection: Local Girls-- is one I read every spring.

AmandaRose said...

Also- the author of the YA book
Playing with Matches,
Brian Katcher
is going to be at the high school I teach at on May 1st.

Michelle Marek said...

Looking for Alaska by John Green

It's a young adult literature book, but one of my favorites that I have read in the past few months.

Dacia said...

Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to find God (and the Unlikely People Who Help You) by Jim Palmer.

and ...

Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess by Matthew Paul Turner.

I just finished Churched. Interestingly enough it was likened to the style of David Sedaris. I read it alongside "Dress Your Family in Denim and Corderoy" ... I found myself confusion which family I was reading about! It was a quick, easy read because of the flow of his words.

I have just begun Diving Nobodies.

Carin Thumm said...

Let's see...

I've been tearing through The Pink Carnation Series by Lauren Willig (great guilty pleasure reading). I also finished In The Woods by Tana French was a wonderful novel (also her first) and I cannot wait till I have time to read her second work The Likeness.

I'm currently reading Murder in La Paz by Murdoch Hughes - a local Seattle writer - he has a knack for setting the reader "in" his novels.

I also highly recommend His Mortal Instruments Trilogy (City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass) by Cassandra Clare - it's a YA series. Wonderful series - Clare created a wonderful world. If you're looking for "life after Twilight" this would be a good place to start.

Erik Smetana said...

Recently read and worth recommending:

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

St. Lucy's School for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell

Looking for Alaska by John Green (as Michelle said, a wonderful book)

Erik Smetana said...

And yes, The Road is phenomenal (as is McCarthy's Blood Meridian).

Anonymous said...

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson...wonderful story of the the author's attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail. Couldn't put it down.

Anne Freeman