Book Recommendations brought to you by the FCS English Department!

By Natalie Neuhaus (Communications Coordinator ‘21)


Are you looking for something to do over this very unusual winter break? Check out this awesome list of book recommendations from the English Department!


Art by Lavinia Wang '22

Favorite book of 2020:

  1. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel--Ms. K and Mr. Kennedy and Ms Novo

  2. Weather by Jenny Offill--Mr. Kennedy & Monty Ogden

  3. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles--Ms. Perez

  4. How to make a Slave and Other Essays by Jerald Walker--Tr. Megan

  5. Milkman by Anna Burns--Mr. Mac

  6. Just Us by Claudia Rankine--Mr. Sower

  7. The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett--Katie Dickerson


Book(s) read over quarantine and loved:

  1. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan--Mr. Mac

  2. If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin--Ms. K

  3. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong--Mr. V

  4. 97,196 Words: Essays by Emmanuel Carrère--Mr. Kennedy

  5. Convenience Store Women by Sayaka Murata--Mr. Kennedy

  6. Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand--Mr. Kennedy

  7. Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry--Mr. Kennedy

  8. Dodgers by Bill Beverly--Mr. Kennedy

  9. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson--Mr. Kennedy

  10. Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward--Mr. Soper

  11. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas--Katie Dickerson

  12. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple--Katie Dickerson

  13. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid--Monty Ogden

  14. Tracks by Louise Erdrich--Monty Ogden

  15. Circe by Madeline Miller--Laurie Novo

  16. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead--Laurie Novo

  17. Normal People by Sally Rooney--Laurie Novo

Other recommendations:

  1. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan--Ms. Perez

  2. The Keep by Jennifer Egan--Ms. Perez

  3. Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin--Tr. Megan

  4. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion (essays)--Tr. Megan

  5. Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi--Tr. Megan

  6. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake--Mr. Soper

  7. Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce--Mr. Soper

  8. The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien--Mr. Soper

  9. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver--Katie Dickerson

  10. Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky--Monty Ogden

  11. A Change of Climate by Hilary Mantel--Laurie Novo

  12. Jesusland by Julia Scheeres--Laurie Novo

  13. The Boneclocks by David Mitchell--Laurie Novo



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