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Stanford Book Salon Summer Reading

What's on your reading list this summer? If you're seeking suggestions, the book salon faculty hosts have identified a few great books.

Summer Reading 2016

Faculty Recommendations | Freshman 3 Books | Bing Overseas Studies Program


Faculty Recommendations


  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

    Recommended by: Roger Romani, professor of physics

  • Anathem by Neal Stephenson

    Recommended by: Roger Romani, professor of physics

  • A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

    Recommended by: Blair Hoxby, associate professor English

  • The Leopard by Giuseppe Di Lampadusa

    Recommended by: Blair Hoxby, associate professor English

  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

    Recommended by: Andrea Lunsford, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English, Emerita, and former director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric

  • Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra

    Recommended by: Andrea Lunsford, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English, Emerita, and former director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric

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Freshman Three Books

This year, Elizabeth Tallent, professor of English, selected books for incoming students around the theme of "Crisis and Connection".



We Need New Names
by NoViolet Bulawayo

A Paradise Built in Hell
by Rebecca Solnit

We the Animals
by Justin Torres



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Recommended by Bing Overseas Study Program


AUSTRALIA


In a Sunburned Country
by Bill Bryson



BEIJING


Age of Ambitions: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China
by Evan Osnos

BERLIN


The Reader
by Bernhard Schlink







CAPE TOWN


I Write What I Like
by Steve Biko

FLORENCE


The Italians
by John Hooper

KYOTO


A Geek in Japan
by Hector Garcia



MADRID


New Spaniards
by John Hooper

SANTIAGO


A Nation of Enemies
by Pamela Constable



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