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June 13, 2022

Craig’s List: 2022 summer reading

At the beach, on a plane, in a boat. Wherever you are, these PA-curated books offer something for everyone.

Beginning in 1990, beloved English instructor Craig Thorn began collecting and distributing a summer reading list with suggestions from members of the faculty and staff. The tradition of ‘Craig’s List' has been carried on, curated, and shared among the Andover community in recent years by long-time faculty member David Fox.

Craig Thorn

Yasmine Allen

  • Charles King, Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century

John Bird

  • Vincent Brown, Tacky's Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War
  • Rachel Sagner Buurma and Laura Heffernan, The Teaching Archive: a New History for Literary Study
  • Wu Cheng'en, Monkey King: Journey to the West (trans. Julia Lovell)
  • Leah DeVun, The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender from Genesis to the Renaissance
  • David Graber and David Wengrow, The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity Yi Sang, Selected Works
  • William Gardner Smith, The Stone Face
  • Tadao Tsuge, Slum Wolf
  • Yoshiharu Tsuge, The Man Without Talent
  • Edith Wharton , Ghosts

Robert Briggs

  • Andrew Blauner, The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life
  • Craig Brown, 150 Glimpses of the Beatles
  • Paul Goldberger, Ballpark: Baseball in the American City Baseball in the American City
  • Mark Harris, Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood

Chris Capano

  • John Kaag, American Philosophy: A Love Story
  • Bill Lichtenstein, WBCN and the American Revolution: How a Radio Station Defined Politics, Counterculture, and Rock and Roll
  • The Offbeat Chefs, The Kitchen without Borders: Recipes and Stories from Refugee and Immigrant Chefs
  • Jerry Thornton, From Darkness to Dynasty: The First 40 Years of the New England Patriots
  • StanleyTucci, Taste: My Life Through Food

Jen Dick

  • Charlie Jane Anders, Never Say You Can't Survive: How to Get Through Hard Times by Making Up Stories
  • Fecilia Rose Chavez, The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom
  • Da'Shaun Harrison, Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness
  • Miriam Kaba, We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice

Sara Erdmann

  • Huma Abedin, Both/And
  • Elizabeth Brundage, All Things Cease to Appear
  • Tana French, The Witch Elm
  • Katherine May, Wintering
  • Miriam Toews, Fight Night

David Fox

  • Elizabeth Alexander, The Trayvon Generation
  • Paul Bloom, Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion
  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Not "A Nation of Immigrants": Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion
  • Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation
  • Anand Giridharadas, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
  • Ruby Hamad, White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color
  • Samantha Rose Hill, Hannah Arendt
  • Kendra James, Admissions: A Memoir of Surviving Boarding School
  • Elie Mystal, Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy's Guide to the Constitution
  • Kyla Schuller, The Trouble With White Women: A Counterhistory of Feminism

David Freilach

  • Bram Stoker, Dracula

Anna Gesing

  • Chris Bohjalian, The Lioness
  • Angeline Boulley, The Fire Keepers Daughter
  • Lucy Foley, The Paris Apartment
  • Ava Reid, The Wolf and the Woodsman

Jerry Hagler

  • Jean Clottes, What is Paleolithic Art? Cave Paintings and the Dawn of Human Creativity
  • Phillip Dettmer, Immune: A Journey Into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive
  • Johannes Kraus, A Short History of Humanity: A New History of Old Europe
  • Donald Prothero, Weird Earth: Debunking Strange Ideas About Our Planet
  • Matt Richtel, An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System-A Tale in Four Lives

Sherri Hallgren

  • Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass

Terry Hartford

  • David Benioff, City of Thieves
  • John Kennedy O’toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

Chris Ishizuka-Wade

  • N.K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season

Tom Kane

  • Sarah Ahmed, Complaint!
  • Lauren Berlant, The Inconvenience of Other People
  • Dan Charnas, Dilla Time
  • Clifford Conner, The Tragedy of American Science
  • Gil Scott Heron, The Last Holiday Mariame Kaba, We do This Til We Free Us
  • Gabriel Krauze, Who They Was
  • Imbolo Mbue, How Beautiful We Were
  • Jason Mott, One Hell of a Book
  • Julie Schumaker, The Shakespeare Requirement

Joan Maguire

  • Matt Haig, The Midnight Library

Caroline McCarthy

  • Fredrik Backman, Anxious People: A Novel

Kate McQuade

  • Jericho Brown, The Tradition
  • Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom
  • Annie Hartnett, Unlikely Animals
  • Elizabeth Kolbert, Under A White Sky: The Nature of the Future
  • Ada Limón, The Hurting Kind
  • Patricia Lockwood, No One Is Talking About This
  • Alexis Schaitkin, Saint X
  • Jenn Shapland, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir
  • Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Caroline Odden

  • Michael Brown, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
  • Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See
  • Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
  • Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
  • Dava Sobel, The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars

Hayden Stinson

  • David Graeber, Debt: the First 5000 Years

Dri Tattersfield

  • Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower
  • Bell Hooks, All About Love
  • Mariame Kaba, We Do This Til' We Free Us
  • Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass
  • Trung Le Nguyen, The Magic Fish
  • Ruth Ozeki, The Book of Form and Emptiness
  • Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis Rivers Solomon, The Deep
  • Ocean Vuong, Time is a Mother
  • Michelle Zauner, Crying in H Mart

Taylor Ware

  • Evan Osnos, Wildland: The Making of America's Fury
  • Amor Towles, The Lincoln Highway

Laura Warner

  • TJ Klune, The House in the Cerulean Sea
  • Sara Novic, True Biz
  • Maryanne Wolf, Reader, Come Home
  • Alice Wong, Disability Visibility

There will be a written exam in the fall.

Craig Thorn (1958-2006)

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