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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 2015

Faculty Recommendations | Freshman 3 Books | Bing Overseas Studies Program

Faculty Recommendations

  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

    Recommended by: Anthony Marra, lecturer of English

  • Unto the Sons by Gay Talese

    Recommended by: Anthony Marra, lecturer of English

  • My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit

    Recommended by: Clayborne Carson, Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor of History

  • The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul by Mario Beauregard and Denyse O'Leary

    Recommended by: Helen Brooks senior lecturer emerita of English and the program of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies

  • The Tragedy of Othello by Shakespeare

    Recommended by: Helen Brooks senior lecturer emerita of English and the program of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies


Freshman Three Books

This year, Stanford President John L. Hennessy selected books for incoming students around the theme of overcoming adversity. In an article written in the Stanford Daily, President John L. Hennessy admitted the difficulties of choosing the books for the program before settling on his final decision. "I spent a long time pondering what sort of books to choose when I was asked to lead the program this year, and I chose three books about people: a biography (actually a collection of short biographies), a memoir, and what we might call a book of biographical fiction," Hennessy wrote. "They are stories about people, the challenges they face, and how they deal with adversity." To read more about President Hennessy's thoughts, read the full story in the Stanford Daily.

The Innovators
by Walter Isaacson

This Boy's Life
by Tobias Wolff

Cane River
by Lalita Tademy


Bing Overseas Studies Program Summer Reading


In a Sunburned Country
by Bill Bryson


Deng Xiaoping
by Ezra F. Vogel


In the Garden of Beasts
by Erik Larson.


I Write What I Like
by Steve Biko


The Italians
by John Hooper


A Geek in Japan
by Hector Garcia


Spain is Different
by Helen Wattley-Ames


A Nation of Enemies
by Pamela Constable


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