What To Read This Summer, 2016

Pick from our 2016 Book Salon faculty recommendations, or grab a book current students are reading Stanford Alumni brings you the 2016 Stanford Book Salon Summer Reading List.

Surf’s up and your brain waves will be too with these faculty suggestions.

Andrea Lunsford, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English, Emerita, and former director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, hosted Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? for the Book Salon last spring. This summer, she recommends the following books:

Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Roger Romani, professor of physics and a member of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, hosted The Martian for the Book Salonlast fall. For summer, he recommends the following books:

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown and Anathem by Neal Stephenson

Blair Hoxby, associate professor of English, writes on the literature and culture of Renaissance and Enlightenment Europe and hosted Memoir of Hadrian for the Book Salon last spring. This summer, he recommends the following books:

The Leopard by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa and A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

School’s out — but don’t let that stop you from reading like you’re 18 again.

This year, Elizabeth Tallent, professor of English, selected these books for incoming students around the theme “Crisis and Connection” for the 2016–17 Freshman Three Books program:

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, We the Animals by Justin Torres and A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit

Calling all armchair travelers.

The following are recommendations from the Bing Overseas Study Program for students living in these parts of the world:

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: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony by Hector Garcia

Madrid: The New Spaniards by John Hooper

Santiago: A Nation of Enemies by Pamela Constable and Arturo Valenzuela