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Summer Reading Suggested by Galen Rosenberg:

The Iliad and/or The Odyssey by Homer

Don Quixote by Cervantes

Jane Eyre by Bronte

Middlemarch by Eliot

Moby Dick by Melville

War and Peace by Tolstoy

Madame Bovary by Flaubert

A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens

To the Lighthouse by Woolf

The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck

Something fun to read:

Candide by Voltaire

Rebecca by Du Maurier

Peyton Place by Metalious

The Drifters by Michener

Love in the Time of Cholera by Marquez

The World According to Garp by Irving

Mama Day by Naylor

The Name of the Rose by Eco

Like Water for Chocolate by Esquivel

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Hijuelos

A few of my personal favorites (in addition to what’s above):

Main Street by Lewis

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by McCullers

Rabbit, Run by Updike

100 Years of Solitude by Marquez

Desert Solitaire by Abbey

Kate Vaiden by Price

Alias Grace by Atwood

Billy Bathgate by Doctorow

Snow Falling on Cedars by Guterson

A Gesture Life by Lee

And don’t forget to look for non-fiction about topics of personal interest to