Stanford Alumni Association summer reading list 2018

Book recommendations
An Act of Terror by André Brink, Hadji Murad by Leo Tolstoy and The Removes by Tatjana Soli, ’87. (Courtesy of Stanford Alumni Association)


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eady to move your reading stack from bedside to poolside? We collected recommendations from SAA’s Book Salon faculty hosts, Stanford’s new-student Three Books program, Stanford Bing Overseas Studies Program and Stanford magazine’s book editor, and sorted them for your summer reading.

We’re also collecting community (that’s you) recommendations. Tweet or Instagram your favorite books using #CardinalBookClub and find great reads that will keep you happy all season.

Here are just a few of the many recommendations:

Books to shift your perspective

Dive into some fiction.

Recommended by MICHAELA BRONSTEIN, professor of English, An Act of Terror by André Brink, Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey and The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.

Recommended by KARLA OELER, associate professor of art & art history, Hadji Murad by Leo Tolstoy and Stoner by John Williams.

Books to ground you

For days when you’re in a non-fiction mood.

Recommended by GAVIN JONES, Rehmus Family Professor in the Humanities, Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck.

Books for travelers

Going somewhere? Try these recommendations by the Bing Overseas Study Program.

Australia: In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson and Ellen Titlebaum.

Santiago, Chile: A Nation of Enemies: Chile Under Pinochet by Pamela Constable and Arturo Valenzuela.

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

Germany: Memories of a Nation by Neil MacGregor.

To check out the full recommended reading list and more, go to the Stanford Alumni Association website.