The 10-Book Challenge: Book #9

Maus I, A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman You can find Maus on various lists of must-read journalism. Spiegelman isn’t a journalist — he’s an artist — but he portrays his father’s story of surviving the Nazi holocaust in the style of journalism narrative. And, he also does it in the form of […]

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The 10-Book Challenge: Book #8

Night by Elie Wiesel I was poking around in my departmental office recently and came across a boxful of this book. It had been the selection for the Readership WT program three years ago. I hadn’t read this since high school, so I grabbed a copy (I’m faculty — I can do that) and took […]

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The 10-Book Challenge: Book #7

How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster I picked up this book while I was still living in Seoul. I barely started reading it in the spring before I moved back to the U.S. — and then life got in the way for a while. I’ve significantly ramped up my consumption of […]

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The 10-Book Challenge: Book #6

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels What can I write that hasn’t already been written? It’s a classic political tract that analyzes class struggles, critiques capitalism and defends communism. Here’s one of my favorite lines, which Marx used to describe how the laborer continued to sink lower even as industry progressed: “He […]

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