The Dean's List

Fr. Neenan releases his annual list of recommended titles to the University community

Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties William B. Neenan, SJ, has released his annual Dean's List of Recommended Reading to the University community, together with some commentary about the new additions to the list. All of the books are available in the Boston College Libraries and at the Bookstore.

The 1996-97 Dean's List includes five new entries: two novels, the historical account of a defining moment in American history, one volume by a distinguished member of the Boston College faculty, and a piece of Americana.

AVP William B. Neenan, SJ.

David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars is a poignant fictional account of Japanese-Americans caught up in the cultural cross-currents of the Second World War in the Pacific Northwest. The Street by Ann Petry depicts the same era from the vantage point of a young black mother and her son in New York City.

Lewis and Clark sailed from St. Louis in 1804 up the Missouri River to explore the Louisiana Purchase knowing less about the territory they would be traversing than Neil Armstrong knew about his destination when he lifted off from Cape Canaveral in 1969 on his way to the moon.

Anyone wishing to understand modern Boston would be well advised to read Prof. Emeritus Thomas O'Connor's The Boston Irish . Also, Jesus Through the Centuries first appeared on the Dean's List years before its author, Jaroslav Pelikan, arrived this fall at Boston College as the first Joseph Professor in patristic theology.

Cultural historians decades hence will undoubtedly mark the demise of Calvin and Hobbes as a comic strip in 1996 as a watershed moment in the cultural life of the United States. Hence rush to your bookstore for a copy of The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book.

The 1996-97 Dean's List

1. James Agee, A Death in the Family

2. Stephen Ambrose, Undaunted Courage

3. Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim

4. Arthur Ashe, Days of Grace

5. George Bernanos, Diary of a Country Priest

6. Robert Bolt, A Man For All Seasons

7. Albert Camus, The Fall

8. Ralph Ellison, The Invisible Man

9. Shusaku Endo, Deep River

10. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

11. Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory

12. David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars

13. Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted Life

14. James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

15. Milan Kundera, Immortality

16. Guiseppe Lampedusa, The Leopard

17. David McCullough, Truman

18. Gloria Naylor, Women of Brewster Place

19. Thomas O'Connor, The Boston Irish

20. John O'Malley, SJ, The First Jesuits

21. Jaroslav Pelikan, Jesus Through the Centuries

22. Ann Petry, The Street

23. Wallace Stegner, Collected Short Stories

24. Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter

25. Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men

26. Bill Watterson, The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book

27. Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

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