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The Dean's List 1982-Present

fr. neenan's suggested readings

 Dates denote years on the list.

  1. James Agee, A Death in the Family, 1984-
  2. Uwem Akpan, S.J., Say You're One of Them, 2010-2011
  3. Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith, 2010-2011
  4. John Allen, The Future Church: How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church, 2011-2012
  5. Stephen Ambrose, Undaunted Courage, 1996
  6. Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim, 1982-
  7. Arthur Ashe, Days of Grace, 1993-1999
  8. Andrea Barrett, The Voyage of the Narwhal, 2000
  9. Peter Behrens, The Law of Dreams, 2007-2009
  10. Robert N. Bellah and Colleagues, Habits of the Heart, 1985-1991
  11. Peter Berger, Rumor of Angels, 1982-1983
  12. George Bernanos, Diary of a Country Priest, 1982-
  13. Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, The Gift of Peace, 1997
  14. Ben Birnbaum, “How to Pray: Reverence, Stories, And the Rebbe’s Dream,” in Kathleen Norris (ed.), The Best American Essays 2001, 2002
  15. Ben Birnbaum, Take Heart: Catholic Writers on Hope in our Time, 2008
  16. Allan Bloom, Closing of the American Mind, 1987
  17. Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons, 1982
  18. Tom Brokaw, The Greatest Generation, 1999
  19. Frederick Buechner, Godric, 1984
  20. Olive Ann Burns, Cold Sassy Tree, 1991-93
  21. Albert Camus, The Fall, 1982
  22. Ethan Canin, Emperor of the Air, 1994-1995
  23. Ron Chernow, Washington: A Life 2013
  24. Evan S. Connell, Son of the Morning Star, 1985
  25. George Crile, Charlie Wilson’s War, 2005
  26. Annie Dillard, An American Childhood, 1990-1991
  27. Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, 1986-1989
  28. Annie Dillard, The Living, 1992
  29. Charles F. Donovan, S.J., History of Boston College, 1990-1993
  30. Brian Doyle, The Wet Engine, 2007-
  31. Clare Dunsford, Spelling Love with an X: A Mother, a Son, and the Gene that Binds Them, 2008
  32. Freeman Dyson, Weapons and Hope, 1984-1985
  33. Paul Elie, The Life You Save May Be Your Own, 2004-2006
  34. Joseph Ellis, His Excellency: George Washington, 2005-
  35. Ralph Ellison, The Invisible Man, 1982-1997
  36. Shusaku Endo, Deep River, 1995-1997
  37. Shusaku Endo, Silence, 1982-1994
  38. Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris, 2001
  39. David Hackett Fischer, Paul Revere's Ride, 1995
  40. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, 1982-
  41. Thomas Flanagan, The End of the Hunt, 1994
  42. Thomas Flanagan, Tenants of Time, 1988
  43. Thomas Flanagan, The Year of the French, 1982-1986
  44. Antonia Fraser, Mary Queen of Scots, 1982-1985
  45. Jane Gardam, God on the Rocks, 2011-2012
  46. Jane Gardam, The Queen of the Tambourine 2012
  47. Jane Gardam, Last Friends, 2013
  48. Lisa Genova, Still Alice, 2011
  49. William Golding, Lord of the Flies, 1983-1990
  50. Adam Gopnik, Paris to the Moon, 2002
  51. Mary Gordon, Final Payments, 1982-1989
  52. Thomas Grady and Paula Huston (eds.) Signatures of Grace: Catholic Writers on the Sacraments, 2000-2001
  53. Elizabeth Graver, Unravelling, 1998
  54. Elizabeth Graver, The Honey Thief, 2000
  55. Elizabeth Graver, The End of the Point, 2013
  56. Graham Greene, The End of the Affair, 2000-2005
  57. Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory, 1982-1999, 2006-
  58. Thomas Groome, What Makes Us Catholic, 2002
  59. David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars, 1996
  60. Patricia Hampl, The Florist's Daughter, 2008-
  61. Ron Hansen, Atticus, 1997-1998
  62. Michael Harrington, The Other America, 1982-1986
  63. Shirley Hazzard, The Great Fire, 2005
  64. Seamus Heaney, Beowulf, 2000-2004
  65. Laura Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit: An American Legend, 2003
  66. Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted Life, 1990-2007
  67. Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner, 2006
  68. James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1982-2000
  69. Rachel Joyce, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, 2013
  70. Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm, 1998-2003
  71. John Keegan, Face of Battle, 1982-1995
  72. Garrison Keillor, Lake Wobegon Days, 1986
  73. Thomas Keneally, Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, 1982-1983
  74. Thomas Keneally, The Confederates, 1984
  75. William Kennedy, Ironweed, 1985-1987
  76. Ross King, Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling, 2004
  77. Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees, 1991-1995
  78. Milan Kundera, Immortality, 1995-1996
  79. Milan Kundera, The Joke, 1991
  80. Florence Ladd, Sarah’s Psalm, 1999
  81. Guiseppe Lampedusa, The Leopard, 1982-1997
  82. H. C. Robbins Landon, 1791 Mozart's Last Year, 1991
  83. Margaret Laurence, The Stone Angel, 1987
  84. Dennis Lehane, The Given Day, 2008-2009
  85. William Leonard, S.J. The Letter Carrier, 1993
  86. William J. Leonard, S.J., Where Thousands Fell, 1995
  87. Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner, Freakonomics, 2006
  88. Bernard Lewis, The Crisis of Islam, 2003
  89. Alan Lightman, Einstein's Dreams, 1993
  90. Anthony J. Lucas, Common Ground, 1986
  91. Paul Mariani, Thirty Days, 2002
  92. Yann Martel, Life of Pi, 2003
  93. James Martin, S.J., The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, 2010-
  94. Suzanne Matson, The Hunger Moon, 1998
  95. Suzanne Matson, The Tree-Sitter, 2006
  96. Suzanne Matson, A Trick of Nature, 2001
  97. Francois Mauriac, Viper's Tangle, 1982
  98. Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing, 1994
  99. Eugene McCarthy, Up 'Til Now, 1987
  100. Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes, 1997-1998
  101. David McCullough, John Adams, 2002
  102. David McCullough, Truman, 1993-
  103. Alice McDermott, After This, 2007-
  104. Alice McDermott, At Weddings and Wakes, 1993-1994
  105. Alice McDermott, Charming Billy, 1999-2000
  106. Alice McDermott, Child of My Heart, 2003-2010
  107. James M. McPherson, The Battle Cry of Freedom, 1989
  108. Stephen Miller, Conversation: A History of a Declining Art, 2006
  109. Antonio Monda, Do You Believe? Conversations on God and Religion, 2008-2009
  110. J. Donald Monan, Echoes of a University Presidency, 2008
  111. Charles Morris, American Catholic: The Saints and Sinners Who Built America’s Most Powerful Church, 1999-2010
  112. Gloria Naylor, Women of Brewster Place, 1994-1999
  113. Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son, 1998-
  114. Christopher Nolan, Under the Eye of the Clock, 1988
  115. Thomas O'Connor, The Boston Irish, 1996-1997
  116. Thomas O'Connor, Civil War Boston, 1998
  117. Thomas O’Connor, The Hub: Boston Past and President, 2001
  118. John O'Malley, S.J. The First Jesuits, 1994-
  119. Thomas P. O'Neill, Man of the House, 1988-91
  120. James O'Toole, The Faithful, 2008
  121. Jaroslav Pelikan, Jesus Through the Centuries, 1987-2004
  122. Ann Petry, The Street, 1996-2000
  123. David Pietrusza, 1948, 2011
  124. S.M. Plokhy, Yalta, 2011
  125. J. F. Powers, Morte d'Urban, 1982-1984
  126. J. F. Powers, Wheat that Springeth Green, 1989-1990
  127. Marilynne Robinson, Gilead, 2005-2010
  128. Marilynne Robinson, Home, 2000, 2011
  129. Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping, 1997-1999
  130. O. E. Rolvaag, Giants in the Earth, 1982-1983
  131. Colin A. Ronan, The Natural History of the Universe, 1992
  132. Tim Russert, Big Russ and Me, 2005
  133. Tim Russert, Wisdom of Our Fathers, 2007
  134. Simon Schama, Citizens, 1989
  135. Nancy Lusignan Schulz, Fire and Roses, 2001
  136. Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels, 1999-
  137. Hampton Sides, Ghost Soldiers, 2003
  138. Ignazio Silone, Bread and Wine, 1983-1992
  139. Timothy Snyder, Bloodlands, 2011
  140. Dava Sobel, Galileo’s Daughter, 2001-2004
  141. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle, 1982-1988
  142. Wallace Stegner, Collected Short Stories, 1990-
  143. Wallace Stegner, Crossing to Safety, 1989
  144. Wallace Stegner, Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs, 1992
  145. Peter Steinfels, A People Adrift, 2004-2005
  146. Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club, 1990
  147. R. H. Tawney, Religion and Rise of Capitalism, 1982-1983
  148. Stuart Taylor, K.C. Johnson, Until Proven Innocent Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case, 2008-2009 
  149. Studs Terkel, Race: How Blacks & Whites Think & Feel About The American Obsession, 1992
  150. Christopher Tilghman, In a Father's Place, 1992-1993
  151. Sigrid Undset, Gunnar's Daughter, 1989
  152. Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter, 1982-1988, 1990-
  153. Jeanette Walls, Half Broke Horses, 2010
  154. Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men, 1982-
  155. David Warsh, Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations, 2007
  156. Bill Watterson, The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book, 1996
  157. Mark Whitaker, My Long Trip Home, 2011
  158. Garry Wills, Saint Augustine, 2000-
  159. Simon Winchester, River at the Center of the World, 1997, 2011
  160. Jay Winik, April 1865, The Month that Saved America, 2004-
  161. Alan Wolfe, The Transformation of American Religion, 2004
  162. Tom Wolfe, Bonfire of the Vanities, 1988
  163. Cecil Woodham-Smith, The Great Hunger, 1982-1990
  164. Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, 1982-1996

 

Recommendations for an evening of good reading from Fr. William Neenan.