What We’re Reading: Check out what the English Faculty are reading this month!

"By far and away, McMurtry's best novel and certainly one of the very best Westerns ever written. Plus, it's also probably the best Western ever filmed. Cormac McCarthy is a far better writer, but his Westerns (especially Blood Meridian) may be too much for most people." - Phil Snyder

“By far and away, McMurtry’s best novel and certainly one of the very best Westerns ever written. Plus, it’s also probably the best Western ever filmed. Cormac McCarthy is a far better writer, but his Westerns (especially Blood Meridian) may be too much for most people.” – Phil Snyder

 

"Lovely essays on how we think about and interact in the world around us." - Kristin Matthews

“Lovely essays on how we think about and interact in the world around us.” – Kristin Matthews

 

 

"It describes bad wallpaper in a particularly brilliant way." - Mary Erying

“It describes bad wallpaper in a particularly brilliant way.” – Mary Erying

"This book is beautiful and difficult at the same time. It taught me about the Chechen wars in the 90s (about which I knew almost nothing) and made me think about how you make impossible choices and then how you live (or don't live) with the consequences." - Jamie Horrocks

“This book is beautiful and difficult at the same time. It taught me about the Chechen wars in the 90s (about which I knew almost nothing) and made me think about how you make impossible choices and then how you live (or don’t live) with the consequences.” – Jamie Horrocks

 
"My simplest definition of a 'good book' is a book I feel compelled to return to. Any book that makes me think as well as feel--any book whose moral center is truly honest and therefore beautiful and whose style, characters, and storytelling captivate me and give me lasting pleasure. For me, Ghosh's novel meets these criteria as it explores issues of personal identity, political and otherwise, while insistently foregrounding the wonder of human connections and the quiet nobility of positive human endeavor." - Keith Lawrence

“My simplest definition of a ‘good book’ is a book I feel compelled to return to. Any book that makes me think as well as feel–any book whose moral center is truly honest and therefore beautiful and whose style, characters, and storytelling captivate me and give me lasting pleasure. For me, Ghosh’s novel meets these criteria as it explores issues of personal identity, political and otherwise, while insistently foregrounding the wonder of human connections and the quiet nobility of positive human endeavor.” – Keith Lawrence

 

"Poems of restrained grief and exact observation, distilled to perfection over many years." - Michael Lavers

“Poems of restrained grief and exact observation, distilled to perfection over many years.” – Michael Lavers