During your down time, read one of these compelling books and/or other works stamped with approval by our Writing Center Associates!

1.      A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Karen Armstrong

2.      A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story by Elaine Brown

3.      Beating the Odds:  Raising Academically Successful African American Males by Freeman A. Hrabowski III, Kenneth I. Maton, and Geoffrey L. Greif

4.      Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen

5.      Beloved by Toni Morrison                                                                                                                                    Beautiful Losers

6.      Black Empire by George S. Schuyler

7.      Bodies that Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex"  by Judith Butler   

8.      Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen

9.      Caleb Williams by William Godwin

10.  Cane by Jean Toomer

11.  Changes: A Love Story by Ama Ata Aidoo

12.  Collected Works by William Shakespeare

13.  Concrete Island by J.G. Ballard

14.  Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

15.  Dark Princess by W. E. B. Du Bois

16.  De todo lo visible y lo invisible (All Things Visible and Invisible)by Lucía Etxebarría

17.  Don Juan by Lord Byron                                                                                                                     How to Win Friends and Influence People

18.  Dopefiend by Donald Goinse

19.  Dusk of Dawn: An Essay toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept by W.E.B. Du Bois

20.  Dylan Thomas: Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Dog by Dylan Thomas

21.  Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

22.  Emma by Jane Austen

23.  Epistemology of the Closet by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

24.  Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

25.  Gandhi An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth by Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi

26.  Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler

27.  Hamlet by William Shakespeare

28.  Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

29.  High-Rise by J.G. Ballard

30.  How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

31.  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

32.  In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics and Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era by Richard Iton

33.  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

34.  Julia by Ana Maria Moix

35.  Life is Short but Wide by J. California Cooper

36.  Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route by Saidiya Hartman

37.  Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge

38.  Macbeth by William Shakespeare

39.  Manchild in the Promise Land by Claude Brown

40.  Meridian by Alice Walker

41.  Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life by Baruti K. Kafele

42.  Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed                                                                                                                                            Dark Princess

43.  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass

44.  Neuromancer by William Gibson

45.  Notes from Underground by  Fyodor Dostoyevsky

46.  Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

47.  One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

48.  Passing by Nella Larsen

49.  Pimp: The Story of My Life by Iceberg Slim 

50.  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

51.  Raising Black Boys  by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu

52.  Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

53.  Someone Knows My Name: A Novel by Lawrence Hill 

54.  Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

55.  Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver

56.  St. Leon by William Godwin

57.  Sula by Toni Morrison

58.  Ten Books of Architecture by Vitruvius

59.  The African Americans:  Many Rivers to Cross by Henry Louis Gates and Donald Yacovone

60.  The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

61.  The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

62.  The Book of Night Women by Marlon James

63.  The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

64.  The Five Levels of Attachment: Toltec Wisdom for the Modern World by don Miguel Ruiz Jr.

65.  The Fixer by Bernard Malamud

66.  The Future Has a Past by J. California Cooper

67.  The Grapes of Wrath by  John Steinbeck

68.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

69.  The Known World by Edward P. Jones

70.  The Last Man by Mary Shelley

71.  The Origin of the Universe by Stephen Hawking

72.  The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

73.  The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver                                                                                                                     Siddhartha

74.  The Prelude by William Wordsworth

75.  The President by Miguel Angel Asturias

76.  The Rich and the Rest of Us:  A Poverty Manifesto by Tavis Smiley and Cornel West

77.  The Tin Drum by Günter Grass

78.  Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston

79.  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

80.  Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to promote Peace one School at a Time by Greg Mortenson

81.  Uncle Tom’s Children by Richard Wright

82.  Valperga by Mary Shelley

83.  Walk on the Wild Side by Nelson Algren

84.  When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron

85.  White House Diary by Jimmy Carter

86.  White Noise by Don DeLillo

87.  You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself by David McRaney

88.  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Persig                                      Song of Solomon