Common Book Suggestions from Faculty, Staff & Students



The Shack – Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
by Wm. Paul Young
recommended by Jo Mucci

The Sound of Language
by Amulya Malladi
recommended by Mary Ellen Maney

The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers
by Harry Bernstein
recommended by Elise Martin

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
by Mark Haddon
recommended by Hayat Weiss

Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
recommended by Hayat Weiss

The Impossible Will Take a Little While
by Paul Loeb
recommended by Donna Duffy

Soul of a Citizen (a book that involves Lowell history)
by Paul Loeb
recommended by Donna Duffy

A Year of Eating Locally
by Barbara Kingsolver
recommended by Lynn Gregory

Here If You Need Me: A True Story
by Kate Braestrup
recommended by Susan Egan

The Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow

Dreams From My Father
by Barack Obama
recommended by Jessie Klein

Reunion
by David Daniel
recommended by Jo Mucci

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
by Michael Dorris
recommended by Esther Rosenman-Hochman

The Painted Drum
by Louise Erdrich
recommended by Esther Rosenman-Hochman

Digging to America
by Anne Tyler
recommended by Esther Rosenman-Hochman

Born on a Blue Day
by Daniel Tammet
recommended by Rebecca Newell

The Last Town on Earth 
by Thomas Mullen
recommended by Clea Andreadis

The Camel Bookmobile
by Masha Hamilton
recommended by Clea Andreadis

The Man in My Basement
by Walter Mosley
recommended by Clea Andreadis

Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley
recommended by Tom Laughlin

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
recommended by Sandra Shapiro

Tinkers
by Paul Harding
recommended by Lynn Gregory

This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women
Edited by Jay Allison & Dan Gediman
recommended by Darlene Furdock

The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison
recommended by Orian Greene

Mountains Beyond Mountains
by Tracy Kidder
recommended by Cynthia Lynch

The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho
recommended by Shelli DeMarkles

The Glass Castle
by Jeanette Walls

The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown
recommended by Sanford Arbogast

MAUS
by Art Speigelman
recommended by Cheryl Wotring

State of Fear
by Michael Crichton
recommended by Rob Kaulfuss

Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
recommended by Esther Hochman, Ellen Nichols, Tamara Havens

Nickel & Dimed
by Barbara Ehrenreich
recommended by Cheryl Wotring

select a common author w/ several books as possibilities rather than a common book
recommended by Pamela Edington

The Color of Water
by James McBride

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
by Jon Krakauer
recommended by Orian Greene

Like Water for Chocolate
by Laura Esquivel
recommended by Jamie Williams

The Learning Tree
by Gordon Parks
recommended by Jamie Williams

All Souls
by Michael Patrick MacDonald
recommended by Clea Andreadis, Marilyn Black

Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
by Lynne Truss
recommended by Sue Hunt

My Sister's Keeper
by Jodi Picoult
recommended by Denise Marchionda

When the Emperor Was Divine
by Julie Otsuka
recommended by Jean Trounstine

Plainsong
by Kent Haruf
recommended by Gail Mooney

Those Who Save Us
by Jenna Blum
recommended by Cathy McCarron

Perfumed Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora
by Andrew Lam
recommended by Orian Greene

Smashed
by Koren Zailckas
recommended by Dorothy O'Connell

The Traveler
by John Twelve Hawks
recommended by Theresa Mullins

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling and Mary GrandPre
recommended by Marion Cuoco

Thief
by Markus Zusak
recommended by Eileen Burbage

The Tipping Point
by Malcolm Gladwell
student recommendation from Writing Center box

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer
student recommendation from Writing Center box

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
by Sherman Alexie
student recommendation from Writing Center box

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
student recommendation from Writing Center box

Digging to America
by Anne Tyler
recommended by Marilyn Black

The Travels of a T-shirt in the Global Economy
by Pietra Rivoli
recommended by Barbara Dexter-Smith

Good Benito
by Alan Lightman
recommended by MCC Library staff

Luminous Fish: Tales of Science and Love
by Lynn Margulis
recommended by MCC Library staff

The Memory of Running
by Ron McLarty
recommended by MCC Library staff

Into the Forest
by Jean Hegland
recommended by Allyson O'Brien

The Namesake
by Jhumpa Lahiri
recommended by Pat Hyde

Children of Men
by P.D. James
recommended by Dona Cady

Last Modified: 6/10/16