A new and updated list of books recommended by the NEA for the Big Read program has been released. This is an amazing list, one to keep handy for those times when you are looking for a book to read. For more details about the authors, check out this NEA link.
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Five Skies by Ron Carlson
Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001 by Joy Harjo
Sun, Stone, and Shadows, edited by Jorge Hernández
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick
True Grit by Charles Portis
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff
The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang
Book of Hours by Kevin Young
To Live by Yu Hua, translated from the Chinese by Michael Berry
Ways of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra, translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell
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