The Penn Top Ten: 2008 Summer Reading List

May 2, 2008

The faculty and staff of Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania have taken literary stock of their favorite books and chosen 10 for a 2008 summer reading list of oldies and newer selections. In alphabetical order they are:

  1. Brief Encounters with Che Guevara by Ben Fountain (2007)
  2. Fathers Playing Catch with Sons: Essays on Sport by Donald Hall (1984)
  3. Hannah Weiner's Open House by Hannah Weiner (2006)
  4. Levels of the Game by John McPhee (1969)
  5. Marc Chagal by Jonathan Wilson (2007)
  6. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (2002)
  7. The Jew of Home Depot and Other Stories by Max Apple (2007)
  8. The New Granta Book of the American Short Story by Richard Ford (2007)
  9. The Writing on the Wall by Lynne Sharon Schwartz (2006)
  10. Waiting: A Novel by Ha Jin (1999)

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