Book Recommendations

Here’s a roundup of the books I’ve recommended (some with links back to the original posts that explore these authors or works a bit more).  Also send me a message if you would like an individual recommendation based on your personal taste!

Short Story Collections:

Contemporary favorites:

  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • Outline by Rachel Cusk
  • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  • Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
  • The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
  • Me Before You by Jojo Meyers
  • The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  • The Sea by John Banville
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Historical Fiction:

  • Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
  • Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
  • I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira
  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan


Recent Pulitzer Prize Winner favorites:


  • Aimless Love by Billy Collins
  • Any collections by: Mary Oliver, T.S. Elliott, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mary Ruefle, Stanley Kunitz

Graphic novels

  • Fun House by Alison Bechdel
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi


Books from high school to revisit:

  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Vermont College of Fine Arts writers: