Reading List: Back to School

As August approaches and our summer comes to a close, the start of a new school year is just around the corner. To help prepare you for having to think again, here’s a more intellectual reading list to peruse.

Don’t worry, there will be no pop quizzes. But who knows, some of these authors may appear on your next syllabus.

English and Literature Classes


Lucy Gayheart

By Willa Cather

“A clean, authoritative text of the first edition,” this latest addition to UNP’s Scholarly Editions of Willa Cather’s work tells of young musician Lucy Gayheart, a love affair, and a continuing controversy.


Married or Single?

By Catharine Maria Sedgewick

The final novel of a woman in the 1800s who dared to think a woman should aim to be a worthy human being before being a good wife.


The Complete Letters of Henry James, Volume 2. 1876-1878

Edited by Pierre A. Walker & Greg W. Zacharias

One of the greatest English novelists, Henry James’ collected letters republished in this volume were written at the same time as Daisy Miller‘s first publication.


The Storyworld Accord

By Erin James

For great readers and aspiring writers–this book delves into how characters and environment are interconnected, specifically in the work of writers from Nigeria and Trinidad.

Journalism Classes



By Jay M. Smith and Mary Willingham

The greatest thing a journalist can do is expose the truth.

“In unbiased and carefully sourced detail, Cheated recounts the academic fraud in UNC’s athletics department, even as university leaders focused on minimizing the damage in order to keep the billion-dollar college sports revenue machine functioning.”


The Newspaper Warrior

Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins
Edited by Cari M. Carpenter and Carolyn Sorisio

A new anthology of the articles, letters-to-the-editor, book reviews and other writings by and about this important Indian Rights Activist from the nineteenth century.

Religious Studies Classes


Judaism’s Great Debates

By Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz

A skillful and engaging introduction to the theological, ethical, and political challenges that have existed within this ancient religion from biblical to modern times.

Global Studies and Education Classes


The Pedagogical Imagination

By Leon Sachs

A new approach to French education. “In this study of French education and republicanism as represented in twenty-first-century French literature and film, Leon Sachs shifts our attention from ‘what’ literature and film say about education to ‘how’ they say it.”

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