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100 Books We Love
By the College Dean's Office
For more than 200 years, Hoyas have been falling in love with books. Romances of that sort seem to go hand in hand with a liberal arts education. Not surprisingly, Georgetown College students, alumni, professors, and administrators often find ourselves asking one another, "So, what are you reading?  Any recommendations?"
Below you will find a list of 100 books. They are of all genres, subjects, and eras, and listed in no particular order. They are simply a compilation of the Dean's Office staff responses to the quintessentially Hoya question:
"What books do you love?"
Without further ado, the Dean's Office 100:
North to the Orient by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

With Malice Toward None by Stephen B. Oates

How I Believe by Teilhard de Chardin

Mystery and Manners by Flannery O’Connor

The Road to Ubar by Nicholas Clapp

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love by Dava Sobel



The Working Poor by David Shipler

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Collapse by Jared Diamond

Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky

Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor by Paul Farmer

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

Personal History by Katharine Graham

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin



The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs

Bruneschelli’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas Friedman

The Mystery of Faith: An Introduction to Catholicism by Michael J. Himes

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner



Rookery Blues by John Hassler

The Dead by James Joyce

Small World by David Lodge

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Boob Jubilee edited by Thomas Frank

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Emblems of Mind by Edward Rothstein

The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker

In The Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick



Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel

The Secret Life of Bees by Susan Monk Kidd

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

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



Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover

Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt

The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo by Irving Stone



On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts in Faith by Anne Lamott

The Natural by Bernard Malamud

White Noise by Don DeLillo

Rivertown by Peter Hessler

The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost

A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean

Waiting by Ha Jin

White Teeth by Zadie Smith



The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

What is the What by Dave Eggers

Blindness by Jose Saramago

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

John Adams by David McCullough

Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough

The Habit of Being: The Letters of Flannery O’Connor

Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean

A Jesuit Off-Broadway by James Martin



Personal History by Katharine Graham

The Volcano Lover: A Romance by Susan Sontag

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest Gaines

The Diary of a Country Priest by George Bernanos and Remy Rougeau

Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro

The Last Lion by William Manchester

American Caesar by William Manchester



To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Letters to a Young Teacher by Jonathan Kozol

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
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