Faculty News, Field Work Term

A 2020 Field Work Term Reading List

While students embark on Field Work Term, an annual work-learning term during which students gain hands-on experience and test their classroom ideas in the world of work, Bennington faculty and staff offer their reading recommendations to keep everyone’s intellectual juices flowing wherever they are.

The Spell of the Sensuous

The Spell of the Sensuous

By David Abram

Recommended by Tatiana Abatemarco, Visiting Faculty — Center for the Advancement of Public Action

The Fifth Sacred Thing

The Fifth Sacred Thing

By Starhawk 

Recommended by Tatiana Abatemarco, Visiting Faculty—Center for the Advancement of Public Action

Ties

Ties

By Domenico Starnone, Translated by Jhumpa Lahiri 

"A page-turner. This is the disastrous story of a difficult family narrated from three different perspectives, with a great, unpredictable final twist."
Recommended by Barbara Alfano, Faculty—Cultural Studies and Languages

Marina

Marina

By Carlos Ruiz Zafón 

Recommended by Barbara Alfano, Faculty—Cultural Studies and Languages

Someplace to Be Flying

Someplace to be Flying

By Charles De Lint

Recommended by Nicole Arrington, Events Manager

Underland

Underland

By Robert Macfarlane

Recommended by Akiko Busch, Visiting Faculty—Literature

Friday Black

Friday Black

By Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Recommended by Noah Coburn, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Pedagogy; Faculty—Society, Culture and Thought

Fields of Combat

Fields of Combat

By Erin P. Finley

Recommended by Noah Coburn, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Pedagogy; Faculty—Society, Culture and Thought

Against the Grain

Against the Grain

By James C. Scott

Recommended by Noah Coburn, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Pedagogy; Faculty—Society, Culture and Thought

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

By Lori Gottlieb

Recommended by Laura Crosslin, Senior Admissions Systems Coordinator

Tender at the Bone

Tender at the Bone

By Ruth Reichl

"She's still writing books for different periods in her life, but this is the first about her childhood."
Recommended by Laura Crosslin, Senior Admissions Systems Coordinator

The Wild Robot

Wild Robot

By Peter Brown

"It's a middle-school read, but so lovely."
Recommended by Laura Crosslin, Senior Admissions Systems Coordinator

Life After Life

Life After Life

By Kate Atkinson

Recommended by Laura Crosslin, Senior Admissions Systems Coordinator

The Panic Virus

The Panic Virus

By Seth Mnookin

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Recommended by Alex Dery Snider, Director of Communications

The Tradition

The Tradition

By Jericho Brown

Recommended by Michael Dumanis, Faculty—Literature

The Problem of the Many

The Problem of Many

By Timothy Donnelly

Recommended by Michael Dumanis, Faculty—Literature

Soft Targets

Soft Targets

By Deborah Landau

Recommended by Michael Dumanis, Faculty—Literature

A Sand Book

A Sand Book

By Ariana Reines

Recommended by Michael Dumanis, Faculty—Literature

Dunce

Dunce

By Mary Ruefle

Recommended by Michael Dumanis, Faculty—Literature

Lima :: Limón

Lima :: Limón

By Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Recommended by Michael Dumanis, Faculty—Literature

The Octopus Museum

The Octopus Museum

By Brenda Shaughnessy

Recommended by Michael Dumanis, Faculty—Literature

Atopia

Atopia

By Sandra Simonds

Recommended by Michael Dumanis, Faculty—Literature

Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison

Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison

By Bruce Western

Recommended by Annabel Davis-Goff, Director of the Prison Education and Incarceration in America Initiatives, CAPA; Faculty—Literature

Billy Bathgate

Billy Bathgate

By E.L. Doctorow

Recommended by Annabel Davis-Goff, Director of the Prison Education and Incarceration in America Initiatives, CAPA; Faculty—Literature

The Power Broker

The Power Broker

By Robert A. Caro

Recommended by Jared Della Rocca, Director of Library Services

Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle

By Kurt Vonnegut

Recommended by Jared Della Rocca, Director of Library Services

A Son of the Circus

A Son of the Circus

By John Irving

Recommended by Jared Della Rocca, Director of Library Services

Midnight in Chernobyl

Midnight in Chernobyl

By Adam Higginbotham

"I immediately jumped into this book after watching HBO's terrific miniseries Chernobyl. A gripping account–at some points down to the microsecond–of the events before, during, and after the Soviet nuclear disaster. A story of horror, resilience and ingenuity as mankind seeks to bend the natural world to its will."
Recommended by Keegan Ead, Digital Marketing Strategist—Communications

Everything That Follows

Everything That Follows

By Meg Little Reilly

"What happens when regular people get caught up in a tragic mistake? Crippling paranoia and guilt that pulls them apart from the inside, of course!  A dark psychological tale written by one of our own staff members."
Recommended by Keegan Ead, Digital Marketing Strategist—Communications

Days of Rage

Days of Rage

By Bryan Burrough

"Did you know that in 1972 we had over 1,900 domestic bombings in the United States?  This stuff is forgotten and shouldn't be."
Recommended by Keegan Ead, Digital Marketing Strategist—Communications

Children of Time

Children of Time

By Adrian Tchaikovsky

"This sci-fi series is insane. Witness a new civilization spring to life as humanity collapses into dust. Spider, Octopus, and what remains of Men must find a way forward in a cold universe."
Recommended by Keegan Ead, Digital Marketing Strategist—Communications

Just Mercy

Just Mercy

By Bryan Stevenson

Recommended by Bronwyn Edwards '19, Kilpatrick Fellow—President's Office

She Said

She Said

By Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

"A deep look in to how two path breaking journalists tackled sexual assault issues. It is more about journalism than Harvey Weinstein - a guy I don't want to hear much about. Great read."
Recommended by Judith Enck, Senior Fellow in the Center for the Advancement of Public Action

Erosion

Erosion

By Terry Tempest Williams

"Terry Tempest Williams writes with grace, beauty and humility. I hang on her every word."
Recommended by Judith Enck, Senior Fellow in the Center for the Advancement of Public Action

Looker

Looker

By Laura Sims

"A new novel, scary and brilliant."
Recommended by Camille Guthrie, Director of Undergraduate Writing Initiatives

The Need

The Need

By Helen Phillips

Recommended by Camille Guthrie, Director of Undergraduate Writing Initiatives

Bunny

Bunny

By Mona Awad

Recommended by Camille Guthrie, Director of Undergraduate Writing Initiatives

Black Is the Body

Black Is the Body

By Emily Bernard

"I loved this collection of essays about blackness and visibility in Vermont. I highly recommend it!"
Recommended by Rage Hezekiah, First-Year and International Student Counselor—Academic Services

The End of the Myth

The End of the Myth

By Greg Grandin

Recommended by John Hultgren, Faculty—Society, Culture and Thought

A Planet to Win

A Planet to Win

By Kate Aronoff, Alyssa Battistoni, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Thea Riofrancos

Recommended by John Hultgren, Faculty—Society, Culture and Thought

The Water Dancer

The Water Dancer

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

"I was moved and inspired by this book."
Recommended by Dina Janis, Faculty—Drama

The Dutch House

The Dutch House

By Ann Patchett

"Gorgeous!"
Recommended by Dina Janis, Faculty—Drama

Empires of the Word

Empires of the Word

By Nicholas Ostler

Recommended by Thomas Leddy-Cecere, Faculty—Society, Culture and Thought

The Power of Babel

The Power of Babel

By John McWhorter

Recommended by Thomas Leddy-Cecere, Faculty—Society, Culture and Thought

Trick Mirror

Trick Mirror

By Jia Tolentino

Recommended by Mary Lum, Faculty—Visual Arts

Sabrina and Corina

Sabrina and Corina

By Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Recommended by Mary Lum, Faculty—Visual Arts

The White Card

The White Card

By Claudia Rankine

"This is Rankine's first published play and, like Citizen--but even more emphatically--it asks us to see (quotidian performances of) what's always/still there."
Recommended by Vanessa Lyon, Faculty—Visual Arts

The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye

By Toni Morrison

"2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of Morrison's searing first novel--a devastating account of the racialization of childhood and the sexualization of race."
Recommended by Vanessa Lyon, Faculty—Visual Arts

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

By Jane Austen

"Two hundred years later, Austen's feminist Gothic parody is no joke."
Recommended by Vanessa Lyon, Faculty—Visual Arts

Who Killed My Father

Who Killed My Father

By Édouard Louis, Translated by Lorin Stein

Recommended by Farhad Mirza '12, Technical Instructor in 3D Technology

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By Martin Hägglund

Recommended by Farhad Mirza '12, Technical Instructor in 3D Technology

I'm Open to Anything

I'm Open to Anything

By William E. Jones

Recommended by Farhad Mirza '12, Technical Instructor in 3D Technology

The Big Sea: An Autobiography

The Big Sea: An Autobiography

By Langston Hughes

Recommended by Brian Michael Murphy, Faculty—Society, Culture and Thought

Dance of the Jakaranda

Dance of the Jakaranda

By Peter Kimani

Recommended by Mirka Prazak, Faculty—Society, Culture and Thought

Praying for Sheetrock

Praying for Sheetrock

By Melissa Fay Greene

Recommended by Mirka Prazak, Faculty—Society, Culture and Thought

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

By Jennifer Egan

Recommended by Mirka Prazak, Faculty—Society, Culture and Thought

The End of Eddy

Cover of the End of Eddy

By Édouard Louis, Translated by Michael Lucey

"Or if you can read the French original, En finir avec Eddy Belleguele"
Recommended by Jean Randich, Faculty—Drama

Educated: A Memoir

Educated: A Memoir

By Tara Westover

"A remarkable memoir that deals with the complicated way identity is constructed."
Recommended by Jean Randich, Faculty—Drama

The Argonauts

The Argonauts

By Maggie Nelson

Recommended by Jean Randich, Faculty—Drama

The Source of Self-Regard

The Source of Self-Regard

By Toni Morrison

"This wise tome takes the form of a memoir."
Recommended by Jean Randich, Faculty—Drama

Outline

Outline

By Rachel Cusk

"Rachel Cusk! After her memoirs, read her trilogy."
Recommended by Jean Randich, Faculty—Drama

Transit

Transit

By Rachel Cusk

Recommended by Jean Randich, Faculty—Drama

Kudos

Kudos

By Rachel Cusk

Recommended by Jean Randich, Faculty—Drama

Making and Being: Embodiment, Collaboration, & Circulation in the Visual Arts

Making and Being: Embodiment, Collaboration, & Circulation in the Visual Arts

By Caroline Woolard and Susan Jahoda

Recommended by Robert Ransick, Director of Art and Entrepreneurship Programs—CAPA, and Director of the MFA in Public Action

Better Work Together: How the Power of Community Can Transform Your Business

Better Work Together: How the Power of Community Can Transform Your Business

By Anthony Cabraal and Susan Basterfield

Recommended by Robert Ransick, Director of Art and Entrepreneurship Programs—CAPA, and Director of the MFA in Public Action

Learning to Love You More

Learning to Love You More

By Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher

Recommended by Robert Ransick, Director of Art and Entrepreneurship Programs—CAPA, and Director of the MFA in Public Action

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

By John Green

Recommended by Natalie Redmond, Associate Writer—Communications

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

By Anne Lamott

Recommended by Natalie Redmond, Associate Writer—Communications

Girl, Woman, Other

Girl, Woman, Other

By Bernardine Evaristo

Recommended by Sue Rees, Faculty—Visual Arts

The Testaments

The Testaments

By Margaret Atwood

Recommended by Sue Rees, Faculty—Visual Arts

A Small Place

A Small Place

By Jamaica Kincaid

Recommended by Sue Rees, Faculty—Visual Arts

 

Beyond a Boundary

Beyond a Boundary

By C. L. R. James

Recommended by Sue Rees, Faculty—Visual Arts

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens

Recommended by Susie Reiss '79, Head of the Music Library

Goat Song

Goat Song

By Brad Kessler

Recommended by Susie Reiss '79, Head of the Music Library

 

Steps to an Ecology of Mind

Steps to an Ecology of Mind

By Gregory Bateson

Recommended by Susan Sgorbati '74, MFA '86; Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action

The Great Transformation

The Great Transformation

By Karl Polanyi

Recommended by Susan Sgorbati '74, MFA '86; Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action

Austerlitz

Austerlitz

By W. G. Sebald

Recommended by Don Sherefkin, Faculty—Visual Arts

The Three-Body Problem

The Three-Body Problem

By Cixin Liu, Translated by Ken Liu

Recommended by Betsy Sherman, Faculty—Science and Mathematics

Fire Logic

Fire Logic

By Laurie J. Marks

"Original and intricately-drawn fantasy of resistance."
Recommended by Ray Stevens '15, Student Employment Coordinator—Career Development and FWT Office

The Invisible Library

The Invisible Library

By Genevieve Cogman

"Madcap mystery with all the fixings—like an improbable number of fixings. Think Victorian London with fairies, werewolves, dragons, transdimensional libraries, and biblioespionage."
Recommended by Ray Stevens '15, Student Employment Coordinator—Career Development and FWT Office

The Great Believers

The Great Believers

By Rebecca Makkai

Recommended by Stephen Shapiro, Faculty—Cultural Studies and Languages

H & G

H & G

By Anna Maria Hong

Recommended by Stephen Shapiro, Faculty—Cultural Studies and Languages

The Clothesline Swing

The Clothesline Swing

By Ahmad Danny Ramadan

Recommended by Stephen Shapiro, Faculty—Cultural Studies and Languages

The Topeka School

The Topeka School

By Ben Lerner

Recommended by Stephen Shapiro, Faculty—Cultural Studies and Languages

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

By Ocean Vuong

Recommended by Stephen Shapiro, Faculty—Cultural Studies and Languages

Sontag: Her Life and Work

Sontag: Her Life and Work

By Benjamin Moser

Recommended by Stephen Shapiro, Faculty—Cultural Studies and Languages, and Mark Wunderlich, Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars

Returning to Reims

Returning to Reims

By Didier Eribon, Translated by Michael Lucey

Recommended by Debbie Warnock, Faculty—Society, Culture and Thought

Tori Amos's Boys for Pele

Tori Amos's Boys for Pele

By Amy Gentry

Recommended by Debbie Warnock, Faculty—Society, Culture and Thought

The Library Book

The Library Book

By Susan Orlean

Recommended by Ellen Weiner, Manager of Grants and Partnerships—President's Office

Feast Your Eyes

Feast Your Eyes

By Myla Goldberg

Recommended by Ellen Weiner, Manager of Grants and Partnerships—President's Office

Winter

Winter

By Ali Smith

Recommended by Ellen Weiner, Manager of Grants and Partnerships—President's Office

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir

By Saeed Jones

Recommended by Oceana Wilson, Acting Dean of the College and Dean of the Library

Orange World and Other Stories

Orange World and Other Stories

By Karen Russell

Recommended by Oceana Wilson, Acting Dean of the College and Dean of the Library

Gingerbread

Gingerbread

By Helen Oyeyemi

Recommended by Oceana Wilson, Acting Dean of the College and Dean of the Library

Invisible Women

Invisible Women

By Caroline Criado Perez

Recommended by Oceana Wilson, Acting Dean of the College and Dean of the Library

Insectopedia

Insectopedia

By Hugh Raffles

"Fun science facts that intrigue."
Recommended by Michael Wimberly, Faculty—Music

Princess Noire

Princess Noire

By Nadine Cohodas

Recommended by Michael Wimberly, Faculty—Music

Madiba A to Z

Madiba

By Danny Schechter

Recommended by Michael Wimberly, Faculty—Music

The Door

The Door

By Magda Szabó, Translated by Len Rix 

Recommended by Mark Wunderlich, Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars and Faculty—Literature

Bosnian Chronicle

Bosnian Chronicle

By Ivo Andric, Translated by Celia Hawkesworth

Recommended by Mark Wunderlich, Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars and Faculty—Literature

I Am Dynamite!

I Am Dynamite!

By Sue Prideaux

Recommended by Mark Wunderlich, Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars and Faculty—Literature

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

By David Treuer

Recommended by Mark Wunderlich, Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars and Faculty—Literature

The Eight Mountains

The Eight Mountains

By Paolo Cognetti, Translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre

"The translation, from the Italian, by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre, won the 2019 National Translation Prize in Prose. A gorgeous novel set in the remote Italian Alps and, toward the end, also in Nepal."
Recommended by Marguerite Feitlowitz, Faculty—Literature

Inri

Inri

By Raúl Zurita, Translated by William Rowe

Recommended by Marguerite Feitlowitz, Faculty—Literature

Purgatory

Purgatory

By Raúl Zurita, Translated by Anna Deeny

Recommended by Marguerite Feitlowitz, Faculty—Literature

Autobiography of Death

Autobiography of Death

By Kim Hyesoon

Recommended by Marguerite Feitlowitz, Faculty—Literature

The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian

By Han Kang

Recommended by Anna Maria Hong, Faculty—Literature

The Archive of Alternate Endings

The Archive of Alternate Endings

By Lindsey Drager

Recommended by Anna Maria Hong, Faculty—Literature

Counternarratives

Counternarratives

By John Keene

Recommended by Anna Maria Hong, Faculty—Literature

How to Suppress Women's Writing

How to Suppress Women's Writing

By Joanna Russ

Recommended by Anna Maria Hong, Faculty—Literature

Fixer Chao

Fixer Chao

By Han Ong

Recommended by Anna Maria Hong, Faculty—Literature

Madness, Rack, and Honey

Madness, Rack, and Honey

By Mary Ruefle '74

Recommended by Anna Maria Hong, Faculty—Literature

Complete Short Fiction

Complete Short Fiction

By Oscar Wilde

Recommended by Anna Maria Hong, Faculty—Literature