Reading ‘big’ books

It took me a long time to learn how to read very long, very detailed books. It took me a long time to develop the level of discipline involved in completing a book that runs to 1,000 pages. But it can be done. There is a way to do this. And my goal is to show my students how to tackle reading challenges both large and small. You can, in fact, train yourself for this. I want to show them how.

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A sample of books I am (& have been) reading with my students lately

Here is a sample of some of the books my students and I have been reading lately. I’m immensely proud of them for undertaking all of these:

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

A Complicated Kindness, by Miriam Toews

A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth

Logicomix, by Apostolos Doxiadis & Christos Papadimitriou

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ecological Imperialism, by Alfred W. Crosby

The Birth of Tragedy, by Friedrich Nietzsche

Selections from The American Political Tradition, by Richard Hofstadter

In all cases my students have enthusiastically embraced these challenging readings. I could not be more proud of them.