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Barbara Tuchman

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change (as the poet said), windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.”  ― Barbara W. Tuchman ( author of the The Guns of August )

William Moloney

William Moloney
Professor of Computer Science
Founder of the UMass Lowell CS Department

  1. A Prayer for Owen Meany
  2. Unbroken
  3. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
  4. Robinson Crusoe
  5. Moby Dick
  6. The Elegant Universe
  7. Collapse
  8. Trinity
  9. The Grapes of Wrath
  10. A Clockwork Orange

Megan Lulsdorf

Megan Lulsdorf
Honors Student in The Honors College at  UMass Lowell

  1. The Hunt for Red October
  2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  4. Fahrenheit 451
  5. The Help
  6. The Count of Monte Cristo
  7. The Monuments Men
  8. The End of Your Life Book Club
  9. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
  10. The Fault in Our Stars

Laura Chisholm

Laura Chisholm
Formerly with UMass Lowell University Relations

  1. All the King's Men
  2. Tell Me a Riddle
  3. Day for Night
  4. The Orphan Master's Son
  5. The King Must Die
  6. Vanity Fair
  7. The Art of Fielding
  8. Black Swan Green
  9. The Once and Future King
  10. Travels with My Aunt

Bridget Marshall

Bridget Marshall
Associate Professor, English Department

  1. Frankenstein
  2. Dracula
  3. The Handmaid's Tale
  4. Middlesex
  5. Take the Canoli: Stories from the New World
  6. Straight Man
  7. Me Talk Pretty One Day
  8. Beloved
  9. St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
  10. Life of Pi

David Kalivas

David Kalivas
Director, Middlesex CC Honors Program

  1. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and The Road to 911
  2. Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy
  3. The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle of American History
  4. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
  5. Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East
  6. Istanbul and the Civilization of the Ottoman Empire
  7. When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity: During the Last Days of Rome
  8. Khubilai Khan: His Life and Times
  9. Hypatia of Alexandria
  10. The Places in Between (travel diary fo a walk across Afghanistan)

Jim Canning

Jim Canning
Dean, Honors College
Associate Professor of Computer Science

  1. Les Miserables
  2. Atlas Shrugged
  3. A Prayer for Owen Meany
  4. Flags of Our Fathers
  5. The Good Earth
  6. Jane Eyre
  7. The Count of Monte Cristo
  8. The Brothers Karamasov
  9. Tess of the D'Urbervilles
  10. The Book Thief

Greg DeLaurier

Greg DeLaurier
Honors/Political Science Teacher

  1. Fanshen
  2. Get Shorty
  3. Mystery Train
  4. The Friends of Eddie Coyle
  5. The Drowned and the Saved
  6. Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts, Karl Marx
  7. Just Kids
  8. Rickshaw
  9. Chinamen
  10. The Devil Finds Work

Linda Kistler

Linda Kistler
Faculty, Dean, Athletic Rep. (retired), Novelist
University of Massachusetts Lowell

  1. The Idea Factory, Bell Labs and the Age of the American Innovation
  2. A Visit from the Goon Squad
  3. The Things They Carried
  4. The Book Thief
  5. Atlas Shrugged
  6. The Road
  7. Crytonomicon
  8. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  9. Under the Banner of Heaven
  10. The Checklist Manifesto

George Hart

George Hart

Director, UMass Lowell Libraries

  1. Mrs. Dalloway
  2. War and Peace
  3. Hadji Murad
  4. Ulysses
  5. A Pattern Language
  6. The Varieties of Religious Experience
  7. Novellas: Master and Man: The Death of Ivan Illych
  8. The Brothers Karamazov
  9. Zorba the Greek
  10. Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters
  11. Death Comes for the Archbishop

Anita Greenwood

Anita Greenwood
Dean, College of Education

  1. I, Claudius
  2. Persuasion
  3. Rosalind Franklin, The Dark Lady of DNA
  4. Middlesex
  5. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
  6. Fountainhead
  7. The Ragged Trousered Philantrhopist
  8. Foundation Trilogy
  9. The Professor and the Madman
  10. Will in the World

Sneak Listen: Rachmanimov's Third Piano Concerto

Bob Tamarin

Robert Tamarin

Dean, College of Sciences (retired)

  1. The Voyage of the Beagle
  2. Outliers
  3. The Right Stuff
  4. A Walk in the Woods
  5. Startup Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle
  6. A Man in Full
  7. Rabbit Run
  8. The Da Vinci Code
  9. We Were the Mulvaneys
  10. Game of Thrones

Paul Marion

Paul Marion
Executive Director, Community and Cultural Affairs

  1. Here and Nowhere Else: Late Seasons of a Farm and Its Family
  2. Selected Stories - Andre Dubus
  3. Cotton Was King: A History of Lowell
  4. Mid Drift: Poems by Kate Hanson Foster
  5. The Town and the City
  6. Ceremonial Time: Fifteen Thousand Years on One Square Mile
  7. Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields: Memoirs  by Survivors
  8. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
  9. Journey of Purpose: Reflections on teh Presidency, Multiculturalism, and Third Parties
  10. Mrs. Somebody Somebody, Stories by Tracy Winn


Bob Forrant

Bob Forrant
Professor of History
UMass Lowell

  1. The Arc of Justice
  2. Germinal
  3. USA Trilogy
  4. Pedagogy of the Oppressed
  5. God's Bits of Wood
  6. The Jungle
  7. The Namesake
  8. Girl in Translation
  9. Special Topics in Calamity Physics
  10. This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American CIvil War

Joseph Hartman

Joseph Hartman
Dean, Francis College of Engineering
University of Massachusetts Lowell

  1. Of Mice and Men
  2. Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius
  3. The Once and Future King
  4. The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes
  5. Sharpe's Rifles
  6. Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer
  7. The Time Machine
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four
  9. The Last Amateurs
  10. The Hunt for Red October

Steven O'Riodan

Steve O'Riordan
Associate Vice Chancellor, Financial Services

  1. The Years of Lyndon Johnson
  2. Frankenstein
  3. A Soldier of the Great War
  4. The Hobbit
  5. Mornings on Horseback
  6. A Prayer for Owen Meany
  7. In the Heart of the Sea
  8. The Great Gatsby
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird
  10. Seabiscuit

Troy Roberts

Troy Roberts
Zounds in Westford, MA
Friend from Pepperell

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird
  2. The Killer Angels
  3. The Good Earth
  4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  5. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
  6. The Handmaid's Tale
  7. All the King's Men
  8. The Grapes of Wrath
  9. I, Claudius
  10. A Tale of Two Cities

Partha Chowdhury

Partha Chowdhury
Professor of Physics

  1. The God of Small Things
  2. The Poisonwood Bible
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird
  4. 1984
  5. The Old Man and the Sea
  6. Lord of the Flies
  7. Slaugherhouse Five
  8. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  9. Of Mice and Men
  10. Fahrenheit 451

Robert Kunzendorf

Robert Kunzendorf
Professor of Psychology (retired)

  1. Escape from Evil
  2. Friday Night Lights
  3. Denial of Death
  4. The Calculus Wars: Newton, Leibniz, and the Greatest Mathematician of All-time
  5. Discovery of the Unconscience
  6. Gallileo (play)
  7. Calligula (play)
  8. Game, Set, and Match 
  9. Hook, Line and Sinker 
  10. Faith, Hope, and Charity

Steve Tello

Steven Tello

Associate Vice Chancellor, Entrepreneurship

  1. The Myths of Innovation
  2. The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People
  3. The Tipping Point
  4. Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
  5. The World is Flat
  6. The Andromeda Strain
  7. Cold Mountain
  8. The Dharma Bums
  9. A River Runs Through It
  10. One Hundred Years of Solitude

Jacqueline Moloney

Jacqueline Moloney
Executive Vice Chancellor
Co-founder of the Honors Program
University of Massachusetts Lowell

  1. Bread and Wine
  2. People of the Book
  3. March
  4. The Once and Future King
  5. The March
  6. Their Eyes Were Watching God
  7. Garden of the Last Days
  8. Team of Rivals
  9. Encouraging the Heart
  10. Let Your Life Speak

Sean Berube

Sean Berube

UMass Lowell Commonwealth Honors Student

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo
  2. Atlas Shrugged
  3. The Book Thief
  4. Flags of Our Fathers
  5. The Little Prince
  6. A Tale of Two Cities
  7. The Outsiders
  8. Jane Eyre
  9. The Good Earth
  10. The Kite Runner

Katy Covino

Katy Covino

Honors Adjunct Teacher

  1. Wuthering Heights
  2. A Prayer for Owen Meany
  3. The Red Tent
  4. Bel Canto
  5. Everything is Illuminated
  6. The Poisonwood Bible
  7. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
  8. The Time Traveler's Wife
  9. The Night Manager
  10. A Song of Ice and Fire ( Series)

Charlotte Mandell

Charlotte Mandell
Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education

  1. David Copperfield
  2. Pride and Prejudice
  3. Harry Potter (all seven books)
  4. Let the Great World Spin
  5. A Walk in the Woods
  6. The Ghosts of Belfast
  7. The Power of One
  8. A Great Deliverance
  9. The Number One Ladies Detective Agency
  10. Tales of the City

Mary Lou Hubbell

Mary Lou Hubbell
University Relations (retired)

  1. Your Blues Ain't Like Mine
  2. The Last Lion
  3. Infinite Jest
  4. A Room of One's Own
  5. The God of Small Things
  6. Into Thin Air
  7. Atonemnent
  8. The Human Stain
  9. The Road
  10. Common Ground

Dana Skinner

Dana Skinner

Director, Athletic Department

  1. Playing the Enemy
  2. Lincoln on Leadership
  3. Long Walk to Freedom
  4. A Call to Heroism
  5. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
  6. Unbroken
  7. Team of Rivals
  8. Profiles in Courage
  9. Jackie Robinson
  10. Make Gentle the Life of this World

Young Adult

Young Adult

Books You May Have Missed

  1. Across Five Aprils
  2. Walk Two Moons
  3. Johnny Tremain
  4. Moon Over Manifest
  5. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  6. The Book Thief
  7. Bridge to Terebethia
  8. Hattie Big Sky
  9. Anne of Green Gables
  10. Pigs in Heaven

Keith Mitchell

Keith Mitchell
Professor of English
University of Massachusetts Lowell

  1. Moby Dick
  2. Beloved
  3. The Scarlett Letter
  4. Passing and Quicksand
  5. Wide Sargasso Sea
  6. Madam Bovary
  7. Mrs. Dalloway
  8. Oedipus Rex
  9. Tituba, Black With of Salem
  10. Giovanni's Room

Linda Mooshian

Linda Mooshian
Parent of an Honors Student

  1. Killing Lincoln
  2. The Greatest Generation
  3. No Ordinary Time
  4. The Fault in Our Stars
  5. The Red Tent
  6. Weaveworld
  7. Call the Darkness Light
  8. Once We Were Brothers
  9. Pillars of the Earth
  10. World Without End

Susan Thomson Tripathy

Susan Tripathy
Sociology Department Lecturer
Honors College Teacher
University of Massachusetts Lowell

  1. Nisa: The Story of a !Kung Woman
  2. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
  3. Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
  4. The Baron in the Trees
  5. The Soloist
  6. Little Bee
  7. The Little Prince
  8. Four Quartets
  9. Interpreter of Maladies
  10. Midnight's Children

Ester Carroll

Ester Carroll
UMass Lowell Database Adminstrator

  1. Les Miserables
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird
  3. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyan
  4. Salem's Lot
  5. Jane Eyre
  6. A Christmas Carol
  7. The Handmaid's Tale
  8. Art Buchwald's Paris
  9. Least Innocent Blood Be Shed
  10. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas

Carol Myers

Carol Myers
Faculty Member, Biological Sciences

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo
  2. Lost Horizon
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird
  4. The Stand
  5. Pride and Prejudice
  6. Jane Eyre
  7. A Prayer for Owen Meany
  8. The World According to Garp
  9. Shogun
  10. Gone With the Wind

Steven Courtemanche

Steven Courtemance
Honors Teacher

  1. The Unconsoled
  2. The Sheltering Sky
  3. Time's Arrow
  4. The Bridge Over San Luis Rey
  5. A Light in August
  6. Stalingrad
  7. La Terre
  8. The Power and the Glory
  9. Kokoro
  10. The Autumn of the Patriach

Julie Nash

Julie Nash
Associate Dean of FAHSS
Associate Professor of English

  1. Things Fall Apart
  2. Persuasion
  3. Notes of a Native Son
  4. Jane Eyre
  5. And Then There Were None
  6. Great Expectations
  7. Invisible Man
  8. Hamlet
  9. Frankenstein
  10. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Tess George

Tess George

Honors Adjunct Professor

  1. For Kings and Planets
  2. Accordion Crimes
  3. The Shipping News
  4. A Thousand Acres
  5. Why I Am Not a Christian
  6. A People's History of the United States
  7. Amusing Ourselves to Death
  8. Endangered Minds: Why Children Don't Think and What We Can Do About It
  9. Ladder of Years
  10. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Doreen Arcus

Doreen Arcua
Associate Professor of Psychology
Director #6 of the Commonwealth Honors Program
University of Massachusetts Lowell

  1. Angela's Ashes
  2. Poisonwood Bible
  3. A Fine Balance
  4. The Handmaid's Tale
  5. A Thousand Splendid Suns
  6. The Warmth of Other Suns
  7. The Secret History of the War on Cancer
  8. The State of Boys Rebelion
  9. Not Even Wrong
  10. The Great Influenza

Stephen Pennell

Stephen Pennell
Professor of Mathematics
Director #2 of the Commonwealth Honors Program
University of Massachusetts Lowell

  1. USA Trilogy
  2. Lord of the Rings
  3. Dune
  4. The Mind-Body Problem
  5. Virgin Time
  6. Chaos: Making a New Science
  7. An American Childhood
  8. A Wizard of Earthsea
  9. Friend of My Youth
  10. At Play in the Field of the Lord


Patricia Yates

Patricia Yates
Assistant Dean, Career and Coop Services (retired)
University of Massachusetts Lowell

  1. A Prayer for Owen Meany
  2. The Pillars of the Earth
  3. Atlas Shrugged
  4. The Novel
  5. Gone With the WInd
  6. The Princes of Tides
  7. Among School Children
  8. If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons in Your Pigtails
  9. Please Understand Me II
  10. Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life

Willie Boag

Willie Boag
Honors Student, The Honors College at UMass Lowell

  1. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
  2. Maniac Magee
  3. Where the Red Fern Grows
  4. E = MC^2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation
  5. Treasure Island
  6. The Sound and the Fury
  7. In Cold Blood
  8. The Hobbit
  9. Wuthering Heights
  10. Fahrenheit 451

Ahmed Abdelal

Ahmed Abdelal


  1. Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer
  2. The Road
  3. The Cat's Table
  4. Cleopatra
  5. The Grapes of Wrath

Beth Donaghey

Beth Donaghey

Coordinator of the Honors College

  1. The Beautiful and the Damned
  2. Barabbas
  3. Maus
  4. The Metamorphosis
  5. Crime and Punishment
  6. Pygmalion
  7. Wuthering Heights
  8. Children of the Resistance
  9. Irish Trilogy
  10. The Idiot Girl's Action Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life

Luis Falcone

Luis Falcone

Dean, College of FAHSS

  1. Black Skin
  2. Angela's Ashes
  3. 100 Years of Solitutde
  4. The Colonizer and the Colonized
  5. The Lord of the Rings
  6. Down These Mean Streets
  7. Les Miserables
  8. Goodnight Moon ( requires a child to read to )
  9. Suite Francaise
  10. A Year in Provence

John Kilgo

John Kilgo
Commonwealth Honors Student
Computer Science Major
University of Massachusetts Lowell

  1. Animal Farm
  2. A Patriot's History of the United States
  3. Cry Havoc
  4. East of Eden
  5. The Deniers
  6. Blue Planet in Green Shackles
  7. Unbroken
  8. Frankenstein
  9. The Secret Life of Numbers
  10. 1001 Questions and Answers About Your Car

Karen Hvizda

Karen Hvizda
Honors Teacher

  1. Three Cups of Tea
  2. The Red Tent
  3. Gift from the Sea
  4. The Help
  5. The Omnivore's Dilemma
  6. Think Like a Freak
  7. America the Beautiful - Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great
  8. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
  9. The Great Gatsby
  10. The Book Thief


"Every reader his or her book. Every book its reader."

- S.R. Ranganathan