What to Read? Belk Library's March Recommend Reading

March Recommended Reading

Need a book break? Belk Library recommends books to reinvigorate your brain from the hard study and stress of March, midterms, and making Spring Break memorable. Grab your hammock or a comfy chair near the Fox Popular Reading Room's fireplace and take a tiny journey.


Librarian Megan: Canada by Richard Ford.

Read it because: The first sentence is "First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later."



  the diary of Olive Dame Campbell

Library Technician John D.: Appalachian Travels :  the diary of Olive Dame Campbell edited by Elizabeth M. Williams.

Read it because: Edited by our wonderful librarian Betsy Williams, this moving, detailed account of life coming to the Southern Appalachian region a hundred years ago as an outsider gives a rare, personal perspective of our mountains and people back when ASU was just a ten-year-old teacher's college. 


Librarian Georgie: Heat : an amateur's adventures as kitchen slave, line cook, pasta maker, and apprentice to a Dante-quoting butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford.

Read it because: Bill Buford leaves The New Yorker to work as a line cook at Mario Batali’s restaurant, then goes to Italy to study pasta-making and butchering, and ends up telling the history of Italian cooking and its impact on high cuisine today – funny and brilliant food writing.


In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Librarian Jennie: In Defense of Food : an eater's manifesto by Michael Pollan.

Read it because: Open up your eyes about what you put in your mouth! Simple rules for healthier eating - it changed the way I eat.



 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Librarian Lisa: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Read it because: The plot twists and turns make this thriller difficult to put down.



Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey

Library Technician Jason: Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey.

Read it because: Wrote the way that cowboys actually spoke in the old days, with intrigue, romance, and action. Good western and intro to Zane Grey.



 Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs

Librarian Jon M.: Drop Dead Healthy : one man's humble quest for bodily perfection by A. J. Jacobs.

Read it because: It is a funny, lighthearted look at living healthier through a barrage of food fads, exercises, mental techniques and experiments.



Kingdom of Shadows by Alan Furst

Librarian John W: Kingdom of shadows: a novel by Alan Furst.

Read it because: Beautiful.  Evokes pre-WWII Europe.  But later on asking myself, "Why so depressed?"  It's that the Nazis are coming, of course.



  This is How you Lose Her by Junot Diaz

Librarian Amanda: This is how you lose her by Junot Díaz.

Read it because: I could not put down Junot Díaz's latest collection of short stories. Díaz's prose is enticing, poetic, and at times raw. The charming and tragic narrator Yunior will melt your heart as he navigates immigrant life, Dominican culture, love and loss.



Need more? See the 1st floor Reference Desk for a rotating selection of literature loving librarians to lead you on your way. We also have access to the book review and readalike database Novelist Plus here.

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