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Comp II: Literature Review: Suggestions and Ideas for Books

Chicago Public Library

The CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY is an incredible resource for both browsing and borrowing items from their vast collections. Chicago residents can easily obtain a library card to borrow CPL materials (including books, audio books, eBooks and movies), as well as their databases and online resources. Library cards are available to both residents and non-residents of Chicago.

Chicago Public Library: One Book, One Chicago

One Book, One Chicago launched in fall 2001 as an opportunity to engage and enlighten our residents and to foster a sense of community through reading. 

One Book, One Chicago Selections

  • 2014-15: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  • 2013-14: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Fall 2012: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Spring 2012: Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li
  • Fall 2011, 10th Anniversary Selection: The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
  • Spring 2011: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • Fall 2010: A Mercy by Toni Morrison
  • Spring 2010: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
  • Fall 2009: The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City by Carl Smith
  • Spring 2009: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • Fall 2008: The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
  • Spring 2008: The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  • Fall 2007: The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • Spring 2007: Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • Fall 2006: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Spring 2006: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Fall 2005: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Spring 2005: The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tillburg Clark
  • Fall 2004: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  • Spring 2004: The Coast of Chicago by Stuart Dybek
  • Fall 2003: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • Spring 2003: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • Fall 2002: My Ántonia by Willa Cather
  • Spring 2002: Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Fall 2001: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Comp II Instructors Book Recommendations

Adrienne Lentz's Book List

  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  • Catcher In the Rye by JD Salinger
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Reading Lolita In Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama

Suggested Authors

  • Shakespeare
  • Chaucer
  • Milton
  • Shaw
  • Dostoevski
  • Tolstoy
  • Chekhov
  • Ibsen
  • Hawthorne
  • Twain
  • Joyce
  • Kafka
  • Hemingway

April Cheverette's Book Lists

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • Good Omens:  The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul  by Karen Abbott

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan

  • Amerika by Franz Kafka
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King by Reymundo Sanchez
  • The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

Anna Scott's Book List

  • Drown, Stories by Junot Diaz 
  • Jesus' Son, stories by Denis Johnson 
  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicle and Norwegian Wood, novels by Haruki Murakami
  • White Teeth, a novel by Zadie Smith 
  • American Salvage, stories by Bonnie Jo Campbell 
  • Disgrace, a novel by J.M. Coetezee 
  • Never Let Me Go, a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro 
  • A Sport and a Pastime, a novel by James Salter 
  • Nine Stories, stories by J.D. Salinger 
  • Consider the Lobster and Other Essays, a nonfiction collection by David Foster Wallace
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers, literary nonfiction by Katherine Boo