Recommended by the NPR Summer Reading Series

By Jack Gantos

Formats: print and downloadable audiobook

Author’s Website

New York Times Book Review

Video interview with Patrick Flanery

Publisher Description
In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job. For ten thousand dollars, he recklessly agreed to help sail a sixty-foot yacht loaded with a ton of hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents caught up with them. Read more…


Join Mitchell College faculty, staff and students for the first in a series of book discussions held at the library on Wednesday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m. or Saturday, October 1 at 12:00p.m.  These faculty-led discussions with explore  Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

Many thanks to Dr. Kimberly Blake, Dr. Scott Horton, and Dr. Nancy Tolson for facilitating these community discussions.

Copies are available at the library desk or for purchase at the Mitchell College bookstore or

By Jay Asher

Format: downloadable audiobook and print

View in Library catalog

View the official website

Read Jay Asher’s personal blog

Read reader reviews or post your own at the Thirteen Reasons Why Project

New York Times Book Review, A Story of a Teenager’s Suicide Quietly Becomes a Best Seller

An article from the Guardian, Kathryn Hughes on a book that’s a bestseller in America’s high schools

Publisher Description
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush – who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

Thirteen Reasons Why is the gripping, addictive international bestseller that has changed lives the world over. It’s an unrelenting modern classic.

2011 One Book, One Region Selection

By Jonathan Safran Foer

Format: print

View in the Library Catalog

New York Times Book Review

Interview with the Author from Mother Jones

Description from Houghton Mifflin
“Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar…” Read more including a reader’s guide…

Some controversy has emerged with respect to the originality of this work. Read one perspective here.

Also by Jonathan Safran Foer:
Eating Animals

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