The President's Bookshelf

The Passenger. A Novel.

By Lisa Lutz Simon & Schuster, 2016 You can’t tell a book by its cover, but sometimes you pluck one off the new bookshelf at Rolvaag Library because it looks ...

 

Ghost Lights. A Novel.

By Lydia Millet W.W. Norton & Company, 2011. The protagonist of this novel, Hal Lindley, is a middle-aged, mild-mannered, white male bureaucrat. He works fo ...

 

Sweet Caress. The Many Lives of Amory Clay.

By William Boyd Grand Central Publishers, 2017 Bloomsbury, 2015 I first read William Boyd many years ago, when he published A Good Man in Africa, a very funny nove ...

 

The Devil and Webster

By Jean Hanff Korelitz Grand Central Publishers, 2017 The Devil and Webster, a novel, tells the story of what happens at a highly regarded liberal arts college wher ...

 

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.

By J.D Vance Harper Collins, 2016 The results of our recent Presidential election have focused attention on a particular group of Americans: the white working clas ...

 

Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America Forever

By Erik Larson Vintage Books 2004 There are two stories being told in this fascinating and readable book: the story of the World’s Colombian Exposition, better known ...

 

When Breath Becomes Air

By Paul Kalanithi Random House 2016 A good book is the best of gifts. This one was a gift from St. Olaf alumna Jane Western '77, an adventurous and discriminating reade ...

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City

By Jonathan Mahler Picador 2005 This is a book about things that happened in New York City during the year 1977. Think about it. If you were going to write such a book ...

 

American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst

By Jeffrey Toobin Doubleday 2016 Why, you ask, read a book about Patty Hearst, who was kidnapped in 1974 by a small group of criminals who styled themselves as revoluti ...

 

Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?

By Marion Meade Penguin Books 1989 Dorothy Parker is remembered today as a wit, her best-known work a two-line poem called "News Item": "Men seldom make passes/at girl ...