Cornell Club-New York Summer Reading List


We Asked Members to Help Us Put Together a Reading List
Here, you will find a list of fiction, CCNY featured authors, and nonfiction. 


  • Deacon King Kong by James McBride
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles*
  • Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo   
  • Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  • Virgil Wander by Leif Enger
  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville

 *multiple submissions 


*Authors have either held events at The Club or as part of our Virtual Series

  • Cornell: A History, 1940-2015 by Isaac Kramnick and Glenn Altschuler 
  • Elizabeth Seton: American Saint by Catherine O'Donnell
  • How to Drink - A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing - Translated by Michael Fontaine
  • Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine by Barry Strauss
  • A History of New York in 27 Buildings by Sam Roberts '68
  • General Grant and the Rewriting of History by Frank Varney
  • Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles by Kenneth Womack
  • The Agenda Mover by Sam Bacharach
  • Transforming the Clunky Organization by Sam Bacharach

Did You Know: You can find books from our author events in the A.D. White Room?


  • Everybody, Always by Bob Goff
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • Inconspicuous Consumption - The Environmental Impact You Don't Know You Have  by Tatiana Schlossberg
  • The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
  • Lifespan: Why We Age - and Why We Don't Have To by David Sinclair
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Untamed by Glennon Doyle
  • In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
  • The Works of John Burroughs