Read After Grad School

You’ve graduated.  Congratulations!  Now what?

Fret not, graduate!  You can still have a vibrant literary life after grad school—you might even find that you miss all that time you had for reading.  From common knowledge, to life lessons and novels, find something to whet your palate and dig in.

Take a look at these six reading suggestions that are sure to engage your brain.   Kick back and gobble up one of these delights.

1. Common Knowledge

Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything offers science snippets that you may have forgotten, or maybe didn’t have the chance to explore in graduate school.  In his quest to explain “nearly everything,” he delves into the history of civilization, the Big Bang, and arcane—but fascinating—questions from archaeology, anthropology, mathematics, philosophy, science, and, well, a taste of “nearly everything” else.

2. The Novel

If you haven’t read Jeffrey Eugenides’s Pulitzer Prizer winner The Marriage Plot, now is the time.   Follow three Ivy-leaguers as they negotiate writer’s block with their theses, tangled romantic relationships, spiritual crises, and the decisions that most of us face at some point in time.  Think you’re the only one going through it?  Think again.  You won’t be able to put this one down.

3. Office Life

Joshua Ferris’s National Book Award Finalist Then We Came To The End charts office life—the good and the bad.  How well do you really know those with whom you work?  What is it about gossip, practical jokes, and coffee breaks that makes office life so… officey?  Ferris offers his readers—and especially new trads—a poignant and funny look at office life in the 21st century.