If you're like the LitFriends, any book you love MUST be read and spread. As John Green writes, “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” (The Fault in Our Stars)

LITLIST is a monthly juried book list that you can use for your book club or your own personal reading. Buy the juried books and donate your used copies to LitFriends. Proceeds from book sales benefit the LitFriends for CW ODU MFA.

Look for our book displays at Westside Provisions, 5015 Colley Ave. and Norfolk Five Points Community Farm Market, 2500 Church St. Donate your books here.


  1. All the Light We Cannot See, novel by Anthony Doerr, 2014
  2. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, stories by ZZ Packer, 2003
  3. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, novel by Oscar Hijuelos, 1989
  4. Breakfast on Pluto, novel by Irish writer Patrick McCabe, 1998, finalist for the Booker Prize
  5. The Newlyweds, novel by Nell Freudenberger, 2012, an internet-age love story
  6. Seam, poems by Tarfia Faizullah, 2014, winner of the First Book Award for Crab Orchard Series in Poetry


Celebrating the faculty of the ODU MFA creative writing program: A list to love

  1. The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait, memoir by Blake Bailey, 2014.
  2. Fox Tooth Heart, stories by John McManus, 2015.
  3. Reading Life: On Books, Memory and Travel, non-fiction by Michael Pearson, 2015.
  4. Night Willow, poems by Luisa A. Igloria, 2014.
  5. What the Thunder Said, novel by Janet Peery, 2007.
  6. The Sweet In-Between, novel by Sheri Reynolds, 2008.
  7. Fast Animal, poems by Tim Seibles, 2012.


  1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, non-fiction by Rebecca Skloot, 2010
  2. One Hundred Years of Solitude, classic fiction by Gabriel García Márquez, 1967
  3. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, fiction stories by Nathan Englander, 2012, long-listed for National Book Award
  4. The Round House, novel by Louise Erdrich, 2012, winner of National Book Award
  5. Arcadia, a novel by Lauren Groff, 2012, long-listed for National Book Award
  6. How to be Drawn, poems by Terrance Hayes, 2015, National Book Award finalist

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