+200 books, free to a good home


We’re continuing with the next round of what has become a Core summer tradition: a book give-away.

We invite you — student, alumni, and friends of the Core — to peruse the list of books below. If you would like any of them, they are yours for the asking!

All you have to do is email the Core office, letting us know what book you want, and to what mailing address we should send it. (Or if you’re in the Boston area or plan to be soon, you can let us know that, and we’ll set the book aside for you to pick up in person.

If you’re feeling particularly thankful for the free book(s) from Core,we would be grateful if you’d consider making a donation to the EnCore alumni fund. By doing so, your donations to BU will go directly to support our community life programs, including the intellectual social activities of the undergraduate Word & Way Society, the monthly book club meetings of the alumni association, and the annual Devlin Award book prize for undergraduate writing. This donation isentirely voluntary;these books are genuinely available with no strings attached.It isn’t the amount that you donate that matters as much as that you donate at all. Alumni giving sends a powerful message to the University officers, that Core provides an experience for students that they stay connected to even long after graduation. To that end, even a donation of $5 is worth it.


  1. In the Eye of the Sun, by Ahdaf Soueif
  2. Under This Blazing Light, by Amos Oz
  3. Triumphant Democracy, by Andrew Carnegie
  4. The Shifting Tide, by Anne Perry
  5. The Innocent Eye: The Life of Robert J. Flaherty, by Arthur Calder-Marshall
  6. A.J. Ayer: A Life, by Ben Rogers
  7. Spring Symphony Op44 Vocal Score, by Benjamin Britten
  8. Voyagers to the West, by Bernard Bailyn
  9. The Assistant, by Bernard Malamud
  10. Hammarskjold, by Brian Urquhart
  11. A Genius For War, by Carlo D’Este
  12. The Nature of Blood, by Caryl Philips
  13. Robert M. La Follette and the Insurgent Spirit, by David P. Thelen
  14. As we Are, by E.F. Benson
  15. Secret Lives, by E.F. Benson
  16. The White House Transcripts, by Edited by Gerald Gold
  17. Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmund Rostand
  18. Rendezvous with Destiny: A History of Modern American Reform, by Eric F. Goldman
  19. Fear of Flying, by Erica Jong
  20. Broude and Garrard, eds., by Feminism and Art History: Questioning the Litany
  21. Lake Wobegon Days, by Garrison Keilor
  22. Linden Hills, by Gloria Naylor
  23. Kabloona, by Gontran de Poncins
  24. Reflets: Methode de francais, by Guy Capelle, Noelle Gidon
  25. Pierre and Jean, by Guy de Maupassant
  26. The Tiwi of North Australia, by Hart, Pilling, Goodale
  27. The Getting of Wisdom, by Henry Handel Richardson
  28. Wolfram’s “Parzival”: Five Essays, by Hermann J. Weigand
  29. Vienna’s Golden Autumn, by Hilde Spiel
  30. Serenade, by James M. Cain
  31. The Hunger Wall (Uncorrected Proof), by James Ragan
  32. The Blue Nowhere: A Novel, by Jeffery Deaver
  33. Turning Point: A Candidate, a State, and a Nation Come of Age, by Jimmy Carter
  34. Bringing Out the Dead, by Joe Connelly
  35. Daniel Martin, by John Fowles
  36. The Pelican Brief, by John Grisham
  37. The Last Juror, by John Grisham
  38. The Great British Bed and Breakfast, by Ken Plant (ed.)
  39. Jimmy Stewart Is Dead: Ending the World’s Ongoing Financial Plague with Limited Purpose Banking, by Laurence J. Kotlikoff
  40. The Idea of the City in Roman Thought, by Lidia Storoni Mazzolani
  41. Scoundrel Time, by Lillian Hellman
  42. Rates of Exchange, by Malcolm Bradbury
  43. Stepping Westward, by Malcolm Bradbury
  44. The Wilding, by Maria McCann
  45. The San Juan Islands: Crown Jewels of the Pacific Northwest, by Mark Gardner
  46. Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History, by Mark Girouard
  47. Perspectivas, by Mary Ellen Kiddle et al.
  48. Beaumarchais, by Maurice Lever
  49. Introduction to Spanish for Translation, by Mildred Basker-Seigel, et al.
  50. Coolie, by Mulk Raj Anand
  51. The Pity of War, by Niall Ferguson
  52. The Crisis of Industrial Society, by Norman Birnbaum
  53. The Visitor’s Guide to France: Provence & Cote d’Azur, by Norman Brangham
  54. The Ghost Road, by Pat Barker
  55. James Miranda Barry, by Patricia Duncker
  56. Division of the Spoils, by Paul Scott
  57. Staying On, by Paul Scott
  58. The Day Of The Scorpion, by Paul Scott
  59. Babyhood, by Penelope Leach
  60. The Life of Berlioz, by Peter Bloom
  61. True History of the Kelly Gang, by Peter Carey
  62. The Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach, by Peter Schickele
  63. The Mechanics of Submission, by Phil Tabakow
  64. Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East, by Pico Iyer
  65. Poodle Springs, by Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker
  66. Moments in Eden; Garden Photographs, by Richard Brown
  67. The Return of a Native Reporter, by Robert Chesshyre
  68. Mr. Dooley’s Philosophy, by Robert Howard Russell
  69. In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, by Robert S. McNamara
  70. On the Frontiers of Management, by Rosabeth Moss Kanter
  71. Poor White, A Novel, by Sherwood Anderson
  72. The Sun Never Sets, by Simon Winchester
  73. Illegal Action, by Stella Rimington
  74. The Red and the Black, by Stendhal
  75. The Emperor of Ocean Park, by Stephen L. Carter
  76. Mademoiselle de Maupin, by Theophile Gautier
  77. Keep the River on Your Right, by Tobias Schneebaum
  78. A Man in Full, by Tom Wolfe
  79. Stones from the River, by Ursula Hegi
  80. Guerrillas, by V.S. Naipaul
  81. Mount Vernon: An Illustrated Handbook, by Various Authors
  82. Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner
  83. The Harvard Book, by William Bentinck-Smith
  84. The Rich Man’s Table, by Scott Spencer
  85. Blu’s Hanging, by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
  86. Dracula, by Bram Stoker
  87. Red Pottage, by Mary Cholmondeley
  88. Mirror, Mirror, by J. D. Robb, ed.
  89. Meanings of Madness, by Richard J. Castillo
  90. The Debt to Pleasure, by John Lanchester
  91. Getting Saved from the Sixties, by Robert N. Bellah
  92. Sports illustrated: Racquetball, by Victor I. Spear, M.D.
  93. Box Man: A Professional Thief’s Journey, by Bill Chambliss
  94. Season Ticket, by Roger Angell
  95. Charlie Wilson’s War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History, by George Crile
  96. Aloft, by Chang-rae Lee
  97. Empire Falls, by Richard Russo
  98. Don’t Stop the Carnival, by Herman Wouk
  99. Pigs for the ancestors : ritual in the ecology of a New Guinea people, by Roy A. Rappaport
  100. Carlyle: Selected Writings, by Thomas Carlyle and Alan Shelston
  101. Touch the Water, Touch the Wind, by Amos Oz
  102. Congressional Anecdotes, by Paul F. Boller, Jr.
  103. Holy Wednesday: A Nahua Drama from Early Colonial Mexico, by Burkhart
  104. Falconer, by John Cheever
  105. The Celebration of Heroes , by William J. Goode
  106. Easy French Phrase Book
  107. Akwe-Shavante Society, by David Maybury-Lewis
  108. Coming of Age in New Jersey, by Michael Moffatt
  109. Life in a Turkish Village, by Joe Pierce
  110. Nest in the Wind, by Martha Ward
  111. Mountain people, by Colin Turnbull
  112. Savage and the Innocent, by Maybury-Lewis D
  113. Italian Hours, by Henry James
  114. The London Life , by Henry James
  115. Blackberry Winter: My earlier years, by Margaret Mead
  116. Hometown, by Peter Davis
  117. The Reverberator, by Henry James
  118. Paul Scott: Images of India, by Patrick Sweden
  119. Nonverbal communication , by Ruesch and Kees
  120. Epicoene or The Silent Woman, by Jonsona dn Holdworth
  121. Gender and Disorder in Early Modern Seville , by Mary Perry
  122. The Quest for El Cid, by Richard Fletcher
  123. The New Oxford Annotated Bible w/ the Apocrypha, by
  124. New Heaven, New Earth: A Study of Millenarian Activities, by Kenelm Burridge
  125. Mambu Paperback, by Kenelm Burridge
  126. Tropics of Discourse: Essays in Cultural Criticism, by Hayden White
  127. Body of Power, Spirit of Resistance: The Culture and History of a South African People 1st Edition, by Jean Comaroff
  128. French Feminist Thought 1st Edition, by Toril Moi (Editor)
  129. Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences: Essays on Language, Action and Interpretation , by Paul Ricoeur
  130. Encounter: A Novel of Nineteenth-Century Korea (Voices from Asia) Hardcover – October 30, 1992, by Moo-sook Hahn (Author), Ok Young Kim Chang (Translator)
  131. The Aesthetics of the Japanese Lunchbox, by Kenji Ekuan
  132. Traditions of Meditation in Chinese Buddhism (Studies in East Asian Buddhism, No 4) , by Alan Sponberg, Daniel B. Stevenson, Bernard Faure, Carl Bielefeldt, David W. Chappell, and Jr. Robert E. Buswell
  133. The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra: A Discussion, by Daisaku Ikeda, Takanori Endo, Katsua Saito
  134. The Buddha in Your Mirror: Practical Buddhism and the Search for Self, by Woody Hochswender, Greg Martin, Ted Morino
  135. Shinto and the State, 1868-1988, by Helen Hardacre
  136. Saffron Days in L.A.: Tales of a Buddhist Monk in America, by Bhante Walpola Piyananda and Dalai Lama
  137. Kurozumikyo and the New Religions of Japan, by Helen Hardacre
  138. The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk, by Palden Gyatso
  139. Black Jack Vol. 1, by Osamu Tezuka
  140. The Snow Lion and The Dragon: China, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama, by Melvyn C. Goldstein
  141. Encountering the Dharma: Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai, and the Globalization of Buddhist Humanism, by Richard Hughes Seager
  142. On Religion: Speeches to its cultured despisers, by Friedrich Schleiemacher
  143. Action in Late Ming Thought: The Reorientation of Lu K’un and Other Scholar- Officials , by Joanna F. Handlin
  144. The Awakened Self: Encounters with Zen, by Lucien Stryk
  145. Dojo: Magic and Exorcism in Modern Japan, by Winston Davis
  146. Religious Reflections on the Human Body , by Jane Marie Law
  147. Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet, by Melvyn C. Goldstein and Matthew T. Kapstein
  148. Japanese Culture, by Paul Varley
  149. Falun Gong: Principles and Exercises for Perfect Health and Enlightenment , by Li Hongzhi
  150. Constituting Communities: Theravda Buddhism and the Religious Cultures of South and Southeast Asia , by John Clifford Holt and Jacob N. Kinnard and Jonathan S. Walters
  151. The Zen Monastic Experience, by Robert E. Buswell
  152. SACRED TIBETAN TEACHINGS On Death and Liberation, by Giacomella Orofino
  153. Zen Buddhism: A History , by Heinrich Dumoulin
  154. The Ghost Festival in Medieval China , by Stephen F. Teiser
  155. Warring States, by liu xiang
  156. Encounters with Qi: Exploring Chinese Medicine, by David Eisenberg and Thomas Lee Wright
  157. Personality in nature, society, and culture , by Clyde Kluckhohn and Henry Alexander Murray
  158. The Pursuit of Lonliness , by Philip Slater
  159. Teppztlan Village in Mexico , by Oscar Lewis
  160. Behind the Mud Walls, by Wiser and Wiser
  161. If not now, when?, by Levi and Weaver?
  162. Portrait of Max An Intimate Memoir of Sir Max Beerbohm, by S.N. Berhman
  163. Falun Gong’s Challenge To China: Spiritual Practice or Evil Cult?, by Schechter, Danny
  164. The Monkey as Mirror , by Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney
  165. CLAIMED: Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India, by Lawrence James
  166. CLAIMED: Around the Shores of Lake Michigan: A Guide to Historic Sites, by Margaret Beattie Bogue
  167. CLAIMED: The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
  168. CLAIMED: World’s Fair, by E. L. Doctorow
  169. CLAIMED: Barron’s 501 Spanish Verbs, by Christopher Kendris, Ph.D., and Theodore Kendris, Ph.D.
  170. CLAIMED: The Wisdom Teachings of the Dalai Lama, by Matthew E. Bunson
  171. CLAIMED: Ethics for the New Millennium, by Dalai Lama
  172. CLAIMED: Jacob’s Room & The Waves: Two Complete Novels, by Virginia Woolf
  173. CLAIMED: New Mexico, by David Muench
  174. CLAIMED: Germinal, by Emile Zola
  175. CLAIMED: Out of the Shelter, by David Lodge
  176. CLAIMED: The British Museum Is Falling Down, by David Lodge
  177. CLAIMED: The Best American Poetry 1995, by David Lehman
  178. CLAIMED: The World at Night, by Alan Furst
  179. CLAIMED: A Venetian Affair, by Andrea Di Robilant
  180. CLAIMED: Snow in August, by Pete Hamill
  181. CLAIMED: French Vocabulary, by Christopher Kendris and Laurie Martin
  182. CLAIMED: The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration, by Jack Goldsmith
  183. CLAIMED: The Price of Loyalty, by Ron Suskind
  184. CLAIMED: Nixon: An Oral History of His Presidency, by Gerald and Deborah Strober
  185. CLAIMED: Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K’ang-Hsi, by Jonathan D. Spence
  186. CLAIMED: Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, by Jung Chang
  187. CLAIMED: Still Life, by A.S. Byatt
  188. CLAIMED: Religions of China: The World as a Living System, by Daniel L. Overmyer
  189. CLAIMED: What is Scripture? A Comparative Approach , by Wilfred Cantwell Smith
  190. CLAIMED: Jim Starlin with Steve Oliff, by Gilgamesh Volume One Graphic Novel
  191. CLAIMED: The Cheese and the Worms, by Carlo Ginzburg
  192. CLAIMED: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  193. CLAIMED: August Heat: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery, by Andrea Camilleri
  194. CLAIMED: The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
  195. CLAIMED: Great Short Works of Herman Melville, by Herman Melville
  196. CLAIMED:  Joseph the Provider, by Thomas Mann
  197. Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man, by Thomas Mann
  198. CLAIMED: Vietnam (Country Guide), by Nick Ray
  199. CLAIMED: Three Novels by Samuel Beckett, by Samuel Beckett
  200. CLAIMED: The Greek Myths: Volume 2, by Robert Graves
  201. CLAIMED: Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry, by P.W. Singer
  202. CLAIMED: Ragtime, by E. L. Doctorow
  203. CLAIMED: Jewel in the Crown, by Paul Scott
  204. CLAIMED: The Reign of the Phallus, by Eva C. Keuls
  205. CLAIMED: The Rainbow, by D. H. Lawrence
  206. CLAIMED: The Foucault Reader, by Edited by Paul Rabinow
  207. CLAIMED: The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer
  208. CLAIMED: Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective, by Caroline B. Brettell, Carolyn F. Sargent
  209. CLAIMED: Four Plays by Aristophanes, by Aristophanes, trans by Arrowsmith, Lattimore, and Parker
  210. CLAIMED: The Four-Gated City, by Doris Lessing
  211. CLAIMED: Amish Society, by John a Hostetler
  212. CLAIMED: The Middle Passage, by V. S. Naipaul
  213. CLAIMED: An Introduction to Go, by James Davies and Richard Bozulich
  214. CLAIMED: The Tower of Silence, by Paul Scott
  215. CLAIMED: Days and Nights in Calcutta, by Clark Blaise and Bharati Mukherjee
  216. CLAIMED: The Long Song, by Andrea Levy
  217. CLAIMED: Maurice, by E. M. Forster
  218. CLAIMED: Tell Me A Riddle, by Tillie Olsen
  219. CLAIMED: The Life of Johnson, by James Boswell
  220. CLAIMED: The Life of an Amorous Woman, by Ihara Saikaku
  221. CLAIMED: When Time Shall Be No More, by Paul Boyer
  222. CLAIMED: Dr. Wortle’s School, by Anthony Trollope
  223. CLAIMED: Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan
  224. CLAIMED: The Name of Rose, by Umberto Eco
  225. CLAIMED: Islands of History, by Marshall Sahlins
  226. CLAIMED: Then and Now, by W. Somerset Maugham
  227. CLAIMED: An Area of Darkness, by V.S. Naipaul
  228. CLAIMED: Love’s Labor Lost, by William Shakespeare
  229. CLAIMED: Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
  230. CLAIMED: Return to Laughter: An Anthropological Novel, by Elenore Smith Bowen

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We have hundreds more books available, and will be posting updates to the list of give-away titles via Facebook, Twitter, and email. If you’d like to be sure you are notified when a new batch is announced, visit our Alumni page to make sure your contact information is up-to-date.

These books come to Core as donations from faculty and alumni, and it is our pleasure to put them into your hands if you can give them a good home. In addition to our give-away scheme, we’re also selling some donated books for their cash value. Check out the list of the books on sale at Amazon; if you buy one there, proceeds will go directly to the Core as well.

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