Here are the books I'll be using for English 1B at Foothill College this fall.
Break It Down, by Lydia Davis
Fool for Love, by Sam Shepard
Giovanni's Room, by James Baldwin
The Foundation Pit, by Andrei Platonov (reviewed here)
The Blue Flower, by Penelope Fitzgerald
Dusk, by James Salter
I've never taught Platonov or Fitzgerald before, but those are favorite novels of mine and "Books I Love" is going to be the theme of the class.
Self-indulgent, perhaps—but sharing what you love seems like a decent way to spend an autumn morning.
And I'll supply a collection of poems for us to enjoy. I've decided—I now think foolishly—not to have the students purchase any poetry collections.