Allie Coker

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Allie Coker lives in Chapel Hill, NC. She is a 2010 graduate of Davidson College and chose to write her first creative non-fiction book about her alma mater. What I Learned at Davidson incorporates the interviews of several alumni and current students into a narrative about what is truly gained during college. Her essays, fiction, and poetry have been published as well. Allie received her MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte in 2014.

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What I Learned at Davidson

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message 1: by Allie (last edited Apr 23, 2018 10:39AM)

Allie Well, it's official. I've read 1,000 books in my life. I decided, as part of the week long celebration commemorating this milestone, to list out my absolute favorites so far and it was by no means an easy task. I found curious aspects of creating this list, such as noticing that books that made me cry were often top favorites and that many of the authors I adore (Eve Ensler, Malcolm Gladwell, and Billy Collins to name a few) did not have their works included. It may be that the totality of their works leaves a lasting impression with one or two titles not standing out among the numerous stupendous texts they have written.

At first, it was proposed I list the top 5% or 10% of books that I enjoyed, a seemingly impossible task when I first heard it, but after utilizing Goodreads to review my five star ratings and what emotions (among other factors) these titles elicited, I realized that I could narrow my list down considerably. Below are my TOP 48 BOOKS (in no particular order) out of the 1K I've read.
100 Selected Poems by E.E. Cummings
Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva
Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Wayside School #1) by Louis Sachar
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
A Girl Called Al by Constance C. Greene
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
Having Our Say The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years by Sarah L. Delany
Tales Our Abuelitas Told A Hispanic Folktale Collection by Alma Flor Ada
Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko
Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1) by Louise Fitzhugh
A Bear Called Paddington (Paddington, #1) by Michael Bond
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Christmas and the Old House-Cassette with Book by Tom T. Hall
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Managing Transitions by Susan Bridges
The Shack by William Paul Young
I Thought It Was Just Me Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame by Brené Brown
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
Women, Food and God An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything by Geneen Roth
Red by John Logan
Guide to Troubled Birds by Matt Adrian
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Mountains Beyond Mountains The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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