Right now I'm re-reading Mark Twain's "Adventures...


Right now I'm re-reading Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." I'm again struck by how profoundly it speaks to what it means to be an American, and I recommend it to anyone who hasn't read or re-read it recently. Because life in the summer is a little less hectic than in the school year, I do try to read just for fun. I find that I never have enough time to get to half of what I want, but here are a few books that are high on my list: "London Fields" by Martin Amis, because my wife, who is a voracious reader, tells me it's a lot of fun; "Starcarbon," the latest novel by Ellen Gilchrist, because a vacation at the beach seems incomplete without a book by Ellen Gilchrist; and "Home Cooking" by the late Laurie Colwin, who is both sensible and sensitive when writing about food, and whose prose makes me laugh, cry and feel hungry all at the same time.

- Paul Lukacs, chairman, department of

English, Loyola College in Maryland.

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