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ValleyREADS: Reading at Kalamazoo Valley

Books Change Lives

"People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book." 

                                                                              - Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, 1964

5 Important Books Read in College

What was the most important book you read in college?

The Other Side of the River

Louis Thomas, Director of KVAAP

A People's History of the United States

Cynthia Schauer, Biology Instructor

Infinite Jest

Isaac Turner, English Instructor

Privilege, Power, and Difference

Beth Brandon, First Year Promise Coach

The Fellowship of the Ring

Mallory Heslinger, Librarian

The Crucible

Misti Mahon, Academic and Career Pathway Advisor, KVAAP

Jane Eyre

Kendall Walker, KVAAP Coordinator


Ana Abendschein, Academic and Career Pathway Advisor, KVAAP

Watership Down

Jeanne Doonan, Academic Counselor, KVAAP

Cover of book, Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Good Omens

Aubrey Rodgers, Art & New Media Instructor

The Stand

Mark Love, Business and FYE Instructor

Lord of the Flies

Kristina Pudasaini, International Student Support Specialist

The Song of the Dodo

Gordon Bielby, Biology Instructor


Dr. L. Marshall Washington, President, Kalamazoo Valley Community College

As I Lay Dying

Mark Walters, Director of Libraries

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Julie Stotz-Ghosh, Chair, English

A Brief History of Time

Charles Heidelberg, Veteran Services Coordinator


Meredith Holland, Psychology Instructor

NIV Holy Bible

Ezra Bell, Director of Student Engagement

Go Ahead in the Rain

Zanita Miller, Senior Office Specialist

The Grapes of Wrath

Kim Campbell, Senior Office Specialist

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Cheryl Almeda, Chair, Foundations Development

Myths and Texts

Bob Post, English Instructor

The Double Helix

Christine Pruis, Chemistry Instructor

Bless Me, Ultima

William deDie, English Instructor

Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

Trice Batson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Under Milk Wood

Claire Armstrong, Library Aide

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Megan Osetek, Museum Programs, Interpretation Manager

A Room of One's Own

Franki Hand, Library Services Supervisor

The House on Mango Street

Amy Brandt, Librarian