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An Ernie Brill reader

NORTHAMPTON — If English teacher Ernie Brill was asked to name just 10 books he’d want to have with him while stranded on a desert island, he’d be in trouble.

Brill, who is retiring in June after 22 years at Northampton High School, is known for his extensive knowledge of American and world literature. Here are some of Brill’s favorites, as posted on his Facebook page:

■ “Cane,” Jean Toomer

■ “To the Lighthouse,” Virginia Woolf

■ “The Best of Damon Runyon,” Damon Runyon

■ The complete poems of Mahmoud Darwish, Sterling A. Brown and Pablo Neruda

■ “The Dreamer” and “Dr. King’s Refrigerator and Other Stories,” Charles Johnson

■ “Hue and Cry” and “Elbow Room,” James Alan McPherson

■ “Crazy Melon and Chinese Apple,” poems by Frances Chung

■ “Things Fall Apart” and “Hopes and Impediments,” Chinua Achebe

■ “Union Street,” Pat Barker

■ “The Overcoat,” Nikolai Gogol

■ “The Oedipus Cycle,” Sophocles

■ “Death With Interruptions,” Jose Saramago

“Plus numerous others,” Brill says.

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