10 May 2012

Summer Reading – What do the Profs Recommend?

posted by Judy Williams

Soon I’ll be headed to the beach for some much-needed R&R. For me, packing a bag of books to dive into is as important as packing the swimsuit, sunscreen, and beach towel. It’s a good time to read something out of my comfort zone.

So I wondered, what’s our faculty reading this summer, or what books might they recommend? So I asked. And I share with you some of their selections to consider for your summer list:

Mia Hall, Applied Design
Half Broke Horses – Jeannette Walls

Thomas Wallace, Information Technology:
Adaptive Web Design – Aaron Gustafson

Dr. Julien C. Mirivel, Speech Communication:
Aleph – Paulo Coelho

Dr. John Kirk, Department of History:
Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas – Jennifer Jensen Wallach and John A. Kirk

Dr. Mary Ann Garnett, International and Second Language Studies:
Cutting for Stone/Abraham Verghese

Dr. Toran Isom, Rhetoric and Writing:
Elizabeth and Hazel, Two Women of Little Rock – David Margolick

Amy Barnes, School of Mass Communication:
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake – Anna Quindlen

Martha Morton, Arkansas Global Programs:
Yin Yang: American Perspectives on Living in China – edited by Alice Renouf and Mary Beth Ryan-Maher

And an intriguing selection with commentary from Dr. Jay Raphael, Theatre Arts/Dance:

Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life- Kenneth Gross (a brilliant discussion
of the intellectual and creative concepts behind the way puppetry and
theatre operate)

Eccentric Spaces – Robert Harbison (architecture/literature/art/sociology-an
amazing and stunning blend of ideas)

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon (fiction-Pulitzer Prize-one of my favorite reads)

Mimesis as Make Believe – Kendall Walton (the foundations of the representational arts)

Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace (fiction – it’s huge, it’s genius, and it’s a comic and knowing skewer of American culture)

The Wild Trees – Richard Preston (about the largest organisms in the world)

American Chica – Marie Arana (memoir-a girl who was shuttled between the cultures of North and South America-raised in Wyoming and Peru)

Auschwitz and After – Charlotte Delbo (after reading this I could no longer read anything about the Holocaust…)

Room – Emma Donoghue (disturbing but compelling fiction)

On Any Given Sunday: A Life of Bert Bell – Robert S. Lyons (Bell was the first great commissioner of the NFL

And last, but not for the faint of heart, from Amy Burns, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences:

Dracula – Bram Stoker, published in 1898. One of my favorite books of
all time – read the Victorian novel that started America’s fascination with the undead more than 100 years ago.

And what am I reading right now?

Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson

Happy reading – enjoy your summer!

3 Responses to “Summer Reading – What do the Profs Recommend?”

  1. Velvet says:

    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay looks like a good book to read. I’m fond of these kind of literature. Next on my list would be Steve Jobs.

  2. Tetty Smith says:

    I am endulging in the reading list for summer. I have thoroughly
    enjoyed the reading venture and shall certainly share the list with my AP co-workers, as we make an effort to read the same books
    during the summer, so we will have a “common” conversation. Thanks for this variety of reading resources.

  3. ETuran says:

    I highly recommend An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin- a fascinating fictional novel that investigates the volatile and sometimes absurd art market.

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