June 13, 2003
What would you include on your ideal summer reading list?
Brenda Daly, professor, English
- Regarding the Pain of Others, by Susan Sontag. "A sequel to
her well-known book, On Photography. Sontag explores how audiences
respond to the images of warfare, certainly a pertinent topic right now."
- White Teeth: A Novel, by Sadie Smith. "A marvelous novel about
contemporary British culture."
- The Last Report On the Miracles At Little No Horse, by Louise
- Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered, by Ruth
Sedahlia Jasper Crase, professor, human development and family
- 100 Years of Appalachian Visions, by Bill Best. The author
"was a mentor to me both as a student at Berea College and as my boss for my
first job after I graduated from Berea." It's a collection "for individuals
ranging from 8th-graders who are just beginning to focus on the possibility
of ethnic idenitity, to graduate students who are trying to come to terms
with disciplinary ways of studying their own cultures, to interested
individuals of all ages who still are trying to come to terms with years of
miseducation and its impact on their identities."
- Alone Among Friends: A Biography of W. Robert Parks, by Robert
Underhill. "I have always had great admiration for [former ISU President]
Dr. Parks, but I am particularly interested in his life since he also is a
Berea College graduate."
- Peace Like A River, by Leif Enger. "Since I am a slow reader,
this may wait for another year. I heard a review on WOI Radio ... and purchased
the book that day. Later it was selected as the All Iowa Reads book. ... Maybe
I will read it after all the rest of Iowa has finished it."
- Feng Shui: Dos and Taboos, by Angi Ma Wong and Yap Cheng Hai. "A
former graduate student loaned me this book; I think she thought it might
cause me to be a bit tidier with my space, both in my office and at home. I
keep losing the book among my other things. When I find it, I plan to read
it, as well."
|Daniel Coffey, assistant
professor, Parks Library
- Kieslowski on Kieslowski, edited by Danusia Stok. "I'm
hooked on the films of the late, great director Kryzysztof Kieslowski, and
hopefully this will tide me over somewhat until the rest of his films are
released on DVD."
- The Midnight, by Susan Howe. "Possibly the most adventurous poet
writing in the United States today."
- The Cave, by Jose Saramego. "Nobel-Prize-winning author ... the
latest of his novels to be translated into English from the original
- The Book of Leviathan, by Peter Blegvad. "A collection of comic
strips featuring a faceless toddler and his cat ... originally done for the
London Independent newspaper ... very strange and very funny."
- Lorine Niedecker: Collected Works, by Jenny Penberthy. "A sadly
overlooked mid-20th-century Midwestern poet."
- The Balloonists, by Eula Biss. "This will be the book I take to
the beach on Lake Erie next month."
- Nina: Adolescence, by Amy Hassinger. "Amy's first novel ... the ISU
English department had Amy for a little while, and we're all the better for
- Holy the Firm, by Annie Dillard. "A very short book, but
overflowing with beauty and meaning. I try to read this once a year."
- Ranking the Wishes, by Carl Dennis, and With Strings, by
Charles Bernstein. "Dennis writes poems that are assured, soft-spoken and
dripping with insight. Bernstein's poems are manic and often hilarious."
- Magazines: Wire, "a British music magazine to keep up on all the
latest in self-consciously highbrow new and experimental music," and
Mojo, "another British music magazine, for the fun stuff,"
Onion, "for its brilliant analysis of current events and culture,"
and Harpers Magazine, "for the crosswords."
James Werbel, professor, management
- The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver. "For thoughtful
reading. ... It covers family issues, the consequences of American optimism new
perspectives on Africa, politics, religion. Then there is nature in its
undiluted state. I will never forget the chapter with the ants. All linked
together with a mesmerizing, tragic tale told in part through three
- Calvin and Hobbes collections, by Bill Watterson. "My 9-year-old son is
reading these. ... I delight in the treasures. If you are a parent and need to
laugh at yourself, and share in the delights of childhood, nothing is better
in the laugh-per-minutes quotient."
Amy Sue Bix, associate professor, history
- Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, by Azar Nafisi. "A
fascinating account of an Iranian professor of English literature teaching
[American] novels to Iranian students, exploring what these books meant to
them personally, politically and psychologically in the context of an
Islamic revolutionary culture."
- Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream
of Space Flight, by Martha Ackmann. "A history of the talented female pilots
who underwent the same ultra-rigorous astronaut tests as men during the
1960s, but were ultimately kept out of the Cold War space program."
- Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health,
by Marion Nestle.
- "For any fellow whodunit fans, I recommend new mysteries by Joanne
Dobson, Elizabeth Peters, Donna Andrews, Joanne Fluke and Carola Dunn. And
finally, the new Harry Potter!"
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