Who’s Reading What Over Winter Break

Posted: December 22, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Carrie Secondo

In an informal survey, several university faculty and staff members were asked what they were hoping to read over the winter vacation. Following is a sample of the responses received:

  • Helen Ackerman, University Relations: Middlemarch by George Eliot.
  • Sandra Cheldelin, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution: Three dissertation proposals, one thesis, and Barbara Kingsolver’s new novel, Prodigal Summer.
  • Traci Claar, Community Relations: English Creek, the second book in a trilogy by Montana writer Ivan Doig.
  • Tyler Cowen, Mercatus Center: Plutarch’s Lives. “The greatest of all Roman works,” Cowen says.
  • Rick Davis, Institute of the Arts: Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War 1929-1945 by David Kennedy, and “a re-reading of my favorite American novel,” Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner.
  • Esther Elstun,Modern and Classical Languages: the English edition of Magdalena the Sinner by contemporary Austrian writer, Lilian Faschinger.
  • Lloyd Griffiths, School of Information Technology: Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer, A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe, and the Harley-Davidson’s Owner’s Manual. “Not necessarily in that order,” says Griffiths.
  • Tom Hennessey, Office of the President: Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy by Gerber, et al.
  • Connie Kirkland, Sexual Assault Services: A God Who Looks Like Me by Patricia Lynn Reilly, The Bean Tree by Barbara Kingsolver, and Wisdom of the Ages: 60 Days to Enlightenment by Wayne Dyer.
  • Alan Merten, President: Who Is buried in Grant’s Tomb? by Brian Lamb, president of C-SPAN; and Trust by Francis Fukuyama.
  • Daniele Struppa, College of Arts and Sciences: Plum & Jaggers by Susan Richards Shreve; Daugther of Fortune by Isabel Allende; The Endless Knot: K2, Mountain of Dreams and Destiny by Kurt Diemberger; Real as Dreams: The Painted Worlds of Chawky Frenn by Kirby Malone; and Pabitele’ by B. Hrabal. “I can’t read one book at a time, so I have a small pile in front of me,” says Struppa.
  • Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture: Amsterdam by Barry Unsworth.

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