Gazette Compiles Summer Reading List

Posted: June 21, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Daily Gazette staff surveyed people across the university and beyond to develop this list of recommendations for summer reading.

From the University Relations Book Club:

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel

From Mason’s nonfiction book discussion group (The group is open to new participants on a one-time basis or continuing. For more information, contact Nancy Murphy at 703-993-8760):

Burr by Gore Vidal

It Ain’t Necessarily So: How Media Make and Unmake the Scientific Picture of Reality by David Murray, Joel Schwartz and Robert Lichter

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Aging with Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us about Leading Longer, Healthier and More Meaningful Lives by David Snowdon

Plan of Attack by Bob Woodward

Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich

From Sandra J. Smith, senior fiscal technician in the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism:

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Hidden Prey by John Sandford

From Julie Christensen, associate professor of Russian in Modern and Classical Languages:

“I am reading Anna Karenina at the moment, since I am teaching it in Session A and reread Tolstoy (always with new pleasure) whenever I teach one of his novels. It seems I chose a summer winner—Anna Karenina is Oprah Winfrey’s latest choice for her book club. There is something glorious about reading Tolstoy in the summertime, and something glorious about actually reading Tolstoy, as my students will attest.”

The New York Times vacation reading list, which was published on June 6, recommends The Stories of Richard Bausch, written by the George Mason English professor.

From Amy Biderman, Media Relations:

Music for Torching by A. M. Homes

The Murder Room by P. D. James

Our Lady of the Lost and Found by Diane Schoemperlen

The Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott

From the Fairfax County Public Library web site:

“Consider making one of those [summer] books To Kill a Mockingbird. The Library’s ‘All Fairfax Reads’ project encourages area residents to read the same book—the Harper Lee classic—in preparation for a special event at the Fall for the Book Festival in September. This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is also a great catalyst for thought-provoking discussions among family, friends, and neighbors.”

From Suzanne Slayden, associate professor in Chemistry:

“I’m just now back from Tennessee and already 1/3 through Vanity Fair, [by William Thackeray], which I somehow never read. Can’t put it down! It also has some good descriptions of (old) London and Brighton where I’ll be in a couple of weeks.”

As he does each year in his role as National Public Radio’s book commentator, Alan Cheuse, English, offers an unusual collection of books from all genres for summer reading. His list, which contains books such as The Mother Knot: A Memoir by Kathryn Harrison, A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of Writers and Artists, 1854-1967 by Rachel Cohen, and Nothing Lost by the late John Gregory Dunne, can be found on the NPR web site.

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