Apr 26, 2010

SMU Faculty & Staff Suggested Summer Reading

Kathleen Allen
Society's Child: My Autobiography by Janis Ian
Anazazi America by David E Stuart
Lady Luck's Map of Vegas by Barbara Samuel
Stones Into Schools by Greg Mortenson
Read Three Cups of Tea first and see the author at SMU in May! Very inspiring
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tilman by Jon Krakauer

Olivia Archibald

The trillogy of novels by Stieg Larsson: The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
Leap by Terry Tempest Williams
The Red Book by Carl Jung.

Darrell Axtell

Education of a Traveling Man by Louis L’Amour.
The Mapmakers by John Noble Wilford.
A History of Pi by Petr Beekmann.

Jeff Birkenstein
Stalingrad by Antony Beevor
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation by Jon Meacham
Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life by Carol Sklenicka
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The Adventures of Ibn Battuta by Ross E. Dunn
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Ruins of California by Martha Sherrill

Maura Brady
Something Under the Bed Is Drooling by Bill Watterson

Genevieve Chan
Know Anyway (Jim Shepard)
Then We Came to the End (Joshua Ferris)
Birds of America (Lorrie Moore)
Arcadia (Tom Stoppard)
Ship Fever (Andrea Barrett)
Corpus Christi (Bret Anthony Johnston)
The Collected Stories (Amy Hempel)

How Fiction Works (James Wood) [ah, the irony…]
Mystery and Manners (Flannery O'Connor)
French Milk (Lucy Knisley)
Take the Cannoli (Sarah Vowell)
Deb Debow
Ackerman, Diane. The Zookeeper's Wife
Alexie, Sherman. Flight
Angelou, Maya. Even the Stars Look Lonesome
Cawrse-Esarey, Janna. Motion on the Ocean.
Kidd, Susan Monk. The Mermaid Chair
Obama, Barak. Dreams from My Father
Stegner, Wallace. All the Little Live Things
Taylor, Jill Bolte. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientists Personal Journey

Br. Luke Devine
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K Dick
Neuromancer, William Gibson

Irina Gendelman
I've Heard the Vultures Singing: Field Notes on Poetry, Illness, and Nature by Lucia Perillo
Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture by Ross Conrad and Gary Paul Nabha
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter
The Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin

William Lee Jackson
American Lion (Andrew Jackson) by John Meacham
The Next 100 Years by George Friedman
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
The Age of Reagan by Sean Wilentz

Mary Jorgenson
On the Home Front: The Cold War Legacy of the Hanford Nuclear Site, by Michele Gerber
Mann of His Time by Ed Youngblood

Fr. Girard Kirsch
H. F. M. Prescott’s The Man on a Donkey (1952)
Anything by Canadian urban fantasist Charles de Lint merits my enthusiastic endorsement if one is interested in that sort of thing.

Ric Kube
The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
Under the Dome – Stephen King
Breathless by dean Koontz is good too
Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith
Perish Twice - Robert B Parker
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Books 1-5 - Rick Riordan – good for non-taxing fun reading

Dick Langill
Governing China, From Revolution Through Reform by Kenneth Liberthal.
Chinese Politics and the Hu Jintao Era. By Willy Wo-Lap.
Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy since the Cold War (Asia in World Politics) by Robert G. Sutter

Introduction to Japanese Politics (East Gate Books) by Louis D. Hayes
The Enigma of Japanese Power: People and Politics in a Stateless Nation by Karel Van Wolferen
Modern Japan: A Historical Survey by Mikiso Hane
Japan: The System Back Soured by Richard Katz

Indonesian Politics Under Suharto: The Rise and Fall of the New Order by Michael R. J. Vatikiotis
Power Politics and the Indonesian Military by Damien Kingsbury
Interpreting Indonesian Politics by Leo Suryadinata
Chinese Politics In Indonesia by Mary F. Somers

Hannah Mitchell
Strangers in the house
The Alchemist
The God of Small things
The perks of being a Wallflower
The Shack
Never Let me Go
Enders game


Outsiders within: writing on transracial adoption, Jane Jeong Trenka, Julia chinyere oparah, sun yong shin, eds.
Colonize This!: young women of color on today’s feminism (Live Girls) by Daisy Hernandez, E.D.S. Bushra Rehman, and Cherrie Moraga
Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology: Women of color against violence.

Andrew Moyer
Appetite for America by Stephen Fried
The Story of Fred Harvey and the first fast food empire that conquered the west via the railroads
The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It By Scott Patterson

Leticia Nieto
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks
Snow, Orhan Pamuk
Winter Girls, Laurie Halse Anderson
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery
A Gate at the Stairs, Lorrie Moore
Sarah's Key, Tatiana de Rosnay
A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
Broken for You, Stephanie Kallos
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Gabot Mate

Barbara Ogle
Rowing to Latitude – Jill Fredston
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver
Postcards from Tomorrow Square – James Fallows
King of Fish – David Montgomery
My Life in France – Julia Child with Alex Prud-homme
Brunelleschi’s Dome – Ross King

Saving Fish from Drowning, The Opposite of Fate, The Hundred Secret Senses – all by Amy Tan (actually, anything by Amy Tan is great)
The Glass Palace – Amitov Ghosh
The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai
Out Stealing Horses – Per Petterson
Dragon Bones, The Interior, Flower Net – all by Lisa See
Songs Without Words – Ann Packer

Jamie Olson
Kay Ryan, The Best of It
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Memories of the Future
Elena Gorokhova, A Mountain of Crumbs
Elif Batuman, The Possessed
Isaiah Berlin’s Russian Thinkers
Ha Jin, A Free Life
Kati Marton, Enemies of the People
David Yezzi, Azores
Don Paterson, Rain

Alita Pierson
In Defense of Food by That One Guy [Michael Pollan]
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Jude the Obscure by [one of those dead white guys] (Thomas Hardy]

David Price
Don DeLillo’s Falling Man
John Masters’ The Deceivers
David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries
David Foster Wallace’s The Broom of the System
R. Crumb’s The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb
Bill Marcy’s The Politics of Cocaine
Michael Chabon’s Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures of a Husband, Father and Son
David Milne’s American Rasputin: Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War

Laura Puryear
The Road from Coorain – Jill Ker Conway
Frangipani – Celestine Vaite
Athena – John Banville
God’s Middle Finger – Richard Grant
Unaccustomed Earth – Jhumpa Lahiri
The Weight of Heaven – Thrity Umrigar
Beyond the Coral Sea.. – Michael Moran

Katia Shkurkin
Elif Batuman "The Possessed: Adventures with Russian books and the people who read them"
Alexander McCall Smith "Tea Time for the Traditionally Built." The continuing adventures of Mme. Precious Ramotswe in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

Arwyn Smalley
Freedom and Necessity by Emma Bull and Steven Brust
Any of the Vorkosigan saga books by Lois McMaster Bujold (you don't need to start at the beginning, although it (Shards of Honor) is one of her best books; I started with "Komarr" and didn't feel awkward coming in almost at the end of the series)
Initiate Brother and Gatherer of Clouds by Sean Russell
American Gods and Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
The Lives of Christopher Chant and Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Beauty and The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

David Suter
Deborah Amos, Eclipse of the Sunnis.

Lou Therrell
The Help by Kathryn Stockett;
The Guernsay Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows;
The Glass Castle (a memoir) by Jeannette Walls; and
Half Broke Horses by Jeannett Walls.

Teresa Tillson
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov.
Coming Home Crazy, an Alphabet of China Essays by Bill Holm.
The Dead Get by with Everything by Bill Holm.
The Fire in Your Life by Maggie Ross.
The Real Wealth of Nations by Riane Eisler.
The Harry Bosch Novels: The Black Echo, The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde.

Haley Thompson
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson .

Thomas Woodruff
The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols
In a Sun Burned Country, by Bill Bryson
The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy


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