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When you ask someone from Arts and Science if they’ve read any good books lately, be prepared to be amazed, entertained and informed.

Richard McGregor (pictured), assistant professor of religious studies, is reading Production of Presence: What Meaning Cannot Convey by Hans Gumbrecht. 

Picture Theory by W.J.T. Mitchell (explores the conundrum that we fill our world with images, but then have no control over them)

Light of the Heavenly Bodies to Explain the Secrets of the Pyramids by Abu Jafar al-Idrisi 

On Suicide Bombing by Talal Asad (challenges our impulse to explain the motives behind acts of public violence)

Symptoms of Unknown Origin by Clifton K. Meador, BA’52, MD’55 (for a sociology of medicine class) 

Does My Child Have Autism? by Wendy Stone

Sports Illustrated 

—Gabrielle Levine, junior, psychology

The Daily Beast (a news blog with a cheat sheet of the important information out there)

The Saucy Sisters’ Guide to Wine by Barbara Nowak and Beverly Wichman

Ilium by Dan Simmons

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (for French 272)

The Art of the Short Story by Dana Gioia (for English 211)

—Katy Adams, senior, English and French

The Philosophy of Laughter and Humor edited by John Morreall 

How to Talk Dirty and Influence People by Lenny Bruce 

Women in Congress by Aristophanes 

Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

(I study comedy. I’m teaching Humor, Ancient to Modern this semester—I can’t deny it’s fun.)

—Amanda Krauss, assistant professor of classics

The Secret Lives of Citizens: Pursuing the Promise of American Life by Thomas Geoghegan

The Temple Gate Called Beautiful by David Kirby

Apollo’s Fire: A Day on Earth in Nature and Imagination by Michael Sims

A Natural History of Seeing: The Art and Science of Vision by Simon Ings

20 Questions to Ask if You Have a Great Idea or Invention by Michael H. Jester

—Jon Erickson, biological sciences bibliographer and coordinator, patent and trademark depository, Science and Engineering Library

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome’s Greatest Politician by Anthony Everitt

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Performing Songwriter

Reader’s Digest


National Geographic

USA Today and The State newspapers online

—Tonya Mills, administrative assistant, political science

photo credit: Steve Green

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