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Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, classics and new works — Arts and Science people are captivated by writing in all formats: printed, online, audio and even e-books.

Meg Risen (pictured) serves as the education coordinator for the managerial studies program. In addition to reading The New York Times, House Beautiful magazine and Gawker.com regularly, she’s just finished:

  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
  • Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  • Baltimore’s Alley Houses by Mary Ellen Hayward
  • Shop Class As Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford
  • The Works: Anatomy of a City by Kate Ascher

  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
    (The Japanese title is Umibe no Kafuka)
  • Gentle Japanese (language): The expressions that cannot be translated into English by Rumi Sei

—Keiko Nakajima, senior lecturer in Japanese

  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
  • Truckpatch: A Farmer’s Odyssey by Ward Sinclair (wonderful, Twain-like reading—written by my late uncle, a writer for the Washington Post. I’ve read this many times and am reading it again—it speaks to the seasons so well.)
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey and Eric Hagerman
  • Made By Hand: Searching For Meaning in a Throwaway World by Mark Frauenfelder
  • New York Times (daily)

—Connie Sinclair, program coordinator, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy

  • Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado
  • Generation Kill by Evan Wright
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

—Christian Anthony Lehr, senior, history

  • Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant (audio)
  • Lectures on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason by J. M. Bernstein (audio)
  • The Epistle to the Romans by Karl Barth

—Matt Pagan, senior, art studio

  • On War by Carl von Clausewitz, edited by Anatol Rapoport
  • Memorial Day by Vince Flynn

—Joel Walden, junior, communication studies and economics

  • A Gilded Lapse of Time by Gjertrud Schnackenberg

—Christopher M. S. Johns, Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Professor of History

photo credit: Steve Green

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