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What the iSchool is Reading This Summer

Lianne Ho

What are you planning to read this summer?

Marion Brown:

"Whatever I damn well please. It will likely have absolutely no educational content and perhaps some bad jokes or some naughty behavior."

Tyler Hauck:

  • Babe by Robert Creamer
  • Summer of '49 by David Halberstam
  • The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract by Bill James (which I actually read last summer, but wanted to go through again because it's so extensive... and good!)
  • Women in Baseball: the Forgotten History by Gai Ingham Berlage

Andrea Gough:

This summer I'm really psyched to read The Summer Book, by Finnish author Tove Jansson. It's a reissue by the New York Review of Books, and tells the story of a 6 year old girl, discovering life, and her grandmother, who is reaching the end of hers. It takes place on a small island in Finland, and "distills the essence of the summer - its sunlight and storms - into twenty-two crystalline vignettes" (from the back cover) as the two ramble around exploring the island and discussing life, death, and love. I first saw this book in January, but have been waiting to read it so that the season outside corresponds with the season in the book. I can't wait.

Melissa Mather:

  • In Spite of Myself by Christopher Plummer
  • The Modern Dog by Stanley Coren
  • The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway

Michael Mungin:

Nancy's class has inspired me to read as much as I can this summer (while I have free time). I've got probably a dozen books lined up already:

  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Blindness by Jose Saramago
  • …Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  • Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (don't judge me)

Anne Dame:

I'm planning to read as much YA lit as possible over the summer, to include "Sunrise Over Fallujah" by Walter Dean Myers and "Skulduggery Pleasant" by Derek Landy. I might even branch out into some adult fiction and check out "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan.

Jonah Bull:

I'm planning to read a bunch of tech-related books this summer:

  • "Database systems : a practical approach to design, implementation, and management" by Thomas M Connolly and Carolyn E Begg
  • "Web database applications with PHP and MySQL" by Hugh E Williams and David Lane
  • "Learning PHP and MySQL" by Michele E Davis and Jon Phillips

In non-tech books, I'm going to finish "The Savage Detectives" by Robert Bolano and perhaps begin his magnum opus, "2666."

Gabby Barber:

Proust's "In Search of Lost Time" and everything I can find by Joan Didion.

Dana Brownfield:

I intend to read nothing that isn't heavily illustrated all summer long. I'm going to start with Grotesque by Sergio Ponchione.

Well...I might slip in a novel or something. I'm not much of a mystery fan, but the other day I saw one in the sale bin at the UW bookstore that was co-written by "El Sup," and I just had to get it: The Uncomfortable Dead, with alternating chapters by Subcommndante Marcos and Paco Ignacio Taibo II. Could be a train-wreck, or could be pretty great.

Cadi Russell-Sauve:

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell; Collapse by Jerry Diamond; The Reader by Bernhard Schlink; Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami; something by Isaac Asimov.

Meagan Lacy:

I'm going to alternate between the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prarie series, which I've never read, and Homicide by David Simon.

Josh Walker:

Reading? I'm planning on catching up on my SpongeBob.

"The Saga of the Volsungs," and after that, probably "England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings" by Robert Bartlett. I don't read a lot of fiction.

What are a few of your favorite summer reads?

Marion Brown:

  • The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
  • To Kill A Mockingbird

Andrea Gough:

"I'm a huge fan of short stories. So, Twin Study, by Stacy Richter; or St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, by Karen Russell."

Sarah Wachter:

"Every summer I re-read the entire Harry Potter series - it started because I wanted to re-read them before a new book came out, but now it's tradition."

Melissa Mather:

  • The Forsyte Saga
  • Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
  • Cavedweller by Dorothy Allison

Michael Mungin:

"Every summer I read a book from the Ender's Game universe, usually one of the Shadow books (the spinoffs with Bean). I like the combination of science fiction and political intrigue.

I also like to read Rag and Bone by Michael Nava - my favorite mystery novel. I first read it during the momentous summer vacation between my senior year of high school and freshman year of college and it makes me feel nostalgic for those...simpler days :)."

Anne Dame:

"Graceling" by Kristin Cashore, "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, and "Eon: Dragoneye Reborn" by Alison Goodman. (My review of Eon will be in this issue. I have reviewed the other two in previous issues.)

Jonah Bull:

I always like reading "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert Pirsig and "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace.

Gabby Barber:

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, as it is light and yet still so satisfying.

Dana Brownfield:

Well, I've been rather annoyed with the President Obama's attitude toward The Open Veins of Latina America by Eduardo Galeano. His comments about Captain Hook and Peter Pan at the press association dinner didn't elevate my opinion either. The man should read Peter Pan, and he should also read Open Veins. I read it one summer during a rather long period of "down time" while I was trying to figure out what I was doing in a little town in Bolivia, and why the heck the American Taxpayer was willing to pay me to be there. Whether perfectly accurate or not, this book in really important to a lot of people, and if you're even slightly curious why South Americans keep electing leftist bad-asses, read this book.

Cadi Russell-Sauve:

Moby Dick; Jurassic Park; Gone with the Wind; Collections of short stories.

Josh Walker:

If you're like me and you want to know everything that ever happened for real before you waste your time on things that somebody made up, a great summer history read is "The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation." It is, how-do-you-kids-say... DA BOMB.

One novel I can hit you wise to is "The Winter Queen," the English language debut of Boris Akunin and his star detective, Erast Fandorin. Akunin is already a sensation in the Russophone world and an adaptation of his Fandorin mystery, "Turkish Gambit," is the highest grossing film in Russian history. Normally I find mystery novels pretty tedious, but Akunin's storytelling is steeped in emotion and character. On top of that, he can employ that grandiloquent 19th century prose to great effect. Read it now before Milla Jovovich and Paul Verhoeven ruin it in a movie next year.

Julia Kelso:

  • Anne Perry's WWI series. Five book series combining excellent historical fiction about WWI, a murder mystery in each book and tied together by WWI and a larger mystery.
  • No Graves As Yet
  • Shoulder the Sky
  • Angels in the Gloom
  • At Some Disputed Barricade
  • We Shall Not Sleep
  • Julie Czerneda's Species Imperative Series
  • Survival: Species Imperative #1
  • Migration: Species Imperative #2
  • Regeneration: Species Imperative #3

And one non-fiction:

  • Washington Irving: An American Original by Brian Jay Jones

Nancy Pearl:

  • A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark
  • What Happened to Anna K by Irina Reyn
  • Field Work by Mischa Berlinski
  • The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  • The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
  • The Family Man by Elinor Lipman
  • Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
  • The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors without Borders by Emmanuel Guibert et al.

July 11, 2009
Vol. XIII Issue 3

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