Celebrity Reading List

Carleton Now wanted to know what faculty and staff were either recommending or looking forward to reading this summer. Uncensored but not unbound, here’s a sample of the eclectic collection of authors and books that have caught the eye of some Carleton University readers:

Adrian Chan
(Department of Systems and Computer Engineering)

Art of War by Sun Tzu
Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, all by E.B. White
Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard P. Feynman, and Ralph Leighton
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, by Malcolm Gladwell
A little history of the world, by E.H. Gombrich
The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Kristin Cooper Holtz
(Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)

My favourite author this year is Michel Faber. He showed up at the Ottawa Writer’s Festival and totally amazed me. I read the book in question, Crimson Petal and White, which is a full-blown non-sentimental Victorian novel full of the richness and wealth of language all nineteen century people love. The concepts, however, are modern and stark.

Excited by his writing, I then went out to find what else he had written. I found Under the Skin, a short novel. With elements of science fiction, this very modern novel is set in the Scottish highlands and is equally disturbing. I do not hesitate to recommend this Dutch author who has lived in both Australia and the highlands. His English is both beautiful and easy to read so despite the topics, these two books make lovely summer reading. I shall go out and find out what else he has written.

Elizabeth DiSabato
(Department of University Advancement)

My number one choice is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival by Anderson Cooper
Prisoner of Trebekistan: a Decade in Jeopardy! by Bob Harris
The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography by Sidney Poitier
Resenting the Hero and The Hero Strikes Back both by Moira Moore, BA/96

Chris Faulkner
(Film Studies and the Institute Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture)

Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky
Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
Plus, Chris recommends his own new book Jean Renoir: A Conversation With His Films, 1894-1979, which he says is not just directed at an academic audience.

Margaret McLeod
(MacOdrum Library)

Any of Jodi Picoult’s 14 novels.

Larry McCloskey
(Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities)

The Sherlock Holmes stories and novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Pegasus Descending, a mystery by James Lee Burke
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Toole

Plus, Larry’s latest young adult mystery, Murder Fit for a Kin, is coming out in June.

Trish O’Flaherty
(MacOdrum Library)

Kiss the sunset pig by Laurie Gough-a local writer that the Library’s Circle of Friends is inviting to speak at Carleton in the fall.

The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson (author of Crow Lake)
The Birth House by Amy Mckay

Everything by Mary Jane Maffini-a local mystery writer whose novels are set in Ottawa and it is fun to read a novel with local landmarks-and anything by Donna Leon whose mysteries are set in Venice.

Trish belongs to the Carleton University Book Club which meets from September to June in Room 235 of the MacOdrum Library (usually the third or fourth Monday of month).

Mike Schofield
(Admissions Services)

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Saturday by Ian McEwan
Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky
The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart

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