Faculty and staff recommend...
We asked Leavey School Business faculty and staff what reading challenged, informed, or entertained them over this year, and here are some of their responses:
Just finishing What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis.
This summer I read a lot of books and would recommend:
The Imperial Cruise Non-fiction about Teddy Roosevelt's Far East strategies
Dune The sci-fi classic by Frank Herbert
Matterhorn Historical fiction about the Vietnam War - by Karl Marlantes
Deliver us from Evil Great fiction from David Baldacci
All 3 of Stieg Larsson's books:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl who Played with Fire
The Girl who kicked the Hornets' Nest
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand Delightful fiction by Helen Simonson
Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Tells the story of a woman faced with early onset of Alzheimer's disease. I found it informative, and heart-breaking. I think everyone should read it to see how this disease affects not just the person, but the entire fabric of a family and a community.
I stumbled onto the best fantasy series I have read since Tolkien's LOTR. The author is George R. R. Martin, the series is called “A Song of Fire and Ice”, and four out of seven (projected) books are written. The first one is called A Game of Thrones.Completely addictive, beautifully written, complex plotting, and truly alive characters.
I read and recommend the book
After the Crash: Designing a Depression-Free Economyby Mason Gaffney, professor of economics at UC Riverside.
Power of Pull
by John Hagel III, John Seely Brown, and Lang Davison is my favorite for the year and I'll be adding
by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams, and
Empowered: Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, and Transform Your Business
by Josh Bernoff and Ted Schadler to the review list soon.
Editor’s note: Terri regularly reviews books on her blog at: http://www.terrigriffith.com/blog/category/review/
Graduate Business staff
I read, for the second time, Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin.
I read Black Holes and Time Warps: The Incredible Legacy of Einstein by Kip Thorne
I Married a Communist by Philip Roth
I would certainly recommend:
Evolution: A Theory In Crisis by Michael Denton, a molecular biologist and MD.
This is not written from any creationist viewpoint, but rather is a serious scientific appraisal of the theories of Charles Darwin (see On the origin of species c1859 and The Voyage of HMS Beagle c1839) and the subsequent research and findings that have supported, and in many more cases, failed to support, Darwin's theories. Requires no medical degree to read.
I did read a few books:
The Open Space of Democracy by Terry Tempest Williams — the SCU freshmen summer reading
The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow — A street explanation of quantum mechanics
Creating a World without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism by Mohamad Yunis
Planet Google by Randle Strauss
The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar — my birthday present from my son's girlfriend, a great choice
I really enjoyed the book called The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
The Truth about Leadership: The No-fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
I can give you a couple.....
In-n-Out Burger by Stacy Perman. Interesting account of everyone's favorite fast-food burger chain and how it grew.
The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe. Obama's campaign manager describes the 2008 campaign in depth. Fascinating stuff about new campaign techniques (especially social media) successfully leveraged by the Obama camp.
I read a lot this summer. I love my Kindle!
by Stephen King. My son writes a Stephen King blog and I thought I'd better get up to speed on some of his writings. I'll never look at a storm drain the same!
Riding the Bullet
a short story by Stephen King.
Revisited children's books:
Heidi, a re-read of a childhood favorite by Johanna Spyri
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I'm still looking forward to seeing the movie version.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I have been wanting to read some of the classics. At the recommendation of friends I read:
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana
Dean and OMIS faculty
I enjoyed Integrity by Stephen L. Carter, the Yale law professor. For me, the book crystallized the nature and importance of integrity in our personal, professional, and spiritual lives. Many of the lessons are relevant to what I do every day.
I seldom read nonfiction... lots of novels and a little poetry for me...
Those who are willing to trade cheap thrills, cheesy cliffhangers, and lousy writing for character development, psychological depth, and a strong sense of place should ditch Dan Brown and Stieg Larsson next summer and read Tana French's atmospheric debut trilogy: In the Woods, The Likeness, and this year's Faithful Place. Wonderfully written crime novels set in today's Ireland with characters haunted by the recent Irish past.
Speaking of the past, "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." I was familiar with this famous line but had never read the book for which it is the opening sentence: L.P. Hartley's The Go-Between (1953). A lovely, understated novel dealing with the loss of innocence.
Even better is Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, now a major movie in a theater near you. Read the book first. It is among the saddest and most hauntingly beautiful novels I have ever read.
I did not read much poetry until I was approaching age 50. It's never too late to start! Poetry is not just about beauty, but about what matters most. As the war in Afghanistan drags on, perhaps great poetry may serve to remind those of us fortunate enough not to be there about the immeasurable costs of war. Wilfred Owen, "Greater Love":
"Red lips are not so red
As the stained stones kissed by the English dead."
You shouldn't have gotten me started...
Undergraduate Business staff
Here are some of the books from my summer reading:
Commencement by J.Courtney Sullivan, a coming of age about undergraduates at Smith College
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende, based on the historical slave revolution in Haiti
The Truth about Leadership by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
Genesis, Illustrated by R. Crumb
And recently published (November 2010):
What Investors Really Want
Meir Statman, the Glenn Klimek Professor of Finance, has written an informative--and entertaining--book about how to avoid some common mistakes investors make in thinking about their portfolios.