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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June Book Recommendations

June Book Recommendations

Below are a few books recommended by your colleagues. They vary in both subject matter and style, so you're bound to find one that fits your interests. Enjoy!

"James Joyce" by Edna O' Brien
For most everyone, June 16 was a day to scurry to buy a Father's Day card; however, for James Joyce aficionados, June 16 was Bloomsday, a day-long celebration in Dublin where fans relive the events central to Ulysses, Joyce's epic novel of literary modernism. I've long been fascinated by the art and artists of that rich period, so I recently picked up the brief bio of James Joyce by another famous Irish author, Edna O'Brien. It was a quick peek at Joyce's life and creative influences - both fascinating and complicated. If you are truly interested in Joyce, I hear the new biography by Gordon Bowker is quite good.
Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president, President's Office

"The Lion is In" by Delia Ephron
This is a funny book about three women on an adventure in rural North Carolina when suddenly a lion enters their lives, in addition to some quirky characters. It's a quick read, perfect for summer and something different. Delia has written books and many articles, as well as the screen plays for You've Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Michael, among other things. Delia is Nora Ephron's sister, also a writer. (at the BHC library)
Lois Wagenseil, librarian III, Learning Resource Center

"Thornbirds" by Colleen McCullough
Thornbirds is a wonderful love story. It spans about 60 years of the Cleary family, who live in Australia. Beautifully written so that you believe you are right there, and difficult to put down.
Juanita Zapata Flint, executive dean, Health and Human Services Division