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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

August Book Recommendations

August Book Recomendations

Below is a book recommended by one of your colleagues. Enjoy!

“A Game of Thrones” by George R. R. Martin
Martin is called the American Tolkien for his epic fantasies. Although it requires an author appendix to sort out the panoply of players, his stories and characters are engaging. If you have time for a long leisurely read, this five book series is for you. If you get hooked, I learned when I attended an author talk at a library conference that he expects to publish the next installment in three years.

Ann Coder, librarian IV, Brookhaven College Library

Favorite Books

Part of the QEP promotion was a survey, asking committee members and a few others to share their favorite book. We thought it would be a good idea to share a few as recommendations for a first read or a re-read. We will reveal a few more from time-to-time, so keep and eye out for these favorites.

“The First Immortal” by David Halpren
A great example of weaving moral, ethical, emotional and scientific issues together.

Rodger Bennett, vice president for academic affairs and student success


“A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole
This brilliant novel by John Kennedy Toole relates the hilarious misadventures of Ignatius Reilly, a pompous, uncouth New Orleans native. Along the way Ignatius encounters supporting characters as unforgettable as he is. Toole's gloriously imaginative story and spot-on dialogue impress me every time I re-read this masterpiece. No wonder the novel won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize.

Haven Abedin, English professor


All of Anne Tyler's books -- “Ladder of Years”,“ The Accidental Tourist,” “Back When We Were Grownups,” “Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant,” etc.
When I pick up an Anne Tyler book, life becomes unhurried, my heart-rate slows, and a sense of inner calm enters my body. Her writing is beautiful, her characters real, and the situations they encounter are often heart-slamming, yet irresistibly funny.

Beverly Neu Menassa, advising counselor


“Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
I refer back to this book anytime I am unsure of myself. With all of the distractions of life it's hard to follow your own path, but Emerson's clear and true words keep me on track. It's hard to believe that he wrote “Self-Reliance” over 100 years ago and that his wisdom applies today just as it did when he first wrote it.

Favorite Quote: “What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” What it means to me: I care not for the trends of society. I care about what I am to myself."

Kathleen Long, math professor