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September 10, 2004

On the Nightstand: What MHC Faculty Read This Summer

Robin Blaetz, associate professor of film studies:
Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer
Jennifer Haigh’s Mrs. Kimble
Mary Jo Salter’s poetry

Alan Durfee, Professor of Mathematics on the John Stewart Kennedy Foundation:
Dave Roberts’s Escape from Lucania. Durfee explains: “He’s one of the best writers on mountaineering. The book is about the adventures of Brad Washburn (former director of the Boston Science Museum) and Bob Bates (retired English teacher at Exeter) when they made a first ascent of the third-highest mountain in North America in the mid-1930s.”
Gina Kolata’s Flu (the story of the great influenza pandemic of 1918)
F. H. Hinsley’s and Alan Stripp’s Code Breakers: The Inside Story of Bletchley Park. Short accounts by the people who worked in Bletchley Park, the center of English code breaking during World War II.

Jonathan Lipman, professor of history and chair of Asian studies: Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything
Qiu Xiaolong’s Death of a Red Heroine
Dru Gladney’s Dislocating China

Susan Scotto, senior lecturer in Russian:
David Brooks’s On Paradise Drive, “which I’m finding immensely amusing and also a bit frightening”
Ksenia Buksha’s The House Which We Will Build, “a new novel by the hot young Petersburg writer”
The Dancer from Xiva, “the autobiography of an Uzbek woman whom I got to know last year in Russia after I bought some sweaters from her at the clothes market and she invited my kids and me over to her apartment for rice pilaf”
Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran, “our common read selection, which I’m enjoying for the Nabokov references and the parallels between postrevolutionary Iran and Soviet times”

Michelle Stephens, assistant professor of English:
Christina Garcia’s Monkey Hunting
Kate McCafferty’s Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl
Shlomo Avineri’s The Social and Political Thought of Karl Marx
Young, Gifted, and Black, a collection of essays by Theresa Perry,
Claude Steele, and Asa Hilliard

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