Faculty Summer Reading Recommendations


As passionate readers, many alumni are interested in knowing what books faculty are reading. Here is a brief list of some of the books our faculty and staff will be enjoying this summer.


Susan Clayton

Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology and Chair of Environmental Studies

Currently on my bedside table is Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner. It's a historical account of the corruption and incompetence underlying policies about water distribution in the American West. It's considered a classic expose of environmental history and my son gave it to me for Christmas -- but I haven't had a chance to read it until now! 


Henry Kreuzman 

Dean for Curriculum and Academic Engagement and Associate Professor of Philosophy

I read How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It by Arthur Herman a few years ago, and loved it.


Mary Addis

Associate Professor of Spanish, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Chair

At the top of my list is the novel Once Upon a Time (Bomb), sixth novel by Manlio Argueta, El Salvador's most highly acclaimed novelist. I have already read the previous five novels. I prefer to read the work of a writer following the chronology in which her or his books were published. And I must emphasize that I normally completely avoid reading a translation of a book originally written in Spanish (though I sometimes check a translation later if I'm curious). I want to read, examine and enjoy the original language of a book written in Spanish. But in this case I want to pay attention to the language of the translation, unmediated by familiarity with the original Spanish. The translator in this case is one of my best friends and Wooster grad, Linda Craft ('70), an internationally recognized scholar in Central American Studies. I'll likely read next the book in the original Spanish, but I'm curious about the challenges of translating, which happens also to be the topic of an essay Linda has published. I'll be sure to read that essay as well.

Heather Fitz Gibbon

Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Sociology & Anthropology; Urban Studies

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg and Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in the Academy by Gabriella Guitierrez y Muhs, et. al. I want to explore issues of women and leadership in higher education. Not, however, beach reading! 


Carolyn Durham

Inez K. Gaylord Professor of French Language and Literature; Chair of French

I'm reading Edward St. Aubyn, the Patrick Melrose novels. Actually I've quickly devoured the first four and and am glad that the fifth was recently published. St. Aubyn is a wonderful writer with a remarkable sense of voice and bitterly funny wit.