Whether its on the subway, right before bed at night, or during a lunch break on Locust Walk, Penn staff and faculty are squeezing in the last bit of summer reading. From contemporary fiction and local newspapers to sociological studies and, yes, even childrens literature, the Penn community is reading it all. For suggestions on what to read and what to strenuously avoid, check out what these Penn members had to say.
Irene Laird, Intern, VHUP
I like [Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella]. Its cute in a Bridget Jones sort of way. Its a good subway read. Tropic of Cancer [by Henry Miller] is also good in a very different way its much more intellectual.
Charles McCarry, Police Officer, Penn Police Department
I liked The Hobbit [by J.R.R. Tolkien]. I started reading it because somebody recommended it to me. Plus, the movie is coming out soon. I also liked Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. Its a Western novel. I started reading it because I liked the movie they made it into a miniseries.
Calvin Nodine, Research Professor of Radiology, School of Medicine
Infamy: Pearl Harbor and Its Aftermath by John Toland. This is an excellent book. Toland gathers historical facts from sources like naval intelligence and congressional hearings. The central question is whether F.D.R. knew about the attack prior to when it happened or was it a mix-up between the navy and the army.
Robin Rozen, Manager, Facilities Planning and Operational Services, School of Medicine
The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead. Dont read it. Its very confusing, depressing and dated. Its about a dysfunctional family living in the 30s in Baltimore with an abusive father.
Adam Kandon, Research Associate in Linguistics, School of Arts & Sciences
An Inventory of Memory by Michele Prisco. Its a very interesting book written by a Neapolitan writer. Ive also read the first volume of Harry Potter [Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J. K. Rowling]. Its quite good. Im tempted to read the rest [of the series].
Jim Roundtree, Film and Records Librarian, HUP
The Left-Behind Series by Tim LeHaye. Theyre fantastic. I cant put them down. Theyre about end-time events. Its a take-off of the biblical perspective of the apocalypse.
Robert Smalls, Security Officer, School of Medicine
I havent had time to read anything except the local paper, things like the Philadelphia Inquirer. Im trying to keep in touch with whats going on, but its always bad news.
Originally published on August 30, 2001