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Reading lists

In addition to our staff favorites, we asked some folks around campus what they're reading this summer. Check out their answers below.


Rosann Bazirjian, dean of University Libraries

Look Homeward Angel” by Thomas Wolfe — A classic by a great American author (and a North Carolinian too!). I am in the middle of this very long novel — but it's hard to put down!


Dr. Linda Brady, chancellor

I am reading “Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet” by Jennifer Homans. It is wonderful if you love dance and was one of the New York Times best books of 2010.


Linda Carter, executive director of the UNCG Alumni Association

Number one so far on my summer reading list is “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin” by Eric Larson. Eric Larson writes great non-fiction. This chronicles the journey of the U.S. ambassador and his family to Germany in the scary years in the 1930s as Hitler rises to power. Fascinating stuff.


Mike Dement, men's basketball coach

I'm reading “Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown and watching the documentary of “The West” by Ken Burns.


Patrick Lee Lucas, professor of interior architecture and this year's teaching excellence award winner

I received Simon Mwe'sThe Glass Room” as a gift from a friend in honor of my teaching award. It features Mies van der Roher's Tuggendhat House as a “character” or at least the primary location for all of the novel. Apparently, it's a great read. That's first on the reading list.


Dr. David Perrin, provost and executive vice chancellor

So far this summer I have read “Lessons from Little Rock” by Terrence Roberts (one of the “Little Rock Nine” and our MLK celebration speaker this year) and “The Great American University” by Jonathan Cole.

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Alumni authors

Looking for a good book? Check out what your fellow alumni have written.

  • “Pat Crisp: Like A Moth to the Flame” a biography by Kay (Kate Clay) Bodeen '56
  • “Animal Adventures in North Carolina” by Jennifer Bean Bower '95
  • “John Gilbert Collison,” a biography by Helen Collison-London '45
  • “Smith Blue,” a collection of poetry by Camille T. Dungy '97 MFA
  • “Departed,” a novel set in Germany during the time of Nazis and the Holocaust by Mary Ann Baum Marger '56
  • “Hey! You! Get Onto My Cloud!” a business management book co-authored by Jon Obermeyer '85
  • “This is Exactly Like You,” a novel by Drew Perry '99 MFA
  • “Lydia: A Novel” by Tim Sandlin '86 MFA
  • “Sink on Impact,” a psychological thriller mystery by Nick Wesetfall '10

Faculty authors

  • “Brook Trout and the Writing Life: The intermingling of fishing and writing a novelist's life,” a memoir by Craig Nova
  • “The Watery Part of the World,” a novel by Michael Parker
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