Letter to the Editor: What will you read this summer?: Faculty book recommendations

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To the Editor:

I’m a student at NCC and I love the opportunities this school provides. I’ve attended other colleges and found that the students and staff make NCC a truly special school with a lot to offer.

I will be graduating from NCC this spring and going to Western Connecticut State University to pursue my degree in nursing.

As I’ve come to the end of my time here, I have started to experience the integration of my course materials over the various semesters. I truly feel like I’ve gotten an education here as I notice information learned in Anthropology, Biology, Psychology, Art Appreciation and Statistics merge to give me a more complete understanding of myself and the world around me. One thing I’ve really appreciated is how candid teachers are about urging students to pursue learning outside of the classroom.

I would love to see what teachers would recommend students to read outside of college or after a degree is earned. I enjoy reading and would love to hear the suggestions of some of the dynamic and unique professors on campus.

Maybe you could do a faculty and staff recommended reading list in the Voice?

Just a thought.

Either way, I’ve enjoyed reading the newspaper every semester and I appreciate all the hard work and effort that goes into it.


Allyson Cosgrove

Dear Alliyson,

Thank you for your letter. I think this is a great idea!

Please see below of six faculty and staff who have kindly given us their book recommendations. Letters are well regarded at The Voice and we encourage more students and staff to write in with their comments, questions, concerns or ideas.



Laura Dicker, Editor in Chief

By Renae Edge:

“Radical Hope:  Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation,”  Jonathan Lear, 2008

“After that, nothing happened.” Lear uses this statement by Plenty Coups, last warrior chief of the Crow nation, in which Coups describes what happened after the Crow were fenced into their reservation, as a way to explore the courage it takes for any human to face the real possibility of watching their  culture cease to exist.

By Susan Steiz:

My book recommendation for this summer is Dave Eggers’ “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.”  It is a work of non-fiction (with occasional lapses into fiction) that presents Eggers’ struggles as a 21-year-old raising his brother, Toph, after the death of their parents.  The New York Times calls it “profoundly moving, occasionally angry and often hilarious” and I agree!

By Rebecca Hussey:

“We Have Always Lived in the Castle” by Shirley Jackson.

It’s a wonderfully creepy novel about an eccentric pair of sisters living in isolation, one of whom is under suspicion for murder. It’s a great read: entertaining, weird, and haunting.

By A.J. O’Connell:

Graham Greene’s “The Quiet American” is a beautiful novel about war and idealism which provides a fascinating glimpse of the politics in Vietnam before the U.S. became involved. Suspense, the simmering conflict in Saigon, and a plot that features love and betrayal made this a real page-turner for me.

By Laurel Peterson:

Marisha Pessl:  “Special Topics in Calamity Physics”—the story of a girl, Blue, whose senior year film teacher gets murdered.  Who was this woman?  How is she related to Blue’s father and his leftist politics? What was she trying to tell Blue before she died? Pessl’s sharp, witty voice is really fun.

By Pamela Edington:

My suggestion for a summer read or listen (as it is also an audio book read by the author himself), is “Born Standing Up: A comic’s life” by Steve Martin.

Since I was a young girl I had a preference for reading biographies and autobiographies.  I have always been intrigued by how people spend their lives.  I came across this book in my local library and it interested me.  Steve Martin was a standup comic who became famous on Saturday Night Live, the movies, and later as a playwright and author.  This book is his recollection of his youth and his education, both formal and informal, and his early career as a standup comedian.   It really is the story of how much work goes into becoming successful, as well as how dime store magic tricks can turn into a career.   It’s also about family and the role they play in our lives.

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