This month Dr. Paul Stein, Professor of Chemistry, graces the homepage of the Library as part of our Faculty Read What? series. Dr. Stein will be retiring this spring after almost 40 years of service to the College. Like all good scientists, Dr. Stein feels the need to categorize the world, so he brings his five "personal favorite of most influential books" as a taxonomy, if you will. For your further edification, and in keeping with the spirit of the sciences, while we were not able to create a periodic table of books, we have included the Latin genus and species of each title.
Since most people don't spend much time thinking about librarians, it is only natural that they assume we become librarians because we like to read books. Actually, most of us become librarians to wield the Secret Flame or Arnor and to fight the evil, and eternal, machinations of the Illuminati. That doesn't mean we haven't been know to crack a spine from time to time (of a book that is, not a half monster/half human evil-doer sucked into our universe through a void in the time-space continuum). We here in the library thought we would share with you some of the tomes we pondered, weak and weary, as we stayed up late at night this summer reading, in the the August rain, so dreary.
And the Library is Proud to Announce Its First Ever Book Reviews Reduced to a Meme
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Getting Past No: Negotiating in Difficult Situations by William Ury
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed & Steve Almond
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande