Amy Watters is an Assistant Professor and Chair for the Department of Health Information Management master's program.
Favorite or most influential books:
The Awakening by Kate Chopin; Nancy A. Walker (Editor)
Call Number: PS1294.C63 A6435 1993
Publication Date: 1992
As an undergraduate student at CSS (many years ago!), I minored in Women’s Studies. It was then that I discovered my love for women’s literature. First published in 1899 (and subsequently banned), this book is about a 19th century Southern woman’s self-discovery and the courage it takes to be authentic in a society that stifles the female spirit.
A Good Walk Spoiled by John Feinstein
Publication Date: 1996
As a golf enthusiast, I was completely fascinated by this book. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the PGA Tour players, their personal stories, and the strategy behind some of the greatest shots in golf. A must read for anyone who loves the game.
Saving the World by Julia Alvarez
Publication Date: 2007
I met this author during a book reading and signing several years ago. Her personal story of growing up as an immigrant after suddenly being moved to the U.S. from her native Dominican Republic made me appreciate this book even more. This novel is a story-within-a-story that chronicles the struggles of two women living in very different times; one in present-day Vermont, and one in 19th century Hispaniola. This is another story of strong, courageous women.
Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger
Publication Date: 1998
I love a good mystery, and Krueger’s series about MN sheriff Cork O’Connor is one of my favorites. All the books in the series are great but I especially like this one
because it incorporates thrilling adventure in one of Minnesota’s most beautiful and mysterious wilderness areas – the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
Call Number: BP605.N48 Z85 1990x
Publication Date: 1990
An excellent examination of power and how we all have the ability to evolve beyond what we can perceive with our 5 senses, to a more authentic power that engages the power of the human spirit.
What are you reading now?
I just started reading Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese about orphaned twin brothers born in Ethiopia who eventually become physicians. It is a family saga set in the world of medicine.
Desert Island Pick
Welcome to my Planet Where English is Sometimes Spoken by Shannon Olson.
This is another book by a Minnesota author. It’s a coming-of-age story about a “nearly thirty” year old woman living in Minnesota, and the challenges that come with navigating that stage of life. Poignant, but witty and funny – this book makes me laugh out loud!