Summer Reading List 2012 | Week 3

What would summer be without a good reading list? Throughout the summer BGSU faculty, staff and students will share their picks for best summer reading. We hope you find time to read some of the selections and share your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of the page!


Also consider the 2012 BGSU Common Read, A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean by Tori Murden McClure.

Montique Cotton Kelly ’94, ’04  
Executive Director
BGSU Alumni Association

One of my favorite things to do is to read books by our many talented alumni authors. I have an ever-growing and changing list as our alumni are as prolific as they are talented. From poetry to how-to and memoirs and novels, there is something for every reading preference.

All of the books below are available through Amazon. If you have an alumni author to recommend or you are an alumni author, email me the details at or tell me in the comments section below.

  • Rockefeller's Cleveland by Sharon E. Gregor '63
    John D. Rockefeller arrived in Cleveland in 1853 a boy of 14 and spent six decades in his adopted hometown. With the Standard Oil Company's incorporation in 1870, Rockefeller became the city's most well-known industrialist and, from 1885 to 1917, its foremost summer resident at his Forest Hill estate. Rockefeller's Cleveland captures the visual panorama of a dynamic city that emerged as a major business and industrial center.
  • Spiritual Terrorism: Spiritual Abuse from the Womb to the Tomb by Boyd C. Purcell '65
    Spiritual Terrorism is about the impact of fear-based religion on people's lives who have been spiritually abused by a negative conception of God through eternal hell-fire preaching and teaching. This book effectively explains the symbolic use of fire in the Holy Bible and other holy books.
  • Back Porch Swing and Getting to Thanksgiving by Allen Bohl  '70
    Back Porch Swing:
    Lance Stoler has some tough decisions to make. He's a highly recruited high school senior from a small town in eastern Kentucky. But playing basketball isn’t the only thing on Lance's mind. There's the girl he meets on a recruiting trip to Kansas, the basketball buddy who may have stepped over the line with recruiting rules, the coach who has questionable reputation and the pressure from family to sign with his parent's alma mater.
  • Getting to Thanksgiving exposes the dynamic interactions that can occur between family members. It humbly reminds us to not only teach our children well, but to learn from our own experiences to become an admirable role model.
  • Images of America: Wilmington, OH co-authored by Eileen Brady '93
    Although the Wilmington area has long been known for its agricultural productivity, its rich and diverse history includes a territorial governor and Civil War general, a world-renowned sculptor, a Major League Baseball club owner, several Underground Railroad stops, a Quaker college, and a cold war missile site.
  • Love Means Nothing by James R. Kesler '65
    Love Means Nothing is about Joe Comstock, who fell from social and economic grace and wound up living above a riding stable in Marietta, Ga. The story is of a life poorly lived and that moment in time that changes everything. Washed-up tennis pro Joe Comstock finds that moment at age forty-eight when thirteen-year-old Stacey Engleman bums a ride from him at a roadside rest area while running away from her father, a sexual predator.
  • Don't Fear the Forward: The Secret to Building Successful Websites by Marc Majers '94
    The Don't Fear the Forward Web Design process focuses on what your audience wants which drives results. The mission of this guide is to act as a friendly, helpful companion throughout your website building process. We'll show you that by following a simple step-by-step process, you can build and launch any website.
  • Back to the Bennington-Tales in the Wake by Richard A. Clark '58
    Memoir of author’s service on the aircraft carrier USS Bennington during a 1953-54 Mediterranean cruise. Much of the history of the ship during this period with additional information from crewmates and other sources is included.
  • A Right to Bear Arms? What Were the Founders Thinking? By Gerald Petersen '64
    An inquiry into the historical derivation and meaning of the Second Amendment. Why was this amendment written the way it was? What were the fears and feelings of the Founders? What role did the states play in the development of the Second Amendment? The answers reveal the meaning of the Second Amendment.
  • Career Ownership: Creating 'Job Security' in Any Economy by Janine Moon '70
    Provides a career and development model to reinvent the all-but-non-existent job security. This book is the only career approach that actually shows you how to partner with your organization so both achieve a win-win.
  • Stop Searching. Happiness is Inside You by Lonnie Ross '79
    Why is it that so often we depend on others to fulfill us when in reality we are amazingly capable on our own? This short focuses on three rules to live by: 1) You are capable, believe in yourself; 2) Act confident and you will be confident; 3) Look in the mirror and like who you see.
  • Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetryby James Daniels '80
    In this wide-ranging collection, Daniels moves from Detroit to Pittsburgh, from childhood to parenthood, meditating on memory and loss, on what we try to dispose of in our own personal landfills, and what we are confronted with in the present moments of our daily lives. In the face of our bones turning to dust, he seems to argue, we can both experience the pain of laughter and the joy of tears.
  • Proclaiming the Truman Doctrine: The Cold War Call to Arms by Denise Bostdorff '82
    In this work, Bostdorff considers President Truman’s address to a joint session of Congress on March 12, 1947. She focuses on the public and private language that influenced administration perceptions about the precipitating events in Greece and Turkey and explores the news management campaign that set the stage for Truman’s speech. Bostdorff examines how the president’s health may have influenced his policy decision and how it affected his delivery of the address and campaign for congressional approval.

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