Summer Reading List 2012 | Week 11

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.

Dr. George Bullerjahn
Professor of Biological Sciences

In my line of work, I read constantly. At the office, it's exclusively scientific literature on environmental microbiology. This material is fascinating (perhaps only to me), but dense, difficult and indigestible by the general public. Scientific literature is important for understanding our changing world, but I need to take a break from it when I'm at home. Thus, away from the office, I read for pure pleasure, whether it's fiction or history. No book I read can be preachy or humorless. If a book is not fun, I won't read it. Here are four books that bring back memories of pleasant summers past:

  • The Wave by Susan Casey
    This book should be required reading for all BGSU Marine Biology students. Casey explores the terrifying power of the open sea as viewed by scientists, commercial mariners and....big wave surfers. Anyone who reads this will want to fly to Hawaii to meet Laird Hamilton.
  • Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre
    The true story of how British Spies in WWII successfully fooled the Nazis with a refrigerated dead guy. Seriously. The cast of real life characters would scarcely be believable if they were placed in a James Bond novel.
  • Lamb by Christopher Moore
    It's either religious scholarship disguised as a hilarious farce of questionable taste, or vice versa. Guaranteed to promote spirited discussion.
  • Straight Man by Richard Russo
    A must read for any college student who wants to know what professors are really like, and how universities truly function.


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