UNCG Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly is published each Wednesday when classes are in session. In the summer, it is published biweekly.

Some of the best Spartan summer reading

Photo of student reading in Foust ParkUNCG Campus Weekly asked what you’ve enjoyed reading this summer. And CW readers shared a lot of great recommendations, just in time for the 2013 Labor Day Weekend:

Xandra Eden (Weatherspoon) highly recommends “Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel” by Maria Semple. “It is a fun, witty and inventive mystery told from the perspective of the daughter of a very creative architect struggling with day-to-day life in Seattle,” she says. “One of the best and most entertaining books of the year.”

Dean Robin Remsburg (Nursing) says, “I’m finishing up Tina Fey’s ‘Bossy Pants’ book. It’s a fun read for a manager or someone in a leadership position.”

Kevin Geraldi (Music) enjoyed “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin and “The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle.

“I don’t usually read big literary tomes or a lot of non-fiction,” said Maggie Dargatz (Philosophy). “These are for my entertainment and enjoyment.” She passed along 11 great books she read, from “The 5th Wave” by Richard Yancey to “Joyland” by Stephen King to “The Last Word” by Lisa Lutz (“the whole Spellman series is fun and smart”) to “I Feel Bad about my Neck” by Nora Ephron.

Tara Green (African American Studies) re-read “Changes: A Love Story” by Ama Ata Aidoo this summer for her Africana Literature course. “It focuses on a modern-day Ghanaian woman who tries to assert her feminist identity.” And she also enjoyed Tayrai Jones’s “Silver Sparrow.” Set in Atlanta, the novel tracks the lives of two women married to one man and the impact his secret has on the lives of his daughters.

Emily Rector’s (Annual Giving) non-work-related reading this summer has been a mixed bag, she says, ranging from “Lean In” by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card. That science fiction adventure will be released as a major motion picture this fall. She’s currently reading “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson.

Drew Sharpe (Elliott University Center) read many books this summer. “The one I would recommend most would be ‘Lone Survivor’ by Marcus Luttrell.” It’s a gripping account of a military operation by Navy SEALS in 2005.

William Hart (Religious Studies) recommends Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen’s “Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop” and Jewell Parker Rhodes’ “Magic City.”

Lee Odom (Undergraduate Studies/Staff Senate) enjoyed “Finding Life” by James Graham. “It takes place along the coast of North Carolina. I would highly recommend this book.” Another book she read in her book club was “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot” by Bill O’Reilly. “Even though I remember when it happened, I was too young to know about some of the things that he mentioned in the book.”

Listing collected by Mike Harris (whose favorite book this summer was “Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution” by James McPherson, who happens to speak at UNCG this semester)