Summer is the perfect time to curl up to a good book. Is your reading list ready? Here is a sample of Arts and Sciences faculty publishing books this summer and a glimpse of their summer reading list.
Noel Cressie, professor, statistics and distinguished professor of mathematics and physical sciences, author of Statistics for Spatio-Temporal Data (co-authored with Christopher K. Wikle), published by John Wiley and Sons.
State-of the-art presentation of spatio-temporal processes, bridging classic ideas with modern hierarchical statistical modeling concepts and computational methods. From understanding environmental processes to developing new technologies for mapping and public heath data, there is a high demand for statistical analyses of data that take spatial, temporal, and spatio-temporal information into account. This book presents a systematic approach to key quantitative techniques incorporating the latest in statistical computing and hierarchical statistical modeling with an emphasis on dynamical spatio-temporal models.
Noel’s summer books:
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule
the Future by Daniel H. Pink
Sean O’Sullivan, assistant professor, English, author of Mike Leigh (Contemporary Film Directors), published by University of Illinois Press.
O’Sullivan’s book on British director Mike Leigh is part of the University of Illinois Press series on contemporary film directors. The book radically revises the traditional perception of Leigh’s films by emphasizing the theoretical, aesthetic and narrative qualities of his cinema, and critiques the ways in which the formal aspects of realist art are often ignored. Leigh is best known for Secrets and Lies, Vera Drake, Topsy-Turvy, Naked, Happy-Go-Lucky and Another Year.
Sean’s summer books:
The Moment of Caravaggio (The A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts) by Michael Fried
Watchmen by Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (this time, I mean it)
Lee Martin, professor, English, author of Break the Skin, published by Crown Publishing Group.
Miss Baby and Laney are connected by a terrible crime and bit by bit, the complex web of deceptions and seemingly small misjudgments they've each helped to create starts to unravel. Action, speculation, and contradiction play off one another as the story is told through their first-person voices, which keep you nervously guessing all the way to the shocking, tragic climax. BREAK THE SKIN is a novel about "wanting to matter to someone, wanting it so badly that you did things you never could have imagined, and you swore they were right, all for the sake of love."
Martin’s summer books:
Emily, Alone by Stuart O'Nan
Green Fields: Crime, Punishment, and a Boyhood Between (Engaged Writers) by Bob Cowser
The Love of My Youth by Mary Gordo
The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
Serena: A Novel (P.S.) by Ron Rash
Lit: A Memoir (P.S.) Mary Karr
Deep Light: New and Selected Poems, 1987-2007 by Rebecca McClanahan
A Small Hotel by Robert Olen Butler
Jared Gardner, associate professor, English, author of Projections: Comics and the History of 21st-Century Storytelling (due this fall), published by Stanford University Press.
This book is a study of the ways the comics form has for more than a century experimented with approaches to storytelling and an interactive relationship to readers that is becoming increasingly central to narrative across all media in the 21st century.
Warren Benson McCorkle, assistant professor, English, author of Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Discourse: A Cross-Historical Study, published by Southern Illinois University Press.
In his book, he explores the symbiotic relationship between delivery and technologies of writing and communication. Aiming to enhance historical understanding by demonstrating how changes in writing technology have altered our conception of delivery.
Ben’s summer books:
Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal
Moving Bodies: Kenneth Burke at the Edges of Language (Studies in Rhetoric/Communication) by Debra Hawhee
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Franco Barchiesi, assistant professor, African-American African Studies, author of Precarious Liberation: Workers, the State, and Contested Social Citizenship in Postapartheid South Africa (Suny Series in Global Modernity), published by SUNY Press.
Millions of black South African workers struggled against apartheid to redeem employment and production from a history of abuse, insecurity, and racial despotism. Almost two decades later, however, the prospects of a dignified life of wage-earning work remain unattainable for most South Africans. Barchiesi traces how the employment crisis and the responses of workers to it challenge the state’s normative imagination of work, and raise decisive questions for the social foundations and prospects of South Africa’s democratic experiment.
Franco’s summer books:
Biopolitics: An Advanced Introduction (Biopolitics:Medicine,Technoscience, and Health in the 21st Century) by Thomas Lemke
Postcolonial Agency: Critique and Constructivism (Plateus - New Directions in Deleuze Studies) by Simone Bignall
Race, Empire and the Idea of Human Development by Thomas McCarthy:
Deleuze and the Postcolonial (Deleuze Connections) by Simone Bignall and Paul Patton
Power at the Roots: Gentrification, Community Gardens, and the Puerto Ricans of the Lower East Side by Miranda J. Martinez
Jill M. Bystydzienski, chair, professor of Women's Gender/Sexuality Studies, author of Intercultural Couples: Crossing Boundaries, Negotiating Difference, published by New York University Press.
Despite the growing presence of intercultural couples in the United States and worldwide, their stories often go untold. This book provides a rare and comprehensive understanding of the multidimensional experiences of intercultural couples, drawing mainly upon in-depth interviews with persons living in domestic partnerships—heterosexual and same-sex—representing a broad spectrum of ethnic, racial, religious, socioeconomic and national backgrounds.
Jill’s summer books:
Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood
Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates
Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 by Michio Koku
Child of the Fire: Mary Edmonia Lewis and the Problem of Art History’s Black and Indian Subject by Kirsten Pai Buick
The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship by Jeffrey Zeslow
Eric’s summer books:
Hannibal Hamlin, associate professor, English, and Norman Jones, associate professor of English are co-authors of The King James Bible After 400 Years: Literacy, Linguistic, and Cultural Influences,published by Cambridge University Press.
2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the King James version of the Bible. No other book has been as vital to the development of English writing or indeed to the English language itself. This major collection of essays is the most complete one-volume exploration of the King James Bible and its influence to date. The chapters are written by leading scholars from a range of disciplines, who examine the creation of the King James Bible as a work of translation and as a linguistic and literary accomplishment. They consider how it differed from the Bible versions which preceded it, and assess its broad cultural impact and precise literary influence over the centuries of writing which followed, in English and American literature, until today. The story will fascinate readers who approach the King James Bible from the perspectives of literary, linguistic, religious or cultural history.
Intersections in Christianity and Critical Theory by Cassandra Falke
Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
The Embrace of Eros: Bodies, Desires, and Sexuality in Christianity by Margaret Kamitsuka
Thomas Gray: A Life by Robert L. Mack
The Christian Imagination by Leland Ryken
The Letters of Tomas Gray Including the Correspondence Of Gray And Mason V3 by Duncan Tovey
Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes by Stephen Sondheim