Book and Movie Recommendations

Name Discipline Favorite book related to discipline Favorite book NOT related to discipline Favorite movie related to discipline Favorite Movie NOT related to discipline
Phil Blau Mathematics Topics in Algebra by I.N. Herstein May Day, F, Scott Fitzgerald (novella not a book) Pi Duck Soup
Linda Hunt Mathematics Mathematics a Human Endeavor by Harold R. Jacobs The Bible Donald in Mathmagic Land Babette's Feast
Preston Nichols Mathematics Geometry and the Imagination, by D. Hilbert and S. Cohn-Vossen The Odyssey, by Homer, (trans. Fagles) Between the Folds Seven Samurai
Andy Napper Chemistry Uncle Tungsten (Oliver Sacks) The Earthsea Trilogy (Ursula K LeGuin) The Man in the White Suit Blade Runner
Becky Thiel Nursing The English Patient The Art of Racing in the Rain The Doctor Gravity
Catherine Bailey Nursing Philadelphia My Sister's Keeper
Christy Sherman Nursing Wide Neighborhoods: A Story of the Frontier Nursing Service by Mary Carson Breckinridge Christy by Catherine Marshall Unfortunately, there are not really any good movies about nursing. Most movies do not portray an accurate and respectful image of nursing. My favorite movie about a health condition is Temple Grandin that was on HBO. My Fair Lady
Suzanne Johnson-Varney Library The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd Party Girl City of Angels
Mary Cummings Library Science Possession by A. S. Byatt. Two terrific interwoven stories with a surprise-surprise-surprise ending! The best new book I have read is Kate Atkinson's Life after Life -- Wow! Voices of Morebath by Eamon Duffy! Totally changed my understanding of the profound disruption to English village life caused by the Reformation. The Stripping of the Altars, also by Duffy, offers a broader view. Moonstruck directed by Norman Jewison; screenplay by John Patrick Shanley (with Cher, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis, and a very young Nicholas Cage.) Smart, funny, sinfully romantic. I also revere Philadelphia Story (Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart) for the same reasons! Memory of the Camps. "Favorite" is not quite the word, but everyone should see this, especially now during the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. It is in the SSU library and also free online at PBS Frontline.
Pat Spradlin English and Humanities/ Education (retired) TLS Director Jessie Stuart, The Thread that Runs So True The Book Thief, Zusak Mona Lisa Smile, with Julia Roberts Out of Africa, " a beautiful movie"
Roberta Milliken English: Medieval and Renaissance literature La Morte D'Arthur The Life of Pi Scotland, PA Gosford Park
Glenna Heckler-Todt Developmental Writing I don't have a favorite book, but I would recommend just writing. Keep a journal, start a blog, write for fun. No one has to see it; just do something to keep your creativity flowing over break. Who knows, you might find you like it. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood The Dead Poets Society Out of Africa
Shureka Nyawalo French linguistics Optimality Theory, Introduction à la prononciation française I really only read books in my academic area :) That's what happens when you specialize. The Linguistics, American Tongues, Les Choristes (The Chorus), La Vie en Rose, the list goes on... The list is quite long: Forrest Gump, any movies where Angela Bassett plays a historic figure, any movies where Denzel Washington plays a historic figure
Tiffany Pistole English/Spanish/Linguistics The Book Thief, Persepolis, Maus, Buenas Noches Luna, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Color Purple, Hamlet, The Hiding Place (Corrie Ten Boom), The Thief (The Queen's Thief) Radical, The Reason for God, The End of the Spear, New Testament In the Time of the Butterflies, Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh), Frida, Mar Adentro The Fault in Our Stars, The End of the Spear, TLOTR series, Harry Potter series
Jon B. Dunham Compostion / Psychology Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Major Medical Breakthroughs in the Twentieth Century by Morton Meyers 1. Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Stephen D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner - 2. SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Stephen D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner - 3. Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Stephen D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner 1. Quiet Rage: The Stanford Prison Experiment 2. Bowling For Columbine 3. Fahrenheit 9/11 1. Murphy's Romance 2. Seems Like Old Times 3. His Girl Friday
Darrell Rudmann Psychology The Mismeasure of Man (Gould) Age of Innocence (Wharton) A Beautiful Mind (2001) Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Lindsay Monihen Academic Advising "A Sacred Voice Is Calling" by John Neafsey "Creation Regained" by Al Wolter Mr. Holland's Opus Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Business Administration Lifescripts: What to say to get what you want in life's toughest situations Clan of the Cave Bear ... and all the books that follow (this is a 7 book series so far, but worth EVERY second!) The Social Network (2010) Divergent
Doug Parsley Music (Guitar) UIS Dept. The Guitar Cookbook: The Complete Guide to Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, Technique & Improvisation by Jesse Gress I can dive into this book at random and usually learn something new. A real rut breaker. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.A very humorous book set in New Orleans. I've read it many times. Les Paul - Chasing Sound!"An interesting film about one of the true musical and technological innovators of the 20th Century. The guy was a genius. O Brother, Where Art Thou? A film by the Coen Brothers, set in the Depression Era United States and based on Homer's "The Odyssey. Hilarious.
Michael Barnhart Music Silence by John Cage is an extremely friendly and readable work regarding his 20th century aesthetics. Zen Flesh, Zen Bones is a collection of classic and often witty stories in English translation. Immortal Beloved offers an intimate portrait of Beethoven, continuing to compose while going deaf. Sanjuro. Akira Kurosawa is one of the great film directors. Each meticulously crafted frame could be a painting. Plus it is fun and entertaining.
Brittany Day Art Education/Art History I teach the Survey of Non-Western Arts course Thomas Cleary has a great collection of books such as "The Essential Tao" and "The Essential Confucius" that provide easy to read translations of Eastern religions we discuss in class. I am an avid reader and have many favorite books, but one of my all time favorites is Jon Krakauer's "Into the Wild" You can't go wrong with any of iconic Japanese filmmaker Akira Kuroswa's work, particularly his samurai films "Seven Samurai" (1954) and "Rashomon" (1950) Also check out the Apu Trilogy made in India by Satyajit Ray I love films with a passion, so picking one above all others is near impossible, instead I will refer you to master film critic Roger Ebert's book "The Great Movies" it has 100 fantastic selections and something for everyone! Enjoy!

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