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Walsh Reads gives a voice to readers and reading on campus, highlighting students, faculty, and staff every month with their current picks or old favorites. It's also a way to connect with the broader Walsh community
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Walsh Reads gives a voice to readers and reading on campus. We highlight students, faculty and staff monthly with their current picks or old favorites. Print, Kindle, iPad - all formats are welcome.  It's a great way to connect with the broader Walsh community. Just prepare to watch your reading list grow!

Join in the conversation. We welcome your contributions to Walsh Reads. Attach your photo when you fill out the online form or contact us and we will arrange a time to take your picture. Look for a variety of student, staff, and faculty profiles to be featured both here and on our Facebook page.

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Katey is reading...

Katey Brown, Director of Museum Studies and Assistant Professor of Art History is reading...


The Archaeology of Greece by William Biers

During the busy times of the semesters, I rarely get a chance to read fiction. But I love reading textbooks in preparation for class! I have been absorbed with this history of Greek archaeology from August until now while teaching ART 210 the Greek and Roman art history. The class is about to launch into Nancy Ramage's Roman Art next. I've read this book several times, in preparation for this past May's Rome session, as well as when I was in college myself.
In my leisure time I read several newspapers, The New York Times, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Canton Repository, Macon (GA) Telegraph, and when I can glance at LA Times or Chicago Tribune. I also read the New Yorker weekly, but these tend to pile up as they come so often! So I have to choose parts of it to read and lean toward Talk of the Town, the reviews (of exhibitions, books, film, restaurants), and occasionally the fiction or extended feature stories.

Just this past August I adopted a 2 year old little girl from Bulgaria. Her name is Suzana, and you may see her around campus sometime with me. Here is her picture right after I brought her home. She is learning new words and phrases daily and is a delight.

Other interests I have include photography, music (alternative rock, Celtic, World Beat Radio on Pandora, Classical, Cuban jazz, and more), quilting, yoga, house restoration projects, and advocacy for various causes: historic preservation, funding for the arts, human rights, anti-death penalty, and anti-human trafficking legislation.

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Will is reading...

William Ress, Alum, Class of 2010, had a blind date with ...

Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio

What did you think of your “blind date”? Would you recommend this title?

I fell "in love" from page 1. I would recommend this book to anyone who has or is thinking about "giving up" on love. Though fictional, I believe it has a great story for those of us who are single out there!!

Would you have picked up this book if this display had not been up?
Probably not- As a Spanish teacher I am looking more for bilingual books; This would have never crossed my path.

Would you “date” this kind of book again?
Of course! :) Thank you for the awesome date!

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Chris McKeon, Professor of Education, is reading ...


Hope for an Aching Heart: Uplifting Devotions for Widows by Margaret Nyman

Chris McKeon


This book was sent to me as a gift. My husband, Dr. John McKeon, formerly of the Divison of Behavioral Sciences at Walsh, passed away last year. Many faculty and students knew him well. He was a professor at Walsh for nearly 40 years.

This book has provided me with incredible peace as I struggle with the loss of my husband of 40 years.

Quote from the book, "Lord, my heart feels like it has cracked in two. Please come and fill my empty places with your joy. Amen"

I have taught at Walsh for over 30 years. My life has changed so drastically since John passed away. Teaching at Walsh each day provides with a sense of family and a new kind of love.

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Richard De Luca, Visiting Professional Instructor of Spanish, is reading ...


The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo


I‘m currently reading Redbreast, a murder mystery, by the Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbø.   I generally read two books at a time.  The other is a new novel by Donna Leon, an American writer who lives in Venice.  The two are my favorite mystery writers.

I teach Spanish for Healthcare and read whenever not reading gets too boring!

A tale moving from the final months of World War II to the present, and from the Russian front to contemporary South Africa, follows the dual adventures of a freedom-seeking war martyr and an alcoholic police officer who is drawn into a mystery with past origins. ~ Publisher Summary


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Tom Freeland, Professor of Biology and Bioinformatics, is reading ...


The Nutmeg of Consolation by Patrick O'Brian

Patrick O'Brian's 20 novels of naval warfare during the Napoleonic wars are a major achievement of 20th Century literature (I think). What makes them great is the sharp distinction among the characters, each with his own voice. Even the narration changes slightly when different characters are the center of action! Some readers don't like "war stories for boys" but these novels are not in this category. They are historically accurate, set during a time of war, but they are predominantly character studies, which are developed over 20 novels to a remarkable level of realism. Male and female characters are all vividly drawn as individuals, never as stereotypes. I have never read anything remotely like Patrick O'Brian's work! He stands alone.

I'm also reading the science writing of Richard Dawkins on the topic of evolutionary biology, and the wonderfully funny satirical novels of Terry Pratchett.

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Stephanie Skemp, Adjunct Instructor of Spanish, is reading ...


Paterno by Joe Posnanski

I always admired the way that I thought Joe Paterno conducted himself and the football program at Penn State until the controversy erupted with Jerry Sandusky. This book covered most of Paterno's life, and what emerged was a basically good man who was trying to do the best for his players. He and Sandusky did not get along very well and did not communicate on a regular basis with each other. Paterno is not blameless in the coverup of Sandusky's repeated rapes, but it is a shame that this controversy will forever cast a pall over an otherwise stellar career.

I love to teach, travel, go to the movies, eat out and water-ski.

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Ron Scott, Associate Professor of English, is reading ... 


Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Catching Fire/Mockingjay (Hunger Games Triology) by Suzanne Collins

I have always wanted to read this [Cloud Atlas], but it kept falling back on my to-read list. The release of the film meant that I had to pick it up sooner rather than later, and I'm very glad that I did.

I'm certain that I can't adequately capture the breadth and depth of this novel, but it's a meditative page-turner that also is a puzzle. It moves chronologically from the late 19th century to at least two future scenarios, one of which is dystopic. It allows us to trace characters from one scenario to the next even if they're separated by huge chunks of time. And it manages to never condescend to its readers.

I highly recommend this novel!

I finally got around to finishing the Hunger Games trilogy, mostly because my daughter has been bugging me. The final two novels raise some interesting questions, including one that I'm only being a bit sarcastic in raising: will the revolution be televised, and, if it can, who will be its stars? Katniss and Peeta, anyone?

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Dan is reading...

Dan Suvak, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Library Services, is reading ... 


The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow shows how the current phenomenon of mass incarceration (Americans in prison have increased from 300,000 to 2,000,000 in the last few decades) is a continuation of a subjugation process that began with slavery, continued with "Jim Crow" after slavery was abolished, and remains after the Civil Rights Act did a great deal to eliminate Jim Crow laws and practices. Hundreds of thousands of individuals are imprisoned for relatively minor offenses, having plea-bargained away their right to a trial. The consequences are enormous. Prison immerses them in a criminal culture, and after release many civil rights and employment opportunities are unavailable to them. The author, Michelle Alexander, is on the faculty of the law school at Ohio State University and will be speaking in Akron in February, 2013.

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Jennifer is reading...

Jennifer Roman, Administrative Assistant -Education, MBA '11, is reading ...


Skeleton Women by Mingmei Yip

I loved this book. It describes the life of a Chinese woman who was adopted from an orphanage to be a spy for a highly-ranked gang leader. This poor teen learned from an early age that her life was not to be filled with love, and she's struggled. We think we can't or won't do something, but when we're pushed hard enough, we can do it.


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Ron is reading...

Ron Rinehart, Student Service Center, is reading ...


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I am in the process of reading “Gone Girl”  by Gillian Flynn. It is a real nail biter.  And more twists and turns than any book I’ve read in awhile.


If you are wanting my favorite books of all time,  one is “A Town Like Alice” by Nevil Shute.  It is not high adventure but just a real rich book.  I also like, believe it or not.  “Holes” by Louis Sachar.  It is a young adult selection but wonderfully written.   I like all of Carl Hiaasen’s books and Robert B. Parker, Michael Connelly and John Sandford.

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Doug Palmer, Executive Director of Global Learning, is reading ...


The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming

I need to read lighter material, especially at night and on the weekends, so I always try to have a good novel with me. One of my favorite genres has always been espionage. While I enjoy the adventure and the suspense, good espionage novels also place the reader in exotic settings - often the "seamy under-belly" of these same places.

What I love about travel and Global Learning is the opportunity to discover the parts of the world which are off the beaten-path. Good spy novels help evoke these places in my imagination.

Spy novels have, in my opinion, suffered in quality of late. James Bond and Jason Bourne are more "fantastic" as characters - prone more to martial arts, gun fighting and car chasing. "Spycraft" is tedious by nature and good spy novels with a good sense of the tedium of espionage are hard to write and to hold the readers attention. John Le Carre was a master of this. When I recently read a review of Charles Cumming's newest novel, "A Foreign Country" in which he was compared to Le Carre, I checked out that book the same day from the library and read it over Labor Day weekend. Since then, I finished a second of his and now am on my third: The Trinity Six.

The Trinity Six is also about a history professor (how perfect!) conducting research on a supposed sixth member of the real-life spy ring known as the Cambridge Five. These five men were all highly placed KGB agents under deep cover in British intelligence and government. Set in London and Moscow, this book brings Cold War history back to life in the present. It is both a great spy novel and historical fiction at the same time.

I feel that I have the best job at the university. I love being able to travel to such interesting places around the world to share the mission of Walsh. Last year alone took me to Italy, Britain, Brazil, Uganda and Tanzania. I love to talk about these places with students.

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Jenny is reading...

Jenny Petersen, Professional Advisor & Adjunct Instructor, is reading ...


Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer 

I was drawn to this book becaue it is filled with triumph and failures, endurance and determination. This motivational book looks at the body's physiology required of the extreme demands that Lynne Cox signed up for. It also includes world record setting swims, swimming against all odds, up against weather conditions, sharks, and water temperatures that were arctic.

I have been teaching some of the anatomy courses (intro to anatomy, bio 209 lab, and last spring I had a bio 209 lecture).


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Miguel is reading...

Miguel Chavez '04 & '07, Campus Ministry, is reading ...

A Wide Variety of Things!

11/22/63 by Stephen King; The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzane Collins, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy by Stieg Larsson; The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz; The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino and The Joy of Home Winemaking by Terrry Gary.

This is my spring/summer 2012 reading list. I particularly enjoyed the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy and Stephen King’s 11/22/63. These books were wonderful escapes from the busyness of regular life. I highly recommend them!

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Rachel is reading...

Rachel Constance, Assistant Professor of History is reading ...

Dracula by Bram Stoker

I just started reading this book, partly because Halloween is coming up, but also because there's a lot of really interesting ideas in the book that relate to my research on imperialism, medicine, and gender. In addition, I think the idea of vampirism is highly compelling for people, even today. I've always been curious to know why, and it seems logical to start by reading the "grandfather" of vampire stories, so to speak. So far, I'd recommend it to others--it's gotten an interesting organizational style, and it's pretty scary, but not in a conventional sense. It's very interesting, living in a culture saturated with vampires (Twilight, True Blood, etc) to go back and see the way the vampire as a character was originally imagined.

In addition to reading nineteenth century Victorian literature (I love Jane Austen and Rudyard Kipling, though for different reasons), I also enjoy running and painting.


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Ann is reading...

Ann Haines, Museum Operations Coordinator of the Hoover Historical Center,
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Heaven is For Real

I possess a fascination in reading accounts of near-death experiences, where people have "crossed over" and were sent back to earth to complete their mission.

This book is unique in it is the focus of such an experience by a little boy who bit by bit reveals to his parents that he met Jesus and various family members (whom he had never met or would have known about) in heaven. 

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Katie is reading...

Katie Hutchison '08, Assistant Librarian for Archives and Special Collections,
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The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George

Katie Hutchison

This is a young adult book I picked up for our juvenile collection here at the library. It is a well reviewed, multilayered tale of high schoolers Jesse and Emily, two very different girls who are drawn to be with one another. It was a very honest, original story, and is quite memorable. I enjoyed it immensely and give it 5/5 stars. It is also a great addition for the growing number of books that are available for the GLTB community, but this could definitely be enjoyed by all readers.

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Eleanor Hutchison, Katie's Daughter and Future Walsh Student, is reading ...

Rubia and the Three Osos by Susan Middleton Elya

Eleanor Hutchison

I would highly recommend the book Rubia and the Three Osos by Susan Middleton Elya. It is a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but it has some added Spanish words in it and a happy ending where she makes up for everything. I had never heard Spanish before and it was exciting to be introduced to it.

I also really liked the rhyme scheme and looking at the bright pictures.

My Mom tells me that a lot of the education majors use the library's children's section to find picture books, early readers, YA books, educational games, and more to help out in the classroom, but not too many faculty or staff members come in. I bet she would be really excited if more people would come in and check out the amazing selection of reading materials!

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Janet Bailey, Library Circulation Assistant, is reading ...

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

Janet Bailey

I am a fan of mysteries and I find Louise Penny to be a great writer of them.  Her books are considered cozy in that they are not overly violent. That doesn't mean they are fluff.  In this series you have to think and you sometimes learn something.  Her characters are quirky and you are kept guessing throughout the book as to who did it and even how it happened.  For me, this adds up to a fun read and one I recommend.


This particular book is the sixth in the series and I am happy to say it is now housed in the Walsh Library as part of the popular collection.  You could start with this book and get along fine but I do suggest you do the series in order for the full enjoyment of it.  The library would be happy to help you get those copies from OhioLink or Search Ohio.

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