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The Centennial Honorary Committee Takes Over Your Reading List

Judy Haslam Cross ’52, P’85, L.H.D.’00, Honorary Trustee
“The Reckless Decade” by H.W. Brands is an interesting look at the end of the last century, and I’d recommend it to anyone who’s interested in history. It’s particularly fascinating in light of what’s going on in our country today.

Julia James ’04
I’m reading “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” by Oliver Sacks. It’s written for doctors, so it’s a bit technical but very intriguing. I think it’s a great read for scientists and non-scientists alike, but you have to have patience.

Jane Ritter ’48, L.H.D.’05, Honorary Trustee
I love murder mystery plots, and Lee Child writes some of the best! I enjoyed Child’s most recent, “Bad Luck and Trouble.” Other than mystery books, my reading is strictly newspapers and college magazines.

Wendy Puriefoy ’71
Right now, I’m reading Bob Woodward’s latest book about President George W. Bush, “The War Within.” It provides an interesting inside look at a president’s thinking during a time of war.

Barbara Lynch Springstead ’57, L.H.D. ’90, Honorary Trustee
I recently read “The Monsters of Templeton” by new author Lauren Groff, and I really enjoyed it. My family used to visit Cooperstown frequently, so I felt very close to the town in the book. I enjoyed it so much, I gave a copy to my daughter-in-law as a gift.

Tobey Gitelle P’82, P’86
I recently read Sara Gruen’s “Water for Elephants.” It was really rather intriguing. The story is about an old time traveling circus. I know nothing about the circus, but it painted a very vivid picture.

Eric Lax ’66, L.H.D.’93
I’m reading “Chasing Darkness” by Robert Crais. He writes my favorite detective novels because his stories are clever and give a sense of L.A., where I live, and they feature a cool PI named Elvis Cole.

Priscilla Schaffer ’64, Sc.D. ’94, Elizabeth Blackwell Award Recipient
I am reading “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” by Richard Rhodes because my uncle was a physicist and worked on the triggering mechanism for the bomb. It’s a good book with many lessons, and I think it has an important message for us today.

Katherine Elliott ’66, L.H.D. ’08, Trustee
Recently, I read “The Gardens of Kyoto” by Kate Walbert. Right now, I am working on “Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison” by Michel Foucault.

Dorothy Wickenden ’76
My current reading list includes Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky’s superb translation of “War and Peace,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Half of a Yellow Sun” and Marilynne Robinson’s “Home.” Robinson’s novel and Adichie’s are both contemporary classics, one American, one Nigerian.

Billie Jean King, Elizabeth Blackwell Award Recipient
I am always reading several books and always a mystery! Right now, I’m reading “The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life” by Alice Schroeder; “Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America” by Thomas Friedman and “Scarpetta” by Patricia Cornwell.

Madeline Albright, Elizabeth Blackwell Award Recipient
I’m reading “One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War” by Michael Dobbs.