July 13, 2012
Summer is a time when many of us take a break from the daily grind and settle in lakeside or on the beach with a few of the books that have patiently awaited us on the nightstand for so many months. Staff and faculty at Southern New Hampshire University often blend vacation fun with time to relax and enjoy a bit of prolonged reading time. For most, there's a mix of professional and pleasure reading tucked away in beach bags and suitcases.
Brenda Labrie, associate director HR/director of corporate training, combines business and pleasure this month with "Getting to Yes" by Roger Fisher, William Ury and Bruce Patton and "Prodigal Summer" by Barbara Kingsolver. Her early summer fun read was "Rainwater" by Sandra Brown.
Our online academic advisors have lots of reading slated for the summer months. Undergrad advisor Priya Rawana shared some of her favorites - "Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)" by Suzanne Collins, "Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body's Energies for Optimal Health, Joy and Vitality" by Donna Eden and "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)" by Mindy Kaling, which Priya says is a quick read and one of the funniest books she has read all year. She also enjoyed "My Wheels Gave Me Wings" by Willow Rockwell, a memoir of one of her favorite female mountain bikers.
"It chronicles her career, inner struggles and sense of spirituality," says Priya.
Grad advisor Laura Saxe is also into "The Hunger Games," and is now onto the third book in the popular series, "Mockingjay." She's reading "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky and "Inside the Box" by T.J. Murphy, too. Military advisor Autumn Earnshaw has been on an autobiography kick lately. She's finishing up a couple of good ones; "Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News" by Dan Rather and "Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist" by Michael J. Fox.
Laura Corddry, director of the Advantage Program, took "The Great Northern Express: A Writer's Journey Home" by Howard Mosher on her recent vacation. Not surprisingly, Steve Hodownes, CEO of COCE, is in the midst of reading a business-related book. His choice? "Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage" by Scott Keller and Colin Price.
Don Brezinski, VP of institutional advancement, is looking forward to catching up on three back issues of "The Atlantic" and enjoying its annual fiction issue. He also has "Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift" by Harvey Araton and "Steve Jobs: A Biography" by Walter Isaacson on his must-read list this summer.
It's business, pleasure and some family reads as well for Jennifer Brady, AVP of graduate marketing and recruitment. She plans to revisit "The Tipping Point" by Malcom Gladwell, "Good to Great" by Jim Collins and "Selling the Invisible" by Harry Beckwith. Her personal read is "19 Minutes" by Jodi Picoult, and Jen plans to spend lots of quality reading time with her children, enjoying titles from their summer reading lists.
So, what is the director of the MFA in Creative Writing program been drawn to this summer? Diane Les Becquets is reading "The Forgotten Waltz" by Anne Enright and "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed.
Paul Leblanc, President of SNHU, has a diverse selection of summer reading picks. He recently dug into the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series by George Martin (the basis of the highly popularly HBO "Game of Thrones") during a long flight. He has also read "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach and is midway through "Bring Up the Bodies" by Hilary Mantel. "How Will You Measure Your Life?" by SNHU trustee Clayton Christensen is also high on his must-read books of summer this year.
"We had a preview of this book when he was our graduation speaker and it's still the most requested speech afterwards as people sought copies," says Leblanc.
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