The List: Recreational Reading

Williams students aren’t the only ones on campus with stacks of books at their bedsides. Here’s what faculty were reading during the long winter months in Billsville.

Julie A. Cassiday, professor of Russian and chair of German/Russian. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, because “I always find some new detail, insight or connection that makes [re]reading [it] fresh and exciting.”

Charles B. Dew ’58, Ephraim Williams Professor of American History. Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama: “The most fascinating autobiography ever penned by a president-to-be.”

Karen Merrill, dean of the college and professor of history. Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez: “Essential reading for anyone engaged with environmental issues … [and] also deeply a book about human behavior and human choices.”

Leyla Rouhi, chair and professor of Romance languages. Digging to America by Anne Tyler: “A novel about the many intriguing ways in which people belong to family and country.”

Compiled by the Office of Public Affairs