Professors at Mount Mary College discuss their own favorite reads in this article from the MMC student newspaper, Arches:

Here’s an excerpt from reporter, Michael Riedlinger’s article, Professor’s Favorite Books:

As we approach mid-term at Mount Mary College, students and professors alike peruse textbooks, journals and research articles in their various subjects with diligence. Sometimes it is easy reading that can be for enjoyment too. We asked several Mount Mary professors about their favorite books. This is what they had to say.

Dr. Wendy Weaver, English Department:

A little naive and a little over-influenced by her reading, Catherine Morland, the heroine of Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey,” makes that novel one of my all-time favorites. Because it is a novel about reading, it enriches just about any class I teach it in. It has an added feature in that in addition to offering readers Austen’s characteristic insight into human nature, it also quite amusingly parodies the traditional Gothic novel.

Ann Angel, English department:

I have so many favorite books! “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, “Unless” by Carol Shields, “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss. I think each of these books contains a subversive element, and each of these writers seeks to make the world a better place by connecting readers to actions and thoughts that lead to change. The books have taught me to encourage students to write work that explodes genre and becomes art – work that can change the world. Read More…