D. Hiden Ramsey Library
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Books That Have Shaped Us

Books that Matter to the 
Faculty and Staff of UNC Asheville

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The Books | Selected Comments

dotclear.gifIn spring 2002, Ramsey Library surveyed the faculty and staff of UNC Asheville in order to identify the most important or influential books that have shaped our community of lifelong learners. Respondents were asked to identify one or two reading experiences they had as a young person, student, graduate student, or professional that had a "marked impact on the way they see and approach life." What follows is a very eclectic and inspired list of books that only the faculty and staff of UNC Asheville could have selected.

The Books

Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy. New York: Pocket Books, 1981. UNCA GENERAL PR6051.D3352 H48 1981 (Selected by George Heard, Assistant Professor of Chemistry)

Adams, Richard. The Plague Dogs. New York: Knopf, 1978. (Selected by Ann L. Weber, Professor of Psychology)

Adams, Richard. Watership Down. New York: Avon, 1975. UNCA GENERAL PR6051.D345 W3 1975 (Selected by John Bucher, Assistant Director of Recreation)

Agee, James, and Walker Evans. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Three Tenant Families. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. UNCA GENERAL F326 .A17 2001 (Selected by Ken Betsalel, Associate Professor of Political Science; Bryan Sinclair, Public Services Librarian, Assistant Professor of Library Research)

Albom, Mitch. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson. New York: Doubleday, 1997. UNCA POP READ LD571.B418 S383 1997 (Selected by Scott Walters, Assistant Professor and Chair, Drama Department)

Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women: Or Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Illus. by Hilda van Stockum; Intro. by May Lamberton Becker. Cleveland: World Pub. Co., 1946. UNCA JUV LIT PZ7.A335 Li 1946 (Selected by Cynn Chadwick, Lecturer, Literature & Language Department)

Ammons, A.R. A Coast of Trees: Poems. New York: Norton, 1981. (Selected by Gwen Ashburn, Associate Professor, Literature & Language Department)

Anderson, Bob. Stretching. Illus. by Jean Anderson. Bolinas, Calif.: Shelter Publications, 1980. (Selected by Stephen Brooks, former Acquisitions Assistant, Ramsey Library)

Angelou, Maya. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. New York: Random House, 1997. UNCA GENERAL PS3551.N464 Z466 1997 (Selected by Dee James, Associate Professor, Literature & Language Department)

Arendt, Hannah. The Human Condition. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1958. UNCA GENERAL HM211 .A7 (Selected by Ken Betsalel, Associate Professor of Political Science)

Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986. UNCA GENERAL PR9199.3.A8 H3 1986 (Selected by Sharon Jacques, Capstone Director, WCU Graduate Nursing Program)

Austin, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. New York: Rinehart, 1949. UNCA GENERAL PR4034 .P75 1949 (Selected by Jeanne McGlinn, Associate Professor of Education)

Axelrod, Alan. Elizabeth I, CEO: Strategic Lessons from the Leader Who Built an Empire. Paramus, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2000. (Selected by Julie C. Heinitsh, Director of Development, Development Office)

Bach, Richard. One: A Novel. New York : W. Morrow, 1988. (Selected by Amy Carpenter, Residence Life Coordinator, Housing and Residence Life)

Baldwin, James. The Fire Next Time. New York: Dial Press, 1963. UNCA GENERAL E185.61 .B195 (Selected by Gwen Ashburn, Associate Professor, Literature & Language Department)

Behn, Aphra. The Rover. Ed. by Frederick M. Link. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 1967. (Selected by Ellen Perry, Assistant Coordinator of Academic Advising and Retention)

Bellow, Saul. The Adventures of Augie March. New York: Viking, 1953. UNCA GENERAL PS3503.E4488 A35 1953 (Selected by John Wood, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Sociology Department)

Berlin, Isaiah, Sir. Four Essays on Liberty. New York: Oxford U P, 1970. UNCA GENERAL JC585 .B418 (Selected by Helen Wykle, Special Collections Librarian, Assistant Professor of Library Research)

Blume, Judy. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Scarsdale, N.Y.: Bradbury, 1970. UNCA JUV LIT PZ7 .B6265 Ar 1970 (Selected by Megan Long, Assistant Director, Career Center)

Bok, Sissela. Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life. New York: Pantheon Books, 1978. UNCA GENERAL BJ1421 .B64 (Selected by Mary Alm, University Writing Center Director and Lecturer, Literature & Language Department)

Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Mists of Avalon. New York: Knopf, 1983. (Selected by Nancy Adams, Circulation Desk Supervisor, Ramsey Library; JoyceAnn Jones, Office Assistant, WCU Graduate Nursing Program)

Brokaw, Tom. The Greatest Generation. New York: Random House, 1998. UNCA POP READ D811.A2 B746 1998 (Selected by Michele Cornish, Head Women's Soccer Coach)

Buchanan, James M. Cost and Choice: An Inquiry in Economic Theory. Chicago: Markham, 1969. UNCA GENERAL HB199 .B82 (Selected by Bruce Larson, Professor and Chair, Economics Department)

Butler, Judith. Bodies that Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex." New York: Routledge, 1993. UNCA GENERAL HQ1190 .B88 1993 (Selected by Melissa Burchard, Assistant Professor of Philosophy)

Caldwell, Taylor. Captains and the Kings. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1972. (Selected by Ann Martin, Assistant Director, Special Academic Programs)

Camus, Albert. The Myth of Sisyphus, and Other Essays. Trans. by Justin O'Brien. New York: Vintage Books, 1955. UNCA GENERAL PQ2605.A3734 M93 1955 (Selected by Wayne A. Ewing, Adjunct Professor, Humanities Program)

Cash, W.J. The Mind of the South. New York: Knopf, 1941. UNCA GENERAL F209 .C3 (Selected by Dan Pierce, Assistant Professor of History)

Castaneda, Carlos. A Separate Reality: Further Conversations with Don Juan. New York: Pocket Books, 1973. UNCA GENERAL 99.Y3 C29 (Selected by Leanna Preston, Administrative Assistant, Special Academic Programs)

Chopin, Kate. The Awakening. Intro. by Kenneth Eble. New York: Capricorn Books, 1964. UNCA GENERAL PS1294.C7 A9 1964 (Selected by Mark MacLean, Assistant Professor of Mathematics)

Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. New York: Penguin Books, 1999. UNCA GENERAL PR6005.O4 H4 1999 (Selected by Jeanne McGlinn, Associate Professor of Education)

Cook, Thomas D., and Donald T. Campbell. Quasi-Experimentation: Design & Analysis Issues For Field Settings. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1979. UNCA GENERAL H62 .C5857 1979b (Selected by Mark Harvey, Assistant Professor of Psychology)

Craven, Margaret. I Heard the Owl Call My Name. New York: Dell, 1980. UNCA GENERAL PS3553.R277 I214 1980 (Selected by Elise Henshaw, Program Assistant, Health & Fitness Department)

D'Arcy, M.C. The Mind and Heart of Love, Lion and Unicorn: A Study in Eros and Agape. New York: Henry Holt, 1947. (Selected by James McGlinn, Professor of Education)

D'Aulaire, Ingri, and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire. Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1962. UNCA JUV LIT PZ8.1.A86 In 1962 (Selected by Melissa Burchard, Assistant Professor of Philosophy)

Dawkins, Richard. The Selfish Gene. New York: Oxford U P, 1976. UNCA GENERAL QH437 .D38 W55 (Selected by Tim Forrest, Associate Professor of Biology)

Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. New York: Vintage Books, 1990. UNCA GENERAL PR4571.A2 S56 1990 (Selected by Randy Booker, Professor and Chair, Physics Department)

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. Trans. by Constance Garnett. New York: Random House, 1933. UNCA GENERAL PG3326 .B7 1933 (Selected by Jeff Rackham, Professor, Literature & Language Department)

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Notes from Underground. Ed. by Robert G. Durgy; Trans. by Serge Shishkoff. Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1982. UNCA GENERAL PG3326 .Z4 1982. (Selected by Katy Carter, Visiting Assistant Professor, Multimedia Arts and Sciences)

Du Maurier, Daphne. Rebecca. New York: Sun Dial Press, 1941. UNCA GENERAL PR6007.U47 R43 1941 (Selected by Nancy H. Hofmann, Coordinator, Federal Work-Study Programs including America Reads*America Counts & Community Service Programs)

DuBois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk. Intro. by Donald B. Gibson; notes by Monica M. Elbert. New York: Penguin Books, 1996. UNCA GENERAL E185.5 .D81 1996 (Selected by Don C. Locke, Director, Asheville Graduate Center)

Duncan, Isadora. My Life. New York, Liveright, 1955. UNCA GENERAL GV1785.D8 A3 1955 (Selected by Nancy Hayes, Interlibrary Loan Leader, Ramsey Library)

Eisenstein, Sergei. Film Form: Essays in Film Theory. Ed. and trans. by Jay Leyda. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1977. UNCA GENERAL PN1995 .E52 1977 (Selected by Alan Hantz, Professor, Mass Communication Department)

Feagin, Joe R., and Melvin P. Sikes. Living With Racism: The Black Middle-Class Experience. Boston: Beacon P, 1994. UNCA GENERAL E185.86 .F43 1994 (Selected by Bill Haas, Professor of Sociology)

Ferris, Timothy. Coming of Age in the Milky Way. New York: Morrow, 1988. UNCA GENERAL Q125 .F425 1988 (Selected by Randy Booker, Professor and Chair, Physics Department)

Festinger, Leon, Henry W. Riecken, and Stanley Schachter. When Prophecy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World. New York: Harper & Row, 1964. UNCA GENERAL BF1809 .F4 (Selected by Ann L. Weber, Professor of Psychology)

Flagg, Fannie. Coming Attractions: A Wonderful Novel. New York: Morrow, 1981. (Later published as Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man) (Selected by Kjrsten Keane, Program Assistant, Office of Student Life)

Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition. Ed. by Otto H. Frank and Mirjam Pressler; Trans. by Susan Massotty. New York: Doubleday, 1995. UNCA GENERAL DS135.N6 F73313 1995 (Selected by Paul Braese, Project Manager, Sustainability Officer, Design and Construction)

Frankl, Viktor. Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy. Trans. by Ilse Lasch; Preface by Gordon W. Allport. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1984. UNCA GENERAL D810.J4 F72713 1984 (Selected by Kathy Austin, Information Specialist, Office of Admissions; Mark Harvey, Assistant Professor of Psychology; Melissa Himelein, Associate Professor of Psychology)

Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Trans. by Myra Bergman Ramos. New York: Seabury Press, 1970. UNCA GENERAL LB880 .F7313 1970a (Selected by Dolly Jenkins-Mullen, Assistant Professor of Political Science)

French, Marlyn. The Women's Room. New York: Summit Books, 1977. UNCA GENERAL PS3556.R42 W65 1977 (Selected by Kathleen Ashley, Maintenance Mechanic)

Fromm, Erich. To Have or to Be? Planned and edited by Ruth Nanda Anshen. New York: Harper & Row, 1976. UNCA GENERAL BF698 .F746 1976 (Selected by Volker Frank, Associate Professor of Sociology)

Gallwey, W. Timothy. The Inner Game of Tennis. New York, Random House, 1974. UNCA GENERAL GV1002.9.P75 G34 (Selected by Jacqueline Mattingly, Director of Instrumental Activities, Assistant Professor of Music)

Gamow, George. One, Two, Three...Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science. Illustrated by the author. New York: Viking, 1954. UNCA GENERAL Q162 .G23 (Selected by Sam Kaplan, Assistant Professor of Mathematics)

George, Jean Craighead. My Side of the Mountain. New York: Dutton, 1959. UNCA JUV LIT PZ7.G2933 My (Selected by Nickola Dudley, Artist/Illustrator, University Publications)

Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books, 1984. (Selected by Nina Flagler Hall, Publications Coordinator, Mössbauer Effect Data Center)

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust. Trans. by Bayard Taylor. New York: Modern Library, 1930. UNCA GENERAL PT2026.F2 T2 1930 (Selected by Charles McKnight, Associate Professor of Music)

Graydon, Don, and Kurt Hanson, eds. Mountaineering, The Freedom of the Hills. Seattle: Mountaineers, 1997. (Selected by Chad Morgan, Coordinator of Outdoor Education, Recreation Department)

Hardy, Thomas. Tess of the D'Ubervilles. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1906. UNCA GENERAL PR4748 .A1 1906 (Selected by Janet L. Ferguson, Library User Instruction Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Library Research)

Hart, John. Walking Softly in the Wilderness: The Sierra Club Guide to Backpacking. Illus. by Bonnie Laurie Russell. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1984. UNCA GENERAL GV199.6 .H37 1984 (Selected by Chad Morgan, Coordinator of Outdoor Education, Recreation Department)

Hauerwas, Stanley. The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics. Notre Dame, Ind.: U of Notre Dame P, 1983. UNCA GENERAL BJ1251 .H327 1983 (Selected by Amy Rio-Anderson, United Methodist Campus Minister)

Hawken, Paul. The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability. New York: HarperBusiness, 1994. UNCA GENERAL HD60 .H393 1994 (Selected by Dee Eggers, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies)

Hawken, Paul. The Magic of Findhorn. New York: Harper & Row, 1975. (Selected by Nancy Hayes, Interlibrary Loan Leader, Ramsey Library)

Hayek, Friedrich A. von. The Road to Serfdom. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1944. UNCA GENERAL HD82 .H38 (Selected by Mitchell Williams, Director of Leadership Programs)

Heinlein, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land. New York, Putnam, 1961. UNCA GENERAL PS3515.E288 S77 1961 (Selected by Leanna Preston, Administrative Assistant, Special Academic Programs)

Heller, Joseph. Catch-22. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996. UNCA GENERAL PS3558.E476 C3 1996 (Selected by Bill Haas, Professor of Sociology)

Hesse, Hermann. Demian. Boston: Suhrkamp/Insel Publishers, 1985. UNCA GENERAL PT2617.E85 D4 1985 (Selected by Volker Frank, Associate Professor of Sociology)

Hesse, Hermann. Narcissus and Goldmund. Trans. by Ursule Molinaro. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968. (Selected by Tim Buckner, Head of Monographic Ordering, Ramsey Library)

Hesse, Hermann. Siddhartha. Trans. by Hilda Rosner. New York: New Directions, 1951. UNCA GENERAL PT2617.E85 S52 (Selected by Robert Bowen, Associate Professor of Drama)

Homer. Iliad. With an English translation by A.T. Murray. Cambridge: Harvard U P, 1999. UNCA GENERAL PA4025.A2 M85 1999 (2 vols.) (Selected by Sophie Mills, Associate Professor and Chair, Classics Department; Toby Prosky, Adjunct Professor, Humanities Program)

Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany. New York: Morrow, 1989. UNCA GENERAL PS3559.R8 P7 1989 (Selected by Nancy Adams, Circulation Desk Supervisor, Ramsey Library; John Bucher, Assistant Director of Recreation)

Jones, Robert Edmond. The Dramatic Imagination: Reflections and Speculations on the Art of the Theatre. New York: Theatre Arts Books, 1941. UNCA GENERAL PN2021 .J6x (Selected by Robert Bowen, Associate Professor of Drama)

Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Intro. by Herbert Gorman. New York: Modern Library, 1928. UNCA GENERAL PR6019.O9 P67 1928 (Selected by Charles McKnight, Associate Professor of Music)

Kerouac, Jack. On the Road. Cutchogue, N.Y.: Buccaneer Books, 1975. UNCA GENERAL PS3521.E735 O5 1975 (Selected by Jay Gertz, Government Documents Team Leader, Ramsey Library)

Keyes, Ken. Handbook to Higher Consciousness. Berkeley, Calif.: Living Love Center, 1973.

UNCA GENERAL BJ1581.2 .K45 1973 (Selected by Linda Winter, Counselor/Substance Abuse Educator)

Kozol, Jonathan. Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools. New York: Crown, 1991. UNCA GENERAL LC4091 .K69 1991 (Selected by Don C. Locke, Director, Asheville Graduate Center)

Kuhn, Thomas S. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1962.

UNCA GENERAL Q125 .K8x (Selected by Kathy Whatley, Dean of Faculty and Professor of Physics)

Lamb, Harold. Hannibal: One Man Against Rome. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1958. UNCA GENERAL DG249 .L33 1958 (Selected by Stephen Baxley, Director of Facilities Management and Planning)

Lansing, Alfred. Endurance; Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1959. UNCA GENERAL G850.1914 .L3 (Selected by Stephen Baxley, Director of Facilities Management and Planning)

Lao Tzu. The Teachings of Lao-Tzu: The Tao Te Ching. Trans. by Paul Carus. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000. UNCA GENERAL BL1910 .C378 2000 (Selected by Connie Schrader, Lecturer, Health & Fitness Department)

Lapierre, Dominique. The City of Joy. Trans. from the French by Kathryn Spink. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1985. UNCA GENERAL BJ1595 .L2713 1985 (Selected by Jo Steininger, Administrative Assistant, History and Philosophy Departments)

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: Warner Books, 1982. UNCA GENERAL PS3562.E353 T6 1982 (Selected by Cynn Chadwick, Lecturer, Department of Literature and Language; Elise Henshaw, Program Assistant, Health and Fitness; Melissa Himelein, Associate Professor of Psychology; Nancy H. Hofmann, Coordinator, Federal Work-Study Programs including America Reads*America Counts & Community Service Programs; Nancy Reid, Coach 2 Coach, Education Department; Steven Suljak, Adjunct Professor, Chemistry Department)

L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time. New York: Ariel Books, 1962. UNCA JUV LIT PZ7 .L5385 Wr (Selected by Mary Anna LaFratta, Director, Multimedia Arts and Sciences)

Leopold, Aldo. A Sand County Almanac, With Other Essays On Conservation From Round River. Illus. by Charles W. Schwartz. New York: Oxford U P, 1971. UNCA GENERAL QH81 .L56 1966 (Selected by Dan Pierce, Assistant Professor of History)

Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia Series, including The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. With pictures adapted from illustrations by Pauline Baynes. New York: Scholastic, 1987. UNCA JUV LIT PZ7.L58474 Li 1987 (Selected by Rebecca Barraclough, Coordinator of Resident Student Programs, Housing Office; Steven Suljak, Adjunct Professor, Chemistry Department)

Linehan, Marsha. Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder. New York: Guilford P, 1993. (Selected by Linda Winter, Counselor/Substance Abuse Educator)

Lorde, Audre. The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance: Poems 1987-1992. New York: W.W. Norton, 1993. UNCA GENERAL PS3562.O75 M37 1993 (Selected by Kim Kessaris, Outreach Coordinator, Education Department)

Lowell, Robert. For the Union Dead. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1964. UNCA GENERAL PS3523.O89 F6 (Selected by Jim Phillips, Government Documents Assistant, Ramsey Library)

MacDonald, Ann-Marie. Fall on Your Knees. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1998. UNCA POP READ PR9199.3.M2985 F35 1998 (Selected by Janet L. Ferguson, Library User Instruction Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Library Research)

MacDonald, George. The Princess and the Goblin. Illus. by Jessie Willcox Smith. New York: W. Morrow, 1986. UNCA JUV LIT PZ8.M1754 Pr 1986 (Selected by Mark Boyd, Associate Professor of Computer Science)

Maclean, Norman. A River Runs Through It, and Other Stories. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1976. UNCA GENERAL PS3563.A317993 R58 1976 (Selected by Chris Bell, Associate Professor of Economics)

Mander, Jerry. In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1991. (Selected by Sam Cook, Applications Programmer, University Computing)

May, Rollo. The Courage to Create. New York: Norton, 1975. UNCA GENERAL BF408 .M33 1975 (Selected by Robert Tynes, Associate Professor of Art)

McMurtry, Larry. Lonesome Dove: A Novel. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985. UNCA GENERAL PS3563.A319 L6 1985 (Selected by Michele Cornish, Head Women's Soccer Coach)

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. (Selected by India McHale, Admissions Representative, Office of Admissions)

Milton, John. Paradise Lost: An Authoritative Text. Ed. by Scott Elledge. New York: Norton, 1975. UNCA GENERAL PR3560 .A1 1975 (Selected by Nina Flagler Hall, Publications Coordinator, Mössbauer Effect Data Center)

Montagu, Ashley. Growing Young. New York : McGraw-Hill, 1981. UNCA GENERAL BF724 .M64 (Selected by Mark Sidelnick, Associate Professor and Chair, Education Department)

Morrison, Toni. Beloved: A Novel. New York: Knopf, 1987. UNCA GENERAL PS3563.O8749 B4 1987 (Selected by Kendra Johnson, Assistant Professor of Drama)

Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. New York: Knopf, 1994. (Selected by Dee James, Associate Professor, Literature & Language Department)

Morrison, Toni. Song of Solomon. New York: Knopf, 1977. UNCA GENERAL PS3563.O8749 S66 1977 (Selected by Dolly Jenkins-Mullen, Assistant Professor of Political Science)

The New Oxford Annotated Bible. Oxford: Oxford U P, 2001. UNCA REF BS191.5.A1 2001 .N49 (Selected by Barbara Adams, Administrative Assistant, Study Abroad and Student Leadership Programs)

Nietzsche, Friedrich. Thus Spake Zarathustra. Trans. by Thomas Common. New York: Modern Library, 190-. UNCA GENERAL B3313 .T5x (Selected by Toby Prosky, Adjunct Professor, Humanities Program)

Nussbaum, Martha C. Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education. Cambridge: Harvard U P, 1997. UNCA GENERAL LC1011 .N87 1997 (Selected by Scott Walters, Assistant Professor and Chair, Drama Department)

Pieper, Josef. Leisure, The Basis of Culture. Trans. by Alexander Dru; Intro. by T. S. Eliot. New York: Pantheon Books, 1964. UNCA GENERAL BJ1498 .P513 (Selected by James McGlinn, Professor of Education)

Pirsig, Robert. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Toronto: Bantam Books, 1975. UNCA GENERAL CT275.P648 A33 1975 (Selected by Mark Boyd, Associate Professor of Computer Science; Robert Tynes, Associate Professor of Art)

Porter, Theodore M. Trust in Numbers: The Pursuit of Objectivity in Science and Public Life. Princeton: Princeton U P, 1995. UNCA GENERAL Q175.5 .P67 1995 (Selected by Bruce Larson, Professor and Chair, Economics Department)

Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1966. UNCA GENERAL PS3566.Y55 C7 1966 (Selected by George Heard, Assistant Professor of Chemistry)

Rand, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged. New York: Random House, 1957. (Selected by Nancy Reid, Coach 2 Coach, Education Department)

Rand, Ayn. Fountainhead. New York: New American Library, 1984. UNCA GENERAL PS3535.A547 F6 1984 (Selected by Ann Martin, Assistant Director, Special Academic Programs)

Ristad, Eloise. A Soprano on Her Head: Right-Side-up Reflections on Life and Other Performances. Moab, Utah: Real People P, 1982. (Selected by Jacqueline Mattingly, Director of Instrumental Activities, Assistant Professor of Music)

Russell, Terry, and Renny Russell. On the Loose. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1979. UNCA GENERAL PS3568.U78 O5 1979 (Selected by Chris Bell, Associate Professor of Economics)

Sacks, Oliver. Awakenings. New York: Dutton, 1983. UNCA GENERAL RC141.E6 S22 1983 (Selected by Peg Downes, Professor, Department of Literature and Language, and Director of the Key Center for Service-Learning)

Salinger, J.D. The Catcher In the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown, 1951. UNCA GENERAL PS3537.A426 C37 1951 (Selected by Amy Carpenter, Residence Life Coordinator, Housing and Residence Life; Jim Phillips, Government Documents Assistant, Ramsey Library)

Schaffer, Francis A. Escape from Reason. London: Inter-Varsity Fellowship, 1968. (Selected by Katy Carter, Visiting Assistant Professor, Multimedia Arts and Sciences)

Schramm, Wilbur. The Science of Human Communication. New York: Basic Books, 1963. (Selected by Alan Hantz, Professor, Mass Communication Department)

Schulz, Bruno. The Street of Crocodiles. Trans. by Celina Wieniewska; Intro. by Jerzy Ficowski. New York: Penguin Books, 1977. UNCA GENERAL PG7158.S294 S87 (Selected by Tim Buckner, Head of Monographic Ordering, Ramsey Library)

Schumacher, E.F. Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered. New York: Harper & Row, 1973. UNCA GENERAL HB171 .S384 1973 (Selected by Bruce Greenawalt, Associate Professor, History Department; Mark West, Associate Professor and Chair, Mass Communication Department)

Seuss, Dr. The Foot Book. New York: Random House, 1968. (Selected by Jeanene Wexler, Administrative Assistant, Psychology Department)

Seuss, Dr. The Lorax. New York: Random House, 1971. (Selected by Rebecca Barraclough, Coordinator of Resident Student Programs, Housing Office)

Sextus, Empiricus. Outlines of Scepticism. Ed. by Julia Annas and Jonathan Barnes. Cambridge: Cambridge U P, 2000. (Selected by Mark West, Associate Professor and Chair, Mass Communication Department)

Sharpe, Stella Gentry. Tobe. Photographs by Charles Farrell. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1939. UNCA JUV LIT PZ7.S532 To 1939 (Selected by Anita White-Carter, Public Services Librarian, Associate Professor of Library Research)

Siegel, Richard, Michael Strassfeld, and Sharon Strassfeld, eds. The First Jewish Catalog: A Do-It-Yourself Kit. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1976. (Selected by Sam Kaplan, Assistant Professor of Mathematics)

Smith, Lee. Fair and Tender Ladies. New York: Putnam, 1988. UNCA GENERAL PS3569.M5376 F28 1988 (Selected by Ellen Perry, Assistant Coordinator of Academic Advising and Retention)

Sogyal, Rinpoche. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Ed. by Patrick Gaffney and Andrew Harvey. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1992. (Selected by Frederico Santos, Assistant Volleyball Coach, Athletics Department)

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr. The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation. Trans. by Thomas P. Whitney. New York: Harper & Row, 1978. UNCA GENERAL HV9713 .S6413 (2 vols.) (Selected by Grant Hardy, Associate Professor and Chair, History Department)

Sophocles. Oedipus at Colonus. Trans. by Gilbert Murray. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1948. UNCA GENERAL PA4414.O5 M8X (Selected by Sophie Mills, Associate Professor and Chair, Classics Department)

Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Penguin Books, 1997. UNCA GENERAL PS3537.T3234 G8 1997 (Selected by Paul Braese, Project Manager, Sustainability Officer, Design and Construction; Nickola Dudley, Artist/Illustrator, University Publications)

Sun Tzu. The Art of War. Trans. By Samuel B. Griffith; Foreword by B.H. Liddell Hart. London: Oxford U P, 1971. UNCA GENERAL U101 .S95 1971 (Selected by Kathleen Ashley, Maintenance Mechanic)

Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre. The Phenomenon of Man. Intro. by Julian Huxley. Trans. by Bernard Wall. New York: Harper, 1959. UNCA GENERAL BD512 .T413 (Selected by Mary Anna LaFratta, Director, Multimedia Arts and Sciences)

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden, and Other Writings. New York: Modern Library, 1950. UNCA GENERAL PS3042 .A7 1965 (Selected by Connie Schrader, Lecturer, Health & Fitness Department)

Tillich, Paul. Dynamics of Faith. New York: HarperPerennial, 2001. UNCA GENERAL BT771.2 .T54 2001 (Selected by Bryan Sinclair, Public Services Librarian, Assistant Professor of Library Research)

Tuchman, Barbara W. A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century. New York: Knopf, 1978. UNCA GENERAL DC97.5 .T82 1978 (Selected by Frederico Santos, Assistant Volleyball Coach, Athletics Department)

Tuchman, Barbara W. Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-1945. Toronto: Bantam Books, 1972. UNCA GENERAL E745.S68 T8 1972 (Selected by Bruce Greenawalt, Associate Professor, History Department)

Twitchell, Paul. The Flute of God. Las Vegas: Illuminated Way, 1969. (Selected by JoyceAnn Jones, Office Assistant, WCU Graduate Nursing Program)

Verne, Jules. The Complete Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: A New Translation of Jules Verne's Science Fiction Classic. Intro. and notes by Emanuel J. Mickel. Bloomington: Indiana U P, 1991. UNCA GENERAL PQ2469.V4 E5 1991 (Selected by Grant Hardy, Associate Professor and Chair, History Department)

Wells, Helen. The Cherry Ames nurse stories, including Cherry Ames, Student Nurse. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1943. (Selected by Sharon Jacques, Capstone Director, WCU Graduate Nursing Program)

Wharton, Edith. The House of Mirth. London: J. Lehmann, 1953. UNCA GENERAL PS3545.H16 H68 1953 (Selected by Jo Steininger, Administrative Assistant, History and Philosophy Departments)

Wheelwright, Philip Ellis. The Burning Fountain: A Study in the Language of Symbolism. Bloomington: Indiana U P, 1954. UNCA GENERAL P105 .W57 (Selected by Peg Downes, Professor, Literature & Language Department, and Director of the Key Center for Service-Learning)

White, T.H. The Once and Future King. New York: Berkley Medallion Books, 1958. UNCA GENERAL PR6045.H2 O63 1958. (Selected by Amy Rio-Anderson, United Methodist Campus Minister; Kathy Whatley, Dean of Faculty and Professor of Physics)

Wiesel, Elie. Night. Trans. by Stella Rodway. Toronto: Bantam Books, 1986. UNCA GENERAL D810.J4 W513 1986 (Selected by Wayne A. Ewing, Adjunct Professor, Humanities Program; India McHale, Admissions Representative, Office of Admissions)

Wilkinson, Bruce. The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life. Sisters, Or.: Multnomah, 2000. (Selected by Jeanene Wexler, Administrative Assistant, Psychology Department)

Williams, George C. Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought. Princeton: Princeton U P, 1966. UNCA GENERAL QH546 .W55 (Selected by Tim Forrest, Associate Professor of Biology)

Willimon, William H., and Thomas H. Naylor. The Abandoned Generation: Rethinking Higher Education. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 1995. (Selected by Mitchell Williams, Director of Leadership Programs)

Wittgenstein, Ludwig. Philosophical Investigations. Trans. by G.E.M. Anscombe. New York: Macmillan, 1953. UNCA GENERAL B3376.W563 P53 (Selected by John Wood, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Sociology Department)

Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse. New York: Harcourt, 1955. UNCA GENERAL PR6045.O72 T6 1955 (Selected by Kim Kessaris, Outreach Coordinator, Education Department)

X, Malcolm. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. New York: Grove Press, 1965. UNCA GENERAL E185.97.L5 A3 1965 (Selected by Kendra Johnson, Assistant Professor of Drama)

Yates, Frances A. The Art of Memory. London: Routledge and K. Paul, 1966. UNCA GENERAL BF381 .Y3 1966 (Selected by Helen Wykle, Special Collections Librarian, Assistant Professor of Library Research)

Zinn, Howard. A People's History of the United States. New York: Harper & Row, 1980. UNCA GENERAL E169.1 .Z53 1980 (Selected by Stephen Brooks, former Acquisitions Assistant, Ramsey Library)


Selected Comments

Nancy Hofman on Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier: "…the beautiful weaving of descriptive verses, symbolism, and imagination in Rebecca served to reinforce my love of reading…and gave me a view of 'the other side of life.' To this day, when I cannot fall asleep, the first lines of Rebecca always come to mind: 'Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…'"

Ann L. Weber on When Prophecy Fails by Festinger, Riecken, and Schachter: Reveals how "something as personal and sensitive as religious belief can be studied in a scientific way, yielding amazing information about the emotional, social, and cognitive factors in 'faith.' It confirmed for me that I was not the only one out there wondering how much rationalization goes on in people's everyday actions and little 'leaps of faith.'"

Anita White-Carter on Tobe by Stella Gentry Sharpe, with photographs by Charles Farrell: "…my first exposure to a children's book that depicted African Americans in non-stereotyped, everyday situations. Of course, this was from the eyes of a black child growing up in the 1940's and 50's. I'm not sure how young black people would perceive these images today, but Tobe definitely made an impression on me. This book made me feel part of the world."

Linda Winter on Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder by Marsha Linehan: "This choice is NOT as weird as it sounds! The book is a blend of cognitive psychotherapy and Zen Buddhist meditative techniques designed to help balance the experience of emotion, as well as how to get one's needs met in a healthy way."

Paul Braese on The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: "In the seventh grade, I just happened to see this book on the shelf. I ended up falling in love with a girl who had faced a horrible death over thirty years earlier. Her diary, along with other books by Leon Uris (Exodus, Mila 18) introduced me to the horrors of genocide, helping me to recognize that it still occurs (Cambodia, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Rwanda) even though the world promised we would never allow this to happen again."

Sophie Mills on Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles: "I fell in love with Theseus…for his wisdom, humanity, and willingness to look beyond Oedipus' pollution to the person beneath, ultimately offering some end to his sufferings. Theseus actually then became the subject of my first book, so he has been a truly influential figure in my life for about the last 15 years!"

Jeanene Wexler on The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss: "…great for children because it exposes them at an early age to something as simple as differences, illustrated by the different feet you meet. For adults, we need to accept others in the same light. We need to appreciate our differences, not criticize and condemn."

Linda Nelms on childhood reading experiences: "… books that certainly shaped me the most were those that came from the Junior Deluxe Editions Book Club of Garden City, New York, which my parents subscribed to for me. These titles included Little Women, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Alice in Wonderland, Robinson Crusoe, Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana, and others. Whenever they came, it was like Christmas, and it opened up a world for me."

Grant Hardy on Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne: "This is the book that started me on a lifetime of reading when I first picked it up in the third grade. Before that time it had never occurred to me that reading might be fun."

Jay Gertz on On the Road by Jack Kerouac: "What can I say? This book was seminal to so many people of my generation. It forged the independent anti-conformist philosophy of the flower children of the 1960's and 70's (despite Kerouac's belief that the "hippies" were anti-American and to be despised). My copy was very dog-eared by the time I graduated from high school in the summer of 1967. It not only led me to Haight-Ashbury that year, but also was used by my peers to describe my free spirit and defiance of conventional behavior. Any other work I could mention would hold but a dim illumination to the fire that Kerouac ignited in my soul."

Kathleen Ashley on Sun Tzu's The Art of War: "…appealed to my warrior side and was an extremely profound read for me because I realized that our government modeled (and still does) their warfare from this writing."

Melissa Himelein on To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: "I read this book as a child, probably before I was old enough to truly understand it. Yet, I can still remember certain scenes with clarity (despite never having seen the movie), which tells me how influential it was for me. It opened my eyes to a world I didn't know about and inspired passion and dreams that are still with me. I'd have to reread the book to judge for sure, but I suspect emulating Atticus Finch as both parent and professional would be a worthy goal yet today."

Nancy Hofmann on To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: "Between my elementary and middle school years, my mother was a social worker at an institution for the mentally challenged in Virginia. Of course, at that time, America did not call "these people" mentally challenged. We would sit around the dining room table each evening to hear my mother's stories of the inhumane treatment of these people and of her fight to correct some of the wrongs done during that time in American history. Reading Mockingbird and connecting with the events that unfolded in my own home opened my eyes to mistreatment of handicapped persons, women, the downtrodden, and African Americans in the South."

Mark Boyd on The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald: "… had a profound effect on my way of looking at the world. I read it ten years ago to my then eight-year-old daughter at bedtime. She had picked it out at the library." "I realized that I was reading it to her on one level and to myself on an entirely different, and remarkably powerful, level. When I followed up that realization with research, I found that MacDonald's mythopoeic genius had started me, as it has started many others, on the path to a much richer life."

Ann Weber on The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams: "…an indictment of humans' exploitative consumption of and cruelty to animals" told with "thrilling adventure, humor, compassion (mostly on the part of the animals), and many wonderful descriptions." "No other book has affected my feelings or convictions as this one has. I hope others will read it and let it
into their hearts and minds."

Melissa Himelein on Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl: "Though considered a classic in psychology, it wasn't until I assigned it in a seminar class in Spring 2002 that I finally read it cover-to-cover. I wish I had read it 20 years ago! The simple yet important message that finding meaning in life is key to one's psychological well being had a big impact on me, and, I believe, on my students as well. A great book to be discussed with others."


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