Ever wanted to know what the Clayton State University faculty reads (other than textbooks)? The Loch Shop is giving you the chance to answer this burning question during its “Faculty Picks” contest, which will run from Oct. 11 through Nov. 30.
Loch Shop Manager Todd Smith and the Bookstore Advisory committee recently asked several Clayton State faculty members (and their boss, Vice President for Academic Affair and Provost Dr. Micheal Crafton… who also happens to be an English professor) for their recommended reading selections. Basically, the request was for five faculty members to pick a title that they would like the Loch Shop to feature and that they would recommend to colleagues and students. Having received the recommendations, The Loch Shop, located on the first floor of the Clayton State Student Center, will be adding them to its general books section, starting Tuesday, Oct. 11.
“We hope the program will grow into a monthly program that will help quality books to be recommended across campus,” says Smith. “Now, to make this more interesting, we’re also making this a friendly contest to see who can `sell’ the most copies of their chosen title. The person whose book sells the most copies will receive their choice of one of the other Faculty Picks as a prize.
“Bragging rights, of course, might be an even bigger motivator.”
And so, here are the five Faculty Picks (and the reasons for those picks) for the contest, which will run through Nov. 30. The Loch Shop will be discounting the five Faculty Picks 25 percent during the contest.
Dr. Michael Crafton picks The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. List $28 (on sale: $21) “I love his style and it received a super review in the Chronicle.” Note: The Marriage Plot won’t be released until Oct. 11, which is why the contest doesn’t start until then. Crafton’s original choice, Beowulf, was first released 1200 years ago.
Assistant Professor of History Dr. Randall Gooden picks Life Among the Lutherans by Garrison Keillor. List price: $14.95 (On sale: $11.21). “You will enjoy Garrison Keillor’s latest book, Life among the Lutherans. It is the kind of book that you can relax and read on a rainy November day.” Note: Historians read other subjects outside of history.
Chair of the Psychology Department Dr. Donna McCarty picks Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. List price: $15.99 (On sale: $11.99) “This book will pull you in and change your life. Read it and appreciate the amazing and sometimes dangerous power of your brain to make `snap’ judgments. Note: To help sales, McCarty may assign this to some of the University’s Psych classes.
Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Antoinette Miller picks Something from the Nightside by Simon R. Green. List price $7.99 (On sale: $5.99) “This is the first of the Nightside urban fantasy series that takes many things -- Arthurian legends, magic, and detective fiction among others -- and weaves them into a world that is both fascinating and entertaining. John Taylor is NOT your typical detective or even what we’d typically consider a `hero’ but he kicks butt on a number of levels.” Note: Miller is our kind of Psych professor.
Associate Professor of Communications Dr. Mark May picks Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Lauren Hillenbrand. List price: $27 (On sale: $20.25). “Unbroken is the story of Louis Zamperini, a U.S. Olympic track star and WW II bombardier whose plane crashed into the ocean, killing most of the crew. Having a bad day? Read this inspirational story to put things into perspective. Written by Laura Hillenbrand, the author of Seabiscuit, the book is both scholarly and an incredibly well told tale.” Note: A history of an Olympian and a war hero… sounds like a winner.