From Iceland to Outer Space: What Faculty Are Reading

Faculty read more than research in their areas of expertise. Here’s a look at what professor Ann McGill, Sears Roebuck Professor of General Management, Marketing, and Behavioral Science, had on her bookshelf recently.

Ann McGill Bookshelf

Image by Shawn Barkhurst

Silence of the Grave
Arnaldur Indridason
(Picador, 2002)

“I like a good murder mystery for relaxation, especially a police procedural, but I have come especially to value mysteries by Indridason. They’re set in Iceland, a country and culture previously highly unfamiliar to me. No doubt these books are not the exclusive lens into the place and people, but they are a start. This book is a bit dark.

Packing for Mars
Mary Roach
(W. W. Norton and Company, 2010)

“This is a fascinating look at the challenges of putting humans, with all their messy biological and psychological processes, in space for a long time. Roach is a very sharp science writer with tremendous wit and real warmth. I liked the science in this book, but it was also very interesting for showing the unglamorous side of being an astronaut/cosmonaut. The heroism displayed by these men and women is in enduring hardship as much as for facing danger. Reading about finding E. coli on hair follicles has pretty much put an end to any whining about small annoyances in my day, at least for a while. I found it interesting and inspiring.”

Last Updated 2/25/11