Our Avid Readers Make Their
What do JHM’s bookworms have on
their nightstands? We reveal what they’re reading and why.
practice administrator, JH Community Physicians
I grew up in England, where my parents took us to the library every
Saturday. By age 9, I had read everything in the children’s library.
Now I rarely go anywhere without a book. Lined up for the summer are
Charles Palliser, Umberto Eco’s ,
by Colin Dexter and a couple of Ian Rankin’s. I like my books
to be at least an inch thick—coming to the end is like losing
an old friend.
chairman, Department of Medicine, JH Bayview
Now that I can download books to my iPod, I’m able to “read”
for nearly an hour a day as I drive back and forth to Bayview. I enjoyed
Jared Diamond’s , so I’m looking forward to reading
his newest book, ,
in which he explains why some civilizations and countries have failed.
As a history buff, I’m also eager to read David McCullough’s
medical informatics manager, JH @ Eastern
Reading is a guilty pleasure—I’m happy to read three
books in a weekend. This summer I’ll focus on China and Tibet
as I prepare for a three-week dream trip. I’ll be reading ; and . Plus, as manager
of the electronic patient record, I’ll check out and . And I’m currently fulfilling a personal
life goal: reading the Bible from cover to cover.
assistant dean for student affairs, School of Medicine
I’m reading by Lori Alvord, a memoir about
integrating Navajo approaches to healing with high-tech medical procedures,
so I can increase my cultural competence about Native Americans. Also
on my list is Malcolm Gladwell’s , to understand what’s necessary
to create a change in culture.
HVAC controls mechanic, JHH Facilities
I didn’t really start reading until I was in my 30s, when a friend
the autobiography of fighter pilot Chuck Yeager. Since then I’ve
gobbled up all of Stephen Coonts’ works of military fiction (just
finished his latest, )
and all of the Harry Potter series, swapping with my youngest daughter.
Right now I’m reading , companion to the PBS series,
to learn more about my girlfriend’s theater profession.
director of business development, Bayview
I started a book club, “Read between the Wines,” where we
read a book, then gather to discuss it over thematic food and wine.
For Dan Brown’s , we did Italian food; for Ann Patchett’s
South American. Ribs and chicken wings nourished us for by Alice Sebold (sick, huh?). Right
now we’re reading by Khaled Hosseini, which will go with Middle
Eastern food. I also plan to read by Michael Ondaatje and by Sarah Dunant.
associate director, communications, Welch Medical Library
Growing up, every corridor of our house was lined with bookshelves,
and every week we’d file out of the public library, books stacked
to our noses. My list this summer consists of books that have languished,
unread, on my bookshelves for months and years: Richard Preston’s
Anne Lamott’s ;
Jeffrey Eugenides’ ;
; and ,
by Helen Langdon.
director of nursing, Kimmel Cancer Center
My first summer reading goal is to finish by Jose Saramago,
author of .
In the wings are
by Paulette Jiles; Marilynne Robinson’s ;
David McCullough’s biography of George Washington ( );
and Tom Friedman’s .
research program coordinator, Surgery
Next to my bed is
by Mel Levine. At a place like Hopkins where we are a bunch of overachievers—where
we have to strive to work less than 80 hours a week—we’re
quick to judge others as being “lazy.” This book makes the
point that everyone wants to be a productive member of society. It’s
just that some people have “output failure,” much like a
machine stuck in gear. So instead of “laziness” being some
intrinsic trait with a bad connotation, the author argues that it’s
really more of a certifiable handicap.
career services associate, JHH/JHHSC Human Resources
I love mysteries, romances and books about spiritual growth. On my summer
list are by Joel Osteen,
and Sandra Brown’s .
It’ll be like a vacation—without having to fly.
executive assistant, client relations, JH HealthCare
I’ve been reading since I was able—usually about two books
a week. I only buy hardbacks and have a collection of nearly 500. Started
off reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz but went to mysteries as I
got older. Now I’m a big fan of authors such as Patricia Cornwell,
Tess Garretsen, Sue Grafton, Tami Hoag, Kay Hooper, Alex Kava, Kathy
Reichs and Karin Slaughter.
director, JHM Interactive, Center for Innovation in Quality Patient
This summer’s reading is inspired by business trips to Dubai,
Singapore, Lebanon and Mexico. Working at Hopkins, I can relate to ’s thesis that our immigrant society
has pre-selected entrepreneurial, hyperactive individuals. Tom Friedman’s
seems appropriate now that Hopkins is getting involved with up-and-coming
superpowers India and China. Finally, there’s by Carmen Martin Gaite, 20th century
Spain’s most important female writer, an unedited diary found
among her papers when she died in 2000.
—Compiled by Lindsay Roylance