What is Dr. Chatzimanolis Reading?

portal-steliosDr. Stylianos Chatzimanolis (Dr. C!) from the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences shares some of his favorite books for the new UTC READS program. Read about them below, find the books in the library’s online catalog, or visit the display on the 1st floor of the Library.


Dr. Chatzimanolis says:

This is a collection of my favorite fiction/non-fiction/popular science books. Several of the popular science books listed below (such as the “The Naturalist on the River Amazons” or ‘The Song of the Dodo”) are the ones that inspired me to become a biologist and an entomologist. The fiction/non-fiction books listed below are the ones that somehow left a mark or provided comfort during various periods of my life.


Share your thoughts about these books with Dr. C – find him on Twitter @schatzimanolis!


Here are the books (see the books online through the UTC catalog here)


Nothing to be Frightened Of  by Julian Barnes
Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to all Creation: The definitive guide to the evolutionary biology of sex by Olivia Judson
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
The Naturalist on the River Amazons by Henry Walter Bates
The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen
The Amateur Naturalist by Gerald Durell
Hitch 22: a memoir by Christopher Hitchens
The Signal and the Noise: Why so many predictions fail but some don’t by Nate Silver
The forest unseen: A year’s watch in Nature by David George Haskell
Jennifer Government by Max Berry
Replay by Ken Grimwood
Intuition by Allegra Goodman
Little Infamies by Panos Karnezis
The Poet at the Breakfast Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes



Back to School at Brainerd Mission

Welcome back students and faculty!

In honor of the first week of classes, we’re highlighting some correspondence from the Penelope Johnson Allen Brainerd Mission Correspondence and Photographs digital collection. As part of the collection’s Brainerd Mission correspondence and receipts series, founder Ard Hoyt wrote to U.S. Indian Affairs agent Return J. Meigs about the construction of the women’s school at Brainerd Mission, a multi-acre mission school located on the Chickamauga River. Learn more about Brainerd Mission, a mission established in 1817 by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to educate the Cherokee Indians.


Ard Hoyt correspondence with Return J. Meigs, 1820 April 1

Letter from Brainerd Mission founder Ard Hoyt to Indian Affairs Agent Return J. Meigs detailing the construction of the women’s school at Brainerd Mission requesting more funds for completion of the building.


Learn More

Take a look at additional resources that support research about Brainerd Mission and the Cherokee Indians, including Chattanooga author Robert Sparks Walker’s Pulitzter-nominated book, Torchlights to the Cherokees.


What is Dr. McCarthy Reading?

portal-mccarthyFor the new UTC READS program, Dr. Andrew McCarthy shared some of his favorite books with us. Read about them below, find the books in the library’s online catalog, or visit the display on the 1st floor of the Library.

Dr. McCarthy says:

Though my research and teaching is concerned with Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, I love contemporary novels. I try to read as widely as possible, though one of my favorite subjects is our fraught relationship with technology and the difficulty we have as humans connecting with one another. Reading is supposed to be fun (a novel concept, huh?) and so I am merciless about tossing aside books that just don’t do it for me. The following are some of my favorites; if you read one and find yourself with an irrepressible desire to talk about it with someone, come find me!


Here are the titles Dr. Andrew McCarthy recommends:

1. Dave Eggers, The Circle

If there is a single contemporary novel everyone should read, it is this one. As entertaining as it is haunting, it will have you questioning your use of social media and technology. The last two or three pages are delightfully disturbing.


2. Zadie Smith, White Teeth

I ran into a number of street signs while trying to walk and read this novel at the same time. So smart. So well written. And a ton of fun to read.


3. Craig Thompson, Blankets

Fantastic graphic novel about all the most important things: growing up, falling in love, and asking the big questions. This was the first graphic novel I read (at my wife’s recommendation) and though I was initially hesitant, I am now a huge proponent of the form. Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis is pretty darn good too.


4. Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding

A really compelling campus novel about baseball, love, and baseball.


5. Lev Grossman, The Magicians

Unfortunately dubbed “Harry Potter for grown-ups,” The Magicians is a gritty urban fantasy that engages and reworks the genre. A school for wizards! Talking animals! And the best part? It is the first book in a trilogy. (The third book comes out in August)


6. Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian

I love novels that take place in and around universities and also involve foreign travel. This one has both. And vampires.


7. Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

I’m not a huge fan of novels set during the World Wars, but this one grabbed me. It is a beautifully written story that is equal parts sad and hopeful.


8. Nick Hornby, Ten Years in the Tub

This is a collection of Hornby’s writing about the books he buys and the books he reads and the weird discrepancies between the two. I realize that sounds about as exciting as a lecture on Shakespeare, but it is fascinating stuff with all sorts of pop culture and digressions thrown in for good measure.


9. James Collins, Beginner’s Greek

I almost feel guilty about putting this one on here, but I laughed, I cried, I pulled for the characters. It begins with boy meeting girl. Girl gives boy phone number. Boy loses it. When boy finds girl again, she is about to marry his best friend. The perfect summer read.


10. David Nicholls, One Day

I’m still crying.


11. Jonathan Tropper, This is Where I Leave You

I’m still laughing.


12. Lisa O’Donnell, The Death of Bees

Set in Scotland, this novel begins with two teenaged sisters burying their awful parents in the backyard and follows their attempts to face life’s challenges with the help of a reclusive neighbor.


13. Audrey Niffenegger, Her Fearful Symmetry

Terrifying. Absolutely terrifying. Niffenegger’s first novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, is a really enjoyable book, but this one is full of memorable, creepy characters and has a crazy twist.


What is UTC READS?

UTC-Reads-2UTC READS is a program designed to showcase entertaining books that UTC Faculty members have enjoyed and would recommend to others.

These books are not necessarily related to the professors’ research, curriculum, or other professional-endeavors. Rather, these are stories that have touched the professor in some way.

This program is a good reminder, as we’re inundated with course-specific reading assignments, that reading can be FUN, too!

Throughout the Fall 2014 semester, lists from various professors around campus, such as Dr. Andrew McCarthy will be available online and as featured displays on the first floor of the Library. Check back often – you may just find your favorite professor’s favorite books.

Leroy M. Sullivan World War II Diaries and Correspondence

Portrait photograph of Leroy M. Sullivan taken in downtown Cairo, 1941.

Portrait photograph of Leroy M. Sullivan taken in downtown Cairo, 1941.

The Leroy M. Sullivan World War II Diaries and Correspondence digital collection features three diaries and sixteen letters authored by Leroy M. Sullivan, a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Air Force, during World War II from 1940 to 1943, when Sullivan was killed in action. The diaries document Lieutenant Sullivan’s participation in campaigns in England, South Africa, Sudan, and Egypt, and the letters to Sullivan’s friend, Grady Long, detail daily life in the military, especially the ways in which he and his fellow soldiers spent their time between operations.