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Library Exhibit: "Your Professors' Favorite Books"

One of our history professors recently asked our faculty about their favorite books as a way to celebrate reading and books. We have copies of the books, with the faculty comments, in the libraries on both campuses. Check out the books that our professors have been reading lately...or the ones they keep re-reading over the years.

Intro from the Exhibit

Books and reading are essential for the liberal arts mission generally and for the intellectual life of individuals. In this exhibit, faculty members from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University share their favorite books and the reasons behind their selections. In some cases, the books have presented life-defining questions, in other cases they have impressed the readers with the beauty of their language and ideas, and in still other cases the books are important as physical objects that have accompanied the readers over the years. The books are accompanied by personal testimonials, and several are offered explicitly as reading suggestions for students.

We hope that the entire CSB/SJU community will enjoy the exhibit, but it is intended especially for the students. The participants desire to share and demonstrate their love of books, reading, and intellectual development beyond the confines of the classroom.

List of Books

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Affluent Society
Las apariencias
Aus meinem Leben: Dichtung und Wahrheit
The Book on the Bookshelf
Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story
Being and Time
Campos de Castilla
The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century
Coming of Age in Mississippi
Darwin’s Cathedral
Deadly Feasts
The Discipline of Taste and Feeling
La divine comédie
Ecclesiastes
Ex libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
The Freedom of the Poet
The Fifth Sacred Thing
Foucault’s Pendulum
At Grandmother’s Table
Guns, Germs, and Steel
Habit of Being
La lluvia amarilla
Ironweed
The Lord of the Rings
Love Medicine
Lyric Philosophy
Markings
The Metamorphosis
Music Like Dirt
My Ántonia
The Odyssey
An Oregon Message: Poems
The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
The Phantom Tollbooth
The Plague
The Poets of W. B. Yeats
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
Rubyfruit Jungle
The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge
Training in Christianity
Tropic of Cancer
Ulysses
Underworld
Uncle Tom's Cabin
The Works of Lord Byron

Other Books Included in the Exhibit:
  • Blindness, Jose' Saramago
  • An Oregon Message: Poems, William Stafford
  • A River Runs Through it and Other Stories, Norman Maclean
  • Letters from the Underworld, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Heart of Learning: Spirituality in Education, Edited by Steven Glazer
  • Don Quixote, Miguel Cervantes
  • Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth, Richard Fortey