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John Kutsko, Director, Academic and Professional Resources, Abingdon Press

Walter Mosley, Walkin' the Dog

J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Bruce Kuklick, Puritans in Babylon: The Ancient Near East and American Intellectual Life, 1880-1930

Peter Senese, Cloning Christ

Richard P. Heitzenrater, Wesley and the People Called Methodists

Oded Lipschitz and Joseph Blenkinsopp, eds. Judah and the Judeans in the Neo-Babylonian Period

Flannery O'Connor, Flannery O'Connor: Collected Works (Library of America)

Pierce J. Howard, The Owner's Manual for the Brain

Leonard Greenspoon, Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization

I want to read, for the first time or again, the series of mysteries by Faye Kellerman, that bring together an LAPD cop named Peter Decker and an Orthodox Jewish woman named Rina Lazarus. The first of these was THE RITUAL BATH, and there has been a steady outpouring of them since. I like the way in which aspects of traditional Jewish belief and practice are brought in.

I want to read for the first time or again Harry Kimmelman's books about Rabbi David Small. The series of mysteries began with FRIDAY THE RABBI SLEPT LATE and went through the week—and beyond. There may be no great depth here, but there are nuggets of insight.

I want to read for the first time or again David Lodge's books about the ins and outs of the academic world. Each one of his works is filled with people I recognize. For the most part, I hope no one recognizes me in any of them.

I want to read for the first time or again Ellis Peters' mysteries featuring Brother Cadfael and set in medieval England. I find that these works beautifully combine historical accuracy (well, I'm no expert on the period, but they seem accurate) with good psychological insight—which is timeless.

Henry Carrigan, Editorial Director, Trinity Press International

I'll be happy to read one or two on this list...

George Eliot, Middlemarch

Dante, The Divine Comedy

Robinson Jeffers, "The Roan Stallion" and other poems

Stephen Burt, Randall Jarrell and His Age

The new Bob Dylan autobiography (if it ever comes out)

The plays of Menander, Terence, and Plautus

Simon Winchester, Krakatoa

Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian

Antonio Negri, Empire

Samantha Power, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide

AJ Levine, Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies and Director, Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality at Vanderbilt University

For treadmills and beaches:

the Amelia Peabody Emerson novels of Elizabeth Peters (wherein E. A. Wallis Budge is the unseen rival to Mrs. Emerson's husband; Freud and Breuer are discussed by Dr. Schadenfreude, and both feminists and cats are appreciated).

For academia proper:

Jennifer Glancy, Slavery in Early Christianity (Oxford UP, 2002)

Leon Kass, The hungry soul: eating and the perfecting of our nature (NY: Free Press, 1994)

Margaret Cormack, Sacrificing the Self: perspectives on martyrdom and religion (Oxford UP, 2001)

Christine E. Hayes, Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities (Oxford UP, 2002)

Katharine Haynes, Fashioning the Feminine in the Greek Novel (Routledge, 2003)

Tod Linafelt, Associate Professor, Theology Department, Georgetown University


William Gass, Reading Rilke

George Steiner, Grammars of Creation

Terry Eagleton, Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic


William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!

Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Tim O'Brien, July, July


Mark McMorris, The Blaze of the Poui

Judson Mitcham, This April Day

Ann Carson, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho

Moira Bucciarelli, Editor, RSN: SBL Edition

Panos Karnezis, Little Infamies

Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation of Christ

Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels

Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red

Mary Pipher, In the Middle of Everywhere

Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis

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