On My Nightstand - Winter 2013

Jeanni Winston-MuirJeanni Winston-Muir
Interim Dean of Students and Director, Center for Student Engagement and Co-curricular Programs, Frederick Community College

Books that make it to my nightstand are usually those little treasures that help me unwind and reflect. Right now, I’m reading, Rules for the Unruly: Living an Unconventional Life, by writer and NPR commentator, Marion Winik. This little gem of a book was a gift from one of my most authentic and unconventional friends and it has fast become a favorite! My constant bedside companion is Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea. I never tire of this brilliant little masterpiece, filled with insight and wisdom!

Virginia Rose KaneVirginia Rose Kane
Director of Education, The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center

I'm a big fan of the short story--novels are lovely but I'm too pressed for time. Tales that fascinate me in 10 minutes or less are my favorite. My nightstand is currently home to a menagerie of otherworldly beings and imaginary occurrences. Snake monsters, goddesses and golums, shape-shifting werewolves, fire-breathing griffins, and Lady Death herself all populate the pages of Unnatural Creatures, a collection of shorts selected by master storyteller Neil Gaiman. The book features short stories by Gaiman and 15 authors including Megan Kurashige, Dianna Wynne Jones, and Saki.

Dr. David HeimbrookDr. David Heimbrook
Laboratory Director, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and President, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.

I just started readng a novel on the siege of Vicksburg by Jeff Shaara called A Chain of Thunder, but I'm not quite sure how I feel about it yet. My wish list includes The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown, which is the true story of the University of Washington's eight-oar rowing team coming together to challenge the world's best in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and the newest John Grisham thriller, Sycamore Row.