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Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
Daring Greatly has inspired me to be more courageous, connected, and vulnerable. In addition, Daring Greatly has been instrumental in changing my paradigm about being vulnerable and creating possibilities where no possibilities appear to exist. This…

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
The promise of stress-free productivity is an alluring one for academics in particular because so much of our work is self-supervised. Getting Things Done revolutionized my work style and made me more organized and prolific. It has been my…

Goblins in the Castle by Bruce Coville
I was given a copy of this book as a child, and I believe what followed is one of the major reasons I became a librarian. I fell in love with this story, and quickly discovered other titles by this author which I also devoured. Whenever I went into a…

Borish's Clinical Refraction by William J. Benjamin
Dr. Irvin Borish was an internationally-recognized optometrist and is referred to as the father or architect of optometry because of his great leadership and influence on the development of the profession and optometric education. Before he passed in…

A Philosophical Investigation: A Novel by Philip Kerr
I selected this book because it is the quintessential manifestation of my work as a scholar. Using deductive and inductive reasoning borrowing heavily from Wittgenstein and other philosophers, Kerr provides a philosophical cat-and-mouse narrative…

Helping Students Learn in a Learner-Centered Environment: A Guide to Facilitating Learning in Higher Education by Terry Doyle
This book influenced the way I design and facilitate student learning experiences. It helped me understand how students learn and gave me strategies to create more effective learning opportunities for my students. Reading this text inspired further…

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
My wife and I received Katy and the Big Snow from a colleague upon the birth of our son. As an assistant professor, I read that book countless times while putting my boys to sleep. When a big snow blankets the city of Geopolis, Katy the tractor dons…

Principles of Algebraic Geometry by Phillip Griffiths
This book was the first mathematical research monograph I ever purchased. I bought it in my sophomore year at Bochum University, Germany, in 1996 for the price of 65 Deutsche Mark. I had just begun to develop an interest in complex algebraic…

The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged by Robert Frost
I owe my love of poetry to Robert Frost. The poems of Frost invoke at once a sense of wonder and tranquility. But what resonates through his work is his love of life and nature, and his insight into human emotions that seek expression through the…

Tissue Optics, Light Scattering Methods and Instruments for Medical Diagnostics by Valery V. Tuchin
This book was authored by Professor Valery Tuchin, one of the pioneers of the biomedical optics field. I was privileged to be one of his students and now I enjoy our relationship as collaborators. This book introduces the basic principles of…
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