Reading for UConn Reads

By Anne D'Alleva

Explore the world of classic fiction and participate in the selection process for UConn Reads 2012-13 with Anne D'Alleva, Associate Professor of Art History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Chair of the UConn Reads Steering Committee.

UConn Reads at the UConn Co-op

The UConn Co-op is a great partner in UConn Reads, as it is in so many aspects of University life, from providing textbooks for thousands of classes each year to supporting local writers and readers. Suzy Staubach, the amazing Manager of the General Books Division, serves on the UConn Reads Steering Committee and she has organized a UConn Reads section right on the main aisle, displaying a great selection of nominated books. I was just in the bookstore yesterday and snapped a photo:

I wasn’t at the Co-op on official UConn Reads business, but to buy books for my young children to take on a plane trip. We’ve been enjoying the Boxcar Children books recently – speaking of classics – so I picked up The Dog-gone Mystery. I loved these books as a child. The idea of children engaged in unconventional and unsupervised housekeeping as they solved mysteries really appealed to me.

As I made my way to the cash registers, I also spotted some tempting New York Times bestsellers and a history book I’ve been wanting to read, but I didn’t have time to stop and sort out grown-up purchases since it was late in the day. Maybe the mark of a great bookstore is that it makes you late for dinner. Or, more accurately in my case, for making dinner (and I think that brings us back around to unconventional and unsupervised housekeeping).