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Drake stars share their reading favorites

February 28, 2006
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Natasha Kaiser Brown and Brian Brown pose with their favorite books.

In an effort to drive up reading for pleasure among students, Cowles Library has issued a series of posters showing Drake luminaries with their favorite books.

The posters feature:



  • Don Adams, 125th anniversary fellow: "The World is Flat" by Thomas L. Friedman.


  • Natasha Kaiser Brown, men's and women's track coach: "Four Blind Mice" by James Patterson; and her husband, Brian Brown, Drake Relays director: "The Inspirational Study Bible" by Max Lucado.


  • John Burney, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences: "The Proud Tower" by Barbara W. Tuchman.


  • Tom Davis, men's basketball coach: "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell.


  • Wanda Everage, LA'72, vice provost for student affairs and academic excellence: "Black Feminist Thought" by Patricia Hill Collins.


  • President David Maxwell: "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (in original Russian, of course).


  • Drake First Lady Madeleine Maxwell, who couldn't pick just one book, instead narrowing her list to seven, including "Middlesex" by Jeffery Eugenides; "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson; "The Artist as Critic" by Oscar Wilde; "History of Maine" by John Abbott; "The West: An Illustrated History" by Geoffrey C. Ward and "Herbs: A User's Guide and Identifier" by Andy Clevey.


  • Janet McMahill, FA'71, dean of the School of Education: "Locked Rooms" by Laurie R. King.


  • Provost Ron Troyer: "Democracy in America" by Alexis de Tocqueville.