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Summer Reading: Add Books McCombs Professors Love to Your List

Side-by-side books covers for "White Noise, "Suits," "Quiet," and "Blindness"For professors — or anyone else — the summer months are great time to do some reading beyond assigned texts.

Those seeking a good read are in luck. Professors from across The University of Texas at Austin helped select more than 50 books that students will read together as part of a campus-wide book club and then discuss on Aug. 25.  

To help introduce incoming students to the university, the 13th annual Freshman Reading Round-Up invites members of the Class of 2019 to meet with classmates and faculty members for small group discussions about the book students chose from the list.

Below, we've featured the books picked by the business school faculty who will lead group discussions, along with their commentary. (You can find the full list of 57 books on the UT News website.)

Start reading. August will be here soon. 


"White Noise"

"White Noise" book cover

By Don DeLillo

Recommended by Keith Brown, professor of finance

"Do we know what is real or only what the media tells us is real? What drives our obsessive need to access digital information? How deeply does the desire to postpone our own deaths influence the decisions we make in life? These are just some of the themes that DeLillo explores here in his characteristic philosophically challenging and darkly humorous manner. Winner of the National Book Award, this is also the novel that established the author's reputation as a master of post-modernist literature."



"Suits: A Woman on Wall Street"

"Suits" book coverBy Nina Godiwalla, BBA '97

Recommended by Regina Hughes, distinguished senior lecturer of finance

"New York City, Wall Street, investment banking, oh my! Follow the tale of this UT graduate as she learns the successes and failures that come with careers in Finance. From her first day lost in the Big Apple, follow Nina as she fights to establish herself in ways that will make you laugh and cry."




"Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"

"Quiet" book coverBy Susan Cain

Recommended by Ross Jennings, professor of accounting

"At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts — Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak — that we owe many of the great contributions to society. In 'Quiet,' Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the 'extrovert ideal' throughout the 20th century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts — from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, 'Quiet' has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves."



"Blindness" book coverBy Jose Saramago

Recommended by Robert Prentice, chair of the Business, Government and Society department

"How would people react if everyone went blind almost simultaneously? What would these reactions tell us about the human spirit? About our strengths and weaknesses of character? A Nobel prize winning author, Portugal's Jose Saramago explores these issues in 'Blindness.'"





The original version of this article appeared on the UT News website.

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