Get into a good book
As Cicero once said, "A room without books is like a body without a soul." Great books tap into something deep within us, as though we've rediscovered a long lost friend — two souls reconnecting. The characters draw us in; they sometimes mirror us. The stories tantalize us; the ideas, the grand themes of life, they enrapture us. These are the books we must
share with others.
They come in many genres — fiction, biography, business, poetry
— all weaving tales in which we can so easily get lost, transporting us from the world around us, if only for a few pages.
For this summer's edition of The Bridge
, we asked alumni, educators, and Messiah's new first family to share with us the books that have enchanted them. We've also included some books that are perfect for reading groups and a few films that do an unusually good job of capturing their audiences' imaginations.
So this summer, as you bask in the sunshine with a glass of lemonade in hand, try getting into one of these featured books and prepare to lose yourself in the comfortable pages of great summer reading.
— Jonathan Vaitl '06
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