Andrea Zukowski
1401 Marie Mount Hall
Linguistics Department
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20782
(301) 405-5388

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I have been known to dabble in mosaics. I seem to inevitably choose animals as my themes. My favorite is this dragon.
I love to read the fantastical short stories of Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino. I also enjoy books about how human (and other) bodies work and sometimes fail to work, and of course why. I also find myself (like my dad) enjoying reading books about food, including its history, science, and preparation. Here are a few of my favorites from these categories.

"Cosmicomics" (Italo Calvino)
"The Circular Ruins" (Jorge Luis Borges)

"How We Live" (Sherwin Nuland)
"The Medical Detectives" (Berton Roueche)
"The Invisible Invaders" (Peter Radetsky)

"On Food and Cooking" (Harold McGee; the history, chemistry, and lore of food and cooking)

I love satellite photos, like this one that I nabbed from the web of the Sinai peninsula. A great collection that you can marvel at indefinetely the National Air and Space Museum's "Looking at Earth", (by Priscilla Strain and Frederick Engle).
I also love fun (and typically heavy) reference books. These are some of my favorites.

"Grzimek's Encyclopedia of Mammals"
(5 gorgeous out-of-print volumes)

"The Larousse Gastronomique"
(the famous French encyclopedia of food)

"Africana" (an encyclopedia of Africa and African Americans; Henry Louis Gates, J. and Kwame Anthony Appiah)

Heroes for our time:

Eleanor Roosevelt (her accomplisments still put both public servants and private citizens to shame)

National Public Radio (what would this country do without it?)

Daniel Schorr (who can ever replace him when he can no longer summarize the week's news on Saturday Weekend Edition?