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Recommended Readings (Apr. 2010)

Need a good book? Take a look at the recommendations below. This page is designed to highlight readings suggested by people in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We've created this site because expressing our enthusiasm for a favorite book is a wonderful way to share ideas, to stimulate discussion, and to simply embrace a love of reading. We hope you will find this useful in your search for a good book!


To Absent Friends from Red Smith by Red Smith, NY: Atheneum, 1982 - Reviewed by Dick McGowan

A journalist friend told me: "In the old days, sportswriters trained to write news but couldn't break into the important writing of the newsroom. That's why those old sportswriters were so good." A perfect example of my friend's observation is Red Smith.
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Playing for Pizza by John Grisham, Bantam Books, 2008 - Lacey Echols

If you are in need of some light reading and like John Grisham's writing, you might consider reading Playing for Pizza.  This book follows a 3rd string quarterback, Ricky Dockery, from a doomed position in the NFL to Italy where he tries to revive his career.  After being pummeled too many times . . .
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The Case of Witchcraft at Coggeshall, Essex in the Year 1699 by Rev. J. Boys, A.R. Smith, 1901 - Reviewed by George Geib

It's common to see the age of Newton and Locke as an enlightened era. But out there among the public, older and darker thoughts and beliefs continued to exert a powerful hold on the imagination. This remarkable tract, written in 1712 from notes taken contemporary to the events in 1699, details the investigation of the Widow Coman . . .
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Tau 4 by V. J. Waks, AuthorHouse, 2007- Reviewed by George Geib

If you're a fan of authors who write in the pulp tradition, you'll thoroughly enjoy Tau 4 -- a fine Bloomington product.  The book is a space opera that has so many of the things that make for great popular entertainment: a mad scientist bent on galactic domination, a sexy mutant heroine who often loses her clothes but never her virtue, a pirate planet . . .
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