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Recommended Readings (April 2011)

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!

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Composting a Life by Mary Catherine Bateson, Grove Press, 1989 - Reviewed by Terri Carney

Mary Catherine Bateson's book might be over 20 years old, but the stories and lessons contained within are more relevant than ever, given our longer lifespans and the attendant disjunctures and complexities that now define them.  Her book explores the friendships and connections . . .
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Forged: Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are by Bart D. Ehrman, HarperOne, 2011 - Reviewed by Jame McGrath

I am grateful to Harper Collins for furnishing me with an advance copy of Bart Ehrman's forthcoming book Forged: Writing in the Name of God--Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are. Ehrman has provided yet another book popularizing New Testament scholarship for a general audience. In this one, he focuses on forgery in early Christianity.
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith, Grand Central Publishing, 2010 - Reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

In this rather unusual take on American history and how the Civil War came to be, Seth Grahame-Smith portrays Abraham Lincoln as a vampire hunter and exterminator. Divided chronologically, focusing on the various eras and events that have shaped Lincoln's life, the text starts with his childhood as Abraham encounters his first vampire: his mother's murderer.
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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Harper, 2010 - Reviewed by Richard McGowan

Sometimes I select a book to read because I am curious as to how in the world an author manages to draw a reader into a preposterous plot.  In the case of Neil Gaiman's Newberry Medal-winning The Graveyard Book, the question might be, "How in the netherworld did he do that?"
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The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray, Black Dog and Leventhal, 2009 - Reviewed by Adam M. Azam

Everything that is tangible is made up of molecules, and every molecule is made up of elements.  (Sorry, this means that nothing you buy can ever be "100% chemical free").  Theodore Gray dives into the artistic world of these elements in his book The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe.
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