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Recommended Readings (Dec. 2008)

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!

Down River 50

Down River by John Hart - Reviewed by Judi Morrel

Each year the Mystery Writers of America bestows an Edgar (as in Edgar Allen Poe) Award for the best mystery novel of the year, and in 2008 John Hart's second novel, Down River, won that award. Rife with evocative descriptions, water and river imagery, ...
Complete Book Review

Princess Bamarre 50

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine, HarperCollins 2003 - Reviewed by Jon Sorenson

This fast-paced, fantasy adventure story, by the author of the Newbery Honor book Ella Enchanted, is my 9-year-old daughter Brianna's favorite, and I find it quite enjoyable too.
Complete Book Review

Shock Festival 50

Shock Festival by Stephen Romano, Idea and Design Works, 2008 - Reviewed by J. Rocky Colavito

Remember classic grindhouse fare like Day of the Insects, The Undertaker and his Wife, or Chocolate Cherri on Top? Are you a secret fan of Z-listers like Roc Benson, Gloria Johnson, or Natalie Ustinov? Don't worry if these titles and names don't ring bells, for they are all figments of the beautifully demented mind of Stephen Romano, who, along with a cast of several, celebrates . . .
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Freeport Lincoln 50

Freeport's Lincoln by Wilbur T. Rawleigh (1930) reprinted by Freeport Lincoln-Douglas Society, 1988 - Reviewed by George Geib

W. T. Rawleigh lost his son in the Great War, and wanted to find a way to express the ideals for which the youth died. The result was the creation and dedication of a statue of another great idealist, Abraham Lincoln, . . .
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Why Evolution True 50

Why Evolution is True by Jerry A. Coyne, Viking, 2009 - Reviewed by Michael Zimmerman

With great care, careful attention to the scientific evidence, and a wonderfully accessible style, Coyne, a University of Chicago ecologist, presents an overwhelming case for the truth of evolution. . .
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