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Recommended Readings (Dec. 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!


Home by Marilyn Robinson, Picador, 2010 - Reviewed by Judi Morrel

Winner of a 2004 Pulitzer Prize for her novel Gilead, Marilyn Robinson has written a companion novel, Home, which is set in the same small Iowa town and populated with some of the same characters.  This time the action takes place in the home of Reverend Robert Broughton, a retired Presbyterian pastor . . .
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Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl, Beacon, 2006- Reviewed by Allison O'Malley

Readers seeking a turn away from the happiness movement's hedonistic orientation will cherish Viktor E. Frankl's timeless, graceful reminder that meaning can be found in the most miserable of conditions. Frankl, a renowned Viennese psychiatrist, recounts his experiences in the concentration camps . . .
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Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin, Berkley Publishing Group, 2008 - Reviewed by Richard McGowan

CSI meets medieval England!  A series of children's murders puts Catholics and Jews on edge in Cambridge.  King Henry II requests aid from his cousin, the King of Sicily, who sends him a forensic scientist.
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People, Parks and Perceptions: A History and Appreciation of Indiana State Parks by Glory-June Grieff, Trafford Publishing, 2009 - Reviewed by George Geib

The search to determine what makes Indiana different is a favorite topic for local readers, and a question that has engaged some of the nineteenth state's best local writers.  Glory-June Greiff suggests that an important part of the answer lies in our state park system. 
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