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Recommended Readings (December 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!


11/22/63: A Novel, by Stephen King, Scribner, 2011 - Reviewed by Judi Morrel

There is hardly an American of a certain age who doesn't remember where she or he was when JFK was killed.  What if you could time-travel backwards and prevent Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating him?  Would you? Should you?
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The Litigators, by John Grisham,Doubleday, 2011 - Reviewed by Larry Riggs

This is another in the long series of what I think of as Grisham's sociology-of-the-law novels. This one, though, is more comprehensive than any of the previous ones. David Zinc, a still-young graduate of Harvard Law working in one of Chicago's most prestigious law firms, melts down in the firm's elevator one morning and spends the day drinking in a seedy local bar.
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The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes, Borzoi, 2011 - Reviewed by Bill Watts

Julian Barnes's The Sense of an Ending is the winner of this year's Man Booker Prize.  It is a compact novel told entirely through the voice of the first-person narrator, Tony.  When Tony receives a surprising and unexplained bequest of 500 pounds from the mother of a woman he . . .
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