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Recommended Readings (Feb. 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!


Time in Antiquity by Robert Hanah, Routledge, New York: 2009 - Reviewed by Tiberiu Popa

This study provides a comprehensive view of various means of marking and measuring time in the Greco-Roman world and succeeds in outlining the main facets of this complex and potentially daunting topic in a generally approachable manner.
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A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo, Anchor, 2008 - Reviewed by Ania Spyra

Xiaolu Guo's A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (2007) narrates the story of Zhuang, a nineteen-year-old Chinese woman who arrives in London to study English and falls in love with an older, eccentric Englishman.  As the intercultural relationship develops, so does Zhuang's language. She writes a journal . . .
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South of Broad by Pay Conroy, Knopf Doubleday Publishing, 2009 - Reviewed by Judi Morrel

Pat Conroy's first novel in 14 years is, as is all of his writing, beautifully written and full of evocative description of his beloved Charleston, South Carolina.  He tells a good story, too.  The novel's narrator Leo King is a Charleston newspaper columnist who is emotionally damaged, . . .
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Under a cruel star: A life in Prague 1941 -1968 by Heda Margolius Kovály, Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc., 1997 - Reviewed by Nathan Harter

The anniversary of the Velvet Revolution is a good time to revisit the drama stretching from Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia through Stalinist oppression, leading up to the famous (or infamous) Prague Spring of 1968.  This history sets the context for the Charter 77 movement that finally prevailed twenty years ago. 
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