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Recommended Readings (February 2012)

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!

Zero -Day 50

Zero Day, by David Baldacci, Grand Central, 2011 - Reviewed by Larry Riggs

. . .  . Until the very end, this is a readable, interesting story. John Puller, son of a legendary commanding officer and brother of a former officer who is serving a life sentence for treason, and veteran of combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan, is a crack investigator of crimes involving military personnel.
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Unbroken 50

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, 2010 - Reviewed by Lacey Echols

America has lost many stories about World War II with the passage of time.  However, Laura Hillenbrand has offered a fascinating and true story of Louis Zamperini in the non-fiction book Unbroken. During a childhood of mischief Zamparini discovered a natural talent for . . .
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1Q84, by Haruki Murakami, Knopf, 2011 - Reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

The day is going as usual, nothing particular has changed but in the sky, there are two moons side by side, one big and yellow, one smaller and green. You have entered 1Q84, a universe slightly off. You are not in the year 1984 anymore; you have veered into a different universe with Q as "question mark".
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Warmth -of -Other -Suns 50

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson, Vintage, 2010 - Reviewed by Mary Ramsbottom

If your reading habits tend to a few pages a night compensated by weekend sprints, you might wonder whether The Warmth of Other Suns, at 500+ pages, is worth the investment.  Indeed, it is. In Suns, Isabel Wilkerson reconstructs the Great Migration of African-American families to urban centers of the northern and western states between World War I and the 1970's.  Drawing on more than a thousand oral histories, Suns' narrative pull comes from three families whose choices, reflecting . . .
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