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Recommended Readings (Jan. 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!


Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, Vintage, 2010 - Reviewed by Ann Wilson

A coming-of-age story about a young man who grows up in Ethiopia and his unusual family is not a story that would normally capture my attention.  The blurb on the back of the book did not inspire me either, but it was a gift from my mother so I opened the front cover and began to read.  I was delighted by . . .
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A Companion to Aristotle Edited by Georgios Anagnostopoulos, Blackwell Publishing 2009- Reviewed by Tiberiu Popa

Aristotle's works still command a great deal of attention among a wide readership, which is certainly not confined to historians of philosophy. His writings deserve our reflection not only for their intrinsic worth (we shouldn't forget that he practically invented such fields as biology and logic, in addition to formulating his own theories on almost everything from . . .
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Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, Penguin, 2002 - Reviewed by Anne Wilson

A fictional tale based upon real events of how a woman from a rural village in England might have survived the black plague, Year of Wonders is a tale of human perseverance.  This is not a story to read if you have recently had a child, and there are scenes that are very difficult to read.
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The Stonecutter's Aria by Carol Faenzi, Aperto, 2005 - Reviewed by Judi Morrel

Part history, part memoir, part fiction, and infused with local flavor, The Stonecutter's Aria portrays the saga of one Italian-American family, whose descendents settle in Indianapolis in 1924 as part of a flourishing Italian community centered around the Holy Rosary Catholic Church still billing itself today as "the Italian church in Indianapolis" near Fountain Square.
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