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Recommended Readings (January 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!

Betrayal -of -Trust 50

Betrayal of Trust, by J. A. Jance, William Morrow, 2011 - Reviewed by Larry Riggs

I am never sure that J. A. Jance is really a good writer, but she must be a very good storyteller. I say that because I have read all of her long list of novels, and I have finished every one of them. 
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For -Duty -and -Destiny 50

For Duty and Destiny: The Civil Wary Diary of William Taylor Stott, Hoosier Soldier and Educator, by Lloyd A. Hunter, editor, Indiana Historical Society Press, 2011 - Reviewed by George W. Geib

William Taylor Stott was a twenty-four year old college graduate when he enlisted in the 18th Indiana regiment during the Civil War.  He and his companions saw service in four different theaters, from Missouri and Vicksburg to Texas and the Shenandoah. 
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Fannie 's -Last -Supper 50

Fannie's Last Supper: Re-creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 Cookbook, by Chris Kimball, New York: Hyperion, 2010 - Reviewed by Jon Porter

Chris Kimball's delightfully over-the-top Fannie's Last Supper: Re-creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 Cookbook is an account of his characteristically meticulous, painstakingly tested, and frightfully expensive re-creation of a twelve-course Christmas dinner with eight wines for twelve guests, all prepared without most modern amenities in a Victorian kitchen  . . .
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Relentless -Revolution 50

The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism, by Joyce Appleby, Norton, 2010 - Reviewed by John Ramsbottom

At a moment when the "Occupy" movement decries the economic order as we know it, the promise of this book for the general reader is appealing but elusive.  Appleby begins with the historian's perennial challenge-simply to . . .
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