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Recommended Readings (Mar. 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!

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Something Missing: A Novel by Matthew Dicks, Broadway: 2009 - Reviewed by LuAnne McNulty

Maybe I read too many books of the same genre, but when I read the book Something Missing: A Novel, I was truly impressed by the story. Martin is in his early 30s. He has somewhat of an alternative career/lifestyle. He robs people for a living. But, he steals what he only perceives to be of no or little value to his victims.
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Case Histories by Kate Atkinson, Little, Brown and Company, 2008 - Reviewed by Judi Morrel

Which is it - a complex whodunit or a sprawling family saga?  Perhaps it is both and surely it does not matter; fans of either genre will relish English author Kate Atkinson's Case Histories. The world-weary private detective at the center of the novel, Jackson Brodie, is engaged by several different clients in Cambridge, England, to investigate three "cold cases" . . .
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No Bone Unturned: Inside the Wrold of a Top Forensic Scientist and His Work on America's Most Notorious Crimes and Disasters by Jeff Benedict, Harper Collins, 2004 - Reviewed by Dick McGowan 

No Bone Unturned chronicles the exploits of, perhaps, America's foremost forensic scientist, Doug Owsley.  For CSI fans, there's no better book than this one.  Owsley has made a career out of understanding what death might tell us. 
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The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr, Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2006 - Reviewed by Jim Keating

You needn't be an art expert to appreciate Jonathan Harr's book, The Lost Painting.  In fact, if you like mystery and suspense this will be as enjoyable a book as you will find.  This book tells the story of a lost master-work by the Italian Renaissance painter, Caravaggio, . .  .
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The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova, Little, Brown and Company - Reviewed by Judi Morrel

If you are an admirer of Elizabeth Kostova's best-selling 2005 novel The Historian, you will be pleased as punch with her latest offering, The Swan Thieves.  And if you haven't read either one, you've missed the delightful opportunity to transport yourself back and forth temporally and range hither and yon geographically, all the while trying to unravel  . . .
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