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Recommended Readings (March 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!


The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine by Benjamin Wallace, Broadway Books, 2009 - Reviewed by Paul Hanson

In 1985 a bottle of 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux was put up for auction by Christie's of London and sold for, well, quite a lot-much more than you or I will ever pay for a bottle of wine.  What was so special about this bottle?  According to the auction catalog, it had first been purchased by Thomas Jefferson, when he lived in France, but never shipped to the United States. .
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The Killer Angels  by Michael Schaara, Ballantine Books, 1996 - Reviewed by Richard McGowan

After reading The Killer Angels, I made it my business to visit the beautiful and moving monument for Congressional Medal of Honor winners.  I had to read the name "Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain," one of the most accomplished Americans to have ever lived.
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Kelly of the Foreign Legion: Letters of Légionnaire Russell A. Kelly by Michael Kennerly,General Books, 1917 - Reviewed by Jon Porter

On November 3, 1914, Russell Kelly and his friend Lawrence Scanlan sailed from New York to Bordeaux aboard a Canadian tramp steamer laden with 650 horses destined for the French army. Kelly and Scanlan were destined for the French Foreign Legion and this is a collection of Kelly's letters home to his family, many of which were published in a New York newspaper.
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Crown, 2010 - Reviewed by Paula Saffire

This book is the perfect mating of biography and science.  It is a tale woven of many strands, told by a master story teller.   You come to the death of Henrietta Lacks one third of the way through and wonder, . . .
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The Attic Express and Other Macabre Stories by Alex Hamilton, Ashtree Press, 2007 - Reviewed by George Geib

Alex Hamilton is one of Britain's foremost authors of stories of dark fiction.  This volume brings together two of his earlier anthologies plus three more recent pieces.  All share his macabre outlook, placing characters at the gruesome boundaries between the routine and the fantastic.
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