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Recommended Readings (Nov. 2008)

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!

On Bullshit 50

On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt, Princeton University Press, 2005 - Reviewed by J. Rocky Colavito

What's about the size of a Gideon Bible, is titled with one of George Carlin's infamous "seven words," and spent over 20 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list?
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Post American World 50

The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria, Norton, 2008 - Reviewed by Dave Mason

Newsweek editor and columnist Fareed Zakaria has written a thoughtful and thought-provoking book about America's relative decline in the world, and "the rise of the rest"-especially China and India. These emerging powers are following a "third way," not always the path or model of the United States...
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This Way Gas 50

This Way for Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski, translated by Barbara Vedder, Penguin Classics 1992- Reviewed by Ulf Goebel

An incident recounted in the title story renders the entire horror Borowski lived through. It is the narrator's "fortune" to be taken along one day to work on the ramp, where the plunder from the new arrivals is shared by the SS and the inmates whose survival it assures.
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Literary Potato Pie 50

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, Random House, 2008 - Reviewed by Judi Morrel

If you have never read an epistolary novel (or even if you have), this charming tale is a wonderful place to begin (or begin anew). Set just after the Second World War, the story unfolds entirely and gracefully through a series of letters written to or received by the protagonist, Juliet Ashton.
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Flat Earth 50

Flat Earth: The History of an Infamous Idea by Christine Garwood , Thomas Dunne Books 2008 - Reviewed by Michael Zimmerman

Garwood, historian of science at the Open University in England, has produced a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging first book. She examines the belief that the world is flat from a wide array of perspectives and makes a number of important points.
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Edgar Sawtelle 50

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski, Ecco Press 2008 - Reviewed by Lacey Echols

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a simple one about a family breeding and training a line of exceptional dogs. The tale begins with the grandfather chancing upon an unusually bright dog which he cannot leave behind.
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