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Recommended Readings (Nov. 2009)

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 Science Fiction Handbook by M. Keith Booker and Anne-Marie Thomas, Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009 - Reviewed by James McGrath

The Science Fiction Handbook offers a great overview of sci-fi that engages its many philosophical and other interesting academic questions.  Each major section provides an angle on science fiction that could . . .
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The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst, Random House, 2008 - Reviewed by Jon Porter

Warsaw.  Autumn, 1937.  Edvard Uhl, a plodding, middle-aged German engineer, is meeting his Polish mistress, the enigmatic, impoverished Countess Sczelenska - who is, of course, neither a Countess nor even a Pole - at the Hotel Europejski.  Tomorrow, in exchange for a thousand zloty in a seedy bar, Uhl will . . .
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Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce's Masterpiece by Declan Kiberd, W. W. Norton & Company, 2009 - Reviewed by Susan Surtherlin

Let's face it-James Joyce is a nag. His best known work-you know the one-the 600-page modernist romp on everyone's must read/never finished list (even Hemingway's copy of Ulysses lies in the John F. Kennedy Library with pages uncut) is the subject of a startling refreshing companion volume, Ulysses and Us
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