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Recommended Readings (Nov. 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!


The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (translated by Lucia Graves), Penguin Books, 2001 - Reviewed by Richard McGowan

Hats off to Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind, a paean to books in an e-world of images, twits, and blogs. 
Zafon tells the story of Daniel, whose father, a bookseller, takes him to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books in post WWII Barcelona.
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The Stoics Reader: Selected Writings and Testimonia Translated with Introduction by Brad Inwood and Lloyd P. Gerson, Hackett, 2008 - Reviewed by Tiberiu Popa

We may often find ourselves commenting on our or others' stoic attitude, without pausing to ponder what exactly that means. We might even read Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations" (apparently Bill Clinton's once favorite book) without taking the trouble to place it in the larger context of the history of . . .
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Rant: The Oral Biography of  Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk, Anchor, 2008 - Reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

Darkness lovers, weird-factor seekers, Rant by Chuck Palahniuk is for you! Written in an innovative style of oral biography, where many voices intertwine, Rant is a pleasurable novel for anyone interested in reading something a little outside of the mainstream.
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Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham, Persus, 2009 - Reviewed by Paul Saffire

Richard Wrangham makes mincemeat out of raw-food faddists.  Okay, just kidding.  But Wrangham does discuss the importance of meat and of mincing for the evolution of our big-brained selves.  He makes a complex and solid case. . .
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