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Recommended Readings (Oct. 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!

The Dark Side 50

The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals by Jane Mayer - Doubleday, 2008 - Reviewed by Bill Watts

Mayer's book is important, and will be of interest to anyone who is concerned about the health of our Republic. Drawing on a series of articles she published in the New Yorker , Mayer knits together into one compelling narrative…
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Book of Air 50

The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Grube, HarperCollins 2007 - Reviewed by Judi Morrel

If you enjoyed Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code , then you will love this smart, literary thriller by Michael Gruber. With a finely drawn cast of characters including …
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Alexie 50

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Art by Ellen Forney, Little, Brown and Co. 2007 - Reviewed by Dan Barden

To call Alexie our greatest contemporary Native American writer is sort of like calling Lance Armstrong our greatest contemporary Texan American cyclist.
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Shadow Divers 50

Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson, Alfred E. Knopf 2004 - Reviewed by Dick McGowan

Shadow Divers may be the perfect book for history buffs. The book recounts the discovery of a German submarine sunk off the coast of New Jersey. But the boat appears in no military record and its identity is unknown.
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Saffire 1-50 Saffire 2-50

Balzac and The Little Chinese Seamstress , by Dai Sijie, Random House 2001 and
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007 - Reviewed by Paula Saffire

All of us who are readers know, perhaps unconsciously, that reading is subversive. But to find it portrayed as deliciously subversive is a true delight. Two recent books, one by a Chinese author living in France, the other by a popular British author, lay out the transformations…
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Only Theory 50

Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul by Ken Miller, Viking, 2008 - Reviewed by Michael Zimmerman

In a thoroughly engaging and informative style, Brown University biologist Ken Miller takes on the concept of intelligent design and explains…
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