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Recommended Readings (Oct. 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!

Bicycle Diaries 50

Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne, Viking, 2009 - Reviewed by Bill Watts

Bookstore owners will have a difficult time deciding where to place David Byrne's Bicycle Diary on their shelves. This book, by the talented musician and leader of the now-disbanded Talking Heads, does not fit readily into any of the established categories. It is part travelogue as it recounts . . .
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Bringing Nature 50

Bringing Nature Home: How you can sustain wildlife with native plants by Douglas W. Tallamy, Timber Press, 2007 - Reviewed by Rebecca Dolan

Doug Tallamy is an entomology professor at the University of Delaware. Although he and his students are actively publishing in the scientific literature, he has written a wonderfully accessible book on the importance of native plants in backyard habitats.
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Colonial Habits 50

Colonial Habits: Convents and the Spiritual Economy of Cuzco, Peru by Kathryn Burns, Duke University Press, 1999 - Reviewed by James Keating

A few years ago, visiting Peru, I noticed something. In Cusco, the charming ancient capital, drivers recklessly speed through crowded streets heedless of rules or common sense, scattering pedestrians before them… with a single exception.
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Manhunt 50

Manhunt: the 12-day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L Swanson, Harper Perennial, 2007 - Reviewed by Richard McGowan

This year, Washington, D.C. has enthusiastically displayed Lincoln memorabilia in all manner, shape, and form. For instance, the Library of Congress displayed the original Emancipation Proclamation, the one shown his cabinet in private.
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Republic Of Suffering 50

This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust, Knopf (Vintage, reprint edition 2009) - Reviewed by Susan Sutherlin

With an historian's curiosity and a humanist's sensibility, author Drew Gilpin Faust, the current President of Harvard University, meticulously examines the cultural and social impact of mass death on the American consciousness in the aftermath of the Civil War . . .
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