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Recommended Readings (October 2012)

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 -Housekeeper 50

The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa, Picador, 2009 - Reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

This is the story of a most unusual encounter. A young Japanese single mother who works as a housekeeper is sent by her agency to take care of an elderly man. The victim of a terrible car accident, he is unable to remember more than 80 minutes at a time. 
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Telelogy 50

Teleology, First Principles, and Scientific Method in Aristotle's Biology, by Allan Gotthelf, Oxford, 2012 - Reviewed by Tiberiu Popa

Most readers of Aristotle are familiar with his ethics and political philosophy.  More devoted students are also acquainted with his works on metaphysics and natural philosophy.  His biological works, however, tend to be less widely read, despite a steady tendency in recent scholarship to make them a centerpiece of any comprehensive attempt to grasp several crucial facets of Aristotelian philosophy.
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Monkey -Mind 50

Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, by Daniel Smith, Simon and Schuster, 2012 - Reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

I had never really considered anxiety as a disorder before. A nuisance? Definitely! A slight annoyance when dealing with a major event? Sure.  I thought of anxiety as a feeling that makes your legs wobble as you settle to address a large crowd.
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The -Mc Kinley -Monument 50

The McKinley Monument: A Tribute to a Fallen President, by Christopher Kenney, The History Press, 2006 - Reviewed by George Geib

Public memory is a hot topic today.  Personalities and events that the public remembers, and the ways people are encouraged to remember them, lie at the center of an explosion of studies.  The accepted wisdom is that the public memory is normally short and highly selective; certainly American leaders are . . .
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