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Recommended Readings (Sept. 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!

Secrets of Eden

Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian, Crown, 2010 - Reviewed by Judi Morrel

Chris Bohjalian, winner of the 2002 New England Book Award, tackles social issues (midwifery in Midwives, homeopathic medicine in The Law of Similars, homelessness in The Double Bind), about which his readers often have passionate feelings.  He is a master at turning those feelings upside down . . .
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The Way of the World by Nicolas Bouvier, New York Review Books Classics, 2009 - Tiberiu Popa

In the summer of 1953, while still a student at the University of Geneva, Nicolas Bouvier embarks on a long and often perilous journey together with his friend, Thierry Vernet, who would later provide the illustrations for this book. In about a year and a half the two young men, driving an unimposing and fairly unreliable Fiat Topolino, explored postwar Yugoslavia. . .
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36 Arguments for the Existence of God by Rebecca Goldstein, Pantheon, 2010 - Reviewed by William Watts

Rebecca Goldstein's 36 Arguments for the Existence of God has a wonderfully misleading title.  It is not a theological treatise or an exercise in piety, but a lively novel.  The main character, Cass Seltzer, is a university professor who has just published a book. . .
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The Great Virginia Triumvirate by John Kaminski, University of Virginia Press, 2010- Reviewed by George Geib

John Kaminski has dedicated his career to studies of the Founding Fathers, and in the process he has collected a large database that he calls "The Founders on the Founders."    It's a collection of contemporary descriptions and opinions voiced about the revolutionary elite. 
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