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Recommended Readings (September 2011)

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!

Crooked -Letter 50

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel (P.S.) by Tom Franklin, Harper Perrenial, 2011 - Reviewed by Judi Morrel

Authored by Tom Franklin, who won an Edgar award for an earlier short story collection, the novel Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is set in present-day Mississippi and involves an unsolved cold case from the 1970's.  Larry Ott, the child of lower-middle-class white parents and Silas Jones, the son of a poor black single mother, were unlikely childhood pals . . .
Complete Book Review

Long ,Obstinate ,and -Bloody 50

Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse by Lawrence A. Babits & Joshua Howard,University of North Carolina Press, 2009 - Reviewed by George Geib

In recent years we've seen a number of new approaches to the history of combat, called by some a "new military history."  The old emphasis upon great commanders and heroic incidents has slipped away.  It's been replaced by the dynamics of small units, the sociology of recruitment . . .
Complete Book Review

Let -the -Great -World -Spin 50

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, Random House, 2009 - Reviewed by Bill Johnston

Colum McCann's Let the Great World Spin introduces New York City through the memory of astonished, cheering New Yorkers watching Philippe Petit, on August 7, 1974, as he walked across a high-wire he strung between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.  It was an event they celebrated, or at least  . . .
Complete Book Review

The -Killing -Room 50

The Killing Room by John Manning, Pinnacle, 2010 - Reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

What if every ten years, for the past eighty years, one member of your family was to be sacrificed, locked up and left alone one full night to die in the hands of an angry ghost? What happens if the ritual is breached?
Complete Book Review