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Recommended Readings (September 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!

Gone -Girl 50

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, Crown, 2012 - Reviewed by Judi Morrel

In today's world it seems that "The butler did it" has morphed into "The husband did it."  And that's what you will believe during a good portion of Gillian Flynn's dark, sneaky novel about the disappearance of Amy Dunne on her fifth wedding anniversary.
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Believing -the -Lie 50

Believing the Lie, by Elizabeth George, Dutton, 2012 - Reviewed by Larry W. Riggs

Elizabeth George has always been an ambitious writer. Her mysteries are long, complex, and informed by knowledge of psychology, society, and literary traditions. In her most recent book, an addition to the long Thomas Lynley series the series inspired a set of television dramas--George sets herself a narrative . . .
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US-District -Ct 50

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan: People, Law, and Politics, by David Gardner Chardavoyne, Wayne State University Press, 2012 - Reviewed by George W. Geib

America's federal district and circuit courts have been actively working to record their historie.  David Chardavoyne adds an excellent volume to that output with this study.   The court had jurisdiction for all of Michigan until separated east and west in 1863.
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Chief -Joseph 50

Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce, by Kent Nerburn, Harper One, 2005 - Reviewed by Richard McGowan

Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce confirms why, as a matter of respect, I visited Chief Joseph's grave years ago.  Kent Nerburn has captured the dignity, heart, and person of Chief Joseph, whom the NY Times called the 'noblest Indian of them all,' in telling the story. . .
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