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Recommended Readings (April 2013)

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!

Time -Keeper 50

The Time Keeper, by Mitch Albom, Hyperion, 2012 - Reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

This is the story of the invention of Time and its consequences.
The reader follows three main characters and three stories, set in different times and places. First we encounter young Dor, obsessed with measuring time, the first human being to even attempt to calculate time.
Complete Book Review

The -Road 50

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, Vintage, 2007 - Reviewed by William Johnston

You can enjoy reading McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize Winner literally, as a powerful tale of a dying father's loving care for his ten year-old son as they journey determinedly through an unfamiliar post-apocalyptic physical world - filled with dust, ashes, cruelty, and gritty fog - toward a coastal region in hopes of life renewed.
Complete Book Review

Hard -Times 50

Hard Times, by Charles Dickens, Penguin Hardback Classics, 2003 - Reviewed by Angela Hofstetter

Contemporary debates about climate change, "Right to Work", and No Child Left Behind illustrate how our modern world bears remarkable resemblance to Charles Dickens's mythical Coketown with its tall chimneys "out of which interminable serpents of smoke trailed," factory laborers referred to as "Hands," and a school that cares only about Facts.
Complete Book Review


1776, by David McCullough, Simon & Schuster, 2005 - Reviewed by Richard McGowan

While I was reading the Pulitzer prize-winning 1776, I remarked to my wife, "I'm on page 268 [of 294 text pages] and cannot see how American won the Revolutionary War."  The remark, in and of itself, suggests why the book is worth reading.
Complete Book Review