College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Liberal Arts Matters

Alphabetical Listing by Book Title:

11/22/63: A Novel, by Stephen King, reviewed by Judi Morrel

1776, by David McCullough, reviewed by Richard McGowan

1Q84, by Haruki Marakami, reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, by Seth Grahame-Smith, reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

A Brain Wider than the Sky: A Migraine Diary, by Andrew Levy, reviewed by Chad Bauman

A Companion to Aristotle, edited by Georgios Anagnostopoulos, reviewed by Tiberiu Popa

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, by Xiaolu Guo, reviewed by Ania Spyra

A Gate at the Stairs, by Loorie Moore, reviewed by Hilene Flanzbaum

A Magnificent Catastrophe, The Tumultuous Election of 1800, by Edward J. Larson, reviewed by George W. Geib

A Most Wanted Man, by John Le Carré, reviewed by Ulf Goebel

A Single Man, by Christopher Isherwood, reviewed by Ulf Goebel

A Twisted Ladder, by Rhody Hawk, reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

A Wanted Man, by Lee Child, reviewed by Larry W. Riggs

An Evil Guest, by Gene Wolfe, reviewed by Brian Giesler

Balzac and The Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie, reviewed by Paula Saffire

Beer, Blood, & Cornmeal: Seven Years of Incredibly Strange Wrestling, by Bob Calhoun, reviewed by J. Rocky Colavito

Believing the Lie, by Elizabeth George, reviewed by Larry Riggs

Betrayal of Trust, by J.S. Jance, reviewed by Larry Riggs

Bicycle Diaries, by David Byrne, reviewed by Bill Watts

Bringing Nature Home: How you can sustain wildlife with native plants, by Douglas W. Tallamy, reviewed by Rebecca Dolan

Can't Remember What I Forgot: The Good News from the Front Lines of Memory Research, by Sue Halpern, reviewed by Ulf Goebel

Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson, reviewed by Judi Morrel

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human, by Richard Wrangham, reviewed by Paula Saffire

Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce, by Kent Nerburn, reviewed by Richard McGowan

Colonial Habits: Convents and the Spiritual Economy of Cuzco, Peru, by Kathryn Burns, reviewed by James Keating

Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, by Atul Gawande, reviewed by William Johnston

Composing a Life, by Mary Catherine Bateson, reviewed by Terri Carney

Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting , by Michael Perry, reviewed by Travis Ryan

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel (P.S.), by Tom Franklin, reviewed by Judi Morrel

Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese, reviewed by Anne Wilson

Defending Jacob, by William Landay, reviewed by Larry W. Riggs

Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams, by Gareth Roberts, reviewed by James McGrath

Don't Look Twice, by Andrew Gross, reviewed by Larry W. Riggs

Down River, by John Hart, reviewed by Judi Morrel

Down the Darkest Road, by Tami Hoag, reviewed by Larry Riggs

Eclipse, by Richard North Patterson, reviewed by Judi Morrel

Fannie's Last Supper: Re-creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 Cookbook, by Chris Kimball, reviewed by Jon Porter

Flat Earth: The History of an Infamous Idea, by Christine Garwood, reviewed by Michael Zimmerman

For Duty and Destiny: The Civil War Diary of William Taylor Stott, Hoosier Solider and Educator, by Lloyd A. Hunter, reviewed by George Geib

Forged: Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are, by Bart D. Ehrman, reviewed by James F. McGrath

Freeport's Lincoln, by Wilbur T. Rawleigh, reviewed by George Geib

Galileo Goes To Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion, by Ronald L. Numbers,reviewed by Michael Zimmerman

Gang Leader for A Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets, by Sudhir Venkatesh, reviewed by J. Rocky Colavito

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, reviewed by Judi Morrel

Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies, by Charlene Li & Josh Bernoff, reviewed by Ed Kanis

Hardscrabble, by Kevin McFadden, reviewed by Chris Bungard

Hard Times, by Charles Dickens, reviewed by Angela Hofstetter

Home , by Marilyn Robinson, reviewed by Judi Morrel

House: A Memoir, by Michael Ruhlman, reviewed by Anne Wilson

How Women Got Their Curves and Other Just-So Stories: Evolutionary Enigmas, by David P. Barash & Judith Eve Lipton, reviewed by Michael Zimmerman

Ireland, Irishmen, and Revolutionary America, by David Noel Doyle, reviewed by George Geib

Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don't Know About Them), by Bart D. Ehrman, reviewed by James F. McGrath

Joe Holmes: Here I Am Amongst You, by Len Graham, reviewed by George W. Geib

John Adams, by David McCullough, reviewed by Richard McGowan

Joseph Anton: A Memoir, by Salman Rushdie, reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe, by William Rosen, reviewed by George W. Geib

Kelly of the Foreign Legion: Letters of Legionnaire Russell A. Kelly, by Michael Kennerly, reviewed by Jon Porter

Left for Dead, by J.A. Jance, reviewed by Larry Riggs

Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann, reviewed by Bill Johnston

Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse, by Lawrence A. Babits & Joshua Howard, reviewed by George Geib

Made for Goodness and Why This Makes All the Difference, by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu, reviewed by Richard McGowan

Major and Mrs. Holt's Concise Guide to the Western Front - North, by Major Holt, reviewed by George Geib

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, by Helen Simonson, reviewed by Richard McGowan

Manhunt: the 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, by James L. Swanson, reviewed by Richard McGowan

Man's Search for Meaning , by Viktor E. Frankl, reviewed by Allison O'Malley

McCarthy's Bar, by Pete McCarthy, reviewed by Richard J. McGowan

Mistress of the Art of Death , by Ariana Franklin, reviewed by Richard McGowan

Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, by Daniel Smith, reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan, reviewed by Judi Morrel

No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Jouney to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels, by Jay Dobyns & Nils Johnson-Shelton, reviewed by J. Rocky Colavito

No Bone Unturned: Inside the World of a Top Forensic Scientist and His Work on America's Most Notorious Crimes and Disasters, by Jeff Benedict, reviewed by Dick McGowan

On Bullshit, by Harry G. Frankfurt, reviewed by J. Rocky Colavito

Only A Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul, by Alan Miller, reviewed by Michael Zimmerman

Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger, reviewed by Richard J. McGowan

Peripatetic Philosophy, 200 BC to AD 200: An Introduction and Collection of Sources in Translation, by R.W. Sharples, reviewed by Tiberiu Popa

People, Parks and Perceptions: A History and Appreciation of Indiana State Parks , reviewed by George Gieb

Philoponus and the Rejection of Aristotelian Science, 2nd edition, by Richard Sorabji, reviewed by Tiberiu Popa

Playing for Pizza, by John Grisham, reviewed by Lacey Echols

Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey, by Chuck Palahniuk, reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

Re/Search #10: Incredibly Strange Films, by Vivian Vale & Andrea Juno, reviewed by J. Rocky Colavito

Red Summer:  The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America, by Cameron McWhirter, reviewed by John Ramsbottom

Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species, by Sean B. Carroll, reviewed by Michael Zimmerman

Room: A Novel, by Emma Donoghue, reviewed by Judi Morrel

Secrets of Eden, by Chris Bohjalian, reviewed by Judi Morrel

Shadow Divers, by Robert Kurson, reviewed by Richard McGowan

Shock Festival, by Stephen Romano, reviewed by J. Rocky Colavito

Something Missing: A Novel, by Matthew Dicks, reviewed by LuAnne McNulty

South of Broad, by Pat Conroy, reviewed by Judi Morrel

Still Alice, by Lisa Genova, reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

Stitches, by David Small, reviewed by Robert Stapleton

Swan Peak, by James Lee Burke, reviewed by Judi Morrel

Tau 4 , by V. J. Waks, reviewed by George Gieb

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin, reviewed by Dick McGowan

Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World, by Carl Hiaasen, reviewed by J. Rocky Colavito

Teleology, First Principles, and Scientific Method in Aristotle's Biology, by Allan Gotthelf, reviewed by Tiberiu Popa

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie, reviewed by Dan Barden

The Attic Express and Other Macabre Stories, by Alex Hamilton, reviewed by George Geib

The Battle of the Big Hole: The Story of the Landmark Battle of the 1877 Nez Perce War, by Audrey L. Haines, reviewed by George Geib

The Beijing Consensus: How China's Authoritarian Model Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century , by Stefan Halper, reviewed by Su-Mei Ooi

The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine, by Benjamin Wallace, reviewed by Paul Hanson

The Black Box, by Michael Connelly, reviewed by Larry W. Riggs

The Book of Air and Shadows, by Michael Grube, reviewed by Judi Morrel

The Campaigns of Alexander, by Arrian (translated by A. de Selincourt and revised by J.R. Hamilton), reviewed by Tiberiu Popa

The Case of Witchcraft at Coggeshall, Essex in the Year 1699 , by Rev. J. R. Boys, reviewed by George Gieb

The Chickenhawk Syndrome: War, Sacrifice, and Personal Responsibility, reviewed by Harry van der Linden

The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, by Jane Mayer, reviewed by Bill Watts

The Drop, by Michael Connelly, reviewed by Larry W. Riggs

The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, by Leonard Mlodinow, reviewed by Robert Dale

The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe, by Theodore Gray, reviewed by Adam Azman

The Elephant's Journey , by Jose Saramago, reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

The Fire, by Katherine Neville, reviewed by Judi Morrel

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, reviewed by Richard McGowan

The Great Virginia Triumvirate: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson & James Madison In the Eyes of Their Contemporaries, by John P. Kaminski, reviewed by George Geib

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows, reviewed by Judi Morrel

The Hermetica of Elysium, by AnnMarie Banks, reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa, reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, reviewed by Paula Saffire

The Innocent Man, by John Grisham, reviewed by Judi Morrel

The Intelligencer , by Leslier Silbert, reviewed by Judi Morrel

The Killer Angels, by Michael Schaara, reviewed by Richard McGowan

The Killing Room, by John Manning, reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar, by Robert Alexander, reviewed by Lacey Echols

The Likeness, by Tana French, reviewed by Judi Morrel

The Litigators, by John Grisham, reviewed by Larry Riggs

The Lost Painting, by Jonathan Harr, reviewed by James Keating

The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service, by Andrew Meier, reviewed by Jon Porter

The McKinley Monument: A Tribute to a Fallen President, by Christopher Kenney, reviewed by George Geib

The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan, reviewed by Judi Morrel

The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria, reviewed by Dave Mason

The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism, by Joyce Appleby, reviewed by John Ramsbottom

The Ripest Moments: A Southern Indiana Childhood, by Norbert Krapf, reviewed by Fred Yaniga

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, reviewed by Bill Johnston

The Science Fiction Handbook, by M. Keith Booker & Anne-Marie Thomas, reviewed by James McGrath

The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes, reviewed by William Watts

The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (translated by Lucia Graves, reviewed by Richard McGowan

The Social Conquest of Earth, by Edward O. Wilson, reviewed by Larry W. Riggs

The Spies of Warsaw, by Alan Furst, reviewed by Jon Porter

The Stoics Reader: Selected Writings and Testimonia, Translated with Introduction by Brad Inwood & Lloyd P. Gerson, reviewed by Tiberiu Popa

The Stonecutter's Aria, by Carol Faenzi, reviewed by Judi Morrel

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski, reviewed by Lacey Echols

The Swan Thieves, by Elizabeth Kostova, reviewed by Judi Morrel

The Texts of Early Greek Philosophers, The Complete Fragments and Selected Testimonies of the Major Presocratics, by Daniel Graham, reviewed by Tiberiu Popa

The Time Keeper, by Mitch Albom, reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

The Two Princesses of Bamarre, by Gail Carlson Levine, reviewed by Jon Sorenson

The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett, reviewed by Paula Saffire

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan: People, Law, and Politics, by David Gardner Chardavoyne, reviewed by George W. Geib

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson, reviewed by Mary Ramsbottom

The Way of the World, by Nicolas Bouvier, reviewed by Tiberiu Popa

The Well-Dressed Ape: A Natural History of Myself, by Hannah Holmes, reviewed by Michael Zimmerman

The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga, reviewed by Ania Spyra

The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?, by Jared Diamond, reviewed by Larry W. Riggs

36 Arguments for the Existence of God, by Rebecca Goldstein, reviewed by William Watts

This Republic of Suffering, by Drew Gilpin Faust, reviewed by Susan Sutherlin

This Way for Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, by Tadeusz Borowski, reviewed by Ulf Goebel ......

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time, by Greg Mortenson & David liver Relin, reviewed by Judi Morrel

Time in Antiquity, by Robert Hannah, reviewed by Tiberiu Popa

To Absent Friends from Red Smith, by Red Smith, reviewed by Richard McGowan

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand, reviewed by Lacey Echols

Under a cruel star: A life in Prague 1941 - 1968, by Heda Margolius Kovály, reviewed by Nathan Harter 

Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce's Masterpiece, by Declan Kiberd, reviewed by Susan Sutherlin

University Marketing Mistakes: 50 Pitfalls to Avoid, by Thomas Hayes & Roy Adler, reviewed by Ed Kanis

Watching the Dark, by Peter Robinson, reviewed by Larry W. Riggs

Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen, reviewed by Richard McGowan

What the Best College Teachers Do, by Ken Bain, reviewed by Liliana Torres-Goens

Why Evolution is True, by Jerry A. Coyne, reviewed by Michael Zimmerman

Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks, reviewed by Judi Morrel

Zero Day, by David Baldacci, reviewed by Larry Riggs