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Alphabetical listing of Recommended Readings by reviewer:

Azman, Adam

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

Barden, Dan

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

Bauman, Chad

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

Bungard, Chris

Hardscrabble , by Kevin McFadden

Carney, Terri

Composing a Life , by Mary Catherine Bateson

Colavito, J. Rocky

Beer, Blood, & Cornmeal: Seven Years of Incredibly Strange Wrestling, by Bob Calhoun

Gang Leader for A Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets , by Sudhir Venkatesh

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

On Bullshit , by Harry G. Frankfurt

Re/Search #10: Incredibly Strange Films , by Vivian Vale & Andrea Juno

Shock Festival , by Stephen Romano

Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World , by Carl Hiaasen

Dale, Robert

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

Dolan, Rebecca

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

Echols, Lacey

Playing for Pizza , by John Grisham

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

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle , by David Wroblewski

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

Flanzbaum, Hilene

A Gate at the Stairs , by Loorie Moore

Geib, George

A Magnificent Catastrophe, The Tumultuous Election of 1800, by Edward J. Larson

For Duty and Destiny: The Civil War Diary of William Taylor Stott, Hoosier Soldier and Educator, by Lloyd A. Hunter, editor

Freeport's Lincoln , by Wilbur T. Rawleigh

Ireland, Irishmen, and Revolutionary America , by David Noel Doyle

Joe Holmes: Here I Am Amongst You, by Len Graham

Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe, by William Rosen

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

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

People, Parks and Perceptions: A History and Appreciation of Indiana State Parks , by Glory-June Greiff

Tau 4 , by V. J. Waks

The Attic Express and Other Macabre Stories , by Alex Hamilton

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

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

The Great Virginia Triumvirate , by John P. Kaminski

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

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

Giesler, Brian

An Evil Guest , by Gene Wolfe

Goebel, Ulf

A Most Wanted Man , by John Le Carré

A Single Man , by Christopher Isherwood

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

This Way for Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen , by Tadeusz Borowski

Hanson, Paul

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

Harter, Nathan

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

Hofstetter, Angela

Hard Times, by Charles Dickens

Johnston, Bill

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

Let the Great World Spin , by Colum McCann

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

Kanis, Ed

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

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

Keating, James

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

The Lost Painting , by Jonathan Harr

Mason, Dave

The Post-American World , by Fareed Zakaria

McGowan, Dick

1776, by David McCullough

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

John Adams, by David McCullough

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

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, by Helen Simonson

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

McCarthy's Bar, by Pete McCarthy

Mistress of the Art of Death , by Ariana Franklin

No Bone Unturned: Inside the World of a Top Forensic Scientist , by Jeff Benedict

Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger

Shadow Divers , by Robert Kurson

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

The Graveyard Book , by Neil Gaiman

The Killer Angels , by Michael Schaara

The Shadow of the Wind , by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (translated by Lucia Graves)

To Absent Friends from Red Smith , by Red Smith

Water for Elephants , by Sara Gruen

McGrath, James F.

Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure of Douglas Adams, by Gareth Roberts

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

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

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

 McNulty, LuAnne

Something Missing: A Novel , by Matthew Dicks

 Morrel, Judi

Case Histories , by Kate Atkinson

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

Down River , by John Hart

Eclipse , by Richard North Patterson

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

Home , by Marilyn Robinson

Mudbound , by Hillary Jordan

Room: A Novel, by Emma Donoghue

Secrets of Eden , by Chris Bohjalian

South of Broad , by Pat Conroy

Swan Peak , by James Lee Burke

The Book of Air and Shadows , by Michael Grube

The Fire , by Katherine Neville

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

The Innocent Man , by John Grisham

The Intelligencer , by Leslie Silbert

The Likeness , by Tana French

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

The Stonecutter's Aria , by Carol Faenzi

The Swan Thieves , by Elizabeth Kostova

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

11/22/63: A Novel, by Stephen King

O'Malley, Allison

Man's Search for Meaning , by Viktor E. Frankl

Ooi, Su-Mei

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

Popa, Tiberiu

A Companion to Aristotle , edited by Georgiow Anagnostopoulos

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

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

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

Time in Antiquity , by Robert Hannah

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

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

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

The Way of the World , by Nicolas Bouvier

Porter, Jon

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

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

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

The Spies of Warsaw , by Alan Furst

Ramsbottom, John

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

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

Ramsbottom, Mary

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

Riggs, Larry

A Wanted Man, by Lee Child

Believing the Lie, by Elizabeth George

Betrayal of Trust, by J. A. Jance

Defending Jacob, by William Landay

Don't Look Twice, by Andrew Gross

Down the Darkest Road, by Tami Hoag

Left for Dead, by J.A. Jance

The Black Box, by Michael Connelly

The Drop, by Michael Connelly

The Litigators, by John Grisham

The Social Conquest of Earth, by Edward O. Wilson

The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?, by Jared Diamond

Watching the Dark, by Peter Robinson

Zero Day, by David Baldacci

Ryan, Travis

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

Saffire, Paula

Balzac and The Little Chinese Seamstress , by Dai Sijie

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks , by Rebecca Skloot

The Uncommon Reader , by Alan Bennett

Sorenson, Jon

The Two Princesses of Bamarre , by Gail Carlson Levine

Spyra, Ania

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

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

The White Tiger , by Aravind Adiga

Stapleton, Robert

Stitches , by David Small

Sureau-Hale, Eloise

1Q84, by Haruki Murakami

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, by Seth Grahame-Smith

The Hermetica of Elysium, by AnnMarie Banks

Joseph Anton: A Memoir, by Salman Rushdie

Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, by Daniel Smith

A Twisted Ladder, by Rhody Hawk

Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey  , by Chuck Palahniuk

Still Alice, by Lisa Genova

The Elephant's Journey, by Jose Saramago

The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa

The Killing Room, by John Manning

The Time Keeper, by Mitch Albom

Sutherlin, Susan

This Republic of Suffering , by Drew Gilpin Faust

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

Torres-Goens, Liliana

What the Best College Teachers Do, by Ken Bain

van der Linden, Harry

The Chickenhawk Syndrome: War, Sacrifice, and Personal Responsibility , by Cheyney Ryan

Watts, Bill

Bicycle Diaries , by David Byrne

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

The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes

36 Arguments for the Existence of God , by Rebecca Goldstein

Wilson, Anne 

Cutting for Stone , by Abraham Verghese

House: A Memoir , by Michael Ruhlman

Year of Wonders , by Geraldine Brooks

Yaniga, Fred

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

Zimmerman, Michael

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Evolution is True , by Jerry A. Coyne