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Recommended Readings (January 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!

The -Kitchen -Boy 50

The Kitchen Boy, by Robert Alexander, Penguin, 2004 - Reviewed by Lacey Echols

The Kitchen Boy, by Robert Alexander, is a novel about the final days of the last tsar, Nicholas Romanov and his wife Alexandra, and the family's imprisoned existence after the revolution in 1919. The story is told from the perspective of the young kitchen boy, Leonka, who lived . . .
Complete Book Review

Defending -Jacob 50

Defending Jacob, by William Landay, Random House, 2012 - Reviewed by Larry Riggs

This is the third book by Landay, a former prosecutor. It's the first one I've read, and it is good enough to motivate me to read the other two. The book is legally and psychologically complex and convincing. Jacob is the fourteen-year-old son of Andy Barber, an assistant district attorney . . .
Complete Book Review

Red -Summer 50

Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America, by Cameron McWhirter, St. Martins's 2011 - Reviewed by John Ramsbottom

Who under the age of 30 can say what the title NAACP stands for?  Not only is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (founded 1909) too easily overlooked today, its early history seems to coincide with a period of defeat for black Americans.
Complete Book Review

Joseph -Anton

Joseph Anton. A Memoir, by Salman Rushdie, Random House, 2012 - Reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale

In his latest book, Salman Rushdie is Joseph Anton, a name chosen to protect himself, when a fatwa was pronounced against him and his Satanic Verses in 1989. 
Written in the third person narrative rather than the first person perspective, thus allowing some distance, Rushdie candidly recalls . . .
Complete Book Review