"We believe that ideas matter and as a consequence of that, all of us in the College are passionate about reading. Expressing our enthusiasm for books is a natural way to share ideas, to stimulate discussion, and to simply embrace a love of reading. In order to share widely, we, including the faculty and staff of the College, are writing a series of book reviews about favorite books. We hope you enjoy our suggestions."

For a period from 2008-2013, LAS had an arrangement with NUVO to have faculty write short, non-scholarly, “what we’re reading” book reviews. Those reviews have been preserved and are now accessible through this series.

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Submissions from 2013

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Joe Holmes: Here I Am Amongst You, by Len Graham, Four Courts, 2010, George W. Geib

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Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe, by William Rosen, Viking, 2007, George W. Geib

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

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The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, Vintage, 2007, Bill Johnston

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

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Made for Goodness and Why This Makes All the Difference, by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu, Harper Collins, 2010, Richard McGowan

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

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

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Don't Look Twice, by Andrew Gross, William Morrow, 2009, Larry Riggs

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The World Until Yesterday: What Can WE Learn from Traditional Societies?, by Jared Diamond, Penguin, 2012, Larry Riggs

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Watching the Dark, by Peter Robinson, William Morrow/Harper Collins, 2012, Larry Riggs

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

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

Submissions from 2012

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

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, 2010, Lacey Echols

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A Magnificent Catastrophe, The Tumultuous Election of 1800, by Edward J. Larson, Free Press, 2007, George W. Geib

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The McKinley Monument: A Tribute to a Fallen President, by Christopher Kenney, The History Press, 2006, George W. Geib

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

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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, by Atul Gawande, Picador, 2003, Bill Johnston

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

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John Adams, by David McCullough, Simon & Schuster, 2001, Richard McGowan

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McCarthy's Bar, by Pete McCarthy, St. Martin's Press, 2000, Richard McGowan

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Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger, Grove Press, 2001, Richard McGowan

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Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams, by Gareth Roberts, Ace, 2012, James McGrath

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

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Philoponus and the Rejection of Aristotelian Science, 2nd edition, by Richard Sorabji, Institute of Classical Studies, 2010, Tiberiu Popa

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Teleology, First Principles, and Scientific Method in Aristotle's Biology, by Allan Gotthelf, Oxford, 2012, Tiberiu Popa

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Fannie's Last Supper: Re-creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 Cookbook, by Chris Kimball, New York: Hyperion, 2010, Jon Porter

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The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism, by Joyce Appleby, Norton, 2010, John Ramsbottom

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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson, Vintage, 2010, Mary Ramsbottom

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A Wanted Man, by Lee Child, Delacorte, 2012, Larry Riggs

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Believing the Lie, by Elizabeth George, Dutton, 2012, Larry Riggs

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Betrayal of Trust, by J. A. Jance, William Morrow, 2011, Larry Riggs

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Down the Darkest Road, by Tami Hoag, Penguin, 2011, Larry Riggs

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Left for Dead, by J. A. Jance, Touchstone, 2012, Larry Riggs

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The Black Box, by Michael Connelly, Little, Brown 2012, Larry Riggs

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The Drop, by Michael Connelly, Little, Brown, 2011, Larry Riggs

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The Social Conquest of Earth, by Edward O. Wilson, Norton, 2012, Larry Riggs

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Zero Day, by David Baldacci, Grand Central, 2011, Larry Riggs

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1Q84, by Haruki Murakami, Knopf, 2011, Eloise Sureau-Hale

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Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, by Daniel Smith, Simon and Schuster, 2012, Eloise Sureau-Hale

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The Hermetica of Elysium, by Annmarie Banks, Knox, 2011, Eloise Sureau-Hale

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The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa, Picador, 2009, Eloise Sureau-Hale

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What the Best College Teachers Do, by Ken Bain, Harvard University Press, 2004, Liliana Torres-Goens

Submissions from 2011

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The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray, Black Dog and Leventhal, 2009, Adam M. Azman

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Composting a Life by Mary Catherine Bateson, Grove Press, 1989, Terri Carney

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Re/Search #10: Incredibly Strange Films by Vivian Vale and Andrea Juno, Re/Search Publications, 1988, J. Rocky Colavito

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Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse by Lawrence A. Babits & Joshua Howard,University of North Carolina Press, 2009, George W. Geib

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The Attic Express and Other Macabre Stories by Alex Hamilton, Ashtree Press, 2007, George W. Geib

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The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine by Benjamin Wallace, Broadway Books, 2009, Paul Hanson

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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, Random House, 2009, Bill Johnston

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Harper, 2010, Richard McGowan

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The Killer Angels by Michael Schaara, Ballantine Books, 1996, Richard McGowan

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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Algonquin Books, 2007, Richard McGowan

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Forged: Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are by Bart D. Ehrman, HarperOne, 2011, James McGrath

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11/22/63: A Novel, by Stephen King, Scribner, 2011, Judi Morrel

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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel (P.S.) by Tom Franklin, Harper Perrenial, 2011, Judi Morrel

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Room: A Novel, by Emma Donoghue, Little, Brown, and Company, 2010, Judi Morrel

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The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan, Penguin 2006, Judi Morrel

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The Stonecutter's Aria by Carol Faenzi, Aperto, 2005, Judi Morrel

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The Beijing Consensus: How China's Authoritarian Model Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century by Stefan Halper, Basic Books, 2010, Su-Mei Ooi

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A Companion to Aristotle Edited by Georgios Anagnostopoulos, Blackwell Publishing 2009, Tiberiu Popa

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The Campaigns of Alexander, by Arrian (translated by A. de Sélincourt and revised by J.R. Hamilton), Penguin, 1971, Tiberiu Popa

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The Texts of Early Greek Philosophers, The Complete Fragments and Selected Testimonies of the Major Presocratics, by Daniel Graham, Cambridge University Press, 2010, Tiberiu Popa

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Kelly of the Foreign Legion: Letters of Légionnaire Russell A. Kelly by Michael Kennerly, General Books, 1917, Jon Porter

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The Litigators, by John Grisham,Doubleday, 2011, Larry Riggs

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Crown, 2010, Paula Saffire

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith, Grand Central Publishing, 2010, Eloise Sureau-Hale

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A Twisted Ladder, by Rhody Hawk,Forge, 2009, Eloise Sureau-Hale

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The Elephant's Journey by Jose Saramago, Harcourt, 2010, Eloise Sureau-Hale

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The Killing Room by John Manning, Pinnacle, 2010, Eloise Sureau-Hale

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The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes, Borzoi, 2011, William Watts

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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, Vintage, 2010, Anne Wilson

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House: A Memoir by Michael Ruhlman, Viking Adult, 2005, Anne Wilson

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Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, Penguin, 2002, Anne Wilson

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How Women Got Their Curves and Other Just-So Stories: Evolutionary Enigmas David P. Barash and Judith Eve Lipton, Columbia University Press, 2009, Michael Zimmerman

Submissions from 2010

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A Brain Wider than the Sky: A Migraine Diary by Andrew Levy, Simon and Schuster, 2009, Chad Bauman

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Playing for Pizza by John Grisham, Bantam Books, 2008, Lacey Echols

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A Gate at the Stairs by Loorie Moore, Vintage, 2009, Hilene Flanzbaum

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People, Parks and Perceptions: A History and Appreciation of Indiana State Parks by Glory-June Grieff, Trafford Publishing, 2009, George W. Geib

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Tau 4 by V. J. Waks, AuthorHouse, 2007, George W. Geib

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The Case of Witchcraft at Coggeshall, Essex in the Year 1699 by Rev. J. Boys, A.R. Smith, 1901 - Reviewed by George Geib, George W. Geib

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A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001, Ulf Goebel

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Under a cruel star: A life in Prague 1941 -1968 by Heda Margolius Kovály, Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc., 1997, Nathan Harter

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The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr, Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2006, Jim Keating

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Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin, Berkley Publishing Group, 2008, Richard McGowan

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No Bone Unturned: Inside the Wrold of a Top Forensic Scientist and His Work on America's Most Notorious Crimes and Disasters by Jeff Benedict, Harper Collins, 2004, Richard McGowan

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (translated by Lucia Graves), Penguin Books, 2001, Richard McGowan

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To Absent Friends from Red Smith by Red Smith, NY: Atheneum, 1982, Richard McGowan

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Something Missing: A Novel by Matthew Dicks, Broadway: 2009, LuAnne McNulty

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Case Histories by Kate Atkinson, Little, Brown and Company, 2008, Judi Morrel

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Eclipse by Richard North Patterson, St. Martin's, 2009, Judi Morrel

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Home by Marilyn Robinson, Picador, 2010, Judi Morrel

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Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian, Crown, 2010, Judi Morrel

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South of Broad by Pay Conroy, Knopf Doubleday Publishing, 2009, Judi Morrel

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The Intelligencer by Leslie Silbert, Washington Square Press, 2001, Judi Morrel

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The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova, Little, Brown and Company, Judi Morrel

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Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl, Beacon, 2006, Allison O'Malley

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The Stoics Reader: Selected Writings and Testimonia Translated with Introduction by Brad Inwood and Lloyd P. Gerson, Hackett, 2008, Tiberiu Popa

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The Way of the World by Nicolas Bouvier, New York Review Books Classics, 2009, Tiberiu Popa