"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 2010

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Time in Antiquity by Robert Hanah, Routledge, New York: 2009, Tiberiu Popa

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Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham, Persus, 2009, Paula Saffire

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Stitches by David Small, Norton, 2010, Robert Stapleton

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Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk, Anchor, 2008, Eloise Sureau-Hale

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36 Arguments for the Existence of God by Rebecca Goldstein, Pantheon, 2010, William Watts

Submissions from 2009

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Hardscrabble by Kevin McFadden, University of Georgia Press, 2008, Chris Bungard

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Beer, Blood, & Cornmeal: Seven Years of Incredibly Strange Wrestling by Bob Calhoun, ECW Press, 2008, J. Rocky Colavito

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Gang Leader for A Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets by Sudhir Venkatesh, New York: Penguin, 2008, J. Rocky Colavito

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No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels by Jay Dobyns and Nils Johnson-Shelton, Crown, 2009, J. Rocky Colavito

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Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World by Carl Hiaasen, Ballantine Books 1998, J. Rocky Colavito

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The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow, Pantheon Books 2008, Robert Dale

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Bringing Nature Home: How you can sustain wildlife with native plants by Douglas W. Tallamy, Timber Press, 2007, Rebecca Dolan

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Ireland, Irishmen, and Revolutionary America a review by David Noel Doyle, Mercier Press, Dublin and Cork, 1981, George W. Geib

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Major and Mrs. Holt's Concise Guide to the Western Front -North (vol one), South (vol two) by Major Holt, Pen & Sword 2004, 2006, George W. Geib

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An Evil Guest by Gene Wolfe,Tor Books, 2008, R. Brian Giesler

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A Most Wanted Man by John Le Carré, Scribner, 2008, Ulf Goebel

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Can't Remember What I Forgot: The Good News from the Front Lines of Memory Research by Sue Halpern, New York: Harmony Books 2008, Ulf Goebel

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Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff, Harvard Business Press 2008, Ed Kanis

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University Marketing Mistakes: 50 Pitfalls to Avoid by Thomas Hayes and Roy Adler, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education 2008, Ed Kanis

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Colonial Habits: Convents and the Spiritual Economy of Cuzco, Peru by Kathryn Burns, Duke University Press, 1999, Jim Keating

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Manhunt: the 12-day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L Swanson, Harper Perennial, 2007, Richard McGowan

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Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don't Know About Them) by Bart D. Ehrman, Harper Collins, 2009, James McGrath

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The Science Fiction Handbook by M. Keith Booker and Anne-Marie Thomas, Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, James McGrath

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Mudbound by Hillary Jordan, Algonquin Books, 2009, Judi Morrel

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Swan Peak by James Lee Burke, Simon & Schuster, 2008, Judi Morrel

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The Fire by Katherine Neville, Ballantine Books, 2008, Judi Morrel

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The Innocent Man by John Grisham, Dell 2007, Judi Morrel

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The Likeness by Tana French, Penguin (Non-Classics), 2009, Judi Morrel

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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace. . . One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, Penguin 2007 - Reviewed by Judi Morrel, Judi Morrel

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The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service by Andrew Meier, Norton, 2008, Jon Porter

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The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst, Random House, 2008, Jon Porter

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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, Free Press, 2008, Ania Spyra

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Still Alice by Lisa Genova, Pocket, 2009, Eloise Sureau-Hale

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This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust, Knopf (Vintage, reprint edition 2009), Susan Sutherlin

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Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce's Masterpiece by Declan Kiberd, W. W. Norton & Company, 2009, Susan Sutherlin

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The Chickenhawk Syndrome: War, Sacrifice, and Personal Responsibility by Cheyney Ryan, Rowman & Littlefield, 2009, Harry van der Linden

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Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne, Viking, 2009, William Watts

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The Ripest Moments: A Southern Indiana Childhood by Norbert Krapf, Indiana Historical Society Press, 2008, Fred Yaniga

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Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion edited by Ronald L. Numbers, Harvard University Press 2009, Michael Zimmerman

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Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species by Sean B. Carroll, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009, Michael Zimmerman

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The Well-Dressed Ape: A Natural History of Myself by Hannah Holmes, Random House 2009, Michael Zimmerman

Submissions from 2008

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Art by Ellen Forney, Little, Brown and Co. 2007, Dan Barden

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On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt, Princeton University Press, 2005, J. Rocky Colavito

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Shock Festival by Stephen Romano, Idea and Design Works, 2008, J. Rocky Colavito

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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski, Ecco Press 2008, Lacey Echols

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Freeport's Lincoln by Wilbur T. Rawleigh (1930) reprinted by Freeport Lincoln-Douglas Society, 1988, George W. Geib

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This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski, translated by Barbara Vedder, Penguin Classics 1992, Ulf Goebel

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The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria, Norton, 2008, David S. Mason

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Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson, Alfred E. Knopf 2004, Richard McGowan

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Down River by John Hart - Reviewed by Judi Morrel, Judi Morrel

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The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Grube, HarperCollins 2007, Judi Morrel

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, Random House, 2008, Judi Morrel

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Balzac and The Little Chinese Seamstress , by Dai Sijie, Random House 2001 and The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007, Paula Saffire

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The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine, HarperCollins 2003, Jonathan Sorenson

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The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals by Jane Mayer - Doubleday, 2008, William Watts

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Flat Earth: The History of an Infamous Idea by Christine Garwood , Thomas Dunne Books 2008, Michael Zimmerman

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Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul by Ken Miller, Viking, 2008, Michael Zimmerman

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Why Evolution is True by Jerry A. Coyne, Viking, 2009, Michael Zimmerman