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The Road
The Road
This Pulitzer Prize winner is a post-apocalyptic novel that follows a father and son as they try to survive in a desolate America. Sharon Leder, associate professor of nursing, said she was repelled by the horror provided by the author but, at the same time, captivated by the love of a father for his son. more info

Genre: Fiction
Author: Cormac McCarthy
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Recommendations: 1079
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The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice
The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice
Karen Libman, professor of theater, recommended this book of perspectives from world religions that shares how to live a life with kindness, compassion, and courage. "It is just so full of different ideas to help us become more kind. It uses Judaism's 13 Attributes of Lovingkindness as the framework for cultivating a life of goodness, but Shapiro also draws from all the worlds religions and spiritual practices," Libman said. She added that she usually reads a chapter each night, then considers the teachings and exercises the next day. more info

Genre: Self-Help
Author: Rami Shapiro
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Recommendations: 1018
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The Swan Thieves
The Swan Thieves
Leah Zuber, communications specialist in News and Information Services, said Elizabeth Kostova beautifully intertwines a fictional love story with bits of history. It is a story of a renowned artist's obsession with a painting of a woman from the French Impressionist era. Kostova takes the reader on a journey of mystery and desire through describing the artist's life as a professional painter and professor and the women he loved. more info

Genre: Fiction
Author: Elizabeth Kostova
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Recommendations: 1017
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There Are No Children Here
There Are No Children Here
This book follows the lives of two brothers growing up in the Chicago projects in the late 1980s and early '90s. Director of Alumni Relations Chris Barbee said the book will have readers cheering for Lafeyette and Pharoah from beginning to end. more info

Genre: Non-Fiction
Author: Alex Kotlowitz
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Recommendations: 1080
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Things
Things
Paul Wittenbraker, associate professor of art and design, called the book good in addressing the gap between aesthetics and ideas about everyday life. Based on an award-winning special issue of the journal Critical Inquiry, the book features 18 thought-evoking essays by contributors who theorize on why people talk to their cars and computers, why men no longer wear hats, among other things. more info

Genre: Non-Fiction
Author: Bill Brown
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Recommendations: 1084
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