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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: 2289
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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
C. Griff Griffin, director of general education for the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, said she started reading this book because she is a hiker and had recently hiked to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. more info

Genre: Memoir
Author: Greg Mortenson
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Recommendations: 2049
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Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Jill Eggers, associate professor of art and design, recalls reading Tibetan Book of the Dead as a teenager and being moved by the strange and powerful spiritual world it revealed to her. She said Sogyal Rinpoche's contemporary transformation of that ancient text, combined with stories of his own spiritual development as a child in Tibet, makes Buddhist views of death and spirituality accessible to the Western reader. more info

Genre: Self-Help
Author: Sogyal Rinpoche
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Recommendations: 2285
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Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy
Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy
Judy Palmer, director of Grand Forum, read this memoir several years ago and found it fascinating. It is the story of the author as a boy who, because of the Cuban revolution, had to leave his family at age 11 to live in an unknown country. more info

Genre: Memoir
Author: Carlos Eire
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Recommendations: 2025
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When Things Were Black and White
When Things Were Black and White
Dan David is also a local author from Grand Rapids. The book documents the seemingly stable time in Detroit when photographs, televisions, attitudes, and neighborhoods were distinctly black and white. Major events such as the desegregation of the public schools and the 1967 riots serve as anchor points, but the story focuses on one family's attempt to find some kind of order in a world that is becoming increasingly chaotic. more info

Genre: Historical-Fiction
Author: Dan David
Keywords: Detroit, 1960s, Segregation
Recommendations: 2269
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