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Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us
Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us
Robert P. Smart, professor of chemistry and executive director of the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence, enjoys reading nonfiction books. Pink's new big idea book is billed as a paradigm: changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work. more info

Genre: Non-Fiction
Author: Daniel H. Pink
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Recommendations: 2036
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Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
This is a recent favorite of Bart Bartels, project manager for the Sustainable Community Development Initiative. Bartels said the straightforward factual way McKibben presents the urgency to address climate change may be, for some, an unexpected angle. McKibben writes that the current focus on future generations actually detracts from the reality that the planet has already been changed (hence the different spelling of Earth). more info

Genre: Non-Fiction
Author: Bill McKibben
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Recommendations: 2035
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Escape
Escape
This true story takes readers into the world of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and into the role of a plural wife. Sue Sloop, Work Life consultant, said she was struck by the fact that the polygamist lifestyle is not often on today's radar as a form of domestic violence and cruelty to children. more info

Genre: Memoir
Author: Carolyn Jessop
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Recommendations: 2028
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Finn
Finn
This novel is about Huckleberry Finn's father, Pap, and runs parallel to the classic by Mark Twain. Gary Van Harn, Padnos International Center assistant, said the book was brooding and fascinating. He called it an overlooked masterpiece, and said it's the story Twain would have written if he lived in this century. more info

Genre: Fiction
Author: Jon Clinch
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Recommendations: 1858
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Fun Home
Fun Home
Ellen Schendel, associate professor of writing and director of the Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors, highly recommended this memoir in graphic novel format. It explores Bechdel's relationship with her father and the circumstances surrounding his death, which she suspects was a suicide. more info

Genre: Memoir
Author: Alison Bechdel
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Recommendations: 2051
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