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Ida: A Sword Among Lions
Ida: A Sword Among Lions
Giddings presents a biography of a little-known African American social reformer. Ida Wells was a newspaper editor and women's rights activist during the reconstruction. Patricia Smith, deputy university counsel, said Wells worked to end lynching and was as dedicated to suffrage as Susan B. Anthony. more info

Genre: Non-Fiction
Author: Paula J. Giddings
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Recommendations: 1102
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In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
"I recently saw a magazine ad for frozen waffles, with smiling children and the words: 'Nutrition has never had a tastier disguise,'" said Jo Miller, associate professor of English. "I thought of this book, in which Pollan exposes the role of 'nutritionism,' an ideology that has transformed food in our culture." Miller said the nutritionism encourages people to think of food as a delivery system for nutrients, rather than as a social occasion or an important part of cultural identity. more info

Genre: Non-Fiction
Author: Michael Pollan
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Recommendations: 887
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Last Child In The Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Last Child In The Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Child advocacy expert Richard Louv writes about the benefits kids receive from unstructured outdoor play, and links children's alienation from nature to depression, stress and obesity. John Kilbourne, professor of movement science, called the book a must-read for parents and educators.  more info

Genre: Non-Fiction
Author: Richard Louv
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Recommendations: 1075
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Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
Sister Lucia Treanor, FSE, affiliate professor of writing, recommends this autobiographical account of the atrocities that occurred during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. "It is both historical and spiritual," she said. "Ilibagiza's courage in the face of the loss of her family and the devastation of her country, and her ability to hope and forgive are truly amazing. Her kindness reminds us of our responsibility to move beyond retribution to love." more info

Genre: Non-Fiction
Author: Immaculée Ilibagiza
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Recommendations: 890
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Letters from Yellowstone
Letters from Yellowstone
Kathleen Underwood, director of Women and Gender Studies and associate professor of history, called this book one of her favorites. Set in 1898, it is an epistolary novel that centers on a field study of Yellowstone National Park. The central character, botanist A. E. (Alexandria) Bartram, is an independent young woman with an eye for adventure. more info

Genre: Historical-Fiction
Author: Diane Smith
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Recommendations: 1215
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