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Monica Johnstone, CLAS director of communications and advancement, said her first edition (1895) is a favorite possession, yet this classic is still available in paperback. Raleigh places the study of literary style in its fullest context as he shines a blinding light on the actor, the architect, the politician and the sculptor.  more info

Genre: Self-Help
Author: Walter Raleigh
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Recommendations: 18260
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Surviving Paradise: One Year on a Disappearing Island
Surviving Paradise: One Year on a Disappearing Island
Valerie Stoelzel, concert and arts information coordinator for the Department of Music, was drawn to this book having traveled to the Marshall Islands in 1999 for the adoption of her son. At 21, the author traveled to Ujae to teach English. He quickly learned what looked like paradise was actually one of the hardest places on earth to live. more info

Genre: Memoir
Author: Peter Rudiak-Gould
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Recommendations: 18437
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The Age of Innocence
The Age of Innocence
Professor of Writing Catherine Frerichs recently re-read this satirical novel about late 19th century New York society. "This time, I was struck by the nuances in Wharton's descriptions of the people who live in this stifling world," she said. more info

Genre: Fiction
Author: Edith Wharton
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Recommendations: 16649
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The Alchemist
The Alchemist
Brian J. Bowe, visiting assistant professor of communications, remains a big fan of this graphic novel, which tells the story of Santiago, a young Andalusian shepherd who dreams of buried treasure in Egypt and embarks upon a challenging and enlightening journey to find it. "It has a simple and inspiring message that I seem to always need to revisit," he said. "I also tend to give the book as a gift to new graduates." more info

Genre: Fiction
Author: Paulo Coehlo
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Recommendations: 16238
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The Alice Stories
The Alice Stories
Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, this series of stories follows Alice through her days as a graduate student, to life as a mother, wife and community college professor. Emily Frigo, librarian, said reading this book leaves you with the same warm feeling you get after catching up with a close friend. more info

Genre: Fiction
Author: Jesse Lee Kercheval
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Recommendations: 16634
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