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  What Are You Reading?

Staff and faculty share their recent readings as part of the Reading Critically for Success campus-wide effort to encourage an environment of reading. Some include notes for our readers' benefit.

 

Laura Meder

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rachel Skloot. (NF)

The story of a line of cancerous cells that has been used to make important medical breakthroughs and fortunes for some but taken without knowledge, or consent from a poor African American woman in 1951. Unusual in that these cells continue to live, long after the normal programmed cell death of most cell lines, this is the story of how they have changed medical research and the effect their immortality has had on the family of Henrietta Lacks. A very good read.
 
Mavis Brantley-Lloyd

Chanteuse in the City: The Realist Singer in French Film

Kelley Conway (NF)

An historical perspective on French film and French women in film (pre-Piaf). Fascinating read and I enjoyed discovering the parallels between singers in French film and realism.
 
Isadora, My Life Isadora Duncan (NF)

An autobiography of a true revolutionary who changed the entire concept of dance, a feminist far before it became popular. Thoroughly enjoyed!

 
The Help

Kathryn Stockett (F)

A story set in the 1960's of the beginnings of social awareness as seen from both sides of the racial divide. I couldn't put this one down.

 
Toujours Provence

Peter Mayle (NF)

Stories of life in the south of France. Peter Mayle is delightful to read, humorous and charming.  
 
Janice Griffith

Breaking Dawn

Stephanie Meyer (F) 

Vampires
 
A Thousand Hills

Stephen Kinzer (NF)

Paul Kagame's life in Rwanda
 
Lee Sandstead

A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago

John Brierley (NF)

 

 

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