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Monthly Archives: May, 2012

The faculty have chosen

Last week I asked faculty to choose their summer reading books. The numbers are in and at the top of the faculty list is Jon Ronson‘s the Psychopath Test. Not … Continue reading

May 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

The 2012 List

Here they are, your choices for summer reading. The links will take you to an introduction to each book with a link to an excerpt for you to preview you … Continue reading

May 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Purple Hibiscus

Kambili is a good student from a good home. Her life looks perfect. However, she lives under the close scrutiny of her tyrannical father. When she and her brother go … Continue reading

May 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

Daring WWII rescue

In May 1945, a quick sight-seeing flight over a lush hidden valley in New Guinea ends in a plane crash. Of the 24 military personnel on board, only three survive–a … Continue reading

May 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Classic Southern novel

Published when she was just 23-years old, Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter was an immediate best seller making McCullers a literary sensation. The story of misfits in … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Gripping chapter of San Francisco history

In 1965, a charismatic preacher arrived in Northern California from Indiana. He preached gospel and the message of social justice. Eventually, Reverend Jim Jones established his People’s Temple Full Gospel … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · 2 Comments

Zom Com

What’s a recently undead man to do? Stripped of his rights and reviled by nearly everyone, he seeks solace in a meeting of Undead Anonymous, a group of like-minded zombies … Continue reading

May 10, 2012 · 2 Comments

Wrestling alligators

Swamplandia is an alligator theme park in the Florida Everglades in very bad decline. The Bigtree family’s livelihood is quickly being dismantled by the loss of family members, the appearance … Continue reading

May 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Human immortality achieved!

In 1951, a young mother named Henrietta Lacks died from a particularly virulent strain of cervical cancer. Today cells harvested from her body are still alive and used in medical … Continue reading

May 8, 2012 · 1 Comment

Hard-boiled San Francisco

When someone says “Sam Spade,” the vision of the quintessential hard-boiled detective immediately springs to mind. Set against the backdrop of San Francisco, The Maltese Falcon introduced Sam Spade to … Continue reading

May 4, 2012 · 2 Comments