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A reading list from the U

From eNews, February 19, 2004

When University notables were asked, "What book had the greatest impact on the way you think?" one person said The Wump World, a children's book with aliens called Pollutians, and another replied, It Can't Happen Here, a cautionary tale about the rise of fascism in the United States. A medical doctor, a wine researcher, a basketball coach, a provost, a speechwriter, three professors, a graduate student, and a poet suggested the 10 books that make up U Reads 2004. For surgeon John Najarian, The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher by Lewis Thomas, makes the cut because it gives unique insight into human behavior and diseases. For art history and American studies professor Karal Ann Marling, biographies that "scare me silly" are her favorites; she chose Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams by Nick Tosces, a tale about Dean Martin's rise to stardom and shadowy connections to the mob. U Reads, sponsored by the College of Continuing Education, grew out of the college's desire to offer more learning resources for readers and writers, explains coordinator Liz Turchin. "We knew Minnesotans had a healthy appetite for stories," she says. "The response [to U Reads] has been exciting."

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