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U Reads 2005 books announced
From eNews, January 13, 2005
If your wish is to fill your nightstand, and your mind, with thought-provoking books, look no further. "U Reads," the College of Continuing Education's reading program, has issued its new list of 10 titles highly recommended by some of the leading thinkers at the University.
The books include the story of an artist's struggle to bring meaning to his work; true tales of war, foreign policy, and survival; a discussion of how social issues weigh on the American public; and thoughtful and insightful fictional works and travelogues.
The 2005 U Reads books:
- "The Artist's Reality: Philosophies of Art" by Mark Rothko. Recommended by E. Thomas Sullivan, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.
- "Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History" by George Crile. Recommended by J. Brian Atwood, dean, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
- "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon. Recommended by Nora Paul, director, Institute for New Media Studies.
- "The Economist's Tale: A Consultant Encounters Hunger and the World Bank" by Peter Griffiths. Recommended by Lakeesha Ransom, University regent and graduate student.
- "John Henry Days" by Colson Whitehead. Recommended by Douglas Armato, director, University Press.
- "Life at the Extremes: The Science of Survival" by Frances Ashcroft. Recommended by Serge Rudaz, professor of physics.
- "RACE: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession" by Studs Terkel. Recommended by Greg Hestness, chief of police.
- "Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud"* by Sun Shuyun. Recommended by Dennis Ahlburg, senior associate dean and professor, Carlson School of Management.
- "The Uncivil War: How A New Elite Is Destroying Our Democracy" by David Lebedoff. Recommended by Barbara Muesing, assistant to the dean, College of Continuing Education.
- "Unless" by Carol Shields. Recommended by Susan Hagstrum, wife of President Bob Bruininks.
For more information about these titles, including explanations of the books' impact on the people recommending them, visit U Reads. For more information about ways adults can take short forays into literature with University and community experts and fellow avid readers, call 612-624-4000 and ask about the College of Continuing Education's Compleat Scholar short courses.