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He has often performed with fiddler Randal Bays, himself a highly respected Irish music guitarist. Listen Now. He has cultivated a music career in Album) for two decades, first as a songwriter for a major publisher, then half of The Civil Wars — a groundbreaking duo that won four Grammy Awards before disbanding in Founders Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore can all claim their own historical significance to the genre as members of highly awarded groups, multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances and years of national and international touring.

What started as a side project for the seasoned players soon moved to the front and center as the three were joined by talents of Bailey Coe; guitar, Troy Boone; mandolin, and Daniel Greeson; fiddle, and began to record and release albums in earnest. Combine all this with their on-stage energy and finesse as well as their powerful and affecting harmonies, and you have the embodiment of the North Carolina Bluegrass sound.

Champion has been the winner of prestigious Grammy and Blues Music Awards as well as the recipient of the 26th International Blues Challenge. Growing up in northern Virginia, her music has been commonly described as refreshing, relaxing, and unique and has been called some of the most imaginative guitar music out today.

She utilizes various techniques including alternate tunings, percussive hits, and lap tapping in her music to great effect.

Her creative songwriting keeps her fans aglow thanks to her strong, powerful lead vocals and dominating guitar style. Wolfe a self-taught guitar player starting at the age of 5, has honed her craft over the past 22 years and has been described as a sonic merging of PJ Harvey and Jack White.

She released a debut self-titled, full-length album earlier this year. He's inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs for more than 40 years while selling 15 million albums.

A tireless road warrior playing nearly concerts annually, live performance for Winston is akin to breathing. Winston's music is evocative, offering us all a chance to take a step back from our perpetually busy lives and let our minds adventurously wander. ANDREW BIRD is an internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, whistler, and songwriter who picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear.

Since beginning his recording career inBird has released 13 albums and performed extensively worldwide. New album 'My Finest Work Yet' is out now. He grew up in the Irish county of Donegal surrounded by singers and instrumentalists receiving a first-class education in Irish folk music along the way.

He kicked off his career as a traveling folksinger, logging shows on both sides of the Atlantic. He's been on the road ever since, sharpening a sound that mixes the folk traditions of his native Ireland with diverse American influences. Vocal-driven with an infectious groove, the Honeylovers are guaranteed to put a grin on your face and a tap in your toes.

Drake has all the while been carefully honing her own craft and preparing to take center stage. WS Jimmie Vaughan. For the past something years, music has been the guiding light for Vaughan. He started playing young, and when the blues of Freddie King and Frankie Lee Sims crawled deep inside his young soul, it would stay there forever.

WS Over the Rhine and Bridge Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist aka Over the Rhine have established a reputation for delivering genuine, heartfelt stories of the human condition that are both empathetic and provocative. Each album represents a certain chapter in their lives — what they have experienced, and the resulting emotional landscape.

Vocal harmony is the corner stone, and makes Bridge 19 unique and transfixing. Sharing stages with Brandi Carlile, Dr. WS Celebrating the Music of Kentucky.

NEWTOWN features the first-rate vocal and instrumental work of five of the finest musicians in acoustic music who share a bond that combines individual virtuosity with a background of formal training. WoodSongs Kid. Band leaders, genre-pioneers, and husband and wife Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg are the heart of this eclectic offering, and share their love for American music, their own cultural heritage, and each other with audiences throughout the world.

The result of this unexpected and beautiful mix is staggering; and while complete with the kind of adept string virtuosity and through composed arrangements one would hope for from a newgrass band with influences from Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, and Jazz, they also play and sing songs of the heart creating music with a sense of diversity, oneness, and purpose for our world today. She loves to sing and play mandolin. He is one of the most authentic bluesman in the world today.

Collectively the bandmates have presented their sound from the Kennedy Center to Bonnaroo, Merlefest to Telluride, and across Europe, Asia, Australia and the Caribbean. They each have been musical ambassadors and have taught workshops throughout the country and internationally on their respective instruments. Their self titled debut EP was recently released. A simple style, yet distinctive sound, is credited with helping preserve the legacy of the music so many love. Over the years, the group has managed to record well over songs, and sell 40 million records worldwide.

With a stage banter striking a unique balance between slapstick and sermon, this roots powerhouse duo have a way of making time disappear, rooms shrink, and audiences feel as they are right there on the stage with the band. Known for his unique virtuosic approach to the acoustic guitar, his musical style has won praise from musical giants Nile Rodgers of CHIC and guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel, with whom Shane has shared the stage.

At the young age of twenty-five, Shane has sold out a solo concert in the National Concert Hall, released two highly praised albums, has worked with Bill Whelan composer of Riverdance and has done extensive international touring across Europe, The United States, and Russia. Shane will be premiering material from new album set for release in June. This trio has a musical history that is enviable.

Alice and Ruth are sisters, growing up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, performing nationally and internationally with their family, The McLain Family Band. Al Chinese Character 12 - Various - Journey Through China (CD up in New Mexico, from a long line of family musicians, performing in the west, before heading east to join the Bluegrass Alliance, and then after marrying Alice joining the McLain Family Band.

The trio has released several projects on their own and toured. His songs of family, community, love, work and freedom have been recorded and performed by hundreds of artists in North America and Europe. Matt discusses his Community Sings project. Using the history, and power of this work, she is on a mission to use her talents to inspire, educate and galvanize others through music.

According to an article in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Baby Gramps is acknowledged as one of the top 50 most influential musicians in the last years. This past year Baby Gramps was asked to be part of three films. They infuse their songs with distinctly modern sounds: pop hooks, distorted electric guitars, and dissonant multi-layered vocals, all employed in the service of songs that reclaim folk music in their own voice.

On that foundation, through their varied gifts, they build a unique sound that encompasses the virtues of music that came before and the promise of what it might yet become. King Entertainer of the Year. Possessing a magnetic personality, and an old school vocal style that echoes Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass, Rayford is also a stellar dancer with moves reminiscent of the Legendary James Brown. She's a soul singer. A guitar-playing rocker. A one-woman girl group.

A gospel revivalist who sings the praises of secular bands like the Box Tops. It's a diverse sound rooted in the influence of Brasher's two homes: her adopted hometown of Memphis, where she recorded her debut LP, Painted Image, for Fat Possum Records; and her childhood stomping grounds in rural North Carolina, where she was raised in a musical, multi-ethnic household.

Tim has walked many musical paths in his career from singer songwriter and honky tonk crooner to Celtic troubadour and old time cultivator. Tim first toured nationally in the s with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize. Kathy Mattea scored a country hit with his song and soon more artists like Nickel Creek and Garth Brooks covered his songs.

The critical acclaim for her albums and reputation as a performer has seen Catherine tour and perform with some of the biggest names in music, including Sir Elton John, Don McLean, Keith Urban, Dolly Parton, and more.

With bluegrass in her blood and determination second to none, she has crafted a unique sound that is here to stay: unapologetically bold yet playfully relatable. WS Button. Plus, Lou Pardini Chicago joins this hillbilly progressive rock super group in a rare broadcast featuring new music from their debut album.

Her commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past. Provocative and coolly fierce, her ability to cross the boundaries of blues and old-time through reinterpretation is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable. Born in the backwoods of Temagog, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia, his six-string ability and compositional insight have already earned him a worldwide following.

Musically, they are a combo of pop, indie rock and folk featuring Jackie's poetic lyrics backed by Shawn's exquisite mastery of keys, strings and more. Her skills as as a poignant storyteller is fitting, she grew up around music and songwriting being the daughter of legendary 's singer-songwriter Don McLean. She managed to sell nearlycopies of her independently released records the old fashioned way, by playing on the street. WS Appalatin and Zoe Speaks. Their all-acoustic performances of traditional stings of guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and charango, indigenous Andean flutes, hand percussion, harmonica and vocal harmonies have brought joy and happiness to listeners of all ages.

A smooth blend of Americana, Appalachian, and folk influences form a backdrop for the close vocal harmonies that are a defining feature of their sound.

WoodSongs Kid: Maizie Manna is a 17 year old singer-songwriter and musician. Listen Now View. Champagne has relocated to North America where he continues his exciting career as an international touring and recording artist.

They have played stages throughout the U. Yet, their name also evokes a sense of forward motion. Their musical style weaves through Americana and bluegrass, folk and old-time music, and the acoustic poetry of the finest singer-songwriters. Labelled as the Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland, they have received fantastic reviews at home and internationally.

Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes, have helped them create a sound which is very identifiable as Connla. Her obvious joy of music, humor and her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. The group was born out of what was originally supposed to be a one time jam at The Station Inn in Nashville, Tennessee with five good friends.

Shortly after that sold out show, the band began getting calls for gigs and the girls decided to officially form "Sister Sadie". InRaines became the first woman to win IBMA's Bass Player of the Year award and she went on to win the title more than any other bass player in the history of the organization, male or female.

The album digs deep into her family life and her upbringing in West Virginia. Willie has toured across the U. As the induction program from the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame says: "His live performances are legendary. Burnside whom Cedric famously played with, just as his own father, drummer Calvin Jackson, did. Collectively, they have received top accolades in the bluegrass, Americana, and jazz genres. The band is currently touring in support of their 4th studio album release "Road To Nowhere.

His music swirls with themes of lightness, darkness, clocks ticking, weeping willows, cynicism, hope, and the cycles of life and rebirth. His multicultural influences are infused in his work as a singer-songwriter and actor.

Whether performing solo or with the Americana darlings Red Molly, her acclaimed tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, are propelled by her impeccable slide guitar playing. Solo performances feature truly unique use of the dobro as a solo instrument, bouncing between a solid rhythmic backbone and ripping lead lines, all in support of her voice and award-winning songs.

Lea performs from her electric wheelchair and holds her instrument like a tiny cello and loops her classically trained rhythms and melodies. In addition to performing and recording, Lea also loves to do speaking engagements about disability awareness, the power music, and leading an enriching life. Her heart wrenching musical stories has audiences in tears just before her comedic relief has them in stiches.

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Register to contact people from your country living in Germany just like you! Dating site for Expats in Germany Finding love is a challenging quest even in your home country. The story is well written, with a fascinating exploration of the history of the time and place. A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton A dark novel about loss and the ways in which lives can tumble from the illusion of safety.

A compelling read, hard to put down. Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay Another dark novel about a loveless and stifling household of two children, their parents and grandparents. Gap Creek by Robert Morgan A story of survival, the book takes place in North Carolina after the Civil War. Julie Harmon narrates the story of her life, chronicling her marriage at age 17 and the move to Gap Creek where she takes care of an elderly man who eventually dies, with unforeseen consequences.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett A strange and fascinating story about a hostage situation in a South American country, where an opera star provides the interweaving thread that ties the characters together.

A great read. Anita Charles, Lecturer, Education. Fiction: Reamde by Neal Stephenson This story involves a computer virus that encrypts your files then demands a ransom, Russian gangsters, spies, computer hackers, and terrorists. After some initial background information this turns into a non-stop action story about a hostage dragged around the world and the attempts to rescue her by an international cast of characters. A high school teacher from Lisbon Falls, ME enters a portal to the past with the goal to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

Album) in White by Wilkie Collins Widely considered the first sensational novel as well as one of the first mystery novels, written in the mids. A mystery told from the points of view of several main characters, each continuing the tale where it was left off by previous narrator.

Very compelling with truly devious villain. If you read ebooks: this is in the public domain and can be downloaded for free from Project Gutenberg.

A nonfictional account of the use of cadavers throughout history that is surprisingly informative and mildly entertaining. Another alumni author, because, how could I not? Lisa Genova's '92 Left Neglected is touching and insightful, getting into the emotions of the main character and patient as only Lisa has proved she can, again, with humor, tenderness and understanding.

Thinking of summer and all the time I will hopefully have to read. For once I am attempting to get my list in on time. I recommend the following: The Vault by Ruth Rendell - one of the best English mystery writers with quirky characters. Garfield's assassination with a tragic tale of medical incompetence. Finding Nouf and City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris - two murder mysteries set in modern Saudi Arabia, both underscoring the difficulties of being a modern woman in that culture.

Story of a white female Smith graduate who is arrested, convicted, and jailed on charges of selling drugs- a revealing analysis of female prisoners in modern US jails. Here are a few. I can't believe how little reading I've done lately! Not thought-provoking, and requires some serious suspension of disbelief. Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo Darker and less side-splitting than his academic satire Straight Man which I confess to having read repeatedly.

The various screwed up relationships in Nobody's Fool are sadly realistic and filled with unrealized potential. The main character is likable but also his own worst enemy. More tragic than comic.

The Chosen by Chaim Potok It was actually a few years ago when I read this, but I still think about it -- tensions between desire and responsibility, freewill and expectations, plus father-son dynamics, tradition, complicated friendships, the Holocaust, and Zionism. Lots to chew on. Don Dearborn, Professor and Chair of Biology.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Like a steampunk Sherlock Holmes fantasy. Duma Keyby Steven King. One of his best, along the same vein as Hearts in AtlantisKing manages to blur the lines between reality and the fantastic superbly.

The author manages to evoke in the reader the emotions the main characters are experiencing. The Magicians by Lev Grossman. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. Somehow this book manages to be stupid, funny, poignant, and more stupid, an excellent airplane book. Plant propagation; Principles and practice.

Hudson Thomas Hartmann, Dale E. A great reference, the title says it all, dry and to the point. Phil Dostie, Assistant in Instruction, Chemistry. The Power of Habit. Fascinating read. Seeing it in my own life. It's about our national debt and what we should do about it. These are the first two novels of a trilogy. Donna Duval, Advancement. Port City Shakedown by Gerry Boyle.

A mystery set in Portland, ME. A nice easy read. Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. Have read 5 of the 7 in the series. Even though these are long over a thousand pages eachI never want them to end. Olive Kitteridge by Batesie - Elizabeth Strout. This is an interesting style of book, as they are all short stories in their own right. The Lobster Chronicles by Linda Greenlaw. Gave me a new appreciation for the Lobsterman's way of life.

This was set in a civil war reanactment was a fun to read. Was very timely, I read this during one of our few snowy days last winter. Interesting time piece. Interesting true story where two cultures collide. The Hmong and our Western medicine. The Plague by Albert Camus. Was one of the worst books I've ever read. Only read it because of the book club I am in.

A depressing book. Also read for the book club. At least it was interesting, going crazy. Got this for my yr-old Grandson. We all loved it and can't wait for the movie. This is a great story, even had me teary eyed. Got this for my yr-old granddaughter. Smith -- Life On Mars this year's poetry Pulitzer winner Chad Harbach-- The Art of Fielding novel about baseball and small college life Richard Powers-- Generosity a novel more interesting for its speculative ideas than for its characters, perhaps, but genomically troubling Rob Farnsworth, Senior Lecturer, English.

My book club read two great books. I had never heard of either author but everyone loved the books. Sylvia Federico, Associate Professor of English.

I enjoyed these two books recently; Open by Andre Agassi - very revealing insight into a man who made the top of athletics and battled insecurity all the way. Calico Joe - Nice light reading baseball novel by John Grisham. Particularly interesting are his analyses of the dynamics of a Christian youth fellowship in the s and of his obsessions with birdwatching and environmentalism.

Predictably Irrational by Daniel Ariely. Ariely researches behavioral economics and writes about his experiments in a very accessible, entertaining way for the non-economist.

He describes how "expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities. There are two books which really impressed me in the past year: David McCullough, The Greater Journey - The amazing adventures of the creative young Americans who flocked to Paris in the 19th century, and lived through its tragedies and triumphs. An ordinary young man in the 21st century discovers that he can go badk in time and change the history of the nation at a crucial point - what happens if he does?

Lois Griffiths, Alumna and Retiree. Long-time listener, first-time caller. Many people have heard of Sally Hemings because of her supposed and now effectively proven relationship with Thomas Jefferson. What makes this book remarkable is that someone has dared to write about the lives of individuals who left almost no documentary trace.

And she does it powerfully and sometimes lyrically. And I think she won something like 18 awards including the Pulitzer and the National Book Award in the process.

Joe Hall, Associate Professor of History. It was just published in May. It is in the young adult genre. If a book about a young girl dying of cancer can be funny then this is it. It qualifies as young adult literature because the main characters are in high school, but I would say that based on the subject matter and the language that it is pitched at a much older audience.

I believe this is my very first suggestion to the Good Reads List. It is an account of the Iraq war, and women's experiences of the war through the experiences of 8 women, 4 U. It's fascinating and compelling. Leslie Hill, Associate Professor of Politics.

Lynn H. Nichols: The Rape of Europa. Lots of detail at pages, but the astonishing scale of the thefts lends to this treatment: tens of thousands of paintings and sculptures, libraries, rugs, tapestries, furniture, gold and jewelry, even church bells. The book is a portrait of the Nazis as monsters but also pathetic kleptomaniacs, convincing themselves that stealing European culture would fit out the future Reich with suitable decorations. The book has been made into a well-regarded documentary film of the same name, narrated by Nichols.

Some years ago, a tour guide at Auschwitz-Birkenau unlocked a storeroom everyone assumed was empty and found thousands of photographs that Jewish families had brought with them to the concentration camp, hoping to survive with their family treasures and Chinese Character 12 - Various - Journey Through China (CD. With research, many of the photographs were identified, and the book is a photo album accompanied by profiles of those in the photographs.

Monique Truong: The Book of Salt. An imaginative historical novel, recounting life with Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas through the eyes of their Vietnamese cook. Andrew Lam, Perfume Dreams.

A set of moving essays by a Viet Kieu those who fled Vietnam after the war who went on to become a fine journalist for NPR and other outlets. This history of WWI focuses on the many families whose members had fiercely divided loyalties.

The Field Marshall commanding the Western Front had a sister who led suffragette, pacifist, resistance and IRA efforts and went to prison for her commitments. Very well written for the weaving of the family histories during the war. Vicki Baum: Love and Death in Bali. First published in German inthis is a remarkable novel about the collision between the deeply religious and artistic people of Bali with a Dutch colonial administration.

Amanda Hale: In the Embrace of the Alligator. A set of connected short stories about a Canadian woman powerfully drawn to Cuba, and the contrasts between the beauty and grace of Cuba and its people with the lumbering weight of the Cuban government. Often cited as one of the most accurate portraits of modern Cuba by a non-Cuban.

Cotton Mather is sometimes regarded as a Puritan divine hostile to change, but in fact he was one of the towering intellects of his age, and far more open to science than might be imagined. Hijeulos won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Mambo Kings…the first Hispanic to win this prize, and Beautiful Maria … is a retelling of the story of the Mambo Kings from the very different perspective of the woman, now older, who inspired their greatest hit.

A third novel with the revealing title of The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien is a rambling but very readable account of a large Irish-Cuban family in small-town Ohio over the two generations from the immigration of the parents to the old age of the fifteen siblings.

Hijuelos has been a prolific author, with eight novels and a memoir, mostly around the themes of Cuban-Americans in complicated relationships with both their homelands. Here's information about two books I've been reading. In preparation for a trip to Alabama with a friend who worked for a newspaper there during the time of the Civil Rights Movement, I've been reading two compelling and intensely moving books about the Movement.

The first, The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started Itis the story behind the boycott by Jo Ann Gibson Robinson, who, as president of a women's political club, gave the go-ahead for the boycott after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man. Edited by David Garrow and published by the University of Tennessee Press, it's a fascinating story of how people worked together and persevered despite great hardship and persecution, and how what they did resulted in desegregation of Montgomery's city buses.

The second book, which I haven't quite finished, is Selma, Lord, Selmaand consists of the memories of two women who were little girls participating in the marches for voting rights in Selma -- and the attempted and actual marches from Selma to Montgomery. This book is so beautiful. The courage of those two little girls, Sheyann Webb and Rachel West, has brought me to tears several times. Sheyann was the first of the two to get involved, soon joined by her good friend, Rachel.

Sheyann's passion for the cause, willingness to turn her life upside-down she skipped school for the meetings and marches, and focused everything she had on the effort to gain equal treatmentand sheer incredible bravery have put her on my list of people I admire most. She was marching on Bloody Sunday, when state troopers charged on horseback into the group as they crossed the Edmund Pettis Bridge, whipping and knocking down the peaceful marchers.

It was probably only because an adult picked her up and ran with her that the little girl escaped injury or death. This book is published by the University of Alabama Press.

I loved these two books. I'm planning to go to some of the sites of the struggle on my trip. I have been listening to books on tape on the drive to work and I heartily recommend the following series: The Amanda Peabody Egyptology series by Elizabeth Peters - the first book in the series is Crocodile on the Sandbank. On a less sheer exuberant indulgence but still very good note, I'd recommend The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb which is a book about flaws in modern economic and statistical thinking due to the failure to adequately account for the highly improbable but important invent - it sounds dry but in fact the author has a very strong persona which makes the book a fun if occasionally snarky read.

The Clockwork Universe by Edward Dolnick which is an intellectual and social history about the invention of calculus and quite fascinating. Margaret Imber, Assoc. Waiting for Robert Capa by Susana Fortes.

The compelling story of Belafonte's life pairs his commitments to artistry and social justice. Call it Sleep by Henry Roth. A groundbreaking novel first published in that explores the early 20th-century immigrant experience through the eyes of a young Jewish child on New York's Lower East Side. No University is an Island by Cary Nelson.

The Distinguished Guest by Sue Miller. This book was a nearly-random purchase I made at a used bookstore on a beautiful spring afternoon outing with a friend last year. I just recently got around to reading it, and enjoyed the gentle pace at which it explores aging, regrets, multigenerational family relationships, writing, memory and art.

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli. Emily Kane, Professor of Sociology. It shed a perspective of Ernest that I had known about superficially but appreciated more when narrated by Hadley.

Reading this prompted me to re-read an old favorite, A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway, and made me yearn to live in a time of great writers, whiling away the days in Paris cafes. Day of the Bees by Thomas Sanchez--Some of the best books I've read have come from picking it up randomly at a book sale and this is one of them. From almost the first page, I was sucked into the romantic prose of Sanchez's writing style.

His descriptive use of language was intoxicating and I just found myself lost within this story. I really enjoyed reading this book, and it's letter form didn't irritate me as I thought it might. There are some slow parts, but it's definitely worth it to reach the end. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot--As a self-proclaimed sciencephobe, I found this book to be intriguing, thought-provoking, and fascinating.

The language in which Skloot uses to describe such scientific and technical terms is so understandable that it makes it such an interesting read and compelling. It really got me thinking about my knowledge or lack thereof of medical history, including my own personally. This is a case of truth being stranger than fiction and covers science, relationships, race, and the ability to find and discern your roots in a clear way. As the mother of a two year old, I didn't think I wanted to read about stolen children, but I opened this anyway and was immediately riveted by the story of a seven-year old boy kidnapped in and replaced by a mythical changeling who takes over his life and grows up haunted by the distant knowledge that he is not who he claims to be.

Part fairy tale, part science fiction, part novel, this book illuminates messages of loss, loneliness, and the search for an accepted identity, based on the W.

Yeats poem of the same title. This book was a total surprise to me. Alison M. But that is for next year. John Kelsey, Professor of Psychology. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - I read it again after a few decades in honor of the book's 50th anniversary and was impressed by how much more I enjoyed it this time.

The history and the characters are worth the effort. Thank goodness for Wolfe's editor, Maxwell Perkins. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wall - an autobiography by a woman about how she and her siblings survived being raised by two eccentric, if not totally dysfunctional, parents.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese - a novel about ex-pat doctors in Ethiopia, twin brothers, and what the true meaning of family is. Still Alice by Lisa Genova, Bates '92 - A novel about early-onset Alzheimer's told from the perspective of the patient, a Harvard professor.

I've read a number of books on Alzheimer's and experienced it through my parents' decline, and I thought that Lisa was able to capture the stages and symptoms without becoming cliched. Beecher was a member of a large, influential family--Harriet Beecher Stowe was his sister--in the s.

He was an influential minister with what we would call a "mega-church" in Brooklyn, an adviser to Presidents and kingmakers. He was an abolitionist and an advocate for temperance and women's suffrage. But, it was also rumored that he fathered at least one child out of wedlock and seduced many women.

Another one of Brooks' super-woman main characters--learns Latin, Greek, and Wampanoag and midwifery by osmosis, it seems, and even her sheep were smart enough to survive a hurricane when everyone else's were killed--makes the book a little trying, but the subject is fascinating.

Margo H. Knight, Director of Advancement Research. One of the best books I've read recently is this one by a woman who will be here at Bates on Monday!

Karen Kothe, Associate Dean of Admission. Saul Below, Mr. Tear down this myth: the right-wing distortion of the Reagan legacy by William Bunch p. Along with other early explorers of the region such as the Italians, the British had no idea what they faced in the highly un-Alps-like Himalayas.

They all learned of the vast differences in height and climbing conditions quickly enough, and in the case of the British tragically so. Jim Lamontagne, Ladd Library.

Lest you think Economists don't read Lynne Lewis, Professor of Economics. Origin by Diana Abu-Jaber Without you really noticing, the author slips in beside you and suddenly you realize that you are walking alongside her main character, Lena. Lena is a fingerprint analyst in a crime lab and, on the personal side, is wrapped up in myths of her early childhood. Or are these truths? Her job brings her work on a series of crib deaths that pulls her deeper into her own story.

As a reader, you will surely begin to look at your own myths. Another character of the book is Syracuse, New York, complete with the depths-of-winter colors, temperatures, smells and dangers. A good book to read in either a mild non-winter or in the bright sunlight! They reflect on each other, share their personal introspective thoughts, and weave in visits to places related to their individual work. One generation learns from another and it works both up and down the age ladder.

If you liked The Secret Life of Beesyou will learn wonderful insights into its creation. Grab a map and settle in for a good armchair traveling experience as well as a thoughtful and thought provoking memoir. Rebecca Lovett, Assistant Bookstore Manager. Rings of Saturn by W. Sebald, translated by Michael Hulse "Ostensibly a record of a journey on foot through coastal East Anglia," as Robert McCrum in the London Observer noted, The Rings of Saturn "is also a brilliantly allusive study of England's imperial past and the nature of decline and fall, of loss and decay.

The Rings of Saturn is exhilaratingly, you might say hypnotically, readable. It is hard to imagine a stranger or more compelling work. A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn Set in a tiny town on the border between South Africa and Mozambique, it isand new apartheid laws have recently gone into effect, dividing the nation.

Tensions simmer as an Afrikaner police officer is found dead and emotions boil to the surface. This is a page turner and the setting in South Africa makes it a very different murder mystery. The main character, Emmanuel Cooper, is a complex and interesting police officer, and the South African setting makes solving a murder even more interesting.

In the late s, tragedy strikes when one of the main characters, Larry, takes a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she is never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit.

The incident shook the small town— most of all, his friend, Silas. His friendship with Larry is broken, and then Silas leaves town. More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again.

And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they've buried and ignored for decades. Iron Lake by William Kent Kreuger I like finding mystery series with a main character that develops throughout the series, and I was so pleased to find this one!

There are twelve books in this series so far and it starts with Iron Lake. Set near an Indian reservation in northern Minnesota, this series follows former Chicago police officer, Cork O'Connor. He is part Indian and was raised in this small Minnesota town. In Iron Lake, the disappearance of an Indian newsboy, coincides with the suicide of a former judge, and Cork clashes with a newly elected senator who also happens to be the judge's son ; the town's new sheriff; and some tribal leaders getting rich on gambling concessions.

Judd Foxman is wandering between a sea of self-pity and a "snake pit of fury and resentment" in the aftermath of the explosion of his marriage, which ended "the way these things do: with paramedics and cheesecake.

This means seven days in his parent's house with his incredibly dysfunctional family. The shiva scenes are hilarious, and in the end this is as much about a family's reconnecting as it is about one man's attempt to get his act together. Mary Main, Director of Human Resources. Exactly what its title implies, this new field guide alerts you to what to look for outdoors as the months progress. In our busy lives, the days fly by so fast that before we know it, the times to look for natural seasonal changes and wildlife behaviors have slipped away without notice.

A respected psychotherapist returns to the Salem of her childhood, revisits her past, and reevaluates her present. Zee Finch is an appealing young doctor, launched on a brilliant career and about to make the perfect marriage. Each year, as a gift to the graduating class, the staff of the College Store solicits suggestions from the Bates community for interesting summer reading. The list, famously known as the Non-required Reading List, or Good Reads for Leisure Moments, is now in its 15th edition, with more than contributors this year.

And as always, we lead off with our "alpha" contributor, Associate Professor of Biology Lee Abrahamsen. For a couple of years I have been hooked on the novels of Bryce Courtenay. His stories of boxing and Australia and his wonderful character development hook me every time. The newest of his novels, The Four Fires, is another good one. About an Australian family working their way up from poverty in the ss, this story is particularly good to listen to as the audiobook is narrated by Humphrey Bower a fantastic weaver of tales and voices.

The characters are engaging, and the action is non-stop. The books include bawdy stories about whaling, pickpockets and beer-making in Van Dieman's land -- what more could you want? Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese is the story of twin brothers who are born to a young nun and a surgeon at a mission hospital in Ethiopia. Their mother dies in childbirth, and their father disappears, so the twins are adopted and raised at the hospital by two other physicians.

The twins learn medicine by osmosis - then one goes on to attend medical school, while the other stays behind to work with his mother in the clinic.

As Ethiopia teeters on the brink of revolution, the characters learn about politics, relationships and the many ways we care for others. A great book that leaves you thinking about your own life and how you choose to live it. It's about a guy whose parents were English profs and who can't get their voices out of his head. Funny and truthful. I read the same selections again the following morning or as soon as I get to it.

The second reading is heaven! I have two recommendations, both of which center broadly on the immigrant experience - one in the US, the other in France. This whole book is in the form of fictional letters through which we learn about the lives of ordinary people during that time. It seems odd to use a word like "charming" to describe a book about wartime occupation, but it is.

I vaguely knew that DaVinci, Machiavelli and Borgia lived in Italy around the same time, but I didn't know that all three interacted extensively. Really fascinating history It's a remarkable "coming of age" story, a love story, and, most importantly, the story of a young woman as artist.

The writing is clear, free of nostalgia, cliche, or cynicism. The memoir is a beautiful evocation of what it felt like to discover art and music at the time. It's a collection of exquisitely written essays on human relationship to the natural world. Hal co-author is Cody's dad. Unbelievable what the family managed to survive in those 13 years and especially, Cody.

The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen She is a "page-turner" author!!!!! Her story tangles in so many directions that it is near the end when I started to figure things out. This book makes me anxious to read more Tess Gerritsen My attendance April at the 50th Anniversary of The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee inspired a year of nostalgic, moving, and informative reading.

Three great ones:. Of the books on the schedule for the Boston Bates Alumnae Book Club this year, the one that we all seemed to agree upon as a great read not an easy thing as we have such divergent tastes is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.

Beautifully written and a fascinating story of family, medicine and politics. While his ideas are applicable to other areas of life, this is really a book about the success of elite athletes. How do they perform at what seems to be other-worldly levels?

How do they squelch self-doubt and why do they sometimes choke under pressure? Syed, who is himself a world-class table tennis player, has some pretty counterintuitive answers to these questions. This is an engagingly written book with some wonderful examples of both "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat," but combined with relevant scientific findings from sports psychology, neuroscience, and other fields.

This book will change the way you think about what it takes to be successful. The following are a series of three books by author Stieg Larsson: great adventure, murder, mystery and intrigue, suspense. You must read the first one as each one refers to the prior book.

This is also out in video but after reading the book it is a bit graphic, so be warned. My husband liked the videos as he is not a big fan of reading. The following is the write up from the publisher on the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance.

Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism--and a surprising connection between themselves.

I enjoy reading If I have a good book, the world could disintegrate around me. I would not notice and I would not care! Under the Dome - Stephen King I've been staying away from Stephen King the last few years but my daughter left this at the house. I wasn't thrilled with the way the ending, but the first pages were great! Forced myself to wait until I was traveling to pick up the 2nd volume in the trilogy. But the 3rd book wasn't out in paperback.

The next long plane ride, I'll be getting. I still haven't seen the movie but the book lived up to what I have come to expect from Connelly. I have not personally read this book but my father who has read just about every non-fiction adventure book in existence could not recommend this book enough for those who like adventure novels!

He took a friend, a guide, a canoe, a ton of equipment, and scads of naive hope. Months later, the friend and guide staggered out of the snow, and Hubbard starved to death in his tent, too weak to attempt the mile trek to safety.

And that's just Part I. A detailed account of information empires -- telephone, radio, movies, and television and cable. Each one was thought to be the invention that would change everything.

Then money pours in, the grassroots industry consolidates hugely, and small handful of companies control the 'master switch' to reach consumers by that communications medium.

Do you think the internet will be different -- that broadband changes everything? Then read this book. Lots of detail about the outsize personalities involved. Also recommend Zero History by William Gibson.

The last of a trilogy including Pattern Recognition and Spook Country. Quirky but highly imaginative plots. Almost science fiction in a completely recognizable world. The author is a close observer of modern culture, consumerism same thing?

Zero History can be read alone, in fact each of them can be, but if you have time it's more satisfying to read Zero History as the capper of the three. I will never see an exuberantly decorated hotel again without recalling the amusing opening chapters of this book. I do recommend reading or for many of us re-reading Jane Eyre. The book is a stunning portrayal of the power of authenticity and self direction, and the difference one person can make.

Ragtimeby E.

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