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My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student by Rebekah Nathan
My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student

reader, August 15, 2007

A small group of faculty at my univesity read this in the spring of 2007. We all enjoyed the book, especially the chapter that revealed what class students claimed was the best, must-take class on her campus. We found it easy to read and the topics sparked good conversations. The only complaint that I heard some people voice was with the conclusion, but I would recommend the book to anyone who is interested in learning about what students are really like.
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Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey
Native Guard

Reader, August 13, 2007

It's so rare to find a poet who can plumb both personal and historical dimensions in the same work. "Native Guard" is a powerful example of the blend of confessional and Bardic traditions of poetry. Moving and finely wrought.
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1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies
1421: The Year China Discovered America

reader, November 1, 2006

This was a well researched book but if you have to read it during the summer in high school.... you will die. This book was TORTURE i advise any high school students NOT TO READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Madame Chiang Kai-Shek: China's Eternal First Lady by Laura Tyson Li
Madame Chiang Kai-Shek: China's Eternal First Lady

Reader, October 21, 2006

This is a wonderful book! Laura Tyson-Li gives a balanced view of Madame Chiang's complex, controversial, and exciting life. The book is thoroughly researched and well written. I felt like I was taking a trip around the world every time I picked up the book.

I did not think I'd be laughing while reading a history book, but the book has some really funny moments! Madame Chiang and her sisters were very influential for a generation. Her life is important to anyone who wants to understand relations between Taiwan and China and the US. This book is a fabulous Christmas present!
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Divine Institutions by Ramsey Coutta
Divine Institutions

Reader, October 19, 2006

The great mainstream Christian denominations in America are experiencing troubled times. Their membership and influence over the past century has been dramatically declining due to a loss of mission focus, societal accommodation, and institutional rigidity. These cornerstones of American society are losing out in the competition for the American soul to other more energetic, biblically faithful sects and denominations.

Divine Institutions explains this phenomenon by examining the process of growth and decline that denominations undergo, including reasons why some continue to expand while others contract. The author provides detailed statistics, contemporary examples, and historical analysis to support his assertions. Six stages starting with gestation and ending in decline are outlined in full detail.

The most influential denominations in America, past and present, are examined and compared including: Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Assemblies of God, and Congregationalists. Divine Institutions provides the reader a thoughtful and unique understanding of denominational growth and decline in America and the causes for this phenomenon.
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