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Entries from August 27th, 2010

Perfecting Sound Forever reviewed by Jeff Wanser, Coordinator of Government Documents/Collection Development Librarian

August 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Music, Non-fiction

Have you ever wondered why music doesn’t sound the same on an mp3 player or the radio as it does live in concert or on your favorite CD or LP recording? It may not be just because you didn’t buy the high-end player or that the radio station’s signal doesn’t come through well. Greg Milner [...]

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A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting reviewed by Melissa Maskulka, Class of 2007

August 20th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Education, Non-fiction

Hara Estroff Marano’s A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting (2008, Broadway Books) takes a critical look at the costs of “over-parenting” one’s child. Perfect for all involved in high education including parents, students, administrators and professors, this well-researched book offers case studies and longitudinal results which provide an in-depth explanation of [...]

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The Help reviewed by Cyndy Willis-Chun, Assistant Professor of Communication

August 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Fiction, Historical Fiction

After noticing The Help on The New York Times Bestseller List for several weeks running, I saw it on the library’s new books shelf and had to pick it up. It’s an easy read, but perceptive in its look at race relations between Mississippi whites and “the help” during the 1960s. The story shifts perspective [...]

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Death Without Tenure reviewed by Arlene Hilfer, Visiting Assistant Professor of English

August 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Fiction, Mystery

What mysteries do English professors read when they need a break after a long teaching day? I don’t know about others, but I delve into Joanna Dobson’s academic mysteries starring Karen Pelletier, an untenured English professor at prestigious Enfield College. Raised on the wrong side of the tracks in Lowell, Massachusetts, single-mother Karen Pelletier has [...]

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