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Recommendations from the UW Community
The Art of Asking by
"A great read about trust, vulnerability, and what it means to be an artist. Part memoir and part very real commentary on our society in an age of unlimited connectivity. Written by Amanda Palmer, amazing singer-songwriter and wife of Neil Gaiman."
Master of the Mountain by
Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves by Henry Wiencek, published in 2012, is very readable for even someone who is only casually interested in early American history. The book charts and analyzes Jefferson’s changing attitude toward slaves and slavery throughout his lifetime while also delving into his relationship with the Hemmings family. Wiencek balances the his analysis with a wide variety of source material, ranging from archaeological findings at Monticello to Thomas Jefferson’s own Farm Book.
Being a Beast by
“An entertaining if slightly uneven book in which the author attempts to understand what it is like to be an animal by walking a mile in their . . . paws. Foster acknowledges the impossibility of his quixotic quest, yet gamely imitates the lives of badgers, otters, foxes, deer and swifts. Interspersed between his accounts of eating worms and public "sprainting" are various philosophical musings and scientific facts. While the book perhaps reveals more of what it is like to be a human who desires to experience the animal mindset, than of the animal perspective itself, it is an amusing and novel glimpse into the human beast.”
Death Comes to Pemberley by
Sharing the story of a shocking murder that took place at Pemberley years after Darcy and Elizabeth's wedding, this book is fantastically captivating. It's true to the world and the characters, yet an interesting, worthwhile read in its own right.
Once upon a River by
Reviewed By: Rachael Black- UW MLIS Student
At 16, after the violent death of her father, Margo flees her childhood home along the banks of a river in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She takes little more than her rifle and heads up the river to start her life anew. On her journey she meets host of fascinating people: some good, some bad; some who help her and some who take advantage of her naiveté. Ultimately, through some very tough life lessons Margo grows into a strong, self-sufficient, young woman.
UW Libraries Recommendation Resources
Book recommendation resources in the UW Libraries collection. Click titles for locations and availability.
- Book Lust: recommended reading for every mood, moment, and reason. Nancy Pearl.
- More Book Lust: recommended reading for every mood, moment, and reason. Nancy Pearl.
- Now Read This: a guide to mainstream fiction, 1978-1998. Nancy Pearl.
- Ebook available here.[UW restricted]
- Now Read This II: a guide to mainstream fiction, 1990-2001. Nancy Pearl.
- What Should I Read Next? Edited by Jessica R. Feldman and Robert Stilling.
Reviews from Nancy Pearl's Students
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle Review
When the Okada's cat goes missing, Toru Okada searches for it, meeting a number of unexpected characters, and leading him to find far more than he ever knew was missing, in Murakami's post-modern masterpiece.
Check out the reviews of books from University of Washington's Library Science students from Nancy Pearl's genre fiction class below!
The Bell Ringers Review
Kate Lockhart, a successful New York Attorney returns home to England to attend the funeral of her closest friend, and former Head of Intelligence, David Eyam. She is troubled to find sinister changes in her beloved country.
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Review
Flavia de Luce is an eleven-year-old chemistry wiz with a penchant for poison. She is more delighted than shocked to stumble across a murdered body in the family cucumber patch one morning and determined to prove her father's innocence.
The Bookseller of Kabul Review
In the arid alleys and war torn streets of Kabul, Sultan, a legendary yet scrupulous bookseller, struggles to stabilize his rebellious family.
The Silk Parachute Review
We have our own quirky, crazy and quintessential stories - as kids and as adults. What are yours?
The Shadow of the Wind Review
From a dark corner of Barcelona, young Daniel rescues a forgotten book. But the book, with a life of its own, will alter forever the course of Daniel's life. Lyric prose underscores this beautiful thriller about loves lost and won.