eBook of the Week – The Student Loan Mess

How did student loan debt become such a problem? This investigative study sheds some light.

The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created a Trillion-Dollar Problem

by Joel Best and Eric Best

Student loan

If you care about higher education, this is a must-read.  The Chronicle Book Club (Chronicle of Higher Education) is currently discussing it.  The authors’ site is also informative.

“Written with clarity and grace . . .  My highest recommendation.” — Jonathan B. Imber, Editor in Chief, Society

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eBook of the Week

 “Long story, short. Executives are busy, and your rambling presentation gets lost in their daily flood of information.”


[Brief]: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less by Joseph McCormack



Author Joseph McCormack is a proponent of lean communication.  He champions the B.R.I.E.F. approach — Background, Relevance, Information, Ending, and Follow up — a balancing act of being concise, clear, and compelling.

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eBook of the Week

Milkweed Editions, an independent book publisher located in Minneapolis, has a reputation for publishing great fiction.  A Milkweed book that we’re very familiar with on our campus is Montana 1948 by BSC alum, Larry Watson. It was our first Campus Read book in 2004.  Here’s another great book from Milkweed Editions:

Jewelweed: a Novel by David Rhodes


In Jewelweed, Rhodes returns to a place he first introduced in Driftless (see November 23, 2012 blog posting) — Words, Wisconsin, in the Driftless Region of the state.  Sheryl Cotleur, Copperfield’s Books, called it “A damn fine novel—one of the best kinds—where ordinary people living ordinary lives are drawn by the deft and lyrical touch of the author in such an achingly rich way, one quietly marvels.”

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You’re a Book Nerd If …

From Beth Bartlett – Writer, Humorist, and Pop Culture Geek

Book Nerd

“In this age of YouTube and endless TV, it takes passion to fulfill yourself with the written word. Yet the book nerd thrives, surviving on the scent of old books and the meaty thoughts of great writers. How do you tell the difference between the casual reader and those with binding glue in their veins?”

You know you’re a book nerd if…

1) The thought of ripping apart a book for a craft project horrifies you.

2) You’ve been caught sniffing books in the back aisle of a used bookstore.

3) Even though you’re grown, the words “school book fair” excites you to this day.

4) You hate going to movies based on books, because they never live up to the movies in your head.

5) You look at garage sales and thrift stores as a way to rescue books, not just buy them.

6) There’s a real concern your TBR (To Be Read) pile could fall over and crush you in your sleep.

7) You know more classic author quotes than pop culture catchphrases.

8) You’ve dated a librarian just for the bulk discount on bookmarks.

9) You think about characters long after you’ve finished the book, and wonder how they are.

10) You’ve added GPS tags to your bookplates so you know where your loaned books are at all times.

11) You bring a book to every event, even a date, because you never know when you’ll have the chance to read.

12) You tweet your favorite (living) authors and do a happy dance in the living room when they tweet you back.

13) If they follow you back on Twitter, you lose your mind.

14) You own multiple copies of your favorite books, because you can’t resist a snazzy new cover.

15) You love all books, whether they’re electronic, paper, scrolls or etched on stone tablets.

16) You have no idea what’s on television tonight.