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eBook of the Week

When BreathWhen Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at age 36, “on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon … the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.”

“This inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?

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eBook of the Week: The Orphan Master’s Son

Orphan Master's sonWinner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction – “An exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart.”

“Jun Do is … a North Korean citizen with a rough past who is working as a government-sanctioned kidnapper … In a totalitarian nation of random violence and bewildering caprice—a poor, gray place that nonetheless refers to itself as “the most glorious nation on earth”—an unnatural tension exists between a citizen’s national identity and his private life. Through Jun Do’s story we realize that beneath the weight of oppression and lies beats a heart not much different from our own—one that thirsts for love, acceptance, and hope—and that realization is at the heart of this shockingly believable, immersive, and thrilling novel.” –Chris Schluep, Amazon.com

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eBook of the Week: A Hologram for the King

HologramNow that you’ve read The Circle, the 2015-16 Campus Read selection, here’s another Dave Eggers book to check out.

A Hologram for the King was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award (the winner was The Round House by North Dakota author Louise Erdrich) and was also named one of the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year.

    “In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman named Alan Clay pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together.” — Publisher description

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eAudiobook of the Week

With the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia over the weekend, this eAudiobook is timely:

Packing the courtPacking the Court : the Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court by James MacGregor Burns

‘From renowned political theorist and Pulitzer Prize winner James MacGregor Burns comes an illuminating critique of how an unstable, unaccountable, and frequently partisan Supreme Court has come to wield more power than the Founding Fathers ever intended.’ – Publisher’s description

 

Packing the Court is just what you would expect of Burns: a readable and accessible history, full of memorable details … I was engaged, entertained and provoked by this surprising and energetic history of the Court.” –Jeffrey Rosen, The Washington Post

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eBook of the Week

Grandma GatewoodTake a hike!  Thanks to Grandma Gatewood, the Appalachian Trail is one of the places you can go.

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk : The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery

“Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail … Grandma Gatewood, became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person — man or woman — to walk it twice and three times … The public attention she brought to the trail was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction.” — From publisher’s description

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eBook of the Week

At BSC, we’re in the business of education.  Teaching and learning are our bread & butter.  But how does learning happen?  How do we remember what we learn?  Is there a best place or way to study?  If you’re interested in learning about learning, this book is for you.

How we learnHow We Learn: the Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey

“In How We Learn, award-winning science reporter Benedict Carey sifts through decades of education research and landmark studies to uncover the truth about how our brains absorb and retain information. What he discovers is that, from the moment we are born, we are all learning quickly, efficiently, and automatically; but in our zeal to systematize the process we have ignored valuable, naturally enjoyable learning tools like forgetting, sleeping, and daydreaming … The brain is not like a muscle, at least not in any straightforward sense. It is something else altogether, sensitive to mood, to timing, to circadian rhythms, as well as to location and environment. It doesn’t take orders well, to put it mildly. If the brain is a learning machine, then it is an eccentric one. In How We Learn, Benedict Carey shows us how to exploit its quirks to our advantage.” — Publisher description

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