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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Book Recommendations

Book Recommendations

"The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail but Some Don't" by Nate Silver
I'm reading "The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail but Some Don't" by Nate Silver. He's the man who predicted both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. The New York Times publishes his FiveThirtyEight.com, political blog. He also built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, and he did all this before he was thirty. His book makes statistics fun.
Mary Lou Avera, faculty, Business Studies Division

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“Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” by Jenny Lawson
Here’s a book that I have thought a lot about, since I have not been sure how to recommend. It is one of the funniest books I have read in a long time, but includes profanity which I consider unnecessary most often.

The book is called “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” by Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess)

It is a hilarious stream of consciousness style book about the experiences of Jenny Lawson (a successful online blogger) with her husband, family and friends. It's told with an incredible disregard for form and meaning, but allows the reader to experience an exhilarating ride on the roller coaster of Lawson’s warped mind. She is able to create a whole world around simple objects like couch cushions. When you feel that you have your feet firmly planted on the ground of the content you are reading, you suddenly find yourself floating high above in an out-of-body experience you usually do not associate with reading a book.

Skip this book if you do not want to read a lot of F-words which I feel she did not need to use as often. Otherwise, enjoy!
Mary Mukhtarian, adjunct faculty, Business Studies Division

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"The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien
It's a great epic fantasy, the amazing prequel to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and the major motion picture comes out on the 14th! A must-read!
Mary Schoals, department assistant, Marketing and Public Information

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"Devil In the White City" by Erik Larson
Again Larson's style provides a page-turner that juxtaposes the height of human achievement against the depths of human depravity. This book is a non-fiction account of two polar opposite efforts simultaneously evolving, each just down the street from the other.
Scott Sires, faculty and coordinator, Geospatial Technology

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"Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walters
Intertwined stories of extraordinary adventures in Italy and elsewhere starting in 1962, following an Italian inn keeper, a Hollywood starlet, goings-on at the movie set of "Cleopatra" and much more. So well written and so full of surprises, I enjoyed every minute of reading this funny novel.
Lois Wagenseil, librarian III, Learning Resource Center