"Dune" by Frank Herbert
I was watching The West Wing recently and saw a character reading "Dune," so I picked up a copy. Frank Herbert is a master of precision, of making every word count. I care less for the fantasy world and for the plot; I'm reading it mainly because I appreciate the writing so much. So, if you want to read a book by an author you can trust to point out only the significant details of the story and the characters and to wizard-up original and apt imagery, pick up Frank Herbert's "Dune."
Aaron Clark, faculty, Communications Division
"Many Heavens, One Earth: Readings on Religion and the Environment" by Clifford Chalmers Cain
This book is the perfect collection of essays on various religious views on the conservation of the planet. Not only does it provide evidence from major religious texts for every statement made, but also gives the reader a look into history, and how certain ideologies *became confused over time. This book is a great read to get into the spirit for Earth Month!
Mary Schoals, department assistant, Marketing and Public Information Office
"The Great Wide Sea" by M. H. Herlong
I read the book "The Great Wide Sea" by Herlong. It's a story about a family and all the adventures that happen to them in their travels to the sea. I felt like I was traveling with them the whole time I was reading this book. It's a sad story with a fine end.
Mersedeh Sefidi, adjunct faculty, Mathematics and Science Division
"The Fifth Mountain" by Paolo Coelho
One of the best books I've read is by Paolo Coelho - "The Fifth Mountain." I would highly recommend it, even better than the Alchemist (same author). It's very uplifting. In it he writes about how to deal with obstacles that come our way. Do we see the glass half full or half empty? He writes how we should accept problems and learn from them. In the process we become better individuals - with the right attitude.
Erum Shaikh, adjunct faculty, Social Science Division