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April 19, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU faculty recommend: A Good Read....

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -College is a great time for reading. rockpride online asked Slippery Rock University English faculty both what they were currently reading and what books they would recommend.

Each week rockpride online will share their suggestions.

Cindy LaCom, professor of English, is currently reading "Adam Bede" by George Eliot (perhaps the only Victorian novel to address infanticide); "Truth and Beauty" by Ann Patchett (a lovely memoir about writing, but primarily about her friendship with Lucy Grealy); and "The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (another memoir -- re-reading as I prepare to teach it in my "Literature of the Women's Movement" class).

Her top 10 book recommendations, which reflect her "fascination with crime and sociopathy and interests as a British Victorianist and feminist," are:

"Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte (all-time favorite)

"perks of being a wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky

"In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote

"Persuasion" by Jane Austen

"Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro

"Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold

"Jude the Obscure" by Thomas Hardy

"Middlemarch" by George Eliot

"Beloved" by Toni Morrison

"Stones from the River" by Ursula Heigi.

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