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booklist 2009 - Joanne Manaster Loves Everything about Science!
booklist 2009 - Joanne Manaster Loves Everything about Science!
booklist 2009 - Joanne Manaster Loves Everything about Science!
booklist 2009 - Joanne Manaster Loves Everything about Science!
booklist 2009 - Joanne Manaster Loves Everything about Science!
booklist 2009 - Joanne Manaster Loves Everything about Science!
booklist 2009 - Joanne Manaster Loves Everything about Science!
booklist 2009 - Joanne Manaster Loves Everything about Science!
booklist 2009 - Joanne Manaster Loves Everything about Science!
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  • 1. Once again,I askedmy studentsinmycell culture andtissue engineeringlaboratorycourse tolistthe five booksthattheywouldmostlylikelysuggesttotheirfriendsora bibliophile professorlike me. It couldbe fictionor non-fiction. I do exclude HarryPotterseries,booksbyDanBrown,Ender’sGame and Hitchhiker’s Guide tothe Galaxy,as theytendto write those anyway. I’ve decidednottounderlinethe books,asthe listisso extensive,itwouldtake muchmore time to compile it! I won’tlistmine, asyoucan see those on my YouTube channel. Student1: Catch22 by JosephHeller-Hilarious BluebeardbyKurtVonnegut-greatstory The Dharma Bums by JackKerouac-greatstoryagain The Stranger byAlbertCamus-mustreadexistentialistnovel The MetamorphosisbyFranz Kafka-anothermustreadexistentialistnovel Student2: A ChildCalled“It”-itopensyoureyes tothe sorrow inthe world,and itwill make youappreciate your parents. Turn of the Screwby HenryJones-reallygoodmysterynovel,whichhasmanytwistsandnoreal conclusion Crime andPunishmentbyDosteovosky-amazingbookwithgreatcharactersandplot. As I layDyingby Faulkner-Reallyweirdfamilystorybutreallygoodstoriesbehindcharacters. “Blink”-psychologynon-fictionsabouthouryourfirstimpressioncantell yousomuch.And it’snot wrongto have firstimpressionsbecause theycanoftenbe correct. Student3: OldMan’s War bySkulzi
  • 2. Ghost BrigadesbySkulzi The Moon isa Harsh Mistress Smoke andMirrors by Neil Gaiman A Historyof NearlyEverything Joleen: FlowersforAlgernon- Ireaditin7th grade and still love it.Ittalksabouta lot of issueswithhuman testingandit’sa reallytouchingstory. DecodingDarkness- It’sabookabout the searchfor Alzheimer’s, andthe authors’journeygettingto that pointof research.It comesclose tomy heartsince I know twopeople withAlzheimer’s,andthe author isstill active withmusic(whichIlove).Alzheimer’sresearchisveryimportantnow,andapopular topic. One FlewOverthe Cuckoo’sNest- There’sjustsomuchdepthtothisbookthat it’shard to explain.Ona superficial level,one couldsayit’salookintothe mindof a crazy patient.It’sagreat bookabout finding yourself,findingcourage,trauma-the listisendless. Abarat- One amazingaspectof thisbook(besidesthe story) isthatthe authorisa painterandillustrates thisbookwithoil paintings.The imaginationinthisbookissothoroughthat the paintingsare needed. Jimis a firmbelieverindreams,hope,andimagination,andthe bookstressesit. Fahrenheit451- A bitcliché to suggest,butmore importantnow thanever.I feel like toomanypeople move to digital booksorevenmovies/TV toreplace agoodpaperbook,whichbreaksmyheart.Books are important! Andrew: Brave NewWorldby Huxley- Starkcontrastpresentedaboutanidealistic,futuristicsocietyascompared to out currentday conditions. A Tale of TwoCitiesbyDickens- Storyaboutthe corruptionwithinthe FrenchRevolutionandthe selflessnessif abatteredandbeatenman(SydneyCarton). OthellobyShakespeare- The storyof acoy and tactful villainandhispursuittobringruinsto the story’s maincharacter. One of Shakespeare’sbest;tale of deceptionandbetrayal.
  • 3. Picture of Donan Gray by Wilde- A tale where amanconsumedwithexternal beautyactsrashlyand revealsmanyvicesinherentwithin.The picture paintedforhimdepictsthe gruesome thoughtsand deviousdeedshe hascommitted. Fahrenheit451 by RayBradbury- The maincharacter istorn betweendutyanddesire.A storyabout censorshipanddefyingauthorities. Gene: InvisibleMonstersbyChuckPalahniuk-A model becomesdisfiguredafterbeingshotinthe jaw.Now mentoredbya transsexual,she travelsacrossNorthAmerica. A rollercoasterride. Mother NightbyKurt Vonnegut- AnAmericanbecomesasecretagentforthe US in Germanyduring WorldWar Two andis nowbeingtriedasone of the worstwar criminalsorthe century.A real heartbreaker. Middle Sex byS.Eugenides- A hermaphrodite chronicleshis/herfamilyhistoryimmigratingtoAmerica and talksaboutgrowingup. GeekLove by Katherine Dunn- A circusownerdecidesthe bestwaytomake freaksisbye impregnating and experimentingwithhiswife.Unique perspective from andalbinohunchback.Questionsthe definitionof humanity. Do AndroidsDreamof ElectricSheepbyPhilipK.Dick- Adaptedintothe cultmovie Blade Runnerwith HarrisonFord. Student4: Eragon- The firstbookof a series.Thisisa fantasybookabouta boy whofindsa dragonegg.I recommendthisbooktomy friendsbecause itwaswrittenwhile the authorwasinhighschool,soit seemstohave the right mix of youngeremotions. AndromedaStrain- Classicscience fictionsure tobe interestingtoanyone in science of medicine. Dune- If youare persistentenoughtoreadthisbook,itoffersalevel of complexitythatisnotinmost books. Devil inthe White City- A classicbookthat shouldhithome withanyone fromChicago. A Walkin the Woods- I recommendthisbooktoanyone whohastruedcamping.Thisbookdetailshiking throughAppalachianswithanunwillingfriend.
  • 4. Yousuf: Slaughterhouse5by KurtVonnegut Galapagosby KurtVonnegut Cat’sCradle by Kurt Vonnegut Catch-22 by JosephHeller The Natural Steven: BattlefieldEarthbyElran Hubbard- I know he foundedscientology,butthe bookisan interestingscience fictionadaptationof whatcouldhappentoour planetinthe future. 3001: A Space Odyssey- Veryinterestingbookabouthow the worldandinventionswouldappearas magic if we were transportedintothe future. The Goal- Funnyandeasyto read bookaboutthe pursuitof qualitycontrol inanindustrial setting. The LongestDay- Tellsthe storyof D-Day (June 6,1944) throughthe experiencesof the peopleinvolved inthe Normandyinvasioninsteadof justadry andhistorical perspective. To AmericabyStephenAmbrose- Eachchaptercontainsa storyformthe historyof the UnitedStates, fromthe duel betweenHamiltonandBurrto the follow uptoWatergate. Emily: 19 MinutesbyJodi Piccoult- Thisbookforcesyouto reexaminethe wayyoulookat a seemingly“black and white”situation. Queenof Babble byMeg Cabot- The book versionof achick flick,verycute andit takesplace inEngland. Dandelion Wine byRayBradbury- My favorite bookbecause Ithinkitcapturesthe essence of summer inwards. Prep- Like the book Old Schoolcrossedwith A SeparatePeacewrittenfora modernaudience.Emotional ina goodway. Sickened- A non-fictionbookaboutagirl who grew up witha motherandgrandmotherwhohad Munchausenbyproxy.Verysad,but alsoattentiongrabbingandinformative.
  • 5. Student5: Lord of the RingsSeries- Much,muchbetterthanthe movies. The Alchemist- Taughtme life lessons. Tom Clancy’sRainbowSix- Createdanentire genreof videogames. The Color of Water- Just reallywell written. To Kill a Mockingbird- Classic Student6: Catcherin the Rye- Reallygood,easilyrelatable to. TheirEyesWere WatchingGod- Powerful bookfollowinglife of a blackwomanandher adventures. BodyLanguage- Don’trealize howmuchitaffectsday to daylife. BirthOrder- You start to notice characteristicsinpeople basedonbirthorder. Macbeth- It’s nice toknowto read Shakespeare.It’sentertainingandit seemslike questionson Jeopardyare oftenaboutitor otherShakespeare novels. Austin: DiplomacybyHenryKissinger- A veryinterestinglookatpoliticsanddifferentstrategiesused throughouthistory. WhenYou Are EngulfedinFlamesbyDavidSedaris- Hiswry,self-deprecatinghumoristremendously funny. The ElegantUniverse byDaniel Greene- A basic(butnottoobasic) lookand overview of the universe. Pawnof ProphecybyDavid Eddings- The firstfantasybook(andalsomyfavorite) Ieverread.Itis a source of nostalgia. PhillipPulman’sDarkMaterialsTrilogy- The anti-Narnia.A verycool,thoughtful lookatreligion.He presentssome verydeepideasaboutGodand Hisexistence andhow thataffectsus.
  • 6. Student7: A ChildCalledItbyDave Peltzer- It’saverysad bookaboutchildabuse.While itisverysad,it raisesyour awarenessregardingdomesticabuse andmakesyouthankful foryourparents. Black Beauty- A veryoldbook,butalso veryheart-warming. The Martian Chronicles-It’sareallyweirdbookfilledwithshortstories.Itmakesyouthinkabouthuman issues. NancyDrew- It’smy favorite childhoodseries.It’ssoawesome! National Geographic- Notreallyabookbutit’sso cool! Student8: Dreamsfrom My Fatherby Barack Obama The Great Gatsby The Art of Seduction 1984 The Present MarshmallowStory Student9: The Five People YouMeetinHeaven- Thisbookisveryinspirational. Student10: Catch-22 AtlasShrugged Redwall Series A Brief Historyof the Universe Paradise Lost
  • 7. Student11: My Sister’sKeeper Truth aboutForever LovelyBones Stori Telling–Writtenby Tori Spellingaboutherlife.It’salwaysinterestingtoheara celeb’sside of their storyoutside magazinesandtabloids. Angus,Thongs,andFull-Frontal Snogging(andotherbooksinthe series)- Everyone of those booksare “laughout loud”funnyandI have read themmultipletimes. Student12: Life of Pi- It isa unique storyabouta boytryingto survive.Ilike thatitcan be interpretedinmany differentways. Rigged- A storyabout the mercantile exchange andthe powerinthe oil industry.Itwas“eye opening”to say the least. The Great Gatsby- One of my favorite bookssince highschool.Itwasa veryinterestingdepictionof society. Ender’sShadow- Ilike thatitwas a completelydifferenttake onthe exactsame story as Ender’sGame. It was cool to see howdifferentthe same storycouldbe told. The 5 People YouMeetinHeaven- Itwas a reallyshortread,butcovereda lotof importantlife lessons. It’sdefinitelyone Icanread overandover again. Student13: TwilightSeries Memoirsof a Geisha Wicked East of Eden A MillionLittle Pieces
  • 8. Olivia: A Wizardof Earthsea- It’slike agrown upversionof Harry Potter;the writingisspectacularandthere is some intense imageryandsome strikingthemes. Life of Pi- I reallyenjoyedthe religiouscommentaryof thisbook.Itisquite thoughtprovoking,butnot pushyor alienating. The Solitaire Game- Thisbookisveryphilosophical innature,butitisnotnearlyas dense as Sophie’s Worldis; the storyis quite entertainingandthe authorraisessome interestingphilosophicalissues. AnotherDayin the Frontal Lobe- Thisbookisby neurosurgeonanditwasquite funforme to read because Iwant to eventuallybecomeabrainsurgeon.Thisbookisinformative,butalsofuntoread to readbecause the author weavesinfunanecdotes. The Count of Monte Cristo- Thisisa classic.I love the plot-Dante’squestforrevengeandthe lessonshe learnsalongthe way.Really,it’squite educationalandsimplyentertaining. Caroline: Pride andPrejudice byJane Austen- A literaryclassic,ithaseverything- humor,drama,satire,suspense, and a happyromanticending.Jane Austenincludessubtle commentaryonupperclasssocietyinearly 19th centuryEngland. The Red Tentby AnitaDiamant- Tellsthe storyof Dinah,whoonlyhasa quickappearance inthe Bible, and herrelationshipwithRachel,Leah,andJacobina sort of Biblical fanfiction.Examinesthe role of womeninancienttimes. A Tale of TwoCitiesbyCharlesDickens- Notforthe passive reader,butworththe effort.A storyof a family’sinvolvementinthe FrenchRevolutionandthe effecton“normal”citizens.Wouldyoudie bythe guillotine sothatthe womanyoulove couldbe savedand live ahappylife withherhusband? Handmaid’sTale byMargaret Atwood- Chilling,futuristictale of dystopiainwhichwomenhave specific rolesto furthera societydictatedbyregulationandmorality.Social commentaryongenderrolesand government,similartoHuxley’s BraveNew World butmore interesting/psychological. Bel Canto byAnnPatchett- Storyof a dinner-partygone wrong,inwhichworldwide leadersandguests are takenhostage at a mansioninSouthAmericabyguerillaterrorists.Interestingrelationshipsform betweenheadsof state,normal civilians,RedCrossworkers,the kitchenstaff,the terrorists,anopera singer,anda missionary.
  • 9. Student14: Catch 22- It isbothveryfunnyand thoughtprovokingcommentaryonwar. The Adventures of HuckleberryFinn- Wellwrittenandinterestingcommentaryaboutanimportant periodinAmericanhistory. As YouLike It- One of Shakespeare’sfunniestandmore overlookedworks. Scar Tissue- Interestingautobiographyaboutmusic,success,andthe problemsthatcome withit. EverythingBadisGood for You- Interestingbookabouthow current“popculture”trendscouldactually have some benefits. Student15: Brave NewWorldby AldousHuxley-Exploreslimitsof biological experimentation. 1984 by George Orwell- The flipside of “Brave New World”inan all controllingworld. As Nature Made Him- A bookthat studiesaboy whowas raisedasa girl aftera circumcisionaccident. Unique cure because he wasan identical twin. The BeatlesAnthology-A greatbookfor a great band. Innumeracy- A bookbya scientist/mathematicianthatexploresthe “Innumeracy”of outcountry- The inabilityforpeople tointerpretnumbersandstatistical probabilities. Kerri: BetweenaRock anda Hard Place- Thisisthe firsthandstory of the manwho wastrappedina canyonfor daysbefore he cut off hisownarm to escape and survive.Italsoincludesthe detailsof some of hisother hair-raisingadventures.Itisa testamenttothe miraculoushumanbody.One of my all time favorite books! 76 Days Adrift- Anotherfirsthandtale of ultimatesurvival,thistime while floatinginaninflatable life raft at sea. Empoweringtoknowwhatthe human bodyiscapable of.Plus,youmightlearna few tricks that couldsave yourlife one day. DeepSurvival- The authorof thisbookexploresthe differencesbetweenpeople whosurvive life threateningsituationsandthose whodon’t.He triestofinda commonthreadbetweensurvivors.Very interesting!
  • 10. Student16: Short Historyof NearlyEverything- Mostentertainingeducational bookknowntoman. CheapPhysTrick- Neverknowwhenone of these will solve aproblem. Biomimicry- Interestingideaof justengineeringwhatalreadyexistsintosomethinguseful. Catcherin the Rye- You neverknowhowmanypop cultural referencesare made basedonthisbook. Student17: AlienEncountersbyMimi Thi Nguyen- It’sone of the textsforAAS120, butsomethingIreallyenjoy reading.It’sa compilation of essaysthattargetpopularculture andanalyze whyitseems okayforsome thingsto happen. Sarah Dessen’sbooks,myfavoritesare JustListen and This Lullaby.Althoughit’smore like teenage comingof age stories,Ireallylikedthesebooksandspentnightssittingupreadingpage afterpage. SecretIdentities:AnAsianAmericanSuperheroAnthology-The authorscame to UIUC about a month ago. It’sinterestingtome because itiswrittenincomicform, but is aboutAsianAmericansuperheroes that people came upwith.The storiesinclude historical referencesaswell asstereotypesthatare discussed. Twilight- Ipersonallyneverfinishedthe book,butIknow people of all agesthathave differingviews.But it’sinterestingtosee howpeople reacttoit. Student18: Crime andPunishment- EventhoughIreadthisforAPEnglishinhighschool,I thoughtitwas byfar one of the mostinterestingbook’sI’ve everreadbecause notonlywasitcaptivating.Butitgivesyoua look at the otherside’sperspective inhowhe wentaboutdoingthingsandwhy. Swordof Truth series- Thoughit’slong,itwasone of myfavorite fantasyseries,because notonlywasit captivatingandinterestingtoread,there are a lot of deepthoughtsandissues thatarise inthe thinking/thoughtsandactionsof the charactersthat reallyallow the readertonotonlyenterhis/her imaginationbutalsolookatmoral issuesandwhat he/she woulddointhose situations. Wallflower- IwasrecommendedthisbookbymyEnglishteacherandthoughIwasn’tsure how I really feltaboutitduringmy initial reading,butlookingbackonit,I feel Ilearnedalotabout different perspectives.Itreallymakesyouexaminemanydifferentperspectivesandlensesinwhichyoulook throughlife.
  • 11. The Great Gatsby- Anotherof those booksthatiscaptivatingandyetyou learnsomuch aboutsituations and eventsthatdictate youractions,choices,andfuture.Fromthisbookalone,Ireallylookedintoand learnedalot aboutthe materialisticaspectof life anditsnotonlyclearyet subtle role inthe developmentof one’slife. Redwall Series- IjustlovedthesebookswhenIwasyoungerandI still love themnow because the just provide agood stressrelieverandescape intoone’sownimagination,whichisgoodfromtime totime. AnonymousStudent: LeftBehind-Interestingwithsome excitement Collapse-Somewhatdrybutlotsof info Rosemary’sBaby- Creepyandanoldbookbut still good Daniel- Alsooldbutgoodstoryline,haven’tfinishedityet,though RunningMan- Good book,made intoa movie withthe govenator,Arnold S. Bioengineering202 Lab Manual: Many useful techniques! (ahem, noextrapointsforthat!!)

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