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Book Review – “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder

While at the First-Year Experience Conference (blog post, podcast), I heard several schools talk about their summer reading programs for freshmen. One book came up at several of these sessions, Tracy Kidder’s “Mountains Beyond Mountains.” It is the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a man working to stamp out diseases like Multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis while... more

Book Review – Robin Wasserman’s “Lust”

While traveling to the First-Year Experience conference (see my postings on the ZSR Professional Development Blog) I read Robin Wasserman’s book “Lust.” It is the first in a series of books, each based on one of the seven deadly sins. The characters are all seniors in high school living in the fictional town of Grace.... more

“The Uncommon Reader” by Alan Bennett

I’ve decided to bring back an old staple to the Gaz, the book review! A friend of mine, a British expatriate living in Houston, keeps me supplied with British book recommendations that I might otherwise miss. His latest recommendation is by Alan Bennett, the author, playwright and Tony Award-winning actor. Alan Bennett’s recent work includes... more