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What Carleton is reading!

These are the recent top ten bestselling titles at the Carleton Bookstore, including several selections from alumni authors:

1. Lies My Teacher Told Me
by James W. Loewen, Class of '64

Americans have lost touch with their history, and in this thought-provoking book, Professor James Loewen shows why. After surveying twelve leading high school American history texts, he has concluded that not one does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable. Marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, and outright lies, these books omit almost all the ambiguity, passion, conflict, and drama from our past.
Touchstone. Paperback. $16.00

2. Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word
by Randall Kennedy

It’s “the nuclear bomb of racial epithets,” a word that whites have employed to wound and degrade African Americans for three centuries. Paradoxically, among many black people it has become a term of affection and even empowerment. The word, of course, is nigger, and in this candid, lucidly argued book the distinguished legal scholar Randall Kennedy traces its origins, maps its multifarious connotations, and explores the controversies that rage around it.
Vintage Books. Paperback. $12.95

3. Living Downstream: A Scientist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment
by Sandra Steingraber

With this eloquent and impassioned book, biologist and poet Sandra Steingraber shoulders the legacy of Rachel Carson, producing a work about people and land, cancer and the environment, that is as accessible and invaluable as Silent Spring—and potentially as historic. At once a deeply moving personal document and a groundbreaking work of scientific detection, Living Downstream will be a touchstone for generations, reminding us of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the integrity of our air, land, and water.
Vintage Books. Paperback. $15.95

4. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
by Anne Fadiman

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. When three-month-old Lia Lee Arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. When Lia Lee Entered the American medical system as a Hmong child, diagnosed as an epileptic, her story became a tragic case history of cultural miscommunication.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Paperback. $15.00

5. Knights of the Gridiron: A History of Carleton College Football, 1883-2005
by Bob Sullivan, Former Carleton College football coach

Bob Sullivan, former Carleton football coach (1979-2000) and professor emeritus, has written a book on the history of Carleton football from 1883-2005. "This book is filled with pictures, anecdotes, and interviews with former players, as well as a complete history of Carleton football," Sullivan says. "Carleton has enjoyed a long, glorious and winning football tradition and it has been a labor of love, as well as therapeutic, for me to write about it." All former Knights and their families will find Knights of the Gridiron to be a must have.
Hardcover. $29.95

6. The Best Life Diet
by Bob Greene

From bestselling author Bob Greene comes The Best Life Diet, a lifetime plan for losing weight and keeping it off. Bob Greene helped Oprah achieve her dramatic weight loss, and he can help you too. You'll eat the same delicious food that Oprah enjoys, and, just like Oprah, you'll have Bob to encourage you at every step. Unlike a celebrity, however, you don't need to hire a staff of experts to aid and advise you, because Bob's plan, easily tailored to an array of tastes, lifestyles, and activity levels, acts as your personal trainer and private nutritionist. Just open the book and let Bob help you get started down the path toward your best possible life.
Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. $26.00

7. A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder
by Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman

Ever since Einstein's study of Brownian Motion, scientists have understood that a little disorder can actually make systems more effective. But most people still shun disorder—or suffer guilt over the mess they can't avoid. No longer! With a spectacular array of true stories and case studies of the hidden benefits of mess, A Perfect Mess overturns the accepted wisdom that tight schedules, organization, neatness, and consistency are the keys to success.
Little, Brown and Co. Hardcover. $25.99

8. What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng
by Dave Eggers

Separated from his family, Valentino Achak Deng becomes a refugee in war-ravaged southern Sudan. His travels bring him in contact with enemy soldiers, with liberation rebels, with hyenas and lions, with disease and starvation, and with deadly murahaleen (militias on horseback)—the same sort who currently terrorize Darfur. Based closely on actual experiences, What Is the What is heartrending and astonishing, filled with adventure, suspense, tragedy and, finally, triumph.
McSweeney's Books. Hardcover. $26.00

9. My Sister's Keeper: A Novel
by Jodi Picoult

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness. My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Once again, in My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity.
Washington Square Press. Paperback. $14.00

10. The Practically Perfect Pajamas
by Erik Brooks, Class of '94

Percy thinks his pajamas are practically perfect. They are great for reading the morning paper, ideal when enjoying an afternoon snack, and helpful for getting a good night’s sleep. But the other polar bears tease him for being different. Percy wants to fit in, so he reluctantly packs away his pajamas. But he’s miserable until a friendly arctic fox helps him with a plan. Together they show the others that wearing pajamas is not only good, it’s “positively perfect” for everyone.
Winslow Press. Hardcover. $16.95

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