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Claptons guitar wayne henderson allen st. john
Clapton's Guitar: Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument has been selected for the 2014 Common Reading Program.  In 1994, Eric Clapton came across a Wayne Henderson guitar in a recording studio and decided on the spot that he had to have one. Rarer than Stradivarius violins, these musical works of art are built from near-extinct Brazilian Rosewood, Appalachian spruce, black ebony, and fine mother-of-pearl. With Henderson's keen ear for the vibrations of each piece of...
american dervish ayad akhtar
American Dervish has been selected for the 2013 Summer Reading Program. Hayat Shah is a young Pakistani-American who wrestles with his religious identity, tumultuous feelings for his mother's friend, Mina, that he can't explain, and his own sense of himself in Ayad Akhtar's American Dervish. In many ways, the story is as much Mina's and her mystical embrace of Islam as it is a coming of age story of Hayat. Hayat's wish to earn Mina's respect as a young hafiz, someone who has memorized the...
National Bestseller Farm City The Education of an Urban Farmer Novella Carpenter
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer has been selected for the 2012 Summer Reading Program. Novella Carpenter chronicles her efforts to live off the land on the fringes of an urban ghetto. Her efforts to have a sustainable source of food for herself–with some for friends and neighbors as well-- sends her down a path inspired by Henry Thoreau, Euell Gibbons and her mother. The experiment to eat exclusively from her urban squat farm tries her will and ingenuity while bolstering her spirit...
born to run a hidden tribe super athletes and the greatest race the world has ne
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen has been selected for the 2011 Summer Reading Program at Appalachian State University. Christopher McDougall's bestseller follows the achievements of super athletics, such as Mexico's Tarahumara Indians, considered among the world's greatest distance runners, to answer his personal question: Why does my foot hurt? "Born to Run" will be provided to all incoming freshmen at Appalachian, and McDougall will...
international bestseller mudbound hillary jordan
"Mudbound" by Hillary Jordan - 2010 Summer Reading Book The book will be provided to all incoming freshmen at Appalachian and Jordan will speak to members of the campus community and others during Convocation Sept. 16 in the Holmes Center on campus. "Appalachian's Summer Reading Program provides an important common experience for entering freshmen, helps develop a sense of community with their new environment and introduces them to the academic rigor of college," said Chancellor Kenneth E....
Three Cups of Tea One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time Greg
"Three Cups of Tea," coauthored by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, follows Mortenson's evolution from mountain climber to humanitarian. "This book illustrates the power of one individual to change the lives of many," said Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock in announcing the selection. "This book will surely inspire all who read it." The book will be read by all incoming freshmen at Appalachian as part of the university's First Year Seminar Program. Mortenson will speak to members of the...
The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls
"The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls has been selected for the 2008 Summer Reading Program at Appalachian State University, announced Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock. In her memoir, Walls weaves an almost unbelievable account of her mother and father's unorthodox approach to parenting, the family's unconditional love for one another, and Walls's and her siblings' ability to prosper in spite of the obstacles, including homelessness and alcoholism, they faced growing up. "This is a fascinating...
A Home on the Field Paul Cuadros
"A Home on the Field" is published by HarperCollins. Kirkus Reviews wrote that the book was, "A worthy social commentary and biographical portrait. . . . the author's description of (the team's) victories is nicely balanced with a broad overview of Latinos' relatively recent migration to the American South, with a conclusion infused with cautious optimism." Publisher's Weekly wrote, "The team's struggles bring the town conflicts into sharp relief and give Cuadros a sturdy framework for...
Freakonomics A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Steven D L
Review from "The New York Times Magazine", August 3, 2003 The most brilliant young economist in America-the one so deemed, at least, by a jury of his elders-brakes to a stop at a traffic light on Chicago's south side. It is a sunny day in mid-June. He drives an aging green Chevy Cavalier with a dusty dashboard and a window that doesn't quite shut, producing a dull roar at highway speeds. But the car is quiet for now, as are the noontime streets: gas stations, boundless concrete, brick buildings...
Mark Salzman Iron & Silk
Salzman captures post-cultural revolution China through his adventures as a young American English teacher in China and his shifu-tudi (master-student) relationship with China's foremost martial arts teacher. Review from the School Library Journal:This anecdotal record of a young man's encounter with the Chinese and their way of life offers unique insights to readers. Salzman had majored in Chinese literature at Yale, and his first job after graduation in 1982 was teaching English to students...