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    Recommended Reads from UW Madison Librarians
    From the UW--Madison Librarians' Assembly Annual Book-Sharing Event, comes a master list of fiction & non-fiction recommendations! This is straight from the librarians' mouths, you guys.
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    Command and control : nuclear weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the illusion of safety - by Eric Schlosser. Presents a minute-by-minute account of an H-bomb accident that nearly caused a nuclear disaster, examining other near misses and America's growing susceptibility to a catastrophic event.

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    Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.

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    Every secret thing : my family, my country by Gillian Slovo. A witness to the upheaval that transformed South Africa, Gillian Slovo has written a memoir that is far more than a story of her own life. She is the daughter of Joe and Ruth, South Africa's pioneering anti-apartheid white activists. While recalling her family's persecution and exile, leading her at one point to a chilling interview with one of the men responsible for her mother's death.

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    The truth about the Harry Quebert affair by Joel Dicker. August 30, 1975: the day fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan is glimpsed fleeing through the woods before she disappears; the day Somerset, lost its innocence. Thirty-three years later, Marcus visits Somerset to see his mentor, Harry Quebert, one of America's most respected writers. But Marcus's plans are violently upended when Harry is suddenly implicated in the cold-case murder of Nola Kellergan--whom, he admits, he had an affair with.

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    Banning DDT: How citizen activists in Wisconsin led the way - by Bill Berry. The six-month-long DDT hearing was one of the first chapters in citizen activism in the modern environmental era. Bill Berry details how the citizens, scientists, reporters, and traditional conservationists drew attention to the harmful effects of “the miracle pesticide” DDT. A compelling story of how citizen activism, science, and law merged in Wisconsin’s DDT battles to forge a new way to accomplish public policy.

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    The sweetness at the bottom of the pie by Alan C. Bradley. It is the summer of 1950 - For Flavia life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. Soon her father, a man raising his three daughters alone, is seized, accused of murder. And in a police cell, during a violent thunderstorm, Colonel de Luce tells his daughter an astounding story.Of this much the girl is sure: her father is innocent of murder - but protecting her and her sisters from something even worse.

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    Brain on fire : my month of madness by Susannah Cahalan. The story of twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan and the life-saving discovery of the autoimmune disorder that nearly killed her -- and that could perhaps be the root of "demonic possessions" throughout history.

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    Habibi by Craig Thompson. Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth-- and frailty-- of their connection.

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    The Burgess boys : a novel by Elizabeth Strout. Catalyzed by a nephew's thoughtless prank, a pair of brothers confront painful psychological issues surrounding the freak accident that killed their father when they were boys, a loss linked to a heartbreaking deception that shaped their personal and professional lives.

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    The poisonwood Bible : a novel - Catalog by Barbara Kingsolver. The drama of a U.S. missionary family in Africa during a war of decolonization. At its center is Nathan Price, a self-righteous Baptist minister who establishes a mission in a village in 1959 Belgian Congo. The resulting clash of cultures is seen through the eyes of his wife and his four daughters. By the author of Pigs in Heaven.

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