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In April 2010, MSU President Waded Cruzado called for the creation of a collective summer reading list. Here are the suggestions that poured in from all four MSU campuses.
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Recommended Reading (arranged in alphabetical order by title)

This list is a complete list of what MSU campus employees and students suggested for summer reading. The MSU Libraries provide this list for your information. Click on any title to see an MSU library record and location or, when not available, a link for purchase. 

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A History, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana - Burlingame, Merrill G.
Call Number: Bozeman: LD3508.B95
The author--an Emeritus Professor of History--marked "75 years of investment in people."

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University

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A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bryson, Bill
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: Q162.B88 2003
ISBN: 0767908171
A short book which asks all the questions you want to know about the history of, well, pretty much everything, but you don't have anyone to ask. A very intriguing book that puts into perspective how bizarre, yet perfect, is the existence of our planet and everything on it.

--Recommended by Scott Beans, Senior, Environmental Design, Montana State University, Bozeman

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American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot - Ferguson, Craig
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 0061998494
In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark—as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

--Recommended by Tracy Knudson, Administrative Assistant, Department of Modern Languages, Montana State University, Bozeman

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American Psycho - Ellis, Bret Easton
Call Number: Bozeman, Great Falls: PS3555.L5937.A8
ISBN: 0679735771
This novel has sparked what is arguably the most fascinating and controversial literature in recent times. Set in Manhattan, American Psycho is the story of the young and very wealthy investment banker Patrick Bateman. Beginning the 1989, the novel travels with Bateman through roughly 3 years of his life, following everything from his day to day activities to portraying the many graphic murders he commits during this time. But be warned: this book is not for the faint of heart.

--Recommended by Joshua Hamilton, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh - Norberg-Hodge, Helena
Call Number: Bozeman: HN690.L33N67
ISBN: 0871565595
Norberg-Hodge first went to Ladakh in 1975 and has spent six months there every year since. This slim volume is her views of how Ladakh should be.

--Recommended by Hannah Greene, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Angle of Repose - Stegner, Wallace
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings: PS3537 .T316 A8 2000
ISBN: 0679603387
This long, thoughtful novel about a retired historian who researches and writes about his pioneer grandparents garnered Stegner a Pulitzer Prize.

--Recommended by Ken Kurtenbach, Application Software Developer, Office of Sponsored Programs, Montana State University, Bozeman

--Recommended by Mary Cloud B. Ammons, Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Animal Farm - George Orwell
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: PR6029.R8 A63
ISBN: 0151072558
"Animal Farm" is a satire of communism and tyranny. The animals on a farm take over to create an idealistic farm that they think will result in better working conditions and more prosperity for all.

--Recommended by Infinity Thomson, Montana State University, Great Falls

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Atlas Shrugged - Rand, Ayn
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: PS3535.A547.A94
ISBN: 0452011876
In "Atlas Shrugged", the world's producers are disappearing as the government attempts to nationalize industry. Besides its obvious political and social messages, Rand's massive tome has romance, industrial and political intrigue, and philosophy, and even those who do not agree with Rand's message will find much to ponder.

--Recommended by Infinity Thomson, Montana State University, Great Falls

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Bad Land: An American Romance - Raban, Jonathan
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: F591.R22 1996
ISBN: 0679759069
I can’t say it any better than this review from Publisher’s Weekly: “Raban (Old Glory), an Englishman now settled in Seattle, has written a vivid and utterly idiosyncratic social history of the homesteading movement in eastern Montana that went boom and bust during the first three decades of this century. It is the story of a dream turned sour that still echoes in the western American consciousness. Lured by free land from the government and a deceptive publicity campaign mounted by the local railroad, thousands from all over the eastern United States and northern Europe went to Montana to make their fortune as farmers. Raban follows the stories of several families, most of which end in heartbreak. He examines the literature that lured them there and the how-to books they read once they arrived. …” Good stuff – after reading it you cannot travel through eastern Montana without thinking about this book and the stories Raban tells.

--Recommended by Ritchie Boyd, Teaching and Learning Technology Support Specialist, Office of the Provost, Montana State University, Bozeman and
by Ken Kurtenbach, Application Software Developer, Office of Sponsored Programs, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Be My Guest - Hilton, Conrad N.
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 0130715980
A little old but a truly great read about the hotel giant.

--Recommended by David Simon, Senior, Pre Business (Management), Montana State University, Bozeman

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Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance - Gawande, Atul
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 0312427654
My daughter suggested it to me, and I liked it so much I recommended it to the CLS 101 freshman seminar folks. It is currently part of their reading list. Dr. Gawande is a surgeon who writes for the New Yorker. He’s an excellent writer with a fascinating perspective. The focus is medical but the concepts apply to all of us.

--Recommended by Paula Lutz, Dean, College of Letters and Science, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Blind Your Ponies - West, Stanley G.
Call Number: Billings: PS3573.E8255B58 2001
ISBN: 0965624781
One of my favorite books is by local author, Stanley Gordon West, and is entitled Blind Your Ponies. The story, although fiction, takes place in Willow Creek, MT (near Three Forks) and depicts small town basketball at its best. Many places in the story are actual places in Gallatin County, including a visit to the MSU Fieldhouse. The book addresses some of the challenges of living in a small rural community, the people who choose to live there, and is hard to put down once you get into it!

--Recommended by Sandra Germann, Executive Director, Montana 4-H Foundation, Montana State University, Bozeman and by Bruce Whittenberg, Director, Leadership Montana and Outreach and Special Projects, Montana State University, Billings

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Blink - Gladwell, Malcolm
Call Number: Bozeman, Great Falls, Northern: BF448.G53
ISBN: 0316172324
In this best-seller, a staff writer for The New Yorker weighs the factors that determine good decision-making. Drawing on recent cognitive research, Gladwell concludes that those who quickly filter out extraneous information generally make better decisions than those who discount their first impressions.

--Recommended by Craig Stewart, Professor, Department of Health & Human Development, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce - Starr, Douglas
Call Number: Bozeman: RM172.S728 1998
ISBN: 067941875X
“Powerfully involving narrative and incisive detail, clarity and inherent drama: Blood offers in abundance the qualities that define the best popular science writing. Here is the sweeping story of a substance that has been feared, revered, mythologized, and used in magic and medicine from earliest times—a substance that has become the center of a huge, secretive, and often dangerous worldwide commerce.” It provides lots of background on how we evolved within the medical industry and yet, this book reads like a suspense novel. I loved it…and reread it from time to time when I want to re-energize myself to why I am in health care.

--Recommended by Diane K. Duin, Interim Dean, College of Allied Health Professions, Montana State University, Billings

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Brisingr - Paolini, Christopher
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Northern: Call number varies, please ask your librarian
ISBN: 0375826726
Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Eragon, a once-simple farm boy, is the greatest hope to unite the rebel forces and rid the land of tyranny

--Recommended by Mary Susan Fishbaugh, Interim Dean, COE
MSU Billings

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Coming Home - Pilcher, Rosamunde
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 0312958129
Pilcher's novel is big, both in size and scope. Yet its charm is in its details. The book's heroine is Judith Dunbar, who is a schoolgirl of 13 when the tale begins in 1935. Sent to boarding school in Cornwall because her parents are posted to Singapore, Judith becomes friends with Loveday Carey-Lewis, who introduces her to a family and an estate, Nancherrow, that is to influence her for the rest of her life. Pilcher does a marvelous job of describing life in England before World War II.

--Recommended by Tracy Knudson, Administrative Assistant, Department of Modern Languages, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Complications - Gawande, Atul
Call Number: Billings: RD27.35.G39A3
ISBN: 0312421702
In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge. Complications lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is: uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human.

--Recommended by Paula Lutz, Dean, College of Letters and Science, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn - Colton, Larry
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: GV886.C65 2000
ISBN: 0446526835
One of my all time favorite books. It’s a story of a sports writer who travels to Hardin/The Crow Rez to write about basketball on the reservation, specifically men’s basketball. This is not what he ends up writing about, basketball, yes, men, no. He follows a Crow girl, Sharon LaForge (my neighbor when I was 8 yrs old) and her quest to win a state basketball tournament not just for herself but for her family and the entire Crow community. This is a true story and a lot of controversy followed it after its release about ten years ago, but I still think the book is pretty great in that it sheds some light on the truths and challenges that come with growing up on a reservation; about the weight and expectations of a high school sports star.

--Recommended by Cheryl Polacek, Program Coordinator, Strand Union and Student Activities, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Crazy Heart - Cobb, Thomas
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 0060915196
At the age of fifty-seven, Bad Blake is on his last legs. His weight, his ticker, his liver, even his pick-up truck are all giving him trouble. A renowned songwriter and "picker" who hasn't recorded in five years, Bad now travels the countryside on gigs that take him mostly to motels and bowling alleys. Enter Ms. Right. Can Bad stop living the life of a country-western song and tie a rope around his crazy heart?

--Recommended by Jerry Peach, Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach, Athletics, Montana State University, Billings

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Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most - Stone, Douglas
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 014028852X
We've all been there: We know we must confront a coworker, store clerk, or friend about some especially sticky situation--and we know the encounter will be uncomfortable. So we repeatedly mull it over until we can no longer put it off, and then finally stumble through the confrontation. This book offers advice for handling these unpleasant exchanges in a manner that accomplishes their objective and diminishes the possibility that anyone will be needlessly hurt.
--Recommended by Linda Reynolds

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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia - Gilbert, Elizabeth
Call Number: Bozeman: G154.5.G55A3 2007
ISBN: 9780143038412
(A memoir) The author tells about her traumatic divorce and nasty love affair. She decides to take a year for herself and travel around the world (to Italy, Indonesia and India) to find herself and find meaning in her life and just to do things that she has always wanted to do. She lives in each place for four months and lives as the people of that culture do. She learns new languages, practices new religions, eats new foods, makes new friends and falls in love. This book helped me through the roughest months of my life and has inspired me to become a citizen of the world. I took six months to read it because I didn't want it to end! Elizabeth Gilbert is truly amazing.

--Recommended by Christine Johnson, Junior, Elementary Education (K-8), Montana State University, Bozeman

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Eldest - Paolini, Christopher
Call Number: Call number varies, please ask your librarian
ISBN: 037582670X
Narrator Gerard Doyle picks up where he left off narrating Eragon by Christopher Paolini, with its follow-up, Eldest. Again lending his assured, compelling delivery to the proceedings, Brit Doyle relates the continuing adventures of dragon-rider Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, now in Ellesmera, land of the elves.

--Recommended by Mary Susan Fishbaugh, Interim Dean, COE
MSU Billings

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Eragon - Paolini, Christopher
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Northern: Call number varies, please ask your librarian
ISBN: 0375826688
In Alagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.


--Recommended by Mary Susan Fishbaugh, Interim Dean, COE
MSU Billings

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Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time - Wheatley, Margaret J.
Call Number: Great Falls: HD57.7.W456
ISBN: 1576753174
Wheatley sprinkles poetry, proverbs, and photographs into her writing, giving the reader an inspired and imaginative way to ponder organizations. She considers organizations “living systems” and asserts that “all living systems have the capacity to self-organize.” This assertion challenges the mechanistic notions from which our modern organizations have developed over the past 300 years. Wheatley offers a holistic and refreshing approach to modern leadership where one must “depend on diversity” and “expect to be surprised” by the contributions of others. Her message about the importance of taking time to reflect, as individuals and as teams in the workplace, seems especially critical in our fast-paced world.

--Recommended by Jeanne Marie Callahan , Program Assistant for Development, College of Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions - Abbott, Edwin A.
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: QA699.A13
ISBN: 1591022967
"Flatland" is a thin, but impressive little book about mathematical dimensions. It is told from the point of view of a two-dimensional square in a two-dimensional world who is visited by a being from the third dimension. It covers the difficulty of explaining and understanding higher dimensions. Besides its geometrical appeal, it also touches on philosophy, religion and politics.

--Recommended by Infinity Thomson, Montana State University, Great Falls

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Fools Crow - Welch, James
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: PS3573.E44F66
ISBN: 0140089373
Mr. Welch, deceased in 2003, was a Blackfeet and Gros Ventre. He writes of the Blackfeet people in the time just after the Civil War. The novel provides insight into the Blackfeet world view and a way of life that ended with the continued encroachment of the whites moving west.

--Recommended by Patti Holkup, Associate Professor, Montana State University College of Nursing, Missoula Campus and by
Christopher P. Pinet
, Editor, French Review, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Montana State University, Bozeman

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From Wilderness to Statehood, a History of Montana 1805-1900 - Hamilton, James McClellan
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: F731.H28 1957
ISBN: 0832300187
The history of the State from the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the first decade of Statehood. This book was originally published in 1957 (approximately 17 years after the death of the author). The author is a past President of this institution and Hamilton Hall is named in his honor.

--Recommended by Alan H. George, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Full-Court Quest: The Girls From Fort Shaw Indian School, Basketball Champions of the World - Peavy, Linda S and Smith, Ursula
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: GV886.P43 2008
ISBN: 9780806139739
The story of the team that took the 1904 St Louis World Fair by storm. Winner of the Spur Award, the Oklahoma Book Award and the Montana Book Award.

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University

My great-grandmother and great-aunt were on the women's basketball team! In fact, my family is good friends with the authors and helped write the book. I think this book tells us a lot about Montana history and is very interesting!

--Recommended by Katy Thomas, Senior, Sociology, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity - Allen, David
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings (e-book): BF637.T5A45 2001
ISBN: 0142000280
This book is the most profitable book I have read on the topic of time management. Allen differs from other time management systems in that he does not believe in prioritizing initially, but in getting in one place and on one list all items from cleaning out the kitchen wastebasket to starting a new company and proceeding forward from there. A most profitable item in his book is the "two-minute rule"--if something can be done in two minutes, do it now. Don't bother with his other books--they are not as good. Caveat: if you are not a list maker, you will not appreciate this book.

--Recommended by Christina Z. Anderson, Asst. Prof., Film & Photography, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Good to Great - Collins, James C.
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: HD57.7.C645 2001
ISBN: 0066620996
A classic bestseller on the factors that move companies and organizations to accomplish sustained excellence over time.

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University

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High Country - Wyman, Willard
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 0806138998
During the Great Depression, young Ty Hardin is sent from his family's failing Montana ranch to learn from the last of the great packers, Fenton Pardee, a legend in the Montana Rockies. High Country follows Ty through his packing apprenticeship and into World War II. Wounded and shipped home, Ty recovers by packing into the Montana mountains he loves, even as he watches human traffic through them take its ecological toll. After his mentor dies, Ty leaves Montana for the Sierra Nevada--the highest country of all--where he becomes a legend in his own right. Amazon product description.

--Recommended by Sue Hart, Professor of English, English, Philosophy and Modern Languages, Montana State University, Billings

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House of Leaves - Danielewski, Mark D.
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 0375703764
This novel is quite possibly the most unconventional book as far as format and structure is concerned and is quite disorienting in the most elaborate ways imaginable. Both thought provoking and psychologically taunt, House of Leaves will leave even the most academically critical person in awe.


--Recommended by Joshua Hamilton, Montana State University, Bozeman

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House on the Lagoon - Ferre, Rosario
Call Number: Bozeman: PS3556.E7256H68 1996
ISBN: 0452277078
Nominated for the 1995 National Book Award, The House on the Lagoon is the story of Isabel Monfort and her husband Quintin Mendizabal--the history of a family whose secrets, conflicts and private mythologies add up to the larger story of a nation: Puerto Rico.

--Recommended by Bridget Kevane, Chair & Professor of Latin American & Latino Studies, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Montana State University, Bozeman

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How the Mighty Fall - Collins, James C.
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings: HG3761.C65 2009
ISBN: 0977326411
In his latest book, Collins examines why some great companies gradually dim to their demise, while others continue to thrive.

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University

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I Know This Much Is True - Lamb, Wally
Call Number: Bozeman, Great Falls: PS3562.A433I3
ISBN: 0060391626
A heartbreaking and poignant multigenerational saga of the reproductive bonds of destruction and the powerful force of forgiveness. A masterpiece that breathtakingly tells a story of alienation and connection, power and abuse, devastation and renewal--this novel is a contemporary retelling of an ancient Hindu myth.

--Recommended by Emily Rauschendorfer, Montana State University, Bozeman

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In Open Spaces - Rowland, Russell
Call Number: Billings: PS3618.O88I6 2002
ISBN: 0060084340
A book I’ll never get over being so surprised by. The author is a fourth-generation Montanan who lived in Bozeman and now lives in Billings. His great grandparents were homesteaders in eastern Montana, and the characters in the novel are based on that generation of his family. The story is about a family struggling through life as a homesteaders during the Depression, and trying to learn to live with each other. The book is so beautifully written that the brutality of the Arbuckle family’s life is not overwhelming; instead, the author’s love for Montana life and landscape and his sensitive observation of human behavior made it an irresistible read. If you have a feeling that you love Montana, I think Russell Rowland’s writing will probably put much of what you feel into perfectly chosen words.

--Recommended by Betsey Pitts, Research Associate/Facilities Manager, Microscopy Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman and by Noel Hawke, Department Secretary, Department of English, Philosophy & Modern Languages, Montana State University, Billings

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In the People's Interest - Rydell, Robert; Safford, Jeffrey; and Mullen, Pierce
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Northern: LD3508.R93 1992
ISBN: 0963511408
The history of the first 100 years of Montana State University was proudly written by three of our very own fine faculty members. The book marked the culmination of The Centennial History Project, initiated by President William Tietz and completed by President Michael Malone in 1993.

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University

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Inés of my Soul: A Novel - Allende, Isabel
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 0061161535
Based on the life of Doña Inés Suárez, the "founding mother" of Chile. Inés tells her story, beginning as a girl in Spain, following her husband to Peru (where he has died), and later on to Chile with Pedro de Valdivia.

--Recommended by Priscilla Wisner, Associate Professor, College of Business, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Killing Custer - Welch, James
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: E83.876.W38
ISBN: 039303657X
General Custer's ill-fated attack on a huge encampment of Plains Indians in 1876 has gone down as the most disastrous defeat in American military history. Much less understood is how disastrous the encounter was for the "victors". Within 15 years, no American Indians resided outside of reservations. Here is Welch's poignant resurrection of the Indian side of the story.

--Recommended by
Christopher P. Pinet
, Editor, French Review, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Letters from Yellowstone - Smith, Diane
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: PS3569.M5255L48
ISBN: 0140291814
For a fun summer read, Letters From Yellowstone by Diane Smith. This might be of special interest--some of the characters are fictional members of the faculty at what was then MSC.

--Recommended by Sue Hart, Professor of English, English, Philosophy and Modern Languages, Montana State University, Billings

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Light on Yoga - Iyengar, B. K. S.
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 0805210318
The definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of Yoga--the ancient healing discipline for body and mind--by its greatest living teacher. Light on Yoga provides complete descriptions and illustrations of all the positions and breathing exercises.

--Recommended by Hannah Greene, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science - Wheelan, Charles
Call Number: Billings, Northern: HB171 .W54 2002
ISBN: 0393337642
This is a fantastic book that explains the most basic economics with no graphs or charts. It is a very entertaining and good read. In the world today, people should understand basic economics, and Naked Economics is a fun way to do so.

--Recommended by Ethan Perry, Freshman, Mathematics, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Old Man Goya - Blackburn, Julia
Call Number: Billings (ebook): N7113 .G68 B57 2002*EBOOK
ISBN: 0375705791
I picked this up at the Museum of the Rockies when I visited the exhibit of Goya’s “Los Caprichos.” It is part biography, part memoir by an inventive and poetic writer. It takes us into the mind of the deaf artist and the writer’s journey to understand him and his work. I highly recommend any book by Julia Blackburn—her prose is intimate and haunting (like Goya’s etchings!).

--Recommended by Dede Taylor, Adjunct professor, Art History, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Organizational Communication Imperatives: Lessons of the Space Program - Thompkins, Phillip
Call Number: Billings: TL862.G4T66
This book will help in understanding how Dr. Wehrner von Braun communicated with everyone which eventually helped get us to the Moon.

--Recommended by Trygve C. Magelssen II, College of Technical Sciences; Electrical Technology, Montana State University Northern

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Outliers: The Story of Success - Gladwell, Malcolm
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings: BF637.S8G533 2008
ISBN: 9780316017923
Gladwell examines how people get ahead in the world, how some people are so successful, as well as why some people don't reach that level. The entire book is gripping: you can easily read a hundred pages without realizing it. Each chapter is a story on certain individuals and exactly how they how got ahead or fell behind, including one on Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs, and a super genius that actually attended Montana State University-Bozeman. This book changed my whole outlook on which people become successes(hint, its not the smart ones), showing the systems and cycles that are hiding in place that can be easily breached and changed. I read this book for Cliff Montagne's Professional Preparation (LRES 310) class, but I wish I had read it earlier- like in middle school! I plan to apply some of the lessons in the book to my own life, as well as the lives of my children. I overwhelmingly recommend adding it to the US Seminar courses.

--Recommended by Elizabeth Usher, Senior, Environmental Sciences (Soil and Water Science), Montana State University, Bozeman and by Jon Bahr, Secondary Education, Montana State University, Bozeman

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People of the Book - Brooks, Geraldine
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Northern: PR9619.3.B7153P46
ISBN: 067001821X
One of the earliest Jewish religious volumes to be illuminated with images, the Sarajevo Haggadah survived centuries of purges and wars thanks to people of all faiths who risked their lives to safeguard it. Geraldine Brooks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March, has turned the intriguing but sparely detailed history of this precious volume into an emotionally rich, thrilling fictionalization that retraces its turbulent journey.

--Recommended by Tracy Knudson, Administrative Assistant, Department of Modern Languages, Montana State University, Bozeman and by Priscilla Wisner, Associate Professor, College of Business, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind - Ramachandran, V.S. and Blakeslee, Sandra
Call Number: Northern: RC351.R24 1998
ISBN: 0688172172
In the style of popularized science and fascinating case studies, this is an enjoyable summer read. But Ramachandran deals with a subject all who engage in learning and teaching should master, how the brain knows the world. It is the thing to know before trying to know anything else.

--Recommended by Bill Freese, Education Assessment Coordinator, Department of Education, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization - Brown, Lester R.
Call Number: Bozeman: HC79.E5B7595
ISBN: 0393337197
This book clearly explains the interconnections among major global problems (e.g.: climate change, overpopulation, resource depletion, poverty, food, water, energy, etc.) and proposes an ambitious set of solutions, arguing for a wartime-type mobilization to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2020. Brown says unless we act quickly and decisively, these global problems will become mutually reinforcing and much more difficult to solve. They problems must be addressed in concert rather than in isolation. Brown believes technology can save us, but only if we can make changes quickly enough. Also available for free download as a PDF document

--Recommended by Steve Scarff, Software Engineer II, ITC Administrative Systems, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Pulitzer : a life in politics, print, and power - Morris, James McGrath
Call Number: Bozeman: PN4874.P8M67
ISBN: 0060798696
Fascinating read! I did not know Joseph Pulitzer had a younger brother, Albert, who owned his own successful New York City newspaper and sold it to Joseph’s arch-rival, William Randolph Hearst, and that Joseph Pulitzer provided funds to start the country’s very first Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

--Recommended by Bonnie McCallum, MSU Libraries DAWS Team, Renne Library, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey - Palahniuk, Chuck
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 0307275833
This mind bending novel which presents itself in the form of an oral biography follows the life of Buster "Rant" Casey. The assortment of friends, family, and foes all leave the reader with their personal stories of Rant, who may or may not be the most prolific serial killer in modern day.

--Recommended by Joshua Hamilton, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Red Rover - McNamer, Deirdre
Call Number: Great Falls, Northern: PS3563.C38838.R43 2007
ISBN: 0670063509
As boys, brothers Aidan and Neil Tierney ride the Montana prairie on horseback, yearning for adventure. As men, they find it: Neil pilots a B-29 over Japan, while Aidan hunts Nazis in Argentina for the FBI. But although they both return from the war, Aidan proves a casualty nonetheless. Spanning the years 1927 through 2003 and employing richly layered, interlocking points of view, McNamer teases out the surprising truth behind Aidan's death, portraying an era of idealism and of myopia and paranoia. If the high plains and deep valleys of Montana seem an unlikely place to play out the cynical spy hunting of the J. Edgar Hoover era, modern-day echoes allegations of profiteering in Iraq remind us that no place on earth is too remote to be touched by the prevailing winds. Booklist review

--Recommended by Sue Hart, Professor of English, English, Philosophy and Modern Languages, Montana State University, Billings

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River Runs Through It - Maclean, Norman
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: PS3563.A317993R58
ISBN: 0226500721
Maclean writes "in my family, there is no clear line between religion and fly-fishing. Nor is there a clear line between family and fly-fishing. It is the one activity where brother can connect with brother and father with son." In Maclean's autobiographical novella, it is the river that makes them realize that life continues and all things are related.

--Recommended by Sue Hart, Professor of English, English, Philosophy and Modern Languages, Montana State University, Billings and by
Christopher P. Pinet
, Editor, French Review, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Selected Poems - Hugo, Richard
Call Number: Northern: PS3515.U3A17 1979
ISBN: 039300936X
Chosen as the 2010-2011 One Book Montana title by Humanities Montana, this volume features poems from Hugo’s first six poetry collections, including The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir and What Thou Lovest Well Remains American. Hugo taught at the University of Montana for almost eighteen years, edited the Yale Younger Poets series, and received the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. Poet James Dickey said, "The poetry of Richard Hugo is one of the most profound and moving human documents that our period of American literature has produced." Humanities Montana review.

--Recommended by Jan Zauha, Professor, Reference Librarian, Montana State University Libraries, Bozeman

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Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work - Crawford, Matthew B.
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Northern: HD4824.C72 2009
ISBN: 9781594202230
After completing his doctorate, Crawford decided to quit his job to open a bike shop. The author questions how we interact with objects today: "The disappearance of tools from our common education is the first step toward a wider ignorance in the world of artifacts we inhabit."

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University

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Spectator Bird - Stegner, Wallace
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Northern: PS3537.T316S68
ISBN: 0140139400
Joe Allston is a retired literary agent who is, in his own words, "just killing time until time gets around to killing me." His parents and his only son are long dead, leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants, tradition nor ties. His job, trafficking the talent of others, had not been his choice. He passes through life as a spectator. A postcard from a friend causes Allston to return to the journals of a trip he had taken years before, a journey to his mother's birthplace, where he'd sought a link with the past. The memories of that trip, both grotesque and poignant, move through layers of time and meaning, and reveal that Joe Allston isn't quite spectator enough.

--Recommended by Mary Cloud B. Ammons, Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Stay Away Joe - Cushman, Dan
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: PS3505.C87S72
Korean veteran, Big Joe Champlain drives back to the Montana reservation brandishing a Purple Heart and the scalp of a Chinese communist. Driving a Cadillac he has purchased from his winnings as a champion bullrider at Madison Square Garden, he arrives to find a huge party going on at his father's small ranch. His father, Louis Champlain, has just acquired 19 heifers and a young bull as part of a government program to benefit landless Indians. Louis, as a sign of his generosity, announces he will butcher a cow to feed the partygoers. But when the bull is butchered instead, Joe volunteers to secure another bull for Louis. Against the warnings of his wife, Louis consents to let Joe handle the matter with disastrous but hilarious results.

--Recommended by Tootie Rasmussen

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Stiff - Roach, Mary
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls: R853.H8.R635
ISBN: 0393324826
Anything to do with human cadavers is described in this book.

--Recommended by Emily Rauschendorfer, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Strange Empire - Howard, Joseph Kinsey
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: F1060.9.H78
ISBN: 0873512987
This book documents the heroic struggle of the Métis. These people were the result of intermarriage between Native American women and the English, French frontiersmen and fur traders. They established their own distinct language, music, cooking, and traditions. Their territory was the Great Plains country along the Canadian border. Their spokesman was Louis Riel who led the infamous Riel Rebellion. A large population settled along the Rocky Mountain Front in the Choteau area, and their descendants reside here now. This book isn't an easy read, but provides a good background and history of not only Montana, but of the West

--Recommended by Tootie Rasmussen

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Tearing Down the Gates: Confronting the Class Divide in American Education - Sacks, Peter
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: LC213.2.S23 2007
ISBN: 9780520245884
A very interesting read about socioeconomic class and educational opportunity. I think you would find it worthy of your time.

--Recommended by Dan Benge, Director, Upward Bound / TRIO and Educational Talent Search, Montana State University, Billings

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The 5,000 Year Leap: A Miracle that Changed the World - Skousen, W. Cleon
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 0981559662
An examination of the fundamental beliefs and principles of the Founding Fathers upon which our constitution was based. The basis for the miracle that is the United States of America. This book is not only educational, but inspirational. It helps the reader understand more fully the concepts of liberty and individual rights and responsibilities. “These beliefs have made possible more progress in 200 years than was made previously in over 5000 years.

--Recommended by Sylvia S. Sparkman, Telecom and Contracts Administrator, Telephone Services, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society - de Waal, Frans
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 0307407764
De Waal examines the social behavior of chimpanzees (as well as elephants, monkeys, and dolphins) and argues that there is a biological basis for empathy and an inborn capacity for empathy in humans. It's a thought-provoking book and a good read.

--Recommended by Adele Pittendrigh, Associate Dean, College of Letters and Science, Montana State University,
Bozeman

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The Big Sky: A Novel - Guthrie, A. B.
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: PS3513.U855B45
ISBN: 0395611539
Written more than 50 years ago, the story of Boone Caudill and his friend Jim Deakins is a preeminent example of frontier literature and an ode to the West.

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University and by Tootie Rasmussen

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Diaz, Junot
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: PS3554.I259B75 2007
ISBN: 1594489587
Davis reads both superbly. He captures not only the fat, virginal, impractical Oscar, but he also gives a sexy vigor to Yunior, who serves as narrator and Oscar's polar opposite. Davis also gives voice to Oscar's mother, Beli, whose curse infects the entire family, except for Oscar's sister, Lola, performed in a flat voice by Snell, whose performance overlooks Lola's energy and resolve. Both Snell and Davis move easily from English to Spanish/Spanglish and back again, as easily as the characters emigrate from the Dominican Republic to Paterson, N.J., only to be drawn back inexorably to their native island.

--Recommended by Bridget Kevane, Chair & Professor of Latin American & Latino Studies, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Death of Jim Loney - Welch, James
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: PS3573.E44.D44
ISBN: 0140102914
--Recommended by
Christopher P. Pinet
, Editor, French Review, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Divide - Evans, Nicholas
Call Number: Not held by any MSU libraries
ISBN: 0399152067
When the frozen body of a young woman is discovered in a -remote creek in the Rocky Mountains, the heartrending story of a family in crisis begins to unfold. Reaching back in time, members of the seemingly perfect Cooper family present their version of the events, emotions, and twists of fate that forever altered the benign course of their collective lives.

--Recommended by Jessica French, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Fighter's Heart: One Man's Journey Through the World of Fighting - Sheridan, Sam
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 0802143431
An extraordinary combination of gonzo journalism and participatory sports writing, A Fighter’s Heart is a dizzying first-hand account of what it’s like to reach the peak of finely disciplined personal aggression, to hit—and be hit.

--Recommended by Jerry Peach, Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach, Athletics, Montana State University, Billings

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The Fighter's Mind: Inside the Mental Game - Sheridan, Sam
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 0802119352
Examines what contributes toward a successful mental approach in professional fighting, interviewing people such as mixed martial arts icon Randy Couture, legendary college wrestling coach Dan Gable, and tai chi master Josh Waitzkin. The author gains some interesting insights from his investigation. Losing, it turns out, is a crucial component behind a fighter's success. Confidence is fine, but ego is an evil thing, with humility being a great equalizer.

--Recommended by Jerry Peach, Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach, Athletics, Montana State University, Billings

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The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History - Barry, John M.
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls: RC150.4.B37
ISBN: 0670894737
This is the story of the 1918 Influenza epidemic and is set within the context of the history of medicine at that time, the lack of an adequate response by many government health authorities and the still developing science of microbiology which knew little about viral diseases at the time. There are plenty of eye-witness accounts to keep the story interesting at a personal level. Although it is a long book (and as a microbiologist I admit to an innate interest in this subject) other readers report it is a very readable history and recommend it highly. Certainly it aids in understanding the fear that H1N1 caused during this past year and why that concern is not misplaced.

--Recommended by Kari Cargill, Academic Coordinator, Microbiology, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Help - Stockett, Kathryn
Call Number: Northern: PS3619.T636H45 2009
ISBN: 0399155341
This book is a poignant novel about black women who worked as household help (maids) in a town in Mississippi in the 1960’s. These women come together for a clandestine project, led by a young white woman, because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. I found it to be an amazing read.

--Recommended by Helen I. Melland, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, Montana State University, Bozeman

With the immigration policies coming to a forefront, this book, is in that same vein, even though we are talking about Mississippi in the 1960s right after Rosa Park's stand.

--Recommended by Cheryll Alt, Program Director, Practical Nurse Program, MSU Great Falls College of Technology

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The Horse Whisperer - Evans, Nicholas
Call Number: Billings, Great Falls: PS3555.V253H67
ISBN: 0385315236
Teenager Grace Maclean loses a leg in a terrible accident while riding her horse, Pilgrim. Grace and Pilgrim are both emotionally scarred as well as physically devastated by the accident. Realizing that the fates of her daughter and the horse are inextricably linked, Grace's mother, high-powered editor and journalist Annie Graves, launches an all-out campaign to find a "horse whisperer," someone who can cure troubled horses with only a calm voice and a soothing touch. She finds her savior in Tom Booker, a man well known in equestrian circles for his almost mystical skills with horses. Annie packs up Grace and Pilgrim, leaves Grace's father with his law practice in New York, and moves to Montana to try to convince the horse whisperer to help them.

--Recommended by Jessica French, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Journals of Lewis and Clark - De Voto, Bernard (ed.)
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: F592.4 1953
ISBN: 0395859964
What better way to understand what Montana was like and all its beauty before it was settled than to read the accounts of those who saw it for the first time. Also get a feel for what the Dakotas, Idaho, Washington and Oregon were like.

--Recommended by Barb Coffman, Director, Montana Environmental Training Center, MSU-Northern

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The Lady in Kicking Horse Resevoir - Hugo, Richard
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: PS3515.U3L3
ISBN: 0887483089
The book is divided into four parts, two of which focus on one of Hugo's trips to Europe, and two on Montana

--Recommended by Christopher P. Pinet, Editor, French Review, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Last Best Place : A Montana Anthology - Kittredge, William
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: PS571.M9L38
ISBN: 0295969741
Montana's literary landscape in descriptions of explorers' discoveries, stories from the mining and agricultural frontiers, and memoirs from Native Americans. Includes writers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Charlie Russell, Wallace Stegner, Dorothy Johnson, A.B. Guthrie, Jr.

--Recommended by Christopher P. Pinet, Editor, French Review, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Leadership Challenge: How to Get Extraordinary Things Done in Organizations - Kouzes, James M. and Posner, Barry Z.
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: HD57.7.K68
ISBN: 0787956783
One of my all-time favorites, this book describes five research-based practices of exemplary leadership: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart.

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University

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The Loop - Evans, Nicholas
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 038531700X
The novel is more a work of ideology than imagination. Among its overt messages: man is out of sync with nature; the New West is full of lonely, emotionally scarred people licking their wounds; and wolves make better alpha males than humans do.

--Recommended by Jessica French, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Lord of the Rings - Tolkien, J. R. R.
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: PR6039.O32L6
ISBN: 0618260242
For those who have not already fallen in love with Tolkien's Middle-Earth, "The Lord of the Rings" is a beautiful tale of good versus evil set in a mythological world.

--Recommended by Infinity Thomson, Montana State University, Great Falls

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The Nine - Toobin, Jeffrey
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls: KF8748.T66 2007
ISBN: 1400096790
As reviewed on the NPR Website: "New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin's The Nine is the latest, and by far the best, in a line of books this year about the Supreme Court... The plot is simple: the decades-long fight by a new and more extreme brand of conservative to take control of the Supreme Court. It is a fight that fails during the '80s and '90s and even in the early 21st century, despite the fact that Republican appointees far outnumbered Democratic appointees on the court... In short, this is a good read, a digestible and often fascinating look at the court, its recent history, and what lies ahead."

--Recommended by Laura Humberger, Assistant Vice President,
Financial Services, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Pacific - Ambrose, Hugh
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 045123023X
Ambrose, of Helena, does a tremendous amount of work in this story of World War II battles with Japan.

--Recommended by Jerry Peach, Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach,
Athletics, Montana State University, Billings

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The Power of the Dog : A Novel - Savage, Thomas
Call Number: Bozeman, Great Falls: PS3569.A83.P6 2001
ISBN: 0316610895
One of the least known but most provocative of Montana novels, this is an excellent read and a fantastic book for discussion. Set in 1920s Montana, Savage's 1967 novel introduces the Burbank brothers, whose lives are permanently altered when one falls in love with a widow and brings the woman and her son to live on their isolated ranch.

--Recommended by Jan Zauha, Professor, Reference Librarian, Montana State University Libraries, Bozeman

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The Road - McCarthy, Cormac
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: PS3563.C337R63 2009
ISBN: 0307265432
The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, “each the other’s world entire,” are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

--Recommended by Jon Bahr, Secondary Education, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Call Number: Billings: PQ6668.U49S6613
ISBN: 1594200106
It is about a young boy (in 1954 Spain) who is taken to the "cemetary of forgotten books" by his father and selects one. As he reads this book he is drawn into a literary history/mystery and the reader is taken along into an intertwining thriller of a plot involving many interesting characters. It is worth taking your time with this book but I found it compulsively readable.
--Recommended by Kari Cargill, Academic Coordinator, Microbiology, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Smoke Jumper - Evans, Nicholas
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 0385334036
"The important things in life always happen by accident," this is a tale of fate and the search for happiness and self-fulfillment. Conger's strong, clear reading has an edge accentuating the danger of Connor's life, yet at the same time his voice is a source of integrity and calm that anchors the story.

--Recommended by Jessica French, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Sociopath Next Door - The Ruthless Versus. the Rest of Us - Stout, Martha
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings: RC555 .S76 2005
ISBN: 076791581X
Stout's premise is that 4% of our population (about one in twenty five) are folks with no conscience and/or sense of feeling for others. Dr. Stout provides case studies of individuals that feel no guilt, shame or sense of remorse for their actions and offers strategies to protect ourselves from what she terms their "seductive nature." It sounds dark for a summer read, but is quite fascinating.

--Recommended by Karen L. Heikel, Dean, College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning, Montana State University, Billings

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The Surrounded - McNickle, D'Arcy
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings (on Reserve): PS3525.A2844S84 1980
ISBN: 0826304699
The 2009-2010 One Book Montana selection from Humanities Montana, this novel focuses on Archilde León who has just returned from the big city to his father's ranch on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. Educated at a federal Indian boarding school, Archilde is torn not only between white and Indian cultures but also between love for his Spanish father and his Indian mother. Capturing the intense conflict that already characterized reservation life in 1936, when the novel was first published, The Surrounded is still considered one of the best works of fiction by or about Native Americans.

--Recommended by Jan Zauha, Professor, Reference Librarian, Montana State University Libraries, Bozeman and by Sue Hart, Professor of English, English, Philosophy and Modern Languages, Montana State University, Billings

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The Talent Code - Coyle, Daniel
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 055380684X
Journalist Coyle travels the world to discover the truth about talent in this fascinating account that studies how individuals can unlock their full potential and bring their talents to light. The discoveries put forth by Coyle come down to three main elements: coaching, motivation and practice. While these hardly seem like breakthroughs, Coyle's discovery process proves fascinating.

--Recommended by Jerry Peach, Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach, Athletics, Montana State University, Billings

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The Watershed Years - Rowland, Russell
Call Number: Billings: PS3618.O88.W38 2007
ISBN: 1931832861
"The Watershed Years" takes place immediately after World War II following the lives of the Arbuckles, a ranching family on the vast plains of eastern Montana.

--Recommended by Noel Hawke, Department Secretary, Department of English, Philosophy & Modern Languages, Montana State University, Billings

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The Way West - Guthrie, A. B.
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: PS3513.U855W3
ISBN: 0395656621
The Pulitzer Prize-winning sequel to THE BIG SKY. Dick Summers returns to the untamed West to guide a group of settlers on the difficult journey to Oregon.

--Recommended by Tootie Rasmussen

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The White Man's Burden - Easterly, William
Call Number: Bozeman: HC59.7.E22
ISBN: 0199226113
A professor of economics pens an informed and excoriating attack on the tragic waste, futility, and hubris of the West's efforts to improve the lot of the so-called developing world, and provides constructive suggestions on how to move forward.

--Recommended by Hannah Greene, Montana State University, Bozeman

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The Wikipedia revolution : how a bunch of nobodies created the world's greatest encyclopedia - Lih, Andrew
Call Number: Bozeman: ZA4482.L54
ISBN: 1401303714
Very cool read! I did not know the worldwide Wikipedia got started using code based upon Macintosh’s Hypercard Stacks.

--Recommended by Bonnie McCallum, MSU Libraries DAWS Team, Renne Library, Montana State University, Bozeman

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These is my Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine 1881 - 1901 - Turner, Nancy
Call Number: Not owned by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 0061458031
This book is based on the author's great-grandmother's diaries of coming west to the New Mexico and Arizona Territories. Sarah starts recording her story (her words) as a 17 year old girl who is barely literate, and the story continues through her life as a settler.

--Recommended by Priscilla Wisner, Associate Professor, College of Business, Montana State University, Bozeman

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These Thousand Hills - Guthrie, A. B.
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Northern: PS3513.U855T5
ISBN: 0395755204
Conjuring up the ephemeral world of cattle ranchers in the 1880s, this intimate saga delights in a Montana community's boisterous, wander lusting eccentrics as they chase after love and their unbridled ambitions. At its center is Lat Evans, good-hearted and yet seduced by the possibilities for prosperity in his new life; gradually he discerns how the perils of the natural world, and most especially human nature, can conspire to frustrate a young man's best intentions. A lively, quixotic revisit to our historic youth, this literary classic deftly captures western drama at its finest, with all its accompanying toils of the heart.

--Recommended by Tootie Rasmussen

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This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind - Doig, Ivan
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: F737.M4D643 1992b
ISBN: 0156899825
"This work introduced a major modern author to the reading public. Doig's life was formed among the sheepherders and other denizens of small-town Montana saloons and valley ranches as he wandered beside his restless father." New Preface by the Author.

--Recommended by Sue Hart, Professor of English, English, Philosophy and Modern Languages, Montana State University, Billings and by Bruce Whittenberg, Director, Leadership Montana and Outreach and Special Projects, Montana State University, Billings

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Tough Trip Through Paradise, 1878-1879 - Garcia, Andrew
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: F731.G3 2001
ISBN: 0893012505
Another important title for lovers of Montana history. Celebrated for its poetic style, this book is almost impossible to put down.

--Recommended by Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University

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What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures - Gladwell, Malcolm
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings: PN4874.G398 A25
ISBN: 0316075841
Gladwell is a staff writer for the New Yorker, in whose pages he has published many thought-provoking and just-plain-offbeat essays. This collection brings some of those together

--Recommended by Craig Stewart, Professor, Department of Health & Human Development, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Wide Open Town - Brinig, Myron
Call Number: Bozeman: PS3503.R558W53 1931
Critically acclaimed 1931 novel of Butte, and romance between an Irish-immigrant miner and a strong-minded prostitute.

--Recommended by Sue Hart, Professor of English, English, Philosophy and Modern Languages, Montana State University, Billings

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Wild and Beautiful Montana - Haney, Chuck and Reddy, John
Call Number: Bozeman, Northern: F732.W54 1999
ISBN: 1560371447
This is a photographic journey through Montana from East to West and North to South. When you need a change of scenery just browse through this beautiful book of pictures. For a tiny glimpse of where I grew up and still live see the photo on page 53 of Collins. Both elevators are gone now. They just tore down the tin elevator this past December.

--Recommended by Barb Coffman, Director, Montana Environmental Training Center, MSU-Northern

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Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend - Hirsch, James S.
Call Number: Not held by any MSU Libraries
ISBN: 1416547908
This book is full of stories from the 1950's with examples of bigotry and how Mays grew in tumultuous times just to be able to be himself and play his beloved game

--Recommended by Jerry Peach, Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach, Athletics, Montana State University, Billings

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Winter in the Blood - Welch, James
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: PS3573.E44W55
ISBN: 0140086447
The author of Fool's Crow and Indian Lawyer presents an extraordinary, evocative novel about a young Native American coming to terms with his heritage--and his dreams.

--Recommended by Sue Hart, Professor of English, English, Philosophy and Modern Languages, Montana State University, Billings and by
Christopher P. Pinet
, Editor, French Review, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Young Men and Fire - Norman Maclean
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: SD421.32.M9M33 1992
ISBN: 0226500616
On August 5, 1949, a crew of fifteen of the United States Forest Service's elite airborne firefighters, the Smokejumpers, stepped into the sky above a remote forest fire in the Montana wilderness. Two hours after their jump, all but three of these men were dead or mortally burned. Haunted by these deaths for forty years, Norman Maclean puts back together the scattered pieces of the Mann Gulch tragedy.

--Recommended by Ken Kurtenbach, Application Software Developer, Office of Sponsored Programs, Montana State University, Bozeman

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values - Pirsig, Robert
Call Number: Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern: CT275.P648A33
ISBN: 0688002307
One of the paperbacks most likely to be found inside the backpacks of college-aged students during the 1970's. Millions of copies have been sold and it has been referred to as "the most widely read philosophy book, ever." Pirsig recounts an amazing journey of mind and motorcycle that includes electroshock therapy, Platonic philosophy, psychic excursions into Native American culture, and a famous nervous breakdown in Montana Hall while Pirsig was an Writing Instructor at MSU in the 1960's. During the journey Pirsig questions the underlying principles of Higher Education and Western Civilization in his attempt to show how we might live a balanced and fulfilling life of quality.

--Recommended by Tim Donahue, Instruction Librarian / Assistant Professor, Montana State University Libraries, Bozeman

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