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The audio and video recordings that will be listed here will highlight the events, services, and collections of New Mexico State University Library. All E-Casts are produced by the NMSU Library staff.

Book Review Podcast Series

Starting February 15th and continuing through the spring, members of the NMSU community recommend some of their favorite books.

Book Jacket for A Gate at the Stairs

"A Gate at the Stairs" by Lorrie Moore

Reviewed by Susan Beck, Collection Development Coordinator at the NMSU Library.

A piercing novel of race, class, love, and war in America. It tells of the coming of age of Tassie Keltjin, a Midwestern girl who enters college just months after 9/11. Her world is forever changed when she becomes entangled with a mysterious family and a Brazilian lover.

Book Jacket for The White Tiger

"The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga

Reviewed by Christopher Erickson, Associate Professor of Economics and International Business at NMSU.

The White Tiger chronicles a low cast Indian man's rise to success having nothing but his wits to help him along.

Book Jacket for Finders Keepers

"Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession" by Craig Childs

Reviewed by Cindy Pierard, Dept. Head, Reference & Research Services, NMSU Library.

The author, Craig Childs exposes some of the controversial aspects of archaeology and the damage that can be done while trying to preserve.

Book Cover for The Shoemaker and the Tea Party

"The Shoemaker And The Tea Party" by Alfred F. Young

Reviewed by Jeffrey Brown, Interim Associate Dean for Research in the College of Arts & Sciences, Faculty Member Department of History at NMSU.

This book tells the story of a minor figure in the American Revolution and discusses America's collective memory of the revolutionary era. (extended version, - audio only, ~16 min., mp3, 38MB)

Book Cover for Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

"Autobiography of Red" by Anne Carson

Reviewed by Carrie Murphy, Graduate Student at New Mexico State University.

This book is a verse novel loosley based on the Greek myth of Geryon and Herakles.

Book Cover for Mercy Papers A Tale of Three Weeks by Robin Romm

"The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks" by Robin Romm

Reviewed by Barbara Couture, President of New Mexico State University.

This book is a chronicle of a woman's journey through the last 3 weeks of her mother's life.