David L. Garrison's Book Recommendations:
The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams
This book gives the clearest presentation of how the culture of power and wealth must be learned through immersion within it and alert reflection upon it. It is also an indictment of that culture's promises.
Ways of Seeing by John Berger
It is a study of how we see (art, politics, class relations) what we're already conditioned to see, and, as a consequence, how difficult it is to see critically.
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This book is history from the perspective of those who typically don't get to write it.
The World of Ten Thousand Things by Charles Wright
This is a collection of Wright's poems published between 1980 and 1990, presenting some of his most intense attention to form, line, and the tension between the available world and the world of the immanent.
Selected Poems and Prose of Paul Celan
Celan is the clearest and most painful poetic voice rising from the heart of the Holocaust.
Democracy by Joan Didion
Democracy is a novel that reads like an emotional documentary and an exploration of the covert world of American diplomacy, set during the Vietnam war.
Jesus Tales by Romulus Linney
A brilliant retelling of stories from the Gnostic gospels by a major American playwright.
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
This is a raucous, exuberant novel in which a young American Jew comes to understand his past, a young Ukrainian comes to understand the Jew, and the history of a village is revealed.
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
This is the story of a young woman's childhood in the far West and the steady, relentless sorrow possible within the human experience.
Biographical Info: David L. Garrison, PhD, is the McDonough School of Business associate dean and director of Undergraduate Programs. Garrison has more than 15 years of full-time teaching experience at the university level as well as nine years of experience serving as a department head, first in the humanities department at Spalding University and then at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
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