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Following are excerpts from the popular summer reading list compiled each year by Millikin faculty and staff, along with the names of the individuals recommending each book. For the complete 2013 Summer Reading Guide, visit the Staley Library Pinterest page.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
by Ben Fountain
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and a finalist for the National Book Award, this satire is set in Texas during the Iraq war. Billy and his friends are serving in Iraq when they inadvertently become media darlings and are whisked back to the states for a “Victory Tour,” featuring a stop at Texas Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. On this last stop before their return to Iraq, the soldiers learn that the real war and the war being “sold” to the folks back home are two very different things.
Recommended by Andy Matthews, adjunct English faculty member.

Women from the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us

Women from the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us
by Rachelle Bergstein
Bergstein’s book delves into the history of shoes and the women who wear them. A must-read for those who, like Cinderella, have found that the right shoe really can change your life.
Recommended by Judi Crowe, assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Center.

Romey’s Order

Romey’s Order
by Atsuro Riley
These poems reveal the world of Romey, a half-Japanese, half-white little boy growing up in the South Carolina low country. Visit www.atsuroaudio.org to hear Riley read his poetry.
Recommended by Kate Henson, visiting lecturer in English.

Have you read one or more of these books? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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