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Up Front: Letters to and from the editor
Campus Currents: UCSD Stories
Shelf Life: Books
Cliff Notes: Student life and sports
Class Notes: Alumni profiles
Campaign Update: Imagine the Future
Looking Back: Thoughts on UCSD
Credits: Staff and Contributors
Distant Diagnosis
To Play or Not to Play
The Modern Campus
The College Bond
Making Waves
Launch Party Photos
Fish, Fireworks & Fizz
Bye-Bye Bottlenecks
Three Million Volumes
Smart Dust
Geisel Goes Walking

Shelf Life


Ever wonder what the students and faculty are reading? Here were the top 15 bestsellers at the UCSD bookstore this fall.

1. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, Al Franken, E P Dutton, 2003; $24.95

2. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown, Doubleday, 2003; $24.95

3. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th Edition, Modern Language Association of America, 2003; $17.00

4. 501 Spanish Verbs, 5th Edition, Barrons, 2003; $14.95

5. Life of Pi, Yann Martel, Harvest Books, 2003; $14.00

6. Cracking the GRE with Sample Tests on CD Rom 2004, Princeton Review, 2003; $31.95

7. Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, 1991; $5.99

8. The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin USA, 2003; $14.00

9. GRE: Practicing to Take the General Test, 10th Edition, Educational Testing Service, 2002; $21.00

10. Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary, 3rd Edition, Carol Styles Carvajal and Jane Horwood, Oxford Press, 2003; $10.95

11. Dude, Where’s My Country?, Michael Moore; Warner Books, 2003; $24.95

12. An Improbable Venture: A History of the University of California, San Diego, UCSD, 1993; $7.99

13. Seabiscuit: An American Legend, Laura Hillenbrand, Ballantine Books, 2003; $7.99

14. 1984, George Orwell, Signet Classics, 1987; $6.95

15. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, 2003; $11.95

UCSD Bookstore

Visit the UCSD Bookstore online to purchase these titles and more. Look out for the monthly Alumni Special.


Discerning Spirits: Divine and Demonic Possession in the Middle Ages Discerning Spirits, Nancy Caciola (history, associate professor), Cornell University Press, October 2003; $42.50

Screening China Screening China Yingjin Zhang (literature, professor), University of Michigan Press, March 2002; $50.00

Memories of a Hyphenated Man Ramon Ruiz Urueta (history, professor emeritus), University of Arizona Press, October 2003; $29.95

Bakhtin and the Social Moorings of Poetry Donald Wesling (literature, professor), Bucknell University Press, September 2003; $39.50


Man reading


Guillermo Algaze's Booklist

Anthropology Professor Guillermo Algaze was one of 24 winners of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius awards”. He received it for his archaeological work in Iraq, Syria and Turkey, and for providing “new insights into the organization of the world’s first cities.” We asked him to give us an insight into his extra- curricular reading.

Bronze Age Economics: The First Political Economies, Timothy Earle, Westview Press, 2002

Cities and Economic Development: From the Dawn of History to the Present, Paul Bairoch, University of Chicago Press, 1991

Human Natures: Genes, Cultures, and the Human Prospect, Paul Ehrlich, Penguin USA, 2002

A Painter’s Pilgrimage, Raphael Soyer, Crown Publishers, N.Y. 1962

The Prehistory of the Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art, Steven Mithen, Religion and Science, Thames & Hudson, 1999