Books We Love – Week One

Here at the University Press, we love books, and to celebrate Library Lover’s month, we’ll be posting some of our all-time favorite novels and stories. Here are just a few to start us off:


Author: George Orwell

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Genre: Dystopian, political fiction, social science fiction

Written in 1948, George Orwell’s 1984 was his chilling prophecy for the future. Protagonist Winston Smith finds himself writing lies into history for the Ministry of Truth. This job makes him begin to resent the Ministry for hoarding power and taking drastic measures to ensure a subservient attitude for the citizens of the super-state, Oceania. As Winston begins to think for himself, Big Brother keeps looking over his shoulder.

The influence of this novel cannot be ignored, and the story is captivating from beginning to end. This dystopian novel was a top pick for nearly everyone at the Press. In fact, Amazon sold out of it in the past few weeks, so get your copy while you can!


Born a Crime

Author: Trevor Noah

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Genre: Memoir

Trevor Noah’s journey begins in South Africa in the thick of apartheid. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, Noah leaves out no details in recounting the struggles of growing up in such a racially divided country. From being kept inside for the early years of his life to the liberating freedom that followed apartheid’s end, Noah narrates his coming-of-age story and pays homage to his fearless mother.

With just under five stars after over a thousand reviews, Born a Crime is sure to inspire and compel you while giving you a few laughs along the way.


Ella Minnow Pea

Author: Mark Dunn

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Genre: Epistolary

Ella Minnow Pea is a story told through notes sent between various characters. Set on the fictitious island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina, the well-known pangram “The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog” stands preserved in a statue and is held in very high esteem. The letters, however, keep falling off, and the government of Nollop outlaws each letter as it hits the ground. As the story progress, communication between the characters becomes nearly nonsensical and the high council of Nollop searches for a way to fix it.

Whether you need a mental break or are just looking for a silly story, Ella Minnow Pea will surely satisfy your craving.



Come back next week for the next installment of “Books We Love,” and don’t forget to tell us what some your favorite books are down in the comments!