The incoming first year class at NU is reading State of Wonder by Ann Patchett during the summer of 2012 as part of the First Pages program, which establishes a common theme for discussion among the entering class.
Ann Patchett’s website (Harper Collins) includes a listing of her books and an audio interview with her.
Audio interview June 8, 2011 (National Public Radio) Regarding the new novel: State of Wonder.
Book review of State of Wonder June 1, 2011 (New York Times)
Editorial by Ann Patchett about the Pulitzer Prize decision to not award a fiction prize this year April 17, 2012 (New York Times)
Parnassus Books (link to a bookstore started by Ann Patchett)
Print interview June 17, 2011 (Washington Post)
Video interview regarding State of Wonder June 6, 2011 (Bloomsbury Publishers)
Video interview regarding no Pulitzer Prize given for fiction in 2012 April 18, 2012 (Public Broadcasting Service)
Bel Canto: a novel 2001
Magician’s Assistant 1998
State of Wonder 2011
What Now? 2008
Amazon People and Plants (World Wildlife Federation)
Biodiversity in Brazil (Encyclopedia of Earth)
“Bio-prospecting and biodiversity conservation: what happens when discoveries are made?” in Arizona Law Review by George Frisvold and Kelly Day-Rubenstein vol 50:545 2008
Conserving Biodiversity in the Amazon Basin (US Agency for International Development)
Convention on Biological Diversity (United Nations) Current website based on original 1991 convention which identified the principles for bio-prospecting, including for pharmaceutical drugs.
“Laws hinder drug development inspired by Amazonian Biodiversity” in Nature Magazine October 11, 2011.
Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande (2011)
Zeitoun by David Eggers (2010)
Beautiful Boy: a father’s journey through his son’s addiction by David Sheff (2009)
Three cups of tea by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin (2008)
Easter Rising by Michael Patrick MacDonald (2007)
Mountains beyond mountains by Tracy Kidder (2006)
For information about First Pages, please contact Lauren Pouchak at l [dot] pouchak [at] neu [dot] edu or (617) 373-7217.
For information about library resources, please contact Jamie Dendy at j [dot] dendy [at] neu [dot] edu or (617) 373-3344.