The magicians : a novel by Lev Grossman
As a senior in high school Quentin Coldwater became preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. After graduating from college and being admitted into a highly exclusive, secret society of magic in upstate New York, he makes a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin’s fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined for his childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.
The blind side : evolution of a game by Michael Lewis
Follows one young man from his impoverished childhood with a crack-addicted mother, through his discovery of the sport of football, to his rise to become one of the most successful, highly-paid players in the NFL
I.O.U. : why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay by John Lanchester
For most people, the reasons for the sudden collapse of our economy still remain obscure. I.O.U. is the story of how we came to experience such a complete financial disaster, starting with the magical proliferation of credit that led to an explosion of lending on the global and local landscapes of banking and finance. Viewing the crisis through the lens of politics, culture, and contemporary history – from the invention and widespread misuse of financial instruments to the culpability of subprime mortgages – Lanchester deftly draws conclusions on the limitations of financial and governmental regulation, capitalism’s deepest flaw, and most important, on the plain and simple facts of human nature where cash is concerned. With newly updated, superbly written reportage, Lanchester delivers a shrewd perspective and a digestible, comprehensive analysis that connects the dots for expert and casual reader alike. Part economic primer, part fiscal and historical analysis, I.O.U. is an eye-opener of a book.
The worst hard time : the untold story of those who survived the great American dust bowl by Timothy Egan
“The dust storms that terrorized America’s High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod homes to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. He follows their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the deaths of loved ones. Drawing on the voices of those who stayed and survived – those who, now in their eighties and nineties, will soon carry their memories to the grave – Egan tells a story of endurance and heroism against the backdrop of the Great Depression.”
Open secrets : stories by Alice Munro
“Quietly brilliant, effortless in their span of time and generations, these stories often encompass moments of total emotional devastation.” “She is our Chekhov,” said Cynthia Ozick of Munro.
The recent revelations regarding the National Security Agency and data collection should make you appreciate these books a lot more.
“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” Pleasant reading.
June 10-16 is National Men’s Health Week and June is Men’s Health Month. According to the CDC, only 46% of men met federal guidelines for aerobic physical activity in 2010. Learn how men can reduce their risk of illness and stay healthy with books, ebooks, and videos from our collection.
Check out these sites for more information:
Credo Reference has added 10 titles in the last month:
- Big Ideas Simply Explained: The Philosophy Book
- Big Ideas Simply Explained: The Psychology Book
- Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore and Traditions
- Big Ideas Simply Explained: The Economics Book
- Big Ideas Simply Explained: The Politics Book
- Dictionary of American Government and Politics
- Political Glossaries: A Glossary of US Politics and Government
- Keywords for Children’s Literature
- Epilepsy A to Z: A Concise Encyclopedia
- Women’s Health Care in Advanced Practice Nursing
Our Credo Reference collection now includes 628 reference ebooks. Here are a few of the new ones:
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings by William Brashler
William Brashler’s novel is the story of a black barnstorming ball club in 1939, before Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s unofficial color barrier.
Man on spikes by Eliot Asinof
An uncompromisingly realistic novel about a baseball player who struggles through sixteen years of personal crises and professional ordeals before finally appearing in a major league game.
The celebrant : a novel by Eric Rolfe Greenberg
The first two decades of the twentieth century were a time of promise and innocence in America. Hardworking immigrants could achieve the American dream; heroes were truly heroic. Eric Rolfe Greenberg brilliantly and authentically chronicles the real-life saga of the first national baseball hero, Christy Mathewson, and the fictional story of a Jewish immigrant family of jewelers. In these pages Mathewson and other great players like John McGraw, Honus Wagner, and Connie Mack discover the realities behind the shining illusions: the burdens of being a hero and the temptations that taint success.
The natural by Bernard Malamud
” . . . some would say still the best—novel ever written about baseball. In it Malamud, usually appreciated for his unerring portrayals of postwar Jewish life, took on very different material—the story of a superbly gifted “natural” at play in the fields of the old daylight baseball era—and invested it with the hardscrabble poetry, at once grand and altogether believable, that runs through all his best work.”
Last week, we went live with an updated version of our online catalog, MnPALS Plus. You probably won’t notice much difference in the search functionality, other than perhaps that the limiting options have moved from the left side of the screen to the right. However, there is one issue that we didn’t anticipate and we apologize for any inconvenience. The first time you attempt to search the new MnPALS Plus, your browser may give you a security error. All you have to do is follow the prompts to add a “security exception” for your specific browser. Once you have completed these steps, your browser will not alert you again. If you need assistance with this process, please Ask a Librarian.
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, a celebration of LGBT heritage and a call to end prejudice and discrimination against LGBT people. Learn more with books, ebooks, and videos from our collection and check out these sites for more information:
Check out these recent CQ Researcher reports on media bias, mental health, assisted suicide, and patent law:
By Robert Kiener
May 3, 2013 • Volume 23, Issue 17
Is slanted reporting replacing objectivity?
Mental Health Policy
By Barbara Mantel
May 10, 2013 • Volume 23, Issue 18
Can access to mental health services be
By Reed Karaim
May 17, 2013 • Volume 23, Issue 19
Should doctors be allowed to help terminally
ill patients die?
Patenting Human Genes
By Kenneth Jost
May 31, 2013 • Volume 23, Issue 20
Should the Supreme Court uphold patents on human genes?
The library is definitely under construction, but we are still open for business! We are opening a little bit later in the morning to allow for the loudest part of the construction. Plan to come in after 10:00 am. During Summer Session I, we will be open until 7:00 pm Monday through Thursday. Fridays and for the rest of the summer, we will close at 4:30 pm.
Thanks for your patience!
Committed to memory: 100 best poems to memorize, edited, with an introduction, by John Hollander
“Ranging from the Bible to Shakespeare to Langston Hughes, this is a book that will make you fall in love with poetry all over again.”
Shop class as soulcraft : an inquiry into the value of work by Matthew B. Crawford
“When did working with your hands become any less noble than working at a desk? What is gained when a person learns a trade? Are practical and tangible actions and skills of less value than their intellectual counterparts?”
Sugarplums and scandal
An array of popular mystery and romance authors come together to present an entertaining collection of holiday tales featuring works by authors who explore a world of Christmas miracles, mystery, and surprises.
Stick figure : a diary of my former self by Lori Gottlieb
“. . . a fascinating glimpse into the mind of an adolescent anorexic.”
The art of the snowflake : a photographic album by Kenneth Libbrecht
The perfect geometry and exquisite beauty of nature is nowhere so clear to us as in the snowflake. But how have we been able to appreciate this infinitesimal wonder in all its crystalline glory? This book, as much a work of art as a testament to science, reveals how one of the snowflake’s most inspired photographers came to such intimate knowledge of his craft and its fleeting focus. Beautiful pictures illustrate Kenneth Libbrecht’s story of the microphotography of snow crystals, from the pioneering work of Wilson Bentley in the 1890s right up to Ken’s own innovations in our age of digital images. A breathtaking look at the works of art that melt in an instant, this is a book to page through and savor, season after season.
The fourth part of the world : the race to the ends of the Earth, and the epic story of the map that gave America its name by Toby Lester
“Christopher Columbus died believing he’d found a new part of Asia. German Cartographer Martin Waldseemuller suspected otherwise, having read ribald accounts of a new continent by one Amerigo Vespucci. The mapmaker decided to take the bold step of including the rumored new continent, which he named America, on the map he published in 1507 . . .” A “sweeping, engrossing story of finding our place in the world.”
The Yiddish policemen’s union : a novel by Michael Chabon
” . . . a novel built on a historical premise but takes a flight of fancy from there. . . . A totally satisfying noir pleasure.”
The imperfectionists : a novel by Tom Rachman
An “imperfect” crew of reporters and editors working for an international English language newspaper stumble toward an uncertain future as the era of print news gives way to the Internet age. The story is set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome.
The secret goldfish : stories by David Means
” . . . these stories do contain moments of luminous emotional clarity as their protagonists strive to find meaning in the chaos. Intelligent and uncompromising, with just enough happy to make for a satisfying read.”
Fender : the sound heard ’round the world by Richard R. Smith ; edited by William Koon and Tom Wheeler
Journey back to the beginning with the most comprehensive collection of Fender history ever published. Includes a DVD of rare footage from the early days.
May is Mental Health Month. According to SAMHSA, 1 out of 5 American adults experienced some form of mental illness in 2010. You can learn more about mental health with books, ebooks, and videos from our collection.
Check out these sites for more information:
Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner. Whether or not this occasion is met with celebration, opprobrium, or indifference depends upon whether Wagner’s virulent anti-semitism overshadows his genius or vice-versa (also see this and this).
The Livingston Lord Library can offer these items about Wagner.
YouTube has a thousand and more offerings related to Wagner, but I’m particularly fond of the mid-70s “Ring” cycle in Bayreuth, conducted by Pierre Boulez and directed by Patrice Chereau. It’s available on DVD.
The Metropolitan Opera recently mounted the “Ring” cycle in a critically-acclaimed and critically-derided production featuring a monster machine. Portions of these are available for viewing here. One has to subscribe to hear and see more.
If you are ambivalent about Wagner, or hate him with a purple passion, or love him but have a thick skin, then you would be well served by Anna Russell’s devastatingly hilarious take on him.
Material ConneXion has added 42 new materials this month. Here’s the latest update:
May Monthly Materials Update
New materials include a decorative non-woven textile and a wood veneer laminated between two glass panels.
Great news! You can now use your StarID and password to access library resources from off-campus or to login to your library account to see what you have checked out or to renew items. For those of you who have your barcode memorized, you can still use that with your last name as password to login as well.
We are still working to change all our documentation to reflect StarID access.
In addition to this welcome change, our catalog interface has been upgraded and looks a little different. The options for limiting searches have moved from the left side to the right side, but other functionality is still the same, with the added ability to browse both our ebooks and our physical books by call number. It’s like virtually browsing the shelf.
We hope StarID simplifies your library research!
The Library will be open limited hours during the final days of spring semester:
- Monday, May 20: 7:30 AM to 5 PM
- Tuesday, May 21: 7:30 AM to 6 PM
- Wednesday, May 22: 8 AM to 1 PM
- Thursday, May 23: 8 AM to 1 PM
- Friday, May 24: CLOSED
During summer sessions (May 22 – August 16), the Library will be open from 8 AM to 1 PM, Monday through Thursday.