Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Just a Few New Additions

New books are in, and the Jessup Library has added on another bookcase to The Nook. The extra shelving allows for easier access to some of your favorite manga and graphic novel titles. Stop by and check them out today!

As the semester winds down, take some time to check out the library's New Books List. If you are looking for something fun to read to break up the monotony of last minute paper writing, presentations, and other end-of-semester activities, then the Jessup Library has several new additions to its Popular and Nook collections that may strike your fancy. There is the The Selection series by Kiera Cass for those looking for an exciting dystopian book. Another new addition is Still Me, which is the third installment featuring Jojo Moyes' character, Louisa Clark. For those looking for something more suspenseful to read, there are two new Dean Koontz novels in the Popular section: The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room. The Jessup Library also has several new fantasy novels, such as The Cruel Prince and Lady Midnight, both of which are the first books in their series.

On the non-fiction front, there are several great historical reads, a couple new biographies (such as David S. Brown's book Paradise Lost: a Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald), art and fashion-focused reads, computer programming books, and even a few new cookbooks.  Have you started thinking about Spring cleaning yet? Francine Jay's book, The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify, could come in handy as it draws out a more streamlined approach to decluttering.  Some additional new titles focus on taking care of oneself and minimizing stressors in life caused by staying so connected all the time; Rohan Guntatillake and Nancy Colier delve into the nature of today's connected society and give their readers methods to break the cycle and de-stress.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Use your Spring Break to travel around the world: with books

Taking our cue from Jules Verne's famous novel Around the World in Eighty Days, the Jessup library has pulled over 80 books with authors and themes from around the globe.  Among our displays are Brazilian author Jorge Amado, Nigerian author Chinua Achebe (who wrote Things Fall Apart), and Israeli author Amos Oz.  Want to learn more about a particular country or culture? Our "Around the World in 80 Books Display" has several nonfiction options as well.  Other Routes: 1500 Years of African and Asian Travel Writing is a collection of pieces from various travel authors; The book looks at how travel writing has become its own genre. Eric Weiner's The Geography of Genius is about this author's journey through history to discover how to create genius. Jessup Library even has a cookbook, aptly named Around the World in 80 Dishes, if you're more in the mood to try various cuisines.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Celebrate Black History Month

ASALH 2018 Black History Month poster
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) chose "African Americans in Times of War" as their 2018 theme for Black History Month. The Jessup Library has several titles highlighting the role that African Americans played on the war front.  Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls' Escape from Slavery to Union Hero speaks of the daring risk that Smalls took to escape to freedom with his family during the Civil War. Linda Hervieux's Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, at Home and at War details the lives of an all-black battalion that fought on the frontlines in World War II; their contributions to the D-day battle had gone unacknowledged until recent years. Karin Stanford compiled multiple stories from well-known individuals throughout history in her book, If We Must Die: African American Voices on War and Peace

Jessup Library also has a display set up to celebrate Black History Month that highlights the stories of civil rights activists, politicians, athletes, musicians, actors, and more. The Radical King, Arthur Ashe: Tennis and Justice in the Civil Rights Era, Eye on the Struggle, Ali: A Life, and We Could Not Fail: the First African Americans in the Space Program are just a few of the titles that have been selected.

Read the great works of African American authors: James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, and many more!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Let the Library Play Matchmaker This Valentine’s Day

Already have a date for Valentine’s Day? Still looking to find that someone special? Or, are you someone who is totally fine with being single? Whatever status you find yourself in this month, let the library set you up with some new books; who knows, you might just fall in love.

Step outside of the normal Romance novel scene with books from the library’s “Star-Crossed Love” display. You will find classics such as: Tristan and Isolde; Wuthering Heights; The Great Gatsby; and of course, Romeo and Juliet. Check out A Farewell to Arms, a Hemingway romance set on the frontlines of Europe during World War I. Read about forbidden love in Ivanhoe and Madame Bovary. Dirt for Art's Sake: Books on Trial from Madame Bovary to Lolita is great non-fiction read that looks at how social norms have changed within the genre by exploring the scandals that each book caused after publication.

In an era where love can be found at the click of a mouse or the swipe of a screen, it can be difficult to navigate the ins-and-outs of dating if one is not tech-savvy. Jessup Library has several new titles on technology and communication: The One Device: the Secret History of the iPhone,  Fully Connected: Surviving and Thriving in the Age of Overload, Popular: the Power of Likeability in a Status-Obsessed World, and The Handy Communication Answer Book.

A General Theory of Love is a more scientific approach to love and lust, exploring three psychiatrists’ research on the nature of love and how the brain affects relationships. Can Love Last? is another non-fiction read on the science and psychology of the emotions that make love possible, and the emotions that also end romance. The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of the American Libido by David Friend covers the sexual history of the 1990’s in pop culture, science, trends, and social interactions. This title can be found in the library’s New Books section, along with The Secret Life of the Mind by Mariano Sigman, a fascinating non-fiction read on the origin of thought and communication.   

Fall in love with nature all over again with these new additions to the library: This Blessed Earth: a Year in the Life of an American Family Farm; The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild, and Dangerous; Vulture: the Private Life of an Unloved Bird; and How the Zebra Got its Stripes. Jessup Library even has the purr-fect title for the self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady” during the Valentine’s Day season; The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee looks in-depth into how our feline companions express love and communicate with humans and can be found in the New Books section.  Dog lovers need not despair, as the library also has many titles for those loveable pups in your life.

Passionate about history or politics? We have several new titles covering U.S. History, politics, and world history. Jamestown, the Truth Revealed looks at the historic Virginia settlement from a fresh set of eyes, incorporating archeologists’ most recent discoveries in and around the fort and settlement. Holger Hoock uses his book, Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth, to repaint how readers look at the American Revolution. Be Free or Die by Cate Lineberry is a gripping read about Robert Smalls, a man who went from being a slave to a Union hero after a daring escape for freedom. 

These titles are just a few of the many we have to offer at the library, so please, let us match you up with a new book today!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gift Yourself a New Book

With the final day of classes less than a week away, it's time to prepare your winter break reading list. Might we suggest a few titles from our most recent new books for your reading delectation?

We've got lots of new fiction in our Nook and Popular locations. Check out Turtles All the Way Down, John Green's latest YA about a girl detective living with anxiety and OCD; The Hate U Give, the #1 New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas that examines police brutality from the point of view of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter; and Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum, about a girl newly bereaved and uprooted from her Chicago hometown, coming to grips with life on the other side of the country.

Household names are back with new novels. Check out the John Grisham's latest legal thriller, The Rooster Bar; Danielle Steel's modern Cinderella retelling, Fairytale; and Sleeping Beauties, speculative fiction from Stephen King in collaboration with his son, Owen King. Isabel Allende tackles issues of human rights, the plight of immigrants and refugees, and slow-burning romance in In the Midst of Winter, while in Unforgivable Love, Sophfronia Scott sets a retelling of the French classic "Les Liaisons dangereuses" in 1940s Harlem. Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward's first work of fiction since 2011, considers fraught relationships between fathers and sons. Andy Weir, bestselling author of The Martian, returns to sci-fi with Artemis, the story of a heist and a criminal mastermind set on a lunar colony.

Take a crash course in 75 years of Aquaman and The Flash, or dive into the complete collections of Deadpool and Spider-man Webspinners.

Dreaming of nonfiction for the holidays? Kevin Young tackles everything from humbug to fake news in his timely book, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-facts, and Fake News. Ta-Nehisi Coates draws parallels between Reconstruction, America's short-lived experiment with multiracial democracy, and its aftermath with the eight years of the Obama administration and its aftermath in We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. Pat Laprade and Dan Murphy trace the history of women's wrestling in Sisterhood of the Squared Circle: The History and Rise of Women’s Wrestling, while Hope Nicholson describes another sort of sisterhood in The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History. In Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant To Do, Chris Guillebeau shows readers the art of landing that perfect job. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren explores the triumphs and disappointments of scientific work. And if you have any plans to cook up a storm over the winter break, check out these culinary primers: Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer and a revised edition of Julia Child's beloved Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Check out all of these books and more in our catalog!

Monday, November 27, 2017

It's (Almost) the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Thanksgiving break is over, and we're in the final stretch, where everything final is coming up or coming due: final papers, final projects, final exams. We've got three weeks of cramming, composing, and silently sobbing ahead, and some days it might seem simpler to toss your computer out the nearest window than finish that essay. But don't despair. The exultation you'll feel from watching your computer smash against the concrete is small (and temporary!) compared with the constructive stress relief offered by these books:

Everyone could use a magic bullet now and then -- and Success under stress: Powerful tools for staying calm, confident, and productive when the pressure’s on by Sharon Melnick is full of them. Kelly McGonigal explores the advantages of stress in The upside of stress: Why stress is good for you, and how to get good at it, while Mequilibrium: 14 days to cooler, calmer, and happier by Jan Bruce, Andrew Shatté, and Adam Perlman shows you how to effectively work with, rather than against, your stress.

Discover stress and time management techniques tailored to college in College rules!: How to study, survive, and succeed in college by Sherrie Nist-Olejnik and Jodi Patrick Holschuh and How to study in college by Walter Pauk and Ross J.Q. Owens.

It's important to engage in self-care, even if it feels too indulgent. Think of it as an investment -- it gives you energy for a rainy day. Learn how to work mindfulness into your everyday life in bite-sized increments with The mindfulness solution: Everyday practices for everyday problems by Ronald D. Siegel and Five good minutes in your body: 100 mindful practices to help you accept yourself & feel at home in your body by Jeffrey Brantley and Wendy Millstine. Need some more bite-sized bits of wisdom? Check out Don’t sweat the small stuff-- and it’s all small stuff: Simple ways to keep the little things from taking over your life by Richard Carlson.

Finally, don't forget -- the librarians are here to help to help! We may not wear capes (at least, not visible ones), but if your research skills need rescuing, we've got you covered.

So hang in there. You've made it this far, and you can make it to the end.