Monday, April 3, 2017

Take a Breather with a New Book

With only a month until finals and the semester wrapping up, things are getting hectic here in academia! But that doesn't mean you can't take a breather now and then... with a book, of course. (We're librarians; what else did you expect us to say?) Drop by the library and check out our latest goodies:

April is National Poetry Month, so check out Restless Vanishings by John Michael Flynn.

With movies like Wonder Woman and Justice League due this year, check out our newest comic books -- Wonder Woman, Earth One, volume 1, written by Grant Morrison, and Batman, Earth One, volume 1 by Geoff Johns -- as well as an exploration of American superheroes through the lens of queer theory called The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics by Ramzi Fawaz.

In Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, recounts his life as the child of an illegal union and his relationship with his bold, brave mother in the twilight and aftermath of apartheid.

Whatever side of the political divide you fall on, November 9, 2016 likely came as a shock, and it's one we're all still processing nearly five months later. P. J. O'Rourke asks the question that has  haunted many in How the Hell Did This Happen: The Election of 2016, while Roger J. Stone takes a right-leaning look at the election in The Making of the President 2016: How Donald Trump Orchestrated A Revolution. For a bird's eye look at how politics have shifted over the past several decades, check out The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted by Mike Lofgren and All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy Since the 1960s by Robert O. Self.

Linguist John McWhorter explains the quirks, cliches, and little known history of the English language in Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English. Vyvyan Evans explores the many, complex ways we use language in every moment of our lives in The Crucible of Language: How Language and Mind Create Meaning. And in Passwords to Paradise: How Languages Have Re-invented World Religions, Nicholas Ostler looks at how our understanding of religion, from Buddhism to Christianity, is shaped by words whose meanings have been altered by translation and the passage of time.

Do you plan on registering for medical terminology in an upcoming semester? Beverley Henderson makes getting acquainted with all those prefixes, suffixes, and other markers of the language of medicine fun and easy in Medical Terminology for Dummies. And if you're taking macroeconomics, microeconomics, or statistics, check out our Cartoon Introductions to all three.

Attention upcoming graduates! Jeffrey J. Selingo wants you to know that There Is Life After College. Selingo shows you how to make the best of the college years and enter the job market strong, regardless of your degree.

We've got books that will show you how to make your dreams of space travel a (future) reality. Mark Thompson offers a wilderness guide to traveling and surviving among the stars in A Space Traveler's Guide to the Solar System. And in Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets, Charles P. Wohlforth and Amanda R. Hendrix make a case that the bureaucratic, political, and scientific obstacles that stand between us and the dream of living on other planets may not be as insurmountable as they seem.

Find all these books and more in our catalog.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Ring in the Spring with a New Book

Spring break is just around the corner -- as is spring weather, coincidentally, no matter what Punxsutawney Phil predicted. With a week's worth of liberation barely a week away (for some of us), it's time to stock up on your relaxation reading. Check out our recommendations from the new books list to get started:

Wander off into a world of wizards in The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, the first book in The Kingkiller Chronicle. Adventurer and magician Kvothe narrates the story of his rise to fame, from orphanhood to legend.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, award-winning author of Between the World and Me, brings his talents to bear on the story of T'Challa, the Black Panther, as he fights to preserve the nation of Wakanda in Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1.

Get an inside look at the Pulitzer Prize for Drama-winning musical, Hamilton, in Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter's Hamilton: The Revolution: Being the Complete Libretto of the Broadway Musical, with a True Account of Its Creation, and Concise Remarks on Hip-Hop, the Power of Stories, and the New America. Filled with photos, interviews, more than 200 footnotes, and the full text of the groundbreaking libretto itself, Hamilton: The Revolution gives you a front row seat to a cultural phenomenon.

Riley Cavanaugh -- punk rock, snarky, gender fluid, and not quite out -- faces the choice between safety and identity when Riley's online anonymity is compromised by an unnamed commentator in Jeff Garvin's debut YA novel, Symptoms of Being Human.

Black History Month just ended, but don't let that stop you! Check out My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King, as told to the Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, and learn the life story of a civil rights activist whose energy and passion put her at the forefront of the most tumultuous and awe-inspiring events of civil rights history. Kali Nicole Gross recounts the dark tale of a trial that gripped post-Reconstruction America in Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America. And in What Happened, Miss Simone?, Alan Light explores the life of Nina Simone, drawing on interviews, diaries, and rare footage to reveal a legendary artist.

K2 is the second-highest mountain in the world and the the most deadly. Mick Conefrey describes the history of the Savage Mountain through the eyes of the mountaineers who conquered it -- or whom it killed -- in The Ghosts of K2: The Epic Saga of the First Ascent.

Dive into past, whether it's five hundred years of Native American history (The Longest Trail: Writings on American Indian History, Culture by Alvin M. Josephy), smuggling in the United States (Contraband: Smuggling and the Birth of the American Century by Andrew Wender Cohen), or high-profile historical figures (Andy Warhol was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History's Greatest Personalities by Cynthia Kalb).

You can find all these books and more in our catalog.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Votes Are In: One Book 2017 Winner

The people have spoken, and the results are in: we have our winning One Book for Fall 2017!

Three books entered the gladiator's pit: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, which tells the story of four African-American women who worked for NASA as human computers from World War II through the Space Race;  Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance, a debut memoir that explores the author's life growing up in the white underclass; and It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis, a political satire about the rise of a fascist government in the United States. They're all great stories and relevant to current events -- but in the end, only one book could prevail.

And that one book, receiving a total of 251 votes out of a total of 412, was Hidden Figures.


Eager to start reading? Copies are available for students starting on Club Day, September 2017. If you're teaching faculty, drop by the library for your copy today. In the meantime, whet your interest with these reviews and articles:

New York Times review
Review from the Los Angeles Review of Books
Article from Smithsonian.com

Thanks so much for voting!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Fall In Love With A New Book

Whatever the state of your New Year's resolutions (abandoned, going strong, or nonexistent), it's never too late in the year to try something new -- like a book (hint, hint). Our latest crop of new books is in. Here are some recommendations to get you started:

Travel through America's culinary landscape in The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour through America's Food by Matthew Gavin Frank. Alternately, climb into a culinary time machine in A History of Food in 100 Recipes by William Sitwell.

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is a fact of February. Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray by Helen E. Fisher brings a sociological lens to romantic love, and Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep kicks humans out of the equation altogether.

January may be over, but if there's room in your life for a new project or a bit of sprucing up, we've got books on personal finances (check out How to Retire with Enough Money: And How to Know What Is Enough by Teresa Ghilarducci and The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated by Helaine Olen), entrepreneurship (check out We-Commerce: How to Create, Collaborate, and Succeed in the Sharing Economy), or feeling good and on top of the world (check out The Urban Monk: Eastern Wisdom and Modern Hacks to Stop Time and Find Success, Happiness, and Peace by Pedram Shojai, The Confidence Effect: Every Woman's Guide to the Attitude that Attract Success by Grace Killelea, or The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success by Emma Seppala).

Celebrate Black History month by reading about the musical legacy of the Godfather of Soul in The One: The Life and Music of James Brown by R. L. Smith, or about the friendship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and African-American writer-turned-activist, Pauli Murray, in The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice by Patricia Bell-Scott. Renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis writes about past liberation struggles and how they inform our current fight for human liberation in Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundation of a Movement. And in Salvage the Bones, by Jesymn Ward, a family in Mississippi prepares for what will later come to be known as Hurricane Katrina while dealing with their own personal troubles.

Read in public with these eye-catching titles: When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History's Unknown Chapters by Giles Milton is a collection of weird tales from history worthy of Ripley's Believe It or Not, and A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back plunges readers into the grisly work of an EMT.

You can find all these books and more in our catalog.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Newsstand for 2017

 Extra, extra! Come get your magazines!

Access the latest issues of popular magazines through Flipster, a database now available on trial through the Jessup Library. Featuring nearly 1,200 magazines in 20+ categories, Flipster is your online newsstand, delivering everything from Rolling Stone to Sports Illustrated right to your phone, tablet, or computer.

We're trialing Flipster until February 8, so take a look and find it here. Let us know if we should keep this database. We won't be able to get all ~1,200 magazines if we subscribe to this platform, so also let us know which ones to keep and if you like the platform. Email Crystal Newell at cnewell@pvcc.edu with your feedback.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Give Yourself the Gift of A New Book

School's out!  (Unless you have Monday finals, and then in that case, I'm sorry. Your freedom is coming.)

But don't flee the premises just yet, because new books are in. We have just the book to top off your TBR pile over winter break, so come browse our selection. Need a few suggestions to get you started? Check out the books below:

Peek into other lives in these memoirs and confessionals: Lisa Kotin tells the story of sugar addiction in My Confection: Odyssey of a Sugar Addict. Stand-up comedian Amy Schumer brings caustic humor to everything from one night stands and introversion to stem cells and Hollywood in her bestselling essay collection The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. Margo Jefferson discusses life among the black elite during some of the most revolutionary times of racial, sexual, and cultural change in the 20th and 21st centuries in Negroland. Ruth Wariner chronicles her upbringing in, and escape from, a polygamist family in The Sound of Gravel. And in Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life, Kelsey Miller guides readers through her journey out of self-hatred and into self-love.

With movies like Justice League and Wonder Woman due next year, it's never too early to get yourself into the superhero mood. On the Origin of Superheroes: From the Big Bang to Action Comics No. 1 by Chris Gavaler explores how the elements that created Superman predated him by centuries. Barbara Brownie and Danny Graydon dig into the symbolism of iconic costumes in The Superhero Costume: Identity and Disguise in Fact and Fiction. Brian Michael Bendis brings us more of Jessica Jones' adventures in Jessica Jones: The Pulse: The Complete Collection, which follows her career shift to Daily Planet journalist while juggling a husband and baby. And if you're looking for a super-powered upgrade to your own life (that doesn't include a hot bath in radioactive material), check out Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story by Steve Kamb.

Superheroes aren't the only ones hitting the big screen in 2017. Hidden Figures, the story of a team of African-American women whose mathematical genius launched an astronaut into orbit, opens in theaters everywhere in early January. Margot Lee Shetterly plumbs their story in Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.

Don't forget fiction. The narrator of Paul Beatty's incisive, hilarious, and award-winning novel, The Sellout, decides to reinstate slavery and segregation as a means of putting his hometown of Dickens, California back on the map. Lawyer Lacy Stoltz finds herself caught in a deadly case of corruption in John Grisham's latest novel, The Whistler. And 'tis the season for some murder in The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories by P. D. James, a collection of four Christmas-special mysteries.

Find all of these books and more in our catalog. Have a wonderful winter break!