Wednesday, August 8, 2018

New books to kick off the fall semester!

For some people, August means vacations and beaches.  But perhaps some of you want to start planning for Your best year ever: a 5-step plan for achieving your most important goals.  Publisher alert: If only there were a shortcut involving a one-step plan for your five best years.  Sign me up!

If one of your most important goals for the coming year involves finally showing philosophy who is the boss, we certainly have the right book for you:  Taking back philosophy: a multicultural manifesto.  If taking back philosophy is as exhausting as taking back the items you bought during your Black Friday shopping binge, you might want to start budgeting like a billionaire.  How to turn down a billion dollars: the Snapchat story will undoubtedly help you get a good deal on that personal jet with all that extra money you’re saving.  Or maybe you’ll want to take a more fiscally conservative view before smashing the piggy bank and read Finance for normal people: how investors and markets behave while you’re riding the bus to work.

No one wants to admit how much time they spend online.  I’m sure we all only spend 10-20 minutes per day, and that’s a generous estimate.  Ursula K. LeGuin wrote about No time to spare: thinking about what matters in her last book, and I don’t know about you, but I’m glad to hear that she believes "How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us." Show me the money!

Moving on from the main course, could we interest you in one of our tasty desserts?  We can recommend The bad food bible: how and why to eat sinfully and the chef’s specialty: The perfect cake: your ultimate guide to classic, modern, and whimsical cakes.  Want to know why it’s midnight, and you’re mindlessly eating carbs?  Why you eat what you eat: the science behind our relationship with food might clear things up. 

If you’re worried that someone is watching you indulge in that guilt-free dessert that you certainly, positively, absolutely deserve, you may be right.  Don’t look behind you, but there is a book on the shelf called Under surveillance: being watched in modern America.  Why worry about strangers judging you when the government will do it more efficiently?

Do you find that you’re running short on cuts?  Cuts of what – meat?  Could it be?  No, it’s A thousand cuts: the bizarre underground world of collectors and dealers who saved the movies.  If saving movies doesn’t interest you because you’re too busy wondering where this blog entry is going, Passing judgment: praise and blame in everyday life could be the book you’re looking for.  As the saying goes, it’s better to pass a class than pass judgment.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Soak up the sun with a good book!

New books are in at the library - just in time for the summer! Need a small getaway from summer classes? Want something new to read over your summer vacation? We have several new fiction books, manga series, and graphic novels as well as many new nonfiction reads. Check out these titles and more on our New Books List.

If you are looking for a manga series to binge on this summer, you won't have to look further than the Nook section. Here you'll find Afterschool Charisma, Deadman Wonderland, Tokyo Ghoul, and After School Nightmare.  Want to learn more about a particular DC superhero?  The Nook section has new arrivals featuring some of your favorites. Daniel Way's Deadpool: The Complete Collection. Vol. 2 and Bob Batchelor's Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel are also new additions to the catalog for any Marvel fans.

Take along Michael Connelly's murder mystery, Two Kinds of Truth, or explore Greek Mythology with Madeline Miller's novel, Circe while you are at the beach.  Girls on Fire: a novel is an intriguing yet dark read about the evolving dynamics between two high school friends that will be hard to put down. Come check out Arundhati Roy's newest book, The Ministry of of Utmost Happiness, that will take the reader on an intricately interwoven story of the book's main characters.

Happy reading!

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!