Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Stars, Superheroes, and Bite-Sized Astrophysics: New Books Are In

New month, new books: October is here, and here at Jessup Library there are 250+ new books gracing our shelves. The weather is cooling off (knock on wood) and fall break is only a week away -- time to take a break from your studies and curl up with a good book for an hour or two! If you're looking for suggestions to get you started, look no further than the list below:

Hidden Figures, the 2017 choice for PVCC's One Book Program, celebrates the accomplishments of the African-American women who launched the first astronauts into orbit. If you're looking for more books about women and the stars, check out The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel, which reveals the hidden world of the women who worked as "human computers" at the Harvard College Observatory in the late 19th century; and Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Sarah Scoles, an exploration of the life of the astronomer Jill Tarter, former director of the Center for SETI Research.

Need inspiration for that superhero Halloween costume you've been planning to cobble together since last year? The good news is that there is a universe of superheroes just waiting for you to find them. Check out The Evolution of the Costumed Avenger: The 4,000-Year History of the Superhero to learn about superheroes going back to Gilgamesh.

Weird in a World That's Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, F*ckups, and Failures by Jennifer Romolini is a practical guide to succeeding in the world of work, no matter where you start. Pair it, like fine wine, with Jen Sincero's guide to financial success, You Are A Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth.

Our ever-expanding collection of the Very Short Introduction series offers bite-sized investigations into pretty much everything: theology, the Mexican Revolution, Voltaire, intellectual property, plague, Shakespeare's comedies, folk music, gravity, family law, exploration, and more.

Speaking of exploration: much as we've learned as a species, there's still so much to discover. Get a sense of just how much with The Lost City of the Monkey God, in which author Douglas Preston goes looking for a lost civilization with a team of scientists; Weird Dinosaurs: The Strange New Fossils Challenging Everything We Thought We Knew by John Pickrell, which chronicles the discovery of new fossils -- including carnivores with bat wings and dwarf dinosaurs -- and how our understanding of the distant past is changing; and Know This: Today's Most Interesting and Important Scientific Ideas, Discoveries, and Developments, edited by John Brockman, in which 198 visionary thinkers identify the ideas of the present that will carry us into the future.

Curious about astrophysics, but pressed for time? Neil DeGrasse Tyson has you covered. Check out Astrophysics for People in a Hurry for another bite-sized introduction to a vast and incredible subject.

Check out all of these books and more in our catalog. Happy October, and happy reading!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Let's Fight Censorship with The Great Gatsby!

Question: What do The Great Gatsby, Moby Dick, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone all have in common? (Besides being iconic enough that you may have read, heard of, or been force fed at least one of them in your lifetime.)

Answer: They've all been banned.

September 24th - 30th is Banned Book Week. Book censorship has a long and storied history, and the tradition is alive and kicking in 2017. (What else is new?) Books have been banned for a variety of reasons -- for portraying sex and violence and using profanity to encouraging children to break dishes or for being 'a real downer' (those last two were A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstien and Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank, respectively). Banned Book Week brings attention to books that have been challenged and/or banned in schools, libraries, and elsewhere, both locally and nationally, and celebrates the efforts of book-lovers to fight censorship and preserve the freedom to read.

Jessup Library invites you to join in the celebration! Come get caught your picture taken with your favorite banned book, learn about book censorship as you play fortune teller, and check out our collection of forbidden literature and find out why fan favorites like the Harry Potter series or  classics like Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter were challenged or banned.

And always: celebrate the power of words!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

One Book Event: Team Rocket @pvcc

First, a confession: Yes, the title is clickbait. This post has nothing to do with Pokémon. But there are plenty of rockets, so read on!

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly is the 2017 choice for our annual One Book program. Read more about the book here. The college hosts a variety of events as a part of the program, and we're holding our first on Wednesday, September 13 at noon.

PVCC’s own rocketry club, Piedmont Student Launch Team, will share their experience of working with NASA engineers on a nine-month-long research-based, competitive exploration project of building and launching a high-power rocket with an experiential payload. Come see the rocket in person and hear about the team’s trip to Marshall Space Flight Center to participate in the final competition!

The event will be held in the North Mall Meeting Room. Come join us!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Time for Pie...or Ice Cream...or a New Book!

It’s mid-July and time for pie.  Or ice cream.  Art of the pie: a practical guide to homemade crusts, fillings, and life and Food52 ice cream & friends: 60 recipes & riffs for sorbets, sandwiches, no-churn ice creams and more can provide recipes and inspiration.  The resulting pounds are up to you.  If the thought of all that sugar makes you weak with longing, you may want to read Biology of desire: why addiction is not a disease.

Hide the livestock and wake the neighbors – the Vikings are coming!  Sorry, wrong century, but if you’re interested in Viking history, why not try Northmen: the Viking saga, AD 793-1241 or The Norse myths: a guide to the gods and heroes or Beyond the Northlands: Viking voyages and the Old Norse sagas?

Have you ever worried that you’re going to confess to a crime, even though you’re not guilty?  If so, you may want to brush up on How the police generate false confessions: an inside look at the interrogation room.  Things didn’t go so well for a certain “I’m not guilty” president, but maybe Richard Nixon: the life can shed some light on history.

If you’ve ever opened the office refrigerator only to find that someone has helped themselves to the leftovers you planned to eat for lunch, you could spike future lunches with habaneros, or you could take a more laid-back approach and read Why they do it: inside the mind of the white-collar criminal.

Speak quietly and carry a large golf club.  Tiger Woods has something to say and it’s not “I most certainly was not on tranquilizers, officer!” in The 1997 Masters: my story.

You probably ask yourself every month when the bills are due, “Are these numbers even real?”  Well, the book entitled Are numbers real?: the uncanny relationship of mathematics and the physical world might help shed some numerical light on the situation.

Do you drive on autopilot?  Do you remember what you had for dinner last Wednesday?  Do you wonder why a blog is asking you these nosy questions?  Your brain has many secrets and you might find some answers in Idiot brain: what your head is really up to.

Check out these new books and more at the Jessup Library!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Star Wars and Superheroes: New Books Are In

We realize it's the summer semester, and those of you taking classes are hard at work -- it's no joke to fit sixteen weeks of coursework into five or ten weeks! But, well... we have new books in, and there are a ton of great titles on the list. Can we entice you with one? Or ten? Check out our recommendations for summer reads below:

Neil Gaiman explores everything from ghosts to gumshoes in The View from the Cheap Seats, his latest collection of nonfiction, and recounts the daring adventures of deities, dwarfs, and giants in Norse Mythology.

We have new installments of the Jessica Jones comics. In Jessica Jones: Alias. Vol. 3, which collects Alias #10 and #16-21, Jessica searches for Spider-woman, a teenage superhero who has gone missing. Jessica Jones: Alias. Vol. 4 collects Alias #22-28 and delves into the backstory of the superhero turned private detective. In the mood for more comics and graphic novels? Let characters like James Bond and the Wizard of Oz guide you through an exploration of queer theory and activism in Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker, or check out seventy-eight years of Gotham's guardian in The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon.

Looking for books that have made it to the screen? Pick up Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher, the bestselling novel behind the controversial Netflix TV show, or The Gunslinger by Stephen King, the first book in the Dark Tower series and the inspiration behind the film coming out this August.

Gabourey Sidibe talks about family life, first jobs, and her rise to fame in This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher is a recollection of the late actress's experiences during the filming of the first Star Wars movie. And in George Lucas: A Life, Brian Jay Jones describes the creator behind Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

Read local! Check out The Road Home, a book of poetry by PVCC's very own Ben Sloan.

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

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Kanopy Comes to Roku!

Kanopy, the Netflix of thoughtful entertainment, is now available on Roku. Kanopy gives you access to over 30,000 "documentaries, indie and foreign films, must-see classics and blockbuster movies" -- all for free, courtesy of your campus library. Kanopy adds hundreds of new titles each month, from the Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro to fan favorite, For the Love of Spock, so click here to check out the latest additions, and start streaming!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Take A New Book on Summer Break

Welcome to the last day of finals! It's been a long semester, but it's nearly over, and all of us here in the library are cheering for you. Once you've finished that last exam, treat yourself to a new book to keep you company over the summer break. Check out our recommendations below:

Looking for beach reads? We've added a few to the Nook and our popular shelves. Check out Here's To Us by Elin Hilderbrand, in which three women, all sworn adversaries previously married to the same man, gather to mourn his death. Janet Evanovich brings readers two new installments of her Stephanie Plum novels, Tricky Twenty-Two and Turbo Twenty-Three. In Two by Two by Nicolas Sparks, a recently divorced and newly jobless advertising executive struggles to raise his young daughter. And with a six-part adaptation of Good Omens coming to Amazon Prime and the BBC in 2018, now is an excellent time to read this hilarious and well-beloved novel about the end of the world, written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

Get the facts on the economic utopia of Star Trek and discover how a system without money would work in our world in Trekonomics by Manu Saadia. And if you're interested in the history and making of Star Trek, as narrated by the people who were there, read both volumes of The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman.

Simon Sebag Montefiore offers readers a glimpse into the decadence and extravagance of one of the world's most successful dynasties in The Romanovs: 1613-1918.

It's a dicey time for net neutrality and internet privacy, and it's never a bad idea to learn to protect yourself online. Kevin D. Mitnick shows you how in The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Dig Data. Don't forget to check out Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family by Theresa Payton as well.

Timothy Snyder teaches readers how to recognize and resist tyrants, using lessons taught by the twentieth century's struggle against  fascism, Nazism, and totalitarianism, in On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.

In April, Stephen Nash talked climate change in Virginia here at PVCC, and you can now pick up a copy of his book, Virginia Climate Fever: How Global Warming Will Transform Our Cities, Shorelines, and Forests, right here at Jessup. Read more about climate change with Introduction to Modern Climate Change by Andrew Emory and A Short Introduction to Climate Change by R. A. Eggleton.

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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Fuel Up On Freebies

Studying for finals is hungry work. Drop by the circulation desk from Tuesday, May 2 to Monday, May 8, to re-energize with free cookies and coffee. Students, faculty, and staff -- all are welcome!

Good luck this week! We're cheering you on.

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.