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.