Winter Break Blizzard of Books

There’s a light dusting of snow on the ground, and in less than two weeks, we’ll all be on Winter Break.  What a perfect time to check out some books to enjoy.  NOT SURE IF WE HAVE A TITLE?  Click to check the catalog (http://catalog.catlin.edu).

Here are our recommendations:

Be Who You Are

Be Who You Are

New Arrivals

New Arrivals

Prep School Literature

Prep School Literature

Secret Knowledge

Secret Knowledge

New Arrivals
Some great new fiction includes The Innocents, by Francesca Segal, and Longbourn, Jo Baker’s below-stairs version of Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.  Two newer history-themed graphic novels we’ve added are Genius, about Albert Einstein and, um, Ted, a physicist, by Seagle and Kristiansen.  March:  Book One is about the March on Washington, and is by Congressman John Lewis, Aydin and Powell.  Doris Kearns Goodwin has a new one out.  If you liked Team of Rivals, you might love The Bully Pulpit, which deals with presidents Taft and Roosevelt.  Sabato’s new book The Kennedy Half Century will appeal to Kennedy fans.  On the lighter side, how about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, or Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell?

World War II Fiction
City of Women by David Gillham and Atonement by Ian McEwan are two wrenching tales about the effects of war.  Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 is a classic, and you might enjoy Suite Francaise, which was pieced together by the notes left by Jewish Ukrainian writer Irene Nemirovsky after she was swept up in the Nazi occupation of France in the 2nd World War.  On the home front, in Wales at least, Peter Ho Davies’ novel, The Welsh Girl, is one I’d personally recommend for a rural glimpse of German POW’s in a small community.

Prep School Lit
Tobias Wolff’s Old School is a fine new classic, and you may enjoy Reconstructing Amelia, about the questions raised by the death of a teen at a private school.  Prep, by Sittenfeld is a guilty pleasure.

This is Your Brain on Books
Try the Compass of Pleasure, by David Linden, which arguably has the most eye-catching subtitle I’ve seen for a book.  To improve your memory, Moonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer.  Medina’s Brain Rules may help you organize your life at school and home.  What do you notice, and what do you overlook?  Read The Invisible Gorilla by Chabris and Simons, and be surprised.  Check out this video by Simons to get the general idea:

Come see us before the end of the day on Thursday, December 19th to check out an armload of good reading.

-Sue and Dennis

New Books for Thanksgiving Break

You’ll be enjoying your week off much more if you’ve got a good book at your elbow.  Here are some of our favorite picks for the Thanksgiving Break.

Downton Abbey Fans 
If you love the setting and storylines of the PBS series, Downton Abbey, you might love these titles:  American Heiress, by Daisy Goodwin; Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro, and Possession, by A.S. Byatt.

Gothic Novels
Add a little atmosphere to your November evenings with novels set on windswept moors and in old, creaky houses.  Older classics include Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë, while some newer choices are The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield, and A Sign of the Four, a graphic novel by Ian Edginton based on the works of Arthur Conan Doyle. For a breathless, nerve-wracking English Gothic, try Rustication by Charles Palliser.

New Fiction
If you are looking for some light reading that’s romantic and fun, try Eleanor & Park, or Fangirl, both by Rainbow Rowell, or for a guy’s point of view, An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green.  For fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, why not try Dark Places for a seriously creepy read?

It’s The End of the World
Are you zombie mad?  How about Rise Again, by Ben Tripp?  If you enjoy apocalyptic fiction in the vein of Lord of the Flies, try Quarantine:  The Loners, by Lex Thomas.

Stop by soon for a great selection.  We’ll close on Friday at 4pm for Thanksgiving Break.

-Sue

What’s New: September 2012

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New Books & DVDs

Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel
Image from GoodReads.

We’ve just added about 31 new titles to the collection, including a number of DVDs for Lark’s Feminist Studies seminar, some books for Dave Whitson’s sophomore students, as well as a smattering of gift books.  Roberto Villa recently donated a few international thrillers in the vein of Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code.  Bloodline, which blends the drama of Somali pirates with the historical interest of the Knights Templar, is one of them.  Check out a review of Bloodline at GoodReads.

Coming Soon:  J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, Salman Rushdie’s new memoir, Joseph Anton, and the new novel by Michael Chabon, entitled Telegraph Avenue.  Hurry up and place your holds, people!

Click here for a full list of new additions over the past month.

Join the Graphic Novel Club

Habibi

Image from GoodReads.

We are convening a Graphic Novel club on A days during Co-Cu in the Math building.  Stop by and find out more by talking with us in the library, or coming to the club meeting.  Find out about new authors, or share information on your favorites.

Welcome back, everybody.

–Sue

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