Boyden, Joseph. The Orenda. Knopf. May 2014. 448p. ISBN 9780385350730. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385350747. LITERARY/HISTORICAL FICTION Canadian Boyden has a shelf full of awards for his first two novels, and from what I’ve seen of this arrestingly written new work, soon he’ll have more. When his guides flee the rampaging Iroquois, Jesuit missionary Christophe finds [...]
Appelfeld, Aharon. Suddenly, Love. Schocken. May 2014. 240p. ISBN 9780805242959. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780805243154. LITERARY Gruff and moody Ernst, a 70-year-old Red Army veteran born in Ukraine, has lived in Israel since World War II; he lost his first wife and child to the Germans and his second wife to divorce. He’s tended to by [...]
Aczel, Amir. Why Science Does Not Disprove God. Morrow. Apr. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780062230591. $27.99. SCIENCE/RELIGION Aczel, the award-winning author of Fermat’s Last Theorem and recipient of a doctoral degree in mathematics from Berkeley, profoundly disagrees with the decree by the so-called New Atheists that modern breakthroughs in science prove that there is no God. [...]
The Coffee and Conversations sessions are taking place at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. From the Dallas Morning News: Coffee and Conversations, a one-hour session that caters to homeless people, is the brainchild of Jo Giudice, who became the director of the Dallas Public Library system last year. Giudice’s office is at [...]
From The Tennessean: The library is one of the first in the country to offer publishing services and launches Sunday with a book signing event for its first book – a children’s book written by library staff. “We’re very excited about this,” said Dolores Greenwald, library director. “Libraries are redefining themselves like publishing, like newspapers. [...]
Reviews of The Horses of McBride, David Starkey’s Music & Monarchy, and BAM150, plus a full list of Video reviews from the December 2013 issue.
Fielding reads a brilliant and inventive Baker, Bramhall is flawless with Belfoure’s first novel, Keteyian & Benedict peel back the shiny veneer of major college football, wrenching ethical dilemmas from Fink, Van Gieson’s series starter
Dillies's first published graphic novel, Petersen's mice both doughty and wise, a conceptually unique Rookie Yearbook Two
A multifaceted view of the dandy, lovers of Anchorman may flock to this work, Chekhov's insights can be tiring, a veteran wine writer divulges more secrets, Correspondence between Sigmund Freud and Anna Freud, Fuchs rambles (sometimes escaping) from Mayan and Mixtec barrios, memoir from Gilden camping in the USSR, poets' Deep Gossip, Prager on how to negotiate a fare on auto rickshaws and taxis, Carter's Swann's Way is an unprecedented and laudable intellectual feat, why van Gogh was repetitious, essential Rebeck plays, Shapiro's perils and pleasures, New York gets a "Big City Food Biography," Auerbach reintroduced, Weegee for all collections
Madison, Wisconsin’s struggling public access TV station, WYOU, has a new lease on life, courtesy Madison Public Library. The station, which has been limping along since a 2010 state law cut its funding, has been welcomed into the new Madison Central Library branch. Library staff and station volunteers described the new partnership as a win-win situation that lets the station eliminate its rent costs and take advantage of the library’s media lab and equipment, while the library gets a batch of potential new volunteers and media teachers with years of experience, and the chance to experiment with serving as an incubator for community-produced media.
UPDATE: More Knowledge Unlatched News Today: Knowledge Unlatched Preserves with the CLOCKSS Archive From the WL: Wellcome Library has signed up to a new open access pilot project, Knowledge Unlatched (KU). KU aims to make a collection of books, covering a wide range of humanities and social science topics, available on open access licenses through [...]
Layered storytelling from Abrams and Dorst, de Giovanni builds on his gloomy but brilliant detectives, Delaney’s grim tale shouts Greek tragedy more than standard mystery fare, a somewhat entertaining debut from Devereaux-Nelson, Forrest's beloved detective Kate Delafield returns, give The Card a shot, savor Rodale's funny, heartfelt, and lovingly crafted romance
Access to good data on key metrics such as circulation and student visits always helps make a better case for the important role libraries play on campus. But using data proactively to address emerging trends and challenges is “what it really means to be a data-driven organization” said Sarah Tudesco, Assessment Librarian, Yale University, during yesterday’s "What Is a Data-Driven Academic Library?" webcast.
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By Barbara Hoffert & Annalisa Pesek Brock-Broido, Lucie. Stay, Illusion: Poems. Knopf. ISBN 9780307962027. $26. Emotionally charged, baroquely sensuous, serenely gorgeous: Brock-Broido’s extraordinary language asks us to enter a world both strange and strangely familiar. The gorgeousness is edged by darkness, yet even as she reminds us of our frailty in a wayward world (“Your [...]
By Therese Purcell Nielsen & Erin Shea Brosh, Allie. Hyperbole and a Half. Touchstone. ISBN 9781451666175. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9781451666182. This illustrated memoir features 50 percent never-before-seen stories from Brosch’s popular blog of the same name. She writes about dogs, hot sauce, cake, and more in quirky, self-deprecating fashion. Her two-part blog post “Adventures in [...]
Bittman, Mark. VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 To Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…for Good. Clarkson Potter: Crown. ISBN 9780385344746. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780385344753. Upon being diagnosed as prediabetic and with pre–heart disease symptoms, New York Times food writer Bittman custom-made his own diet plan, becoming a part-time vegan. His regimen, which includes exercise, consists [...]
Cool, Michel. Francis: A New World Pope. Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802871008. pap. $14. The book for Catholic and non-Catholic readers alike not only to learn about Jorge Maria Bergoglio, the Argentine-born Pope Francis, but to gain from Cool’s shrewd insights into vexing issues facing this new papacy and the church at large. Will Francis prove to [...]