I hope you enjoyed last week’s book recs from the library’s student assistants! Here’s this week’s installment.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, reviewed by Catie Drahmann
I would recommend this book to anyone, at almost any age. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman follows the retrospective journey of a child, forced into dark, dangerous situations with no adults to turn to. The little boy meets a mysterious family of women, all with the miraculous ability of driving the bad things away. As the boy’s home life steadily worsens, his only comfort rests in these women, his neighbors at the end of the lane. It’s a very dark book, but manages to be whimsical as well, and maintains a child’s perspective without sounding childish. A very short, gratifying read.
The Help, reviewed by Hannah Bunting
The Help by Kathryn Stockett was an amazing read. The novel talked about black domestic servants working in white Southern homes in the 1960s. It focused on the racial differences between blacks and whites during this time and how they were intensely segregated in society. Although the novel was an easy read since it was not dense, the story line was very interesting. It focused on one particular character named Miss Skeeter, who was a white woman. However, she was different than the other white women in the book. She worked much harder and completed many of the duties that were reserved for black servants of the time. The story goes on to follow Miss Skeeter’s writing endeavors and the reader ultimately sees Miss Skeeter become an effective advocate of the equal treatment of blacks in her local society.
There will be no power in the library on March 9th. As a result, the library’s research databases will be unavailable.
Facilities Management will cut off power to all of lower campus on Sunday, March 9th from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to complete important work on the co-generation plant.
Gleeson Library | Geschke Center will be open during its regularly scheduled hours on March 9th despite the power outage. Our aim is to provide a warm, dry place to study. We urge users to stay by windows and go only where they are comfortable within the library. Please remember no library equipment that requires electricity will be functional on March 9th—there will be no USF Wireless, no computing in the library’s labs, and no printing.
The power outage will also impact on-campus and off-campus access to our electronic resources. Regardless of being at home or at USF, users will not be able to access our online catalog, Ignacio, nor any of our online databases on March 9th. Once power is restored to the lower campus, we will work to get access restored as soon as possible.
Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience. We thank you for your understanding.
Do you write poetry or know someone who does? Then keep reading!
Gleeson Library | Geschke Center is accepting submissions for its annual student, staff, and faculty poetry reading in celebration of National Poetry Month. The reading will take place on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 5:30 – 7 pm.
If you or someone you know is interested in participating, please apply by emailing the selection committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to send us the following information is Wednesday, March 19, 2014
- Your name
- Your contact info
- A writing sample of 3-5 poems (max. 10 pages) that represents what type of work you intend to read
- A little bit about yourself and what you study/teach/do at USF
- A list of 5-30 books or authors that are essential to your life as a poet
If you apply, please make sure you will be available to read on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 5:30 – 7 pm.
Please understand the number of readers on the program will be limited and the selection committee is seeking a diverse representation of USF poets. We anticipate not being able to accept all applicants. Decisions of the selection committee are final.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to read your poetry, so why wait? Send us your application now!
The Gleeson Library Poetry Selection Committee
Colette Hayes – Stacks Coordinator
Matthew Collins – Senior Assistant Head of Access Services
Kelci Baughman McDowell – Reference Library Assistant
A couple weeks ago, I asked the student assistants in the Reference & Research Services Department if they had read any good books lately. I was surprised at all the interesting recs I got! Here are a couple, with reviews. I’ll post a couple each week for the next few weeks.
Have you also read these? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!
Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Conscious Behavior, reviewed by Kelsey Weise
In Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Conscious Behavior, Leonard Mlodinow (a physicist known for having worked with Stephen Hawking) makes what is normally a difficult topic fascinating and easy to digest. The book illustrates how even our most rational, seemingly well thought out decisions are often driven by our unconscious mind. Using modern neuroscience as his basis (with references to the psychological theories of Jung and Freud), he gives examples of the many ways our unconscious mind truly does rule our behavior: from who we find attractive, to what we decide to eat, and even the way juries make their decisions in a courtroom. While the book is chock-full of factual information and statistical data—there’s a 7-page index at the end and he references about 3 psychological studies per page—Mlodinow manages to convey it all in an accessible (and often wry) tone that will occasionally even pull out a chuckle or two. An extremely fascinating and highly recommended read overall.
The Brothers Karamazov, reviewed by Andrew Gonzales
Murder, LOVE, Mystery! Recently I finished reading Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov. A great lover of Russian literature (and Dostoevsky in particular), I wasn’t disappointed. One of Dostoevsky’s longest pieces, The Brother Karamazov follows the story of three brothers and their father. An example of piety, passion, and detached logic, each brother exemplifies a different human characteristic as the story progresses. Starting this novel was hard, as the first third to two thirds of the book sets up the character and plot background. This can get dreary as it just seems to be a novel about a bunch of aristocrats and officials in a small provincial town. But it is all necessary for the book’s final thrilling and interesting ending. The well fleshed out characters all pop as Dostoevsky tells their reaction to the murder of the Father. By the end of the investigation, all the intricate strings are shown as love, greed, and knowledge all play a part in the murder. Dostoevsky (just like in his Crime and Punishment) truly shows his mastery of the human psyche in this wonderful novel.
Please join the Gleeson Library | Geschke Learning Resource Center and the University of San Francisco Alumni network for an evening of celebration as we recognize University of San Francisco alumni authors. Come and make a new connection in the vibrant alumni network of writers and artists in the San Francisco community.
Thursday, Feb. 27th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Gleeson Library atrium.
- Enjoy an entertaining trip to the bustling USF campus of the early 1960′s featuring author and folk musician Jerry Burgan ’67.
- Peruse a select display of over 150 alumni publications from the library collection.
More information about the event, including registration information, is available at the USF Alumni website. Visit the Gleeson Library alumni authors page for a preliminary list of books that will be on display at the event.
If you have been around Gleeson library this week (in person, or on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), you’ve probably noticed that we’re very excited about Valentine’s Day. On Wednesday our craft table went up. Tons of supplies – glitter, paper, pens, stamps, stickers, candy – to you make your own Valentines Day cards.
Our Blind Date With a Book launched this past Thursday. For this one, we picked a bunch of books that go well with such a romantic holiday, wrapped them with beautiful paper and set them out for folks to pick. Simple, but so much fun!!
Finally, on Friday (VD day this year), we started to give away a small number of Valentines Day buttons. The button with two people is from a 1927 Eric Gill wood engraving titled The Soul And The Bride (also available in a book titled The Song of the Soul). The second button is from a 1997 Arion Press edition of Shakespeare’s sonnets. If you would like to see the Gill woodcut or the Shakespeare sonnet — both are viewable in the Gleeson Library’s Donohue Rare Book Room.
We hope you had as much fun as we did with Valentine’s Day this year — we love you Dons!!
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