Brina recommends the Inkhearttrilogy, comprised of Inkheart (2004), Inkspell (2006), and Inkdeath (2008) by German author Cornelia Funke.
“Although it is generally only found in the children’s section, I love the magical world that Cornelia Funke was able to pull the reader into. I adore those books that can wrap you into their characters and settings. These books revolve around an abstract view of this perfect feeling. The main character is able to make books come alive by reading aloud. When pushed into an unfamiliar setting, you can feel her uneasiness and learn to cope with the problems at hand with her. I suggest reading these books whenever you have some free time and this summer, while laying out in the sun would be a seemingly perfect time. Inkdeath is my favorite of the series by the way!”
Duncan recommends the HBO Series Game of Thrones, based on the well known book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. He argues the library should own season one of the highly popular series for multiple reasons:
“Firstly from an academic perspective Game of Thrones should be added because it provides ample inspiration for writing courses offered by Whittier College. Secondly, it can be used by religion classes to discuss the prevailing religious structure within the series. From a personal enjoyment perspective this television series provides amazing entertainment, making the viewer constantly question their place within the universe.”
Sounds like a compelling argument to me, well done Duncan! Don’t forget you can also watch all the episodes online via HBO.com.
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Wardman Library is pleased to announce the addition of two outstanding new online resources that are accessible via our website from on campus and away: JSTOR Arts & Sciences VII Collection and Oxford Art Online.
The JSTOR Arts & Sciences VII Collection adds to our current selection of JSTOR holdings and features 183 titles from 35 different disciplines. Coverage includes the arts, humanities, social sciences, and health science fields.
Oxford Art Online is the gateway to acclaimed art resources that includes Grove Art Online (first published as the landmark 34-volume Dictionary of Art); Benezit Dictionary of Artists; The Concise Dictionary of Art Terms; Encyclopedia of Aesthetics; and The Oxford Companion to Western Art. Users may access and cross-search all of these online reference works simultaneously.
“This volume is published on the occasion of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, that accompanies the Getty Research Institute’s exhibition Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970, held at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, from 1 October 2011 through 5 February 2012.”–Publisher’s description.
Don’t forget to see the exhibit at the Getty Center while it lasts:
Student assistant, Rachel T. chose East of Eden by John Steinbeck as one of her favorite books. The library owns a copy of the book and DVD for your reading and viewing pleasure. First published in 1952, the novel brings to life the intricate details of the Salinas Valley and follows the interwoven stories of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons.
Rachel also recommends The Virgin Suicides, a 1999 dramatic film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. IMDB describes the storyline as “a group of male friends become obsessed with a group of mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents after one of them commits suicide.”
Instructional Technologist, Kathy F., chose Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan. She discovered the book through Gretchen Rubin’s blog, where she states:
“Grennan’s book—which came out in paperback this week—tells an amazing story. At age 30, when he was volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal, he realized that the children there weren’t orphans, they were trafficked. He put himself on a mission to reunite these lost children with their families, and he managed to get many of them back to their families, after years of separation, fear, and privation. He also foundedNext Generation Nepal, an organization that continues to help trafficked children.”
Wardman Library proudly recognizes “Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month” with the current exhibition in the library lobby. Swing by to check out the display highlighting books with a similar subject matter, or use Link+ to request a copy of Little Princes.
We’ve had the pleasure of Hugo’s hard work and great company over Jan term. One of his favorite books is Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, because he could relate to the plot and characters.
The book follows an insomniac who amuses himself by attending support groups while impersonating a sick person. Then he meets Tyler Durden and they start an underground fighting club as an alternative form of psychotherapy. Recommended for American Psycho, Trainspotting, V for Vendetta, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas fans.
The movie adaptation stars Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, what could be better than that?! Come check out the DVD from the library for an enthralling weekend watch.