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Today in History: Ernest Hemingway Finishes Old Man and the Sea 

He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife. He only dreamed of places now and the lions on the beach. They played like young cats in the dusk and he loved them as he loved the …

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Today in History: A Christmas Carol Is Published 

I HAVE endeavored in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shalt not out my readers out of humour with themselves with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses, pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. Their faithful Friend and Servant, C.D. December, …

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Today in History: Oprah Launches Book Club 

How did obscure titles become popular bestsellers? Does it take a big media personality to encourage readers to pick up books? Apart from intellectual, are book clubs meant to be therapeutic and self-improving? What makes for good reading and what should we get out of it? On September 17th 1996 American talk show host Oprah …

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Using the Library to Teach Creative Writing 

Jeanette Winterson, in her hot-off-the-press new memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, makes continuous claims that reading—and later, writing—lifted her out and away from her otherwise difficult childhood and gave her hope. “Fiction and poetry are doses, medicines. What they heal is the rupture reality makes on the imagination. I had been …

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What We’re Reading: Never Let Me Go 

I just finished reading Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. It is difficult to write about the novel without giving away some critical parts of the work.  So, I will simply comment on the characters, writing, and "feel" of the book. The novel begins in Hailsham (a "boarding school") in rural England. The students all have …

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The Sly Company of People Who Care 

Title: The Sly Company of People Who Care Author: Rahul Bhattacharya Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 26, 2011) Call Number: PR9499.4.B537 S59 2011 From the Publisher: In flight from the tame familiarity of home in Bombay, a twenty-six-year-old cricket journalist chucks his job and arrives in Guyana, a forgotten colonial society of raw, mesmerizing beauty. …

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What I read when I’m not… reading 

The Surrendered, and Into the Wild To complete my degree in Library and Information Science, I am working on a Capstone, for which I need to do a lit review.  For this, I’ve been reading lots of articles, mainly on open access institutional repositories, and faculty contribution rates.  I’ve discovered that the more reading I …

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Tile : Flip Author:Martyn Bedford Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books Call #: PZ7.B3817996 Fl 2011 From the Publisher: One December night, 14-year-old Alex goes to  bed. He wakes up to  find himself in the wrong bedroom, in an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country, and it's the middle of June. Six months have …

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Title: Ficciones Author: Jorge Luis Borges Translator: Anthony Bonner Editor: Anthony Kerrigan Publisher: Grove Press, 1962 Call Number: PQ7797 .B635 F5 2008 From the Publisher: "The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the gargantuan powers of imagination, intelligence, and style of one of the greatest writers of this or any other century. Borges sends us on a journey into …

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Never Fade Away: A Novel 

Title: Never Fade Away: A Novel Author: William Hart Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Fithian Press, 2002 Check it out! PS3558.A6844 N48 2002 From the publisher: In William Hart’s Never Fade Away an English Department offers writing courses that jettison from school immigrant and minority students who can’t meet the department’s narrow standards of competency. …

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