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Staff Picks of the Month 

You may have noticed the “Staff Picks of the Month” section on the second floor of the library. Each month, one or more library staff members select 20-25 books from our collection to display in the collaboration space. For the month of March, I put together the collection based on the theme “Growth”. Each of …

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What We’re Reading: “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” 

I just finished reading (well, listening to) "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Dr. Carol Dweck. I originally found this book in the book drop some time last year. I recently picked it up and really enjoyed it. Being that the hardcover copy is rather heavy, I decided to download the audiobook. I listened to …

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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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Reality Hunger — a rally cry for a new literary genre 

Blogging about what I'm reading for the Learning at the Library Blog (which you're reading right now) has become so habitually familiar to me that when the magazine Poets & Writers posted a call for reviews of favorite books of 2011, I excitedly dashed off a description of my current favorite, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

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Awkward Family Pet Photos: Kitsch Education 101 

Last week, while having breakfast in a diner, I watched the funniest interview with two authors on TV. The morning news crew was interviewing the editors/authors of Awkward Family Pet Photos, a book featuring old and unstaged photos of families with their pets. A series of examples flashed across the screen, including this image, accompanied …

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Finding New York Fiction: Let the Great World Spin 

I discovered that we had the novel Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann, when a student checked it out.  The student said s/he was doing a project on New York novels and was, at the time,  also checking out three other fantastic novels.  It got me thinking about what other New York novels …

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What We’re Reading: Norwegian Wood 

I just finished Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood. This was actually the first Murakami work I have ever read. I have two friends who are gaga over him, so I figured I would see what he was all about. Let me tell you -- I was impressed. The book is simply written, rather dark...but a love …

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I’ll hold this then you’ll hold this 

Title: Imaginary Windows, Issue #4 Author: Erin Fae Where to find it: Barnard Library Call number: ZINES F33i no.4 I’ll hold this, then you’ll hold this. I encountered the most lovely zine at the Barnard Library zine collection last week: a zine called imaginary windows by a Brooklyn resident named Erin Fae.  I picked it …

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The most popular books at the library! 

We thought it would be fun to take a look at the books that are checked out the most from our library! We gathered the data and the results are in! The following list shows the top 20 borrowed books in our library since the start of EDUCAT, our online catalog. EDUCAT was first installed …

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What We’re Reading: Miss Minimalist 

While researching budget books for my last post, "Cheaper Than a Free Lunch: Winter* Clothing," I came across an e-book on Amazon.com. Its title: Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify by Francine Jay. The book is simply a collection of her blog posts available online for free. I didn't mind because the book …

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Best Book I Never Finished: Atlas Shrugged 

Why "Atlas Shrugged"? My classmate kept writing "Who is John Galt?" all over the student lounge in undergrad. This annoyed me. So, I looked up the reference and found it was from "Atlas Shrugged." I heard of the book and decided I would pick it up. Fortunately, my boss gave me his used copy the …

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Critique of Pure Reason 

Title: Critique of Pure Reason Author: Immanuel Kant Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003; translated by Norman Kemp Smith From the Publisher: "Kant's Critique of Pure Reason is one of the most rewarding, and difficult, of all philosophical works. The text followed is that of the second edition of …

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Revisiting an old good book: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. 

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson Where I got the book: I’ve been re-reading old paperbacks on my bookshelf at home one by one, so I grabbed this off my own shelf.  (Our bookshelves are organized by color of spine, not by author or subject (gasp!) and so right now, I’m reading through …

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