For those of you who love Masterpiece Theater’s current mini-series “Victoria”, you may very well be delighted in the new book Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages That Shaped Europe. Author Deborah Cadbury offers a gripping account of the Queen’s meddlesome matchmaking skills in her grandchildren’s lives, to help turn Europe’s strife into happiness. Some of the unions were blissful while most were catastrophic – making an enjoyable read this winter!
Colson Whitehead’s novel, The Underground Railroad, is striking in both its literary style and emotionally impactful content. Whitehead is noted for mixing realism with a bit of surrealism and this, his latest novel, is no exception. Set in the antebellum South, he introduces us to Cora, a young slave woman who, along with her companions one night, relies on the light of the full moon to escape the brutality of the Georgia plantation on which she was born. With help from a clandestine network of abolitionist individuals, they travel the Underground Railroad which Whitehead depicts as a cavernous system of actual railways.
Scenes of both triumph and horror abound in this mix of historically-based fiction and subterranean fantasy. Whitehead’s sensory style of writing will keep you engaged and reflecting upon its emotional content for days after you’ve completed the book. Don’t overlook this one on your next leisure reading quest.
To learn more about the book, or put a hold on it, visit the library catalog.
Have you checked out our new video game nook near the BServ desk and Laptop? We have a RetroPie available for checkout that has over 175 games from the Atari, NES, and SNES systems, including Pacman, Tetris, and Super Mario Bros. The RetroPie is available for a 3 day checkout (and can’t be renewed), and just requires a TV or monitor and an HDMI cable to use. Come visit our display and check it out for some weekend gaming!
Happy New Year, Bryant! If you’ve made some resolutions you want to stick to this year, check out some of our self-help books to help make those new habits stick year-round:
If you’re looking to have a more meaningful year, take a look at Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life. This book was written by Tom Rath, who also wrote Strengths Finder 2.0, and he discusses how to create more meaning in our lives and the importance of achieving a healthy lifestyle. If your goal is productivity this year, try Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, which focuses on changing your world view to help you achieve more. For those who want to take a more mindful approach this year, check out Show Up as Your Best Self: Mindful Leaders, Meditation, & More, which goes over mindfulness and meditation techniques used by Fortune 500 Executives that can improve your leadership skills.
If you’re looking for an entertaining read to help improve your life overall this year, I recommend Get Your Sh*t Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need To Do And Start Doing What You Want To Do. This book (which features lots of swearing, FYI) will help you organize your brain and focus your energy on things you actually care about. If you’ve set some new creative goals, check out Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, where she discusses how important it is to put in the work for creative pursuits. As a bonus, she also has a podcast called Magic Lessons where she talks with other artists (including Neil Gaiman, Michael Ian Black, and Ann Patchett) about overcoming our fear to create, which will help you stay motivated all year long.
As the Fall semester draws to a close, please keep in mind that any books you may need to be requested through other libraries (“ILL”) can take up to two weeks to fill, and additional time to arrive. Plan ahead and order your ILL books ASAP, so you won’t be left without the books you need in December! (Articles usually take a shorter time to fill / arrive). If you have any questions or need assistance on requesting ILL books, please give us a call at 232-6125, or stop by Borrower Services – we’re here to help you!
Thank You to everyone for voting in the Thanksgiving Basket Contest in the Roto on November 16th. We won 1st Place this year (our first time, ever), which makes all the time and effort into planning, organizing and creating our CornuKruppia most rewarding! Overall, 262 votes were cast (the most ever) in the contest, and 26 baskets were entered – with all the food donations going to the Capital City Community Center in Providence, feeding needy families this Holiday season. Again, thank you all so much!
This Thursday, November 16 is the annual “Thanksgiving Basket Contest” held upstairs in the Uni Structure’s Rotunda. As always, our library staff is thrilled to be a participant. Stop by and see the Krupp Library’s “CornuKruppia” overflowing with Thanksgiving goodies for a local family. Gather your friends, co-workers, team-mates, suite-mates, Frat Brothers and Sorority Sisters and consider voting for us for “Best Basket” this year. If you liked our stove last year, you’re going to love our ‘CornuKruppia’!