Check This Out! — Audubon: On the Wings of the World

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Audubon-Cover-RGBLooking for a book that’s in tune with nature? How about a graphic novel about the namesake of The National Audubon Society? Audubon: On the Wings of the World by Fabien Grolleau & Jérémie Royer is based on the life of ornithologist and naturalist John James Audubon who traveled the United States in the 1800s observing and illustrating birds.

This book features great art, a strong story, and is clear and easy to read, even for those who don’t read comics. There are also reproductions of Audubon’s paintings at the end so you can observe his style first-hand. This is a great book for the end of the summer, since there’s time to read it outside and enjoy the nice weather, then do some exploring of your own!

To get more information, or to place a hold, click here.

Check This Out! — Young Adult books

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There’s one more month of summer left, so if you’re looking to squeeze in some reading, you should check out some of our young adult (YA) titles! YA books are written for a teenage audience, but are enjoyed by readers of all ages (check out this article from The Guardian on why so many adults enjoy YA books).

Below are some of the YA books we have at the library, but you can also explore this list of other titles we have. Click on the covers to get a quick summary in the “Description” section of the record, or to place a hold on the book:

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—Becca

Becca

#Bryant2021 Reads “Grit”

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GritWhile September still seems a month away, our incoming first year students are participating in the “GRIT Initiative” Bryant’s entire incoming class has been asked to read the book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance and write a 1-2 page reflection for their Gateway course.

The library has the physical book that you can borrow, but if you’re out of state or prefer to access it a different way, you can digitally borrow the audiobook! (1 user at a time, 2-day loan). Start listening now and get ready for September!

 

 

Check This Out! — Maria Sibylla Merian

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If you’ve passed by our leisure reading section in the last week, you may have noticed the oversize book we have on display titled Maria Sybilla Merian, Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium. Mary Sybilla Merian was a naturalist who illustrated and researched insects, plants, and other creatures during the 1700s, and this book features her work from a trip to Surinam. This is a great item to browse while you’re cooling off in the library, especially since it also includes a short biography of Maria Sybilla Marian and information on how her art was colored and reproduced with printing presses.

For more information, and to watch some cool videos about the book, check out the publisher’s site here. You can also place a hold on this book (yes, you can check it out!) in the library catalog here.

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One page from the book

—Becca

Becca

Check This Out! – Queer: A Graphic History

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51qxEZud3kL._SX343_BO1,204,203,200_Not sure what the Kinsey scale, heteronormativity, or polyamory are? Want to know more about identity politics, gender, or the LGBTQ* movement? Looking for an introduction to queer theory, but aren’t sure where to start? Want to learn more about all these topics (and more) in a non-judgmental, fun, and easy to understand format? Never fear – the library has a solution!

Queer: A Graphic History is a great starting guide for all these topic and more! This book breaks down complex topics from queer theory into illustrated, easy to understand, 1-page summaries (see image below). This book has value for those just starting to learn about these topics, as well as those with some background knowledge looking for more in-depth information. To learn more, or to place a hold on this title, visit the library catalog here, or click the book cover above!

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Image from http://www.juliascheele.co.uk/queer-a-graphic-history/

–Becca

Becca

Check This Out! – Margaret Atwood

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Season 1 of The Handmaid’s Tale is over, but if you need more from Margaret Atwood, we’ve got you covered! Check out some of the other books she’s written available at Bryant library (click the links or cover photos to place a hold):

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Alias Grace
is a great next-book choice, especially because it’s also being made into a tv show! It’s going to be a limited-run show on Netflix–check out the trailer here.

This book is based on a true story about Grace Marks, who was convicted of killing the man she worked for. In this retelling, Grace cannot recall the murder, and a doctor’s help is enlisted to find out what really happened.

 

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Another book by Margaret Atwood you should check out is Oryx and Crake. Similar to The Handmaid’s Tale, this book is a dystopia, focusing on the world after scientific and ecological disasters. This book switches perspective, showing the reader the current state of the world as well as how it became that way. This is the first book of the MaddAddam trilogy, so if you like this book we can order you the other books in the series as well (they’re told from the perspective of other people in the world to give you more information about the world).

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If you’re looking for something a bit different, you can try The Door, a book of Margaret Atwood’s poetry. These poems span a variety of different topics, including loss, love, and the life of the poet.

 

 

–Becca

Becca

Check This Out! – Books by Bill Nye

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Those of us who grew up in the 90’s are familiar with Bill Nye (The Science Guy) thanks to his delightfully cheesy and over-the-top science show we watched in our elementary science classes. In case you didn’t have the pleasure, check out this episode of his show on the brain:

Bill Nye has returned once more for his Netflix show, Bill Nye Saves the World, where he covers relevant scientific topics like GMOs and artificial intelligence. If you’re looking for more simplified, fun science, look no further! Nye’s also written some books that we have available at the library. Check these out to read inside in the air conditioning away from the heat or at the beach! Click the books below to get more information or to place a hold:

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–Becca

Becca