Check This Out!—The Underground Railroad

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Image result for The Underground Railroad by Colson WhiteheadColson 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.

—Wendy Smith-Stenhouse

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Check This Out! — Self-Help Books

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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:

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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.

 

31111142.jpgIf 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.

—Becca

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Thank You all for making us #1!

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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!

 

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Vote for our ‘CornuKruppia’ this Thursday, November 16 in the Rotunda!

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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’!

Learn more about Native American Heritage Month with films on Kanopy!

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November has been proclaimed national NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE month , and our streaming video service Kanopy has many titles related to this important celebration. Their collection of films and documentaries educates the audience about tribes, raises a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced, yet celebrates the rich and diverse cultures and traditions of Native Americans. Titles include Bad Sugar, A Good Day to Die, Who Owns the Past? and many others. Enjoy anywhere by logging in with your Bryant credentials.

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Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

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Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection “Her Body and Other Parties: Stories” has not only topped many Best Seller lists, but has also been nominated for the National Book Award for fiction! Check it out today and see why everyone is raving over this collection of short stories, which fascinates the reader with the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

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