Check This Out!: Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History

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If you’re looking for a bit of a morbid summer reading book, check out Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History. Though an FBI profiler once stated that there are no female serial killers, this book features profiles on fourteen women who are exceptions to that rule. The author takes an in-depth look at their lives and crimes, and presents stories of women who cannot be reduced to stereotypes and tropes. If you’re looking for a creepy, female-focused crime read this summer, this book might be for you. Click here to find out more or place a hold on the book!

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Check This Out!: Another Brooklyn

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Looking for something to read this summer? Check out Another Brooklyn, the first book written for adults by Jaqueline Woodson, winner of the National Book Award and current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Here’s the publisher’s summary:

“Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them.

But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.

Like Louise Meriwether’s Daddy Was a Number Runner and Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn heartbreakingly illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood—the promise and peril of growing up—and exquisitely renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.”

To find out more, you can listen to this NPR interview with Woodson, or place a hold on the book here.162435

Summer Reads

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Looking for some good books to read this summer? Here are a few suggestions:

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If you want to see what other novels we have, you can visit the library and browse our Leisure Reading section on the first floor, or use the library catalog to search for a specific book!

June is LGBTQ* Pride Month!

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Happy Pride Month! We have a display up on the first floor of the library with Pride themed reading materials, so come check it out if you’re on campus (and, of course, visit the Bryant Pride Center). If you’re not on campus, you can check out the archival materials collected in the Gale Archives of Sexuality and Gender database, or these organizations’ websites with resources you can view online:

  • Youth Pride Inc.– Youth Pride Inc. provides a supportive environment for youth who identify as LGBTQ* or those who are questioning their identity. They host a variety of events, which you can view on their calendar!
  • SAGE Rhode Island– SAGE focuses on issues around aging and healthcare in the LGBTQ* community.
  • TGI Justice– This organization provides legal services for transgender and gender variant /non-conforming people in California. Read more about how the organization started and their mission here!

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Check This Out! — Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

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If you’re looking for something to read to wind-down from the stress of the last week of classes, you should check out Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley. This book is a graphic novel memoir about Knisley’s experiences with food throughout her life, starting as a child with a mother who was a chef and a father who loves gourmet food. Though this book celebrates high-end, locally sourced foods, it’s not snobby—Knisley also describes the comfort of eating McDonald’s fries, and celebrates the act of making food together, regardless of the outcome. As a bonus, she also ends each chapter with an illustrated recipe so you can make these foods yourself!

For more information, or to place a hold on this book, click here!

New Books

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Check out these new non-fiction titles we recently added to the collection:

Doughnut Economics : Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist

“Raworth sets out seven key ways to fundamentally reframe our understanding of what economics is and does. Along the way, she points out how we can break our addiction to growth; redesign money, finance, and business to be in service to people; and create economies that are regenerative and distributive by design. Named after the now-iconic doughnut image that Raworth first drew to depict a sweet spot of human prosperity (an image that appealed to the Occupy Movement, the United Nations, eco-activists, and business leaders alike), Doughnut Economics offers a radically new compass for guiding global development, government policy, and corporate strategy, and sets new standards for what economic success looks like.” — from back cover

 

Hackerspaces : Making The Maker Movement

“Many people are excited by the possibilities offered by new fabrication technologies like 3D printers, and the ways in which they are being used in hacker and makerspaces. But why is the power of hacking and making an idea whose time has come? Hackerspaces: Making the Maker Movement takes the rise of the maker movement as its starting point. Hacker and makerspaces, FabLabs, and DIY bio spaces are emerging all over the world. Based on a study of hacker and makerspaces across the US, this book explores cultures of hacking and making in the context of wider social changes, arguing that excitement about the maker movement is not just about the availability of new technologies, but the kinds of citizens we are expected to be.” — from back cover

 

3D Team Leadership : A New Approach For Complex Teams

“Many organizations believe that high-functioning teams hold the key to breakthrough thinking, superior customer service, and high-quality products. But, all too often, leaders and managers fail to support teams so that they can deliver on their promises. For instance, many leaders ask for teamwork, but only reward and evaluate individual performance; focus on the group at the expense of individual members; or leave team members to sort out their differences, leading to the formation of unhealthy cliques. In 3D Team Leadership, Bradley L. Kirkman and T. Brad Harris present a dynamic new model for maximizing team performance. Previous books have treated teams as groups of people working interdependently, an approach that overlooks two crucial components: the individuals who make up the team and the subgroups that form within and between teams. To create a fuller portrait of team behavior, Kirkman and Harris propose an innovative “3D” framework that takes into account all three factors. Drawing on their own research, best-in-class studies, and extensive consulting, they show leaders how to properly diagnose the state of their teams, hone in on the element that needs attention, and seamlessly shift focus among the three components of teamwork as time goes on. Delivering practical guidance rooted in scholarship, 3D Team Leadership is a thoughtful and straightforward guide for the complex challenge of teaming today.” — Provided by publisher.