Labor Day weekend is around the corner, so make the most of what’s left of the Lazy Days of Summer. Stop by the library and pick up some leisure reading books to enjoy on the beach, by the pool, or a weekend excursion. Check out the top Best Sellers for the Summer: Crazy Rich Asians, Summer Wives, The President Is Missing, Russian Roulette, Luckiest Girl Alive, Educated: A Memoir, The Silent Wife, and so many more!
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!
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.
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!
We’re going to miss you, but we know you’ll do great things out in the world. Come back and visit us in the library!
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!