New Arrivals to the Collection This Week

Check out some of these new arrivals to our collection located in the Library lounge!

#NeverAgain by David Hogg and Lauren Hogg: “From two survivors of the Parkland, Florida, shooting comes a declaration for our times, and an in-depth look at the making of the #NeverAgain movement. On February 14, 2018, seventeen-year-old David Hogg and his fourteen-year-old sister, Lauren, went to school at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, like any normal Wednesday. That day, of course, the world changed. By the next morning, with seventeen classmates and faculty dead, they had joined the leadership of a movement to save their own lives, and the lives of all other young people in America. It’s a leadership position they did not seek, and did not want–but events gave them no choice.”–Publisher (Random House) description.

Your Rights in the Workplace by Attorney Sachi Barreiro: “‘Your Rights in the Workplace’ is an invaluable reference for every employee. Whether you have questions about your paycheck, discrimination, layoffs, or benefits, you’ll find answers here. Get the facts on drug and other workplace testing; sexual harassment; wrongful termination; wages and overtime; sex, race, age, and disability discrimination; family and medical leave; on-the-job safety and health; health insurance and retirement plans; and unemployment, disability, and workers’ compensation insurance.”–Publisher (Nolo) description.

How I Resist : Activism and Hope for a New Generation: “In ‘How I Resist,’ readers will find hope and support through voices that are at turns personal, funny, irreverent, and instructive. Not just for a young adult audience, this incredibly impactful collection will appeal to readers of all ages who are feeling adrift and looking for guidance.”–Publisher (Wednesday Books) description.

Illegal : Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin ; illustrated by Giovanni Rigano: “Ebo is alone. His brother, Kwame, has disappeared, and Ebo knows it can only be to attempt the hazardous journey to Europe, and a better life–the same journey their sister embarked on months ago. But Ebo refuses to be left behind in Ghana. Ebo’s epic quest takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step, he holds on to his hope for a new life and a reunion with his family. This powerfully moving graphic novel–by ‘New York Times’ bestselling author Eoin Colfer and the team behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels–explores the current plight of immigrants searching for a new beginning.”–Back cover

Ali : a Life by Jonathan Eig: “The definitive biography of an American icon, from a ‘New York Times’ best-selling author with unique access to Ali’s inner circle. He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the strongest, the bravest, and, of course, the greatest (as he told us himself). Muhammad Ali was one of the twentieth century’s most fantastic figures and arguably the most famous man on the planet. But until now, he has never been the subject of a complete, unauthorized biography. Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America’s master storytellers, radically reshapes our understanding of the complicated man who was Ali. Eig had access to all the key people in Ali’s life, including his three surviving wives and his managers. He conducted more than 500 interviews and uncovered thousands of pages of previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files, as well as dozens of hours of newly discovered audiotaped interviews from the 1960s. Collectively, they tell Ali’s story like never before–the story of a man who was flawed and uncertain and brave beyond belief.”–Book jacket.

The Oath and the Office : a Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents by Corey Brettschneider: “Can the president launch a nuclear attack without congressional approval? Is it ever a crime to criticize the president? Can states legally resist a president’s executive order? In today’s fraught political climate, it often seems as if we must become constitutional law scholars just to understand the news from Washington, let alone make a responsible decision at the polls. This book is the book we need, right now and into the future, whether we are voting for or running to become president of the United States. Constitutional law scholar and political science professor Corey Brettschneider guides us through the Constitution and explains the powers–and limits–that it places on the presidency.”–Book jacket.

The Red and the Blue : the 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism by Steve Kornacki: “From MSNBC and NBC news correspondent Steve Kornacki, a lively and sweeping history of the 1990s–one that brings critical new understanding to our current political landscape. In this book, cable news star and acclaimed journalist Steve Kornacki follows the twin paths of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, two larger-than-life politicians who exploited the weakened structure of their respective parties to attain the highest offices. For Clinton, that meant contorting himself around the various factions of the Democratic Party to win the presidency. Gingrich employed a scorched-earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House, making him Speaker. The Clinton/Gingrich battles were bare-knuckle brawls that brought about massive policy shifts and high-stakes showdowns–their collisions had far-reaching political consequences. But the ’90s were not just about them. Kornacki writes about Mario Cuomo’s stubborn presence around Clinton’s 1992 campaign; Hillary Clinton’s star turn during the 1998 midterms, seeding the idea for her own candidacy; Ross Perot’s wild run in 1992 that inspired him to launch the Reform Party, giving Donald Trump his first taste of electoral politics in 1999; and many others. With novelistic prose and a clear sense of history, Kornacki masterfully weaves together the various elements of this rambunctious and hugely impactful era in American history, whose effects are still being felt today.”–Book jacket

The Most Dangerous Branch : Inside the Supreme Court’s Assault on the Constitution by David A. Kaplan: “Taking us inside the secret world of the Supreme Court, this book is an incisive look at how the justices undermine the role of the other branches of government–and how we’ve come to accept it at our peril. Never before has the Supreme Court been more central in American life. It is the nine justices who too often now decide the controversial issues of our time–from abortion and same-sex marriage to gun control, campaign finance, and voting rights. The Court is so crucial that many voters in 2016 made their choice for president based on whom they thought their candidate would name to the Court. Donald Trump picked Neil Gorsuch–the key decision of his new administration. The next justice–replacing Anthony Kennedy–will be even more important, holding the swing vote over so much social policy. Is that really how democracy is supposed to work? Based on exclusive interviews with the justices and dozens of their law clerks, prize-winning legal journalist David A. Kaplan provides fresh details about life behind the scenes at the Court–Clarence Thomas’s simmering rage, Antonin Scalia’s death, Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s celebrity, Breyer Bingo, the petty feuding between Gorsuch and the chief justice, and what John Roberts thinks about his critics. Kaplan presents a sweeping narrative of the justices’ aggrandizement of power over the decades–from Roe v. Wade to Bush v. Gore to Citizens United to the rulings of the 2017-18 term. But the arrogance of the Court isn’t partisan: Conservative and liberal justices alike are guilty of overreach. Challenging conventional wisdom about the Court’s transcendent power, the book is sure to rile both sides of the political aisle.”–Book jacket

Black Out : Silhouettes Then and Now by Asma Naeem: “The first book highlighting the historical roots and contemporary implications of the silhouette as an American art form. Before the advent of photography in 1839, Americans were consumed by the fashion for silhouette portraits. Economical in every sense, the small, stark profiles cost far less than oil paintings and could be made in minutes. This book, the first major publication to focus on the development of silhouettes, gathers leading experts to shed light on the surprisingly complex historical, political, and social underpinnings of this ostensibly simple art form. In its examination of portraits by acclaimed silhouettists, such as Auguste Edouart and William Bache, this richly illustrated volume explores likenesses of everyone from presidents and celebrities to ordinary citizens and enslaved people. Ultimately, the book reveals how silhouettes registered the paradoxes of the unstable young nation, roiling with tensions over slavery and political independence.”–Book jacket.

Writers Under Surveillance : the FBI Files: “Writers are dangerous. They have ideas. The proclivity of writers for ideas drove the FBI to investigate many of them–to watch them, follow them, start files on them. This book gathers some of these files, giving readers a surveillance-state perspective on writers including Hannah Arendt, Allen Ginsberg, Ernest Hemingway, Susan Sontag, and Hunter S. Thompson. Obtained with Freedom of Information Act requests by MuckRock, a nonprofit dedicated to freeing American history from the locked filing cabinets of government agencies, the files on these authors are surprisingly wide-ranging; the investigations were as broad and varied as the authors’ own works. The files have been edited for length and clarity, but beyond that, everything in the book is pulled directly from investigatory files. Some investigations lasted for years, others just a few days. Some are thrilling narratives. Others never really go anywhere. Some are funny, others quite harrowing. Despite the federal government’s periodic admission of past wrongdoing, investigations like these will probably continue to happen. Like all that seems best forgotten, the Bureau’s investigation of writers should be remembered. We owe it to ourselves.”–Back cover

Printing Architecture : Innovative Recipes for 3D Printing by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello of Emerging Objects: “Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, of Emerging Objects, have developed techniques for 3D printing using powdered materials as diverse as sawdust, clay, cement, rubber, concrete, salt, coffee grounds, and even chardonnay grape skins. This book offers illuminating case studies–from household objects like a tea set printed from tea through modular building components and entire 3D-printed structures. They provide guidance for sourcing alternative materials, specific recipes for mixing compounds, and instructions for conducting bench tests and setting parameters for material testing.”–Back cover

3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers by Stephen Hoskins: “Fully revised and with a new chapter and international case studies, this second edition of the best-selling book traces how artists and designers continue to adapt and incorporate 3D printing technology into their work and explains how the creative industries are directly interfacing with this new technology. Covering a broad range of applied art practice–from fine art to furniture-design and film-making–Stephen Hoskins introduces some of his groundbreaking research from the Centre for Fine Print Research along with an updated history of 3D print technology, a new chapter on fashion and animation, and new case studies featuring artists working with metal, plastic, ceramic and other materials. A fascinating investigation into how the applied arts continue to adapt to new technologies and a forecast of what developments we might expect in the future, this book is essential reading for students, researchers studying contemporary art and design and professionals involved in the creative industries.”–Back cover

 

2019’s Bookish Oscar Winners Are…

Check out the 2019 “Bookish” Oscar winners in our collection!

If Beale Street Could Talk based on the novel by James Baldwin – Supporting Actress (Regina King): “‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ the only Baldwin novel narrated by a woman, is a love story in which a young couple must weather a false accusation of rape and the predatory misconduct of the police.”–Publisher description. This novel is contained in the collection Later Novels, edited by Darryl Pinckney, published by The Library of America, volume 272.

BlacKkKlansman, adapted from Ron Stallworth’s memoir – Adapted Screenplay (Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee). 

Black Klansman : Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth – “What happens when a black man tries to join the KKK? The true story of one of America’s most shocking undercover investigations–now the basis of a feature film by Spike Lee. When Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, comes across a classified ad in the local paper recruiting for the Ku Klux Klan, he responds with interest, using his real name while posing as a white man. That decision launches what is surely one of the most audacious and incredible undercover investigations in history. Detective Stallworth sabotages cross burnings, exposes white supremacists in the military, and even fools David Duke himself. The book is an amazing real-life account that reads like a crime thriller–one that offers a searing portrait of a divided America, and the heroic citizens who dared to fight back.”–Back cover.

Black Panther, based on the Marvel comic book character – Costume Design; Production Design; Music (original score). “Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’ follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king–and Black Panther–is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.”–Publisher description.

Search “Black Panther” for more formats: books, eBooks, & eAudio.

2017 National Book Award Winners

Check out the 2017 National Book Award winners in our collection:

Fiction winner: Sing, Unburied, Sing / by Jesmyn Ward; located on our main floor lounge area in our Afterclass collection.

 

 

Nonfiction winner: The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia / by Masha Gessen; temporarily located on our main floor in the lounge area.

 

Poetry winner: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 / by Frank Bidart; temporarily located on our main floor in the lounge area.

 

 

 

Visit the National Book Foundation’s website to watch the National Book Awards ceremony and to see the other finalists.

Gene Luen Yang’s “Reading Without Walls” Challenge

Gene Luen Yang was appointed by the Library of Congress back in January 2016 to be the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. According to Yang “every ambassador picks a platform, something they want to focus on. Mine is ‘Reading Without Walls.'” While the audience for this particular platform are children, his challenge can easily apply to everybody. His challenge is the following:

 

So I challenge you to browse our library catalog and pick one of the above criteria and read something new! You could even begin the challenge by browsing our catalog for some of Yang’s graphic novels and knock off number three.

To learn more about Yang’s involvement with this project, check out his website.

Free Comic Book Day Tomorrow – May 6

It’s “Free Comic Book Day” tomorrow! Held the first Saturday every May, “the [comic book] industry comes together to give away free comics and encourage fans, both old and new, to flock to the best place in the comic book community: local comic shops. Major publishers such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, and Image Comics put out free comics for fans to enjoy at the more than 2,300 local comic shops participating in Free Comic Book Day.” (www.freecomicbookday.com)

You can find local comic book stores near Palos Hills that are participating in the event by using Free Comic Book Day’s locator web page. Nearby participants are:

Also, check out MVCC Library’s graphic novel section. We have books about comics and we also have graphic novels that are bound collections of comic books such as Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel’s She-Hulk, DC Comics’ Bombshells, and more!

New to the Collection: Neither Snow Nor Rain by Devin Leonard

Do you ever wonder what might become of the U.S. Postal Service with the advancement of technology? We can print stamps at home on our personal computers, pay more and more bills online, use E-mail instead of “snail mail,” and even have packages shipped directly from vendors to recipients without ever setting foot in a post office. While stamps are probably one of the best bargains around, the U.S. Postal Service has been losing money, closing many of its offices, and debating whether to cut mail delivery days.

New to the MVCC Library collection is the book Neither Snow Nor Rain: a History of the United States Postal Service by Devin Leonard. The tagline always was that “neither snow nor rain” or any type of bad weather could keep the postman away. What could possibly keep them away would be dogs; in fact, I just saw a postman interviewed on a morning show this week stating that, while it’s humorous to think of, the biggest stumbling block for him has been dogs chasing him down! Even the word “snail” mail emanated from the dawn of E-mail because it was faster sending electronic mail than using the slow postal service.

An excerpt from Leonard’s interesting book reads: “In parts of America that it can’t reach by truck, the USPS finds other means to get people their letters and packages. It transports them by mule train to the Havasupai Indian Reservation at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Bush pilots fly letters to the edges of Alaska. In thinly populated parts of Montana and North Dakota, the postal service has what it refers to as ‘shirt pocket’ routes, which means that postal workers literally carry all their letters for the day in their shirt pockets.” Hearing situations such as these remote delivery areas leads one to wonder if the U.S. Postal Service will continue to exist in the future…pick up this book and check it out!

For a limited time you can find the book shelved in the library lounge on the 2nd floor among the new arrivals. Otherwise, it can be found here in our catalog.

Congratulations Delphine Lytell!

MVCC Library would like to congratulate our very own Delphine Lytell on her nomination for Adjunct Professor of the Year! Delphine has dedicated almost two decades of service to our library, our students, and her profession. You may have been one of her students, as she is an “expert of all trades.” She has taught a myriad of classes including College 101, Library Information sessions, and even Psych. and History classes. Outside of the classroom she continues helping students who stop by the Reference Desk in the library. Her contributions to the college have been many from leading grant proposals to, most recently, working on our digital archives project for MVCC’s 50th Anniversary. She also continues to contribute to her profession by providing guidance to new (and seasoned) librarians who begin their journeys at MVCC.

We will find out who the college selects for Adjunct Professor of the Year later this spring, but in the meantime, please join me in congratulating Delphine on her nomination!

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven

If “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary…” sounds very familiar to you, it should! It’s probably one of the most recognized lines from one of the most famous poems ever written by Edgar Allan Poe. The Raven was first published under his name on January 29, 1845, in the New York Evening Mirror. While it made Poe a household name, it didn’t bring him overwhelming financial success.

Our library has access to the free eBook provided by Project Gutenberg. This particular copy is illustrated by Gustave Doré. His illustrations were woodcuts, “A method of printing from an inked block of medium-soft wood (usually pear or cherry) from which an artist has excised all but an illustration…in a woodcut, the finished print is conceived as dark lines on a light ground.”[i]

While the poem is hauntingly beautiful and melodic in its own right, Doré’s illustrations are even more so. Check out The Raven in our catalog.

[i] (Reitz)

Edgar Allan Poe Museum. Poes-Biography. n.d. Website. 26 January 2017. <https://www.poemuseum.org/poes-biography>.

Reitz, Joan M. “Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science.” 2004-2014. ABC-CLIO.com. Online Document. 26 January 2017. <http://www.abc-clio.com/ODLIS/odlis_w.aspx>.

 

New to Collection: Nutcracker(s)

nutcrackerIt’s that time of year again, when the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…and you might want to watch the Nutcracker ballet! Two new versions have been added to our library collection. The first is The Nutcracker featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov and the American Ballet Theatre. It premiered in 1976 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and was recorded for television in 1977. It remains one of the most popular televised productions even until today and earned Baryshnikov an Emmy nomination. Our copy is the Blu-ray version which was released in 2012.

The second version is the Nutcracker choreographed by Helgi Tomasson for the San Francisco Ballet. This was a new version of the ballet, which premiered in 2004 at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. The story is set during the time of the Panama–Pacific International Exposition, a 1915 world’s fair held in San Francisco celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal and the city’s recovery from the 1906 earthquake. Another difference from Baryshnikov’s version is that the main female character of Clara is played by a young girl instead of an adult female dancer. One of the extra features of our copy is a documentary on the 1915 World’s Fair.

Both versions of the Nutcracker can be located in the library’s main floor lounge for a limited time. In the meantime, here’s some fun Nutcracker facts!

New to Collection: “First Women” by Kate Andersen Brower

firstwomenWith the close of this presidential election season coming fast and furious, there is a real possibility that Hillary Clinton will become the first female president of the United States…leaving President Bill Clinton as “what” as far as terminology goes? The “First Gentleman” or “First Husband?” Whatever way it is phrased, this will be a unique situation and will be interesting to see what his role turns out to be in the White House depending on the election outcome. In the meantime, you might want to check out the latest book by Kate Andersen Brower, First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies located here in our catalog, and for a limited time upstairs in the Library Lounge at the “New Titles” display. There are two different spreads of photographs included in the book of our former First Ladies with some interesting facts. Here’s a tease: “Laura Bush, a Republican, and Michelle Obama, a Democrat, are closer than Michelle is with Hillary Clinton. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Laura defended Michelle when she came under criticism, and the two have since praised each others work as first ladies” (Brower). It is nice to learn that friendships are made beyond party lines.

Andersen is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The theresidenceResidence, which the Today Show has reviewed as “a revealing look at life inside the White House. . .it’s ‘Downton Abbey’ for the White House staff.” You can find this book here in our catalog.

We also have these two books in eAudioBook and eBook formats, made available through eRead Illinois. Check them out whichever way suits your fancy and enjoy some political reads before the election.

First Women eAudiobook ; First Women eBook ; The Residence eAudioBook ; The Residence eBook

Brower, Kate Andersen. First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies. New York: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016. Print.