We finally have a print copy of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss. The book was announced (and released) on March 18th during an episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver with some controversy. Independent booksellers were blindsided by the release and questioned business ethics as the book was first made available to Amazon.¹ The larger conversation was around the fact that the book was published as a parody of Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President, written by Charlotte Pence and illustrated by Karen Pence. Both books star the Pence family pet, Marlon Bundo, but one is a biography of the Vice President, while the other is about same-sex marriage.
The release of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo was political, serving as Oliver’s response to Mike Pence’s indirect support of anti-gay organizations.² The plot is about gay marriage and pictures contain cues for adults. At the same time, the book introduces broader themes that go beyond this specific political situation. Twiss writes about the essentials of democracy and diversity, ideas that are universal regardless of who is in power. You can checkout the book in print or electronically from our library.
Are you familiar with Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman? Watch Forushande (The Salesman) for a spin on the classic. The Persian film is about the private struggles of a young couple in Tehran, who happen to be working on a theatrical production of Death of a Salesman. The film won an Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year in 2017.
While no background reading is required, the movie had me revisiting the 1949 play about Willy Loman and the end of his career as a salesman. You can find the original play and the following motion picture and television adaptations at our library:
Death of a Salesman: 1966 television film starring Stanley Adams, Edward Andrews, and Lee J. Cobb. Winner of three Primetime Emmy Awards in 1967.
Death of a Salesman: 1985 television film starring Dustin Hoffman, Charles Durning, and Kate Reid.
Salesman: 1968 documentary following door-to-door salesmen at work.
This Women’s History Month, get inspired by the strength and leadership of female superheroes. Our library offers a diverse collection of graphic novels, featuring new and old female superhero characters like Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel. Find a complete list of Women Superheroes in our catalog, or select popular characters from the list below.
Whether you are vegetarian or just looking for a vegetable side dish, be sure to check out our collection of cookbooks this holiday season. We have a great variety of print books, along with electronic books from EBSCO and eRead Illinois. Click on the following link to browse our collection of books on cooking vegetables or narrow your search to vegetarian cooking. Also, if I may recommend How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman for recipes ranging from gnocchi to preserved lemons. The tenth anniversary edition of Bittman’s book released earlier this month and will soon be available on our shelves.
If you don’t know what graphic novel to read or are searching for more information regarding a particular comic book, we have the guide for you. Michael Pawuk and David S. Serchay’s Graphic Novels: A Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More is a bibliography with a listing of 1,000 popular graphic novels. The book is easy to read, organized by genres and subgenres to help you find your next graphic novel. Click on the link above for direct access to the e-Book; off-campus users will be asked to login with their MVCC username and password.
Read Latin American folklore and fairy tales for National Hispanic Heritage Month. You will find a variety, some just recently acquired, in our library collection. The following anthologies and picture book adaptations have stories that span from the Rio Grande Valley to Colombia and Bolivia.
We have added dozens of new eBooks and eAudiobooks to our collection this past month. The electronic books can be easily accessed via Web browser. You will be asked to enter your MVCC login information for off-campus access, and access is limited to one user per book, multiple users can’t access the same book at the same time. The eAudiobooks will need to be checked out through the EBSCO Audiobook app.
Browse the whole collection of EBSCO eBooks or sample one of my favorites below:
Explore our library’s collection of materials on transgender people, gender, and identity. You can browse the call number HQ77.95.U6 for materials on transgender people in the United States and HQ1075 for works on sex role and gender identity, located on the first floor of the library. Also, here is a list of five documentaries and motion pictures recently added to our collection to open the dialogue on transgender experiences, one of the current topics making headlines:
American Transgenderoriginally aired on the National Geographic Channel in May 2012. This documentary follows the different lifestyles of three transgender individuals, addressing topics like identity and relationships.
Boy Meets Girlis a 2014 film regarding the changing relationship between Robby and his best friend, Ricky, a transgender girl.
The 2015 film by Tom Hooper, The Danish Girl, is based on the true life story of a transgender Danish painter, Lili Elbe.
I Am the Queenis a documentary examining the Vida/Sida Cacica Pageant in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, where transgender participants compete in a pageant with support from the larger Puerto Rican community.
Sex, Lies & Genderis another National Geographic Channel documentary, originally broadcast in September 2009. The program explores how doctors and parents face gender decisions and the options in traditional and controversial therapies for transgender individuals.
Gain insight into different experiences by exploring the graphic memoir genre. These autobiographical comics allow authors to bring their experiences to life with simple, engaging text and vivid illustrations. Here is a list of a few of the graphic memoirs in our collection to get you started:
Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir by Stan Lee and Peter David, illustrated by Colleen Doran, tells Lee’s story, from his impoverished childhood in New York City to his rise as the creator of numerous comics in the Marvel Universe.
Arab in America by Toufic El Rassi draws on his experiences with prejudice and discrimination as Muslim and Arab in post-9/11 America.
I Remember Beirut highlights Zeina Abirached’s childhood in war-torn Lebanon in the 1980s.
March presents John Lewis’ account of the civil rights movement. In Book One, Lewis writes about his childhood in rural Alabama and the beginning of his involvement with the Nashville Student Movement to end segregation through non-violent protests.
Persepolis and Persepolis 2 tell Marjane Satrapi’s story of life in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and afterwards, in the dictatorship that followed.
Stitches by David Small is about a troubled childhood after Small unknowingly underwent an operation removing his vocal cord to prevent cancer.
Earlier this year, PBS aired an episode on Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb’s murder case as a part of the American Experience television series. The episode titled “The Perfect Crime” examines how Leopold and Loeb murdered a 14-year-old Chicago boy in 1924 and the significance of the trial that followed. Broader issues of morality and capital punishment were brought to light in the heated debate amongst Cook County Prosecutor Robert Crowe and defense attorney Clarence Darrow. You can now check-out this episode on DVD from our library, and further explore this case in fact and popular imagination.
This case has been an inspiration for numerous other works, including: