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.

Remembering President George H.W. Bush

On November 30th, the 41st President, George H.W. Bush passed away. As the nation remembers his years in office, take a look at these resources.

Here are a some biographies:
George Bush : the life of a Lone Star Yankee by Herbert S. Parmet

41 : a portrait of my father by George W. Bush (The 43rd President writes a biography of his father, the 41st President.)

George H.W. Bush by Timothy Naftali

Also, here is a discussion from the NPR Politics Podcast:

Diet Therapy for Diabetes

The holidays can be a tempting time to eat with cookie exchanges and decadent family dinners. Don’t lose sight of your health with the help of books on diet and dietary cookbooks for managing diabetes. Some of the titles in our collection include:

Click on the following for a complete list of books on diabetic diet therapy. Also browse our collection of books on diet therapy for other health problems.

Art Institute Online

The Art Institute of Chicago has recently enhanced the online availability of its digital archives, making much more of its collection available for online viewing. More than 44,000 images of its collection are now available online with unrestricted access. The images are all downloadable under a Creative Commons license. Image viewing has also been enhanced, allowing the user to see the image in much greater detail, even down to the brushstroke level.

Explore the collection here. You can browse through varies genres or use the search function to look for more specific pieces.

To find out even more about the collection of the Art Institute check out these books from the MVCC library.

Comic Book Documentaries

Stream the following comic book documentaries recently added to our Films on Demand collection to coincide with this year’s One Book One College. Each documentary presents a different aspect of comic book history.

  • The American Comic Strip surveys the history of comic strips with renowned artists Mort Walker, John Romita, Will Eisner, John Cullen Murphy, Sean Kelly, and Milton Caniff.
  • The Art of Spiegelman is a biographical film on Art Spiegelman, creator of popular comic strips Maus and In the Shadow of No Towers. The film features interviews of Spiegelman and his wife, Françoise Mouly.
  • In Search of Dan Cooper examines the creation of the French-Belgian Dan Cooper series, inspired by Canadian pilots stationed overseas, and how the comic strip evolved over time.

Want to learn more? Stream Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle. Season 1 and Dear Mr. Watterson: An Exploration of Calvin & Hobbes through Hoopla and browse our extensive graphic novel collection in person.

Planning for the Future

If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college after your time here at Moraine, stop by Moraine Valley’s Transfer Day from 10am-1pm, today, October 10th, located on the second floor of buildings B and L by the bridge. There you will be able to meet and talk to representatives from nearly 60 four-year institutions.

To assist in your future college search the Moraine Valley Library has resources available to compare and research different colleges and universities throughout the country. Also, the library has a variety of resources to help you choose a future career or major. Transfer guides are available through the college to assist you in the transfer process.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month: Frida Kahlo

NorthSouth Books

Commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month by exploring our extensive collection of books, eBooks, and audiovisual materials on renowned Mexican painter and feminist icon, Frida Kahlo. Special mention to two award-winning picture books in our Juvenile Collection, Viva Frida! by Yuyi Morales and Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown. Both books feature colorful illustrations that are sure to bring the artist’s creativity to life.

Also see the Huffington Post article, “19 Children’s Books to Read in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month,” by Taylor Pittman for additional suggestions.

Smile…You’re on CCTV!

Many novels have been written with plots that center on  dystopian societies.  Brave New World,  1984 and The Hunger Games are well known dystopian titles.  These books are fiction but many citizens all over the globe are wondering if the dystopian restraints found in  books are more fact than fiction.

For example, Google “CCTV and private citizens” or “biometrics and privacy” and you will be amazed at the results. One fascinating website,  Leave no dark corner, is a video report  published on September 18, 2018 by The Australian Broadcasting Company.

How would this system affect you?  This may be a topic that you could use for a research paper or a speech. The MVCC  databases are  great tools to help you with your research.

 

New Words to Use in Scrabble

The new edition of the official Scrabble dictionary has added hundreds of new words, such as sheeple, bitcoin, emoji, and puggle. Other big news in the Scrabble world is that the word “OK” is now acceptable. Scrabble has been around since the 1930s but it needs to change as language changes.  The library does not have any books about Scrabble specifically, but we do have a book about board games: It’s All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan by Tristan Donovan. And the library has many dictionaries for you to use, including online access to the Oxford English Dictionary.