Saul Bellow: 1915-2005

Saul Bellow, Chicago writer and Nobel Prize winner, has passed away this week. This is a great loss for American arts and letters, but he has left a legacy of great works. Here is a listing of Saul Bellow’s works in the Moraine Valley library. Here is aSun Times article about Bellow and his death. You you prefer, you may want to listen to this NPR Story about Bellow, which include interviews with Bellow and his friends.

Into the Kill Zone: A Cop’s Eye View of Deadly Force

Into the Kill Zone: A Cop’s Eye View of Deadly Force: This is a new book in the library that would be great for our criminal justice faculty members.

“What it’s like to have the legal sanction to shoot and kill A former police officer-who shot and killed a suspect in his rookie year-presents firsthand accounts of the role deadly force plays in the day-to-day lives of cops. This compelling and often startling book is filled with real-life stories from police officers who have killed in the line of duty. Readers will meet the female cop who is overcome with remorse after killing a man holding a toy gun; the SWAT team member who has only one shot at a killer holding a mother and two kids hostage; the officer who shoots a man who looked “just like my father” during a divorce court hearing after the suspect shot his estranged wife, the bailiff, and both attorneys. This brilliantly written book tells how men and women are trained, how they live with this awesome responsibility, the times they didn’t pull the trigger, hair-raising accounts of what it was like when they did, and what’s happened to them since. From crisis intervention to posttraumatic stress-this book tells the compelling story of legal street execution. David Klinger (St. Louis, MO) is a former police officer who teaches criminology and sociology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He has appeared on the Today show, Chris Matthew’s Hard Ball, Geraldo Rivera, and the History Channel.” –book description

Magic Circles…New Book on the Beatles

Magic circles : the Beatles in dream and history: Come in and checkout this new book about John, George, Paul and Ringo (the Bealtes in case you didn’t know). Very cool. Here is the quote from the book cover.

“No one expressed the heart and soul of the Sixties as powerfully as the Beatles did through the words, images, and rhythms of their music. In Magic Circles Devin McKinney uncovers the secret history of a generation and a pivotal moment in twentieth-century culture. He reveals how the Beatles enacted the dream life of their time and shows how they embodied a kaleidoscope of desire and anguish for all who listened–hippies or reactionaries, teenage fans or harried parents, Bob Dylan or Charles Manson. The reader who dares to re-enter the vortex that was the Sixties will appreciate, perhaps for the first time, much of what lay beneath the social trauma of the day. “–book description

Pop Culture

Pop Culture: This site provides a compilation of links to information about popular culture, cultural history, and fads in the United States during the 20th century. Browsable by decade or by topic, such as movies, popular music, and television. From the Deerwood Center Library at the Florida Community College at Jacksonville. (Annotation from

New law: you get a free credit report

A recent federal law says that everyone in the US is entitled to a free credit report each year. Beginning this week (3/1/05), Illinois residents can request free credit reports from the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies ? Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. You can make the request by phone, by mail, or online. Details are at Checking your credit report is a good way to protect against identity theft.

I used the system yesterday and found it to be quick and easy. I filled out a couple short forms on a secure website and I had my report within minutes.

A citizen’s guide to ecology by Lawrence B. Slobodkin

A citizen’s guide to ecology: This is a new title in the library. Come in, check it out, and take it home!

Publisher’s description: The earth is continuously changing and evolving yet it is unclear how environmental changes will affect us in years to come. What changes are inevitable? What changes, if any, are beneficial? And what can we do as citizens of this planet to protect it and our future generations? Larry Slobodkin, one of the leading pioneers of modern ecology, offers compelling answers to these questions in A Citizen’s Guide to Ecology. He provides many insights into ecology and the processes that keep the world functioning. This important guide introduces observations that underlie arguments about all aspects of the natural environment–including both global and local issues. To clarify difficult concepts, Slobodkin uses lake, ocean, and terrestrial ecosystems to explain ecological energy flows and relationships on a global scale. The book presents a clear and current understanding of the ecological world, and how individual citizens can participate in practical decisions on ecological issues. It tackles such issues as global warming, ecology and health, organic farming, species extinction and adaptation, and endangered species. An excellent introduction and overview, A Citizen’s Guide to Ecology helps us to understand what steps we as humans can take to keep our planet habitable for generations to come