Monthly Archives: March 2010

Recommendations for Spring Break Reading

It’s no surprise that librarians are voracious readers. Just in time for spring break, we thought that we would share with you some of the books that we are currently reading or have recently read and enjoyed.

Stephanie recommends The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett. True crime meets bibliophilic lust in this shocking story about a con artist obsessed with building a world-class collection of first edition books. Get a behind the scenes look at the antiquarian book world – Bartlett spins a very readable narrative from a decade-long string of thefts in library archives, bookstores and rare book auction houses.

Celeste is reading a book that came highly recommended – The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. This first novel gradually climbed onto the best seller lists after its publication last year, and has remained there. Set in Jackson, Miss. In 1962, at the beginning of the civil rights movement, it tells the story of a time when “black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver.”This book is also available in our collection as a downloadable audiobook.

I am enjoying The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell, which I am reading on the OWHL’s Nook. The book begins with a massacre in the remote Swedish village of Hesjövallen and ultimately spans three continents and 140 years. The sympathetic protagonist, Judge Birgitta Roslin, is only tangentially involved in the case, but tenaciously pursues complex clues that she believes the police have overlooked. Battling health problems and a failing marriage, Roslin’s quest to find the truth becomes deeply personal.  This book is also available in our colelction as a downloadable audiobook.  I’ll be done with the book before the break, so stop by the OWHL if you are interested in borrowing the Nook.

Sara is planning to read the latest book by one of her favorite authors, Nick Hornby.  Juliet Naked received  a starred review from Publisher’s weekly, proclaiming that   Hornby has returned to his roots with “music, manic fandom and messy romance in his funny and touching latest, dancing between three perspectives on fame: a sycophantic scholar, an appreciative audience member, a fabled singer-songwriter who can’t see what all the fuss is about.”

Susan is reading a non-fiction book by an Andover Author. Loon: A Marine Story by Jack McLean. “In Loon, McLean takes readers from Andover’s privileged campus, to the infamous Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, to the battle at Landing Zone Loon in the rugged hills along Vietnam’s Laotian border. During that period, Jack transformed from a sheltered boy, into a Marine, and ultimately into one of a handful of survivors of a horrific three-day assault during some of the heaviest fighting of the Vietnam War.” (Review at Amazon.com)

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e-book of the Month for March

With the passing of JD Sallinger this past year, interest has revived in his iconic work, The Catcher in the Rye.  The OWHL is happy to announce that thanks to the generous support of Chelsea House Publishing, we are able to offer unlimited free access during the month of March to a book of full length critical essays devoted to J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye from the series Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations. Edited by master scholar and Yale University Professor Harold Bloom, this comprehensive study guide presents a selection of the best current criticism and includes:
•    Critical essays reflecting a variety of schools of criticism
•    Notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author’s life, and a bibliography
•    Introductory essay by Harold Bloom.
We hope that this book will  tempt you to explore our extensive eBook collection.  J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye: Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations will be provided with free, unlimited access March 1-31, 2010. You can get access to the book on or off campus by following the link to NetLibrary from the A to Z resource list on the library web site.