Everyone is welcome to come in, talk, laugh, be loud, sign yearbooks, and have fun on the last two days of the year! Last call for Summer Borrowing, too!
All returning Upper School students, and all faculty and staff are welcome to participate. Each year, we send a great number of books out on fabulous vacations. Won't you help give a great book (or two or ten) a wonderful summer? See you soon!
From the Winter 2011-12 Caller
By Sue Phillips and David Zonana
The Freshman Toolkit
The freshman class trip
Support from older students
In honor of this year's Karl Jonske '99 Lecture Series, the US Library is featuring a display of selected recent additions to the Karl Jonske Collection. Stop by to see several of the 808 books that comprise this marvelous and growing collection of books selected specifically to promote reading for pleasure among Catlin Gabel's students. It is a great legacy for generations of readers, and honors Karl, who was a smart, delightful, athletic bibliophile.
In celebration of the pleasures of good books,
--Sue Phillips, US Librarian
Think outside the classroom this summer! Take home an armload of good books to read. Whether you’ll be lounging in a hammock, working as a camp counselor and reading after lights out, or flying on a plane to distant parts of the world, reading for pleasure would surely enhance your summer.
Summer Borrowing is Underway!
Now through June 10th @ 4pm
All returning Upper School students, and all returning faculty and staff may participate!
Here are some titles to tempt you. If you prefer, just browse the catalog at http://catalog.catlin.edu
Mama Day, by G. Naylor
Kate Vaiden, by R. Price
The Help, by K. Stockett
Delta Wedding, by E. Welty
Sound and the Fury, by W. Faulkner
Thirteen Moons, by C. Frazier
Foundations of Python Network Programming, by J. Goerzen
Beginning game development with Python and Pygame, by W. McGugan
Letters to a Young Mathematician, by I. Stewart
Feynman’s Lost Lecture: The Motion of Planets around the Sun, by D. Goodstein
Beyond Measure: Modern physics, Philosophy, and the Meaning of Quantum Theory, by JE Baggott
Clear Light of Day, by A. Desai
Notes from Underground, by F. Dostoevsky
Moscow Sting, by A. Dryden
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by M. Haddon
Maltese Falcon, by D. Hammett
A Most Wanted Man, by J. Le Carré
Small Island, by A. Levy
Kalahari Typing School for Men, by RA McCall Smith
Blood Meridian, by C. McCarthy
Master and Commander, by P. O’Brian
Saga of the Swamp Thing, by A. Moore
A Drifting Life, by Y. Tatsumi
Complete Persepolis, by M. Satrapi
Black Hole, by C. Burns
Palestine, by J. Sacco
Brisingr, by C. Paolini
The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien
Powers, by U. LeGuin
The Wood Wife, by T. Windling
Memory & Dream, by C. DeLint
Far From Here
Iberian Worlds, by G. McDonogh
Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris, by S. Turnbull
Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China’s Past and Present, by P. Hessler
Under the Tuscan Sun, by F. Mayes
The Art and Craft of Handmade Books, by S. LaPlantz
Letters to a Young Artist, by A. Deavere Smith
Conversations with Frank Gehry, by B. Isenberg
Chuck Close: A Life, by C. Finch
Origami Paper Animals, by D. Boursin
In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, by T. Wolff
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, by A. Bender
The Runner’s Literary Companion, Ed. G. Battista
Nine Stories, by JD Salinger
Nick Adams Stories, by E. Hemingway
Stop by soon.
With good wishes,
Sue, Upper School Librarian
Every summer, the US Library likes to send its books on interesting vacations with students, faculty and staff. Everyone from the bus drivers to students to teachers and administrators likes to stop by to carry off something interesting to read.
Over the course of the coming weeks, I'll be adding all sorts of recommendations to this list. After Memorial Day weekend, Summer Borrowing begins! Returning students, staff and faculty may check out an armload of good books that won't be due until mid-September.
So, let's begin...
A Taste of the Arts
We've added some new titles on filmmaking, animé, origami, modern architecture, and music. Here's a sampling.
Didier Boursin: Origami Paper Animals
Barbara Isenberg: Conversations with Frank Gehry
Maria Lafont: Soviet Posters
Shereen LaPlantz: The Art & Craft of Handmade Books
Steven Mithen: The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind, and Body
Chris Patmore: Movie Making Course
Simon Richmond: The Rough Guide to Animé
Bee Shay: Collage Lab
Stuart Shea and Robert Rodriguez: Fab Four FAQ: Everything Left to Know about the Beatles...and More!
Anna Deavere Smith: Letters to a Young Artist: Straight0up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts
Some are political, some are futuristic, and many of them are becoming classics of the genre.
Charles Burns: Black Hole
Alan Moore: Saga of the Swamp Thing; Watchmen
Joe Sacco: Palestine
Marjane Satrapi: The Complete Persepolis
Hot, still afternoons, complex prose, solitude, thunderstorms, lemonade on the porch, and smoldering post-Civil War tensions are just a few of the characteristics of some of these books by southern authors.
William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury; Light in August
Charles Frazier: Cold Mountain; Thirteen Moons
Sue Monk Kidd: The Mermaid Chair
Carson McCullers: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Toni Morrison: A Mercy
Gloria Naylor: Mama Day
Reynolds Price: Kate Vaiden
Kathryn Stockett: The Help
Eudora Welty: Delta Wedding; Selected Stories
These books are filled with other worlds, elves, teenagers with magical powers, hobbits, daemons, and fine storytelling.
Charles de Lint: Memory & Dream
Ursula LeGuin: Powers
Christopher Paolini: Brisingr (part of a series)
Philip Pullman: The Golden Compass (part of a series)
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit (the prelude to a great series)
Keep checking back for more recommendations!
Looking for a little diversion for that long flight to Florida? Ready to choose your own stories rather than sticking to your course syllabus? Help is on the way!
We added over 150 new titles in January and February alone. Here are several recommendations for all kinds of readers with all sorts of interests:
Palestine, by Joe Sacco
Do you enjoy political themes and graphic novels? Check out this classic about an American journalist who travels to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to learn the Palestinian side of the Intifada. Art Spiegelman, author of Maus, writes that Sacco "obviously got the calling. His stuff is obviously well wrought, with dizzying pages and good rhythm" (from Amazon editorial reviews).
Winter of our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone) Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale, by Susan Maushart
The Booklist reviewer writes that the teenagers "quickly learn how to do homework without access to Wikipedia and discover such joys as playing the saxophone and having sing-alongs. Interspersed with the family’s experience is a great deal of timely information about the impact of electronic technology on Generation M (8- to 18-year-olds), and not all of it is pretty." (Amazon.com reviews)
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
Travel to St. Petersburg, Russia with a heart-rending, beefy classic about the decisions of a young society woman who chooses to defy the social norms of her time. If you never have time to immerse yourself in another world, Spring Break and Winterim are great times to do so.
Hardcourt Confidential: Tales from Twenty Years in the Pro Tennis Trenches, by Patrick McEnroe
ESPN commentator and tennis champion Patrick McEnroe reveals detailed stories of players, coaches, and other personalities associated with the sport. If you have visions of going pro, this will be an eye-opener.
The Invisible Gorilla: and Other Ways our Intuitions Deceive Us, by Christopher Chabris
The author of the book says it best: "Reading this book will make you less sure of yourself-and that's a good thing. In The Invisible Gorilla, we use a wide assortment of stories and counterintuitive scientific findings to reveal an important truth: Our minds don't work the way we think they do. We think we see ourselves and the world as they really are, but we're actually missing a whole lot." (Invisible Gorilla website). Be sure to click the link above to see some short video clips of the actual attention tests administered to observers. You won't believe your eyes!
Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology, by David Abram
"As Abram identifies underappreciated aspects of our minds and bodies that evolved to enable us to respond with exquisite sensitivity to our surroundings, he tells extraordinary tales of his encounters with wildlife from whales to ravens, illuminates the planet’s myriad forms of sentient life" (from Booklist review).