Great Reads for Winterim & Spring Break!

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 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."  ( 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).