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To Kill a Mockingbird: A Classic Turns 50   Leave a comment

Atticus, Boo, Scout. No last names are necessary, because chances are, you’ve probably read the classic American novel that features these unforgettable characters. In fact, you might have a copy of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird somewhere on a bookshelf right now. There’s a reason why this bestselling novel—which earned the author a Pulitzer Prize—has never been out of print and still remains a top selling novel after all these years. The book sensitively confronts the issues of race relations in the South and shows the importance of maintaining an open mind, not showing prejudice, and treating others fairly. As Frank Lyell points out in the July 10, 1960 book review he wrote for the New York Times, the moments that show this clearly help Scout to “decide very early in life that no matter how you try to divide up the human race, there’s really ‘just one kind of folks. Folks.’”

To celebrate the book’s fiftieth birthday, towns across the country will be hosting events, parties, readings, discussions, and performances all summer. HarperCollins Publishers has issued a special fiftieth anniversary edition of the book, and filmmaker Mary Murphy has interviewed prominent figures and compiled them in the documentary Scout, Atticus, and Boo. Although Harper Lee, 84, is not expected to take part in the festivities—she’s renowned for keeping out of the spotlight and living a very private life—To Kill a Mockingbird has maintained a legacy that speaks volumes.

Posted May 25, 2010 by emailhannah in Book reviews, What's New?

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Tree of Knowledge Book Reviews   Leave a comment

The Tree of Knowledge is an iconic piece of art that usually decorates the Quiet Study area in the Harper College Library. Help us spread your own love of libraries and books by contributing to an online interactive slideshow that will include your favorite book and/or book review.

Here’s how it works:

Using the comment feature on VoiceThread–a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos–you can add text, video, or audio of the following:

* Your favorite Book

* A short book review

* A favorite book quote

* Why you love libraries

Be sure to include your name!

In addition to this VoiceThread, your contribution will be added to a postcard on the Tree of Knowledge during the Library After Dark activities on April 15 during National Library Week.

Add to the Tree of Knowledge VoiceThread here.

Or if you prefer, add your book reviews (or etc.) in a comment. Your contribution will be added to the Tree of Knowledge during National Library Week (April 12-16)

2010 Asian/Pacific American Award For Literature   Leave a comment

The Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected the winners of the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature. The awards promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and are awarded based on literary and artistic merit.

The awards are given in four categories, with Winner and Honor books selected in each category. Here are the winners of the 2010 awards:

The Picture Book Winner is Cora Cooks Pancit, written by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore and illustrated by Kristi Valiant, published by Shens Books. Picture Book Honor was given to Tan to Tamarind, written by Malathi Michelle Iyengar and illustrated by Jamel Akib, published by Children’s Book Press.

For Youth Literature, the Winner is Sung Woo’s Everything Asian, published by Thomas Dunne Books. Tofu Quilt by Ching Yeung Russell and published by Lee & Low was selected as an Honor recipient.

The Adult Nonfiction Winner is American Chinatown: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods, by Bonnie Tsui and published by Free Press (Simon & Schuster). The Adult Nonfiction Honor Book is Japanese American Resettlement Through the Lens, by Lane Ryo Hirabayashi and published by the University Press of Colorado.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford and published by Ballantine Books was selected as the Adult Fiction Winner. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See and published by Random House was selected as an Adult Fiction Honor title. We own both of these books at Harper College Library– make sure to check them out:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret   1 comment

Attention graphic novel fans, art students, and anyone who appreciates amazing illustrations! Check out Brian Selznick’s award winning illustrated novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  It’s the first novel that has ever won the Caldecott Award, which honors illustrators of children’s picture books. But don’t be fooled. Similar to the reception of the Harry Potter series, this novel has garnered well deserved attention from adults as well as children. Within its pages is a whole new reading experience, as Neal Wyatt notes in her July 2007 Reader’s Shelf column, “Beyond the Funny Pages: Comics in Fiction.” It is “a hybrid of words and pictures (black-and-white drawings, movie stills, and archival photos) that jointly work to tell a story, each dependent upon the other for narrative flow.  It is an amazing and groundbreaking achievement.” The plot is just as compelling as the format of the book, following the mysterious adventures of an orphan living within the walls of a Paris train station. In an interview, Selznick shares the ‘story behind the story’ of The Invention of Hugo Cabret regarding the great French film director, George Méliès. Enjoy this unique book, then watch for the movie scheduled to be released in 2011!

Hugo Cabret

Written by Connie Bach

Posted February 24, 2010 by emailhannah in Book reviews

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Book Reviews from the Harper College Library   Leave a comment

As we approach the calorie packed holidays with eager utensils, there is no better time to discuss the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle. With the final pieces of Halloween candy now devoured, we have little time to recoup before we plate our tables with homemade sausage stuffing and toasted marshmallow yams. If your New Year’s resolutions often involve waist management, you might benefit from an introduction to bestselling authors of the “YOU” series, Doctors Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz.

Frequently featured on the Discovery Health Channel and Oprah, Dr’s Roizen and Oz have made superheroes out of nutrition, vitamins, exercise and you! Here’s a series of books that actually speak to the reader in motivating no-nonsense terminology with tips on reaching diet and exercise goals, eating essential foods, using stress management techniques and more!

If you’ve always wanted to be healthy but were convinced you didn’t have the time, patience, money or energy, (and let’s face it, enjoy the taste of fatty foods!) these books will satiate, once and for all, your extra thick chip dip craving. Read:

  • You on a Diet: The Owner’s manual for Waist Management RM237.5 .R65 2006


  • You—The Owner’s Manual: An Insider’s Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger RA776 .R723 2005
  • RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? QP86 .R565 1999
  • The truth about food: what you eat can change your life RA784 .F84 2007 (Foreward by Dr. Oz)

Coming Soon!

  1. You, Staying Young: The Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty
    by Michael F. Roizen M.D. & Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.


  2. Cooking the RealAge Way: Turn Back Your Biological Clock with More Than 80 Delicious and Easy Recipes by Michael Roizen, M.D.


  3. You On a Diet Workout: 3 exercise levels on 1 DVD (Michael F. Roizen M.D. & Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.)
  • Posted November 15, 2007 by infokim in Book reviews

    This Week’s Book Review   Leave a comment

    This week’s # 1 pick is: Cesar Millan’s, Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar’s Way to Transform Your Dog–and Your Life. Cesar does it again, if you finished Cesar’s Way, (also in the Harper Library) wanting more insight into your dog’s mind and psyche, this is your bone to gnaw on! I don’t have to tell you that Cesar hosts National Geographic’s Dog Whisperer TV program–by this time we all know that his books are just as unique and brilliant as his on air personality. Cesar’s technique of using “calm-assertive energy” to manage unstable dogs has revolutionized the dog world. This book is not just for dog owners and dog lovers, but for anyone with a love of animals with an interest in animal psychology. There is only one Cesar, he rehabilitates dogs and trains people.
    Check it out!
    Location: Best Sellers SF433 .M553

    Kim Fournier

    Posted October 24, 2007 by infokim in Book reviews


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