Entries from May 2013

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Fiction Friday: The Ashford Affair

Opening in Kenya in 1926 and moving from pre-World War I England to 1999 New York and back again, The Ashford Affair chronicles the life of popular debutante Lady Beatrice (Bea) Gillecote, her cousin, Addie, their loves and their offspring. Bea becomes her six-year-old cousin’s protector and champion when Addie is sent to live with [...]

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Welcome Summer Semester Students!

What a great way to spend your summer—here at John Tyler. We hope you find this semester enlightening, entertaining and/or enriching. Hopefully you will make time to use the library and the many resources we have available. Here are some tips that you may find useful: To get a library card bring a picture ID—your [...]

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Caution: if you are like me and like to read while you are eating this may not be the book for you. Mary Roach obviously likes science. In her previous books she explores space travel (Packing for Mars), sex and reproduction (Bonk), and death (Stiff). In this latest book, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal [...]

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Please don’t go!

(*Actual librarian may vary.) You may be breathing a sigh of relief now that the semester is officially over, but the Dangerous Library Book Pushers are really sad to see you leave. But wait! You don’t have to go! You might find the perfect class to take over the semester. (History of Film and Animation, [...]

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Listen to This!

Whew! After a week of dystopia it is time for the Dangerous Library Book Pushers to feature some (possibly) lighter reading fare. In fact, these suggestions are so light you won’t even have to pick them up! What I have in mind are e-audiobooks. What could be better for long car trips to vacation destinations [...]

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Dystopia Week Saturday

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller Unlike the rest of this week’s posts today’s book, The Dog Stars, has a grown-up appeal; it features an adult male protagonist. Plus, unlike the books previously presented this week there is no oppressive government presence. In fact there is no government at all, no societal divisions, no lurking [...]

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Dystopia Week Friday

Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith One of the first rules about book talking is: Do not try to booktalk a book you haven’t read! And here I go violating that very rule. But in my defense one of the reasons I haven’t read Escape From Furnace is from the time the library received [...]

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Dystopia Week Thursday

Delirium by Lauren Oliver As in yesterday’s book, Matched, the government has determined that love is something to be avoided. In fact, this dystopia considers love a disease—a delirium. Accordingly, when you reach a certain age you must have The Procedure which will make you immune to love. Lena is looking forward to having The [...]

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Dystopia Week Wednesday

Matched by Ally Condie In the Society all your life choices are made for you: what job you do, the place you live, what belongings you may have and who you marry. If the authorities can control these aspects of your life then the rest of the country can be controlled as well. The story [...]