African American History Month

                      African American history is American history. Brush up on your history! Come into the Library during February and take a look at the displays celebrating African American History Month. Featured books include the topics of politics, new fiction, literature of the Harlem Renaissance, essays by noted African Americans from the 19th century, music, autobiographies, poetry and more. GVSU student's Craigslist ad seeking someone to write his write essay for me Easily! Professional academic essay writers are working for You on Your essay.…continue reading →

Fiction Friday: The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat

Dubbed the Supremes when they were in high school, Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean have been friends for over 40 years. Odette, born in a tree and fearless has inherited her mother’s ability to see and talk to the dead. Clarice, very proper and a gifted pianist has finally had enough of her handsome husband, Richmond’s infidelity. Barbara Jean still a stunning beauty confronts her alcoholism and her past. These are friends who will hold your hand, your secrets and your feet to the fire when needed. In short, the friendships that everyone…continue reading →

Aimless Love

How would you like a cool office in Washington D.C. complete with a telephone that never rings? All you have to do is become Poet Laureate of the United States. Of course it helps to have some published poetry. And it helps to have published poetry that makes the everyday exceptional and not just beautiful but heartfelt. And it helps to have beautiful, exceptional, heartfelt poetry that is notable enough to get you a guest spot on The Colbert Report. Billy Collins who was the Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003 explains the…continue reading →

Fiction Friday: The Paris Architect

Paris, 1942: After two years of German occupation the Nazis have increased their efforts to eliminate the Jewish population. Architect Lucien Bernard is approached by a wealthy businessman to design hiding places for Jews. At first both alarmed and appalled by the risk he is being asked to take, Lucien reluctantly agrees when he is offered an additional commission to design a factory. He becomes intrigued by the design possibilities in creating the hiding places as well as excited at the prospect of outwitting the Germans. Though he begins with little sympathy for…continue reading →

Fiction Friday: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore

Out of work due to the Great Recession and dejectedly looking for a job, former web designer Clay Jannon stumbles upon a help wanted sign in an ancient, dusty bookstore—Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore. After demonstrating his ability to quickly climb ladders and retrieve heavy books Clay is hired as the night clerk. Mystified by the strange merchandise, the quirky customers and Mr. Penumbra’s insistence on careful record-keeping of every transaction, Clay begins to unravel an enigmatic code linked to a secret society founded by a fifteenth century typeface designer. Cleverly written and full…continue reading →

(Non) Fiction Friday: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

No stranger to the Banned Book list (Books Challenged or Banned in 2009-2010), author David Sedaris in his latest work, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, looks at themes of modern culture. In each chapter, ranging from talking to telemarketers, sitting by strangers on an airplane or French reaction to the reelection of Barak Obama, Sedaris reveals not only something of himself but also something of contemporary society. For instance, in “Attaboy” he describes the reaction of a mother and father when their son is caught defacing a mailbox (accusing the victim of wrongdoing!)…continue reading →

Fiction Friday: Where’d You Go Bernadette?

Part mystery, part family drama Where’d You Go Bernadette? dishes up an engaging cast of quirky characters: Elgin: the father, Microsoft vice-president, software developer, TED Talk star Bernadette: the mother, architect, MacArthur genius, avoider of society Bee: the beloved daughter and all-around good kid The Gnats: the annoying, over-involved parents at Bee’s school Manjula Kapoor: Bernadette’s virtual assistant working from a call center in India—or is she? When Elgin and Bernadette agree to reward Bee with a trip to Antarctica for her perfect middle school grades, the prospect of being trapped with 150…continue reading →

Fiction Friday: Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park begins with that awkward-new-girl moment when 16 year-old Eleanor steps on the bus and no one will share a seat with her. In an act of pity Park moves his belongings aside. But not until a few rides later when he catches Eleanor reading his comic book over his shoulder does a slow friendship begin to develop. Besides the bullying Eleanor endures at school she also has a lot to cope with at home. She lives with her mom, four younger siblings and a creepily menacing step-father in a two-bedroom…continue reading →

Fiction Friday: Oleander Girl

Orphaned Korobi Roy leads a sheltered life in Kolkata, India under the care of her doting grandparents. When she meets the handsome and charming Rajat Bose, the only son of prosperous business family, the two fall in love and become engaged. End of story? Not quite. Unexpectedly Korobi’s grandfather dies shortly after the formal engagement ceremony unleashing a cascade of life-changing events. Korobi’s grandmother reveals her knowledge of Korobi’s parents—that Korobi’s father may still be alive and living in the U.S. Part mystery, part coming-of-age story Oleander Girl follows Korobi’s search for her…continue reading →

The Great Gatsby

“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father told me something that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.” With the release of the movie are you thrilled by all things Gatsby? If so, you might want to check out the Princeton University Digital Library. You can view F. Scott Fitzgerald’s manuscript—in its original longhand form. (Fitzgerald used not a computer, not a typewriter, not even a pen to write. The manuscripts you can see are written in pencil.) The Princeton Digital Library has high-resolution digital images of The Great…continue reading →