New & Notable Nonfiction is On Display

August 25, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
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Some of the most important and interesting nonfiction published within the past year is now on display at the library. These books have been pulled from the stacks by our reference librarians to showcase titles that may have escaped your notice when they were originally added to the shelves. You will recognize some of these titles and authors from the bestseller lists, while others were chosen based on recommendations from professional and scholarly review sources.

Stop by the lobby to browse the display or view a list of titles in our catalog. We will continue to add new books that catch our eye as they arrive, so check back often!

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On Display: Our Animal Friends

June 30, 2014 by Donna · Comment 
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“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” –Anatole France

 

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The library’s new display features our animal friends like Marley the dog, Alex the parrot, and Babe the pig. The collection of nonfiction, fiction, and film focuses on the special relationship between humans and animals, exploring how animals affect us and how they can “awaken” our souls. Come by the library to make a new furry friend!

 

Visit the library to check out the display in person, take a look at the Pinterest board, or see the entire list of materials in our catalog. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please come ask at the Reference Desk. Enjoy!

On Display: The Future: Nonfiction, Novels and Film

May 22, 2014 by Macee · Comment 
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In September 1956, Modern Mechanix magazine ran an article titled “Your Telephone of Tomorrow.” In a summary of the article, it was predicted that people would eventually have “a tiny, touchtone, color videophone” (pictured at right).

Your Phone of Tomorrow Modern Mechanix, September 1956

Your Phone of Tomorrow
Modern Mechanix, September 1956

The science (and art) of prediction is known as forecasting. For this display, I’ve pulled a small sampling of books from our collection that deal with forecasting. Multiple industries and settings are represented, including finance, economics, population demography, management, tourism, energy, food supply, environment, politics, science, marketing, academia, and others. (Predictive analysis, a related process, is out of the scope of this display, but I’ve included Nate Silver’s book The Signal and the Noise here as a gateway.)

I’ve also included novels and films that are set in a future time. Both science fiction and mainstream fiction are here, and dystopia titles such as The Hunger Games are also on the display.

Browse the Pinterest page to see the entire selection of books, and if you see something of interest that is not on display, come to the Reference Desk and we can get it for you.

Today, we use our tiny, color videophones for FaceTime to keep in touch with people, and for many other things not envisioned back in 1956. I hope you’ll be interested in taking a little time away from your “phone of tomorrow” to read and/or watch some of these great titles from our collection.

On Display: Graphic Novels and Comic Books

April 23, 2014 by Amy · Comment 
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Plus: Movies and TV Shows They’ve Inspired!

This display is brought to you by Craig Lordan ’93. When we were kids, my older brother and future Bentley graduate spent many hours reading comic books and drawing his own comic book characters. It was the dark ages, and we lived in the suburbs, so Craig got his comic books through mail order.

At some point, I started saving my allowance to buy my own comic books. Initially, all I wanted was Disney comic books, but I finally graduated to George Perez’s Wonder Woman. The year was 1987 and DC had “rebooted” the Wonder Woman series. I was hooked.

Since then, comic books have graduated to pop culture’s mainstream. Geek culture destination San Diego Comic-Con International has seen its attendance numbers rise to 130,000 for its annual event. Comic books are no longer the exclusive realm of the fanboy and fangirl.

Groundbreaking works such as Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, give readers a glimpse into what life was like during the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Harvey Pekar’s autobiographical opus American Splendor was made into a movie starring Paul Giamatti. The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, by Vivek Tiwary, Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker, was a New York Times best seller and has been nominated for two 2014 Eisner Awards.

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Comic books and graphic novels are being adapted into films and television shows with unprecedented alacrity and success. Hellboy300Ghost WorldThe Avengers, and many more have made the jump to the big screen.

On the small screen, DC has Arrow (CW) and Marvel has Agent Coulson and his Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC). Meanwhile, AMC brings viewers into an actual comic book store on the reality series Comic Book Men. Also on AMC, there are zombies galore on The Walking Dead and The Talking Dead. Yes-there’s a talk show about a television show based on a comic book!

Conversely, some TV shows are resurrected in comic books. True Blood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The X-Files are just a few of the shows that have found a second life in the pages of comics.

The Bentley Library has a wonderful and growing collection of these books and DVDs. Come in and check out the display in person, or browse online at Pinterest.

Photos by Amy Galante

Top row (L-R): Avengers director Joss Whedon, artists/writers Liam Sharp and Dave Gibbons, actor Steven Yeun and writer Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Amy Galante and writer/artist Daniel Clowes. Bottom row (L-R): Arrow panel at New York Comic-Con, Steven Yeun and a fan, artist Dave McKean. Photos by Amy Galante

 

Amy Galante is the Interlibrary Loan Supervisor/Assistant Manager of Library Services. She uses her geek culture knowledge for the good of humankind as a freelance writer for Examiner.com, Library Journal, CBS Local, and more. Her favorite comic books include Dazzler, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fray, DMZ, and pretty much anything by Neil Gaiman, Gail Simone, and Brian K. Vaughan. 

On Display: Inventions & Innovators

February 25, 2014 by Kimberly · Comments Off 
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Inventions & Innovators is a collection of books highlighting innovation as a means of business transformation. Highlighted in this collection are some of the inventions, inventors and innovative companies that have altered the way we live and the way business is done.

 “Fancy being remembered around the world for the invention of a mouse!”

- Walt Disney

Come by the library to check out the display or take a look at the Pinterest board. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please inquire at the Reference Desk.

On Display: Best Books of 2013

January 21, 2014 by Lisa · Comments Off 
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Best Books of 2013Happy new year and welcome to the Bentley Library’s 5th annual best books display! This year we have consulted fifteen* best books lists to bring you the Best Books of 2013.

This is our biggest best books display yet, with more than 300 fiction and nonfiction books and audiobooks.  Many of these titles are not only available on our shelves, but also in digital downloadable format from OverDrive.  Some of the critics’ most frequently selected books, such Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, can be read in hardcover, downloaded as an eBook or mp3 audiobook to a mobile device, or listened to on CD. We are certain we have something to interest everyone. Take a moment to stop by and see if something catches your eye, or browse the display on Pinterest to discover which best books lists each book was named to.  Visit the Reference Desk if you need help finding a book or would like to learn more about downloading eBooks from OverDrive.

*Sources consulted: Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Inc. Magazine (sales, entrepreneurs, inspirational business books), Forbes, strategy+business, Bloomberg Businessweek, Entertainment Weekly (fiction, nonfiction) and CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.

On Display: “For Brevity’s Sake” – The Short Story: Writers and their Craft

November 19, 2013 by Matthew · Comments Off 
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The Oxford English Dictionary defines brevity as “being short in speech or writing; contraction into few words, conciseness, terseness”.

That we encounter brevity on a daily basis should come as no surprise. Twitter, one of the most widely used social networking services, is designed to only allow users 140 characters to convey thoughts, news, or commentary in dispatches known as Tweets. Most academic journal articles feature an abstract that summarizes the salient points of the document in a very brief paragraph, comprised of no more than a few sentences. Even the act of texting imposes its own economy of language. We have become reliant on brevity to enable us to evaluate information quickly in a fast-paced society.

But we continue to read books, which is a good thing. Fiction, in particular, offers refuge from our busy lives and great stories serve to reflect and even affirm the human condition, reminding us that our struggles and victories, while uniquely our own, share a common thread in the great and shared human experience.

Short stories use this thread to weave such stories in impossibly succinct ways. To develop an entire character study or arc within the span of a few pages is remarkable. Consider what Andre Dubus, one of the great short fiction authors of our time, asserts about the craft and brevity of the short story:

“I love short stories because I believe they are the way we live. They are what our friends tell us, in their pain and joy, their passion and rage, their yearning and their cry against injustice.” 

Indeed, short stories are the way we live – particular moments of drama or inspiration whose meaning may (or may not) be immediately known. Whether it’s the emotional depth of Alice Munro (recent winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature), the Modernism of Jorge Luis Borges, or the everyman realism of Raymond Carver, everyone has a (short) story to tell.

Come by the library to check out the display or take a look at the Pinterest board. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, inquire at the Reference Desk.

Come find your favorite story today!

On Display: Out in the Stacks: LGBTQ Authors, Characters, and Topics

October 10, 2013 by Liz · Comments Off 
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national_coming_out_dayDid you know that October 11 is National Coming Out Day? It marks the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights (learn more about the history of the day here). Here at the library, we’re recognizing the day by kicking off a new display, Out in the Stacks. The library’s collections include a wealth of LGBTQ-related information; we’ve hand-picked an array of books, audiobooks, and DVDs that spans fiction, history, biography, and more. Rediscover classics like The Times of Harvey Milk or Rubyfruit Jungle, or delve deeper into topics with books like Transgender 101 and The Lavender Locker Room.

Come by the library to check out the display or take a look at the Pinterest board (which may include some items that aren’t on the display because they’re on reserve for a course). If you don’t see what you’re looking for, come ask at the reference desk!

 

Image courtesy of the Human Rights Campaign.

On Display: National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 6, 2013 by Hope · Comments Off 
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September marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month.  According to the Library of Congress, Hispanic Heritage Month was first observed under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. Traditionally, it begins on September 15 to commemorate the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

The official celebration extends from September 15 to October 15 in order to acknowledge the rich and storied histories of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.  It was enacted into law under President Reagan on August 17, 1988.

Come to the library to peruse Bentley’s collection of books and films relating to the history, culture, food, land and peoples of the Americas.  Also, check out our display on Pinterest.

On Display: Book Buzz – Books Reviewed by Library Staff

July 15, 2013 by Lisa · Comments Off 
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book-buzz-logoSix summers ago (July 26, 2007 to be exact) the Bentley Library Book Buzz site launched its first book review to promote the library’s Popular Reading collection. Over the years, library staff have posted their reviews about the books and audiobooks in the collection on Book Buzz. Though popular titles come and go, we’ve generally kept the books that have been reviewed and added them to our stacks. We’ve built quite a collection and the display from July 16 through August 26 will feature highlights from our Book Buzz site. Visit our display in the entryway on the Library’s main floor or check out our display on Pinterest!

Have you already read or listened to one of the Book Buzz titles?  We’d love to hear what you have to say, whether you agree with our reviewers’ opinions or not. Take the opportunity to tell the world what you thought of one the books our staff has reviewed by commenting here or on the individual review in the Book Buzz blog.

You are also invited to write your own original review of any of our print or audio titles in the Popular Reading Collection or any of the e-book or e-audio itles in OverDrive.  Submit a book review using the Book Buzz submission form.  For more information, please read the Book Buzz review guidelines.

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