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Frida, Cane, and something delicious

There are a lot of great new books coming into Rentschler Library. Come check out the titles on our shelves just near the circulation desk. Here are just three of them, but there are many more to check out (literally).

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1945) is considered one of the greatest women painters of all time. She is best known for her 80 or so self-portraits but author Grimberg, a scholar of Kahlo’s work, explores all of the artist’s documented still lifes, including some that have come to light only recently. This is not one of those enormous art books that doesn’t fit in your back pack!

 

Book cover - Cane by Jean ToomerFirst published in 1923, “Cane” by Jean Toomer’s is an experimental and impressionist work that is part drama, part poetry, part fiction and powerfully evokes black life in the South. Toomer’s purpose was to “embody what he sees as the dying folk spirit of the south by re-creating their feelings through language and rhythm.” (Critical Survey of Poetry, 2nd rev. ed, 2002). This version includes an introduction by noted African American Studies scholars Rudolph Byrd of Emory University, and Henry Louis Gates Jr., of Harvard University.

Father and daughter team Fuller and Reddekopp (a geographer and chef, respectively) trace the links between geography and food all over the world. The book innovatively “combines geography, history, and cooking in a single volume.” (publisher blurb). Learn how to make mulled wine, pommes frites and more. Recipes are spiced up with the history of the main item in each featured recipe along with learning questions at the beginning of each chapter.

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Hurricane/Earthquake Relief Donations

The International Club of Miami University Hamilton is seeking donations of non-perishable food, personal care products, cleaning supplies, paper products, baby and infant supplies, and first aid items for victims of the recent earthquake and hurricanes. Bring donations to the Tutoring and Learning Center, Rm 102 Rentschler Hall. Look for barrels and boxes to place your donations.

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Free access to online NY Times & Washington Post

man reading on tablet deviceMiami University regional campus students, faculty, and staff now have access to the online New York Times and Washington Post without having to pay for individual subscriptions.

For access to the New York Times, you must create a free account while on campus. After you create an account from on-campus, it can be accessed anywhere. For instructions and more info, please look at this page.

For the Washington Post, use your MiamiOH.edu email address to create your free account on their website.. You don’t have to be on campus to create your account. More information and instructions about Washington Post access at this page.

Pardon our mess…

picture of empty computer carrels

Rentschler Library is getting new computers and some new furniture! While that’s happening, please excuse our mess!  Workers will be breaking down old computer carrels (at left) starting Aug. 18, assembling new computer tables, and setting up/installing other cool furniture. We will be open while this is going on (8am – 5pm Monday-Friday). The first batch of new computers has already been set up in our classroom (SCH 213).

pay for print station

One of the pay-for-print stations (at left) was also temporarily moved nearer to the individual study rooms.

In the meantime, if you need to use a computer, there are several groupings of them in the main part of the library, or you can use the new computers in our classroom. All of the computers are connected to printing so that you can print course schedules and any other documents you need.

Last chapter of Les Misérables appeared today in 1862

front page of French magazine featuring Les MiserablesOn this day (June 30) in 1862, French author Victor Hugo published the last installment of his massive novel Les Misérables. (A story on Vox.com celebrates the event.) Hugo is also the subject of a Google Doodle today to mark the achievement.

In those days, many novels were “serialized” (published in segments) in various newspapers and magazines so that middle-class readers could better afford to read them.

If you want to read the original 1200+ page version, Rentschler Library has one translation  and the Modern Library edition by a different translator. There is also an abridged version (link to Amazon.com) published by Barnes & Noble in 2003. There are also editions available in French and, of course, the movie and musical.

New books for summer

With the end of the fiscal year almost here, our purchasing of new books is complete until after July 1st. Still, there are a lot of great new titles on our display. Links below, either in text or in the book cover image will take you to the library catalog, where you can place a hold on the item.

book cover image Bostons Massacre“In 1770, British soldiers fired into a crowd of people, killing five. Hinderaker  deepens readers’ understanding of the event in a three-pronged approach: explaining the massacre’s historical context, examining the 18th-century documents that create dueling narratives of the event, and highlighting the different moments in history—namely the Kent State shootings and the Black Lives Matter movement—that invoke the massacre’s memory after violent crowd-policing incidents.” from Library Journal review

book cover image Good ChartsWe get a lot of questions at the Information Desk about how to turn data into effective charts. This book can help. From the publisher: ‘Good Charts will help you turn plain, uninspiring charts that merely present information into smart, effective visualizations that powerfully convey ideas.”

book cover Hag seedHag-Seed is 0ne of the latest additions to Hogarth’s collection of Shakespeare plays reimagined by novelists. “Atwood (Handmaid’s Tale) positively frolics in this rambunctiously plotted and detailed enactment of how relevant Shakespeare can be for a talented troupe behind bars. Supremely sagacious, funny, compassionate, and caustic, Atwood presents a reverberating play-within-a-play within a novel.”
from Booklist review

 

book cover Christopher marlowe“Because there is virtually no firsthand evidence about the beliefs or actions of Christopher Marlowe (1564–93), Riggs (English/Stanford; Ben Jonson, not reviewed) turns to the culture and time that created him. He does so with authority and vigor, recapturing the climate of religious flux and common disaster, not just in England but across Europe, that surrounded Marlowe’s youth.”
from Kirkus review