February 2015 A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Neil Patrick Harris
Ever wanted to know what it’s like being Neil Patrick Harris? If you read his Choose Your Own Autobiography you will find out! Viewers of Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, How I met your Mother, and fans of Hedwig and the Angry Itch on Broadway already know how funny he is. You will love experiencing life through NPH’s eyes with this whimsical read. It’s available in the library’s collection.
WHAT: Coffee Hour Sponsored by Academic Affairs, Drexel Library and the Office of Financial Affairs. This is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to socialize and network in an informal setting.
“A small cup of coffee” by Julius Schorzman – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons
January 2015 A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.
The Museum of Extraordinary Things
The Museum of Extraordinary Things is a beautifully written piece of historical fiction that is so touchingly human, yet surreal and at times even magical. These unreal moments exists side by side with those of searing reality as we are drawn into the daily struggle of immigrants trying to make their way in a new land. Descriptions of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire along with the fire that destroyed Dreamland in Coney Island complete the picture by setting the time and place of this tale in the early 20th century in the very unstable New York City.
Coralie, promoted as a Mermaid in the “museum” and Eddie, a photographer whom she has loved from a distance, exist on the fringes of society, along with the many odd creatures featured in the museum. Through Hoffman’s storytelling, instead of shock and horror, we find ourselves sympathetic towards these malformed creatures flaunted in the “museum” and manipulated by the malicious “Professor,” Coralie’s father.