What is it about a book that attracts your attention? Maybe it’s the title or the author. Perhaps it’s the cover art. What if all you had to base your decision upon was the book’s first line? A well written first line can draw you in and entice you to read the next line, the next paragraph, and beyond.
Our latest book display gives you the chance to judge a book by its first line. Some will be very familiar…others might interest you enough to take a chance and continue reading. Visit First Lines in its new location on the first floor of the Drexel Library.
This display was curated by Susan Clayton, Circulation Services Manager and Martha VanAuken, Library Technician.
The 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners will be announced on April 15th. Recognized as one of the most prestigious awards for writers and artists, the Pulitzer has been honoring excellence in the arts, letters, and journalism since its inception in 1917.
Pulitzer Prize Winners will be on display on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons throughout the month of April. Browse these outstanding novels, plays, poetry collections, biographies, and histories!
At this event, Dr. Cosgrove, Visiting Assistant Professor of English and her creative writing students will read selections from The Art of Voice: Poetic Principles and Practice. Written with wit and style, this craft guide approaches poetry through that vital and mysterious literary element: voice. Bring paper and pen to do a writing exercise from the book.
Tuesday, April 16th
PLC, 2nd Floor Lounge
Mark your calendar and come join us!
Azure. Cerulean. Cobalt. Indigo. Navy. Royal. Sapphire. In a word, BLUE.
Our book display for the month of March is something to look at…both inside and out. Outside these books share one thing in common; covers in hues of blue. Inside the reader can explore the architecture of Gaudi, the beauty of eight centuries of Islamic tile-making, or the fragility of life in the Arctic.
From Issa Rae and Louise Erdrich, to Jon Krakauer and David Baldacci, this display combines disparate subjects and stories that just happen to be bound in blue.
Browse “BLUE” to view all of the offerings in this display or visit us the library. The display is located on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.
– Susan Clayton
This display curated by Susan Clayton, Circulation Services Manager with inspiration from reference librarian Catherine Collins.
When you think of February, what usually comes to mind? More often than not, it’s candy, flowers, and valentines. If that is what you think of, then this month’s book display titled, “Love, Friendship, Romance” will not be much of a surprise.
Featured will be books about the various types of attraction — from that of passionate romance, to various types of love, to deep friendships that stood the test of time. Some books take a historical perspective while others are devoted to particular individuals. From “Love, Friendship, Romance” you can see the list of books in the display as they appear in our catalog. If anything strikes your fancy, stop by and take a look, or better
yet, check one out!
(poster: Elizabeth Angelucci ’19)
This display curated by Marian Courtney, Library Operations Manager.
Philadelphia has been called the birthplace of America’s Independence and a “city of firsts”. The first public park, permanent theater, hospital, school, and library were all established here. Far more than just architecture and institutions, Philadelphia is a city of human ideas and expression. It was here that the first treatise on the abolition of slavery was written and where people gathered to form the first philosophical society in America.
From early scientific invention, to politics, commerce, and the arts – people from all walks of life shaped what is now historic Philadelphia. Browse Historic Philadelphia…better yet, you can find these books on display on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.
– Susan Clayton
This display curated by Susan Clayton, Circulation Services Manager.
Among the thousands of books released this year, only a handful were chosen by The New York Times to appear on the “100 Notable Books of 2018.” These exciting and interesting selections include various genres and discuss different issues and time periods. The Saint Joseph’s University Library has many of these titles available for check-out. To find these books in our catalog, take a look at the list below!
- An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones
- The Great Believers: A Novel by Rebecca Makkai
- The House of Broken Angels: A Novel by Luis Alberto Urrea
- Lake Success : A Novel by Gary Shteyngart
- The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories by Denis Johnson
- The Mars Room: A Novel by Rachel Kushner
- My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
- The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers
- There There by Tommy Orange
- Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith
- Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
- The Witch Elm: A Novel by Tana French
- Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig
- Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault
- Calypso by David Sedari
- Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy
- Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
- Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
- Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind by Michael Massing
- Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith
- The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis
- God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright
- Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
- How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan
- The Library Book by Susan Orlean
- Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
- These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore
- We The Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler
- What The Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha
– Elizabeth Angelucci ’19
Peruse the list and get that special someone a great holiday gift, find something for yourself, or simply use the list itself as a gift.
See Season’s Readings 2018 for this year’s list as well as links to all the previous years. Enjoy!
– Marian Courtney
Recently, the Free Library of Philadelphia announced it’s “One Book, One Philadelphia” selection for 2019: Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward.
Besides Sing, Unburied, Sing, the library has books from previous years. Some are featured below:
- The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
- The yellow birds : a novel
- Cold mountain
- Orphan train
- The price of a child
- The color of water
- The things they carried
- The soloist
Check one out and let us know what you think!
– Cynthia Slater and Marian Courtney
We may think that our politics has been intense over the last couple of years, but it’s still nothing compared to what has happened in the past. As the country prepares for this year’s Mid-Term elections, we present our newest book display: “Vive la Révolution!: The Movements and Revolutions that Changed History (for better or worse).” This collection describes Revolutions of all kinds, from the paradigm-shifting French Revolution to the bloodless, symbolic “Revolution of 1800” to the deadly rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany and more.
The collection also focuses on some of the important social movements that have shaped modern society, from the Civil Rights Movement to the quest for equal rights for Women and the LGBTQ community.