Recent films like The Revenant, Les Misérables, It, and The Fault in Our Stars all have one thing in common. Each film was first a popular book. May’s book display on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons features several popular novels made into acclaimed films.
You’ve seen the movie…now read the book! will be up now through the end of June. Please stop by and browse if you need a little breather from studying. Or, better yet, check one out to read after finals!
In support of Mission Week (February 26th through March 2nd) at Saint Joseph’s University, a special display of books on refugees and immigrants will run through the month of February. “HOME: Displaced People & the Dream of Home” can be found on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.
The books provide an opportunity for some supplemental reading on a topic that is forefront in the news today. Stop by and browse the books in “HOME: Displaced People and the Dream of Home”. If you would like to delve deeper into any of them, please know that all of the books in the display are available for check out.
“What We’re Reading” is a feature offering reviews from the Drexel Library staff about the books we’ve read. If you find a book which interests you and it is not in our collection, please feel free to acquire the book through our Interlibrary Loan service.
Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love
by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker
Busted is an insightful look at the world of investigative reporting written with a flair that belies a perception of how you might think a book on police corruption or any kind of investigative reporting might be like: boring. It is far from it. Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker have written a page-turning book where the players are treated with a humanistic approach peppered with objective reporting and subjective humor and compassion for both perpetrators and victims.
It’s easy to see why they won a Pulitzer Prize.
Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love can be found in the popular reading section on the first floor in the Post Learning Commons.
Below are NYT Notable Books in the SJU collection. Looking for a good read over Winter Break? Browse the Popular Reading collection (first floor Post Learning Commons). Suggest a title for the Popular Reading collection with this form.
American War by Omar El Akkad
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Draible
Fresh Complaint: stories by Jeffrey Eugenides
A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Sunders
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America by Frances FitzGerald
The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson
Grant by Ron Chernow
The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis
Jainesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein
The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
To support our visual arts and art history department, the library collects a wide variety of materials about traditional and contemporary artists, art movements and techniques. Typically tucked away on the third floor in our oversized collection, you will find books about digital and traditional photography, ceramics, painting, drawing, sculpture and art history that are visually pleasing as well as thought provoking. To find some inspiration for your own creations or to escape for a few moments during final exams, please stop by to browse our current display, All About Art.
Saint Joseph’s University was founded 1851 by the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits). Jesuits work in education (founding schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits. And while an entire library could be filled with books authored by Jesuits or about Jesuits, our 3-tier book display presents an overview. Subject matter ranges from historical backgrounds to application of principles on a personal level through the lived life of someone such as Pope Francis.
In contrast to the beautiful display of fall foliage found locally, the month of October also calls to mind all things dark and ghoulish the closer we get to October 31st.
With this idea in mind, the Library has put together a display of books from its collection that includes books about witches and witch trials, werewolves, superstition, and Halloween. The “Dark Tales and Witch Hunts — Must be October” display can be found on the 1st floor of the PLC beyond the elevator. This display curated by Cynthia Slater, Business Reference Librarian.
Stop by and check one out!
In keeping with the upcoming Labor Day theme, the Library has put together a display of books from its collection that centers on the theme “work.” Including books about work ethics, etiquette, and work after college, the “Work: Are You Ready?” display can be found on the 1st floor of the PLC beyond the elevator. This display curated by Alex Williams, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator.
Stop by and check one out!
Notice the two volumes of the visually
appealing St. John’s Bible on display there.
Each volume of this Heritage Edition is
displayed in its own beautiful wooden case, handcrafted by Eugene Sell, ’97. Check out the wall-mounted iPad loaded with additional images and descriptions of Bible pages.
See St. John’s Bible for more information on the background and creation of this beautiful work.
“What We’re Reading” is a feature offering periodic reviews from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read. If you find a book which interests you and it is not in our collection, please feel free to acquire the book through our Interlibrary Loan service.
by Ann Patchett
“The Christening party took a turn when Albert Cousins arrived with gin” – from this opening line that sparks the curiosity of the reader, leaving them hungry for details, Commonwealth, the latest novel from seasoned writer Ann Patchett, does not disappoint. A story of two families the Keatings and Cousins, simultaneously torn apart and pieced together by divorce and remarriage. The characters, made almost real by Patchett, survive various alliances and betrayals, and through the years develop various coping skills. In the end, it all seems to be about acceptance, and for each family member, there’s a unique spin, a way that this quality makes the most sense for their journey and where they are at this point in their life. In sum, a heartwarming story of families and the flawed characters who are part of them.
This book is part of the Library collection and can be found on the second floor book stacks.