The Marriage Plot – It’s What We’re Reading

April 2012

A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

The Marriage Plot

The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides

The Marriage Plot is the long awaited work from Pulitzer Prize winning author Jeffrey Eugenides. Starting in the early 1980s, The Marriage Plot follows three Brown University students as they finish their senior year and transition into adulthood. The beginning of the novel starts with graduation day and moves backward and forward through time, bringing to light the relationship between Madeline, Leonard and Mitchell.

Most of the book focuses on 19 th century literature-loving Madeline. While at Brown she is conflicted by her love of Victorian literature and the emerging trend of postmodern literary theory in the English department. She falls in love with Leonard, a brilliant but mentally unstable student. Mitchell, whose interest lies in religion, loves Madeline, but when his love is unrequited he travels to India to work with Mother Teresa.

The story of The Marriage Plot is less about Madeline, Leonard and Mitchell’s love triangle but more about how each character comes of age after college. Like in his previous works Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides, Eugenides’ use of language makes the emotional rollercoaster of these characters a pleasure to read.

This novel can be found in the Popular Reading collection on the first floor of the Library.

Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections Exhibit

Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.On Thursday, March 29, 2012 the SJU Community met to honor the Leadership and Generosity of the Jesuit Community at Saint Joseph’s University and to view the new Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections exhibit located on the third floor of the John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons.

Named after Hopkins, the esteemed nineteenth century Jesuit Victorian poet, the special collections feature, among other items, a diverse and growing collection of Jesuitica and Jesuitana, which includes more than 400 volumes, some quite rare, published between the 16th and 20th centuries.

The New Policeman – It’s What We’re Reading

February 2012

A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

The Last Werewolf


The New Policeman

Kate Thompson
A magical tale from Ireland with a contemporary setting. Teenage fiddler J.J. Liddy notices that nobody seems to have enough hours in the day anymore and he is determined to find out where all the time goes. He journeys to the land of eternal youth, unravels mysteries in his family’s past and discovers, among other things, where all our missing socks really end up. Music is integral to this tale and each chapter is accompanied by a tune. The trilogy continues J.J.’s story with The Last of the High Kings and finishes with the stunning and very timely The White Horse Trick. Read them all: this series will really make you think!

This novel can be found on the second floor in the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC):
CMC PZ7.T3715965 .N4 2007