60th anniversary of the Catcher in the Rye

Saturday, July 16th marked the 60th anniversary of the Catcher in the Rye by the reclusive JD Salinger, written in 1951. It has sold over 65 million copies.

We have two copies of the book available:

Catcher in the Rye copy #1 || copy #2

We also have additional materials available:

Studies in J. D. Salinger: reviews, essays, and critiques of The catcher in the rye, and other fiction

If you really want to know : a Catcher casebook
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If you are looking for online materials such as newspaper or journal articles, try one of these databases:
Literature Resource Center
EBSCOhost’s Academic Search Elite
ProQuest
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Recently some of JD Salinger’s letters have  gone on display at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.

Free Books Online (and free audio books!)

Over at Gizmo’s Freeware site, user mr6n8 has compiled a list of websites to visit if you are looking for free electronic books.

Some of the genres include: Biography/Autobiography/Memoir || Business || Children’s || Comic Books || Computer & Internet || History || Horror/Ghost/Gothic || Mystery || Romance || Sci-Fi/Fantasy.

If you are looking for audio books, they have also compiled a list of free audio books (scroll down to the alphabetical listing).

 

Good page-turners

Confessions of a pagan nun: a novel [catalog]

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time [catalog]

Fahrenheit 451 : Fahrenheit 451 — the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns– [catalog]

The fellowship of the ring : being the first part of The Lord of the rings [catalog]

Graphic novels and comic books [catalog]

To kill a mockingbird [catalog]

Maltese falcon [catalog]

The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary [catalog]

Starship troopers [catalog]

Stranger in a strange land [catalog]

The war of the worlds [catalog]

New fiction titles

The moon is a harsh mistress by Robert A. Heinlein [catalog]: “A one-armed computer technician, a radical blonde bombshell, an aging academic, and a sentient all-knowing computer lead the lunar population in a revolution against Earth’s colonial rule. “

Go ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks [catalog]: “A fifteen-year-old drug user chronicles her daily struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.”

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez [catalog]: “One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) is the story of seven generations of the Buendía Family in the town of Macondo. The founding patriarch of Macondo, José Arcadio Buendía, and Úrsula, his wife, leave Riohacha, Colombia, to find a better life and a new home. One night of their emigration journey, whilst camping on a riverbank, José Arcadio Buendía dreams of “Macondo”, a city of mirrors that reflected the world in and about it. Upon awakening, he decides to found Macondo at the river side.”

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco [catalog]:  “The Name of the Rose is an historical murder mystery set in an Italian monastery in the year 1327.”

Dune by Frank Herbert [catalog]: “Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary fiefdoms are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the Imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and the heir of House Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the “spice” melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe.”

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller [catalog]: “Captain Yossarian is an American bombardier stationed off the Italian coast during the final months of World War II. Paranoid and odd, Yossarian believes that everyone around him is trying to kill him. All Yossarian wants is to complete his tour of duty and be sent home. However, because the glory-seeking Colonel Cathcart continually raises the number of required missions, the men of the “fighting 256th squadron” must keep right on fighting.”

New Books: Chemistry, Education, Nursing, and more!

Here is a list of some of the newest books to grace Sullivan Library’s shelves:

Among the white moon faces: an Asian-American memoir of homelands [catalog record]

Blood relations: Caribbean immigrants and the Harlem community, 1900-1930 [catalog record]

Bridging cultures between home and school: a guide for teachers: with a special focus on immigrant Latino families [catalog record]

Carnival music in Trinidad: experiencing music, expressing culture [catalog record]

Child development: a practitioner’s guide [catalog record]

Culture Clash in America: four plays [catalog record]

Microscale and miniscale organic chemistry laboratory experiments [catalog record]

You can access the complete list by going into the catalog at any time. Once you are in the catalog, look on the right side of the screen where it says “Library Info” and choose the “New Books” hyperlink.

Curl up with a novel…

Looking for some works of fiction to read in between your classes? Try these:

1984 by George Orwell; “Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell’s nightmare vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff’s attempt to find individuality.”

Animal Farm by George Orwell; “Fueled by Orwell’s intense disillusionment with Soviet Communism, Animal Farm is a nearly perfect piece of writing, both an engaging story and an allegory that actually works. When the downtrodden beasts of Manor Farm oust their drunken human master and take over management of the land, all are awash in collectivist zeal. Everyone willingly works overtime, productivity soars, and for one brief, glorious season, every belly is full.” And then…

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley; “”Community, Identity, Stability” is the motto of Aldous Huxley’s utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a “Feelie,” a movie that stimulates the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow.”

More

Recent author birthdays: Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899.

Here are some of his more well-known works that are available at the library:

813.52 H373S The sun also rises (Wikipedia)

813.52 H373S The snows of Kilimanjaro, and other stories (Wikipedia)

813.52 H373O The old man and the sea (Wikipedia)

813.52 H373F For whom the bell tolls (Wikipedia)

813.52 H373F A farewell to arms (Wikipedia)

This is just a small sampling of what The Sullivan Library has on shelf regarding Ernest Hemingway. To see other works he has written, go to our online catalog and do an author search for “Hemingway”. If you want to see books about him, try a subject search instead.

Author Spotlight: Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse is a German author who was born in July 2, 1877 and died on August 9, 1962.

Some of his more famous works translated in English can be found at The Sullivan Library, including:

833.912 H463S Siddhartha (Wikipedia)

833.912 H463S Steppenwolf (Wikipedia)

833.912 H463G The glass bead game (Wikipedia)

Look near the 833.912 H463′s for more works by this author.

Comic strip for book lovers

If you consider yourself a book lover and also enjoy the format of comic strips, this stand alone comic strip might interest you. By Darko Macan, it is entitled “Mister Bookseller”, and explores what it might be like to enter a bookshop that says it has “all the books in the world”. Give it about 5 minutes of your time and see what you think.

Within The Sullivan Library, here is a sampling of books we have regarding comic strips:

741.509 H629 A history of the comic strip

741.5973 D228C Comix: a history of comics in America

749.59 SE82 75 years of the comics

741.5 F323G The great comic book heroes

070.449 W582F The funnies: An American idiom

New Books for Summer Reading

 

[The books in this post about the display case have been moved back to the shelves if you are interested in reading them.]

The display case has been refilled with books for summer reading. A series of new books — there should be something here for everyone!

796.093 D921G Gladiators: Violence and spectacle in ancient Rome (B&N)

338.761 AU51G Googled: The end of the world as we know it (Amazon)

638 J1F6F Fruitless fall: The collapse of the honey bee and the coming agricultural crisis (Amazon)

384.8065 P931P The Pixar Touch (Amazon)

006.76 M167T Twitter: Tricks, tips, and tweets (Amazon)

910.9896 G769W Writing the future of black America: Literature of the hip-hop generation (Amazon)

794.8 D391R Reset: Changing the way we look at video games (Amazon)

338.761 D779G Google bomb: The untold story of the $11.3M verdict that changed the way we use the Internet (Amazon)

940.5381 SO24L Life behind barbed wire: The World War II memoirs of a Hawai’i Issei (Amazon)

650.14 R9570 Over 40 & you’re hired!: Secrets to landing a great job (Amazon)

364.137 G256M Midnight on the line: The secret life of the U.S.-Mexico border (Amazon)

974.73 D951 Dutch New York: The roots of Hudson Valley culture (Amazon)

364.106 EN36B Born to kill: The rise and fall of America’s bloodiest Asian gang (Amazon)

778.535 H279P The film editing room handbook: how to tame the chaos of the editing room (Amazon)

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