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Jane Austen

Posted by Pamela Bobker on July 28th, 2017


Two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen continues to fascinate. Look for a display of her books and books about her on display near adult fiction. The display includes these new books:

The Making of Jane Austen by Devoney Looser

Library of Luminaries: Jane Austen by Zena Alkayat and Nina Cosford

Jane Austen at Home: a Biography by Lucy Worsley

Jane Austen, The Secret Radical by Helena Kelly

The Genius of jane Austen: Her Love of Theatre and Why She Works in Hollywood by Paula Byrne

Jane Austen: A Brief Life by Fiona Stafford

At Home with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson

Austen’s work has inspired other fiction authors – Curtis Sittenfield’s Eligible is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice and Alexander McCall Smith has written Emma: A Modern Retelling. And what about Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the Bollywood film “Bride and Prejudice”?

Click on a title to see library availability.  Happy reading!

Diarrhea. Deafness. Maggots. Bullet-proof Underwear.

Posted by sarah brown on July 20th, 2017

If only the latter sounds anything like military nonfiction to you, then clearly you have not read Grunt: the Curious Science of Humans at War. Which is an opportunity for you, because the Mary Roach bestseller on the bizarre extremes of military science research is the July book selection for Books & Brews.

Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier’s most challenging adversaries―panic, exhaustion, heat, noise―and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti, in east Africa, we learn how diarrhea can be a threat to national security. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee. After reading this book, you’ll never see our nation’s defenders in the same way again.

Hope you can join us to discuss Grunt – and why wedding gowns are like bomb suits –  Wednesday, July 26, 6:30 pm, at Flight Deck Brewing.

New Titles on the Bestseller Express

Posted by Pamela Bobker on July 13th, 2017


Just added to the Bestseller Express:

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Matchup: The Battle of the Sexes edited by Lee Child

Same Beach Next Year by Dorothea Bent Frank

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness by Paula Poundstone

Vanishing American Adult by Ben Sasse

Wired by Julie Garwood

16th Seduction by James Patterson

Sponsored by Curtis Friends, Bestseller Express titles are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be checked out for 7 days. Exclusively for Curtis cardholders, they cannot be reserved or renewed so you’ll have the best access to new titles, but you will have to read fast. The Bestseller Express books are located in the New Books Room, across from Lending Services.