May gives us time to finish processing the new materials that have been coming in during the previous few months. Here is just a sample of the many new books that are now on exhibit.
- My Stroke of Insight– Jill Bolte Taylor. A brain scientist’s story of her own massive stroke at 37.
- The Inaugural Address 2009–Barack Obama.
- Easy Everyday Excel 2007: A Beginner’s Guide to the Basics Plus Typical Not-So Basic Tasks!–Yvonne Hayden. So let’s say this is the summer you’ve promised to learn Excel, or maybe you’ve just been upgraded to 07 and need a tutorial. This is a neat little self-teaching book. I used it and found it very helpful.
- A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx– Elaine Showalter. This book is basically a literary history of women writers. Showalter is a well-known literary critic, but this book is just plain fun to read. It is also a needed reassessment of some women’s writing, a refreshing alternative to ignoring them or making them all important. (By the way, anyone who has had to struggle through Gertrude Stein and wondered why will feel vindicated at Showalter’s conclusion.)
- The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids–Madeline Levine. If you happened to think that emotional and personality disorders only result from poor and unhappy families, you need to read this book.
Come by and check out our new books!