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We Recommend: The Wrestler (Film)

The Wrestler

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Starring Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei
The Wrestler poster.jpg Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler portrays a wrestler, Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke), who struggles to get through life once his wrestling career is over. Randy’s prime was in the 80′s, and after retirement, he struggles with addiction and broken relationships. Like the style used in many of his other films, Aronofsky masterfully portrays a man’s tragic decline through the title character in The Wrestler. Considered by Aronofsky to be a companion piece to his 2010 hit Black Swan, The Wrestler is a beautifully crafted drama and a great choice for any fan of heart-wrenching film.

-Andrew Naquin, Student Library Assistant

We Recommend: The Power and the Glory

The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene

PowerAndTheGlory.jpg Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory follows an unnamed Mexican “whiskey priest” during the socialist ban of religion in Mexico in the 1930′s. The priest journeys throughout the countryside bringing Communion to those still practicing Catholicism underground, but he also struggles with moral failings in his past. Greene beautifully portrays the priest’s tension between his call to holiness and his own failure, and this tension will resonate with any reader.

-Andrew Naquin, Library Student Assistant

We Recommend: Cat’s Cradle

Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut

[Cover] Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle follows the story of John, an ordinary man who ends up on the bizarre Caribbean island of San Lorenzon. On this island, John finds a dictator bent on controlling the population of the island through genocide and religion.  Published in 1963, Vonnegut’s compelling prose and masterful storytelling make Cat’s Cradle a literary classic that stands the test of time.

-Andrew Naquin, Student Library Assistant

We Recommend: Animal Farm

Animal Farm – George Orwell

At first glance, George Orwell’s Animal Farm seems like a children’s book. The talking animals and ease of the prose may trick the reader into believing Orwell’s work is a simple book, but this allegorical novel is deeper than it may appear. Orwell’s classic addresses the dangers of blind trust in a political leader and the corruption that occurs when given unfettered power. Animal Farm is a must read for anyone interested in politics, philosophy, or sociology.

-Andrew Naquin, Student Library Assistant

 

 

We Recommend: Directions (Film)

Directions – Death Cab for Cutie

Directions is the video companion to Death Cab for Cutie’s critically-acclaimed album Plans. The DVD contains fan-made videos for all 12 songs on Plans, along with commentary from the band and two bonus songs and videos not heard on Plans. Directions is a must-watch for any Death Cab for Cutie fans or any fan of music videos in general.

Andrew Naquin, Student Library Assistant

We Recommend: It All Turns on Affection

It All Turns on Affection: The Jefferson Lecture and Other Essays – Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry is the prolific author of short stories, novels, and essays, many of which concern his love for the agrarian way of life. In his 2012 Jeffersonian Lecture, Berry discusses the importance of affection to living a good life. For Berry, affection is a return to the simple, sensory way of life from the high-minded thinking of academia. Berry’s essay is a great read for anyone who is disillusioned by the complications of academic thinking and longs for a partner in a simple way of viewing and relating to the world.
-Andrew Naquin, Student Library Assistant

We Recommend: The Road (Film)

The Road (Film)

Directed by John Hillcoat and starring Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee

The Road is based on Cormac McCarthy’s book of the same name. It chronicles a man and his son struggling to survive in the aftermath of the apocalypse. Viggo Mortensen masterfully plays a man who’s hope for humanity lies in teaching his son to “carry the fire” of goodness to the new civilization that will rise from the ashes of the apocalypse. This film tugs at your heartstrings by portraying a man’s deep love for his son in times of chrisis. The film also raises a deep ethical question: how far would you go to survive?

-Andrew Naquin, Student Library Assistant

We Recommend: The Confessions of St. Augustine

The Confessions of St. Augustine

One of the greatest thinkers of the Western tradition, Augustine writes his Confessions to chronicle his journey from paganism to Christianity. Blending philosophy and theology, Augustine describes his relationship with God and the struggles he encountered on his path to conversion. This timeless work is a landmark in spiritual autobiographies, for it recounts the tremendous journey of a man from sin to salvation.

-Andrew Naquin, Student Library Assistant

We Recommend: The Carter Family

Will you miss me when I’m gone? : the Carter Family and their legacy in American music by Mark Zwonitzer

The Bristol Sessions, Country Music Foundation Records

Anyone who loves bluegrass, country, Southern gospel and the like will surely be familiar with “The First Family in Country Music.” Mark Zwonitzer’s Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone is a lovely biography of musical pioneers the Carter Family that delves into the history of a family and the culture that shaped them. Be sure to supplement your reading with some ear candy via The Bristol Sessions,  a collection of 1927 recording sessions in Bristol, TN of some of country music’s (then unknown) pioneers.

Elizabeth Kelly, Digital Initiatives Librarian

New volume: Johannes Brahms Gesamtausgabe

The Monroe Library is proud to add a new volume of the Johannes Brahms Gesamtausgabe (Complete works of Johannes Brahms), edited by our own Dr. Valerie Goertzen, Associate Professor of Music History. Dr. Goertzen’s volume covers Brahms’ arrangements for piano, four hands, and two pianos of works by other composers.

Being asked to edit a critical edition/complete works volume for a major composer is a coup among scholars in the field. Even beyond the prestige, it is truly a labor of love, with the work taking place over several years. Sixty five volumes are planned and 18 have been published. The Monroe Library is thrilled that our volume has arrived and is available for our students and faculty to use.

Congratulations, Dr. Goertzen!