Archive for May, 2009

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Image from Amazon

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Adiga, Aravind. The White Tiger. New York : Free Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9781416562597
Call Number: PR9619.4 .A35 W47 2008

Aravind Adiga’s debut novel, winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize, is an angry yet absorbing tale of ambition in twenty-first century India.

The White Tiger follows protagonist Balram Halwai from his village in rural India, known in the novel as “The Darkness,” to the city. Born a member of a caste of sweet makers, Balram finds a position as a personal servant in the rapidly developing India of call centers, air conditioned high rises and shopping malls. The reader follows Balram as he recounts the indignities, sacrifices, schemes and crimes he endures – and perpetrates – along his relatively modest rise.  Balram is an engaging and often hilarious narrator, and his tales of shifting hierarchies and tumultuous power dynamics make for page turning reading. For all of its humor, however, The White Tiger is at its heart a serious look at injustice and poverty. Adiga suggests that while the rapid ascent of India in the global economy of the twenty-first century has its beneficiaries, the cost to the soul of the nation will be very steep indeed.

-Trish Nugent, Special Collections Librarian/Archivist

Memorial Day

Memorial Day Is….

Family, friends, barbeques and the official kick off to summer! Memorial Day is a special time to relax and enjoy all that we adore. I admonish you to take time out of your festivities to honor and celebrate those who have died serving our country. Memorial Day, also known as Decoration Day, is our day to remember the men and women of our past and present that have sacrificed their lives to support our freedoms. Have an amazing Memorial Day weekend as we enjoy life and the lives of our fallen soldiers.

We recommend…

There’s a new book display on top of the the new books shelf in the Learning Commons.  This time it’s in honor of the brand-spankin’-new ‘We Recommend’ blog (newness everywhere!) in which various Monroe Library denizens write about nifty stuff that we come across while we’re at work, and also get told by the spell check for the 21st time that they spelled ‘recommend’ wrong (maybe that’s just me).  Take a look at the book display if you want to get your hands on any of the awesome stuff we’re reviewed so far, and keep checking the ‘We Recommend’ blog for new recommendations!

-Aimee

Summer Courses Available Now

Courses for this summer are now available on Blackboard to their respective faculty. If you are teaching a course over the summer and it isn’t appearing when you log in, please contact Jonathan Gallaway in the Monroe Library so we can remedy the situation.

Students will be enrolled univeristy wide on May 18th.

Web Design in a Nutshell by Jennifer Niederst Robbins

Robbins, Jennifer Niederst. Web design in a nutshell. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly, c2006. Third edition.
ISBN: 0596009879
Call number: TK5105.888 .N54 2006.

Subtitled “a desktop quick reference,” and weighing in at 796 pages, this isn’t a book to sit down and devour in one sitting, at least not without the aid of lots of caffeine. Instead, it is an excellent reference for all topics in web authoring. O’Reilly is known for their high-quality books on computer programming and software. The author begins with broad considerations, like designing for different browsers and file naming conventions. She then moves on to HTML, text formatting, images, tables, frames, and forms. Part three consists of ten chapters on cascading style sheets (CSS), the page layout and formatting language of web pages. Each topic is explained, usually with examples. Printed thumb tabs make finding chapters easy. The back has an appendix listing all HTML tags, all CSS 2.1 properties, a glossary and a great index. Highly recommended for web authors at all skill levels.

– Jim Hobbs, Online Services Coordinator (librarian80 on LibraryThing)