Archive for November, 2009

New (and more!) laptops!Ma

We’ve expanded our fleet of laptops that are available for checkout at the Learning Commons desk!

You now have a myriad of choices — do you want to checkout:

a)  a big (regular size, actually) Dell PC laptop

b)  a mini Eee PC laptop

c)  a medium sized Macbook laptop

We have something to fit everyone’s style, so check out all the new choices today!  And don’t forget all the other choices you have as well.  At the Learning Commons desk you can check out headphones, markers, study rooms, reserve materials, firewire cables, digital cameras, video cameras, and more.  Remember — we’re more than just books!

A.D. : New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld

A.D. : New Orleans after the deluge

A.D. : New Orleans after the deluge

Neufeld, Josh. A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge. New York: Pantheon Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780307378149.
Call Number: F379 .N553 A26 2009.

Sometimes pictures are more powerful than words. In the graphic novel A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, Neufeld tells the markedly different stories of seven Crescent City residents who survived Hurricane Katrina through vivid drawings and text.  Attempting to give a diverse picture of what New Orleanians experienced during the storm and its aftermath, the author follows the stories of people from different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, some of whom evacuated before the storm, and some who stayed – whether for excitement, or because they had no other option.

This graphic novel gives the reader a look at some of what the media did not tell us about the storm: the camaraderie among the “refugees” at the superdome and stories of neighbors risking their own lives to save each other. For those who left, we see the painful homesickness they felt for their city after evacuating, and the even bigger devastation of returning to destroyed homes where everything was lost.  Within the intensity of the story, Neufeld does an incredible job showing the strength and resilience of the people of New Orleans.

Liz Cashman, Development and Outreach Coordinator

Baudolino by Umberto Eco

Eco, Umberto Baudolino. New York : Harcourt, 2002.
ISBN 0151006903.
Call Number: PQ4865 .C6 B3813 2002 (1 copy).

In this piece to fiction that is as mythically epic as any of Eco’s work, the Italian Professor reminds us of the most important lesson of history: The only absolute part of truth is its malleability.

Set amidst the sacking of Constantinople (not Istanbul) in the second crusade, the title character recounts his life story, even as the city burns, to a court historian, Niketas. The adoptive son of Fredrick Barbarossa and a self-confessed liar, Baudolino tells a fabulous story about his life-long search for the mythical ruler known only as Prester John. John, who was largely invented by Baudolino, is said to rule over a vast christian nation far to the east full of fantastic creatures and strange phenomena including a river of tumbling stone. Over time, even Baudolino’s companions, who helped conceive of this Prester John, begin to believe in his existence.

Playful and accessible, Baudolino presents a world that is simultaneously recognizable and yet somehow skewed, and in doing so points a finger both at belief and our preconceptions of history.

-Jonathan Gallaway, Blackboard Manager