New Books for February

Here are a few of the new books we have available. Check them out!

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What We’re Reading-Kindred

This book was read by Courtney Bippley who is a Reference Librarian at the Main Campus Library.

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Why did you choose to read this book?

A friend recommended this book to me and I trust her judgement. Also, I’d been meaning to read a book by this author for a while. She’s well known for being an award winning, female, African American scifi/fantasy writer. I’m sorry I didn’t read one of her books before she died in 2006.

What did you like about it?

I liked the realism of the time travel. Not in the sense that time travel made sense (because no explanation was ever really given for it) but that going into the past would, for many, be terrible. The heroine didn’t want to travel in time, why would she when going back meant that she would be forced into slavery. There are relatively few people who would be better off in a previous time period.

Was there anything noteworthy about the book?

This book was first published in 1979, and the heroine travels from ‘modern’ time to the antebellum South. It is interesting to contrast not only those two time periods, but also the ‘modern’ of that time and what is modern culture now. In that sense the book really leads the reader to look back at two different time periods in American history, though that was not the intent at the time of publishing.

 

Also, and this is nitpicking on my part, this is not science fiction. All the descriptions and materials say it is science fiction, and it is not. It is fantasy. There is no science-based reason for the time travel in the book, ergo, fantasy. This has been a PSA.

Who would you recommend the book to?

Fans of fantasy or time travel stories. Or, people interested in the antebellum South.

What would you pair this book with? 

I didn’t plan it, but the timing worked out that I read this book right before Martin Luther King Jr. day. That was a good pairing. I am not suggesting you wait a whole year before reading it yourself though.

Recommended Reading from President Obama

In a New York Times article this week, Michiko Kakutani wrote, “Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack Obama.”  President Obama has talked about books that have been important to him throughout his presidency.  He even shared a list of books that he recently purchased for his eighteen year old daughter, Malia.  Find  inspiration in his recommendations!  The library has many books by his favorite authors and titles that have been meaningful to him. Borrow some today.

Below is a fun, short video from Entertainment Weekly and here is a link to his complete list:

Every book Barack Obama has recommended during his presidency

 

What We Read Wednesday: The Durham Tech Faculty & Staff Best Reads of 2016 Edition

In a repeating series highlighting current and recent reads around Durham Tech, here are the best books that Durham Tech faculty and staff read in 2016


For Durham Tech Library availability and more details about the 2016 Durham Tech faves, check out the pdf of the book list: Durham Tech 2016 Best Books

You can also check out (literally) the books from the downstairs library display of Durham Tech’s favorite books of 2016.


Is your department, club, campus, committee, or subgroup interested in participating in a What We’re Reading* blog post? The goal of the What We’re Reading* posts is to highlight books, professional literature, blogs, or any other things you might be currently reading or have recently finished. Contact OCC Librarian Meredith Lewis for more information.

*Could also be What We Read– recent reads also accepted (and encouraged).

What We’re Reading Wednesdays: The Library Staff Edition

In a (hopefully) repeating series highlighting current and recent reads around Durham Tech, here’s what the Durham Tech library staff is reading and has recently read–

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Several librarians also enjoy regularly reading The Awkward Yeti, including their current comics on germs in preparation for the new semester.

As always, if you’re interested in a title, you can either search our catalog to see if we have the book or request it through interlibrary loan.  Need help doing either of these things or don’t yet have a library card? Ask in the library.


Is your department, club, campus, committee, or subgroup interested in participating in a What We’re Reading blog post? The goal of the What We’re Reading posts is to highlight books, professional literature, blogs, or any other things you might be currently reading or have recently finished. Contact OCC Librarian Meredith Lewis for more information.