Staff Reading Picks 2015

Staff Reading Picks 2015

Looking for some summer reading ideas? Below are selections of books recently recommended by staff members of the FAU Libraries. These books are now on display in the Wimberly Library’s main lobby.


All the Light we Cannot See
By Anthony Doerr. Scribner, 2014
Call Number: PS3604.O34 A77 2014
Recommended by Beth

Courtesans & Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens
By James Davidson. St. Martin’s Press, 1998
Call Number: DF275 .D23 1998
Recommended by Afra B., Access Services

Earth as Art
By Lawrence Friedl, Karen Yuen, et al. NASA, 2012
Call Number: NAS 1.83:NP-2012-07-889-HQ
Recommended by Bruce Barron, Government Documents
“A book of beautiful full-color pictures showing images from Earth-observing environmental satellites in orbit around the planet.”
Continue reading

Alan B. Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency

David McCullough

David McCullough

The 2015 Alan B. Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency will host Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough, speaking about “Truman’s Presidency and World War II at 70” on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. Wilson D. Miscamble, the prize-winning author and historian, will serve as moderator. The event will take place in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium on Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus. More details about this lecture are available here.

Wilson D. Miscamble

Wilson D. Miscamble

McCullough’s most recent book is the New York Times best-seller The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. Miscamble’s most recent book is The Most Controversial Decison: Truman, the Atomic Bombs and the Defeat of Japan. We currently have a display up in our Boca campus library, featuring some of these authors’ books, listed below, as well as many brand new titles about World War II and Harry Truman. These titles are available either at our Boca Raton or Jupiter campus libraries:

Maya Angelou

Week of June 9, 2014

In the News: Maya Angelou, 1928-2014

A memorial service for the multiple-award-winning author, poet, scriptwriter, playwright, performer, actress, and composer, Maya Angelou, was held Saturday, June 7 at Wake Forest University where she was the Reynolds Professor of American Studies. Her first publication, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), was an immediate success and garnered a National Book Award nomination.

All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes
By Maya Angelou. Random House, 1986
Call Number: PS3551 .N464 Z463 1986

Ballad of Greenwich Village(Streaming Video)
By Karen Kramer. Filmakers Library, 2007
Call Number: Available online via Filmakers Library Online: Alexander Street Press

About the video:
The artists, rebels, and bohemians who came to New York’s Greenwich Village over many decades changed the face of American culture through their art and politics. This film portrays the important political and social movements that began in the Village: the first interracial jazz club, the earliest Socialist newspapers from before World War I, the Stonewall Rebellion which sparked the Gay Liberation movement and many others. This unique film includes anecdotes from many famous writers, musicians and performers who got their start in the Village. Actor/ director Tim Robbins speaks about growing up in the Village and attending early protest rallies. Allen Ginsberg shows us the coffee house where he first read poetry. Playwright Edward Albee remembers how his controversial plays found a home here. Also appearing in the film are film director Woody Allen, poet Maya Angelou, author Norman Mailer, folk singers Peter, Paul & Mary, Judy Collins, Richie Havens and jazz drummer Roy Haynes — as well as local Village painters, activists, club owners and drag queens.

Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer
By Maya Angelou. Random House, 2006
Call Number: PS3551 .N464 C45 2006

Continue reading

Beatles, Mustangs, and a Boxer

Week of March 24, 2014

In the News: The Beatles, Muhammad Ali, and the Ford Mustang

It happened 50 years ago in 1964: The Beatles made their first live U.S. TV appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in February…Later that month, Cassius Clay (who eventually changed his name to Muhammad Ali) defeated Sonny Liston in Miami to become the world heavyweight boxing champion…In March, Ford Motor Company introduced the Mustang.


Artificial Paradise: The Dark Side of the Beatles’ Utopian Dream
By Kevin Courrier. Praeger, 2009
Call Number: ML421 .B4 C68 2008

The Beatles: All These Years
By Mark Lewisohn. Crown Archetype, 2013
Call Number: ML421 .B4 L47 2013

The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit (DVD)
Directed by Alfred Maysles, David Maysles, Kathy Dougherty, and Susan Froemke. Capitol Records, 2003
Call Number: ML421 0B4 B425 2003 Continue reading

JFK Assassination

Week of November 18, 2013

In the News: JFK Assassination 50 Years Later

November 23, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the United States. Browse through some of the titles that are available at the FAU Libraries.

Four Dark Days in History, November 22, 23, 24, 25, 1963: A Photo History of President Kennedy’s Assassination
Published by Jim Matthews. Special Publications, 1963
Call Number: E842.9 .F6 1963

Investigating History: The JFK Assassination (streaming video via American History in Video)
Produced by Sharon Barrett. Kurtis Productions, Ltd., 2004
Call Number: Available online

Directed by Oliver Stone. Warner Home Video, 2010 (released 1991)
Call Number: PN1997 .J45 2010 (Boca Raton Media Center)

JFK, Breaking the News (DVD)
Produced by Krys Boyd Villasenor. KERA, 2003
Call Number: E842.9 .J559 2003 (At Jupiter)


Banned Books Week – (September 22-28, 2013)

Week of September 23, 2013

In the News: Banned Books Week

Well actually, you are, here at FAU, once this exhibit is over, but these are all books which have been banned in various places at various times.  Some are still banned, usually for their sexual or heretical content, or their language.  Most books which have been banned upon first publication for their sexual content, like Lady Chatterley’s Lover, are considered pretty tame today, but there are always new titles to take their place.  Much of the focus on challenged books today revolves around children’s books which touch on the topic of homosexuality, in one way or another, such as the book And Tango Makes Three, about two male penguins who raise a chick.  It is common for governments to ban books which exhibit an uncomfortable political perspective (like Cat’s Cradle), and for governments in countries where there is no separation of church and state to ban books (like The Satanic Verses) which espouse unwelcome religious sentiments.

Dr. William Miller
Dean of University Libraries


And Tango Makes Three
By Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. Simon & Schuster, 2005
Call Number: PZ10.3 .R414 Tan 2005

As I Lay Dying
By William Faulkner. Random House, 1957
Call Number: PS3511 .A86 A8 1957

Beloved: A Novel
By Toni Morrison. Random House, 1987
Call Number: PS3563 .O8749 B4 2004 Continue reading

Staff Reading Picks 2013

Staff Reading Picks 2013

Selections of books recommended by staff members of the FAU Libraries.


An American Tragedy
By Theodore Dreiser. The Heritage Press, 1954
Call Number: PS3507 .R55 A45
Recommended by Gary Gabeloff, Access Services
“A great novel that was made into a movie (A Place in the Sun) with Elizabeth Taylor in 1951.”

The Bell Jar
By Sylvia Plath. Harper Perennial, 2005
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 B4 2005
Recommended by Leah, Jupiter Library

Bleak House
By Charles Dickens. Oxford University Press, 1991
Call Number: PR4556 .A1 1991
Recommended by William Miller, Dean of Libraries Continue reading

Same-Sex Marriage / Edward Snowden

Week of July 1, 2013

In the News: Same-Sex Marriage (part 2) / Edward Snowden

From the Associated Press: The Supreme Court struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.
See In the News posts on same-sex marriage from 2008 and 2012.

Also In the News: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden recently leaked secret documents on surveillance programs to the press. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, is believed to know the whereabouts of the missing Snowden. See an In the News post on WikiLeaks & the Pentagon Papers from 2010.


SAME-SEX MARRIAGE (published 2010-present)

From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law
By Martha C. Nussbaum. Oxford University Press, 2010
Call Number: KF4754.5 .N87 2010

Gay Rights at the Ballot Box
By Amy L. Stone. University of Minnesota Press, 2012
Call Number: HQ76.8 .U5 S76 2012\

Not the Marrying Kind: A Feminist Critique of Same-Sex Marriage
By Nicola Barker. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
Call Number: HQ1033 .B37 2012

The Nuptial Deal: Same-Sex Marriage and Neo-Liberal Governance
By Jaye Cee Whihehead. University of Chicago Press, 2012
Call Number: HQ1034 .U5 W46 2011 Continue reading


Week of June 10, 2013

In the News: Father’s Day is June 16.



Between Fathers and Sons: Critical Incident Narratives in the Development of Men’s Lives
Edited by Robert J. Pellegrini and Theodore R. Sarbin. Haworth Clinical Practice Press, 2002
Call Number: HQ756 .B48 2002 (Jupiter)

Daddy’s Little Girl: The Unspoken Bargain Between Fathers and Their Daughters
By William Woolfolk and Donna Woolfolk Cross. Prentice-Hall, 1982
Call Number: HQ755.85 .W66

Dad’s Coping Tips Basic Training for New Dads (Streaming Video)
By Dr. Winnie King. Aquarius Health Care Media, 2003
Call Number: Available online via Counseling and Therapy in Video Continue reading

Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

Week of April 15, 2013

In the News: Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, the 50th British prime minister and the first woman to hold that office, died on April 8, 2013 at the age of 87.


The Disenchanted Isle: Mrs. Thatcher’s Capitalist Revolution
By Charles Dellheim. W.W. Norton, 1995
Call Number: HC256.6 .D448 1995

The Downing Street Years
By Margaret Thatcher. HarperCollins, 1993
Call Number: DA591 .T47 T472 1993

Global Capitalism and National Decline: The Thatcher Decade in Perspective
By Henk Overbeek. Unwin Hyman, 1990
Call Number: HC256 .O94 1990 Continue reading