New York City / George McGovern

Week of November 5, 2012

In the News: Hurricane Sandy and New York City / George McGovern (1922-2012)

Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the Mid-Atlantic, New England, Southeastern, and Midwestern states last week causing billions of dollars in damages and leaving millions in the dark without power. Although many cities were heavily hit by the storm (especially places like Atlantic City and Hoboken in New Jersey, which may have suffered the worst damage), our In the News main topic this week focuses on books about New York City, the most populous city in the country and one of the hardest hit by Sandy.

Also In the News: George McGovern, retired senator from South Dakota and former Democratic Presidential nominee in 1972, died on October 21.



722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York
By Clifton Hood. Johns Hopkins UP, 1995
Call Number: TF847 .N5 H66 1995

740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building
By Michael Gross. Broadway Books, 2005
Call Number: F128.67 .P3 G76 2005

Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century
By John F. Kasson. Hill & Wang, 1978
Call Number: F129 .C75 K37 1978 Continue reading

James Bond / Russell Means

Week of October 29, 2012

In the News: 50th Anniversary of James Bond Film Series / Russell Means (1939-2012)

The James Bond films series celebrates its 50th anniversary. From Dr. No (1962) to Skyfall (2012), viewers have enjoyed watching 007 (played throughout the years by Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig) on the big screen as he sipped martinis that were shaken, not stirred.

Also In the News: Russell Means, Native American Lakota activist and prominent member and leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM), died of cancer on October 22.




Bond Films
By Jim Smith and Stephen Lavington. Virgin, 2002
Call Number: PN1995.9 .J3 S65 2002

Casino Royale (DVD)
Directed by Martin Campbell. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2007
Call Number: PN1997.2 .C3756 2007

The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia
By Steven Jay Rubin. Contemporary Books, 1990
Call Number: PN1995.9 .J3 R78 1990

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2012 Presidential Election

Week of October 15, 2012


This week’s theme of presidential elections includes titles on the following related topics: voter fraud, the electoral college, liberals, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, third party candidates, the 2008 presidential election, Kennedy vs. Nixon, [Ted] Kennedy vs. Carter, the Tea Party movement, Herman Cain, Geraldine Ferraro, John Edwards, Ralph Nader, Sarah Palin, Shirley Chisholm, Ross Perot, and more. There are also book by and/or about the two leading candidates and their running mates (yes, we have Young Guns co-written by Paul Ryan as well as the 2010 Joe Biden biography). These and other books are on display  through November 6 in the Wimberly Library lobby on the Boca Raton Campus.

The 2008 Elections in Florida: Change! But Only at the Top of the Ticket
By Robert E. Crew, Jr. and Slater Bayliss. University Press of America, 2011
Call Number: JK4416 .C74 2011

The 2008 Presidential Elections: A Story in Four Acts
Edited by Erik Jones and Salvatore Vassallo. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
Call Number: JK526 2008 .A18 2009

All the Way with LBJ: The 1964 Presidential Election
By Robert David Johnson. Cambridge University Press, 2009
Call Number: E850 .J64 2009

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Banned Books Week (September 30-October 6)

Week of October 1, 2012


The 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week begins on September 30 and runs through October 6. In 1982, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) began publicizing the challenges to library materials that were made by patrons and other user groups. Based on reports from libraries, schools, and the media, here is just a sample of those challenged books (1982-present) as compiled by the OIF. See for more information. Also, stop by the Wimberly Library lobby to view some of the books that have been banned or challenged in libraries across the U.S.

Link to books about banned and suppressed literature




1984 (published 1949)
By George Orwell
Call Number: PR6029 .R8 N5 1953

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007)
By Sherman Alexie
Call Number: PZ7 .A382 Ab 2007

The Alice Series (1985-  )
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Call Number: PZ7 .N24 Ag 1985 (Children’s Literature Collection)

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☮ & Tiffany

Week of September 17, 2012


September 21st is the United Nation’s International Day of Peace which has been observed since 1982. The theme for this year is “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.”

Also In the News: Tiffany and Co., the provider of sought-after diamonds, china, silver, and crystal, all packaged in the ever-popular Tiffany Blue Box, celebrates its 175th anniversary.

Another Side of Peace (DVD)
Directed by Ellen Frick and Gretchen Burger. New Day Films, 2005
Call Number: DS119.76 .A56 2005 (Boca Raton Media Center)

Back Channel Negotiation: Secrecy in the Middle East Peace Process
By Anthony Wanis-St. John. Syracuse University Press, 2011
Call Number: DS119.7 .W339 2011

Books, Not Bombs: Teaching Peace Since the Dawn of the Republic
By Charles F. Howlett and Ian M. Harris. Information Age Pub., 2010
Call Number: JZ5584 .U6 H6893 2010 Continue reading

In Two Months…

Week of September 10, 2012


On November 6, voters will head to the polls for the general election of 2012. Until then, why not see what the library has to offer on elections and the voting process? Most have been published since the 2008 presidential election.

The 2008 Elections in Florida: Change! But Only at the Top of the Ticket
By Robert E. Crew, Jr. and Slater Bayliss. UP of America, 2011
Call Number: JK4416 .C74 2011

A Behavioral Theory of Elections
By Jonathan Bender et al. Princeton University Press, 2011
Call Number: JF1001 .B414 2011

The Change Election: Money, Mobilization, and Persuasion in the 2008 Federal Elections
Edited by David B. Magleby. Temple University Press, 2011
Call Number: JK1991 .C43 2011 Continue reading

First Tampa, Now Charlotte

Week of September 4, 2012


The 40th Republican National Convention held last week in Tampa is now history, but the Democrats will soon convene in Charlotte. To mark these events, we offer a list of books related to past national party conventions as well as some of the Libraries’ recently acquired books on the Republican and Democratic parties.


Bifurcated Politics: Evolution and Reform in the National Party Convention
By Byron E. Shafer. Harvard UP, 1988
Call Number: JK2255 .S49 1988 (At Jupiter)

The Center Cannot Hold: The 1960 Presidential Election and the Rise of Modern Conservatism
By Laura Jane Gifford. Northern Illinois Press, 2009
Call Number: JK2356 .G53 2009

A Citizen’s Guide to American Ideology: Conservatism and Liberalism in Contemporary Politics
By Morgan Marietta. Routledge, 2012
Call Number: JC573.2 .U6 M349 2011 Continue reading


Week of August 20, 2012 (Part 2)

In the News: 1994

Many of FAU’s incoming Freshmen were born in 1994, the year when…


NAFTA was established

The Making of NAFTA: How the Deal Was Done
By Maxwell A. Cameron and Brian W. Tomlin. Cornell University Press, 2000
Call Number: HF1746 .C33 2000

Is NAFTA Constitutional?
By Bruce Ackerman and David Golove. Harvard University Press, 1995
Call Number: KDZ944 .A41992 A74 1995

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Back to School

Week of August 20, 2012 (Part 1)


It’s back-to-school time at FAU. A big welcome back to our returning students, and a hearty welcome to incoming Freshmen and transfer students.


The Art of Fielding: A Novel
By Chad Harbach. Little, Brown and Co., 2011
Call Number: PS3608 .A72513 .A87 2011

Best Practices in Student & Faculty Assessment: 2012 Edition
Primary Research Group, 2011
Call Number: LB2822.75 .B46 2011

Breaking Away
By Kristin Lattany. Ballantine Books, 2003
Call Number: Available online via Black Women Writers: African, African American, and Diaspora Continue reading