Week of July 30, 2012

In the News: LONDON

All eyes are on London as it hosts the 2012 Summer Olympics. (See our post from ‘08 when the Games were held in Beijing.)


All Is Song
By Samantha Harvey. Jonathan Cape, 2012
Call Number: PR6108 .A7875 A45 2012 (At Jupiter)

Bleak House
By Charles Dickens. Macmillan, 1954
Call Number: PR4556 .A1 1954

The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of London
Edited by Lawrence Manley. Cambridge University Press, 2011
Call Number: PR8471 .C36 2011 Continue reading

Singin’ in the Rain

Week of July 23, 2012


How can we get us through the rainy days of summer in Southeast Florida? Watch Gene Kelly kick up his heels in a 60-year-old Hollywood musical, of course. Singin’ in the Rain reminds us of the problems many Hollywood studios and silent film actors faced during the advent of sound films, or “talkies,” in the late 1920s. Want to learn more about this period in film history?Check out one of these titles.


The American Musical and the Performance of Personal Identity
By Raymond Knapp. Princeton University Press, 2006
Call Number: ML2054 .K6 2006

Cinema’s Conversion to Sound: Technology and Film -Style in France and the U.S.
By Charles O’ Brien. Indiana University Press, 2005
Call Number: PN1995.7 .O27 2005 (Also available online via EBSCOhost)

Destabilizing the Hollywood Musical: Music, Masculinity and Mayhem
By Kelly Kessler. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
Call Number: PN1995.9 .M86 K48 2010 Continue reading


Week of July 16, 2012

In the News: WIMBLEDON

Roger Federer won his seventh Men’s Singles Wimbledon Championship while Serena Williams finished with her fifth title. Williams also won the Women’s Doubles Championship with her sister, Venus. This was Wimbledon win number five for the sisters.


30 for 30, Volume 2, DVD 9 (DVD)
Features: Unmatched – No individual sports rivalry can boast the intensity and impact of the one between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Fierce competitors, the two lifted each other to heights that each couldn’t have reached without the other. On the court, their battles were fought hard. But even more remarkable is what happened off the court, as they formed a strong and lasting friendship, bonding them to this day.
ESPN Films, 2011
Call Number: GV576 .A1534 2011 (Boca Raton Media Center)

Arthur Ashe on Tennis: Strokes, Strategy, Traditions, Players, Psychology, and Wisdom
By Arthur Ashe with Alexander McNab. Knopf, 1995
Call Number: GV995 .A75 1995

Blacks at the Net: Black Achievement in the History of Tennis
By Sundiata Djata. Syracuse University Press, 2006
Call Number: GV992 .D53 2006 Continue reading

The Single Life

Week of July 9, 2012


In the News: Unmarried. Bachelor. Unattached. Bachelorette. Eligible. Single.
Now that previous posts have focused on love and marriage (here, here and here) – and even divorce – what’s next? This week we highlight books and videos on being single.


About a Boy
By Nick Hornby. Riverhead Books, 2002
Call Number: PR6058 .O689 A64 2002

About a Boy (DVD)
Directed by Paul Weitz and Chris Weitz. Universal, 2002
Call Number: PN1997.2 .A265 2002 (Boca Raton Media Center)

Bachelor Girl: The Secret History of the Single Woman in the Twentieth Century
By Betsy Israel. William Morrow, 2002
Call Number: HQ800.2 .I85 2002 Continue reading


Week of July 2, 2012


In the News: Judith Wallerstein has died at the age of 90. In 1971, she studied children from divorced families and interviewed them every five years over the course of 25 years. Wallerstein’s findings detailed the consequences of divorce and she noted that, for many of the children, the negative effects continued into adulthood.


Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce
By Elizabeth Marquardt. Crown Publishers, 2005
Call Number: HQ777.5 .M3746 2005 (At Jupiter)

Children of Divorce: Stories of Loss and Growth
By John H. Harvey and Mark A. Fine. Routledge, 2010
Call Number: HQ777.5 .H38 2010

Dickens and the Rise of Divorce: The Failed-Marriage Plot and the Novel Tradition
By Kelly Hager. Ashgate, 2010
Call Number: PR4592 .D57 H34 2010 Continue reading


Week of June 18, 2012


In the News: Forty years ago on June 17, 1972, five men were arrested for breaking in to the Watergate complex which served as the headquarters to the Democratic National Committee.


1973 Nervous Breakdown: Watergate, Warhol, and the Birth of Post-Sixties America
By Andreas Killen. Bloomsbury, 2006
Call Number: E169.12 .K463 2006

Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes
Edited by Stanley I. Kutler. Five Press, 1997
Call Number: E860 .A26 1997

All the President’s Men
By Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. Simon & Schuster, 1974
Call Number: E856 .B4 Continue reading

Foie Gras and Food Culture, Part II

Week of June 11, 2012


In the News: California’s ban on the sale of foie gras, a French delicacy that’s popular in many fine dining establishments, goes into effect July 1, 2012, much to the dismay of many of the state’s best known chefs.


Adventures in Eating: Anthropological Experiences of Dining from around the World
Edited by Helen R. Haines and Clare A. Sammells. University Press of Colorado, 2010
Call Number: GT2850 .A48 2010

The Cultural Politics of Food and Eating: A Reader
Edited by James L. Watson and Melissa L. Caldwell. Blackwell, 2005
Call Number: GT2850 .C853 2004

Educated Tastes: Food, Drink, and Connoisseur Culture
Edited by Jeremy Strong. University of Nebraska Press, 2011
Call Number: GT2855 .E38 2011

Foie Gras: A Passion
By Michael A. Ginor et al. Wiley, 1999
Call Number: Available online via EBSCOhost Continue reading

Summer Reading 2012

Week of June 4, 2012


In the News: What are you reading this summer? Some of the titles listed below are on display in the Wimberly Library Lobby. Stop by, check one (or two or three or more) out, and enjoy!


Abu-Jaber. Diana. Birds of Paradise: A Novel
W.W. Norton & Co, 2011
Call Number: PS3551.B895 B57 2011

Alpaugh, Cole. The Bear in a Muddy Tutu
Carmel Press, 2011
Call Number: PS3601.L738 B43 2011

Bondurant, Matt. The Night Swimmer: A Novel
Scribner, 2012
Call Number: PS3602.O657 N54 2012 Continue reading

Bob Dylan

Week of May 28, 2012

Bob Dylan

In the News: Folk and rock musician, Robert Allen Zimmerman, a.k.a. Bob Dylan, turned 71 on May 24th.


Alias Bob Dylan Revisited
By Stephen Scobie. Red Deer Press, 2004
Call Number: ML420 .D98 S36 2004

Bob Dylan
By Keith Negus. Indiana University Press, 2008
Call Number: ML420 .D98 N44 2008

Bob Dylan: A Descriptive, Critical Discography, and Filmography, 1961-2007
By John Nogowski. McFarland, 2008
Call Number: ML156.7 .D97 .N64 2008 Continue reading

Marriage in 2012

Week of May 21, 2012


In the News: President Obama recently announced his support for same-sex marriage. In the News featured a post on this topic exactly four years ago when the California Supreme Court overturned a ruling that banned gay marriage in that state. This week we look at marriage in general.


Alone Together: How Marriage in America is Changing
By Paul R. Amato et al. Harvard University Press, 2007
Call Number: HQ536 .A538 2007 (At Jupiter)

Between a Man and a Woman?: Why Conservatives Oppose Same-Sex Marriage
By Ludger H. Viefhues-Bailey. Columbia University Press, 2010
Call Number: BT707.6 .V54 2010

Beyond Straight and Gay Marriage: Valuing All Families under the Law
By Nancy D. Polikoff. Beacon Press, 2008
Call Number: KF538 .P65 2008 Continue reading