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Grab a Book for the Break

Now that finals are winding down, it's time to relax and curl up with a good book (and not a textbook for once). Here are some suggestions for your Winter reading list!

The Final Solution by Michael Chabon
The Final Solution by Michael Chabon

An eighty-nine-year-old former detective in rural England becomes involved with a young refugee from Nazi Germany whose sole companion, an African grey parrot, spews out a series of numbers that could hold the key to a dangerous secret.

Call Number: PS3553.H15 F56 2004 Map It!


Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

A best-selling classic features six additional works on the joys and embarrassments of favorite holidays, in a volume that includes tales of tardy trick-or-treaters, the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to another culture, and a barnyard Secret Santa scheme gone awry.

Call Number: PS3569.E314 H65 2008 MapIt!


The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

A science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in a dingy backstreet room. Set in a multi-layered story of the death of a woman's sister and husband in the 1940's, with a novel-within-a novel as a background.

Call Number: PR9199.3.A8 B55 2000 Map It!


Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Calliope's friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparent's desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s.

Call Number: PS3555.U4 M53 2002 Map It!


The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

Call Number: PZ7.P968 Go 1996  Map It!


A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

The kingdom of the royal Stark family faces its ultimate challenge in the onset of a generation-long winter, the poisonous plots of the rival Lannisters, the emergence of the Neverborn demons, and the arrival of barbarian hordes.

Call Number: PS3563.A7239 G36 2011 Map It!


American Gods by Neil Gaiman
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

A master of inventive fiction pens the story of an ex-con who is offered a job as a bodyguard for Mr. Wednesday, a trickster and a rogue. Shadow soon learns that his role in the man's schemes are far more dangerous and dark than he could have ever imagined.

Call Number: PR6057.A319 A84 2001 Map It!


China Dolls by Lisa See
China Dolls by Lisa See

A bold and bittersweet story of secrets and sacrifice, love and betrayal, prejudice and passion, China Dolls reveals a rich portrait of female friendship, as three young women navigate the "Chop Suey Circuit"--America's extravagant all-Asian revues of the 1930s and '40s--and endure the attack on Pearl Harbor and the shadow of World War II"

Call Number: PS3569.E3334 C47 2014 Map It!


A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

Call Number: PS3608.A7436 D57 2011 Map It!


CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella by George Saunders
CivilWarLand in bad decline

A novella and short stories on a future America, a land of corporate hypocrisy, violence and pollution. Trendy attractions include pickled babies and cows with plexiglass sides, so you can see the milk made, people buy other people's more interesting memories for downloading into their heads.

Call Number: PS3569.A7897 C58 1996 Map It!


Tell Me: poems by Kim Addonizio
Tell Me: Poems

Tell Me examines the tangled ties that bind us to those we love - parents, siblings, children, friends, lovers or ex-lovers - in rhythm-driven verse, traditional forms and prose poems. The themes of love, loss and loneliness and the inevitability of the body's decay propel this collection.

Call Number: PS3551.D3997 T45 2000 Map It!


The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
The House on Mango Street

The story of a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago. Capturing her thoughts and emotions in poems and stories, she is able to rise above hopelessness and create a quiet space for herself in the midst of her oppressive surroundings.

Call Number: PS3551.D3997 T45 2000 Map It!


So Big by Edna Ferber
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Winner of the 1924 Pulitzer Prize, So Big is widely regarded as Edna Ferber's crowning achievement. A rollicking panorama of Chicago's high and low life, this stunning novel follows the travails of gambler's daughter Selina Peake DeJong as she struggles to maintain her dignity, her family, and her sanity in the face of monumental challenges.

Call Number: PS3511.E46 S6 1924b Map It!


Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham
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Nightmare Alley is a novel by William Lindsay Gresham published in 1946. It is a study of the lowest depths of showbiz and its sleazy inhabitants – the dark, shadowy world of a second rate carnival filled with hustlers, scheming grifters, and Machiavellian femmes fatales.

Call Number: PS3511.E46 S6 1924b Book Stored - Log in to Request


Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
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The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the whirlwind of Borges's genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with fantasy. Borges sends us on a journey into a compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant realm. . .

Call Number: PQ7797.B635 F5 1998 Map It!


Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
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One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston's beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams. . .

Call Number: PS3515.U789 T639 1991 Map It!

The Robert and Maureen Gohstand Leisure Reading Room, located in the West Wing, second floor, provides an attractive space for the enjoyment of the quiet pleasures of reading and a collection of works intended to encourage reading for recreation and pleasure, for an appreciation of good and exciting writing, for introspection and insight, and for the acquisition of general knowledge.