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  • Book cover for The exceptions : Nancy Hopkins, MIT, and the fight for women in science

    The exceptions : Nancy Hopkins, MIT, and the fight for women in science

    by Zernike, Kate

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    March 29, 2023

    Call Number: 509.73 Z58

    When she was a reporter for the Boston Globe Kate Zernike wrote the breaking story that the esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had discriminated against women faculty, at all levels.  Based on meticulous research this book is an in-depth analysis of what took place and how sixteen women, each of whom thought they were the exception to unfair treatment, came together to realize that each of them had been treated unfairly. Over four years Zernike conducted interviews, used archival material that included letters, university reports, oral... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for I'll build a stairway to paradise : a life of Bunny Mellon

    I'll build a stairway to paradise : a life of Bunny Mellon

    by Griswold, Mac K.

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    March 20, 2023

    Call Number: 712.092 M527Gr

    When she died in 2014, 103 years old, it could be said that Rachel Lambert Mellon had lived a very full life, not only for her longevity but for all that she accomplished. She was born into a family of wealth and property, and she twice married men of wealth and property. Her husband Paul Mellon was one of the richest men in the United States  For a woman of her time, born in 1910, not much was expected of her other than to marry well, produce children, and take care of her husband, their family, and home. However, there was a great deal more to this woman who was known as... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Stone Blind

    Stone Blind

    by Haynes, Natalie

    March 13, 2023

    "I only see them for an instant. Then they're gone. But it's enough. Enough to know that the hero isn't the one who's kind or brave or loyal. Sometimes -- not always, but sometimes -- he is monstrous. And the monster? Who is she? She is what happens when someone cannot be saved. This particular monster is assaulted, abused and vilified. And yet, as the story is always told, She is the one you should fear. She is the monster.

    We'll see about that."

     In Stone Blind, Natalie Haynes retells the story of Medusa, one of the three Gorgon... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Superspy Science: Science, Death and Tech in the World of James Bond

    Superspy Science: Science, Death and Tech in the World of James Bond

    by Harkup, Kathryn

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    March 6, 2023

    Call Number: 823 F597Ha

    "Bond's the name, Jame Bond," is how he introduces himself. In the books and films we learn that he has a license to kill, which he uses to get any number of baddies who stand in his way of eliminating super villains. He is helped in this endeavor with an arsenal of quirky, powerful weapons, gadgets, cars, planes and other paraphernalia that are beyond belief. Over the years the franchise, both book and film, has expanded and readers and viewers know they will be in for lots of thrills with Bond always the cool, calm hero. Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, said that in some... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The essential Dick Gregory

    The essential Dick Gregory

    by Gregory, Dick

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    February 28, 2023

    Call Number: 812.092 G822-3

    According to producer and director Andrew Gaines (The One and Only Dick Gregory), “For me, the personal experiences of Dick Gregory were like listening to a walking history lesson. It took only a few hours into my journey to make this film for me to realize that Dick Gregory was one of a kind, and I became totally consumed.” According to Christian Claxton Gregory, editor of his father's thoughts, “What a life, what a blessing. Dick Gregory... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Dr. No : a novel

    Dr. No : a novel

    by Everett, Percival

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    February 21, 2023

    If you are a fan of Percival Everett, his most recent novel is for you. If you love satire then this novel is for you. It is satire on fire, by way of Everett’s genius and ingenuity to riff on various subjects: the competitive, snooty know-it-all attitude among professionals who work in subject areas and subdivisions of physics, mathematics, philosophy, and in public and private agencies. Add to this a narrative that is rich with double entendres and quadruple entendres about names, words, sentences, ideas, complex theories and novels. Percival Everett plays this like a master... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The wind at my back : resilience, grace, and other gifts from my mentor, Raven Wilkinson

    The wind at my back : resilience, grace, and other gifts from my mentor, Raven Wilkinson

    by Copeland, Misty

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    February 14, 2023

    Call Number: 793.324 C782-2

    Ballerina Misty Copeland was the first Black ballerina to become a principal ballerina in the American Ballet Theatre. In her autobiography, Life in motion: an unlikely ballerina, she wrote about her early life and how she became involved in ballet, and was accepted into American Ballet Theatre. In itself, her early life was one of struggle, but in ballet she found her calling.  She has written many other books about her life and about what it... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The family Chao : a novel

    The Family Chao

    by Chang, Lan Samantha

    February 6, 2023

    Somewhere towards the end of Lan Samantha Chang’s third novel, The Family Chao, I kept thinking about the first story in Maxine Hong Kingston’s seminal work The Woman Warrior, where a woman takes her own life by jumping into the family well, just hours after giving birth in a pigsty.  She was Kingston’s aunt back in China, during the Warlord Era in the 1920s, when the country splintered into regions controlled by local leaders,... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for How to Take Over the World: Practical Schemes and Scientific Solutions for the Aspiring Supervillain

    How to Take Over the World: Practical Schemes and Scientific Solutions for the Aspiring Supervillain

    by North, Ryan

    January 30, 2023

    Call Number: 500 N866

    In How to Take Over the World, Ryan North, an award winning comics and science writer and computer scientist, provides a primer for those considering supervillainy as a career. He provides step by step instructions, beginning with where to build a secret lair (no matter what you see in movies, television, or comics, do NOT build a lair in an active volcano – North explains why!), potentially villainous schemes to pursue, along with explorations of the existing, or soon to exist, science, including physics, mathematics, biology, history, genetics, along with political... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Studio 54

    Studio 54

    by Schrager, Ian, 1946-

    January 24, 2023

    Call Number: 793.15 S377 folio

    These days when we think about the 1970s, we’re assaulted with memories of the energy crisis, the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon’s resignation as President of the United States after the Watergate scandal, and, of course, disco. Many of us equate disco with the 1970s, a genre of dance music that emerged from nightlife scenes and subcultures in the United States.  Disco was a kind of reaction to the dominance of rock music in the 1960s, when dance music was stigmatized.  And thus, band names like Earth Wind & Fire, the Bee Gees, ABBA, KC and the Sunshine Band - just to... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Jacques Pépin: art of the chicken : a master chef's paintings, stories, and recipes of the humble

    Jacques Pépin: art of the chicken : a master chef's paintings, stories, and recipes of the humble

    by Pépin, Jacques.

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    January 17, 2023

    Call Number: 641.665 P422

    We all know him as a master French chef, sidekick to Julia Child in many cooking television programs, and a TV presenter for his own cooking programs. Among his many accomplishments, which include innumerable cookbooks and magazine articles, he is a prodigious artist.  It is unlikely that the chicken has been portrayed, in one book, in such a vibrant, multifaceted and witty style. In this homage to the chicken and its versatility, Jacques Pépin has created a memoir with recipes, accompanied by his own paintings. Growing up in the French countryside, he learned many... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution

    Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution

    by Kuang, R. F.

    Reviewed by: Andrea Borchert, Librarian, Koreatown Media Lab

    January 9, 2023

    Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution is the story of a young man, who is named Robin Swift by the English guardian who refuses to let him use his birth name. Robin was taken from Canton and raised by his guardian, a cold and exacting Oxford Don, specifically for the purpose of obtaining an Oxford education in magic, and using that magic to ensure Britain's power over its colonies in an alternate 1830s England. 

    This book has so many things that are enticing about a dark world, academia, books,... Read Full Review

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