February 7, 2014 by Reader's Connection
For those of us of a certain age, it’s hard to believe that it’s been fifty years since one of the biggest moments in 20th century pop music history occurred – the first appearance of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show on February 9, 1964. I remember sitting in front of the TV with my siblings and parents, enthralled with the different look and sound of this quartet with the unruly, long (for those times) haircuts.
We weren’t alone – according to the ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ website, about 40% of Americans watched The Beatles’ performance. We had never seen anything like the response of the television audience, mostly teenage girls, who screamed throughout the entire performance. You could sense that something big was happening, but we had only a glimmer of an idea that this music was ushering in a new era.
|Not everyone was a fan, of course. Newsweek ran a review disparaging their “great pudding bowls of hair” and “nutty shouts of ‘yeah, yeah, yeah!,’” stating “they will fade away, as most adults confidently predict.”|
The library offers a number of titles to help you relive this seminal event, and celebrate this major musical anniversary.
Before we get to the books, here are a couple of CD’s.
The Capitol Albums. Vol. 1 This 4-CD set has a mono and stereo version of each track, so you can hear how these cuts originally sounded.
And here are a couple DVD’s.
On to the books and downloadables, and even an online database:
And now the database.
Biography in Context is running a Beatles feature. If you’re doing this from home or work, you’ll need to log in with your library barcode and PIN.
–Selector Kathy Barnard
February 5, 2014 by Reader's Connection
On Monday, February 3rd, the nomination period opened for the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. Nominations must be received by Friday, March 21st.
Are you thinking about nominating Glenn Halberstadt, your faithful Reader’s Connection blogger? Are you in a quandary as to his appropriate category?
Is Glenn NATIONAL? Glenn has been to both Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida. If you need confirmation of one of these visits, you can check his driver’s record: he received a speeding ticket in Cottondale, Florida, sole habitat of the Florida dungfish.
Is Glenn REGIONAL? Exquisitely so. Here’s a map of the routes along which, in finer weather, he has been seen walking his dog.
Is Glenn EMERGING? Emerging from what? I don’t understand.
Is Glenn INELIGIBLE for this award, as he is employed by the library? I suppose that’s possible.
Click on Glenn’s picture above, or on the icon below, for clarification about these three categories–National Author, Regional Author, Emerging Author–and for other details about the award. Again, your deadline for nominations is Friday, March 21st. The awards will be presented at the ticketed Award Dinner on Saturday, October 25th.
February 3, 2014 by Reader's Connection
February is African-American History Month, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Several new books will be published about the struggle and the people who courageously led the fight for equality. Here are a few:
Freedom Now! Forgotten Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle Martin A. Berger presents dramatic images of the Civil Rights era, some never before published.
Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear Describes the events surrounding Meredith’s march to increase Black voter registration, and how the aftermath of his shooting, caught in a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph, mobilized the voter drive. Aram Goudsouzian details this era before the Black Power Movement.
Stokely: A Life Stokely Carmichael was among a group of leaders who finished Meredith’s march. Shortly after the march he called for “Black Power”. Peniel E. Joseph offers the most in-depth biography of Carmichael in more than a decade.
TIME Civil Rights: How the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s Created a New Nation Iconic photographs from TIME, infographics and commentary by prominent writers document the Civil Rights Movement.
–Selector Beth Baker Schoch
January 31, 2014 by Reader's Connection
Happy Chinese New Year! Friday, January 31st marks the beginning of the Year of the Horse.
We begin our celebration with a Chinese review (by Xiaolin Lin of the Lawrence Library) of a Chinese book. Lin also gives us an English review, to go with our English translation.
Then we’ll move on to some horsy material from me.
|Big Breasts and Wide Hips by Mo Yan
Call number: FIC MO
Mo Yan, a Chinese author, received the Nobel Prize in Literature on October 11, 2012, for his incorporation of hallucinatory realism into Chinese folk tales, history and contemporary life. He became the first Chinese author to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.The novel “Big Breasts and Wide Hips” is regarded as one of Mo Yan’s masterpieces. Its popularity is partially due to its controversial theme. This novel portrays a heroic mother, and is believed to be the most well thought-out novel by Mo Yan, depicting the rich and diverse Chinese history from the Sino-Japanese War to the aftermath of the Chinese Economic Reform. The mother in the novel has a son named Jintong Shangguan with a swede Pastor Malory. She later gives birth to Jintong’s half-sisters, who are associated with the senior authority and civil forces in 20th century China. The ups and downs of this family reflect the changes of Chinese politics during this period. The novel expressed the author’s love, sympathy and praise for women.
And now, in honor of this year’s Chinese zodiac animal:
I don’t care about horse-racing. I don’t quite approve of it. The only visit I remember ever making to a racetrack was in the summer of 1976, to see the rock group The Band in what turned out to be their last tour.
But Jane Smiley’s novel Horse Heaven is a glorious immersion in the world of horse owners, trainers, assistant trainers, grooms, jockeys, gambling junkies. There’s a vet of great honor and wisdom, and a nasty, crooked vet. And there are fillies, mares, stallions, studs, geldings and ponies.
The story–fueled by Smiley’s love of horses and her fascination with the racing world in all its excess–gallops around the country, jumping the Atlantic on occasion, and I made much use of the geographical list of characters in the opening pages.
I love the book. And not only that: It may be embarrassing for some readers to admit to “loving” fictional human characters from books, so imagine my embarrassment when confessing my feelings about a fictional horse.
I love Justa Bob.
While I’m horsing around I might as well link to a review that I wrote in 2012 of Alyson Hagy’s novel Boleto. The review is a little dopey, but it reminds of what I liked about the book, and of how I was moved by its resolution.
And here’s a link to James Galvin’s poem “Two Sketches of Horses”.
Happy New Year!
May you have an auspicious Year of the Horse!
January 28, 2014 by Reader's Connection
One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is improve mental health—laugh and love more, and enjoy life. If you’re on the path to self- improvement, celebrities can help!
PX90 creator Tony Horton has written his first non-workout book. The Big Picture: 11 Laws That Will Change Your Life shows how good physical health creates a positive outlook to be successful in all areas of life. If this book is anything like his workouts, excuses are not an option.
Age is no excuse to stop challenging ourselves. Hoosier native and former Today show anchor Jane Pauley has written Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life. She shares stories of people age 50 and older who have reinvented themselves in the second half of their life, and shows that midlife is the perfect time to get re-energized.
Former Entertainment Tonight anchor Leeza Gibbons has a slightly different view. In Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings she urges us to “redo” our lives whenever we’re feeling unmotivated and stuck in a rut. She believes life is our biggest production, and we have the creative control to shape our storyline.
Gloria Gaynor’s number one hit “I Will Survive” has become the theme song of many people’s lives. We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song, was inspired by messages from fans. It features stories of people worldwide who have used the song to inspiration to overcome difficulties in their lives.
Iyanla Vanzant is certainly a survivor. The life coach and host of “Iyanla, Fix My Life” has been from rags to riches to rags and back to riches. In Forgiveness: 21 Days to Forgive Everyone for Everything she outlines the skills needed to forgive hurt, move on, and live in peace. Each chapter features a specific exercise to help us forgive ourselves and our choices, in areas of life including relationships, money, and career. The book ends with three sample forgiveness letters to send to ourselves, or others in our lives.
If affirmations and positive talk are not your style, business speaker Larry Winget is your guy. His Grow a Pair: How to Stop Being a Victim and Take Back Your Life, Your Business, and Your Sanity. He says enough with tolerating bad behavior and going along to get along. Happiness and success come from being assertive, and demanding the best from ourselves and others.
No matter what area of your life you want to improve, there’s a celebrity whose approach will resonate with you. Look for these and other self-titles in print, audio ebook, or downloadable audio.
–Selector Beth Baker Schoch