In May we are reading Brooks Headley’s Fancy Desserts by Brooks Headley at the Main Library. Come to the Main Library to pick up a book and sign up for the May 18 discussion.
Curious about the craft of poetry? Join us in the Main Library Makerspace this Thursday (4/28) from 12p.m. to 1p.m. to celebrate National Poetry Month! We will be discussing the craft of poetry and writing our own original poetry. This event is in collaboration with the Writing Center.
As of 5/1, the HCCC Library will no longer have an option for Summon Search Everything. Instead, an interface to “Search Articles” from our most popular subscription resource, EBSCO, will appear in its place.
The transition should take effect on or about May 1st, 2016. In the meantime students can continue to use the Search Everything tab. After the transition, all resources that were available in Search Everything will still be available from their original sources on the Research page.
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
“There was a time, and it was many years ago now, when I had to stay in a hospital for almost nine weeks.” So begins Strout’s new novel, about a mother and daughter and the love that binds them together, despite their inability to talk about the poverty they lived in and the abuse they both suffered. Despite not seeing her in years, Lucy’s mother shows up at the foot of her hospital bed. They share stories of town’s people they grew up with. Nothing deep or personal is really discussed. Lucy is happy just to listen to her mother’s voice.
This book is a remembrance of that hospital stay, which the narrator, a novelist, puts into her novel. Her writing mentor offers this advice: “This is a story about a mother who loves her daughter, imperfectly. But if you find yourself protecting anyone as you write this piece, remember this: You are not doing it right.” And Strout writes it right. No one is protected and the revelations are sublime.
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
On the surface, H is for Hawk is a falconry book chronicling the training of a North British Goshawk, one of the biggest, fiercest, and hardest to train hunting hawks. It is also a memoir of Macdonald’s grief after the sudden lose of her father, photographer Alisdair Macdonald. The two had been close her entire life, bonding over their love of nature and their ability to watch, silently attentive, waiting for their instincts to guide their actions. It is also a researched study of Falconry literature, compiled with special focus on the author of The Sword and the Stone, T. H. White, himself a falconer. His dark memoir “The Goshawk” reveals a cruel relationship with a goshawk he tried to tame. Macdonald is determined to train her hawk with understanding and empathy, rather than the traditional controlling domination, which male falconers have used over centuries. H is for Hawk won the Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction and the Costa Book of the Year prize, awarded to the best new book in any genre.
|On the Outskirts of Normal by Debra Monroe PS3563.O5273Z46
First in her family to get an education, Debra Monroe moves past her two divorces to live in a small Texas town. With saving from her professorship, she repairs the house and makes plans to adopt a child. As a single white woman, she is told, she could expect to wait about six years for a baby. Unless, that is, she was willing to do a “transracial” adoption. Her daughter Marie finally arrives. But small town Texas is still racially conflicted, and Monroe bears advice from busybodies to outright racism. But other people’s opinions of their family become the least of their worries when both mother and daughter end up with serious health problems that further strain their unconventional household. Monroe is a good writer. She shares her story with self-awareness, humor, and an eye for intricacies that are often over-looked when dealing with mixed families, racism, and single-mother parenting.
From March 1st to April 13th, 2016, NHC students, staff, and administrators can read a book of their choice and complete an entry form to be submitted at the NHC Library. Entries will be chosen at random to win prizes. This raffle will take place in the NHC Student Lounge on Thursday, April 14th.
Hours of the NHC Library are:
Monday through Friday 8:00am to 9:00pm
Saturday 8:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm