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Libraries Closed – Independence Day

Please note that the HCCC Libraries will be closed on 7/2 in observance of Independence Day.

The Library will reopen Monday – July 6th (7/6).


UnfortunateBeautyThe Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi PS3556.I428U54

This novel looks at our societal value of beauty. Nothing new there. Hey, people are drawn to it. But these characters manipulate their looks to serve different purposes. The action show attractive people hiding their features so they can be loved for their inner selves. The less fortunately endowed use magic to cast spells upon those they desire. I found the plot rather stupid, but I am not a fantasy person. The book got a starred review from Booklist, so you be the judge. ~Cynthia

NightGun The Night of the Gun by David Carr HV5805.C356A3I am not a non-fiction person. The nearest I come is enjoying a biography or memoir occasionally. And this memoir, I did enjoy, tremendously. David Carr was a journalist of the highest regard, despite his life of drug addiction and arrogant disregard for others. When he loses his twin daughters to the foster system, he straightens up, and this book is his evidence of the long, difficult journey that road back to sobriety posed. His words flow with a down-to-earth, easy to read pleasure, while dealing with hardships and revealing character flaws most of us would wish to hide. A very good read. Carr recently died at the age of fifty-eight. This book makes me wish he had several more years of writing left. ~Cynthia

MillstoneThe Millstone by Margaret Drabble PR6054.R25M55

This is a mid-career work of Drabble’s dealing with naiveté, self-discovery, and independence. The main character becomes pregnant during her first and only sexual encounter. She proceeds to have the baby, falls madly in love with her child, and soon realizes she is happier without the responsibility of a husband. Published in 1998, it was not cutting edge fiction, but the characters have humor and insight, revealing thoughts about what one may really want compared to what society tells us we should want. I am reading her newer novel, The Pure Gold Baby, and not enjoying it as much. The simplicity of The Millstone is missing, which is exactly what gave this title its charm. ~Cynthia

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New children’s books: Eat your colors and ABCs


Edible Colors by Jennifer Vogel Bass CL BAS

Carrots are orange, but they are also PURPLE.  What else can be purple? How about purple corn or blue podded peas? Bass gives us an original concept book of edible colors featuring beautiful and unusual photos of fruits and vegetables. A great read aloud for the Prek-2 crowd and for trips to the local farmer’s market.


Healthy Foods from A to Z / Comida sana de la A a la Z CL HEA

This neat bilingual alphabet book teaches children to recognize letters and food names in both Spanish and English. Food “faces” are composed of fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, dairy and key spices. Playing with your food is encouraged here!

Eating the Alphabet

 Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert CL EHL

In the canon of alphabet books, this is a classic. Kohlrabi, jalapeno, radicchio, kumquat are among the 75 fruits and vegetables presented in an appealing and accessible manner. Includes glossary, pronunciation guide and interesting facts about the species’ origins.

New DVDs

StillAliceStill Alice directed by Richard Glatzer PN1997.2.S85

A professor finds she has early onset Alzheimer. She makes a promise to herself she will commit suicide when she can no longer remember the answers to three meaningful life questions. She get to that point and beyond, no longer being able to recognize her children’s faces. The movie is much more depressing thatn the book, with the title character freaking out on a regular basis. From what I remember of the book, she ends up trying to deal with her disease as a practice in Zen: live for the moment.~Cynthia

American Sniper directed by Clint Eastwood  PN1997.2.A5457

I usually like Eastwood’s movies. They are lean, with psychology-driven action. But this one didn’t hit the mark for me. Bradley Cooper is too old for this part, and just looks goofy most of the time. It’s a great story (the book by the same name can be found in our library), but the movie could have been so much more.~Cynthia

Inherent Vice directed by Paul Thomas Anderson  PN1997.2.I54

Private eye Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix)’s ex-girlfriend has a problem. Her boyfriend’s wife wants to put him in a mental institution and make a grab for his billions. Will the allure of an old flame draw Doc back into a plot he knows is trouble? The answer seems to be “yes.” This movie can be frustrating and somewhat incoherent, but it’s based on a Thomas Pynchon novel, so I don’t think you should expect anything more. ~Cynthia

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Chargers and Headphones Available for Student Use

Did you know that HCCC students, faculty, and staff can now borrow chargers and cords to sync devices including Android phones, iPhones/iPod touches, headphones, and even flash drives in the Library?

These items are available to be used inside the Library only, and can be accessed by bringing your HCCC ID card to the circulation desk at either campus. For more information, please see the library staff.