You may have seen some Shel Silverstein poetry and artwork around campus . . . you may have even heard some students reading some aloud between classes . . . this is all a collaboration between the English Department, the Art Department, and the Library to celebrate freedom of speech with you this Banned Book Week 2015! Why Shel Silverstein? This beloved children’s author’s books are on the American Library Association’s list of frequently banned books because of everything from “suggestive illustrations” to one of his poems instructing children to break the dishes instead of washing them. O.O . . . Yes, really.
So, this week, stop on by the Library, “Where the Censorship Ends” and check out the Silverstein poetry and artwork we have peppered around the building. On your way, be sure to stop and appreciate all of the wonderful paintings in the windows of buildings all across campus done by the Art Department and English Department, as well!
We will be having another Banned-Book-in-a-Jar Contest coming up with a chance to win an iTunes gift card, so be on the lookout for that email coming to your inbox shortly! 🙂
While you’re here, check out something new! We have been busy getting new materials put out on the shelves for your enjoyment. Have a look at our latest titles and see if you find something that interests you:
Flash, Season 1
Arrow, Season 3
The Walking Dead, Season 5
Pitch Perfect 2
Divergent Series: Insurgent
Age of Adaline
Paul Blart Mall Cop 2
Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon A hired gunslinger, WIliam Jessup Brady lived his life with one foot in the grave. He believed that every life had a price, until the day when he finally found a reason to live. In one single act of brutal betrayal, he lost everything, including his life. Brough back by a Greek goddess to be one of her Dark Hunters, Brady gave his immortal soul for vengeance and swore he’d spend eternity protecting the humans he’d once considered prey.
Orphaned as a toddler, Abigail Yager was taken in by a family of vampires and raised on one belief: Dark-Hunters are the evil who prey on both their people and mankind, and they must all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her life eliminating the Dark-Hunters and training for the day when she meets the man who killed her family: Jess Brady.
Jess has been charged with finding and terminating the creature who’s assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human face behind the killings, but when that face bears a striking resemblance to that of the one who murdered him centuries ago, he knows something evil is going on. He also knows he’s not the one who killed her parents. But Abigail refuses to believe the truth and is determined to see him dead once and for all.
Brought together by an angry god and chased by ancient enemies out to kill them both, they must find a way to overcome their mutual hatred or watch as one of the darkest of powers rises and kills both the races they’ve sworn to protect.
The Rebel of Copper Creek by R.C. Ryan The last thing widow Juliet Grayson needs is a man in her life. Between caring for her two young sons and maintaining her ranch, her hands are more than full. Then she meets Griff Warren. With his quiet strength and his easy way, she’s tempted to trust him. But if she’s learned anything it’s that love only leads to heartbreak.
Former Marine Griff Warren never thought he’d settle down. Rebellious and proud, he’s always been on his own . . . until the father he never knew he had died, leaving him with land that is his legacy and brothers to share the load. He doesn’t need more than that. But Juliet touches something deep inside him – and he wants nothing more than to protect her and her sons. Now if only he can convince her to take a second chance at true love.
Deep Midnight by Shannon Drake An opulent Carnivale ball in Venice takes a terrifying turn for book critic Jordan Riley. As festivity turns into frenzy, she is rescued by a powerful man disguised as a wolf. But was what she witnessed really just the evening’s entertainment – or something far more sinister?
From a deconsecrated church in Venice to a secret society in New Orleans, Jordan is led on a nightmare journey to the razor’s edge of reality. Her mysterious savior is always a shadow behind her. A man whose closeness will both torment and tantalize her as darkness falls – and an eternal hunger threatens to consume her.
Amelia by Diana Palmer Amelia Howard cherishes her desert country. The dazzling colors, white heat, and rough sensuality of west Texas stir her very soul. But there’s a serpent in her paradise: King Culhane. A towering sunburned cowboy with silver eyes that miss nothing, he’s a man she’s come to despise – no matter how much she had worshipped him when she was fourteen.
As her father pushes her to secure a marriage proposal from King’s mild-mannered brother in order to marry into the Culhane dynasty, Amelia assumes the mask of a demure young lady, always correct and obedient. It’s a posture that King holds in contempt. Yet when she reveals the true force of her feelings, she unleashes a smoldering passion that cannot be denied. And everything – propriety, filial duty, even love – will be scorched in the wake of such all-consuming desire.
Irish Hearts by Nora Roberts Irish lass Adelia Cunnane had entered a fairy tale! Working at the world-renowned Royal Meadows stables was a dream come true. She ws determined to prove her worth, especially to the stables’ owner – the very opinionated and ruggedly handsome Travis Grant. Princesses weren’t the only ones who could have a happily-ever-after!
Erin McKinnon had followed her cousin Adelia to America and was immediately captivated by Royal Meadows’ charm. But she was not nearly as impressed with Burke Logan, owner of the neighboring property. A womanizing, cigar-smoking gambler, he was exactly the type of man her mind told her to stay away from. The heart has never been very practical, though . . .
Protector by Diana Palmer Bobby Carson had been the only family Hayes had left int he world. A long, tall and serious Texan, Hayes has always suspected Minette Raynor had something to do with Bobby’s death, that the bright-eyed blonde gave his brother the drugs that killed him. As far as Hayes is concerned, neither her looks nor anything else will stand in the way of him righting this grievous wrong.
Minette can’t get handsome Hayes off her mind, or off her back. Even though his investigation of her is annoying, as an undercover DEA agent that’s the least of her worries. Minette dismisses Hayes until she finds herself in great danger, and he’s the only one who can save her. Can she count on Hayes to believe the truth – and save her life?
1944 by Jay Winik It was not inevitable that World War II would end as it did, or that it would even end well. 1944 was a year that could have stymied the Allies and cemented Hitler’s power. Instead, it saved those democracies – but with a fateful cost. Now, in a superbly told story, Jay Winik, the New York Times bestselling author of April 1865 and The Great Upheaval, captures this historic turning point as never before.
1944 witnessed a series of titanic events: FDR at the pinnacle of his wartime leadership as well as his reelection, the planning of Operation Overlord with Churchill and Stalin, the unprecedented D-Day invasion, the liberation of Paris and the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and the tumultuous conferences that finally shaped the coming peace. But millions more lives were still at stake as President Roosevelt was exposed to mounting evidence of the Final Solution. Winik shows how an all but dying Roosevelt, whose rapidly deteriorating health was a closely guarded secret, was forced to make momentous decisions. Was winning the war the best way to rescue the Jews? Was a rescue even possible? Or would it get in the way of defeating Hitler? in a year when even the most audacious undertakings were within the world’s reach, one supreme challenge – saving Europe’s Jews – seemed to remain beyond Roosevelt’s grasp.
Bold, magisterial, and exquisitely rendered, 1944: FDR and the Year that Changed History is the first book to tell these vents with such moral clarity and unprecedented sweep, and with a moving appreciation of the extraordinary struggles of the era’s outsized figures. 1944 is destined to take its place as one of the great works of World War II.
The Murder House by James Patterson Number 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous multimillion-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past; it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it’s known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.
Detective Jenna Murphy used to consider herself a local, but she hasn’t been back since she was a girl. Trying to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks, the former New York city cop hardly expects the lush and wealthy surroundings to be a hotbed of grisly depravity. But when a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, the gruesome crime scene rivals anything Jenna experienced in Manhattan. And what at first seems like an open-and-shut case turns out to have as many shocking secrets as the Murder House itself, as Jenna Quickly realizes that the mansion’s history is much darker than even the town’s most salacious gossips could have imagined. As more bodies surface, and the past that Jenna has tried desperately to escape closes in on her, she must risk her own life to expose the truth – before the Murder House claims another victim.
Full of the twists and turns that have made James Patterson the world’s #1 bestselling writer, The Murder House is a chilling, page-turning story of murder, money, and revenge.
As always, thanks for reading! We’ll see you soon! 🙂