Emily Temple writes: “Just what is a cult novel? Well, like so many literary terms, the edges blur whenever you try to look right at them, but in the end, you sort of know one when you read one. Sometimes a cult novel is one that the critics panned but the fans love, or sometimes it’s one that both readers and critics love, but a certain contingent of readers really love. Any book with a squadron of rabid fans swearing that it changed their lives quickly seems cultish. Cult novels often come from the fringes, they often represent countercultural perspectives, they often experiment with form. But again: you sort of know one when you see one, and this list contains 50 of the best (or at least the most notable) …” Read rest of article
— Flavorwire, July 9, 2014
Did your “must read” list just get bigger? Mine did!
Hooman Majd, born in Tehran to an upper-class diplomat family that fled after the overthrow of the shah, decided to take his American wife and baby son back to Iran for a year-long visit in 2011. This is his story of going home again.
“With U.S.–Iran relations at a thirty-year low, Iranian-American writer Hooman Majd dared to take his young family on a year-long sojourn in Tehran. [This book] traces their domestic adventures and closely tracks the political drama of a terrible year for Iran’s government … a sparkling account of life under a quixotic authoritarian regime that offers rare and intimate insight into a country and its people, as well as a personal story of exile and a search for the meaning of home.”
The EZProxy update went smoothly and the Library’s databases are available again.
If you encounter any issues/problems, please contact us.
The Library’s databases will be unavailable today (Thursday, July 17) between 1 and 4 p.m. for an EZProxy update.
The update may not take the full three hours; we are allowing extra time for “just in case” issues and testing.
What’s new and noteworthy at the Library?
To see the latest additions to the collection, visit What’s New at the Library.
For titles we think are especially interesting or noteworthy, visit Featured Arrivals. [Note: If you want to go back in time, click on the “More Featured Arrivals” tab to find lists from 2010-2013.]
BSC takes innovation seriously. This book explores how we form insights to solve problems and get things done. It also looks at the kinds of things that get in the way to block creativity and disruptive ideas.
“Both scientifically sophisticated and fun to read, Seeing What Others Don’t shows that insight is not just a “eureka!” moment but a whole new way of understanding.”
On Thursday, July 17, the Library’s databases will be unavailable between 1 and 4 p.m. for an EZProxy update.
The update may not take the full three hours, but we are allowing extra time for “just in case” issues and testing.
Lee Rainie writes: “The Pew Research Center’s studies about libraries and where they fit in the lives of their communities and patrons have uncovered some surprising facts about what Americans think of libraries and the way they use them.”
The BSC Library will observe these hours for the 4th of July holiday weekend:
- Friday, July 4 — CLOSED
- Saturday, July 5 — CLOSED
- Sunday, July 6 — CLOSED
Regular summer hours will resume on Monday, July 7.
Even when the library is closed, the ODIN library catalog and PRIMO and our databases are available 24/7.
Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!