July 12, 2018
by Mat Blaine
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Summer Reads

Whether you prefer basking in the sun with a thriller or curling up next to the a/c with an exposé of the grim realities of our existence, grab something from our Popular Reading Collection to help pass the remaining Summer days. Below are a selection of this year's top releases, which can be found on display by the grand staircase, but be sure to check out all of our other great selections from our Popular Reading Collection.

Happiness is a Choice You Make

An extraordinary look at what it means to grow old and a heartening guide to well-being, Happiness Is a Choice You Make weaves together the stories and wisdom of six New Yorkers who number among the “oldest old”? those eighty-five and up

 

 

 

 

What Truth Sounds Like

What Truth Sounds Like exists at the tense intersection of the conflict between politics and prophecy – of whether we embrace political resolution or moral redemption to fix our fractured racial landscape. The future of race and democracy hang in the balance.

 

 

 

 

The Boy Crisis

A comprehensive blueprint for what parents, teachers, and policymakers can do to help our sons become happier, healthier men, and fathers and leaders worthy of our respect.

 

 

 

 

 

War on Peace

Drawing on newly unearthed documents, and richly informed by rare interviews with warlords, whistle-blowers, and policymakers?including every living former secretary of state from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton to Rex Tillerson?War on Peace makes a powerful case for an endangered profession. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, shortsightedness, and outright malice?but it may just offer America a way out of a world at war.

 

 

The Poisoned City

In the first full account of this American tragedy, The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town, but could also be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure and the erosion of democratic decision making. Places like Flint are set up to fail?and for the people who live and work in them, the consequences can be fatal.

 

 

 

Asymmetry

Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice. A stunning debut from a rising literary star, Asymmetry is an urgent, important, and truly original work that will captivate any reader while also posing arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself.

 

 

 

Speak No Evil

In the tradition of Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, Speak No Evil explores what it means to be different in a fundamentally conformist society and how that difference plays out in our inner and outer struggles. It is a novel about the power of words and self-identification, about who gets to speak and who has the power to speak for other people. As heart-wrenching and timely as his breakout debut, Beasts of No Nation, Uzodinma Iweala’s second novel cuts to the core of our humanity and leaves us reeling in its wake.

 

 

 

Brass

A waitress at the Betsy Ross Diner, Elsie hopes her nickel-and-dime tips will add up to a new life. Then she meets Bashkim, who is at once both worldly and naïve, a married man who left Albania to chase his dreams—and wound up working as a line cook in Waterbury, Connecticut. Back when the brass mills were still open, this bustling factory town drew one wave of immigrants after another. Now it’s the place they can’t seem to leave. Told in equally gripping parallel narratives with biting wit and grace, Brass announces a fearless new voice with a timely, tender, and quintessentially American story.

 

 

 

The Bad Daughter

New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding has written a gripping edge-of-your-seat thriller of family intrigue and dark secrets. The Bad Daughter explores the deadly differences between the lies we want to believe and the truths we wish not to know.

 

 

 

 

 

Warlight

From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.

 

 

 

 

They Come in All Colors

Malcolm Hansen arrives on the scene as a bold new literary voice with his stunning debut novel. Alternating between the Deep South and New York City during the 1960s and early '70s, They Come in All Colors follows a biracial teenage boy who finds his new life in the big city disrupted by childhood memories of the summer when racial tensions in his hometown reached a tipping point.

 

 

 

 

Shelter in Place

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tending to customers. Then the shooters arrived. From Nora Roberts comes the #1 New York Times bestseller Shelter in Place?a powerful tale of heart, heroism, and propulsive suspense.

 

 

 

 

Look for Me

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner's latest twisty thrill ride, Detective D. D. Warren and Find Her's Flora Dane return in a race against the clock to either save a young girl's life...or bring her to justice.

 

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June 15, 2018
by Lilah Heyman
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Read With Pride

During the month of June, the Dimenna-Nyselius Library is celebrating LGBT Pride Month, which commemorates the fight against discrimination and violence that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people face. It is a time to take pride in who you are, to celebrate diversity, and to build an accepting community.

In honor of Pride Month, here are some noteworthy LGBT books, movies, and music that can be found in the display on the main level of our library. Click on the title of each resource to check them out below!

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel 

"Bechdel's graphic memoir is a witty, melancholic and endearing insight into grief, sexuality and a search for happiness." Jess Sutcliffe, The Guardian x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am J by Cris Beam 

"Finally, a book about a transgender teen that gives its central character a life in which gender and transition matter but do not define his existence!" Kirkus Reviews x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call Me By Your Name directed by Luca Guadagnino 

"Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name is a cinematic ravishment of the senses with a strong narrative tethering all the feelings and sensuous surfaces." Manohla Dargis, The NYTimes x

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Watermelon Woman directed by Cheryl Dunye, available on Kanopy 

"It’s the combination of past and present—a cinematic stabilization of historical necessity and contemporary lesbian romance—that gives the film its singular identity." Clayton Dillard, Slant Magazine x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hear Us Out : Conversations with Gay Novelists by Richard Canning

"Hear Us Out is going to become, like Richard Canning's previous book of interviews, Gay Fiction Speaks, a standard reference for scholars. That's an appropriately exalted, climate-controlled fate for a wonderful book.... Canning has a wonderful knack for this work." David McConnell, Lambda Book Report via Amazon x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Too Bright by Perfume Genius 

"These songs feel less like songs and more like treasures, ones that fill you with power and wisdom, and as a result, Too Bright seems capable of resonating with, comforting, and moving anyone who's ever felt alienated, discriminated against, or "other-ized," regardless of sexual orientation." Brandon Stosuy, Pitchfork x

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June 1, 2018
by Jackie
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Defending the Liberal Arts Education Model

Seven Liberal Arts by Francesco Pesellino. Now located at Birmingham Museum of Art.

The American Association of University Professors and the Association of American Colleges and Universities issued a joint statement yesterday in defense of the liberal arts.  They write, "we believe that institutions of higher education, if they are truly to serve as institutions of higher education, should provide more than narrow vocational training and should seek to enhance students’ capacities for lifelong learning."

The statement continues, "The disciplines of the liberal arts—and the overall benefit of a liberal education--are exemplary in this regard, for they foster intellectual curiosity about questions that will never be definitively settled—questions about justice, about community, about politics and culture, about difference in every sense of the word. All college students and not solely a privileged few should have opportunities to address such questions as a critical part of their educational experience."

You can read the entire statement here: https://www.aacu.org/about/statements/2018/joint-statement-value-liberal-education-aacu-and-aaup

How does a Jesuit education align with this statement?  We offer Michael Madrinkian's article "The Very Fabric of our Society: Liberal Arts and the Jesuit University", Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education, Vol. 42.  for your consideration.

The Jesuit educational tradition has always emphasized a liberal arts education as a foundation or Core upon which a student can develop their potential before they chose a particular area of inquiry for more advanced study. You can learn more about Fairfield's new Core here.

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May 20, 2018
by Mat Blaine
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Congratulations to our Graduating Student Workers!

The end of the academic year is always a little bittersweet. Sure, we're looking forward to a relaxing summer and excitedly thinking about ways in which we can enhance students' experience here in the library, but we have to wave goodbye to yet another class of fantastic student workers. This year, we bid a fond adieu to Justine Ferrara, Taylor Matto, Erin Monahan, Dana Saad, Liam Fama, Olivia Headen, Sally Ng, and Walid Jawad-Hussain. Their work over the past few years has been critical to our success not only as a library but as a fixture on this campus. Needless to say that they will be missed. 

To continue our tradition of adding a book in each of their names into our collection, we've selected the following to be added to our circulating stacks. Each book selected reflects the subjects that the student devoted their studies to while at Fairfield and will be a valuable resource for future students in the same fields to use in their own research.

 

For Justine Ferrara, who majored in Computer Science with a minor in French

The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World

 

 

 

 

 

For Taylor Matto, who majored in Marketing with a minor in Communications

The End of Advertising: Why It Had to Die, and the Creative Resurrection to Come

 

 

 

 

 

For Erin Monahan, who majored in History with a minor in American Studies

The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

 

 

 

 

 

For Dana Saad, who majored in Chemistry/Biochemistry with a minor in Mathematics

Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past

 

 

 

 

 

For Liam Fama, who majored in Information Systems with a minor in Business Analytics

Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI

 

 

 

 

 

For Olivia Headen, who double majored in Environmental Studies and Communication with a minor in Biology

Confronting the Climate Challenge: A General Equilibrium Assessment of U. S. Policy Options

 

 

 

 

 

For Sally Ng, who earned her MA in Elementary Education

What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across America

 

 

 

 

 

And for Walid Jawad-Hussain, who earned his MS in Mechanical Engineering

101 Things I Learned in Engineering School

 

 

 

 

Liam Fama, Dana Saad, Erin Monahan, Justine Ferrara, & Taylor Matto

Sally Ng & Walid Jawad-Hussain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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