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A Book as a Friend?

By Janelle Yahne
Library Circulation Associate

When you think of a favorite book, what are its likable characteristics? The author probably writers well enough if he has been published, though a critic might argue otherwise. The book is about an intriguing topic and weaves a story that keeps you flipping pages when you should be sleeping. Personally, I like the narrator’s voice that pops in my head as I read. In the end, a favorite book is one that gets under your skin, and stakes a claim upon a piece of your life as a friend.

An article in The Guardian by Rick Gekoski called “Some of My Worst Friends Are Books,” has me thinking about my own personal experiences with books. I remember being shocked by the end of Brave New World1 and the choice made by the main character. I felt encouragement and warmth after following a young woman’s passage through grief in P.S. I Love You. Devil in the White City had me dreaming of the 1893 World’s Fair and I devoured books about the architects for months. The empathy I felt with the woman in The Yellow Wallpaper as she descended into madness. For the reader Mr. Gekoski writes, “we suspend the everyday, ignore the telephone and doorbell, eat with our eyes fixed to the page, overcome, ravaged by the demands of the text.” I feel the same way about friends and family.

Though we are busy with living our lives we make time for friends and family whether living or in letters. Sometimes we may not see each other or have enough quality time, but the bookcase in my house reminds me that we will find a way to meet.

There are books about books in the library, to help one find new friends and others can be found through MeLCat.

Check out these titles:

1. Yes, I often recommend this book.

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Happy Darwin Day!

Every year, the International Darwin Day Foundation celebrates Charles Darwin and all of his incredible work with a week long celebration of science and reason around the time of his birthday. Locally, the Center for Inquiry for Michigan has a jam packed schedule of events. Included is a lecture tonight by GRCC’s own Dr. Gregory Forbes entitled, “Dogma, Doctrine & Deduction; Darwin’s Life of Discovery”. The lecture will be held at the Women’s City Club and is open to the public. You can also find additional events by CFI here for Darwin Day and beyond.

In addition to Darwin’s seminal works, On the Orign of Species and Descent of Man, GRCC library has additional materials by Charles Darwin, as well as books about humanism, evolutionary biology, natural selection, and creationism to quench your intellectual thirsts.

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Diversity Lecture Series: Maziar Bahari

By Nan Schichtel
Information Literacy & Outreach Librarian

Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist, was arrested in Tehran on trumped-up charges of espionage in the aftermath of the contested 2009 election. Held in solitary confinement for 118 days, enduring physical and psychological torture, he chronicles his story in, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival. As a correspondent for Newsweek, Bahari is an expert on Iran yet also embraces a wide range of subjects as a filmmaker, from Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, to Iraqi child prisoners, and Aids in South Africa.

On November 9, Bahari will be speaking at GRCC as part of the Diversity Lecture Series. For more information about Bahari, please see the selected listings of his works and articles about him.

Works by Maziar Bahari
• Bahari, Maziar. [Excerpts from some of Bahari’s BBC films.]
• Bahari, Maziar, and Aimee Molloy. Then they came for me: a family’s story of love, captivity, and survival. New York: Random House, 2011.
• Bahari, Maziar, and Malu Halasa. Transit Tehran: young Iran and its inspirations. Reading UK: Garnet, 2009.

Articles/Videos about Maziar Bahari:
• “2009 Human Rights Report: Iran*.” 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. U.S. Department of State, 11 Mar. 2010.
• Bahari, Maziar. “‘We know where you live’: working for a Western magazine in Dan, a journalist finds that he has acquired some surprisingly close acquaintances–from the ministry of intelligence. And strangely, they are all called Mr. Mohammadi.” Nieman Reports 63.2 (2009): 17+.
• Bahari, Maziar. [A selection of recent articles from Newsweek where Bahari served as a correspondent from 1998 to 2011.]
• Dehghanpisheh, Babak, and R.M. Schneiderman Christopher Dickey. “The Shadow War.” Newsweek 20 Dec. 2010: 28.
• Smiley, Tavis. Journalist-filmmaker Maziar Bahari. PBS Video. 24 June 2011.

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Diversity Lecture Series: Jeannette Walls

By Miriam Thompson
Reference/Access Services Librarian

On October 26th, Jeannette Walls, writer and journalist, will be the second speaker in the 2011-2012 Diversity Lecture Series.

Walls is author of The Glass Castle, a memoir of the nomadic family life of her childhood, which stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list for 100 weeks. In 2000, Walls published the book Dish: The Inside Story on the World of Gossip. In 2009 her first fiction book, Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel, based on the life of her grandmother Lily Casey Smith, was published.

She has also written for New York magazine (the “Intelligencer” column 1987-1993), Esquire (1993–1998), USA Today, and has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, Primetime, and The Colbert Report. She contributed regularly to the gossip column Scoop at MSNBC.com from 1998 until her departure to write full-time in 2007.

Currently, The Glass Castle has sold over 2.5 million copies and has been translated into 22 languages. It has received the Christopher Award, the American Library Association’s Alex Award (2006) and the Books for Better Living Award.

For more information Walls and her books, please see references below. GRCC students and staff may click the links to view. For further assistance contact your GRCC librarian at 616-234-3868.

Andriani, Lynn. “Truth in nonfiction … and fiction.” Publishers Weekly 24 Aug. 2009: 38. General OneFile. Web. 11 Oct. 2011.
Kinsella, Bridget. “Media flocks to Scribner’s ‘Glass Castle’.” Publishers Weekly 7 Feb. 2005: 20. General OneFile. Web. 11 Oct. 2011.
Windolf, Jim. “A Secret of Her Own; Even as she made her name dishing celebrity dirt at New York and MSNBC.” Vanity Fair Apr. 2005: 184. General OneFile. Web. 11 Oct. 2011.

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Happy Birthday, Pablo Picasso!

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, 1907

By Marcia Lee
Library Serials Specialist

Today marks the 130th birthday of Pablo Picasso. To celebrate, here are 10 facts you don’t may not know about Picasso:

  1. His full name was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.
  2. After moving to Paris in 1900, Picasso was so poverty stricken that he burned many of his paintings just to keep himself warm.
  3. . In 1905, Picasso’s work began to pick up when Gertrude Stein exhibited his work in her apartment and it was there that he met Henri Matisse – who eventually became his friend & competitor.
  4. Picasso’s first art exhibit was at age 13, in the back of an umbrella store.
  5. Picasso made a cameo appearance in the movie Testament of Orpheus by Jean Cocteau.
  6. In 1944, Picasso joined the French Communist party & went on to receive the Lenin Peace Prize.
  7. Picasso’s varied influences motivated his different periods: blue, rose, African-influenced, Cubism, Surrealism and Classicism.
  8. Picasso died on April 8th 1973, at the age of 91, in his home in France while entertaining guests at dinner.
  9. Although Picasso’s paintings are probably the most widely known pieces of his, Pablo also dabbled in printmaking, sculpting, & ceramics.
  10. Picasso was a ladies man! He was married twice, had 4 children with 3 different women, & countless mistresses during his lifetime.

The library has tons of other resources on Picasso, Matisse and their contemporaries in the Cubist, Surrealist and Modernism art movements.

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