We have so much good stuff here at the OWHL, but that wealth of options can sometimes be overwhelming. Having too many choices can even be outright paralyzing (pretty sure we have a book on why your brain reacts that way, too).
Why not trust us, your friendly local librarians, to make some recommendations, instead? After all, the best part of being a librarian is that we get to share these resources with you!
Here are five recent favorites from the OWHL staff:
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The second book by writer, journalist, and MacArthur Genius Ta-Nehisi Coates is a beautiful, forceful, and heart-breaking meditation. Written as a letter to his teenage son, Coates reflects on race, blackness, bodily autonomy, and the fear that hides inside parental love. It’s currently a finalist in the 2015 National Book Awards and, as per Publisher’s Weekly, “This is a poet’s book, revealing the sensibility of a writer to whom words—exact words—matter.”
How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson
“Follow this step-by-step guide to successfully clean up your hairy friend. But be forewarned. A mammoth’s tummy is terribly tickly.” This new picture book is so charming. Recommended by the Peabody Museum’s Lindsay Randall.
Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
This is the sequel to The Queen of the Tearling and, in the words of librarians Liza Oldham and Emily Goss, it’s “omgggggg so good!” Imagine if a feminist version of Game of Thrones had a baby with The Handmaid’s Tale, and then add all this cool stuff like magic jewels and messing with the space-time continuum, and you’ve got the Tearling series. You can thank us later.
The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King and Aladdin
Okay, so this is technically 4 recommendations. But when Disney opens its vault, you gotta strike fast. The OWHL was finally able to purchase copy of Aladdin, which means our Disney golden age quartet is now complete! Check it out and get caught up in the magic of hand-drawn animation and Robin Williams’ incredible performance.
Free digital access to the New York Times
Just a reminder: all members of the PA community (staff, faculty, and students) have free online access to the New York Times. No more of that “you have 3 free articles left” nonsense. Visit this page to get directions on signing up. The only qualification is that you have to be physically on campus during the set-up. After that, you can read wherever you like.
Do you have a recommendation to share? Or something you want us to consider for the library? Get in touch! We live for that kind of thing. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this form and we’ll take a look.