Each calendar year a number of titles are purchased through the Christopher Gillingham Memorial Fund. This is the list of titles purchased during the 2016-2017 Academic year.
Established in 1950-51 and increased thereafter by sundry donors, for the purchase of books for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library.
The beautyful ones are not yet born
Summary:This novel is a treatment of the theme of corruption wrought by poverty. It is the story of an upright man resisting the temptations of easy bribes and easy satisfactions and winning for his honesty nothing but scorn even from those he loves.
Children’s Collection C455D
The Diwali gift
Summary:“Happy Diwali Suno! When a mysterious package arrives from her Dadima, Suno and her friends–Dekho and Jaano–get swept up in the excitement and wonder of the Diwali Gift! Sparkly, auspicious, and precious, the 3 Curious Monkeys discover it’s the little things that make Diwali the most special holiday of all”–Page 2 of dust jacket.
Eat a bowl of tea
A passion for leadership : lessons on change and reform from fifty years of public service
Summary:From the former Secretary of Defense and author of the best-selling memoir Duty, a characteristically direct, informed, and urgent assessment of why big institutions are failing us and how smart, committed leadership can effect real improvement regardless of scale. Across the realms of civic and private enterprise alike, bureaucracies vitally impact our security, freedoms, and everyday life. With so much at stake, competence, efficiency, and fiscal prudence are essential, yet Americans know these institutions fall short. Many despair that they are too big and too hard to reform. Robert Gates disagrees. Having led change successfully at three monumental organizations–the CIA, Texas A&M University, and the Department of Defense–he offers us the ultimate insider’s look at how major bureaus, organizations, and companies can be transformed, which is by turns heartening and inspiring and always instructive.–Adapted from book jacket.
Land of shadows
Summary:A skeptical Lou Norton of the Los Angeles police department investigates increasingly compelling parallels between the suspicious suicide of a teenage girl and the unsolved murder of Lou’s sister.
Black feminist thought : knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment
Summary:“In spite of the double burden of racial and gender discrimination, African-American women have developed a rich intellectual tradition that is not widely known. In Black Feminist Thought, originally published in 1990, Patricia Hill Collins set out to explore the words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals and writers, both within the academy and without. Here Collins provides an interpretive framework for the work of such prominent Black feminist thinkers as Angela Davis, bell hooks, Alice Walker, and Audre Lorde. Drawing from fiction, poetry, music and oral history, the result is a superbly crafted and revolutionary book that provided the first synthetic overview of Black feminist thought and its canon.”–Publisher’s description.,Includes primary source material.
Summary:It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson — college professor, stalled writer — hasn’t seen his mother, Faye, in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s re-appeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: she’s facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel’s help. To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. As he does so, Samuel will confront not only Faye’s losses but also his own lost love, and will relearn everything he thought he knew about his mother, and himself.
Everything I don’t remember
Summary:“Everything I Don’t Remember is a gripping tale about love and memory. But it is also a story about a writer who, by filling out the contours of Samuel’s story, is actually trying to grasp a truth about himself. In the end, what remains of all our fleeting memories? And what is hidden behind everything we don’t remember?”–
Beyond the veil : male-female dynamics in modern Muslim society
Summary:From the writing of her first book, Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in Modern Muslim Society in 1975, Mernissi has sought to reclaim the ideological discourse on women and sexuality from the stranglehold of patriarchy. She critically examines the classical corpus of religious-juristic texts, including the Hadith, and reinterprets them from a feminist perspective. In her view, the Muslim ideal of the silent, passive, obedient woman has nothing to do with the authentic message of Islam. Rather, it is a construction of the ‘ulama’, the male jurists-theologians who manipulated and distorted the religious texts in order to preserve the patriarchal system. Mernissi’s work explores the relationship between sexual ideology, gender identity, sociopolitical organization, and the status of women in Islam; her special focus, however, is Moroccan society and culture. As a feminist, her work represents an attempt to undermine the ideological and political systems that silence and oppress Muslim women.
Children’s Collection SA582AR
Are we there yet?
Summary:“A boy goes on a long car ride to visit his grandmother and discovers time moves faster or slower depending on how bored he is”–