Each calendar year a number of titles are purchased through the George Gordon III Memorial Fund. This is the list of titles purchased during the 2016-2017 Academic year.
Established in 1997 by his widow, Isabel B. Gordon, to support the purchase of library books. Recently the OWHL has used these funds to support the Commonwealth e-book Collection.
The king of masks
Summary:A poignant tale about a lonely old magician and a luckless child bound together by fate and suffering, and redeemed by love.
Kung fu hustle [Gong fu]
Summary:Sing is a hapless, small-time gangster who is desperate to join the evil Axe Gang. When he stumbles into a local slum, his cocky behavior sparks an epic Kung Fu showdown between the town’s landlords and the all-powerful Ax Gang. As the battle erupts, an unlikely hero transforms into the greatest Kung Fu master of all.
Summary:A Shaolin Kung Fu expert unites with a washed up soccer star to build the ultimate team, combining sportsmanship with martial arts.
Summary:In a smoky gambling den in 1940s China, a drunken young man runs through his family’s fortune, losing their ancestral home and all their possessions. This staggering loss proves to be their salvation and the first step in an odyssey of survival that will take them through war and revolution, love and loss, tragedy and triumph. Through the terrors of China’s civil war, the passions of the communist takeover, the betrayals of Chairman Mao’s Great Leap Forward and the tragic mistakes of the Cultural Revolution, their lives unfold across four decades of momentous change.
Yin shi nan nÃ¼ Eat drink man woman
Summary:A retired master chef and widower is worried about the future of his three unmarried daughters who are skeptical about marriage. Yet he himself surprises them with his secret love affair with a young woman many years his junior.
Bawang bie ji Farewell my concubine
Summary:This tale spans 50 years–from 1925 to 1977–a story at once that of individuals and of the history of China. Two young orphan boys are in the Peking Opera’s perfectionist training academy. Eventually, Dieyi is assigned the role of the concubine in the famous traditional opera of the film’s title, while Xiaolou will play the king. They are locked into these roles onstage, while their personal relationship somehow survives the upheavals of World War II, the communist takeover of China and the Cultural Revolution. Dieyi is livid when Xiaolou marries Juxian, who spends her life at the mercy of two men whose work together has defined their individual personalities.
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Serafina and the twisted staff
Summary:In 1899, when an evil threatens all the humans and animals of the Blue Ridge Mountains, twelve-year-old Serafina, rat catcher for the Biltmore estate and the daughter of a shapeshifting mountain lion, must search deep inside herself and embrace the destiny that awaits her.
Graphic Novel DRO
Drowned city : Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans
Summary:On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage — and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality. Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history.
The girls : a novel
Summary:Mesmerized by a band of girls in the park whom she perceives as enjoying a life of free and careless abandon, 1960s teen Evie Boyd becomes obsessed with gaining acceptance into their circle. Evie, grateful for their charismatic leader’s attention, the sense of family the group offers, and the assurance of the girls, is swept into their chaotic cult existence. As things turn darker, her choices become riskier. A wonderfully written debut novel about the harm we can do, to ourselves and others, in our hunger for belonging and acceptance. —
Every day is for the thief : fiction
Summary:“Visiting Lagos after many years away, Teju Cole’s unnamed narrator rediscovers his hometown as both a foreigner and a local. A young writer uncertain of what he wants to say, the man moves through tableaus of life in one of the most dynamic cities in the world: he hears the muezzin’s call to prayer in the early morning light, and listens to John Coltrane during the late afternoon heat. He witnesses teenagers diligently perpetrating e-mail frauds from internet cafÃ©s, longs after a woman reading Michael Ondaatje on a public bus, and visits the impoverished National Museum. Along the way, he reconnects with old school friends and his family, who force him to ask himself profound questions of personal and national history. Over long, wandering days, the narrator compares present-day Lagos to the Lagos of his memory, and in doing so reveals changes that have taken place in himself.”–From publisher description.
Mastering global literacy
Zenzele : a letter for my daughter
Summary:A collection of letters from an African mother to her daughter in America, urging her to remember her roots. The mother, who is from Zimbabwe, describes the country’s customs, her generation’s struggle for independence, their hopes and disappointments, and the current clash between proponents of the traditionalist way and the European way. The mother bemoans that so many young Africans do not come home after their studies, but remain abroad.
Sexual discretion : black masculinity and the politics of passing
Summary:“African American men who have sex with men while maintaining a heterosexual lifestyle in public are attracting increasing interest from both the general media and scholars. Commonly referred to as “down-low” or “DL” men, many continue to have relationships with girlfriends and wives who remain unaware of their same-sex desires, and in much of the media, DL men have been portrayed as carriers of HIV who spread the virus to black women. Sexual Discretion explores the DL phenomenon, offering refreshingly innovative analysis of the significance of media, space, and ideals of black masculinity in understanding down low communities. In Sexual Discretion, Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr. provides the first in-depth examination of how the social expectations of black masculinity intersect and complicate expressions of same-sex affection and desire. Within these underground DL communities, men aren’t as highly policed–and thus are able to maintain their public roles as “properly masculine.” McCune draws from sources that range from R & B singer R. Kelly’s epic hip-hopera series Trapped in the Closet to Oprah’s high-profile exposÃ© on DL subculture; and from E. Lynn Harris’s contemporary sexual passing novels to McCune’s own interviews and ethnography in nightclubs and online chat rooms. Sexual Discretion details the causes, pressures, and negotiations driving men who rarely disclose their intimate secrets.”–Publisher’s Web site.
The marketplace of ideas
Children’s Collection N33B
The book itch : freedom, truth & Harlem’s greatest bookstore
Summary:Relates the story of the National Memorial African Bookstore, founded in Harlem by Louis Michaux in 1939, as seen from the perspective of Louis Michaux Jr., who met famous men like Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X while helping there.
Children’s Collection P31T
10 little ninjas
Summary:From ten little ninjas sneaking out of bed to one cuddlebug asleep on the spread, rhyming text provides a count-down to bedtime.
Ghana must go
God’s bits of wood
Summary:This work is a fictionalized account of the Dakar-Niger train strikes which took in the 1940s. The novel looks at both the political and personal sacrifices the strikers and their families made. The political power is portrayed here as the strikers try to win back pensions, annual paid vacations, and family allowances from the Europeans. The novel can be seen as a shift of power between the African strikers and their European bosses. The Europeans have the political process and violence as a leverage of power, which they use both insistently and mindlessly. One of the European delegates for the railway company accidentally shoots young boys who are playing along the tracks. The delegate isn’t charged with their murders. The Europeans also prevent the strikers and their families from having access to water. Yet the strikers also have the masses as their power. The strikers gain powerful allies in their own women. In the beginning of the novel, the women are not told the details of the strike, though they are asked to support their men. Only the small child, Adjibidji, shows any interest and insists that her grandfather take her to a meeting of the strikers. Yet as the novel continues, the women become more and more involved in the strike. This is because the strike has hit home to them in a literal way. There is no water nor food to eat. The women and children begin to starve. The women suffer in silence until they begin to fight back. Two of the more striking sequences in the novel are the siege between the women of N’Diayene and the policemen who have come to arrest Ramatoulaye, and leads to the burning down of the village, and the march the women go on to Dakar to protest their treatment and to support the strikers. The strike breaks down the barriers which cause inequality between men and women, black and white.– from associatedcontent.com (Oct. 22, 2010).
Graphic Novel LUM
Lumberjanes. Out of time Vol. 4,
Summary:Jen’s attempt to teach the girls basic survival skills without supernatural intervention goes wrong when a blizzard hits the camp, separating Jen from the group and putting her in danger until a taxidermist with mysterious connections to Rosie swoops in.
Children’s Collection V34A
I am yoga
Summary:As a young girl practices various standard yoga poses, she imagines herself as a tree touching the sky, a playful dog, a warrior, and more while relaxing and seeing how she fits into the world.