Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Orange is the New Black

It's all the rage on Netflix right now, but have you read the book? Did you know it was a book? Orange is the New Black is the personal experience of Piper Kerman and the year she spent in a women's prison in Danbury Connecticut.

Piper is the daughter of two teachers and a graduate of Smith College. After she graduates college, she feels like she needs an adventure. That's when she meets up with Nora, who doesn't bother to hide that she's in the drug business. Nora asks her to travel the country with her and Piper quickly accepts. Piper isn't involved with drugs smuggling, she's just along for the ride.

But she can only hang out for so long before Nora expects her to pull her weight. That's when Piper decides to hit the road and start living the straight and narrow: a job producing and a nice, down to earth boyfriend. Life is good, until the Feds show up at her door. Turns out Nora's drug ring got busted and Piper got ratted out in the process. That is how Piper end up spending thirteen long month in prison.

Through Piper's eyes we are able to see a group of women who have been discarded by society. But  they come together in unexpected way to form their own family and make life as normal as possible while in prison. Orange is the New Black is definitely a heart warming story where you least expect to find one.

Monday, July 14, 2014

If I Stay Book & Movie

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen -year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family.

Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time. In theaters August 2014.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What are our students reading?

Ever wonder what or if college students read? Turns out they do! Check out some of the most widely checked out books in the past 3 years.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Mississippi Author Matthew Guinn

The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn

Dr. Jacob Thacker is on probation for Xanax abuse and temporarily working PR for the medical school. He is the first one contacted when a construction team uncovers a large number of human bones in the basement of the administration building. There have been rumors for years about the existence of slave remains in that building and now it may have just been confirmed. With this, we are taken back to the years working up to the Civil War where we meet Dr. Johnston and the college’s slave, Nemo. Between the two stories, both past and present, we are able to see one college’s history and the extent they once went to teach and the extent they may go to now to cover up the past. Or will they?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

5 Facts about the 4th of July

Fourscore and seven years ago...Oh wait, that's not correct. Here are 5 things you should know about the 4th of July or Independence Day:
Photo Credit: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

1. It's been 238 years since the founding fathers declared independence from Great Britain.
2. On July 2, 1776 the Second Continental Congress voted to declare independence. So, really we should celebrate on July 2nd.
3. July 4th commemorates the final draft of the Declaration of Independence.
4. Three U.S. Presidents have died on the 4th of July. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both in 1826 and James Monroe in 1831.
5. No one knows why we consistently say the 4th of July rather than Independence Day. It's a big mystery!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Staff Pick/Summer Reads

I just love those lazy, hazy days of summer. Lying in the sun reading a book has always been my favorite and I just read a great book for doing just that. If you want a light-hearted, funny read try out Sophie Kinsella's most recent book, Wedding Night(Although it isn't that recent. It's been out for a year, it's just taken me this long to get around to reading it. Or maybe I was just saving it for the beach!)

Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose over lunch after he tells her he has a "big question" to ask her. When his big questions turns out to be about travel Lottie is done with these boyfriend's who can't commit. Just as Lottie has given up, her "summer fling" , Ben, from many years ago call her up and proposes after one date.

Lottie's sister Fliss know how these breaks up go. Every time, Lottie does something extreme and then regrets it in the end. That's why she will stop at nothing to ensure this marriage between Lottie and ben either never happens or isn't valid.

Friday, June 27, 2014

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner/Staff Pick

Allison Weiss has everything she ever wanted: a good husband, a smart, beautiful daughter, a house in the suburbs, and a lucrative job as a blog writer. So, why is she so unhappy? Well, she isn’t as close to her husband as she once was for starters. She feels like she is left to do everything: take care of the house, their daughter and all of her activities, her sick dad, and her mother who is totally the opposite of self-sufficient. All while working a full-time job(which just happens to pay more than her husband’s).

The only thing that makes her feel better are those little pills the doctor prescribed for her back. Or should we say doctor(s)? The more pills Allison takes, the more she needs just to feel “normal”. And she will stop at nothing to obtain them, even if it means losing everything. Or does it? It is with the realization that she could lose her daughter that lands her in a not so classy rehab where she will learn about herself and the world around her.

Jennifer Weiner can tell a story with the best of them. There isn’t a book written by her that I haven’t enjoyed. And they just keep getting better. Her characters are real with real issues we can all relate to in one way or another. From page one, this heart-touching book sucks you in.

Come by and check this book out today! You won’t regret it.