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While abroad, one of the most effective ways for me to alleviate homesickness was to read novels in English, unfortunately, though, finding books in Paris that aren't written in French is a bit of an ordeal. After visiting six or seven shops, I managed to locate a copy of Shelly's magnum opus and was pleasantly reminded about the high quality of her writing. The ending in particular is quite a remarkable scene.
It's been a really wonderful experience working directly with Suphachai, Elvi, Janet, Danielle, Dave, Connie, Jesse, and all the other student employees throughout the years. I've also enjoyed the constant day-to-day interactions at the desk and being a resource for everyone on campus.
Michela Wrong's book is a beautifully narrated story of Eritrea's history from colonialism to the present. It's humorous, enlightening and at times heart-breaking. I learned a lot from it and I'm glad that it puts a deserving spotlight on a country that is overlooked way too often.
Bonding with my co-workers.
This book is so important to me in the way it conveys how growing up in the Pacific Northwest seeps into your bones and becomes a part of everything you do. The novel centers on a logging family, the Stampers, and the tense relationship between two formerly estranged half-brothers. The complex power dynamic between them and their environment encapsulates the feeling of the Northwest woods in a way no other book I've read does, and it is relatable to people from all over because of a similar connection many people have with the geography of their home. It is frustratingly complex, but at the same time it deals with a family and its relationships in a truthful and honest way. Beautifully written and filled with music, it's opening scene is a disembodied human arm hanging from a rope out the window of a house, flipping everyone off. Why would you not want to read on?!
I love how easy-going and low-stress the library is, while still being focused on doing what we can do to help people. It's a nice break from the stress of academic life, but at the same time I've definitely learned how to research better and ask the right questions by working here!
Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors, and I love his writing style. East of Eden deals with the nature good and evil in the human spirit. It is really a beautifully written book.
I love the library atmosphere. I have enjoyed the intersect with people I get working at the reference desk as well as getting to know the librarians. I have also vastly expanded my reference knowledge and skills for unjamming staplers which undoubtably will be useful down the road.
I haven't read too many books that I feel compelled to revisit frequently, but this is one novel that I cannot give up. It could be characterized as an adventure, a romance, a thriller, or perhaps the classic American novel. Aside from the moral lessons (of which there are many), this book is artfully crafted. The prose is fantastic, and Chabon creates the most vivid characters I've ever encountered. Please, for your own good and the good of us all, go read it!
JesConsin, Suphachai, Danielle, Janet, donuts, the new scanner, the time when the FBI locked my computer, and all the cool cats I get to work with!
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