LaGuardia Library Books of the Week: Gratitude
The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan
"A heartfelt, thoughtful, and entertaining read on how we can bring more gratitude into our lives. It’s like The Happiness Project meets Thanksgiving—a guided tour through the science and experience of appreciation."
—Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take
Gratitude: An Intellectual History by Peter J. Leithart
"This is no 'gratitude lite' approach with its blending of philosophical, theological, political, and social sciences perspectives. Leithart persuasively makes a case for why gratitude is intrinsically interesting."
—Robert Emmons, co-editor of The Psychology of Gratitude, and author of Thanks! and Gratitude Works!
Gratitude: An Intellectual History is an ebook. It's available any time from anywhere!
LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Dollarocracy
Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America by John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney
"Nichols and McChesney (coauthors of The Death and Life of American Journalism and cofounders of Free Press, a media reform group) are both despairing and hopeful in this incisive account of what they see as corporate America's hijacking of the election process. While the $10 billion spent in the 2012 presidential election was unprecedented, America's plutocrats have long been determined to make their vote count. Though contesting this trend is a deeply rooted American tradition, it's troubling to read about dismantled restrictions against corporate dominance, beginning with Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell who, in 1978, laid the groundwork for the problematic 2011 Citizens United decision. As the authors note, unchecked out-of-state donations ensure that elected officials hold no loyalty to their constituents. Their examination of media involvement proves less precise. It remains unclear whether they are positing that media conglomerates collude with business by narrowing coverage in order to rake in billions in political advertising, allow advertising .to drive the story, or roll over and play dead. The hopefulness here is in the authors' prescription: encouraging the growing movement to amend the Constitution to overturn Citizens United; a call for more robust public broadcasting; and an appeal to make voting a Constitutional guarantee. They conclude with a fervent call to all citizens to 'refuse to be ridden by a booted, and spurred favored few.'"
"Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America." Publishers Weekly 22 Apr. 2013: 45. Academic OneFile. Web. 15 Oct. 2015.
Speaker Event: What Is College For?Brought to you by the Library Media Resources Center at LaGuardia Community College: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EST) Join us in a talk led by Dr. Andrew Delbanco (The Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies, Columbia University) that will address important questions about the idea of college including:
• How can college help students become active citizens? • How do we know if college is effective? • How do students know they are making the most of their opportunities?20 autographed copies of Dr. Delbanco's book, College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be, will be raffled to LaGuardia students in attendance. Register now to reserve your seat: https://college2015.eventbrite.com
LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Let Us Fight as Free Men: Black Soldiers and Civil Rights
Let Us Fight as Free Men: Black Soldiers and Civil Rights by Christine Knauer
"Today, the military is one the most racially diverse institutions in the United States. But for many decades African American soldiers battled racial discrimination and segregation within its ranks. In the years after World War II, the integration of the armed forces was a touchstone in the homefront struggle for equality—though its importance is often overlooked in contemporary histories of the civil rights movement. Drawing on a wide array of sources, from press reports and newspapers to organizational and presidential archives, historian Christine Knauer recounts the conflicts surrounding black military service and the fight for integration.
Let Us Fight as Free Men shows that, even after their service to the nation in World War II, it took the persistent efforts of black soldiers, as well as civilian activists and government policy changes, to integrate the military. In response to unjust treatment during and immediately after the war, African Americans pushed for integration on the strength of their service despite the oppressive limitations they faced on the front and at home. Pressured by civil rights activists such as A. Philip Randolph, President Harry S. Truman passed an executive order that called for equal treatment in the military. Even so, integration took place haltingly and was realized only after the political and strategic realities of the Korean War forced the Army to allow black soldiers to fight alongside their white comrades. While the war pushed the civil rights struggle beyond national boundaries, it also revealed the persistence of racial discrimination and exposed the limits of interracial solidarity."
LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Infamy:The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment
Infamy:The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves
"During WWII, newspapers, films, and the U.S. government regularly reminded citizens that they were fighting totalitarian governments whose populations were in constant fear of a "knock on the door," followed by rapid transport to a concentration camp. It is a sad and cruel irony that Japanese Americans, citizens and noncitizens, lived under a similar fear. The forced relocation and internment of people was a racially based insult to our purported ideals.
Reeves, an award-winning journalist, recounts the unfolding of this outrage with a justifiable sense of moral indignation. He reminds us that this was a national failure as he indicts political leaders, the courts, and ordinary citizens, many of whom were resentful of the success and prosperity of their Japanese neighbors. Although there was virtually no violent resistance, the Japanese did fight against their internment in the halls of Congress and the court system, which helped ameliorate conditions within the camps. Reeves lays out the broad outlines of the "roundup" and the structure of the camps, but he is at his best when he chronicles the experiences of particular families whose lives were ripped apart by what they went through, even as some of their young men chose to honorably serve in the military of the country that continued to detain their relatives. This is a painful but necessary and timely reminder of how overblown fears about national security can have shameful consequences."
Freeman, Jay. "Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II." The Booklist 111.12 (2015): 23. ProQuest Education Journals. Web. 15 Oct. 2015.
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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Between the World and Me
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
"I've been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between the World and Me, like Coates's journey, is visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive. And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory."
LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Lethal but Legal
Lethal but Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health by Nicholas Freudenberg
"Decisions made by the food, tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceutical, gun, and automobile industries have a greater impact on today's health than the decisions of scientists and policymakers. As the collective influence of corporations has grown, governments around the world have stepped back from their responsibility to protect public health by privatizing key services, weakening regulations, and cutting funding for consumer and environmental protection. Today's corporations are increasingly free to make decisions that benefit their bottom line at the expense of public health.
Lethal but Legal examines how corporations have impacted—and plagued—public health over the last century, first in industrialized countries and now in developing regions. It is both a current history of corporations' antagonism towards health and an analysis of the emerging movements that are challenging these industries' dangerous practices. The reforms outlined here aim to strike a healthier balance between large companies' right to make a profit and governments' responsibility to protect their populations.
While other books have addressed parts of this story, Lethal but Legal is the first to connect the dots between unhealthy products, business-dominated politics, and the growing burdens of disease and health care costs. By identifying the common causes of all these problems, then situating them in the context of other health challenges that societies have overcome in the past, this book provides readers with the insights they need to take practical and effective action to restore consumers' right to health"
LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: What is a Superhero?
What is a Superhero? Edited by Robin S. Rosenberg & Peter Coogan
"It's easy to name a superhero—Superman, Batman, Thor, Spiderman, the Green Lantern, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Rorschach, Wolverine—but it's not so easy to define what a superhero is. Buffy has superpowers, but she doesn't have a costume. Batman has a costume, but doesn't have superpowers. What is the role of power and superpower? And what are supervillains and why do we need them?
In What is a Superhero?, psychologist Robin Rosenberg and comics scholar Peter Coogan explore this question from a variety of viewpoints, bringing together contributions from nineteen comic book experts—including both scholars in such fields as cultural studies, art, and psychology as well as leading comic book writers and editors. What emerges is a kaleidoscopic portrait of this most popular of pop-culture figures. Writer Jeph Loeb, for instance, sees the desire to make the world a better place as the driving force of the superhero. Jennifer K. Stuller argues that the female superhero inspires women to stand up, be strong, support others, and most important, to believe in themselves. More darkly, A. David Lewis sees the indestructible superhero as the ultimate embodiment of the American "denial of death," while writer Danny Fingeroth sees superheroes as embodying the best aspects of humankind, acting with a nobility of purpose that inspires us. Interestingly, Fingeroth also expands the definition of superhero so that it would include characters like John McClane of the Die Hard movies: "Once they dodge ridiculous quantities of machine gun bullets they're superheroes, cape or no cape."
From summer blockbusters to best-selling graphic novels, the superhero is an integral part of our culture. What is a Superhero? not only illuminates this pop-culture figure, but also sheds much light on the fantasies and beliefs of the American people."
LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Feminism Unfinished
Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women's Movements by Dorothy Sue Bobble, Linda Gordon, and Astrid Henry
"Three professors wade deeply into twentieth century history to provide readers with an approachable overview of the period's activism spearheaded by American women.
They also move beyond the more recognizable marquee names to shed light on lesser-known working class and minority figures. From sexism to labor law to cultural awareness, the case is made that not only was the women's movement dominated by middle-class perspectives but all too often 'white feminists were oblivious to the depth and strength of racism in the United States.' Using examples drawn from Hispanic, Native American, African American, and other ethnic groups, the authors present leaders who fought to have their experiences acknowledged and valued within the larger movement they championed. While not everyone will agree with some of the opinions expressed here, the authors do succeed in moving many relatively unknown women into deserved positions of respect. By showing the importance of feminism to so many women of the past, this is a solid push back against the modern reticence to embrace the term and its continued relevance."
Mondor, C. (2014). Feminism unfinished: A short, surprising history of American women's movements. The Booklist, 110(21), 10. Retrieved from ProQuest Education Journals.
LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Advancing the Ball
Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL by N. Jeremi Duru
"Following the NFL's desegregation in 1946, opportunities became increasingly plentiful for African American players— but not African American coaches. Although Major League Baseball and the NBA made progress in this regard Over the years, the NFL's head coaches were almost exclusively white up until the mid-1990s.
Advancing the Ball chronicles the campaign of former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman John Wooten to right this wrong and undo decades of discriminatory head coach hiring practices--an initiative that finally bore fruit when he joined forces with attorneys Cyrus Mehri and Johnnie Cochran. Together with a few allies, the triumvirate galvanized the NFL's African American assistant coaches to stand together for equal opportunity and convinced the league to enact the "Rooney Rule," which stipulates that every team must interview at least one minority candidate when searching for a new head coach. In doing so, they spurred a movement that would substantially impact the NFL and, potentially, the nation. Featuring an impassioned foreword by Coach Tony Dungy, Advancing the Ball offers an eye-opening, first-hand look at how a few committed individuals initiated a sea change in America's most popular sport and added an extraordinary new chapter to the civil rights story."
Finding Your Fall I Textbooks
Welcome to the start of Fall I 2015! Here's a quick guide to finding your textbooks:
LaGuardia Library Book(s) of the Week: Recent Leisure Reading
The library has a Leisure Reading collection which includes these books and many more. It's right behind our magazine/newspaper section. Ask a librarian about it!
Library Closed August 7-23
The Library will be closed August 7-23 for renovation work.
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Renewing a New York Times Academic PassA year has gone by since LaGuardians first began signing up for their free New York Times Academic passes. As those passes reach the end of the first year, the article counter will begin again for each individual pass-holder. After accessing 10 articles users will be prompted to subscribe or log-in. LaGuardia patrons should go to nytimes.com/passes and sign in as an existing subscriber. Pass holders should also receive an email from the New York Times with renewal instructions.
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1. Go to nytimes.com/passes.
2. Click on "Register" and create a NYTimes.com account using your school email address.
3. At the bottom of the welcome page, click "Continue".
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5. Once confirmed it will simultaneously verify your eligibility and grant your Academic Pass.
LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Under This Beautiful Dome
Under This Beautiful Dome: A Senator, a Journalist, and the Politics of Gay Love in America by Terry Mutchler
"Mutchler was the newly appointed Associated Press bureau chief in Springfield when she met Illinois State Senator Penny Severns, who had been a mentor to Barack Obama during his time in the state legislature and had a promising career of her own. Despite the risk to Severns’ career and image, and worries about the ethical breaches for Mutchler, the two fell in love and began a five-year relationship, including a surreptitious and unofficial marriage. It was the 1990s in a conservative political town. At great emotional and psychological costs, they developed very elaborate schedules to hide their union, lying to friends, family, and colleagues, making secret rendezvous when they were both in the capital. Their lives became infinitely more complicated when Severns was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her twin had had a bout with cancer, and another sister had died of the disease. Severns' death forced Mutchler to confront the cruel limits on the rights of gay couples. This is a heartbreaking story of love and politics, a timely read with changes occurring across the nation in gay-marriage rights."
Bush, Vanessa. "Under this Beautiful Dome: A Senator, a Journalist, and the Politics of Gay Love in America." Booklist 111.6 (2014): 6. Academic Search Complete. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.
This book is in the New Books area in front of the Reference Desk. Books not here in the Library can be requsted from storage (it only takes a day or so...). Instructions on how to request books are here.