Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading 10.16.15

The Good Earth Susan, Senior LTA, recommends:

 The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck

http://ucf.catalog.fcla.edu/permalink.jsp?29CF020370870

4th Floor — PS3503.U198G6 2004

In The Good Earth, author Pearl S. Buck presents a graphic view of a China when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings for the ordinary people. This moving, classic story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-lan is must reading for those who would fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during the twentieth century.

Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading 10.09.15

Cold Sassy Tree Meg Scharf, Librarian, recommends:

 Cold Sassy Tree, by Olive Ann Burns.

http://ucf.catalog.fcla.edu/permalink.jsp?29CF027547463

4th Floor — PS3552.U73C5

The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around – fast. When Grandpa E. Rucker Blakeslee announces one July morning in 1906 that he’s aiming to marry the young and freckledy milliner, Miss Love Simpson – a bare three weeks after Granny Blakeslee has gone to her reward – the news is served up all over town with that afternoon’s dinner. And young Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a major scandal. Boggled by the sheer audacity of it all, and not a little jealous of his grandpa’s new wife, Will nevertheless approves of this May-December match and follows its progress with just a smidgen of youthful prurience. As the newlyweds’ chaperone, conspirator, and confidant, Will is privy to his one-armed, renegade grandfather’s second adolescence; meanwhile, he does some growing up of his own. He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it; he kisses his first girl, and survives that too. Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny, resplendent novel – about a romance that rocks an entire town, about a boy’s passage through the momentous but elusive year when childhood melts into adolescence, and about just how people lived and died in a small Southern town at the turn of the century. Inhabited by characters who are wise and loony, unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent, Cold Sassy, Georgia, is the perfect setting for the debut of a storyteller of rare brio, exuberance, and style.

Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading 10.2.15

The Trigger Larry Cooperman, Adjunct Faculty Librarian, recommends:

 The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War, by Tim Butcher

http://ucf.catalog.fcla.edu/permalink.jsp?29CF032900558

1st Floor — D511.B876 2014

A very well-written account of the life of Gavrilo Princip, the student who shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand that led to the start of World War I, along with a very well-written and detailed book of the author’s travels to Serbia and the surrounding countries.

Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading 09.18.15

 

The Martian Book Cover  Tina Buck, Librarian, recommends:

   The Martian, by Andy Weir

http://ucf.catalog.fcla.edu/permalink.jsp?29CF032844510

2nd Floor – Knight Reads

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk    on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust        storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old ‘human error’ are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit–he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

 

Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading 09.11.15

In the garden of beasts Richard Harrison, Librarian, recommends:

  In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson

http://ucf.catalog.fcla.edu/permalink.jsp?29CF029445900

UCF Main Library Knight Reads – 2nd Floor

A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the surprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance, and – ultimately – horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.

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