Additions to the Library Collection

Check it out. New books in the Harold Washington College library, from suggestions gathered from students by Todd Heldt:

Books Ordered in 2010:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Three Slovak Women
Lisa A. Alzo

Collected Fictions
Jorge Luis Borges

Traditional Slovak Folktales (Folklore and Folk Cultures of Eastern Europe)
David Cooper

The Best of Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl

The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
Jared M. Diamond

Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy
Mircea Eliade

Winds of Change
Ivan Franko

From Heart to Heart : Selected Prose Fiction
by Hrytsko Hryhorenko and Lesya Ukrainka (Women’s Voices in Ukrainian Literature Vol. IV)

To Live: A Novel
Yu Hua

Culture Jam: How to Reverse America’s Suicidal Consumer Binge–And Why We Must
Kalle Lasn

The Girl Who Played with Fire
Stieg Larsson

Italian Tales: An Anthology of Contemporary Italian Fiction (Italian Literature and Thought)
Mr. Massimo Riva

Mihai Eminescu – Eternal Longing, Impossible Love
Adrian G Sahlean

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Betty Smith

The Sirens of Titan: A Novel
Kurt Vonnegut

Slapstick or Lonesome No More!: A Novel
Kurt Vonnegut

Post Black: How a New Generation Is Redefining African American Identity
Ytasha L. Womack

2 thoughts on “Additions to the Library Collection

  1. I’d like to know if the students offered this information or if Todd had to hunt them down for these suggestions. Just curious.

    Can’t say I’m familiar with all the titles but if this is what students are reading then I s’pose we should invest some time in getting to know our bookworms.

    • Todd sent a request to some faculty to survey their students for book suggestions that would make them feel “more at home” at HW. The general idea is that students would suggest books that were important to their understanding of their own identity–ethnicity, nationality, geographically, etc., so that they could “see books on the shelves of our library that reflect who they are.”

      It was part of his tenure project, and he’s continued doing it annually. I’ve heard a lot about the book by Ali at the top of the list from students, and a few also supported the Culture Jam suggestion. Those are on my summer list.

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