Humans of New York: Stories — a Reader’s Advisory

Everyone--and I mean everyone--has a story. Brandon Stanton is a photographer and blogger who set out with his camera and one mission: to create a photographic census of New York.  He believes that everyone--every person you pass on the sidewalk, every driver next to you on the way to work--has something to say. Stanton's work … Continue reading Humans of New York: Stories — a Reader’s Advisory

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen, a Book Review

Find in Catalog We're privileged to live in a country where education is a priority, teachers are well-trained, and knowledge is at our fingertips. But James W. Lowen, author of the dramatically-titled Lies My Teacher Told Me, wants to expose "everything your American History textbook got wrong." There are so many examples of little historical anecdotes from … Continue reading Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen, a Book Review

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, a Book Review

Paul Kalanithi had always asked himself one question: Where do biology, morality, literature, and philosophy intersect?  As a neurosurgeon resident and MA graduate from Sanford's English literature program, he was highly interested in finding out what a meaningful life consisted of; but, when he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at 36, the question took … Continue reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, a Book Review

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day, a Book Review

Celebrity memoirs have been flying off the shelves over the past few months.  Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance has been on the best sellers list for ages; Amy Poehler’s Yes Please sold 37,000 in the first week alone.  Members of Hollywood, political spheres, and every walk of life have committed time and effort to putting their … Continue reading You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day, a Book Review

O’Fallon Public Library Staff Picks of 2015, a Reader’s Advisory

Ryan: Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle. This book really tackles the challenges of living in a smartphone era. Think of how many times you see a family, or a group of friends, together in a physical space, yet everyone is absorbed in their phones.  Think of the connections and skills we are losing because of this … Continue reading O’Fallon Public Library Staff Picks of 2015, a Reader’s Advisory

Newton’s Apple & Other Myths about Science Edited by Ronald Numbers and Kostas Kampourakis, a Book Review

Anecdotes of science often stick in our memory more than the science itself.  We don’t remember the equations that define gravity, but we can sure recount the story of an apple falling on Newton’s head. Newton’s Apple and Other Myths about Science seeks not only to debunk myths, but to uncover why myths are so … Continue reading Newton’s Apple & Other Myths about Science Edited by Ronald Numbers and Kostas Kampourakis, a Book Review

Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic’s Edge by Jill Fredston, a Book Review

  For three months of the year, Jill Fredston and her husband disappear. At least, that's the word she uses.  In "Rowing to Latitude," Fredston documents the many journeys taken to Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway and Sweden--by rowing. There's something unique about travelling; no matter how great the trip, it's always difficult to adequately convey the … Continue reading Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic’s Edge by Jill Fredston, a Book Review

Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair by Christopher Oldstone-Moore, a Book Review

It’s odd how little things like facial hair can play such a large part in our society.  November has become “No-Shave-November;” clothing, duct tape, and phone covers are donned in mustaches; everyone seems to take a side—clean shaven or grizzly?  Some men are even shelling out eight thousand dollars for hair transplants that fill in … Continue reading Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair by Christopher Oldstone-Moore, a Book Review