Welcome back for another online helping of “Library Love!”
All throughout this season of romance and valentines, we – the staff of your TCC Northeast Campus Library – are sharing some of our own top picks and personal favorites from the Library’s HUGE collection of books and movies, in hopes that you’ll check out a copy and learn to love them as much as we do.
In the last post, we reviewed suggestions from the Computer Learning Center staff… Now let’s see some of the Administrative Team’s favorite titles!
These are the intrepid souls who steer the ship that is the J. Ardis Bell Library. They keep a weather eye on the horizon for any troubled waters around campus, hold us to a steady course in our service to TCC students, and ensure that everything in the Library is ship-shape and running smooth. (Okay, okay… enough with the nautical phrases!) Now let’s look at some book recommendations… Anchors Aweigh! (That was the last one, I promise.)
Suggested by Katy Hill, Library Administrative Assistant:
- The Stand, by Stephen King – an engineered strain of influenza is accidentally unleashed, and 99.4% of the world’s population are lost in the ensuing pandemic crisis. Those who survive are bound together in a post-apocalyptic nightmare world, as battle lines are drawn between the forces of good and evil.
- Persuasion, by Jane Austen – the last novel completed by the author before her death, Persuasion tells the story of Anne Elliott, middle-daughter of a family in financial straits, as she tries to navigate the romantic perils and expectations of English society.
- Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman – The world is supposed to end next Saturday, but there are a few problems: the Antichrist has been misplaced, the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse all ride motorcycles, and the representatives from Heaven and Hell decide that they really do like the human race, after all. How do you stop armageddon?
Suggested by Mark Dolive, Library Director:
- Captain Horatio Hornblower, by C. S. Forester – A compilation of the first three novels in the celebrated series, a junior Royal Navy captain goes on a secret mission to Central America. As the Napoleonic Wars progress, he gains promotion steadily as a result of his skill and daring, despite initial poverty and a lack of influential friends. After surviving many adventures in a wide variety of locales, he rises to become Admiral of the Fleet, a Knight of the Order of Bath, and is named the first Baron Hornblower.
- Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand – This novel depicts a dystopian United States, wherein many of society’s most prominent and successful industrialists abandon their fortunes and the nation itself, in response to aggressive new regulations, causing most vital industries to collapse. The book explores a number of themes from which Rand would subsequently develop the philosophy of Objectivism. In doing so, it expresses the advocacy of reason, individualism, capitalism, and the failures of governmental coercion.
- Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo – This classic generational novel tells the story of Jean Val-Jean, a man convicted of stealing bread to save his starving family in 19th century France, and how he reformed his life, took in an orphaned girl to raise as his own, and the role they played as the events of the June Revolution of 1832 unfolded around them. It has inspired the hit broadway musical, and multiple film adaptations.
- Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe – The daughter of a thief, young Moll is placed in a nunnery after the execution of her mother. The actions of an abusive priest lead Moll to rebel as a teenager, escaping to the streets of London, where she becomes a prostitute for the conniving Mrs. Allworthy. With the help of Hibble, Mrs. Allworthy’s servant, Moll holds onto hope, ultimately falling in love with an artist who brings the possibility of romance and happiness.
Suggested by Alex Potemkin, Assistant Library Director:
- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley – “This book was required reading when I was in high school, and I didn’t read it. Instead, I picked it up as a college undergraduate.” – AP. Hundreds of years in the future, the World Controllers have created an ideal civilization. Its members are productive and content in roles they have been assigned since conception. Government-sanctioned drugs and recreational sex ensure that everyone is a happy, unquestioning consumer, while emotions have been anesthetized and private attachments are considered obscene. Only Bernard Marx is discontented…
- 1984, by George Orwell – “This is another required read that I did not pick up until I wanted to read it for myself. This book is more relevant today than it ever was. More truth than fiction.” – AP. This dystopian classic portrays life in a ‘future time’ when totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities. Critics say it’s “double-plus good!”
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick – “This was the first PKD book I had ever read, and it absolutely changed the way I looked at life and science fiction.” – AP. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, where millions have died or left our planet behind completely, mega-corporations can build incredibly realistic replicants – copies of animals, birds, and even humans. Fearful of the havoc that artificial humans might wreak, the government bans them from Earth and sends professional bounty hunters to find and kill them… but the androids are fighting back. This novel was the inspiration for the sci-fi movie classic, Blade Runner.
That’s all for now, but check back with us soon! There will be more “Library Love” staff recommendations posted throughout the rest of February.
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