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News from Fondren - Fall 2019


Fall 2019 News from Fondren


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Recommended Reading from the Rice Community

Here are book recommendations library visitors added to our whiteboard this past weekend:

1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
50 Shades of Grey - E. L. James
A Little Life - Hanya Yanigahara
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
A Walk to Remember - Nicholas Sparks
All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
Bad Blood - John Carreyrou
Becoming - Michelle Obama
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
Codex Alera series - Jim Butcher
Cutting For Stone - Abraham Verghese
Distancia de Rescate - Samanta Schweblin
East of Eden - John Steinbeck
Educated - Tara Westover
Eleanor Elephant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
Emperor of the Eight Islands - Gillian Rubenstein
Ender’s Game - Orson Scott Card
Evicted - Matthew Desmond
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safren Foer
Factfulness - Hans Rosling
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Funny in Farsi - Firoozeh Dumas
Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid - Douglas Hofstader
Harry Potter series - J. K. Rowling
Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski
How to Start a Fire and Why - Jesse Ball
I’m Thinking of Ending Things - Ian Reid
If You Give A Moose A Cookie - Drew Carter
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
IT - Stephen King
Jell-O Girls - Allie Rowbottom
Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton
Kokoro - Natsume Soseki
Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers - Cat Fitzpatrick
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game - MIchael Lewis
My Sister’s Keeper - Jodi Picoult
Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure through Time and Space - D. J.  MacHale
Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Rick Riordan
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
Red Rising series - Pierce Brown
Rosencrantz and GuIldenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
Saga - Brian K. Vaughn
Sapiens - Yuval Harari
Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts
Sirens of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut
Tell the Wolves I’m Home - Carol Rifka Brunt
The Abarat series - Clive Barker
The Alloy of Law - Brandon Sanderson
The Beach - Alex Garland
The Bible 
The Book of Flying - Keith Miller
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
The Cartel trilogy - Don Winslow
The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
The Conquest of Bread - Peter Kropotkin
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime - Mark Haddon
The Fifth Risk - Michael Lewis
The Good Earth - Pearl Buck
The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
The Kingkiller Chronicle - Patrick Rothfuss
The Leavers - Lisa Ko
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Long Walk - Stephen King
The Minds of Billy Milligan - Daniel Keyes
The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
The Other Side - Lacy Johnson
The Pastoral Clinic - Angela Garcia
The Periodic Table - Primo Levi
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot
The Private Life of Chairman Mao - Li Zhisui
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
The Stand - Stephen King
The Tibetan Book of the Dead -
The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
The War of the Worlds - H. G. Wells
The Wild Robot series - Peter Brown
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
The Working Poor - David Shipler
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Throne of Glass series - Sarah J. Mass
Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later - Alexandre Dumas
When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
White Noise - Don DeLillo
Wit - Margaret Edson
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig

Recommend books to add to our leisure collection

Winners Announced - Fondren Library Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards

Fondren Library Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards Prize Winners’ Reading

The Larry McMurtry Prize in Fiction judged by Melinda Moustakis

$1000 prize winner: Matthew Archibald, "Is Anyone Coming to Take You Home?"

"'Is Anyone Coming to Take You Home?' won me over with Ezra's unforgettable voice that, with specificity and despondency, ruminates on religion and displacement in the midwest. The tensions in this road trip story of exile and estrangement were surprising as a personal and familial distance spirals out into a history of Jewish communities attempting to migrate to America's heartland. Of course what is a road trip story without a stop at a diner, but this stop takes a turn and Ezra ends up with an unexpected souvenir. I savored the prose and the particular loneliness Ezra feels in the midwest and I wanted to know more about him and why he only corresponds with his mother via postcards. I imagine that he still, and will always be, driving towards Topeka."
-- Melinda Moustakis

The Susan Wood Prize in Poetry  judged by Analicia Sotelo

$1,000 prize winnder: Sanvitti Sahdev

I'm choosing Sanvitti Sahdev as the winner of the Susan Wood Prize in Poetry. The work is distinguished by its clarity of perception. In "Ways to Love & Unlove," a "four-inch statue of Ganesha" becomes "my mother's new body" in a poem about the loss and contortion of a mother language. In "Ocean Bed," the streets "swell like capillaries" while the speaker survives in this "ocean of people / alive when I am alive." The poems play with scale and simultaneity to communicate a visceral personal experience that intimately considers the speaker's place in a world that is in continuing, but threatened by destruction: of place, of language, of the body. "It is exhausting to be with my skin all the time" says the speaker, while the "heaving wind calls in all of our languages."
--Analicia Sotelo

The Max Apple Prize in Nonfiction judged by Sophia Shalmiyev

$1000 prize winner: Ryan Chow, "Bananas"

"The loneliness of code switching, of invisibility as an Asian-American, and the dichotomies of fierce loyalty rubbing against the gnawing irritation with one's parents as an immigrant, an alien, an other were poignant and very familiar to me. When Ryan wonders, 'why the mere presence of my parents sets me on edge,' he is doing so from a place of having no inner home to soothe him; not yet, not until we see him looking back at us."
-- Sophia Shalmiyev

Fondren Launches New Search Platform on August 1

Fondren Library has Launched a New Search & Discovery Platform

August 1, 2019


  • Search books, ebooks, journals, articles, databases, archives, government information, dissertations, music, videos and more
  • Browse and filter results with advanced subject areas
  • Save, share, locate, and request items all in one place
  • Personalize the interface and save searches

How does this affect you?

  • OneSearch replaces the library’s Classic Catalog, EDS, e-Journal Portal and BentoBox search platforms
  • Save your citations! Permalinks (URLs) referencing items from the Classic Catalog, EDS, e-Journal Portal and BentoBox will not be migrating to the new system, and will be expiring
  • EndNote and Zotero citation software will need a simple configuration for the new OneSearch platform
  • Future renewals, requests and recalls will be in the new OneSearch platform
  • Users will continue to use ILLiad on Fondren’s website to request interlibrary loan material
  • A Rice NetID login will be required to view and access Rice-Only subscription results

Dates to note

  • August 1st – OneSearch launches on the library’s homepage. The Classic Catalog, EDS, e-Journal Portal and BentoBox will be shut down.
  • August 26th – First day of classes

Questions or Concerns

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News from Fondren - Fall 2018 Issue

News from Fondren - Fall 2018 Issue


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