Norman Public Library
- Published on Sunday, 21 April 2013 01:00
There are so many interesting books out there to read, but why limit yourself to one genre when you can explore them all? Check out the following collection of ecclectic books, which is sure to have something that peaks your interest!
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn't the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of-or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists-who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tract.
- Published on Monday, 01 April 2013 01:00
Just a few of the greatest and most popular English-language poets ever to put quill to parchment. Their names remind us to celebrate National Poetry Month in April 2013.
Conceived in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry that hopes to "increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated."
- Published on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 01:00
Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was born 102 years ago, on March 26, 1911. Recognized as one of our greatest playwrights, he was responsible for penning numerous classics of the American stage including The Glass Menagerie, Night of The Iguana, and two Pulitzer Prize winners: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire.
Who could forget this famous scene from Streetcar, featuring one of the American Film Institute's most memorable movie quotes of all time?
Enjoy one of Tennessee Williams's timeless works of American drama today.
- Published on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 15:55
The quick double-thump of the basketball, the adrenaline-surged race down the court, and then the magical last second “swoosh” at the final buzzer…Yessss! It’s March Madness and time for some page -turning hoops at the Pioneer Library System, where we’ve got the best seats in the game. Learn all about the history of Basketball, the jump shot to the pros and the inside scoop of the hoops. This month we got Magic, a Doctor, a Bird, and a little “Thunder” to cheer for March Madness. Check these titles out and get in the game!
A big, thick, steaming bowl of witty and intelligent commentary on the greatest players and teams ever to grace the League, written by popular columnist and TV and radio sports personality Bill Simmons.
- Published on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:52
March 19 marks the 77th birthday of Ursula Andress, who in 1962 became famous for her iconic bikini-clad scene in Dr. No, the first James Bond film. 007 celebrated his 50th anniversary on the silver screen in 2012 with the release of Skyfall starring Daniel Craig.
Bond On Bond : Reflections On 50 years Of James Bond Movies by Roger Moore and Gareth Owen
Sir Roger Moore, the longest-starring Bond, has written a book that features all the Bond movies, along with a wonderfully witty account of his own involvement in them. From the girls to the villains, the cars to the cocktails, and oh so many gadgets, it's illustrated with over 400 hundred iconic images from all the films including many previously unseen photos from the Bond archive as well as photos from Moore's personal collection.
- Published on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 01:00
Influential novelist and Beat Generation icon Jean-Louis "Jack" Kerouac was born on March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts.
According to Chase's Calendar of Events: "Kerouac is best known for his novel On The Road, published in 1957, which celebrates the Beat ideal of noncomformity. Kerouac published The Dharma Bums in 1958, followed by The Subterraneans the same year, Doctor Sax and its sequel Maggie Cassidy in 1959, Lonesome Traveler in 1960, Big Sur in 1962 and Desolation Angels in 1965."
Commemorate the birth anniversary of this prominent and controversial American literary figure by reading one of the novels listed above, or by digging deeper into his life and work with one of these items:
What Happened to Kerouac? [NONFICTION DVD]
Investigates the personal history and creative process of Jack Kerouac, father of the Beat Generation, author of "On the road", and a pivotal figure of the fifties countercultural revolution. Shows what happened when fame and notoriety were thrust upon an essentially reticent man.
- Published on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:23
William Erwin Eisner was born on this date, March 6 (1917-2005), and today we honor his contributions to the world of comics and graphic novels. He termed his art as, “The Field of Sequential Art” and the industry named one of the most prestigious awards after him, The Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, otherwise known as “The Eisner’s.” Eisner was born and raised in New York City and to supplement the family’s income, he sold newspapers and got to see all the comics every day. And one of the most important parts of his education and development to his career was reading. He read vicariously and with his natural artistic ability of storytelling, this lead to one of the early forms of the graphic novel. Eisner used the graphic novel format to combine thematic, visual stories that were bound in a single volume. Today we celebrate the man, the myth, and the legend all rolled into one. Check out our dazzling graphic novel collection at your hometown library today!
A reproduction of a classic collection of 22 tales which date from the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. >From the headquarters deep beneath Wildwood Cemetery, masked crime fighter Danny Colt fights crime in Central City and beyond. Look for the dangerous Femmes Fatale, street crooks, criminal master-minds, and yes, even creatures from outer space. A true comic classic for anyone interested in the history of comics and the art form from the golden age.