Staff Recommended Book

Recommended by Darla Crist-Writing Center Coordinator and Library PR

The Brief History of the Dead/Kevin Brockmeier
PS3602 R63 B75 2006
Short stories turned into novels are often polarized creatures—they either work tremendously well as the short story expands into the form of a book or they fall terribly short of expectations created by the original work. Fortunately, The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier is an example of a short story successfully transformed into an engaging, quirky novel. Readers of Calvino or DeLillo might hear or see a subtle nod or two in those directions, but Brockmeier manages to keep his notion of death—and life after death—as wholly original, with a main character whose story unfolds in interesting patterns and whose fate is unknown until the last few pages. Because of Brockmeier’s ability to weave narrative threads and lives together, the novel becomes a unified and thought-provoking whole with much to say, not only about how we die, but how we live. As an exploration of the power of memory and the mystery of even the most ordinary lives, The Brief History of the Dead will leave readers wanting more from Kevin Brockmeier.

Chronicle of Higher Education

While the library has back issue of the Chronicle available online, current issues have only been available through LexisNexis (not the most browsing friendly database).  We have just acquired a site license for the Chronicle, so you can now view the current articles on their website. 

Chronicle of Higher Education

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A bit of a hiatus

Well, the blog has been quiet for a few months, but now that summer classes are in full swing, we’ll try to keep things updated more regularly. 


Wall Street Journal is back

We have been without an electronic subscription to the Wall Street Journal for a few months because of a switch from ABI Inform to Business Source Complete.  We now have it back through ProQuest, and our electronic full-text coverage of the WSJ runs from 1889-present.

Go here to access the current issues.