Month: March 2012

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Ice Cold

Ice Cold book coverGinny of Research Services recommends Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen:

Boston medical examiner Maura Isles agrees to a last-minute ski trip in Wyoming with friends. After their car stalls on a lonely mountain road, the five friends find shelter in the abandoned village of Kingdom Come. Maura and company discover footprints in the snow betraying the fact that someone is watching them. When a charred body is identified as Maura’s by local police, her close friend, Jane Rizzoli, a Boston homicide detective, is shocked. Too many unanswered questions lead Jane and her FBI husband to Wyoming to determine what has happened to her friend. Ice Cold maintains suspense by shifting between Maura’s struggles and Jane’s efforts to save her in Gerritsen’s eighth novel to feature Rizzoli and Isles.

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. In honor of this cultural celebration, here is the fabulous Maya Angelou reading one of her most famous poems, “Phenomenal Woman.”

Don’t forget to check out the Library’s awesome Women’s History Month display, directly behind the Fiction/AV/Teen desk.

LISTS: Classical Guitar

Andres Segovia musician photoClassical guitar, also known as “Spanish guitar,” is a finger-picked style of guitar playing where the instrument has nylon strings, rather than steel. Classical guitarists play more than traditionally understood classical music – all that Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and the like.

To check out the wide range of classical guitar music out there, click here.

Philosophy, Photography and Errol Morris

Believing is Seeing book coverErrol Morris, the award-winning documentary director of The Thin Blue Line and The Fog of War, wants people to ask themselves “What is the truth of the photograph?” Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography is a collection of conversational essays where Morris analyzes the truth behind and psychological effects of four photographs. His subjects are photos from the Civil War, the Crimean War, the Great Depression, and Abu Ghraib, and his essays feel like detail-orientated detective stories. This is not a book about the beauty of photography. It is a meditation on navigating a culture of mass-image-manipulation with questions like “What is the difference between journalism and propaganda?” and “What is the difference between accuracy and truth?”