Award Winning Books in the Brimmer Collection
2014 Newbery and Caldecott winners
Flora and Ulysses
Call Number: FIC DIC
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.
Call Number: 385.0973 FLO
Publication Date: 2013-09-03
Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s. With encyclopedic enthusiasm, Floca visually documents the trip, vignettes illustrating the train's equipment as well as such must-know details as toilet and sleeping conditions. Full- and double-page spreads take advantage of the book's unusually large trim for breathtaking long shots of the American landscape and thrilling perspectives of the muscular engine itself. The nameless girl and boy provide touchstones for readers throughout, dubiously eyeing an unidentifiable dinner, juddering across a trestle, staring out with wide-eyed wonder. Unjustly undersung as a writer, Floca soars with his free-verse narrative, exploiting alliteration, assonance and internal rhyme to reinforce the rhythms of the journey. Frequent variations in font and type ("HUFF HUFF HUFF!" is spelled out in ornate, antique letters) further boost the excitement. Front endpapers provide detail on the building of the transcontinental railroad; back endpapers show the steam engine in cross section, explaining exactly how coal and water made it go. Nothing short of spectacular, just like the journey it describes.
Additions to the Brimmer Collection
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas
Call Number: 599.79 COX
World-renowned swimmer and author Lynne Cox and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Floca team up to bring us this inspiring story of an elephant seal who knew exactly where she belonged. Here is the incredible story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal who made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. When Elizabeth decides to stretch out across a two-lane road, the citizens worry she might get hurt or cause traffic accidents, so a group of volunteers tows her out to sea. But Elizabeth swims all the way back to Christchurch. The volunteers catch her again and again -- each time towing her farther, even hundreds of miles away -- but, still, Elizabeth finds her way back home. Includes back matter with information about elephant seals.
Old Manhattan Has Some Farms
Call Number: 635 LEN
Subject: Urban gardening.
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
Call Number: 791.06 DAV
Examines how the engineer George Ferris invented and constructed the amusement park ride that bears his name for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
Follow follow : a book of reverso poems
Call Number: 811.54 SIN
A collection of short poems called reversos which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature. From top to bottom they mean one thing and then reverse the lines and read from bottom to top they mean something else.
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New Acquisitions - Featured Titles - November 2014
The Deluge : The Great War, America, and the remaking of global order
Call Number: D523 .T46 2014
Publication Date: 2014-11-13
The deluge : the remaking of world order -- The Eurasian crisis. War in the balance ; Peace without victory ; The war grave of Russian democracy ; China joins a world at war ; Brest-Litovsk ; Making a brutal peace ; The world come apart ; Intervention -- Winning a democratic victory. Energizing the entente ; The arsenals of democracy ; Armistice : setting the Wilsonian script ; Democracy under pressure -- The unfinished peace. A patchwork world order ; "The truth about the Treaty" ; Reparations ; Compliance in Europe ; Compliance in Asia ; The fiasco of Wilsonianism -- The search for a new order. The Great Deflation ; Crisis of empire ; A conference in Washington ; Reinventing Communism ; Genoa : the failure of British hegemony ; Europe on the brink ; The new politics of war and peace ; The Great Depression -- Raising the stakes.
Remembering War : the Great War between memory and history in the twentieth century
Call Number: D523 .W579 2006
Introduction : war, memory, remembrance -- pt. one: War and remembrance. The setting : the Great War in the memory boom of the twentieth century -- Shell shock, memory, and identity -- pt. two: Practices of remembrance. All quiet on the Eastern front : photography and remembrance -- War letters : cultural memory and the "Soldiers' Tale" of the Great War -- Ironies of war : intellectual styles and responses to the Great War in Britain and France -- War memorials : a social agency interpretation -- War, migration, and remembrance : Britain and her dominions -- pt. three: Theaters of memory. Grand illusions : war, film, and collective memory -- Between history and memory : television, public history, and historical scholarship -- War museums : the historical and historical scholarship -- "Witness to a time" : authority, experience, and the two World Wars -- pt. Four: The memory boom and the twentieth century. Controversies and conclusions.
Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning : the Great War in European cultural history
Call Number: D523 .W58 2014
Publication Date: 2014-05-15
Contents: I. Catastrophe and consolation. 1. Homecomings: the return of the dead ; 2. Communities in mourning ; 3. Spiritualism and the 'Lost Generation' ; 4. War memorials and the mourning process -- II. Cultural codes and languages of mourning. 5. Mythologies of war: films, popular religion, and the business of the sacred ; 6. The apocalyptic imagination in art: from anticipation to allegory ; 7. The apocalyptic imagination in war literature ; 8. War poetry, romanticism, and the return of the sacred ; 9. Conclusion.
Call Number: DS135 .F9 B786 1999
"Patrick Modiano opens Dora Bruder by telling how in 1988 he stumbled across an ad in the personal columns of the New Year's Eve 1941 edition of Paris Soir. Placed by the parents of a 15-year-old Jewish girl, Dora Bruder, who had run away from her Catholic boarding school, the ad sets Modiano off on a quest to find out everything he can about Dora and why, at the height of German reprisals, she ran away on a bitterly cold day from the people hiding her. He finds only one other official mention of her name on a list of Jews deported from Paris to Auschwitz in September 1942....With no knowledge of Dora Bruder aside from these two records, Modiano continues to dig for fragments from Dora's past. What little he discovers in official records and through remaining family members, becomes a meditation on the immense losses of the period - lost people, lost stories, and lost history. Modiano delivers a moving account of the ten-year investigation that took him back to the sights and sounds of Paris under the Nazi Occupation and the paranoia of the Petain regime as he tries to find connections to Dora."--Jacket.
Writing Gender History
Call Number: HQ1154 .D68 2010
The author explores the evolution of historical writing about women and gender from the 1930s until the early twenty-first century. With chapters on the history of Europe, the USA, and colonial India and Africa, Downs draws on both cultural and social analysis to explain how writing has moved from women's history to gender history and on to poststructuralist challenges to that history.
Sisterly Love : women of note in Pennsylvania history.
Call Number: HQ1412 .S578 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-30
Anna Johanna Piesch Seidel, influential Moravian / Catherine Looker, SSJ -- Fanny Kemble, British stage actress : Philadelphia abolitionist / Bernadette Balcer and Fran Pelham -- Assisium McEvoy, SSJ, education pioneer / Mary Helen Kashuba, SSJ -- Anna M. Ross, Civil War nurse / Janice Showler -- Agnes Repplier, essayist / Marie Hubert Kealy, IHM -- The Drexel women, educators and philanthropists / Stephanie Morris -- Anna Kugler, MD, medical missionary to India / Karen Getzen -- Cecilia Beaux, artist / Suzanne Conway -- Violet Oakley, artist / David R. Contosta -- Ida Tarbell, journalist, muckracker / Marie Conn -- Mary Brooks Picken, fashion designer, teacher, pioneer in distance learning / Kathryn West and Patrick McCauley -- Gertrude Hawk, candy entrepreneur / Mary Ellen O'Donnell -- Rachel Carson, environmentalist / David R. Contosta -- Kathleen McNulty Mauchly Antonelli, computer pioneer / Lisa Olivieri, SSJ and Merilyn Ryan, SSJ -- Adrian Barrett, IHM, champion of the poor / Nancy DeCesare, IHM -- Judee von Seldeneck, diversity hiring expert / Nancy Porter -- Joan Dawson McConnon, co-founder, Project H.O.M.E. / Geralyn Arango.
Childhood in the Promised Land : working-class movements and the colonies de vacances in France, 1880-1960.
Call Number: LC5771 .F8 D69 2002
This is a history of France's colonies de vacances, a vast network of summer camps created for working-class children, originated as a late 19th century charitable institution and providing rural retreats intended to restore the fragile health of poor urban children. Located in remote villages or along the more inexpensive stretches of the Atlantic coast the colonies gathered the young clientele into the structured villages in which they were to live out particular, ideal visions of the collective life of children on holiday. The author also reveals how diverse groups, including local Socialist and Communist leaders and Catholic seminarians, seized the opportunity to shape the minds and bodies of working-class youth. The book sheds light on classic quetions of social control, highlighting the active rolde of the children in shaping their experiences.
Il faut sauver Saïd
Call Number: PQ2679 .M33 I5 2003
Publication Date: 2003