Category Archives: New Books and Resources

New Books in the Recreation Collection

We just got a fresh, new batch of books for the Recreation Collection on the first floor of Hamersly. We have something for everyone: Oprah book club picks, literary award winners, celebrity memoirs, historical fiction, and more.

Below is just a sampling of our new arrivals. Browse the collection online or in-person to see all of our recreational books!

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees. Call Number: REC KID

The Invention of Wings

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue, the bestselling author of Room. Call Number: REC DON

Frog Music

One More Thing by B. J. Novak. A collection of short stories by the actor who played Ryan the Intern on The Office.   Call Number: REC NOV

One More Thing

Things a Little Bird Told Me by Biz Stone, one of the co-founders of Twitter. Call Number: REC STO

Things a Little Bird Told Me

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, winner of this year’s National Book Critics Circle prize. Call Number: REC ADI

Americanah

Longbourn by Jo Baker. The story of Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen as told from the servants’ point of view. Call Number: REC BAK

Longbourn

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride, winner of this year’s National Book Award. Call Number: REC MCB

The Good Lord Bird
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New Fiction in our Recreation Collection

The long Thanksgiving weekend is plenty of time to breeze through one of the new fiction books we’ve added to the Recreation Collection on the first floor of Hamersly. We have something for everyone: fast-moving thrillers, hair-raising horror, poetry about pups, romantic historical fiction, funny detective stories, dystopia science fiction, you name it.

Below is just a sampling of our new arrivals. Browse the collection to see all our recreational books, and check one out before you leave campus!

The Circle by Dave Eggers. Call Number: REC EGG

The Circle

Doctor Sleep (sequel to The Shining) by Stephen King. Call Number: REC KIN

Doctor Sleep

Dog Songs by Mary Oliver. Call Number: REC OLI

Dog Songs

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Call Number: REC ROW

Fangirl

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Call Number: REC GIL

The Signature of All Things

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood. Call Number: REC ATW

MaddAddam

The Sound and the Furry by Spencer Quinn. Call Number: REC QUI

The Sound and the Furry
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New Nonfiction in our Recreation Collection

Looking for something to read, but fiction isn’t your thing? We just added a bunch of fascinating new nonfiction books to our Recreation Collection on topics that range from cadaver dogs to the Lance Armstrong doping scandal to Downton Abbey – and everything in between:

What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs by Cat Warren. Call Number: REC WAR

What the Dog Knows

Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever by Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell. Call Number: REC ALB

Wheelmen

The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight by Winston Groom. Call Number: REC GRO

The Aviators

Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey by Emma Rowley and Gareth Neame. Call Number: REC ROW

Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. Call Number: REC GLA

David and Goliath

One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson. Call Number: REC BRY

One Summer

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink. Call Number: REC FIN

Five Days at Memorial
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New Memoirs in our Recreation Collection

If you find reading about other people’s lives inspiring, have we got some books for you. We just added four new memoirs to our Recreation Collection, each with a captivating story to tell. Need more convincing? Two of these books were recently featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Check them out:

Driven: From Homeless to Hero, My Journeys On and Off Lambeau Field by Donald Driver. Call Number: REC DRI

Driven

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, with Christina Lamb. Call Number: REC YOU
( Watch Malala’s interview with Jon Stewart)

I Am Malala

My Story by Elizabeth Smart, with Chris Stewart. Call Number: REC SMA

My Story

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida, Translated by K.A. Yoshida and David Mitchell. Call Number: REC HIG
( Watch translator David Mitchell’s interview with Jon Stewart)

The Reason I Jump
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New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit in our Recreation Collection

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Need a study break? Can’t get enough of The Walking Dead? Want to escape into a fantastical world of witches and/or Shakespearean Star Wars characters? The library’s Recreation Collection has something new for you:

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Interested in Pacific Northwest history and culture? Check out Northwest Digital Archives

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Search WOU Archives and Historical Collections

Western Oregon University Archives is proud to announce participation in the Northwest Digital Archives database for researchers to find primary sources and archival collections related to the Pacific Northwest. Some significant subject areas include agriculture; natural resources; urban, rural, social, and progressive movements; local, state, regional, and national politics; outdoor recreation; religion, and education.

Research collections preserved in WOU Archives include photographs and documents from WOU’s 150+ years of history, scrapbooks, and personal papers of students, faculty, and Oregonians such as former Governor Straub. University Archives is open to the public daily from 9:00 – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Come check us out!

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Popular Reading Collection

Need a break from reading textbooks? Check out one of the paperbacks from our new popular reading collection for some relaxing reading. This new collection is located near HL108, and a list of titles is available in the course reserves under the professor name “Popular Reading”.

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