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Get summer reading suggestions

Reading in a hammock Looking for a good book (or two) to read over the summer? We can help!

Fill out this short form and your WOU librarians will get back to you with some books from our Recreation Collection that you might like.

You can also browse the Recreation Collection online. It has something for everyone: from thrillers to fantasy to romance to biographies and everything in between.

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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 – from thrillers and mysteries to celebrity memoirs (we have A LOT of new celebrity memoirs) and everything in between!

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

Rainbow in the Cloud by Maya Angelou

Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou. Call Number: REC ANG

From Goodreads: a “collection of sage advice, humorous quips, and pointed observations culled from the author’s great works…Rainbow in the Cloud offers resonant and rewarding quotes on such topics as creativity and culture, family and community, equality and race, values and spirituality, parenting and relationships. Perhaps most special, Maya Angelou’s only son, Guy Johnson, has contributed some of his mother’s most powerful sayings, shared directly with him and the members of their family. A treasured keepsake as well as a beautiful tribute to a woman who touched so many…”

As You Wish by Cary Elwes As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes. Call Number: REC ELW

From Goodreads: “From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin…”

And if you like celebrity memoirs, you should also check out:

The Secret Place by Tana French The Secret Place by Tana French. Call Number: REC FRE

From Goodreads: “The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered, a year ago, on the grounds of a girls’ boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption says, I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM…The Secret Place is a powerful, haunting exploration of friendship and loyalty…”

The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless The Wild Truth: The Untold Story of Sibling Survival by Carine McCandless. Call Number: REC MCC

From Goodreads: “In the more than twenty years since the body of Chris McCandless was discovered in the wilds of Alaska, his spellbinding story has captivated millions who have either read Jon Krakauer’s iconic Into the Wild or seen Sean Penn’s acclaimed film of the same name.

And yet, only one person has truly understood what motivated Chris’s unconventional decision to forsake his belongings, abandon his family, and embrace the harsh wilderness. In The Wild Truth, his beloved sister Carine McCandless finally provides a deeply personal account of the many misconceptions about Chris, revealing the truth behind his fateful journey while sharing the remarkable details of her own.”

The Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books by Azar Nafisi. Call Number: REC NAF

From Goodreads: “A passionate hymn to the power of fiction to transform people’s lives, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran.”

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Most popular books of 2014

January book display Interested in what the WOU community was reading for fun last year? Looking for a good book to dive into before classes get busy? Check out our new display showcasing the most popular books of the past year from Hamersly’s Recreation Collection: from thrillers like Gone Girl to series sensations like The Hunger Games to nonfiction explorations of mental health and military history.

The display is located on the first floor of the library between rooms 108 and 107, and the rest of the Recreation Collection is on the other end of the first floor.

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Scary books for Halloween

Does your idea of a good Halloween include curling up with a scary book? If so, this list is for you! Here are some of the books we have right here in Hamersly that will give you a fright. Happy Halloween!

Doctor Sleep “Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.” – Goodreads
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. Call Number: REC KIN (1st floor)

Skeleton Crew A collection of short, but no less terrifying, stories. Ideal for reading aloud to scare your roommates.
Skeleton Crew by Stephen King. Call Number: PS3561.I483 S55 1986 (3rd floor)

Dracula If you’re looking for a more old-school Halloween experience, give this classic tale a try. “Jonathan Harker, incarcerated in a Transylvanian castle, has an alluring but terrifying dream of three women, eager to prey upon him. His host and jailer is none other than Count Dracula, or Nosferatu, the Un-Dead, controller of the wolves.” – Goodreads
Dracula by Bram Stoker. Call Number: PR6037.T617 D7 2011 (3rd floor) or as an eBook.

Bird Box Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news. But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street. Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent. The phones stopped ringing. And we couldn’t look outside anymore. – Goodreads
Bird Box by Josh Malerman. Call Number: REC MAL (1st floor).

Hound of the Baskervilles Another timeless classic – short and perfect for reading aloud. “Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville families home warns the descendants of that ancient clan never to venture out in those dark hours when the power of evil is exalted. Now, the most recent Baskerville, Sir Charles, is dead and the footprints of a giant hound have been found near his body. Will the new heir meet the same fate?” – Goodreads
The Complete Sherlock Holmes – The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle. Call Number: PR4620.A5 .M67 1953 (3rd floor).

Tales A collection of stories by the legendary horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Prepare to face terrors beyond your wildest imaginings…
Tales by H.P. Lovecraft. Call Number: PS3523.O833 A6 2005 (3rd floor).

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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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Get Spring Break reading suggestions

reading Do your Spring Break plans include lying on a beach, couch, or [you fill in the blank] with a good book? Need some ideas for what to read? Fill out this short form and your WOU librarians will get back to you with a book or three you might like!

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Your WOU librarians can give you books to read for fun, too!

What better way to spend a stress-free winter break than curled up with a good book?! The Recreation Collection on the 1st floor of Hamersly has something for every type of reading preference – from sci fi to romance to poetry.

Want a suggestion? Fill out the form below (or here) and your WOU librarians will get back to you with a book you might like.

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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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