Happy Birthday, Ernest Hemingway.

“Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.”

Considered the most influential writer of the twentieth century, Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) is known for his pared down, understated style which contemporary writers use today. Hemingway wrote the majority of his most praised works in the 1920s through the 1950s. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

Hemingway was born and raised in Oak Park, IL. He was a soldier in World War I, and his experience and post war recuperation provided themes for his work. He also notably lived in Paris, Kansas City, Key West, traveled throughout Europe and took numerous African safaris. Common themes in his writing are love, war, loss and nature.

If you know Hemingway from required reading in high school–The Old Man and the Sea and A Farewell to Arms–take a look at some of his other novels like The Sun Also Rises which takes place in Spain during the bull fights or The Nick Adams Stories that deal with the psychological aftermath of war.

At the JJC Library, you can find books by Ernest Hemingway at the call number FIC H373E.

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My Favorite Book: Another Country by James Baldwin

I am currently reading James Baldwin’s novel Another Country, which has quickly become my favorite novel. The novel explores the themes of race relations, bisexuality, and (through the subtext of the title’s metaphor) nationalism in the context of interracial relationships. I really like how Baldwin eloquently articulates the alienation felt by many black Americans during the mid-twentieth century through the novel’s African-American main character, Rufus, and his relationships to his friends and lovers. I found myself connecting to many of the main character’s frustrations – feeling as though he was in “another country” within his own country. Baldwin is my favorite author and I am excited to finally be reading what is widely considered to be his most popular work.

–Melvin Whitehead, Librarian

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Featured Resource: Literature Criticism Online

Many students ask where they can find literary criticism. An excellent JJC Library resource to use is the database Literature Criticism Online. This database provides criticism on authors and their works from leading reference sources in the field. The database is easy to use and has a wealth of information in a simple to navigate format. In fact, the database contains 220,000+ reviews and essays!  Literature Criticism Online can be accessed from the JJC Library database page (click on ‘Infotrac’, click ‘Proceed’, and click on ‘Literature Criticism Online’ at the bottom). From off campus, you will be prompted to enter your JJC username and password for access. For help using Literature Criticism Online, stop by the reference desk or call us at (815) 280-2344. We look forward to assisting you.

 

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Happy Birthday, Allen Ginsberg.

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.”

American poet Allen Ginsberg (1926- 1997) was an influential writer and leading figure of the Beat Generation. He questioned society’s ideals and challenged citizens to find their true identities outside of the norm. He is best known for his epic poem Howl.

Be enlightened….  Numerous books by Allen Ginsberg are available for you to borrow at the JJC Library at the call number 811.54 G435.

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New Graphic Novels at the JJC Library

Time for summer reading that is exhilarating, eclectic and beyond your wildest dreams! Check out the newest graphic novels at the JJC Library.

saga-vol-03Final Very Casual by Michael DeForge marble season mydirtydumbeyes

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‘Read’ while driving, biking, running, gardening or even with your eyes closed this summer!

JJC Library is enthusiastically providing a free summer audiobook program–SYNC. From May 15th to August 13th, SYNC gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week – a current young adult title and a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title. Sign up for email and text alerts and be the first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com.

The audiobooks available starting May 15th are Warp: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.

Happy Listening!

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Student Worker Spotlight: Fabian Magana

Hometown: Joliet
Major: Arts
Career goal: Actor
Favorite book: Harry Potter
Favorite movie: Batman: The Dark Night
Favorite music: Michael Jackson and hip hop
Favorite quote: “Expect the unexpected.”
Favorite hobby: Listening to music.
Job duties as a student worker in the library: Shelve books and arrange stacks.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned at JJC?: Life is more than your own life.
What advice would you give to new students?: Use positivity to get where you want to be.
What is a little known fact about you?: I like to laugh a lot.Image

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