Newest in Popular Reading: The Case against Sugar, Rogue One, Mastering Civility, Storm in a Teacup, and Own It

In the dead of winter, the lives of mortals come alive………………with a good book!  Come and see some of the latest titles in our Popular Reading collection located on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room. There you will find an assortment of best sellers and other popular titles.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ Augustine of Hippo

Some of our newest titles are listed below. Hold your cursor over the Title to see a short description of the book, or click to view the catalog record. The status of the book is shown beside the call number.

Title Author Status
The Case Against Sugar Gary Taubes
Rogue One (Star Wars) Alexander Freed
American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus Lisa Wade
Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery Caren Cooper
Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future David Grinspoon
The Boy Who Escaped Paradise J.M. Lee, Trans by Chi-Young Kim
Extreme Makeover: Apocalypse Edition Dan Wells
A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind Siri Hustvedt
Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace Christine Porath, with Christine Pearson
The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire Brad Stone
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life Helen Czerski
Own It: The Power of Women at Work Sallie Krawcheck
Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success Angela Morgan, Courtney Lynch, and Sean Lynch
Small Admissions Amy Poeppel
Are Numbers Real?: The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical World Brian Clegg
The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters Emily Esfahani Smith

Looking for more options? You can always see a full list of our Popular Reading books in the catalog, by searching under keyword, “CUA Popular Reading.”
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Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Digital Humanities in the Library

dhlibraryLast March, the Catholic University of America embarked on a voyage of digital humanities discovery. We had our first DH cross campus inaugural meeting, involving faculty, students, librarians, archivists, curators, and administrators. We outlined our individual and institutional challenges and focused on our needs going forward. Consequently, in the fall 2015 semester, we will begin having workshops on collaborating on our projects, exploring new software, and in general, getting to know each other. Stay tuned!

Our roles as librarians has changed rapidly over the past few years. Once just keepers of print warehouses and guides for library tours, we have now become harbingers of change agents across the entire scholarly communication paradigm. Subject (or liaison) librarians that have experience and knowledge in subject expertise, information literacy and research skills, collection management skills, and collection development, have a foundation on which to make contributions to digital humanities scholarship. The big question is, ‘Where to begin?’

Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists is a long overdue addition to the burgeoning interest in digital humanities by librarians. Edited by Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Laura Braunstein, and Liorah Golomb–all humanities librarians in their own right–the work is designed specifically for subject/liaison humanities librarians who are seeking ways to collaborate with scholars and students on a wide variety of projects, and it provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities that abound at any institution, whether at a two-year college or at a research institution. The book is divided into four parts: 1) the first part discusses why librarians should acquire DH skills, 2) ways one can get involved, 3) the issues of collaboration, spaces, and instruction, and last, 4) conceiving, implementing, and maintaining a DH project.  The fourteen chapters have been written by a variety of specialists: DH librarians, social science librarians, archivists, editors, faculty, graduate students, and others. The chapters range from practical advice (e.g. a checklist for DH scholarship), to case studies (e.g. librarians teaching DH in the classroom) to theoretical/philosophical discussions (e.g. literary critical theory as it pertains to DH). Continue reading “Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Digital Humanities in the Library”

New Database: Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature

CUA Libraries is happy to report the acquisition of the online version of the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature.

The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature contains citations to monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews and collections of essays published from 1920 onward. Some material has been retrospectively indexed back to 1892. ABELL covers the time periods from the Anglo-Saxon era to the present.

Subject areas covered by ABELL include:
English language – including syntax, phonology, lexicology, semantics, stylistics and dialectology
English literature – including poetry, prose, fiction, films, biography, travel writing, literary theory and studies of individual authors
bibliography – including manuscript studies, textual studies and the history of publishing
traditional culture of the English-speaking world including custom, belief, narrative, song, dance and material culture

Please send any questions to Kevin Gunn,

Trial for Proquest database Literature Online (LION)

The University Libraries has a trial to the Proquest database Literature Online (LION).  The trial expires on November 27, 2013.

Literature Online is a fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 366 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources. The Annual Bibliography of Literature and Language is also included in this trial.

The trial is accessible through the CUA Libraries web page, or through this link:

Please provide feedback to Kevin Gunn (

Thank you.

Mo Yan Wins Nobel Literature Prize

Mo Yan of China has won the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature.  Mo Yan is most famous for the novel ‘Red Sorghum: a novel of China.’ The New York Times bio states that “through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition.”

CUA Libraries will acquire the following works:

Explosions and Other Stories / edited by Janice Wickeri. – Hong Kong : Research Centre for Translations, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1991

Red Sorghum : a Novel of China / translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt. – New York : Viking, 1993. – Translation of Hong gaoliang jiazu

The Garlic Ballads : a Novel / translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt. – New York : Viking, 1995. – Translation of Tiantang suantai zhi ge

The Republic of Wine / translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt. – New York : Arcade Pub., 2000. – Translation of Jiuguo

Shifu, You’ll Do Anything for a Laugh / translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt. – New York : Arcade Pub., 2001. – Translation of Shifu yuelai yue youmo

Big Breasts and Wide Hips : a Novel / translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt. – New York : Arcade Pub., 2004. – Translation of Fengru feitun

Life and Death are Wearing Me Out : a Novel / translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt. – New York : Arcade Pub., 2008. – Translation of Shengsi pilao

Change / translated by Howard Goldblatt. – London : Seagull, 2010. – Translation of Bian

Pow / translated by Howard Goldblatt. – London : Seagull, 2013

Sandalwood Death / translated by Howard Goldblatt. – Norman : Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 2013. – Translation of Tanxiangxing

Selected Stories by Mo Yan / translated by Howard Goldblatt. – Hong Kong : The Chinese University Press,
20-?. – (Announced but not yet published)



Man Booker Prize Finalists Announced

The Man Booker Prize finalists have been announced:

The finalists are:

  • Nicola Barker, “The Yips” (Fourth Estate) [on order]
  • Ned Beauman, “The Teleportation Accident” (Sceptre)
  • André Brink, “Philida” (Harvill Secker)
  • Tan Twan Eng, “The Garden of Evening Mists” (Myrmidon Books)
  • Michael Frayn, “Skios” (Faber & Faber)
  • Rachel Joyce, “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” (Doubleday)
  • Deborah Levy, “Swimming Home” (And Other Stories) [on order]
  • Hilary Mantel, “Bring Up the Bodies” (Fourth Estate)
  • Alison Moore, “The Lighthouse” (Salt)
  • Will Self, “Umbrella” (Bloomsbury)
  • Jeet Thayil, “Narcopolis” (Faber & Faber) [on order]
  • Sam Thompson, “Communion Town” (Fourth Estate) [on order]

The rest of the titles will be ordered for Mullen Library. The winner will be announced October 16th.

Catholic Library Association Periodical Indexes 1930-1980 coming soon

The Catholic Library Association (CLA) has announced that Villanova University will be digitizing the Catholic Periodical Index (1930-1966) and the Catholic Periodical Literature Index (1967-1980).  The word searchable index will be made available on the CLA’s and Villanova University’s website as the Catholic Library Association Periodical Indexes (1930-1980).

James Salter to Receive 2012 PEN/Malamud Award for short fiction

James Salter has won the PEN/Malamud Award 2012 for his contribution to short fiction. The following titles are on order at Mullen Library:

  • Burning the Days
  • Light Years
  • The Hunters
  • Gods of Tin: the Flying Years
  • Last Night: Stories
  • Sport and a Pastime
  • Life is Meals
  • Memorial Days: the Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps
  • Dusk and Other Stories

Official statement.

New Research Guide on Critical Editions

Jennifer Adams in Religious Studies & Humanities Services has created a new research guide for working with critical editions. The guide includes basic information and resources about critical editing, examples of critical editions, tips for working with a critical apparatus, and further resources available to the CUA community (including books, articles, and websites), in addition to some interactive exercises and quizzes.

We welcome suggestions and comments! Please contact Jennifer Adams at or Kevin Gunn at (202-319-5088).