Time to get busy!

Fall semester is here and you need to ramp up your reading! Browse some of our new acquisitions in the Popular Reading Collection listed below. Fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, current affairs, politics–you name it–are some of the subjects represented. Our collection is on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

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Title Author Status
A Song Everlasting Jin, Ha
Intimacies Kitamura, Katie
Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body Nolan, Savala
Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm Diangelo, Robin
The Life-changing Science of Detecting Bullshit Petrocelli, John V.
Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment Kahneman, Daniel / Sibony, Olivier / Sunstein, Cass R.
Leaving Breezy Street: A Memoir Myers-Powell, Brenda & Reynolds, April
A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars Oluseyi, Hakeem & Horwitz, Joshua
Geniuses at War: Bletchley Park, Colossus, and the Dawn of the Digital Age Price, David A.
Shoulder Season Clancy, Christina
Letters to My White Male Friends Ross, Dax-Devlon
Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization Slingerland, Edward
Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire Stone, Brad
Technically Food: Inside Silicon Valley’s Battle to Change What We Eat Zimberoff, Larissa
The Personal Librarian Benedict, Marie & Murray, Victoria Christopher
Lady Sunshine Doan, Amy Mason
The Other Black Girl Harris, Zakiya Dalila
The Woman in the Purple Skirt Imamura, Natsuko / North, Lucy
Objects of Desire: Stories Sestanovich, Clare
Last Summer in the City Calligarich, Gianfranco; Trans by Howard Curtis
In the Country of Others Slimani, Leila
The Debt Trap: How Student Loans Became a National Catastrophe Mitchell, Josh
Disasterology: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Climate Crisis Montano, Samantha
Out on a Limb: Selected Writing, 1989–2021 Sullivan, Andrew
The Reading List Adams, Sara Nisha
Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals Burkeman, Oliver
Billy Summers King, Stephen
Songs for the Flames Vasquez, Juan Gabriel

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Popular Reading is back!

As we move into the fall semester, let us remember those sunny days of summer past. Okay, done? Then come and browse some of our new acquisitions in the Popular Reading Collection listed below. Fiction, non-fiction, current affairs, and politics, are some of the categories represented. Our collection is on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

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Title Author Status
The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America Anderson, Carol
Phosphorescence: A Memoir of Finding Joy When Your World Goes Dark Baird, Julia
It’s Elemental: The Hidden Chemistry in Everything Biberdorf, Kate
Beautifully Organized at Work: Bring Order and Joy to Your Work Life So You Can Stay Calm, Relieve Stress, and Get More Done Each Day Boyd, Nikki
Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead Austin, Emily
Joker Moon Martin, George R. R.
Such a Quiet Place Miranda, Megan.
Hell of a Book Mott, Jason
Together We Will Go Straczynski, J. Michael
Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood Trejo, Danny / Logue, Donal
Inside Comedy: The Soul, Wit, and Bite of Comedy and Comedians of the Last Five Decades Steinberg, David
After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made Rhodes, Ben
Forgetting: The Benefits of Not Remembering Small, Scott A.
Love People, Use Things: Because the Opposite Never Works Millburn, Joshua Fields & Nicodemus, Ryan
The Burning Blue: The Untold Story of Christa Mcauliffe and NASA’s Challenger Disaster Cook, Kevin
Living Brave: Lessons from Hurt, Lighting the Way to Hope Dingle, Shannon
Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light: Essays Ellis, Helen
An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination Frenkel, Sheera & Kang, Cecilia
The Director: My Years Assisting J. Edgar Hoover Letersky, Paul/ Dillow, Gordon L.
How to Survive America Hughley, D. L. & Moe, Doug
Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-human Landscape Flyn, Cal
Americanon Mchugh, Jess
How to Love Animals: In a Human-shaped World Mance, Henry
Carry on: Reflections for a New Generation Lewis, John Robert
Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body Nolan, Savala

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The Archivist’s Nook: Celebrating Christmas with The Young Catholic Messenger

Young Catholic Messenger, Christmas Edition, 1891, with poem ‘The Babe of Bethlehem,’ by Eleanor C. Donnelly and engraving by O. Weimar. Special Collections, Catholic University.

A few years back our blog featured covers for New Year’s editions from the digital version of our Young Catholic Messenger collection. It was a premier title from Catholic publisher, George Pflaum, located in Dayton, Ohio, between the years 1885 to 1970.  In the nineteenth century, Protestant Americans were not very welcoming to the millions of newly arriving Catholics. By the 1880s, these immigrants created a network of parish and parochial schools which taught their own religion and culture. Catholic schooling naturally necessitated having a Catholic educational publishing system. Pflaum, being a pioneer publisher in this field, produced the Young Catholic Messenger, the Junior Catholic Messenger, Our Little Messenger, and, following later the Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact comic book, from 1946 to 1970.

Young Catholic Messenger, Christmas Edition, 1909, with poem ‘Happy Christmas,’ by A. F. Klinkner and painting by William Dobson. Special Collections, Catholic University.

In celebration of Christmas, please see highlights and select examples of YCM Christmas covers culled from several key decades during its existence. The first, created in 1891, featured both a poem and an engraving. Philadelphian author, Eleanor C. Donnelly (1838-1917), was a well-known Catholic writer of her time and created the poem ‘The Babe of Bethlehem.’ Known as ‘The Poet of the Pure Soul,’ she was quite prolific, having over thirty books and pamphlets, and hundreds of poems to her name. She also edited a magazine called Our Lady of Good Counsel, as well as The Catholic Standard and Times, the weekly Philadelphia diocesan newspaper. A collection of her works is held by Villanova University. The engraving, by O. Weimar, depicts sleeping children exhausted from playing with their presents while protected by angels.

Young Catholic Messenger, Christmas Edition, December 20, 1935, with poem ‘The Carol of a Star,’ by Alice P. Clark. Special Collections, Catholic University.

The second cover, published in 1909, is in much the same vein as that of the one nearly twenty years earlier, consisting of both a poem and a painting. This poem, titled ‘Happy Christmas’ is relatively unknown. The painting is a work created by William Dobson (1817-1898), the English painter known for his religious scenes. Not only was he associated with the Royal Academy and the Royal Watercolour Society,  he also spent time on artistic pursuits in Germany, France, and Italy. The third cover, created in 1935, presents ‘The Carol of a Star,’ by Alice C. Clark, and is illustrated with a ring of various related scenes from the first Christmas, while the fourth and final cover, dated from 1965, reflects the turmoil that existed during the 1960s. The theme pertains to the Biblical question that asks if there is room at the end for weary travelers. This contemporary rendition connects the cover art with a short story about the plight of refugees arriving from totalitarian communist regimes like Cuba and Vietnam.

Young Catholic Messenger, Christmas Edition, December 17, 1965, ‘Will There be Room at the Inn?’ Special Collections, Catholic University.

Special Collections at Catholic University is currently seeking The Young Catholic Messenger volumes 1-6, 1885-1890; volumes 8-24, 1892-1908; volumes 26-28, 1910-1912; and volumes 32-40, 1915-1925. We would be pleased to receive either individual issues or full volumes as a donation, loans for scanning, or links to copies that were scanned elsewhere. We would be happy to discuss fees required. For more information, please contact us via email at lib-archives@cua.edu. For additional Christmas blog posts, please see ‘A Merry Treasure Chest Christmas to All,’ ‘A Very Merry Christmas from Fathers Hartke and Magner,’ and ‘The American Christmas Songbook’ series by Thad Garrett. Best wishes for a COVID free Christmas and 2021!

 

Spring Break Reading Extravaganza

Heading someplace warm? Take one of our Popular Reading books with you! Our most recent additions by Thomas Picketty, Jon Meacham, and works on George Washington, lost diaries, and football, are listed below. You can browse the rest of our collection on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

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Title Author Status
Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership Larson, Edward J.
The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage Hvistendahl, Mara
You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington Coe, Alexis
The Lost Diary of M Wolfe, Paul
The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis Figueres, Christiana & Rivett-Carnac, Tom
The Lost Book of Adana Moreau Zapata, Michael
The Age of Football: Soccer and the 21st Century Goldblatt, David
The Opposite of Fate McGhee, Alison
Weather Offill, Jenny
The Storm Before the Calm: America’s Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond Friedman, George
Broken Faith: Inside the Word of Faith Fellowship, One of America’s Most Dangerous Cults Weiss, Mitch & Mohr, Holbrook
The Hope of Glory: Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross Meacham, Jon
Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country Murdoch, Sierra Crane
Capital and Ideology Piketty, Thomas. Trans by Arthur Goldhammer
1774: The Long Year of Revolution Norton, Mary Beth

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Winterize your Reading

No snow outside? We have you covered with this lovely picture!  Stay warm, dry, and inside with one of our books from the Popular Reading Collection. Our most recent additions are listed below.  You can browse the rest of our collection on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

 

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Title Author Status
The Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground: a Memoir Rosenberg, Justus
Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition Carl, Polly K.
All You Have to Do Is Ask: How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success Baker, Wayne
Highfire Fenster, J. M.
You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters Murphy, Eleanor Kate
Stateway’s Garden: Stories Drain, Jasmon
The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives Diamandis, Peter H. & Kotler, Steven
Father of Lions: One Man’s Remarkable Quest to Save the Mosul Zoo Callaghan, Louise
Martha Stewart Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines Stewart, Martha
Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America Chatelain, Marcia
Hill Women: Finding Family and a Way Forward in the Appalachian Mountains Chambers, Cassie
Blue Flowers Saavedra, Carola
House on Endless Waters Elon, Emuna
The Tenant Engberg, Katrine
Arguing With Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future Krugman, Paul
Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life After Which Everything Was Different Palahniuk, Chuck
Agency, No. 2 (The Peripheral) Gibson, William
F*ck No!: How to Stop Saying Yes When You Can’t, You Shouldn’t, or You Just Don’t Want to Knight, Sarah
999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz Macadam, Heather Dune
Processed Cheese Wright, Stephen
The Math of Life and Death: 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives Yates, Kit
Brain Wash: Detox Your Mind for Clearer Thinking, Deeper Relationships, and Lasting Happiness Perlmutter, David & Perlmutter, Austin, with Kristin Loberg
Murder Your Darlings: And Other Gentle Writing Advice From Aristotle to Zinsser Clark, Roy Peter
A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Ingenious Young Women Whose Secret Board Game Helped Win World War II Parkin, Simon

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Christmas Break reading

Enjoy your well deserved Christmas break with some books from our Popular Reading collection. You can browse the rest of our collection on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

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Title Author Status
Why We’re Wrong About Nearly Everything: A Theory of Human Misunderstanding Duffy, Bobby
Canyon Dreams: A Basketball Season on the Navajo Nation Powell, Michael
Jay-Z: Made in America Dyson, Michael Eric. Foreword by Pharrell
Cheaters Always Win: The Story of America Fenster, J. M.
How to Speak Machine: Computational Thinking for the Rest of Us Maeda, John
Serotonin Houellebecq, Michel
Medieval Bodies: Life and Death in the Middle Ages Hartnell, Jack
Mary Toft, Or, the Rabbit Queen Palmer, Dexter
Letters From an Astrophysicist Tyson, Neil deGrasse
The Man Who Played With Fire: Stieg Larsson’s Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin Stocklassa, Jan
Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford—the Biography Thompson, Laura
This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Medical Resident Kay, Adam
Trace of Evil Blanchard, Alice

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Thanksgiving Reading

Enjoy the Thanksgiving break with some spicy offerings from our Popular Reading collection. You can browse the rest of our collection on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

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Title Author Status
Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers Greenberg, Andy
All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard—boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy Keith, Phil
Don’t Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles—and All of Us Foroohar, Rana
Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge Weller, Sheila
Conversations With RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law Rosen, Jeffrey
Jet Girl: My Life in War, Peace, and the Cockpit of the Navy’s Most Lethal Aircraft, the F/A-18 Super Hornet Johnson, Caroline
I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story Daniels, Anthony. Foreword by J. J. Abrams
The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts Armstrong, Karen
Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, the Berlin Wall, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth Macgregor, Iain
A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee Fingeroth, Danny
Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church Ivereigh, Austen
Kiss the Girls and Make them Cry Clark, Mary Higgins
Edison Morris, Edmund
A Month in Siena Matar, Hisham
One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America Weingarten, Gene
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders Foer, Joshua; Morton, Ella; and Thuras, Dylan
The Deserter DeMille, Nelson and DeMille, Alex
A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith Egan, Timothy

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Halloween comes….

Time for some pumpkin pie and good reading! Check out some of our recent offerings from our Popular Reading collection. You can browse the rest of our collection on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

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Title Author Status
Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead Mattis, Jim & West, Bing
The Giver of Stars Moyes, Jojo
The Girl Who Reads on the Metro Féret-Fleury, Christine
Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation Marantz, Andrew
Who Says You’re Dead?: Medical & Ethical Dilemmas for the Curious & Concerned Appel, Jacob M.
How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems Munroe, Randall
What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence Schwarzman, Stephen A.
Dad’s Maybe Book O’Brien, Tim
Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years Andrews, Julie, with Emma Walton Hamilton
Warrior of the Altaii Jordan, Robert
Right After the Weather Anshaw, Carol
Full Throttle: Stories Hill, Joe
Art of Making Memories, The: How to Create and Remember Happy Moments Wiking, Meik
Christmas Shopaholic Kinsella, Sophie
The Way I Heard It: True Tales for the Curious Mind With a Short Attention Span Rowe, Mike
Grand Union: Stories Smith, Zadie
How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter About Visual Information Cairo, Alberto
Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World Reckford, Jonathan. Foreword by Jimmy Carter
Change Is the Only Constant: The Wisdom of Calculus in a Madcap World Orlin, Ben

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Autumn Readfest Begins

Fall has arrived and so have our bumper crop of new books in our Popular Reading program. Check out some of our recent selections below and come in to browse the rest of our collection on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

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Title Author Status
The Testaments Atwood, Margaret
Akin Donoghue, Emma
For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity Plank, Elizabeth
The Girl Who Lived Twice: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, No. 6 (Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series) Lagercrantz, David
The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats
Clarke, Richard A. & Knake, Robert K.
In Oceans Deep: Courage, Innovation, and Adventure Beneath the Waves Streever, Bill
The Chain McKinty, Adrian
American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump Albert, Tim
On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane Guendelsberger, Emily
Talking to Robots: Tales From Our Robot-Human Futures Duncan, David Ewing
Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust Marcus, Gary & Davis, Ernest
Quichotte Rushdie, Salman
The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher’s Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient Irvine, William B.
The Meritocracy Trap: How America’s Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite Markovits, Daniel
The Soulful Art of Persuasion: The 11 Habits That Will Make Anyone a Master Influencer Harris, Jason
Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant Perkins, Anne Gardiner
How to Raise a Reader Paul, Pamela & Russo, Maria
Cold Storage Koepp, David
Lady in the Lake Lippman, Laura
Young Castro: The Making of a Revolutionary Hansen, Jonathan M.
Boss Up!: This Ain’t Your Mama’s Business Book Moreno, Lindsay Teague
Chase Darkness with Me: How One True-Crime Writer Started Solving Murders Jensen, Billy
The Beekeeper of Aleppo Lefteri, Christy
The Immoral Majority: Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power Over Christian Values Howe, Ben
The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes Robson, David
Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have Schlossberg, Tatiana

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Cool Summer Reads

Our Popular Reading program has been renewed for the 2019-2020 academic year! See some of our recent selections below or come and browse our titles on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

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Title Author Status
Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All
Michel, Arthur Holland
The Conservative Sensibility Will, George F.
The Guest Book Blake, Sarah
Last Day Ruta, Domenica
The Last Time I Saw You Constantine, Liv
The Learning Curve Berman, Mandy
The Orphan’s Song Kate, Lauren
The Power of Human: How Our Shared Humanity Can Help Us Create a Better World Waytz, Adam
The Red Daughter Schwartz, John Burnham
The Skin Game Woods, Stuart & Hall, Parnell
This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto Mehta, Suketu
Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste Gasser, Nolan
100 Side Hustles: Unexpected Ideas for Making Extra Money Without Quitting Your Day Job Guillebeau, Chris

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