Monthly Archives: February 2013

They’re coming…

New books are on the horizon!

You may notice that the shelves of best-sellers are looking a little thin, but that’s because we are returning old books that we’ve rented for too long, and exchanging them for shiny new ones. Also keep an eye out for the new graphic novels and young adult books that will be coming in the near future. These books, purchased with a grant, are ours to keep. We will feature them in a future post.

Two recent acquisitions:

  • One Nation, Divisible: How Regional Religious Differences Shape American Politics, Mark Silk and Andrew Walsh
  • The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir, Gaby Rodriguez with Jenna Glatzer

Ask about these at the Reference Desk!


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American Gods

What happens when newcomers to America bring their gods with them? And what happens when those gods are forgotten? These are some of the questions that Neil Gaiman asks in his book American Gods, one of the books we have here in the library. Gaiman, who came to prominence with the graphic novel series Sandman, has created magical worlds in such places as the London Underground, a child’s room, and Happily Ever After. In American Gods, he explores America and the old gods who inhabit the land.

Shadow, a released convict, finds job offerings thin after coming out of prison. That’s when he takes a job with the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, a man who seems to know more about Shadow than he should. Little does Shadow realize that the job he’s signed on for is far from straightforward…

This book is thought-provoking, a little sexy, a little sad, intelligent, with a touch of horror thrown in — no wonder it’s won so many awards, like the Hugo Award and the Bram Stoker Award.

The call number for this book is PR6057.A319 A84 2011.

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Muslim Journeys Bookshelf

Ventura College Library is one of 842 libraries and humanities organizations to receive the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. This bookshelf, consisting of 25 books, 3 films, and access to a scholarly database, is intended to encourage understanding about the culture and history of Muslims both in the United States and from around the world.

The books range from the graphic novel Persepolis, about a girl growing up in Iran during the 1979 Iranian revolution, to a translation of the famous stories of The Arabian Nights, to The House of Wisdom, which looks at how knowledge spread forth from the Arabic world.

Soon these books will be on display here in the library for you to peruse. Keep an eye on this space for reviews of the different items. And look for more opportunities to learn more about the themes discussed in these works.

We are truly honored to have been chosen to receive the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.

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