New Stuff Tuesday – February 20, 2017

Animal's People book cover

Animal’s People
by Indra Sinha
PR9499.4.S56 A55 2009
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

This is the fifth and most recent book by Indra Sinha, a British author of both Indian and English descent. In addition to this novel, he previously wrote a nonfiction memoir and translated two classical works of Indian nonfiction. Animal’s People (2005) won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Europe and South Asia, and was nominated for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel and The Man Booker Prize Best Novel.

The context of this well-researched novel is a refashioning of the 1984 Union Carbide pesticide plant disaster in the city of Bhopal, India, which was one of the worst industrial disasters in recorded history. Around 15,000 people people were killed and another 500,000 were injured by the highly toxic gas that was released. There continue to be medical and environmental repercussions to this day. This engrossing novel’s setting is the fictional city of Khaufpur, some years after a horrible chemical disaster. The narrator is a badly disfigured nineteen-year-old man, who has told his story into a tape recorder for a journalist who agrees to publish it verbatim, aside from translating it into English. The writing is in Animal’s vernacular, which does not spare the profanity, and is interspersed with non-English words, which takes a bit of getting used to, but is well worth the effort. There is also a helpful glossary of Kaufpuri meanings for Hindi terms that are frequently used in the novel. The book is serious and funny in turns. Tape one begins with “I used to be human once” and rushes on from there, telling not only about the disaster and its repercussions, but about the friends and special people in Animal’s life, such as the nun who raised him from a small child, his love interest Nisha, and an American doctor. I’d tell you how it ends, but what’s the fun in that? You’ll just have to read it for yourself.

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What are Emotions For?

Dr. Paula Niedenthal, UW-Madison professor of psychology, will talk about the functions of emotions for people and their social interactions, and the value of the expression emotions, e.g., fear, anger, and happiness, on Thurs., Feb. 22, from 6-7:30pm in the Community Room of the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, Whitewater’s public library at 431 W. Center St. This talk is free and open to everyone.

cover of book The Feeling BrainAndersen Library can help you learn more, if you’re interested! See, for example, “Social functionality of human emotions” co-authored by Niedenthal and M. Brauer in Annual Review of Psychology, 2012, vol.62, on pp.259-285. Other resources include articles such as “The social signal value of emotions” (Cognition & Emotion, 2012, v.26:no.3, pp.385-389) and books such as The feeling brain: The biology and psychology of emotions (3rd-floor Main Collection, QP401 .J64 2015; preview some text at Google Books).

Please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk) if you’d like assistance with finding materials.

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Researching the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel archives are back!

The backfiles of this newspaper were digitized over several years as part of a collaboration between the Milwaukee Public Library and the Google Newspaper Archives. They were a popular and free way for archivists, historians, and librarians to do research. Unfortunately, they disappeared after new ownership of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel requested that they be taken down from Google’s platform. Luckily, they are now back by popular demand “until another solution can be found” to house them elsewhere”. In other words, access them while you can.

Milwaukee Journal 1884-1995:
Milwaukee Sentinel 1910-1995:
Journal Sentinel 1995-2007:

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New Stuff Tuesday — February 13, 2018

Thirst for Empire Book Cover

A Thirst for Empire:
How Tea Shaped the Modern World
by Erika Rappaport
GT2905 .R26 2017
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

I drink a lot of tea and I love learning about the history of everyday objects and consumer goods. This book provides a great overview of the ways in which growing, trading, processing, and fighting over tea shaped the history of the British Empire and much of the rest of the world.

Rappaport weaves together an integrated world history with perspectives from a wide range of people: British and European colonizers, those living in tea-growing areas of the world (both directly under colonial rule and those who were not), traders, industrialists, growers, marketers, and consumers. This book is especially interesting for those interested in world history, consumer culture, globalism, and the history of marketing.

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Stories Have Power at the Andersen Library

Stories Have Power Front

Black History Month is a great reminder that stories have power. To celebrate Black History Month, the Andersen Library has three “Stories Have Power” displays depicting the power of story through the lens of film, literature, and the Black Student Union. Two of the three displays are out in the entrance way—both the Black Student Union and the literature-friendly displays. The Black Student Union’s display depicts the maturation of the black presence here on campus using a “Then & Now” theme.  The other display in the entrance way offers literature available here at the Andersen Library. The third display—film display—stands upright in the display case that lives in the “Big TV Area”. This display is inspired by the New York Times’ article “28 Films, 28 Days for Black History Month”. Their team of chief film critics identified 28 renowned films they thought embodied the 20th century. We’ve obtained 21 of the 28 films!

Be sure to check out all three displays here at the Andersen Library. Ask the circulation desk to assist you if you feel compelled to check anything out that is an Andersen Library resource.

Here are some images of “Stories Have Power”:

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Native America: People and Places, Past and Present

The Spring 2018 Fairhaven lecture series has the theme Native America: People and Places, Past and Present. These free, public lectures are held on Mondays at 3pm in Fellowship Hall of Fairhaven Senior Services (435 W Starin Road, Whitewater). Guest/street parking is adjacent to the building, but it’s also within walking distance of campus.

America’s indigenous peoples have rich and diverse traditions and cultures. What are the impacts of historical treaties and contemporary policies on native people past and present? How are native communities responding to issues of social injustice? Join us this spring as we explore historic and contemporary stories, issues and customs from the country’s indigenous peoples. –from the lecture series web page


  • 12 – Manifest Ignorance: Manifest Destiny and Popular Culture in the U.S. / by Rossitza Ivanova, Assistant Professor, Languages and Literatures
  • 19 – Natural and Cultural Resource Struggles and Successes in Indian Country / by Holly Denning, Lecturer, Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology
  • 26 – A Photographer’s Life: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian / by Michael Flanagan, Director, Crossman Gallery

  • 5 – Native American Spirituality and Practice / by Michael Gueno, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • 12 – Aztalan: Mysteries of an Ancient Native American Town in Southern Wisconsin / by Robert Birmingham, Archaeologist and Author, Wisconsin Historical Society Press
  • 19 – Tribal Social Entrepreneurship: Self Determination or Assimilation? / by Amy Klemm Verbos, Assistant Professor, Finance and Business Law
    Tribal Citizen, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

  • 2 – Interpreting American Indian Treaties in the 21st Century / by Anthony Gulig, Associate Professor and Chair, History
  • 9 – Seeking Justice for a Legacy of Violence Against Women in Indian Country [This lecture is presented as part of the NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest] / by Amy Casselman Hontalas, Author and Lecturer, San Francisco State University
  • 16 – Chippewa Spearfishing Conflict and Treaty Rights / by Larry Nesper, Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison

You can learn more with resources available via Andersen Library!. For example, if you were interested in the topic of the talk on Feb. 26, Andersen Library’s resources include books such as Edward S. Curtis: One hundred masterworks (3rd-floor OVERSIZE Main Collection, E77.5 .C75 2015; summary at Google Books), the video Coming to light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians (2nd-floor Academic DVDs, TR140.C87 C651 2000; information about the film from Bullfrog Films website), and articles such as ““Yet in a primitive condition”: Edward S. Curtis’s “North American Indian” (American Art, 20(3), 58-83).

Please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk) if you’d like assistance with finding materials.

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Young Adults Read- Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles all the Way Down
For all you John Green fans, his new book, Turtles All The Way Down, is here!
For those of you who are not yet fans or have never read John Green, this one is a great starter to his descriptive and enticing writing style.

In this easy-to-read novel, Aza, the main character, and her best friend Daisy are two high school girls wondering the same thing every high-schooler is wondering, What’s next? And, How do I (we) get there? In the midst of these anxieties, Davis Pickett, long ago friend of Aza’s and super rich kid, goes through more family drama as his dad, Russell Pickett, businessman extraordinaire, vanishes out of thin air. Officials speculate that Mr. Pickett flees due to a business transaction gone wrong. This sends the entire town into a frenzy and town officials begin offering prize money to anyone holding hard evidence on the whereabouts of Russell Pickett.

Daisy, being the leader of most all plans, convinces Aza that there is a chance they can find Russell Pickett by chatting with Davis, his son. Aza, while slowly becoming entrapped by the excitement of the hunt for Mr. Pickett, begins to remember why her and Davis used to be such good friends when they were younger…Can you sense the romance?

Throughout this whole endeavor, Aza suffers from invasives, ideas that take over her entire thought process. She becomes enveloped in the downward spiral that is herself and struggles to find the cure for her thought infected mind.

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New Stuff Tuesday — Feb. 6, 2018

The Butchering Art book cover

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s quest to transform the grisly world of Victorian medicine
by Lindsay Fitzharris
RD27.35.L57 F58 2017
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Read this to discover the only known case of a surgery with a confirmed 300% fatality rate. Or to learn about how our hero became “the only man to stick a knife in the Queen!” (and lived to tell about it), or to discover the origins of Listerine and the Carbolic Smoke Ball.

Considering the slightly “gross” topic, this is a surprisingly entertaining and dramatic telling of a very human story — and by that I mean both its considerable impact on us modern humans today, and by its demonstration of the universal human ambition, pride, stubbornness, and vanity that often tries to stifle any great endeavors towards new knowledge. Lister’s promotion of germ theory as the cause for the infections that killed so many thousands of people before about 1870 was met with derision by many, but the man (and the many scientific and medical personnel who contributed to the cause, including Louis Pasteur and Queen Victoria herself) eventually prevailed through a slow process of education and demonstration. If you’ve ever had a routine tooth extraction or broken bone setting and never fretted about dying of erysipelas or septicemia, you have Joseph Lister to thank.

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Becoming Ryan: Eating Disorder Recovery

Ryan Sallans will talk about “Becoming Ryan: Eating Disorder Recovery” at 7 pm on Mon, Feb 5, 2018 in the University Center’s Hamilton Room.

Ryan shares his transition story where he explores the intersections of identity as his identities changed. His story begins with his childhood and the struggles he had with his body, before moving into his college years where he struggled with anorexia nervosa. When he began coming out as transgender, he speaks to his experiences around rejection from family and his lesbian partner, discrimination from healthcare providers and employment, and struggles with financial resources to assist in his physical transition. — from the campus calendar

Sallans is a transgender speaker, author, trainer, and advocate who specializes in eating disorders, campus inclusion, and workplace issues impacting the transgender and LGBTQ community. He is the author of the book Second son: Transitioning toward my destiny, love and life (summary at Google Books).

Andersen Library has other resources to learn more, including books such as Coming out: An act of love (3rd-floor Main Collection, HQ75.2 .E53 1991), Crossing: A memoir (3rd-floor Main Collection, HQ77.8.M39 A3 1999; preview text available at Google Books), and Black LGBT health in the United States: The intersection of race, gender, and sexual orientation (3rd-floor Main Collection, RA564.9.S49 B53 2017). Please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk) if you’d like assistance with finding materials.

Learn more about Sallans at the website

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Resume Doctor here at the Andersen Library

The Spring Hawk Career Fair–featuring scores of potential employers–is slated to span over two days in February (Feb. 6 & 7). Clamoring to get those resumes in order? Don’t worry! The Andersen Library will be hosting CLD for two days of Resume Doctor on Thursday and Friday (Feb. 1 & 2), noon to 4 PM. This is your chance to heal your resume!

*Contact Amy Yang (CLD) at or (262) 472-1167, or Sarell Martin (Andersen Library) at or (262) 472-7164 for more information.

Resume DR Poster

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