Author Archives: Ellen Latorraca

About Ellen Latorraca

Reference & Instruction Librarian Liaison for the College of Education & Professional Studies

From the Desk of Chancellor Dwight C. Watson – Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s World by Alan Downs

One in a series of reviews contributed by Chancellor Dwight C. Watson Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s World by Alan Downs Emerson stated that “there is properly no history; only biography.”  I … Continue reading

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The Force of Nonviolence (New Stuff Tuesdays)

From the book jacket: “Towards a form of aggressive nonviolence. Judith Butler’s new book shows how an ethic of nonviolence must be connected to a broader political struggle for social equality. Further, it argues that nonviolence is often misunderstood as … Continue reading

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From the Desk of Chancellor Dwight C. Watson – The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

One in a series of reviews contributed by Chancellor Dwight C. Watson The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins Katniss Everdeen is the main protagonist and the narrator of The Hunger Games trilogy. After her younger sister, Primrose, … Continue reading

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From the Desk of Chancellor Dwight C. Watson – If It Bleeds: Rereading Stephen King

One in a series of reviews contributed by Chancellor Dwight C. Watson I am a huge Stephen King fan!  I constantly marvel at King’s unique sensibility, saturated with a morbid, mortifying hysteria. When I was 14, I started reading Stephen … Continue reading

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From the Desk of Chancellor Dwight C. Watson – Becoming, by Michelle Obama

One in a series of reviews contributed by Chancellor Dwight C. Watson Becoming – Michelle Obama Due to the racial and social unrest that took place in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, my mind and heart was … Continue reading

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From the Desk of Chancellor Dwight C. Watson – Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies

One in a series of reviews contributed by Chancellor Dwight C. Watson Spoiler Alert : The Hero Dies: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words – by Michael Ausiello Before I get to the book, I want to … Continue reading

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From the Desk of Chancellor Dwight C. Watson – A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

One in a series of reviews contributed by Chancellor Dwight C. Watson A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan In 2010, when A Visit from the Goon Squad was published, it was not on my radar.  The book … Continue reading

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When Children Can’t Go to the Library: E-books for Children, Their Teachers, and Their Caregivers

(Blog post co-authored by Library Student Staff Member, LaDae’ McDowell.) Kids at home? Going quarantine stir crazy? Can’t seem to get the nieces and nephews to understand why physical distancing is important? Do you miss your students and wish to … Continue reading

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From the Desk of Chancellor Dwight C. Watson – Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover One in a series of reviews contributed by Chancellor Dwight C. Watson Education has always been a lifelong pursuit for me.  I always knew that education was an access opportunity and with it came … Continue reading

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From the Desk of Chancellor Dwight C. Watson – Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Water Dancer – Ta-Nehisi Coates One in a series of reviews contributed by Chancellor Dwight C. Watson “A door had opened. The land had folded like fabric. Conduction, Conduction, Conduction.” To read The Water Dancer, you must unleash your ability … Continue reading

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