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About Martha

Martha is a Reference & Instruction Librarian and the liaison to the Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Languages and Literatures, Mathematics, and Physics Departments

Dying of Whiteness (New Stuff Tuesday)

This book by physician and sociologist Jonathan M. Metzl travels across America, where he finds that racial resentment has impacted not only the health of people of color, but also the health white people. Particularly impacted are working class whites, … Continue reading

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Chihuly: On Color and Form (New Stuff Tuesdays)

Dale Chihuly is a master glass blower and artist who has created stunning works of blown glass which can be seen in airports, arenas, hospitals, museums, homes, and other environs. From his foray into glass in 1961, he studied at … Continue reading

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Tradition, Urban Identity, and the Baltimore “Hon:” The Folk in the City (New Stuff Tuesday)

I was surprised to see this book the other day, because I’d just had a conversation with my brother about a woman in Baltimore who trademarked the word “hon.” I simply didn’t believe that it was possible to trademark a … Continue reading

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Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High (New Stuff Tuesdays)

I’ll come clean, this is not a new book. However, it is one that will serve you immensely for the rest of your life. We have the original edition (2002) online and the 2nd edition (2012) in print. I’ve read … Continue reading

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Propaganda & Misinformation (New Stuff Tuesday)

This newest volume of the “Reference Shelf” series looks at propaganda and misinformation (just like the title says) in discrete segments. Each chapter is written by different experts, from the first chapter “A short guide to the history of ‘fake … Continue reading

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The Secret Commonwealth (New Stuff Tuesday)

You may remember Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. In this book, the second of a new trilogy, he has written a thrilling continuation of the story many years in the future. In Pullman’s The Secret Commonwealth, we meet up … Continue reading

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What Not to Believe About the Coronavirus

A massive river of information about the novel coronavirus flows through social media and the internet. Some days I almost feel swamped by it. And it isn’t slowing down. It can be hard to tell what story is accurate and … Continue reading

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American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels: 1960-1966 (New Stuff Tuesday)

Wolfe wrote two volumes covering the 1960s, because that decade was a time of upheaval for science fiction writing. Continue reading

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First Spring 2020 Book Sale Includes Binders

The first book (and binder) sale of spring 2020 runs through February 28, 2020. From the week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day through February 24th, all books and vintage binders in the Andersen Library sale will be $1. From … Continue reading

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The Bhagavad Gita (New Stuff Tuesday)

Follow in the steps of Mahatma Gandi by reading his “spiritual dictionary,” The Bhagavad Gita. The Gita is not new, it was composed in about 200 BCE, but our newly acquired MP3 CD is. Actor and voice-over artist Sagar Arya … Continue reading

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