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New Books and DVD's for May

This month we've added hundreds of new materials to the library's collection. Here are some highlights:

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Arcadian nights : the Greek myths reimagined by John Spurling. From the publisher: "The Classical Greek intellectual and mythic tradition pervades nearly every aspect of our modern Western civilization. We see its ideas in our logic and our approach to science, as well as our politics, architecture, and art. And the fundamental myths of the Greeks, as refined by Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, and others, still resonate even thousands of years later as ageless stories at the core of our literature and culture. They teach us about heroism and mortality, human behavior and motivation; they are fictional tales that show us our humanity in ways reality never could.

In Arcadian Nights, novelist John Spurling revisits many of these crucial myths, retelling them and bringing them to new life. Spurling, a resident of the Peloponnesian Coast himself, shows us his reimagining of the stories of classic characters like Agamemnon, Theseus, and Apollo, among others. Where details of certain stories have been lost to time, he’s infused them with his own; where discrepancy and obscurity cloud the narratives, Spurling has added scene, dialogue, and context, while always staying true to the spirit of the original myth. "

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Crucible of struggle : a history of Mexican Americans from colonial times to the present era by Zaragosa Vargas. From the publisher: "Latinos in the U.S. are a major political, economic, and cultural force which is changing the national identity of this country. In fact, statistics show that by the year 2100, half of the United States population may be Latino. And two of every three of America's Latinos are Mexican. Mexicans are the oldest settlers of the United States, and they are also the nation's largest group of recent immigrant arrivals. Their population is increasing faster than that of all other Latino groups combined. The growing importance of this minority group, which will be felt strongly in twenty-first century America, calls for a fresh assessment of Mexican American history."


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China doll : a play by David Mamet. From the publisher: "This complex new work from celebrated playwright David Mamet revolves around a wealthy man, his young fiancée, and an airplane. The man has just bought a new plane as a wedding present for the girl. He intends to go into semiretirement and enjoy himself. While in the process of leaving his office, and giving last minute instructions to his young assistant, he takes one final phone call."


The Amazing Nina Simone DVD


The Amazing Nina Simonea documentary film by Jeff L. Lieberman. An in-depth biography of the complicated but extremely talented song stylist and her successes as a performer. From Eunice Waymon, an Juilliard-trained concert pianist, she reinvented herself as a singer and put her personal stamp on songs from the pop, folk, and jazz genres, and on her own compositions.


The Danish Girl


The Danish Girl  The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.


This is just a small sampling of the many new things we've added to the collection this month. Come by the library to see more, or browse all the lists online!