The Nearness of You

NearnessYouA shocking confession, fear of the unseen, and a classic twist lands three parents in a whirlwind of emotions that will impact each of their lives forever.

Brilliant heart surgeon Suzette Kendall is stunned when her husband of fifteen years admits his yearning for a child. But Suzette fears passing along the genes that landed her mother in a mental institution; what about a baby via surrogate? Suzette soon doubts whether she’s made the right decision. Dorothy Muscarello is chosen to help complete this family; Dorrie sees her ticket to her future in surrogacy (and the money that comes with it). This situation forces all three—Dorrie, Suzette, and Hyland—to face a devastating uncertainty that will reverberate throughout their lives.

Beautifully shifting between perspectives, The Nearness of You deftly explores the connections we form, the families we create, and the love we hold most dear.

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Monumental Surprise

MonumentalSurpriseIn the Archives and Special Collections, just like the rest of the world, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. I pulled out a book and from the oatmeal colored cover and unassuming name, Haida Monumental Art by George F. MacDonald, I wasn’t expecting to find too much. What I found when I opened it up was a plethora of fascinating information and interesting photos. The Haida of the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia constructed vast cedar houses and totem poles, some of the largest in the Northwest.

Haida Monumental Art includes many photos taken during the 19th century of the remote villages whose magnificent art had not been so thoroughly recorded before. The Haida people were known for their seamanship, craftsmanship and trade skills. Just by peeking into this nondescript book, I ended up learning a lot more than I had originally expected.

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The Archives & Special Collections is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Laure Mounts

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Diversity and Inclusion Resources: Africa: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society

Africa1Africa : An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society

New to our online collection of reference resources from ABC-CLIO comes a 3-volume set, Africa: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society.

The encyclopedia is organized by country, then by topic, and includes contributions from numerous eminent scholars of African history.

“This work provides readers with an overview of contemporary customs and life in North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa through discussions of key concepts and topics that touch everyday life among the nations’ peoples.”

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Setting Free the Kites

SettingFreeKitesBrought together by tragedy, two young boys grow together and learn the bounds of pain, joy, and glories of young friendship.

For Robert Carter, life in his coastal Maine hometown is comfortably predictable. But in 1976, on his first day of eighth grade, he meets Nathan Tilly, who changes everything. Nathan is confident, fearless, impetuous—and fascinated by kites and flying. Robert and Nathan’s budding friendship is forged in the crucible of two family tragedies, and as the boys struggle to come to terms with loss, they take summer jobs at the local rundown amusement park. It’s there that Nathan’s boundless capacity for optimism threatens to overwhelm them both, and where they learn some harsh truths about family, desire, and revenge.

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Building Stories

BuildlingStoriesHere in the Archives & Special Collections we have a myriad of intriguing items and unconventional books, including some books that are far too large to fit on a regular shelf. These books comprise our “oversized” collection, some of which are quite heavy and most certainly could not fit atop your average Puget Sound classroom desk. One of the items in this collection is a graphic novel (or rather, a collection of them) by Chris Ware called “Building Stories.” If one were to go searching for it, they would run into a very large box filled with illustrated books of various sizes and comic strips, none of which are titled or include much text outside of the comic speech-bubbles. This clever and relatable tale features the residents of a three-story apartment building in Chicago, and the interactions, introspective analyses, daydreams, struggles, and internal processes that comprise their daily lives. Among these featured residents is a single woman struggling with loneliness, a couple going through turmoil within their relationship, and an elderly woman. The illustrations provide narrative insight regarding many of the thoughts, insecurities, pain, worry, moments of intimacy, and comfort we experience as humans, and is therefore able to facilitate a broadened connection between each of us, as the pages illuminate much of what we may experience silently, within our own minds while we lie awake at night or choose between tomatoes at the grocery store. An eye-opening and entertaining spectacle, I would highly recommend flipping through these extremely colorful and thoughtful illustrations.

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The Archives & Special Collections is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Monica Patterson

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Life Skills Collection: Practical Tips for Real-Life Responsibilities

LifeHacksGreetings, Loggers! By now, you know that college life is filled with new responsibilities that aren’t exclusive to your academic growth. Adulting is tough! If this is your first time living independently, topics like managing your finances, maintaining your living space, and even cooking for yourself might seem completely overwhelming. In addition to providing practical information about other topics, the Life Skills Collection at Collins Library has many resources to help you respond to these practical challenges.

The Life Skills Collection is located in the Learning Commons, on the first floor of Collins Library. Learn more on the companion guide devoted to the Life Skills Collection and discover many more resources at the University of Puget Sound!

By Katy Curtis, Humanities Librarian

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You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters

YouAreUniverseWhat Came Before the Big Bang? Where Did Time Come From? Deepak Chopra joins forces with leading physicist Menas Kafatos to explore these questions and others like them about our place in the world, universe, and cosmos.

You Are the Universe means exactly what it sounds like–each person is a co-creator of reality extending to the vastest reaches of time and space. These two great minds offer a bold, new understanding of the universe as a “human universe”, opposing the idea of a cold, empty void where human life is barely a speck in the cosmos.

Check it out in the Popular Reading Collection today!

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From the Archives & Special Collections: YESNOMAYBE

YesNoMaybeHere in the Archives & Special Collections we have an array of quirky items; among some of these items are the collections of Artist Books in the Shelmidine Room. Redefining the concept of a “book,” artists create many fun, educational, and even confounding art pieces with paper, written word, and even various objects. Coming in all shapes and sizes, you never know what you’re going to get, or what hidden surprises lurk among the shelves. From poetry to pop-ups, you’ll find a plethora of colors and content in this collection, and you’re sure to find lots of glitter and glue!

Here is an example of an Artist Book that demonstrates the variety we have in this collection. “YESNOMAYBE” is a flip-book created by Karen Hanmer. Miniscule in size and scarce in words, it’s certainly intriguing. Perhaps it could be useful in certain decision making, passing time via eccentric entertainment, or illuminating the difficulty of providing a concrete answer (as we see the merging of words, blending of ideas, and ambiguity present in the racing pages).

The Archives & Special Collections is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Monica Patterson

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March Book of the Month! Leonardo da Vinci: The Complete Paintings and Drawings

LeonardodaVinciLeonardo da Vinci: The Complete Paintings and Drawings

This is the next best thing to actually seeing da Vinci’s paintings in person. It’s a large book so all of the pictures are blown up to an amazing scale. There are full pages devoted to a nose or a foot and you can see how complex each part is. Along with the art, there is text that illustrates the life of Leonardo da Vinci and describes his artwork and inventions. The book is nicely broken up into time periods that help explain his style. This is one of my favorite books because you are able to see every detail in his artwork, and you are able to get a better idea of him as an artist.

The Archives & Special Collections is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Sierra Scott

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Reflection on 99 Elephants A Day – Currently on display in Collins Library

elephantExhibitAlthough elephants themselves remain economically and culturally symbolic their declining population and degraded living conditions remain primarily of human creation. I find that even though elephants have been successfully commercialized, their images printed onto clothing or fashioned into earrings, most people seem unaffected by the significant loss of elephant populations. How can it be that the symbol of the elephant is more sacred than the actual being?

It may be the case that working to conserve another form of life is too difficult, or not someone’s particular purpose. However, I find that any effort made to create positive change is not wasted. Whether it be by making thousands of elephant prints, donating, signing petitions, or learning about the poaching problem anyone can participate in saving one of our planets most intelligent, and communicative animals.

The artist Suzanne Fellows, on feature at Collins Memorial Library, was inspired by a figure in 2013 which stated that 36,000 elephants were exterminated for their ivory tusks. She then embarked on an artistic project to print 99 elephants every day for 365 and recreate the 36,000 murdered elephants.

Over the past 150 years elephant populations have declined significantly due to habitat loss and ivory trade. The primary cause of elephant population declines is ivory trade and poaching. At the turn of the 20th century there were an estimated 5 to 10 million elephants in Africa, and about 100,000 Asian elephants. Today there are about 450,000 elephants in Africa, and about 35,000 Asian elephants. These figures are steadily declining despite desperate efforts by small dedicated conservationist groups.

Although ivory trade is the primary cause of the declining elephant population, agricultural development has also negatively affected elephant populations. University of Puget Sound professor and director of the environmental policy and decision-making program Rachel Demotts’ exhibit “Living with Elephants” is on feature at Collin Memorial Library. The exhibit dives into lesser known aspects of elephant conservation such as human and elephant interaction on shared territory.

Anybody can join the effort to save one of the world’s most culturally symbolic, and objectively intelligent animals. Some people dedicate their art to elephant conservation, and other people dedicate their academic knowledge to the cause. Any effort put into a cause is not wasted so long as it is a worthy cause.

Note:  Professor Rachel DeMotts research is also featured in this exhibit as well as the personal elephant figurine collection of Kenneth McGill.  Also on display is a unique artists’ book on the plight of the elephant by local artist. Mari Gower. The exhibit runs through May 14, 2017.

By Janne Deng




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