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VALIS

The late masterpiece VALIS (1981) is a novelistic reworking of "the events of 2-3-74," when Dick's life was transformed by what he believed was a mystical revelation. It is a harrowing self-portrait of a man torn between conflicting interpretations of what might be gnostic illumination or psychotic breakdown.—Blackwell North America

“A paranoid fantasy that feels more and more prophetic with every read. Even more exciting if you know something of what happened to the author circa 1974."—Submitted by Grier C., Associate Director

VALIS

Philip K. Dick
Dick

The late masterpiece VALIS (1981) is a novelistic reworking of "the events of 2-3-74," when Dick's life was transformed by what he believed was a mystical revelation. It is a harrowing self-portrait of a man torn between conflicting interpretations of what might be gnostic illumination or psychotic breakdown.—Blackwell North America



“A paranoid fantasy that feels more and more prophetic with every read. Even more exciting if you know something of what happened to the author circa 1974."—Submitted by Grier C., Associate Director


Bicentennial Staff Picks

Why You Like This Photo : the Science of Perception

Featuring interviews with numerous great photographers combined with concepts from exciting areas of science and psychology, this accessible photographic guide is illustrated with infographics highlighting brain areas triggered by particular views, and a selection of sensational art photos. Why You Like This Photo holds the inspiring and practical keys to capturing the images that you, and everyone, will find appealing and fascinating.—Grand Central Publishing

Why You Like This Photo : the Science of Perception

Brian Dilg
770 Dil

Featuring interviews with numerous great photographers combined with concepts from exciting areas of science and psychology, this accessible photographic guide is illustrated with infographics highlighting brain areas triggered by particular views, and a selection of sensational art photos. Why You Like This Photo holds the inspiring and practical keys to capturing the images that you, and everyone, will find appealing and fascinating.—Grand Central Publishing



"Someone once described art as that part of human expression that begins where words end. Nevertheless, photographer and filmmaker Brian Dilg does a good job of using his words to show us what's underneath our emotional and psychological responses to several examples of photographic art. Great for photographers who want to add a few powerful, practical tools to their image-making process."—Submitted by Ryan S., Selector Librarian


Bicentennial Staff Picks

The Master and Margarita

Set in Moscow of the 1920's, this satirical novel recounts the dealings a writer and his mistress have with Satan.—Baker & Taylor

"This almost indescribable book has dark humor, political satire, biblical intrigue and black magic. The devil wreaks havoc in Stalinist Moscow with the help of his entourage, including an angel of death, a seductive vampire and a giant talking cat named Behemoth. The book was first published in its complete, uncensored form in 1973, over 30 years after the author’s death."—Submitted by Cole C., Senior Information Assistant

The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov
Bulgako

Set in Moscow of the 1920's, this satirical novel recounts the dealings a writer and his mistress have with Satan.—Baker & Taylor



"This almost indescribable book has dark humor, political satire, biblical intrigue and black magic. The devil wreaks havoc in Stalinist Moscow with the help of his entourage, including an angel of death, a seductive vampire and a giant talking cat named Behemoth. The book was first published in its complete, uncensored form in 1973, over 30 years after the author’s death."—Submitted by Cole C., Senior Information Assistant


Bicentennial Staff Picks

True Grit

Pursuing a murderer who has escaped into Native Territory, U.S. Marshal Rooster J. Cogburn teams up with a bounty-hunting Texas Ranger and Mattie Ross, a cantankerous young lady who is bent on revenge. —Baker & Taylor

True Grit

Charles Portis
Portis

Pursuing a murderer who has escaped into Native Territory, U.S. Marshal Rooster J. Cogburn teams up with a bounty-hunting Texas Ranger and Mattie Ross, a cantankerous young lady who is bent on revenge. —Baker & Taylor



"One of the best westerns you'll ever read, but don't worry if the western typically isn't your thing because the characters are what makes this so memorable. Young Mattie Ross is my personal hero of mine; defiant, determined, undiminished despite the many obstacles she faces, especially from her would-be companions."—Submitted by Ned B., IT Department Manager


Bicentennial Staff Picks

The Lifespan of a Fact

A brilliant and eye-opening meditation on the relationship between “truth” and “accuracy” and a penetrating conversation about whether it is appropriate for a writer to substitute one for the other.—Publisher

"A fascinating work about the nature of truth and how it fits into nonfiction vs an essay. Written with text dialogue between author, fact checker, and editors surrounding the 'essay' in dispute."—Submitted by Matt! N., Community and Customer Engagement Assistant Manager

The Lifespan of a Fact

John D'Agata
808.02 Dag

A brilliant and eye-opening meditation on the relationship between “truth” and “accuracy” and a penetrating conversation about whether it is appropriate for a writer to substitute one for the other.—Publisher



"A fascinating work about the nature of truth and how it fits into nonfiction vs an essay. Written with text dialogue between author, fact checker, and editors surrounding the 'essay' in dispute."—Submitted by Matt! N., Community and Customer Engagement Assistant Manager


Bicentennial Staff Picks

The Rest is Noise

The influence of modern music can be felt everywhere. Avant-garde sounds populate the soundtracks of Hollywood thrillers. Minimalist music has had a huge effect on rock, pop, and dance music from the Velvet Underground onward. Music critic Alex Ross shines a bright light on this secret world, taking us from Vienna before the First World War to Paris in the twenties, from Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia to New York in the sixties and seventies. We follow the rise of mass culture and mass politics, of new technologies, of hot and cold wars, of experiments, revolutions, and riots.

The Rest is Noise

Alex Ross
780.904 Ros

The influence of modern music can be felt everywhere. Avant-garde sounds populate the soundtracks of Hollywood thrillers. Minimalist music has had a huge effect on rock, pop, and dance music from the Velvet Underground onward. Music critic Alex Ross shines a bright light on this secret world, taking us from Vienna before the First World War to Paris in the twenties, from Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia to New York in the sixties and seventies. We follow the rise of mass culture and mass politics, of new technologies, of hot and cold wars, of experiments, revolutions, and riots. The end result is not so much a history of twentieth-century music as a history of the twentieth century through its music.—Publisher



“An engaging survey of the most tumultuous century in the history of Western Classical music by the most accessible music critic of our time. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the symphony, sonata, or opera, this book has the answers!”—Submitted by Grier C., Associate Director


Bicentennial Staff Picks

Dragon's Merry Christmas

Dragon has a merry time in the Christmas season, decorating a tree outdoors, making a chocolate candy wreath, and sharing his Christmas gifts with needy animals.—Publisher

"Perfect for new readers who still like to read aloud with a caregiver, Dragon's Merry Christmas is a heartwarming title. The text is easy-to-read, illustrations are engaging, and the book is funny! My little one loves to take turns reading pages with me."—Submitted by Mandy H., Communications and Marketing Manager

Dragon's Merry Christmas

Dav Pilkey
J-ER

Dragon has a merry time in the Christmas season, decorating a tree outdoors, making a chocolate candy wreath, and sharing his Christmas gifts with needy animals.—Publisher



"Perfect for new readers who still like to read aloud with a caregiver, Dragon's Merry Christmas is a heartwarming title. The text is easy-to-read, illustrations are engaging, and the book is funny! My little one loves to take turns reading pages with me."—Submitted by Mandy H., Communications and Marketing Manager


Bicentennial Staff Picks

The Last Wish

Geralt de Riv, a witcher, uses his vast sorcerous powers to hunt down the monsters that threaten the world, but he soon discovers that not every monstrous-looking creature is evil, and not everything beautiful is good.—Publisher

—Submitted by Amber M., Senior Information Assistant

The Last Wish

Andrzej Sapkowski
SF Sapkows

Geralt de Riv, a witcher, uses his vast sorcerous powers to hunt down the monsters that threaten the world, but he soon discovers that not every monstrous-looking creature is evil, and not everything beautiful is good.—Publisher



—Submitted by Amber M., Senior Information Assistant


Bicentennial Staff Picks

Jane Eyre

The novel revolutionized prose fiction by being the first to focus on its protagonist's moral and spiritual development through an intimate first-person narrative, where actions and events are colored by a psychological intensity. Charlotte Brontë has been called the "first historian of the private consciousness," and the literary ancestor of writers like Proust and Joyce.—Wikipedia

—Submitted by Amber M., Senior Information Assistant

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte
Bronte

The novel revolutionized prose fiction by being the first to focus on its protagonist's moral and spiritual development through an intimate first-person narrative, where actions and events are colored by a psychological intensity. Charlotte Brontë has been called the "first historian of the private consciousness," and the literary ancestor of writers like Proust and Joyce.—Wikipedia



—Submitted by Amber M., Senior Information Assistant


Bicentennial Staff Picks