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What We’re Reading Right Now, Part Deux


Last week we shared with you a few of the titles our staff is reading this summer, but we ran out of room to share them all.  Here are a few more titles you may want to consider for your own reading list.

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain

Availability: Try your public library.

Worldcat Description: Meeting through mutual friends in Chicago, Hadley is intrigued by brash “beautiful boy” Ernest Hemingway, and after a brief courtship and small wedding, they take off for Paris, where Hadley makes a convincing transformation from an overprotected child to a game and brave young woman who puts up with impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness to prop up her husband’s career.

Who is Reading It & Why: Debbie Adams, Access Services Coordinator, finshed this one a couple of weeks ago, but enjoyed it enough that she is still talking about it. Though it is not a non-fiction book, it does provide some great insight in to Ernest Hemingway and how forward thinking he was for his time period.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir by Haruki Murakamo

Availability: Try your public library.

Worldcat Description: A memoir that covers Murakami’s four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and settings ranging from Tokyo’s Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston among young women who outpace him.

Who is Reading It & Why: Sheri Clowers, Daytime Circulation Assistant, loves to run and workout.  If you ever bump into her at the Circulation Desk, ask about her latest running adventures and you may discover that they involve jumping over a wall of fire or running 14 miles through a forest. She is always interested in reading about other people who love to run.

Death Rays, Jet Packs, Stunts & Supercars : The Fantastic Physics of Film’s Most Celebrated Secret Agent by Barry R.Parker.

Availability: McCain Library, Stacks 3: T49.5 .P374 2005

Worldcat Description: “James Bond would have died a thousand deaths if not for Q, the genius behind the pen grenades and weaponized sports cars that have helped Britain’s most famous secret agent cheat death in twenty films. Here Barry Parker demonstrates how science and technology have been as important to 007 as good looks, shaken martinis, and beautiful women.” “Using sketches and nontechnical language, Parker explains the basic physics behind the gadgets, cars, and stunts in a number of Bond films, from the jet packs in Thunderball to the dynamics of daredevil bungee jumping in GoldenEye.” “If you’ve ever wondered whether the laser could have actually cut Bond in half (Goldfinger), if a wristwatch could really unzip a woman’s dress (Live and Let Die), or whether your car could do the 360-degree barrel roll from The Man with the Golden Gun, this book is for you.”–Jacket

Who is Reading It & Why: In addition to being an avid runner, Sheri Clowers  is a huge fan of James Bond.  Normally, she is reading the original Ian Fleming novels, but she also enjoys non-fiction insights into the James Bond phenomenon. Perhaps she runs in hopes of one day being the first female James Bond. Or perhaps she is already a secret agent and we don’t even know it!

Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind: A Bestseller’s Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood, by Ellen F. Brown and John Wiley, Jr.

Availability: McCain Library browsing collection

WorldCat Description: Documents the cultural importance of Margaret Mitchell’s famous novel, discussing the writing process, reception by the publishing industry, numerous authorized and unauthorized tranlations, and the iconic film adapatation.

Who is Reading It & Why:  Marianne Bradley, Library Administrative Coordinator and Archives Manager, tries to read any books for which the authors did research in the Agnes Scott Special Collections and Archives.  McCain Library Special Collections has a collection of over 40 editions of Gone with the Wind, from more than 30 countries, which originally belonged to Margaret Mitchell’s secretary Margaret Baugh.  Some of the editions contain inscriptions from Margaret Mitchell to Miss Baugh.    Author John Wiley, Jr., came to Agnes Scott to look through these editions and view the inscriptions, some of which are quoted in this book.  Marianne is enjoying reading the story of the intrigues and challenges relating to the publication and translations of Gone with the Wind, and expects to finish the book over the Memorial Day weekend, so it soon should be available for someone else to enjoy.

A portion of our Gone With the Wind collection, particularly some of the more interesting foreign editions and some of the inscribed editions, will be on display in McCain Library during the month of June in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the publication of Gone with the Wind.

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