By Carol Van Why
When I compare our collection of science-themed books with various published “Best of” lists, I’m always surprised to find that our Library collection contains many notable books.
Most of the science books are on the upper level, west side of the library. Browse the shelves labeled SCIENCE/TECH/MATH; NATURE/ENVIRONMENT; NATURE WRITING. We’ve tried to make it even easier to find a good book by marking our favorite titles with green, 166SIX PICKS labels. One recent and excellent book in this area of the library is Dava Sobel’s Glass Universe: How Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.
But don’t confine your explorations to the upper level. There are a number of excellent scientific biographies in the BIOGRAPHY section on the lower level. In this section we arrange the books according to the subject of the book (e.g., Einstein, Watson). Biographies about more than one individual are shelved nearby in BIOGRAPHY COLLECTIONS. Look for Margot Lee Shetterly’s book Hidden Figures in this section.
We add books to the collection frequently so make a point of regularly checking our Recent Arrivals shelves on the lower level. New there this week are Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s new one–Astrophysics for People in a Hurry–and Scientist as Rebel by Freeman Dyson.
By Carol Van Why
Minneapolis-based mystery author, Ellen Hart has joined other elite mystery writers represented in the 1666 Coffman Library’s collection. On April 27, 2017, in New York City she was awarded the Mystery Writers of America’s (MWA) Grand Master Award. Other notables to have received this award are: Agatha Christie, John Le Carre, P. D. James and Tony Hillerman.
The MWA is the group known for presenting the annual Edgar Awards for best mysteries in various categories. Winning an Edgar Award recognizes an author for one book while the Grand Master Award recognizes lifetime achievement and consistent quality.
If you haven’t read any of Hart’s mysteries, consider borrowing one of the Jane Lawless series, which features a restaurateur as sleuth. Five of the titles in this series have won Lambda Literary awards. Ellen is also a friend of another favorite author in the Library’s Mystery/Spy/Adventure section–William Kent Krueger. Perhaps we can expect the MWA to grant him their Grand Master Award in a few years.
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