Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins is a witty and funny — but never corny — love story between an environmentalist vegetarian princess, Leigh-Cherri, and an on-the-run outlaw, The Woodpecker, who was in jail for bombing a number of buildings. They both meet at a environmental convention in Hawaii where the Woodpecker wants to wreak havoc at and Princess is simply trying to enjoy her vacation. The pair end up becoming somewhat star- crossed lovers and are separated by the Princess Leigh-Cherri’s royal parents who do not approve of their relationship. The rest of the story follows both characters as they attempt to reunite. In typical Robbins fashion the whole novel has absurd scenes that will make you question what you’re reading. Some of the covered topics include aliens, redheads, and a pack of Camel cigarettes. This novel will keep you laughing and genuinely curious as to whether or not the Princess and the Woodpecker will live happily ever after.
Recommended by Isabella Braun, Music Library Work Study Assistant
Philadelphia is a city which is built upon layers of immigration. In the centuries since its founding, people have traversed oceans to land here and make this their home, transforming our city in the process. These essays include stories and struggles of older arrivals such as the Germans, Irish, Jews, Puerto Ricans, Chinese, and Italians, and also cover the immigration taking place in more recent history, which includes groups such as Indians, Mexicans, Southeast Asians, and Ethiopians. This book helps the reader understand how immigration is and has been vital for a vibrant and competitive Philadelphia, and how the immigrants and their descendants continue to change and enhance the cultural face of our city.
This title is currently on exhibit at the Greenfield Library, and is available for immediate check-out, call number 305.800974811 G51t.
Mary Oliver’s poems have a soft natural glow to them. They deal with a wonder for nature and the world around us. Each poem gives an opportunity to refocus on the parts of our day that are often forgotten like the wind in the leaves and the ants beneath our feet.
The effect of Mary Oliver’s poetry is quieting and eye-opening. In tough times, people often turn to poetry to find a sense of solace or understanding. Mary Oliver speaks to the broader troubles of the world by reminding us of the world we are in and often fail to be aware of or marvel at.
In her most recent novel, The Blessings, Elise Juska explores the connections between members of a large family. From birth to death, divorce and strained marriages, leaving home for the first time and learning what it means to take on the traditions of the family, this work follows the lives of a close-knit Irish-Catholic family and gives the reader no shortage of personal triumphs and losses to explore and understand. Through her deft use of differing narrators spanning four generations of the Blessings’s family tree, Juska pushes us to ask ourselves how much of our identity is shaped by family, and what happens when we step outside those boundaries.
The UArts Libraries is proud is recognize Juska as an esteemed faculty member of our own institution.
Now, when you find yourself asking: where do they get all these wonderful photos?!?
Well the UArts Archives of course! All of the #tbt photos posted to Instagram -and many, many more- are available via the UArts Digital Collections page, accessible right through the good ol’ library homepage: library.uarts.edu.
The UArts Digital Collections contain not only photos from the UArts Archives, but also student work, campus event photos and videos, and other special digital collections!
These poems and stories are beautifully woven thoughts that almost jump off the page with fresh humor and poignant memories. They surprise and delight with their colorful details, sensitive observations and raw emotion. Tina Barry takes you on a journey full of deep losses but also clarity, defiance and acceptance.
The music library has its own Special Collection of LPs—78 rpm Long Playing records—that are incredibly old. They’re stored behind the circulation desk in the music library and are available to be played on turntables in the library’s listening area. Whether or not you are of the opinion that LPs sound better than CDs or digital music files, these records have a strong nostalgia value. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys the smell of old books, diving into a box of old records may be the right thing for you.
The Box Man by Kobo Abe is a surreal journey through the mind of a man in 1970’s Japan who decides to disconnect from society by becoming a “box man.” He walks through life with a cardboard box (meticulously described by Abe) over his upper body. The box is filled with objects and the man’s scrawled thoughts and observances. The protagonist of The Box Man is a textbook example of an unreliable narrator and you as the reader will be often unable to tell what is real, imagined, or deceptive.
Recommended for fans of Kafka, Beckett, Haruki Murakami, David Lynch.
In Domestic Science: Idioms, Nance O’Banion combines simple illustrations of familiar objects and a playful color palette to build a narrative which is informed by the readers’ experience with these objects. She explores the objects further through the text, in which she only provides the name of the object at hand, accompanied by an extensive catalog of phrases and synonyms for the subject, prompting the reader to consider their own experience of the object even further than the push of the image. The structure of the book is both complex and playful. With its pop up elements and accordion Easter eggs, this artist’s book continues to give the reader rewards for exploring the book.
Recommended by Alyssa Winscom, Greenfield Library Work-Study Assistant
There are a number of ways to search the library catalog for videos (by which we mean DVD, VHS, Blu-Ray, and streaming). All of the videos physically owned by the UArts Libraries are in the library catalog.
Go to library.uarts.edu and click the catalog link at the upper right.
In the search by: box you can:
search by Author for directors, choreographers, composers, and performers. Remember to search LAST NAME first, for example: Scorsese, Martin
search by Title if you know it.
search by Keyword to find a film in a collection. Put quotation marks around phrases, e.g., “andalusian dog” or “all of me” or “cave of the heart”
search by Subject. There are lots of subject headings; these are a few suggestions.
feature films operas–film adaptations
documentary films musical films
science fiction films concert films
In the search in: box, select Video. This will search for all video formats: VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, and streaming.
Enter your search terms and click Search!
Just want to browse and see what we have?
Go to http://library.uarts.edu/
Select catalog from the yellow bar, top right.
Select Call Number Search [on the right]
Select u Search for other call numbers [click open the triangle]
Read the directions on the screen and follow the examples:
MD for Music Library DVDs
MV for Music Library videos
GD for Greenfield Library DVDs
GV for Greenfield Library videos
Once you find a video, jot down the call number, then go to the Greenfield or Music circulation desk to request it.
The UArts Libraries also subscribe to a number of large streaming video databases. See them at http://library.uarts.edu/eresources/audio.html. You can access most of them from anywhere by signing in with your UArts user name and password.