Library staff recommendation: Walden: or, Life in the Woods & On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

Walden: or, Life in the Woods & On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
by Henry David Thoreau

This is a collection of writings based on Henry David Thoreau’s isolation in the wilderness around Walden Pond. His insights into the inner workings of man and society are profound statements that offer helpful advice, especially when living in the city. One of the best Transcendentalist writers of his time, Thoreau challenges himself and others to break their patterns and admire the natural world around them. This collection also includes his essay ‘On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.’ This essay reminds us to continually question what is presented to us and provides an alternative to violence when trying to enact change. A thought-provoking read and wonderful inspiration for all artists.

-recommended by Haylee Warner, Library Work Study Assistant

Sara MacDonald, Public Services Librarian, recommends The Encyclopedia of Transcendentalism for those who want to learn more.

Library staff recommendation: Books!

By Murray McCain
Designed and Illustrated by John Alcorn

Books! is a party in 42 pages, where typophiles and logophiles (or people who really love neon pink and silliness) can unite!
What is a book?
Mr. McCain would like you to join him in answering this question. From hard words to funny words to words to think about, Books! is sure to make you smile.
Recommended by Casey Murphy

Library staff recommendation: Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting

Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting
By Bob Nickas

As someone who is particularly interested in looking at and creating abstract works, this book intrigued me after a quick glance through the pages. Divided into sections based on the visual elements of painting and drawing, Painting Abstraction investigates these subjects by analyzing the work of contemporary abstract painters. Not only does the author, Bob Nickas, make it compelling to be more conscious of these formal decisions while creating, but he also presents the reader with a database of contemporary painters who, in unique ways, demonstrate these elements. Whether it is a quick flip through or sitting down to read about an artist or two, this book is very handy for a visual artist.

-recommended by Sara Gantt, Library Work Study Assistant