Staff Recommendation: Look Inside, Cutaway Illustrations and Visual Storytelling

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This fascinating book reveals a variety of cross sections for the reader to gaze at, appreciate, and ponder. The Velasco brothers take the reader through the history and theory of these artistic cutaways, while delving into their aesthetic and edifying qualities.  From grand 19th century buildings, to modern transportation vehicles, and through wild rain forests and the human body itself, the book covers a lot of ground and explores the myriad ways in which these cross sections can be beautiful and educational. Large colorful prints of the cutaways dominate the book and are a reason, in and of themselves, to pick it up and start learning!

This book is available for check out at the Greenfield Library.  Just stop by the circulation desk and ask for call # T11.8 .V85 2016

Mike Romano – Circulation Assistant

Staff Recommendation – Frank Furness: Architecture and the Violent Mind

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Looking around Philadelphia, the observant admirer of architecture cannot help but notice a plethora of highly decorated, Victorian Gothic buildings, located here and there in important places. Many of these were designed by none other than the master architect Frank Furness. This biographical work, Frank Furness: Architecture and the Violent Mind, covers the storied life of this 19th century architect. The book begins with his abolitionist upbringing in Philly, and then on to his life-changing experiences in fighting the American Civil War, and then finally embarks into his remarkable career in translating the struggles and hopes of his age into a flamboyant and staggering architectural form. Recommended for anyone with an interest in American and Philadelphia history, particularly those interested in architecture and aesthetics.

This book is located in the Greenfield Library open stacks, at call # 720.92 F98lew.

— Mike Romano, Circulation Assistant

Staff Recommendation – Cultural Resistance: A Reader

tumblr_oktcpnXixC1tmeqwzo1_500Cultural Resistance: A Reader, presents a historical look at the ways in which human cultures have been used and inspired by resistance to oppression. From the English Levellers of the 1600s, to the the 19th century marxists and anarchists, to the feminists and Black power activists of the 20th century, this work explores culture as a weapon through varied and interesting essays. In these pages we hear from such notables as Theodor Adorno, Virginia Woolf, Mikhail Bakhtin, Stuart Hall, Bertolt Brecht, Janice Radway, Abbie Hoffman, and Mahatma Gandhi. We glimpse into how the realms of art, music, and philosophy have helped define resistance. And, importantly, we are presented with examples of how to use and build cultures which create a more just, free, world.

This book is available in the Greenfield Library open stacks at call # 306.2 C485.

— Mike Romano, Circulation Assistant

Staff Recommendation – Women Warriors by David E. Jones

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All throughout the first thirteen years of our educations we’ve been swamped and regaled with tales of the men who shaped our society into what it is today. We learn about the founding fathers and various kings and popes, but what about the women working both in the spotlight and behind the scenes? Jones presents us with another history, a history filled with women ready to lead armies and topple government expectations, all the while owning their sexuality and the power that comes with it. Here are women who have transcended history and marched into the realm of legend.

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Jones takes us to the legendary Amazons and their incredible feats of power and military tactics that placed them squarely in the realm of fearsome myth, and whose legacies helped shape the DC heroine Wonder Woman. After this we visit the Battle Queens of Arabia, Kali’s Daughters of India, the British Isles, Africa, and Asia. We meet women such as Bat Zabbai, who conquered the eastern half of the Roman Empire, and the female pirate Hsi Kai Ching, who terrorized the Chinese government for years and retired as one of the most successful pirates in history. To anyone looking for strong, self-empowered women, this book delivers.

Women Warriors can be found in the Greenfield Library open stacks, call # 355.0082 J713w 1997

– Lauralee Martin, Greenfield Library Work Study Student Assistant

Staff Recommendation: Global Philadelphia: Immigrant Communities Old and New

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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.

–Mike Romano, Circulation Assistant