Staff Recommendation: The Box Man

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.

The Box Man

by Kobo Abe

Greenfield Vault Call # 895.635 Ab335b 1980

Recommended by Bill Rooney, Greenfield Library Circulation Assistant
Recommended by Bill Rooney,
Greenfield Library Circulation Assistant

Staff Recommendation: Domestic Science: Idioms

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. Screen Shot 2016-10-07 at 10.22.24 AMThe 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

Staff Recommendation: Close-Up

 

Abbas Kiarostami’s 1990 film Close-Up is an inventive and engrossing experience that challenges the delineations of documentary and film. The story it tells is a true one: Hossein Sabzian, a poor man in Tehran, convinces a well-to-do family that he is actually famous Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf and that he wants to use their home for his next film. After Sabzian is found out and the story is reported in a local magazine, Kiarostami quickly begins filming.

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What develops is a movie that blurs the lines of documentary and narrative so well they are often indistinguishable. Kiarostami receives permission to film the courtroom while the trial is underway and then proceeds to question Sabzian on his artistic motives alongside the mullah judge questioning his criminal ones.

Kiarostami then takes everything one step further and portrays reenactments of the events leading up to and following Sabzian’s imprisonment and trial; with everyone from Sabzian, to the family he fooled, to the director he impersonated playing themselves. What emerges is a beautiful musing on film and its ability to both blur and cross lines.

Recommended by Bill Rooney, Greenfield Library Circulation Assistant
Recommended by Bill Rooney,
Greenfield Library Circulation Assistant

A/V Equipment

Have you ever found yourself on campus with a paper due tomorrow, 5% battery, and your laptop charger forgotten at home? Don’t worry, UArts Libraries have your back! From laptop chargers to headphones, you can check these out at the circulation desks to use in the library:

Greenfield Library

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  • Macbook chargers (Magsafe 1 & 2)
  • iPhone chargers
  • Micro USB cords (for Android & other phones)
  • Headphones
  • Noise-cancelling headphones
  • Ethernet cords
  • DVD USB drive
  • iPad

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Music Library

  • Macbook chargers (Magsafe 1 & 2)
  • iPods
  • iPad
  • iPhone chargers
  • Micro USB cords (for Android & other phones)
  • Headphones
  • Noise-cancelling headphones
  • Ethernet cords

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Staff Recommendation: Little Red Riding Hood by Mary Louise Castaldi

How many different illustrations of Little Red Riding Hood can you find in the Greenfield Library? In 5 minutes I found 10, but I am sure there are many more.

Illustrators have been drawing Red Riding Hood since Charles Perrault put it in text in the late 17th century.

The following are books in the Greenfield Library that contain illustrations of Red Riding Hood. Dates of creation range from 1872 to 2013.

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Opie, Iona; Opie, Peter.

The Classic Fairy Tales.

Greenfield Open Stacks 398.21 Op3c 1980

Illustrator: Gustave Doré

Year Illustrated: 1872

Found on page 122


 

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Opie, Iona; Opie, Peter.

The Classic Fairy Tales.

Greenfield Open Stacks 398.21 Op3c 1980

Illustrator: Walter Crane

Year Illustrated: 1875

Found on cover


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Ponsot, Marie, translator

The Golden Book of Fairy Tales.

Greenfield Open Stacks 741.641 Se396g

Illustrator: Adrienne Segur

Year Illustrated: 1951

Found on page 84


 

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Ehrlich, Amy

The Random House Book of Fairy Tales.

Greenfield Open Stacks 398.21 E46

Illustrator: Diane Goode

Year Illustrated: 1985

Found on page 123


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Montresor, Beni

Little Red Riding Hood.

Greenfield Open Stacks 741.641 M768l 1991

Illustrator: Beni Montresor

Year Illustrated: 1991

Found on cover


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Steig, Jeanne

A Handful of Beans: Six Fairy Tales.

Greenfield Open Stacks 741.641 St33h 1998

Illustrator: William Steig

Year Illustrated: 1998

Found on page 93


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Pinkney, Jerry

Little Red Riding Hood.

Greenfield Open Stacks 741.641 P656li 2007

Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney

Year Illustrated: 2007

Unpaged


 

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Cousins, Lucy

Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales.

Greenfield Open Stacks 741.641 C836y 2009

Illustrator: Lucy Cousins

Year Illustrated: 2009

Found on page 11


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Duffy, Chris, editor

Fairy Tale Comics.

Greenfield Open Stacks 741.5973 F172d

Illustrator: Gigi D. G.

Year Illustrated: 2013

Found on page 31


For more information, contact Mary Louise Castaldi  mcastaldi@uarts.edu