high school prom

Anderson, Ann. (2012). High School Prom: Marketing, Morals and the American Teen. McFarland & Company, Inc. With a passionate interest in women’s studies, mass culture, and all things kitsch (face it, prom is kitsch), I am delighted to report on Anderson’s new text High School Prom. Though it isn’t lengthy…

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ucontent: new book on user-generated content

UContent: The Information Professional’s Guide to User-Generated Content by Nick Tomaiuolo Experienced reference and instruction librarian Nick Tomaiuolo’s (aka the Web 2.0 Librarian) new book is a must-have for all librarians involved in digital content. UContent clearly describes various user-generated content (UGC) tools and how librarians can implement these in…

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afterlives of the saints

Afterlives of the Saints: Stories from the Ends of Faith by Colin Dickey (Unbridled Books, 2012). Dickey’s latest work is an interesting selection of saints – famous and forgotten, martyred and disfigured, the academics and the ignorant. Afterlives is not a collection of biographies; it is much more a postmodern…

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the little red guard

The Little Red Guard: A Family Memoir by Wenguang Huang (Riverhead, 2012). Huang tells of growing up in Maoist China with a careful blend of objective journalism and bittersweet memory. The focal point of his narrative is his grandmother’s coffin – a contraband object in a communist country that requires cremation.…

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miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children

Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Philadelphia: Quirk Books, 2011. Ransom Riggs’ first novel blends fantasy prose, simple yet descriptive, with vintage photographs, the type of developed film mistakes we quickly and easily delete with today’s digital cameras. The photos are not compliments to the text; they are…

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