“Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy” and other new books in the Marygrove Library

Here are reviews for two of the newest books in the Marygrove Library:

“Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy,” by Bil Wright

“There’s a whole lot going on in Wright’s novel, but it’s handled deftly and, for the most part, believably. Best of all, Carlos is not completely defined by his homosexuality. It is an important part of him, yes, but so are his ambition, his concern for his sister, and his capacity for friendship.” (Booklist)

. . . and . . .

“From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity,” by Miles White

“Unique in both approach and scope, this work adds a scholarly perspective to the popular literature that examines issues of black masculinity and hardcore hip-hop as performed by black and white rappers. An example of excellent scholarship that sets new standards for writing on this topic.” (Portia K. Maultsby, co-editor of African American Music: An Introduction)

These books are two of the many that are newly-available in the Marygrove Library. Have you ever wondered how your librarians decide which books to buy? Each librarian is assigned subject areas for which she’s responsible. These assignments are listed here at our website: http://research.marygrove.edu/for-faculty/your-library-liaison. We take many factors into consideration as we buy new books, including (1) faculty, staff and student suggestions, (2) the curriculum, (3) undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research, and (4) book reviews such as those published in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.

Here are some of the other books we purchased in 2011-12:


The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg [link to catalog]
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz [link to catalog]
Crimes of Love by Donald Levin
The Digital Divide: Arguments for and Against Facebook, Google, Texting, and the Age of Social Networking by Mark Bauerlein [link to catalog]
From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity (African Amer Music in Global Perspective) by Miles White [link to catalog]
Mix It Up: Popular Culture, Mass Media, and Society by David [link to catalog]
Noir Urbanisms: Dystopic Images of the Modern City by Gyan Prakash [link to catalog]
Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion by Jay Heinrichs [link to catalog]
Toni Morrison and the Idea of Africa by La Vinia Delois Jennings [link to catalog]
Writing the Future of Black America: Literature of the Hip-Hop Generation by Daniel Grassian [link to catalog]
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood [link to catalog]

Modern Languages:

Computer-Aided Translation Technology: A Practical Introduction by Lynne Bowker [link to ebook – requires Marygrove password from off-campus]
A Practical Guide for Translators by Geoffrey Samuelsson-Brown [link to catalog]

Children’s Literature:

Being Me: A Kid’s Guide to Boosting Confidence and Self-esteem by Wendy Moss PhD [link to catalog]
Beneath My Mother’s Feet by Amjed Qamar [link to catalog]
Eight Days: A Story of Haiti by Edwidge Danticat [link to catalog]
It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living by Dan Savage [link to catalog]
North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration by Nick Dowson [link to catalog]
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright [link to catalog]
Seeds of Change: Wangari’s Gift to the World by Jen Cullerton Johnson [link to catalog]
We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson [link to catalog]
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [link to catalog]
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond [link to catalog]


Haiti Rising: Haitian History, Culture and the Earthquake of 2010 by Martin Munro [link to catalog]
Men’s and Women’s Weaving in Africa (DVD) [link to catalog]
The Black Power Mixtape (DVD) [link to catalog]
Vigilant Things: On Thieves, Yoruba Anti-Aesthetics, and the Strange Fates of Ordinary Objects in Nigeria by David Todd Doris [link to catalog]

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