News from Mardigian Library: Great Michigan Read


Save the date for the Great Michigan Read of the book X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz (daughter of Malcolm X) and do a little “Browsing” this summer.

The life of Malcolm X: An insider’s view

The Mardigian Library is pleased to announce an upcoming talk in support of the Michigan Humanities Council’s Great Michigan Read, a biennial statewide literary program. Per the Michigan Humanities Council, the purpose of the Great Michigan Read is to “connect us as Michiganians by deepening our understanding of our state, our society, and our history.”

The chosen common read is X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz (daughter of Malcolm X) and Kekla Magoon. Professor Keith Dye, African and African American studies and history, will discuss Malcolm X’s formative years spent right here in Michigan. Members of Malcolm X’s family lived in Dye’s neighborhood, so he has stories and insights to share that are not well known.

Please save the date of Thursday, Sept. 27, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Berkowitz Gallery, 3rd floor Mardigian Library.

Pizza and beverages will be served, and the first 20 visitors will receive a free copy of the novel.

Questions can be sent to Joan Martin:

Do a little “Browsing” this summer with the help of our Browsing Collection

The lazy days of summer are the perfect time to relax and enjoy a good book or movie. The Mardigian Library’s Browsing Collection has the books and award-winning movies to satisfy your recreational needs. Stop in and take a look at the collection (located near the first floor elevators behind the display cases). Here’s a sample of books, DVDs and audiobooks recently added to the collection.


Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson (WW. Norton & Company, ©2017)
A down-to-earth book that discusses some of the most mind-boggling questions about the cosmos. From the Big Bang Theory, black holes, space and time, and quarks to the search for intelligent life in the universe, Tyson provides you with the knowledge you need to become fluent with the hot topics in astrophysics.

Call Me by Your Name by André Acimen (Picador, ©2017)
If you saw the movie, here’s your chance to read the book. If you read the book, take home the movie on DVD (also in the Browsing Collection)! In the summer of 1983, 17-year-old Elio spends time at his family's villa in Italy. He spends his days transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia. One day, Oliver, an American scholar, arrives to intern with Elio's father, an eminent professor. Elio and Oliver discover an awakening desire that changes their lives forever.

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (Harper, ©2017)
When an editor is given the latest manuscript by a best-selling mystery author, she becomes convinced there’s another story hidden within the manuscript; a real-life story of jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder.

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink (Riverhead Books, ©2018)
Timing is everything…but do we know the perfect time to quit a job, switch careers, take a class, or get married? Drawing on both stories and research in the fields of psychology, biology, and economics, the author provides insights on how we can live more engaged lives. There are tips on how to organize our time and set up daily routines. Examples detail time-based weaknesses and how we can compensate or work around them. Each chapter provides insights that readers can apply to their own lives.


3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, ©2017)
Months after her daughter’s murder and with no suspect in custody, a frustrated mother paints three signs leading into her town with controversial messages directed at the Chief of Police. Soon after, conflicts escalate between the mother and the police.

The Greatest Showman (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, ©2018)
A musical about P.T. Barnum and his rags to riches story. Trying to make a better life for his family, he goes far beyond what he or anyone else could imagine by creating “The Greatest Show On Earth.”

Phantom Thread (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, ©2018)
A dark romantic comedy set in 1950s post-war London. A highly regarded dressmaker meets a strong-willed woman who becomes his muse and lover, and disrupts his well-ordered life.

The Shape of Water (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, ©2018)
A lonely woman who works as a janitor at a top-secret research facility develops a unique relationship with an amphibious creature being held there.


The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Harper Audio ©2018) Note: the book is also available in the Browsing Collection.
Xiomara Batista, a young woman in Harlem, developed a tough exterior in order to survive in her neighborhood and her mother’s strict rules. She unleashes her thoughts, frustrations, and passion into a leather notebook. When she’s invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems though she risks alienating her mother.

The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding (Penguin Random House Audio, ©2016)
Award-winning Guardian reporter Luke Harding tells the story of Edward Snowden starting with the day he left the country with his hard-drive full of secrets to his battle for asylum and exile in Moscow.

Two Kinds of Truth: A Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly (Hachette Audio, ©2017)
The murder of a young pharmacist takes Detective Harry Bosch deep into the big business of pill mills and prescription drug abuse. While investigating this murder, an old case Bosch worked while employed at the Los Angeles Police Department comes back to haunt him.

Database updates

Asahi Shinbun Dejitaru
Note: Access to Asahi shinbun dejitaru limited to 5 concurrent users
Asahi Shinbun Dejitaru is the newspaper database for Asahi Shinbun, one of the national databases of Japan. Searchable contents exist for the past year.

Maisaku: Mainichi shinbun detabesu
Access to the online full-text, Japanese language database of Mainichi shinbun (1872 (Meiji 5)- ). The database also includes Mainichi Daily News (June 2008- ), Shukan Ekonomisuto (October 1989- ), the public opinion poll conducted by Mainichi Shinbunsha (1945- ), Mainichi yoron chosa, and the company history "'Mainichi' no 3-seiki".

Meiji shinbun zasshi bunko
The Meiji Shunbun Zasshi Bunko is a database for searching the University of Tokyo's holdings of newspapers and magazines from the Meiji era. They also provide images of the Nishiki Shumbun newspaper.

Newspaper Clippings Collection
The Newspaper Clippings Collection is a database of Japanese newspaper clippings organized by the Kobe University Library. The clippings range from the last years of the Meiji era (1912) until midway through the Showa era (1945).

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