New Fiction and Graphic Novels—Available for Spring Break
By Gerald Dierkes
Looking for something new to read over spring break, maybe a comedy? The library catalog offers so many award-winning titles of contemporary fiction, you may have trouble deciding.
The “Google Preview” link , now appearing in many books’ catalog records, can help you decide. This new feature connects you to a summary, reviews and other useful information about a particular book.
Damned: Life Is Short, Death Is Forever by Chuck Palahniuk
Wise Children by Angela Carter
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
In the Name of Salomé by Julia Alvarez
The Green Corn Rebellion by William Cunningham
Panorama by H. G. Adler
The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason
Stories set in the United States:
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Where the Line Bleeds by Jesmyn Ward
Stories set in other countries:
Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz
The Tremor of Forgery by Patricia Highsmith
Solace by Belinda McKeon
Spidertown by Abraham Rodriguez
Dragon Chica by May-Lee Chai
Oil on Water by Helon Habila
Ice Trilogy by Vladimir Sorokin
Novels that defy categories (!):
Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
Zone One by Colson Whitehead
A Tomb on the Periphery by John Domini
There Is No Year by Blake Butler
Bound by Antonya Nelson
The Privileges by Jonathan Dee
Model Home by Eric Puchner
Something to Tell You by Hanif Kureishi
The Pale King: an Unfinished Novel by David Foster Wallace
Randy Lopez Goes Home by Rudolfo A. Anaya
The Passages of H.M.: a Novel of Herman Melville by Jay Parini
The Black Album; with, “My son the fanatic” and a Short Story by Hanif Kureishi
Short story collections:
The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories by Don DeLillo
Before the End, After the Beginning by Dagoberto Gilb
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans
Read the fiction and poetry of the writers featured in the 14th annual Villanova Literary Festival:
Graphic novels based on great literary classics:
King Lear: a Play by William Shakespeare
Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment: a Graphic Novel
Such graphic novels may help you apprehend a story and its characters before you delve into the original texts. They may also provide an uncommon perspective by emphasizing certain elements of a story.
Guides that use the graphic-novel format to explain complex, scientific topics:
The Manga Guide to Biochemistry
The Manga Guide to the Universe
Here is one search strategy to help you find addition titles:
1. From the library home page, click the “Search” tab.
2. Click on Books & More and then the Advanced Search link.
3. Fill in the fields as indicated below. This will provide a list of titles ordered for the English department in 2011 that have the word Novel in the title and Fiction as a Subject. Some, but not all, will be recent novels added to the library. Insert Stories instead of Novel for short story collections.
Substitute “12eng” for the first term to obtain a list of titles ordered for the English department in 2012.
And please, let us know in the “Comments” below what new fiction you would like us to order.
Also contributing: Luisa Cywinski
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I recommend Chad Harbach’s novel, THE ART OF FIELDING. It has been well reviewed and recommended by several whose taste I respect.