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Get 'Em While They're Fresh: New Books for February

by Geoff Pettys 2/22/2013 8:49:00 AM

My Beloved World CoverSonia Sotomayor’s biography seems as though it were written as a screenplay; a life ready-made for a film adaptation. Raised in a housing project in the Bronx by an alcoholic father who died when she was nine, and diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at a young age, Sotomayor worked through her turbulent childhood and went on to graduate from Princeton and Yale Law School, and eventually become the first Latino appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Her story is an inspiring and wonderfully told tale of overcoming obstacles to achieve greatness. Mark my words, Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir, My Beloved World, will be adapted into a biopic before long. So read the book now, it’s well worth it! Available in Loop campus popular reading collection, Call Number: 347.73 S7185m2013  

Lucky Stikes & a Three Martini Lunch CoverI'll admit I got on the Mad Men wagon a little late, and I am still not entirely convinced that the show is as good as people say it is. Still, my love of mixing pop culture and philosophy wouldn’t allow me to pass up this new collection of essays, Lucky Strikes and a Three Martini Lunch: Thinking about Television’s Mad Men. This collection explores the must-praised series and its contribution to modern cultural discourse. Among other topics, this book examines the show’s nostalgia-inducing power, questions of identity, and of course sexuality and power. If you’re a fan of Mad Men, or a fan of over-analyzing pop culture, check out Lucky Strike and a Three-Martini Lunch, available at the Loop campus library, Call Number: 791.4572 L9419 

Power, Knowledge, AnimalsI have a profound love for animals – and have for as long as I can remember. I also love “ivory-tower” debates about the nature of truth, knowledge, and power – and have since, well, college. Lisa Johnson’s new book, Power, Knowledge, Animals, brings these two things that I adore together into one intriguing exploration of animals and humanity's knowledge-production processes about them. Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series, this book is perfect for animal lovers and Foucauldian philosophers alike. Available at the John T. Richardson Library, Call Number: 304.2 J679P

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