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Staff pick books for National Library Week

The Downtown Phoenix campus Library staff, student workers and librarians are sharing their favorite collection items in an exhibit to celebrate National Library Week, April 8-14.

Library student worker Melovee Easley chose “Night Train to Lisbon” and “I’ll Give You The Sun” as her recommended reads.

“(Night Train to Lisbon) tells a mysterious story that we have all visited at least once in our imaginations,” Easley writes. “It offers us a chance to expand and explore life, love and loneliness through the corners of consciousness.

“It is a rhetorical read that shakes our understanding of how language can define us and the structure of our relationships,” Easley continues. “It exemplifies how escapism influences our reality and challenges the way we interpret life around us.”

Easley’s other pick, “I’ll Give You The Sun,” is …”(an) authentic youth novel (that) leaves you dizzy with affection for the universe’s infinite possibilities. It is a story about our will to survive and represents how an open heart can be a canvas for those to become art.

“It invites you to live authentically and ride the turbulent waves life presents,” she adds. “Each word reads like petals slowly falling off a tree, reminding us to remain light, gentle and a symbol of our own expression.”

Library Information Specialist Senior Jackie Young chose Niccolo Machiavelli’s “The Prince,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and Oscar Wilde’s “A Woman of No Importance” as her top picks.

“Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ is required reading for anyone who wants to understand matters of power and politics,” writes Young. “Although it was written in the 1500s, much of the author’s conclusions and advice still seems to make sense in a world of constant war and shifts in political sentiments.”

“F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ is so compelling,” Young explains, “because unrequited love can happen to anyone and while it is tragic, there is also something beautiful about it that appeals to the romantic heart in so many of us.”

“Google a few quotes from Oscar Wilde’s ‘A Woman of No Importance’ and you will see what sheer fun mixed with deep social commentary is involved in this extraordinary play. The only thing better than reading it is seeing it performed by good stage actors. Here’s one example of dialogue: ‘Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.’”

Health Sciences Librarian Janice Hermer chose John Howard Griffin’s “Black Like Me,” JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” and Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” as her recommendations.

- Jackie Young, Engagement & Learning Services, ASU Library