Book Reviews

Books We Love – Educated: A Memoir

This review is for the last person standing who hasn’t already read this book and needs a little push. OK–maybe you haven’t read it but you have likely heard of it.  How could you not?  As of this writing, the book has been on the NY Times bestseller list 89 weeks and on countless “best […]

Read More

Scary, Hairy, and Just Plain Thrilling: 10 Books about Monsters and Magic to put you in that Halloween Spirit

-Guest blog post by Celia Adams, Senior, and President of HPU’s Book Club Halloween is days away from being upon us, and that means candy, haunted houses, and the chance to scare ourselves silly with that mayhem and mischief this holiday brings. For some of us, the best part is stuffing ourselves with chocolate, and […]

Read More

Books We Love: A Confederacy of Dunces

“When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.” – Jonathan Swift A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole Meet Ignatius J. Reilly, (think “Comic Book Guy” from the Simpsons) a 30-year-old, aspiring writer who lives in his mother’s basement in […]

Read More

Featured Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky

In honor of his 195th birthday on November 11, I’d like to recommend a few titles from one of my favorite authors, Fyodor Dostoevsky. Dostoevsky is probably one of the best known Russian authors of the 19th century. His works often include religious, philosophical, psychological and political themes and focus on individuals on the periphery […]

Read More

Books We Love: The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Reviewed by Alex Frey): Theo Decker is just thirteen years old when his beloved mother is killed in a terrorist attack at the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York City. On his way out of the rubble, Theo rescues The Goldfinch, a 1654 painting by Carel Fabritius and his mother’s […]

Read More

On Display: A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture

At Smith Library… On display this month at HPU Libraries are book selections celebrating the immense role African Americans played in shaping American culture throughout the twentieth century. What would music be today without the transformative voices, musicians, and dancers of early jazz and blues? What would the literary landscape look like without the influence […]

Read More

Books We Love: Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos Sixteen-year-old James Whitman loves poetry, hugging trees, and talking to Dr. Bird, his imaginary therapist. But while James tries to greet each day with a Walt Whitman-esque “yawp,” life hasn’t been the same since his parents, the Banshee and the Brute, kicked his beloved sister Jorie […]

Read More