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SCL Boredom-Buster #10: “Hard Times Require Furious Dancing,” by Alice Walker

A very happy Friday to you all! We conclude our week of summer reading recommendations in poetry with the following new title:


Hard times require furious dancing, by Alice Walker, and available here at the SCL.

  • “Pulitzer Prize-winning author Walker (‘The Color Purple’) confronts personal and collective challenges in words that dance, sing, and heal, in this new collection of poems.” (Source: Syndetic Solutions)

Missed any of our previous Boredom-Busters posts? Not to worry, here’s a quick recap of this week’s picks:

Enjoy! Next week our Anti-Boredom Month series continues with recommendations in non-fiction…. Until then, we hope you all have a fabulous weekend! 🙂

SCL Boredom-Buster #9: “Starting today : 100 poems for Obama’s first 100 days”

Today’s boredom-busting SCL pick features yet another innovative poetry project, first published online as a collective artistic response to Barack Obama’s first one hundred days as U.S. President:

Starting today: 100 poems for Obama’s first 100 days, edited by Rachel Zucker & Arielle Greenberg, and available here at the SCL. You can also check out the blog that started it all here.

  • “Starting Today contains 100 poems written during-and responding to-Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office. The poems included in this anthology, except for Elizabeth Alexander’s inauguration poem, were all written no more than a day before they appeared on the popular blog “Starting Today: Poems for the First 100 Days” . The result is a work that documents the political and personal events of those crucial days through a variety of contemporary poetic voices, from the ebullient to the admiring, from the pithy to the loquacious. . . Difficult to categorize but easy to enjoy, the poems in Starting Today offer something for every type of poetry reader, from the novice to the seasoned. This smart, timely collection offers a swirling portrait of the American Zeitgeist-a poetic reportage that demonstrates spontaneity, collaboration, immediacy, and accessibility.” (Source: Syndetic Solutions)

Happy reading! We hope you’ll tune back in tomorrow for our final poetry recommendation of the month. 🙂

SCL Boredom-Buster #8: “Red: Contemporary Black British Poetry”

Yesterday‘s SCL summer reading recommendation featured poems resulting from a single author’s writing project – to compose first thing in the morning. Today’s poetry selection comes from across the pond and features myriad poets responding to a single prompt: the word “red.” Check out:


Red: Contemporary Black British Poetry, edited by Kwame Dawes, and available here at the Stone Center Library.

  • “Inspired by the word ‘red,’ this collection of poems written by black British writers–including both established authors and new, exciting poets–explores the subjects and ideas stirred by a single trigger, from the word’s usual associations with blood, violence, passion, and anger, as well as with sensuality and sexuality, to more surprising interpretations such as the link to a particular mood, the quality of light in the sky, the color of skin, and the sound of a song. This remarkable compilation succeeds in generating poems that find an intriguing resonance with each other while also revealing images and themes unique to the individual poets.” (Source: Syndetic Solutions)

Enjoy! And tune in tomorrow as our series of Boredom-Busters continues! 🙂

SCL Boredom-Buster #7: “Wake-up calls: 66 morning poems”

Good morning, faithful readers!

Last week we kick-started our Boredom-Busters series of summer reading recommendations with selections in fiction. This week, we’ll be highlighting picks in poetry.

Today, the Stone Center Library recommends:

Wake-up calls: 66 morning poems, by Wanda Phipps, and available here at the Library.

  • “A collection of Wanda Phipps’s best poems from her writing project in which she wrote every day right after she awoke, Wake-Up Calls is a fascinating reflection of the many different moods a person can have in the morning and a very personal glimpse into the author’s life (she was moving into a new home at the time). Phipps explores issues of identity and self with a freshness of voice and imagery fortuitously captured in the state between dreaming and fully waking up.” (Source: Syndetic Solutions)

Happy reading, and remember to check back in tomorrow for Boredom-Buster #8! Interested in following up on one of our previous selections? Click here for the rest of the series.

FRIDAY (triple) FEATURE: SCL Boredom-Busters #4-6

Happy Friday, everyone! To celebrate the upcoming weekend, the Stone Center Library recommends not one, not two, but technically THREE books today:

The African Trilogy* by Chinua Achebe, and available here at the Stone Center Library.

  • “Here, collected for the first time in Everyman’s Library, are the three internationally acclaimed classic novels that comprise what has come to be known as Chinua Achebe’s ‘African Trilogy.’ Beginning with the best-selling Things Fall Apart –on the heels of its fiftieth anniversary– The African Trilogy captures a society caught between its traditional roots and the demands of a rapidly changing world. Achebe’s most famous novel introduces us to Okonkwo, an important member of the Igbo people, who fails to adjust as his village is colonized by the British. In No Longer at Ease we meet his grandson, Obi Okonkwo, a young man who was sent to a university in England and has returned, only to clash with the ruling elite to which he now believes he belongs. Arrow of God tells the story of Ezuelu, the chief priest of several Nigerian villages, and his battle with Christian missionaries. In these masterful novels, Achebe brilliantly sets universal tales of personal and moral struggle in the context of the tragic drama of colonization.” (Source: Syndetic Solutions)

*Things Fall ApartNo Longer At Ease | Arrow of God

Interested in learning more about the author and/or his work? We also have Chinua Achebe, teacher of light : a biography; The Chinua Achebe encyclopedia; and Chinua Achebe’s Things fall apart : a casebook, among others.

Missed any of our previous Boredom Buster selections? Check them out here.

SCL Boredom-Buster #3: MIDNIGHT: A Gangster Love Story

Today’s Stone Center Library pick is:

MIDNIGHT: A Gangster Love Story, by Sister Souljah, and available at both Davis Library and the UL.

  • “Sister Souljah, the hip-hop generation’s number one author and most compelling storyteller, delivers a powerful story about love and loyalty, strength and family. . . Raised in a wealthy, influential, Islamic African family, Midnight enjoys a life of comfort, confidence, and protection. Midnight’s father provides him with a veil of privilege and deep, devoted love, but he never hides the truth about the fierce challenges of the world outside of his estate. So when Midnight’s father’s empire is attacked, he sends Midnight with his mother to the United States. In the streets of Brooklyn, a young Midnight uses his Islamic mind-set and African intelligence to protect the ones he loves, build a business, reclaim his wealth and status, and remain true to his beliefs. Midnight, a handsome and passionate young man, attracts many women. How he interacts and deals with them is a unique adventure. This is a highly sensual and tremendous love story about what a man is willing to risk and give to the women he loves most. Midnight will remain in your mind and beat in your heart for a lifetime. Her ‘raw and true voice’ ( Publishers Weekly ) will both soothe and arouse you. In a beautifully written and masterfully woven story, Sister Souljah has given us Midnight , and solidified her presence as the mother of all contemporary urban literature.” (Source: Syndetic Solutions)

We hope you enjoy this and other selections during our Anti-Boredom Month blitz. In case you missed them the first time, our previous Boredom Busters picks are available here. Enjoy! 🙂

SCL Boredom-Buster #2: “Love, anger, madness: a Haitian triptych”

Good morning, faithful readers! Today’s anti-boredom month Stone Center Library pick is:

Love, anger, madness: a Haitian triptych, by Marie Veiux-Chauvet, and available here at the Library.

  • “Available in English for the first time, Vieux-Chauvet’s stunning trilogy of novellas is a remarkable literary event. In a brilliant translation, “Love, Anger, Madness” is a scathing response to the struggles of race, class, and sex that have ruled Haiti.” (Source: Syndetic Solutions)

Happy reading, and don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for SCL pick #3! 🙂

SCL Picks: July Boredom-Busters!

July is anti-boredom month and here at the Stone Center Library we’re ready to celebrate with a blitz of twenty tomes to help stave off the lethargy of this toasty summer month. This week, we’re starting off our series with recent titles in FICTION. More of a poetry or non-fiction kind of reader? Not to worry, we’ll be branching out in the weeks to come!

Today, the SCL recommends:

Before you suffocate your own fool self, by Danielle Evans

  • “Introducing a new star of her generation, an electric debut story collection about young African-American and mixed-race teens, women, and men struggling to find a place in their families and communities. . .  Striking in their emotional immediacy, the stories in Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self are based in a world where inequality is reality but where the insecurities of adolescence and young adulthood, and the tensions within family and the community, are sometimes the biggest complicating forces in one’s sense of identity and the choices one makes.” (Excerpts from Syndetic Solutions)

Happy reading, and don’t forget to stay tuned for tomorrow’s pick! 🙂