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In the Stacks: April 2015

May 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Every spring we invite the graduating student library employees to choose a book, film, or other material to add to the collection in their honor.

This year we send our congratulations to seven students! Good luck and best wishes!

These items will be on display until after Commencement, then available for checkout.

 

From the Archives

837 College Street in 1982 and 1985, respectively.

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Book Review by Pegg Stoddard

In the Stacks May 15

People of the Book: A Novel

by Geraldine Brooks

Some of our most interesting conversations in the Anthropology Material Culture course this semester have revolved around the idea that the life-history of an object has historical and humanistic significance which is renegotiated through the life of an object and is an integral part of human action and interaction. People of the Book, is a wonderful tale, inspired by a true story, that follows the journey of the Sarajevo Haggadah, a priceless 600-year-old Jewish prayer book that has been salvaged from a destroyed Bosnian library. The story straddles present day conservation efforts and the historical past - back into European wars, the Inquisition, with a glimpse of the families lives that were impacted by the little book.

In a New York Times book review, Brooks explains that little is known about this book, except that it has been saved from destruction on at least three occasions: twice by Muslims and once by a Roman Catholic priest. Building on these fragments of information, Brooks has created a fictional history that moves to Sarajevo in 1940, then back to late-19th-century Vienna, 15th-century Venice, Catalonia during the Spanish Inquisition and finally Seville in 1480, the new home of the artist responsible for the Haggadah’s illuminations.

I am sure you will find this to be a truly great read, particularly if you are interested in anthropology, museum studies, creative writing, and/or history.

This Month in Acquisitions

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