Check out PVCC’s Library Picks for Good Reads and Featured Films
While we can’t go to movies, restaurants and sporting events, there’s no better time like the present to hunker down with a good book or watch a film. Paradise Valley Community College’s Librarian Paula Crossman suggests checking out the following:
- July 16th was the 69th anniversary of the publication of Catcher in the Rye. If you’re a fan, try The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy : A Book for Bastards, Morons, and Madmen
- More people are staying home and cooking more, hence fighting the “Quarantine 15.” Learn how to: Air Fry Everything : Foolproof Recipes for Fried Favorites and Easy Fresh Ideas
- Use this time at home to harness your creativity. Check out some of the prompts in The Creative Journal : The Art of Finding Yourself to get your creative juices flowing.
- To understand the current moment in race relations, we have to understand our past. This autobiography of Frederick Douglass is a great place to start: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: This edition includes a study guide to help understand the text. Or try The Racial Healing Handbook : Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing
- One more, relevant to the ongoing movement, explore one or ten or all of these essays which explore Black lives in America. Includes essays on Colin Kaepernick, BLM, and the rise of white nationalism. Keepin' It Real : Essays on Race in Contemporary America:
Looking for more variety? Here is a link to a list on GoodReads:
- Missing baseball this summer? Take yourself out to the ballpark by watching this oldie but goodie: A League of Their Own.
- You thought you had cabin fever? Imagine how Jimmy Stewart feels by watching this suspenseful Hitchcock classic: Rear Window.
- Want to learn more about the faught history of policing and Black people? Check out this documentary which explores why unarmed people of color have been shot and killed by police officers. When Justice Isn't Just.
- Stranger Fruit: An Investigation into the Death of Michael Brown: told through the lens of his family, a personal account of how police violence led to the death of their son.
- Show Me Democracy: Student Activism Amidst the Uprising in Ferguson: Explores how students in St. Louis advocated for policy changes after Ferguson.
Join PVCC’s Book Club - PVReads
PVCC also has its own virtual book club - PVReads! This summer we’ve been enjoying Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. PVReads fall session will begin at the end of September or early October, virtually. Michelle Bielick, one of PVCC’s Residential Reading Faculty, said that starting a month or so after the beginning of the semester gives students a chance to get into their classes and settle, before starting extracurricular reading. We will announce the new book we will be reading on PVCC’s social media, so stay tuned!
Find out more about PVReads by contacting Michelle at: firstname.lastname@example.org.