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Written by Jan Kline six months ago

My Sister’s Keeper? All My Puny Sorrows, by Miriam Toews


Hearing the set-up for this novel made me wonder if I was made of stern enough stuff to get through it. Yoli, a divorced woman in her forties, with plenty of her own problems, has to repeatedly try to talk

Written by Jan Kline nine months ago

Admission, by Jean Hanff Korelitz

L to R, screenwriter Karen Croner, actress Tina Fey, novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz

After careening through her latest novel, You Should Have Known, I was excited to learn that Jean Hanff Korelitz had quite a few earlier books. Admission appealed to me immediately because of its setting — academia — and the fact

Written by Jan Kline ten months ago

Us, by David Nicholls


Sad and funny is one of my favorite combinations in a novel, and this one has the perfect balance.

Written by Jan Kline one year ago

Two books, two marriages, two psychopaths: You Should Have Known, and Gone Girl


These two books could put you off marriage altogether. Every married person has the occasional “who ARE you??” moment with their spouse, but both of these books take it to extremes.

Written by Jan Kline one year ago

Amy Falls Down, by Jincy Willett


Amy Gallup is a crotchety, misanthropic 60-year-old author and writing teacher who would strongly prefer to be left alone. At home. With her basset hound, Alphonse. (Her mantra, in Willett’s prequel, The Writing Class: Kill Me Now).

Written by Wendy Myren one year ago

More from the Sinsheimer Family letters: from civil war to earthquake

The Shinsheimer Bros. storefront on Monterey Street in downtown San Luis Obispo, c. 1925 (Sinsheimer Family Correspondence, Special Collections and Archives, California Polytechnic State University, 036-8-e-123-05-02)

Wendy Myren is a history graduate student (Spring ‘15) completing an internship in Special Collections and Archives. She is working on a project to organize the correspondence of the Sinsheimer family of San Luis Obispo. This is the second in

Written by Karen Lauritsen one year ago

Judy Drake recognized for her support of Cal Poly’s Black Faculty and Staff Association

Photo of Judy with award

This summer, Cal Poly’s Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) recognized Judy Drake for her tireless efforts in support of both students and the BFSA. Judy is a library services specialist in Access Services, and has been serving the students

Written by Jan Kline one year ago

The Antagonist, by Lynn Coady


The novel made up entirely of letters isn’t a new form. But the email novel is a newer development — not that there aren’t already enough examples of them out there to make writing one a potentially slippery slope ending

Written by Karen Lauritsen one year ago

Kaila Bussert named new Foundational Experiences Librarian


Kaila Bussert joined Cal Poly on July 7 as the new Foundational Experiences Librarian. Kaila will work across the campus to develop instructional and recreational programming to support the development of competencies and literacies that are the underpinning of a

Written by Karen Lauritsen one year ago

Kennedy Library collaborating with Graphic Communication on new Wadewitz Collection

The June 1902 cover for The Inland Printer, an important industry trade journal published for over six decades.

Kennedy Library has been working with the Graphic Communication department in the College of Liberal Arts on a recent gift to Cal Poly, the E.H. Wadewitz Collection, donated by the Printing Industries of America.

Written by Jan Kline one year ago

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt


It took eight months of waiting, but finally the library copy of The Goldfinch stayed on the shelf long enough for me to get my mitts on it. As it was, I had to jerk it out of my sister’s

Written by Karen Lauritsen one year ago

Deeper access to the research you need: 250+ journals now available

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This post is written by Tim Strawn, director of information resources. Using a data-driven evaluative process, Kennedy Library, with special one-time funds, purchased perpetual access to a large number of high-demand electronic journal back files. This means that faculty, students

Written by Jan Kline a few days ago

Purity, by Jonathan Franzen


Jonathan Franzen has a way of pissing some people off. Popular author Jennifer Weiner, for example, has been in a feud with him for years, and invented the term “Franzenfreude,” defined as “the frustration with literary critics’ apparent preference for

Written by Karen Lauritsen a few weeks ago

Cinematic and Statistical Resources for Teaching and Research: Kanopy and Statista

Kennedy Library has two new information resources to support your teaching and research. Media streaming with Kanopy The first is Kanopy, a media streaming service that offers 12,000 films and videos from more than 800 filmmakers. Their key partners include

Written by Karen Lauritsen a few weeks ago

Sheree Fu named Cal Poly engineering librarian

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Sheree Fu joined Cal Poly on September 1, 2015 as the engineering librarian at the Robert E. Kennedy Library. Sheree has worked across the disciplines to support interdisciplinary discovery and research as a data services specialist, a research and development librarian,

Written by Karen Lauritsen a few weeks ago

Adriana Popescu named associate dean for academic services at Cal Poly

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Adriana Popescu joined the Robert E. Kennedy Library on September 1, 2015, as associate dean for academic services. She will lead a team of ten faculty librarians and professional staff who together offer every Cal Poly student and faculty member digital

Written by Kaylee Scoggins Herring two months ago

Mr. Hearst and Miss Morgan

Intern Kaylee is digitizing correspondence in the Julia Morgan Papers

Kaylee Scoggins Herring is a recent college graduate and an intern in Special Collections and Archives. This summer she is working on a project to digitize and make accessible online the correspondence between architect Julia Morgan and newspaper publisher William Randolph

Written by Zach Vowell two months ago

A new era for Cal Poly’s archives

San Luis Obispo, panoramic view from Terrace Hill, 1907 [composite]

Since 2008, Kennedy Library has made our special collections and archives available online at digital.lib.calpoly.edu, using a digital asset management system called CONTENTdm. This system served the library well in our early attempts to provide basic access to our digitized

Written by Jan Kline two months ago

Your Face in Mine, by Jess Row


It’s hard to believe that this book came out almost a year before the Rachel Dolezal controversy. In what novelist Karen Russell calls “a postcard from the near future,” Jess Row has written a riveting novel about “racial reassignment surgery,”

Written by Jan Kline two months ago

The Harder They Come, by T.C. Boyle


T.C. Boyle is usually merciless towards his characters, giving a variety of viewpoints an equal opportunity skewering. This time out, I felt he betrayed a little twinge of empathy in his description of some admittedly extreme characters. He doesn’t idealize

Written by Rachel Scott four months ago

Cal Poly Authors: Collaborations in Architecture and Engineering

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Friday, May 29, architect Clare Olsen and engineer Sinead Mac Namara spoke about their book, Collaborations in Architecture and Engineering at Conversations with Cal Poly Authors. Olsen is assistant professor of architecture at Cal Poly and Mac Namara is associate professor at Syracuse University. Mac

Written by Soquel Filice five months ago

Reflections on Cal Poly’s Home Economics Department: Part I


This post is written by Soquel Filice (HIST ’15), a Student Assistant in Special Collections and Archives who is investigating the experiences of women at Cal Poly through the decades. Want to know more about the history of women at Cal