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Month: February 2020 (Page 1 of 3)

Black History Month Must Reads (vol. 4)

In celebration of Black History Month,  the TWU History Department has recommended a list of books to help us learn about and honour the accomplishments of blacks throughout history and appreciate the diversity of our community.

Each week during the month of February, TWU Library will be highlighting these important and foundational works.

We hope that you will check out these titles!

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
This novel from award-winning author tells the story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehesi Coates.
This title offers a powerful new framework for understanding American history and current racial crisis. The author attempts to answer racial questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder.

Blackpentecostal Breath:  The Aesthetics of Possibility (ebook) by Ashon T. Crawley.
This tile engages a wide range of critical paradigms from black studies, queer theory, and sound studies to theology, continental philosophy, and performance studies to theorize the ways in which alternative or “otherwise” modes of existence can serve as disruptions against the marginalization of and violence against minoritarian lifeworlds and possibilities for flourishing.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah.
This title is one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom. This is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist.

The Hanging of Angelique:  Canada, Slavery and the Burning of Montreal by Afua Cooper.
This work re-tells the astonishing story of Marie-Joseph Angélique, a slave woman convicted of starting a fire that destroyed a large part of Montréal in April 1734 and condemned to die a brutal death.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.
This novel captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.”

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skoot.
This novel tells the story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more.

So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo.
This title offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy, from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans, has put a media spotlight on racism in our society.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.
This title chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. The author captures their first treacherous and exhausting cross-country trips by car and train and their new lives in colonies that grew into ghettos, as well as how they changed these cities with southern food, faith, and culture and improved them with discipline, drive, and hard work. 

We Should all be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
In this personal, eloquently-argued essay, adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, the author explores what it means to be a woman, and puts forth a rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

APA 7th Edition Announcement

Last October, APA went into its 7th edition.  Not everyone are using APA, but a heads up for you who are:

The Library’s OneSearch system and databases like PsycInfo, have a citation feature that can
generate APA citations.  The EBSCO platform that runs these databases has gone to the 7th edition.  Many students will now be presenting reference lists using APA 7th edition, since many of the students rely on the citation generator featured in the Library’s databases.

This update means:

  1. Articles with a doi use the preface https:// before the doi.
  2. Articles with no doi now have no URL, just the bare bones citation ending with page numbers.
  3. Books no longer indicate place of publication, only the publisher name.

For more information on the main changes in APA 7th edition, please visit

For crib notes and sample papers in APA 7th edition, visit our related research guide, which has information on both APA 6th and 7th editions.


New Titles Tuesday, February 25

In the past week 38 titles were added to the Norma Marion Alloway Library’s collection; below is a sample. Click on the link for more information.

If a print title states that it is “In Storage”,  place a “Hold” and the title will be ready during a week day in 24 hours.

Check out these new titles today!

Asia’s cultural mosaic: an anthropological introduction /Grant Evans, editor.
This introductory text provides anthropological perspectives on Asian cultures that are not culturally biased to western views and speaks on themes such as kinship, the economy, gender, and religion to name a few.

Behind closed doors: a startling story of Exclusive Brethren life /Ngaire Thomas.
This title gives a firsthand account of one family’s experience in the Exclusive Brethren community in New Zealand. The author tells of the struggles her family went through in order to remain within this close but challenging community.

God among sages: why Jesus is not just another religious leader /Kenneth Richard Samples.
This title offers readers a biblical and historical portrait of Jesus, grounded in the claims Jesus makes about himself. The author compares and contrasts Jesus with Buddha, Krishna, Confucius, and Muhammad.

Life’s ultimate questions: exploring the stories that shape our everyday (TWU Content) /Jake Wiens.
This book is presented as “core-curriculum” for young adults and new believers alike, who wish to not only survive but thrive as Christians in our challenging, secular, atheistic culture.


Pain and pretending /Rich Buhler.
This revised and expanded volume looks at how child abuse affects its victims into their adult lives, describes steps toward recovery, and discusses the importance of forgiveness. 

The organized mind: thinking straight in the age of information overload /Daniel J. Levitin.
The author explains uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how driven people excel, and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time.

Stolen continents: the new world through Indian eyes /Ronald Wright.
This title is an account of the history and consequences of European invasion and rule that quotes from the authentic speech and writings of five peoples–Aztec, Maya, Inca, Cherokee, and Iroquois–through 500 years. 

Vanished boyhood /George Stern.
This memoir recounts the life of George Stern, a Hungarian Jew, and growing up during the Second World War He refuses to wear the Jewish star. “Passing” as a Christian boy, he survives the siege of Budapest. After the war, George leaves Europe for Israel and fights in the War of Independence

Who was Adam?: a creation model approach to the origin of man /Fazale Rana with Hugh Ross.
This title introduces a testable scientific model for humanity’s origin–a Biblical model–that sheds light on the latest findings on evolution and the origins of man.

Your LNAP Event Line-Up – February 24

The Norma Marion Alloway Library and Learning Commons is staying open till midnight for Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP).

WhenMonday, February 24
Time6:30 PM to Midnight

LNAP comes on the Monday right after the February Reading Break. So, whether you take a break from reading or for reading, the Long Night Against Procrastination will give you a jump start on the busy last half of the term.

Your LNAP event line-up includes:

6:00 – 8:00 pm           Career Counselling
6:00 – 11:30 pm        Moodle & WordPress Support
6:00 – 11:30 pm       Research Help Desk
6:00 – 11:30 pm       Writing Centre
7:00 – 8:00 pm          Explore TWU Archives
7:00 – 9:30 pm          Therapy Dogs

In addition, we will be serving coffee, tea and snacks!

See you at LNAP!



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