Book Reviews: July 4th Weekend Reads

June 26th, 2015

The 4th of July is often the hottest period of the summer. This year it is bound to be a roaster. Over this holiday week, Fuqua staff traditionally borrow multitudinous movies on DVD/BluRay to watch comfortably indoors in air conditioning while the food sweats on the grill outside. Movies are great, but readers, the library has more to offer than that. Remember books? Here are 3 unusual titles to add a little fireworks to the holiday.

book cover imageAriely, Dan. Irrationally yours : on missing socks, pick-up lines and other existential puzzles. HarperCollins, 2015.

Fuqua faculty member Dan Ariely writes a column “Ask Ariely” for the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal. Like any advice columnist, Ariely helps his readers solve personal problems and make good decisions. He analyzes his readers’ own puzzling behavior and the actions of co-workers, family and friends. In Irrationally Yours, Ariely expands his answers to questions published in the Journal since 2012, presenting issues such as why people complain; how to select the best stall in a public restroom; and whether it is worth the money to buy an expensive car.

book cover imageHeti, Sheila, Heidi Julavits & 639 others. Women in clothes. Blue Rider Press, 2014.

Months ago, I ordered the new book Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton and 639 others, thinking it was a book about the fashion industry. It is not. Instead it is an accumulation of writing by women about their clothing choices and personal style. More than 600 women participated in this work, which describes how the clothes we wear express our values and reveal our inner selves. Hundreds of brief personal stories and photographs lend an authenticity to this delightful work.

book cover imageKuhn, Reed. Fightnomics : the hidden numbers and science in mixed martial arts… Graybeard Publishing, 2013.

Strategy consultant and Fuqua 2006 MBA alumnus Reed Kuhn specialized in strategy and decision sciences while at Duke. He has been hooked on professional mixed martial arts (MMA) since he began watching the Ultimate Fighter series on television as a teenager. He recently published a new book, FightNomics, which uses the tools of decision sciences to test common assumptions about the sport. Kuhn’s data analysis advances a deeper understanding of the sport, and can be used to develop fight strategies or to predict outcomes.

© Meg Trauner & Ford Library – Fuqua School of Business.
All rights reserved.

New Movies for June: Part 2

June 18th, 2015

Here are the rest of our new DVD titles for this month:

Still AlicePenny Dreadful DVD cover
Jupiter Ascending
McFarland, USA
Penny Dreadful, season 1

You may browse the entire DVD collection via the library catalog.

New Movies for June: Part 1

June 12th, 2015

Here are the first of our new DVD titles for the month:

Maya the Bee Orange DVD Cover
Orange is the New Black, season 2
American Sniper
Fifty Shades of Grey
Seventh Son
Spare Parts

You may browse the entire DVD collection via the library catalog.

Fuqua Staff Book Recommendations

June 11th, 2015

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The Ford Library adds 100 books to the collection each month. It takes teamwork to build a library collection – specialists who select, purchase, catalog and process the materials. Sometimes Fuqua staff members from other departments help by recommending titles that our students want to read. Willie Green from the Admissions Office recommends more titles than any other staff member outside the library and he has great taste!

Here are some of the books that Willie has recommended in the last 60 days:

Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs By David B. Yoffie

Print collection and OverDrive ebook

Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses “No, But” Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration–Lessons from The Second City By Kelly Leonard

Print collection, OverDrive ebook, OverDrive audiobook

Money: Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom By Tony Robbins

Print collection and OverDrive audiobook

Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock

Print collection, Audio CD, OverDrive audiobook, OverDrive ebook

Exist No More: The Art of Squeezing The Most Out of Life by Detavio Samuels

Print collection

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Print collection, OverDrive audiobook

© Meg Trauner & Ford Library – Fuqua School of Business.
All rights reserved.

New Movies for May: Part 2

May 26th, 2015

Here are the remainder of this month’s new DVD titles:

Maps to the Stars Selma DVD cover
Mr. Turner
A Most Violent Year
The Wedding Ringer
Winter Sleep
You’re Not You
Boy Meets Girl
The Last Five Years

You may browse the entire DVD collection via the library catalog.

New Movies for May: Part 1

May 20th, 2015

Here are the first of the new DVD titles for May:

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The Babadook
Big Eyes
Black or White
Black Sea
The Boy Next Door
The Immigrant
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken
Life Inside Out
Little Accidents
Living is Easy With Eyes Closed
Lost River

You may browse the entire DVD collection via the library catalog.

Movies You May Have Missed: The TV Edition

May 8th, 2015

We usually focus on movies for these posts, but TV shows have become just as popular so here are a few worth checking out. We have at least one season of all three.

  • Alpha House is a political comedy written by Gary Trudeau and released by Amazon. Four Republican senators rent a house in D.C. while Congress is in session, and their misadventures fuel seasons one and two. John Goodman plays the starring role as Senator Gil John Biggs from North Carolina, and the series features a slew of high profileLost Girl DVD cover
    guest stars like Wanda Sykes, Amy Sedaris and Stephen Cobert.
  • Lost Girl, one of our genre entries, is best described as fantasy/detective show about a succubus, Bo, and her human sidekick, Kenzi. Bo was raised as a human so she leaves a trail of dead lovers behind her until a random encounter leads her to discover her link to a supernatural race of beings call Fae. This Canadian series is great fun as Bo tries to uncover the secrets of her past.
  • Orphan Black is another Canadian genre show with a more sci-fi focus. As the show opens protaganist Sarah witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. On the run from a bad relationship, Sarah assumes the woman’s identity but soon learns she’s jumped from the frying pan into the fire. She and the dead woman are clones, they have several “sisters”, and someone is trying to kill them all off. SAG award-winning actress Tatiana Maslany plays all of the clones who look identical but act very differently.

Using Library Resources During Summer Break

April 29th, 2015

mba on the beachCongratulations on finishing the final Term of the year! This post will fill our rising Second Years in on what Library resources, both print and online, will be available to you during summer break.

Using Library Databases During An Internship

The key point to consider when using library databases is to avoid the transfer of entire reports, articles, or data content from academically licensed databases to your summer employer. Transferring database content to a summer employer breaches our license with the vendor; and could cost the breaching user, and all of Fuqua, their access to the database.

Using databases to prepare for your internship without the transfer of content may be permissible. Please review the examples of appropriate and inappropriate use described on our web site; and email us if you have any questions.

Carlton Brown, Associate Director & IT Services Manager

Print, Audiobook, and E-Reader Use During the Summer

Leaving North Carolina for all or most of the summer? Don’t forget to return library items before you leave town.

Why? If the book you borrowed is recalled for use by another patron, you’ll need to ship it back to Ford Library. If you aren’t able to ship it back, you should know that recall fines are $3/day.

If you are borrowing a Kindle, you do get a guaranteed 4 week loan, but they can’t be renewed after that. Audiobooks are just 2 week loans.

Thank you for returning library materials before you leave!

Amy Brennan – Collection Services Librarian

Book Review: Age of Ambition

April 22nd, 2015

book cover imageOsnos, Evan. Age of ambition : chasing fortune, truth, and faith in the new China. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.

One week from today, a group of 104 Fuqua students will depart from Durham for Fuqua’s China GATE, a unique opportunity for an academic/cultural experience in Asia’s vibrant superpower.  Among the group are Fuqua staff members Chris Shull (Accounting)  and world traveler Linda McCormick from the Ford Library.   Everyone who signed up for the trip has been preparing for months.  And the Ford Library helped, by purchasing  a collection of books that can help voyagers get the most out of their experience.

One of the best new books is Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos, Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker from 2008-13 and resident of China since 2005.  He has been observing the profound changes in everyday life for Chinese people resulting from the sweeping transformation in the economic sector.  Osnos uses the stories of everyday people to explain how life for the average Chinese person is changing.

Central to the story is the Chinese Communist Party, ruling the world’s largest authoritarian state for over 65 years.  Forty years ago, an individual had no choice in where to live or what to do for work; whom to marry or how many children to bear.  People had no opportunity to build a business or to travel outside of China.  When all of this began to change beginning in the 1980’s, tremendous risks and opportunities were created.  People began to imagine a better life for themselves.  They took steps to realize their aspirations.  Ambition was no longer a negative quality.

Osnos uses irony as he observes the inconsistencies that come with rapid change.  Chinese culture is deeply influenced by the group and the ideas of freedom and individuality take time to assimilate.  A favorite portrait in the book is a young woman who leaves her village for better opportunities in the city.  She begins a successful online dating website, a revolutionary idea as the traditional way to find a spouse is through the services of a village matchmaker. The goal of her business to avoid the pitfalls of matchmaking, and to offer to young clients a personal choice in potential mates.  Yet the entrepreneur becomes known as “China’s No. 1 Matchmaker.”  Her company is called Beautiful Destiny, while the idea of destiny is the antithesis of choice.

While the Party supports the economic progress that new freedoms have provided, it is reluctant to accommodate liberty as a potential threat to its survival.  Censorship and propaganda are two tools used to retain power yet in the age of the internet, ordinary people are connected in new ways, making it difficult to control information.  And as Chinese people prosper, they want to know more about the world around them.

This remarkable book is recommended for most readers.  If you are going on the China GATE trip, the insights in The Age of Ambition will bring more meaning to your personal observations.  And if you are staying in the U.S., the book is a readable sojourn into one of the most fascinating countries on the globe.

This book is also available as an eBook on OverDrive as well as on the Business Best Seller Kindles in the Ford Library.

Bon voyage and take care.  Wishing you the trip of a lifetime.

© Meg Trauner & Ford Library – Fuqua School of Business.
All rights reserved.

Movies for April: Part 2

April 17th, 2015

Here the remainder of our new DVD titles for the month:

Night at the Museum: Secret of the TombInterstellar DVD cover
Penguins of Madagascar
Imitation Game
Out of the Dark
The Rewrite

You may browse the entire DVD collection via the library catalog.