“The first black Anglican priest to be archbishop of Cape Town, Nobel Peace Prize-winner, witty, fearless and passionate spokesman for justice in South Africa - a hugely controversial figure, he is much loved and much hated. Pastor or self-publicist? Churchman or politician? Peacemaker or rabble-rouser? These are some of the questions that this important biography attempts to answer.”
"Near the start of the nineteenth century, as the newly established United States looked outward toward the wider world, a group of eminent Protestant ministers formed a grand scheme for gathering the rest of mankind into the redemptive fold of Christianity and “civilization.” Its core element was a special school for “heathen youth” drawn from all parts of the earth, including the Pacific Islands, China, India, and, increasingly, the native nations of North America. If all went well, graduates would return to join similar projects in their respective homelands. For some years, the school prospered, indeed became quite famous. However, when two Cherokee students courted and married local women, public resolve—and fundamental ideals—were put to a severe test."
“A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare’s passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger’s cinematic storytelling that makes the novel’s unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.”
Find this and other fun reads in the Popular Fiction Collection on the main level in the Reading Room.
In Francois Truffaut’s third film, Jeanne Moreau wears an enigmatic smile that announces something and reveals precious little. She stars as Catherine, the muse and madness of our titular friends, Jules and Jim. A German and Frenchman, brothers before 1914, war comes a cropper and shakes their Bohemian dreamland. Watch these three take their love to the seashore, down bicycle paths, and in circles through Paris. Feel the giddy instability rooting their competing romances. Wash your hair in the waters of Truffaut’s New Wave technique. Steel yourself for dry-eyed tragedy, as their love breaks, and breaks some more. Sense the political themes that never announce themselves brazenly. Search yourself, between your toes and under your fingernails, wondering, wondering, “Why does she smile? What is behind those lips and eyes?”
Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo’s belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad.
But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America’s famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few
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“Vacations are usually brief enough that, even as they begin, you feel them stir and blow away. The impossibility of clutching holiday-time provokes melancholy and pleasure alternately, revealing the true nature of wistfulness, and laying ground for hearty laughter. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday is defined by nothing if not this sort of wistful mirth. Director-comedian Jacques Tati takes his famous bumbling character, Mr. Hulot, on holiday to a charming sea-resort in the month of August, and finds a little French bourgeoisie convent, ripe for gentle mayhem. Hulot tries his best to be a proper gentleman, yet he radiates and inspires chaos by nature. He can’t seem to make friends, except with duffers, scamps, and a beautiful young woman, the dame of the beach. She grins at Hulot because one can do nothing else, yet his stodgy peers still find ways (amusingly) to grant him the evil eye with a passion. For my part, I’ll let Hulot teach me how to get on with my days off—with wistful pleasure.”