Top 5 Fiction eBooks To Read At Home

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You’re at home, practicing social distancing, and you really need something new to read. Maybe you’ve read all of the books on your shelf, or maybe you just want to read something on a screen. Have no fear: the library has thousands of eBooks for Union students and employees to access while at home. Here are just a few of our fiction eBooks for you to start reading!

 

*book descriptions are from the publishers c/o the library website

 

Chronicles of Avolea by L.M. Montgomery

Twelve tales of some very special people living on Prince Edward Island in the early days of the 20th century.

 

Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

After climbing through a mirror, Alice enters a world similar to a chess board, where she experiences many curious adventures with its fantastic inhabitants.

 

Emma by Jane Austen

Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse seems blessed with every gift that kind fortune can bestow on a proper young Englishwoman. But at one-and-twenty, Emma still has lessons to learn about human nature and the mysteries of the heart. Jane Austen’s masterpiece paints a charming portrait of English village society and of a heroine as delightful as she is infuriating.

 

The Handsome Monk And Other Stories by Tsering Döndrup

Tsering Döndrup is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed authors writing in Tibetan today. The Handsome Monk and Other Stories brings together short stories from across Tsering Döndrup’s career to create a panorama of Tibetan society.

 

Freeman: A Novel by Leonard Pitts

A compelling, important, page-turning historical novel set at the end of the Civil War, in which an escaped slave first returns to his old plantation and then walks across the ravaged South in search of his lost wife.

 

eBook Review: “Questions About Angels: Poems” by Billy Collins

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Billy Collins makes me laugh. He writes about situations that are usually serious and imagines them as even more serious, which is funny to me. Take death, for instance. In his poem “The Dead,” he recalls how people like to say that “the dead are always looking down on us.” This could (and maybe should) be a sobering thought, but you have to read what Collins follows up with:

 

The dead are always looking down on us, they say,

while we are putting on our shoes or making a sandwich,

they are looking down from the glass-bottom boats of

heaven

as they row themselves slowly through eternity.

 

What imagery! Collins takes a sobering topic (dead people who are watching us) and then pairs it with the most mundane thing they could be seeing us do (putting on our shoes or making a sandwich). Can you imagine being dead, and looking down at the people you used to know and love and hate and worship, and there they are just putting two pieces of bread together in a dimly lit kitchen? How boring and average, right?

But the “boring” and the “average” are what make Collins’ poetry so great. He can make an ordinary white cloud seem fascinating. He can take a normal phrase or idea- like a father “going out for cigarettes” and not returning home- and give it new life. A lot of times his skill makes me laugh, but I also stop and think about what he’s written. Most poetry encourages you to pause and reflect, and Collins, even with the bits of humor sprinkled throughout his lines, certainly will teach you something new. You’ll look at whatever subject he’s chosen to champion in an entirely different way.

Questions About Angels: Poems is just one of his poetry collections. I like every poetry collection by Collins that I’ve had the pleasure to read. The good thing about Questions About Angels, however, is that the library has it in both a physical book form and as an eBook. I find that this collection still resonates even while reading it on a screen. The font and form is still right, and, since most of Collins’ poems are not terribly long, it can be convenient to read them via eBook.

If you only like reading physical books, you can check out Questions About Angels from our shelves. But if you want to try something different- maybe you want to read familiar things in a new way- click on the eBook link. Either way, I think you’ll enjoy the poems.

Featured eBook: “I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories Of Becoming A Nurse”

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I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out is a collection of vibrant, funny, honest narrative essays by nurses working in vastly different settings – everything from a cancer ward to a Mercy Ship off the coast of Africa to an Israeli mental hospital.

As editor Lee Gutkind explains in the introduction, “Every essay tells a different story, but all of the essays have a common theme: no matter how difficult nurses’ lives or how secret their suffering, becoming a nurse entails movement into another dimension of strength and character and persistence; it is a path of irreplaceable and often unacknowledged service to society and humanity.”

“Becoming a nurse…is a path of irreplaceable and often unacknowledged service to society and humanity.”

Both sobering and inspirational, this eBook provides a collection of stories that will appeal not only to nursing students but to anyone who loves a good human interest story.

You can access our eBooks collection by searching our regular catalog on the website or going to Databases, E-books, and Media in the Quick Links section of the site.

Featured eBook: “You Can Handle It: 10 Steps to Shift Stress From Problem to Possibility”

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As the semester goes on, stress will inevitably continue to increase. Classes will get more difficult, nights will get longer, and sleep will be but a distant memory. In this time, it is important to be able to manage your stress in a healthy manner. You Can Handle It by Margaret Wehrenberg gives 10 steps on how to deal with an overabundance of stress.

  1. Breathe: She first talks about how just stopping to take a few deep breaths can help in almost any stressful situation. It is a great way to get your heart rate under control and calm down.
  2. Physically Relax: Being uptight and rigid while stressed can make the issue more prevalent. It can cause headaches, make your muscles sore, and, of course, give you more stress. Learning to physically relax will help ease tension and decrease stress.
  3. Be Assertive: Often times people who deal with a lot of stress also feel like they have to help other people with their problems. It is important to remember that your problems and the things you need to work on are just as important and need to take precedence.
  4. Manage Noise: Noise can be a huge stress inducer. Getting away from constant loud noises can be a great way to combat stress. Removing yourself from a noisy environment to a more peaceful one can be very helpful.
  5. Wait: Waiting can be boring. Waiting is too often seen as a monotonous activity that must be done with no real purpose; however, look at waiting as a positive opportunity. See it as a chance to escape from from the rush and business of life.
  6. Change Your Perspective: Monotony can cause stress. Dealing with the same things day in and day out can be exhausting and stressful. Changing your perspective of the every day things you deal with as new opportunities can help reduce stress.
  7. Eat!: In stressful periods of life, remembering to eat can be a chore, but not eating can be very bad for you and cause more unnecessary stress in your life. Always remember to eat some food throughout the day, even if it’s just an apple or a granola bar.
  8. Get Active: We have all heard that working out helps relieve stress, but staying active will also help you stay in control during stressful times. Physical fitness gives you the stamina you need to deal with stressful situations. Fitness also helps release built-up tension you may be dealing with.
  9. Achieve Inner Peace: Whether through religion or otherwise, finding ways to be content with yourself is vital. If you can’t be at peace with yourself and where you are in life, stress will follow you everywhere. A great way to be peaceful is to always be in the moment of where you are right now rather than worrying about things outside of your control.
  10. Play!: Taking a break from everything going on around you is vital to maintaining a healthy level of stress. Children get recess, but adults need it as well. Laughing and having fun outside of the things causing you stress will help you relax and recuperate.

 

With these tips, hopefully your stress levels will go down! Take some time to take care of yourself this semester.

 

* written by Donny Turner

 

Featured eBook: “The Cambridge Art Book”

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Are you an Anglophile? It’s okay, you can admit it. If you drink Earl Grey every morning, have the Union Jack hanging on your dorm room wall, or dream of going to grad school at Cambridge, you probably are.

For now, you can get all the British feels just by scrolling through this eBook on your iPad or laptop. The Cambridge Art Book is not your average travel guide. It’s an artistic celebration of the ancient college town “through the eyes of its artists,” as the cover proclaims. Vibrant and energetic, the artwork in this book includes everything from woodcuts of architecture to watercolors of those classic red phone booths.

Whatever style or medium of art is your favorite, you’ll find something to enjoy in this lush collection. It’s basically a local museum you can click your way through!

Search for more of our eBooks at http://guides.uu.edu/databases/ebooks.

 

*written by Danielle Chalker

International Read An eBook Day (September 18th)

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eBooks are great for several reasons:

  1. They help the environment by not using paper products (which can contribute to deforestation).
  2. eBooks can be zoomed in and/or read aloud by the computer for people with sight impairments.
  3. You can take them on-the-go with tablets!

 

Visit the library website on this International Read An eBook Day to see our new eBooks. They’re set to scroll toward the bottom of the home page. It’s easy to read an eBook- just click to view them or download them as PDFs.

 

 

Featured eBook: “Eclipse: The Celestial Phenomenon That Changed The Course Of History”

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Who’s ready for the Eclipse today? Welcome back to Union- you’re just in time for a special solar event!

Grab your ISO-certified glasses and check out this library eBook to learn all about the history and science of eclipses: Eclipse: The Celestial Phenomenon That Changed The Course Of History by Duncan Steel.

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This book dives into the cultural perceptions of eclipses. Over time, these rare events have been viewed as omens, prophecies, and even sentinels of doom. However, they have also inspired awe and excitement (especially today’s eclipse)!

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Remember to stay safe as you enjoy the 2017 Eclipse today. Wear ISO protective glasses, and do not remove them while looking at the eclipse- turn away first. For more information about today’s event and how to stay safe, check out the NASA website dedicated to the Eclipse: Eclipse 2017 NASA.Gov.

 

 

Spotlight on eBooks

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Our library has access to over 200,000 different eBooks. Many of these eBooks have been published within the past few years, making their information up-to-date and relevant.

Do you know how to access an eBook through the library website?

All of these books can be accessed simply by searching the catalog for your preferred topic and checking the “eBook” option box on the left of the page (under the “Format” tab). Then, the catalog will update to show all of the eBooks available on your topic. Click on any of the book titles to see more information. The book’s page will include a link, usually to a site like EBSCOhost, which will in turn provide the eBook’s pages.

If you need to access an eBook while off campus, remember to log in to our system with your Union credentials. Then you will be able to see the eBook.

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For help in citing eBooks, ask our staff about our Ready Reference books. The library holds Turabian, MLA, APA, and other handbooks on citation. You can also schedule an appointment with a Research Coach or visit the Research desk for extra help. We are happy to assist you!