Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

February is the month that we think about love…even if we don’t want to. We are surrounded by commercials and decorations and candy as the world turns pink and red and heart-shaped. Your NCTC library is about to jump on that bandwagon. Hopefully, you will find something new and interesting or intriguing in the titles we bring you this month. Please remember: your NCTC library would LOVE to see you soon!

The following reviews, except where noted, come from the publisher.

True (and sometime unusual) love stories:

Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: a tale of love & fallout Radioactive

by Lauren Redniss

QD22 .C79 R39 2011

1 copy available in Flower Mound Campus

In 1891, 24-year-old Marie Sklodowska moved from Warsaw to Paris, where she found work in the laboratory of Pierre Curie, a scientist engaged in research on heat and magnetism. They fell in love. They took their honeymoon on bicycles. They expanded the periodic table, discovering two new elements with startling properties, radium and polonium. They recognized radioactivity as an atomic property, heralding the dawn of a new scientific era. They won the Nobel Prize. Newspapers mythologized the couple’s romance, beginning articles on the Curies with “Once upon a time…” Then, in 1906, Pierre was killed in a freak accident. Marie continued their work alone. She won a second Nobel Prize in 1911, and fell in love again, this time with the married physicist Paul Langevin. Scandal ensued. Duels were fought.

Whether young or old, scientific novice or expert, no one will fail to be moved by Lauren Redniss’s eerie and wondrous evocation of one of history’s most intriguing figures.

Disappearing SpoonThe disappearing spoon: and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements.

by Sam Kean

QD466 .K37 2010

1 copy available in Flower Mound Campus

Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie’s reputation? And why is gallium (Ga, 31) the go-to element for laboratory pranksters?*

The Periodic Table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it’s also a treasure trove of adventure, betrayal, and obsession. These fascinating tales follow every element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, and in the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. THE DISAPPEARING SPOON masterfully fuses science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, and discovery–from the Big Bang through the end of time.

Robert BollingRobert Bolling woos Anne Miller: love and courtship in Colonial Virginia, 1760

by Robert Bolling, b. 1738

F 229 .B68 1990

1 copy available in Gainesville Campus

This courtship journal describes Bolling’s wooing of Anne Miller between January and September, 1760. It offers wonderful glimpses of the culture of upper-class Virginians. Most noteworthy is the evidence about the great frequency of social visits and the privacy of those visits between young men and women of the Virginian planter class. The reader learns from Bolling that early in the courtship “The young Ladies passed the greatest Part of that Night in my Chamber: but, as my Nancy (Anne) was generally on a Bed with me, I had sufficient opportunity to represent the Violence of my Passion.” Hmmmm…..

Popular love stories:

Pride and PrejudicePride and prejudice

by Jane Austen

PR 4034 .P722 1981

1 copy available in Corinth Campus

Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency. Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr. Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr. Darcy, have moved into their neighborhood. Though Austen set the story at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of “most loved books.” It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies, and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen’s memorable characters or themes.

Gone With The WindGone with the wind

by Margaret Mitchell

PS 3525 .M682 G6 1973a

1 copy available in Bowie Campus

If you only know the movie version of this classic American novel, you are missing out. Even though the movie was a beautiful adaptation, there is so much more to the characters than can be revealed onscreen in 3 hours. Read this one…you will be glad you did. –librarian’s note

Books ABOUT love and its complexities in today’s society:

Glass SlipperThe glass slipper: women and love stories

by Susan Ostrov Weisser

PN3448 .L67 W37 2013

1 copy available in Gainesville Campus

Why is the story of romance in books, magazines, and films still aimed at women rather than at men? Even after decades of feminism, traditional ideas and messages about romantic love still hold sway and, in our “postfeminist” age, are more popular than ever. Increasingly, we have become a culture of romance: stories of all kinds shape the terms of love. Women, in particular, love a love story.

The Glass Slipper is about the persistence of a familiar Anglo-American love story into the digital age. Comparing influential classics to their current counterparts, Susan Ostrov Weisser relates in highly amusing prose how these stories are shaped and defined by and for women, the main consumers of romantic texts. More than a book about romance in fiction and media, The Glass Slipper illustrates how traditional stories about women’s sexuality, femininity, and romantic love have survived as seemingly protective elements in a more modern, feminist, sexually open society, confusing the picture for women themselves. Weisser compares diverse narratives—historical and contemporary from high literature and “low” genres—discussing novels by Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë, Victorian women’s magazines, and D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover; Disney movies; popular Harlequin romance novels; masochistic love in films; pornography and its relationship to romance; and reality TV and Internet ads as romantic stories.

Ultimately, Weisser shows that the narrative versions of the Glass Slipper should be taken as seriously as the Glass Ceiling as we see how these representations of romantic love are meant to inform women’s beliefs and goals. In this book, Weisser’s goal is not to shatter the Glass Slipper, but to see through it.

Hite ReportThe Hite report: women and love: a cultural revolution in progress

by Shere Hite

HQ 1206 .H54 1987

1 copy available in Corinth Campus

Shere Hite’s first two bestselling reports exploded the fictions of human sexuality. Now Women and Love shatters our outdated notions about relationships, love, and being a woman today. An emotionally gripping chorus of women voicing their innermost feelings about probing questions.

5 love languagesThe five love languages: how to express heartfelt commitment to your mate

by Gary D. Chapman

HQ 734 .C466 1995

1 copy available in Corinth Campus

In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.

Librarian’s note: This book changed my life. The principles presented can be used in any relationship, not just the romantic. Understanding the “love language” of each of my children allowed me to change my parenting style accordingly. Everyone has a love language and being aware of this helps at home, at work, and in friendships.

–Contributed by Robin Studdard, Librarian, Bowie Campus

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