Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Refugees

Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Sympathizer was one of the most widely and highly praised novels of 2015, the winner not only of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, but also the Center for Fiction Debut Novel Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, the ALA Carnegie Medal for Fiction, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the California Book Award for First Fiction. Nguyen's next fiction book, The Refugees, is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.

With the coruscating gaze that informed The Sympathizer, in The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. The second piece of fiction by a major new voice in American letters, The Refugees is a beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.

See the eBook in COM Library's OverDrive.

Friday, February 10, 2017

February is Black History Month

Read about the history of African Americans, including books, articles, media, primary and open access sources. Go to the guide!

Read one of our great new eBooks from OverDrive like The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead on your device.

Watch NBC's Martin Luther King, Jr.: Look Here (30:00) from 1957.

View historical photographs from the Library of Congress.

Download full text classics like Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington.

Friday, December 16, 2016

COM Library Awarded $10,000 Impact Grant for Library Innovation and Improvement year COM Library was lucky enough to receive a $10,000 Impact Grant for Library Innovation and Improvement. The project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

The purpose of the OverDrive Project @ COM Library is to provide eBooks to our students, faculty and staff that we can’t get from our current eBook providers, like great 20th and 21st century authors such as Cormac McCarthy, George Orwell and Chinua Achebe as well as eBooks that support student success, health, and more. The eBooks are available on or off campus, 24/7 with your COM ID. You can read on your favorite Android, iOS or Kindle Fire device.