Book Review: The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

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The following book review was written by our amazing student worker Avishi Jalan ’20, who is writing from Mumbai, India. 

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From the beginning to the end, I was not able to put this book down. The story took my breath away, and its twists and turns made my head spin.

            The book alternates between the protagonist Ani’s present-day life in New York where she is preparing for her wedding and for a documentary about the trauma which we still do not know, and the memories of her first months at Bradley. One of her early experiences that she recounts is so horrifying that I couldn’t imagine anything worse. It easily accounts for a lifetime of nervousness, insecurity and sleepless nights. But Knoll makes sure the reader is aware that there is more to come as they turn the pages restlessly, trying to come to the root of her problems.

            Knoll keeps the tension tight and tries not to make Ani sympathetic to the readers. Ani does not deny manipulating the people around her, but we do feel sorry for her, for all the trauma she went though. She is so convinced that manipulation is the only option for her, and that everyone around her has an angle. It is hard to hate a girl who wishes to be invited over by friends before a dance to try on different outfits.

            The title is just as misleading as the book. It shows us that sometimes, the luckiest girl alive, is not so lucky, and there is more to what meets the eye. This book could be mistaken as a chick flick where the best outcome for the protagonist is hooking up with the right person in the Hamptons. It has more under the surface than we think and has very little to do with the handsome and rich fiancée. The characters are twisted and full of depth, and I truly enjoyed swimming to the shore of the book.

The Luckiest Girl Alive is available in the Krupp library, but it might be worth looking into an e-book from your local library depending on where you are located!

 

 

Library Newsletter – READ ME!

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Our latest library newsletter is now available and we have information about some library successes, new staff members, and library databases you may not have known we have.  What is NOT included here? Anything about COVID-19 – so if you need a break – take a look at what’s happened in the library over the last several months. 🙂

Digital Fun for Social Distancing

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Some week, huh? Oh wait… it’s only Tuesday…? The library staff has collaborated to make a list of fun and helpful resources in case you get bored during your time social distancing. We have links to free content available for everyone. No subscriptions needed! Take a look at the sites we have put together for y’all:

Educational/Cultural/ Just Darn FUN Online Resources

12 virtual famous museum tours

A listicle with 12 museum websites that feature virtual tours and exhibits. Check out the British Museum’s tour!

Michigan State Celebrity Lecture Series

An archive of lectures given by famous writers and individuals such as Maya Angelou, Kurt Vonnegut, Amy Tan, and others.

Digital Frida Kahlo Exhibit

A multimedia approach to represent Kahlo, her art, her words, and her legacy.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library and Museum Virtual Tour

Virtual tour of the FDR library’s permanent exhibitions located in Hyde Park, NY.

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Virtual Audio Tour

Virtual Tour of Jimmy Carter’s childhood farm, home, and local buildings narrated by Pres. Carter himself.

Popcornflix

Free online streaming site that has free TV shows and movies to watch without a subscription.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. Languages include Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, and Russian.

NPR Tiny Desk Concerts

10-20 minute long concerts by famous artists such as Mac Miller, Rex Orange County, Harry Styles, Tyler, the Creator, and others.

This American Life podcast

A radio show that has been airing nonfiction stories about American lives for the past 25 years. Their entire backlog is available on their website.

Library EZones

Rhode Island Libraries Overdrive

The digital library available to all who have an RI library card.

Boston Public Library Overdrive

The digital library available to all who have a MA library card.

Hartford Public Library Online

The digital library available to all who have an CT library card.

Open Library

Online library with books available to check out. Make a free account and get reading!

New York Public Library Digital Resources

This link leads to the digital library for those with a NY library card, as well as their digital archives accessible for all.

Courses

Free Online University Art Classes

Online art classes offered by well known universities for free. Go on and pick a course and start!

Free Coding Camp

Free online coding classes from Ivy League institutions.

Mango Languages

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Informational Resources

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We know many of you are concerned about Coronavirus, aka COVID-19, and it can be really intimidating trying to find reliable information. Here are some credible resources you can use to inform yourself about how to keep yourself healthy.

Our thanks to Michelle Eberle, MLS from the Massachusetts Library System for putting this list together.

Please note: these resources are for informational purposes only and do not replace the advice of a medical professional.

Call ahead to Health Services or a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Credit: NIAID-RML

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Credit: NIAID-RML

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (RI Department of Health) Information from the Rhode Island Department of Health, including Rhode Island-specific resources.

Share Facts ABOUT COVID-19 (CDC)
Know the facts about Coronavirus disease 2019 and help stop the rumors.

Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 (SAMHSA) SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

Coronavirus Advice for the Public (World Health Organization)
Basic protective measures against the new Coronavirus.

Coronavirus Infections (MedlinePlus)
Includes a summary of Coronavirus, how it spreads, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and prevention

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (CDC)
What you should know, situation updates, and information for specific audiences

How to Prepare for Coronavirus in the U.S. (Washington Post, March 3, 2020)

 

 

 

The Women’s Summit® 2020: Expand Your Vision

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Through the years the Women’s Summit® has incorporated current trends in education, leadership, entrepreneurship, communication, diversity, health, wellness, technology and financial topics in order to provide educationally enriching breakout sessions which support our attendees professional and personal aspirations. Hear powerful, nationally known keynote speakers, and enjoy networking throughout the day.

For updated information, please visit our website at :

https://wsummit.bryant.edu/