It’s cold outside. Warm your brain.

With temperatures dipping towards freezing, and for those of you who will not be warming your blood [pressure] with this thing called Bedlam

Might we suggest a few “warm” reads.

OCCC Library Swamplandia book cover

The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, its island home and gator-wrestling theme park, is swiftly being encroached upon by a competitor. To save her family, Ava must journey on her own to a perilous part of the swamp called the Underworld.


PS3618 .U755 S93 2011, 2nd Floor

OCCC Library Strokes of genius : Federer, Nadal, and the greatest match ever played bookcover

In the 2008 Wimbledon men’s final, Centre Court was a stage set worthy of Shakespearean drama. Five-time champion Roger Federer was on track to take his rightful place as the most dominant player in the history of the game. He just needed to cling to his trajectory. So in the last few moments of daylight, Centre Court witnessed a coronation.

Strokes of Genius

GV999 .W47 2009, 2nd Floor

OCCC Library Jim Butcher's Dresden Files : welcome to the jungle bookcover

Created by comics legend Will Eisner, the adventures of Denny Colt – The Spirit – brought a new level of draftsmanship and sophistication to the newspaper strip! This attractive collection spotlights the timeless female characters created by Eisner as romantic interests, villainesses and more.

Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle

PN6727 .B93 W45 2008B, 2nd Floor

OCCC Library The consuming instinct : what juicy burgers, Ferraris, pornography, and gift giving reveal about human nature bookcover

Saad weighs in on our compulsion to purchase everything from cars to shoes by suggesting that a consuming instinct has been biologically passed down via evolution. From our obsession with holidays that require gift giving to our birdlike attraction to the more striking aspects of what we buy (he points to boy bands full of good-looking young men who dance), Saad pivots from dropping pop-culture references to exploring academic studies. Variety results in increased food consumption (which explains densely packed menus), kin relationships foster competition (wedding-gift registries), and innate desires to band together to defend the group explain sports rivalries and pricey team paraphernalia.

The Consuming Instinct

HF5415.32 .S18 2011, 2nd Floor

OCCC Library The rum diary : a novel bookcover

When the celebrated iconoclast (Hunter S. Thompson) was a feisty kid working for an English-language newspaper in San Juan 40 years ago, he wrote, and then put aside, a novel, which is here resurrected. It is very much a young man’s book, clearly based on Thompson’s own situation and some of the people, mostly drunks and layabouts, who gravitated to a loosely supervised journalistic stint in the tropics.

The Rum Diary: A Novel

PS3570 .H62 R86 2011, 2nd Floor


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