New Additions for Spring/Summer

These are images of just some of the titles that have arrived in the library over the last few months – many of which (if they haven’t already been taken out!) can be found on our new additions shelves in the library reception. For a complete list of our recent acquisitions click here.

We purchase books for our collections a few times a year – many of these are suggested by our members using our suggestion book (found behind the desk). We would like to encourage these contributions on what you’d like to see in your library. We’ll be purchasing some more titles at the end of August so any suggestions before then would be greatly appreciated!

 

 

New Additions: Fiction

A handful of the latest fiction additions to our shelves.

New Additions: Non-Fiction

We’ve some absolutely fascinating recent publications on the shelves (many of them with that nice new book smell) – do come in to the library & make some gaps in our display, we won’t mind – honest!

Also, if you like the look of anything, clicking on an image will take you to a review.

New additions for Summer

We’re very excited that some new titles have arrived in the library this month – we think you’ll agree they’re an eclectic bunch. Not to judge a book by its cover, but if you like what you see click on an image and you’ll be taken to a review.

Grand Hotel Abyss -A member’s thoughts

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Grand Hotel Abyss by Stuart Jeffries (new addition)

This is a splendid read : the history of the Frankfurt School presented as a series of biographies of the leaders (particularly Theodor Adorno) since it came into being in 1922 in response to the failed German revolution. These Jewish/Marxist thinkers were the presiding spirits behind Weimar, attempting to transform the lives of workers through “critical thinking”, without violence, but through modernist culture as exemplified by jazz ,cinema, multiculturalism and the art that Hitler was soon to describe as “entartete” ie. degenerate.

Inevitably they had to flee, most of them to The States, but a new generation exists in Germany at the present day,having involved themselves in the student riots of 1968 though the book does not take us into the current rise of European nationalism. Their goals remain: how to respond to consumerist capitalism and its destructive power over humanity.

This book is pleasure to read- certainly filling in gaps of my knowledge of Germany beyond the horrors of Naziism and Ausschwitz and where it may have to use philosophical jargon, explaining it to the reader without treating her as a half-wit.

Pamela Priske