Weekend Recommendations

Did you know the Library has a wide selection of best-selling novels, award-winning documentaries and movies for the UM community? Get ready for the weekend with either (or both) of the award-winning novels or documentary below:


Insane City
By Dave Barry
PS3552.A74146 I57 2013

Astonished by his imminent marriage to a woman he believed out of his league, Seth flies to their destination wedding in Florida only to be swept up in a maelstrom of violence involving rioters, Russian gangsters, angry strippers, and a desperate python.

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Also read some of the latest best sellers on Overdrive. Download eBooks directly onto almost any eReader.



Crossing Arizona
DVD Non-fiction
E 184 .M5 C767 2006

Heightened security in California and Texas has pushed illegal border-crossers into the treacherous Arizona desert in unprecedented numbers – an estimated 4,500 a day. Most are men in search of work, but increasingly the border-crossers are women and children seeking to reunite with their families. This influx of migrants crossing through Arizona and the attendant rising death toll have elicited complicated feelings about human rights, culture, class, labor and national security.

“Crossing Arizona” examines the crisis through the eyes of those directly affected by it. Frustrated ranchers go out day after day to repair cut fences and pick up the trash that endangers their livestock and livelihoods. Humanitarian groups place water stations in the desert in an attempt to save lives. Political activists rally against anti-migrant ballot initiatives and try to counter rampant fear mongering. Farmers who depend on the illegal work force face each day with the fear that they may lose their workers to a border patrol sweep. And now there are the Minutemen, an armed citizen patrol group taking border security into their own hands. As up-to-date as the nightly news, but far more in-depth, “Crossing Arizona” reveals the surprising political stances people take when immigration and border policy fails everyone.

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Find the New Books, Best Sellers, DVDs, and Graphic Novels sections on the first floor of the Otto G. Richter Library. 

Introducing: The Mosaic

Get a glimpse into the world of rare and unique books and one-of-kind archival collections found in Special Collections on the 8th floor. Get updates on all of the exciting work Special  Collections is doing and get facts, discoveries, and event announcements. View the new blog The Mosaic.


Now on display: colloquium highlights handmade books inspired by Ediciones Vigía

We invite you to view an exhibition of handmade books currently on display on the second floor of the Otto G. Richter Library. These books are the work of students in Professor Mia Leonin’s Introduction to Poetry class (English 292, Fall 2012), inspired by books in the Ediciones Vigía Collection at the Cuban Heritage Collection. Using the Vigías as examples, and with the expert help of Carol Todaro, a local artist specializing in book making, the students created their own books based on their experiences and interests.

What We Found Here: Miami Obscura, and Ruth Behar's Everything I Kept/Todo lo que guardé

What We Found Here: Miami Obscura, and Ruth Behar’s Everything I Kept/Todo lo que guardé (2001)

As part of the CHC Research Colloquia, Leonin and Todaro presented on February 22nd about their experience using Vigía as a teaching tool in the Introduction to Poetry class last semester. Both professors could not be more pleased with the outcome of their classroom experiment.

“It was love at first site for me,” explained Leonin as she described her interaction with the Ediciones Vigía handmade books made in Matanzas, Cuba. Her artisanal approach to poetry writing, which she encourages her students to practice, involves allowing the archives to enter through all the senses and be expressed in the final literary product. The Vigías fit this model perfectly as each book possesses a distinct smell, feel and visual intrigue.

Over the course of six weeks last fall, the students were free to explore their own ideas about themes and topics while the professors offered advice on elemental book structure and guidance when needed. The result was a medley of works of all shapes, sizes and colors, much like the Ediciones Vigía books themselves.

“We just opened up a floodgate for these students to have a reason to make these books they’d always wanted to make,” explained Todaro.

Also on exhibit is What We Found Here: Miami Obscura, a collaborative class project inspired by Ruth Behar’s Everything I Kept/Todo lo que guardé, published by Ediciones Vigía in 2001.


Mia Leonin and Carol Todaro with a selection of Ediciones Vigía

Mia Leonin and Carol Todaro with a selection of Ediciones Vigía after their presentation.

Mango Languages

The University of Miami Libraries have started a 1-year pilot of the Mango Languages program.  Mango offers online, conversation-based instruction in over 40 foreign and over 15 ESL courses taught in native languages. Mango offers remote access and free mobile applications so that tutorial can be accessed anytime.

Click on “courses” from the main page to start learning a language.

The Swingle Plant Anatomy Reference Collection

Walter Tennyson Swingle (1871-1952) was a renowned botanist and one of the twentieth century’s foremost authorities on citrus plants. In 1943, after 50 years of service to the United States Department of Agriculture, he was given a position on the faculty of the University of Miami by President Bowman F. Ashe, who was impressed with Swingle’s vision of tropical botany. Swingle was given the title Consultant of Tropical Botany and set up the Plant Research Laboratory in the old Botany building in Coral Gables.

At UM, Swingle completed his monograph The Botany of Citrus and its Relatives of the Orange Subfamily, which remains the premier reference for the taxonomy, morphology, and anatomy of these plants. With his staff, he began the ambitious project that became the Swingle Plant Anatomy Reference Collection, carefully preparing thousands microscope slides of plant structures from tropical crops and their wild relatives. The Walter Tennyson Swingle Collection, University of Miami Libraries Special Collections, contains Swingle’s articles, manuscripts, diaries, and most of Swingle’s correspondence between 1885 and 1951. Selected images, articles, and other materials from the Walter Tennyson Swingle Collection have been digitized and are available online. The photographs in this online collection are from the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Archives.

Also available online is The Swingle Plant Anatomy Reference Collection.

Up-Coming Workshops

Need to learn a new skill? Bibliographies out of control? Sign up for any of these free workshops coming up in March.

Presented by William Jacobs
Learn how to manage your research and create bibliographies using RefWorks.
3:00pm to 4:00pm |  Wednesday March 27, 2013

Introduction to Publishing your Research
Presented by William Jacobs
Learn how to judge journals as potential venues, the benefits of open access and how the library can help.
3:00pm to 4:00pm  |  Thursday March 28, 2013

Presented by William Jacobs
Learn how to manage your research and create bibliographies using RefWorks.
11:00am to 12:00pm  |   Monday, April 15, 2013

Tell us: where do you get your Cuban food fix?

Arroz con pollo, Versailles Restaurant in Miami

Arroz con pollo, Versailles Restaurant in Miami

As part of the latest CHC exhibit, “Food and Memory: An exploration of Cuban cooking, 1857-today,” and with the current prevalence of food photography thanks to mobile apps like Instagram, we want to know: where do you get your Cuban food fix? We’re especially interested in hearing about the unexpected places you’ve found Cuban food, from a Parisian alley to a street corner in Pasadena.

Send us an email to chc@miami.edu with a photo and description of where you’ve found your fix. We’ll be posting submissions over the next few months. To whet your appetite, here are a few images we found in our archives.


Cuba Libre Restaurant, New York City

Cuba Libre Restaurant, New York City