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Katrina Spencer

Katrina Spencer is the Literatures & Cultures Librarian. She pens the weekly Arts & Academics column, "The Librarian is in."

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The Librarian is in: ‘Exit West’ by Mohsin Hamid

September 24, 2020
In a nameless country in the Middle East, a civil war breaks out. Not only is this inconvenient for new lovers Nadia and Saeed, it’s potentially fatal.
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The Librarian is in: ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ by Marlon James

September 17, 2020
“A Brief History of Seven Killings” is the most enrapturing audiobook vocal performance I’ve ever encountered.

The Librarian is in: ‘100 Times’

September 10, 2020
“100 Times” by Chavisa Woods is a compilation of autobiographical vignettes in which the author tells of the many times she has been sexually harassed, assaulted and/or discriminated against.
The Librarian is in: 'The Moment of Lift'

The Librarian is in: ‘The Moment of Lift’

May 14, 2020
Melinda Gates' book dives into her work and the women she's met through it, whose lessons about women's rights and autonomy she shares with readers.
The Librarian is in: Three books by Roxane Gay

The Librarian is in: Three books by Roxane Gay

May 7, 2020
"Bad Feminist," "Hunger," and "Not that Bad" are all works that weave together memoir and commentary on feminist issues.
What do librarians do when the library is closed?

What do librarians do when the library is closed?

April 30, 2020
The seven librarians in the research and instruction group meet regularly to talk about how we’re connecting community members with library resources.
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The Librarian Is In: “Meaty” by Samantha Irby

April 30, 2020
What’s easy to recall about this collection of autobiographical essays is that blogger Samantha Irby is frustrated with dating and 21st-century sexual economies and mores.
The librarian is in: Love

The librarian is in: Love

April 22, 2020
Check out Camille Perri's novel for a popular, if flat, representation of love between two women. Alternatively, Desveaux and Lou's warm graphic novel that connects two women on different continents romantically through art.
The librarian is in: 'A Brief History of Seven Killings'

The librarian is in: ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’

April 16, 2020
Marlon James' novel sets us in Jamaica in the 1970s with cultural references and commentary on social stratification, culture and homophobia.
The Librarian is in: 'Dear Committee Members'

The Librarian is in: ‘Dear Committee Members’

April 9, 2020
Julie Schumacher's humorous novel critiques and illuminates academia through the lens of fictional Professor Fitger and his letters of recommendation.
The Librarian is in: Audiobooks and Ebooks

The Librarian is in: Audiobooks and Ebooks

April 2, 2020
Looking to stay connected to Davis Family Library remotely? Here are some instructions and suggestions to connect through Overdrive.
The Librarian is in: '100 Times'

The Librarian is in: ‘100 Times’

March 12, 2020
Chavisa Woods' memoir features vignettes about instances of sexual harassment, assault and discrimination.
The Librarian is in: 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'

The Librarian is in: ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’

March 5, 2020
Harriett Beecher Stowe's iconic anti-slavery novel provides a perspective into pre-antebellum attitudes towards slavery and religion in America.
The Librarian is in: 'How to Read the Air'

The Librarian is in: ‘How to Read the Air’

February 20, 2020
Dinah Mengestu's book deals with themes of immigration and domestic violence.
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The Librarian is in: “Their Eyes Were Watching God”

February 13, 2020
Zora Neale Hurston's best known novel explores what marriage and identity means to a Southern, Black woman.
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The Librarian is in: “Shrill”

January 23, 2020
Lindy West's first collection of essays challenges a number of widespread antifeminist beliefs, with good writing and personal, vulnerable anecdotes.
The Librarian is in

The Librarian is in

December 5, 2019
In her graphic memoir "Goodbye, My Havana," Anna Vetfort shares her experience navigating identity as an expatriate in 1960's Cuba.
The Librarian is in: 'How To Be Parisian'

The Librarian is in: ‘How To Be Parisian’

November 21, 2019
Though this enjoyable read touches on feminism and offers a perspective of one side of Paris, it falls short on other fronts.
The Librarian is in: 'The Hunger Games'

The Librarian is in: ‘The Hunger Games’

October 31, 2019
This week, librarian Katrina Spencer listened to the popular book on the Overdrive platform.
The Librarian is in

The Librarian is in

October 17, 2019
Rob Bell's "What is the Bible?" provides an accessible and interesting, if selective and weakly cited, reading of the Bible.
The Librarian is in

The Librarian is in

October 10, 2019
Eddie Huang's "Fresh Off the Boat" details his passions for food and music as a first generation Taiwanese/Chinese-American.
The Librarian is in

The Librarian is in

October 3, 2019
Solange Knowles' album "A Seat At the Table" shares a beautiful message about Black womanhood.
The Librarian is in

The Librarian is in

September 26, 2019
Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" highlights the culture of the fictional West African Umuofia and how this framed its interactions with European colonizers.
The Librarian is in

The Librarian is in

September 19, 2019
Ta-Nehisi Coates' memoir "Between the World and Me" discusses his youth and education as a black man.
4:44 Jay-Z 2017

The Librarian is in

September 12, 2019
Katrina Spencer is a Literatures & Culture Librarian in the Davis Family Library who writes in weekly with her take on a different piece of art or piece of literature.
The Librarian Is In

The Librarian Is In

April 25, 2019
'American Like Me' sheds light on prioritized narratives, stati, origins and accepted ways of being in this country.
Literatures & Cultures Librarian Katrina Spencer is liaison to the Anderson Freeman Center, the Arabic Department, the Comparative Literature Program, the Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies (GSFS) Program, the Language Schools, the Linguistics Program and the Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies.

The Librarian Is In

April 11, 2019
"Marbles" refers to the common parlance phrase we use, “to lose one’s marbles.”
The Librarian Is In

The Librarian Is In

March 14, 2019

I was enchanted. I’m sure it was the book cover art that stopped me and attracted me to this work: a man is falling precariously but his only preoccupation is his writing. I needed to know more....

The Librarian Is In

The Librarian Is In

March 7, 2019
'Sister Outsider' by Audre Lorde is for anyone who is beginning to understand and identify their interlocking identities and feels puzzled.
The Underground Railroad By Colson Whitehead (2016)

The Librarian Is In

February 28, 2019
“The Underground Railroad” highlights plantation cultures and the interstate economics of recapturing escaped slaves and returning them to their legal “owners.”
The Librarian Is In

The Librarian Is In

February 21, 2019

If I am honest with you, the author of this work is everything I’ve ever wanted to be: a smart, paid and recognized writer who addresses issues of race in her writing without being beholden to them...

The Librarian Is In

The Librarian Is In

February 14, 2019

“Becoming” is everything you’d expect from the former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. It is a thoughtful, conscientious and well-crafted memoir that studies the first years of...

The Librarian Is In

The Librarian Is In

January 17, 2019
'Book of the Dead' is a collection of over 10,000 obituaries that cover the lives of entertainers, politicians, justice seekers (“Champions of the Cause”) and more.

The Librarian Is In

December 6, 2018
'Akissi' explores the discrepancies between what is expected from the environment of Côte d’Ivoire and what social norms is yet to be mastered.

The Librarian Is In

November 29, 2018
"Best of Enemies" attempts to explain the historical relationship(s) between the United States and the broadly defined Middle Eastern region.
‘Half of a Yellow Sun’
Directed by Biyi Bandele, based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2012.

The Librarian Is In

November 15, 2018
"Half of A Yellow Sun" explores Nigerian history.
The Librarian Is In

The Librarian Is In

November 8, 2018
Fire!!: The Zora Neale Hurston Story explores how black people are subjugated by a suffocating ideology of white supremacy.
Islandborn takes readers on tour of a neighborhood that traces links to the Dominican Republic and cultural products that come from the island, like empanadas.

The Librarian Is In: “Islandborn”by Junot Díaz, illustrated by Leo Espinosa, 2018

November 1, 2018
'Islandborn' takes readers on tour of a neighborhood that traces links to the Dominican Republic and cultural products that come from the island, like empanadas.
“Coming to America”
1988

The Librarian Is In

October 25, 2018
“Coming to America,” is the story of an African prince who is bored by the women he finds in his country.
The Librarian Is In

The Librarian Is In

October 11, 2018
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
Como nascem os anjos’ by Murilo Salles, 1996

The Librarian Is In

October 4, 2018
'Como nascem os anjos’ sheds light on the inequalities we often choose to ignore.
Cairo, by G. Willow Wilson

The Librarian Is In: ‘Cairo’

September 27, 2018
Literatures & Cultures Librarian Katrina Spencer is liaison to the Anderson Freeman Center, the Arabic Department, the Comparative Literature Program, the Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies (GSFS) Program, the Language Schools, the Linguistics Program, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

The Librarian Is In

September 20, 2018
Katrina Spencer shares her thoughts on a work she describes as both a bildungsroman and a memoir.
The Librarian Is In

The Librarian Is In

September 13, 2018
“Fluffy” is the most absurd book I have ever read. It is also one of the most endearing and nakedly vulnerable.
The Librarian Is In

The Librarian Is In

March 21, 2018

Literatures and cultures librarian Katrina Spencer is liaison to the Anderson Freeman Resource Center, the Arabic department, the French department, the Gender Sexuality & Feminist Studies (GSFS Program),...

The Librarian Is In

The Librarian Is In

March 14, 2018

Literatures and cultures librarian Katrina Spencer is liaison to the Anderson Freeman Resource Center, the Arabic department, the French department, the Gender Sexuality & Feminist Studies (GSFS Program),...

The Librarian Is In

The Librarian Is In

March 7, 2018

Literatures and cultures librarian Katrina Spencer is liaison to the Anderson Freeman Resource Center, the Arabic department, the French department, the Gender Sexuality & Feminist Studies (GSFS Program),...

The Librarian Is In

The Librarian Is In

February 28, 2018

Literatures and cultures librarian Katrina Spencer is liaison to the Anderson Freeman Center, the Arabic department, the French department, the Gender Sexuality & Feminist Studies (GSFS Program), the...

BenBella Books

The Librarian Is In

February 21, 2018

Literatures and cultures librarian Katrina Spencer is liaison to the Anderson Freeman Center, the Arabic department, the French department, the Gender Sexuality & Feminist Studies (GSFS Program), the...

The Librarian Is In

The Librarian Is In

February 14, 2018

Literatures and cultures librarian Katrina Spencer is liaison to the Anderson Freeman Center, the Arabic department, the French department, the Gender Sexuality & Feminist Studies (GSFS Program), the...

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