Doherty Picks: Best Reads of 2013

What’s the best book you read in 2013?  Here are some picks from the Doherty staff:

Ferry coverI’ve been consistently amazed by David Ferry’s book of poetry, Bewilderment (winner of the 2012 National Book Award). Ferry, born in 1924, has been a leading poet and translator for decades. I love his translation of the Gilgamesh epic, for example, and his book of selected poems, Of No Country I Know. He has always made his formal mastery seem more like a practice of grace than a tool for cleverness or invention. But the stakes, of age and heartbreak, are higher in this book. It is late work in the most elevated sense.

-Joe Goetz, Information Literacy Librarian

Outliers coverOutliers: the Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell is very interesting.  To quote from Amazon: “Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?”

Gladwell is the writer of Tipping Point among others in this vein.  We just acquired his latest for the library’s popular books collection: David & Goliath.

-Jim Piccininni, Dean of Libraries

Oliver coverMy pick is Mary Oliver’s A Thousand Mornings (2012) a recent book of poetry by a very popular and perhaps best-selling American poet. I’ve been reading it over and over again.  There’s a special quietness as she walks in solitude in nature on Cape Cod almost becoming one with the sand, the sea, the animals, the birds, the fish, even the snake, and yet she’s always transcending to some special place. I always feel very serene.  Poetry, she says, is prayer.

-Pat Gerson, Aquisitions

The Goldfinch coverI was blown away by Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. NPR’s Barrie Hardymon sums up everything that is great about it: “The Goldfinch begins with a shocking and tragic event that leaves 13-year-old Theodore Decker without a parent and in possession of a stolen Dutch masterwork. Winding its way through Manhattan, Las Vegas, Amsterdam … Goldfinch is the rare novel that prompts you to read a beautiful sentence out loud even as you gobble it whole for the plot.”  I couldn’t put it down.

-Emily Couvillon, Public Services Librarian

For more 2013 picks, try NPR’s Guide to 2013’s Great Reads, Amazon’s Top 100 Picks of 2013, and the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards.

Doherty Library Book Sale Oct 16th through 20th

The Doherty Library annual book sale will be Wednesday, October 16th through Sunday, October 20th. The first day is open only to the UST Community, and the sale is open to the general public from Thursday forward.

Sale Hours

  • Wednesday (UST only), 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m

New Popular Books Available

New additions to the Doherty Library current popular fiction and non-fiction collection are now available for checkout. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the collection contains over 150 titles.

The books are on display in the main lobby and can be checked out at the circulation desk.  The newest titles are listed below. For new academic titles, see our new books Pinterest board.


Karen Sue Burns – In Hot Pursuit

Sarah Butler – Ten Things I’ve Learnt about Love

Suzanne Collins – Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)

Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) – The Cuckoo’s Calling

Neil Gaiman – The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Khaled Hosseini – And the Mountains Echoed

Miranda James – Out of Circulation

Philipp Meyer – The Son

Veronica Roth – Divergent (Divergent Series, Book 1) and Insurgent (Divergent Series, Book 2)

Sjón – The Whispering Muse

Ben Stroud – Byzantium: Stories


Paul Bogard – The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light

J.D. Davis – Unconquered: the Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart and Mickey Gilley

Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley – The Metropolitan Revolution: how Cities & Metros are Fixing our Broken  Policies & Fragile Economy 

Jaron Lanier – Who Owns the Future?

Fredrik Logevall – Embers of War: the Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam

Annalee Newitt – Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: how Humans will Survive a Mass Extinction

Andrew Solomon –  Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

August Turak – Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: one CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity

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International Authors: Gain a Global Perspective

The current lobby display features international fiction authors. These authors offer unique perspectives on international cultures, and their works provide a truly horizon-expanding reading experience. Pick up one of their books today to do some summer travelling from the comfort of your own reading chair!

Here are a few of our featured authors:

Isabel Allende

Chilean author Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim with her bestselling first novel, The House of Spirits, which grew out of a farewell letter to her dying grandfather. It established her as a feminist force in Latin America’s male-dominated literary world.

Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Many of his stories draw on his experience in the Dominican Republic and his childhood love of science fiction and fantasy.

Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. He was best known for his first novel and magnum opus Things Fall Apart. His novels focus on the traditions of Igbo society and the clash of Western and traditional African values during and after the colonial era.

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is a best-selling Japanese writer whose works have garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards. His unique blend of surrealism and melancholy has gained him critical acclaim in the west and, increasingly, within Japan as well.

Visit the Doherty Lobby to learn about more authors, or see our virtual display on Pinterest to find more books.