New Additions to Amesse

The following titles have recently been added to the Amesse Collection. Enjoy!



Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi/ Americanah

Hawkins, Paula/ The Girl on the Train

Johnston, Tim/ Descent

Reza, Yasmina/ Happy Are the Happy

Swanson, Peter/ The Kind Worth Killing



Brill, Stephen/ America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Back-Room Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

Fuller, Alexandra/ Leaving Before the Rains Come

Kawasaki, Guy/ The Art of Social Media

Kristof, Nicholas/ A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunities

Young, Mary Taylor/ Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years




A Dangerous Method

Side Effects


~Lynn Schwalm

Appendix: Book review

State of Wonder HSL Amesse/1st Floor F PATCHETT STA

In Ann Patchett’s latest novel, State of Wonder, researchers discover a drug in the Amazon rainforest that can extend a woman’s fertility indefinitely but the painstakingly slow development of the drug comes to a halt when the project’s lead scientist, Dr. Annick Swenson, disappears and another scientist is reported dead.  The pharmaceutical company sponsoring the research sends pharmacologist Dr. Marina Singh to the roiling, insect-infested jungle to learn what happened to her deceased colleague and to find Dr. Swenson, who was formerly Dr. Singh’s tyrannical mentor at Johns Hopkins.  Over time, Dr. Singh understands that everything in the Amazon is complicated and interconnected: the flora and fauna, the fertility drug and the people. Even the answers to the questions she seeks are not simple.  As she descends deeper and deeper into the rainforest, with its sometimes horrifying brutality, Dr. Singh’s humanity remains intact even as she finds herself doing things she never could have imagined when she worked in the laboratory. This “gone native” story raises questions about the costs of life-long fertility and the ethical considerations surrounding drug research and development.

– Heidi Zuniga, Electronic Resources Librarian