New Bestsellers Have Arrived In the Library

If you're like the majority of students here, you're always on the go. Maybe you're taking too many classes. Maybe you need to wind down and mellow out. What better way to relax, yet at the same time retain your vocabulary, writing skills and reading comprehension, than reading for leisure?

If you want to keep up-to-date on contemporary literature, then the New York Times Best Seller List is a good place to go and now you can find some of those books on the shelves of the SMC library.

"Thanks to financial support from the Associated Students, the library is happy to inform you that we now have a collection of over 400 books from the N.Y. Times Best Seller List," said Mona Martin, assistant dean of learning resources.

The books are available on the second floor of the Library in the popular titles section. You can also browse the books on the Library's Online Catalog and search by either author or title to check if they have a particular book.

"I think this is a really great program. It's awesome how now I'll be able to find books on the NY Times Best Seller list. I read a lot, so this will make a difference. I hope all students take advantage of it," said English major Ryan Ortega, while browsing the collection.

On the shelves you can find an array of current and past biographies from such figures as OJ Simpson's attorney Johnny Cochran, rock music legend and poet Bob Dylan, the late Christopher Reeve, and "American Idol" sensation Clay Aiken.

Also, a collection of titles from the best in contemporary fiction are available for checkout. Works by romance novelist Danielle Steel and master of horror Stephen King are featured as well as novels by Dean Koontz, Walter Mosley and Tom Clancy.

Martin said that she has gotten a tremendous amount of positive feedback on the program, not only from students, but faculty as well. "Nearly half of all the books we've received so far have been checked out at least once," she said.

One of the most popular books looked at so far is "The Atkins Diet," the book that revolutionized trend diets and brought on the low-carb way of life that many of us follow and live-by.

Another popular selection among students is "After the Darkness: Reflections of the Holocaust," by Elie Wiesel. It is a moving book by the Nobel-Prize winning author and Holocaust victim, with many heart-breaking, profound pictures from the infamous death camp at Auschwitz.

On a lighter note, "Metallica's This Monster Lives," goes behind the scenes of the biggest heavy metal band in the world, documenting their times on tour, in rehab, in the studio and during the making of their movie "Some Kind of Monster."

Also, for you TV historians and "Saturday Night Live" fans, "Live from NY: An Uncensored History of SNL," features interviews and anecdotes with the cast members both past and present, as well as numerous writers and producers of the show.

This book is filled with tons of wild stories, background info on the stars and many hilarious tales of the comedy show we have come to the love over the years.

"One of the beauties of this program is that the best sellers are sent to us automatically on a weekly basis," said Martin. "So if you see it in the N.Y. Times, then we'll most likely have it on our shelves."