A featured resource: Crazy Good Interviewing

Crazy Good InterviewingIt’s no secret that standing out in a crowd of anxious applicants is essential to landing the job you want nowadays. The book Crazy Good Interviewing: How Acting a Little Crazy Can Get You the Job by John B. Molidor and Barbara Parus introduces readers to a whole different level of interviewing where thinking outside the box is necessary to being a successful interview candidate. Some of the topics covered include: how to make a lasting first impression, interviewing in non-traditional environments, handling awkward questions and situations, and using personality and personal experience to boost credibility. The authors identify interview practices that are “crazy good” and “crazy bad” in order to help readers understand what sells and what doesn’t sell in an interview.

This book is packed full of practical advice for individuals seeking employment in a difficult economy and is useful to anyone who hasn’t been through the interview process in a long time.

John B. Molidor, Ph.D. is CEO/President of Michigan State University Flint Area Medical Education, and a Community Assistant Dean and Professor of Psychiatry at MSU College of Human Medicine.

Barbara Parus is Director of Publications for the National Speakers Association in Tempe, Arizona and a well-established writer, editor, and editorial consultant.

This book isavailable at the Briscoe Library. For more information check the library catalog.

Andrea N. Schorr

Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian

A History of the Present Illness, and other books you might enjoy reading this summer

A History of the Present IllnessSummer is a great time to read for pleasure.  We hope you will be able to find a few hours to relax with the perfect book, and  we have some titles for your consideration:

Last month, The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics announced the selection of the next One Community/One Book title.  It is A History of the Present Illness, by Louise Aronson, M.D., M.F.A.  We are excited about this book!  A History of the Present Illness is a first novel for Aronson, a geriatrician and member of the faculty at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, who is also a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Writing.

According to one reviewer the book is “an intelligent and pleasurable collection rich enough for re-reading, study, and discussion.  Aronson… combines extensive medical experience with her considerable storyteller’s gifts.” Literature, Medicine and the Arts Database

Copies of A History of the Present Illness are available in The Libraries (call number PS 3601.R67 A769h 2013) , and at the UT Health Science Center Bookstore for $18, 25% off the retail price.

One Community/One Book is made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


When we asked members of the library staff to share their ideas for good summer reads, large expanses of water emerged as a  common theme.  Here are two cool blue books to consider:

The Ocean at the End of the LaneKelley Minars, Web Librarian in the Briscoe Library, enjoyed The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: “This book is funny, scary, and bewitching in turns. The author takes his own childhood mythologies and weaves them into a moving story in this short but engaging read.”




The Cat's TableJonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, recommends The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje.  “The author of The English Patient speaks in the first person as he describes the story of an eleven-year-old boy in 1954, traveling on a 3-week voyage from Ceylon to England. The boy, Mynah, befriends two other boys and they run unsupervised all over the ship, going from one reckless adventure to the next. Their meals are eaten with a group of colorful adult characters at the “cat’s table”, located far from the Captain’s table. The book appealed to me because the boy is suspended for a few unfettered weeks between his orderly and safe childhood in Ceylon and the unknown challenges he will face when he begins a new life in England. I found this book to be thought provoking, poetic and also very entertaining.”


Good Omens: Gaiman and PratchettFinally, Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, suggests Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. “This book is probably more suited for a read around Halloween, so read it now and then again in October. Every time and no matter how many times I read Good Omens, it makes me laugh out loud, especially if you have been to England or are from England. It is about the end of the world which will end on Saturday, next Saturday to be exact, and how a fussy angel and a fast-living fallen angel sort of mess up the best laid plans for Armageddon.”

A History of the Present Illness: Book discussions are being planned for September and October

A History of the Present IllnessA History of the Present Illness, a collection of short stories by Louise Aronson, M.D., M.F.A., is the One Community/One Book selection for Fall of 2013.  Fifteen volunteer book discussion leaders have registered to attend training in early September. Dates and times of public book discussions will be announced later in the month.

It is still possible to register for the workshop, Talking About Books Over Lunch: A Workshop for Discussion Group Leaders and Hosts Workshops will be offered Wednesday, September 4 at 3:00 p.m., and Friday, September 6 at noon.

More complete information, including workshop locations and online registration, can be found in the Library Events section at  Or, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, at

Louise Aronson will be the keynote speaker at the One Community/One Book author event sponsored by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and The Libraries, which will take place Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in the Holly Auditorium.

One Community/One Book is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Are you thinking about purchasing an e-book reader?

The December 2010 issue of Consumer Reports includes reviews of the latest e-book readers as well as the iPad and other tablet computers.  E-book readers considered include the Amazon Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi, Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi, Barnes & Noble Nook 3G + Wi-Fi, two versions of the Pandigital Novel, BeBook, Spring Design, ViewSonic, Kobo, and Augen.

It is possible to read e-books on many different kinds of devices, including laptop and desk top computers. The article on e-books notes that “the greater versatility of some other devices, notably the iPad, makes them worthy of consideration if you want a multipurpose, portable device that’s also a decent e-book reader with the added benefit of a color screen.”

Consumer Reports reviews of tablets and e-book readers can be accessed through the library catalog or at the following links:

(2010). E-book readers. Consumer Reports75(12), 40-41. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database.

(2010). Tablets. Consumer Reports75(12), 39. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database.

Ask Me Why I Hurt: Book discussion in the library April 4

The Briscoe Library will host a discussion of Ask Me Why I Hurt, a first person account by Dr. Randy Christensen of his work as a pediatrician serving homeless children through a mobile van clinic in Phoenix, AZ.

Wednesday, April 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room, 5th floor, Briscoe Library

Dr. Randy as he is called, and Julie Watson, LPN, a clinical nurse who works with him, will be featured speakers at this year’s Community Service Learning Day to be held on Thursday, April 5.

Ask Me Why I Hurt is about primary care at its most primary, helping those who often cannot help themselves.  The book is a fascinating memoir of Dr. Randy, his dedication to his work, the frustrations he often feels with the health care system, and his own personal struggles to raise a family while dealing with long hours and the most needy children.  The book is also a compelling example of inter-professional teamwork.

Copies of Ask Me Why I Hurt are available for check-out at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, the Briscoe Library, the Ramirez Library at the RAHC in Harlingen, and the Regional Campus Library in Laredo.  Books are also available for purchase at the UT Health Science Center bookstore.

Dr. Randy will be signing books at 5:00 p.m. on April 5 following his presentation at Community Service Learning Day.  For more information about Community Service Learning Day, visit the website for the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics:

To RSVP for the book discussion on April 4, email Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries,  Feel free to bring your lunch to the book discussion.  Dessert will be served.

Barefoot Heart- Volunteer to lead a discussion group, and receive the book for free

Barefoot Heart- Book coverThanks to a community project grant award from Humanities Texas, The Libraries are once again able to provide books to individuals who volunteer to lead or host a discussion group in connection with the One Community/One Book program.

The first of several workshops for discussion group leaders and hosts will take place Monday, December 12, 2011 at noon in the Collaboratory of the Briscoe Library.  Online registration is available.  For more information contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, at

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Best idea for staying cool this summer: READ

Summer reading suggestions from the staff of the Briscoe Library

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson

Recommended by Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

“I love the main characters in this book… Major Pettigrew, the English widower with the stiff upper lip, and Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani widow shopkeeper.  These two with little on the surface to make them compatible, find companionship and love in the English countryside.  In a  way, the book could have been written by a 21st century Jane Austen.  A great summer read if you are looking for interesting characters and great prose writing.”

Ice Station Zebra, by Alistair Maclean

Recommended by Ken Wise, Access Services Library Assistant: “because you asked for something cool…”

“The atomic submarine Dolphin has impossible orders: to sail beneath the ice-floes of the Arctic Ocean to locate and rescue the men of weather-station Zebra, gutted by fire and drifting with the ice-pack somewhere north of the Arctic Circle. But the orders do not say what the Dolphin will find if she succeeds — that the fire at Ice Station Zebra was sabotage, and that one of the survivors is a killer!”

Dogs: A Natural History, by Jake Page

Recommended by Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

“Dogs are amazing creatures, as everyone who loves them knows.  Jake Page writes about the wolf-dog connection, and about the co-evolution of dogs and human beings going all the way back to before the dawn of recorded history.  Where did the first domestic dogs come from?  How did they get to be the dogs they are today?  How do dogs see the world? What do they think about us?  This bookis full of  interesting and useful information, yet you will feel like you are ‘wasting time’, in the best sense of the word.”

Books from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library now viewable online at The Portal to Texas History

From Queer, Quaint Old San Antonio: Its Climate in Throat and Lung Diseases (1895): Views of San Pedro Springs and San Pedro Park.

A dozen books on Texas and medical history from the collection of the P.I .Nixon Medical Historical Library are now available as ebooks through the Portal to Texas History, an Internet gateway created and maintained by the University of North Texas.  In 2008, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) identified the Portal to Texas History as one of the best online resources for education in the humanities.  The Libraries’ contributions to the Portal to Texas History were made possible by a “Rescuing Texas History” mini-grant awarded to Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Special Collections. The books include:

Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscenses (1913) by Dr. Rudolph Menger, complete with many of Menger’s own photographs and photo-micrographs of native animal and insect life

San Antonio de Bexar: A Guide and History (1890) by William Corner, including a historical sketch of the city written by Sidney Lanier

An Account of the Early History of Surgery in Texas (1932) by Albert O. Singleton, originally presented as a presidential address to the Texas Surgical Society

Queer, Quaint Old San Antonio: Its Climate in Throat and Lung Diseases (1895) by C. E. Fisher, an illustrated “medical tourism” guide extolling the virtues of San Antonio’s climate, lifestyle and amusements for respiratory disease sufferers

A Frontier Doctor (1929), an autobiography by Henry Franklin Holt, a pioneer who was the first physician to practice medicine in the Texas Panhandle

A Treatise on the Eclectic Southern Practice of Medicine (1854) by J. Cam. Massie, a 720-page reference text on the theory and practice of medicine

Texas Surgeon, An Autobiography (1958) by Donald Taylor Atkinson, who practiced medicine in rural Texas and the Oklahoma Indian country before moving to Dallas and San Antonio

The Menace: An Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor (1914) by Charles Dixon, about the work of ridding Bexar County of quacks and nostrum exploiters

Notes on the Newer Remedies (2nd edition, 1894) by David Cerna, a pharmacological reference text including physical characteristics, therapeutic applications and dosages for various synthetic and natural drugs

Luke Rosenberger
Director of Library Technology and Historical Collections

Briscoe Library book giveaways in November

The Briscoe Library will have a series of book giveaways throughout the month of November at the main entrance of the library. Books to be included in the giveaway are old editions withdrawn from the library’s collection or donations given to the library but not needed for the collection.

All books are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian, at 567-2400 or email at

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Flexner Report: Academic Medicine releases first eBook

Academic Medicine, the official journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), has released its first eBook.  This new electronic publication consists of articles published by the journal on topics related to the centenary of the Flexner Report, the 1910 report on medical education that triggered much needed reforms. 

The eBook is free to download and is compatible with several different eReader devices, including Kindle, Nook, iPad, and the Sony eReader.  To access the eBook, visit the announcements section in Academic Medicine at