Magazine of the Week

Welcome back, everyone! I hope that you are off somewhere, enjoying the long weekend.

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This week’s magazine is designed to encourage your adventures. Backpacker aims to provide useful information for active people who do stuff in the outdoors such as biking, rock- or mountain-climbing, trail running, fly fishing, cycling, and so on. This is a niche title, but it has taken advantage of the web has to connect its niche across the world. Backpacker’s website includes, besides gear recommendations, trail and trip recommendations and advice, pointers to skills training and checklists, upcoming events, and an extensive, active bulletin boards for readers to share their experiences, plan trips together, and etc.

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The magazine’s founder, William Kemsley, reminisced that it took three years for he and his crew to put the first magazine together, because they weren’t sure that there was enough American interest in a title based on wilderness exploration. However, in spring of 1973, Backpacker was born.

From the beginning, the editors sought to limit advertising because of the amount of gear they reviewed regularly. Kemsley sold the title to publisher Ziff Davis in 1980, and it has changed hands twice since then.


Backpacker grew consistently because it was a great central place for outdoors-people to exchange experience and information before the internet struck. This core group of subscribers has allowed Backpacker to remain solvent despite the financial ups and downs of the 2000s. As then publisher Keith Ebersole said in 2009, “I don’t think people who aren’t enthusiastic about the outdoors have a huge desire to read this magazine.” (Ad Age 2009 (10/19), 15)

Our holdings of this title begin with the January 1985 issue. You can request it at the 6th floor PERS desk.

Come take a look!



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Libraries for lazy days

Essence, June 2016
Essence, June 2016

Hi, all! Welcome to summer, at last!

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Mademoiselle, May 1981

Now that your assignments are done for the summer, we want to suggest lighter reading. It’s true that the FIT library doesn’t have a lot of fiction, but we have lots of other things that might interest you.


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We’ve got the great classics of literature, like Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Marcel Proust, Mary Shelley, J. D. Salinger and Toni Morrison. Now could be the time you work your way through the authors you missed in high school.



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Others have created guides to classic works. The writing style in older titles can be awkward, so these guides can help you get more out of the books.

Some guides on Charles Dickens:

Here’s one for Catcher in the Rye:


I used the words “reading guide” to do a Google search for those, and I’m sure there are tons more of them on the web.

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Lula, #22


Other organizations enjoy the discussion it takes to put together a “Best Books” list, so here are some to look through:

Here is Goodread’s list of the 100 best of the 20th century.

Here is Goodread’s list of the 100 best of the 19th century, since so much of these have become part of our popular culture.

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Here is Time Magazine’s list of the 100 best books ever.

Here is NPR’s list of the best books of 2015

A simple Google search will give you many more, but you get the idea. But that’s all the highbrow stuff.


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Our stacks are a goldmine of fluffy light reading as well. The fashion world is synonymous with glamorous shows and parties, and many of those people have written books about that life. Others have written memoirs of their working life and apprenticeship in the industry. Here are just a few of those  books.

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We wish you a safe and restful holiday weekend. And we hope you still come to the library for the many fun things we have here. Have fun out there!


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Wonderland, Spring 2016
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Magazine of the Week

Happy summer, everyone!

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This week, we encourage you to enjoy the warmer weather and explore the world! Allow us to introduce Travel + Leisure, a monthly title owned by Time Inc.  We subscribe to this title partly for its gorgeous images, partly for its coverage of hotel interiors, and partly for students who need research on luggage styling. For those foodies traveling, they also review restaurants and hotels all around the world.

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Perhaps the best thing about this magazine is the beautiful images. This focus was built into the title’s mission, clearly. When it was first published in 1937 it was called U.S. Camera and Travel. The publishers changed it to the current title in 1971.




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Travel + Leisure has used its web presence to greatly expand its content. Their website includes travel guides to different areas around the world, lists of suggestions for things to do for free in NYC, reviews of travelwear such as walking shoes, pillows, and overnight bags, and guides to Disney parks, all illustrated beautifully with amazing photography. It should be no surprise that they also have an Instagram account to maximize the impact of their photographs. They also have a Facebook page, a Twitter account and a Pinterest board.

This particular issue is devoted to the 100th anniversary this year of America’s National Parks.

National Park Service Centennial Celebration

Here’s the handy link to find the National Parks nearest you:

Have some great adventures out there!

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