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New Books Spotlight: Welcome Catamount First Years!

Welcoming our first-year students, we’ve put together a list to help you succeed, be healthy, and have fun! Featuring student success books, guidebooks, cookbooks, and fun reads with first year protagonists; all at UVM Libraries!

The indispensable guide to undergraduate research : success in and beyond college by Anne H. Charity Hudley, Cheryl L. Dickter, Hannah A. Franz
Located at the Howe Library

“Despite all of the information that exists to encourage students to attend and do well in college, this is the first research-based guide that directly advises first- and second-year college students. With a focus on the needs and interests of students who are underrepresented in the academy (African American, Latinx, low-income, and first-generation students), this book will help all students take full advantage of the academic resources that the university setting has to offer. The authors introduce students to different types of research across the disciplines, showing them how to work with professors to build a course of study, how to integrate research work into coursework, and how to write and present research. This timely volume will also assist faculty, staff, and parents in providing the needed tools to promote student success.”

The one-pan college cookbook : 80 easy recipes for quick, good food by MJ Hong
Located at the Howe Library

“Cooking can be a great way to explore new foods, develop new kitchen skills, and save yourself time and money. With The One-Pan College Cookbook , any college student can make nutritious, easy one-pan recipes--no prerequisite coursework required. These dorm-friendly dishes and techniques also provide handy knife, seasoning, and organization lessons every student will use well beyond undergrad.”

Hiking the Green Mountains : a guide to 40 of the region's best hiking adventures by Lisa Densmore Ballard and Mark Aiken.
Located at the Howe Library & the Silver Special Collections Library

“Features concise descriptions and detailed maps for 40 easy-to-follow trails that allow hikers of all levels to enjoy beautiful views, get fit in the outdoors, and learn about the region's history”

Giant days created & written by John Allison ; illustrated by Lissa Treiman

Located at the Howe Library

“Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, "personal experimentation," influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of "academia," they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.”

Teach yourself how to learn : strategies you can use to ace any course at any level by Saundra Yancy McGuire with Stephanie McGuire
Format: eBook, available from all UVM Libraries

“In a conversational tone, and liberally illustrated by anecdotes of past students, the author combines introducing readers to concepts like Bloom's Taxonomy (to illuminate the difference between studying and learning), fixed and growth mindsets, as well as to what brain science has to tell us about rest, nutrition and exercise, together with such highly specific learning strategies as how to read a textbook, manage their time and take tests. With engaging exercises and thought-provoking reflections, this book is an ideal motivational and practical text for study skills and first year experience courses.”

The greatest college health guide you never knew you needed : how to manage food, booze, stress, sex, sleep, and exercise on campus by Jill Henry, Dave Henry

Located at the Howe Library

“The Greatest Health Guide You Never Knew You Needed is a complete road map for how to take care of your mind and body that will not only set students up to crush the next four years, but will also provide a foundation they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.”


College belonging : how first-year and first-generation students navigate campus life by Lisa M. Nunn

Located at the Howe Library

“College Belonging reveals how colleges' and universities' efforts to foster a sense of belonging in their students are misguided. Colleges bombard new students with the message to "get out there!" and "find your place" by joining student organizations, sports teams, clubs and the like. Nunn shows that this reflects a flawed understanding of what belonging is and how it works. Drawing on the sociological theories of Emile Durkheim, College Belonging shows that belonging is something that members of a community offer to each other. It is something that must be given, like a gift. Individuals cannot simply walk up to a group or community and demand belonging. That's not how it works. The group must extend a sense of belonging to each and every member. It happens by making a person feel welcome, to feel that their presence matters to the group, that they would be missed if they were gone. This critical insight helps us understand why colleges' push for students simply to "get out there!" does not always work”

 Take the plunge : an explorer's guide to swimming holes of Vermont by David Hajdasz

Located at the Howe Library Reference Desk

“The new second edition of this guide to more than 40 of Vermont's swimming holes. This illustrated guide includes photos for each location, driving directions, and general information.”

Learning from the learners : successful college students share their effective learning habits edited by Elizabeth Berry, Bettina J. Huber, and Cynthia Z. Rawitch

Located at the Howe Library

“This book turns the traditional approach to student success on its head by examining the learning habits of successful students based on what they have told us about their learning strategies, on what they do to succeed in college, and on the teaching practices they think best foster their learning. This approach is in stark contrast to most recent studies of learning at the college level which focus on what students need to do to succeed, but are written from the point of view of "experts" who provide advice to struggling students.”

The ultimate college student health handbook : your guide for everything from hangovers to homesickness by Jill Grimes ; illustrated by Nicole Grimes

Located at the Howe Library

“College students facing their first illness, accident, or anxiety away from home often flip-flop between wanting to handle it themselves and wishing their parents could swoop in and fix everything. Advice from peers and "Dr. Google" can be questionable. The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook provides accurate, trustworthy, evidence-based medical information (served with a dose of humor) to reduce anxiety and stress and help set appropriate expectations for more than fifty common issues.”

The Secret history : a novel by Donna Tartt

Located at the Howe Library & the Silver Special Collections Library

“Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.”

Norwegian wood by Haruki Murakami ; translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin

Located at the Howe Library

“Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.”

The little local Vermont cookbook : recipes for classic dishes by Melissa Pasanen

Located at the Silver Special Collections Library

“30 classic Vermont recipes to treasure The Little Local Vermont Cookbook brings the natural flavors of the Green Mountain State to your table. Whether you're starting the day with Maple Bacon Skillet Biscuits or enjoying a midday meal of Cheddar Ale Soup, this sweet little book will pack a powerful punch of nostalgia. No matter where you're eating, you can round out your evening with Harvest Stuffed Squash, followed by a batch of classic Maple Ginger Cookies, and you're guaranteed to feel like you're back in Burlington. Written by a regional food expert and beautifully illustrated, this cookbook is the perfect way to jog mountain memories.”

AMC's best day hikes in Vermont : four-season guide to 60 of the best trails in the Green Mountain State by Jen Lamphere Roberts

Located at the Howe Library & the Silver Special Collections Library

“With hundreds of miles of hiking trails stretching from the shores of Lake Champlain to the peaks of the spectacular Green Mountains to the southern woodlands, the picturesque state of Vermont is made for hikers. Expertly curated and field-tested, this guide features 60 of the best day hikes the state has to offer, for all skill levels. Whether you're looking to explore high summits such as Camel's Hump or Mount Mansfield, hike sections of the Long Trail or the Appalachian Trail, or set off on a day trip through fertile valleys, rivers, and ponds, this must-have resource is a must-have in your pack.”

 It happened in Vermont : remarkable events that shaped history by Mark Bushnell

Located at the Silver Special Collections Library

“From a cross-border Confederate attack to the underdressed men from Maple Corner, It Happened in Vermont looks at intriguing people and episodes from the history of the Green Mountain State.”