Human Library: Catalog of Books-Fringe Festival 2013



Participate in a Human Library

2nd Human Library at Rochester Fringe Festival

Eastman School of Music: Cominsky Promenade
September 21, 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm


You can take any of the Human Books listed below for 30 minutes. No reservation necessary. First come and first serve policy. The Human Library circulation desk will be open at 12:45 PM.

Please contact Mari Tsuchiya at or (585)275-5506, if you have any questions.


Book 1
Couple, fighting together against his anorexia and relentless exercises
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
This book is written by a young couple who faced and successfully dealt with husband’s anorexia and relentless exercises. The wife tells her account as a care taker and the husband tells his obsession and history of eating disorder.

Book 2
Never inflict the unprepared on the unsuspecting
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
This book  is a public health anthropologist who has worked with students at field sites in Tibet, Ladakh, and the Italian Dolomites.  Field work brings out the very best and the very worst in all of us.  This book discusses pre-departure prep, re-entry education, the ethics of field work and training done on mountain tops, local taverns, health departments, and the stage of a local high school.   Bring sunscreen and a field notebook.

Book 3
Living in Fear, but life still went on
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
This book tells the story of her friends disappearing during military Junta in Argentina.

Book 4
Survivor: Homeless single mother to a doctoral candidate
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
This book has come a long way from a homeless single mother to a Ed.D candidate. She tells a story how good infrastructure of community resources helped her to become who she is today.

Book 5
Covered, but not Concealed-Hijab wearing Muslim student
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
At first, it may be hard to see past the religious covering this book wears, one that has often been labeled as oppressive. Yet it is this covering that holds her pages firmly together and gives her a sense of identity, driving her to serve her community, particularly through interfaith work and volunteerism in the refugee community.

Book 6
Lost Boy of Sudan
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
This book left his village in Sudan when he was nine years old, lived in a harsh refugee camp for 13 years before immigrating to the US. Now he tells an amazing story how he found the way to help children in South Sudan.

Book 7
Vietnam Veteran
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
This book will reflect the journey of those in uniform during that war who reached the point of making a choice of saying no, when too much  was asked  of their sense of morality. Although many said no and accepted the consequences of Courts Martial trials, many others sadly coose the path of either
self- inflicted violence, or violence toward others, especialy superior officers(this was referred to as fragging)

Book 8
You Can't Shave in a Minimart Bathroom - a more humorous look at becoming your true self
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
Transitioning to your true gender is difficult enough as it is.  Transitioning as a public high school teacher poses its own unique set of challenges - it can make you laugh or cry.  I choose to laugh because laughing doesn't cause my mascara to run.

Book 9
Vegan Activist
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

This book engages in vegan activism and outreach in wide variety of ways. Whether it be through bonding over food, leafletting, holding intellectual discussion, or running a 30-Day Veg Challenge, she plants seeds along the way, showing how veganism can be easy, accessible, and enjoyable. 

Book 10
Dealing With Difference Through Music
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
Do you want to learn about music’s power to reach inward and outward, to call up important events, core ideas, and powerful emotions, causing us at times to burst into tears, to become angry, or fill up with joy—for “no apparent reason”? People everywhere have such music, one that defines them, often in special and different ways. Reading this book will help you better understand music’s power to express and celebrate difference.

Book 11
Still Standing: A Life Found In The Letting Go
(Available 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm)
This book recounts an almost two decade-long struggle with undiagnosed Lyme Disease. It speaks to the horrible unraveling of both the body and the mind caused by untreated infection, as well as reflecting upon the strength of the human spirit to overcome even the most daunting of obstacles. Faced with the bleak reality of being unable to support her own weight on her legs, unable to eat or swallow, and told to go home and die, the protagonist decided to tap into the wellspring of internal faith in the self that resides in each of us. Refusing to give up, she managed to earn a BA, an MA, and a MSW along the way. After thirteen year degeneration, she discovered her own diagnoses and forced the medical community to listen. This book speaks to the strength of the human spirit and the plasticity of our dreams, reminding us that there is always another way, always a next thing.

Book 12
African American Community Activist
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
This book works for the Foodlink. He runs hunger workshops. A former Gandhi Peace Fellow of U of R, he would like to become a community leader.

Book 13
Afghan Higher Education Innovator
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
This book is a Fulbright scholar from Afghanistan. He got a medical degree and worked as a medical school professor and administrator before coming to Warner School. He lived through Soviet invasion, civil war and US-led war.

Book 14
"Martial Artist"
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
At only 5' tall, this book must not look like the image that most people think of when they imagine a black belt martial artist.  She has been training for almost four years in Tae Kwon Do, and she prefers to focus more on the "art" than on the "martial".

Book 15
Unsteady Criminal Minds, I Pivot and Create Opportunity
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
This book is a psychiatric intensive case manager with a forensic focus.  Using her multi-tasking and networking skills, she helps adults and their families recover from mental illness. She uses her unique perspective acquired through world travel to negotiate through services and the criminal justice system.

Book 16
Third Culture Kid
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
Having American missionary parents, she lived in three countries and has spoken four languages before coming to the U of R. She doesn't feel that she belongs to a specific country, but that she is a citizen of the world.
(Did you know President Obama, Natalie Portman, and Robert Griffin III were all third culture kids

Book 17
Walking in Spirals
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
Have you ever felt like you were “lost” when you were trying to find your way?  Maybe you’re figuring out a career direction or working on a confounding problem or making sense of a relationship.  To this book, a career counselor, university intercessor, leadership coach, and labyrinth steward, the dynamics of spirals are integral to finding your way out of life’s labyrinths.

Book 18
Forgiving is not Forgetting
(Available 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
God has never given this book more than it could handle.  From growing up a minority in its community, to being economically disadvantaged, this book’s voice was not heard in its patriarchal alcoholic home.  Despite these challenges, and because of them, the book became a person of great faith, determination and compassion.  The book uses its gifts and strengths to support and encourage others to overcome “obstacles.”








Staff Login | Privacy Statement | Copyright & Fair Use

Copyright © 1998-2015 University of Rochester Libraries. All Rights Reserved.