By Jeannie Hoag, Reference and Assessment Librarian

In this biweekly column, meet the plants who live in the library or work from home with our library staff. Find out what they’re reading and how you can join them by checking out books from the Fordham Libraries! Catch up on all volumes of Plants of the Library.


Sansevieria (left) and Passing for Human by Liana Finck (right).

Name: Sansevieria
Nickname: Snake Plant
Library Location: Walsh Library, outside of the Fordham Museum of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art
What I’m Reading: Passing for Human: A Graphic Memoir by Liana Finck

I was wandering through the graphic novel area of the library (PN6700 to PN6790, on the east side of the third floor elevators) and this book caught my attention. The title especially rang true for me, since I long to gain membership into the exclusive club of humanity. All day I gaze at the antiquities and artifacts of the museum, confronted by my limitations as a plant. On the other hand, I do feel quite proud of my air purification abilities. Take that, Relief of Eros and Psyche.

Anyway, this graphic memoir caught my attention. You know how books sometimes make it seem like life is a straight line? I don’t buy it. Passing for Human is full of stops and starts in a way that feels true to life, at least to this plant. It’s about the creative impulse, parents, benevolent shadow-people, and the nagging feeling you’re not quite like everyone else. Ten spikes out of ten, highly recommend.

Find available copies in the Library Catalog. You can even place a hold to pick it up at the Fordham Library of your choice.

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