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When Breath Becomes Air by
Call Number: RC 280 .L8K35 2016
Publication Date: 2016-01-12
"Can life remain full and rewarding even while one is living under a death sentence? This is the question now-deceased neurosurgeon Kalanithi asked himself after receiving a late-stage lung cancer diagnosis. Newly married and almost ready to complete his residency, at 34 Kalanithi was faced with a momentous decision: Should he continue with a promising medical career, or fall back on his first love of writing while taking care of his health? Fortunately for the readers of this moving memoir, he decided to do both. Kalanithi describes his life-changing decision to set aside the pursuit of a doctorate in literature in favor of attending medical school and then recounts the discovery and progress of his illness, along with the inevitable upheaval in his personal life. A precious highlight here is the heartrending epilogue penned by his wife, Lucy, following Kalanithi's passing shortly after she became pregnant. This eloquent, heartfelt meditation on the choices that make life worth living, even as death looms, will prompt readers to contemplate their own values and mortality." — Booklist
Thirteen Ways of Looking by
Call Number: PR 6063 .C335A6 2015
Publication Date: 2015-10-13
In his first collection of short fiction in more than a decade, McCann charts the territory of chance, and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments.
"As it was, it was like being set down in the best of poems, carried into a cold landscape, blindfolded, turned around, unblindfolded, forced, then, to invent new ways of seeing."
In the exuberant title novella, a retired judge reflects on his life's work, unaware as he goes about his daily routines that this particular morning will be his last. In "Sh'khol," a mother spending Christmas alone with her son confronts the unthinkable when he disappears while swimming off the coast near their home in Ireland. In "Treaty," an elderly nun catches a snippet of a news report in which it is revealed that the man who once kidnapped and brutalized her is alive, masquerading as an agent of peace. And in "What Time Is It Now, Where You Are?" a writer constructs a story about a Marine in Afghanistan calling home on New Year's Eve.
Deeply personal, subtly subversive, at times harrowing, and indeed funny, yet also full of comfort, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a striking achievement. With unsurpassed empathy for his characters and their inner lives, Colum McCann forges from their stories a profound tribute to our search for meaning and grace. The collection is a rumination on the power of storytelling in a world where language and memory can sometimes falter, but in the end do not fail us, and a contemplation of the healing power of literature.
The Road to Character by
Call Number: BF 818 .B764 2015
Publication Date: 2015-04-14
"Contrasting the period just after WWII and the current era of social media, columnist Brooks laments how the culture has evolved from humility and self-effacement to hubris and self-aggrandizement. Noting his own natural disposition toward shallowness, Brooks advises that we can all benefit from inward-looking in search of character, not the kind that advances careers but the kind that longs for meaning in life. Brooks, author of The Social Animal (2011), offers biographies of a cross section of individuals who struggled against their own weaknesses and limitations and developed strong moral fiber. Among his subjects are social reformer Frances Perkins, George Marshall (of Marshall Plan fame), labor rights leader A. Phillip Randolph, theologian Augustine of Hippo, and essayist Samuel Johnson. They suffered self-doubts and disappointments as they were reluctantly dragged into their callings, all character-building experiences. Brooks offers a humility code that cautions against living only for happiness and that recognizes we are ultimately saved by grace." — Booklist
Mothers, Tell Your Daughters by
Call Number: PS 3553 .A43956A6 2015
Publication Date: 2015-10-05
"Strong writing holds the readers' attention in Campbell's collection of dark, offbeat stories. In the title piece, the narrator, who has survived much sorrow through toughness, tells her life story from a hospice bed. Her dying wish is for her kin to make her funeral a real bash. In 'My Dog Roscoe,' a woman suspects that a stray dog rescued by her husband is a reincarnation of her sexy former boyfriend, Oscar. When the dog exhibits behavior reminding her of Oscar, she talks to the dog as if he is Oscar, telling him more than once how he betrayed her. In 'Daughters of the Animal Kingdom,' 47-year-old Jill is pregnant with her fifth child, her mother has cancer, her youngest daughter is also pregnant, and her marriage is on the rocks. She compares herself to a queen bee past her prime who can no longer cling to life. Throughout, mothers and daughters struggle with bad luck, bad choices, and bad men; there's always an imbalance of power in their relationships, never in their favor. Following critical acclaim for her novel Once upon a River, Campbell tells bittersweet stories of unbearable heartache, sadness, and sometimes love. She once explained to an interviewer that she wants to look honestly at whatever event is unfolding, and she has delivered that truthfulness in the stories in this exhilarating collection." — Library Journal
Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah by
Call Number: DT 530.5 F84B34 2015
Publication Date: 2015-08-04
"Badkhen's lyrical, off-the-beaten-path travel memoir also serves as a trenchant sociological study of one of the planet's largest remaining group of nomads, the Fulani, of West Africa. Embedding herself with a Fulani family, she thoroughly immerses herself in their culture and their lifestyle—a curious hybrid of the primitive and the contemporary—as they, together with herds of cows, trek their way across the Mali savannah during their seasonal migration to the grasslands. Inevitably, the journey is dotted with incursions of modern life. Still, the Fulani display a remarkable ability to adapt to certain new realities while honoring centuries-old traditions. Badkhen, a seasoned reporter and author (The World Is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village, 2013), vividly captures and communicates an increasingly rare and wondrous experience." — Booklist
The Mare by
Call Number: PS 3557 .A36M37 2015
Publication Date: 2015-11-03
"Velvet Vargas, the abused, underprivileged daughter of unstable Silvia, and Ginger, a fortysomething, upper-middle-class recovering alcoholic, are the heart of this multivoiced saga of damaged people scrambling to survive against enormous odds. When Ginger and husband Paul take in 11-year-old Velvet for a summer stint with the Fresh Air Fund in upstate New York, this initial visit segues into frequent visits over the years. Paul is skeptical about this social experiment; Ginger is obsessed with the girl's welfare every time she returns to Brooklyn. When they arrange for Velvet to take riding lessons at a nearby horse farm, Velvet's rare equine intuition ups the tension. Her jealous, hateful mother resists all efforts to nurture the very gifts that may save Velvet's soul, while Ginger oversteps one boundary after another to keep Velvet safe while healing the dark abyss of her own psyche. Gaitskill spares no one in this brutally honest story of poverty, bigotry, the secret life of adolescents looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong places, and parental and marital dysfunction. The major and minor voices narrating this brilliant tapestry are wondrously original, poignant, and, despite all, not without hope." — Library Journal
Feed Your Athlete: A Cookbook to Fuel High Performance by
Call Number: TX 361 .A8K57 2015
Publication Date: 2015-06-02
Athletes know how important it is to get the right fuel for their workouts and events. Feed Your Athlete makes it simple to fuel yourself or your athlete before, during, and after sporting events and training with 150 all-natural, real-food recipes for meals, snacks, portables, sports drinks, and more. Icons and assessments help determine optimal nutrition for any type of sport, and include high-carb, high-protein, low-calorie, low-fat, or high- or low-fiber options. Created for endurance and strength athletes (but great for athletes of all kinds), Feed Your Athlete shows how to cook easy meals and take-alongs that taste good and make active bodies feel great by delivering the fuel that they need to perform at their peak.
Thieves I've Known by
Call Number: PS 3611 .E146T48 2013
Publication Date: 2013-09-15
In these wondrously strange and revealing stories, Tom Kealey chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the young and marginalized as they discover many ways of growing up. Their names are Merrill, Omar, Shelby, Laika, Winston, and Toomey, but most people don't see them. They are boxers in training and the children of fishermen. They are altar boys in a poverty-stricken parish. They are assistant groundskeepers and assistant camel-keepers. They travel with the circus, care for disabled siblings, steal police cars, and retrieve the stolen boots of a priest. Ranging in abode from Puget Sound, Washington, to Pamlico Sound, North Carolina, they are abandoned yet courageous and plucky children and teenagers living on the edges of society. Thieves I've Known is a collection of powerful, moving stories about the lives of a redemptive and peculiar cast of young characters who become easy to know and difficult to forget.
How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by
Call Number: RA 784 .G7584 2015
Publication Date: 2015-12-08
"Physician Greger tackles 15 major diseases (including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease) one by one, presenting a wealth of research to shore up his assertion that most of these ailments can be prevented by diet and lifestyle choices. Readers familiar with Greger's website, NutritionFacts.org, won't be surprised by his claim that nutrition is the key. Beginning with heart disease, the number-one killer in the U.S., Greger, an avid proponent of a whole-food, plant-based diet, runs through the statistics to demonstrate the importance of food choices. He points out, for instance, that in rural China and Africa, where heart disease rates are low, a plant-based diet is the norm, but in the U.S., where fatty meats and junk foods are staples even in childhood, atherosclerosis sets in early on. Along with discouraging observations about 'the Standard American Diet,' Greger serves up practical dietary suggestions. He urges readers to take charge of their health, and faults the medical profession for neglecting the significance of nutrition. This evidence-based guide unpacks information useful to carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike, making a strong case for the healing power of food." — Publishers Weekly
Call Number: PS 3616 .O65H68 2015
Publication Date: 2015-05-12
"In this compassionate, utterly engrossing novel of suburban dysfunction, unhappy middle-aged adults go off the rails, with tragic consequences. Benjamin Mandelbaum's wife kicks him out of the house, finally fed up with his constant lying and suspected infidelity. He moves back into his childhood home with his widowed father and is surprised to learn that, just up the street, the beautiful, unattainable girl of his high-school days has just moved in, along with her corporate-attorney husband and troubled daughter. Audrey, harboring a terrible secret and looking for escape, is moved by Ben's admission of his high-school crush, and the two begin a passionate affair. But their mutual compulsion to escape carries some serious repercussions, ones they don't see until it's almost too late. Told in two parts, one from Ben's point of view, the other given over to Audrey, her husband, and her daughter, in turn, this insightful novel about flawed people and their frequent quests for redemption makes some trenchant points about how easily people can lose sight of what's most important." — Booklist
PR 3403 .Z5F73 2012
Publication Date: 2012-04-01
January 1719. A man sits at a table, writing. Nearly sixty, Daniel Defoe is troubled with gout and mired in political controversy and legal threats. But for the moment he is preoccupied by a younger man on a barren shore—Robinson Crusoe.
Several miles south, another old man, Robert Knox, sits bent over a heavy volume—published nearly forty years before.Knox's Historical Relation was a best seller when it was published in 1681, just a year after he escaped from Ceylon and returned to England.
Where did the character of Robinson Crusoe come from? And what is the secret of his endurance? Crusoe explores the intertwined lives of two real men, Daniel Defoe and Robert Knox, and the character and book that emerged from their peculiar conjunction. It is the biography of a book and its hero: the story of Defoe, the man who wrote Robinson Crusoe, and of Robert Knox, the man who was Crusoe.
Subtle Bodies by
Call Number: PS 3568 .U727S83 2014
Publication Date: 2014-06-03
"Ned and Nina are working hard to get pregnant. But when Ned suddenly flies across the country to attend the funeral of college friend Douglas, Nina follows in hot pursuit. When she finally catches up with him, Nina finds her husband holed up in Douglas' upstate New York compound, surrounded by his former NYU roommates, instantly immersed in the rivalries and politics of their student days. Nina's role as an outsider gives her a unique perspective on the group as she watches them grapple with the death of their revered Douglas and attempt to reappraise their lives, relationships, and futures through the clarifying lens of the passage of time. Rush, author of the National Book Award-winning Mating (1991), has written a quiet, contemplative novel, bringing together a group of people whose pasts and presents have suddenly come face-to-face as they struggle to make sense of their personal histories. Subtle Bodies is a funny, deeply satisfying look at friendships why we make them, why we keep them, and how they change us over time." — Booklist
You Could Look It Up: The Reference Shelf from Ancient Babylon to Wikipedia by
Call Number: Z 1035.1 .L96 2016
Publication Date: 2016-02-23
"Knowledge is of two kinds," said Samuel Johnson in 1775. "We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it." Today we think of Wikipedia as the source of all information, the ultimate reference. Yet it is just the latest in a long line of aggregated knowledge--reference works that have shaped the way we've seen the world for centuries.
You Could Look It Up chronicles the captivating stories behind these great works and their contents, and the way they have influenced each other. From The Code of Hammurabi, the earliest known compendium of laws in ancient Babylon almost two millennia before Christ to Pliny's Natural History; from the 11th-century Domesday Book recording land holdings in England to Abraham Ortelius's first atlas of the world; from Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language to The Whole Earth Catalog to Google, Jack Lynch illuminates the human stories and accomplishment behind each, as well as its enduring impact on civilization. In the process, he offers new insight into the value of knowledge.
The Great Glass Sea by
Call Number: PS 3623 .E4273G74 2014
Publication Date: 2014-07-01
"Twin brothers find themselves on opposite sides of an ideological divide in this ambitious debut novel from the author of the novella collection The New Valley. Yarik and Dima grew up together in Russia, thick as thieves. As adults, they work at the Oranzheria, a massive greenhouse in the town of Petroplavilsk, which is bathed in perpetual daylight by space mirrors. Under the mirrors, the town becomes ceaselessly productive, a place where 'sleep was freed from nature's hours, breakfast was what happened before work,' and 'stores never closed.' Longing for more time with his brother, Dima becomes increasingly disenchanted with this new, overly productive society, while an encounter between Yarik and Russian billionaire Boris Bazarov—the oligarch behind the Oranzheria—leads to the Yarik's ascension through the ranks. A well-timed dystopian tale, the novel beautifully details both the politics of this hypothetical Russia—'oligarchs bred beneath the clamp of communism let loose upon loot-fueled dreams'—and its impact on one small family." — Publishers Weekly
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds by
Call Number: HF 5718.22 .G353 2015
Publication Date: 2015-03-10
"Delivering an effective presentation is a goal for everyone from students to CEOs. Communications coach Gallo (The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs) uses his analysis of more than 500 TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment, Design; speeches given at a global set of conferences owned by the private nonprofit Sapling Foundation) to provide nine tips for great public speaking. The book is divided into three sections, with tips on delivering emotional, novel, and memorable speeches. TEDnotes summarize the main points in each chapter. Following his own advice to presenters, Gallo doesn't just give facts but also shares stories to make his points more significant to his audience, in this case the reader. In addition to his examination of successful TED presentations, Gallo also includes research from the fields of psychology and communications to explain why these methods work so well. This book will resonate with readers who want to become skilled orators as well as with anyone seeking to understand what makes TED Talks so inspiring." — Library Journal
The Storyteller's Secret: by
Call Number: HF 5718 .G3533 2016
Publication Date: 2016-02-23
"According to communications coach Gallo, 'You don't choose your passion; it chooses you.' Successfully selling that passion to others, he confides in this helpful primer, means becoming a master storyteller. Gallo believes that the first step to finding your own story is answering the question of what makes you happy. He uses the stories of accomplished storytellers such as Richard Branson, Joel Osteen, Tony Robbins, and Oprah Winfrey to demonstrate the ways in which self-narrative informs self-confidence-and helps speakers convince others. Explaining how to help listeners comprehend a message, he reminds readers, 'If you can't tell it, you can't sell it.' Highly narrative and personality-driven, these stories, backed up by checklists and concrete tips, Gallo's enthusiastic and encouraging style is infectious. Readers with an idea to sell-whether for profit or for social justice-will find this an indispensable guide to articulating a sales pitch." — Publishers Weekly
Call Number: PQ 7409.2 .H355P3613 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-21
"Her Papi, says the unnamed eight-year-old protagonist of Indiana's manic novel, is like Jason from Friday the 13th: he shows up when you least expect him. And he always comes back. And come back he does from the U.S. to the family's home in Santo Domingo, returning like a conquering hero, like the biggest celebrity in the world at least in the eyes of his daughter, who deifies him. Papi, it turns out, owns a dealership, ostensibly a car dealership, but it's obvious it's drugs he is dealing, not autos. It's unclear whether his daughter is aware of this, however, since her grasp on reality which exists somewhere between dream and delirium seems tenuous at best. Indeed, her stream-of-consciousness narrative creates a world like Alice's Wonderland if it had been set in the Dominican Republic, that is. Papi is a curiosity, apparently a cult classic in the Caribbean, while its author is a celebrated musician and something of a cult classic herself." — Booklist
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by
Call Number: E 467.1 .M4E34 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-01
"Those who have heard of Thomas Francis Meagher (1823-1867) will likely know him as a Union general in the Civil War, but Egan (The Big Burn), National Book Award-winner for The Worst Hard Time, moves Meagher convincingly into the ranks of patriots of both the U.S. and Ireland. With novelistic skill, Egan fashions a dizzying tableau of the life of his restless subject. Meagher was an Irish revolutionary who was condemned to death but then exiled to Tasmania. He then escaped to America, where he lived in New York City and became active in Irish-American politics. He was later appointed general of the Union army's Irish Brigade (which helped knit oft-scorned Irish immigrants into the American fabric) and became a heroic war leader, before becoming lieutenant governor of the Montana Territory. Egan also reexamines evidence about Meagher's death in Montana, convincingly concluding that he was assassinated by frontier vigilantes resentful of his determination to create the rule of law. Egan's book is solid; as storytelling, it's captivating. It provides an impressive biography of a distinctive Irish-American figure, the patriot of two countries, faithful to each to his last." — Publishers Weekly
Dog Run Moon by
Call Number: PS 3623 .I6626A6 2016
Publication Date: 2016-02-09
"The setting for Wink's debut collection of nine provocative stories, two of which appeared in The New Yorker, encompasses the small, stagnant towns of rural Montana and Wyoming. The author writes with humor, authenticity, and sympathy for his characters, everyday people caught in the vagaries of life. In the title story, which opens the compilation, a mill worker named Sid is running naked through the woods, trying to escape town bullies Montana Bob and Charlie Chaplin after Sid steals their neglected dog. 'Breatharians' is a moving story about August, whose father gives him a job to kill feral cats on their dairy farm, but it also clarifies what drove his parents to live in two separate houses built by his grandparents on the homestead while Lisa, the hired girl, sleeps with his father. 'In Hindsight' has Lauren living on a ranch as she cares for her animals and constantly battles her dead husband's son, Jason, who thinks nothing of killing one of her steers and dragging it up on her porch. Wink is definitely not a writer of half measures; each of these stories demonstrates his ability to lay life bare. A significant collection highly deserving of the spotlight." — Library Journal
Love and Other Wounds by
Call Number: PS 3608 .A7735A6 2015
Publication Date: 2015-07-07
Denizens of the shadows who live outside the law—from the desolate meth labs of the Ozark Mountains to the dog-fighting rings of Detroit to the lavish Los Angeles hotels where the famous run wild—the characters in Love and Other Wounds all thirst for something seemingly just beyond their reach. Some are on the run, pursued by the law or propelled relentlessly forward by a dangerous past that is disturbingly close. Others are searching for a semblance of peace and stability, and even love, in a fractured world defined by seething violence and ruthless desperation. All are bruised, pushed to their breaking points and beyond, driven to extremes they never imagined.
Crackling with cinematic energy, raw and disquieting yet filled with pathos and a darkly vital humor, Love and Other Wounds is an unforgettable debut from an electrifying new voice, and a welcome addition to the pulp poetry canon.
Idiot's Guides: Meditation by
Call Number: BF 637 .M4B87 2016
Publication Date: 2016-02-09
While meditation is viewed in many ways, it's essentially the slowing down of your thoughts in order to achieve awareness. Many use it as a daily form of prayer. Meditation can help focus your thinking, lower your stress levels, lower risks for medical issues (such as high blood pressure, glucose levels, and heart disease) and is considered to be preventative medicine. It promotes mind-body balance and fitness, mindfulness, and creativity. Idiot's Guides: Meditation offers a concise, easy-to-grasp primer on the numerous types of meditation and how to practice them.
Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience by
Call Number: QP 360 .G3928 2016
Publication Date: 2015-02-03
"Gazzaniga may not be a household name, but he is considered one of the most important neuroscientists of our time. In this fascinating memoir, this pioneer in cognitive research offers a behind-the-scenes examination of the work he and his fellow scientists did to uncover the mysteries of the right and left brain specifically, split-brain research aimed at discovering whether each hemisphere of the brain could learn independently of the other. Gazzaniga is a charmer. Consequently, this is not a dry scientific tome. On the contrary, the personable Gazzaniga—his warmth and good humor virtually jump off the page—recalls his life as a scientist at Caltech, Dartmouth, Cornell, and other institutions, and the ups and downs that came with it. Some biographical details are surprising. For example, Gazzaniga admits that math doesn't come easy to him and that he usually steers clear of highly technical discussions of almost everything. He is also a bit of a name-dropper. With a foreword by Steven Pinker, Gazzaniga's memoir should delight fans of the television series, 'The Big Bang Theory,' but it will also have tremendous appeal for non-nerds, too." — Booklist
Stand Your Ground by
Call Number: PS 3563 .U795S73 2015
Publication Date: 2015-06-30
"Janice Johnson's 16-year-old son, Marquis, is usually well behaved. One of few African Americans at an elite preparatory school, he is a good student and has the grades to prove it. One of his few offenses, smoking a joint, has been dealt with, and now that he is no longer grounded, he takes his white girlfriend to the library. But Marquis never comes home. He has been shot to death, and the murderer, a white man, claims a stand-your-ground defense. Janice is devastated by the loss of her only child. Her husband, Tyrone, wants revenge, and in his fury, he turns to his brother, Raj, a member of the militant Brown Guardians. Meredith Spencer can't believe her husband shot a teenager. She feels bad for the family of the slain youth, but knows if she shares the secret about that night, the world of wealth and luxury she has come to know will only be a distant memory. A mother's anguish, a community divided by racial prejudice, the vilification of the victim by the press, the sickening media spin of the murderer as victim—this all-too-familiar scenario has become part of our lives. Murray, winner of several African American Literary Awards for fiction, powerfully captures the nuances and tragedies engendered by stand-your-ground laws. A must-read." — Booklist
Pope Francis among the Wolves: The Inside Story of a Revolution by
Call Number: BX 1378.7 .P6513 2015
Publication Date: 2015-09-15
"There is a legend that St. Francis of Assisi once tamed a ferocious wolf with his words. Figuratively speaking, Pope Francis faces a multitude of similarly fierce wolves, and his ability to tame them into submission is yet to be determined. In the first two years of his pontificate, Pope Francis's simplicity, idiosyncratic style, and warm pastoral approach have been a breath of fresh air, capturing the world's imagination and generating significant media attention. At the same time, he faces adversaries within the Catholic hierarchy, particularly within the Roman Curia. Journalist and Vatican insider Politi draws upon a vast wealth of sources, including many not widely available in English, to describe the underpinnings of Vatican politics. Beginning with the extraordinary resignation of Pope Benedict XI, Politi delves into church topics such as the sexual abuse and financial scandals, the roles of women and the laity, and family issues, including divorced and remarried couples. This book is well translated and accessible to a wide audience of Francis's admirers and opponents, both inside and outside of the Catholic Church."— Library Journal
The Early Stories of Truman Capote by
Call Number: PS 3505 .A59A6 2015
Publication Date: 2015-10-27
The early fiction of one of the nation's most celebrated writers, Truman Capote, as he takes his first bold steps into the canon of American literature.
Recently rediscovered in the archives of the New York Public Library, these short stories provide an unparalleled look at Truman Capote writing in his teens and early twenties, before he penned such classics as Other Voices, Other Rooms, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and In Cold Blood. This collection of more than a dozen pieces showcases the young Capote developing the unique voice and sensibility that would make him one of the twentieth century's most original writers.
Spare yet heartfelt, these stories summon our compassion and feeling at every turn. Capote was always drawn to outsiders—women, children, African Americans, the poor—because he felt like one himself from a very early age. Here we see Capote's powers of empathy developing as he depicts his characters struggling at the margins of their known worlds. A boy experiences the violence of adulthood when he pursues an escaped convict into the woods. Petty jealousies lead to a life-altering event for a popular girl at Miss Burke's Academy for Young Ladies. In a time of extraordinary loss, a woman fights to save the life of a child who has her lover's eyes.
In these stories we see early signs of Capote's genius for creating unforgettable characters built of complexity and yearning. Young women experience the joys and pains of new love. Urbane sophisticates are worn down by cynicism. Children and adults alike seek understanding in a treacherous world. There are tales of crime and violence; of racism and injustice; of poverty and despair. And there are tales of generosity and tenderness; compassion and connection; wit and wonder. Above all there is the developing voice of a writer born in the Deep South who will use and eventually break from that tradition to become a literary figure like no other.
Career Courage: Discover Your Passion, Step Out of Your Comfort Zone, and Create the Success You Want by
Call Number: HF 5381 .K435 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-01
What do you want to be when you grow up? That question nags at us long after childhood. Why is it so hard to figure out? Because finding your true calling takes courage. It means conquering fears, shedding misguided ideas, and mustering the strength to let go of a safe job and stage your next act. Career Courage serves as a personal coach through the soul-searching and planning process ahead, whether you're a college grad contemplating choices, a seasoned professional seeking new directions, or a stay-at-home mom preparing to reenter the workplace. Packed with exercises and stories of inspiring second acts, the book poses tough questions about motivation, confidence, character, risk tolerance, and more. The answers will power your journey forward as you learn to:
Clarify what really matters
Express your point of view
Build strong relationships and a robust network
Stay focused on finances
Think like an entrepreneur
Prioritize a truly fulfilling life
A career that seemed promising can feel like a dead end today. Career Courage helps you break free and create your own brand of success.
The Why of Things by
Call Number: PS 3623 .I7W49 2014
Publication Date: 2013-10-01
"In this subtle examination of grief and its aftermath, the talented Winthrop delicately explores how the members of the Jacobs family cope with the suicide of the eldest daughter, 17-year-old Sophie. As the Jacobs arrive at their summer house on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, 14-year-old Evie discovers tracks leading directly into their quarry. Soon police divers discover the body of James Favazza, a young local man. Over the course of the summer, each family member reacts differently to a situation that so closely mirrors his or her own tragic circumstances. Joan meets James' mother, hoping to see within her a coping mechanism she can appropriate as her own. Evie is convinced that James was murdered, since she cannot accept the fact that he may have committed suicide. Anders, inspired by a scuba-diving class, comes to feel that his dead daughter's energy might still exist in the world and is something that cannot be destroyed. In small but significant ways, the family members start to heal and to move toward each other, finding comfort from their pain. An exquisitely written portrait of grief and healing." — Booklist
Smarter Faster Better by
Call Number: BF 431 .D8185 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-08
"Investigative reporter Duhigg defines productivity as attempting to realize the most meaningful rewards with the best uses of our energy, intellect, and time by learning to succeed with less effort and stress and by efficiently accomplishing tasks without sacrificing other priorities. His eight concepts to expand productivity include innovation, motivation, mental models, and the correct way to set goals. A skillful storyteller, the author weaves his thought-provoking ideas into lessons learned from interviews of businesspeople, government leaders, psychologists, and others. One standout anecdote tells how, under enormous time pressure, with its creative team spinning, Disney promoted an underling to be, effectively, a film's codirector. This shake-up launched the all-time highest-grossing animated film, Frozen. We also learn about the world's most famous woman poker player, whose mastery of decision making stems from leaning to live with uncertainty and constantly updating her assumptions while thinking probabilistically having the ability to hold multiple conflicting outcomes in your mind and estimate their relative likelihoods. This is an excellent book." — Booklist
The Secret Life of Stories: From Don Quixote to Harry Potter, How Understanding Intellectual Disability Transforms the Way We Read by
Call Number: PN 3383 .N35B48 2016
Publication Date: 2016-02-02
Narrative informs everything we think, do, plan, remember, and imagine. We tell stories and we listen to stories, gauging their "well-formedness" within a couple of years of learning to walk and talk. Some argue that the capacity to understand narrative is innate to our species; others claim that while that might be so, the invention of writing then re-wired our brains.
In The Secret Life of Stories, Michael Bérubé tells a dramatically different tale, in a compelling account of how an understanding of intellectual disability can transform our understanding of narrative. Instead of focusing on characters with disabilities, he shows how ideas about intellectual disability inform an astonishingly wide array of narrative strategies, providing a new and startling way of thinking through questions of time, self-reflexivity, and motive in the experience of reading. Interweaving his own stories with readings of such texts as Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Kingston's The Woman Warrior, and Philip K. Dick's Martian Time-Slip, Bérubé puts his theory into practice, stretching the purview of the study of literature and the role of disability studies within it. Armed only with the tools of close reading, Bérubé demonstrates the immensely generative possibilities in the ways disability is deployed within fiction, finding in them powerful meditations on what it means to be a social being, a sentient creature with an awareness of mortality and causality—and sentience itself. Persuasive and witty, Michael Bérubé engages Harry Potter fans and scholars of literature alike. For all readers, The Secret Life of Stories will fundamentally change the way we think about the way we read.
The Story of Medicine: From Leeches to Gene Therapy by
Call Number: RA 649 .D63 2013
Publication Date: 2013-12-03
In The Story of Medicine, esteemed medical historian and author Mary Dobson charts the ways in which we have fought with disease and injury over several millennia—from the 'humors' of Hippocrates to Edward Jenner and the eradication of smallpox; from Florence Nightingale's nursing reforms to Crick and Watson's DNA chain.
Beautifully realized with paintings, illustrations and photographs, this volume is filled with the trauma as well as the triumph of medical science: including the pain of the surgeon's knife in the centuries before anesthetics, the body-snatchers of the nineteenth century, and the realities of battlefield surgery. Moving and revealing, here is a fascinating study of the glorious—and sometimes dangerous—pursuit of medical science.
The State We're In: Maine Stories by
Call Number: PS 3552 .E177A6 2015
Publication Date: 2015-08-11
From PEN/Malamud Award winner Beattie, these connected stories about the residents in a Maine neighborhood are perceptive and witty. Beattie's ear for dialog gives the impression that we are eavesdropping on actual conversations, as in 'Silent Prayer,' in which a couple have a prickly conversation before the husband leaves on a business trip; or in 'The Stroke,' in which an old married couple exchange humorous quips about their grown children before bed. Some tales are snapshots of a moment: a woman rescuing a baby bird; roommates witnessing a crazed lady screaming at a supposed satanic dog. Three of the longer pieces follow the same characters over one summer: teenage Jocelyn, who has bigger problems than writing annoying summer school essays; Jocelyn's teacher, who effuses about magical realism; and Jocelyn's kind uncle and high-maintenance aunt, who are at odds. Whether the characters are elderly, like the poet who is visited by the IRS; middle-aged, like the couple who discover a cache of Elvis lamps; or young, such as the array of funny and willful teenagers who appear throughout, they are all captivating and amusing in their very ordinariness and recognizability." — Library Journal
Seven Last Words by
Call Number: BT 457 .M37 2016
Publication Date: 2016-02-02
New York Times bestselling author James Martin, SJ, offers a vivid and compelling portrait of Jesus based on the Messiah's dramatic last words on the cross. Father Martin shows how deeply Jesus understands our struggles and why we can turn to him completely—in mind, heart, and soul. Based on Martin's homilies at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral on Good Friday 2015, each meditation reflects on one of the seven traditional sayings:
"Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing."
"Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
"Woman, here is your son. . . . Here is your mother."
"Father, into your hands I commend my spirit."
"I am thirsty."
"It is finished."
With the warmth, wisdom, and grace that infuse all of his writings, Father Martin explains why Jesuss words from the cross are so important for the life of the believer. For Jesuss final statements show how deeply Jesus understands our human struggles and why we can turn to him completely, sharing all our hopes and fears with him.
On the Way by
Call Number: PS 3622 .A74155O5 2015
Publication Date: 2015-04-21
Cyn Vargas's debut explores the whims and follies of the heart. When a mother disappears in Guatemala, her daughter refuses to accept she's gone; a divorced DMV employee falls in love during a driving lesson; a young girl shares a well-kept family secret; a bad haircut is the last straw in a crumbling marriage. In these stories, characters grasp at love and beg to belong—often at the expense of their own happiness.
The Other Side by
Call Number: HV 6561 .J65 2015
Publication Date: 2014-07-15
"This riveting narrative of a young woman's kidnapping and rape at the hands of a former boyfriend moves fluently between dissociation and healing. Johnson, an attractive young woman from a rural Midwestern family, worked briefly as a model in New York before attending college. While in school, she became infatuated with her Spanish teacher, a Venezuelan-American twice her age, who was worldly and traveled but also had some serious emotional damage from his first marriage. She grew to both love and fear the man; he exhibited a startlingly cruel and violent streak, striking her and even killing their sick cat. With her fragile sense of self, she craved validation, despite his ill treatment. 'I want him to love me,' she declares, and 'I'll do anything to stay with him.' The two eventually broke up, and on the night of July 5, 2000, he stalked her and tricked her into coming to his apartment, where he raped her. Johnson's narrative is her attempt to claim the memory. She returns to the police record, and distances herself from her own body by having successive relationships and getting tattoos. Her evocation of emotional mayhem underscores the violent power play that can be present in unequal pairings." — Publishers Weekly
The Summer Before the War by
Call Number: PS 3619 .I56294S86 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-22
"In the summer of 1914, Beatrice Nash arrives in Rye, East Sussex, to teach Latin at the local school. Her scholar father having recently died, Beatrice is determined to remain a spinster (but we know how that goes) and find meaningful work and a productive life. Her patroness, Agatha Kent, is married to an official in the Foreign Office and presides over a household that includes two nephews: sensible Hugh, completing his medical studies, and passionate Daniel, a poet. Other characters from up and down the social scale fill out the busy canvas—landed gentry; a celebrated, Henry James-like author (James in fact lived in Rye at the time); a half-Gypsy boy whom Beatrice considers her best pupil; townspeople; country folk. The war begins to cast its shadow. Belgian refugees arrive, Hugh and Daniel enlist, and what starts out as a sprightly comedy of manners takes a turn into wartime tragedy. The shift may be a bit jarring, but this novel is just the ticket for fans of Simonson's debut, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (2010), and for any reader who enjoys leisurely fiction steeped in the British past." — Booklist
What Kind of Creatures Are We? by
Call Number: P 106 .C46 2016
Publication Date: 2015-12-15
"In a very short space, Chomsky (emeritus linguistics, Massachusetts Inst. of Technology) develops a well-defined political theory (centered on the question: 'What is the common good?') seemingly from scratch. He does this by first defending a particular theory of language that will be identifiable by anyone familiar with Chomsky's work, namely that generative grammar-concepts frame language as a feature of our biology. Out of an understanding of language, the philosopher develops a new theory of meaning and understanding, with an emphasis on the evolutionary development of our cognitive capacities. Finally, since we have developed language and understanding as social creatures, Chomsky argues, we are in a position to comment on the distinctively dissonant social theory in America that is at once both libertarian in its ideals and socialist in its structure. This small book offers an engaging if superficial introduction for readers interested in Chomsky's voluminous scholarship on the topics of linguistics and political theory. At the same time, readers familiar with Chomsky's work will find fresh ideas and criticisms based on recent discoveries about language and neuroscience." — Library Journal
Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals by
Call Number: QA 76.9 .I52K64 2015
Publication Date: 2015-11-02
Don't simply show your data—tell a story with it!
Storytelling with Data teaches you the fundamentals of data visualization and how to communicate effectively with data. You'll discover the power of storytelling and the way to make data a pivotal point in your story. The lessons in this illuminative text are grounded in theory, but made accessible through numerous real-world examples—ready for immediate application to your next graph or presentation.
Storytelling is not an inherent skill, especially when it comes to data visualization, and the tools at our disposal don't make it any easier. This book demonstrates how to go beyond conventional tools to reach the root of your data, and how to use your data to create an engaging, informative, compelling story. Specifically, you'll learn how to:
: Understand the importance of context and audience
: Determine the appropriate type of graph for your situation
: Recognize and eliminate the clutter clouding your information
: Direct your audience's attention to the most important parts of your data
: Think like a designer and utilize concepts of design in data visualization
: Leverage the power of storytelling to help your message resonate with your audience
Together, the lessons in this book will help you turn your data into high impact visual stories that stick with your audience. Rid your world of ineffective graphs, one exploding 3D pie chart at a time. There is a story in your data—Storytelling with Data will give you the skills and power to tell it!