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Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise by
Call Number: PS 3558 .I376T88 2015
Publication Date: 2015-11-03
"This vividly imagined and detailed epic about two giants of the 19th century is the product of over a decade of work; Hijuelos was still revising the manuscript up until his untimely death in 2013. In his late teens, the author became captivated by Sir Henry Morton Stanley and his extraordinary trajectory from a poverty-stricken Welsh orphan to a world-renowned explorer; Hijuelos also discovered that Stanley had a friendship with Mark Twain. Using third-person narrative, letters, and journal entries (all fabricated), and by bringing in Stanley's wife, the painter Dorothy Tennant, as a foil between the two men, the author brilliantly breathes life into Victorian times. Particular focus is paid to Stanley's early life in America, and an entirely concocted journey he took to Cuba with Twain in search of Stanley's adoptive father and namesake. Stanley, formal and somewhat rigid, though certainly erudite and keen for adventure, contrasts with Twain, the more relaxed and gifted speaker whose humor endeared him to audiences around the world. The author depicts not only the peace of mind the two get from family life, but also their various setbacks—the financial trials beset by Twain and the heartbreaking family deaths he suffered, and the illnesses that plagued Stanley his whole life. Hijuelos's death is made all the more poignant by an observation Stanley makes in an introduction for one of Twain's speaking engagements: 'Our literature is our legacy, and if there is such a thing as ghosts, literature will be the only verifiable version of them.'"— Publishers Weekly
The Infidel Stain by
Call Number: PR 6103 .A7735I54 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-29
"Set around 1840, Carter's outstanding second whodunit reunites Jeremiah Blake and William Avery, who tackled a baffling mystery a few years earlier in India in 2015's The Strangler Vine. Avery, a former army captain who has returned home to England with his pregnant wife, responds to a summons from Blake, a private inquiry agent in London. Viscount Allington, a philanthropist and member of the new Tory government, wants the pair to look into two grisly murders that the police have neglected. Printers Nat Wedderburn and Matthew Blundell were butchered in their workplaces, their corpses displayed as if part of some ritual. The politician hopes that solving the crimes will serve to bolster the lower classes' faith in the establishment and counter the growing appeal of the Chartists, who demand that all Englishmen have the right to vote. Carter excels at incorporating the volatile politics of the time into her cleverly constructed plot, which repeatedly confounds readers' expectations while presenting moving scenes of the plight of London's poor reminiscent of Dickens." — Publishers Weekly
The Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka by
Call Number: DS 489 G515 2016
Publication Date: 2016-02-16
"Award-winning British travel writer and lawyer Gimlette (Wild Coast; Panther Soup) explores all the regions of the island nation of Sri Lanka, moving between the present and the past (Sri Lanka was consecutively colonized by the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British from the 16th century on). The narrative is peppered with history, legends, descriptions of scenery, and encounters with Sri Lankans. There are fascinating tidbits: in one episode elephants are kept away from a treehouse by the singing of elephant-scaring songs. A number of topics are covered: the cities of the reservoir kings of ancient Sri Lanka; the kingdom of Kandy, where for '222 years the Sinhalese kings kept the Europeans at bay'; the Tamils of the tea plantations; the aboriginal community of Veddahs; and the tsunami of 2004. The most harrowing account is of the civil war that raged from 1983 to 2009, and its grim aftermath. Gimlette's prose is vivid, engaging, and sprinkled with humor; his perspective is that of the outsider. Armchair travelers, tourists, and students of contemporary Sri Lanka will relish this enthralling account." — Library Journal
Father's Day by
Call Number: PR 6122 .A36F37 2016
Publication Date: 2016-04-26
"Harvey is just six when her parents are killed in an automobile accident. Her closest relative is her uncle, Jason, an unemployed ex-con with a prosthetic leg and a history of violent behavior. Not exactly promising dad material, but Wanda from social services sees something in him and works to make him Harvey's legal guardian. Nearly 25 years later, Harvey is a graphic artist living in Paris, and Jason comes for a visit. Van Booy (The Illusion of Separateness, 2013) shifts back and forth between Harvey and Jason's time in Paris and their previous history as her vulnerability taps into his protective instincts, and he learns to become the dad that she needs him to be. As a Father's Day gift, Harvey has put together a box filled with items that are reminders of their shared past, emblematic of the accumulation over the years of all the ordinary objects and events that helped shape and fortify their bond. The good outcome notwithstanding, the novel is almost heartbreaking in its expression of the hunger to love and be loved." — Booklist
The Gold Eaters by
Call Number: PR 9199.3 .W75G65 2015
Publication Date: 2015-11-03
"This epic adventure of conquest, war, and cultural differences begins with the kidnapping of a young Inca fisherman, Waman, by Spanish conquistadors. Waman is then forced to act as translator for the infamous Francisco Pizarro. As he becomes a trusted member of the invasion force, Waman finds himself caught between two contrasting civilizations. Wright's sweeping novel brings vividly to life the brutal reality of conquest and the toll it takes on invaders and vanquished alike, but it also depicts the culture clash with sympathy for both sides. The author's intimate knowledge of South American history and his sense of the dark changes that arrived in Peru with the Spanish in the 16th century makes his book a primer on what it was like to watch years of greed drain an empire of its lifeblood. The use of a third-person present-tense point of view gives the narrative an immediacy and feeling of constantly building tension. Wright displays his mastery of the historical fiction form with this terrific novel that will enlighten anyone interested in the conquest of Peru, the vision of Pizarro, and the fate of native Peruvian culture." — Library Journal
Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive by
Call Number: BF 323 .D5H35 2015
Publication Date: 2015-01-06
Are you driven to distraction at work?
Bestselling author Edward M. Hallowell, MD, the world's leading expert on ADD and ADHD, has set his sights on a new goal: helping people feel more in control and productive at work.
You know the feeling: you can't focus; you feel increasingly overwhelmed by a mix of nonstop demands and technology that seems to be moving at the speed of light; and you're frustrated just trying to get everything done well—and on time. Not only is this taking a toll on performance, it's impacting your sense of well-being outside the office. It's time to reclaim control.
Dr. Hallowell now identifies the underlying reasons why people lose their ability to focus at work. He explains why commonly offered solutions like "learn to manage your time better" or "make a to-do list" don't work because they ignore the deeper issues that are the true causes of mental distraction. Based on his years of helping clients develop constructive ways to deal with distraction, Dr. Hallowell provides a set of practical and reliable techniques to show how to sustain a productive mental state.
In Part 1 of the book, he identifies the six most common ways people lose the ability to focus at work--what he calls "screen sucking" (internet/social media addiction), multitasking, idea hopping (never finishing what you start), worrying, playing the hero, and dropping the ball—and he explains the underlying psychological and emotional dynamics driving each behavior.
Part 2 of the book provides advice for "training" your attention overall, so that you are less susceptible to surrendering it, in any situation. The result is a book that will empower you to combat each one of these common syndromes—and clear a path for you to achieve your highest personal and professional goals.
Call Number: PS 3563 .C3825L39 2016
Publication Date: 2016-04-12
"Opening in Philadelphia on the eve of Lincoln's assassination and ending over two decades later, McKinney-Whetstone's vibrant historical novel traces the lives of several intertwined families as they navigate the early years of Reconstruction. A young, black servant arrives at the midwife's too late for the abortion her white employer, the father of the child, had hoped for. She is told the baby died, but the midwife's assistant secretly spirits the infant boy away to a nearby orphanage, where another boy soon arrives. The two are raised as brothers, the bond between them growing ever stronger over the years as they endure mistreatment by both white superiors and blacks fueled by jealousy of their near-white appearance. The scene then shifts to Lazaretto, a hospital on an island near Philadelphia, where immigrants are quarantined. Mourning the loss of their surrogate mother and fleeing the wrath of the family of a man who abused them, the brothers reunite in the final pages of this latest of McKinney-Whetstone's completely engaging novels, a unique blend of poetic language and graphic depictions of the injustices suffered by African Americans in the post-Civil War period." — Booklist
My Name Is Lucy Barton by
Call Number: PS 3569 .T736M9 2016
Publication Date: 2016-01-12
"Despite its slim length, Strout's tender and moving novel should be read slowly, to savor the depths beneath what at first seems a simple story of a mother-daughter reconciliation. Lucy Barton is shocked when her mother, from whom she's been estranged for years, flies from tiny Amgash, Ill., to be at Lucy's hospital bedside in New York. Convalescing from a postsurgery infection, Lucy is tentative about making conversation, gently inquiring about people back home while avoiding the real reason why there's been no contact with her parents. Strout develops the story in short chapters in which the reader intuits the emotional complexity of Lucy's life as she reveals long-buried memories of an isolated, profoundly impoverished childhood and the sexual secrets, "the knowledge of darkness," that shrouded her life. Though her mother calls her Wizzle, an endearing childhood name that implies warmth and closeness, she is unable to tell Lucy that she loves her. Running counter to the memories of her harsh, stoic upbringing is Lucy's anguish at missing her own two daughters, waiting for her at home. Lucy also reflects on other cruelties of life in New York City, specifically the scourge of AIDS (the setting is the 1980s) and the underlying troubles of her marriage. Her narrative voice is restrained yet expressive. This masterly novel's message, made clear in the moving denouement, is that sometimes in order to express love, one has to forgive." — Publishers Weekly
Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue by
Call Number: HQ 77.9 .T45 2012
Publication Date: 2012-03-13
Written by a social worker, popular educator, and member of the transgender community, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and its unique experiences of discrimination. Chapters introduce transgenderism and its psychological, physical, and social processes. They describe the coming out process and its effect on family and friends, the relationship between sexual orientation, and gender and the differences between transsexualism and lesser-known types of transgenderism. Each chapter explains how transgender individuals handle their gender identity, how others view it within the context of non-transgender society, and how the transitioning of genders is made possible. Featuring men who become women, women who become men, and those who live in between and beyond traditional classifications, this book is written for students, professionals, friends, and family members.
Call Number: PS 3566 .R697B37 2016
Publication Date: 2016-06-14
From Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain, comes her masterwork: an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about the taking down of the world's forests.
In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a "seigneur," for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters—barkskins. René suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a M'kmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years: their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions; the revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, and cultural annihilation. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse.
Proulx's inimitable genius is her creation of characters who are so vivid—in their greed, lust, vengefulness, or their simple compassion and hope—that we follow them with fierce attention. Annie Proulx is one of the most formidable and compelling American writers, and Barkskins is her greatest novel, a magnificent marriage of history and imagination.
A None's Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam by
Call Number: BL73.N53 A3 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-29
"Nones are individuals who when asked to identify their religious affiliation simply state none. Not to be confused with atheists, nones do not explicitly deny the existence of a god nor are they typically hostile to religious beliefs or people of faith. Indeed, nones are often spiritual and even religious, though not in a tradition-specific manner. Nicolaou, a self-identifying none, set out on what turned into a multiyear journey to discover and explore the four largest faith traditions in America. She read countless books, and the journey also took her to actual faith communities across the nation, where she met members and participated in their liturgies and rituals. As the book says, religion may well be that strange domain where divine mystery intersects with the human realm. And it was in that domain that Nicolaou met people who sought a right relationship with others, the world, and their god. Beautifully, humorously, and respectfully recounted, Nicolaou's journey is proof of the good that can be found in and learned from those who neither look nor believe like us." — Booklist
Call Number: PS 3607 .A4154415Y68 2016
Publication Date: 2016-02-02
"In his Iraq-War memoir, Kaboom (2010), former army-captain Gallagher drew heavily on material he gathered for a widely popular blog published while he was deployed during the latter part of the U.S. occupation. Here Gallagher shapes his desert-battlefield experiences into a smartly written, first-person novel about an American officer who becomes enmeshed in an Iraqi-village mystery. With his unit holed up in a deposed general's mansion near the town of Ashuriyah, Lieutenant Jack Porter is just trying to keep the peace and ensure that his soldiers are happy in the final months before all U.S. troops return home. When an aggressive veteran sergeant joins Jack's company and threatens his command, Jack opens himself to rumors claiming that the sergeant was somehow responsible for the disappearance of a soldier who was involved with a local sheik's daughter. This launches an intrigue-filled plot. Gallagher's riveting combination of gritty military jargon, sharply drawn characters, and suspenseful story line adds up to one of the best modern war novels since Tim O'Brien's Vietnam classic, The Things They Carried." — Booklist
End of Watch by
Call Number: PS 3561 .I483E53 2016
Publication Date: 2016-06-07
"Brady Hartsfield awakens from a coma with terrible new powers, and the stage is set for the tense, thrilling conclusion to King's Bill Hodges trilogy (after Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers). After being put in the city's brain trauma center by Hodges and his partner, Holly Gibney, and condemned to a life as an invalid at the conclusion of Mr. Mercedes, the newly conscious Hartsfield discovers he can manipulate things—and people—with his mind. When people connected to the massacre in the first book start committing suicide, Hodges races against time to find out why. One would assume that a writer like King, who has been on top of his game for decades, would eventually run out of ideas. Instead, he serves up one of the most original crime thrillers to come along in years, thanks to his trademark supernatural flair. However, the paranormal takes a backseat to a story that is essentially about human weakness, how easily one can be exploited, and the strength it takes simply to live. A spectacular, pulse-pounding, read-in-one-sitting wrap-up that will more than satisfy King's Constant Readers (as he addresses his fans before and after almost every book)." — Library Journal
Writings on the Wall: searching for a new equality beyond black and white by
Call Number: HN 90 .S6A23 2016
Publication Date: 2016-08-23
"An endearing lack of cynicism pervades Abdul-Jabbar and Obstfeld's fifth book together, following What Color Is My World? Their latest work focuses on 'continental divides' in American society such as 'young versus old' and 'men versus women.' Hoping to 'expand the discussion about what America is and what it means to be American,' the book deploys easily grasped metaphors alongside current polling data and pop culture references. Each chapter ends with a numbered list of possible answers to the questions explored earlier. The prevailing tone is a plainspoken and principled defense of reason over emotion and education over ignorance. Betraying an encyclopedic knowledge of American culture, the book quotes an impressive array of figures as broad as Francis Bacon, Michelle Obama, and Gwendolyn Brooks. The book excels in translating, supporting, and passionately defending the ideas behind 'the document that defines who we are and what we stand for: the U.S. Constitution.'" — Publishers Weekly
After Alice by
Call Number: PS 3563 .A3535A64 2016
Publication Date: 2016-07-05
"When Alice first visited Wonderland over a century ago, Lewis Carroll introduced young readers to a world of imaginative characters and places such as had never been seen before. Now Maguire takes us on the journey again, this time in the company of Ada, who has fallen down the legendary rabbit hole after her friend. While Ada goes in search of Alice, always a few steps behind in the same vibrantly colorful land, Alice's sister, Lydia, remains in the ordinary world of Victorian England, searching the streets of Oxford for the missing girls, while her father visits with Charles Darwin to discuss the future of faith. Ada's adventure underground gives readers a new perspective on the oddities to be found there, but it's the search through Oxford that really turns this story on its head. Through Lydia and other new characters, Maguire firmly sets Wonderland in time and place and weaves an intricate web of symbolism and allegory, asking readers to consider issues of humanity that are as timeless as the original tale itself. The novel is full of the magic, wonder, and fresh twists that his fans have come to expect, and Maguire- and Wonderland-lovers alike will enjoy this fantastic return." — Booklist
On the Shores of Darkness, There Is Light by
Call Number: PR 9199.3 .S839O68 2016
Publication Date: 2016-04-12
Strube is at the top of her form in this subversive story of love and redemption. Harriet is 11, going on 30. Her mixed media paintings are a source of wonder to her younger brother, Irwin, but an unmitigated horror to the panoply of insufficiently grown up grown-ups who surround her. She plans to run away to Algonquin Park, hole up in a cabin like Tom Thomson and paint trees; and so, to fund her escape, she runs errands for the seniors who inhabit the Shangrila, the decrepit apartment building that houses her fractured family. Determined, resourceful, and a little reckless, Harriet tries to navigate the clueless adults around her, dumpster dives for the flotsam and jetsam that fuels her art, and hopes to fathom her complicated feelings for Irwin who suffers from hydrocephalus. On the other hand, Irwin's love for Harriet is not conflicted at all. She's his compass. But when fate intervenes, it's Irwin who must untangle the web of the human heart.
Longevity in Leadership by
Call Number: BV652.1 .L49 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-01
Are you a longtime leader? Everybody knows that leading is challenging. In Longevity in Leadership, Lewis and Harrison share the results of their research on leadership as well as their countless interviews with successful, long-tenured church and business leaders. They demonstrate that effective, long-term leaders create positive, team-oriented organizations.
Ninety-Nine Stories of God by
Call Number: PS 3573 .I4496A6 2016
Publication Date: 2016-07-12
"As Pulitzer finalist Williams observes, 'Franz Kafka once called his writing a form of prayer,' and these stories are indeed prayer-like in their sculpted simplicity-and proverb-like in their investigation of the world's mysterious ways. A humanist goes mad countering the idea of intelligent life elsewhere, a brilliant painter continues her work after a debilitating accident, a child and a lion discuss near-death experience, and a man denies his long sober mother a martini on her deathbed as 'she'd regret it.' From a reading of Dante's Inferno on Good Friday to Philip K. Dick's asking about a girl's golden fish necklace, belief figures as both backdrop and content here. But the Lord's intervention in our lives can be uneven. Perfect little gems; it's rare when such short works (many the length of this review) can truly satisfy." — Library Journal
The Wonder Trail: True Stories from Los Angeles to the End of the World by
Call Number: F 1433.2 .H45 2016
Publication Date: 2016-06-14
"TV writer and author Hely's fast-paced, informative, and funny Los Angeles-Patagonia travelog packs in an impressive amount of information about each country he visits, despite his disclaimer that the book won't delve too deeply into current social and environmental issues. Instead, the author touches lightly on history, natural beauty, travel companions, and locals he befriends, as well as the food, beer, and hallucinogenic drugs he samples, all told with his trademark flippancy. His comparison of a remote Nicaraguan border station with experimental theater is gut-bustingly funny, as are his astute characterizations of fellow explorers, his forthright opinions of a few UNESCO World Heritage sites: 'The ruins of Old Panama are.well, they are not amazing, let us say,' and his lighthearted approach to dangerous places (he assures us that Mexico City is 'not too stabby'). But Hely is not so jaded that he can't express genuine wonder, as expressed in his descriptions of the ancient Mayan murals at Bonampak and his voyage to the Galapagos Islands. Hely's hilarious descriptions of the stunning sights and quirky people he encounters along the way will delight experienced globetrotters and armchair travelers alike. The helpful indexes may inspire further research." — Library Journal
Call Number: PS 3602 .O65645R83 2015
Publication Date: 2015-02-10
"Ephram Jennings, the son of a backwoods preacher, has been in love with the beautiful Ruby Bell ever since childhood. But Ruby has been so badly used by the men in her small African American town of Liberty, Texas, that she flees for New York City as soon as she is able, in search of the mother who abandoned her. When Ruby's best friend dies, Ruby returns home, only to succumb to the bad memories that haunt her still. Once sharply dressed and coiffed, she now wanders the streets with ripped clothing and vacant eyes. But Ephram still sees her as the lighthearted girl with pigtails, running free in the woods. And so he begins his long, sweet courtship, bringing her a homemade cake, cleaning her filthy house, and always treating her with kindness. At long last, out from under his overbearing sister's dominion, he feels himself come alive. But the church folks in town view their relationship as the work of the devil and seek to bring Ephram back to God and to cast out Ruby. In her first novel, Bond immerses readers in a fully realized world, one scarred by virulent racism and perverted rituals but also redeemed by love. Graphic in its descriptions of sexual violence and suffering, this powerful, explosive novel is, at times, difficult to read, presenting a stark, unflinching portrait of dark deeds and dark psyches." — Booklist
The President's First Year by
Call Number: E 176.1 .C73 2016
Publication Date: 2016-01-15
The only school for presidents is the presidency. This is the presidents' paradox.
Self-confidently, they expected to hit the ground running, only to hit the ground struggling instead. Whereas first-year senators and representatives are described as freshmen, this condescending appellation has never been applied to presidents, although every new president makes freshman year mistakes.
In this insightful new look at presidential history, Douglas Alan Cohn takes readers inside every president's freshman year, examining the issues, decisions, missteps, and lessons learned. Classic examples were Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, who entered in 1861 and 1961 respectively, the first in the midst of a sectional crisis with secession a fact and civil war a possibility, the other at the height of the Cold War with communists in Cuba and nuclear war an increasing probability. Both made serious mistakes. Kennedy would receive a second chance.
The president is the nation's chief executive, commander-in-chief, leader of the free world since 1941, and, ideally a congressionally attuned politician, political philosopher, dynamic leader, large-scale manager, constitutional scholar, foreign policy expert, student of military strategy, courage-tested veteran, historian, environmentalist, great communicator and more. Did anyone qualify? The President's First Year answers with a thought-provoking, you-are-there journey through American history's pinnacles of power.
The Fifth Season by
Call Number: PS 3610 .E46F54 2015
Publication Date: 2015-08-04
"Humans struggle to survive on a ruined world in this elegiac, complex, and intriguing story, the first in the Broken Earth series from acclaimed author Jemisin (the Inheritance Trilogy). The Stillness is a quiet and bitter land, sparsely populated by subsistence communities called comms. Essun lived quietly in a comm with her husband and children until her secret got out: she-and her children-are orogenes, those who have the ability to control Earth forces. They can quell or start earthquakes, open veins of magma, and generally cause or rein in geological chaos. Authorities keep a brutal hold on orogenes, controlling everything about their lives, including whom they breed with. Those who escape servitude and seek safety in the comms face expulsion and execution at the hands of the fearful. Soon after Essun's secret is revealed, her husband kills their son, and her daughter goes missing. Essun sets off to find the girl, undertaking a journey that will force her to face unfinished business from her own secret past. Jemisin's graceful prose and gritty setting provide the perfect backdrop for this fascinating tale of determined characters fighting to save a doomed world. Readers hungry for the next installment will also find ample satisfaction in rereading this one." — Publishers Weekly
Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way Washington Works by
Call Number: HQ 1236.5 .U6N47 2016
Publication Date: 2016-01-05
2016 will be one of the most historic years in politics: It marks the potential for the first female President of the United States, and the 100th anniversary of the first woman elected to Congress. Additionally, in 2016, single women will be one of the most pivotal voting groups heading into the general election, being courted by both Democrats and Republicans.
At the centennial of the first woman elected to Congress (which was three years before women legally earned the right to vote), their presence and influence in Washington has reached a tipping point that affects not only the inner workings of the Federal Government, but also directly influences how Americans live and work.
Never before have women been represented in such great numbers in the Supreme Court, both chambers of Congress, and in the West Wing. In Broad Influence, Jay Newton-Small, one of the nation's most deeply respected and sourced journalists takes readers through the corridors of Washington D.C., the offices and hallways of Capital Hill and everywhere else conversations and deals are happening to demonstrate how women are reaching across the aisles, coalescing, and affecting lasting change.
With deep, exclusive and behind-closed-doors reporting and interviews, including conversations with Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Mikulski, Kirsten Gillibrand, Valerie Jarrett, Sarah Palin, Kelly Ayotte, Cathy McMorris Rogers and dozens of other former and current senators, representatives, senior White House staffers, governors and cabinet members, Broad Influence is an insightful look at how women are transforming government, politics, and the workforce, and how they are using that power shift to effect change throughout America.
All Things Cease to Appear by
Call Number: PS 3602 .R84A79 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-08
"Art history professor George Clare comes home to his upstate New York farmhouse to find -Catherine, his wife, murdered and their toddler daughter alone in her room. Instead of the traditional whodunit path, however, Brundage takes the reader back in time to reveal what led to this devastating event. It's not just a history of the Clares and their move from Manhattan to a depressed rural town; it's about their neighbors, George's free-spirited colleagues, and the boys who perform odd jobs around the property. Each person connected to the family has their own story and perspective, and the author elegantly shifts among them all until the truth comes into focus. In examining the inconsistency of memory, Brundage plays with how things look vs. how things actually are. The structure of her transcendent work allows readers to see how characters experience events in the moment, reflect upon them later, and then examine them years after the fact. Tragedy leaves an indelible mark on both people and places in Brundage's (A Stranger Like You) piercing new novel. Part mystery, part ghost story, and entirely brilliant, this title will entrance book clubs and literary fiction readers." — Library Journal
How to Create a Successful Business Plan by
Call Number: HD 30.28 .G347 2016
Publication Date: 2015-10-31
How can all the nuts and bolts of a business be analyzed effectively in one comprehensive model and translated into a business plan? At various points in the life of a business, entrepreneurs will need to take stock of their ideas and plans and reformulate them in business and financial terms. How to Create a Successful Business Plan is about dynamic planning for businesses and provides a structured approach to business planning that focuses on the main components of the business model, while addressing key issues often raised by investors and potential business partners. It gives the company order and structure and helps managers optimize team integration and resources. The book provides a framework in which professionals from a broad range of backgrounds can work together on a successful business plan. Readers will find that the business model is discussed in depth, yet in accessible and easily understood terms.
Green Island by
Call Number: PS 3618 .Y344G74 2016
Publication Date: 2016-02-23
"In this engrossing epic, Ryan lays bare five-and-a-half decades of Taiwanese history through one family's experience. The unnamed narrator is born in 1947, the youngest of four children of Dr. Tsai and his wife, Li Min, a painter. Not long after his daughter's birth, Dr. Tsai draws the ire of the Chinese Nationalists who control the island and is dragged off to prison. Narrowly escaping execution, he is sentenced to 10 years on Green Island, a prison colony. When he returns, his youngest daughter finds him to be both exacting and enigmatic, haunted by his time in prison as well as continuing government surveillance. At 24, the narrator leaves Taiwan to join her new husband, Wei, in Berkeley, California, where he is a professor. But when she and her husband take in a critic of the Taiwanese government who has fled the country, she finds that even in America she and her family are not safe from the fascist government ruling their homeland. Absorbing and affecting, this powerful tale explores the bond between a father and daughter, the compromises they are forced to make, and the prices they pay in their quest for freedom." &dmash; Booklist
Simply Brilliant: Powerful Techniques to Unlock Your Creativity and Spark New Ideas by
Call Number: HD 53 .S37 2017
Publication Date: 2016-10-25
What if you could brainstorm innovative solutions to your company's challenges? What if you could dream up new businesses that capture markets? What if you could tap the creative genius driving Silicon Valley's success stories?
The truth is you can! Analytical thinkers, numbers people, non-artists—everyone can generate imaginative ideas. All it takes is letting go of the "I'm not creative" mindset and employing a proven process.
Using his CreativityWorks framework, creativity and innovation expert Bernhard Schroeder explains how to break out of your mental box, reignite natural curiosity, and move step by step through a set of exercises that help individuals and teams:
: Fuel creativity through tight deadlines
: Create more ideas in brainstorming sessions
: Radically improve products
: Find inspired solutions using IdeaGen, SCAMPER, Observation Lab, Tempero, the Phoenix List, and other tools.
From surroundings that spur interaction to culture that promotes creativity, Simply Brilliant opens the door to imagination and limitless opportunity.
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by
Call Number: PS 3619 .M5815L37 2016
Publication Date: 2016-04-05
"Smith's novel centers on two women who live hundreds of years apart yet are inextricably linked. When Dutch artists Barent and Sara de Vos lose their daughter to the plague in 1635, the couple falls into emotional and financial decline. Despite misfortune and the rules of her guild (women don't do landscapes), Sara completes At the Edge of a Wood, a haunting winter scene. By 1958, wealthy New Yorker Marty de Groot has inherited the painting, but after a charity event in his Upper East Side apartment, he discovers it's been replaced with a forgery. Marty's search for the original leads him to Brooklyn and Ellie Shipley, grad student and first-time forger. Years later, Marty and Ellie meet again in Sydney, where Ellie's academic life is threatened by the prospect of Marty's original and her fake appearing at the same exhibition. As in Girl with a Pearl Earring, the technical process and ineffable aspects of creating a masterpiece enrich this novel, but Smith had to invent his masterpieces because no works survive by the real-life Sarah van Baalbergen, who was first woman admitted to the Guild of St. Luke. Smith's paintings, like his settings, come alive through detail: the Gowanus Expressway, ruins of an old Dutch village, two women from different times and places both able to capture on canvas simultaneous beauty and sadness." — Publishers Weekly
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by
Call Number: QR 171.A1Y66 2016
Publication Date: 2016-08-09
"Most people associate bacteria with the bad germs that cause infection and disease, but symbiotic bacteria are crucial to life as we-and many other species-know it. Yong, a science journalist who writes for The Atlantic, examines the bacteria vital to the digestive, immune, and reproductive health of species as diverse as humans, squid, woodrats, and wasps. Even sap-sucking aphids rely on symbiotic microbes to provide them with the amino acids they can't make on their own. He concludes this fascinating study with a look at the brave new world of synthetic biology, where scientists hope one day to bioengineer 'designer' bacteria equipped with the right genes to destroy pathogens, eliminate cancer cells, and alter neurotransmitters. Highly recommended for general science readers interested in the complicated relationships between microbes and their hosts." — Library Journal
City of Secrets by
Call Number: PS 3565 .N316C58 2016
Publication Date: 2016-04-26
"Imaginative and nimble, best-selling historical fiction writer O'Nan is a master of narrative distillation, and in his latest taut novel, set in British-ruled Jerusalem immediately after WWII, he achieves thriller-like suspense. Brand, a Latvian Jew and a mechanic, lost his entire family in the Holocaust and endured internment in Russian and German camps. Bereft, he makes his way to the city and finds work as a taxi driver, shepherding tourists around military checkpoints to visit holy sites, journeys that allow O'Nan to offer incandescent and incisive descriptions of this tinder box of antiquity and modernity, the sacred and the profane this city in revolt, riven by curfews, searches, arrests, secrets, and betrayals. Haunted by memories of his loved ones and traumatized by survivor's guilt, Brand finds himself involved with Eva, another Jewish refugee, who is getting by as a prostitute, and through her, the Jewish Resistance movement. O'Nan provides a bare-bones context for the covert battle to overthrow the British and establish a Jewish state, focusing, instead, on the complex, wrenching sorrow driving gentle, romantic, traumatized Brand, a lover of fireflies and white nights, as he seeks love, meaning, and atonement. O'Nan's engrossing portrait of an innocent caught in the web of history cues us to view today's horrific Middle East struggles with compassion." — Booklist
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts by
Call Number: Z 659 .H22 2016
Publication Date: 2016-04-19
"Journalist Hammer reports on librarian Abdel Kader Haidara and his associates' harrowing ordeal as they rescued 370,000 historical manuscripts from destruction by al-Qaeda-occupied Timbuktu. Hammer sketches Haidara's career amassing manuscripts from Timbuktu's neighboring towns and building his own library, which opened in 2000. Meanwhile, three al-Qaeda operatives, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, Abdel-hamid Abou Zeid, and Iyad Ag Ghali, escalate from kidnapping and drug trafficking to orchestrating a coup with Tuareg rebels against the Malian army and seizing Timbuktu. The militants aim to 'turn the clocks back fourteen hundred years' by destroying revered religious shrines and imposing Sharia law, which includes flogging unveiled women and severing the hands of thieves. Fearing for the safety of the manuscripts, Haidara and associates buy up 'every trunk in Timbuktu' and pack them off 606 miles south to Bamako, employing a team of teenage couriers. Hammer does a service to Haidara and the Islamic faith by providing the illuminating history of these manuscripts, managing to weave the complicated threads of this recent segment of history into a thrilling story." — Publishers Weekly
A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by
Call Number: PS 3558 .A626F75 2016
Publication Date: 2016-02-02
"Bestselling author Harrigan's 10th book, is superb historical fiction focusing on the period 1832-1861, from Lincoln's early years as a tireless circuit-riding lawyer and Illinois state legislator to his election as the 16th president. Lincoln's fictional friend here is Cage Weatherby, a struggling poet who first meets Lincoln on a bloody battleground during the Black Hawk War of 1832. They become unlikely close friends, and Cage soon realizes that Lincoln is 'a man who desperately wanted to be better than the world would ever possibly let him be.' Cage knows his friend to be a brilliant lawyer and an astute politician, as well as a homespun raconteur and a neophyte in romance who does not understand women, stumbling from one pratfall to another. The two men are close confidantes, but a surprising murder trial, a stunning development in a courtroom, an astonishing betrayal, and Cage's painfully emphatic argument that Lincoln should not marry ambitious and vindictive Mary Todd strain their relationship. Still, Harrigan's standout novel shows the endurance of friendship, and historical fans will find much to savor." — Publishers Weekly
Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer by
Call Number: SF 450 .M37 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
In 1894, a lighthouse keeper named David Lyall arrived on Stephens Island off New Zealand with a cat named Tibbles. In just over a year, the Stephens Island Wren, a rare bird endemic to the island, was rendered extinct. Mounting scientific evidence confirms what many conservationists have suspected for some time—that in the United States alone, free-ranging cats are killing birds and other animals by the billions. Equally alarming are the little-known but potentially devastating public health consequences of rabies and parasitic Toxoplasma passing from cats to humans at rising rates. Cat Wars tells the story of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public health throughout the world, and sheds new light on the controversies surrounding the management of the explosion of these cat populations.
This compelling book traces the historical and cultural ties between humans and cats from early domestication to the current boom in pet ownership, along the way accessibly explaining the science of extinction, population modeling, and feline diseases. It charts the developments that have led to our present impasse—from Stan Temple's breakthrough studies on cat predation in Wisconsin to cat-eradication programs underway in Australia today. It describes how a small but vocal minority of cat advocates has campaigned successfully for no action in much the same way that special interest groups have stymied attempts to curtail smoking and climate change.
Cat Wars paints a revealing picture of a complex global problem--and proposes solutions that foresee a time when wildlife and humans are no longer vulnerable to the impacts of free-ranging cats.
Call Number: PS 3555 .R42L36 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-10
"Erdrich's most recent novel acquaints us once again with members of the Peace family, though a different branch from the one in A Plague of Doves. The wives in two households, Nola and Emmaline, are half sisters, daughters of retired schoolteacher LaRose Peace. LaRose is an old family name that originally belonged to the family progenitor, a native girl who married a fur trader's young assistant. Nola and Peter have two children, Dusty and Maggie. Emmaline and husband Landreaux Iron have four, including their youngest son, LaRose, plus a foster son. In the book's first pages, the two families become inextricably conjoined when Landreaux kills Dusty in a hunting accident, and Emmaline and Landreaux make the agonizing decision to right this accidental wrong with an old form of justice: giving LaRose to the grieving family. The decision reverberates through the two sets of parents and siblings, and the community beyond. Erdrich creates a contained world in the dying prairie town of Pluto, a reservation border village, where white and tribal history come together and where Catholic and traditional spirit worlds, modernity and the forbidding past, all intersect." — Library Journal
What Works: Gender Equality by Design by
Call Number: HD6060 .B64 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-08
Gender equality is a moral and a business imperative. But unconscious bias holds us back, and de-biasing people's minds has proven to be difficult and expensive. Diversity training programs have had limited success, and individual effort alone often invites backlash. Behavioral design offers a new solution. By de-biasing organizations instead of individuals, we can make smart changes that have big impacts. Presenting research-based solutions, Iris Bohnet hands us the tools we need to move the needle in classrooms and boardrooms, in hiring and promotion, benefiting businesses, governments, and the lives of millions.
What Works is built on new insights into the human mind. It draws on data collected by companies, universities, and governments in Australia, India, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, and other countries, often in randomized controlled trials. It points out dozens of evidence-based interventions that could be adopted right now and demonstrates how research is addressing gender bias, improving lives and performance. What Works shows what more can be done—often at shockingly low cost and surprisingly high speed.