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A Hero of France by
Call Number: PS 3556 .U76H47 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-31
"A master of the historical spy novel, Furst scores again with his 14th suspense story (after Midnight in Europe). This excellent spy thriller is set in Paris, March to August 1941, with the French Resistance movement covertly opposing the German occupation of the City of Light, early in World War II. Mathieu runs a Resistance cell that helps downed British airmen escape to Spain, always operating under the threat of exposure, betrayal, and arrest. Mathieu and the men and women of his cell are watchful and careful with their trust, for the Vichy police and the German Gestapo are sneaky, efficient, and brutal. The cell is small and well-organized, aided by an ethnology professor, a shady nightclub owner, a regal society matron, a Jewish schoolteacher, a female aristocrat, and a teenage girl. Their clandestine operations are very successful, attracting the unwelcome attention of a mysterious British spy, "a citizen of the shadows," a French communist agent, a blackmailing underworld thug, and the most dangerous adversary of all, a German police inspector, Otto Broehm, sent specifically to Paris to destroy Mathieu's cell. The inspector is a thorough planner, creating a clever, careful scheme to penetrate Mathieu's cell. Mathieu must navigate or neutralize all these threats, resulting in a tense, well-crafted tale of courage, sacrifice, and wartime espionage." — Publishers Weekly
On Immunity: An Inoculation by
Call Number: RJ 240 .B573 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-30
"Biss ably tracks the progress of immunization as metaphor—The protective impulse to make our children invulnerable; as theory and science; as a cash cow for ig phar,a; and as a class issue... Bliss also administers a thoughtful, withering critique to more recent fears of vaccines— the toxins they carry, from mercury to formaldehyde, and accusations of their role in causing autism. The author keeps the debate lively and surprising, touching on Rachel Carson here and 'Dr. Bob' There... Brightly informative, giving readers a sturdy platform from which to conduct their own research and take personal responsibility." — Kirkus Reviews
Station Eleven by
Call Number: PR 9199.4 .S727S73 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-09
"Onstage at a Toronto theater, an aging movie star drops dead while performing the title role in King Lear. As the other cast members share a drink at the lobby bar before heading into the snowy night, none can know what horrors await them: 'Of all of them at the bar that night, the bartender was the one who survived the longest. He died three weeks later on the road out of the city.' The Shakespearean tragedy unfolds into a real-life calamity just before the entire world is overtaken by a catastrophic flu pandemic that will kill off the vast majority of the population. The narrative is organized around several figures present at the theater that night, and the tale travels back and forth in time, from the years before the pandemic through the following 20 years in a world without government, electricity, telecommunications, modern medicine, or transportation. In this lawless and dangerous new reality, a band of actors and musicians performs Shakespeare for the small communities that have come into existence in the otherwise abandoned landscape. In this unforgettable, haunting, and almost hallucinatory portrait of life at the edge, those who remain struggle to retain their basic humanity and make connections with the vanished world through art, memory, and remnants of popular culture." — Library Journal
Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids by
Call Number: HQ 734 .F448 2015
Publication Date: 2015-01-07
Dinnertime has become a rare luxury among today's busy families. Yet study after study shows that no other hour in your children's day will deliver as many emotional and psychological benefits as the one spent sharing food and conversation, unwinding, and connecting. Increased resiliency and self-esteem, higher academic achievement, a healthier relationship to food—these and other positive outcomes have been linked to the simple act of eating dinner together.
Make it happen for your family with Harvard psychologist Anne Fishel's impassioned but practical can-do primer for prioritizing mealtime. Dinner becomes doable with the tips, recipes, and heaps of inspiration packed into this one-stop family-happiness booster. Learn how to:
Overcome time-constraints, scheduling issues, and post-work fatigue
Put delicious food on the table with quick, healthy recipes
Get everyone to pitch in, even the littlest cooks
Bring gratitude to the table, and avert complaints and conflict
Satisfy varied taste buds, from picky toddlers to meat-denouncing teens
Get your family talking, laughing, and engaging with one another
Keep it up—with minimal hassle, and a lifetime of rewards
Leaving Time by
Call Number: PS 3566 .I372L43 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-14
"On the night one of the caretakers at a New Hampshire elephant sanctuary was killed, Jenna's mother, Alice, was found unconscious nearby. Hours later, Alice checked herself out of the hospital and disappeared, leaving her 3-year-old daughter behind. Now, 10 years later, the precocious 13-year-old wants answers to the mysteries of her mother's whereabouts. Is she dead? Was she also the victim of an unknown assailant? Or was she an abused wife and heartless mother who did not care about her child's welfare? With her father, Thomas, incarcerated in a mental hospital since the tragedy that destroyed his family, Jenna has few people to turn to for help. Aided only by Virgil, the disgraced detective who bungled the initial investigation, and Serenity, a once-famous but now infamous TV psychic, Jenna seeks answers to the questions that have always plagued her. Best-selling, reliably entertaining, and thought-provoking Picoult's newest multifaceted novel is redolent with elephant lore that explores the animals' behavior when faced with death and grief, and combines a poignant tale of human loss with a perplexing crime story that delivers a powerhouse ending." *mdash; Booklist
Death Zones and Darling Spies by
Call Number: DS 559.46 .K44 2013
Publication Date: 2013-05-01
Chosen for 2015 One Book One Nebraska
In 1961, equipped with a master's degree from famed Columbia Journalism School and letters of introduction to Associated Press bureau chiefs in Asia, twenty-six-year-old Beverly Deepe set off on a trip around the world. Allotting just two weeks to South Vietnam, she was still there seven years later, having then earned the distinction of being the longest-serving American correspondent covering the Vietnam War and garnering a Pulitzer Prize nomination.
In Death Zones and Darling Spies, Beverly Deepe Keever describes what it was like for a farm girl from Nebraska to find herself halfway around the world, trying to make sense of one of the nation's bloodiest and bitterest wars. She arrived in Saigon as Vietnam's war entered a new phase and American helicopter units and provincial advisers were unpacking. She tells of traveling from her Saigon apartment to jungles where Wild West-styled forts first dotted Vietnam's borders and where, seven years later, they fell like dominoes from communist-led attacks. In 1965 she braved elephant grass with American combat units armed with unparalleled technology to observe their valor—and their inability to distinguish friendly farmers from hide-and-seek guerrillas.
Keever's trove of tissue-thin memos to editors, along with published and unpublished dispatches for New York and London media, provide the reader with you-are-there descriptions of Buddhist demonstrations and turning-point coups as well as phony ones. Two Vietnamese interpreters, self-described as "darling spies" helped her decode Vietnam's shadow world and subterranean war. These memoirs, at once personal and panoramic, chronicle the horrors of war and a rise and decline of American power and prestige.
The Andalucian Friend by
Call Number: PT 9877.29 .O34A5313 2013
Publication Date: 2013-03-12
"Soderberg's excellent debut, the first in a projected trilogy, chronicles a global turf war among Spanish drug runners, German gangsters, Russian hit men, and Swedish cops. Caught up in this chaos is nurse Sophie Brinkmann, whose life since the death of her husband has revolved around her 15-year-old son and her work at a Stockholm hospital. A patient of hers, Hector Guzman, unleashes long-dormant emotions by taking her to restaurants and a poetry reading, as well as by introducing her to his family. Hector, a Spanish publisher, also leads a crime syndicate, which has ties to a transatlantic drug trade and is at war with rival gangs. Sophie becomes the target of Gunilla Strandberg and her unscrupulous squad of police detectives, who will do anything to get at Hector. The jam-packed plot's big-picture view of politics, business, and an international crime ring illustrates how being surrounded by violence affects individuals. While Sophie is an innocent, she is no pushover. Her inner resolve helps her maneuver in precarious situations. Fans of Nordic thrillers will find much to like." — Publishers Weekly
What Changes Everything by
Call Number: PS 3558 .A44338W48 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-14
"When Todd, regional director of an American refugee organization, is kidnapped and held hostage in Kabul, his wife, Clarissa, back in New York, does not know if it is safer to try and rescue him or negotiate. Is he in the hands of criminals or the Taliban? Should she take the advice of Todd's colleague, Amin, and stay silent? On the streets of Brooklyn, she meets mural artist Danil, who left home after his brother was killed in Afghanistan. Is it exploitation to exhibit his war graffiti in a gallery? Then there is Mandy who leaves for Afghanistan when her son loses his legs in a bomb attack there. And the former Afghan president, Najibullah, under house arrest for more than four years, writes to his beloved daughters in Delhi about the increasing violence in his country. Sure to spark discussion, with intense turnarounds to the very end, this powerful contemporary novel understands the horror of war behind the headlines and how the political machinations on all sides tear apart the lives of ordinary people." — Booklist
H Is for Hawk by
Call Number: SK 321 .M24 2014
Publication Date: 2015-03-03
"In this elegant synthesis of memoir and literary sleuthing, an English academic finds that training a young goshawk helps her through her grief over the death of her father. With her three-year fellowship at the University of Cambridge nearly over, Macdonald, a trained falconer, rediscovers a favorite book of her childhood, T.H. White's The Goshawk, in which White, author of The Once and Future King, recounts his mostly failed but illuminating attempts at training a goshawk, one of the most magnificent and deadly raptors. Macdonald secures her own goshawk, which she names Mabel, and the fierce wildness of the young bird soothes her sense of being broken by her father's untimely death. The book moves from White's frustration at training his bird to Macdonald's sure, deliberate efforts to get Mabel to fly to her. She identifies so strongly with her goshawk that she feels at one with the creature. Macdonald writes, 'I shared, too, [White's] desire to escape to the wild, a desire that can rip away all human softness and leave you stranded in a world of savage, courteous despair.' The author plunges into the archaic terminology of falconry and examines its alleged gendered biases; she finds comfort in the 'invisibility' of being the trainer, a role she undertook as a child obsessed with watching birds and animals in nature. Macdonald describes in beautiful, thoughtful prose how she comes to terms with death in new and startling ways as a result of her experiences with the goshawk." — Publishers Weekly
Us Conductors by
Call Number: PR 9199.4 .M527U8 2014
Publication Date: 2014-06-10
In a finely woven series of flashbacks and correspondence, Lev Termen, the Russian scientist, inventor, and spy, tells the story of his life to his one true love, Clara Rockmore, the finest theremin player in the world. In the first half of the book, we learn of Termen's early days as a scientist in Leningrad during the Bolshevik Revolution, the acclaim he receives as the inventor of the theremin, and his arrival in 1930s New York under the aegis of the Russian state. In the United States he makes a name for himself teaching the theremin to eager music students and marketing his inventions to American companies. In the second half, the novel builds to a crescendo as Termen returns to Russia, where he is imprisoned in a Siberian gulag and later brought to Moscow, tasked with eavesdropping on Stalin himself. Throughout all this, his love for Clara remains constant and unflagging, traveling through the ether much like a theremin's notes. Us Conductors is steeped in beauty, wonder, and looping heartbreak, a sublime debut that inhabits the idea of invention on every level.
Being Mortal by
Call Number: R 726.8 .G39 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-07
"Distressed by how the waning days of our lives are given over to treatments that addle our brains and sap our bodies for a sliver's chance of benefit, surgeon Gawande (The Checklist Manifesto) confronts the contemporary experience of aging and dying. Culture and modern medicine encourage an end-of-life approach that focuses on safety and protection but is sadly shallow. He frets that residents of nursing homes are often lonely and bored. Physicians are keen on intervening whenever a body is diseased or broken. Yet this medical imperative applied to terminally ill individuals can be frustrating, expensive, and even disastrous. Gawande suggests that what most of us really want when we are elderly and incapable of taking care of ourselves are simple pleasures and the autonomy to script the final chapter of life. Making his case with stories about people who are extremely frail, very old, or dying, he explores some options available when decrepitude sets in or death approaches: palliative care, an assisted living facility, hospice, an elderly housing community, and family caregivers. One of these stories is the impassioned account of his father's deterioration and death from a tumor of the spinal cord. As a writer and a doctor, Gawande appreciates the value of a good ending." — Booklist
Call Number: PS 3568 .O3152S63 2014
Publication Date: 2014-06-03
"Robinson's fifth novel (following Cost) is a detailed examination of the inner life of a Marine returning home after combat. Classics scholar Conrad Farrell, wanting to do 'something big,' enlists in the belief that, as a soldier, he will be continuing a tradition going back to the ancient world. Following officer training at Quantico, Va., and four years of service in Iraq, he finds coming back to his family in Westchester, N.Y., a disorienting experience. He can't get used to the safety of civilian life and struggles to reconnect with his family and his girlfriend, Claire, feeling overcome by rage at unexpected moments. He stays in contact, though, with the men who served under him. Suspecting that he's suffering from PTSD, Conrad contacts the VA, but his needs are ignored again and again. Robinson brings us deep inside Conrad's soul, and inside the suffocating despair and frustration that can stalk soldiers even when they are ostensibly out of harm's way. By letting the reader live in Conrad's skin, Robinson creates a moving chronicle of how we fail our returning troops." — Publishers Weekly
Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by
Call Number: PN 1993.5 .U65H373 2014
Publication Date: 2014-02-27
" It's hardly news that the movies affect and are affected by the broader canvas of popular culture and world history, but Harris perhaps more successfully than any other writer, past or present manages to find in that symbiotic relationship the stuff of great stories. He turned that unlikely trick in Pictures at a Revolution (2008), about the five Best Picture nominees in 1967 and how they defined a sea change in Hollywood and in society at large, and he does it again here. The number is once more five, but this time it's five acclaimed directors who went to war in the 1940s to make propaganda films and came home changed by what they saw and what they did. The stories of what John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler, and Frank Capra did in the war are dramatic (Ford filming the opening salvo in the Battle of Midway from a rooftop; Wyler riding along on bombing missions over Germany; Stevens filming the horrific scenes at Dachau), but they are also stories of personal redemption, frustration, and even dishonesty (Huston receiving acclaim for the authenticity of his documentary San Pietro, which was made up almost entirely of reenactments). Every chapter contains small, priceless nuggets of movie history (Joseph Goebbels thought Wyler's Mrs. Miniver was an exemplary propaganda film and hoped the Germans could copy it), and nearly every page offers an example of Harris' ability to capture the essence of a person or an event in a few, perfectly chosen words (describing Huston as a last-call bon vivant ). Narrative nonfiction that is as gloriously readable as it is unfailingly informative." — Booklist
The Two Hotel Francforts by
Call Number: PS 3562 .E2618T86 2014
Publication Date: 2014-06-03
It is the summer of 1940, and Lisbon, Portugal, is the only neutral port left in Europe—a city filled with spies, crowned heads, and refugees of every nationality, tipping back absinthe to while away the time until their escape. Awaiting safe passage to New York on the SS Manhattan, two couples meet: Pete and Julia Winters, expatriate Americans fleeing their sedate life in Paris; and Edward and Iris Freleng, sophisticated, independently wealthy, bohemian, and beset by the social and sexual anxieties of their class. As Portugal's neutrality, and the world's future, hang in the balance, the hidden threads in the lives of these four characters—Julia's status as a Jew, Pete and Edward's improbable affair, Iris's increasingly desperate efforts to save her tenuous marriage—begin to come loose.
Gorgeously written, sexually and politically charged, David Leavitt's long-awaited new novel is an extraordinary work.
The Hidden Leader: Discover and Develop Greatness Within Your Company by
Call Number: HD 57.7 .E325 2015
Publication Date: 2015-02-04
Think you can spot the leaders in your company? Don’t assume that you can identify them by their positions. What about those employees who consistently step up: the field agent who solves a previously intractable problem; the service rep who thinks outside the box and creates unshakeable customer loyalty. These are more than “good employees”. . . these are “hidden leaders”. . . and they are critical to an organization’s long-term success.
Managers today need to make the most of all their resources—and The Hidden Leader shows them how to recognize and cultivate these talented but under utilized employees, who:
• Demonstrate integrity
• Lead through authentic relationships
• Focus on results
• Work from clear customer purpose
• Fulfill the value promise of the company
Supported by real-world examples of hidden leaders in action, this book helps managers discover these secret saviors and enable them to deliver even greater value to customers.
Dept. of Speculation by
Call Number: PS 3565 .F383D47 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-07
In the beginning, it was easy to imagine their future. They were young and giddy, sure of themselves and of their love for each other. “Dept. of Speculation” was their code name for all the thrilling uncertainties that lay ahead. Then they got married, had a child and navigated the familiar calamities of family life—a colicky baby, a faltering relationship, stalled ambitions.
When their marriage reaches a sudden breaking point, the wife tries to retrace the steps that have led them to this place, invoking everything from Kafka to the Stoics to doomed Russian cosmonauts as she analyzes what is lost and what remains. In language that shimmers with rage and longing and wit, Offill has created a brilliantly suspenseful love story—a novel to read in one sitting, even as its piercing meditations linger long after the last page.
Killing Jesus: A History by
Call Number: BT 450 .O74 2013
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
Millions of readers have thrilled to bestselling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, page-turning works of nonfiction that have changed the way we read history. nbsp; Now the anchor of "The O'Reilly Factor" details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly two thousand years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God. Killing Jesus will take readers inside Jesus's life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable—and changed the world forever.
The Back of the Turtle by
Call Number: PR 9199.3 .K4422B33 2014
Publication Date: 2014-03-18
When Gabriel Quinn, a brilliant scientist, abandons his laboratory and returns to Smoke River Reserve, where is mother and sister lived, he finds that almost everyone in the community has disappeared. Even the sea turtles are gone, poisoned by an environmental disaster known as The Ruin. The only signs of life Gabriel finds are a stray dog named Soldier, an enigmatic, bossy woman named Mara, and a kid named Sonny, who runs a dilapidated motel with his absentee dad and a rascally old soul named Nicholas Crisp.
The fact is, Gabriel was the chief architect of the disaster and he has come to Smoke River to witness the destruction he created and to drown himself in the sea. But as he prepares to let the water take him, he sees a young girl in the waves. Plunging in, he saves her and is soon saving others. Who are these people, with their long black hair and almond eyes, who seem to have fallen from the sky?
The Back of the Turtle draws on Christian and Native mythology and on King's own unmistakable instinct for mischief to give us a cockeyed Garden of Eden for our times. Showcasing King's brilliant wit and trademark wordplay, this is a funny, smart, sometimes confounding, and altogether unforgettable tale of betrayal, salvation, and the resilience of life.
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by
Call Number: NC 1429 .C525A2 2014
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
"Chast (Theories of Everything) draws the Moving Sidewalk of Life with a sign: 'Caution-drop-off ahead.' The New Yorker cartoonist had vaguely thought that "the end" came in three stages: feeling unwell, growing weaker over a month or so in bed, and dying one night. But when her parents passed 90, she learned that 'the middle [stage] was a lot more painful, humiliating, long-lasting, complicated, and hideously expensive' than she imagined. Chast's scratchy art turns out perfectly suited to capturing the surreal realities of the death process. In quirky color cartoons, handwritten text, photos, and her mother's poems, she documents the unpleasant yet sometimes hilarious cycle of human doom. She's especially dead-on with the unpredictable mental states of both the dying and their caregivers: placidity, denial, terror, lunacy, resignation, vindictiveness, and rage. Chast skillfully exposes herself and her family on the page as to give readers both insight and entertainment on a topic nearly everyone avoids. As with her New Yorker cartoons, Chast's memoir serves up existential dilemmas along with chuckles and can help serve as a tutorial for the inevitable." — Library Journal
The Art of the English Murder by
Call Number: HV 6535 .G4W67 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-15
Murder—a dark, shameful deed, the last resort of the desperate or a vile tool of the greedy. And a very strange, very English obsession. But where did this fixation develop? And what does it tell us about ourselves?
In The Art of the English Murder, Lucy Worsley explores this phenomenon in forensic detail, revisiting notorious crimes like the Ratcliff Highway Murders, which caused a nationwide panic in the early nineteenth century, and the case of Frederick and Maria Manning, the suburban couple who were hanged after killing Maria's lover and burying him under their kitchen floor. Our fascination with crimes like these became a form of national entertainment, inspiring novels and plays, prose and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism. At a point during the birth of modern England, murder entered our national psyche, and it's been a part of us ever since.
The Art of the English Murder is a unique exploration of the art of crime—and a riveting investigation into the English criminal soul by one of our finest historians.
Call Number: PS 3552 .R685434I54 2013
Publication Date: 2013-05-14
"Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon returns in another thriller that invokes history, architecture, science, and conspiracy. Langdon wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of the last two days. He's surprised to find himself in Florence, Italy, and even more shocked to discover that someone is out to kill him for something he knows. The doctor treating him helps him to escape from an assassin, and the chase is on. Can Langdon follow clues that tie in to Dante's epic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, and stop a plot destined to change the world forever? Brown delivers an amazing and intense read that arguably is the best Langdon thriller to date. Everything a reader expects from Brown is here, plus a well-written thriller with jaw-dropping twists as well." — Library Journal
Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others by
Call Number: BF 204.6 .L67 2013
Publication Date: 2013-03-05
"Gallup senior scientist Lopez (The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology) examines the power of hope in his latest self-help tome, arguing that 'how we think about the future... determines how well we live our lives.' Few would disagree with his assertion that 'hope matters,' but Lopez's insistence on the active pursuit of hope is novel. He contends that it's a choice, it 'can be learned,' and perhaps most importantly, it 'can be shared with others.' Dividing his treatise into manageable sections, Lopez uses real-world examples to show how individuals go 'from thriving to suffering and back to thriving.' Despite two heart transplants, a teenager manages to look hopefully ahead to her future. A coalition of inner-city mothers defies the odds and transforms a broken-down school. In addition to these anecdotes, the author also offers practical ways to get readers thinking about their own journeys, including quizzes to assess one's level of hopefulness, mindfulness exercises (e.g., guided meditation), and techniques to neutralize negative messages. Thoughtful and pragmatic, Lopez's work will inspire readers to take control of their future, choose hope, and choose life." — Publishers Weekly
Redeeming Administration: 12 Spiritual Habits for Catholic Leaders in Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, and Other Institutions by
Call Number: BX 1920 .G34 2013
Publication Date: 2013-09-23
Ann Garrido's 2009 article in America magazine on the spirituality of administration in Catholic settings created a wave of demand in this successful academic administrator's already full speaking schedule. Now she brings together twelve spiritual habits—each illuminated by the story of a Catholic saint—that help administrators find spiritual meaning in their work.
Ann Garrido admits that she sometimes finds administration draining, even boring, as it fractures her days into "tiny shards of time" that make it impossible to focus on "the big ideas." And yet Garrido has found spiritual gifts in her many years as a theologian, parish minister, and administrator in higher education. In Redeeming Administration, she reveals those gifts by examining twelve spiritual habits—presenting a saint who embodies each habit—and showing readers how to experience their administrative work as a crucial ministry of the Church.
Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David by
Call Number: DS 128.183 .W75 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-16
"Wright (Going Clear), Pulitzer Prize winner and staff writer for the New Yorker, offers a thorough study of the Camp David Accords of 1978 in this meticulously researched affair, which goes beyond the core events to address a multitude of historical factors. On the surface, this is about U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and the 13 days the men and their respective staffs spent trying to hammer out a peace treaty. Wright takes the conference day by day, detailing the clashes and compromises that marked the final results. He also delves into biblical events and the numerous conflicts following Israel's creation in 1948. As Wright puts it, 'This book is an account of how these three flawed men, strengthened but also encumbered by their faiths, managed to forge a partial and incomplete peace, an achievement that nonetheless stands as one of the great diplomatic triumphs of the twentieth century.' Alternating between biographical studies of the people involved, sociopolitical histories of the countries and faiths represented, and an almost nail-bitingly tense unfolding of the conference itself, Wright delivers an authoritative, fascinating, and relatively unbiased exploration of a pivotal period and a complicated subject." — Publishers Weekly
A Brief History of Seven Killings by
Call Number: PR 9265.9 .J358B75 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-02
"This lengthy novel by the acclaimed Jamaican author of The Book of Night Women (2009) is a densely imaginative fictional retelling of the 1976 assassination attempt on reggae superstar Bob Marley ('The Singer') and its aftermath. It is far less about music than about Jamaican (and international; the CIA is implicitly engaged) politics and its gangs, inextricably linked. The book is, as a result, nasty, complicated, violent, and profane. That it is also beautiful is testimony to author James' immense talent. Despite the lack of suspense (one knows Marley survives, though James handles the ensuing events deftly), James keeps the pages turning. He handles a complex cast of characters with disparate viewpoints and voices (literally) that, although daunting to readers unfamiliar with the country's culture and speech ('No star me no know a who that?'), will please and delight (and shock) many but should impress all diligent readers. This is a breakthrough novel not only for the author but also for Caribbean and world literature. The Kingston milieu (and its extensions, including New York) is made horrifyingly believable; the patois is rhythmic, slangy, and often quite funny. This is a unique, difficult, and very worthwhile reading experience"— Booklist
Let Me Be Frank with You by
Call Number: PS 3556 .O713L48 2014
Publication Date: 2014-11-04
"Starred Review. Ford returns to his best-known character, Frank Bascombe, first introduced in The Sportswriter, in four linked novellas that explore the state of Frank's life and that of the larger world in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Set on the Jersey Shore just before Christmas 2012, these stories find Frank, now 68 and retired from the real estate business, ruminating on age, loss, and the sense of decline he feels in himself and in the world. 'I'm Here,' for instance, reflects on loss and resilience as Frank visits his former beach home, destroyed by the hurricane, in the company of its present owner. In 'The New Normal,' Frank brings a small gift (an orthopedic pillow) to his ex-wife, Ann, who is recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, at the continuing care facility in the town where she currently resides. The idea of a new, diminished normal pervades these deeply elegiac tales. Like John Updike's Rabbit Angstrom, Frank is a barometer of his times, and the times, as Ford sees them, are not good—as if Hurricane Sandy had blown back the curtains of everyday life to reveal truths about the ravages of aging, social decline, and climate change. A notable addition-and perhaps coda-to Ford's 'Frank Bascombe' trilogy; highly recommended." — Library Journal
Stone Mattress by
Call Number: PR 9199.3 .A8S86 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-16
Margaret Atwood turns to short fiction for the first time since her 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, with nine tales of acute psychological insight and turbulent relationships bringing to mind her award-winning 1996 novel, Alias Grace. A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband in "Alphinland," the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists. In "The Freeze-Dried Bridegroom," a man who bids on an auctioned storage space has a surprise. In "Lusus Naturae," a woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. In "Torching the Dusties," an elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. And in "Stone Mattress," a long-ago crime is avenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite. In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.
Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House by
Call Number: BV 4529.2 .K5475 2015
Publication Date: 2014-12-05
College is a time to learn, explore, and grow, but what does faith have to do with it? In this collection of essays, gifted writers in their twenties and early thirties reflect on their college years by telling stories—some hilarious, some heart—wrenching on the intersection of faith and college. At a time when so much is written about young adults but not by young adults, this collection allows writers to reveal their college experience in their own voice, sharing, through reflection on their own joys and sorrows, unique insight into students experience of college. Themes include negotiating identity, sex and sexuality, discerning the future, studying abroad, and transitions in faith. This collection includes stories from large public universities and small, faith-related colleges. Perfect for faith leaders, college administrators, study groups, young adults, and anyone who loves a college student, Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House reveals college struggles that help us reflect on faith and life in college, and forever.
The High Divide by
Call Number: PS 3555 .N4224H54 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-23
"The high plains of the upper Midwest in the late nineteenth century provide the backdrop for this nicely crafted story of family redemption, set amid the disappearance of the buffalo and the prelude to and aftermath of Custer's Indian campaigns. Ulysses Pope leaves his wife and two young sons behind in Minnesota in a search for what we find out later is, in effect, his own soul. The sons, Eli and Danny, and, later, Pope's Danish-born wife, Gretta, search for him in a west that, though rough-edged, is more akin to that of Larry McMurtry than Cormac McCarthy; but the finely wrought prose of Iowa Workshop graduate Enger (novelist Leif's brother) may evoke comparisons to both. This is a gripping story with well-portrayed, complex, and sympathetic main characters and a complement of believable secondary figures in a vividly described region nearing the close of an era." — Booklist
The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss by
Call Number: SF422.86 .F75 2014
Publication Date: 2014-12-09
If you've found yourself almost inconsolable after your pet died, please know that you're normal. If you've found that your family and friends don't seem to understand the level of your grief, please know that, too, is normal.
Without comparing our relationships with our pets to those with people, we know that, because of the unique emotional relationships we have with our pets, their deaths produce a level of pain that is difficult to describe.
If you relate to any or all of these sentences, this book is for you. We have been there and most probably will be there again. We will be with you on this journey to help your heart deal with the absence of your cherished companion.
Wittgenstein Jr by
Call Number: PR 6109 .Y47W58 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-02
The unruly undergraduates at Cambridge have a nickname for their new lecturer: Wittgenstein Jr. He's a melancholic, tormented genius who seems determined to make them grasp the very essence of philosophical thought.
But Peters—a working-class student surprised to find himself among the elite—soon discovers that there's no place for logic in a Cambridge overrun by posh boys and picnicking tourists, as England's greatest university is collapsing under market pressures.
Such a place calls for a derangement of the senses, best achieved by lethal homemade cocktails consumed on Cambridge rooftops, where Peters joins his fellows as they attempt to forget about the void awaiting them after graduation, challenge one another to think so hard they die, and dream about impressing Wittgenstein Jr with one single, noble thought.
And as they scramble to discover what, indeed, they have to gain from the experience, they realize that their teacher is struggling to survive. For Peters, it leads to a surprising turn—and for all of them, a challenge to see how the life of the mind can play out in harsh but hopeful reality.
Combining his trademark wit and sharp brilliance, Wittgenstein Jr is Lars Iyer's most assured and ambitious novel yet—as impressive, inventive and entertaining as it is extraordinarily stirring.
The Story of Music: From Babylon to the Beatles: How Music Has Shaped Civilization by
Call Number: ML 160 .G58 2015
Publication Date: 2015-01-15
Music is an intrinsic part of everyday life, and yet the history of its development from single notes to multi-layered orchestration can seem bewilderingly complex.
In his dynamic tour through 40,000 years of music, from prehistoric instruments to modern-day pop, Howard Goodall leads us through the story of music as it happened, idea by idea, so that each musical innovation—harmony, notation, sung theatre, the orchestra, dance music, recording—strikes us with its original force. Along the way, he also gives refreshingly clear descriptions of what music is and how it works: what scales are all about, why some chords sound discordant, and what all post-war pop songs have in common.
The story of music is the story of our urge to invent, connect, rebel—and entertain. Howard Goodall's beautifully clear and compelling account is both a hymn to human endeavor and a groundbreaking map of our musical journey.
Splitting an Order by
Call Number: PS 3561 .O6S65 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-21
"There is a comfort in reading these poems from Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Kooser: the cozy notion that despite modern technology, he is there, observing the world deeply and writing the words needed to ground us. Readers will find 'characters' both strange and wonderful, animal or human. There is a sense that time is passing quickly and that everything worthy must be captured and savored, from an old couple lovingly sharing a sandwich to another sowing seed potatoes to a tribute to an old dog who waits as age and winter approach: 'its rippling scent a cold/ that floats on the rest of the cold/ like a snake on a pool.' Included is an essay about a first house in which shootings and a murder later take place, illustrating how time and circumstance can startle and strike memory. Master of the single-metaphor poem, Kooser offers images that evolve, fluid and unforced: 'This old hand with which I am writing/ holding its pen and pecking its way/ across the paper like a hen, has pulled me/ clucking with little discoveries/ across more than seventy years.'" — Library Journal
Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by
Call Number: TN 311 .T59 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-07
"In 2007, the world was riveted by news that 33 men were trapped in a mine thousands of miles beneath the surface in a remote part of Chile. The mine was located in the Atacama Desert, an area so remote that Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet chose it as the site to imprison political dissidents. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tobar draws on interviews with the miners to offer a gripping account of the unprecedented 69 days the men survived underground. The crew began what they thought would be a routine 12-hour shift below the earth in caverns just wide enough for a truck to turn around. Among them were Raul Bustos, who carried a rosary with him; Dario Segovia, who had been scheduled to be off but called in at the last minute for overtime work; Luis Urzua, the supervisor with a topography degree; Jimmy Sanchez, at 18 too young to work in the mines, who begged for the job. Tobar details the harrowing rescue and the emotional and spiritual resolve the men drew on as they struggled to survive in what they thought would be their coffin." — Booklist
Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend by
Call Number: DT 1974 .B74 2014
Publication Date: 2014-11-18
"In June 1964, Nelson Mandela arrived at South Africa's Robben Island Prison, convicted of sabotage and given a life sentence. Fourteen years later, Brand, a relatively apolitical 18-year-old Afrikaner, arrived as a new guard. When, in 1982, Mandela was moved to Pollsmoor Prison, chance placed Brand there as well. This memoir is an account of the bond that formed slowly between the two over the course of three decades. Brand begins by reporting the advice he received from his father, who 'would not tolerate disrespecting older people of any colour.' By the end, Mandela is the one giving Brand stern but compassionate fatherly advice. Brand's position on the opposite side of the bars from his famous charge gives him a fascinating perspective on an oft-told story. He paints a vivid picture of prison life in South Africa at the time, with its racial discrimination—no bread was given to black prisoners&,dash;and the guards' own isolation from news of the outside world. The central focus of this extraordinary book, however, is a remarkable friendship that bridged age, race, and politics, as Mandela went from prisoner to secret negotiator, and eventually became a revered president." — Publishers Weekly