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Loving Day by
Call Number: PS 3560 .O38167L68 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
"Politically correct attitudes regarding racial identity get a satirical skewering in Johnson's latest droll turn. Comic book illustrator Warren Duffy, the light-skinned son of a black mother and a white father, has always considered himself black and has benefited from working for publishers who want 'an authentic ambiguous Negro for political cover.' When Warren returns to his family home in the Philadelphia suburb of Germantown to settle his father's estate, he discovers that he has a teenage daughter, Tal, from a brief high-school fling with a Jewish girlfriend. Tal, unlike Warren, embraces her biracial status and enrolls at the Mélange Center, a learning institution dedicated to finding 'the sacred balance. An equilibrium that allows you to live a life that expresses all of who you are and hides none of it.' Warren's efforts to placate Tal without sacrificing his own convictions concerning race pit him between friends who see the world (as he does) in terms of black and white, and the more militant members of Tal's 'Mulattopian' fringe who treat any challenge to their beliefs as a racist affront. Johnson skillfully navigates his novel's sensitive subject matter, seeing the humor in the more absurd behaviors around race. The wit and shrewdness of his approach perfectly handle serious themes." — Publishers Weekly
Napoleon's Last Island by
Call Number: PR 9619.3 .K46N37 2016
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
"Despite the title, Keneally's latest historical novel is an agonizing coming-of-age story, rather than a predictable chronicle of Napoleon's final years. Permanently exiled to the southern Atlantic island of Saint Helena (the cursed rock) after his disastrous defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon befriends a young girl and her family. Awaiting the completion of his permanent quarters, the former emperor is billeted with the Balcombe family. Fascinated by their temporary houseguest, each family member is inexorably drawn into his exotic and dysfunctional orbit to varying degrees, none more so than young Betsy. Though lopsided in many ways, the quirky friendship that blossoms between the two is understandable, given the spiritual and geographic isolation of both Bonaparte and Betsy. Unfortunately, Napoleon exacts as heavy a price in his personal relationships as he did in his military campaigns, and the Balcombe family is permanently splintered in his emotional war of attrition. Loosely based on actual events and real-life historical figures, Keneally's retelling of Napoleon's Saint Helena years through the eyes of a young girl on the cusp of womanhood makes for a deeply intriguing, if somewhat fanciful, read." — Booklist
Graduating with Honor by
Call Number: LC 268 .P54 2017
Publication Date: 2016-11-21
We are all called upon to make ethical decisions every day ones regarding being honest with others, not cheating in order to save effort or get ahead, or avoiding involvement in situations that will result in injury to ourselves or others in short, choosing whether or not to do the "right thing" in all types of situations. On every relational level and throughout an unlimited range of everyday choices and actions, ethical issues come into play. This is especially true for students and young adults.
Graduating with Honor: Best Practices to Promote Ethics Development in College Students offers best practices for ethical formation on campus, covering subjects such as how to create an organizational culture of ethics; ethical decision-making situations and circumstances on- and off-campus, curricular and extracurricular; specific developmental goals and challenges in the college setting; ethical principles for decision making; and how faith communities can serve the promotion of student ethics.
The book also provides multiple resources and examples of successful efforts to mediate unethical behavior by colleges, supplies a theoretical foundation for ethical formation in college, and outlines what colleges, parents, and students themselves can do to nurture ethical development during the college years.
The Wonder by
Call Number: PR 6054 .O547W67 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-20
"In her outstanding new psychologically intense and suspenseful novel, Donoghue plunges readers deeply into her protagonist's confounding situation and its ethical consequences. In 1859, Lib Wright, an English nurse trained by Florence Nightingale herself, is tasked with an unsettling mission: watching over Anna O'Donnell, an 11-year-old girl in a small Irish village who, so it's claimed, hasn't ingested any nourishment in four months. While Anna doesn't appear to be starving, neither is she blooming with health. Her devoutly religious mother acts proud of her seemingly miraculous restraint. Believing this extraordinary wonder to be a lucrative scam, Lib determines to locate Anna's secret food source and expose her as a fake. She has two weeks to do so. However, Anna, an unforgettable character, is a delightful, curious child who awakens Lib's protective nature, increasingly so as Anna's well-being deteriorates. Donoghue excels at evoking the social and religious atmosphere that proves difficult for the secular-minded Lib to penetrate. Fervent Catholic piety intermingles with folk superstitions, and the confined setting of the O'Donnells' meager cabin feels tangibly immediate. The mystery about Anna forces readers to weigh every word for clues, while the creeping tension urges them to read faster, with a growing sense of urgency. Exploring the nature of faith and trust with heartrending intensity, Donoghue's superb novel will leave few unaffected." — Booklist
A Doubter's Almanac by
Call Number: PS 3553 .A495D68 2016
Publication Date: 2016-10-25
"The mysteries of higher mathematics and the even deeper mysteries of the human heart are the unlikely themes of Canin's (America America) novel. With stunning assurance and elegant, resonant prose, Canin follows the life of Milo Andret, who is both blessed and afflicted with mathematical genius. Milo's aspirations take him from a lonely boyhood in northern Michigan to Berkeley, Princeton, the hinterlands of Ohio, and, finally, to a defeated return to the rural Midwest. Essentially asocial and so unworldly that he didn't taste alcohol until graduate school, Milo is gradually embittered by his failures at love and his jealous relationships with his colleagues. Meanwhile, he pursues the exquisitely arduous process of constructing complex mathematical theorems in his mind. When, at age 32, Milo proves one of the greatest theorems in the history of mathematics, he becomes a scientific superstar. But by then he is an alcoholic, and he destroys his career in acts of reckless abandon. Fascinating in its character portrayal and psychological insights, the novel becomes even more mesmerizing in its second half, which is narrated by Milo's son, Hans (the first half features close third-person narration on Milo). Hans also has a brilliant mathematical mind but is scarred by his father's cantankerous, often vicious behavior and poisonous disillusionment with ambition and higher knowledge. Hans's exorbitantly lucrative career as a high-frequency futures trader founders when he becomes addicted to drugs, but his redemption comes through marital and familial love. Though the book is occasionally repetitive, Canin's accomplishments are many, not least of which is his ability to lucidly explain the field of algebraic topology. But it is his superb storytelling that makes this novel a tremendous literary achievement." — Publishers Weekly
The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us by
Call Number: GF 13 .A34 2015
Publication Date: 2015-09-14
Dawn Light and Natural History of the Senses, has taken on the Anthropocene (Age of Man), the term for the current geologic epoch popularized by Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen in 2000. Ackerman describes how our world has changed because of our choices and actions and how this, in turn, has changed us, and optimistically asks how we can change our path and our world for the better. Very literate chapters describe a variety of topics, such as living buildings, blurring the indoor and outdoor, apes using computers, world changes in weather, robotics, and DNA. The material includes approachable examples—climate change in the author's own backyard, for example. Ackerman only lightly covers most of the science but she writes so well that the book will spark readers' interest in examining further what humans are doing." — Library Journal
The Nix by
Call Number: PS3608.I436 N59 2016
Publication Date: 2016-08-30
"When Samuel Andreson--Anderson was growing up, his mother, Faye, drew on folklore related by her Norwegian-born father to tell him about the Nix, a water spirit in the form of a white horse that carries too-trusting children to their deaths. The moral, she explained, is that 'the things you love the most will one day hurt you the worst.' That proves prophetic, for one day she simply walks out. Now a middling English professor and novelist manqué who seeks escape through endless rounds of Elfquest, Sam learns that the 60ish woman who tossed rocks at a right-wing governor is his mother. He visits her, ostensibly because her lawyer laughably wants him for the defense, more obviously because his fed-up publisher wants him to write a seething best seller about his abandonment, but ultimately and bitterly to learn what happened. She's not forthcoming, but debut novelist Hill certainly is, spinning through nearly 700 pages of addictive, tightly packed prose that chronicles Faye's circumscribed upbringing and risky breakout in 1968 Chicago; young Sam's sustaining relationships with tough friend Bishop and Bishop's beautiful violinist sister, Bethany; and much more. Offering engrossing prose, multiple interlocking stories, and deftly drawn characters, Hill shows us how the interlinked consequences of our actions can feel like fate." — Library Journal
El Paso by
Call Number: PS3557.R56 P37 2016
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
"Groom's (Forrest Gump) expansive, rich novel is set in the harsh deserts and mountains of northern Mexico during the 1916 Mexican revolution, with sharply drawn fictional characters in a bloody mix with Gen. Pancho Villa and a cast of true-life personalities. When Boston railroad tycoon Col. John Shaughnessy, his adopted son, Arthur, and their families visit the colonel's vast Mexican cattle ranch, the ranch is attacked and his grandchildren are kidnapped by Villa and held for ransom. Frustrated and angry that President Woodrow Wilson refuses to help recover the children, the brash colonel and reluctant Arthur lead a party of hired cowboys on a rescue mission. As Shaughnessy's Partisan Rangers pursue Villa's army, a Mexican bullfighter and his four brothers also track Villa, hoping to rescue the bullfighter's captive wife, resulting in a most unusual and vicious bullfight. Adding intrigue and suspense are a motley collection of real-life characters traveling with Villa, such as socialist journalist John Reed, cowboy movie star Tom Mix, cynical satirist Ambrose Bierce, and a mysterious German hoping to use Villa to ignite a war between the United States and Mexico. Battles, a tense prisoner exchange, and clever ransom negotiations round out this historically vivid and marvelously complex tale." — Publishers Weekly
The Quick and Easy College Cookbook: 300 Healthy, Low-Cost Meals That Fit Your Budget and Schedule
Call Number: TX 833.5 .Q53256 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-01
College life is busy. While the dining hall or takeout can be convenient, these shortcuts can take a toll on your maxed-out bank account, not to mention your waistline. The Quick and Easy College Cookbook will help you create delicious and healthy recipes in a flash! With low-cost ingredients that still have high nutritional value, you're sure to love cooking up these recipes. The best part? No experience or fully equipped kitchen required! You'll find 300 recipes that range from hearty breakfasts to healthy study-session snacks to fuel an all-nighter.
Even first-time cooks will succeed, with the help of a glossary of cooking terms and checklists of essential kitchen equipment and pantry staples. With hundreds of student favorites, like Huevos Rancheros, Korean Spicy Pork Tacos, and Peanut Butter Cups, this cookbook is required reading for any student who likes healthy home cooking.
If You Need Me I'll Be Over There by
Call Number: PS 3613 .A2834685A6 2016
Publication Date: 2016-06-01
After the Plains queered him, Dave Madden decided to return the favor. This outstanding collection of short stories tells the tale of a different kind of difference--one not set in the glittering lights of New York or Los Angeles, but in the grand and wide American Midwest. For Madden's characters, their queerness is part of the environment, like the soil, the sky, and the supermarket: an HIV-positive chemist uses football to connect with his brothers; a 17-year-old girl tussles with a cartoon cobra to avoid thinking about the mother who abandoned her; and a hotel concierge starts attending Mass even though his partner was molested by a priest. In seeking out the ordinary struggles of extraordinary people trying to figure out their place within families and communities, Madden masterfully explores what it means to be an outsider always looking in.
Invisible Planets by
Call Number: PL 2658 .E8I58 2016
Publication Date: 2016-11-01
"This stellar anthology of 13 stories selected and translated by Liu (the Dandelion Dynasty series) brings the best of Chinese science fiction to anglophones. Liu Cixin's 'Taking Care of God' relates the social problems that arise when the ancient interstellar travelers who created human civilization return to Earth and ask to be taken in by their creations. Ma Boyong's 'The City of Silence' is set in an Orwellian future where Internet access and all forms of communications are rigidly controlled by a totalitarian government, and Xia Jia's 'Night Journey of the Dragon-Horse' takes place in a Bradburyesque postapocalyptic world where machines have outlived the humans who engineered them. The title tale by Hao Jingfang is a sprightly tour of a series of imaginary planets; on each one, the culture of the inhabitants is shaped by the peculiarities of their environment. Although greatly varied in theme and approach, all of these stories impress with their visionary sweep and scope. The inclusion of three essays on the significance of science fiction to China and its writers underscores the thoughtfulness that Liu put into curating this superb compilation." — Publishers Weekly
Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival by
Call Number: HD 9502 .A2W43 2016
Publication Date: 2016-04-26
Although it is widely understood that energy and water are the world's two most critical resources, their vital interconnections and vulnerabilities are less often recognized. This farsighted book offers a new, holistic way of thinking about energy and water—a big picture approach that reveals the interdependence of the two resources, identifies the seriousness of the challenges, and lays out an optimistic approach with an array of solutions to ensure the continuing sustainability of both.
Michael Webber, a leader and teacher in the field of energy technology and policy, explains how energy and water supplies are linked and how problems in either can be crippling for the other. He shows that current population growth, economic growth, climate change, and short-sighted policies are likely to make things worse. Yet, Webber asserts, more integrated planning with long-term sustainability in mind can avert such a daunting future. Combining anecdotes and personal stories with insights into the latest science of energy and water, he identifies a hopeful path toward wise long-range water-energy decisions and a more reliable and abundant future for humanity.
News of the World by
Call Number: PR 9199.3 .J54N49 2016
Publication Date: 2017-06-20
"Jiles delivers a taut, evocative story of post-Civil War Texas in this riveting drama of a redeemed captive of the Kiowa tribe. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower, earns his living traveling around, reading news stories to gatherings of townspeople. While reading in Wichita Falls one evening in the winter of 1870, he sees an old acquaintance. Britt Johnson, the main character in Jiles's The Color of Lightning, has just come through Indian Country with his crew. The men are returning a 10-year-old girl to her aunt and uncle in Castroville after she spent four years with the Kiowa. A free black man, Britt is reluctant to have a white child in his custody. He persuades the Captain to escort young Johanna on the remainder of the three-week journey. The Captain, who has grown daughters of his own, at first feels sorry for the girl. Johanna considers herself Kiowa; she chafes at wearing shoes and a dress, struggles to pronounce American words. Challenges and dangers confront the two during their journey, and they become attached. Jiles unfolds the stories of the Captain and Johanna, past and present, with the smooth assuredness of a burnished fireside tale, demonstrating that she is a master of the western." — Publishers Weekly
Call Number: PS3563.U76196 C47 2016
Publication Date: 2016-08-02
"Activism, addiction, and the redemptive power of art feature prominently in Murphy's perceptive novel about the ongoing aftermath of the AIDS crisis. Milly and Jared, artists with day jobs and good intentions, adopt young Mateo, who was orphaned when his mother died of AIDS, but find that they can't cope when teenage Mateo, now a talented artist, turns to heroin to numb his unceasing grief over his mother. Mateo hangs out with neighbor Hector, a former AIDS activist who salves his personal loss and profound professional burnout with methamphetamine. Their lives intertwine in more ways than either realizes as the two addicts careen toward disaster. As he reveals his characters' backstories, Murphy vividly recaptures 1980s and '90s New York, dampening any pop-culture nostalgia with reminders of the crude pharmacology and callous bureaucracy imposed upon those struggling with AIDS, realities journalist Murphy reported on extensively. His multigenerational tale is a clever inversion of the usual addiction-begets-AIDS narrative and a reminder that despite recent medical advances, the disease still finds ways to ravage people's lives. And if the novel expresses a degree of ambivalence about the recent decline of AIDS activism, it never wavers in its warmth toward its characters, or its insistence upon the possibility of healing." — Booklist
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by
Call Number: QA76.9.B45 O64 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
"As mathematical models affect more and more aspects of our lives, it is crucial to understand that algorithms are not neutral, free from human prejudice and fallibility; instead, those biases and failings are encoded into the systems. Data scientist O'Neil, who blogs at mathbabe.org, explores this premise in depth and chillingly describes the extent to which data-driven, algorithm-based decision making in such areas as hiring, policing, lending, education, and health care actually increases inequality. With barely contained exasperation, O'Neil chronicles the way these 'weapons of math destruction'—opaque and unregulated—shape all lives, and, especially, those of the poor. More than just sounding the clarion call to action, O'Neil seeks to empower her readers to ask questions about the algorithms and to demand change. Though the subject matter is alarming and dire, O'Neil's dry wit and ease when describing complicated ideas is more enlivening than depressing. This important book will be eye-opening to many readers, possibly even those involved with the kind of models O'Neil criticizes." — Library Journal
Vinegar Girl by
Call Number: PS 3570 .Y45V56 2016
Publication Date: 2016-06-21
"Marking the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, the Hogarth Shakespeare project invites prominent novelists (future participants include Margaret Atwood, Tracy Chevalier, and Gillian Flynn) to retell the stories of his indelible plays. Resplendent storyteller Tyler (A Spool of Blue Thread, 2015) is perfectly paired with The Taming of the Shrew. In Tyler's present-day improvisation on this tale of a coerced marriage, the widower father is Dr. Battista, a monomaniacal medical researcher who depends on his older, dagger-tongued, whip-smart, renegade daughter, Kate, to run the household. Having abandoned college in an intellectual huff, she now channels her botanical ardor into gardening, while trying to keep boys away from her cute, flirty younger sister and working reluctantly at a preschool, seeding dissent among her little charges. The eccentric family couldn't be more insular, until Dr. Battista brings his precious lab assistant home for dinner, clumsily attempting to strike a spark between obliging Pyotr and outraged Kate. Whatever is her father up to? Could it be that he's seeking a solution to Pyotr's impending deportation back to Russia? Surely a woman as resolutely independent as Kate wouldn't compromise her freedom for a green-card scheme? Deeply and pleasurably inspired by her source, Tyler is marvelously nimble and effervescent in this charming, hilarious, and wickedly shrewd tale of reversal and revelation." — Booklist
Children of the New World by
Call Number: PS 3623 .E4324467A6 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
"Touching on virtual families, climate change, implanted memories, and more, Weinstein's debut collection of digital-age sci-fi stories is scary, recognizable, heartbreaking, witty, and absolutely human. In 'Saying Goodbye to Yang,' Jim has to shut down a malfunctioning Yang-a humanoid who has been a 'Big Brother' to Jim's adopted daughter for three years. In 'The Cartographers,' Adam designs and sells manufactured memories, until he gets so hooked on testing his software that he can no longer tell which memories are his own. 'Heartland' shows a Midwest where topsoil is a precious commodity, and when a father loses his job 'installing gardens,' he resorts to exploiting the cuteness of his children to make ends meet. In the virtual-driven world of the title story, a couple lose their digital children to a reboot when they download a virus in the 'Dark City.' The disturbing and darkly funny 'Rocket Night' features parents who gather annually to decide which least-liked child in the elementary school will be launched on a rocket to space. Complete with footnotes from fictional future publications and technology that is just one leap away, this is mind-bending stuff. Weinstein's collection is full of spot-on prose, wicked humor, and heart." — Publishers Weekly
Born to Run by
Call Number: ML420.S77 A3 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-27
"For over 40 years, Springsteen has chronicled the lives of myriad American characters as they face life, love, economic hardship, and the search for community and home, and now he limns his own life story to create an exuberant, sprawling, double album of a memoir. Springsteen writes eloquently about his youth, family, and hometown while detailing his complicated relationship with his father and the singer's own quest to reconcile his past and explore the roots and meaning of what he does. Springsteen describes in abundant detail his musical coming of age with various bands, playing the clubs and bars of New Jersey as he finds his own voice, struggles with early success, and eventually records the 1975 masterpiece 'Born To Run' with the E Street Band and reaches superstardom in the 1980s. Springsteen's prose ranges from honest and self-deprecating to poetic and deeply analytical as he writes about his life, his music, his place in the world, and his movingly deep ties to his family, his band, and his audience. Verdict Like a classic Springsteen and E Street Band show, the book takes readers on a rollicking ride from the glorious and the emotional to the fun and soaring; one of rock's finest and most memorable memoirs." — Library Journal
The Harder They Come by
Call Number: PS3552.O932 H37 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-01
"Boyle's (San Miguel) hypnotic narrative probes the complexities of heroism, violence, power, and resistance. At its heart are ex-Marine and retired school principal 'Sten' Stensen and his schizophrenic son, Adam, who arms himself against shadowy "hostiles" and identifies with heroic 19th-century wilderness guide John Colter. On vacation in Costa Rica, Sten kills a gunman attempting to rob his tour group. Back home in Mendocino, Calif., he becomes an instant celebrity for his act of vigilante justice, and he is drawn into a citizen brigade whose mission is to protect nearby forests from the South American drug cartels that despoil the land. Meanwhile, Adam forms a tenuous, lust-fueled bond with anti-government activist Sara Jennings. Driven further into delusion by her brushes with the law and his physical confrontation with his father, Adam flees for his secret camp in the woods; when one of the citizen patrollers challenges him, Adam shoots that man, and soon another. As the manhunt intensifies, Sten realizes his son's involvement and his own inability to change his son's fate. Written with both clarity and compassion, each of the novel's characters inhabits a rich and convincing private world. As they traverse a landscape none of them control, their haunting stories illuminate the violent American battle with otherness." — Publishers Weekly
The Fortunes by
Call Number: PR 6054 .A89145T45 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
From the author of The Welsh Girl comes a groundbreaking, provocative new novel.
Sly, funny, intelligent, and artfully structured, The Fortunes recasts American history through the lives of Chinese Americans and reimagines the multigenerational novel through the fractures of immigrant family experience.
Inhabiting four lives—a railroad baron's valet who unwittingly ignites an explosion in Chinese labor, Hollywood's first Chinese movie star, a hate-crime victim whose death mobilizes Asian Americans, and a biracial writer visiting China for an adoption—this novel captures and capsizes over a century of our history, showing that even as family bonds are denied and broken, a community can survive—as much through love as blood.
Building fact into fiction, spinning fiction around fact, Davies uses each of these stories—three inspired by real historical characters—to examine the process of becoming not only Chinese American, but American.
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by
Call Number: E 98 .S6R47 2016
Publication Date: 2016-04-12
A landmark history—the sweeping story of the enslavement of tens of thousands of Indians across America, from the time of the conquistadors up to the early 20th century.
Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in much of the American continent. Yet, as Andrés Reséndez illuminates in his myth-shattering The Other Slavery, it was practiced for centuries as an open secret. There was no abolitionist movement to protect the tens of thousands of natives who were kidnapped and enslaved by the conquistadors, then forced to descend into the "mouth of hell" of eighteenth-century silver mines or, later, made to serve as domestics for Mormon settlers and rich Anglos.
Reséndez builds the incisive case that it was mass slavery, more than epidemics, that decimated Indian populations across North America. New evidence, including testimonies of courageous priests, rapacious merchants, Indian captives, and Anglo colonists, sheds light too on Indian enslavement of other Indians—as what started as a European business passed into the hands of indigenous operators and spread like wildfire across vast tracts of the American Southwest.
The Other Slavery reveals nothing less than a key missing piece of American history. For over two centuries we have fought over, abolished, and tried to come to grips with African-American slavery. It is time for the West to confront an entirely separate, equally devastating enslavement we have long failed truly to see.
Here I Am by
Call Number: PS 3606 .O38H47 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
"Great-grandfather Isaac Bloch's voice opens Foer's intensely imagined and richly rewarding novel. What follows is a teeming saga of members of the patriarch's family: Isaac's son, Irv, a xenophobic, self-righteous defender of Israel who claims that 'the world will always hate Jews'; his grandson, Jacob, achingly aware that his decade-plus marriage to Julia is breaking down; and Jacob and Julia's son Sam, whose imminent bar mitzvah may be cancelled if he doesn't apologize for the obscene material discovered in his desk at Hebrew school. The Blochs are distinctively upper-middle-class American in their needs, aspirations, and place in the 21st century. Foer excels in rendering domestic conversation: the banter and quips, the anger and recrimination, and Jacob and Julia's deeply felt guilt that their divorce will damage their three sons. Things are bad enough in the Bloch family when world events intervene: a major earthquake levels the Middle East, spreading catastrophic damage among the Arab states and Israel. In an imaginative segment, Foer depicts the reaction of the media when Israel ceases helping its Arab neighbors to save its own people and the Arab states unite and prepare for attack. The irony is evident: Irv, the fearmonger, has been proven correct. Foer (Everything is Illuminated) fuses these complex strands with his never-wavering hand. Throughout, his dark wit drops in zingers of dialogue, leavening his melancholy assessments of the loneliness of human relationships and a world riven by ethnic hatred. He poses several thorny moral questions, among them how to have religious faith in the modern world, and what American Jews' responsibilities are toward Israel. That he can provide such a redemptive denouement, at once poignant, inspirational, and compassionate, is the mark of a thrillingly gifted writer." — Publisher's Weekly
The North Water by
Call Number: PR 6113 .C4832N67 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-15
"When Patrick Sumner returns to England from India, after serving as an army surgeon in the Sepoy Rebellion (1857-58), he finds himself with few options, having been expunged from the service. Lacking other prospects, he signs on as ship surgeon for a whaling expedition onboard the Volunteer. The rough accommodations aren't any worse than those he suffered in India, and the crew's minor injuries are easy work compared to tending battle-mangled soldiers. But when he treats a cabin boy displaying evidence of horrific abuse, Sumner hunts the predator onboard, even after it costs the cabin boy his life. Henry Drax is popular and unmatched when it comes to harpooning, but he's miscalculated his power and put too much faith in his shipmates' apathy. Sumner uses his medical knowledge and a dose of forensics to accuse Drax as the ship navigates the Arctic Sea dangerously close to winter, and a disaster leaves them fighting nature and each other for survival. McGuire's tale is every bit as raw, suspenseful, and brutal as befits a Victorian whaling expedition with a psychopathic killer. But like Stef Penney's The Tenderness of Wolves (2006) and Dan Simmons' Drood (2009), there is plenty of literary heft in this novel's thoughtfully developed characters, absorbing period details, and detailed renderings of dangerously beautiful settings. This deserves attention beyond readers of crime and historical fiction, especially from those stalking provocative book-group fare." — Booklist
Another Brooklyn by
Call Number: PS 3573 .O64524A85 2016
Publication Date: 2016-08-09
"With spare yet poetic writing, this long-awaited adult novel by National Book Award winner Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming) is a series of vignettes narrated by August, shortly after her dad's funeral and a chance encounter with an old friend. Reminiscing about the 1970s leads August to rediscover the nervousness she felt after her dad relocated her and her younger brother to Brooklyn amid a heroin epidemic, and how she always hoped her mom, who is haunted by her own brother Clyde's death in Vietnam, would arrive soon. Forever feeling like an outsider, August unexpectedly found sisterhood with Sylvia, Angela, and Gigi. Woodson movingly chronicles the ups and downs of friendship as the girls discuss everything from their hopes and dreams to their varying shades of blackness. While her dad and brother sought solace in the Quran, August still longed for a sense of belonging. Woodson seamlessly transitions her characters from childhood to adulthood as August looks back on the events that led her to become silent in her teen years, eventually fleeing Brooklyn and the memories of her former friends. An evocative portrayal of friendship, love, and loss that will resonate with anyone creating their own identity" — Library Journal
The Lost City of the Monkey God by
Call Number: F 1509 .M9P74 2017
Publication Date: 2017-01-03
"For centuries a legend has been making the rounds in Central America about a monolithic lost Ciudad Blanca, or White City, hidden deep in the primeval rain forests of Honduras. So when Preston, a best-selling crime-fiction and nonfiction author and frequent National Geographic contributor, was given the opportunity to join an archaeological mission tasked with uncovering the truth behind these rumors, he knew it would yield a gripping true-life adventure story. Led by nature-documentary filmmaker Steve Elkins, the team included photographers, assorted experts on pre-Columbian ruins, and a trio of ex-military, jungle-warfare veterans. Buoyed by tantalizing findings from a Honduran flyover using cutting-edge and classified lidar mapping technology, Preston and company trekked deep into treacherous, virtually untouched, jungle-shrouded terrain to verify the stunning discovery of vast indigenous settlements abandoned over 500 years ago. Replete with informative archaeology lessons and colorful anecdotes about the challenges Elkins' crew faced during the expedition, including torrential rains and encounters with deadly snakes, Preston's uncommon travelogue is as captivating as any of his more fanciful fictional thrillers." — Booklist
East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity by
Call Number: KZ 7180.S26 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-24
"There is growing suspicion that there are no stories left to tell of the Holocaust; all the pain and horror has been revealed to the point of repetition. But human-rights lawyer Sands proves that there is still room for thoughtful writers to educate, engage, even beguile readers on this terribly important subject. His riveting history of the terms genocide and crimes against humanity, the men who invented them, the manner in which they were first used (at Nuremberg), and how they have forever changed international law and relations revitalizes the subject. Most impressively, he interweaves his grandparents' powerful story into the larger narrative, including an enduring family mystery. Thus, in this expertly organized and passionately researched title, readers will learn of rapidly changing borders, rushes to escape violence, and people who stood on the right side of history versus those who sank to the depths of depravity. An unexpected page-turner, East West Street is a book for the twenty-first century that reminds us that the cruel lessons of the twentieth still have much to impart and must not be ignored." — Booklist
Are You My Mother? by
Call Number: GRNV PN 6727 .B3757Z46 2013
Publication Date: 2013-04-02
From the best-selling author of Fun Home, Time magazine’s No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.
Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood. . .and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.
The Book That Matters Most by
Call Number: PS 3558 .O537B66 2016
Publication Date: 2016-08-09
"Her husband having recently left her, and her adult children both being out of the country, Ava looks forward to joining the library's book club. Towards this year's theme, The Book That Matters Most, she suggests a long-forgotten book that helped her through a difficult childhood but now has her questioning the secrets surrounding the deaths of her sister and mother. Ava's path of self-discovery parallels her daughter's own. Maggie, whom Ava believes is in school in Italy, is kept by a married man in Paris and seeks actualization through drugs. Hood weaves together their individual searches for fulfillment toward a single resolution that satisfies their pursuit of self but also of family. The use of a book group and books that are meaningful to its members provides a foundation for Ava's exploration of what's truly important and is sure to make this a hit with book clubs. Those enjoying the recent trend of books about those who love to read as well as readers who enjoy the relationship novels of writers like Jacquelyn Mitchard and Luanne Rice won't want to miss this." — Booklist
Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change by
Call Number: BF 637 .C45S474 2017
Publication Date: 2017-01-10
"Sesno is a seasoned journalist, having worked for CNN as a White House correspondent and as a Washington bureau chief. As a journalist, he spent many years compiling articles from facts, many of which came from interviews. It is no secret that interviews are essential to the fact-finding process, but what Sesno presents here is the significance of the questions, both the rhetoric and the psychology of questioning. He discusses the importance of creating a relationship with subjects that produces trust and candor. While journalism is central to his discussion, Sesno thinks more broadly about questioning as a part of basic interpersonal connectivity, professionally as well as personally. His categories for questions include, for example, all-business questions of the diagnostic, strategic, scientific, and confrontational variety, and also those that demonstrate empathy, bridge and affirm, and foster thoughts on the nature of meaning and establishing legacy. Sesno offers examples and strategies for various contexts for interviewing and questioning. When it comes to asking the kinds of questions that get you the kinds of answers that actually mean something, Sesno is your guy. He is also teaching readers how to listen and care. Readers will appreciate Sesno's accessible, personable style, and his relatability, despite his intense professional experience." — Voice of Youth Advocates
The Tears of Dark Water by
Call Number: PS 3601 .D465T43 2015
Publication Date: 2016-07-12
Daniel and Vanessa Parker are an American success story. He is a Washington, DC, power broker, and she is a physician with a thriving practice. But behind the gilded facade, their marriage is a shambles, and their teenage son, Quentin, is self-destructing. In desperation, Daniel dusts off a long-delayed dream—a sailing trip around the world. Little does he know, the voyage he hopes will save them may destroy them instead.
Half a world away on the lawless coast of Somalia, Ismail Adan Ibrahim is living a life of crime in violation of everything he was raised to believe—except for the love and loyalty driving him to hijack ships for ransom and plot the rescue of his sister, Yasmin, from the man who murdered their father. There is nothing he will not do to save her, even if it means taking innocent lives.
Paul Derrick is the FBI's top hostage negotiator. His twin sister, Megan, is a celebrated defense attorney. They have reached the summit of their careers by savvy, grit, and a secret determination to escape the memory of the day their family died. When Paul is dispatched to handle a hostage crisis at sea, he has no idea how far it will take him and Megan into the past—or the chance it will give them to redeem the future.
Across continents and oceans, through storms and civil wars, the paths of these individuals converge in a single, explosive moment. It is a moment that will test them and break them, but it will also leave behind an unexpected glimmer of hope—that out of the ashes of tragedy and misfortune, the seeds of justice and reconciliation can grow.
Trans* in College: Transgender Students' Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion by
Call Number: LC 2574.6 .N52 2017
Publication Date: 2016-12-01
This is both a personal book that offers an account of the author's own trans* identity and a deeply engaged study of trans* collegians that reveals the complexities of trans* identities, and how these students navigate the trans* oppression present throughout society and their institutions, create community and resilience, and establish meaning and control in a world that assumes binary genders.
This book is addressed as much to trans* students themselves—offering them a frame to understand the genders that mark them as different and to address the feelings brought on by the weight of that difference—as it is to faculty, student affairs professionals, and college administrators, opening up the implications for the classroom and the wider campus.
This book not only remedies the paucity of literature on trans* college students, but does so from a perspective of resiliency and agency. Rather than situating trans* students as problems requiring accommodation, this book problematizes the college environment and frames trans* students as resilient individuals capable of participating in supportive communities and kinship networks, and of developing strategies to promote their own success.
Z Nicolazzo provides the reader with a nuanced and illuminating review of the literature on gender and sexuality that sheds light on the multiplicity of potential expressions and outward representations of trans* identity as a prelude to the ethnography ze conducted with nine trans* collegians that richly documents their interactions with, and responses to, environments ranging from the unwittingly offensive to explicitly antagonistic.
The book concludes by giving space to the study's participants to themselves share what they want college faculty, staff, and students to know about their lived experiences. Two appendices respectively provide a glossary of vocabulary and terms to address commonly asked questions, and a description of the study design, offered as guide for others considering working alongside marginalized population in a manner that foregrounds ethics, care, and reciprocity.
To the Bright Edge of the World by
Call Number: PS 3609 .V54T6 2016
Publication Date: 2016-08-02
"Ivey's highly anticipated second novel, following The Snow Child (2012), is again set in the wilds of her native Alaska. She portrays a fictional 1885 expedition, led by Colonel Allen Forrester of the U.S. Army, into the newly acquired Alaska Territory to map the area's rivers and gather information about the Native populations. By means of the colonel's journal entries and letters between him and his wife, Sophie, who remains at the Vancouver barracks, Ivey deftly draws the reader into the perils of the journey. Forrester is accompanied by only two other officers and a few Indian guides they enlist en route; their goal as they embark in February 1885 is to return to Vancouver before the next winter. Forrester describes the challenges he faces, in a late-nineteenth-century style Ivey captures perfectly, including traveling on rivers of ice, dodging huge ice boulders loosened by the spring thaw, re-routing around narrow canyons, and suffering near-starvation and gut-wrenching illnesses. Sophie is a strong character as well; a feminist who chafes at the social restrictions of the barracks, she teaches herself photography in her husband's absence. Ivey presents a compelling historical saga of survival." — Booklist
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by
Call Number: QB 34.5 .S63 2016
Publication Date: 2016-12-06
"Acclaimed science writer Sobel (A More Perfect Heaven) casts much-needed light on the brilliant and determined women behind two historic revolutions in astronomy: one scientific, one professional. In the mid-18th century, astronomers employed human "computers" to scan glass photographic plates and perform calculations. Only the Harvard College Observatory, directed by professor Edward Pickering, hired both men and women as computers. The women there-including Williamina Fleming, Antonia Maury, Henrietta Leavitt, Annie Jump Cannon, and Cecilia Payne-earned far less than their male counterparts but were eager for the work. As Sobel explains, it was the only way they could do science. Their research led to both the creation of a catalogue of stars still in use today and groundbreaking discoveries in stellar composition, motion, evolution, and a reliable way to calculate interstellar distances. Sobel knows how to tell an engaging story, and this one flows smoothly, with just enough explication of the science. She also reveals the long hours the women worked and their constant search for funding as well as their triumphs of discovery and the eventual acknowledgment of their achievements by their peers and public. With grace, clarity, and a flair for characterization, Sobel places these early women astronomers in the wider historical context of their field for the very first time." — Publishers Weekly
The Second Winter by
Call Number: PS 3612 .A765S43 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-27
"Guy de Maupassant's short story The Necklace (1884) has had a number of adaptations, including those by literary masters Henry James and W. Somerset Maugham. Larsen joins the group with this breathtaking novel set during a harsh winter in WWII Jutland that is built entirely around a jeweled necklace that bears the crest of the Romanovs. The necklace is stolen from a Jewish refugee family by an absolute brute of a man. When he sends his son to Copenhagen to sell it, the son gives the necklace to a Nazi officer in exchange for a beautiful, half-Jewish prostitute. There is none of Maupassant's grim melodrama here, but there is much brilliantly rendered pathos, as the characters struggle to survive despite the utter futility of their lives. It is a richly narrated story that brings the horrors of the Holocaust and the merciless depravities that accompany war into vivid focus. There is a remarkable cinematic quality to the novel, from the barrenness of Jutland to what remains of the glitter of Copenhagen. An absolute page-turner and a discussion-group leader's dream." — Booklist
The Road to Little Dribbling by
Call Number: DA632 .B79 2016
Publication Date: 2016-10-25
"Bryson (A Walk in the Woods) complements his expansive repertoire with a revisit of Great Britain, reflecting on his experiences over the past several decades as a British immigrant as he travels "The Bryson Line" from southern England to the northernmost point of Scotland. With his trademark wit, the author ponders the size of Britain, the mysteries of the London Underground, the county system, and the model community of Motopia. He brings readers along as he walks with his trusty Ordnance Survey map in hand through the English countryside visiting well- and lesser-known museums and parks. He questions the spending and conservation habits of the National Trust as well as the building practices of the British motorway system and is always honest, whether noting the beauty of the countryside or the neglected and diminishing seaside towns. Bryson never holds back his evaluation of the pitfalls of Britain. Fans of Bryson will welcome his reconsideration of Britain and all its quirks. Armchair travelers will enjoy this jaunt through the country." — Library Journal
Call Number: PS 3616 .A754H37 2016
Publication Date: 2016-08-02
"Parkhurst's (The Dogs of Babel) latest explores family bonds, modern-day parenting, and the foundations of cult-like groups, all with nuance and a liberal dose of dark humor. Alexandra and Josh Hammond are at the end of their rope with the diagnosis-defying behavioral issues of their 13-year-old daughter, Tilly, until Alexandra discovers the work of Scott Bean, an unorthodox child-development guru with a devoted grassroots following. Now Scott's invited the Hammonds—Alexandra, Josh, Tilly, and neurotypical younger daughter Iris—to move to a summer camp in rural New Hampshire for families facing similar struggles. At first, the idyllic setting, simpler routines, and Scott's charismatic leadership prove helpful for the Hammonds and the other families at the newly dubbed Camp Harmony. But as the veneer of Scott's public persona wears off, and a more controlling, volatile side begins to show, all of Camp Harmony's residents are forced to confront some harrowing truths about their situation. Told from the viewpoints of Alexandra, Tilly, and Iris, Parkhurst's memorable tale features a complex cast of characters and a series of conundrums with no easy answers." — Publishers Weekly
All the Single Ladies by
Call Number: HQ 880.4 .U6T73 2016
Publication Date: 2016-10-11
"Single women are taking up space in a world that was not built for them, Traister writes in her groundbreaking look at the plight of unmarried women, both historically and in contemporary society. Citing the rise of the median age at which American women marry as well as the fact that, as of 2009, fewer than 50-percent of American women were wed, Traister explores the reasons why women are putting off marriage or forgoing it altogether as they pursue careers, relationships free from typical wifely duties, and single parenthood. Traister mixes interviews with contemporary young singles with stories of such trailblazers as Florence Nightingale, Gloria Steinem, and Oprah Winfrey. She delves into the many pitfalls women on their own are forced to navigate, from loneliness to being judged as somehow less valued because they aren't coupled. Though her focus is largely on American women, Traister does highlight how marriage rates are plummeting in Japan and Germany, where married women remain trapped in traditional roles, as opposed to more forward-thinking regions like Scandinavia. Exploring all aspects of single life—social, economic, racial, and sexual—Traister's comprehensive volume, sure to be vigorously discussed, is truly impressive in scope and depth while always managing to be eminently readable and thoughtful." — Booklist
A Hundred Thousand Worlds by
Call Number: PS 3616 .R643H86 2016
Publication Date: 2016-06-28
"Nine-year-old Alex and his actress mother, Valerie, are driving from New York to Los Angeles with stops at ComicCons in Cleveland and Chicago, where Valerie, the former star of a cult-classic TV series will make appearances. The real purpose of the trip, though Alex doesn't know it yet, is to grant his actor father custody of the boy, thanks to his mother's six-year-long violation of the initial custody agreement. While their story unfolds, readers are introduced to two comics creators: Gail, a writer, and Brett, an artist. Their lives provide a fascinating entrée into the comics industry even as they intersect with those of Alex and Valerie. The relationship between Alex and Brett is especially engaging as the two form an unofficial collaboration on a story that Alex is imagining, one that has interesting parallels to his own life. Story is an important consideration in this absorbing first novel, for every evening Valerie tells Alex a story based on the X-Files-like TV show in which she costarred with the boy's father. Proehl has done an excellent job of integrating all of the story lines and creating memorable characters to populate them. Though not without its melancholy moments, the story is deeply satisfying and will delight both comics fans and general readers." — Booklist
The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time off, and Financing the Life You Want by
Call Number: HD5110 .M85 2017
Publication Date: 2016-11-08
Don't fight it-embrace it! From Uber to the presidential debates, the gig economy has been dominating the headlines...and for good reason. Today, more than a third of Americans are working in the gig economy-mixing together short-term jobs, contract work, and freelance assignments. For those who've figured out the formula, life has never been better!
The Gig Economy is your guide to this uncertain but ultimately rewarding world. Succeeding in it starts with shifting gears to recognize that only you control your future. Next is leveraging your skills, knowledge, and network to create your own career trajectory-one immune to the whims of an employer.
Packed with research, exercises, and anecdotes, this eye-opening book supplies strategies-ranging from the professional to the personal-to help you:
Construct a life based on your priorities and vision of success
Cultivate connections without networking Create your own security
Take more time off
Build flexibility into your financial life
Face your fears by reducing risk
Prepare for the future
And much more
Layoffs... recessions... Corporate jobs are not only unstable—they're increasingly scarce. It's time to take charge of your own career and lead the life you actually want.
War and Turpentine by
Call Number: PT 6466.18 .E76O5713 2016
Publication Date: 2016-08-09
"On medical leave from the hellish violence of WWI, Urbain Martien wanders into a small chapel where he unexpectedly finds the face of his own father incorporated into the altar mural. In this minor episode, Hertmans distills the larger dynamic governing a novel in which the mysteries of art illuminate the complexities of life. Complemented by photos and reproduced paintings, the poignantly nuanced narrative unfolds Urbain's life through the eyes of a grandson poring over his grandfather's candidly autobiographical notebooks and his more cryptically autobiographical paintings. Clue by clue, notebooks and paintings reveal that alongside his visible war wounds, Urbain carries the invisible wounds of an artist forced to exchange paint and canvas for helmet and rifle. Subtly hinted at in his postwar paintings, another lacerating exchange scars his soul when the love of his life suddenly dies, leaving him to marry her frigid older sister. Retracing the private pilgrimage his grandfather sustained through religious devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows and imaginative devotion to Schubert and Beethoven, van Dyck and Velázquez, the grandson finally reaches the peace that accompanies hard-won understanding. Appreciative readers will thank an exceptional novelist (and a skilled translator) for their share of that peace, that understanding." — Booklist
City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York by
Call Number: F128.9.A1 A63 2016
Publication Date: 2016-10-18
"Before 1875, there were no restrictions on U.S. immigration. Those arriving in New York were checked for medical conditions and quarantined if necessary but otherwise entered the city to find livelihoods and communities, or to move West. Historian Anbinder (Five Points) focuses on certain periods of New York's immigration history, selecting eras with rich histories that helped build the city's multicultural landscape. Beginning with the founding of New Amsterdam as a Dutch colony in the 1700s, Anbinder explains the transition to English rule as the territory became known as New York. Even as early as 1700, real estate costs could be exorbitant, with many residents wanting to live in 'desirable' areas. Anbinder's research is thorough and thoughtful; he doesn't gloss over difficulties, ethnic clashes, racism, slavery, or poverty. Rather, he explores the challenges of assimilation and what gets lost in the process of generations becoming 'Americanized' through stories of prominent New Yorkers and more typical immigrant experiences. The author covers a lot of ground in readable and accessible prose that captures how the United States has become a nation of multifaceted cultures." — Library Journal
We're All Damaged by
Call Number: PS3614.O7626 W47 2016
Publication Date: 2016-06-01
"Andy Carter may not be thriving in New York, but he's surviving. He's the third-best bartender at the Underground, a mangy cat named Jeter is his part-time roommate, and his alcohol tolerance has never been better. He's not ashamed of his beer-soaked lifestyle per se, but a visit to Omaha to say good-bye to his ailing grandfather starts to put things in perspective. Omaha has changed quite a bit since Andy lived there, though his ex-wife still takes up the same amount of real estate in his head. With the help of a tattooed bookworm, an old Cadillac, and a group of guys called the Glitter Mafia, Andy attempts to turn his self-defeatist streak into self-improvement. Norman builds a droll and darkly comic world while slyly referencing his first novel (Domestic Violets, 2011) by tempering heavy subjects with doses of pop culture. Although Norman's characters and settings are entirely realistic and relatable on their own, he adds touches of surrealism for delightful and dramatic effect. The tone flips from biting to earnest, sarcastic to tender, emphasizing the range of emotions in Andy's mixed-up head. This is a witty, raucous, and raw novel in the vein of Jonathan Tropper and Greg Olear." — Booklist
Time Travel: A History by
Call Number: QC 173.59 .S65G54 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-27
"In a dazzling voyage through the concept of time, science chronicler Gleick (The Information) explains that, 'like all words, time has boundaries, by which I don't mean hard and impenetrable shells but porous edges,' challenging readers to consider the porousness of reality as depicted in philosophy, science, and literature. Beginning with an homage to H.G. Wells, whose 1895 novel The Time Machine influenced both writers and physicists, the book careens back and forth, 'free to leap about in time.' The popularity of Wells's story paved the way for a willingness to accept the paradoxes in the science of Einstein, Eddington, and Feynman, among others. Gleick explores the wealth of speculation that was set in motion when time became considered fluid. Can one go back in time and prevent one's own birth? Does time travel create 'forks' in the universe with alternate events? What does it mean to be outside of time? Gleick quotes from scientists and writers who have wrestled with these questions, and he explores the way novels, short stories, films, and television programs have handled eddies in time (his suggested reading list is priceless). Deeply philosophical and full of quirky humor—'The universe is like a river. It flows. (Or it doesn't, if you're Plato.)'—Gleick's journey through the fourth dimension is a marvelous mind bender." — Publishers Weekly
The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life by
Call Number: PR 6062 .E33Z46 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's writing about the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly mimic machine gun fire or the opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth; visiting Rwanda's museums of the unburied dead in the aftermath of the genocide; celebrating New Year's Eve 1982 with Yasser Arafat and his high command; interviewing a German woman terrorist in her desert prison in the Negev; listening to the wisdoms of the great physicist, dissident, and Nobel Prize winner Andrei Sakharov; meeting with two former heads of the KGB; watching Alec Guinness prepare for his role as George Smiley in the legendary BBC TV adaptations of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People; or describing the female aid worker who inspired the main character in The Constant Gardener, le Carré endows each happening with vividness and humor, now making us laugh out loud, now inviting us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood.
Best of all, le Carré gives us a glimpse of a writer's journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional characters.
Game of Loans: The Rhetoric and Reality of Student Debt by
Call Number: LB 2340.2 .A54 2016
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
College tuition and student debt levels have been rising at an alarming pace for at least two decades. These trends, coupled with an economy weakened by a major recession, have raised serious questions about whether we are headed for a major crisis, with borrowers defaulting on their loans in unprecedented numbers and taxpayers being forced to foot the bill. Game of Loans draws on new evidence to explain why such fears are misplaced—and how the popular myth of a looming crisis has obscured the real problems facing student lending in America.
Bringing needed clarity to an issue that concerns all of us, Beth Akers and Matthew Chingos cut through the sensationalism and misleading rhetoric to make the compelling case that college remains a good investment for most students. They show how, in fact, typical borrowers face affordable debt burdens, and argue that the truly serious cases of financial hardship portrayed in the media are less common than the popular narrative would have us believe. But there are more troubling problems with student loans that don't receive the same attention. They include high rates of avoidable defaults by students who take on loans but don't finish college&mdash:the riskiest segment of borrowers—and a dysfunctional market where competition among colleges drives tuition costs up instead of down.
Persuasive and compelling, Game of Loans moves beyond the emotionally charged and politicized talk surrounding student debt, and offers a set of sensible policy proposals that can solve the real problems in student lending.
The Throwback Special by
Call Number: PS 3602 .A34T48 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-14
"A real-life football tragedy—the sacking of Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann by New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor in a 1985 game, and the career-ending injury that Theismann sustained as a result—is the foundation of this wryly amusing rumination on manhood and male bonding. Every year for the past 16 years, 22 men have convened at a hotel at an unnamed location off of Interstate 95 to physically re-enact the historic game. What at first seems a slightly screwball form of fantasy football—the men are assigned their roles through a lottery governed by an idiosyncratically detailed set of rules—gradually reveals itself to be a metaphor-rich elaboration of the rules and regulations that shape mature male life. As the men discuss their static marriages and their difficult relationships with their children, the allure of the game—especially the time before the fateful play when 'the things that had not happened yet were greater than the things that had happened'—becomes clear. Although Bachelder's (U.S.!) characters sometimes blend indistinguishably into one another—perhaps not unintentionally—the anxieties and concerns that define them are genuine. One man, considering why people marry, theorizes that 'the only thing marriage can really give you is the sense that your life is witnessed by another person.' In one hilarious scene, three men supposedly step out to share a ritual smoke, making it awkwardly impossible for each to reveal to the others that he gave up smoking that year. Filled with subtle humor and incisive insights, Bachelder's novel will resonate with anyone who has pondered the game of life." — Publishers Weekly