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Leadership Step by Step: Become the Person Others Follow by
Call Number: HD 57.7 .S697 2017
Publication Date: 2017-02-16
"Before thinking of Spodek's book as yet another HR-type tome, ask yourself, How does anyone learn to lead outside of business school and institutes devoted to that subject? Taking a page or two from the performing arts, Spodek bases his advice on a simple rubric: practice, practice, practice. In Spodek's plan, becoming a leader who's followed and respected involves four progressive goals (understanding yourself, leading yourself, understanding others, leading others which are a lot more difficult than these simple headings sound) with 22 total exercises. Every chapter is one step, containing one exercise with instructions, a checklist, questions to reflect on, and post-exercises. The process itself involves much introspection, some dedicated time, and the real opportunity to become a leader. As just one example: to find your authentic voice, capture your inner monologues and practice them with others. Think about Martin Luther King Jr.'s I have a dream speech or Victor Frankl's memoir of the Holocaust in terms of voicing beliefs. This is practical leadership training made perfect. Bravo!" — Booklist
The First Wife by
Call Number: PQ 9939 .C45N5513 2016
Publication Date: 2016-08-09
After 20 years of marriage, Rami discovers that her husband has been living a double—or rather, a quintuple—life. After Tony is forced to marry the four other women—as well as an additional lover—according to polygamist custom, the rival lovers join together to declare their voices and demand their rights.
In this, a ground-breaking publication in the canon of non-Western women's literary history, Paulina Chiziani—the first woman from Mozambique ever to publish a novel—lifts the lid on her country's values and its hypocracies.
Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot—And Relaunch Their Careers by
Call Number: HF 5382.6 .S23 2017
Publication Date: 2017-02-07
"Sachs, a former Capitol Hill press secretary turned TV producer and PR executive, challenges women to embrace agility as they manage their careers. Women, she claims, need to 'iterate, pivot, and progress,' and to embrace ambition and break free from professional inertia. Rather than follow a direct career path, she says, women need to focus on staying relevant, which mandates agility. Sachs highlights numerous examples of women (from millennials to baby boomers) relaunching themselves, detailing how risk-taking, staying true to oneself, and taking baby steps can move a career forward. Sachs seeks to spark self-confidence, and starts with language. Words such as 'sorry,' she states, are a crutch and a power deflator; women need to be straightforward and not undermine themselves with their words, never opting for likability over projecting confidence. She moves on to related topics such as posture, networking, resilience, and failure. She includes an exceptional chapter on rejoining the workforce after either leaving or being forced out, and shows the value of gap years. By embracing a zigzag approach, Sachs shows how to carve out a career filled with success and fulfillment." — Publishers Weekly
World, Chase Me Down by
Call Number: PS 3608 .I43836W67 2017
Publication Date: 2017-01-24
"In this lively first novel, Hilleman re- imagines the life of a turn-of-the-20th-century kidnapper who committed the first "crime of the century." On Dec. 18, 1900, Pat Crowe and his accomplice, Billy Cavanaugh, abduct the 16-year-old son of Edward Cudahy, owner of a meatpacking plant in Omaha, Neb. During the abduction, Cudahy recognizes Pat, forcing the kidnapper to go on the lam-to Japan, then South Africa, where he fights with the Boer army. Arrested after more misadventures back in the U.S., Pat is put on trial, finding himself a political pawn of the haves and a folk hero to the have-nots. In flashbacks we see Pat's marriage to a woman named Hattie and what transpired with Cudahy to inspire the kidnapping. A framing device places Pat in the 1930s, where, among other things, he tries to make himself useful to detectives in Hopewell, N.J., investigating the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. Although the story is based on a variety of firsthand accounts, the author refuses to be bound by facts alone, and the result is a raucous example of narrative invention. Pat makes for an enthusiastic narrator, and he ends his story on a surprising note that affirms man's infinite capacity for resilience in the face of life's harsh vicissitudes." Publishers Weekly
The Girl Before by
Call Number: PS 3569 .T717G57 2017
Publication Date: 2017-01-24
"What if you could rent an architectural showplace, a futuristic house with state-of-the-art amenities, for the same price as a moderate apartment? As with many deals that seem too good to be true, the house at One Folgate Street had many strings attached in its rental contract, including a forced minimalist lifestyle and a stark lack of privacy. This psychological thriller by a best-selling pseudonymous author alternates between the stories of Jane, the current tenant, and Emma, the previous tenant, during the time that they inhabited the house. Both women began their residences in a vulnerable state, after each had faced a life-altering experience. The uncanny parallels between Jane and Emma and their obsessive architect-landlord's late wife are quickly discovered and hardly seem coincidental. As each woman draws closer to the eccentric architect, the lines are blurred and it becomes increasingly difficult to discern whether the house offers sanctuary or imminent danger. This haunting Big Brother-esque novel will consume psychological thriller enthusiasts and keep them thinking long after the final page. Fans of Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train should add it to their winter reading lists." — Library Journal
Call Number: DA 566.9 .C26C37 2016
Publication Date: 2014-09-29
"During WWII, Tom Carew was a Jedburgh: highly skilled military personnel used to coordinate and train guerilla forces. As a Jed, Tom parachuted behind enemy lines in France and Burma to fight the Germans and the Japanese, respectively. After escorting her aging father to a Jedburghs' reunion, author Keggie Carew starts to piece together the history of the man she has admired her whole life. Although much of the book details war exploits, Keggie also shows the difficulties her father had after the war, trying to live a normal life. Snippets of Tom now, in his late eighties, suffering from dementia, and constantly looking for a job to make him feel useful, are heartbreaking. He seems a character out of fiction, and Keggie tells his story and its revelations beautifully. The rest of the family loses out to Dad—Keggie's siblings are rarely mentioned in any detail—but this is Dadland, where Keggie orbits the world of her father, and that's what you get. Fans of history and memoir will enjoy this moving and compelling book." — Booklist
Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream by
Call Number: LB 2342.15 .W5G65 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
If you are a young person, and you work hard enough, you can get a college degree and set yourself on the path to a good life, right?
Not necessarily, says Sara Goldrick-Rab, and with Paying the Price, she shows in damning detail exactly why. Quite simply, college is far too expensive for many people today, and the confusing mix of federal, state, institutional, and private financial aid leaves countless students without the resources they need to pay for it.
Drawing on an unprecedented study of 3,000 young adults who entered public colleges and universities in Wisconsin in 2008 with the support of federal aid and Pell Grants, Goldrick-Rab reveals the devastating effect of these shortfalls. Half the students in the study left college without a degree, while less than 20 percent finished within five years. The cause of their problems, time and again, was lack of money. Unable to afford tuition, books, and living expenses, they worked too many hours at outside jobs, dropped classes, took time off to save money, and even went without adequate food or housing. In many heartbreaking cases, they simply left school—not with a degree, but with crippling debt. Goldrick-Rab combines that shocking data with devastating stories of six individual students, whose struggles make clear the horrifying human and financial costs of our convoluted financial aid policies.
America can fix this problem. In the final section of the book, Goldrick-Rab offers a range of possible solutions, from technical improvements to the financial aid application process, to a bold, public sector-focused "first degree free" program. What's not an option, this powerful book shows, is doing nothing, and continuing to crush the college dreams of a generation of young people.
Days Without End by
Call Number: PR 6052 .A729D39 2016
Publication Date: 2014-12-09
"'John Cole was my love, all my love,' declares young Irish immigrant Thomas McNulty, who tells the story of their lives together in an unlettered but beautifully realized voice that is a tour de force of style and atmosphere. And the stories he tells! Of their joining the army as teenagers in the early 1850s and then, in the West, witnessing the massacre of Indians, of enduring punishing extremes of temperatures on the plains, of being mustered out of the army and then appearing onstage in a minstrel show, Thomas, with his beautiful face, dressed as a woman. Then, soldiers once again, this time in the Civil War, landing in the notorious prison of Andersonville. Then freed, they find a new life together in Tennessee but one that becomes haunted by the possibility of disaster and ruin. Their experiences are extravagant, yes, and, as Thomas says, The mind is a wild liar, but readers know he is telling the truth of the horrors the two witness in the horrible butcher shop of carnage where death is busy at his frantic task. But there are good times, too, as when they marry, unofficially adopt a young Indian girl, and find work on a friend's farm. Theirs is an epic romance, and Thomas' words are eloquent testimony to it. Evocative of Cormac McCarthy and Charles Portis, Days without End is a timeless work of historical fiction." — Booklist
Crazy-Stressed: Saving Today's Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience by
Call Number: HQ 799.15 .B7268 2017
Publication Date: 2017-04-27
A little resilience goes a long way. . .
Peel back the cheerful facade that parents present, and you'll find that many are worried about their teens. Mood swings, impulsiveness, poor judgment, and other problems peak in these years. Add stressors such as screen addiction, cyberbullying, increasing academic demands, and time-consuming athletic commitments. . .and it's no surprise that today's teenagers rank as the most anxious in 50 years.
Parents long to help, but how? Based on a career counseling kids and their parents, psychologist Michael Bradley locates the most powerful protective trait: resilience. Teens with this crucial quality know how to handle difficulty, overcome obstacles, and bounce back from setbacks.
Packed with insights from neuroscience and psychology, real-life case studies, and a dose of humor, Crazy-Stressed sheds light on the teen brain and offers a wealth of resiliency-boosting strategies. In it, Dr. Bradley reveals:
What kids these days are really going through
Ways to strengthen the seven skills every teen needs to survive and thrive
What-to-do-when suggestions for common behavior, school, and social issues
Tactics for coping with conflict, teaching consequences, improving communication, staying connected, and more
It's not easy being a teen—and it's certainly not easy parenting one. Always frank and often funny, Crazy-Stressed will become your go-to guide. . .and your kids may even thank you for it.
Voices of Nebraska: Diverse Landscapes, Diverse Peoples by
Call Number: PS 508 .C6V6 2016
Publication Date: 2016-11-01
The University of Nebraska Press has been publishing prestigious and award-winning literature for seventy-five years, but this contest is a first for the Press. In celebration of its seventy-fifth anniversary, the Press has collected an anthology of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry written by Nebraska undergraduate college students—including Creighton University—and high school seniors in the theme of "Voices of Nebraska: Diverse Landscapes, Diverse Peoples."
Drawing from their experiences with nature, family, traditions, and history, the budding writers selected for this volume are officially joining the ranks of the Press's countless published writers, every one of whom has helped shape both the Press and the state of Nebraska.
The Unseen World by
Call Number: PS 3613 .O5644U57 2016
Publication Date: 2016-07-26
"Moore's third and perhaps most ambitious novel (after Heft and The Words of Every Song) is large in scope, as it explores the philosophical issues surrounding human vs. computer consciousness, but it is also a small-scale, powerfully local story about a young girl. The details of Ada Sibelius's day-to-day life in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, homeschooled by her genius father, carry this narrative. She is forced to grow up fast, helping her father and his team at a computer science lab, and caring for him as he suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's. As his health and memory rapidly decline, she discovers her parent was not who he said he was, and with the help of a private investigator and a local librarian, learns more about him and his sacrifices than he would ever share with her. The story also flashes forward to the present and near future, when Ada is working for a tech company to produce a virtual reality world. Moore's vivid characters will stay with readers long after the story has ended." — Library Journal
When Your Child Has Food Allergies: A Parent's Guide to Managing It All—from the Everyday to the Extreme by
Call Number: RJ 386.5.S39 2017
Publication Date: 2017-04-20
"Today's kids with food allergies are an entirely new—and vulnerable—demographic. Allergic reactions do not only cause discomfort, they can be deadly, within minutes. Hypervigilance is the name of the game, and Schwartz (columnist, Allergic Living), who suffers from food allergies herself, presents just that-an extremely watchful approach to life for people with these conditions, covering everything from early symptoms and diagnosis to managing family gatherings and working with schools. Of great importance is teaching kids to advocate for themselves, but instructing young ones to decipher nutrition labels or decline the birthday cake is no easy feat. From EpiPens to which grocery chains stock the most allergy-safe food, Schwartz presents a thorough process for safeguarding child and home." — Library Journal
You've Got 8 Seconds: Communication Secrets for a Distracted World by
Call Number: HD 30.3.H437 2017
Publication Date: 2017-04-13
In the next 24 hours, everyone in your organization—in every organization—will do one of three things: 1) Talk 2) Listen 3) Pretend to listen.
When you present your ideas, do others pay attention? You could be speaking to a large group, meeting one-on-one, talking on the phone, sending an email . . .
The average attention span, experts tell us, is now 8 seconds. After that, your audience will lose interest--unless you know how to stand out. You''ve Got 8 Seconds will show you how to get heard, get remembered, and get results.
You''ll learn how to employ three vital strategies, illustrated with fast, actionable tips, amusing stories, and examples of good and bad messages.
FOCUS doesn''t just mean to say less, but also to design a compelling message. You''ll discover several methods, including fast-focus, a proven technique that helps executives and leadership teams make their essential points stick.
VARIETY means to be slightly different. With variety, you''ll make routine info come alive, you''ll engage others with smart, thought-provoking questions, and, if you''re giving a presentation, you''ll have new techniques to instantly capture everyone''s attention.
PRESENCE matters because there are certain people you listen to just because of their presence, and others you ignore. But what is presence? You''ll learn the 10 actions you can take right away to boost yours.
The next time you speak, others will either tune in or tune out. You''ve got 8 seconds—make them count.
At the Edge of the Orchard by
Call Number: PS 3553 .H4367A94 2017
Publication Date: 2017-01-31
"In 1838, James and Sadie Goodenough leave the relative comforts of Connecticut to strike out on their own, ending up in the swamps of Ohio. Required to plant 50 trees in order to stake a claim, they and their five children work tirelessly to cultivate the land, buying their seedlings from Johnny Appleseed, who tells Sadie how to make applejack, an alcoholic beverage she grows a little too fond of. The backbreaking work and relentless winters take a terrible toll on the couple, who are forever fighting, and after an unfortunate and tragic accident, their youngest child, Robert, takes off for California. There he finds work with a naturalist collecting seeds from the giant sequoia trees, which are then packed and shipped to England. He thoroughly enjoys the work, not least because he learned so much about trees from his father, but memories of his unhappy childhood continue to haunt him. Chevalier excels at creating a highly accessible read that takes a surprisingly dark look at the brutal conditions of frontier life." — Booklist
Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities by
Call Number: LC 1011 .N88 2016
Publication Date: 2016-11-08
"Worries about the economy and the need to advance technology are threatening liberal arts education in the U.S. to the ultimate detriment of our democracy, laments philosopher Nussbaum. She explores the long history of emphasis on humanities in education in the U.S., exploring the influences of Horace Mann, Bronson Alcott, John Dewey, and others, including India's Rabindranath Tagore. She devotes a separate chapter to Socrates and his teachings that have figured prominently in developing a sense of citizenship in democracy; the connectedness of individuals; and the importance of the ability to question, analyze, and argue points of view. Nussbaum offers examples and case studies from the U.S. and India of the shift from the human-development paradigm to the growth-oriented paradigm and what nations are at risk of losing. She analyzes the role of the arts and humanities in developing language skills and encouraging curiosity about other cultures and sympathy for other individuals. This is a passionate call to action at a time when the nation is becoming more culturally diverse and universities are cutting back on humanities programs." — Booklist
Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day by
Call Number: GV 481 .D368 2017
Publication Date: 2017-05-11
"From health journalist Davis and personal trainer Kolowich comes this precise guide to overcoming fitness barriers and exercising efficiently via high-intensity interval and circuit training. Davis and Kolowich break down the process of getting fit into four key parts: get ready, get smart, get more out of exercise, and get going. They begin with motivational facts: in addition to increasing life expectancy and improving health, exercise also enables better sex and sleep, among other benefits. Instead of providing specific motivation plans, the authors provide thoughtful advice that is widely applicable: make a game plan, make winning a goal, and reward yourself. Part two details the fundamentals of aerobic activity, strength training, and stretching, and part three gives instructions on what to consume (protein, complex carbs, water) and how to prevent 'bad pain.' The final section presents a varied, customizable workout regimen that can also be done in as little as 15 minutes. What separates this guide from others is its commitment to facts and plans backed by science and research; throughout, the authors debunk myths and answer questions such as 'Does sex before physical activity impair athletic performance?' and 'Does more sweating mean a more intense workout?' This is an important read for exercise hopefuls and aficionados alike." — Publishers Weekly
The Boy Who Spat in Sargrenti's Eye by
Call Number: PR 9379.9 .H39B69 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
On 13 June, 1873, British forces bombarded Elmina Town and destroyed it. It was never rebuilt.
Later that same year, using seaborne artillery, the British flattened ten coastal towns and villages, including Axim, Takoradi, and Sekondi.
On 6 February, 1874, after looting the Asantehene's palace in Kumase, British troops blew up the stone building and set the city on fire, razing it to the ground.
15-year old Kofi Gyan witnesses these events and records them in his diary, this novel, first published soon after the 140th anniversary of the sack of Kumase, tells his story.
The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by
Call Number: HV 9067 .H6S86 2016
Publication Date: 2016-07-12
"Summerscale's (The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher) book about Victorian child murderers Robert and Nattie Coombes starts out as a standard true crime read and ends with what was clearly a surprise to the author. That Robert killed his mother at age 13 was never a question—he admitted it freely in a confession—but the subsequent trial of a defendant so young and his sentencing to Broadmoor asylum rather than a prison (or a hanging) was sensational to Victorian newspaper readers. What happened next, however, was shocking. Coombes's incarceration seems to have actually benefitted him, contrary to the common notion of the affects of 19th-century asylum life. His service in World War I at Gallipoli was notable, and most important, his postwar life in Australia was quiet and uneventful, save for his rescue of a neighbor boy from an abusive home, a situation with which Coombes was all too familiar. Summerscale's research reveals that early tragedy for Coombes need not be his end, like it would have been for many, but that it would later provide him with a way to help another young boy in need." — Library Journal
Scar Tissue by
Call Number: ML 420 .K44A3 2015
Publication Date: 2004-10-06
As lead singer and songwriter for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis has lived life on the razor's edge. So much has been written about him, but until now, we've only had Kiedis's songs as clues to his experience from the inside. Now in Scar Tissue Kiedis defies the rock star clichs. In his telling, we can see everything he has done has been part of a passionate journey. Kiedis is a man "in love with everything"—the darkness, the death, the disease. Even his descent into drug addition was a part of that journey, another element that he has transformed into art. In Scar Tissue, Kiedis proves himself to be as compelling a memoirist as he is a lyricist, giving us a searingly honest account of the life from which his music has evolved.
All the Birds in the Sky by
Call Number: PS 3601 .N428A79 2016
Publication Date: 2016-01-26
"In Hugo Award-winner Anders' breakout book, elementary-school student Laurence Armstead, a science geek who reads science fiction, runs away to witness a rocket launch and, wearing the two-second time machine he built, achieves an in with real scientists. At age six, Patricia Selfine, a victim of domestic emotional abuse and school bullying, discovers she can talk with animals, encounters the Parliament of Birds deep in the forest, and learns that she is a witch. Socially inept tweens, Laurence and Patricia become friends in eighth grade when nature-loving Patricia covers for technology-loving Laurence, whose parents insist on him spending time in the great outdoors. A new substitute teacher arrives, and life for Patricia turns from bad to worse as Laurence is shipped off to a military reform school. The two manage to join forces again as Patricia studies magic. As both scientists and magicians come to fear for the future of humanity in this riveting story spanning decades, Patricia and Laurence friends, enemies, and potential lovers are thrust into a maelstrom of world-ending change. Anders' knock-your-socks-off blend of science and magic will be a strong contender for science fiction and fantasy awards, appealing to not only genre fans but also those looking for great literary reads." — Booklist
The Firebrand and the First Lady by
Call Number: E 807.1 .R48B45 2016
Publication Date: 2016-02-02
"In 1983, civil rights activist Pauli Murray (1910-85) instructed Bell-Scott (emerita, women's studies, Univ. of Georgia; Life Notes) to "know some of the veterans of the battle whose shoulders you now stand on." When Murray died two years later, Bell-Scott began researching the activist's life. After reviewing the correspondence between Murray and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Bell-Scott decided to focus on their decades-long friendship. Murray first wrote to both Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938 to express outrage that she was barred from the University of North Carolina's graduate school because of her race. Over the next few years, Eleanor became mentor to Murray, urging her to be patient with the progress of civil rights, while Murray encouraged Eleanor to consider the plight of African Americans who were suffering from discrimination during the Great Depression and World War II. The quotes from their lengthy correspondence, up to Eleanor's death in 1962, reveal their mutual respect and honesty. Bell-Scott makes a convincing case that Murray influenced Eleanor's views on civil and human rights and though not popularly known, she should be remembered as an important leader in both the civil rights and feminist movements." — Library Journal
The Sport of Kings by
Call Number: PS 3613 .O73S68 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
Hellsmouth, an indomitable Thoroughbred with the blood of Triple Crown winners in her veins, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky's oldest and most powerful dynasties. Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavor of raw obsession: to breed the next superhorse, the next Secretariat. But when Allmon Shaughnessy, an ambitious young black man, comes to work on their farm, the violence of the Forges' history and the exigencies of appetite are brought starkly into view. Entangled in fear, prejudice, and lust, the three tether their personal dreams of glory to the speed and grace of Hellsmouth.
A spiraling tale of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery. C. E. Morgan, who received a 2016 Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction, has given life to a tale as mythic and fraught as the South itself—a moral epic for our time.
In the Darkroom by
Call Number: PN 4874 .F385A3 2016
Publication Date: 2016-06-14
"Pulitzer-winning journalist and feminist author Faludi's wrought and multi-layered memoir focuses on the life of her father, who came out as transgender and took the name Stefánie at the age of 76. In 2004, after nearly 25 years of estrangement, Faludi (Backlash) and Stefánie reunite in Hungary following Stefánie's transition to explore her past and reconnect. Faludi dives into Stefánie's enigmatic past with a journalist's dogged lust for truth. During a decade of visits to Hungary, where her father relocated after a contentious divorce, Faludi examines Stefánie's complex psyche in the context of centuries of Hungarian history, with an emphasis on the war years when Stefánie was an adolescent Jewish urchin on the streets of Budapest. Through research, conversation, and relentless probing, Faludi paints a vivid picture of the war and the tormented lives&mdash:and deaths—of Hungarian Jews. (In one dramatic scene, Stefánie, disguised with a pilfered Arrow Cross armband and cap, rescues her own parents from the Nazis). The author also sheds light on the dangerous climate of prejudice and racism that persists in Hungary. This is a powerful and absorbing memoir of a parent/child relationship." — Publishers Weekly
The UnAmericans by
Call Number: PS 3601 .N5747A6 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-06
"In her debut story collection, Antopol looks deeply into the lives of people whose geographies are not easy to define, such as the Israeli journalist who only feels alive when on assignment in Kiev and the California actor who claims more Russian heritage than he actually has, having lived in the United States since he was two years old. Within these compelling narratives, Antopol conveys not only the inner lives of her characters but also the political and social history they carry with them from the sewers of Eastern Europe (an escape route from imminent capture by Nazis) to the Israeli kibbutz to the streets of New York, among other places in the diaspora. These rich stories are often sharply funny and always intelligent, and readers will find them immediately appealing." — Library Journal
Call Number: PS 3607 .Y37H66 2016
Publication Date: 2016-06-07
"Two hundred fifty years ago in what is modern-day Ghana, two half-sisters are each given a special stone by their mother. Effia marries an Englishman and lives in the ignominiously named Castle, the center of the African Gold Coast slavery trade. Esi is temporarily imprisoned in the Castle's hellish dungeon before she is shipped to the other side of the world. Effia's stone passes through her line—including a privileged son, a murdered mother, and a survivor of fire—and travels to the American South two centuries later. Esi's stone remains buried in Africa, much like her desperate soul, as descendants are enslaved first by laws, then by heinous circumstances torturing the African American community, from unjust imprisonment to Jim Crow to drug addiction. Two present-day members of the family will eventually meet in San Francisco and, unaware of their shared past, restore the family's torn fabric." — Library Journal
The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland by
Call Number: HV 3006 .I63B37 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-17
"Throughout the small town of Atalissa, Iowa, they were known as the boys. Originally from Texas, this group of men with intellectual disabilities lived together in a former schoolhouse, from which they were bused to grinding workdays at the turkey plant, from 1974 until 2009. New York Times columnist Barry details the decades these men spent living and working in unimaginably horrid conditions, despite newspaper and government investigations into the arrangement. He dives deep into their lives and the regulations that created this situation, a tangled web of legislation and changing attitudes toward the treatment of those with disabilities. While standards in the wider world for supporting people with intellectual disabilities shifted from institutionalization to inclusion, the situation in Atalissa remained remarkably unchanged. With passion, energy, and understated eloquence, Barry examines how this happened, while sharing the stories of the men and those who cared for them. A resounding investigation of how America treated some of its most vulnerable citizens, shocking in its details, this is a masterful story of long-delayed justice." — Booklist
Hidden Figures by
Call Number: QA 27.5.L44 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
"In her debut book, Shetterly profoundly profiles four female African American employees of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center. Prior to its widespread adoption of electronic computers, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) employed "human computers" (all women) to perform calculations assigned by engineers (all men). Due to their location on the Langley campus, the African American women computers (the group included Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden) were known as the 'West Computers.' These women were segregated from other offices until the pivotal year of 1958, when NACA became NASA. Shetterly expertly details the women's struggles against organizational segregation and discrimination, most notably the inroads that the West Computers made in obtaining assignments that had previously been limited to male or white employees, including editorial board participation and authorship of technical reports used for Apollo and the Space Shuttle programs. Shetterly contrasts these events with desegregation legislation opposition and the resulting closing of schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Hampton, Virginia (home of Langley). The overarching theme is that whether at NASA or nationally, the potential of US success was negatively impacted by segregation. This work is an important assessment of women's roles in the sciences and US segregation." — Choice
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by
Call Number: PR 9199.4 .R455I6 2016
Publication Date: 2016-06-14
"Nonfiction author Reid (The Truth About Luck) fuses suspense with philosophy, psychology, and horror in his unsettling first novel set in an unspecified locale. When Jake takes his unnamed new girlfriend to meet his parents, he doesn't realize she's thinking of "ending things" (just what she might end is at first unclear). Dinner at the family farm proves awkward, reinforcing her doubts about their relationship. On their way home, the weather turns nasty and Jake pulls off the road at a darkened high school. He takes the keys and exits the car, but never returns, leaving his girlfriend little choice but to strike out after him. While the events preceding the couple's separation have the air of a disquieting dream, those that follow are the stuff of nightmares. Stream-of-consciousness narration by Jake's girlfriend adds to the story's surreal quality, and occasional blocks of unattributed dialogue about an unspecified tragedy impart dread. Capped with an ending that will shock and chill, this twisty tale invites multiple readings." — Publishers Weekly
The Gene: An Intimate History by
Call Number: RB 155 .M85 2016
Publication Date: 2017-05-02
"Mukherjee (medicine, Columbia Univ.) develops an intricate, detailed story describing the history of the modern concept of the gene. As a unit of genetic material and the central element of ancestral information, genes represent familial relationships, the product of evolutionary change, and a target for modern biopharmaceuticals. This work begins in the 1850s with Mendel and Darwin and then moves through the early 1900s with mutant analysis in Thomas Morgan's fruit flies, the 1950s Watson and Crick discovery of DNA structure, and the birth of biotechnology at Genentech in the 1980s. The discussion finishes in the modern era, with the current explorations in human heredity, the human genome sequence, and the puzzling role of epigenetics. Using personal and historical anecdotes, the creative story explores the personalities and challenges of the major players and their discoveries, framed by the culture and collaborations in which these individuals worked. Without revisiting the science in depth, Mukherjee compiles a compelling, surprisingly comprehensive narrative with broad appeal. The lively writing style is peppered with intentional puns and popular culture throughout, and the text is thoroughly footnoted and indexed." — Choice
An Unrestored Woman by
Call Number: PS 3618 .A695A6 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-15
"The toll of war is often heaviest on the most vulnerable segments of the population, and the carnage after the partition of India and Pakistan following independence from Britain in 1947 was no exception. Thousands of Hindu and Muslim women were abducted and raped and lived in the shadows of the greatest peacetime migration in human history. Rao's raw and breathtaking short story collection is set against this epic canvas, yet her character studies are intimate. Here are soulful human beings struggling with ways of retaining their essential humanity against overwhelming odds even as they face the starkest of choices between life and death for themselves and their loved ones. These are women and a few men haunted by horrific memories, sometimes by repressed sexuality, and by guilt and regret. India recovered many of its lost women, but as these stories show, when it comes to the human spirit, there's a yawning chasm between recovery and restoration. Nevertheless, these women's stoic willingness to soldier on with the burden that is life speaks volumes about their hard-edged resilience. Exquisite turns of phrase and editing with a fine-edged scalpel only add to an outstanding and memorable debut." — Booklist
Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything by
Call Number: BJ 1589 .S8737 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-10
A pioneer in the field of behavioral science delivers a groundbreaking work that shows how finding your purpose in life leads to better health and overall happiness.
Your life is a boat. You need a rudder. But it doesn’t matter how much wind is in your sails if you’re not steering toward a harbor—an ultimate purpose in your life.
While the greatest philosophers have pondered purpose for centuries, today it has been shown to have a concrete impact on our health. Recent studies into Alzheimer’s, heart disease, stroke, depression, functional brain imaging, and measurement of DNA repair are shedding new light on how and why purpose benefits our lives.
Going beyond the fads, opinions, and false hopes of “expert” self-help books, Life on Purpose explores the incredible connection between purposeful living and the latest scientific evidence on quality of life and longevity. Drawing on ancient and modern philosophy, literature, psychology, evolutionary biology, genetics, and neuroscience, as well as his experience in public health research, Dr. Vic Strecher reveals the elements necessary for a purposeful life and how to acquire them, and outlines an elegant strategy for improving energy, willpower, and long-term happiness, and well-being. He integrates these core themes into his own personal story—a tragedy that led him to reconsider his own life—and how a deeper understanding of purposeful living helped him not only survive, but thrive.
Illuminating, accessible, and authentically grounded in real people’s experiences, Life on Purpose is essential reading for everyone seeking lasting improvement in their lives.
The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy by
Call Number: GE 195 .M425 2015
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
"Longtime environmental correspondent McCarthy does a lovely job of infusing his observations of the world's struggling ecosystems with his convictions about nature's saving grace. Opening with a heartbreaking reminiscence of his mother's mental illness and father's absence, he shares deeply personal memories of his devastated childhood and how he found solace. When McCarthy's journalistic impulse kicks in, he takes readers to points around the world where he witnesses man's cavalier treatment of the environment in places like South Korea, where an estuary critical to shorebirds has been destroyed for the construction of the world's longest sea wall, and London, where the scientific search to solve the mystery of the city's missing sparrows covers everything from gasoline pollutants to pesticide-related destruction of insects. As significant as this research is, however, it is McCarthy's poetic manner of combining literary references with hard science that will attract a broad range of readers. The likes of T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, Ted Hughes, and Christina Rossetti are quoted in a chronicle that is both bleak and achingly beautiful; a true treasure." — Booklist
The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between by
Call Number: PR6113.A87 Z46 2016
Publication Date: 2016-07-05
"Matar envies mourners at funerals. Unlike him, they have the luxury of knowing that their loved ones are dead. The uncertainty about what became of his father after he was incarcerated in a prison in Tripoli has haunted Matar's years of living away from his homeland of Libya. After several decades, novelist Matar returns to the country in this elegiac memoir. His father was a high-ranking military officer when Muammar al-Qaddafi came to power, and was imprisoned before being exiled. Those Matar's father associated with in his efforts against the Qaddafi regime many of them relatives met similar fates. Matar recounts their stories, the precious few details he was able to collect about his father, and his own anguish in the twilight of uncertainty following his father's presumed death. It is a testament to the power of his story that his own search campaign, involving human-rights organizations and both the Libyan and British governments, takes second place to the bitter poignance of his journey home. With muscular elegance, Matar demonstrates that hope can be a form of agony." — Booklist
Desert Boys by
Call Number: PS 3613 .C38267D47 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
"The first-person narrator of McCormick's engaging coming-of-age story is Daley Kushner, the son of a 'severely cautious' Armenian immigrant mother who won't let her son play paintball as a kid, growing up in Southern California. There are 12 stories, linked not only by Daley but by prominent characters in his life. The stories in which Daley, known in the book as Kush, interacts with his friends have a shaggy, circuitous, random feeling—a combination of edge and aimlessness that believably evokes adolescent anomie and angst. The opening story, 'Mother, Godfather, Baby, Priest,' by far the longest, falls into this category and sets the table for what follows. Teenage Kush and his friends are grappling with issues involving sex; Kush is also queer and discovering his sexuality, which informs his outsider status in this and later narratives. Stories with a more conventional focus, such as 'My Uncle's Tenant,' about a charismatic but ultimately unsavory character Kush meets through his uncle Gaspar, benefit from the background that other stories have provided. Close friend Karinger figures at least peripherally in every story, and the penultimate one, 'Shelter,' depicts a warmly amusing escapade involving the duo at just the right point in the book. A lovely, quiet book by a promising new voice." — Publishers Weekly