New Books!! 05/22/18

Summer has begun and we have new books just in time for you to add them to your summer reading list! From romantic classical reboots to action-packed fictional adventures, we’ve got a little something for everyone. Come see us!

 

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Young Washington by Peter Stark Two decades before he led America to independence, George Washington was a flailing young soldier serving in the British Empire in the vast wilderness of the Ohio Valley. Naive and self-absorbed, the twenty-two-year-old officer accidentally ignited the French and Indian War – a conflict that opened colonists to the possibility of an American revolution.

With powerful narrative drive and vivid writing, Young Washington recounts the wilderness trials, controversial battles, and emotional entanglements that transformed Washington from a temperamental striver into a mature leader. Enduring terrifying summer storms and subzero winters imparted resilience and self-reliance, helping prepare him for what he would one day face at Valley Forge. Leading the Virginia troops into battle taught him to set aside his own relentless ambitions and strand in solidarity with those who looked to him for leadership. Negotiating military strategy with British and colonial allies honed his diplomatic skills. And thwarted in his obsessive, youthful love for one woman, he grew to cultivate deeper, enduring friendships.

By weaving together Washington’s harrowing wilderness adventures and a broader historical context, Young Washington offers new insights into the dramatic years that shaped the man who shaped a nation.

 

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The Age of Eisenhower by William I. Hitchcock Drawing on newly declassified documents and thousands of pages of unpublished material, The Age of Eisenhower tells the story of a masterful president guiding the nation through the great crises of the 1950’s, from McCarthyism and the Korean War through civil rights turmoil and Cold War conflicts. This is a portrait of a skilled leader who, despite his conservative inclinations, found a middle path through the bitter partisanship of his era. At home, he affirmed the central elements of the New Deal, such as Social Security; fought the demagoguery of Senator Joseph McCarthy; and advanced the agenda of civil rights for African Americans. Abroad, he ended the Korean War and avoided new quagmire in Vietnam. Yet he also charged a significant expansion of America’s missile technology and deployed a vast array of covert operations around the world to confront the challenge of communism. As he left office, he cautioned Americans to remain alert to the dangers of a powerful military-industrial complex that could threaten their liberties.

Today, presidential historians rank Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, and William Hitchcock shows us why Ike’s stock has risen so high. He was a gifted leader, a decent man of humble origins who used his powers to advance the welfare of all Americans. Now more than ever, Americans have much to learn from Dwight Eisenhower.

 

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Courageous Women of the Vietnam War by Kathryn J. Atwood One of just a handful of women reporting on the Vietnam War, Kate Webb was captured by North Vietnamese troops and presumed dead – until she emerged from the jungle waving a piece of white parachute material after 23 days in captivity. Le Ly Hayslip enjoyed a peaceful early childhood in a Vietnamese farming village before war changed her life forever. Brutalized by all sides, she escaped to the United States, where she eventually founded two humanitarian organizations. Lynda Van Devanter was an idealistic young nurse in 1969 when a plane carrying her and 350 men landed in South Vietnam. Her harrowing experiences working in a combat zone hospital would later serve as inspiration for the TV series China Beach.

In these pages readers meet these and other brave women and girls who served in life-threatening roles as medics, journalists, resisters, and revolutionaries in the conflict in Vietnam. Author Kathryn J. Atwood presents a clear introduction to each of five chronological sections, guiding readers through the social and political turmoil that spanned two decades and the tenure of five US presidents. Each woman’s story unfolds in a suspenseful, engaging way, incorporating plentiful original source materials, quotes, and photographs. Resources for further study, source notes, and a bibliography, and a helpful map and glossary round out this exploration of one of modern history’s most divisive wars, making it an invaluable addition to any student’s or history buff’s bookshelf.

 

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Star Wars: Han Solo by Marjorie Lie and Jason Aaron, illustrated by Mark Brooks and Stuart Immonen It is a period of unrest in the galaxy. While Princess Leia marshals the Rebel Alliance to stand against a resurgent Empire, reluctant hero Han Solo has returned to what he does best: smuggling. But when Leia has a problem only the Millennium Falcon can solve, Han and his right-hand Wookiee, Chewbacca, are drawn into their deadliest mission yet: hunting down a suspected traitor under the cover of competing in the Dragon Void, the galaxy’s most notorious starship race! Han has dreamed of winning this tournament his whole life – but now that he finally has his shot at victory, can he keep his mind on finding the enemy spy? Or is failing Leia even worse than losing? With life-threatening hazards, the greatest pilots in the cosmos vying for glory and Imperial forces taking an interest in the Dragon Void, Han better fly fast – so it’s a good thing the Falcon has got it where it counts! A spcae race like no other is about to begin – punch it! 

And in one of the most sensational story arcs from Marvel’s Star Wars series, Han and Leia are in for the surprise of their lives. While hiding out from Imperial pursuers on a remote planet, and even more shocking threat emerges: Sana Starros! She’s a smuggler who claims to be Han’s wife, and she’s more than happy to sell Leia to the Empire to get her husband back. With Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and the droids all facing problems of their won, what will Sana’s arrival mean for the fate of the rebel crew?

 

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Story Adaptation by Crystal S. Chan, Art by Julien Choy Experience classic tales in Manga format! A classic Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two star-crossed young lovers who dare to defy their feuding families, put aside all obstacles, and find happiness together – but at a tremendous cost. This grimly beautiful tale, set in Renaissance Italy, follows Romeo and Juliet from their fateful first meeting to their last.

Manga Classics™ brings you this incredible new manga version of William Shakespeare’s most popular play, featuring the unaltered original text in its entirety. 

 

 

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Three Days in Moscow by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney In his acclaimed bestseller Three Days in January, Bret Baier illuminated the extraordinary leadership of President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the dawn of the Cold War. Now in his highly anticipated new book, Three Days in Moscow, Baier explores the gripping endgame of America’s long struggle with the Soviet Union, and President Ronald Reagan’s central role in shaping today’s world.

On May 31, 1988, Reagan addressed a packed audience at Moscow State University with a remarkable – yet now largely forgotten – speech that capped his first visit to the Soviet capital. This fourth in a series of summits between Reagan and Soviet general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, was a dramatic coda to their tireless efforts to reduce the nuclear threat. More than that, Reagan viewed it as “a grand historical moment”: an opportunity to light a path for the Soviet people – toward freedom, human rights, and a future he told them they could embrace if they so chose. It was the first time an American president gave a speech about freedom and human rights on Russian soil. Reagan had once called the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” but now, saying that depiction was from “another time,” he beckoned the Soviets to join him in a new vision of the future. The importance of Reagan’s Moscow speech was largely overlooked at the time, but the new world he spoke of was fast approaching; the following year, in November 1989, the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union began to disintegrate, leaving the United States the sole superpower on the world stage.

Today, the end of the Cold War is perhaps the defining historical moment of the past half century, and must be understood if we are to make sense of America’s current place in the world, amid the reemergence of US-Russian tensions during Vladimir Putin’s tenure. Using Reagan’s three days in Moscow to tell the larger story of the president’s critical and often misunderstood role in orchestrating a successful, peaceful ending to the Cold War, Baier illuminates the character of one of our nation’s most venerated leaders – and reveals the unique qualities that allowed Reagan to succeed in forming an alliance for peace with the Soviet Union, even when his predecessors had fallen short.

 

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West Like Lightning by Jim DeFelice On the eve of the Civil War, three American businessmen launched an audacious plan to create a financial empire by transforming communications across the hostile territory between the nation’s two coasts. In the process, they created one of the most enduring icons of the American West: the Pony Express. Daring young men with colorful names like “Bronco Charlie” and “Sawed-Off Jim” galloped at a speed over a vast and unforgiving landscape, etching an irresistible tale that passed into myth almost instantly.  Equally an improbable success and a business disaster, the Pony Express came and went in just eighteen months, but not before uniting and captivating a nation on the brink of being torn apart. Jim DeFelice’s brilliantly entertaining West Like Lightning is the first major history of the Pony Express to put its birth, life, and legacy into the full context of the American story.

The Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company – or “Pony Express,” as it came to be known – was part of a plan by William Russell, Alexander Majors, and William Waddell to create the next American Express, a transportation and financial juggernaut that already dominated commerce bank east. All that stood in their way were almost two thousand miles of uninhabited desert, ice-capped mountains, oceanic plains roamed by Indian tribes, whitewater-choked rivers, and harsh, unsettled wilderness.

The Pony used a relay system of courageous horseback riders to ferry mail halfway across a continent in just ten days. The challenges the riders faced were enormous, yet the Pony Express succeeded, delivering thousands of letters at record speed. The service instantly became the most direct means of communication between the eastern United States and its far western territories, helping to firmly connect them to the Union.

Populated with a cast of characters including Abraham Lincoln (news of whose electoral victory the Express delivered to California), Wild Bill Hickock, Buffalo Bill Cody (who fed the legend of the Express in his Wild West Show), and Mark Twain (who celebrated the riders in Roughing It), West Like Lightning masterfully traces the development of the Pony Express and follows it from its start in St. Joseph, Missouri – the edge of the civilized world – west to Sacramento, the capital of California, then booming from the gold rush. Jim DeFelice, who traveled the Pony’s route in his research, plumbs the legends, myths, and surprising truth of the service, exploring its lasting relevance today as a symbol of American enterprise, audacity, and daring.

 

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Sh*tshow! by Charlie LeDuff In the fall of 2013, long before any sane person had seriously considered the possibility of a Trump presidency, Charlie LeDuff sat in the office of then Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and made a simple but prophetic claim: The American people were at a breaking point. The country was going broke and on high boil. No one in the bubbles of Washington, D.C., New York, or Los Angeles was talking about it – least of all the media. LeDuff wanted to go to the heart of the country to report what was really going on. Ailes balked. Could the hard-living and straight-shooting LeDuff be controlled? But then, perhaps on a whim, he agreed. And so LeDuff set out to record a TV series called The Americans, and along the way ended up bearing witness to the ever-quickening unraveling of the American dream.

For three years LeDuff traveled the width and breadth of the country with his team of production irregulars, ending up on the Mexican border crossing the Rio Grande on a yellow rubber kayak alongside undocumented immigrants, in the middle of Ferguson as the city burned, and in Flint watching the children get sick from undrinkable water. Racial, political, social, and economic tensions were escalating by the day. The inexorable effects of technological change and the globalization were being felt more and more acutely, at the same time as wages stagnated and the price of housing, education, and health care went through the roof. The American people felt defeated and abandoned by their politicians and those politicians seemed incapable of rising to the occasion. The old way of life was slipping away, replaced only by social media, part-time work, and opioid addiction.

Sh*tshow! is that true, tragic, and distinctively American story, told from the parts of the country hurting the most. A soul-baring, irreverent, and iconoclastic writer, LeDuff speaks the language of everyday Americans, and is unafraid of getting his hands dirty. He scrambles the tired old political, social, and racial categories, taking no sides – or prisoners. Old-school, gonzo-style reporting, Sh*tshow! is both a necessary confrontation with the darkest parts of American psyche and a desperately needed reminder of the country’s best instincts.

 

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The Road to Dawn by Jared A. Brock Josiah Henson overcame incredible odds  to escape from slavery and improve the lives of hundreds of freedmen throughout his long life. He found international fame – including visits to Windsor Castle and the White House  – as the real “Uncle Tom” in the novel that fueled the abolitionist  movement and ignited the Civil War. But his story has been mostly lost to history, until now.

A dynamic, driven man with exceptional intelligence and unyielding principles, Henson spent forty-one years in bondage before he was finally able to escape with his wife and four children, carrying the youngest two on his broken shoulders for 600 miles. He eventually settled with his family as a free man across the boarder in Canada. Once there, Henson agitated for racial equality, raised millions for the abolitionist cause, won a medal at the first World’s Fair in London, and became a beloved preacher. He returned to America  and rescued 118 more slaves, including his own brother, and helped purchase land to build what would become one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad, a 500-person freedman settlement called Dawn.

The Road to Dawn retraces Henson’s improbable journey from slavery to freedom and restores a hero of the abolitionist movement to his rightful place in history.

 

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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard Alice is fifteen, with hair as red as fire and skin as pale as bone. Something inside Alice is broken: she remembers words but struggles to speak them. Still, Alice knows words are for sharing, so she pins them to posters in tucked-away places: railway waiting rooms, fish-and-chip shops, quiet corners.

Manny is sixteen, with a scar from shoulder to elbow. Something inside Manny is broken: he was one a child soldier, forced to do terrible, violent things. But in a new land with new people who will care for him, he spends time exploring on foot. And in his pocket, he carries a poem he scooped up. And he knows the words by heart.

Their relationship brings the beginning of love and healing, which for Manny and Alice, perhaps, will be enough.

 

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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of firends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and, with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated – scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.

Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this wondrous tale of hope and promise picks up after A Court of Wings and Ruin and sets the stage for the etrilling events in the future books.

 

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Driving By Starlight by Anat Deracine Sixteen-year-olds Leena and Mishail are best friends. They delight in small rebellions against the Saudi cultural police: secret Western clothing, forbidden music, flirtations. But Leena wants college and independence – she wants a different life. Though their story is specific to their world, its themes of friendship, family, and freedom transcend cultural differences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tradition by Brendan Kiely This is Fullbrook Academy, an elite prep school where history looms in the leafy branches over its brick walkways. But the secret traditions that fester in its hallowed halls can be profoundly dangerous.

Jules Devereux just wants to keep her head down, avoid distractions, and get into the right college so that she can leave Fullbrook and its old-boy social codes behind. She wants freedom, and the power that comes with it, but ex-boyfriends and ex-best friends are determined to keep her in her place.

Jamie Baxter feels like an impostor at Fullbrook, but the hockey scholarship that got him in has given him a chance to escape his past and fulfill the dreams of his parents and coaches, whose mantra rings in his ears: Don’t disappoint us.

When Jamie and Jules meet, they recognize in each other a shared instinct for survival. But as classmates  and teachers increasingly deride Jules, Jamie must learn to listen or his own demons could wreck their newfound friendship. As pressures intensify for them to play by the rules and keep the school’s toxic secrets, they are faced with a powerful choice: Remain silent while others get hurt, or stand together against the ugly, sexist traditions of an institution that believes it can do no wrong.

 

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The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan It’s bad enough that my father, Zeus, turned me, the once divine Apollo, into a mortal teenager with acne, flab, and the unfortunate alias Lester Papadopoulos. On top of that, he has enslaved me to a pushy twelve-year-old named Meg, and he expects me to liberate five ancient Oracles from a trio of evil Roman emperors. (How, I ask you, when I have no godly powers?)

So far, I’ve managed to restore two Oracle and receive a prophecy about “mazes dark,” “lands of scorching death, ” and a “master of the swift white horse.” Now Meg and I must journey through the Labyrinth, parts of which are venting hellfire, to find the third emperor. But is our cloven guide, Grover Underwood, up to the task? Are any of us? I have my suspicions about who the third emperor is . . . a villainous tyrant I never wanted to run into again.

Also – and I haven’t told my travel companions this – I fear I’m growing weaker by the day. The longer I stay mortal, the less confident I am that I will ever be able to regain my place on Mount Olympus. It’s time to call on Piper McLean and her boyfriend, Jason Grace, two of the seven demigods who sailed on the Argo 11, to see if they will defeat the emperor and free the Oracle for me.

Wait. Scratch that. I meant, of course, that they will help me do those things . . . Yes, that’s what I meant, Father. Really.

 

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Ruthless Tide by Al Roker Central Pennsylvania, May 31, 1889; After a deluge of rain – nearly a foot in less than twenty-four hours – swelled the Little Conemaugh River, panicked engineers watched helplessly as swiftly rising waters threatened to breach the South Fork dam, built to create a private lake for a fishing and hunting club that counted among its members Andrew Mellon, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Carnegie. Though the engineers telegraphed neighboring towns on this last morning in May warning of the impending danger, residents – factory workers and their families – remained in their homes, having grown used to false alarms.

At 3:10 P.M., the dam gave way, releasing 20 million tons of water. Gathering speed as it flowed southwest, the deluge wiped out nearly everything in its path and picked up debris – trees, houses, animals – before reaching Johnstown, a vibrant steel town fourteen miles downstream. Traveling 40 miles an hour, with swells as high as 60 feet, the deadly floodwaters razed the city – home to 20,000 people- in minutes. The Great Flood, as it would come to be called, remains the deadliest in U.S. history, killing more than 2,200 people and causing $17 million in damage.

In Ruthless Tide, Al Roker follows an unforgettable cast of characters whose fates converged because of that tragic day, including John Parke, the engineer whose heroic efforts failed to save the dam; the robber barons whose fancy sportfishing resort was responsible for modifications that weakened the dam; and Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, who spent five months in Johnstown leading one of the first organized disaster relief efforts in the United States. Weaving together their stories and those of many ordinary citizens whose lives were forever altered by the event. Ruthless Tide is testament to the power of the human spirit in times of tragedy and also a timely warning about the dangers of greed, inequality, neglected infrastructure, and the ferocious, uncontrollable power of nature.

 

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The Geek’s Cookbook by Liguori Lecomte Binge-watching your favorite season of Dexter, Breaking Bad, or The Walking Dead? Planning a Pokémon GO gaming party or a Harry Potter viewing party? Need sustenance to fuel your attempt to achieve the impossible and watch all the Star Wars movies in a row? Break out The Geek’s Cookbook, your guide to cooking all sorts of treats and goodies to nourish your inner (or outer) geek.

Send your taste buds to another world with more than thirty recipes from your favorite series, TV shows, and video games. Experience the supreme taste of the Matrix Burger or the Sauron Tarts, succumb to the Dagobah Swamp with Herb Crust or the Los Pollos Hermanos Fried Chicken. Top it all off with some Minecraft Cookies or a Meringue Pokéball, and you’ve got yourself a meal fit for Geek royalty.

Featured inside are delicious, fun recipes inspired by:

  • Batman
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Breaking Bad
  • Game of Thrones
  • Harry Potter
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Minecraft
  • Pokémon
  • Star Wars

 

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War Storm by Victoria Aveyard Victory comes at a price. Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

 

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Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes Shelter in Place—a powerful tale of heart, heroism . . . and propulsive suspense.

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tending to customers. Then the shooters arrived.

The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies’ room, hopelessly clutching her cell phone–until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.

But one person wasn’t satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait–and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

 

We’ll see you soon! 🙂

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New Materials!! – 04/17/18

It’s a beautiful day, outside! The weather is perfect for sitting in the grass with a cool drink and book. We have lots of new titles for you to choose from. See our list, below:

 

Image result for boots on the ground bookBoots on the Ground by Elizabeth Partridge In over a decade of bitter fighting, it claimed the lives of more than 58,000 American soldiers and beleaguered four US presidents. More than forty years after America left Vietnam in defeat in 1975, the war remains controversial and divisive both in the United States and abroad.

The history of this era is complex; the cultural impact extraordinary. But it’s the personal stories of eight people – six American soldiers, one American military nurse, and one Vietnamese refugee – that create the heartbeat of Boots on the GroundFrom dense jungles and terrifying firefights to chaotic helicopter rescues and harrowing escapes, each individual experience reveals a different facet of the war and moves us forward in time. Alternating with these chapters are profiles of key American leaders and events, reminding us of all that was happening at home during the war, including peace protests, presidential scandals, and veterans’ struggles to acclimate to life after Vietnam.

With more than one hundred photographs, award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge’s unflinching book captures the intensity, frustration, and lasting impacts of one of the most tumultuous periods of American history.

 

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Secret Empires by Peter Schweizer Peter Schweizer has been fighting corruption – and winning – for years. In Throw Them All Out, he exposed insider trading by members of Congress, leading to the passage of the STOCK Act. In Extortion, he uncovered how politicians use mafia-like tactics to enrich themselves. And in Clinton Cash, he revealed the Clintons’ massive money machine and sparked an FBI investigation.

Now he explains how a new corruption has taken hold, involving larger sums of money than ever before. Stuffing tens of thousands of dollars into a freezer has morphed into multibillion-dollar equity deals done in the dark corners of the world.

An American bank opening in China would be prohibited by US law from hiring a slew of family members of top Chinese politicians. However, a Chinese bank opening in America can hire anyone it wants. It can even invite the friends and families of American politicians to invest in can’t-lose-deals.

President Donald Trump’s children have made front pages across the world for their dicey transactions. However, the media has barely looked into questionable deals made by those close to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Mitch McConnell, and lesser-known politicians who have been in the game longer. 

In many parts of the world, the children of powerful political figures go into business and profit handsomely, not necessarily because they are good at it, but because people want to carry favor with their influential parents. This is a relatively new phenomenon in the United States. But for relatives of some prominent political families, we may already be talking about hundreds of millions of dollars.

Deeply researched and packed with shocking revelations, Secret Empires identifies public servants who cannot be trusted and provides a path toward a more accountable government.

 

Image result for america and the world scowcroftAmerica and the World by Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft America’s status as a world power lies at a historic turning point. The strategies employed to win the wars of the twentieth century are no longer working, and the United States must contend with the changing nature of power in a globalized world. In America and the World, two of the most respected figures in American foreign policy, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft, dissect the challenges facing the U.S. today: whether we should withdraw our troops from Iraq or keep them there; how we should approach Iran, Israel, and Palestine; how aggressively we should push to expand NATO to Russian borders; how we can (and must) maintain our role in the Far East; and many other questions. In spontaneous and unscripted conversations the two authors explore their agreements and their disagreements. 

An essential primer on a host of urgent issues, America and the World defines the center of responsible opinion on American foreign policy at a time when the nation’s decisions could determine how long it remains a superpower. 

 

Image result for pledged by alexandra robbinsPledged by Alexandra Robbins New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Robbins spent a year undercover with a group of sorority girls. Her worst expectations were met, and surpassed – extreme promiscuity, drugs, psychological abuse, racism, violence, and rampant eating disorders were just a few of the problems. But even more surprising was the fact that these abuses were inflicted and endured by intelligent, successful, and attractive young women.

Pledged is an extraordinarily gripping narrative that reads like a bestselling novel. With fly-on-the-wall voyeurism and remarkable insight, Pledged is a fast-paced account that manages to both expose the dark side of sorority life and endear its participants to us.

 

Image result for from the outside by ray allenFrom the Outside by Ray Allen Ray Allen – record holder for the most three-point shots made in NBA history and winner of two NBA championships – has often felt outside the NBA’s culture of lavish celebrity and embittered rivalries. Despite his dynamic success as a college player for UConn and then professionally for the Bucks, Sonics, Celtics, and Heat, Allen’s fierce work ethic, determination, and introspective attitude have set him apart from his peers. It is through this mentality that Allen has harnessed his crowning achievement: pure focus amid the noise around him.

In From the Outside, Allen recalls his younger days as the son of an Air Force engineer – traveling from place to place and eventually settling in the racially divided South, where basketball was the constant that kept him grounded and taught him about responsibility, respect, and focus – the secret to  landing those perfect free throws and three-point shots. He opens up to his fans for the first time about his fellow players, coaches, owners, and friends, including George Karl, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Paul Pierce. Most important, he provides an insider’s view to a career in the NBA, and the highs and lows that accompany the wondrous journey, which included a starring role in Spike Lee’s basketball drama,  He Got Game, considered one of the best films about the sport.

This is the portrait of a gifted athlete and a complex man with a highly defined philosophy about the game and how it should be played – an ideal that often divided him from power-hungry colleagues and coaches, inspired others, and made possible the greatest shot of his career: the unforgettable three-pointer that tied Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals. According to Allen, success in basketball is as much about what happens off the court as on: teamwork, loyalty, devotion, and commitment are the true essence of the game – and life itself.

 

Image result for hello, universeHello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly Virgil Salinas is shy and misunderstood.

Valencia Somerset is clever and stubborn.

Kaori Tanaka tells fortunes and reads the stars.

Chet “The Bull” Bullens is the biggest bully in the neighborhood.

They aren’t friends. They don’t all go to the same school. But when Chet pulls an unthinkable prank on Virgil and Virgil’s pet guinea pig, Gulliver, the lives of these four middle schoolers collide in surprising and unexpected ways.

Just a coincidence?

Or are some things meant to be?

 

Image result for As she fades by abbi glinesAs She Fades by Abbi Glines On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend, Crawford, are in a terrible car accident. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college and bright futures full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken from a coma.

Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she’s not immune to Slate’s charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship. Then Crawford wakes up . . . He may have no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale leaves for college and moves on with her life. Except now she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange detour . . .

Abbi Glines’ millions of fans will adore As She Fades, a novel as romantic as it is full of twists and unexpected turns.

 

Image result for rewind by carolyn O'DohertyRewind by Carolyn O’Doherty Sixteen-year-old Alex Manning has a rare gift: she’s a spinner who can freeze and even rewind time. Hated and feared, spinners are housed in Centers, where they are carefully monitored and medicated. They are let outside for only one purpose: to use their gift to help solve crimes. Each spinner is paired with an officer, and Alex hit the jackpot – an agent who actually values her skills. She and Agent Ross are secretly trying to catch a dangerous criminal, a task that will take time. But time is something Alex doesn’t have. No spinner lives past twenty.

When Agent Ross reveals that he knows about an experimental treatment to help her, Alex suddenly sees a future for herself that she never imagined – time to solve the case and maybe even a chance top tell her best friend how she really feels about him. But the promising medication brings with it an ability that would terrify the world and even put other spinners in danger. Are the benefits worth the risk?

 

Image result for devils into dust by emma berquistDevils into Dust by Emma Berquist Willie has always survived. No matter what life in Glory, Texas has thrown at her. The sickness that swept through the state and turned most living creatures into terrifying shakes. Her own mother succumbing to the disease. Her father disappearing into saloons and gambling and liquor. Willie survives. And she’ll make sure her younger brothers and sister do, too.

Then her good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the most merciless shake hunters in town, and Willie is on the hook for his debt. With two young hunters as guides, Willie sets out across the desert to find him, and  make him pay up.

But the desert holds many dangers – and the shakes are only a few of them. This is no place for the weak.

 

Image result for reconstructing amelia kimberly mccreightReconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight Litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron is shocked when her daughter’s exclusive Brooklyn proviate school calls to tell her that Amelia – her intelligent, high-achieving fifteen-year-old – has been caught cheating. But when Kate arrives at Grace Hall, she’s blindsided by far more devastating news. Amelia is dead. Despondent, she’s jumped from the school’s roof. At least that’s what Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. It’s what she believes, too, until she gets the anonymous text: Amelia didn’t jump. Now, Kate is going to find the truth – no matter where it leads. Sifting through Amelia’s emails, text messages, and Facebook posts, Kate reconstructs the pieces of her daughter’s life and the people in it, uncovering why she was on Grace Hall’s roof that day – and how she died.

A superb blend of Tana French and Jodi Picoult, Reconstructing Amelia is a story of secrets and lies and friends and bullies. It’s about how well any parent really knows their child and how far one mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she could not save.

 

Image result for the summer of broken things margaret peterson haddixThe Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix Fourteen-year-old Avery Armisted is athletic, rich, and pretty. Sixteen-year-old Kayla Butts is known as “butt-girl” at school. The two girls were friendly as little kids, but that’s ancient history now. So it’s a huge surprise when Avery’s father offers to bring Kayla along on a summer trip to Spain, Avery is horrified that her father thinks he can choose her friends – and make her miss soccer camp. Kayla struggles just to imagine leaving the confines of her small town.

But in Spain the two uncover a secret their families had hidden from both of them their entire lives. Maybe the girls can put aside their differences and work through it together. Or maybe the lies and betrayal will only push them – and their families – farther apart. 

Margaret Peterson Haddix weaves together two completely separate lives in this engaging novel that explores what it really means to be a family – and what to do when it’s falling apart.

 

Image result for the geek's guide to world dominationThe Geeks’ Guide to World Domination by Garth Sundem Sorry, beautiful people. These days, from government to business to technology to Hollywood, geeks rule the world.

Finally, here’s the book no self-respecting geek can live without – a guide jam-packed with 314.156 short entries both useful and fun. Science, pop-culture trivia, paper airplanes, and pure geekish nostalgia coexist as happily in these pages as they do in their natural habitat of the geek brain.

In short, dear geek, here you’ll find everything you need to achieve nirvana. And here, for you pathetic non-geeks, is the last chance to save yourselves: Love this book, live this book, and you too can join us in the experience of total world domination.

 

Image result for dreamland sam quinonesDreamland by Sam Quinones In 1929, in the blue-collar city of of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America – addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.

With a great reporter’s narrative skill and the story-telling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones  weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma’s campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive – extremely addictive – miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin – cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico’s west coast, independent of any drug cartel – assaulted small towns and mid-size cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico.

Introducing a memorable cast of characters – pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents – Quinones shows how these tales fit together. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.

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New Materials!! 03/23/18

Happy Friday, DC3!! 🙂 We have new books and movies coming out just in time for the weekend! Stop by and see us!!

Image result for getting to us seth davisGetting to Us by Seth Davis What makes a coach great? How do great coaches turn a collection of individuals into a coherent “us?” Seth Davis, one of the keenest minds in sports journalism, has been thinking about that question for twenty-five years. It’s one of the things that drove him to write the definitive biography of college basketball’s greatest coach, John Wooden,
Wooden: A Coach’s Life. But John Wooden coached a long time ago. The world has changed and coaching has too, tremendously. Seth Davis decided to embark on a proper investigation to get to the root of the matter.

In Getting to Us, Davis probes and prods the best of the best from the landscape of active coaches of football and basketball, college and pro – from Urban Meyer, Dabo Swinney, and Jim Harbaugh to Mike Krzyzewski, Tom Izzo, Jim Boeheim, Brad Stevens, Geno Auriemma, and Doc Rivers – to get at the fundamental ingredients of greatness in the coaching sphere. There’s no single right way, of course – part of this book’s signature achievement is Davis’s distillation of what he has learned about different types of greatness in coaching, and what sort of leadership thrives in one kind of environment but not in others. Some coaches have thrived at the college level but not in the pros. Why? What’s the difference? Some coaches are stern taskmasters, others are warm and cuddly; some are brilliant strategists but less emotionally involved with their players, and with others it’s vice versa. In Getting to Us, we come to feel a deep connection with the most successful and iconic coaches in all of sports – big winners and big characters, whose stories offer much of enduring interest and value.

 

Image result for 3 kings greenburg3 Kings by Zack O’Malley Greenburg
Being successful musicians was simply never enough for the three kings of hip-hop. Diddy, Dr. Dre, and Jay-Z lifted themselves from childhood adversity into tycoon territory, amassing levels of fame and wealth that not only outshone all other contemporary hip-hop artists, but with a combined net worth of well over $2 billion made them the three richest American musicians, period. Yet their fortunes have little to do with selling their own albums: between Diddy’s Ciroc vodka, Dre’s $3 billion sale of his Beats headphones to Apple, and Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service and other assets, these artists have transcended pop music fame to become lifestyle icons and moguls.

Hip-hop is no longer just a musical genre; it’s become a way of life that encompasses fashion, film, food, drink, sports, electronics and more – one that has opened new paths to profit and to critical and commercial acclaim. Thanks in large part to the Three Kings-who all started their own record labels and released classic albums before moving on to become multifaceted businessmen-hip-hop has been transformed from a genre spawned in poverty into a truly global multibillion-dollar industry. 

These men are the modern embodiment of the American Dream, but their stories as great thinkers and entrepreneurs have yet to be told in full. Based on a decade of reporting, and interviews with more than 100 sources including hip-hop pioneers Russell Simmons and Fab 5 Freddy; new-breed executives like former Def Jam chief Kevin Liles and venture capitalist Troy Carter; and stars from Swizz Beatz to Shaquille O’Neal, 3 Kings tells the fascinating story of the rise and rise of the three most influential musicians in America.

 

Image result for broad band evansBroad Band by Claire L. Evans Women are not ancillary to the history of technology; they turn up at the very beginning of every important wave. But they’ve often been hidden in plain sight, their inventions and contributions touching our lives in ways we don’t even realize.

VICE reporter Claire L. Evans finally gives these unsung female heroes their due with her insightful social history of the Broad Band, the women who made the internet what it is today. Learn from Ada Lovelace, the tortured, imaginative daughter of Lord Byron, who wove numbers into the first program for a mechanical computer in 1842. Seek inspiration from Grace Hopper, the tenacious mathematician who democratized computing by leading the charge for machine-independent programming languages after World War II. Meet Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler, the one-woman Google who kept the earliest version of the Internet online, and Stacy Horn, who ran one of the first-ever social networks on a shoestring out of her New York City apartment in the 1980s. Evans shows us how these women built and colored the technologies we can’t imagine life without.

Join the ranks of the pioneers who defied social convention and the longest odds to become database poets, information-wranglers, hypertext dreamers, and glass ceiling-shattering dot com-era entrepreneurs. This inspiring call to action is a revelation: women have embraced technology from the start. It shines a light on the bright minds whom history forgot, and shows us how they will continue to shape our world in ways we can no longer ignore.

Welcome to the Broad Band. You’re next.

 

Image result for the woman's hour elaine weissThe Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, twelve have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. The opposing forces include politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates, and a lot of racists who don’t want black women voting. And then there are the ‘Antis’–women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the moral collapse of the nation. They all converge in a boiling hot summer for a vicious face-off replete with dirty tricks, betrayals and bribes, bigotry, Jack Daniel’s, and the Bible.

Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, along with appearances by Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Woman’s Hour is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War, and the beginning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.

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The Rocket Mass Heater Builder’s Guide by Erica Wisner & Ernie Wisner Heating with wood is often considered a natural and economical alternative to electricity or fossil fuels. However, even with a fairly new and efficient woodstove, many cords of wood are required for burning over the course of a single winter, and incomplete combustion can contribute to poor air quality.

A rocket mass heater is an earthen masonry heating system which provides clean, safe, and efficient warmth for your home, all while using 70-90% less fuel than a traditional woodstove. These unique and beautiful installations provide luxurious comfort year-round. In cold weather a few hours of clean, hot burning can provide 20 or more hours of steady warmth, while the unit’s large thermal mass acts as a heat sink, cooling your home on sizzling summer days. Packed with hard-to-find information, The Rocket Mass Heater Builder’s Guide includes:

  • Comprehensive design, construction, and installation instructions combined with detailed maintenance and troubleshooting advice.
  • Brick-by-brick layouts, diagrams, and architectural plans augmented with detailed parts, drawings, and photographs for clarity.
  • Relevant and up-to-date code information and standards to help you navigate the approval process with local building departments.

Earthen masonry heating systems are well-suited for natural and conventional builders alike. A super-efficient, wood-burning, rocket mass heater can help you dramatically reduce your energy costs while enhancing the beauty, value, and comfort of your home.

 

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The Complete Guide to Green Building & Remodeling Your Home by Martha Maeda In today’s economy and in response to the growing awareness of how much damage has been done to the environment in the past, people cannot afford to delay considering ways they can build or remodel their homes to ensure they are green and resource-friendly.

This book will guide you and your family through the process of learning more about and implementing the necessary changes to a new, green lifestyle. 
Discover why people have started to build green and how it can be done in today s market quickly and inexpensively. You will learn how to remodel with green in mind and how to start working with building professionals who can provide the necessary materials, plans, and paperwork you need to proceed. Your Guide to Green Building will cover which materials are best for green building and how to choose between all the choices. You will learn how to not only use these materials but also how to make sure the construction process is green as well. The basics of framing your building, natural building methods, the energy systems you might use, and the heating/cooling options at your disposal are all here, right at your fingertips. 
Construction and environmental experts have been interviewed, and their expertise is included in this book to help you complete your green dream home, as well as know what kinds of water and waste systems are best, how to site plan and landscape your home, and what the most common myths about green building are. You will learn ten things you can do on any building project to keep it green and any materials you should always have on hand for anything you do around the house. Regardless of whether you are just looking to remodel to make your house greener or are building a new home, this book will give you everything you need to stay green and respect the environment in every aspect of your life. 

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Claiming My Place by Planaria Price with Helen Reichmann West 
Gucia Gomolinska grew up comfortably in Piotrkow, Poland, a devoted student, sister, daughter, and friend. Still, even in the years before World War II, she faced discrimination as a Jew—but with her ash-blond hair she was often able to pass as just another Pole. When her town was invaded by Nazis, she knew her Aryan coloring gave her an advantage, and she faced an awful choice: stay in the place she had always called home, or leave behind everything she knew to try to survive. She took on a new identity as Basia Tanska, and her journey led her directly into Nazi Germany.

Planaria Price, along with Basia’s daughter Helen West, tells this incredible life story directly in the first person. Claiming My Place is a stunning portrayal of bravery, love, loss, and the power of storytelling.

 

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The Hate You Give by Angie “What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan  The village of Chilbury in Kent is about to ring in some changes.
This is a delightful novel of wartime gumption and village spirit that will make your heart sing out.

Kent, 1940.

In the idyllic village of Chilbury, change is afoot. Hearts are breaking as sons and husbands leave to fight, and when the Vicar decides to close the choir until the men return, all seems lost.

But, coming together in song is just what the women of Chilbury need in these dark hours, and they are ready to sing. With a little fighting spirit and the arrival of a new musical resident, the charismatic Miss Primrose Trent, the choir is reborn.

Some see the choir as a chance to forget their troubles, others the chance to shine. Though for one villager, the choir is the perfect cover to destroy Chilbury’s new-found harmony.

Uplifting and profoundly moving, The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir explores how a village can endure the onslaught of war, how monumental history affects small lives and how survival is as much about friendship as it is about courage.

 

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Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes In Gathering Darkness, book three of the New York Times bestselling Falling Kingdoms series, the stakes have never been higher as three teams push forward on a race to find the Kindred, the four elemental crystals possessing ancient all-powerful magic, first:

Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred – the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic…

• THE KRAESHIANS join the hunt. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the wealthy kingdom across the Silver Sea, charm and manipulate their way to the Kindred, proving to be more ruthless than perhaps even the King of Blood himself.

• THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo and vengeful Jonas lead them, slaying with sweetness, skill, and a secret that can control Lucia’s overpowering magic – all so they can use the Kindred to win back their fallen kingdoms.

• THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally in the flesh with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia’s powers to unveil the Kindred.

The only certainty in the dark times is that whoever finds the magic first will control the

fate of Mytica… but fate can be fickle when magic is involved.

 

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Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home?

Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts, from Matthew Cordell, author of Trouble Gum and Another Brother.

 

 

 

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ATI TEAS Secrets Study Guide The ATI TEAS is extremely challenging, and thorough test preparation is essential for success. ATI TEAS Secrets Study Guide is the ideal prep solution for anyone who wants ace the Test of Essential Academic Skills, Sixth Edition.

Not only does it provide a comprehensive study manual for the TEAS 6 as a whole, it is the only guide that provides three full-length practice tests with detailed explanations of each answer and 74 video tutorials to help you review.

 

 

 

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New Materials!! – 03/06/18

Get out of the wind and into DC3 Library! We have some great new books coming out, plus a couple of movies. Stop by and see us!

 

Image result for americanized saediAmericanized by Sara Saedi Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn’t learn of her “illegal immigrant” status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job, but couldn’t because she didn’t have a Social Security number.

Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn’t keep her from being a teenager. She desperately wanted a green card, along with clear skin, her own car, and a boyfriend.

Americanized follows Sara’s progress toward getting her green card, but that’s only a portion of her experiences as an Iranian-“American” teenager. From discovering that her parents secretly divorced to facilitate her mother’s green card application to learning how to tame her unibrow, Sara pivots gracefully from the terrifying prospect that she might be kicked out of the country at any time to the almost-as-terrifying possibility that she might be the only one of her friends without a date to the prom. This moving, often hilarious story is for anyone who has ever shared either fear.

 

Image result for ink alice broadwayInk by Alice Broadway From the moment you’re born, every achievement, every failing, and every significant moment are all immortalized on your skin. There are honorable marks that let people know you’re trustworthy. And shameful tattoos that announce you as a traitor.

After her father dies, Leora finds solace in the fact that his skin tells a wonderful story. That is, until she glimpses a mark on the back of his neck . . . the symbol of the worst crime a person can commit in Saintstone. Leora knows it has to be a mistake, but before she can do anything about it, the horrifying secret gets out, jeopardizing her father’s legacy . . . and Leora’s life.

In her startlingly prescient debut, Alice Boradway shines a light on the dangerous lengths we go to make our world feel orderly – even when the truth refuses to stay within the lines. This rich, lyrical fantasy with echoes of Orwell is unlike anything you’ve ever read, a tale guaranteed to get under your skin . . .

 

Image result for all out mitchell All Out by Saundra Mitchell From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten.

 

 

 

 

 

Image result for immortal reignImmortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes The Kindred have been unleashed.

Now earth and fire are on a path of destruction. The air god is trapped inside Taran, and the water goddess has found its host in Cleo. Their strength is waning, and they must find a way to control the magic before it controls them.

Jonas and Lucia join Cleo, Taran, and King Gaius at the Paelsian palace with new baby Lyssa in tow. But Magnus is nowhere to be found. Lucia musters all the magic she has left to perform a location spell. Her vision is clear: Magnus died at the hands of Lord Kurtis. Defeated and devastated, the group heads to Auranos, seeking revenge.

Unbeknownst to them, Magnus struggles to free himself from Kurtis’s deadly trap. But is he strong enough to escape? While the others formulate a plan to defeat the Kindred, an intruder breaks into the compound and steals a precious something that will change everything.

Meanwhile, across the sea in Kraeshia, Amara questions which kind of leader she is destined to be – the ruthless, sinister dictator her grandmother wishes her to be or the just and fair ruler she knows is within her. She must discover her identity soon. Grandma Cortas’s plan is even more sinister than she imagined. 

The final fight to save Mytica isn’t a fight at all – it’s war.

 

Image result for someone to love de la cruzSomeone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz Olivia “Liv” Blakely knows how important it is to look good. Her father is running for governor, and Liv will be making public appearances with her family. Liv has an image to uphold 0 to her maybe boyfriend, to the new friends who suddenly welcome her into their circle and to the public, who love to find fault on social media.

Liv’s sunny, charming facade hides a dark inner voice that will settle for nothing less than perfection. No matter who she has to give up to get there. No matter what she has to lose to do it. Live is working for the day when what she sees in the mirror is worthy . . . worth of confidence. Worthy of success. Worthy of love. But as the high price of perfection takes a toll, placing her body and soul at risk, Liv herself has to realize what she has to live for.

 

Image result for star wars the last jedi jason fryStar Wars: The Last Jedi by Jason Fry Written with input from director Rian Johnson, this thrilling adaptation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi expands on the film to include scenes from alternate versions of the script and other additional content.

From the ashes of the Empire has arisen another threat to the galaxy’s freedom: the ruthless First Order. Fortunately, new heroes have emerged to take up arms – and perhaps lay down their lives – for the cause. Rey, the orphan strong in the Force; Finn, the ex-stormtrooper who stands against his former masters; and Poe Dameron, the fearless X-wing pilot, have been drawn together to fight side-by-side with General Leia Organa and the Resistance. But the First Order’s Supreme Leader Snoke and his merciless enforcer Kylo Ren are adversaries with superior numbers and devastating firepower at their command. Against this enemy, the champions of light may finally be facing their extinction. Their only hope rests with a lost legend: Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

Where the action of Star Wars:  The Force Awakens ended, Star Wars: The Last Jedi begins, as the battle between light and dark climbs to astonishing new heights.

 

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New Books!! – 02/19/18

Good morning, DC3! We have some new books coming out, today! Stop by and see us!

 

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Wallace in Love by Andrew Morton Before she became knwon as the woman who enticed a king from his throne and birthright, Bessie Wallis Warfield was a prudish and particular girl from Baltimore. At turns imaginative, ambitious, and spoiled, Wallis’s first words as recalled by her family were “me, me.” From that young age, she was in want of nothing but stability, status, and social acceptance as she fought to climb the social ladder and take her place in London society. As irony would have it, she would gain the love and devotion of a king, but only at the cost of his throne and her reputation.

In Wallis in Love, acclaimed biographer Andrew Morton offers a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson in all her vibrancy and brazenness as she transformed form a hard-nosed gold-digger to charming chatelaine. Using diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records, Morton takes us through Wallis’s romantic adventures in Washington, China, and her entrance into the strange wonderland that is London society. During her journey, we meet an extraordinary array of characters, many of whom smoothed the way for her dalliance with the king of England, Edward VIII.

Wallis in Love goes beyond Wallis’s infamous persona and reveals a complex, domineering woman striving to determine her own fate and grapple with matters of the heart.

 

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The Triumph of Christianity by Bart D. Ehrman Christianity didn’t have to become the dominant religion in the West. It could easily have remained a sect of Judaism fated to have the historical importance of the Sadducees or the Essenes. So how did a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire become the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries?

In The Triumph of Christianity, New York Times bestselling authority on early Christian history Bart D. Ehrman weaves meticulous research into an eye-opening, immensely readable narrative. He shows how a handful of charismatic characters used a brilliant social strategy and an irresistible message to win over hearts and minds one at a time. In so doing, Ehrman upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen – one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.

 

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The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her. While some are born with a talent for one of the five passions – art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge – Brienna struggled to find hers until she chose knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true: she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, she reluctantly accepts. But there is much more to his story, for there is a dangerous plot to overthrow the king of Maevana – the rival kingdom of Valenia – and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved, some closer to Brienna than she realizes. 

With war brewing, Brienna must choose which side she will remain loyal to – passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. Who will be that queen?

With gorgeous description and detailed rendering of a world where not everything is what it seems, debut author Rebecca Ross weaves an intricate tale of revenge, loyalty, and ultimately, self-discovery.

 

 

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Mary’s Monster by Lita Judge This is the story of how a pregnant teenage runaway became one of the most famous authors of all time.

Mary Shelley was barely sixteen when she left home to follow her heart and the man she loved. She believed in free love and the right to choose the way she lived. But it was a daring move for a woman of her time. SHe was cast out of society and disowned by her family, and she had no one to turn to when she lost her baby daughter just days after giving birth.  But Mary persisted. She poured her grief, pain, and passion into creating the literary masterpiece Frankenstein, an iconic book still revered two hundred years later.

Pairing free verse with over three hundred pages of black-and-white watercolor illustrations, Mary’s Monster is a gorgeous tribute to a resilient woman and the indelible mark she left on the world.

 

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All We Can Do is Wait by Richard Lawson Siblings Jason and Alexa have already experienced enough grief for a lifetime, so in this moment of confusion and despair, Alexa  hopes that she can look to her brother for support. But a secret Jason has been keeping from his sister threatens to tear the siblings apart . . . right when they need each other most.

Scott is waiting to hear about his girlfriend, Aimee, who was on a bus with her theater group when the bridge went down. Their relationship has been rocky, but Scott knows that if he can just see Aimee one more time, if she can just make it through this ordeal and he can tell her he loves her, everything will be alright.

And then there’s Skyler, whose sister, Kate – the sister who is more like a mother, the sister who is basically Skyler’s everything – was crossing the bridge when it collapsed. As the minutes tick by without a word from the hospital staff, Skyler is left to wonder how she can possibly move through life without the one person who makes her feel strong when she’s at her weakest.

In his riveting, achingly beautiful debut, Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson guides readers through an emotional and life-changing night as these teens are forced to face the reality of their pasts . . . and the prospect of very different futures.

 

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Teach Students How to Learn by Saundra Yancy McGuire with Stephanei McGuire For more than a decade Saundra Yancy McGuire has been acclaimed for her presentations and workshops on metacognition and student learning, because the tools and strategies she shares have enabled faculty to facilitate dramatic improvements in student learning and success. This book encapsulates the model and ideas she has developed in the past 15 years, ideas that are being adopted by an increasing number of faculty with considerable effect.

 

 

 

 

Image result for war brides helen bryanWar Brides by Helen Bryan As war moves ever closer, the sleepy English village of Crowsmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. The nightly German air raids become grimly mundane. Rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge a bond of friendship that will change their lives forever in this engrossing novel of loyalty, loss, and love in the shadow of World War II. 

With the hardships of war intensifying every day, the women band together to defeat formidable enemies and find remarkable strength within themselves to help one another. It is a war-forged loyalty certain to endure years and distance.

When four of the women return for a celebration fifty years later, their mission is not simply to commemorate or remember. They’ve returned to confront a traitor whose actions cost countless lives – and to avenge one of their own at last.

 

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New materials!! – 01/25/18

We have some new materials coming out, today! From bestselling fantasy fiction to non-fiction that explores the impact of YouTube on today’s culture (and even a DVD based on a classic novel), you’re sure to find something to curl up with, this weekend! Stop by and see us! 🙂

Image result for Videocracy bookVideocracy by Kevin Allocca Whether your favorite YouTube video is a cat on a Roomba, “Gangnam Style,” the “Bed Intruder Song,” an AsapSCIENCE explainer, Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” or the “Evolution of Dance,” Kevin Allocca’s Videocracy reveals how these beloved videos and famous trends – among many others – came to be and why they mean more than you might think.

YouTube is the biggest pool of cultural data since the beginning of recorded communication, with four hundred hours of video uploaded every minute. (It would take you more than sixty-five years just to watch the vlogs, music videos, tutorials, and other content posted in a single day!) This activity reflects who we are, in all our glory and ignominy. As Allocca says, if aliens wanted to understand our planet, he’d give them Google. If they wanted to understand us, he’d give them YouTube.

In Videocracy, Allocca lays bare what YouTube videos say about our society and how our actions online – watching, sharing, commenting on, and remixing the people and clips that captivate us – are changing the face of entertainment, advertising, politics, and more. Via YouTube, we are fueling social movements, enforcing human rights, and redefining art – a lot more than you’d expect from a bunch of viral clips.

 

Image result for red clocks leni zumasRed Clocks by Leni Zumas In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embyro. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.

Ro, a single high school teacher, is trying to have a baby on her own while also writing a biography of Eiver, a little-known nineteenth-century female polar explorer. Susan is a frustrated mother of two, trapped ina  crumbling marriage. Mattie is the adopted daugther of doting parents and one of Ro’s best students, who finds herself pregnant with nowhere to turn. And Gin is the gifted forest-dwelling herbalist, or “mender,” who brings all their fates together when she’s arrested and put on trial in a frenzied, modern-day witch hunt.

Red Clocks is at once a riveting drama whose mysteries unfold with magnetic energey, and a shattering novel of ideas. In the vein of Margaret Atwood and Eileen Myles, Leni Zumas fearlessly explores the contours of female experience, evoking The Handmaid’s Tale for a new millennium. This is a story of resilience, transformation, and hope in tumultuous – even frightening – times.

 

Image result for eternal life dara hornEternal Life by Dara Horn Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can’t die. Her recent troubles – widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son – are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem, she’s tried everything to free herself, and only one other person in the world understands: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever. 

But as the twenty-first century begins and her children and grandchildren – consumed with immortality in their own ways, from the frontiers of digital currency to genetic engineering – develop new technologies that could change her fate and theirs, Rachel knows she must find a way out.

Gripping, hilarious, and profoundly moving, Eternal Life celebrates the bonds between generations, the power of faith, the purpose of death, and the reasons for being alive.

 

Image result for the wind through the keyhole stephen kingThe Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement. 

Roland Deschain and his ka-tet – Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler – encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.

In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man” preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day’s trials by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother often read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” Roland says to Bill. “M and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them.” And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us. 

King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained momentum in the 1980s; and he brought it to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. The Wind Through the Keyhole is sure to fascinate avid fans of the Dark Tower epic. But this novel also stands on its own for all readers, an enchanting and haunting journey to Roland’s world and testimony to the power of Stephen King’s storytelling magic.

 

Image result for a single shard by linda sue parkA Single Shard by Linda Sue Park Tree-ear has a dream. He has watched the master potter Min take a lump of clay and shape it into a thing of beauty. For Tree-ear the transformation is a miracle. Someday he wants to perform such a miracle himself.

But you cannot just walk up to a master potter and ask him to teach you his craft, especially not if you’re an orphan like Tree-ear. First Tree-ear must prove he is worthy of Min’s time and teachings. So he asks the honorable master if he can work for him, without pay, for the privilege of being near such talent.

Tree-ear has taken his first step toward his dream.

Realizing a dream can be very hard, though. Sometimes, a dream can seem so far away, it almost disappears. But maybe if Tree-ear takes it one hill, one valley, one day at a time, just maybe, he’ll be able to make his dream come true.

 

Image result for inside out & back againInside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai For all the ten years of her life, Ha has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by, and the beauty of her very own papaya tree. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Ha and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope.

This is the moving story of one girl’s year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next.

 

 

 

 

Image result for treating people well bermanTreating People Well by Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard In this entertaining handbook to personal and professional success in the modern world, former White House social secretaries Lea Berman, who worked for George and Laura Bush, and Jeremy Bernard, who worked for Barack and Michelle Obama, draw from their daily experiences at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to offer valuable lessons about how to work productively with people from different walks of life and with different points of view. These Washington insiders share what they’ve learned through their own glamorous (and occasionally harrowing) moments with foreign leaders, celebrities, and that most unpredictable of animals – the American politician.

If you feel unsure of yourself in social settings, would like to get along more easily with others, or want to break through to a new level of cooperation with your coworkers, then this book is for you. Here is specific advice about how to exude confidence even when you don’t feel it; establish your reputation as an individual whom people like, trust, and want to help; and develop the social skills crucial to success in our increasingly digitized and divided world. Treating People Well teaches useful techniques while sharing Lea’s and Jeremy’s unlikely paths to the White House – and provides tantalizing insights into the characters of the first ladies and presidents they served.

This is not an old-school etiquette book but, rather, an indispensable primer on what we all want to know: how to walk into a roomful of strangers and make friends, what to do about a difficult colleague, and ways to navigate the sometimes-treacherous waters of social media, outlined in a special chapter on “Virtual Manners.” And for lovers of White House history, it’s also a treasure trove of presidential anecdotes and never-before-published stories from the authors and their fellow former social secretaries as they describe pearl-clutching moments with presidents and first ladies dating back to the Johnson administration.

Charming and pragmatic, Treating People Well is necessary reading – and a call for a return to civility in both public and private life.

 

Image result for jefferson's daughtersJefferson’s Daughters by Catherine Kerrison Thomas Jefferson had three daughters: Martha and Maria by his wife, Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings. In Jefferson’s Daughters, Catherine Kerrison, a scholar of early American and women’s history, recounts the remarkable journey of these three women – and how their struggle to define themselves reflects both the possibilities and the limitations that resulted from the American Revolution. 

Although the three women shared a father, the similarities end there. Martha and Maria received a fine convent school education while they lived with their father during his diplomatic posting in Paris – a hothouse of intellectual ferment whose celebrated salonnieres are vividly brought to life in Kerrison’s narrative. Once they returned home, however, the sisters found their options limited by the laws and customs of early America.

Harriet Hemings followed a different path. She escaped slavery – apparently with the assistance of Jefferson himself. Leaving Monticello behind, she boarded a coach and set off for a decidedly uncertain future. 

For this groundbreaking triple biography, Kerrison has uncovered never-before-published documents written by the Jefferson sisters when they were in their teens, as well as letters written by members of the Jefferson and Hemings families. She has interviewed Hemings family descendants (and, with their cooperation, initiated DNA testing) and searched for possible descendants of Harriet Hemings.

The eventful lives of Thomas Jefferson’s daughters provide a unique vantage point from which to examine the complicated patrimony of the American Revolution itself. The richly interwoven story of these three strong women and their fight to shape their own destinies sheds new light on the ongoing movement toward human rights in America – and on the personal and political legacy of one of our most controversial Founding Fathers.

 

Related imageFire and Fury by Michael Wolff  The first nine months of Donald Trump’s term were stormy, outrageous—and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself.

In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. Among the revelations: 

— What President Trump’s staff really thinks of him
— What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama 
— Why FBI director James Comey was really fired
— Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn’t be in the same room
— Who is really directing the Trump administration’s strategy in the wake of Bannon’s firing
— What the secret to communicating with Trump is
— What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers

Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.

 

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