New Books!! – 02/10/17

Some new books have arrived just in time for the weekend . . . plus one new DVD! Whether you’re looking for a heart-racing thriller, a magical fantasy, or you just want to brush up on your masseuse skills before Valentine’s Day, we’ve got something for you!


Image result for echoes in death j.d. robbEchoes in Death by J.D. Robb After a party in New York City, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk.

After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her  bedroom with her husband – and walks into a brutal nightmare.

Their paths are about to collide . . .

When the young woman – dazed, naked, and bloody – wanders in front of their car, Roarke slams on the brakes just in time, and Eve – still in glittering gown and heels – springs into action. It’s been a long night for the tired homicide cop, and it’s far from over.

Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock, the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil.”

While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked – and  that he treated Daphne like a trophy wife – this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse as the first suspect. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions: 

What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?


Image result for wintersongWintersong by S. Jae-Jones The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride . . .

All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind and spirit and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesl can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds – and the mysterious man who rules it – she soon faces an impossible decision. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Dark, romantic, and powerful, Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won’t soon forget.


Image result for the cruelty scott bergstromThe Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom I. Will. Find. You. 

When Gwendolyn Bloom’s father vanishes, she sets off on a journey she never bargained for. Traveling under a new identity in a world of assassins, spies, and criminal masterminds, she uncovers a disturbing truth. To bring her father back alive, she must become every bit as cruel as the men holding him captive.







Image result for disruptor arwen elys daytonDisruptor by Arwen Elys Dayton Quin has spent her life as her father’s pawn. She was trained to kill and manipulated to guarantee her family’s power. And now that she’s broken free of that life, she’s found herself trapped again, hostage to a plot that has been centuries in the making.

It’s taken generations for the pieces to come together, and finally all is in place. Shinobu’s mind has been corrupted, the Young Dread has aligned with John, and Watchers are being awakened and gathered. Now there is nothing that can stop the force of time.

But Quin will no longer be a pawn. Quin is a Seeker. She stands for light in a shadowy world. She will face the vengeance of the past and its enemies and save herself and the ones she loves, or she will die trying.


Image result for never caught dunbarNever Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar When George and Martha Washington moved from their beloved Mount Vernon in Virginia to Philadelphia, then the seat of the nation’s capital, they took nine enslaved people with them. They would serve as cooks and horsemen, as house servants and personal attendants.

The north was different for the entire household, free and enslaved, white and black. There was a new climate to adjust to, and new mores as well. Slavery, in Philadelphia at least, was looked down upon. Indeed, there was even a law requiring slaveholders to free their slaves after six months. Yet George Washington thought he could outwit and circumvent the law by sending his slaves south every six months, thereby resetting the clock.

Among the slaves to figure out this subterfuge was Ona Judge, Martha Washington’s chief attendant. Having interacted with Philadelphia’s sizable free black community, Ona Judge observed and soon longed for liberation. And, risking everything she knew, leaving behind everyone she loved and had known her entire life, she fled.

Here, then, is the story not only of the powerful lure of freedom but also of George Washington’s determination to recapture his property by whatever means necessary. Never Caught is the only book that examines the life of an eighteenth-century fugitive woman in intricate detail, and it provides a new look at George Washington’s relationship to slavery.

An important new work on one of the world’s most celebrated families, Never Caught is a must-read for anyone interested in American history.


BImage result for born of vengeanceorn of Vengeance by Sherrilyn Kenyon A fate worse than death . . .

Bastien Cabarro survived the brutal slaughter of his entire family only to have his wife pin their murders on him. Made Ravin by The League, he is now a target for their assassins-in-training to hunt and kill. The average life expectancy for such beings is six weeks. But defying the odds is what this Gyron Force officer does best, and Bastien won’t rest until he lays his betrayers in their graves.

Ten years later, he has one chance to balance the scales of justice, provided he relies on his former wingman – the very sister of the woman who testified against him.

Major Ember Wyldestarrin joined the outlaw Tavali the day Kirovar fell into the hands of a tyrant, and she and her sister-team were left on an outpost to die under the barrage of enemy fire. The last thing she wants is to be involved in politics again. But the one thing she wants more than anything is revenge on the tyrant who murdered her parents and forced her and her sisters into exile. Carrying a secret she knows Bastien will annihilate her over, she must find some way to trust her former wingman before he catches on and kills her. Even so, treachery doesn’t come easy to a woman who took a loyalty oath to protect her homeworld and comrades-in-arms, especially when Bastien is much more to her than just a former wingman.

Yet as she tries to do right for her family, she learns that Bastien doesn’t just hold the key to the fate of Kirovar, he is vital to The Sentella-League war, and to The Tavali. If she doesn’t ensure he survives this mission, three nations fall, and time for all of them is quickly running out.


Image result for king's cage aveyardKing’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a King, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country – and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-raging band of newbloods and Reds continues organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

In this breathless third installment in Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire – leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.


Image result for caught in the revolutionCaught in the Revolution by Helen Rappaport Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin’s Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd (the former St. Ptersburg) was in turmoil – felt nowhere more keenly than on the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt. There, the foreign visitors who filled hotels, clubs, offices, and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos breaking out on their doorsteps and beneath their windows.

Among this disparate group were journalists, diplomats, businessmen, bankers, governesses, volunteer nurses, and expatriate socialites. Many kept diaries and wrote letters home: from an English nurse who had already survived the sinking of the Titanic; to the black valet of the U.S. Ambassador, far from his native Deep South; to suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, who had come to Petrograd to inspect the indomitable Women’s Death Battalion led by Maria Bochkareva.

Helen Rappaport draws upon this rich trove of material, much of it previously unpublished, to carry readers right up to the action – to see, feel, and hear the revolution as it happened to an assortment of individuals who suddenly felt themselves trapped in a “red madhouse.”


Image result for the massage bible mumfordThe Massage Bible by Susan Mumford Provide soothing comfort with massage. Explore different aspects of massage, a wonderful way to help promote a healthy mind and body, whether it’s reducing the negative effects of stress or inducing a sense of confidence and well-being. Illustrated entries – organized according to the amount of pressure used 0 will show you how to accomplish basic techniques like feathering, kneading, and circling. Subsequent sections take you through step-by-step sequences for performing a Holistic, Chinese, Shiatsu, and Indian head (energizing upper body) massage. There is also advice on couples, deep tissue, and other special situation massages, as well as suggestions for using massage to soothe common ailments such asw dark circles under the eyes, aching feet, and painful joints. Discover the rewarding benefits of these time-honored techniques with this definitive guide.


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New Materials!! – 02/02/17

Happy Groundhog Day, DC3!! The groundhog says we have 6 more weeks of winter ahead of us, but have no fear! We have plenty of new books and movies to keep you busy while you’re cooped up indoors, staying warm. 🙂



Image result for dust bowl girlsDust Bowl Girls by Lydia Reeder  In the early 1930’s, during the worst drought and financial depression in American history, Sam Babb began to dream. Like so many others, this charismatic Mid-western basketball coach wanted a reason to have hope. Traveling from farm to farm near the tiny Oklahoma college where he coached, Babb recruited talented, hardworking young women and offered them a chance at a better life: a free college education in exchange for playing on his basketball team, the Cardinals.

Despite their fears of leaving home and the sacrifices that their families would face, the women joined the team. And as Babb coached the Cardinals, something extraordinary happened. These remarkable athletes found a passion for the game and a heartfelt loyalty to one another and their coach – and they began to win.

Combining exhilarating sports writing and exceptional storytelling, Dust Bowl Girls takes readers on the Cardinals’ intense, improbable journey all the way to an epic showdown with the prevailing national champions, helmed by the legendary Babe Didrikson. Lydia Reeder captures a moment in history when female athletes faced intense scrutiny from influential figures in politics, education, and medicine who denounced women’s sports as unhealthy and unladylike. At a time when a struggling nation was hungry for inspiration, this unlikely group of trailblazers achieved much more than a championship season.


Image result for lara anna pasternakLara by Anna Pasternak Boris Pasternak’s masterpiece, Doctor Zhivago, has sold in the millions, and yet the true story behind its two famed lovers has been lost to history.

When Stalin came into power in 1924, the Communist government began persecuting dissident writers. Though Stalin spared the life of Boris – whose novel-in-progress, Doctor Zhivago, was suspected of being anti-Soviet, he persecuted Boris’ mistress, typist, and literary muse, Olga Ivinksaya. Olga was twice sentenced to work in Siberian labor camps, where she was interrogated about the book Boris was writing, but she refused to betray the man she loved. When Olga was released from the gulags, she assumed that Boris would leave his wife for her but, trapped by his family’s expectations and his own weak will, he never did.

Drawing on previously neglected family sources and original interviews, Boris’ great-niece, Anna Pasternak, explores this hidden act of moral compromise by her great-uncle, and restores to history the passionate affair that inspired and animated Doctor Zhivago. Devastated that Olga suffered on his behalf and frustrated that he could not match her loyalty to him, Boris instead channeled his thwarted passion for Olga into the love story in his classic work.

Filled with the rich detail of Boris’ secret life, Lara unearths a moving love story of courage, loyalty, suffering, drama, and loss, and casts a new light on the legacy of Doctor Zhivago.


Image result for eleventh grave in moonlightEleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, errant wives, missing people, philandering business owners, and, oh yeah . . . demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. Now Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her won daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, will Charley be able to defeat the ultimate evil and find a way to have her happily ever after, after all?



Image result for wayfarer brackenWayfarer by Alexandra Bracken Etta Spencer didn’t know she was a traveler until the day she emerged both miles and years from her home. Now, robbed of the powerful object that was her only hope of saving her mother, Etta finds herself stranded once more, cut off from Nicholas – the eighteenth-century privateer she loves – and her natural time.

When Etta inadvertently stumbles into the heart of the Thorns, the renegade travelers who stole the astrolabe from her, she vows to finish what she started and destroy the astrolabe once and for all. Instead, she’s blindsided by a bombshell revelation from their leader, Henry Hemlock: he is her father. Suddenly questioning everything she’s been fighting for, Etta must choose a path – one that could transform her future.

Still devastated by Etta’s disappearance, Nicholas has enlisted the unlikely help of Sophia Ironwood and a cheeky mercenary-for-hire to track her down. But after a deadly mistake derails their search, they discover an ancient power far more frightening than the rival travelers currently locked in a battle for control – a power that threatens to eradicate the timeline as they know it.

From colonial Nassau to New York City, San Francisco to ancient Carthage, imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, #1 New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Bracken charts a gorgeously detailed, thrilling course through time in this stunning conclusion to the Passenger series.


Image result for silver city by jeff guinnSilver City by Jeff Guinn For two years, Cash McLendon has been on the run in the Western frontier, fleeing a father-in-law in St. Louis who blames McLendon for his daughter’s suicide. Beginning in 1872 in the tiny Arizona prospecting community of Glorious, and then through New Mexico, Texas, and Kansas, McLendon has barely managed to elude hulking Patrick Brautigan, known as “Killer Boots” for his preferred method of dispatching victims.

After surviving the epic Indian battle at Adobe Walls in the Texas Panhandle, McLendon believes he may have eluded his pursuer for good. Ready to finally win back his former lover Gabrielle Tirrito, McLendon makes his way to Mountain View, a prosperous mining town in northern Arizona Territory. There he discovers that a rival, former Glorious sheriff Joe Saint, has won Gabrielle’s heart – at least for now.

Hot on McLendon’s heels, Brautigan arrives in Mountain View and, after kidnapping Gabrielle to use as bait, captures his longtime quarry. Brautigan sets off with his prisoner in tow across desert and mountains, heading for the seedy New Mexico mining town named Silver City. But Gabrielle, along with old friend Major Mulkins and a reluctant Joe Saint, is in pursuit, and in a confrontation complicated by attacking Apache renegades led by Geronimo and an apocalyptic flash flood, McLendon and Brautigan bring their drawn-out struggle to a shocking, brutal conclusion.


Image result for strangers in their own landStrangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild embarks on a though-provoking journey, traveling from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into arch-conservative Louisiana bayou country – an area in environmental crisis, where many people suffer from poor health and widespread poverty, enduring rates of education and life expectancy that are among the country’s lowest. Her mission is to do what so few of us are able to do: truly listen to the other side in order to understand why they believe – and feel – the way they do.

Over the course of five years, Hochschild befriends pipefitters, plant operators, an auto mechanic, a truck driver, telephone repairmen, accountants, salesmen, building contractors, a postal worker, a school custodian, and a gospel singer – and she attends fish fries, gumbo cook-offs, Pentecostal church services, and Trump rallies; visits schools, political party groups, and oil-soaked wetlands; and engages in long conversations over cookies at kitchen tables and while looking through photo albums. She meets a Tea Party supporter whose town was swallowed by a sinkhole created by a drilling disaster, a pastor’s wife who calls Rush Limbaugh “my brave heart,” and a homemaker who sees pollution as “the price we pay for capitalism.”

Strangers in Their Own Land goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that many on the political right have been duped into voting against their interests. In the “red” America she explores, Hochschild discovers powerful feelings – fear of cultural eclipse and economic decline, a deep resentment of the scorn of coastal liberals, and a perceived betrayal by the federal government – that override self-interest as liberals see it and help explain the emotional appeal of a candidate like Donald Trump. What emerges is a remarkable portrait of the country’s deep political divide and profound thoughts about a way forward for us all.


Image result for attending epsteinAttending by Ronald Epstein, M.D. As a third-year Harvard Medical School student doing a clinical rotation in surgery, Ronald Epstein watched an error unfold: an experienced surgeon failed to notice his patient’s kidney turning an ominous shade of blue. IN that same rotation, Epstein was awestruck by another surgeon’s ability to avert an impending disaster, slowing down from autopilot to intentionality. The difference between these two doctors left a lasting impression on Epstein and set the stage for his life’s work – to identify the qualities and habits that distinguish masterful doctors from those who are merely competent. The secret, he learned, was mindfulness.

In Attending, his first book, Dr. Epstein builds on his world-renowned, innovative programs in mindful practice and uses gripping and deeply human clinical stories to give patients a language to describe what they value most in health care and to outline professionals to refocus their approach to medicine. Drawing on his clinical experiences and current research, and exploring four foundations of mindfulness – Attention, Curiosity, Beginner’s Mind, and Presence – Dr. Epstein introduces a revolutionary concept: by looking inward, health care practitioners can grow their capacity to provide high-quality care and the resilience to be there when their patients need them.

The commodification of health care has shifted doctors’ focus away from the healing of patients to the bottom line. Clinician burnout is at an all-time high. Attending is the antidote. With compassion and intelligence, Epstein offers a crucial, timely book that shows us how we can restore humanity to medicine, guides us toward a better overall quality of care, and reminds us of what matters most.


Image result for reality is not what it seemsReality is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and space exist? And what exactly is realtiy? Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has spent his life exploring these questions. He tells us how our understanding of reality has changed over the centuries and how physicists think about the structure of the universe today.

In elegant and accessible prose, Rovelli takes us on a wondrous journey from Democritus to Albert Einstein, from Michael Faraday to gravitational waves, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity. As he shows us how the idea of reality has evolved over time, Rovelli offers deeper explanations of the theories he introduced so concisely in Seven Brief Lessons of Physics.

This book culminates in a lucid overview of quantum gravity, the field of research that explores the quantum nature of space and time, seeking to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity. Rovelli invites us to imagine a marvelous world where space breaks up into tiny grains, time disappears at the smallest sales, and black holes are waiting to explode – a vast universe still largely undiscovered.


Image result for the rosie effectThe Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion For Don Tillman – a brilliant, if socially awkward, genetics professor – order is a way of life. Methods, schedules, and data are his language. Until recently, Don had never had a second date. Then he got serious about finding a life partner, created a sixteen-page questionnaire (see: The Rose Project) to find the perfect match, and met and fell in love with Rosie Jarman (“the world’s most incompatible woman”). Now living in New York City, they have survived ten months and ten days of marriage.

Though the fiery Rosie has taught him the joys of unscheduled sex and spontaneous meal planning, Don is still learning the principles of optimal cohabitation. He is certainly not prepared for the mother of all surprises:

Rosie is unexpectedly expecting.

Soon Don must face the biggest challenge of his previously regimented life – at the same time he’s dodging deportation, prosecution, and professional disgrace.

Is Don ready to become the man he always dreamed of being? Or will he revert to his old ways and risk losing Rosie forever?


Image result for rise brookinsRise by Cara Brookins Cara Brookins escaped an abusive marriage with four children to provide for a no one to turn to but herself. In desperate need  of a home but without the means to buy one, she did something incredible. Equipped only with YouTube instructional videos, a small bank loan, and a mile-wide stubborn streak, Cara built her own house from the foundation up with a work crew composed of her four children.

It would be the hardest thing she had ever done. With no experience nailing together anything bigger than a bookshelf, she and her kids poured concrete, framed the walls, and laid bricks for their two-story five-bedroom house. She had convinced herself that if they could build a house, they could rebuild their broken family.

This must-read memoir traces one family’s rise from battered victims to stronger, better versions of themselves, all through one extraordinary do-it-yourself project.


Image result for norse mythology gaimanNorse Mythology by Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales.

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki – son of a giant – blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman – difficult with his beard and huge appetite – to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir – the most sagacious of gods – is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.

Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.



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New Books!! – 01/20/17

It’s been a short week, but what a week it’s been! We have some great new titles for you to delve into, in between cleaning up branches and restocking your refrigerators, this weekend. Have a look! 🙂


Image result for Own it krawcheckOwn It by Sallie Krawcheck So much career advice for women addresses how to succeed in the static business world of yesterday and today. But that world, says former Wall Street powerhouse-turned-entrepreneur Sallie Krawcheck, is changing – and fast. In fact, we are on the brink of what Krawcheck calls the Fourth Wave of feminism, one that will usher in unprecedented opportunities for women in business. 

This is all being driven by the fact that the business world is evolving in ways that play to women’s strengths. Because in the increasingly complex and connected world of tomorrow – one where communication and collaboration rule the day – the skills and qualities needed for success are ones that women inherently possess. And by owning and investing in these traits, women have more power than ever.

Here, Krawcheck draws on her experiences at the highest levels of business, both as one of the lone women at the top rungs of the biggest boys’ club in the world and as an entrepreneur, to show how women can tap into this growing power to elevate their careers: from getting the raise, to new takes on networking and mentoring, to navigating career breaks and curveballs, to how to avoid the biggest career mistake that most women don’t know they are making.

At the same time, women have the opportunity to play a more significant role in shaping their companies into places they want to work – or to leave and start their own by initiating the “courageous conversations” about true flexibility and diversity in the workplace, forging nontraditional career paths, and more.

Lighting the path to complete the revolution ignited by Gloria Steinem, Krawcheck shows how each of us can ride the wave of this revolution to own our careers and our futures.


Image result for if our bodies could talk james hamblinIf Our Bodies Could Talk by James Hamblin In 2014, James Hamblin launched a series of videos for The Atlantic called “If Our Bodies Could Talk.” With it, the doctor-turned-journalist established himself as a seriously entertaining authority in the field of health. Now, in this original and illuminating book, Hamblin explores the stories behind health questions that never seem to go away – and that tend to be mischaracterized and oversimplified by marketing and news media. He covers topics such as sleep, aging, diet, and much more:

  • Can I “boost” my immune system?
  • Does caffeine make me live longer?
  • Doe we still not know if cell phones cause cancer?
  • How much sleep do I actually need?
  • Is there any harm in taking a multivitamin?
  • Is life long enough?

In considering these questions, Hamblin draws from his own medical training as well as from hundred of interviews with distinguished scientists and medical practitioners. He translates the (traditionally boring) textbook of human anatomy and physiology into accessible, engaging, socially contextualized, up-to-the-moment answers. They offer clarity, examine the limits of our certainty, and ultimately help readers worry less about things that don’t really matter.

If Our Bodies Could Talk is a comprehensive, illustrated guide that entertains and educates in equal doses.


Image result for zero sugar dietZero Sugar Diet by David Zinczenko With Zero Sugar Diet, #1 New York Times bestselling author David Zinczenko continues his twenty-year mission to help Americans live their happiest and healthiest lives, uncovering revolutionary new research that explains why you can’t lose weight – and shows that it’s not your fault! The true culprit is sugar – specifically added sugars – which food manufacturers sneak into almost everything we eat, from bread to cold cuts to yogurt, peanut butter, pizza, and even “health” foods.

Until now, there’s been no way to tell how much added sugar you’re eating – or how to avoid it without sacrifice. But with the simple steps in Zero Sugar Diet, you’ll be able to eat all your favorite foods and strip away unnecessary sugars – losing weight at a rate of up to one pound per day, while still enjoying the sweeter things in life. 

By replacing empty calories with essential ones – swapping in whole foods and fiber and swapping out added sugars – you’ll conquer your cravings and prevent the blood sugar surge that leads to some of the worst health scourges in American today, including abdominal fat, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, liver disease, fatigue, and tooth decay.

And all it takes i 14 days. You’ll be stunned by the reported results:

Lisa Gardner, 49, lost 10 pounds

Tara Anderson, 42, lost 10 pounds

David Menkhaus, 62, lost 15 pounds

Ricky Casados, 56, lost 12 pounds

You, too, can melt away belly fat, boost your energy levels and metabolism, and take control of your health and your life, armed with a comprehensive grocery list of fresh produce, proteins, whole grains, and even prepared meals, accompanied by two weeks’ worth of fiber-rich breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack recipes and real-life results from successful Zero Sugar dieters. The fat-burning formula for long-term weight loss and optimal health is at your fingertips. Join in the crusade and say goodbye to added sugars – and goodbye to your belly – with Zero Sugar Diet!


Image result for the case against sugar taubesThe Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes From the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat, a groundbreaking expose that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick.

Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever, obesity is at epidemic proportions, and nearly 10 percent of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Here, Gary Tabues argues persuasively that sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical society-wide, health-related problems.

With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Taubes delves into Americans’ history with sugar: its uses as a preservative and as a key ingredient in cigarettes, its replacement by high-fructose corn syrup (and the marketing ploy that represents) and its unexpected inclusion in so much of what we eat and drink. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifies the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss, and provides the perspective necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and as a society. 

Lucid, compelling, and urgent in its impact, this is a must-read for all who care about their health and the well-being of their families.


Image result for wyoming brave palmerWyoming Brave by Diana Palmer Ren Colter may own an enormous ranch in Wyoming, but he scorns his wealth. He’s closed himself off since his fiancee left him years ago, so he’s shocked when he allows Meredith Grayling to stay with him. He tells himself it’s only to protect the blonde beauty from a stalker, but Ren’s alpha instincts soon kick in.

The last thing Merrie wants is a devastatingly handsome man like Ren lurking around her. He’s too experienced, too appealing for her already shot nerves. What she needs is just to get away from it all: the man haunting her waking dreams and the one hunting her like an animal. But no woman escapes this Colter cowboy!





Image result for the sleepwalker bohjalianThe Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests itself in ways both devastating and bizarre. Once she merely destroyed the hydrangea in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge. The morning of Annalee’s disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Annalee’s husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by Gavin Rikert, a young, hazel-eyed detective. And her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to lok for clues. When teh police discover a small swatch of fabric, from a nightshirt, ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems certain that Annalee is dead, but the hazel-eyed detective still continues to call, continues to stop by the Ahlbergs’ Victorian home.

As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee’s disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but she must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did Annalee leave her bed only when her husband  was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where is the body? Conjuring the strange and mysterious world of parasomnia, a place somewhere between dreaming and wakefulness, The Sleepwalker is a masterly novel from one of our most treasured storytellers.


Image result for the most dangerous place on earth lindsey lee johnsonThe Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson In this captivating debut novel, Lindsey Lee Johnson unleashes a cast of compelling characters in a realm known for its cruelty and peril: The American high school.

The wealthy enclaves north of San Francisco are not the paradise they appear to be, and nobody knows this better than the students of a local high school. Despite being raised with all the opportunities money can buy, these vulnerable kids are navigating a treacherous adolescence in which every action, every rumor, every feeling, is potentially postable, shareable, viral.

Lindsey Lee Johnson’s kaleidoscopic narrative exposes at every turn the real human beings beneath the high school stereotypes. Abigail Cress is ticking off the boxes toward the Ivy League when she makes the first impulsive decision of her life: entering into an inappropriate relationship with a teacher. Dave Chu, who knows himself at heart to be a typical B student, takes desperate measures to live up to his parents’ crushing expectations. Emma Fleed, a gifted dancer, balances rigorous rehearsals with wild weekends. Damon Flintov returns from a stint at rehab looking to prove that he’s not an irredeemable screwup. And Calista Broderick, once part of the popular crowd, chooses, for reasons of her own, to become a hippie outcast.

Into this complicated web, an idealistic young English teacher arrives from a poorer, scruffier part of California. Molly Nicoll strives to connect with her students – without understanding the middle school tragedy that played out online and has continued to reverberate in different ways for all of them.

Written with the rare talent capable of turning teenage drama into urgent, adult fiction, The Most Dangerous Place on Earth makes vivid a modern adolescence lived in the gleam of the virtual, but rich with sorrow, passion, and humanity.


Image result for indelible adelia saundersIndelible by Adelia Saunders Magdalena has a meaningful gift. She sees the truth about people written on their skin – names, dates, details both banal and profound – and her only relief from the onslaught of information is to take off her glasses and let the world recede. Mercifully, her own skin is blank.

When she meets Neil, she is intrigued to see her name on his cheek. He’s in Paris for the summer, studying a medieval pilgrimage to the coast of Spain, where the body of Saint Jacques is said to have washed ashore, covered in scallop shells. Magdalena, desperate to make things right after her best friend dies – a tragedy she might have prevented – embarks on her own pilgrimage, but not before Neil falls for her, captivated by her pale eyes, charming Eastern European accent, and aura of heartbreak.

Neil’s father, Richard, is also in Paris, searching for the truth about his late mother, a famous expatriate American novelist who abandoned him at birth. All his life Richard has clung to a single memory of his mother – her red shoes – which her biographers agree he never could have seen.

In Adelia Saunders’ arresting debut, secrets are revealed among forgotten texts in the archives of Paris, on a dusty cattle ranch in the American West, along ancient pilgrim paths, and in a run-down apartment in post-Soviet Lithuania. By chance, or perhaps by fate, the novel’s unforgettable characters converge, and Magdalena’s uncanny ability may  be the key to their happiness.


Image result for the life and times of persimmon wilsonThe Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson by Nancy Peacock Drunken Bride, Texas, April 1875. 

Writing furiously in a jail cell in the days leading up to his hanging, former slave Persimmon “Persy” Wilson’s last wish is to set the record straight. He may be guilty, but not of what he stands accused: the kidnapping and rape of his master’s wife.

Fifteen years earlier, Persy had been sold to Sweetmore, a Louisiana sugar plantation, alongside a a striking young house slave named Chloe. Persy and Chloe arrive bound together in chains, a circumstance out of which is forged perilous love affair and dreams of escape. But on the eve of the Union Army’s takeover of New Orleans, an outraged and jealous Master Wilson shoots Persy and flees with Chloe and his other slaves to Texas.

So begins Persy’s epic journey, a sweeping tale that takes readers from the sweltering exhaustion of plantation life to the final battles of the Civil War, from the isolation and bitter cold of the Texas frontier to the brutal yet life-affirming ways of the Comanche warriors who show Persy what it means to control one’s own destiny. Facing unimaginable hardship in his quest to find Chloe – the sole silver lining of an awful past – Persimmon gradually regains the dignity and selfhood that years of brutal subjugation had eroded.

Perfect for fans of Cold Mountain and The Invention of Wings, this is the moving testimony of a man whose remarkable odyssey reveals the power of love and the depth of the human spirit.


Other new titles include: Implications of Disaster Preparedness for Nursing, edited by Deborah J. Persell and ASVAB Study Guide Book: Practice Test Questions & Review for Math, Mechanical, General Science, Word Knowledge, Arithmetic Reasoning, & More.


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New Materials!! – 01/13/17

It’s Friday, DC3!! 🙂 In case you haven’t heard, there’s a BIG ice storm coming, this weekend. Afraid you’re going to be stuck inside with nothing to read or watch? Have no fear. We’ve got you covered!

Here are our newest arrivals:



Image result for fate of flamesFate of Flames by Sarah Raughley Years ago, everything changed. Phantoms, massive beasts of nightmare, began terrorizing the world. At the same time four girls, the Effigies, appeared, each with the unique power to control a classical element. Since then, they have protected the world from the Phantoms. At the death of one Effigy, another is chosen, pulled from her normal life into the never-ending battle.

When Maia unexpectedly becomes the next Fire Effigy, she resists her new calling. A quiet girl with few firends and almost no family, she was much happier to admire the Effigies from afar. Never did she imagine having to master her ability to control fire, to protect innocent citizens from the Phantoms, or to try bringing together the other three Effigies.

But with the arrival of the mysterious Saul – a man who seems to be able to control the Phantoms using the same cosmic power previously only granted to four girls at a time – Maia and the other Effigies must learn to work together in a world where their celebrity is more important than their heroism.

But the secrets Saul has, and the power he possesses, might be more than even they can handle . . .


Image result for waterlily ella cara deloriaWaterlily by Ella Cara Deloria When Blue Bird and her grandmother leave their family’s camp to gather beans for the long, threatening winter, they inadvertently avoid the horrible fate that befalls the rest of the family. Luckily, the two women are adopted by a nearby Dakota community and are eventually integrated into their kinship circles. Ella Cara Deloria’s tale follows Blue Bird and her daughter, Waterlily, through the intricate kinship practices that created unity among her people.

Waterlily, published after Deloria’s death and generally viewed as the masterpiece of her career, offers a captivating glimpse into the daily life of the nineteenth-century Sioux. This new Bison Books edition features an introduction by Susan Gardner and an index.

Ella Cara Deloria (1889-1971) was born on the Yankton reservation in South Dakota and grew up in a prominent family on the Standing Rock reservation during a disruptive time in her tribe’s history. She studied at Columbia University with Franz Boas and became an ethnologist. She is the author of Dakota Texts and Speaking of Indians, (both available in Bison Books editions), Dakota Grammar, and many other works. Susan Gardner is an associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and is the author of several articles and forthcoming biography on Ella Deloria.


KImage result for kill the next one axatill the Next One by Federico Axat Your life? Nearly over. Your family? In mortal danger. The solution? Kill a very bad man. The catch? Nothing is what it seems.

Ted McKay had it all: a beautiful wife, two daughters, a high-paying job. But after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, he finds himself with a gun to his temple, ready to pull the trigger. Then the doorbell rings.

A stranger makes him a proposition: why not kill two deserving candidates before dying? The first target is a criminal, and the second is a man with terminal cancer who, like Ted, wants to die. After executing these kills, Ted will become someone else’s next target: a kind of suicidal daisy chain. Ted understands the stranger’s logic – it’s easier for a victim’s family to deal with a murder than with a suicide.

As Ted commits the murders, however, the crime scenes strike him as odd. The targets know him by name and possess familiar mementos. Even more bizarrely, Ted recognizes locations and men he shouldn’t know. As his mind begins to crack, dark secrets from his past seep through the fissures.

Hailed throughout the world as “a perfect thriller,” “a phenomenon,” and reminiscent of the works of both Stephen King and Christopher Nolan, Kill the Next One announces the arrival of an exciting new voice in crime fiction.


Image result for beyond the body farmBeyond the Body Farm by Dr. Bill Bass & Jon Jefferson A pioneer in forensic anthropology, Dr. Bill Bass created the world’s first laboratory dedicated to the study of human decomposition – three acres on a hillside in Tennessee where human bodies are left to the elements. His research has revolutionized forensic science, but during a career that has spanned half a century, Bass and his work have ranged far beyond the gates of the “Body Farm.”

In this riveting book, the renowned bone sleuth explores the rise of modern forensic science and takes readers deep into the real world of crime scene investigation. Beyond the Body Farm is an extraordinary journey through some of the most fascinating investigations of Dr. Bass’s career – and a remarkable look at the high-tech science used to crack the most perplexing cases.


TImage result for the book of the unnamed midwife book coverhe Book of the Unnamed Midwife  by Meg Elison 
Surviving the apocalypse is only the beginning. In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth’s population – killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant – the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power – and the strong who possess it.

A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men’s clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she’ll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.

After all, if humanity is to be reborn, someone must be its guide.



Image result for the secret life of fatThe Secret Life of Fat by Sylvia Tara, Ph.D. Fat is an obsession, a dirty word, a subject of national handwringing – and, according to biochemist Sylvia Tara, the least-understood part of our body.

You may not love your fat, but your body certainly does. In fact, your body is actually endowed with many self-defense measures to hold on to fat. For example, fat can use stem cells to regenerate; increase our appetite if it feels threatened; and use bacteria, genetics, and viruses to expand itself. The secret to losing twenty pounds? You have to work with your fat, not against it. Tara explains how your fat influences your appetite and will-power, how it defends itself when attacked, and why it grows back so quickly.

The Secret Life of Fat brings cutting-edge research together with historical perspectives to reveal fat’s true identity: an endocrine organ that, in the right amount, is critical to our health. Fat triggers puberty, enables our reproductive and immune systems, and even affects brain size.

Although we spend $60 billion annually fighting fat, our efforts are often misinformed and misdirected. Tara expertly illustrates the complex role that genetics, hormones, diet, exercise, and history play in our weight, and The Secret Life of Fat sets you on the path to beat the bulge once and for all.


Image result for being a dogBeing a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz In Being a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz, a leading researcher in dog cognition, continues to unpack the mystery of a dog’s nose-view, in order to more fully understand our irrepressibly charming companions. She follows the dog’s nose – exploring not only its abilities but the incredible ways it is being put to use.

Because human noses are so inconsiderable in comparison – we have but six million olfactory receptor cells while dogs have hundreds of millions – we have difficulty conceptualizing what dogs can perceive. To a dog, there is no such thing as “fresh air.” Every breath is full of information. Dogs, when trained, can identify drugs of every type, underwater cadavers, cancer, illicit cell phones in prison, bedbugs, smuggled shark’s fins, dry rot, land mines, termites, invasive knapweed, underground truffles, and dairy cows in estrus. But they also know about the upcoming weather, earthquakes before they happen, how “afternoon” smells,  what you had for breakfast, and whether a cat touched your leg yesterday. And of course, they sniff their way home and know the distinctive odor of each spot of sidewalk as you travel there. In fact, what every dog – including that adorable pup lying next to you, snoring on the couch – knows about the world comes mostly through his nose.

But! the mysteries of the nose are not restricted to the dog alone. For Horowitz also delves into the abilities of expert human sniffers – from perfumers to sommeliers to animal trackers who use smell to search out their quarry. She also trains her own nose, smelling the streets of New York City and using experts’ methods to hone the human ability we all have but rarely use to its full extent.

By observing everything from her own dogs to working detection dogs and human sniffers, Horowitz takes us along on her quest to make sense of scents, combining a personal journey of smelling with a tour through the cutting-edge science behind the olfactory powers of the dog. Writing with scientific rigor and her trademark wit, Horowitz changes our perspective on dogs forever. Readers will finish her charming and informative book feeling that they have smelled into a fourth dimension, literally broken free of human constraints and understood smell as never before; that they have, however fleetingly, been a dog.


Image result for the lion in the living roomThe Lion in the Living Room by Abigail Tucker The correct reaction to a house cat isn’t “Awwww.” It’s . . . awe.

Cats are incredible creatures: they can eat practically anything and live almost anywhere, ruling bedrooms and deserted Antarctic islands alike. But cats do humans very few favors – especially compared with dogs. So why do we feed and caress them and obsess over them online? How did these tiny felines become global overlords?

To better understand the furry strangers in our midst, science writer Abigail Tucker investigates the way house cats have used their relationship with humans to become one of the most powerful animals on the planet. Tracing their rise from prehistory to the modern cat craze, she meets (and pets) champion purebreds and the latest mutants, attends a cats’ rights convention, and treks through the wilderness in search of house cats on the loose.

With keen reporting and lively wit, The Lion in the Living Room is an adventure through hsitory, natural science, and pop culture. IT’s the fascinating story of how cats conquered the world – and the human heart.


Image result for the looming towerThe Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright A gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Lawrence Wright re-creates  firsthand the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri from incompetent and idealistic soldiers in Afghanistan to leaders of the most successful terrorist group in history. He follows FBI counterterrorism chief John O’Neill as he uncovers the emerging danger from al-Qaeda in the 1990s and struggles to track this new threat. Packed with new information and a deep historical perspective, The Looming Tower is the definitive history of the long road to September 11.



Image result for the lost city of the monkey god book coverThe Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston Since the days of conquistador Hernan Cortes, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God – but then committed suicide without revealing its location.

Three quarters of a century later, bestselling  author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a new quest. In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety plane carrying the machine that would change everything: lidar, a highly advanced technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. IN an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, that flight revealed the image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization.

Venturing into this treacherous but breathtaking wilderness to confirm the discovery, Preston and the team battled torrential rains, quicksand, disease-carrying insects, jaguars, and deadly snakes. But it wasn’t until they returned that tragedy struck: Preston and others found they had contracted in the ruins a horrifying, sometimes lethal – and incurable – disease.

Suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune, The Lost City of the Monkey God is the absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.


Image result for storm in a teacup book coverStorm in a Teacup by Helen Czerski Take a look up at the stars on a clear night and you get a sense that the universe is vast and untouchable, full of mysteries beyond comprehension. But did you know that the key to unveiling the secrets of the cosmos is as close as the nearest toaster?

Our home here on Earth is messy, mutable, and full of humdrum, things that we touch and modify without much thought every day. But these familiar surroundings are just the place to look if you’re interested in what makes the universe tick. In Storm in a Teacup, Helen Czerski provides the tools to alter the way we see everything around us by linking ordinary objects and occurrences, like popcorn popping, coffee stains, and fridge magnets, to big ideas like climate change, the energy crisis, or innovative medical testing. She guides us through the principles of gases (“Explosions in the kitchen are generally considered a bad idea. But just occasionally a small one can produce something delicious”); gravity (drop some raisins in a bottle of carbonated lemonade and watch the whoosh of bubbles and the dancing raisins at the bottom bumping into each other); size (Czerski explains the action of the water molecules that cause the crime-scene stain left by a  puddle of dried coffee); and time (why it takes so long for ketchup to come out of a bottle).

Along the way, she provides answers to vexing questions: How does water travel from the roots of a redwood tree to its crown? How do ducks keep their feet warm when walking on ice? Why does milk, when added to tea, look like billowing storm clouds? In an engaging voice at once warm and witty, Czerski shares her stunning breadth of knowledge to lift the veil of familiarity from the ordinary. You may never look at your toaster the same way.


Image result for Rogue One alexander freed book coverRogue One: A Star Wars Story by Alexander Freed Go beyond the film with a novelization  featuring new scenes and expanded material.

As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. THe Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate . . . and a threat that may be too great to overcome.

If the worlds at the Empire’s mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; a rebel commander on a mission of assassination; a defector from the Empire’s military; a blind holy man and his crack-shot companion; and a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory – if only they can capture the plans to the Empire’s new weapon.

But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the specter of their ultimate enemy – a monstrous world unto itself – darkens the skies. Waiting to herald the Empire’s brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death Star.


Image result for the final day forstchen book coverThe Final Day by William R. Forstchen Since the detonation of nuclear weapons above the United States more than two years ago, the small town of Black Mountain, North Carolina, has suffered famine, civil war, and countless deaths. Now, after defeating a new, tyrannical federal government, John Matherson and his community intend to restore their world to what it was before the EMP apocalypse.

For the most part, they are succeeding, but this period of relative stability doesn’t last long. A new, aggressive government announces that it’s taking over and ceding large portions of the country to China and Mexico. The Constitution is no longer in effect, and what’s left of the U.S. Army has been deployed to suppress rebellion in the remaining states. John fears he and his town will be targets.

General Bob Scales, John’s old commanding officer and closest friend from prewar days, is sent to bring John into line. Will John and his people accept the new, autocratic regime? Or will revolution rip the fledgling nation apart at the seams?

Months before publication, William R. Forstchen’s novel One Second After was cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read. This third book in the series immerses readers once more in the story of our nation’s struggle to rebuild itself after an electromagnetic pulse wipes out all electricity and plunges the country into darkness, starvation, and death.


Image result for american hookup lisa wadeAmerican Hookup by Lisa Wade The hookup is now part of college life. Yet the drunken encounter we always hear about tells only a fraction of the story. Rising above misinformation and moralizing, Lisa Wade offers the definitive account of this new sexual culture and demonstrates that the truth is both more heartening and more harrowing than we thought.

Offering invaluable insights for parents, educators, and students, Wade situates hookup culture within the history of sexuality, the evolution of higher education, and the unfinished feminist revolution. Using new research, she maps out a punishing emotional landscape marked by unequal pleasures, competition for status, and sexual violence. She discovers that the most privileged students tend to like hookup culture the most, and she considers its effects on racial and sexual minorities, students who “opt out,” and those who participate ambivalently.

Accessible and open-minded, compassionate and honest, American Hookup explains where we are and how we got here, asking not “How do we go back?” but “Where do we go from here?”


Image result for guardians of the galaxy: new guard wantedGuardians of the Galaxy: New Guard Wanted by Brian Michael Bendis Is the Marvel universe big enough for two Star-Lords? Find out as the Guardians face a new Galactic order! The Thing might miss some things about Earth, but he does admit that space has its perks. Like riding alien horses into action as Ben Grimm: Space Barbarian! Venom and Groot get in way over their heads fighting Skrulls – and everyone knows when Bendis writes Skrulls, it’s bad news! The galaxy’s two deadliest warriors, Gamora and Drax, take the fight to the Badoon! And Angela makes her dramatic return! They’re the galaxy’s most wanted, but they’ll still guard it all the same!





Image result for four perfect pebblesFour Perfect Pebbles by Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal Lazan Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s unforgettable memoir recalls the devastating years that shaped her childhood. 

Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family – father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert – were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to get to Holland, but soon thereafter it was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit, and prison camps that included Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany. Though they all survived the camps, Walter Blumenthal, the father, succumbed to typhus just after liberation.

It took three more years of struggle and waiting before Marion, Albert, and their mother at last obtained the necessary papers and boarded ship for the United States. Their story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, and the will to survive.


Image result for the romanovs montefiore blue book coverThe Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence, and wild extravagance, with a global cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy and Pushkin, to Bismarck, Lincoln, Queen Victoria, and Lenin.

To rule Russia was both imperial-sacred mission and poisoned chalice: six of the last twelve tsars were murdered. Peter the Great tortured his own son to death while making russia an empire, and dominated his court with a dining club notable for compulsory drunkenness, naked dwarfs, and fancy dress. Catherine the Great overthrew her own husband (who was murdered soon afterward), enjoyed affairs with a series of young male favorites, conquered Ukraine and fascinated Europe. Paul I was strangled by courtiers backed by his own son, Alexander I, who in turn faced Napoleon’s invasion and the burning of Moscow, then went on to take Paris. Alexander II liberated the serfs, survived five assassination attempts, and wrote perhaps the most explicit love letters ever composed by a ruler. The Romanovs climaxes with a fresh, unforgettable portrayal of Nicholas II and Alexandra, the rise and murder of Rasputin, war and revolution – and the harrowing massacre of the entire family.

Dazzlingly entertaining and beautifully written from start to finish, The Romanovs brings these monarchs – male and female, great and flawed, their families and courts – blazingly to life. Drawing on new archival research, Montefiore delivers an enthralling epic of triumph and tragedy, love and murder, encompassing the seminal years 1812, 1914, and 1917 that is both a universal study of power and a portrait of empire that helps define Russia today.


Other new books include: Butler’s Lives of the Saints (Full Set) by Paul Burns; The Forager’s Feast by Leda Meredith; It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi; The American Physical Therapy Association Book of Body Maintenance and Repair by Marilyn Moffat, P.T., Ph.D., FAPTA, and Steve Vickery; The Book of Massage by Lucinda Lidell; Hot Stone and Gem Massage by Dagmar Fleck and Liane Jochum; Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain by Donna Finando, L.Ac., L.M.T., and Steven Finando, Ph.D., L.Ac.; A Teacher’s Pocket Guide to School Law: Second Edition by Nathan L. Essex; Foundations of Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education by Effie P. Kritikos, Phyllis L. LeDosquet, and Mark E. Melton; Multicultural Education of Children and Adolescents by M. Lee Manning and Leroy G. Baruth; Master the ASVAB Basics: Targeted Test Prep to Jump-Start Your Career; Mental Retardation: Historical Perspectives, Current Practices, and Future Directions by Ronald L. Taylor, Stephen B. Richards, and Michael P. Brady; Sod-House Days: Letters from a Kansas Homesteader 1877-78 by Howard Ruede; 9/11 The Simple Facts: Why the Official Story Can’t Possibly Be True by Arthur Naiman; The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon; The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan



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Holiday Happenings and New Books

The holidays are around the corner and we have some new books on the shelves, just in time for you to take home and enjoy over break! Of course, we also have a nice collection of holiday books and movies on display as well as some holiday craft ideas (complete with materials and directions) for making the perfect gift or home decoration.

Here is a sneak peak of some of the holiday DIY gifts and decor we have on display:


You can make any and all of the items above in our Makerspace! With the exception of the potholders (because sewing projects require that you bring your own fabric/batting), and the checkered knitted scarf (because you’ll need to BYO knitting needles), everything above can be made with materials we already have in our Makerspace. So, the only cost to you is time! 🙂

When you’ve finished crafting with us, take home a holiday book or movie or check out some of our new arrivals:

Image result for the battle of hackham heathRanger’s Apprentice: The Battle of Hackham Heath by John Flanagan The second in a new prequel series from John Flanagan, author of the worldwide bestselling Ranger’s Apprentice series.

When the former Baron Morgarath escaped to avoid punishment for treason, an uneasy peace fell on the kingdom of Araluen. But Morgarath, now in hiding, is already planning his next move, recruiting an army of savage, overpowering beasts known as Wargals. Newly crowned King Duncan knows he must assemble his troops for battle.

To unveil the full extent of Morgrarath’s plans, Halt prepares for a seemingly impossible task – climbing the deadly cliffs of the Mountains of Rain and Night and venturing deep into enemy territory to spy. After all, the winner of this war could be determined by one wrong move. The fate of a kingdom is at stake.

In this second prequel to The Ruins of Gorlan, the novel that introduced millions of readers to the Ranger’s Apprentice epic, Halt and Crowley prepare for war against a near-unstoppable enemy.


Image result for scythe neal shustermanScythe by Neal Shusterman A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life – and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe – a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Scythe is the debut of a thrilling new series by National Book Award-winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.



Image result for international iron man #1International Iron Man by Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev, and Paul Mounts Who is Tony Stark? SInce learning he was adopted, this question has cast a shadow over his life. Now, it’s time to uncover his true legacy – a journey that will carry Tony into new directions as both a man and an armored adventurer. But as a new international crime boss beats him at every turn, can Tony unravel the mystery of his past before deadly history repeats itself? Revelations will send him reeling – and even if Iron Man makes it out alive, his new standing in the Marvel Universe might be the death of him.





Image result for i loved her in the moviesI Loved Her in the Movies by Robert J. Wagner with Scott Eyman In a career that has spanned more than sixty years Robert Wagner has witnessed the twilight of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the rise of television, becoming a  beloved star in both media. During that time he became acquainted, both professionally and socially, with the remarkable women who were the greatest personalities of their day. I Loved Her in the Movies is his intimate and revealing account of how they became stars, the charisma they displayed on film, and how their specific emotional and dramatic chemistries affected the choices they made as actresses as well as the choices they made as women.

Among Wagner’s subjects are Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Swanson, Norma Shearer, Loretta Young, Joan Blondell, Irene Dunne, Rosalind Russell, Dorothy Lamour, Debra Paget, Jean Peters, Linda Darnell, Betty Hutton, Raquel Welch, Glenn Close, and the two women whom he ultimately married, Natalie Wood and Jill St. John. In addition to offering perceptive commentary on these actresses, Wagner also examines such topics as the strange alchemy of the camera – how it can transform the attractive into the stunning – and how the introduction of color brought a new erotic charge to movies, one that empowered these actresses to become aggressively sexual beings in a way that black-and-white films had only hinted at.

Like Wagner’s two previous bestsellers, I Loved Her in the Movies will be a privileged view behind the scenes at some of the most beloved women in show business, as well as an insightful look at the cinematic and romantic attraction that created their magic.


Image result for butter a rich historyButter: A Rich History by Elaine Khosrova It’s a culinary catalyst, an agent of change, a gastronomic rock star. Ubiquitous in the world’s most fabulous cuisines, butter is boss. Here, it finally gets its due.

After traveling across three continents to stalk the modern story of butter, award-winning food writer and former pastry chef Elaine Khosrova serves up a story as rich, textured, and culturally relevant as butter itself.

From its humble agrarian origins to its present-day artisanal glory, butter has a fascinating story to tell, and Khosrova is the perfect person to tell it. With tales about the ancient butter bogs of Ireland, the pleasure dairies of France, and the sacred butter sculptures of Tibet, Khosrova details butter’s role in history, politics, economics, nutrition, and even spirituality and art. Readers will also find the essential collection of core butter recipes, including beurre manie, croissants, pate brisee, and the only buttercream frosting anyone will ever need, as well as pratical how-tos for making avrious types of butter at home – or shopping for the best.


Image result for the princess diaristThe Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she had kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved – plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naivete, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1976, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar.

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time – and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity as well as the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty whose lofty status has ultimately been surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrew insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.


Doctor Who: A History of Humankind Robin Hood was just made up. Queen Elizabeth I never married. And nobody knows what happened to Jack the Ripper. Right?

WRONG. If you want to know the real story of human history, then this is the book for you.

The Doctor has corrected this Coal Hill School history textbook with his own notes and illustrations. Now packed full of real history (i.e. the the kind with Daleks and Silurians and time travel), it tells you everything you need to know about our very special planet.

It’s history, but perhaps not quite as you know it.




COMING SOON (12/16/16):


Image result for out of bounds pirieOut of Bounds by Val McDermid Internationally bestselling author Val McDermid is one of our finest crime writers, whose gripping, impeccably plotted novels have garnered millions of readers worldwide. In her latest, Out of Bounds, she delivers a riveting novel featuring cold case detective Karen Pirie.

When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from twenty-two years before. It’s a cold case that should be straightforward. But it’s as twisted as the DNA helix itself.

Meanwhile, Karen is mired in grief and guilt after the death of her partner. She finds herself irresistibly drawn to another mystery that she has no business investigating, a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. Karen’s intuition is telling her something doesn’t add up. But is she onto something? Or has she, as her boss has been anticipating, gone too far this time?

An enthralling read that takes Karen into the vagaries of privacy law, the history of the Northern Irish Troubles, and right into the heart of power in London, Out of Bounds reaffirms Val McDermid’s place as one of the most dependable professionals in the mystery and thriller business.


We’ll see you soon! 🙂

New Books and Movies!!

Happy Thursday, DC3! Thanksgiving is officially one week away! If you need something to read while the turkey’s baking or something to watch with the family, we’ve got just the thing for you. New books and new movies are out, now. Come check them out today! 🙂


Image result for alphabet schoolAlphabet School by Stephen T. Johnson Imagine a school. Any school. Be it your school, one from memory, or even a dream school. Then enter and embark on a journey of wonder and delight. Look closely. There’s a letter C in the curve of a globe, a little L in the handle of a pencil sharpener, and at recess, a vibrant yellow V in a geodesic climbing dome.

Can you find the letters on every page?

From inside the classroom to outside on the playground, Caldecott Honor artist and author Stephen T. Johnson renders the ordinary extraordinary with timeless imagery, inviting us to reexamine and rediscover our schools anew, and to find beauty and joy in the most unexpected places.


Image result for sunrise canyon daileySunrise Canyon by Janet Dailey Before he left for Afghanistan, Jake O’Reilly was a fun-loving guy who had everything – a beautiful wife, a baby on the way, a wonderful life. Three years later, his wife is dead and he is so haunted by his memories of war that he can’t bring himself to go home.

But when his wife’s grandfathr tracks him down and persuades him to come work on his ranch, where his daughter is living, Jake agrees – even though he is reluctant to expose his little girl to the man he’s become. 

At Flying Cloud Ranch, his daughter doesn’t even recognize the brooding stranger he’s become. But the beauty of the ranch and the immediate connection Jake feels with his wife’s cousin Kira slowly begins to heal his wounds. Kira is struggling with her own past, but even though he doesn’t want any complications, he finds himself impossibly drawn to the tough woman who runs a horse therapy program for troubled teens. And as they each begin to imagine a new future, they discover that happily ever after is always within reach – if only you are willing to open your heart . . . 


Image result for showboat the life of kobe bryantShowboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant by Roland Lazenby Eighteen-time All-Star, scorer of 81 points in a single game, MVP, and one of the best shooting guards in NBA league history: Kobe Bryant is among basketball’s absolute greatest players, a fascinating and complicated character who knew when he was a mere boy that he would be better than Jordan on the court.

The debate over whether that prediction ever came true is a furious one – but Bryant’s importance to the sport is undeniable. Third on the NBA career scoring list and owner of five championship rings, he is an undisputed all-time great, one deserving of this deep and definitive biography.

Even within the flashiest franchise in all of sports – the Los Angeles Lakers, where he played his entire career – Bryant has always taken center stage, and his final game captivated the basketball world, indeed the country. Roland Lazenby delves deep to look bhind this public image, using classic basketball reporting and dozens of new interviews to reveal the whole picture, from Bryant’s childhood through his playing years. Showboat is filled with large personalities and provocative stories, including details of Bryant’s complicated personal life and explosive relationships on the corut, and is a riveting and essential read for every hoops fan.


Image result for uprooted marrinUprooted by Albert Marrin Just seventy-five years ago, the American government did something that most would consider unthinkable today: it rounded up over 100,000 of its own citizens based on nothing  more than their ancestry and, suspicious of their loyalty, kept them in concentration camps for the better part of four years.

Here, readers will be introduced to people like Mine Okubo, a Japanese American artist who spent years in the camps as a young woman and later depicted their nightmarish conditions in her work. They’ll also meet Daniel Inouye, a Japanese American soldier who earned a Purple Heart for his service to America in the war – only to be refused a haircut in San Francisco upon his return. Without stories like these, the portrait of American during World War II is incomplete. And though media depictions of World War II are plentiful, the Pacific Theater is often glossed over in favor of discussions about the action in Europe.

Today, America is still filled with racial tension, and personal liberty in wartime is as relevant a topic as ever. Moving and impactful, National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin’s sobering exploration of this monumental injustice shines as bright a light on current events as it does on the past.


Image result for the chemistThe Chemist by Stephenie Meyer She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t haven have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires makes her situation even more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival.. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

In this tautly plotted novel, Stephenie Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she’s one of the world’s bestselling authors.


Image result for anatomy of a songAnatomy of a Song by Marc Myers Every great song has a fascinating backstory. In Anatomy of a Song, based on the on-going Wall Street Journal column, writer and music historian Marc Myers brings to life five decades of music through oral histories of forty-five transformative songs woven from interviews with the artists who created them.

Taking readers inside the making of a hit, Anatomy of a Song includes Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” the Clash’s “London Calling,” Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz,” and R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion.” After receiving an honorable discharge from the army in 1968, John Fogerty does a handstand and reworks Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony to come up with “Proud Mary.” Joni Mitchell remembers living in a cave on Crete with the “mean old daddy” who inspired her 1971 hit “Carey.” Elvis Costello talks about writing “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes” on the train to Liverpool. Cyndi Lauper picks a sci-fi film title out of TV Guide for her hit, “Time After Time.”

Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, the Clash, Smokey Robinson, Grace Slick, Jimmy Cliff, Roger Waters, Steven Tyler, Merle Haggard, Bonnie Raitt, and many other leading artists reveal the inspirations, struggles, and techniques behind their influential works. Covering the history of rock, R & B, country, disco, soul, reggae, and pop, Anatomy of a Song is a love letter to the songs that have defined several generations of listeners.


Image result for almanac of american philanthropyThe Almanac of American Philanthropy by Karl Zinsmeister and The Philanthropy Roundtable Philanthropy in America is a giant undertaking – every year more than $360 billion is voluntarily given by individuals, foundations, and businesses to a riot of good causes. Donation rates are two to twenty times higher in the U.S. than in comparable nations, and privately funded efforts to solve social problems, enrich culture, and strengthen society are among the most significant undertakings in the United States.

Until now, though, there has been no definitive book on America’s distinctive philanthropy. This authoritative, highly readable new reference fills that hole. In a single volume, it chronicles the greatest achievements of American private giving, profiles the most influential donors, collects the essential statistics, and summarizes the best ideas on charitable assistance that have been written or spoken.

Readers attracted to fascinating history, quirky biographies, and true Americana will enjoy the lively narrative of this meaty new book.


Image result for first light bill rancicFirst Light by Bill Rancic Set amid the deep, wild woods of the Yukon, First Light tells the story of Daniel Albrecht and Kerry Egan, a young couple just beginning their life together: in love, engaged, and, as Kerry soon discovers, expecting their first child. While they are flying home from a work trip in Alaska to plan their wedding in Chicago, both engines of their plane catch fire and send the plane careening into a mountainside in the middle of a terrible snowstorm. Kerry is seriously injured in the accident, and Daniel – the one person among the passengers with some survival experience – makes the courageous decision to search for help, hoping against hope that he can return to save his fellow travelers, especially the woman he loves.

Thus begins a harrowing and suspenseful race against time and the elements, as it becomes clear that not everyone will make it out alive. As the couple’s story draws to a close, the surprising truth about their son’s life, and that of his parents’ marriage, will at last be divulged.

A romantic and heart-wrenching debut from Bill Rancic, First Light is about suriving the most insurmountable obstacles – and finding renewal and love just when it seems that all is lost. 


Image result for a wretched and precarious situationA Wretched and Precarious Situation by David Welky In 1906, from atop a snow-swept hill in the ice fields northwest of Greenland, hundreds of miles from another human being, Commander Robert E. Peary spotted a line of mysterious peaks looming in the distance. He called this unmapped realm “Crocker Land.” Scientists and explorers agreed that the world-famous adventurer had discovered a new continent rising from the frozen Arctic Ocean.

Several years later, two of Peary’s disciples, George Borup and Donald MacMillan, assembled a team of amateur adventurers to investigate Crocker Land. Before them lay a chance at the kind of lasting fame enjoyed by Magellan, Columbus, and Captain Cook. While filling in the last blank space on the globe, they might find new species of plants or animals, or even men; in the era of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, anything seemed possible. Renowned scientific institutions, and even former president Theodore Roosevelt, rushed to endorse the expedition. 

What followed was a sequence of events that none of the explorers could have imagined. Trapped in a true-life adventure story, the men endured howling blizzards, unearthly cold, food shortages, isolation, a fatal boating accident, a drunken sea captain, disease, dissension, and a horrific crime. But the team pushed on through every obstacle, driven forward by the mystery of Crocker Island and faint hopes that they someday would make it home.

Populated with a cast of memorable characters, and based on years of research in previously untapped sources, A Wretched and Precarious Situation is a harrowing Arctic narrative unlike any other.


Image result for the awardThe Award by Danielle Steel Gaelle de Barbet is sixteen years old in 1940 when the German army occupies France and frightening changes begin to occur. She is shocked and powerless when French gendarmes take away her closest friend, Rebekah Feldmann, and her family for deportation to an unknown, ominous fate.

The local German military commandant makes Gaelle’s family estate outside Lyon into his headquarters. Her father and brother are killed by the Germans; her mother fades away into madness. Trusted friends and employees become traitors. And Gaelle begins a perilous journey with the French Resistance, hoping to save lives to make up for the beloved friend she could do nothing to help.

Taking terrifying risks, Gaelle becomes a valuable member of the Resistance, fearlessly delivering Jewish children to safety under the eyes of the Gestapo and their French collaborators. Then she is suddenly approached by the German commandant with an astonishing, dangerous plan to save part of France’s artistic heritage. Conducted in secret, flawlessly carried out, her missions will mark her for years, when she is falsely accused of collaboration at the end of the war. Orphaned and alone, she begins a new life in Paris, with the ghosts of the past always close at hand..

Gaelle’s life will take her from Paris to New York, from a career as a Dior model to marriage and motherhood, unbearable loss, and mature, lasting love. She returns to Paris to run a small museum, honoring victims of the Holocaust. But her label as a collaborator remains, until her granddaughter, a respected political journalist, ensures that her grandmother’s brave acts are recognized. Now a grateful nation will finally absolve this remarkable woman and honor her as the war hero she was.

Capturing historical events, terrifying moments of danger, tragedy, the price of war, and the invincible spirit of a woman of honor, The Award is a monumental tale from one of our most gifted storytellers – Danielle Steel’s finest, most emotionally resonant novel yet.


ThImage result for the vanishing cowboy hoye Vanishing Cowboy by Dr. Jim Hoy Have you ever dreamed of being a cowboy? Who of us hasn’t? The mere mention of it brings to mind images of boots and saddles, horses and cattle, and being in the great outdoors. This much is true, cowboy stories never cease to hold our attention, and The Vanishing Cowboy is an especially captivating narrative. Weaving a historical text with contemporary photographs taken on location at some of the largest and last-remaining working ranches in the United States, The Vanishing Cowboy is an informative and appealing look at one of America’s most iconic figures. But for all his popularity, has the cowboy’s time passed? Threatened by urbanization and industrialization, will this folk hero endure the test of time, or is he headed for the sunset?


Image result for dear my blank secret letters never sentDear My Blank: Secret Letters Never Sent edited by Emily Trunko Dear My Blank is based on addictive Tumblr that has inspired an entire community of strangers to share their deepest secrets, heartbreaks, regrets, and triumphs in thousands and thousands of anonymous unsent letters.

This carefully curated and lavishly designed collection shares an intimate look into other people’s lives and hearts, helping you discover your own truths, while connecting to the raw and honest emotions behind each and every page.

Handle with care.




Image result for seriously shifted connollySeriously Shifted by Tina Connolly Teenage witch Cam isn’t crazy about the idea of learning magic. She’d rather be no witch than a bad one. But when a trio of her mother’s wicked witch friends decide to wreak havoc in her high school, Cam has no choice but to try to stop them.

Esmerelda is the mean girl of the witches. Valda likes to drop anvils on people’s heads. And Malkin – well, Malkin is just plain terrifying. Their idea of fun is a little game – they each pick a student from Cam’s high school and compete to see who can make their teen the most miserable. But Cam suspects one of the witches may have an ulterior motive . . . which means someone at school could be in worse danger yet.

Now Cam’s learning invisibility spells, dodging exploding cars, and pondering the ethics of love potions. All while trying to keep her grades up and go on a first date with her crush. If the witches don’t get him first, that is. 

Can’t a good witch ever catch a break?


Related imageBionic by Suzanne Weyn Mira is exactly where she wants to be. She’s a great lacrosse player, loves her friends, has a hot boyfriend, and works after school. The only blot on the horizon is the way her coach keeps pushing her to quit playing with her band. Doesn’t she want to go to college? Doesn’t she need a lacrosse scholarship in order to go?

On the way to her last gig, everything crashes and burns. Mira’s hurt horribly, and after weeks in the hospital she wakes up to a whole new reality. She’s missing a leg, an arm, part of her face. But Mira’s strong and young, and struggles through physical therapy, new prostheses, and an experimental program that has her running and even swimming – things she never thought she’d do again.

And then she starts to hear the whispers:


“Unfair advantage.”


Is Mira an athlete? A singer? Is she even fully human? Mira will need to overcome how everyone sees her and just be herself . . . but how can she do that if she’s not sure who that is anymore?


Image result for they can't kill us all loweryThey Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery Conducting hundreds of interviews over the course of more than one year of reporting on the ground, Washington Post writer Wesley Lowery traveled from Ferguson, Missouri, to Cleveland, Ohio; Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland, and then back to Ferguson to uncover life inside the most heavily policed, if otherwise neglected corners of America today.

In an effort to grasp the magnitude of the response to Michael Brown’s death and understand the scale of the problem police violence represents, Lowery speaks to Brown’s family and the families of other victims as well as local activists. By posting the question “What does the loss of any one life mean to the rest of the nation?” Lowery examines the cumulative effect of decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighborhoods with failing schools, crumbling infrastructure, and too few jobs.

Studded with moments of joy, and tragedy, They Can’t Kill Us All offers a historically informed look at the standoff between the police and those they are sworn to protect, showing that civil unrest is just one tool of resistance in the broader struggle for justice. As Lowery brings vividly to life, the black community’s long history on the receiving end of perceived and actual acts of injustice and discrimination. They Can’t Kill Us All grapples with a persistent if largely unexamined aspect of the otherwise transformative presidency of Barack Obama: the failure to deliver tangible security and opportunity to those Americans most in need of both.


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Coming Soon – All The Gallant Men: The First Memoir by a USS Arizona Survivor by Donald Stratton with Ken Gire will be available 11/22!!

We’ll see you soon! 🙂

New Books!! – 10/19/16

Happy Wednesday, DC3! We have a handful of new titles to perk up your week with! Don’t forget – last weeks new books and movies are still on display as well, so if you haven’t made it over, there’s no time like the present. 🙂


Image result for a shoe addict's christmasA Shoe Addict’s Christmas by Beth Harbison Noelle is not a fan of the holidays, and to make matters worse, she is at a crossroads in her life, when it seems that love and adventure are no longer possible. When she stays late at her job in a department store on a snowy Christmas Eve, she accidentally gets locked in after closing. She isn’t too concerned about the prospect of spending the night in the store . . . until a woman appears out of nowhere and tells Noelle that she’s her guardian angel.

Soon, Noelle finds herself camped out in the shoe department facing several “ghosts” of Christmases past, present, and future . . . Will visiting the holidays of yesterday and tomorrow help Noelle see the true spirit of Christmas? And will the love she has longed for all her life be the best surprise gift of all?


Image result for manga classics sense and sensibilityManga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Experience classic tales in Manga format! 

Impulsive Marianne Dashwood and cautious Elinor are as different as two sisters could be, yet both are shattered by their father’s sudden death. Elinor’s attachment to the reserved Edward Forrars is torn asunder by family opposition and his own dark secret, while Marianne’s brilliant romance with the dashing John Willoughby comes to a tumultuous end in a devastating public betrayal. Can the two sisters overcome these trials to find true, lasting happiness? 

Jane Austen’s beloved first novel, filled with romance, redemption, and social critique, is brought to life for a modern audience in this gorgeous manga-style adaptation!


Image result for the boy is back cabotThe Boy is Back by Meg Cabot Reed Stewart thought he’d left all his small-town troubles – including a broken heart – behind when he ditched tiny Bloomville, Indiana, ten years ago to become rich and famous on the professional golf circuit. Then one tiny post on the Internet causes all of those troubles to return . . . with a vengeance.

Becky Flowers has worked hard to build her successful senior-relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him when he returns – until his family hires her to save his parents.

Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another – or the memories of that one fateful night. And soon everything they thought they knew about themselves (and each other) has been turned upside down, and they – and the entire town of Bloomville – might never be the same, all because The Boy is Back.


Image result for taylor swift this is our songTaylor Swift: This is Our Song by Tyler Conroy A book about Taylor. Made with love. By fans. For fans.

Ten years ago, an unknown sixteen-year-old released a self-titled debut country album. A decade later, Taylor Swift has reached record-breaking, chart-topping heights. A ten-time Grammy winner, Swift has been hailed for her songwriting talent, crossed effortlessly from country to pop, and established herself as a musician who can surprise, delight, and inspire, all while connecting with her fans in a way that only she can.

Amazingly, after all these years, there is no great, comprehensive book about Swift for her fans. Until now. This book, a fan-generated celebration of Swift’s first decade as an artist, collects the best writing and images from the past ten years in one gorgeous volume. From prefame interviews with Swift in local Pennsylvania newspapers to major profiles in The New Yorker and Rolling Stone; from album reviews by top critics such as Robert Cristgau, Sasha Frere-Jones, and Ann Powers to essays by beloved novelists like Maggie Shipstead; from Tavi Gavinson’s classic ode to Swift in The Believer to Q & As with Chuck Klosterman and humorous analysis from McSweeney’s and The Hairpin; from album-themed crossword puzzles and adult coloring pages to profiles of Taylor’s biggest fans; from an excerpt of the soon-to-be published novel Taylor Swift: Girl Detective to a “book within a book” of Swift’s most inspiring quotations titled (naturally) The Dao of Tay, this book is the vital collection of all things Taylor.

Here, finally, is the must-have book for every Swiftie and every music lover. For, as Klosterman wrote in GQ, “If you don’t take Swift seriously, you don’t take contemporary music seriously.”


That’s all for now. We’ll see you soon! 🙂