New Materials!! – 01/08/18

Welcome back, DC3! We hope you all had a fun and relaxing break. We’re kicking off Spring semester with some great new materials! Stop by the Library and let us help you find what you’re looking for.

Image result for turtles all the way downTurtles All the Way Down by John Green Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this  brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.


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Year One by Nora Roberts It began on New Year’s Eve. 

The sickness came on suddenly and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed – and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magick rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river – or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west, too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience bu uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.


Image result for the doomsday machine ellsbergThe Doomsday Machine by Daniel Ellsberg Here, for the first time, former high-level defense analyst Daniel Ellsberg reveals his shocking firsthand account of America’s nuclear program in the 1960s. From the remotest air bases in the Pacific Command, where he discovered that the authority to initiate use of nuclear weapons was widely delegated, to the secret plans for general nuclear war under Eisenhower, which, if executed, would cause the near-extinction of humanity, Ellsberg shows that the legacy of this most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization – and its proposed renewal under the Trump administration – threatens our very survival. No other insider with high-level access has written so candidly of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, and nothing has fundamentally changed since that era. 

Framed as a memoir – a chronicle of madness in which Ellsberg acknowledges participating – this gripping expose reads like a thriller and offers feasibile steps we can take to dismantle the existing “doomsday machine” and avoid nuclear catastrophe, returning Ellsberg to his role as whistle-blower. The Doomsday Machine is thus a real-life Dr. Strangelove story and an ultimately hopeful – and powerfully important – book about not just our country, but the future of the world.


Image result for behave sapolskyBehave by Robert M. Sapolsky More than a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky’s genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Sapolsky’s storytelling concept is delightful but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: he starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person’s reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs, and ten hops back in time from there, in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its evolutionary legacy.

And so the first category of explanation is the neurobiological one. A behavior occurs – whether an example of humans at our best, worst, or somewhere in between. What went on in a person’s brain a second before the behavior happened? Then Sapolsky pulls out to a slightly larger field of vision, a little earlier in time: What sight, sound, or smell caused the nervous system to produce that behavior? And then, what hormones acted hours to days earlier to change how responsive that individual was to the stimuli that triggered the nervous system? By now he has increased our field of vision so that we are thinking about neurobiology and the sensory world of our environment and endocrinology in trying to explain what happened.

Sapolsky keeps going: How was that behavior influenced by structural changes in the nervous system over the preceding months, by that person’s adolescence, childhood, fetal life, and then back to his or her genetic makeup? Finally, he expands the view to encompass factors larger than that one individual. How did culture shape that individual’s group, what ecological factors millennia old formed that culture? And on and on, back to evolutionary factors millions of years old.

The result is one of the most dazzling tours d’horizon of the science of human behavior ever attempted, a majestic synthesis that harvests cutting-edge research across a range of disciplines to provide a subtle and nuanced perspective on why we ultimately do the things we do . . . for good and for ill. Sapolsky builds on this understanding to wrestle with some of our deepest and thorniest questions relating to tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, and war and peace. Wise, humane, often very funny, Behave is a towering achievement, powerfully humanizing, and downright heroic in its own right.


Image result for the psychopath insideThe Psychopath Inside by James Fallon For the first fifty-eight years of his life, James Fallon was by all appearances a normal guy. A successful neuroscientist and medical school professor, he’d been raised in a loving, supportive family; married his high school sweetheart; and had three kids and lots of friends.

Then he learned a shocking truth that would not only disrupt his personal and professional life, but also would lead him to question the very nature of his own identity.

The Psychopath Inside tells the fascinating story of Fallon’s reaction to the discovery that he has the brain of a psychopath. While researching serial murderers, he uncovered a distinct neurological pattern in their brain scans that helped explain their cold and violent behavior. A few months later he learned that he was descended from a family with a long line of murderers, which hinted that Fallon’s own brain pattern wasn’t a fluke.

This is Fallon’s account of coming to grips with this discovery and its implications, especially the fact that humans are even more complex than we can imagine.


Image result for the saboteur kixThe Saboteur by Paul Kix A scion of one of the most storied families in France, Robert de La Rochefoucauld was raised in a magnificent chateaux and educated in Europe’s finest schools. When the Nazis invaded and imprisoned his father, La Rochefoucauld escaped to England and learned the dark arts of anarchy and combat – cracking safes and planting bombs and killing with his bare hands – from a collection of British spies, beloved by Winston Churchill, who altered the war in Europe with their covert tactics. With his newfound skills, La Rochefoucauld returned to France and organized Resistance cells, blew up fortified compounds and munitions factories, interfered with Germany’s wartime missions, and executed Nazi officers. Caught by the Germans, La Rochefoucauld withstood months of torture and escaped his own death sentence, not once but twice.

More than just a fast-paced, real-life thriller, The Saboteur is also a deep dive into an endlessly fascinating historical moment, revealing the previously untold story of a network of commandos who battled evil, bravely worked to change the course of history, and helped inspire the creation of America’s own Central Intelligence Agency.


Image result for prairie fires fraserPrairie Fires by Caroline Fraser Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls – the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser – the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series – masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder’s tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books.

The Little House books, for all the hardships they describe, are paeans to the pioneer spirit, portraying it as triumphant against all odds. But Wilder’s real life was harder and grittier than that, a story of relentless struggle, rootlessness, and poverty. It was only in her sixties, after losing nearly everything in the Great Depression, that she turned to children’s books, recasting her hardscrabble childhood as a celebratory vision of homesteading – and achieving fame and fortune in the process, in one  of the most astonishing rags-to-riches episodes in American letters.

Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder’s dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. With fresh insights and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day.


Image result for the clayton chronicles starkThe Clayton Chronicles by Edwin Stark It’s the summer of 1971, and strange events are taking place in the small East coast town of Nosfort, Massachusetts. A corpse turns up with strange marks on its neck, key people in the town are disappearing – and who are those pale, sharp-toothed strangers the townsfolk can’t seem to see?

For Sheriff Clayton Harris, there can be only one possible conclusion. But how can one lone lawman take on the nest of bloodsuckers that has taken root in his town? With the help of an undead sidekick, of course!

Come inside and meet Sheriff Harris and Sherwin Williams, the sheriff/vampire duo that joins efforts to save the imperiled town of Nosfort from its impending doom!



Image result for cuentos edwin starkCuentos by Edwin Stark A doomed vampire hunter. A kid trapped in the sewers with an undead thing. A town that could be yours . . . but hides a terrible, dark secret. A scary cosmic balance. A dead brother and his revenge beyond the grave.

An unspeakable future and three eerie girls: all these elements lurk within Cuentos, this collection of eight short stories and two short novellas that may make you reconsider how you contemplate darkness . . . after you’re finished reading it.






Image may contain: one or more people and textBlood Fever by Simone Beaudelaire It is the spring of 1945 and the War in Europe is ending, but the sultry nights of New Orleans’s French Quarter conceal a danger even greater to the future of humanity. Standing alone against this ancient, bloodthirsty evil, scientist Philippe Dumont races against time to cure a disease that resembles yellow fever . . . but is not.

Budding researcher Daphne Delaney joins Philippe in hopes of preventing an undead despot from launching his own quest for global dominance. Daunting though the task may seem, neither Daphne nor Philippe can grasp the scope of the danger they face, nor of the passion they will find in each other.

From urban New Orleans to the depths of the bayou, Philippe must chase the monster who terrorized his youth to save the woman he loves. But the Vampire King will not rest until both lovers belong to him . . . for all eternity.


Image result for polar heart beaudelairePolar Heart by Simone Beaudelaire Polar bear shapeshifter Russell Tadzea is content with his rather isolated life in a small central Alaskan town. He has friends, work, and a congenial, yet cautious relationship with his family.

That is until the arrival of a kindergarten teacher from the lower 48 blows Russell’s comfortable world to pieces. One whiff of Riley Jenkins’ compelling scent, and Russ is a goner.

But how can he explain all that he is to this innocent young woman? And will her own dark past interfere with their ability to turn a fated love into a happily-ever-after?




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We’ll see you soon! 🙂


New Books!! – 11/30/17

We have a handful of new books coming out on this cold, blustery day. Stop by the library, warm up, and check out one of our new titles:

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The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the Slave Quilt codes and hiding her maps within her paintings. As the country steers toward civil war, Sarah faces difficult sacrifices that could put all she loves in peril.

A century and a half later, Eden Anderson, reeling from personal disappointment, moves with her husband to an old house in suburban Washington, D.C., a last-ditch effort to save their marriage and start a family. In the house’s cellar, she discovers a long-hidden porcelain doll that holds extraordinary secrets from the days of the Underground Railroad. Sarah and Eden’s connection soon bridges the past with the present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way, illustrating the ways in which history and destiny are interconnected on one enormous, intricate map.


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Brotherband: The Caldera by John Flanagan In Hallasholm, Stig is contesting the annual Maktig competition to decide Skandia’s greatest warrior. But a late-night knock on the door brings someone Stig never expected to see again, along with a request the Herons are hard-pressed to refuse: a rescue mission of epic proportions.

Across the ocean, the southern city-state of Byzantos is plagued by a crew of pirates who’ve kidnapped the son of Empress Justina. Slipping out of Hallasholm under the cover of darkness, the brotherband sets sail to recover the boy from his kidnappers, heading south to the island of Santorillos, where a near-impenetrable fortress stands atop a cliff, surrounded by a lagoon – a caldera – formed by the crater of a volcano.

In this explosive seventh book in the action-packed Brotherband Chronicles, the Herons battle pirates amid stormy seas as the fate of an empire rests on their shoulders.


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Alive in Shape and Color edited by Lawrence Block Even before Lawrence Block could rest on his laurels from In Sunlight or in Shadow, a question arose. What would he do for an encore?

Any number of artists have produced evocative work, paintings that could trigger a literary response. But none came to mind who could equal Hopper in turning out canvas after canvas. If no single artist could take Hopper’s place, how about a full palette of them? Suppose each author was invited to select a painting from the whole panoply of visual art – from the cave drawings at Lascaux to a contemporary abstract canvas on which the paint has barely dried.

And what a dazzling response! Joyce Carol Oates picked Le Beaux Jours by Balthus. Warren Moore chose Salvador Dali’s The Pharmacist of Ampurdam Seeking Absolutely Nothing. Michael Connelly, who sent Harry Bosch to Chicago for a close look at Nighthawks, now turns to The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. S.J. Rozan finds a story in Hokusai’s The Great Wave, while Jeffery Deaver’s “A Significant Find” draws its inspiration from – yes – those prehistoric cave drawings at Lascaux. And Kristine Kathryn Rusch moves from painting to sculpture and selects Rodin.

In artists ranging from Art Frahm and Norman Rockwell to Rene Magritte and Clifford Still, the impressive concept goes on to include Thomas Pluck, Sarah Weinman, David Morrell, Joe R. Lansdale, Jill D. Block, Justin Scott, Jonathan Santlofer, Gail Levin, Nicholas Chirostpher, and Lee Child, with each story accompanied in color by the work of art that inspired it.


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Almost Gone by John Baldwin and Mackenzie Baldwin In this intensely gripping, yet intimately personal true story, you will get an inside look into the minds and actions of a bewildered father and a deceived but determined teenage daughter. Raised in a solid Christian home in Plano, Texas, Mackenzie Baldwin was seduced online by a charming young man from Kosovo. She was deftly manipulated by this handsome stranger to secretly leave her family, friends, and home country to be his bride in a strict Muslim environment. 

In these pages you’ll read the riveting parallel experiences of John Baldwin and his daughter, Mackenzie – each candidly sharing the harrowing fourteen-month experience that almost tore their family apart and placed a naive high school senior in a position where she could have been lost to herself and her family forever.

When the FBI became involved, Mackenzie was confronted with the reality and danger of her situation. You’ll feel the desperation, the despair, the hope, and the joy of this family that finally reunited and courageously stepped froward to tell the truth. More than a cautionary tale, this is the compelling story of unconditional love and unwavering commitment to a daughter . . . no matter what. 


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Breaking Free by Rachel Jeffs Rachel Jeffs grew up at her father’s side as he attained power and ultimate control of the FLDS Church, a strict patriarchal culture where the women are subordinte to the men, and everyone is at the mercy of an increasingly unstable Prophet. Living outside mainstream Mormonism and federal law, Warren Jeffs established a cult in which members are brainwashed to do his bidding; underage girls are married to men they don’t know; parents are separated from their children; and people are cast out forever at the Prophet’s merest whim. Even after the FBI placed Warren Jeffs on its Ten Most Wanted List and he received a life sentence for child sexual assault, Jeffs’s iron grip on the church remains firm and his edicts to his followers grow increasingly restrictive and bizarre.

In Breaking Free, Rachel Jeffs offers a stunning look at life inside this notorious cult from the unique perspective of being both the favorite of Warren Jeffs’s more than fifty children and the object of his most depraved “revelations.” Compelled into an arranged polygamous marriage, locked away in “houses of hiding” as punishment for perceived transgressions, and physically separated from her children, Rachel – Jeff’s first plural daughter by the second of his more than seventy wives – eventually faced a terrible decision: should s he stay in this hell, or should she leave everything and everyone she’d ever known?

A shocking and mesmerizing story of faith, abuse, and courage, Breaking Free is both an expose of religious extremism and a portrait of extraordinary resilience. 


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Victoria & Albert: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan More than sixteen million viewers watched the first season of the MASTERPIECE presentation of Victoria, created and written by Daisy Goodwin – one of the highest-rated PBS dramas in twenty years, second only to Downton Abbey. But what happened after the Queen married her handsome prince? Did they live happily ever after, or did their marriage, like so many royal marriages past and present, fizzle into a loveless round of duty?

This all-new companion book by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan transports us to the private world of Victoria and Albert. Though first cousins, they could not have been more different: Victoria was impulsive, emotional, and capricious, Albert cautious, self-controlled, and logical. But together they forged a bond – with each other and with their people – that would change the world. Drawing on letters and diaries and fresh insights into royal history, this gorgeous book charts the constant ebb and flow of power within the couple’s surprisingly ardent and modern marriage.

Sumptuously illustrated and full of rich insider detail, Victoria and Albert takes us behind the scenes of the magnificent TV drama, including fascinating, in-depth information on the actors, the props, and the costumes – and bringing an extraordinary royal marriage even more fully to life.


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Dollars and Sense by Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler We think of money as numbers, values, and amounts, but when it comes down to it, when we actually use our money, we engage our hearts more than our heads. Emotions play a powerful role in shaping our financial behavior, often making us our own worst enemies as we try to save, access value, and spend responsibly. In Dollars and Sense, bestselling author and behavioral economist Dan Ariely teams up with financial comedian and writer Jeff Kreisler to challenge many of our most basic assumptions about the precarious relationship between our brains and our money. In doing so, they undermine many of personal finance’s most sacred beliefs and explain how we can override some of our own instincts to make better financial choices. 

Exploring a wide range of everyday topics – from the lure of pain-free spending with credit cards to the pitfalls of household budgeting to the seductive power of holiday sales – Ariely and Kreisler demonstrate how our misplaced confidence in our spending habits frequently leads us astray, costing us more than we realize, whether it’s the real value of the time we spend driving forty-five minutes to save $10 or our inability to properly assess what the things we buy are actually worth. Together Ariely and Kreisler reveal the emotional forces working against us and how we can counteract them. Mixing case studies and anecdotes with concrete advice and lessons, they cut through the unconscious fears and desires driving our worst financial instincts and teach us how to improve our money habits.

The result not only reveals the rationale behind our most head-scratching financial choices but also offers clear guidance for navigating the treacherous financial landscape of the brain. Fascinating, engaging, funny, and essential, Dollars and Sense provides the practical tools we need to understand and improve our financial choices, save and spend smarter, and ultimately live better. 

Our 2nd Annual Holiday Make and Take is Happening Now!

DC3 Library is hosting our 2nd Annual Holiday Make & Take from now until supplies run out! (Supplies are limited, so be sure to stop by soon!) We have lots of holiday crafts that we have prepared examples of, along with directions and supplies so you can get to work making your own!! 🙂 How much does this cost?? Absolutely nothing!! It’s all 100% FREE!!

Each year, we like to host at least one crafting event to showcase our Makerspace and to get your wheels turning about the different ways that you can use the FREE materials in our library to create a wide variety of things.

This year, we have: a Bottle Scarecrow, A Frosted Glass Snowman, a Secret Compartment Book, Wine Cork & Cinnamon Stick Ornaments, Candy Cane Wreaths, and a Book Page Decorative Snowflake. See pictures below:

The time for this activity is whenever is convenient for you within our hours of operation. Come in any time between the hours of 8 AM and 9 PM M-Th, 8 AM and 4 PM Friday and 6 PM and 9PM Sunday. All you have to bring is yourself and your excitement for crafting! 🙂 Happy Holidays!! We’ll see you soon!! 🙂

New Materials – 11/03/17

It’s cold and windy out AND it’s Friday – what better time to stop by the warm, cozy library and find something good to read or watch for the weekend? We have lots of new titles to choose from. Take a look!

Image result for the earth is weeping book coverThe Earth is Weeping by Peter Cozzens

After the Civil War, the United States turned its attention to conquering the Great Plains and the lands beyond. The expansion of the country and discoveries of gold drew whites to territory traditionally claimed by Indians. But the American West had long been embroiled in conflict: White settlement of eastern North America in the 1600s had disrupted a number of Indian tribes that, in their own westward exodus, clashed with native tribes ove rland, even two centuries later. This Indian disunity, coupled with the Manifest Destiny of the United States, set off a wide-range conflict, which represented at its core the displacing of one emigrant culture by another. The Indian Wars would last more than three decades, permanently altering the physical and political landscape of America.

The Earth is Weeping is a sweeping, definitive history of the battles and negotiations that destroyed the Indian way of life even as they paved the way for the emergence of the United States we know today. Dramatically relating bloody and tragic events as varied as Wounded Knee, the Nez Perce War, the Sierra Madre campaign, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Peter Cozzens gives us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail. He illuminates the intertribal strife over whether to fight or make peace; explores the dreary, squalid lives of frontier soldiers and the imperatives of the Indian warrior culture; and describes the ethical quandaries faced by generals who often sympathized with their native enemies.

As the action moves from the Great Plains to Texas to the sheer cliffs of the Rockies and Sierra Madre, we  encounter a pageant of fascinating characters, including Custer, Sherman, Grant, and a host of officers, soldiers, and Indian agents, as well as great native leaders such as Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and Red Cloud and the warriors they led. The Earth is Weeping brings them all together for the first time in the fullest account to date of how the West was won – and lost.


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IT by Stephen King To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered, a good place to live. It was the the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the stormdrains, in the sewers, It lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each person’s deepest dread. Sometimes It reached up, seizing, tearing, killing …

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing. Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of It was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until the grown-up children were called back, once more to confront It as It stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

Frightening, epic, and brilliant, Stephen King’s IT is one of the greatest works of a true storytelling master.


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Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings At the age of six, Jazz Jennings’s transition to life as a girl put her in the public spotlight after she shared her story on national television. In the decade since, Jazz has become one of the most recognizable and prominent advocates for transgender teens, through her TV show, magazine interviews, appearances, and social media. But her journey hasn’t always been easy.

Jazz’s openness has led to bullying and mistreatment from those who don’t understand her choices. She’s had to fight for the right to use the girls’ bathroom and to play on a girls’ soccer team, paving the way for others who come after her. And now Jazz faces an even greater struggle – dealing with the physical and social stresses of being a teen. Going from a girl to a woman is never easy – especially when you began your life in a boy’s body.

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen is a remarkable memoir about accepting yourself, learning to live an authentic life, and helping everyone to embrace their own truths.


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Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington Shocking, sobering, and immensely consequential in its implications, Medical Apartheid is a comprehensive history of the abuse of medical experimentation on African Americans, who have for centuries served as unwilling and unwitting subjects. The product of years of prodigious research into medical journals and experimental reports long undisturbed, Medical Apartheid reveals the hidden underbelly of scientific research and makes possible, for the first time, an understanding of the roots of the African American health deficit.





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Complicity by Anne Farrow, Joel Lang, and Jennifer Frank The North’s profit from – indeed, dependence on – slavery has mostly been a shameful and well-kept secret . . . until now. Complicity reveals the cruel truth about the lucrative Triangle Trade of molasses, rum, and slaves that linked the North to the West Indies and Africa. It also discloses the reality of Northern empires built on tainted profits – run, in some cases, by abolitionists – and exposes the thousand-acre plantations that existed in towns such as Salem, Connecticut. Here, too, are eye-opening accounts of the individuals who profited directly from slavery far from the Mason-Dixon line. Culled from long-ignored documents and reports – and bolstered by rarely seen photos, publications, maps, and period drawings – Complicity is a fascinating and sobering work that actually does what so many books pretend to do: shed light on America’s past.


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The Amistad Rebellion by Marcus Rediker In this powerful and highly original account, Marcus Rediker reclaims the Amistad rebellion for its true proponents: the enslaved Africans who risked death to stake a claim for freedom. Using newly discovered evidence and featuring vividly drawn portraits of the rebels, their captors, and their abolitionist allies, Rediker reframes the story to show how a small group of courageous men fought and won an epic battle against Spanish and American slaveholders and their governments. As a handful of self-emancipated Africans steered their own course for freedom, they opened a way for millions to follow.





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The Tuskegee Syphilis Study In 1932, the U.S. Public Health Service recruited 623 African American men from Macon County, Alabama, for a study of “the effects of untreated syphilis in the Negro male.” For the next 40 years – even after the development of penicillin, the cure for syphilis – these men were denied medical care for this potentially fatal disease. The Tuskegee Syphilis Study was exposed in 1972, and in 1975 the government settled a lawsuit but stopped short of admitting wrongdoing. In 1997, President Bill Clinton welcomed five of the Study survivors to the White House and, on behalf of the nation, officially apologized for an experiment he described as wrongful and racist. In this book, the attorney for the men, Fred D. Gray, describes the background of the Study, the investigation and the lawsuit, the events leading up to the Presidential apology, and the ongoing efforts to see that out of this painful and tragic episode of American history comes lasting good.


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The Invention of the White Race, Vol. I by Theodore W. Allen When the first Africans arrived in Virginia in 1619, there were no “white” people there. Nor, according to colonial records, would there be for another sixty years. In this seminal two-volume work, The Invention of the White Race, Theodore W. Allen tells the story of how America’s ruling classes created the category of the “white race” as a means of social control. Since that early invention, white privileges have enforced the myth of racial superiority, and that fact has been central to maintaining ruling-class domination over ordinary working people of all colors throughout American history.

Volume I draws lessons from Irish history, comparing British rule in Ireland with “white” oppression of Native Americans and African Americans. Allen details how Irish immigrants fleeing persecution learned to spread racial oppression in their adoptive country as part of white America.

Since publication in the mid-nineties, The Invention of the White Race has become indispensable in debates on the origins of racial oppression in America. In this updated edition, scholar Jeffrey B. Perry provides a new introduction, a short biography of the author, and a study guide. 


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The Invention of the White, Vol. II Race by Theodore W. Allen On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, Martin Luther King outlined a dream of an America where people would not be judged by the color of their skin. That dream has yet to be realized, but some three centuries ago it was a reality. Back then, neither social practice nor law recognized any special privileges in connection with being white. But by the early decades of the eighteenth century, that had all changed. Racial oppression became the norm in the plantation colonies, and African Americans suffered under its yoke for more than two hundred years.

In Volume II of The Invention of the White Race, Theodore Allen explores the transformation that turned African bond-laborers into slaves and segregated them from their fellow proletarians of European origin. In response to labor unrest, where solidarities were not determined by skin color, the plantation bourgeoisie sought to construct a buffer of poor whites, whose new racial identity would protect them from the enslavement visited upon African Americans. This was the invention of the white race, an act of cruel ingenuity that haunts America to this day.

Allen’s acclaimed study has become indispensable in debates on the origins of racial oppression in America. In this updated edition, scholar Jeffrey B. Perry provides a new introduction, a select bibliography, and a study guide.


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The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang In December 1937, the Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking. Within weeks, more than 300,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers were systematically raped, tortured, and murdered – a death toll exceeding that of the atomic blasts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. Iris Chang, one of the nation’s leading historians and critically-acclaimed author of The Thread of the Silkworm, tells the story from three perspectives: that of the Japanese soldiers, that of the Chinese, and that of a group of Westerners who refused to abandon the city and created a safety zone, which saved almost 300,000 Chinese.

More than just narrating the details of an orgy of violence, in The Rape of Nanking, Chang analyzes the militaristic culture that fostered in the Japanese soldiers a total disregard for human life. It also tells of the concerted effort during the Cold War on the part of the West and even China to stifle open discussion of this atrocity. Drawing on extensive interviews with survivors and documents brought to light for the first time, Iris Chang’s classic is the definitive history of this horrifying episode.


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The Other Slavery by Andres Resendez Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in much of the American continent. Yet, as Andres Resendez illuminates in his myth-shattering The Other Slavery, it was practiced for centuries as an open secret. There was no abolitionist movement to protect the tens of thousands of Natives who were kidnapped and enslaved by the conquistadors. Resendez builds the incisive case that it was mass slavery – more than epidemics – that decimated Indian populations across North America. Through riveting new evidence, including testimonies of courageous priests, rapacious merchants, and Indian captives, The Other Slavery reveals nothing less than a key missing piece of American history.

For more than two centuries we have fought over, abolished, and tried to come to grips with African American slavery. It is time for the West to confront an entirely separate, equally devastating enslavement we have long failed truly to see.


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White Rage by Carol Anderson Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances toward full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate, relentless rollback of any gains. Carefully linking historical flashpoints – from the post-Civil War Black Codes to expressions of white rage after the election of America’s first black president – Anderson renders visible the long lineage of white rage and the different names under which it hides. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, White Rage adds a vital new dimension to the national conversation about race in America.




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Slavery by Another Name by Douglas A Blackmon In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history – an “Age of Neoslavery” that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.

Using a vast record of original documents and personal narratives, Blackmon unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude shortly thereafter. By turns moving, sobering, and shocking, this unprecedented account reveals the stories of those who fought unsuccessfully against the re-emergence of human labor trafficking, the companies that profited most from neoslavery, and the insidious legacy of racism that reverberates today.


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They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery This is the story of the birth of a movement, from the award-winning journalist who reported at the heart of it. Based on more than a year of on-the-ground reporting, They Can’t Kill Us All is an enduring portrait of the reality of police violence and endemic racism in the United States, and those trying to combat it.









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Bad Blood by James H. Jones From 1932 to 1972, the United States Public Health Service conducted a non-therapeutic experiment involving over 400 black male sharecroppers infected with syphilis. The Tuskegee Study had nothing to do with treatment. Its purpose was to trace the spontaneous evolution of the disease in order to learn how syphilis affected black subjects.

The men were not told they had syphilis; they were not warned about what the disease might do to them; and, with the exception of a smattering of medication during the first few months, they were not given health care. Instead of the powerful drugs they required, they were given aspirin for their aches and pains. Health officials systematically deceived the men into believing they were patients in a government study of “bad blood”, a catch-all phrase black sharecroppers used to describe a host of illnesses. At the end of this 40 year deathwatch, more than 100 men had died from syphilis or related complications.

“Bad Blood” provides compelling answers to the question of how such a tragedy could have been allowed to occur. Tracing the evolution of medical ethics and the nature of decision making in bureaucracies, Jones attempted to show that the Tuskegee Study was not, in fact, an aberration, but a logical outgrowth of race relations and medical practice in the United States.

Now, in this revised edition of Bad Blood, Jones traces the tragic consequences of the Tuskegee Study over the last decade. A new introduction explains why the Tuskegee Study has become a symbol of black oppression and a metaphor for medical neglect, inspiring a prize-winning play, a Nova special, and a motion picture. A new concluding chapter shows how the black community’s wide-spread anger and distrust caused by the Tuskegee Study has hampered efforts by health officials to combat AIDS in the black community. Bad Blood was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and was one of the New York Times 12 best books of the year.


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Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi Americans like to insist that we are living in a postracial, color-blind society. In fact, racist thought is alive and well; it has simply become more sophisticated and more insidious. And as award-winning historian, Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, racist ideas in this country have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit.

In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti–Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the lives of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W. E. B. Du Bois to legendary anti–prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro–civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America.

As Kendi provocatively illustrates, racist thinking did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Racist ideas were created and popularized in an effort to defend deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and to rationalize the nation’s racial inequities in everything from wealth to health. While racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much–needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose them—and in the process, gives us reason to hope.


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Member of the Family by Dianne Lake and Deborah Herman There is no doubt that Charlie took advantage of me. This small man oozed self-confidence and sex appeal, and as he would demonstrate time and time again in the months and years ahead, he knew exactly what he was doing. He was a master manipulator, while I was fourteen and essentially on my own. I was a naive, lonely, love-starved little girl looking for a parental figure to tell me ‘No, don’t do that.’ As I discovered that first day in his magic bus, when he focused his attention on you, he made you believe there was no one else in the world. He also had the uncanny sensibility bestowed upon mystics, yet misused by sociopaths and con men, to know exactly what you needed. Charlie knew what you were afraid of . . .

But perhaps the most impressive trick of all was how he made this seem as if it was my idea. Ever since my father first left home, I’d cultivated a sense of independence. I’d taken care of my siblings, I’d cooked, I’d become a free thinker, I’d taken drugs. I might have been fourteen, but I thought I understood who I was and what was missing from my life.

What I needed was a family. And now it seemed I’d found one.


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The Dark Intercept by Julia Keller In a world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth’s Founding Father, has spent her life in comfort and safety. Her days are easy thanks to the Intercept, a crime-prevention device that monitors emotion.

But Violet’s easy life is upended the day her friend and longtime crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a dangerous altercation on Old Earth. When Danny refuses to explain why he put himself in mortal danger, Violet launches a secret investigation to find out what he’s hiding. An investigation that will lead her to question everything she’s ever known about Danny, her father, and the power of the Intercept.

The Dark Intercept is the beginning of a riveting science fiction adventure that challenges the voluntary surrender of liberties for the perception of safety.


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Hacks by Donna Brazile In June 2016 the Washington Post first reported that Russian hackers had penetrated the Democratic National Committee. Barely a month later, these cyber criminals – which the U.S. government later confirmed as Russian intelligence operatives – posted thousands of damaging emails online. These documents seemed to confirm Bernie Sanders supporters’ belief that the DNC had become a tool of the Clinton campaign well before the convention. The hacking’s fallout was swift and devastating – and the attack wasn’t even over. As chaos threatened to consume the party, Democrats turned to a familiar figure to right the ship: Donna Brazile.

Known to millions from her frequent TV appearances, Brazile was no stranger to high stakes and dirty opponents. The longtime Democratic strategist had a reputation in Washington as a one-stop shop for fixing sticky problems. What Brazile found at the DNC, however, was unlike anything she had experienced before – and much worse than is commonly known. The party was beset by infighting, scandal, and hubris, while reeling from a brazen and wholly unprecedented attempt by a foreign power to influence the presidential election. Plus, its nominee, Hillary Clinton, faced an opponent who  broke every rule in the political playbook.

Packed with never-before-reported revelations about what went down in 2016, Hacks is a campaign thriller with vital lessons for anyone who cares about free and fair elections. Only by laying bare the missteps, miscalculations, and crimes of 2016, Brazile contends, will Americans be able to salvage their democracy.


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The Ballad of Black Bart by Loren D. Estleman Between July 1875 and November 1883, a single outlaw in California’s Mother Lode Country robbed the stagecoaches of Wells, Fargo a record twenty-eight times. Armed with an unloaded shotgun, walking to and from the scenes of the robberies, often for hundreds of miles, and leaving poems behind, the infamous Black Bart was fiercely hunted. James B. Hume, Wells, Fargo’s legendary chief of detectives, made Bart’s apprehension a matter of personal as well as professional interest.

Between Robberies, Black Bart was Charles E. Bolton, a distinguished middle-aged man who enjoyed San Francisco’s entertainments in the company of socialites drawn to his quiet, temperate good nature and upper-class tastes. 

The Ballad of Black Bart is a duel of wits involving two adversaries of surpassing cleverness, set against the vivid backdrop of the Old West, from five-time Spur Award-winning author Loren D. Estleman, a modern master of the genre.


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The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle, but that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday job of annoying all manner of beings – some corporeal, some not so much – as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture – the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford – out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor-sharp claws. Then again, her number-one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question is, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?


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The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe Based on the experiences of real-life Auschqitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.

Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Displaced, along with her mother and father, from their home in Prague – first to the capital city’s ghetto, then northward to the Terezin settlement, and now to Auschwitz in Poland – Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Fredy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees, becoming the librarian of Auschwitz.

From one of the darkest chapters of human history comes an extraordinary story of courage and hope.


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The Inner Life of Animals by Wohlleben Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves Peter Wohlleben’s wealth of personal experience observing nature in forests and fields with the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world.

Horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up.

Peter Wohlleben follows the hugely successful The Hidden Life of Trees with insightful stories into the emotions, thoughts, and intelligence of animals around us. Animals are different from us in amazing ways – and they are also much closer to us than we ever would have thought.


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Fast Food Genocide by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Fast food is far more than just the burgers, fries, and burritos served at chain restaurants; it is also the toxic, human-engineered products found in every grocery store across America. These include: cold breakfast cereals; commercial and preserved (deli) meats and cheeses; sandwich breads and buns; chips, pretzels, and crackers; fried foods; energy bars; and soft drinks. Fast foods have become the primary source of calories in the United States  and consequently the most far-reaching and destructive influence on our population. The indisputable truth is that our highly processed diet is the source of a national health crisis that is exploding into a genocide with unseen tragic implications.

Heart attacks, strokes, cancer, obesity, ADHD, autism, allergies, and autoimmune diseases all have the same root cause – our addiction to toxic ingredients. New York Times bestselling author, board-certified physician, nutritional researcher, and leading voice in the health field Joel Fuhrman, M.D., explains why the problem of poor nutrition is deeper, more serious, and more pervasive than anyone imagined.

Fast Food Genocide draws on twenty-five years of clinical experience and research to confront our fundamental beliefs about the impact of what we eat. This book identifies issues at the heart of our country’s most urgent problems. Fast food kills, but it also perpetuates bigotry and derails the American dream of equal opportunity and  happiness for all. It leaves behind a wake of destruction creating millions of medically dependent and sickly people burdened with poor-quality lives.

The solution hiding in plain sight – a nutrient-dense healthful diet – can save lives and enable humans to reach their intellectual potential and achieve successful and fulfilling lives. Dr. Fuhrman offers a life-changing, scientifically sound approach that can alter American history and perhaps save your life in the process.


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Endurance by Scott Kelly A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station – a candid account of his remarkable voyage, the journeys that preceded it, and his colorful formative years.

The veteran of four spaceflights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly hostile to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both life-threatening and mundane: the devastating effects on the body, the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the catastrophic risks of colliding with space junk; and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home – an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on a previous mission, his twin brother’s wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space.

Kelly’s humanity, compassion, humor, and determination resonate throughout, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career, and as he makes clear his belief that Mars will be the next, ultimately challenging, step in American space flight.

A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the infinite wonder of the galaxy.


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Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson The author of acclaimed bestsellers on Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography.

Drawing on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from standing at the intersection of the humanities and technology. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history’s most memorable smile on the Mona Lisa. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspective in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo’s lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions.

His ability to combine art and science, made iconic by his drawing of what may be himself inside a circle and a square, remains the enduring recipe for innovation. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it – to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.


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How to Hike the A.T. by Michelle Ray How to plan and prepare for a long-distance hike on the Appalachian Trail includes information on trail nutrition, culture, first aid, gear, weather conditions, and more. Expert advice from an experienced long-distance hiker along with useful information for any long-distance trek. Other Appalachian Trail guidebooks tell you about notable scenery, trail history, or changes in terrain. This one tells you exactly what you need to know to prepare for and complete a long-distance hike on the A.T. From determining a budget, preparing an itinerary, and packing gear to resupplying, using bounce boxes, and staying on schedule, this book will help any hiker make certain their long-distance trek is a success.



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First Americans, Combined Volume by Kenneth Townsend and Mark A. Nicholas Tells the complete story of Native American history, including the native perspective. First Americans provides a history of Native Americans, from their earliest appearance in North America to the present, that covers the complexity and diversity of their past. The text demonstrates Native Americans’ participation in determining their own future and helps students place Native American history in context with national and international developments. Present throughout the text is the “native voice,” giving American Indians’ perspectives on historical developments. The text also enforces the reality that native people retain a presence in the U.S. today as a growing population with a rich diversity of roles, ideas, and contributions. 


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American Revolutions by Alan Taylor In this landmark history of the nation’s founding, Alan Taylor masterfully reconstructs America’s creation story on a continental scale. Emerging from the North American rivalries of European empires and their native allies, the American Revolution pivoted on western expansion as well as seaboard resistance to British taxes. The war exploded in battles such as Saratoga and Yorktown and spread through fierce, continuing frontier violence. After independence, the discord smoldering within the fragile new nation called forth a movement to concentrate power through a Federal Constitution. But it was Thomas Jefferson’s expansive “empire of liberty” that carried the revolution forward, propelling white settlement and slavery west, preparing the ground for a new conflagration.


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American Holocaust by David E. Stannard For four hundred years – from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the 1490s to the U.S. Army’s massacre of Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in the 1890s – the indigenous inhabitants of North and South America endured an unending firestorm of violence. During that time, the native population of the Western Hemisphere declined by as many as one hundred million people. Indeed, as historian David E. Stannard argues in this stunning new book, the European and white American destruction of the native peoples of the Americas was the most massive act of genocide in the history of the world.

Stannard begins with a portrait of the enormous richness and diversity of life in the Americas prior to Columbus’s fateful voyage in 1492. He then follows the path of genocide from the Indies to Mexico and Central and South America, then north to Florida, Virginia, and New England, and finally out across the Great Plains and Southwest to California and the North Pacific Coast. Stannard reveals that wherever Europeans or white Americans went, the native people were caught between imported plagues and barbarous atrocities, typically resulting in the annihilation of 95 percent of their populations. What kind of people, he asks, do such horrendous things to others? His highly provocative answer: Christians.

Digging deeply into ancient European and Christian attitudes toward sex, race, and war, he finds the cultural ground well prepared by the end of the Middle Ages for the centuries-long genocide campaign that Europeans and their descendants launched – and in places continue to wage – against the New World’s original inhabitants. Advancing a thesis that is sure to create muchcontroversy, Stannard contends that the perpetrators of the American Holocaust drew on the same ideological wellspring as did the later architects of the Nazi Holocaust. It is an ideology that remains dangerously alive today, he adds, and one that in recent years has surfaced in American justifications for large-scale military intervention in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

At once sweeping in scope and meticulously detailed, American Holocaust is a work of impassioned scholarship that is certain to ignite intense historical and moral debate. 


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An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples.
Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.

In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military. Shockingly, as the genocidal policy reached its zenith under President Andrew Jackson, its ruthlessness was best articulated by US Army general Thomas S. Jesup, who, in 1836, wrote of the Seminoles: “The country can be rid of them only by exterminating them.” 
Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples’ history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.


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Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger The War of 1812 saw America threatened on every side. Encouraged by the British, Indian tribes attacked settlers in the West, while the Royal Navy terrorized the coasts. By mid-1814, President James Madison’s generals had lost control of the war in the North, losing battles in Canada. Then British troops set the White House ablaze, and a feeling of hopelessness spread across the country.

Into this dire situation stepped Major General Andrew Jackson. A native of Tennessee who had witnessed the horrors of the Revolutionary War and Indian attacks, he was glad America had finally decided to confront repeated British aggression. But he feared that President Madison’s men were overlooking the most important target of all: New Orleans.

If the British conquered New Orleans, they would control the mouth of the Mississippi River, cutting Americans off from that essential trade route and threatening the previous decade’s Louisiana Purchase. The new nation’s dreams of western expansion would be crushed before they really got off the ground.

So Jackson faced three enormous challenges. He had to convince President Madison and his War Department to take him seriously, even though he wasn’t one of the well-educated Virginians and New Englanders who dominated the government. He had to assemble a coalition of frontier militiamen, French-speaking Louisianans, Cherokee and Choctaw Indians, freed slaves, and even some pirates. And he had to defeat the most powerful military force in the world – in the confusing terrain of the Louisiana bayous.

In short, Jackson needed a miracle. The local Ursuline nuns set to work praying for his outnumbered troops. And so the Americans, driven by patriotism and protected by prayer, began the battle that would shape our young nation’s destiny.

As they did in their two previous bestsellers, Kilmeade and Yaeger make history come alive with a riveting true story that will keep you turning the pages. You’ll finish with a new understanding of one of America’s greatest generals – who later became one of our most controversial presidents. And you’ll have a renewed appreciation for the brave men who fought so that America could one day stretch “from sea to shining sea.”


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The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn by Joseph M. Marshall, III The 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn, or “Custer’s last stand,” as it is also known, captured the American imagination. In the press coverage of the time and even in today’s history books, Custer is presented heroically. Only now is this story being rewritten. Here, award-winning Lakota historian Joseph M. Marshall, III reveals a view of the battle that has been available only in the Lakota oral tradition. Marshall explores the nuances and complexities that led up to and followed the battle. He examines the significance of the battle, illuminating why and how the Lakota fought so fiercely, even as they acknowledged the inevitability of change. And finally, he considers the consequences of the battle as part of the tragic fight that changed the scope of both America and the American landscape.


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An American Genocide by Benjamin Madley Between 1846 and 1873, California’s Indian population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000. Benjamin Madley is the first historian to uncover teh full extent of the slaughter, the involvement of state and federal officials, the taxpayer dollars that supported the violence, indigenous resistance, who did the killing, and why the killings ended. This deeply researched book is a comprehensive and chilling history of an American genocide.







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Under the Eagle by Samuel Holiday and Robert S. McPherson Samuel Holiday was one of a small group of Navajo men enlisted by the Marine Corps during World War II to use their native language to transmit secret communications on the battlefield. Based on extensive interviews with historian Robert S. McPherson, who also provides cultural and historical commentary, Under the Eagle is Holiday’s vivid account of his life story. It is the only book-length oral history of a Navajo code talker in which the narrator relates his experiences in his own voice and words.

Under the Eagle carries the reader from Holiday’s childhood years in rural Monument Valley, Utah, into the world of the United States’s Pacific campaign against Japan – to such places as Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. Central to Holiday’s story is his Navajo worldview, which shapes how he views his traditional upbringing in Utah, his time at an Indian boarding school, and his experiences during World War II.

The Navajo code talkers have become famous in recent years through books and movies that have dramatized their remarkable story. Their wartime achievements are also a source of national pride for the Navajos. And yet, as McPherson explains, Holiday’s own experience was “as much mental and spiritual as it was physical.” This decorated marine served “under the eagle” not only as a soldier but also as a Navajo man deeply aware of his cultural obligations.


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It’s All Relative by A.J. Jacobs A.J. Jacobs has received some strange emails over the years, but this note was perhaps the strangest, “You don’t know me, but my wife is your eighth cousin. And we have over 80,000 relatives of yours in our database.” That’s enough family members to fill Madison Square Garden four times over. Who are these people, A.J. wondered, and how do I find them? So began Jacob’s three-year adventure along the branches of the world’s family tree.

Spanning both the globe and the genome, Jacob’s quest joyously upends what we think about when we think about family. He drinks beer with a U.S. president. He visits Salt Lake City – and the genealogical database of the Mormon Church (where, every year, more data is added than is contained in the entire Library of Congress). He meets scientists and computer programmers working to chart and understand the world’s genetic links. He attempts to convene the biggest family reunion in recorded history. He contemplates black sheep and bad apples. He unearths his own genealogical connections to Hollywood actresses, Civil War soldiers, and real-life scoundrels.

Ultimately, this extraordinary book is a profound exploration of the realms of what binds us all. “We are family,” Sister Sledge famously sang. This book proves it.


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The Shattered Lens by Jonathan Alpeyrie with Stash Luczkiw Capturing history was Jonathan Alpeyrie’s job, but he never expected to become a news story himself. For a decade, the French-American photojournalist had woven in and out of more than a dozen conflict zones. He photographed firefights, civilians chased out of their homes, and too many bodies to count. But on April 29, 2013, during his third assignment to Syria, Alpeyrie was abducted by a band of Syrian rebels.

In captivity he was bound, blindfolded, and beaten. Not far away, President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and those in opposition continued their bitter and bloody civil war. Alpeyrie kept his spirits up and strove to see, without his camera lenses, the humanity in his captors. He took part in their activities, taught them how to swim, prayed with them, and tried learning their language and culture. He also discovered a dormant faith within himself, one that helped sustain him throughout the ordeal.

The Shattered Lens is the firsthand account of a photojournalist who has always been drawn to the adrenaline-fueled adventures of war reporting. Yet during his headline-making kidnapping, he was left to consider the value and risks of his career, ponder the violent conflicts he had seen, and put the historical events over which we have no control into perspective.


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The Last Girl by Nadia Murad Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon.

On August 15, 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to covert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Six of Nadia’s brothers were killed, and her mother soon after, their bodies swept into mass graves. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the ISIS slave trade.

Nadia would be held captive by several militants and repeatedly raped and beaten. Finally, she managed a narrow escape through the streets of Mosul, finding shelter in the home of a Sunni Arab family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety.

As a farm girl in rural Iraq, Nadia could not have imagined she would one day address the United Nations or be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She had never been to Baghdad, or even seen an airplane. As a slave, she was told by her captors that Yazidis would be erased from the face of the earth, and there were times when she believed them.

Today, Nadia’s story – as a witness to the Islamic State’s brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi – has forced the world to pay attention to the ongoing genocide in Iraq. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war.


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Black Knights by Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly Told through fascinating interviews with veterans and historical photographs, Black Knights is the story of the men and women who served in the training program at Tuskegee Army Air Field from 1941 to 1946. Based on rigorous research and analysis, this book is unique because of the inclusion of firsthand accounts; the pilots’ stories are here, as are the experiences of the mechanics, band members, armorers, staff officers, nurses, and more. Altogether, the Tuskegee Experience and the successes of all-black flying squadrons in Europe proved that they had courage and perseverance not only in war, but in peacetime as well. 





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New Books!! – 10/13/2017

Happy Friday the 13th, DC3! Despite the date, you’re in luck! 🙂 We have some new books coming out, today. Stop by and see our display!


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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in the 1600s, when Maria Owens was accused of witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susuanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood-red hair; shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts; and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But her children will never adhere to rules, and all three are desperate to uncover who they really are. When they visit their aunt Isabelle in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they begin to understand the truth of who they are. The siblings discover there are family secrets to uncover, as well as secrets they have kept hidden from each other. When they move to 44 Greenwich Avenue in New York City, each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse. 

The Rules of Magic is both a fairy tale and a very practical story of real life, as lyrical as it is matter-of-fact. If you belong to the Owens family, desire is everywhere, but so are the dangers of human entanglements. You cannot escape love even if you try, just as you cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, here is a story about the power of love. Told in dreamy prose, with unforgettable characters and a world that is rife with enchantment, The Rules of Magic reminds us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself.


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Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View by Ben Acker, et al. On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han, Luke, Leia, a pair of droids, a Wookiee, an old wizard, a villain in black, and a galaxy full of possibilities. Forty years on, Star Wars remains an unparalleled cultural phenomenon, having inspired and influenced generations of fans and creators. Decades of rich storytelling were sparked by one film, in part because the Star Wars galaxy feels alive. Strange and wonderful characters fill the edges of the screen and make us wonder:

What are their stories?

This unique anthology celebrates that legacy, as more than forty contributors lend their vision to this retelling of the original Star Wars film. Each of the forty short stories reimagines a moment from the film through the eyes of a supporting character. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by bestselling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from the literary history of Star Wars.


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Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . there was a princess who became a legend.

Sixteen-year-old Princess Leia Organa faces the most challenging task of her life so far: proving herself in the areas of body, mind, and heart to be formally named heir to the throne of Alderaan. She’s taking rigorous survival courses, practicing politics, and spearheading relief missions to worlds under Imperial control. But Leia has worries beyond her claim to the crown. Her parents, Breha and Bail, aren’t acting like themselves lately; they are distant and preoccupied, seemingly more concerned with throwing dinner parties for their allies in the Senate than they are with their own daughter. Determined to uncover her parents’ secrets, Leia starts down an increasingly dangerous path that puts her right under the watchful eye of the Empire. And when Leia discovers what her parents and their allies are planning behind closed doors, she finds herself facing what seems like an impossible choice: dedicate herself to the people of Alderaan – including the man she loves – or to the galaxy at large, which is in desperate need of a rebel hero . . . .


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Origin by Dan Brown Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultra-modern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement – the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough – one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence. 

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred other guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation – which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling, and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate the cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. Following a trail illuminated by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.

Origin is stunningly inventive – Dan Brown’s most brilliant and entertaining novel to date.


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One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake The battle for the crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, needs to figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, the elemental sister thought to be the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent. 

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must confront the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.


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What the Qur’an Meant And Why It Matters by Garry Willis There was a time when ordinary Americans did not have to know much about Islam, but that is no longer the case. We blundered into the longest war in our history without knowing basic facts about the Islamic civilization we were dealing with, and we are constantly fed false information about Islam – claims that it is essentially a religion of violence, that its sacred book is a handbook for terrorists. There is no way to assess these claims unless we have at least some knowledge of the Qur’an. 

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and New York Times bestselling author Garry Wills has spent a lifetime thinking and writing about Christianity. In What the Qur’an Meant, Wills invites readers to join him as he embarks on a timely and necessary reconsideration of the Qur’an, leading us through perplexing passages with insight and erudition. As a non-Muslim with an open mind, Willis reads the Qur’an with sympathy but with rigor, trying to discover why other non-Muslims, like Pope Francis – find it an inspiring book, worthy to guide people down through the centuries. Wills shows parallels between the Qur’an and other sacred books, including the Old Testament and the New Testament. There are also parallel difficulties of interpretation, which call for patient exploration – and which offer some thrills of discovery. What the Qur’an Meant is the opening of a conversation with one of the world’s most widely practiced religions.


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Martin Luther by Eric Metaxas On All Hallow’s Eve in 1517, a young monk named Martin Luther posted a document he hoped would spark an academic debate, but which instead ignited a conflagration that would forever destroy the world he knew. Five hundred years after Luther’s now famous Ninety-five Theses appeared, Eric Metaxas, acclaimed biographer of the bestselling Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, paints a startling portrait of the wild figure whose adamantine faith cracked the edifice of Western Christendom and dragged medieval Europe into the future. Written in riveting prose and impeccably researched, Martin Luther tells the searing tale of a humble man who, by bringing ugly truths to the highest seats of power, caused an explosion the sound of which is still ringing in our ears. Luther’s monumental faith and courage gave birth to the ideals of liberty, equality, and individualism that today lie at the heart of all modern life.


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The Death of an Heir by Philip Jett In the 1950’s and ’60’s, the Coors dynasty reigned over Golden, Colorado, seemingly invincible. When rumblings about labor unions threatened to destabilize the family’s brewery, Adolph Coors, Jr., the septuagenarian president of the company, drew a hard line, refusing to budge. They had worked hard for what they had, and no one had a right to take it from them. What they’d soon realize was that they had more to lose than they could have imagined.

On the morning of Tuesday, February 9, 1960, Adolph “Ad” Coors, III, the forty-four-year-old CEO of the multi-million-dollar Colorado beer empire, stepped into his car and headed for the brewery twelve miles away. At a bridge he stopped to help a man in a yellow Mercury sedan. On the backseat lay handcuffs and leg irons. The glove compartment held a ransom note ready to be mailed. His coat pocket shielded a loaded pistol.

What happened next set off the largest manhunt in the United States since the Lindbergh kidnapping. State and local authorities, along with an FBI investigation personally spearheaded by its director, J. Edgar Hoover, burst into action as they attempted to locate Ad and his kidnapper. The dragnet spanned a continent. All the while, Ad’s grief-stricken wife and children waited, tormented by the unrelenting silence. The Death of an Heir reveals the true story behind the tragic murder of Colorado’s favorite son.


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The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse by Rich Cohen When Rich Cohen was eight years old, his father took him to see a Cubs game. On the way out of the park, his father asked him to make a promise. “Promise me you will not become a Cubs fan. Because the Cubs do not win. And because of that, a Cubs fan will have a diminished life determined by low expectations . . . That team will screw up your life.”

Cohen became not just a Cubs fan, but one of the most fanatical Cubs fans in the world. In The Chicaco Cubs, he captures the story of the team, its players, and its crazy days. Billy Sunday and Ernie Banks, Three Finger Brown and Ryne Sandberg, Bill Buckner, the Bartman Ball, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo – the early dominance followed by a 108-year trek across the wilderness. It’s all here – not just what happened, but what it felt like and what it meant.

Cohen searches for the cause of the famous curse; Was it the billy goat, kicked out of Wrigley Field in Game 4 of the 1945 World Series? Or does it go back further, to the very origins of the franchise? Driven mad with futility, he goes on the road with the team in search of answers; interviews great players present and past; researches in libraries but also in the bleachers, double-fisted, a frosty malt in each hand, demanding answers. Cohen comes to see the curse as a burden, but also a blessing. Cubs fans are unique, emissaries from a higher realm, warning of hubris and vanity. The blue cap with the red said, “My kingdom is not of this world.”

He interviews the architects of the 2016 Cubs, the team that broke the curse. Here’s what he asks: How the hell did you do it? He’s at (almost) every game of the 2016 playoff run – a run that culminated in (maybe) the single greatest baseball game ever played. He’s excited but also terrified. Losing is easy. What would it mean to win? Wearing a Yankees hat means corporate excellence. Wearing a Mets hat means miracles. But wearing a Cubs hat means loving the game on its most humdrum afternoon – September 13, 1979, say, fourteen games out of first place, Larry Biittner driving in Ivan DeJesus. Would we lose that? Would being a Cubs fan become ordinary?

A captivating mix of memoir, reporting, history, and baseball theology, The Chicago Cubs, forty years in the making, has never been written because it never could be, until now. Only with the 2016 World Series can the true arc of the story finally be understood.


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Code Girls by Liza Mundy Recruited from small Southern towns and posh New England colleges, 10,000 American women served the U.S. Army and Navy as code breakers during World War II. While their brothers and husbands took up arms, these women moved to Washington and, under strict vows of secrecy, learned the meticulous work of breaking German and Japanese military codes.

Poring over reams of encrypted messages, the women worked tirelessly in makeshift facilities in Washington, D.C.; Arlington, Virginia; and Dayton, Ohio. Their code-breaking triumphs shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. In the process, many got their first taste of the big city, made lifelong friends, and fell in and out of love amid the heartbreak of war.

Ordered never to reveal the details of their wartime work, these women were all but written out of history. Now, through her dazzling archival research and interviews with surviving code breakers, Liza Mundy has brought to life this vital story of American courage, service, and science.

At the heart of Code Girls is Dot Braden, a feisty Virginia schoolteacher who, in 1943, leapt at the chance to take a mysterious job with the Army at a place called Arlington Hall. With Cod Girls, the children and grandchildren of Dot and those of thousands of other women will finally learn the complete story of their accomplishments.


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The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York’s best-known families. She grew up in New York, Newport, and Paris, and her engagement and marriage to George W. Vanderbilt was one of the most-watched events of Gilded Age society.

But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House, George’s spectacular European-style estate on 125,000 isolated acres of North Carolina wilderness. Built by celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt and set among gardens and vistas designed by the legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, Biltmore Estate comprised a 175,000-square-foot chateau filled with priceless art and antiques, a charming village beyond its gates, and the site of the nation’s first attempt at scientific forestry. When fortunes shifted and changing times threatened her family, her home, and her community, it was up to Edith to save Biltmore and preserve her husband’s legacy.

The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, and the Depression and features a captivating cast of real-life characters, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. The Last Castle is the uniquely American story of a man who realized his impossible dream and the woman who saved it. It is a saga of unimaginable excess, devastating tragedy, inspiring generosity, and unlikely endurance.


Grant by Ron Chernow Ulysses S. Grant’s life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don’t come close to capturing him, as Ron Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

Before the Civil War, Grant was flailing. His business ventures had ended dismally, and despite distinguished service in the Mexican War he ended up resigning from the army in disgrace amid recurring accusations of drunkenness. But in war, Grant began to realize his remarkable potential, soaring through the ranks of the Union army, prevailing at the battle of Shiloh and in the Vicksburg Campaign, and ultimately defeating the legendary Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Along the way, Grant endeared himself to President Lincoln and became his most trusted general and the strategic genius of the war effort. Grant’s military fame translated into a two-term presidency, but one plagued by corruption scandals involving his closest staff members.

More important, he sought freedom and justice for black Americans, working to crush the Ku Klux Klan and earning the admiration of Frederick Douglass, who called him “the vigilant, firm, impartial, and wise protector of my race.” After Grant’s presidency, he was again brought low by a dashing young swindler on Wall Street, only to resuscitate his image by working with Mark Twain to publish his memoirs, which are recognized as a masterpiece of the genre.

With lucidity, breadth, and meticulousness, Chernow finds the threads that bind these disparate stories together, shedding new light on the man whom Walt Whitman described as “nothing heroic . . . and yet the greatest hero.” Chernow’s probing portrait of Grant’s lifelong struggle with alcoholism transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level. This is America’s greatest biographer, bringing movingly to life one of our finest but most underappreciated presidents. The definitive biography, Grant is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant’s life, explaining how this simple midwesterner could be at once so ordinary and so extraordinary.


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Justice League: The Ultimate Guide by Landry Q. Walker 
This comprehensive guide celebrates the exciting world of the iconic Justice League Super Heroes, a roster that includes SUPERMAN(TM), BATMAN(TM), WONDER WOMAN(TM), GREEN LANTERN(TM), THE FLASH(TM), AQUAMAN(TM), and CYBORG(TM). A must-have for fans, this book showcases major in-world events in the Justice League’s pulsating story, spanning nearly 60 years of comic book history, and is packed with info on the team’s allies, enemies, bases, origins, and more. Includes artwork from the first Justice League comic book in March 1960 to the crucial Rebirth issues and beyond. The stunning design contains lots of in-world information, including in-depth profiles of characters, key comic book issues, and special features on the Justice League’s greatest adventures.


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New Materials!! – 09/27/17

We have several new movies, some new books, and some classic movies to offer you, this week! Stop by and check out these new additions to our collection:


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The Kardashians by Jerry Oppenheimer Secrets and scandals of the Kardashians, so closely held that not even hardcore fans have heard about them, are finally exposed in New York Times bestselling author Jerry Oppenheimer’s forensic dissection of the infamous reality TV clan. From the curious life of patriarch Robert Kardashian, whose family meatpacking business was tainted by scandal, to “momager” Kris Jenner’s top-secret plan for the future, The Kardashians reveals the untold, definitive story based on two years of investigative reporting and scores of candid, on-the-record interviews with everyone from childhood friends to powerful business associates who break their silence for the first time.

In the decade since the Kardashians first appeared on the scene, millions of speculative words have been written about their drama-filled lives. But most have been tabloid hype and gossip-column fantasy – until now. 

Oppenheimer has written revelatory books on such international icons as the Clintons, the Kennedys, the Hiltons, and more, and now comes The Kardashians, the true story that will make headlines and shock even the most loyal fans.


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The Odyssey of Echo Company by Doug Stanton On a single night, January 31, 1968, as many as 100,000 soldiers in the North Vietnamese Army attack thirty-six cities throughout South Vietnam, hoping to dislodge American forces. Forty-six young American soldiers of an Army reconnaissance platoon (Echo Company, 1/501) of the 101st Airborne Division, hailing from farms, small towns, and big cities, are thrust into savage combat, having been in-country only a few weeks. Their battles against North Vietnamese soldiers and toughened Viet Cong guerrillas are relentless, often hand to hand, and waged across landing zones, rice paddies, hamlets, rivers, and dense jungle. Their exhausting day-to-day existence, which involves ambushes, grueling machine-gun battles, and heroic rescues of wounded comrades, forges the group into a lifelong brotherhood. The Odyssey of Echo Company is about these young men and centers on the searing experiences of one of them, Stanley Parker, who is wounded three times during the fighting. 

When the young men come home, some encounter a country that doesn’t understand what they have survived. Many fall silent, knowing that few want to hear the stories they have lived to tell – until now. Based on interviews, personal letters, and Army after-action reports, and augmented by maps and combat zone photos, The Odyssey of Echo Company recounts the wartime service and  homecoming of ordinary young American men in an extraordinary time and confirms Doug Stanton’s prominence as an unparalleled storyteller of our age.


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Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset – those who believe that abilities are fixed – are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset – those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.

In this edition, Dweck offers new insights into her now famous and broadly embraced concept. She introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. She also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love – to transform their lives and your own.


The following movies were purchased for the Intro to Cinema class and can be found in our upstairs collection:

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New Materials!! 09/14/17

Happy Thursday, DC3! We have a TON of new materials hitting the shelves, today!! Have a look:

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo Daughter of immortals, Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law – risking exile – to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death, Alia Keralis just wants a chance to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer – a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, two girls will face an army of enemies – mortal and divine – determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they are to have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.


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The Lost Causes by Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz They’re the last people you’d ask to help with anything much less a murder investigation. The rich girl, the obsessive, the hypochondriac, the addict, and the hot-tempered athlete – people who think they’re beyond help. Lost causes. But where the world sees losers, the FBI sees its only hope.

With the help of a dangerous serum, the FBI erases the teens’ past problems and unlocks a psychic ability within each of them. In return, all they have to do is help find the killer who’s turned their small town upside down.

But as they close in on a suspect, they expose a conspiracy that puts them directly in harm’s way and makes them wonder who – if anyone – they can really trust.

If anything happens to them, will anyone even care?


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A Column of Fire by Ken Follett In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love.

Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country’s first secret service to give her early warning of assassination polots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents. 

The real enemies, then as now, are not the rival religions. The true battle pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose their ideas on everyone else – no matter what the cost.

Set during one of the most turbulent and revolutionary times in history, A Column of Fire is one of Follett’s most exciting and ambitious works yet. It will delight longtime fans of the Kingsbridge series and is the perfect introduction for readers new to Ken Follett.


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Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it’s hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty-foot wingspan. 

Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded.

But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern-day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames. 


Lost and Gone Forever by Alex Grecian It is 1891, and the Murder Squad is going through difficult times.

One of the detectives, Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith, has just lost his job for being too impetuous, and in response has set up his own private detective agency. Another, his friend and mentor Inspector Walter Day, is missing – and has been for an entire year. There is a strong suspicion that their nemesis, Jack the Ripper himself, has taken him, but for what purpose, no one can say.

For Hammersmith, the search for Day is his one and only concern, but now he finds his hunt complicated by unexpected company – a pair of menacingly polite bounty hunters, a man and a woman, whose case seems inextricably bound up with his own. But how and why, and who hired them?

And who is the strange man seen wandering the streets, whom no one can identify but who looks and sounds an awful lot like . . . Walter Day?

As dark forces converge, all will be revealed – but for Hammersmith and his team, the truth may turn out to be the most unsettling thing of all.


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal but Tamlin – one of lethal immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As Feyre dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, a

nd Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin – and his world – forever.



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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court – but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms – and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future – and the future of a world torn apart.

#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah J. Maas expands Feyre’s world beyond even her wildest imagination in this seductive and stunning sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses.


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A Court of Wings and Ruin Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must p[lay a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book of the Court of Thorns and roses series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sara J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.



The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom’s most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful Assassin’s Guild, she yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. When Celaena’s scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes and questioning her own allegiance. She will have to risk it all if she hopes to escape Arobynn’s clutches – and if she fails, she’ll lose not just a chance at freedom but her life.

A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers readers a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling – and deadly – world. 


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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold.

After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Yrene Towers has no desire to help the young lord from Adarlan, let alone heal him. Yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need – and will honor it. But Lord Westfall carries shadows from his own past, and Yrene soon comes to realize they could engulf them both.

In this sweeping parallel novel to the New York Times bestselling Empire of Storms, Chaol, Nesryn, and Yrene will have to draw on every scrap of their resilience if they wish to save their friends. But while they become entangled in the political webs of the khaganate, deep in the shadows of mighty mountains where warriors soar on legendary ruks, long-awaited answers slumber. Answers that might offer their world a chance at survival – or doom them all. 


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Semper Cool by Barry Fixler Semper Cool is the wrenching, sometimes hilarious and always thought-provoking true story of a mischievous teenager who enlists in the U.S. Marine Corps seeking adventure and his father’s approval and finds both, plus more danger than he ever could have imagined. Barry Fixler gets molded into a Marine at boot camp and sent to Vietnam, where he is assigned to a company that would soon etch its place in Marine Corps lore at the legendary Siege of Khe Sanh.

With its vivid imagery, Semper Cool thrusts readers into a “grunt’s-eye-view” of the blood, guts, tears, and laughter of war, as told by a Marine who returned home a proud, patriotic man. Be prepared to laugh and cry and ultimately thank God for the men and women willing to sacrifice their lives for the freedoms that so many Americans enjoy.


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Enduring Vietnam by James Wright The Vietnam war is largely recalled as a mistake, either in the decision to engage there or in the nature of the engagement, or both. Veterans of the war remain largely anonymous figures, accomplices in the mistake. Critically recounting the steps that led to the war, this book does not excuse the mistakes, but it brings those who served out of the shadows.

Enduring Vietnam recounts the experiences of the young Americans who fought in Vietnam and of families who grieved those who did not return. By 1969, nearly half of the junior enlisted men who died in Vietnam were draftees, and their median age was twenty-one; among the non-draftees it was only twenty.

The book describes the baby boomers growing up in the 1950’s, why they went into the military, what they thought of the war, and what it was like to serve in “Nam.” And to come home. With a vivid narrative of the battle for “Hamburger Hill” and through substantial interviews with those who served, the book depicts the cruelty of this war and its quiet acts of courage.

Enduring Vietnam provides an important dimension to the profile of an American generation – and a rich account of an American war.


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Gods, Demigods, and Demons: An Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology by Bernard Evslin Apollo . . . Centaurs . . . Olympus . . . Zeus . . .

This wide-ranging encyclopedia has everything you ever wanted to know about Greek mythology – all in one easy-to-use reference book.

Names, places, and events from the legends of ancient Greece are presented in exciting, briefly told tales.

With more than 540 alphabetical entries and a key to pronunciation, this handy guide is a treasure trove of pleasurable reading that will add much to your enjoyment and understanding of the ancient Greeks and their gods.




A Pristine Suicide by Bart J. Allen Squarely in the heart of America, Salina, Kansas is a pretty safe place to have kids. At least, that’s what they say. But some places in Kansas are safer than others. The Allens found out the hard way. In the case of the death of their oldest son, seventeen-year-old Destry Greer Allen, they did what nobody else would do to find out the truth about what really happened to him that late night in June of 2004. Originally ruled a textbook suicide, an independent investigation by the Allens discovered it was anything but. Seven years later, Destry’s case is still open – an unsolved suicide. What happens when the system intended to protect citizens at the most vulnerable times in their lives not only turns its back, but goes out of its way to wrong them? What happens when the professionals, who citizens trust to depend on to take care of them, go after them instead, to teach them a lesson? The Allens found out.


Mother’s Day by Dennis McDougal In June of 1985, Theresa Cross Knorr, with the help of her teenage sons, dumped the body of her daughter Sheila in California’s desolate high Sierra. Knorr had beaten Sheila unconscious three days earlier, then locked her in a closet to die. This unbelievable yet true tale of a monstrous, abusive mother murdering not one but two of her children is almost too horrific to describe.

The previous summer, in an attempt to erase evidence that she had shot Sheila’s sister Suesan, Knorr had dug the bullet out of the girl’s back with a paring knife. Deprived of proper medical care, Suesan had quickly developed a severe infection, prompting Knorr and her two sons to drive the delirious child into the mountains where they doused her with gasoline and set her on fire. Knorr got away with both murders for nearly nine years, until her youngest daughter, Terry Knorr Graves, revealed the dark secret of her mother’s unfathomable actions to the police. HOw could a parent so callously kill her own kids? Mother’s Day depicts the shocking life of a woman whose violence, jealousy, rage, and domination led to brutally heinous crimes of ruthless ferocity.


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Our Guys by Bernard Lefkowitz In March 1989 a group of teenage boys lured a retarded girl into a basement in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and gang-raped her. Glen Ridge was the kind of peaceful, affluent suburb many Americans dream about. The rapists were its most popular high school athletes. And although rumors of the crime quickly spread throughout the town, weeks passed before anyone saw fit to report it to the police. What made these boys capable of brutalizing a girl that some of them had known since childhood? Why did so many of their elders deny the rape and rally around its perpetrators? To solve this riddle, the Edgar Award-winning author Bernard Lefkowitz conducted years of research and more than two hundred interviews. The result is not just a wrenching story of crime and punishment, but a hauntingly nuanced portrait of America’s jock culture and the hidden world of unrestrained adolescent sexuality.


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Better Homes and Gardens Step-by-Step Ultimate Yard & Garden As you walk through your neighborhood, do you find yourself analyzing your neighbors’ yards, trying to figure out how they were able to combine all those plants to create such a beautiful yard, walkway, or garden? Wonder no more!

Better Homes and Gardens Step-by-Step Ultimate Yard & Garden takes you behind the scenes and shows you how it’s done. Inside this ultimate book you’ll find step-by-step instructions, a comprehensive list of garden ideas, and information for accessorizing and maintaining your new look. And a descriptive and colorful plant guide explains in detail all the best perennials, ferns, and ornamental grasses you can use to enhance the color and fragrance of your new design!


The Wizard’s Cookbook From Merlin to Mary Poppins, author Aurelia Beaupommier pays tribute with this spellbinding cookbook to all sorcerers, fairies, elves, mages, and magicians. Hidden within are fantastic food and drink recipes inspired by:

  • Aladdin (Brochettes of Finely Chopped Enemies)
  • Beauty and the Beast (The Beast’s Chops)
  • Bewitched (Tabitha’s Lollipops)
  • Dungeons and Dragons (Dragon Eggs)
  • Fantastic Beasts (Newt Scamander’s Sasquatch Bait)
  • Harry Potter (Chocolate Frogs)
  • The Legend of Zelda (Green Potion)
  • The Lion King (Rafiki’s Chips)
  • The Lord of the Rings (Elven Waybread)
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Poisoned Apples)
  • The World of Narnia (Children en Croute)

And many more!

Providing the sustenance necessary to battle your nemesis – whether it be a dragon or an empty stomach – these delicious, bewitching recipes are sure to teleport you and those dining with you to another world.


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My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf We all have that one friend from school – the strange kid, the class freak, the guy whose antics amused, entertained, and maybe even alarmed us. The one who sticks in our heads even with the passing of the years. That classmate is invariably left behind when we graduate, vanishing into memory, filed away with our old yearbooks and other teenage mementos. But every now and then we wonder, whatever happened to that friend? For one man who grew up in a small town in Ohio, that question was answered by every media outlet in the world on July 22, 1991, when Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested for the murder of seventeen young men and teenage boys.

My Friend Dahmer is a haunting, original graphic novel by Derf Backderf, an award-winning political cartoonist and comix creator. In these pages, Backderf tries to make sense of the future serial killer with whom he shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides. What emerges is a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling helplessly against the ghastly urges bubbling up from the deep recesses of his psyche. The Dahmer recounted here, universally regarded as an inhuman monster by the rest of the world, is a lonely oddball who, in reality, is all too human. A shy kid sucked inexorably into madness while the adults in his life fail to notice.

We all know what Dahmer did, but in My Friend Dahmer, Backderf provides, from his unique vantage point, profound (and, at times, even strangely comic) insight into how and, more important, why Jeffrey Dahmer transformed from a high school nerd into a depraved fiend as notorious as Jack the Ripper.

In My Friend Dahmer, Backderf comes as close as anyone has to explaining the seemingly unexplainable phenomenon of one Jeffrey Dahmer, Revere High School class of 1978.


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Call Sign Dracula by Joe Fair Call Sign Dracula provides an outstanding, valuable and worthy in-depth look into the life of a US Army Infantry soldier serving with the famed 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One) in Vietnam. It is a genuine, firsthand account of a one-year tour that shows how a soldier grew and matured from an awkward, bewildered, inexperienced, eighteen-year-old country “bumpkin” from Kentucky, to a tough, battle hardened, fighting soldier.

You will laugh, cry, and stand in awe at the true life experiences shared in this memoir. The awfulness of battle, fear beyond description, the sorrow and anguish of losing friends, extreme weariness, the dealing with the scalding sun, torrential rain, cold, heat, humidity, insects, and the daily effort just to maintain sanity were struggles faced virtually every day. And yet, there were the good times. There was the coming together to laugh, joke, and share stories from home. There was the warmth and compassion shown by men to each other in such an unreal environment. You will see where color, race, or where you were from had no bearing on the tight-knit group of young men that was formed from the necessity to survive. What a “bunch” they were!

. . . then the return to home and all the adjustments and struggles to once again fit into a world that was now strange and uncomfortable.

Call Sign Dracula is an excellent and genuine memoir of an infantry soldier in the Vietnam War.


Five Years to Freedom by James N. Rowe When Green Beret lieutenant James N. Rowe was captured in 1963 by the Vietcong, he became one of the first American POWs of the Vietnam War. For half a decade, Rowe endured illness and other unimaginable adversities. He suffered grueling psychological and physical torment. He experienced the loneliness and frustration of watching his friends die. And he struggled every day to maintain faith in himself as a soldier and in his country, which appeared to have forgotten him. 

Harrowing and triumphant, Five Years to Freedom is an unforgettable story of survival – and a testimony to the disciplined human spirit.




Things I’ll  Never Forget by James M. Dixon Things I’ll Never Forget is the story of a young high school graduate in 1965 who faces being drafted into the Army or volunteering for the Marine Corps. These are his memories of funny times, disgusting times, and deadly times. The author kept a journal for an entire year; therefore many of the dates, times, and places are accurate. The rest is based on memories that are forever tattooed on his brain.

This is not a pro-war book, nor is it anti-war. It is the true story of what the Marine Corps was like in the late 1960’s, when the country had a draft and five hundred thousand Americans were serving one year tours in battle-torn South East Asia.

If you served in Viet Nam you will want to compare your experience with the author’s. If you know someone who went to Viet Nam, you will want to read for yourself what it was like. If you lost a loved one or friend in the war, you will want to read this and share it with others.


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Headlights on the Prairie by Robert Rebein At the long-term care facility where Robert Rebein’s father lands after a horrific car crash, a shadow box hangs next to each room, its contents suggesting something of the occupant’s life. In Headlights on the Prairie, Rebein has created a literary shadow box of sorts, a book in which moments of singular grace and grit encapsulate a life and a world.

Robert Rebein’s essays take us back to his hometown of Dodge City and the high plains world where his family has farmed and ranched since the 1920’s. It is a world populated by feedlot cowboys, stock car drivers, and farm kids dreaming of basketball glory. Here too we find the darker tales of damaged young men returning from war, long-haul truckers addicted to crystal meth, and the sadly heroic residents of a small-town nursing home grandiloquently named Manor of the Plains.


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What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, and Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

In these pages, she describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterward. With humor and candor, she tells readers what it took to get back on her feet – the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through, and what the experience has taught her about life. She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics.


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Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lines by Dick Gregory Dick Gregory has been an unsparing and incisive cultural force for more than fifty years: a friend of such luminaries as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers, Gregory is an unrelenting, lifelong activist against social injustice, whether he was marching in Selma during the Civil Rights movement or organizing student demonstrations to protest the Vietnam War, participating in rallies for Native American and feminist rights, or fighting apartheid in South Africa.

Known as much for his comedic achievements – as an actor, author, and social critic – as for his activism, Gregory is the forebearer of today’s new generation of black comics, including Larry Wilmore, W. Kamau Bell, and Trevor Noah. But Gregory has always kept it indisputably real when discussing race in America, fearlessly lacing laughter with controversial truths in a manner that is inimitably his own.

Now, in Defining Moments in Black History, Gregory charts the empowering yet often obscured past of the African American experience. In his unapologetically candid voice, he moves from African ancestry and surviving the Middle Passage to modern-day protests. A captivating journey through time, this collection of provocative essays explores historical movements such as the Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance, as well as cultural touchstones, among them Marian Anderson’s performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and Billie Holiday’s haunting delivery of “Strange Fruit.”

Here is an essential, unique, no-holds-barred history lesson, sure to provoke, enlighten, uplift, and entertain – from one of our greatest living legends.


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