New Items – 02/07/19

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Image result for powers of a girlPowers of a Girl by Lorraine Cink, illustrated by Alice X. Zhang¬†This unique book is the perfect start – or addition – to any Marvel fan’s collection! Using her in-depth knowledge and passion for Super Heroes, Lorraine Cink explores the lives of the exceptional and diverse women of the Marvel Universe.¬† Filled with inspirational lessons and clever observations, each section digs into what these relatable women can teach us all about growth, bravery, and the true meaning of strength. Paired with over one hundred original, vibrant, and emotive illustrations from the talented Alice X. Zhang, this book balances the responsibility and the fun that comes with being a hero.


Image result for the indian world of george washingtonThe Indian World of George Washington¬†George Washington’s place in the foundations of the Republic remains unrivaled. His life story – from his beginnings as a surveyor and farmer, to colonial soldier in the Virginia Regiment, leader of the Patriot cause, commander of the Continental Army, and finally first president of the United States – reflects the narrative of the nation he guided into existence. There is, rightfully, no more chronicled figure.

Yet American history has largely forgotten what Washington himself knew clearly; that the new Republic’s fate depended less on grand rhetoric of independence and self-governance and more on land – Indian land. Colin Calloway’s biography of the greatest founding father reveals in full the relationship between Washington and the Native leaders he dealt with intimately across the decades: Shingas, Tanaghrisson, Guyasuta, Attakullakulla, Bloody Fellow, Joseph Brant, Cornplanter, Red Jacket, and Little Turtle, among many others. Using the prism of Washington’s life to bring focus to these figures and the tribes they reprensented – the Iroquois Confederacy, Lenape, Miami, Creek, Delaware – Colin Calloway reveals how central their role truly was in Washington’s, and therefore the nation’s, foundational narrative.

Calloway gives the First Americans their due, revealing the full extent and complexity of the relationships between the man who rose to become that nation’s most powerful figure and those whose power and dominion declined in almost equal degree during his lifetime. His book invites us to look at America’s origins in a new light.¬†The Indian World of George Washington¬†is a brilliant portrait of both the most revered man in American history and those whose story during the tumultuous century in which the country was formed has, until now, been only partially told.


Image result for the courage of cowardsThe Courage of Cowards The Courage of Cowards is a fascinating insight into the First World War through the eyes of the men who felt compelled not to fight. From memoirs, letters and official records, Karyn Burnham reveals the untold stories of conscientious objectors who had the courage to stand by their beliefs when the country was against them.

Pilloried, bullied, imprisoned and even threatened with death, these ordinary men had remarkable experiences: serving in the Non-Combatant Corps; dealing with the carnage of the Western Front with the Friends Ambulance Unit or defying authority and playing no part whatsoever in the war.

Discover the true stories of men like Charles Dingle, a medical orderly, who helped evacuate wounded soldiers under heavy bombardment on the Western Front; like Jack Foister, secretly shipped to France and sentenced to death for his beliefs.

In January 1916, with the death toll mounting and the number of volunteers no longer meeting the voracious demands of the war, Prime Minister Asquith took the radical step of introducing conscription. For the first time in British history, the Government had the right to call the ordinary working man to arms. Those who opposed war for religious or political reasons were about to face the biggest battle of their lives.


Image result for a different kind of war story edward m arnettA Different Kind of War Story by Edward M. Arnett The book carries the writer through his experiences in WWII as a draftee into Civilian Public Service (CPS), the official structure for handling conscientious objectors (COs). Among his various assignments to CPS camps and projects are that to the forest Service Smokejumper unit where he parachuted into remote areas of the Rockies to put out small forest fires before they became big.

Also, of special interest is his description of transferring 1,200 wild horses on a cargo ship to Poland as aid for reestablishing Polish agriculture and some observations on Poland under the Soviet occupation during the early years of the cold war.



Image result for A Serial Killer's Daughter kerri rawsonA Serial Killer’s Daughter by Kerri Rawson¬†What is it like to learn that your ordinary, loving father is a serial killer?¬†

In 2005, Kerri Rawson heard a knock on the door of her apartment. When she opened it, an FBI agent informed her that her father had been arrested for murdering ten people, including two children. IT was then that she learned her father was the notorious serial killer known as BTK, a name he’d given himself that described the horrific way he committed his crimes: bind, torture, kill. As news of his capture spread, Wichita celebrated the end of a thirty-one-year nightmare.

For Kerri Rawson, another was just beginning. She was plunged into a black hole of horror and disbelief. The same man who had been a loving father, a devoted husband, church president, Boy Scout leader, and a public servant had been using their family as a cover for his heinous crimes since before she was born. Everything she had believed about her life had been a lie.

Written with candor and extraordinary courage,¬†A Serial Killer’s Daughter¬†is an unflinching exploration of life with one of America’s most infamous killers and an astonishing tale of personal and spiritual transformation. For all who suffer from unhealed wounds or the crippling effects of violence, betrayal, and anger, Kerri Rawson’s story offers the hope of reclaiming sanity in the midst of madness, rebuilding a life in the shadow of death, and learning to forgive the unforgivable.


Image result for connections in deathConnections in Death by J.D. Robb¬†Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke, are putting a portion of their billions toward building a brand-new school and youth shelter. Both Eve and Roarke know all too well how the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads – and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they’ve hired the talented and passionate child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering, whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.

Lyle is living with Rochelle temporarily while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled for his sister when she tells him about Roarke’s job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, Rochelle finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap. Eve’s investigation quickly confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison – and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.

Now Eve and Roarke will have to venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and into the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order for Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances . . .


Image result for a danger to herself and othersA Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Steinmel¬†Hannah knows there’s been a mistake. She doesn’t need to be institutionalized. What happened to her roommate at the summer program was an accident. As soon as the doctors and judge figure out that she isn’t a danger to herself or others, she can go home to start her senior year. Those college applications aren’t going to write themselves. Until then, she’s determined to win over the staff and earn some privileges so she doesn’t lose her mind to boredom.

Then Lucy arrives. Lucy has her own baggage, and she’s the perfect project to keep Hanna’s focus off all she is missing at home. But Lucy may be the one person who can get Hannah to confront the secrets she’s avoiding – and the dangerous games that landed her in confinement in the first place.


Image result for fraternity robbinsFraternity by Alexandra Robbins¬†Two real year-in-the-life stories. Mysterious rituals, secrets and surprises, and a shocking twist. Meet Jake, a freshman seeking a brotherhood that could lead to lifelong friendships and help conquer his social awkwardness. Earnest and studious, Jake didn’t drink or party in high school 0 but his resolve is about to be challenged. And meet Oliver, a hardworking chapter president trying to keep his well-meaning fraternity out of trouble despite multiple run-ins with the police. Tough and athletic, Oliver doubts his ability to lead a fraternity at the age of nineteen. Where they end up may astonish you.

Acclaimed journalist Alexandra Robbins gives us a captivating view of fraternities that we haven’t seen before. She weaves together intimate, revealing personal stories and social science to explain why good boys sometimes do bad things, how to prevent them from doing so, and why tragic and deadly incidents still occur, even though they don’t reflect most members’ experiences.

Fraternity¬†is more than just a fascinating page-turner. It’s a different kind of story about college guys, one in which they candidly discuss identity, sex, social media, drinking, peer pressure, consent, gender roles, and porn. And it’s a book about boys at a vulnerable age who, in a climate where they can be stigmatized merely for being male, are trying bravely to forge a path to manhood – but don’t want to navigate this complicated, coming-of-age journey alone.


Image result for courting darknessCourting Darkness by Robin LaFevers¬†Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. IN a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent – provided Sybella can find them.

Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes,¬† she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands – even if it means ignoring the long-awaited orders from the convent.

As Sybella’s and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, their worlds threaten to collide, causing the fate of everything they hold sacred to rest on a knife’s edge.


Image result for on desperate groundOn Desperate Ground by Hampton Sides On October 15, 1950, General Douglas MacArthur, supreme commander of UN troops in Korea, convinced President Harry Truman that the communist forces of Kim Il Sung would be utterly defeated by Thanksgiving. The Chinese, he said with near certainty, would not intervene in the war.

As he was speaking, 300,000 Chinese soldiers began secretly crossing the Manchurian border. Led by some 20,000 men of the First Marine Division, the Americans moved deep into the snowy mountains of North Korea, toward the trap Mao had set for the vainglorious MacArthur along the frozen shores of the Chosin Reservoir. What followed was one of the most heroic – and harrowing – operations in American military history, and one of the classic battles of all time. Faced with probable annihilation, and temperatures plunging to twenty degrees below zero, the surrounded, and hugely outnumbered, Marines fought through the enemy forces with ferocity, ingenuity, and nearly unimaginable courage as they marched their way to the sea.

Hampton Sides’ superb account of this epic clash relies on years of archival research, unpublished letters, declassified documents, and interviews with scores of Marines and Koreans who survived the siege. While expertly detailing the follies of the American leaders,¬†On Desperate Ground¬†is an immediate, grunt’s-eye view of history, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances.

Hampton Sides has been hailed by critics as one of the best non-fiction writers of his generation. As the¬†Miami Herald¬†wrote, “Sides has a novelist’s eye for the propulsive elements that lend momentum and dramatic pace to the best nonfiction narratives.”


Image result for vietnam a history karnowVietnam: A History by Stanley Karnow This monumental narrative clarifies, analyzes, and demystifies the tragic ordeal of the Vietnam War. Free of ideological bias, profound in its understanding, and compassionate in its human portrayals, it is filled with fresh revelations drawn from secret documents and from exclusive interviews with the participants РFrench, American, Vietnamese, Chinese: diplomats, military commanders, high government officials, journalists, nurses, workers, and soldiers. 

Vietnam: A History puts events and decisions into such sharp focus that we come to understand Рand make peace with Рa convulsive epoch of our recent history.



Image result for single handed cohenSingle Handed by Daniel M. Cohen After being captured by Nazis and living through a year in the Mauthausen concentration camp, young Hungarian immigrant Tibor Rubin arrived in America, penniless and barely speaking English. In 1950, he volunteered for service in the Korean War. After numerous acts of heroism, including single-handedly defending a hill against enemy soldiers, rescuing a wounded comrade amid sniper fire, and commandeering a machine gun, he was captured and spent two and a half years in captivity.

Still, it wasn’t until 2005, when Tibor was seventy-six, that he received the Medal of Honor from President George W. Bush – making the former Hungarian refugee the only Holocaust survivor to earn America’s highest military distinction.

Drawing on eyewitness accounts and extensive interviews,¬†Single-Handed¬†is the inspiring account of the life of Tibor “Teddy” Rubin, a stirring portrait of a true American hero.


Image result for civil war in the north carolina quaker beltCivil War in the North Carolina Quaker Belt by William T. Auman¬†This is an account of the seven military operations conducted by the Confederacy against deserters and disloyalists and the concomitant internal war between secessionists and those who opposed secession in the Quaker Belt of central North Carolina. It explains how the “outliers” (deserters and draft-dodgers) managed to elude capture and survive despite extensive efforts by Confederate authorities to hunt them down and return them to the army.

The author discusses the development of the secret underground pro-Union organization the Heroes of America, and how its members utilized the Underground Railroad, dug-out caves, and an elaborate system of secret signals and communications to elude the “hunters.” Numerous instances of murder, rape, torture and other brutal acts and many skirmishes between gangs of deserters and Confederate and state troops are recounted. In a revisionist interpretation of the Tar Heel wartime peace movement, the author argues that William Holden’s peace crusade was in fact a Copperhead insurgency in which peace agitators strove for a return of North Carolina and the South to the Union on the Copperhead basis – that is, with the institution of slavery protected by the Constitution in the returning states.


Image result for the heartbeat of wounded kneeThe Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer The received idea of Native American history has been that it essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee.

Not only did more than 150 Sioux die at the hands of the U.S. Calvary, but Native civilization did as well. Growing up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota, training as an anthropologist, and researching Native life for his nonfiction and his novels, David Treuer began to uncover a different narrative. Not despite but rather because of American Indians’ intense struggles to preserve their tribes, their cultures, and their very existence, the true story has been one of the unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention.

In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir to explore how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering. The forced assimilation of children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and at the same time steered the emerging shape of self-rule and inspired a new generation of resistance. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is the essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative epoch.


Image result for the last stand philbrickThe Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick In June 1876 George Armstrong Custer, a Civil War veteran with a reputation for incredible if often reckless courage, led his cavalry regiment against a vastly superior force of Sioux and Cheyenne near the Little Bighorn River in central Montana. Whether remembered as a tale of insane arrogance or unmatched bravery, the bloody massacre that ensued remains one of the most embattled episodes in American history. In this riveting narrative, celebrated historian Nathaniel Philbrick reveals Custer and Sitting Bull as never before, creating an unforgettable portrait of two leaders as they embarked on a collision course that reached its violent climax on a lonely rise now known as Last Stand Hill. 



Image result for unexampled courage gergelUnexampled Courage by Richard Gergel¬†Sergeant Isaac Woodard, a battlefield-decorated soldier, climbed aboard a Greyhound bus on February 12, 1946 in Augusta, Georgia, on his last leg home after three years of military service. Things suddenly went awry when a brief heated exchange with the bus driver resulted in Woodard’s removal from the bus and his arrest in the small town of Batesburg, South Carolina. Shortly after the Batesburg police chief, Lynwood Shull, took Woodard into custody, he beat the soldier with his blackjack, blinding him.

Details of Woodard’s tragic encounter soon reached President Harry S. Truman. Outraged by the treatment of a uniformed American soldier, Truman wrote to his attorney general and made it clear that there was a need for an effective federal response. Within days, criminal civil rights charges were brought against Shull in the federal district court in South Carolina and Truman began establishing the first presidential committee on civil rights. Truman’s committee recommended groundbreaking reforms, including ending segregation in the armed forces. On July 26, 1948, Truman, over vigorous opposition, issued Executive Order 9981, integrating the American military and marking the beginning of the end of Jim Crow.

Shull was tried before United States District Judge J. Waties Waring, a Charleston patrician whose father was a Confederate veteran. An all-white jury quickly acquitted Shull, but Judge Waring was conscience-stricken by the failure of the justice system to hold the obviously culpable police chief accountable. Waring soon began issuing landmark civil rights decisions that rocked his native state and challenged the foundations of racial segregation and of black disenfranchisement. His courageous dissent in a 1951 school desegregation case, in which he declared segregation per se unconstitutional, became the model for the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in¬†Brown v. Board of Education¬†three years later.

Richard Gergel’s¬†Unexampled Courage¬†details the long-overlooked story of the blinding of Sergeant Woodard and its transformative effect on President Truman, Judge Waring, and, ultimately, America’s civil rights history. This is a story that deserves to be told, with all its pathos, its brutality, and its redemption of the American system of justice.

Other new books include: The Giver by Lois Lowry (Graphic Novel); Medic! by Ben Sherman; Conscientious Objectors of the Second World War by Ann Kramer; All American Boys by Frank Kusch; The Pawnee Indians by George E. Hyde; and The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam


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New Books – 01/09/19

Welcome to spring semester, DC3! Our displays are full of brand new books, just waiting for you to come and check them out.  Have a look!

Image result for influenza jeremyInfluenza by Dr. Jeremy Brown While influenza is now often thought of as a common and mild disease, it still kills over 30,000 people in the US each year. Dr. Jeremy Brown, currently Director of Emergency Care Research at the National Institutes of Health, expounds on the flu’s deadly past to solve the mysteries that could protect us from the next outbreak. In¬†Influenza, he talks with leading epidemiologists, policy makers, and the researcher who first sequenced the genetic building blocks of the original 1918 virus to offer both a comprehensive history and a roadmap for understanding what‚Äôs to come.

Dr. Brown digs into the discovery and resurrection of the flu virus in the frozen victims of the 1918 epidemic, as well as the bizarre remedies that once treated the disease, such as whiskey and blood-letting. Influenza also breaks down the current dialogue surrounding the disease, explaining the controversy over vaccinations, antiviral drugs like Tamiflu, and the federal government’s role in preparing for pandemic outbreaks. Though 100 years of advancement in medical research and technology have passed since the 1918 disaster, Dr. Brown warns that many of the most vital questions about the flu virus continue to confound even the leading experts.

Influenza¬†is an enlightening and unnerving look at a shapeshifting deadly virus that has been around long before people‚ÄĒand warns us that it may be many more years before we are able to conquer it for good.


Image result for i wondered about that tooI Wondered About That Too by Larry Scheckel Here you’ll find entertaining and expansive answers to 111 questions you didn’t even know you had, such as:¬†What color is my brain? Which is the deadliest snake? How high do birds fly? Is Jell-O really made from horse hooves?¬†The wide-ranging questions and answers will make readers eager to learn more.







Image result for Look Alive at Twenty FiveLook Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich¬†There’s nothing like a good deli and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World famous for its pastrami, cole slaw and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, the only clue in each case is one shoe that’s been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it’s a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they’d better figure out what’s going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum.






Image result for of blood and boneOf Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.

Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before‚ÄĒthe city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted‚ÄĒand the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.

In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries. She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword, and fight. For until she grows into the woman she was born to be, the world outside will never be whole again.


Image result for 48 hours fortschen48 Hours by William R. Forstchen In 48 hours, the Earth will be hit by a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the Sun, a “Carrington Event” that has the power to shut down and possibly destroy the world’s electrical infrastructure. To try and prevent permanent damage, everything goes dark prior to the hit: global communications are shut down; hospital emergency generators are disconnected; the entire internet, media broadcasting, and cell phone systems are turned off.

Will the world’s population successfully defend itself in the wake of the CME, or will mass panic lead to the breakdown of society as we know it?

William R. Forstchen is at his best in 48 Hours, a tale of the resilience of American citizens when faced with a crisis.


Image result for zero sugar cookbookZero Sugar Cookbook by David Zinczenko¬†This book will change your life. Dave Zinczenko – the #1¬†New York Times¬†bestselling author and most trusted name in health and wellness – knows that’s true, because it changed his.

In¬†Zero Sugar Diet,¬†Dave discovered new science that proved why we can’t lose weight, no matter how hard we try. The culprit: added sugars, the sneaky substance food manufacturers slip into everything you eat, from bread to cold cuts, even “health” foods. But how to give them up?

To find out, Dave worked with nutritionists to develop Zero Sugar Diet, and ran a test panel of 1,000 people where he documented Рon a day-by-day basis Рthe remarkable changes that happened. Energy levels soared. Waistlines shrank. Blood pressure and cholesterol numbers plummeted. Muscles became toned and lean. Dave even lost 10 pounds himself!

The same thing can happen for you. And the¬†Zero Sugar Cookbook¬†will make it easy and effective for everyone. Inside, you’ll find over 100 deliciously satisfying recipes – from hearty breakfasts to comfort-food classics, and snacks in between – that contain zero added sugars, and¬†they’re so tasty, you won’t even notice!


Image result for the breakthrough graeberThe Breakthrough by Charles Graeber¬†For decades, scientists have puzzled over one of medicine’s most confounding mysteries: Why doesn’t our immune system recognize and fight cancer the way it does other diseases, like the common cold?

As it turns out, the answer to that question can be traced to a series of tricks that cancer has developed to turn off normal immune responses – tricks that scientists have only recently discovered and learned to defeat. The result is what many are calling cancer’s “penicillin moment,” a revolutionary discovery in our understanding of cancer and how to beat it.

In THE BREAKTHROUGH, Graeber guides readers through the revolutionary scientific research bringing immunotherapy out of the realm of the miraculous and into the forefront of twenty-first-century medical science. As advances in the fields of cancer research and the human immune system continue to fuel a therapeutic arms race among biotech and pharmaceutical research centers around the world, the next step Рharnessing the wealth of new information to create modern and more effective patient therapies Рis unfolding at an unprecedented pace, rapidly redefining our relationship with this all-too-human disease.

Groundbreaking, riveting, and expertly told, THE BREAKTHROUGH is the story of the game-changing scientific discoveries that unleash our natural ability to recognize and defeat cancer, as told through the experiences of the patients, physicians, and cancer immunotherapy researchers who are on the front lines. This is the incredible true story of the race to find a cure, a dispatch from the life-changing world of modern oncological science, and a brave new chapter in medical history.


Image result for quarterback feinsteinQuarterback by John Feinstein¬†In the NFL – America’s most popular sports league – quarterbacks are kings. The right QB becomes the face of a franchise and marches his team – and millions of fans – on a glorious winning odyssey that can last for a decade or longer. The wrong QB leads his team to losses, infighting, second-guessing, and fan misery. Qyarterbacks are drafted straight out of college with indescribable expectations and tantalizing dreams of stardom resting on their shoulders from Day One. They play in front of 75,000 fans, with millions more watching at home. The intense media glare follows their every move. Many QBs wash out of the league . . . and a few become legends.

John Feinstein takes us inside that rarified world with five men who have achieved the highest levels in the NFL. Andrew Luck and Alex Smith – both #1 overall selections in their respective drafts; Joe Flacco – Super Bowl MVP; Doug Williams – the first African American quarterback to win the biggest game in sports and to be named Super Bowl MVP; and Ryan Fitzpatrick – experienced veteran and starting quarterback of seven NFL teams . . . among them, they have lived every aspect of playing the position. Feinstein describes the pressures, politics, business, and physical toll. He maps out a QB’s journey, from incredible athleticism and college stardom to the NFL draft, from taking command of the huddle to marching a team down the field with a nation of fans cheering.

With the cooperation of these five quarterbacks and dozens of other players, coaches, and GMs, Feinstein assembles an unprecedented glimpse into the routine of a star quarterback – in the locker room and in the huddle – and outlines what happens on the field in the heat of battle, whether leading to spectacular moments or embarrassing defeats . . . as well as the demands of the press conferences afterward. Feinstein also explores the controversies of a powerful league embroiled in questions of player health, substance abuse, racism, TV revenue, corporate greed, draft decisions, free-agency strategies, and management decisions that are sometimes brilliant and sometimes questionable. In the end,¬†Quarterback¬†is John Feinstein’s most fascinating – and insightful – book yet.


Image result for fire & blood martinFire & Blood by George R. R. Martin With all the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally bestselling author George R. R. Martin, this is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen Рthe only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria Рtook up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

What really happned during the Dance of the Dragons? Why was it so deadly to visit Varlyria after the Doom? What were Maegor the Cruel’s worst crimes? What was it like in Westeros when dragons ruled the skies? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire,¬†but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.

With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s¬†The History and Decline of the Roman Empire, Fire & Blood¬†is the ultimate game of thrones, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.


Image result for wolves of edenWolves of Eden by Kevin McCarthy¬†Dakota Territory, 1866. Following the murders of a frontier fort’s politically connected sutler and his wife in their illicit off-post brothel, Lieutenant Martin Molloy and his long-suffering orderly, Corporal Daniel Kohn, are ordered to track down the killers and return with “boots for the gallows” to appease powerful figures in Washington. The men journey west to the distant outpost in a beautiful valley, where the soldiers inside the fort prove to be violently opposed to their investigations.

Meanwhile, Irish immigrant brothers Michael and Thomas O’Driscoll have returned from the brutal front lines of the Civil War. Unable to adapt to life as migrant farm laborers in peacetime Ohio, they reenlist in the army and are shipped to Fort Phil Kearny in the heart of the Powder River Valley. Here they are thrown into merciless combat with Red Cloud’s coalition of Native tribes fighting American expansion into their hunting grounds. Amidst the daily carnage, Thomas finds a love that will lead to a moment of violence as brutal as any they have witnessed in battle – a moment that will change their lives forever.

Blending intimate historical detail and emotional acuity, Wolves of Eden sets these four men on a deadly collision course in a haunting narrative that explores the cruelty of warfare and the resilience of the human spirit.


Image result for click a story of cyberbullyingClick: A Story of Cyberbullying by Alexandra Philips¬†Lexi’s story of cyberbullying is a shocking depiction of a young teenager’s torment in the world of online harassment. Lexi is ganged up on by a few girls over a misunderstanding in the schoolyard. The incident escalates on social media, local chat boards, and gossip sites.

In a twist of karmic fate, Lexi turns the tables on her former tormentors with one touch of a button.







Image result for brief answers to the big questionsBrief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking The world-famous cosmologist and #1  bestselling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the biggest questions facing humankind.

Stephen Hawking was the most renowned scientist since Einstein, known both for his groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology a nd for his mischievous sense of humor. He educated millions of readers about the origins of the universe and the nature of black holes, and inspired millions more by defying a terrifying early prognosis of ALS, which originally gave him only two years to live. In later life he could communicate only by using a few facial muscles, but he continued to advance his field and serve as a revered voice on social and humanitarian issues.

Hawking not only unraveled some of the universe’s greatest mysteries but also believed science plays a critical role in fixing problems here on Earth. Now, as we face immense challenges on our planet, he turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us.

Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Does God exist? These are just a few of the questions Hawking addresses in this wide-ranging, passionately argued final book from one of the greatest minds in history.


Image result for god hates barrett-foxGod Hates by Rebecca Barrett-Fox¬†The congregants thanked God that they weren’t like all those hopeless people outside the church, bound for hell. So the Westboro Baptist Church’s Sunday service began, and Rebecca Barrett-Fox, a curious observer, wondered why anyone would seek spiritual sustenance through other people’s damnation. It is a question that piques many a witness to Westboro’s more visible activity – the “GOD HATES F*GS” picketing of funerals In¬†God Hates,¬†sociologist Barrett-Fox takes us behind the scenes of Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church. The first full ethnography of this infamous presence on America’s Religious Right, her book situates the church’s story in the context of American religious history – and reveals as much about the uneasy state of Christian practice in our day as it does about the workings of the Westboro Baptist Church and Fred Phelps, its founder.

God Hates¬†traces WBC’s theological beliefs to a brand of hyper-Calvinist thought reaching back to the Puritans – an extreme Calvinism, emphasizing predestination, that has proven as off-putting as Westboro’s actions, even for other Baptists. And yet, in examining Westboro’s role in conservative politics and its contentious relationship with other fundamentalist activist groups, Barrett-Fox reveals how the church’s message of nationalism in fact reflects beliefs at the core of much of the Religious Right’s rhetoric. Westboro’s aggressively offensive public activities actually serve to soften the antigay theology of more mainstream conservative religious activism. With an eye to the church’s protests at military funerals, she also considers why the public has responded so differently to these than to Westboro’s anti-LGBT picketing.

With its history of Westboro Baptist Church and its founder, and its profiles of defectors, this book offers a complex, close-up view of a phenomenon on the fringes of American Christianity – and a broader, disturbing view of the mainstream theology it at once masks and reflects.


Image result for the ballad of ben and stella maeThe Ballad of Ben and Stella Mae by Matthew Cecil¬†On August 25, 1938, twenty-five-year-old Ben Dickson and his fifteen-year-old wife Stella Mae robbed the Corn Exchange Bank in Elkton, South Dakota, making off with $2,187.64. Two months later they hit a bank in nearby Brookings for $17,593 – after waiting two hours for the vault’s time-lock to open while the bank’s manager went on processing loans for customers. Unfortunately for these two small-time outlaws, the FBI was in short supply of public enemies at the time, and a newly minted Bonnie and Clyde was exactly what J. Edgar Hoover needed to stoke the agency’s public relations machine.

Retrieving the Dicksons from the fog of history and the hype of the FBI’s “Most Wanted” narrative,¬†The Ballad of Ben and Stella Mae¬†tells the story of a damaged small-town girl and her petty criminal husband whose low-key crime spree became, as¬†True¬†magazine proclaimed, “The Crimson Trail of Public Enemies One and Two.” The book follows Stella Mae and Ben from their troubled beginnings in Topeka through the desperate adventure that the FBI recast as a dangerous rampage, stirring a media frenzy and a nationwide manhunt that ended in betrayal and bloodshed: Ben dead, shot in the back outside of a hamburger joint in Forest Park, Missouri, and Stella Mae, a juvenile, put away for ten years.

The Dicksons first captured Matthew Cecil’s imagination as a teenager in his hometown of Brookings, where their bank robbery remains the stuff of legend. When, many years later, their file turned up in his research into the FBI, the tale of their exploits – and exploitation at the hands of J. Edgar Hoover – proved irresistible. Readers of this Depression-era story, retold here in all its grit and tarnished glory, will find it no less compelling.


Image result for god in the qur'anGod in the Qur’an by Jack Miles¬†Jack Miles, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of¬†God: A Biography,¬†now gives us a deeply probing, revelatory portrait of the God of Islam, the world’s second largest, fastest-growing, and perhaps most tragically misunderstood religion.

Who is Allah? What does He ask of those who submit to His teachings? In the spirit of his two earlier books,¬†God,¬†a trailblazing “biography” of the protagonist of the Old Testament, and¬†Christ,¬†a brilliant portrait of the biblical Jesus, Miles undertakes to answer these questions with his characteristic sensitivity, perspicacity, and prodigious command of the subject.

Miles introduces us to a figure less mercurial than Yahweh, less contrarian than Christ, and yet emphatically of a piece with their tradition.¬†¬†The God of the Qur’an¬†revises and perfects: His purpose is to make whole what had been corrupted or lost from the practices and scriptures of the earlier Abrahamic religions.

Miles sets passages from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Qur’an side by side, including such touchstones as the stories of creation, of Cain and Abel, of Abraham and Isaac, of Moses and the exodus from Egypt, and of the birth of Jesus. In doing so, he illuminates what is unique about Allah, His teachings, and His resolutely merciful temperament, and he thereby reveals that which is false, distorted, or simply absent from the popular conception of the heart of Islam.

So, too, do we discover the spiritual and scriptural continuity of the Islamic tradition with those of Judaism and Christianity, and the deep affinities among the three. “I hope,” Miles writes, that by reading this book “you may find it a little easier to trust the Muslim next door as a man or woman whose religion, after all, may not be so wildly unreasonable that someone holding to it could not be a trusted friend.”


Image result for churchill walking with destiny bookChurchill: Walking With Destiny by Andrew Roberts A landmark reconsideration of the iconoclastic war leader, based on extensive new material–from private letters to war cabinet meetings– by the bestselling, award-winning author of¬†Napoleon¬†and¬†The Storm of War.

When we seek an example of unalloyed courage, the man who comes to mind is Winston Churchill: the visionary leader, immune from the consensus of the day, who stood firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. But how did young Winston become Churchill? What gave him the strength to take on the superior force of Nazi Germany when bombs rained on London and so many others had caved? In The Storm of War, Andrew Roberts gave us a tantalizing glimpse of Churchill the war leader. Now, at last, we have the full and definitive biography, as personally revealing as it is compulsively readable, about one of the great leaders of all time.

Roberts was granted exclusive access to extensive new material: the transcripts of war cabinet meetings– the equivalent of the Nixon and JFK tapes–diaries, letters, unpublished memoirs, and detailed notes taken by the king after their bi-weekly meetings. Having read every one of Churchill’s letters–including deeply personal ones that Churchill’s son Randolph had previously chosen to withhold–and spoken to more than one hundred people who knew or worked with him, Roberts identifies the hidden forces fueling Churchill’s drive. Churchill put his faith in the British Empire and fought as hard to preserve it as he did to defend London. Having started his career in India and South Africa, he understood better than most idealists how hard it can be to pacify reluctant people far from home. We think of Churchill as a hero of the age of mechanized warfare, but Roberts’s masterwork reveals that he has as much to teach us about the challenges we face today–and the fundamental values of courage, tenacity, leadership, and moral conviction.


36950845The Diaries of Reuben Smith, Kansas Settler and Civil War Soldier In 1854, after recently arriving from England, twenty-two-year-old Reuben Smith traveled west, eventually making his way to Kansas Territory. There he found himself in the midst of a bloody prelude to the Civil War, as Free Staters and defenders of slavery battled to stake their claim. The young Englishman wrote down what he witnessed in a diary where he had already begun documenting his days in a clear and candid fashion. As beautifully written as they are keenly observant, these diaries afford an unusual view of America in its most tumultuous times, of Kansas in its critical historical moments, and of one man’s life in the middle of it all for fifty years.

From his moving account of traveling from England by ship to his reflections on settling in the newly opened Kansas Territory to his observations of war and politics, Smith provides a picture that is at once panoramic and highly personal. His diaries depict the escalation of the Civil War along the Kansas-Missouri border as well as the evolution of a volunteer soldier from an inexperienced private to a seasoned officer and government spy. They take us inside military camps and generals’ quarters, to the front lines of battle and in pursuit of bushwhackers William Quantrill and Cole Younger. Later, they show us Smith as a state representative and steward of the Kansas State Insane Asylum in its early years. In historic scenes and poignant personal stories, these diaries offer a unique perspective on life in the Midwest in the last half of the nineteenth century.

Editor Lana Wirt Myers’s commentary and extensive notes provide the context and information needed for a full understanding of Reuben Smith’s remarkable stories.


36950843Osage Women and Empire: Gender and Power by Tai S. Edwards¬†The Osage empire, as most histories claim, was built by Osage men’s prowess at hunting and war. But, as Tai S. Edwards observes in¬†Osage Women and Empire, Osage cosmology defined men and women as necessary pairs; in their society, hunting and war, like everything else, involved both men and women. Only by studying the gender roles of both can we hope to understand the rise and fall of the Osage empire. In¬†Osage Women and Empire, Edwards brings gender construction to the fore in the context of Osage history through the nineteenth century.

Edwards’s examination of the Osage gender construction reveals that the rise of their empire did not result in an elevation of men’s status and a corresponding reduction in women’s. Consulting a wealth of sources, both Osage and otherwise–ethnographies, government documents, missionary records, traveler narratives–Edwards considers how the first century and a half of colonization affected Osage gender construction. She shows how women and men built the Osage empire together. Once confronted with US settler colonialism, Osage men and women increasingly focused on hunting and trade to protect their culture, and their traditional social structures–including their system of gender complementarity–endured. Gender in fact functioned to maintain societal order and served as a central site for experiencing, adapting to, and resisting the monumental change brought on by colonization.

Through the lens of gender, and by drawing on the insights of archaeology, ethnography, linguistics, and oral history, Osage Women and Empire presents a new, more nuanced picture of the critical role of men and women in the period when the Osage rose to power in the western Mississippi Valley and when that power later declined on their Kansas reservation. 


39025372Abolitionists, Doctors, Ranchers, and Writers Nearly 250 years after ninety-five-year-old Elder Thomas Faunce got caught up in the mythmaking around Plymouth Rock, his great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter Hilda Faunce Wetherill died in Pacific Grove, California, leaving behind a cache of letters and family papers. The remarkable story they told prompted historian Lynne Marie Getz to search out related collections and archives‚ÄĒand from these to assemble a family chronology documenting three generations of American life.¬†Abolitionists, Doctors, Ranchers, and Writers¬†tells of zealous abolitionists and free-state campaigners aiding and abetting John Brown in Bleeding Kansas; of a Civil War soldier serving as a provost marshal in an occupied Arkansas town; of young women who became doctors in rural Texas and New York City in the late nineteenth century; of a homesteader and businessman among settler colonists in Colorado; and of sisters who married into the Wetherill family‚ÄĒknown for their discovery of Ancient Pueblo sites at Mesa Verde and elsewhere‚ÄĒwho catered to a taste for Western myths with a trading post on a Navajo reservation and a guest ranch for tourists on the upper Rio Grande.

Whether they tell of dabbling in antebellum reforms like spiritualism, vegetarianism, and water cures; building schools for free blacks in Ohio or championing Indian rights in the West; serving in the US Army or confronting the struggles of early women doctors and educators, these letters reveal the sweep of American history on an intimate scale, as it was lived and felt and described by individuals; their family story reflects the richness and complexity of the genealogy of the nation.


2947839Kansas Archaeology Edited by Robert J. Hoard and William E. Banks From Kanorado to Pawnee villages, Kansas is a land rich in archaeological sites–nearly 12,000 known–that testify to its prehistoric heritage. This volume presents the first comprehensive overview of Kansas archaeology in nearly fifty years, containing the most current descriptions and interpretations of the state’s archaeological record. Building on Waldo Wedel’s classic Introduction to Kansas Archaeology, it synthesizes more than four decades of research and discusses all major prehistoric time periods in one readily accessible resource.

In Kansas Archaeology, a team of distinguished contributors, all experts in their fields, synthesize what is known about the human presence in Kansas from the age of the mammoth hunters, circa 10,000 B.C., to Euro-American contact in the mid-nineteenth century. Covering such sites as Kanorado-one of the oldest in the Americas-the authors review prehistoric peoples of the Paleoarchaic era, Woodland cultures, Central Plains tradition, High Plains Upper Republican culture, Late Prehistoric Oneota, and Great Bend peoples. They also present material on three historic cultures: Wichita, Kansa, and Pawnee.

The findings presented here shed new light on issues such as how people adapted to environmental shifts and the impact of technological innovation on social behavior. Included also are chapters on specialized topics such as plant use in prehistory, sources of stone for tool manufacture, and the effects of landscape evolution on sites. Chapters on Kansas culture history also reach into the surrounding region and offer directions for future inquiry. More than eighty illustrations depict a wide range of artifacts and material remains.

An invaluable resource for archaeologists and students,¬†Kansas Archaeology¬†is also accessible to interested laypeople–anyone needing a summary of the material remains that have been found in Kansas. It demonstrates the major advances in our understanding of Kansas prehistory that have applications far beyond its borders and point the way toward our future understanding of the past.


17867289Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border, Edited by Jonathan Earle and Diane Mutti Burke Long before the first shot of the Civil War was fired at Fort Sumter, violence had already erupted along the Missouri-Kansas border–a recurring cycle of robbery, arson, torture, murder, and revenge. This multifaceted study brings together fifteen scholars to expand our understanding of this vitally important region, the violence that besieged it, and its overall impact on the Civil War.

Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri¬†blends political, military, social, and intellectual history to explain why the region’s divisiveness was so bitter and persisted for so long. Providing a more nuanced understanding of the conflict, it defines both what united and divided the men and women who lived there and how various political disagreements ultimately disintegrated into violence. By focusing on contested definitions of liberty, citizenship, and freedom, it also explores how civil societies break down and how they are reconstructed when the conflict ends.

The contributors examine this key chapter in American history in all of its complexity. Essays on “Slavery and Politics of Law and Order along the Border” examine how the border region was transformed by the conflict over the status of slavery in Kansas Territory and how the emerging conflict on the Kansas-Missouri border took on a larger national significance. Other essays focus on the transition to total warfare and examine the wartime experiences of the diverse people who populated the region in “Making the Border Bleed.” Final articles on “The Border Reconstructed and Remembered” explore the ways in which border residents rebuilt their society after the war and how they remembered it decades later.

As this penetrating collection shows, only when Missourians and Kansans embraced a common vision for America–one based on shared agricultural practices, ideas about economic development, and racial equality–could citizens on both sides of the border reconcile.


35018679Dodge City and the Birth of the Wild West by Robert R. Dykstra and Jo Ann Manfra¬†Raised on¬†Gunsmoke,¬†Bat Masterson, and¬†The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, we know what it means to “get outta Dodge”–to make a hasty escape from a dangerous place, like the Dodge City of Wild West lore. But why, of all the notorious, violent cities of old, did Dodge win this distinction? And what does this tenacious cultural metaphor have to do with the real Dodge City?

In a book as much about the making of cultural myths as it is about Dodge City itself, authors Robert Dykstra and Jo Ann Manfra take us back into the history of Dodge to trace the growth of the city and its legend side-by-side. An exploration of murder statistics, court cases, and contemporary accounts reveals the historical Dodge to be neither as violent nor as lawless as legend has it–but every bit as intriguing. In a style that captures the charm and chicanery of storytelling in the Old West,¬†Dodge City and the Birth of the Wild West¬†finds a culprit in a local attorney, Harry Gryden, who fed sensational accounts to the national media during the so-called “Dodge City War” of 1883. Once launched, the legend leads the authors through the cultural landscape of twentieth-century America, as Dodge City became a useful metaphor in more and more television series and movies. Meanwhile, back in the actual Dodge, struggling on a lost frontier, a mirror image of the mythical city began to emerge, as residents increasingly embraced tourism as an economic necessity.

Dodge City and the Birth of the Wild West maps a metaphor for belligerent individualism and social freedom through the cultural imagination, from a historical starting point to its mythical reflection. In this, the book restores both the reality of Dodge and its legend to their rightful place in the continuum of American culture.


789409The Big Red One by James Scott Wheeler “No mission too difficult, no sacrifice too great-Duty First!” For almost a century, from the Western Front of World War I to the deserts of Iraq, this motto has spurred the soldiers who wear the shoulder patch bearing the Big Red One. In this first comprehensive history of America’s 1st Infantry Division, James Scott Wheeler chronicles its major combat engagements and peacetime duties during its legendary service to the nation.

The oldest continuously serving division in the U.S. Army, the “Fighting First” has consistently played a crucial role in America’s foreign wars. It was the first American division to see combat and achieve victory in World War I and set the standard for discipline, training, endurance, and tactical innovation. One of the few intact divisions between the wars, it was the first army unit to train for amphibious warfare. During World War II, the First Division spearheaded the invasions of North Africa and Sicily before leading the Normandy invasion at Omaha Beach and fighting on through the Hurtgen Forest, the Battle of the Bulge, the Ruhr Pocket, and deep into Germany. By war’s end, it had developed successful combined-arms, regimental combat teams and made advances in night operations.

Wheeler describes the First Division’s critical role in postwar Germany and as the only combat division in Europe during the early Cold War. After returning to the United States at Fort Riley, Kansas, the division fought valiantly in Vietnam for five trying years, successfully protecting Saigon from major infiltration along Highway 13 while pioneering “air-mobile” operations. It led the liberation of Kuwait in Desert Storm and kept an uneasy peace in Bosnia and Kosovo. Along the way, Wheeler illuminates the division’s organizational evolution, its consistently remarkable commanders and leaders, and its equally remarkable soldiers.

Meticulously detailed and engagingly written,¬†The Big Red One nimbly combines historical narrative with astute analysis of the unit’s successes and failures, so that its story reflects the larger chronicle of America’s military experience over the past century.


3074242Watching Kansas Wildlife by Bob Gress and George Potts This book identifies 101 prime sites for viewing the amazingly diverse array of wildlife in Kansas. It includes spots in every part of the state, a variety of terrains, and animals of every kind – mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. For each site, the authors describe what animals can be seen and what type of environment they live in. They give information on land ownership (whether private or public, all sites are accessible to the public), availability of park facilities, and viewing tips. Dividing the state into six parts, they provide maps of each region and color photographs of many of the sites and animals. Also included is their list of the “dynamic dozen” sites – the top twelve places they consider to be “can’t-miss opportunities” because of exceptional wildlife, scenery, and viewing attributes.¬†


2298874Josh and Satch by John B. Holway¬†Satchel Paige, a strikeout king totalling more than 1177 in his Negro League career, was so sure of himself that on several occasions he called in the outfield so he could strike out the side. Josh Gibson, “the black Babe Ruth,” was a power slugger with a lifetime average of .352, and the only player ever to hit a ball out of Yankee Stadium. And yet neither of these men was able to perform these feats in the major leagues, simply because of the color of his skin. Paige was finally admitted at the age of 42, but Gibson died of brain cancer just three months before Jackie Robinson’s historic debut.

John B. Holway tells each man’s story, in a season by season account that will leave baseball fans sighing for what might have been. These great and tragic heroes come to life again in this book, through dozens of interviews with Negro League players and more than ten pages of statistics.


36950854Crusader for Democracy by Charles Delgadillo “Roosevelt bit me and I went mad,” William Allen White said of his first encounter with Teddy in 1897. He grudgingly praised Franklin D. Roosevelt’s performance at the 1943 Casablanca Conference with, “We who hate your gaudy guts salute you.” Editor of the¬†Emporia (Kansas) Gazette, the Sage of Emporia is known for his quips, quotations, and a sharply crafted view from Main Street expressed in his 1896 essay, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” But for all his carefully cultivated small-town sagacity, William Allen White (1868-1944) was a public figure and political operator on a grand scale. Writing the first biography in a half-century to look at this side of White’s character and career, Charles Delgadillo brings to life a leading light of a once-widespread liberal Republican movement that has largely become extinct.

White built his reputation as the voice of the midwestern middle class through his nationally syndicated articles and editorials.¬†Crusader for Democracy¬†takes us behind the veneer of the small-town newspaperman to show us the sophisticated, well-traveled man of the world who rubbed elbows with local, state, and national politicians, world-renowned journalists and authors, political activists of all kinds, and every president from William McKinley to FDR. Paradoxically, White, the master of insider politics, was also an insurgent who fought a fifty-year crusade for liberal reform, usually through and sometimes against the Republican Party. Delgadillo’s vivid portrait gives readers a behind-the-scenes view of the twentieth-century political and economic order in the making, with William Allen White firmly in the middle, deploying the soft power of friendship and influence to advance the cause of the common man and the promise of equal opportunity as the very foundation of American democracy.


18967744Kansas Fishes, Illustrated by Joseph R. Tomelleri A guide and a first-rate reference for the angler, scientist, and amateur naturalist alike, this comprehensive volume profiles each of the 144 fish species inhabiting the waterways of Kansas–as well as 27 others that might make their way to the state from nearby river basins.

With 121 maps and 184 full-color drawings by Joseph Tomelleri, arguably the best illustrator of North American fishes,¬†Kansas Fishes¬†is an incomparable resource. For each species, the authors, an all-star cast of regional biologists, provide information about fundamental natural history, anatomy, and physiology, along with in-state distributions, habitats, characteristics, and pertinent issues of conservation and ecology. With these experts authoring detailed accounts of the species they know best, this is a uniquely authoritative account of the region’s fishes. As such, it will prove useful to students and professionals while providing the passionate amateur and the simply curious an entry into the fascinating world of the fishes of Kansas and nearby states.

The Kansas Fishes Committee members represent each of the six state universities (Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Kansas State, Pittsburg State, and Wichita State Universities, and the University of Kansas), as well as the Kansas Biological Survey, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism–the people responsible for studying, protecting, and educating people about the fishes and waters of Kansas. In addition to the committee, nearly 50 biologists from the United States and Canada volunteered to contribute species accounts to the book based on their expertise with those species in Kansas and nearby states. These individuals work for a variety of universities, federal and state agencies, and private companies, making this book a broad collaboration of experts on the fish species of Kansas.


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Image result for "the s word" nicholsThe “S” Word by John Nichols¬†During the Cold War it became a dirty word in the United States, but “socialism” runs like a red thread through¬† the nation’s history, an integral part of its political consciousness since the founding of the republic. In this unapologetic corrective to today’s collective amnesia, John¬† Nichols calls for the proud return of socialism in American life. He recalls the reforms lauded by Founding Father Tom Paine; the presence of Karl Marx’s journalism in American letters; the left leanings of founders of the Republican Party; the socialist politics of Helen Keller; the progressive legacy of figures like Chaplin and Einstein. Now in an updated edition,¬†The “S” Word¬†makes a case for socialist ideas as an indispensable part of American heritage. A new final chapter considers the recent signs of a leftward sea change in American politics in the face of increasing and historic levels of inequality.

Today, corporations – like other rich “individuals” – pay fewer taxes than they did in the 1950’s, while our infrastructure crumbles and the seas rise.¬†The “S” Word¬†addresses a nation that can no longer afford to put capital before people.


Image result for mythology timeless tales of gods and heroesMythology by Edith Hamilton¬†Since its original publication by Little, Brown, and Company in 1942, Edith Hamilton’s¬†Mythology has been a perennial¬† bestseller and has sold millions of copies throughout the world. Expansive in its scope,¬†Mythology¬†brings to life for the modern reader Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and legends, as well as the gods, heroes, and mortals who inhabit them, and who have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.

Vivid, decadent, and full of action, Hamilton’s retellings of these timeless tales – from the birth of the goddess Athena, who sprung fully formed from the head of her father Zeus, to the great adventures of Ulysses and the labors of Hercules – appeal to readers of all ages and reveal essential truths about the behavior of man.

The book is organized into seven parts: The Gods, the Creation, and the Earliest Heroes; Stories of Love and Adventure; The Great Heroes Before the Trojan War; The Heroes of the Trojan War; The Great Families of Mythology; The Less Important Myths; and The Mythology of the Norseman, and includes geneaologies. The ten full-color plates by Jim Tierney, specially commissioned for this 75th anniversary edition, are the perfect complement to Hamilton’s classic work.


Image result for the ring of avalon g.s. forgeyThe Ring of Avalon by G.S. Forgey¬†Young Ian Caine learns he is a descendant of the legendary King Arthur after he finds a ring on Glastonbury Tor, the current site of what once was the Isle of Avalon. The ring has strange symbols and writing on it which Ian discovers are similar to the name “Caledfwich,” the name of King Arthur’s legendary sword “Excalibur.” Ian discovers that the ring allows him to time travel, but that’s not all.

Upon the initial use of the ring, Ian releases the sorceress, Morgan le Fay, who had been imprisoned in the ring by the wizard Merlin. Morgan informs Ian that she and her sisters forged the ring to give to King Arthur to help him defeat his enemies. Morgan further explains all the powers of the ring and teaches Ian how to use it.

Ian can think of many good uses for the ring. But, he has a dilemma: the ring was found on property owned by the National Trust, a conservation organization that works to preserve and protect historic places in the United Kingdom. Should he turn the ring over to the Trust?

As Ian teaches Morgan about the 21st century, the pair have many exciting adventures traveling through time as they save lives, solve crimes, and meet famous people including Pope Julius II, Michelangelo, Roman Emperor Titus, and Queen Elizabeth.

But revisiting the past, visiting the future, and changing events can be dangerous. One small change can have disastrous and unintended consequences, not only for history, but for Ian himself. 


Image result for the library of greek mythology apollodorusThe Library of Greek Mythology, translated by Robin Hard¬†Apollodorus’ Library has been an invaluable source book for early Greek myths from the time of its compilation in the first/second century AD to the present, influencing writers from the scholars of Byzantium to Robert Graves. It provides a complete history of Greek myth, telling the story of each of the families of heroic mythology and the various adventures associated with the main heroes and heroines, from Jason and Perseus to Heracles and Helen of Troy. As a primary source for Greek myth, as a reference work, and as an indication of how the Greeks themselves viewed their mythical traditions, the Library is indispensable to anyone who has an interest in classical mythology.

Robin Hard’s accessible and fluent translation is supplemented by extensive editorial apparatus. The Introduction gives a detailed account of the Library’s sources and discusses the developing traditions of Greek mythical narrative.


Image result for every breath nicholas sparksEvery Breath by Nicholas Sparks¬†Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At thirty-six, she’s been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family’s cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future.

Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother’s early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable . . . but in the immersive days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty against personal happiness in devastating ways.


Image result for i fired godI Fired God by Jocelyn R. Zichterman Jocelyn Zichterman was born, raised, married in to, and finally, with her family, fled the Independent Fundamental Baptist Church, which was founded by the fiery preacher Bob Jones. With several hundred thousand members, the IFB insists that congregants must not associate with members of other Baptist denominations and evangelicals. The church also emphasizes secrecy, insular marriages within the church, subservience for women, and unusual child-raising practices.

In¬†I Fired God,¬†Jocelyn Zichterman systematically details the IFB’s disturbing history, exposing a cultlike atmosphere of corruption, greed, and abuse. Having been initiated into its innermost circles, Zichterman knows that the gentle demeanor America sees in the form of the Duggar clan on¬†19 Kids and Counting¬†disguises the truth about the darker side of the church.

With written documentation and sources so thorough that law enforcement has used her work as a foundation for criminal prosecutions, Zichterman exposes the IFB with revelations that include:

  • The disturbing world of abuse within the IFB, and doctors and teachers who cater exclusively to church members and fail to report physical and sexual abuse
  • The IFB-controlled Bob Jones University, which issues degrees of questionable value while making vast sums of money for its founders
  • The way the IFB influences politics on the local, state and national level, and protects its abusive culture under the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion


Image result for Greek Mythology lance hightowerGreek Mythology by Lance Hightower¬†Some of the best stories about Ancient Greece are mixed with actual historical events: equal parts truth and fantasy, and that’s what makes them so intriguing. The Trojan War for example, in which we see the hero Achilles, the bulwark of the Greek Army who saved the kidnapped Helen, is told from the perspective of his goddess mother. But did you know that according to the ancient Greeks, Achilles had the choice to live a long and happy life or die by his ambition to be remembered as a hero? Even with all the intervention of his Immortal mother who called in favors from the gods, she could not change the fate of her son, which was allegedly set by the Fates when he was born.

Greek Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Heroines, Monsters, and Classic Greek Myths of All Time¬†is filled with interesting tidbits about the most popular heroes, gods and goddesses, as well as some little known facts and interpretations about their lives. You’ll find timelines and the genealogy of the Immortals as well as the men and women who were subjected to their whims and used as pawns to further their intentions. It gives us deep insight into the philosophy of this “religion,” into the minds of great thinkers of the time and how they viewed their world – the earth, the heavens, the stars, and the afterlife. But this book is as entertaining as it is informative.

Discover how the great Olympian and King of the Gods, Zeus himself, was controlled by his wife, Hera, and how something as meaningless as a pomegranate seed fated poor Persephone to being the Goddess of the Underworld, at least part-time, that is.

Find out about the four seasons, what or who inspires music and poetry, why life is limited to a certain span of time, how each person is allotted certain gifts and why, how the gods intervene, what came before Olympus, and how we got the names of many of our constellations and stars.

It may seem like superstition today, but a mere 3000 years ago, these were strongly held beliefs that influenced everything in daily life including philosophy, religion and government in the same way today’s dominant religions influence society.¬†Greek Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Heroines, Monsters, and Classic Greek Myths of All Time¬†is a fun read and a book you’ll want to refer to again and again. It should find a place in your reference library and onto your reading list.


Image result for Found documents from the life of nell johnson doerrFound Documents from the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr by Thomas Fox Averill¬†Not just epistolary, this novel is archival, told entirely through journals, letters, photos, drawings, notes, and clippings left behind by Nell Doerr, who lived in Lawrence, Kansas, between 1854 and 1889. Although Nell seems so real you can reach out and touch her, she is a fictional character. The novel tells the story of her two stillborn babies, her move to Kansas, the loss of her husband in Quantrill’s Raid, and her discovery, while hiding in her basement, of the fossils of ancient creatures in the foundation rock. In finding those specimens this unforgettable heroine finds herself, a woman unconventional and strong, a mother without children, a wife without a husband, a scientist without educational pedigree, and someone who nurtures her passion for nature and contributes to the scientific knowledge of her time.


Image result for heroes, gods, and monstersHeroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin In these exciting retellings of the ancient myths, follow fearless heroes as they battle epic beasts under the eyes of the mighty immortals who rule over them.

From mortal warriors like Perseus and his impossible task of slaying the monstrous Medusa, to Zeus, the king of the Gods, whose thunderbolts can shake the earth, to the minotaur, a gruesome beast, half-man and half-bull, who destroys young victims that are sacrificed to his terrifying power, this world is one of magic and adventure.






Image result for Golden Son pierce brownGolden Son by Pierce Brown¬†He seeks justice. To free his enslaved people, Darrow has infiltrated his world’s brutal ruling class – on a mission to destroy them. And though the only path to liberation is revolution, he must strive not for vengeance but for a hopeful rebirth.









Image result for moosewood restaurant daily specialMoosewood Restaurant Daily Special: More Than 275 Recipes for Soups, Stews, Salads, & Extras From casual entertaining to healthful meals for a busy family, the cooks at Moosewood Restaurant know soups and salads are time-tested crowd pleasers. Choose from among more than 275 all-new recipesand mix and match to design your own Daily Specials and combo plates!





Image result for the ethical gourmetThe Ethical Gourmet by Jay Weinstein¬†More and more of us want to ensure that what we eat doesn’t deplete resources, cause animal or human suffering, or lead to pollution. And at the same time we also want delicious food! If you are concerned about the environment but unsure how to make a difference, here is a handbook for finding and cooking environmentally friendly and ethically produced foods. Chef and environmentalist Jay Weinstein has written the bible for those who care about both the well-being of the world and flavorful food. He informs us:

  • When organics really matter
  • Where to source humanely raised meats and other ethically produced foods
  • How to make choices with a clear conscience when dining out

He also explores subjects ranging from genetically modified foods to being savvy about farmed fish, and why to avoid disposable wooden chopsticks and bottled water. By providing 100 healthy, sophisticated, and mouthwatering recipes, Jay Winstein ensures that our ethical impulses are well rewarded. Dishes like Manchego-Potato Tacos with Pickled Jalepenos, Zucchini Spaghetti with Garlicky Clams and Grilled Bluefish, Pumpkin Basmati Rice Pilaf, and Coco-Vegetable Rice with Tramarind Chicken Skewers feature creative ways to use eco-friendly vegetables and legumes, sustainable seafood, and humanely raised animals.


Image result for Cut Out Girl Bart Van EsThe Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es¬†Bart van Es left the Netherlands for England many years ago, but one story from his Dutch childhood never left him. It was a mystery of sorts: During the Second World War, a young Jewish girl named Lientje had been taken in by his relatives and hidden from the Nazis. She had been handed over by her parents, who understood all too well the danger they were in. The girl was raised by her foster family as one of their own, but then, well after the war, tehre was a falling out, and they were no longer in touch. What was the girl’s side of the story, van Es wondered? What really happened during the war, and after?

So began an investigation that would consume Bart van Es’s life, and change it. After some sluething, he learned that Lientje was now in her eighties and living in Amsterdam. Somewhat reluctantly, she agreed to meet him, and eventually they struck up a remarkable friendship, even a partnership.¬†The Cut Out Girl braids a powerful re-creation of Lientje’s intensely harrowing childhood story with the present-day account of van Es’s efforts to piece that story together, in the process bringing¬†some old ghosts back into the light.

It is a story rich with contradictions. There is great bravery and generosity on the part of many – first, Lientje’s parents, in giving up their beloved daughter, and then the Dutch families who faced real danger from the Nazi occupation for taking in Lientje and other Jewish children. And there are the more mundane sacrifices that a family under brutal occupation must make to provide for the children they already have. But tidy Holland also must face a darker truth, that it was more cooperative in rounding up its Jews for the Nazis than any other Western European country, and that is part of Lientje’s story, too. Her time in hiding was made much more terrifying by the energetic efforts of the local Dutch authorities, zealous accomplices in the mission of sending every Jew – man, woman, and child – east to their extermination. Lientje herself was not always particularly well treated and sometimes, van Es learned, she was very badly treated indeed.

The Cut Out Girl¬†is an astonishment, a deeply moving reckoning with a young girl’s struggle for survival during war. It is a story about the powerful love of foster families but also their challenges, and about the ways our most painful experiences define us but also can be redefined, on a more honest level, even many years after the fact. A work of subtlety, decency, and unflinching observation,¬†The Cut Out Girl¬†is a multifaceted family history that ultimately, triumphantly,¬† finds an extraordinary new harmony and a deeper truth.


Image result for on bullshit by harry frankfurtOn Bullsh*t by Harry G. Frankfurt¬†One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullsh*t. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullsh*t and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern. We have no clear understanding of what bullsh*t is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, as Harry Frankfurt writes, “we have no theory.”

Frankfurt, one of the world’s most influential moral philosophers, attempts to build such a theory here. With his characteristic combination of philosophical acuity, psychological insight, and wry humor, Frankfurt proceeds by exploring how bullsh*t and the related concept of humbug are distinct from lying. He argues that bullsh*tters misrepresent themselves to their audience not as liars do, that is, by deliberately making false claims about what is true. In fact, bullsh*t need not be untrue at all.

Rather, bullsh*tters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant. Frankfurt concludes that although bullsh*t can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner’s capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not. Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullsh*t is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.


Image result for how to archive family keepsakesHow to Archive Family Keepsakes by Denise May Levenick¬†In every family someone ends up with Mom’s and Dad’s “stuff” – a lifetime’s worth of old family photos, papers, and memorabilia packed into boxes, trunks, and suitcases. This inheritance can be as much a burden as it is a blessing. How do you organize your loved one’s estate in a way that honors your loved one, keeps the peace in your family and doesn’t take over your home or life?¬†How to Archive Family Keepsakes¬†gives you step-by-step advice for how to organize, distribute, and preserve family heirlooms.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Organize the boxes of your parents’ stuff that you inherited
  • Decide which family heirlooms to keep
  • Donate items to museums, societies, and charities
  • Protect and pass on keepsakes
  • Create a catalog of family heirlooms
  • Organize genealogy files and paperwork
  • Digitize family history records
  • Organize computer files to improve your research

Whether you have boxes filled with treasures or are helping a parent or relative downsize to a smaller home, this book will help you organize your family archive and preserve your family history for future generations.


Image result for Genealogy fourth editionHow to Do Everything: Genealogy, Fourth Edition¬†Thoroughly revised to cover new tools, techniques, and data,¬†How to Do Everything: Genealogy, Fourth Edition¬†uniquely addresses all the major genealogical record types and explains traditional and digital research strategies. Genealogy expert George G. Morgan shows you how to research your family history using the most current websites, mobile apps, social networking sites, record archives, census data, digital records, DNA research, and more. Discover your family’s past with help from the new edition of this¬† bestselling guide.




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The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz¬†¬†She was one of the FBI’s top agents until she became the nation’s most-wanted fugitive, a happily married woman before becoming a devastated widow. Now Jane Hawk may be all that stands between a free nation and its enslavement by a powerful secret society’s terrifying mind-control technology. She couldn’t save her husband, or the others whose lives have been destroyed, but equipped with superior tactical and survival skills – and the fury born of a broken heart and a hunger for justice – Jane has struck major blows against the insidious cabal.

But Jane’s enemies are about to hit back hard. If their best operatives can’t outrun her, they mean to bring her to them, using her five-year-old son as bait. Jane knows there’s no underestimating their capabilities, but she must battle her way back across the country to the remote shelter where her boy is safely hidden . . . for now. As she moves resolutely forward, new threats begin to emerge: a growing number of brain-altered victims driven hopelessly, violently insane. With the madness spreading like a virus, the war between Jane and her enemies will become a fight for all their lives – against the lethal terror unleashed from behind the forbidden door.


Image result for the lost queen signe pikeThe Lost Queen by Signe Pike¬†You are about to begin an extraordinary adventure. In a land of mountains and mist, tradition and superstition, Languoreth and her twin brother, Lailoken, are raised in the Old Way of their ancestors. But the rise of a new religion heralds an era of disruption, bloodshed, and riot. When conflict brings the hero Emrys Pendragon to her family’s door, Languoreth finds love with one of his warriors. Her deep connection to Maelgwn is forged by enchantment, but she is soon promised in marriage to the son of a Christian king. Together with her brother – a warrior and druid known to history as Myrddin – Languoreth must fight for the preservation of the Old Way and the survival of her kingdom, or risk the loss of both forever.

Intensely absorbing from the first page to the last, The Lost Queen will take you to a faraway world, rescuing a passionate and brave woman from the fog of history and restoring her rightful place in one of the most enduring legends of all time.


Image result for depth of winter craig johnsonDepth of Winter by Craig Johnson Winter is creeping closer, but for Sheriff Longmire this one is looking to be harsh in a way to which he is wholly unaccustomed. He has found himself in the remotest parts of the northern Mexican desert, a lawless place where no horse or car can travel, where no one speaks his language or trusts an outsider, far from his friends and his home turf back in Wyoming.

But desperate times call for desperate measures, and these times certainly are desperate. Walt and Tomas Bidarte, the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico, have been circling each other in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for more than a year. Now, Bidarte has kidnapped Walt’s beloved daughter, Cady.

The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less so. Armed with only his trusty Colt .45, a father’s intuition, and the keen instinct on which he’s staked his reputation and his life more than once, Walt must head into the 110-degree heat of the desert alone, one man against an army. With blazing action, heart-pounding suspense, and Craig Johnson’s signature crackling wit,¬†Depth of Winter¬†is the latest riveting Longmire mystery about the battle between right and wrong – and what happens when it gets personal.


Image result for the silence of the girlsThe Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker¬†The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, which continues to wage bloody war over a stolen woman – Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman – Briseis – watches and waits for the war’s outcome. She was queen of one of Troy’s neighboring kingdoms, until Achilles, Greece’s greatest warriror, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles’s concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army.

When Agamemnon, the brutal political leader of the Greek forces, demands Briseis for himself, Briseis finds herself caught between the two most powerful of the Greeks. Achilles refuses to fight in protest, and the Greeks begin to lose ground to their Trojan opponents. Keenly observant and coolly unflinching about the daily horrors of war, Briseis is in an unprecedented position, able to observe the two men driving the Greek army in what will become their final confrontation, deciding the fate not only of Briseis’s people but also of the ancient world at large.

Briseis is just one among thousands of women living behind the scenes in this war – the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead – all of them erased by history. With breathtaking historical detail and luminous prose, Pat Barker brings the teeming world of the Greek camp to vivid life. She offers nuanced, complex portraits of characters and stories familiar from mythology, which, seen from Briseis’s perspective, are rife with newfound revelations. Barker’s latest novel builds on her decades-long study of war and its impact on individual lives – and it is nothing short of magnificent.


Image result for ruin of starsRuin of Stars by Linsey Miller¬†As one of the Queen’s assassins, Sal finally¬† has the power, prestige, and permission to hunt down the lords who killed their family. But Sal still has to figure out who the culprits are and must enlist some old friends – and enemies – to help. Meanwhile, tensions are escalating with the Queen, and the charming Elise is being held prisoner by her father.

But there’s something terribly wrong in the north. Talk of the return of shadows, missing children, and magic abounds. As Sal takes out the people responsible for their ruined homeland, they learn secrets and truths that can’t be forgotten.

In this thrilling conclusion to the Mask of Shadows duology, Linsey Miller weaves a tale of magic, shadows, and most importantly, the sweetness of revenge.


Image result for the ancient nine by ian k smithThe Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith Spenser Collins: An unlikely Harvard prospect, smart and athletic, strapped for cash, determined to succeed. Calls his mother Рwho raised him on her own in Chicago Рevery week.

Dalton Winthrop: A white-shoe legacy at Harvard, he’s just the most recent in a string of moneyed, privileged Winthrop men in Cambridge. He’s got the ease – and the deep knowledge – that come from belonging.

These two find enough common ground to become friends, cementing their bond when Spenser is “punched” to join the Delphic Club, one of the most exclusive of Harvard’s famous all-male final clubs. Founded in the nineteenth century, the Delphic has had titans of industry, Hollywood legends, heads of state, and power brokers among its members.

Dalton Winthrop knows firsthand that the Delphic doesn’t offer memberships to just anyone. His great-uncle is one of their oldest living members, and Dalton grew up on stories of the club’s rituals. But why is his uncle so cryptic about the Ancient Nine, a shadowy group of alums whose identities are unknown and whose power is absolute? They protect the Delphic’s darkest and oldest secrets – including what happened to a student who sneaked into the club’s stately brick mansion in 1927 and was never seen again.

Dalton steers Spenser into deeper and deeper recesses of the club, and beyond it, to try to make sense of what they think they may be seeing. But with each scrap of information they get from an octogenarian Crimson graduate, a crumbling newspaper in the library’s archives, or one of Harvard’s most famous and heavily guarded historical books, a fresh complication trips them up. The more the friends investigate the more questions they unearth, tangling the story of the club, the disappearance, and the Ancient Nine, until they realize their own lives are in danger.


Image result for click here to kill everybodyClick Here to Kill Everybody by Bruce Schneier Everything is a computer. Ovens are computers that make things hot; refrigerators are computers that keep things cold. These computers Рfrom home thermostats to chemical plants Рare all online. The Internet, once a virtual abstraction, can now sense and touch the physical world.

As we open our lives to this future, often called the Internet of Things, we are beginning to see its enormous potential in ideas like driverless cars, smart cities, and personal agents equipped with their own behavioral algorithms. But every knife cuts two ways.

All computers can be hacked. And Internet-connected computers are the most vulnerable. Forget data theft: cutting-edge digital attackers can now crash your car, your pacemaker, and the nation’s power grid. In¬†Click Here to Kill Everybody,¬†renowned expert and best-selling author Bruce Schneier examines the hidden risks of this new reality.

After exploring the full implications of a world populated by hyperconnected devices, Schneier reveals the hidden web of technical, political, and market forces that underpin the pervasive insecurities of today. He then offers common-sense choices for companies, governments, and individuals that can allow us to enjoy the benefits of this omnipotent age without falling prey to its vulnerabilities.

From principles for a more resilient Internet of Things, to a recipe for sane government regulation and oversight, to a better way to understand a truly new environment, Schneier’s vision is required reading for anyone invested in human flourishing.


Image result for perfectly clear michelle leclairPerfectly Clear by Michelle LeClair¬†At eighteen, Michelle LeClair found her dream of going to college eclipsed by the lure of Scientology and its promise of a better world and a better life. She went all in, following the principles of the church in both her professional and personal life. Driven by her urge to help others, she rose through the ranks to become the U.S. president of Scientology’s Youth for Human Rights organization, privy to many of the church’s secrets and top celebrities. But all the while, there was a cloud over her.

In a voice both raw and honest, LeClair writes about coming to terms with her sexuality and of how she finally got the courage to leave both her abusive husband and the church. But the split came at a terrible price. As a single mother of two and newly pregnant with twins, she went from having it all to being stalked, harassed, slandered, and financially destroyed.

Perfectly Clear provides an up-close and unique look into the headline-grabbing culture of Scientology. It’s an insider’s perspective on Scientology’s pervasive influence, secret rituals, and ruthless practices for keeping members in line. It’s a story of self-acceptance, of finding the strength and courage to fight for emotional freedom and true love.


Image result for the coddling of the american mindThe Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising Рon campus as well as nationally. How did this happen?

First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education:¬†What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people.¬†These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being and ancient wisdom from many cultures. Embracing these untruths – and the resulting culture of safetyism – interferes with young people’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. It makes it harder for them to become autonomous adults who are able to navigate the bumpy road of life.

Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to promote the spread of these untruths. They explore changes in childhood such as the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised, child-directed play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the last decade. They examine changes on campus, including the corporatization of universities and the emergence of new ideas about identity and justice. They situate the conflicts on campus within the context of America’s rapidly rising political polarization and dysfunction.

This is a book for anyone who is confused by what is happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live, work, and cooperate across party lines.


Image result for accessory to warAccessory to War by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang¬†In this fascinating foray into the centuries-old relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer-researcher Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. “The overlap is strong, and the knowledge flows in both directions,” say the authors, because astrophysicists and military planners care about many of the same things: multi-spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, high ground, nuclear fusion, and access to space. Tyson and Lang call it a “curiously complicit” alliance. “The universe is both the ultimate frontier and the highest of high grounds,” they write. “Shared by both space scientists and space warriors, it’s a laboratory for one and a battlefield for the other. The explorer wants to understand it; the soldier wants to dominate it. But without the right technology – which is more or less the same technology for both parties – nobody can get to it, operate in it, scrutinize it, dominate it, or use it to their advantage and someone else’s disadvantage.

Spanning early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare,¬†Accessory to War¬†is a richly researched and provocative examination of the intersection of science, technology, industry, and power that will introduce Tyson’s millions of fans to yet another dimension of how the universe has shaped our lives and our world.


Image result for dear america jose antonio vargasDear America by Jose Antonio Vargas¬†My name is Jose Antonio Vargas. I was born in the Philippines. When I was twelve, my mother sent me to the United States to live with her parents. While applying for a driver’s permit, I found out my papers were fake. More than two decades later, I am still here illegally, with no clear path to American citizenship. To some people, I am the “most famous illegal” in America. In my mind, I am only one of an estimate 11 million human beings whose uncertain fate is under threat in a country I call my home.

This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book – at its core – is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but about the unsettled, unmoored psychological state in which undocumented immigrants like me find ourselves. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about what it means to not have a home.


Image result for the real lolita  sarah weinman book coverThe Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman¬†Vladimir Nabokov’s¬†Lolita¬†is one of the most beloved and notorious novels of all time. And yet very few of its readers know that the subject of the novel was inspired by a real-life case: the 1948 abduction of eleven-year-old Sally Horner.

Weaving together suspenseful crime narrative, cultural and social history, and literary investigation,¬†The Real Lolita¬†tells Sally Horner’s full story for the very first time. Drawing upon extensive investigations, legal documents, public records, and interviews with remaining relatives, Sarah Weinman uncovers how much Nabokov knew of the Sally Horner case and the efforts he took to disguise that knowledge during the process of writing and publishing¬†Lolita.

Sally Horner’s story echoes the stories of countless girls and women who never had the chance to speak for themselves. By diving deeper into the publication history of¬†Lolita¬†and restoring Sally to her rightful place in the lore of the novel’s creation, Sarah Weinman’s thrilling, heartbreaking¬†The Real Lolita¬†casts a new light on the dark inspiration for a modern classic.¬†


Image result for american prison by shane bauerAmerican Prison by Shane Bauer¬†In 2014, Shane Bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name; there was no meaningful background check. Four months later, his employment came to an abrupt end. But he had seen enough, and in short order he wrote an expose about his experiences that won a National Magazine Award and became the most-read feature in the history of the magazine¬†Mother Jones.¬†Still, there was much more that he needed to say. In¬†American Prison,¬†Bauer weaves a much deeper reckoning with his experiences together with a thoroughly researched history of for-profit prisons in America from their origins in the decades before the Civil War. For, as he soon realized, we can’t understand the cruelty of our current system and its place in the larger story of mass incarceration without understanding where it came from. Private prisons became entrenched in the South as part of a systemic effort to keep the African American labor force in place in the aftermath of slavery, and the echoes of these shameful origins are with us still.

The private prison system is deliberately unaccountable to public scrutiny. Private prisons are not incentivized to tend to the health of their inmates, or to feed them well, or to attract and retain a highly trained prison staff. Though Bauer befriends some of his colleagues and sympathizes with their plight, the chronic dysfunction of their lives only adds to the prison’s sense of chaos. To his horror, Bauer finds himself becoming crueler and more aggressive the longer he works in the prison, and he is far from alone.

A blistering indictment of the private prison system and the powerful forces that drive it, American Prison is a necessary human document about the true face of justice in America.


Image result for in the name of the father book cover ribowskyIn the Name of the Father by Mark Ribowsky¬†For generations, American athletes have enjoyed the ever-escalating celebrity lavished upon them when they combine on-the-field talent with off-the-field charisma, but never before have we seen as transformative a sports dynasty as the Mannings: a blood line of strong arms, Southern values, and savvy business instincts. But how, in just fifty years, did this private trio achieve football immortality? A gripping and definitive account,¬†In the Name of the Father¬†traces Archie, Peyton, and Eli’s roots from red-clay Mississippi to the bright lights of the Super Bowl to reveal the truth of their grit and dedication, their inherent ability, and the drama they endured behind closed doors.

As¬†New York Times¬†Notable biographer Mark Ribowsky meticulously chronicles, the road to football stardom was not paved smoothly for patriarch Archie. The most celebrated and beloved athlete to emerge from tiny Drew, Mississippi, Archie lost his father to suicide during his heyday at Ole Miss. Then, despite his playing through the pain, a string of surgeries prematurely ended a storied NFL career, most memorably spent with the New Orleans Saints. Similar savior-like expectations were passed to Archie’s eldest, Cooper, the most gifted of his brood, but the shocking discovery of a spinal condition prevented Cooper from ever playing a single snap of college ball. Luckily, Archie had been raising all three of his sons to love the gridiron, throwing deep balls to them off the front porch, and there were two more heirs apparent in the wings.

Raised watching dusty old game films in the family den, Peyton was swiftly hailed as a generational talent, his record-breaking tenure at Tennessee paving a clear path to the NFL. Winning Super Bowls with both the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos, he was able to overcome a debilitating neck injury – after barely being able to hold a football – to eclipse Archie in football success. It was Peyton who would first pair his football cachet with capitalism, selecting commercials and appearances to show off his humor and expand the now-ubiquitous Manning brand into mainstream popular culture.

And finally there was quiet Eli, with an arm and a career to match his big brother’s but a reserved and enigmatic affect all his own. The good-boy who followed his father to Ole Miss, Eli entered the NFL even more carefully managed than his brother was, forcing a trade when the lackluster San Diego Chargers selected him with the first pick in the draft. Even with two dramatic Super Bowl wins with the New York Giants, Eli’s lows have been catastrophic, and he has never been quite the media darling his brother is. But even as their football careers wind down, the power of the Manning name only grows.

Drawing on new interviews and research, Ribowsky reveals a family of transcendent talent and intense loyalty dedicated to maintaining an all-American facade that has, on occasion, shown cracks. From the family’s past steeped in problematic parts of Southern identity, to locker-room scandal turned lawsuit, to flashes of fraternal jealousy, Ribowsky leaves no stone unturned. Rich in gridiron dramatics and familial intrigue,¬†In the Name of the Father¬†is a quintessentially American saga of a multifaceted lineage that has forever changed the game.


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Big Game by Mark Leibovich¬†Like millions of Americans, Mark Leibovich has spent more of his life turned into pro football than he’d care to admit. A lifelong fan of the New England Patriots, he kept his obsession quiet, making a nice career for himself covering that other playground for rich and overgrown children, American politics. Still, every now and then Leibovich would reach out to Tom Brady to gauge his willingness to subject himself to a profile. He figured that the chances of Brady agreeing were a Hail Mary at¬† best, but Brady returned Leibovich’s call in the summer of 2014, kicking off, if not a bromance, at least a journalistic courtship that extended through epic Patriots Super Bowl victory and defeat, and to a scandal involving Brady – Deflategate – whose grip on the sports media was as profound as its true significance was ridiculous.

So began a four-year odyssey that brought Mark Leibovich deeper inside the NFL than he, and certainly his subjects, ever bargained for. From the owners’ meetings to the draft, from Las Vegas to Green Bay, from the offices of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to the floor of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’s bus, and of course through to Brady and the 2018 Super Bowl, the helmet cam never comes off. Through all the sport and merriment, the sense emerges that we have reached an inflection point that might fairly be called “peak football” – the acme of the sport’s economic success and cultural dominance, but also the moment when its human toll became impossible to ignore. And that was before Donald Trump.

Pro football, this hilarious and enthralling book proves, may not be the sport America needs, but it is most definitely the sport we deserve.


Image result for basketball: a love story macmullenBasketball: A Love Story by Jackie MacMullan, Rafe Bartholomew, and Dan Klores This is the greatest love story never told. It has passion and heartbreak, triumph and betrayal. It is deeply intimate yet crosses oceans, upends lives, and changes nations. This is the true story of basketball.

It is the story of a Canadian invention that took over America and the world. Of a supposed “white man’s sport” that became a way for people of color, women, and immigrants to claim a new place in society. Of a game that demands everything of those who love it, yet gives so much back in return.

To tell this story, acclaimed authors Jackie MacMullan, Rafe Bartholomew, and Dan Klores embarked on a groundbreaking mission to interview a staggering lineup of basketball trailblazers. For the first time hundreds of legends, from Kobe, LeBron, and Steph Curry to Magic Johnson, Dr. J, and Jerry West, spoke movingly about their greatest passion. Iconic coaches like Phil Jackson and Coach K opened up like never before. Those who shattered glass ceilings, from Bill Russell and Yao Ming to Cheryl Miller and Lisa Leslie, explained what it really took to lay claim to their place in the game.

Revelatory and life affirming, Basketball: A Love Story is the defining untold oral history of how basketball came to be, and what it means to those who love it.


Image result for the cooking gene michael twittyThe Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty¬†A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry‚ÄĒboth black and white‚ÄĒthrough food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom.

Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who “owns” it is one of the most provocative touch points in our ongoing struggles over race. In this unique memoir, culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes readers to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine.

From the tobacco and rice farms of colonial times to plantation kitchens and backbreaking cotton fields, Twitty tells his family story through the foods that enabled his ancestors’ survival across three centuries. He sifts through stories, recipes, genetic tests, and historical documents, and travels from Civil War battlefields in Virginia to synagogues in Alabama to Black-owned organic farms in Georgia.

As he takes us through his ancestral culinary history, Twitty suggests that healing may come from embracing the discomfort of the Southern past. Along the way, he reveals a truth that is more than skin deep‚ÄĒthe power that food has to bring the kin of the enslaved and their former slaveholders to the table, where they can discover the real America together.


Image result for the red fox clan flanaganThe Royal Ranger: The Red Fox Clan by John Flanagan Picking up where The Royal Ranger: A New Beginning left off, this next installment continues the story arc featuring young apprentice, Maddie, and the student-turned-master, Will Treaty. The time has come for the next generation to assume the mantle and become protectors of the kingdom of Araluen.

After passing her third-year assessment as a ranger’s apprentice, Maddie is called home to Castle Araluen. Forced to keep her ranger training a secret, Maddie feels trapped by the monotony of castle life and longs to find a way out. But there are whisperings of a new threat to the kingdom. The mysterious Red Fox Clan, a group of anarchists all donning fox masks, have threatened Castle Araluen and question Princess Cassandra and Madelyn’s succession to the throne. Will they succeed in unseating Cassandra and Madelyn and take the throne for themselves?

Bestselling author of the Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband series, John Flanagan returns in the captivating follow-up to¬†The Royal Ranger: A New Beginning. Perfect for fans of Tolkien, Redwall, and Game of Thrones!


Image result for the complete don quixote graphic novelThe Complete Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, Adapted and Illustrated by Rob Davis¬†More than 400 years ago, Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes (1547‚Äď1616) sent his irrepressible optimist of a hero out to tilt at windmills‚ÄĒand Don Quixote and his philosophical squire, Sancho Panza, still remain among the world‚Äôs most popular and entertaining figures, as well as the archetypes for the tall, thin straight man and his short, stocky comic sidekick. In this terrific adaptation of the Cervantes classic, Rob Davis uses innovative paneling and an interesting color palette to bring the Knight-Errant to life. This is sequential storytelling and art at its finest, as we follow Don Quixote on his search for adventure and chivalrous quests‚ÄĒand he will not be defeated by such foes as logic, propriety, or sanity.


Image result for moby dick the graphic novelMoby Dick: The Graphic Novel by Herman Melville, adapted by Lance Stahlberg, Illustrated by Lalit Kumar Singh It was an obsession that would destroy them all . . .

On a cold December night, a young man called Ishmael rents a room at an inn in Massachusetts. He has come from Manhattan to the northeast of America to sign up for a whaling expedition.

Later that same night, as Ishmael is sleeping, a heavily tattooed man wielding a blade enters his room. This chance meeting is just the start of what will become the greatest adventure of his life.

The next day, Ishmael joins the crew of a ship known as the Pequod. He is approached by a man dressed in rags who warns him that if he sails under the command of Captain Ahab, he may  never come back. Undaunted, Ishmael returns early next morning and sets sail on the high seas.

For the crew of the Pequod, their voyage is one of monetary gain. For Captain Ahab, however, it is a mission driven by hatred, revenge, and his growing obsession with the greatest creature of the sea.


Image result for leverage in death jd robbLeverage in Death by J.D. Robb Lieutenant Eve Dallas puzzles over a bizarre suicide bombing in a Wall St. office building in the latest in the #1 New York Times bestselling series…

For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD‚Äôs Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter‚Äēbut what was the motive of the masked men?

Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.


Image result for contempt Ken starrContempt by Ken Starr¬†You could fill a library with books about the scandals of the Clinton administration, which eventually led to President Clinton’s impeachment by the House of Representatives. Bill and Hillary Clinton have told their version of events, as have various journalists and participants. Whenever liberals recall those years, they usually depict independent counsel Ken Starr as an out-of-control, politically driven prosecutor.

But as a¬†New York Times¬†columnist asked in 2017, “What if Ken Starr was right?” What if the popular media in the 1990’s completely misunderstood Starr’s motives, his tactics, and his ultimate goal: to ensure that no one, especially not the president of the United States, is above the law?

Starr – the man at the eye of the hurricane – has kept his unique perspective to himself for two full decades. In this long-awaited memoir, he finally sheds light on everything he couldn’t tell us during the Clinton years, even in his carefully detailed “Starr Report” of September 1998.

Contempt¬†puts you, the reader, into the shoes of Starr and his team as they tackle the many scandals of that era, from Whitewater to Vince Foster’s death to Travelgate to Monica Lewinsky. Starr explains in vivid detail how all those scandals shared a common thread: the Clintons’ contempt for our system of justice.

This book proves that Bill and Hillary Clinton weren’t victims of a so-called “vast right-wing conspiracy.” They played fast and loose with the law and abused their powers and privileges.¬†

With the perspective we’ve all gained over the¬†past two decades, Starr’s story and insights are more relevant than ever.


Image result for margaret fuller an american romantic life the public yearsMargaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life, The Public Years by Charles Capper¬†Filled with dramatic, ironic, and sometimes tragic turns, this superb biography captures the story of one of America’s most extraordinary figures, producing at once the best life of Fuller ever written, and one of the great biographies in American history. In Volume II, Charles Capper illuminates Fuller’s “public years,” focusing on her struggles to establish her identity as an influential intellectual woman in the Romantic Age. He brings to life Fuller’s dramatic mixture of inward struggles, intimate social life, and deep engagements with the movements of her time. He describes how Fuller struggled to reconcile high avant-garde cultural ideals and Romantic critical methods with democratic social and political commitments, and how she strove to articulate a cosmopolitan vision for her nation’s culture and politics. Capper also offers fresh and often startlingly new treatments of Fuller’s friendships with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Carlyle, and Giuseppe Mazzini, in addition to many others.¬†


Image result for the fall of gondolinThe Fall of Gondolin  by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien Evil Morgoth rules over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, who is called the Lord of Waters. Central to this enmity of the goads is the city of Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable. It was built and peopled by Noldorin Elves who, when they dwelled in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle-earth. Morgoth seeks in vain to discover the marvelously hidden city, while the gods in Valinor largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo, who desires to protect it.

Into this world comes Tuor, cousin of Turin. Guided unseen by Ulmo, Tuor journeys to Gondolin, where he becomes great; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon’s daughter; and they have a son, Earendel. But there will come a terrible ending when Morgoth, through a supreme act o;f treachery, will mount a devastating attack on the city with Balrogs, dragons, and numberless Orcs. After the destruction, Tuor’s son survives and lives into the next story, the Tale of Earendel, which Tolkien never wrote, but which is sketched out in this book from other sources.

Following¬†Beren and Luthien,¬†Christopher Tolkien has used this same “history in sequence” mode in the writing of¬†The Fall of Gondolin.¬†In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, it was “the first real story of this imaginary world” and, together with¬†Beren and Luthien¬†and¬†The Children of Hurin,¬†it is one of the three “Great Tales” of the Elder Days.

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Also new:¬†Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Professions, 10th Edition


New Books!! – 09/06/18

Fall is fast approaching and this gloomy weather is perfect for curling up with a good book. Lucky for you, we just got in several new titles! Stop by and check out our latest, today:

Image result for Korea Reborn book coverKorea Reborn Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors 60 Years of Growth is a retrospective look at the Korean War and the years of prosperity that followed. The photos and text tell the story from the perspective of both U.S. Veterans who served in the conflict, and the Koreans who prospered from the freedom left in their wake. Beginning with the events that led up to the war, through the ensuing battlefields across the Korean Peninsula, and ultimately the transformation from a war-torn country into a vibrant, prosperous nation, this book encapsulates why freedom is worth fighting for. To this day, the people of the Republic of Korea honor those brave veterans who served and sacrificed on their behalf. A reborn Korea is one that has risen from the rubble of war to be an economic world leader and a prized example of how freedom works. This is a story of a war remembered. 


Image result for 13 days in ferguson13 Days in Ferguson by Captain Ronald Johnson with Alan Eisenstock Your mind does the rest.

You see the images, the pictures, the faces. You see the face of Michael Brown. You see his body on the ground.

You see a city in flames.

You see storefronts smashed, protesters blocking intersections, police in riot gear, curtains of smoke rising from the pavement.

You see what they used to call a race riot.

You see angry black faces and people in pain, people crying, people running, people rounded up and arrested. 

You see white faces, some in uniform, their faces obscured behind protective shields; you see white people holding signs in support of the protesters. 

You see politicians at podiums, their eyes ringed with fatigue, their faces lined with frustration and helplessness. 

And you see my face. My black face. And my blue uniform.

I am Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

This is my story.


Image result for captive by catherine oxenbergCaptive by Catherine Oxenberg¬†In 2011, Catherine Oxenberg went to a Nxivm seminar with her oldest daughter. India, then twenty, was a novice entrepreneur on the verge of starting her own company; the timely Executive Success Programs promised to sharpen her business skills and give her an edge in the workforce. But what began as a simple mother-daughter bonding activity quickly turned into a mother’s worst nightmare. On the surface, Nxivm appeared to be a standard self-help organization, encouraging its clients to become the best versions of themselves. But there was a much darker, nefarious purpose lurking behind the seminars and exercises. Catherine watched in horror as her beloved daughter fell further and further down the rabbit hole, falling under the spell of Nxivm’s hypnotic leader, Keith Raniere.

Despite Catherine’s best efforts, India was drawn deeper into the society, eventually joining the elite, secret inner-circle section. This covert “sorority” was a barbaric system designed by Keith in which women seemed to become “slaves” overseen by “masters.” These women were pressured to bend to Keith’s every twisted whim. If they disobeyed, they could be punished and ordered to run forty miles a week. Keith insisted that they live off a starvation diet of five to eight hundred calories a day, and to show their allegiance, they were branded with Keith’s initials upon joining. Catherine had to endure seeing her once-vibrant twenty-six-year-old daughter turn into what she saw as the unwitting victim of a depraved control maniac.

In¬†Captive,¬†Catherine Oxenberg shares her harrowing personal experience and the lengths that a mother will go to save her child and bring Keith and his sinister organization down. Featuring the horrifying stories of members who have escaped, Oxenberg draws back the curtain on Nxivm’s reprehensible activities and how they lured their victims in.¬†Captive¬†is a fascinating and terrifying journey into a dark and dangerous world – for readers of Leah Remini and Lawrence Wright.¬†


Image result for Arthur Ashe a lifeArthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault¬†Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1943, Arthur Ashe was one of the state’s most talented black tennis players by the age of eleven, though Jim Crow restrictions barred him from competing with whites. In 1960, he won the National Junior Indoor singles title, which led to a tennis scholarship at UCLA. He became the first African American to play for the US Davis Cup team in 1963, and two years later he won the NCAA men’s singles championship. In 1968, he won both the US Amateur title and the first US Open men’s singles title, rising to a number one national ranking. Turning professional in 1969, he soon became one of the world’s most successful tennis stars, winning the Australian Open in 1970 and Wimbledon in 1975. After retiring in 1980, he served five years as the US Davis Cup captain and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1992,¬†Sports Illustrated¬†named him Sportsman of the Year, and today his name graces the largest tennis venue in the world, Arthur Ashe Stadium at the National Tennis Center in New York.

In this revelatory bigoraphy – nine years in the making – Raymond Arsenault chronicles Ashe’s rise to stardom on the court. But much of the book explores his off-court career as a human rights activist, philanthropist, broadcaster, writer, businessman, and celebrity. In the 1970s and 1980s, Ashe gained renown as an advocate for sportsmanship, education, racial equality, and the elimination of apartheid in South Africa. But from 1979 on, he was forced to deal with a serious heart condition that led to multiple surgeries and blood transfusions, one of which left him HIV-positive. In 1988, after completing a three-volume history of African American athletes, he was diagnosed with AIDS, a condition he revealed four years later. After devoting the last ten months of his life to AIDS activism, he died in February 1993 at the age of forty-nine, leaving an inspiring legacy of dignity, integrity, and active citizenship.

Based on prodigious research, including more than 150 interviews, Raymond Arsenault’s insightful and comprehensive biography puts Ashe in the context of his time and the long struggle of African American athletes seeking equal opportunity and respect.


Image result for the line becomes a riverThe Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu¬†Francisco Cantu’s mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by that landscape, Cantu joins the Border Patrol. In remote regions, he and his partners track people in blistering sun and frigid nights. they haul in the dead and deliver the living to detention. Plagued by nightmares, he leaves the patrol. But when a friend travels to Mexico to visit¬† his dying mother and does not return, Cantu discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story.





Image result for dopesick macyDopesick by Beth Macy¬†In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America’s twenty-plus-year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs, from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns, it’s a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted fro so long and become so firmly entrenched.

Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy endeavors to answer a grieving mother’s question – why did her only son die? – and comes away with a harrowing story of greed and need. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy parses how American embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm. IN some of hte same distressed communities featured in her best-selling book¬†Factory Man,¬†the unemployed use painkillers both to numb the pain of joblessness and to pay their bills, while privileged teens trade pills in cul-de-sacs, and even high school standouts fall prey to prostitution, jail, and death.

Through unsparing yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows that, astonishingly, the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But in a country unable to provide basic health care for all, Macy still finds reason to hope Рand finds signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary in those facing addiction to build a better future for themselves and their families. 


Image result for how schools workHow Schools Work by Arne Duncan¬†“Education runs on lies. That’s probably not what you’d expect from a former secretary of education, but it’s the truth.”

So opens Arne Duncan’s¬†How Schools Work,¬†although the title could just as easily be¬†How American Schools Work for Some, Not for Others, and Only Now and Then for Kids.

Drawing on nearly three decades in education – from his mother’s after-school program on Chicago’s South Side to his tenure as a secretary of education in DC –¬†How Schools Work¬†follows Arne (as he insists you call him) as he takes on challenges at every turn: gangbangers in Chicago housing projects, parents who call him racist, teachers who insist they can’t help poor kids, unions that refuse to modernize, Tea Partiers who call him an autocrat, affluent white progressive moms who hate yearly tests, and even the NRA, which once labeled Arne the “most extreme anti-gun member of President Obama’s Cabinet.”¬† Going to a child’s funeral every couple of weeks, as he did when he worked in Chicago, will do that to a person.

How Schools Work exposes the lies that have caused American kids to fall behind their international peers, from early childhood all the way to college graduation rates. But it also identifies what really does make a school work and celebrates the countless everyday heroes Arne has encountered along the way: teachers, principals, reformers, staffers, businesspeople, mayors, and presidents.

How Schools Work will inspire parents, teachers, voters, and even students to demand more of our public schools. If America is going to be great, then we can accept nothing less.


Image result for fly girls book coverFly Girls by Keith O’Brien¬†Between the World Wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi-day events, and cities vied with one anotehr to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly, pursuit.¬†Fly Girls¬†recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky.

Keith O’Brien weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout who worked for a dry cleaner in Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama housewife; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at the constraints of her blue blood family’s expectations; and Louise Thaden, the mother of two young kids who got her start selling coal in Wichita, Kansas. Together they fought for the chance to race against the men – and in 1936 one of them would triumph in the toughest race of all.¬†

Fly Girls celebrates a forgotten moment when tenacious, trailblazing women braved all obstacles to achieve greatness.


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100 Days of Real Food on a Budget by Lisa Leake¬†Eat better – without breaking the bank! It’s no secret that avoiding processed food is good for your health, but what does it do to your wallet? Wholesome, fresh ingredients can seem more expensive – from the higher price of organic to the issue of food waste when good intentions end up in the trash.

With her hugely popular 100 Days of Real Food blog and two bestselling books, Lisa Leake has made it her mission to help families move away from processed foods. In 100 Days of Real Food: On a Budget, she shows readers how to make a variety of unprocessed dishes for $15 or less per recipe. 

Unlike other budget cookbooks that only calculate the cost per serving (have you ever tried to buy just 1/4 cup of sour cream?), this incredibly practical book gives you the exact total cost for all of the necessary ingredients for each dish, helping busy families on even the tightest budgets plan the meals that will work for them. Lisa provides delicious recipes for breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner, as well as snacks and special treats, including:

  • Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
  • Black Bean and Sweet Potato Cakes
  • Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Toasted Coconut
  • Green Apple-Cucumber Slaw
  • Chicken Burrito Bowls
  • Apple-Glazed Pork Chops
  • Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups
  • Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites
  • Pina Colada Frozen Yogurt Pops

In addition to the wallet-friendly recipes, Lisa shares practical tips for saving money in the kitchen: planning ahead, getting the best deals on staple items, knowing what to make versus what to buy, growing your own herbs, and even reducing waste – which is currently 20 percent of all food purchased!

Whether a strict budget is a requirement for you or you simple would like to spend less at the grocery store, the resources and recipes in this book will help you cut out processed food without overspending your hard-earned money.


Image result for beast a tale of love and revengeBeast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen¬†Servant girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier’s cruelty is revealed, Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish and transforms Jean-Loup into terrifying Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside.

But Beast proves to be nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never tend his roses so patiently or attempt poetry – nor express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie. Gradually, Lucie realizes taht Beast is an entirely different creature, witha¬† heart more human than Jean-Loup’s ever was. Lucie dares to hope that noble BEast has permanently replaced cruel Jean-Loup – until an innocent beauty arrives at the chateau with the power to break the spell.¬†

Filled with gorgeous writing, magic, and fierce emotion, Beast will challenge all you think you know about good and evil,  beauty and beastliness.


Image result for lost by pc castLost by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast The moment other Kevin returns to his world trouble begins. Thankfully, he finds friends and allies Рsome expected, some unexpected Рand soon discovers he, like his sister, can wield Old Magick. But without a mentor to help him, will Kevin be tempted to embrace Darkness?

Back in our Tulsa, things have settled down since Zoey and the gang closed the tear between worlds. A new school year has begun, and Zoey’s exchange student program with public schools is really taking off. All is well.

But if all is well, why is Zoey increasingly withdrawn and moody?

Stark thinks he knows what’s wrong – and he is determined not to lose Zoey to the Other World and Heath, who is there and very much alive.

Stevie Ray thinks she knows what’s wrong – Z just needs a little break. Maybe a little vacay?

And the rest of the Nerd Herd thinks their Z will be fine – just give her some time to stop missing (and worrying about) Other Kevin.

But Zoey knows the truth. In the Other World her brother is using Old Magick, unaware of the dangers it holds. Without guidance, what will stop him from giving in to the potent pull of Old Magick? Without her guidance, Other Kevin could lose more than the war against Neferet Рhe could lose his soul. And Z knows she must help him Рafter all, he is her little brother . . .

In Lost, we follow Zoey, Stevie Rae, and Rephaim to an alternative version of the House of Night, where dangers take the form of friends, and allies are found in the strangest places. 


Image result for surviving adam meadeSurviving Adam Meade by Shannon Klare¬†Seventeen-year-old Claire Collins has a plan: get into college and leave North Carolina behind. What she doesn’t have is an idea for how to get rid of local football star and womanizer extraordinaire Adam Meade, who she can’t even avoid (despite many efforts) because Claire’s dad is the high school football coach.

Seventeen-year-old Adam Meade never fails. He always gets what he wants . . . until he meets Claire, the new girl who leaves him unnerved, pissed off, and confused. But there’s something about her that he just can’t resist.

With the bite of lemon meringue pie and the sugar of sweet tea, Surviving Adam Meade is a sexy and compelling young adult novel about two strong-willed people who think they know what they want but have no idea what they need.


Image result for nine by hinesNine by Zach Hines¬†In an alternate world startlingly close to our won, humans have nine lives – and they can’t wait to burn straight through them.

As you shed lives, you shed your awkward phases; one burn is equal to one physical and mental upgrade. Not only is burning a thrill, but when you wake up, you’ve taken one step closer to the person you dream of becoming.

Julian’s friends are obsessed with the idea of burning lives, but Julian is determined to stay on his first for as long as he can. His mother, the ultimate cautionary tale, burned through her first eight in just a few years, and Julian has no intention of succumbing to the debilitating rebirth sickness that she inflicted on herself.

But the regime has incentives aimed at controlling overpopulation, and Julian realizes that he’s going to have to burn at some point – especially when he becomes a target for Nicholas, the manipulative leader of the Burners. Julian eventually succumbs to the pressure, but in doing so, he uncovers suspicious gaps in the rebirth system that may explain exactly why his mother went so far down the rabbit hole years ago. Along with a group of student dissenters, Julian sets out to find answers and is soon on the verge of exposing the greatest conspiracy ever unleashed on the world.


Image result for the forest queenThe Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell¬†When sixteen-year-old Silvie’s brother, John, becomes sheriff of Woodshire, she feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. And when John plots to marry her off, Silvie fears she will never see her beloved home again. She runs away to the forest with her dearest friend, a handsome young huntsman named Bird, and soon a girl called Little Jane, a midwife named Mae Tuck, and a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen.

But even Silvie can’t imagine the depths of depravity her brother is willing to sink to, until the terrible day she’s forced to confront him. Can she overcome the evil in her own family in order to save the people of Woodshire, as well as the new family she’s created for herself?

Perfect for fans of fairy tale retellings, this smart, gorgeously written take on the Robin Hood tale goes beyond the original’s focus on economic justice to explore love, gender roles, and the healing power of nature, and what it means to be a family.


Image result for catwoman by sarah j maasCatwoman by Sarah J. Maas¬†Selina Kyle is a thief. Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman away on a vital mission, Gotham City looks ripe for the taking.

Luke Fox is a hero. Luke wants to prove that as Batwing he has what it takes to help people. He targets a new thief on the prowl who has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Together, they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman is clever – she may be Batwing’s undoing.

In Gotham City, not everyone is what they seem. Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a¬† dangerous threat from the past on her tail, wills she be able to pull off the heist that’s closest to her heart?


Image result for fierce like a firestormFierce Like a Firestorm by Lana Popovic Twin sisters Iris and Malina thought they knew how to reverse the ancient curse that haunts their line, the spell that destines them to use their gleams Рunique forms of beauty Рmanipulating magic Рto entice and enchant none other than Death himself.

But both sisters thought wrong.

Instead of ending the wicked bargain with the power of her infinite bloom, Iris is taken to an exquisite, uncanny realm in between this world and the next – a world Death created for her alone. Only, unlike all Death’s companions before, Iris’s body goes on the one-way journey along with her soul, arriving in a kingdom never meant to sustain a living girl.

Left behind with Niko, her girlfriend, and Luka, the boy her sister loves, Lina searches for a way to save Iris. But as Lina unearths the dark secrets that bind her family to parallel fates of loss and immortality and Iris tries to outwit Death on his own terrain, a power resurfaces that even Mara, the original witch mother, fears. Now both sisters must learn to fully embrace their gleams – or else they’ll truly lose each other forever.

Luscious and breathtaking,¬†Fierce Like a Firestorm¬†is the second book in Lana Popovic’s dazzling duology about freedom, beauty, sacrifice, and the infinite power of love.


Image result for these rebel wavesThese Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch¬†Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow it’s oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice – but Lu suspects something dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he scavenges the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian – but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession iwth Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the socking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country – or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.


Image result for the good soldier ford madox fordThe Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford¬†‘A Tale of Passion,’ as its sub-title declares,¬†The Good Soldier¬†tells of the complex social and sexual relationships between two couples, one English, one American, and the growing awareness of the American narrator John Dowell of the intrigues and passions behind their orderly Edwardian facade. It is the attitude of Dowell, his puzzlement and uncertainty, and the seemingly haphazard manner of his narration that make the book so powerful and mysterious. Ford called it ‘the only novel of mine that I considered . . . at all to count’ and it has perplexed and delighted commentators since its publication in 1915. The novel has many comic moments, despite its catalogue of death, insanity, and despair, and has been read as both a comedy and a tragedy. It has inspired the works of many later, distinguished writers, including Graham Greene.


Image result for invisible man by ralph ellisonInvisible Man by Ralph Ellison¬†First published in 1952 and immediately hailed as a masterpiece,¬†Invisible Man¬†is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American literature. For not only does Ralph Ellison’s nightmare journey across the racial divide tell unparalleled truths about the nature of bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators, it gives us an entirely new model of what a novel can be.

As he journeys from the Deep South to the streets and basements of Harlem, from a horrifying “battle royal” where black men are reduced to fighting animals, to a Communist rally where they are elevated to the status of trophies, Ralph Ellison’s nameless protagonist ushers readers into a parallel universe that throws our own into harsh and even hilarious relief. Suspenseful and sardonic, narrated in a voice that takes in the symphonic range of the American language, black and white,¬†Invisible Man¬†is one of the most audacious and dazzling novels of our century.


Image result for charlotte bronte shirleyShirley by Charlotte Bronte¬†Struggling manufacturer Robert Moore has introduced labour-saving machinery to his Yorkshire mill, arousing a ferment of unemployment and discontent among his workers. Robert considers marriage to the wealthy and independent Shirley Keeldar to solve his financial woes, yet his heart lies with his cousin Caroline, who, bored and desperate, lives as a dependent in her uncle’s home with no prospect of a career. Shirley, meanwhile, is in love with Robert’s brother, an impoverished tutor – a match opposed by her family. As industrial unrest builds to a potentially fatal pitch, can the four be reconciled? Set during the Napoleonic wars at a time of national economic struggles,¬†Shirley¬†is an unsentimental yet passionate depiction of conflict between classes, sexes, and generations.

In her introduction, Lucasta Miller discusses Charlotte Bronte’s life at the time she wrote¬†Shirley,¬†and the novel’s tone, language and treatment of social and political issues, especially the ‘woman question’ and industrial tensions. This edition also includes further reading, an appendix, and notes.


Image result for the portable henry jamesThe Portable Henry James edited by John Auchard¬†With a mind that took in every nuance of speech, manner, thought, and half-thought, Henry James set out to define the restless – and sometimes innocent – American imagination in conflict with the great European tradition. Along the way he discovered the countless hesitancies, betrayals, and self-betrayals that make up the true substance of human relationships. This entirely new¬†Portable Henry James¬†provides seven major tales – among them “Daisy Miller,” “The Turn of the Screw,” “The Beast in the Jungle,” and “The Jolly Corner” – as well as travel writing, correspondence, literary criticism, autobiography, passages from longer novels, and a sampling of authorial revisions. Also included are parodies by contemporaries, and tributes by W.H. Auden, Joseph Conrad, T.S. Eliot, Graham Greene, Ezra Pound, Edith Wharton, and Virginia Woolf.


Image result for tennyson's poetryTennyson’s Poetry edited by Robert W. Hill, Jr.¬†The Norton Critical Edition of¬†Tennyson’s Poetry, Second Edition, represents a significant revision of its predecessor and assimilates the Tennyson scholarship of the last twenty-five years.

The texts of the poems are based on the Eversley edition of Tennyson’s¬†Works¬†(published in nine volumes, 1907-09). Under earlier interdiction the significant Trinity College, Cambridge, manuscripts have been incorporated here. The poems are organized chronologically, from¬†Unpublished Early Poems¬†and¬†The Devil and the Lady¬†through¬†Poems¬†(1872-92).¬†The Princess¬†appears in its entirety. Each poem is accompanied by ample explanatory annotation.

“Contexts” collects seven seminal essays – six of them new to the Second Edition – on both. Tennyson and the major poems. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, T.S. Eliot, Isobel Armstrong, Herbert F. Tucker, Christopher Ricks, Gertrude Himmelfarb, and Robert W. Hill, Jr. present their varied perspectives.¬†

A Chronology, Selected Bibliography, and Index are also included.


Image result for the complete poems samuel taylor coleridgeSamuel Taylor Coleridge: The Complete Poems¬†One of the major figures of English Romanticism, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) created works of remarkable diversity and imaginative genius. The period of his creative friendship with William Wordsworth inspired some of Coleridge’s best-known poems, from the nightmarish vision of the ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ and the opium-fueled ‘Kubla Khan’ to the sombre passion of ‘Dejection: An Ode’ and the medieval ballad ‘Christabel.’ His meditative ‘conversation’ poems, such as ‘Frost at Midnight’ and ‘This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison,’ reflect on remembrance and solitude, while late works, such as ‘Youth and Age’ and ‘Constancy to an Ideal Object,’ are haunting meditations on mortality and lost love.

This volume contains the final texts of all the poems published during Coleridge’s lifetime and a substantial selection from those still in manuscript of his death, arranged in chronological order of composition to show his development as a poet. Also included are an introduction, table of dates, further reading, extensive notes, and indexes of titles and first lines.


Image result for the legend of sleepy hollow and other writingsThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Writings by Washington Irving¬†The first great American man of letters, Washington Irving became an international celebrity almost overnight upon publication of¬†The Sketch-Book¬†in 1820, which included the short stories “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.” These tales remain his two most popular works, but in addition to being a writer of short stories, Irving was also an acclaimed essayist, travel writer, biographer, and historian.

This volume showcases Irving’s best work across a variety of genres, including whimsical newspaper articles about New York society, the theater, and contemporary fashions; charming travel pieces that evocatively weave together history and legend; humorous stories and satirical essays from¬†The Sketch-Book¬†and its sequel¬†Birdcage Hall;¬†and excerpts from¬†A History of New York,¬†considered the first great American book of comic literature. The author’s success enabled him to earn a living solely by writing, unheard of for an American at that time.

Irving’s energetic, often tongue-in-cheek prose style, together with his ability to blend roguish satire, pathos, and picturesque description, had a profound influence upon the popular culture of his day. His writings have become a cornerstone in the foundation of the American literary tradition.


Image result for the mill on the floss book coverThe Mill on the Floss by George Eliot¬†The best-known and most autobiographical of George Eliot’s novels is now available as a Norton Critical Edition. The text of¬†The Mill on the Floss¬†is that of the 1862 third edition, the last for which Eliot made revisions. The text has been annotated in order to assist the reader with obscure references and allusions.

“Backgrounds” includes fifteen letters from the 1959-69 period centering on the novel’s content and composition; “Brother and Sister” (1869), a little known sonnet sequence; and eight Victorian reviews and responses, both published and unpublished, on the novel, including those by Henry James, Algernon Charles Swinburne, and John Ruskin.

Judiciously chosen from the wealth of essays on¬†The Mill on the Floss¬†published in the twentieth century, “Criticism” includes ten of the best studies on the novel, providing the reader with both historical and critical perspective. Contributors include Leslie Stephen, Virginia Woolf, F.R. Leavis, George Levine, Ulrich Knoepflmacher, Philip Fisher, Mary Jacobus, John Kucich, Margaret Homans, and Deirdre David.¬†

A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.


Image result for miss ravenel's conversion from secession to loyaltyMiss Ravenel’s Conversion From Succession to Loyalty by John W. De Forest¬†Drawing on his own combat experience in the Union forces, John W. De Forest crafted a war novel like nothing before it in the annals of American literature. As a captain in the 12th Connecticut Regimental Volunteers, De Forest joined in the battles of Georgia Landing and Bisland and in the siege of Port Hudson in Louisiana in 1862-63, and he saw action in Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley campaign in 1864. His firsthand knowledge of “the wilderness of death” made its way onto the pages of his riveting novel with devastating effect. Whether depicting the tedium before combat, the unspoken horror of battle, or the grisly butchery of the field hospital, De Forest broke new ground, anticipating the realistic war writings of Hemingway, Mailer, and Tim O’Brien.

A commercial failure in its own day, De Forest’s story was praised by Henry James and William Dean Howells, who, comparing it favorably to¬†War and Peace,¬†acclaimed the book “one of the best American novels ever written.” As Gary Scharnhorst writes in his introduction to this new edition, “in the whole reach of American fiction there is no novel more deserving, on both aesthetic and historical grounds, to be resurrected from the footnote than¬†Miss Ravenel’s Conversion.


Image result for the real charlotte E. somerville and martin rossThe Real Charlotte by Edith Somerville and Martin Ross Edith Somerville and Martin Ross (pseudonym of Violet Martin) were Anglo-Irish cousins who collaborated on and published collections of short stories, essays, and novels. They are best known for their stories on the sporting life in Ireland, The Irish R.M. The Real Charlotte (1894), the finest of their efforts, has long been out of print in America and will be a revelation to anyone Рscholar or general reader Рinterested in Irish literature, the novel, or the rediscovery of lost feminist fiction.

Charlotte Mullen has often been compared to Balzac’s villainous Cousin Bette. A forty-year-old remarkably intelligent but homely spinster, she manipulates the other characters and plots for her own gain. At the mercy of her own uncontrollable lust and avariciousness, she connives to steal a deathbed inheritance from her pretty, young, and flirtatious cousin, Francie Fitzpatrick, and then to use that money – and Francie herself – as bait in an attempt to rise from nearly the lowest of Irish social classes to the highest. The novel is a knowing and superbly written study of Irish society and the fate of women within it.¬†

Virginia Beard’s lively introduction outlines the authors’ lives and unusual collaborative technique, discusses the novel in its historical, literary, and feminist contexts, and offers provocative suggestions on how the novel might be read.


Image result for endgame and act without words samuel beckettEndgame and Act Without Words by Samuel Beckett¬†Samuel Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969; his literary output of plays, novels, stories, and poetry has earned him an uncontested place as one of the greatest writers of our time.¬†Endgame,¬†originally written in French and translated into English¬† by Beckett himself, is considered by many critics to be his greatest single work. A pinnacle of Beckett’s characteristic raw minimalism, it is a pure and devastating distillation of the human essence in the face of approaching death.






Image result for the life and opinions of tristram shandy, gentleman book cover purpleThe Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne Rich in playful double entendres, digressions, formal oddities, and typographical experiments, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman provoked a literary sensation when it first appeared in England in a series of volumes from 1759 to 1767. An ingeniously structured novel (about writing a novel) that fascinates like a verbal game of chess, Tristram Shandy is the most protean and playful English fiction of the eighteenth century and a celebration of the art; its inventiveness anticipates the work of Joyce, Rushdie, and Fuentes. 

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the nine-volume first edition.



Image result for the blazing world and other writingsThe Blazing World and Other Writings by Margaret Cavendish¬†Flamboyant, theatrical and ambitious, Margaret Cavendish was one of the seventeenth century’s most striking figures – a woman who ventured into the male spheres of politics, science, philosophy, and fiction, part feminist text, it tells of a Lady shipwrecked on the Blazing World where she is made Empress and uses her power to ensure that it is free of war, religious division, and unfair sexual discrimination. This volume also includes¬†The Contract,¬†a romance in which love and law work harmoniously together, and¬†Assaulted and Pursued Chastity,¬†which explores the power and freedom a woman can achieve in the disguise of a man.

In her introduction, Kate Lilley places these writings in the context of Cavendish’s extraordinary life and discusses the roles of women in these texts. This updated edition includes a chronology, revised notes and a new bibliography.


Image result for the bluest eyeThe Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison¬†The Bluest Eye¬†is Toni Morrison’s first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author’s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves’ garden do not bloom, Pecola’s life does change – in painful, devastating ways.

With its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child’s yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment,¬†The Bluest Eye¬†remains one of Toni Morrison’s most powerful, unforgettable novels – and a significant work of American fiction.


Image result for sea witch sarah henningSea Witch by Sarah Henning Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt.

Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all.¬† And, as the two girls catch the eyes – and hearts – of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But magic isn’t kind. And her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart – harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits – to become a monster.

Other new titles include: Novels and Essays by Frank Norris; A History of Film by Virginia Wright Wexman; and Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film by Richard Barsam and Dave Monahan.

New Books – 07/18/2018

We’re over half-way through July, but it’s still not too late to get started on some summer reading before the school year begins! We have some great new titles coming out (with more on the way, shortly). Stop by and see what’s new! ūüôā


Image result for the president is missingThe President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson¬†The president disappears. The world is in shock. But the reasons he’s missing is much worse than anyone can imagine. With details only a president could know, and the kind of suspense only James Patterson can deliver.









Image result for the secrets between usThe Secrets Between Us¬†Poor and illiterate, Bhima had faithfully worked for the Dubash family, an upper-middle-class Parsi household, for more than twenty years. Yet after courageously speaking the truth about a heinous crime perpetrated against her own family, the devoted servant was cruelly fired.The sting of that dismissal was even more painful coming from Sera Dubash, the temperamental employer who had long been Bhima’s only confidante. A woman who has endured despair and loss with stoicism, Bhima must now find some other way to support herself and her granddaughter, Maya.¬†

Bhima’s fortunes take an unexpected turn when her path intersects with Parvati, a bitter, taciturn older woman. The two acquaintances soon form a tentative business partnership, selling fruits and vegetables at the local market. As they work together, these two women seemingly bound by fate grow closer, confessing to each other the truth about their lives and the wounds that still haunt them. Discovering her first true friend, Bhima weaves a new life, and together the two women learn to stand on their own.

A dazzling story of gender, strength, friendship, and second chances, The Secrets Between Us is a powerful and perceptive novel that brilliantly evokes the complexities of life in modern India and the harsh realities faced by women born without privilege as they struggle to survive.


Image result for a sin such as thisA Sin Such as This by Ellen Hopkins¬†Tara thought she was finally settling down when she married the handsome Dr. Cavin Lattimore. But just as she was willing to overlook his gambling habits, she discovers his secret meetings with Sophia, his gorgeous ex-girlfriend who is now his son Eli’s occasional¬† girlfriend. Life gets even more complicated when Tara’s niece, Kayla, starts hooking up with Eli. In a matter of weeks, Tara has reluctantly gone from rich, single San Francisco professional to Lake Tahoe housewife managing her niece’s whiplash moods, while resisting her stepson’s tantalizing sexual advances.

Adding to the family drama is her younger sister, Melody, who’s having a serious marital breakdown, which means she might know something about her husband and Tara’s brief dalliance years ago. As Tara’s fragile trust in her family teeters, times with the arrival of certain people from her past, she also can’t shake the feeling that someone’s watching her. Baiting her.


Image result for furybornFuryborn by Claire Legrand When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this power are a pair of prophesied Queens: a queen of light and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed . . . unless the trials destroy her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family safe. Now, she believes herself untouchable – until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them will ultimately determine the fate of their world – and of each other.


Image result for little big loveLittle Big Love by Katy Regan Ten-year-old Zac Hutchinson collects facts: Octopuses have three hearts. Usain Bolt is the fastest man on earth. But no one will tell him the one thing he wants to know most: who his father is and where he went.

When Zac’s mother, Juliet, inadvertently admits that his dad is the only man she’s ever loved, Zac decides he is going to find him and deliver his mom the happily ever after that she deserves.

But Liam Jones left for a reason, and as Zac searches for clues about his father, Juliet begins to rebuild what shattered on the day that was once the happiest and most heartbreaking of her life.

Told through the eyes of Zac, Juliet, and Zac’s grandfather Mick,¬†Little Big Love¬†is a layered, heartfelt, utterly satisfying story about family, love, and the secrets that can define who we are.


Image result for goodbye, sweet girlGoodbye, Sweet Girl by Kelly Sundberg¬†Kelly Sundberg’s husband, Caleb, was a funny, warm, supportive man and a wonderful father to their little boy, Reed. He was also vengeful and violent. But Sundberg did not know this whens he fell in love. After Caleb’s true nature was revealed,s he tried to convince herself he would get better. It took a decade for her to ultimately accept that the partnership she desired could not work with such a broken man. In her remarkable book, she offers an intimate record of the joys and terrors that accompanied her difficult awakening, and presents a haunting, heartbreaking glimpse into why women remain too long in dangerous relationships.

To understand herself and her violent marriage, Sundberg looks to her childhood in Salmon, Idaho, a small, isolated mountain community known as the most redneck town in the state. Like her marriage, Salmon is a place of deep contradictions, where Mormon ranchers and hippie back-to-landers live side by side; a place of magical beauty riven by secret brutality; a place that takes pride in its individualism and rugged self-sufficiency, yet is beholden to church and communal standards at all costs.

Mesmerizing and poetic,¬†Goodbye, Sweet Girl¬†is a harrowing, cautionary, and ultimately redemptive tale. It brilliantly illuminates one woman’s transformation as she gradually rejects the painful reality of her violent life, begins to accept responsibility for herself, and learns to believe that she deserves better.


Image result for formerly known as foodFormerly Known as Food by Kristin Lawless¬†If you think buying organic is protecting you, you’re wrong. Our food – even what we’re told is good for us – has changed for the worse in the past one hundred years, it’s nutritional content deteriorating due to industrial farming and its composition altered by the addition of thousands of chemicals, from pesticides to packaging. We simply no longer know what we’re eating.

In Formerly Known as Food, Kristin Lawless argues that, because of the degradation of our diet, our bodies are literally changing from the inside out. The billion-dollar food industry is reshaping our food preferences, altering our brains, changing the composition of our microbiota, and even affecting the expression of our genes. Lawless chronicles how this is happening and what it means for our bodies, health, and survival.

An independent journalist and nutrition expert, Lawless is emerging as the voice of a new generation of food thinkers. After years of “eat this, not that” advice from doctors, journalists, and food faddists, she offers something completely different: a comprehensive explanation of the problem – going beyond nutrition to issues of food choice, class, race, and gender – and a sound and simple philosophy of eating that she calls the “Whole Egg Theory.”

Formerly Known as Food is an urgent call to take our food back.


Image result for spying on whalesSpying on Whales by Nick Pyenson¬†Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species ever to have lived on our planet. They evolved from land-roaming, dog-sized creatures into animals that move like fish, breathe like us, can grow to 300,000 pounds, live two hundred years, and travel entire ocean basins. Whales fill us with terror, awe, and affection – yet there is still so much we don’t know about them. Why did it take whales over fifty million years to evolve to such big sizes, and how do they eat enough to stay that big? How did their ancestors return to the sea from land – and what can their lives tell us about evolution as a whole? Importantly, in the sweepstakes of human-driven habitat and climate change, will whales survive?

Nick Pyenson’s research has given us the answers to some of our biggest questions about whales. He takes us deep inside the Smithsonian’s unparalleled fossil collections, to frigid Antarctic waters, and to the arid desert in Chile, where scientists race against time to document the largest fossil whale site ever found. Full of rich storytelling and scientific discovery,¬†Spying on Whales¬†spans the ancient past to an uncertain future all to better understand the most enigmatic creatures on Earth.


Image result for she has her mother's laughShe Has Her Mother’s Laugh by Carl Zimmer¬†Heredity has long defined us. Now we are defining it. A historic transofrmation in our understanding of life is taking place today. Carl Zimmer’s masterwork¬†She Has Her Mother’s Laugh¬†illuminates this transformation like no other book before.

In a narrative that reads like a sweeping novel, Zimmer weaves together tales of scientific advance and pseudoscientific poison, heroes and villains, reflections on being a father to two daughters, analyses of his own genome revealing curious distant ancestors, and investigative reporting into cutting-edge discoveries that will shape the lives of all children to come.

Zimmer shows how our concepts of heredity have long been a powerful force affecting all economies, politics, and cultures. Heredity determined how crowns and thrones were passed down through the generations. Genetics revealed in profound detail how diseases and traits like eye color and intelligence were influenced by heredity. But heredity flows through other channels as well – from cultural practices to the environments we build around ourselves and our descendants.

With a surprise on almost every page, from the first use of the Latin word¬†hereditas¬†by the Romans to Darwin’s theory and Mendel’s Law, to the deeply disturbing rise of eugenics in the twentieth century, to revelations regarding the microbiome and epigenetics, all the way to the rapid rise of CRISPR gene-editing technology,¬†She Has Her Mother’s Laugh¬†is both a defining moment in biology and a work of wit and erudition poised for a transgenerational life in our cultural ecosystem.


Image result for frenemies bookFrenemies by Ken Auletta Advertising and marketing touches on every corner of our lives, and is the invisible fuel powering almost all media. Complain about it though we might, and should, without it much of media and business would shrivel. THe disruption has been late in coming, but just as it struck the music, newspaper, magazine, and book businesses, today advertising and marketing are under assault. Good-bye, Don Draper. A Mad Men world has turned into a Math Men (and women Рthough too few) world, as engineers seek to transform an instinctual art into a science. The old lions and their kingdoms reel from fear, however bravely they might roar.

Frenemies¬†is Ken Auletta’s reckoning with an industry under existential assault. He enters the rooms of the ad world’s most important players, some of them business partners, some adversaries, many “frenemies,” a term whose ubiquitous use in this industry reveals the level of anxiety, as former allies become competitors and accusations of kickbacks and corruption swirl. We meet the old guard, including Sir Martin Sorrell, the legendary head of WPP, the world’s largest ad agency holding company; while others play nice with Facebook and Google, he rants, critics say Lear-like, out on the heath. There is Irwin Gotlieb, maestro of GroupM, the most powerful media agency, but like all media agencies, it is staring into the headlights as ad buying is more and more done by machines and algorithms. We see the world from the vantage of its new stars, like Carolyn Everson, Facebook’s head of sales. We visit other brash and scrappy creatives who are driving change, as millennials and others who disdain ads as an interruption employ technology to zap them, becoming advertising and marketing’s most potent frenemies. We also peer into the future, looking at what is replacing traditional advertising. And throughout we follow the industry’s Dolly Levi, its peerless match-maker, Michael Kassan, whose MediaLink company connects all these players together as he serves as the industry’s foremost power broker.

Frenemies is essential reading, not simply because of what it says about this world, but because of the potential consequences: to the survival of media that depends on the money generated by advertising and marketing; to free television that would not be free without ads; to companies that would perish without a way to tell consumers of their products or sales; and to consumers who would be blind to new products.


Image result for lincoln's last trialLincoln’s Last Trial by Dan Abrams and David Fisher¬†At the end of the summer of 1859, twenty-two-year-old Peachy Quinn Harrison went on trial fro murder in Springfield, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln, who had been involved in more than three thousand cases – including more than twenty-five murder trials – during his two-decades-long career, was hired to defend him. This was to be his last great case as a lawyer.

What normally would have been a local case took on momentous meaning. Lincoln’s debates with Senator Stephen Douglas the previous fall had gained him a national following, transforming the little-known, self-taught lawyer into a respected politician. He was being urged to make a dark-horse run for the presidency in 1860. Taking this case involved great risk. His reputation was untarnished, but should he lose this trial, should Harrison be convicted of murder, the spotlight now focused so brightly on him might be dimmed. He had won his most recent murder trial with a daring and dramatic maneuver that had become a local legend, but another had ended with his client dangling from the end of a rope.

The case posed painful personal challenges for Lincoln. The murder victim had trained for the law in his office, and Lincoln had been his friend and his mentor. His accused killer, the young man Lincoln would defend, was the son of a close friend and loyal supporter. And to win this trial he would have to form an unholy allegiance with a longtime enemy, a revivalist preacher he had twice run against for political office – and who had bitterly slandered Lincoln as an “infidel . . . too lacking in faith” to be elected.

Lincoln’s Last Trial¬†captures the presidential hopeful’s dramatic courtroom confrontations in vivid detail as he fights for his client – but also for his own blossoming political future. It is a moment in history that shines a light on our legal system, as in this case Lincoln fought a legal battle that remains incredibly relevant today.


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