New Materials!! 09/14/17

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

If anything happens to them, will anyone even care?

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

And many more!

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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New Books!! – 09/05/17

Happy Tuesday, DC3! We hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! 🙂 It’s almost fall and, as everyone knows, fall is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. We have just the thing for you! Have a look:

Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb Eve Dallas fights to separate rumors from reality when a woman who traffics in other people’s secrets is violently silenced, in the newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

The chic Manhattan nightspot called Du Vin has a French theme – though it’s actually owned by an Irishman who just happens to be married to the NYPSD’s Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Du Vin is not the kind of place Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s definitely not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening.

The mortally wounded woman who stumbles out of the ladies’ room is Larinda Mars, a self-described “social information reporter” or, as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she wasn’t publicly sharing all the dirt she dug up. She kept the best, most shocking stories quiet for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she’d find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone’s done the same to her, literally – with a knife to the brachial artery.

Eve didn’t like Larinda Mars. But she likes murder even less. To find justice for this victim, she’ll have to plunge into the dirty little secrets of all the people Larinda Mars victimized. Along the way, she may be exposed to some information she really didn’t want to know . . .

 

The Western Star by Craig Johnson Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after renewing his weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff shows him a photograph of a group of armed men standing in front of a large steam locomotive. It transports him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Longmire accompanied his new boss, Lucian Connolly, to the annual meeting of the Wyoming Sheriff’s Association, held on a vintage excursion train known as The Western Star. Armed with his trusty Colt .45 and a paperback of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, the young Walt did not anticipate being thrust into the center of a mystery himself, as the train bearing twenty-four veteran sheriffs – and a cavalcade of curious characters that accompanied them – chugged across his home state, from Cheyenne to Evanston and back.

But the sheriff isn’t in town for the certification alone. He’s on his way to the capital for the parole hearing of one of the most dangerous men he has encountered in a lifetime of law enforcement – who he is determined, for reasons unknown to his undersheriff and even to his own daughter, to keep behind bars. Along with the decades-old photograph, the case hurtles Walt into a head-on collision of past and present, placing those he loves most squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge.

 

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Dragonsworn by Sherrilyn Kenyon There is nothing in the universe the cursed dragon, Falcyn, hates more than humanity . . . except Greek humans. In a war he wanted no part of, they systematically destroyed everything he’d ever cared for. Now he waits for the day when evolution will finally rid him of the human vermin.

Medea was born the granddaughter of the Greek god Apollo, and among the first of his people whom he cursed to die. But she will not let anyone rule her life. Not even her notorious grandfather. And when Apollo sends a new plague to destroy what remains of her people, she refuses to stand by and watch him take everything she loves from her again.

This time,s he knows of a secret weapon that can stop the ancient god and his army of demons. Once and for all. However, said device is in the hands of a dragon who wants nothing to do with politics, the gods, humanity, demons, or Apollites. And especially not her. He is the immovable object.

She is the unstoppable force . . .

When Apollo makes a strategic move that backfires, he forces Falcyn back into play. Now Medea either has the weapon she needs to save her people or she’s unleashed total Armageddon. If she can’t find some way to control the dragon before it’s too late, Falcyn will be an even worse plague on the world than the one Apollo has set loose. But how can anyone control a demonic dragon whose sole birthright is world annihilation? 

 

Image result for the half-drowned king hartsuykerThe Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker Ragnvald Eysteinsson, descendant of kings, grew up believing that he would one day take his dead father’s place as chief of his family’s lands. But sailing home from a raiding trip to Ireland, the young warrior is betrayed and left for dead by men in the pay of his greedy stepfather, Olaf. Rescued by a fisherman, Ragnvald is determined to avenge his stepfather’s betrayal, claim his birthright and the woman he loves, and rescue his beloved sister, Svanhild. Opportunity may lie with Harald of Vestfold, a young warrior prophesied to one day rule all of Norway.

While Ragnvald’s duty is to fight – and even die – for his honor, Svanhild must agree to an advantageous marriage, though her adventurous spirit yearns to see the world. Olaf has arranged a husband for her – a hard old man she neither loves nor desires. When the chance to escape Olaf’s cruelty comes at the hand of her brother’s archrival, she is forced to make a heartbreaking choice: family or freedom.

Set in a mystical and violent world defined by honor, loyalty, deceit, passion, and courage, The Half-Drowned King is an electrifying adventure that breathtakingly illuminates the Viking world and the birth of Scandanavia.

 

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All the Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler Let me put it this way: Draw a number line, with zero is, you never think about sex and ten is, it’s all you think about, and while you are drawing the line, I am thinking about sex.

Cole is a boy in high school. He runs cross country, he sketches, he jokes around with friends.

He consumes and shares pornography. And he sleeps with a lot of girls, which is beginning to earn him a not-quite-savory reputation around school. This leaves him adrift with only his best friend for company, and then something startling begins to happen between them that might be what he’s been after all this time.

And then he meets a girl.

All the Dirty Parts is an unblinking take on teenage desire in a culture of unrelenting explicitness and shunted communication, where sex feels like love but no one knows what love feels like – a tender, brutal, funny, intoxicating portrait of an age when the lens of sex tilts the world.

There are love stories galore. This isn’t that. The story I’m typing is all the dirty parts.

 

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Hurt People by Cote Smith It’s the summer of 1988 in northeastern Kansas, an area home to four prisons that has been shaken by the recent escape of a convict. But for two young brothers in Leavenworth, the only thing that matters is the pool in their apartment complex. Their mother forbids the boys to swim alone, but she’s always at work trying to make ends meet after splitting with their police-officer father. With no one home to supervise, the boys decide to break the rules.

While blissfully practicing their cannonballs and dives, they meet Chris, a mysterious stranger who promises an escape from their broken-home blues. As the older brother and Chris grow closer, the wary younger brother desperately tries to keep his best friend from slipping away.

Beautifully atmospheric and psychologically suspenseful, Cote Smith’s Hurt People will hold you in its grip to the very last page, reminding us that when we’re not paying attention, we often hurt the ones we claim to love the most.

 

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VIOLATED by Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach Just days after Baylor University student Jasmin Hernandez was raped by football player Tevin Elliot, she and her mother went to campus police, but no one offered help. When Jasmin called Baylor’s counseling center, she was told to get on a waiting list. And when her mother contacted academic affairs, she was told no one could do anything, “even if a plane falls on your daughter.”

Jasmin was one of five women who reported that they were either raped or physically assaulted by Elliott. They weren’t the only women who claimed Baylor football players violated them – and they weren’t the only victims of sexual violence who said university officials had violated federal law by failing to help them.

In VIOLATED, two ESPN investigative reporters provide a shocking narrative of sexual crimes committed against women – and a university’s culture that kept those crimes quiet. 

Throughout its history, Baylor University has presented itself as something special. As the world’s largest Baptist university, it was unabashedly Christian. During the last several years, however, Baylor officials were hiding a dark secret: Female students were being sexually assaulted at an alarming rate. Baylor did little to help victims, and their assailants rarely faced discipline. 

Finally, after two high-profile criminal cases involving football players, an examination of Baylor’s handling of sexual assault allegations led to the unprecedented ouster of its president, athletics director, and highly successful football coach.

 

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Truth Doesn’t Have a Side by Dr. Bennet Omalu with Mark Tabb One day in 2002, the fifty-year-old body of the one-time All-Pro center for the Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Webster was laid on a cold table in front of pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu. Webster had experienced depression, confusion, and violent mood swings near the end of his life. But when Dr. Omalu first cut into Webster’s brain, it appeared to be normal. Then he began studying slides of Webster’s brain tissue. And the world of contact sports would never be the same.

In Webster’s brain, Dr. Omalu unexpectedly observed shriveled brain cells and unique threads of brown proteins. These would become the key diagnosing signatures of the haunting brain disease he had just discovered – a disease he later named Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Startled by his findings, he suspected a disturbing connection to Webster’s memory loss and suicidal tendencies. As the evidence grew, there could be no doubt. He knew that the multiple concussions Webster sustained in his football career led directly to this end. But Dr. Omalu didn’t know that to speak up against America’s favorite and most lucrative sport could mean the end of his own career – and propel him into a high-stakes international debate.

Truth Doesn’t Have a Side explores the blazing controversy surrounding CTE and what it means for us as parents, athletes, and sports fans. As Dr. Omalu shares his story of being the reluctant, then passionate, catalyst of these conversations, he inspires us to speak for truth in our own lives – whether we’re advocating about issues we face at a national level or about our children who play on athletic fields close to our homes.

 

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Rescued from ISIS by Dimitri Bontinck Dimitri Bontinck lived every parent’s worst nightmare. His teenage son, introduced to Islam by his girlfriend, fell into the clutches of a radical mosque. Dimitri watched helplessly as his son, Jay, transformed from a gentle boy into a soldier in training, wearing traditional robes and following a strict diet. Completely brainwashed, Jay snuck out of the house and traveled to Syria, all but vanishing. Too late, Dimitri learned that their country, Belgium, was the leading hotbed of Islamic radicalization. Large numbers of teenagers were being lured into this world and expertly indoctrinated into radical Islam. One by one, they disappeared into the Middle East, most never to be seen again.

With no one to help him, Dimitri – a white Christian-raised athiest – set off on his own to save his son. Using only his military training, a lot of courage, and a little luck, he gradually embedded himself deeper and deeper into the Middle East. After months of searching and several close calls – including being thrown in a jail cell and threatened with death – he was able to find his son and bring him home. The world was shcoked at his unprecedented success, and he started receiving pleas from families around the world, asking that he rescue their children as well. Increasingly fearful for his own life but unable to ignore these cries for help, Dimitri accepted his newfound role as the “Jihadi Hunter.”

Rescued from ISIS is the inspiring and terrifying tale of one man’s journey to the Middle East to save his child from radical Islam and its surprising worldwide repercussions.

 

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Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for feature writing and another for feature photography, this astonishing story puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States. Now a beloved classic, this page-turner about the power of family is a popular text in classrooms and a touchstone for communities across the country to engage in meaningful discussions about this essential American subject.

Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers. As Isabel Allende writes: “This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey. If you are going to read only one nonfiction book this year, it has to be this one.” Now updated with a new Epilogue and Afterword, photos of Enrique and his family, an author interview, and more, this is the definitive edition of a classic of contemporary America.

 

 

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Midnight in Broad Daylight by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Midnight in Broad Daylight is the true story of a Japanese American family that found itself on opposite sides during World War II. An epic tale of family, separation, divided loyalties, love, reconciliation, loss, and redemption. Pamela Rotner Sakamoto’s history is a reiveting chronicle of U.S.-Japan relations and of the Japanese experience in America.

After their father’s death, the Fukuhara children – all born and raised in the Pacific Northwest – moved with their mother to Hiroshima, their parents’ ancestral home. Eager to go back to America, Harry and his sister, Mary, returned there in the late 1930’s. Then came Pearl Harbor. Harry and Mary were sent to an internment camp until a call came for Japanese translators, and Harry dutifully volunteered to serve his country. Back in Hiroshima, their brothers, Frank and Pierce, became soldiers in the Imperial Japanese Army.

As the war raged on, Harry, one of the finest bilingual interpreters in the United States Army, island-hopped across the Pacific, moving ever closer to the enemy – and to his younger brothers. But before the Fukuharas would have to face one another in battle, the U.S. detonated the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, gravely injuring tens of thousands of civilians, including members of the Fukuhara family.

Alternating between American and Japanese perspectives, Midnight in Broad Daylight captures the uncertainty and intensity of those charged with the fighting, as well as the deteriorating home front of Hiroshima – never depicted before in English – and provides a fresh look at the events surrounding the dropping of the first atomic bomb. Intimate and evocative, here is an indelible portrait of a resilient family, a scathing examination of racism and xenophobia, an homage to tremendous Japanese American contribution to the American war effort, and an invaluable addition to the historical record of this extraordinary time.

 

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Green City by Allan Drummond When a tornado struck and destroyed nearly everything in Greensburg, Kansas, in 2007, it could have been the end of this little town. But amid the rubble and destruction, some residents resolved to rebuild better than ever, and they began by asking one big question: what do we want to be now? The answer soon became clear: Building for the future meant building green!

Allan Drummond’s bright watercolors and sprightly text tell the exciting story of how, in the face of tragedy, a community joined together to create one of the greenest towns in the United States.

Other new titles: The Last Wild Places of Kansas by George Frazier and American Football: How the Game Evolved by James E. Herget.

 

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New Books!! – 06/06/17

We hope you are enjoying your summer, DC3! Beat the heat by coming into the Library and checking out one of our new books!

Image result for undoctored william davisUndoctored by William Davis, MD In his New York Times bestseller Wheat Belly, Dr. William Davis changed the lives of millions of people by teaching them to remove grains from their diets to reverse years of chronic health damage. Now, he goes beyond cutting grains to help you take charge of your own health in Undoctored. This groundbreaking expose reveals how millions of people are given dietary recommendations crafted by big business, are prescribed unnecessary medications, and undergo unwarranted procedures to feed revenue-hungry healthcare systems.

With Undoctored, the code to health care has been cracked – Dr. Davis will help you create a comprehensive program to reduce, reverse, and cure hundreds of common health conditions and break your dependence on prescription drugs. By applying simple strategies while harnessing the collective wisdom of new online technologies, you can break free of a healthcare industry that puts profits over health.

Undoctored is the spark of a new movement in health that places the individual, not the doctor, at the center. His plan contains features like:

  • A step-by-step guide to eliminating prescription medications
  • Tips on how to distinguish good medical advice from bad.
  • 42 recipes to guide you through the revolutionary 6-week program

Undoctored gives you all the tools you need to manage your own health and sidestep the misguided motives of a profit-driven medical system.

 

Image result for women who workWomen Who Work by Ivanka Trump Our grandmothers fought for the right to work. Our mothers fought for the choice to be in an office or to stay at home. Our generation is the first to fully embrace and celebrate the fact that our lives are multidimensional. Thanks to the women who came before us and paved the way, we can create the lives we want to lead- which look different for each of us.

I’ve been fortunate to be able to build my career around my passions, from real estate to fashion. But my professional titles only begin to describe who I am and what I value. I have been an executive and an entrepreneur, but also – and just as importantly – a wife, mother, daughter, and friend. To me, “work” encompasses my efforts to succeed in all of these areas.

After appearing on The Apprentice years ago and receiving a flood of letters from young women asking for guidance, I realized the need for more female leaders to speak out publicly in order to change the way society thinks and talks about “women who work.” So I created a forum to do just that. This book evolves the conversation that started on IvankaTrump.com, where so many incredible women (and men!) have shared their exdperiences, advice, ambitions, and passions.

Women who work lead meetings and train for marathons. We learn how to cook and how to code. We inspire our employees and our children. We innovate at our current jobs and start new businesses.

Women Who Work will equip you with the best skills I’ve learned from some amazing people I’ve met, on subjects such as identifying opportunities, shifting careers smoothly, negotiating, leading teams, starting companies, managing work and family, and helping change the system to make it better for women – now and in the future. I hope it will inspire you to redefine success and architect a life that honors your individual passions and priorities, in a way only you can.

 

DImage result for dinner with dimaggioinner with DiMaggio by Dr. Rock Positano and John Positano Dinner with DiMaggio is the story of the remarkable friendship between American icon Joe DiMaggio and Dr. Rock Positano, who became DiMaggio’s most trusted friend in New York in the last decade of the Yankee Clipper’s life.

In 1990, Positano, a foot and ankle specialist at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, was awed to meet a new patient, Joe DiMaggio. Botched surgery on DiMaggio’s right heel had contributed to his early retirement, and that heel had continued to bother him for decades. After Positano successfully treated DiMaggio, the relationship between the two men deepened beyond doctor and patient. Both from working-class Italian families, the men shared similar values and greatly respected each other’s work ethic.

Even though Positano was too young to have seen DiMaggio play baseball, he became Joe’s confidant. When Joe was in town, Positano escorted him around New York and helped him to enjoy the city as he could not have done at the height of his career. Over frequent dinners, the very private DiMaggio opened up about some of the happiest – and darkest – moments of his life, from his playing days with the Yankees to his brief marriage to Marilyn Monroe to his troubled relationship with his son. Many of the stories Joe told Positano are little known. Joe became a father to Positano and trusted his young friend to protect him from unwanted intrusions.

As close as they were, Positano, like everyone else, had to respect Joe’s rules: jacket and tie at dinner and public events, strangers forbidden at the table unless Joe had cleared them in advance, no unexpected deviations from a plan, and, most important, no questions about his personal life. Positano saw up close how celebrity had led the start to compartmentalize his life so that no one person knew everything about him. He fiercely guarded his image. Only children seemed to melt Joe’s icy reserve, perhaps because of his regrets about his estrangement from his only son and his fondness for his granddaughters and great-granddaughters.

Dinner with DiMaggio is an intimate account of how a celebrated icon overcame his suspicions that people always wanted something from him to forge a trusting relationship, as told by the friend who came to know him as well as anyone could.

 

Image result for deadmen walking kenyonDeadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon To catch evil, takes evil.

Enter Devyl Bane – an ancient warlord who has absolutely no love of humanity. Yet to return to the human realm as one of the most notorious pirates in the Spanish Main for the sake of vengeance, he makes a bitter bargain with Thorn – an immortal Hellchaser charged with battling the worst monsters the ancient gods ever releasedinto our world. Monsters and demons Bane himself once commanded against Thorn and the humans.

For aeons, those demons have been locked behind enchanted gates . . . which are starting to buckle. Now, Bane, with a vicious crew of Deadmen at his command, is humanity’s last hope to restore the gates and return the damned to their eternal prisons.

But things are never so simple. And one of his biggest vexations, aside from keeping his crew from killing one another before they have a chance to save humanity, is the very ship he sails upon. For Mara, the Sea Witch isn’t just a vessel: she’s also a woman born of an ancient race Bane helped to destroy. And sister to the possessed creature who is one of the worst of those trying to break through to claim his soul and retake the world. 

Mara’s innate hatred of him makes the very fires of hell look like a sauna –  not that he blames her. Centuries of war and betrayal divide them. But if Mara can’t find the humanity inside the Devyl and the Devyl can’t teach Mara to embrace her darker side for the good of their crew and the world, the two of them will go down in flames and take us all with them.

Deadmen Walking is the first historical fantasy title in #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Deadman’s Cross series. It is a fiery tale of betrayal, loss, emotions that wound and heal . . . and ultimate redemption.

 

Image result for silver like dustSilver Like Dust by Kimi Cunningham Grant Kimi Grant’s Obaachan, her grandmother, had always been a silent presence throughout her youth. Sipping tea by the fire or preparing sushi for the family, Obaachan was a missing link to Kimi’s Japanese heritage, something she had had a mixed relationship with all her life. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, all Kimi ever wanted was to fit in, spurning traditional Japanese culture and her grandfather’s attempts to teach her the language.

Yet one thing haunted Kimi – her gentle yet proud Obaachan was once a prisoner, along with 112,000 Japanese-Americans. Obaachan never spoke of those years. It was a source of haji, or shame. But what really happened to Obaachan, then a young woman, and the thousands of other men, women, and children like her?

From the turmoil, racism, and paranoia that sprang up after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, to the terrifying train ride to Heart Mountain, Silver Like Dust captures a vital chapter of the Japanese-American experience through the journey of one remarkable woman and the enduring bonds of family.

 

Image result for keep moving dick van dykeKeep Moving by Dick Van Dyke You don’t have to act your age. You don’t even have to feel it. And if it does attempt to elbow its way into your life, you do not have to pay attention. If I am out shopping and hear music playing in a store, I start to dance. If I want to sing, I sing. I read books and get excited about new ideas. I enjoy myself. I don’t think about the way I am supposed to act at my age – or at any age. As far as I know, there is no manual for old age. There is no test you have to pass. There is no way you have to behave. There is no such thing as ‘age appropriate.’

When people ask my secret to staying youthful at an age when getting up and down from your chair on your own is considered an accomplishment, you know what I tell them?

Keep moving.

 

Image result for our crime was being jewishOur Crime Was Being Jewish by Anthony S. Pitch In the shouted words of a woman bound for Auschwitz to a man about to escape from a cattle car, “If you get out, maybe you can tell the story! Who else will tell it?”

Our Crime Was Being Jewish contains 576 vivid memories of 358 Holocaust survivors. These are the true, insider stories of victims, told in their own words. They include the experiences of teenagers who saw their parents and siblings sent to the gas chambers; of starving children beaten for trying to steal a morsel of food; of people who saw their friends commit suicide to save themselves from the daily agony they endured. The recollections are from the start of the war—the home invasions, the Gestapo busts, and the ghettos—as well as the daily hell of the concentration camps and what actually happened inside.

Six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, and this hefty collection of stories told by its survivors is one of the most important books of our time. It was compiled by award-winning author Anthony S. Pitch, who worked with sources such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to get survivors’ stories compiled together and to supplement them with images from the war. These memories must be told and held onto so what happened is documented; so the lives of those who perished are not forgotten—so history does not repeat itself.

 

Image result for among the enemy genirbergAmong the Enemy by Sam Genirberg  Sasha, a Jewish youth from Ukraine, runs from the Dubno ghetto in October of 1942, at the urging of his mother, who knows that any day the Germans will come for them and kill them. To survive, he uses falsified identity documents to join a transport of non-Jews conscripted for compulsory labor in Germany. In the homeland of his enemy, he hides in plain sight for almost three years.

He is repeatedly forced to flee when suspicions and rumors that he might be Jewish threaten his life. Each day he faces new challenges: whether he is being questioned by the Gestapo after running away from a job or being examined by a German physician who may well discover that he is circumcised.

He lives with the loneliness and isolation of not being able to share with anyone the secret of who he really is, as well as his daily fear of being discovered. He must constantly remain on guard with everyone: his co-workers, his German bosses, and even the woman who professes to love him.

This incredible memoir documents one young man’s determination to remain alive during the Holocaust. It is a narrative of anguish, identity confusion, triumph over adversity, and ultimately a final escape to the West to reclaim the identity and ideals of his youth.

 

Image result for giant of the senateGiant of the Senate by Al Franken  This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect.

It’s a book about what happens when the nation’s foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

It’s a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.
In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics.
Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves.
Image result for lou by lou piniella bookLou by Lou Piniella with Bill Madden For over fifty years, Lou Piniella has been a fixture in Major League Baseball, making a name for himself first as a player on the legendary New York Yankees of the 1970s and later as a manager for five different teams: the Yankees, the Reds, the Mariners, the Rays, and the Cubs.

Now, in this raucous and entertaining memoir, Piniella opens up about his lifetime in the game, telling never-before-heard stories about electrifying wins, painful losses, and why sometimes your only option is to get in an umpire’s face. Tracing his baseball life from its journeyman beginnings in the minors, he discusses how he came of age as a player during the wild years of the Bronx Zoo, when personalities like Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson, Catfish Hunter, and Billy Martin made the Yankee locker room the most controversial and colorful place in baseball. With surprising  candor, he details his close yet often contentious reltionship with George Steinbrenner, offering a unique portrait of one of the game’s most provocative figures, a man who mentored and supported Lou as a player and a manager while ultimately making life with the Yankees unsustainable for him. 

Stormy as his time in New York was, it was only the start of Lou’s fiery career. From managing the Cincinnati Reds and their divisive owner, Marge Schott, to a World Series win, to transforming the perennially cellar-dwelling Seattle Mariners into one of the league’s best teams, he recalls his experiences—both hilarious and heartbreaking—with some of the brightest stars from the last twenty-five years, including Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, and Ichiro Suzuki. For the first time, Lou also describes his important but little-known friendship with Alex Rodriguez, sharing how they formed a connection early in Alex’s time with Seattle that spanned decades, teams, and scandals, as Lou  helped Alex through his most tumultuous episodes.

Whether facing the difficulties of managing his home team in Tampa Bay or helping the Cubs win back-to-back division championships, Lou brings an unforgettable and feisty voice to his rollercoaster ride of a career, going inside the fights, pranks, and seemingly impossible comebacks that defined every Lou Piniella team. Featuring a huge cast of Hall of Fame characters and uproarious stories from three generations of baseball, Lou offers a bridge to a rapidly disappearing era, a time when baseball was a bit more fun, when passion was a virtue, and when kicking a bit of dirt on an umpire was good for everyone.

 

Image result for composed by rosanne cashComposed by Rosanne Cash For over three decades, Rosanne Cash has been one of the most compelling figures in popular music, having moved gracefully from Nashville stardom to acclaim as a singer-songwriter and author of essays and short stories. Her remarkable body of work has often been noted for its emotional acuity, its rich and resonant imagery, and its unsparing honesty. Those qualities have enabled her to establish a unique intimacy with her audiences, and it is those qualities that inform her long-awaited memoir.

Composed is the story of an artist finding her voice – both figuratively and literally – in the context of her family legacy, of the commercial imperatives of the music business, and of a desire to preserve some measure of privacy in a life that has been too often subjected to public scrutiny. Beginning with a childhood spent on an almost surreal, snake-infested Southern California hilltop, Cash traces her fraught relationship with her father, country legend Johnny Cash, whose frequent absences and struggles with drugs left her mother, Vivian, disappointed and bitter. She shares her memories of a comical stint at a job in London, a hapless twenty-year-old desperate to find her own style, and of cutting her own first record on a German label. She recalls gradually working her way to chart-topping success, her marriage to Rodney Crowell – a union that made them country music’s premier couple – and the composition and recording of the landmark album Interiors. After leaving Nashville and Crowell for New York, she confronts the loss of her parents, charting the course of her mourning through music, and finds fulfillment in motherhood and in her husband and musical collaborator, John Leventhal.

As moving, disarming, and elusive as one of her classic songs, Composed is Rosanne Cash’s luminous testament to the power of art, tradition, and love to transform a life.

 

Image result for why the west was wildWhy the West Was Wild by Nyle H. Miller and Joseph W. Snell Nyle H. Miller and Joseph W. Snell’s Why the West Was Wild is the unabridged and unsurpassed collection of material assembled on the famous and infamous personalities of Kansas cowtowns, including legendary figures such as “Wild Bill” Hickok, Bat Masterson, and Doc Holliday, and such locales as Abilene, Wichita, Caldwell, and Dodge City. First published by the Kansas State Historical Society, these portraits are based on research in newspapers, legal records, letters, and diaries contemporary to these legendary figures. This anniversary volume is the first complete edition to appear in forty years.

 

 

Image result for the train to crystal cityThe Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell From 1942 to 1945, secret government trains regularly delivered US civilians to Crystal City, a small desert town at the southern tip of Texas. The trains carried Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and their American-born children. The vast majority were deeply loyal to the United States, were never charged with any crime, and did not understand why they had been forced to leave their homes. 

The only family internment camp during World War II, Crystal City was the center of a secret government prisoner exchange program. During the war, hundreds of prisoners in Crystal City, including their children, were exchanged for other, ostensibly more important Americans – diplomats, businessmen, soldiers, physicians, and missionaries – behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany.

Haunted by the story for decades, Jan Jarboe Russell interviewed more than fifty living internees from the camp and gained access to private journals, diaries, FBI files, camp administration records, and other documents. Focusing her story on two American-born teenage girls, Russell assembles a vivid reconstruction of their years spent in the camp, their families’ subsequent respective journeys to war-devastated Germany and Japan, and their years-long attempt to survive and return to the United States. Their stories of day-to-day life at the camp, from the ten-foot-high security fence to the armed guards, daily roll call, and censored mail, have never been told.

The Train to Crystal City reveals the wartime hysteria against the Japanese and Germans in America, FDR’s secret tactics to rescue POWs in Germany and Japan, how the definition of American citizenship changed under the pressure of war, and, above all, a tale of resilience and patriotism against overwhelming odds.

 

Image result for survival in the shadows lovenheimSurvival in the Shadows by  Barbara Lovenheim In January 1943, unable to flee Germany, the four members of the Arndt family went underground to avoid deportation to Auschwitz. Ellen Lewinsky, and her mother, Charlotte, joined them; a year later, Bruno Gumpel arrived. Hiding in a small factory near Hitler’s bunker, without identification cards or food-ration stamps, they were dependent on German strangers for survival.

When Russian soldiers finally rescued the group in April 1945, the families were near death from starvation. But their will to live triumphed and two months later, four of the survivors – Erich Arndt and Ellen Lewinsky, and Ruth Arndt and Bruno Gumpel – reunited in a double wedding ceremony.

Survival in the Shadows chronicles the previously untold story of the largest group of German Jews to have survived hiding in Berlin through the final and most deadly years of the Holocaust.

As told to author Barbara Lovenheim by three members of the group, this is a riveting and touching portrayal of the bravery of these seven Jews, and a heartfelt acknowledgement of the fortitude and humanity of the compassionate Germans who kept them alive.

 

Image result for ernest hemingway dearbornErnest Hemingway by Mary V. Dearborn His writing was taken up with notions of human dignity and worth, “the necessity of man’s freedom, of personal honor,” notions by which a man should live and die in a world that had lost the possibility of hope. (“In life, one must [first of all] endure,” said Hemingway.)

Mary V. Dearborn’s is the first full biography of Hemingway in more than fifteen years, the first to be written by a woman, the first to fully explore the causes of his suicide and to substantially deepen our understanding of the man, the artist, the self-created larger-than-life force who became Ernest Hemingway.

Drawing on newly available materials – among them, the vast collection of papers left behind when Hemingway fled Cuba in 1960; his medical records; his complete FBI file detailing his wartime experience; the newly opened files of the KGB; the papers of his mistress, and those of his sister revealing the profound turmoil of the Hemingway family, as well as the previously overlooked letters of his mother, Grace, opera singer and painter, whose startling and illuminating correspondence reveals her decades-long romantic attachment to a woman while married to Ed Hemingway – Dearborn gives us Hemingway the man who found it difficult to give and receive love and maintain friendships, unless it was “all for Hemingway.”

We see the development of his writing (the self-proclaimed influences: from Mark Twain, Flaubert, and Stendhal to Bach, Mozart, Bruegel, and Cezanne, and, most crucial of all, “the [Gertrude] steining of Hemingway”); his emergence as a startlingly contemporary figure – not least in the gender experimentation and sexual role-playing that until now have been dismissed as “gender confusion.”

And we see his four marriages, each one a reflection of how he saw himself: the first to the financially independent Hadley Richardson, the wife most like his mother, whose unadorned way of living mirrored his upbringing . . . his marriage to the chic Pauline Pfeiffer, writer for Paris Vogue, assistant to Main Bocher, the epitome of the glamorous world into which Hemingway was being welcomed and celebrated . . . his marriage to Martha Gellhorn, war correspondent, as Hemingway became politicized and went to fight against Fascism with Loyalists in Spain. Gellhron, as much of an artist as her husband, refused to give up her view of herself for Hemingway’s demands and expectations. And Mary Welsh, the boyish writer, adventurer, correspondent, willing to keep up with Hemingway in his pursuits and become his caretaker, as he, from his forties on, became undone by alcohol and too many prescribed pills.

Hemingway’s life is a large story – the giant personality, the hidden demons, the hard-core values left behind, and the carefree childhood that carried him along until “everything went to hell,” as he said, and it all blew up. Here is the richest, most nuanced portrait to date of this complex American artist, whose darkness, drive, and vision of courage; whose ambition, self-control, and grace under pressure; and whose eleven novels (four published posthumously) and five short story collections, informed – and are still informing – fiction writing generations after his death.

 

Image result for fallen trees stan fingerFallen Trees by Stan Finger Robbie Richten is at a crossroads, both personally and professionally. A promising relationship has faded. His freelance writing career in Kansas City is withering. He returns to his childhood home, a family farm in central Kansas, hoping to sort out his future.

While there, he crosses paths with a friend and former classmate who has suffered a devastating loss. They connect anew, prompting Robbie to wonder if something more is possible. But then Robbie’s ex-girlfriend in Kansas City reaches out, seeking another chance.

As he struggles to revive his writing career, Robbie finds himself torn between two women.

Where will his heart lead him?

 

Other new books: A Time to Stand: The Epic of the Alamo by Walter Lord; Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family by Miep Gies and Alison Leslie Gold; Behind the Fireplace: Memoirs of a Girl Working in the Dutch Resistance by Andrew Scott and Grietje Okma Scott; Mind Over Meds by Andrew Weil, MD; Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams

We’ll see you soon! 🙂

New Books!! – 05/01/17

Happy May Day, DC3! The sun is shining and we have some great new books for you to read between finals! 🙂

 

Image result for perfect cecelia ahern bookPerfect by Cecilia Ahern Ever since Judge Crevan declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carric, the only person she can trust. 

But Celestine has a secret – one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or risk her life to save all Flawed people.

Celestine’s story comes to an end in this heart-pounding finale.

 

 

Image result for Alex & ElizaAlex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about, preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters – Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival those of both her sister, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.

Still, Eliza can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck – as an orphan, and a bastard one at that – to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet on that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

In the pages of Alex & Eliza, #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz brings to life the romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.

 

Image result for hunted meagan spoonerHunted by Meagan Spooner Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones – and in her blood.

But Yeva’s grown up far from her father’s old lodge, raised to be part of the city’s highest caste of aristocrats. Still, she’s never forgotten the feel of a bow in her hands, and she’s spent a lifetime longing for the freedom of the hunt.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronesses . . . or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman.

But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sister’s protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back to his own territory – a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s heard about only in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin – or salvation.

Who will survive: the Beauty or the Beast?

 

Image result for bull david elliottBull by David Elliott See the story of Theseus and the minotar in a whole new light.

Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda did in Hamilton, the New York Times best-selling author David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse, Bull will have readers reevaluating one of mythology’s most infamous monsters.

 

 

 

 

 

Image result for blood rose rebellionBlood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves Born into high British society, Anna Arden has been groomed for a position she will never fill. Though a member of the Luminates – the ruling class who use magic to exercise power – Anna cannot perform the simplest spells. But sometimes, by accident, she breaks them. After drawing unwanted attention from the magical elite, Anna is sent from England to her family’s once powerful but now oppressed native Hungary.

Her life might as well be over.

But Anna soon realizes that nothing is as it seems. The people around her hold dangerous secrets – from her aloof cousin Noemi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gabor to the magic-wielding Luminates. The society she’s known all her life is crumbling into discontent. And her lack of magic may mean more than she imagines.

In the company of nobles, revolutionaries and Romani, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her gift, spark a rebellion, and change the world forever.

Blood Rose Rebellion is the first book in a thrilling new fantasy trilogy bursting with magic, romance, and danger.

 

Image result for in darkling wood emma carrollIn Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll When Alice’s brother is finally granted the opportunity to receive a heart transplant, Alice is suddenly bundled off to her estranged grandmother Nell’s house. There’s nothing good about staying with Nell, except the beautiful Darkling Wood at the end of her garden. But for some reason, Nell wants to have it cut down.

Alice is at home in the woods. It’s the only place she feels at peace when she thinks about her brother, and she even finds a friend there – Flo. But Flo doesn’t go to the local school, and no one in town has heard of her.

After Flo shows Alice the surprising secrets of Darkling Wood, Alice wonders: What is real? Will saving the wood help her brother recover? And can one little girl defend something so despised and feared? In Darkling Wood is a charming story about friendship, loss, hope, and the power of believing in something greater than the physical world.

 

Image result for old school o'reillyOld School by Bill O’Reilly and Bruce Feirstein When it comes to the way you view the world, there are two teams, Old School vs. Snowflake. Bill O’Reilly and Bruce Feirstein are both old friends and Old School. They were raised in old-fashioned, working-class families and learned how to value a dollar, respect their elders, show up on time, and say what they mean. They met in college but then their paths diverged. Feirstein wrote a bestseller titled Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche and settled down in the land of the Snowflake – Hollywood. O’Reilly prospered in the place of his birth, New York City, educating millions on television about Old School values and principles. Now, from different points of view, they’ve come together to explain what’s at stake in the battle between Old School and Snowflake values. But first – which side are you on?

 

Image result for an american sicknessAn American Sickness by Elizabeth Rosenthal In these troubled times, perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and completely than American medicine. In only a few decades, the medical system has been overrun by organizations seeking to exploit for profit the trust that vulnerable and sick Americans place in their healthcare. Our politicians have proven themselves either unwilling or unable to rein in the increasingly outrageous costs faced by patients, and market-based solutions seem only to funnel larger and larger sums of money into the hands of corporations. Impossibly high insurance premiums and inexplicably large bills have become facts of life; fatalism has set in. Very rapidly Americans have been made to accept paying more for less. How did things get so bad so fast?

Breaking down this monolithic business into the individual industries – the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and drug manufacturers – that together constitute our healthcare system, Rosenthal exposes the recent evolution of American medicine as never before. How did healthcare, the caring endeavor, become healthcare, the highly profitable industry? Hospital systems, which are managed by business executives, seizing their homes. Research charities are in bed with big pharmaceutical companies, which surreptitiously profit from the donations made by working people. Patients receive bills in code, from entrepreneurial doctors they never even saw.

The system is in tatters, but we can fight back. Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn’t just explain the symptoms, she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. In clear and practical terms, she spells out exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship and to hospital C-suites, explaining step-by-step the workings of a system badly lacking transparency. This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate the maze that is American healthcare and also to demand far-reaching reform. An American Sickness is the frontline defense against a healthcare system that no longer has our well-being at heart.

 

Image result for killers of the flower moonKillers of the Flower Moon by David Grann In the 1920’s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under suspicious circumstances.

In this last remnant of the Wild West – where oil-men such as J.P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes such as AI Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed – many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the relatively new FBI took over. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide cases but the bureau badly bungled the investigation. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including an American Indian agent in the bureau. Together with the Osage they began to expose on of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.

 

Image result for the black hand taltyThe Black Hand by Stephan Talty The gripping story of the origins of the mafia in America – and the brilliant Italian-born detective who gave his life to stop it.

Beginning in the summer of 1903, an insidious crime wave stirred New York City, and then the entire country, into panic. The children of Italian immigrants were kidnapped and dozens of innocent victims gunned down. Bombs tore apart tenement buildings. Judges, senators, Rockefellers, and society matrons were threatened with gruesome deaths. The perpetrators seemed both omnipresent and invisible. Their only calling card: the symbol of a black hand.

The crimes whipped up the slavering tabloid press and heated ethnic tensions to the boiling point. Standing between the American public and the Black Hand’s lawlessness was Joseph Petrosino. Dubbed “the Italian Sherlock Holmes,” he was a famously dogged and ingenious detective and a master of disguise. As the crimes grew ever more bizarre and the Black Hand’s activities spread far beyond New York’s borders, Petrosino and the all-Italian police squad he assembled raced to capture members of the secret criminal society before the country’s anti-immigrant tremors exploded into catastrophe. Petrosino’s quest to root out the source of the Black Hand’s power would take him all the way to Sicily – but at a terrible cost.

The Black Hand is a fast-paced story of mystery, terror, sacrifice, and honor in turn-of-the-century America, from a master of narrative non-fiction.

 

Image result for the secrets of my life jennerThe Secrets of My Life by Caitlyn Jenner “Imagine denying your core and soul. Then add to it the most impossible expectations that people have for you because you are the personification of The American Male Athlete.”

Bruce Jenner, the celebrated Olympic icon and later the patriarch of one of the most famous families in the world, seemed to be living a dream life of success, fame, and prosperity. But the all-American image and million-dollar smile belied a lifelong struggle with gender dysphoria, and it wasn’t until the sensational Diane Sawyer interview that the public mask of Bruce Jenner was finally retired, and through the memorable Vanity Fair piece by Buzz Bissinger, that Caitlyn Jenner was introduced to the world and set free to exist on her own terms. Since then, Caitlyn has undertaken an arduous emotional and physical odyssey to achieve the completeness she always felt was missing.

In THE SECRETS OF MY LIFE, Caitlyn reflects on the inner conflict she experienced growing up in an era of rigidly defined gender identities, and the cruel irony of being hailed by an entire nation as the ultimate symbol of manhood. She recounts her Olympic triumph, her rise to fame, and relates how her sense of frustration and shame grew with the passing years and the lengths to which she had to go to conceal her true self. Caitlyn in turn uncovers the toll that these personal struggles had on her three marriages and, subsequently, the relationships with her children. She also talks candidly about her life in the public eye as a member of the Kardashian clan, what led to her decision to become Caitlyn, and how she, her family, the transgender community, and the rest of the world has since embraced her new life.

Filled with incredibly personal and moving stories of struggle and victory, of anxiety and fear, and finally, of surrender and acceptance, THE SECRETS OF MY LIFE reveals the real Caitlyn Jenner by tracing her long and eventful journey to becoming herself.

New Books – 04/18/17!!

We have a handful of new books coming out, to brighten up your week! Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, April 29th, from 12:00 PM to 6:30 PM when we will be partnering with Nerd Union to bring you International Tabletop Day! We have over 50 games to choose from, ranging from classic to contemporary. There’s sure to be something for everyone! All students, faculty, staff, and community members ages 16+ are invited to attend.

 

StImage result for star wars thrawnar Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn One of the more cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe. From his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond, Grand Admiral Thrawn has earned an iconic status among the greatest Star Wars villains. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power – and infamy.

After Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine. And just as quickly, Thrawn proves to be as indispensiable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant, Darth Vader; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated. On missions to rout smugglers, snare spies, and defeat pirates, he triumphs time and again – even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever greater admiration from the Empire. As one power, he schools his trusted aide, Ensign Eli Vanto, in the arts of combat and leadership, and the secrets of claiming victory. But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield, he has much to learn in the arena of politics, where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemy.

All these lessons will be put to the ultimate test when Thrawn rises to admiral and must pit all the knowledge, instincts, and battle forces at his command against an insurgent uprising that threatens not only innocent lives but also the Empire’s grip on the galaxy – and his own carefully laid plans for future ascendancy.

 

Image result for drain the swamp ken buckDrain the Swamp by Ken Buck Lavish parties, Committee chairmanships for sale. Pay-to-play corruption. Backroom arm-twisting. Votes on major legislation going to the highest bidder.

Congressman Ken Buck blows the whistle on the real-life House of Cards that is our nation’s capital.

Elected in 2014 in one of the largest Republican freshman classes ever, Buck quickly discovered why nothing gets done in Congress – and it isn’t because of political gridlock.

In fact, Republicans and Democrats work together all too well to fleece taxpayers and plunge America deeper into debt.

Buck has witnessed first-hand how the unwritten rules of Congress prioritize short-term political gain over principled leadership. When he tangled with Washington power brokers like former Speaker John Boehner, he faced petty retaliation. When he insisted Republicans keep their word to voters, he was berated on the House floor by his own party’s leaders. When other members of Congress dared to do what they believed to be right for American instead of what the party bosses commanded, Buck saw them stripped of committee positions and even had to defend his position as freshman class president. 

In Drain the Swamp, you’ll learn:

  • What really goes on behind congressional closed doors – and Buck names names.
  • How committee chairmanships are bought
  • Why one-third of the discretionary spending in the federal budget is actually illegal – and could be cut immediately
  • The constitutional remedy just waiting to be used that could drain the swamp of Washington corruption faster than anything else.
  • BONUS: Why you’re not powerless – what you, the American voter, can do to make your voice heard.

Shocking in its revelations, but practical in its plans for reform, Ken Buck’s book Drain the Swamp is the one book you need to understand how President Trump’s campaign slogan could become a reality.

 

Image result for the gatekeepers chris whippleThe Gatekeepers by Chris Whipple Since George Washington, presidents have depended on the advice of key confidants. But it wasn’t until the twentieth century that the White House chief of staff became the second most powerful job in government. Unelected and unconfirmed, the chief serves at the whim of the president, hired and fired by him alone. He is the president’s closest adviser and the person he depends on to execute his agenda. He decides who gets to see the president, negotiates with Congress, and – most crucially – enjoys unparalleled access to the life-and-death decision , often the chief of staff is the only other person in the room. Each chief can make or break an administration, and each president reveals himself by the chief he picks.

Through extensive, intimate interviews with all  seventeen living chiefs and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity, whose members have included Rahm Emanuel, Dick Cheney, Leon Panetta, and Donald Rumsfeld. In doing so, he revises our understanding of presidential history, showing us how James Baker and Panetta skillfully managed the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, ensuring their reelections – and, conversely, how Jimmy Carter never understood the importance of a chief, crippling his ability to govern. From Watergate to Iran-Contra to the Monica Lewinsky scandal to the Iraq War, Whipple shows us how the chief of staff can make the difference between success and disaster. 

As an outsider president tries to govern after a bitterly divisive election, The Gatekeepers could not be more timely. Filled with shrewd analysis and never-before-reported details, it is a compelling history that changes our perspective on the presidency. 

 

Image result for Prince charles sally bedell smithPrince Charles by Sally Bedell Smith Sally Bedell Smith returns once again to the British royal family to give us a new and authoritative look at Prince Charles, the oldest heir to the throne in more than three hundred years. This vivid, eye-opening biography – the product of four years of research and hundreds of interviews with palace officials, former girlfriends, spiritual gurus, and more – is filled with fresh insights into Charles’s life, in and out of the public eye.

Prince Charles brings to life the real man, with all of his ambitions, insecurities, and convictions. It begins with his lonely childhood, in which he struggled to live up to his father’s expectations and sought companionship from the Queen Mother and his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten. It follows him through difficult years at school, his early love affairs, his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, and his intense search for spiritual meaning. It tells of the tragedy of his marriage to Diana; his eventual reunion with his true love, Camilla; and his relationship with William, Kate, Harry, and his grandchildren.

Ranging from his glamorous palaces to his country homes, from his globe-trotting travels to his local initiatives, Smith shows how Prince Charles possesses a fiercely independent spirit and yet has spent more than six decades waiting for his destined role. His life is dictated by protocol, yet he often struggles to obey it. He seeks influence and authority, yet he lives perpetually in the shadow of his mother and the beloved next generation of royals. With keen insight and the discovery of unexpected new details, Smith lays bare the contradictions of a man who is more complicated, tragic, and compelling than we knew, until now.

This is the first authoritative treatment of Charles’s life that shed light on the death of Diana, his marriage to Camilla, and his preparations to take the throne one day. Drawing upon hundreds of sources, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time, Prince Charles is the surprising and definitive portrait of the man who will be king.

 

Image result for my fellow soldiersMy Fellow Soldiers From the New York Times bestselling author of War Letters and Behind the Lines, Andrew Carroll’s My Fellow Soldiers draws on a rich trove of both little-known and newly uncovered letters and diaries to create a marvelously vivid and moving account of the American experience in World War I, with General John Pershing featured prominently in the foreground.

Andrew Carroll’s intimate portrait of General Pershing, who led all of the American troops in Europe during World War I, is a revelation. Given a miltary force that, on the even of its entry into the war, was downright primitive compared with the European combatants, the general had to surmount enormous obstacles to build an army and ultimately command millions of U.S. soldiers. But Pershing himself – often perceived as a harsh, humorless, and wooden leader – concealed inner agony from those around him: almost two years before the United States entered the war, Pershing suffered a personal tragedy so catastrophic that he almost went insane with grief and remained haunted by the loss for the rest of his life, as private and previously unpublished letters he wrote to family members now reveal. Before leaving for Europe, Pershing also had a passionate romance with George Patton’s sister, Anne. But once he was in France, Pershing fell madly in love with a young painter named Micheline Resco, whom he later married in secret.

Woven throughout Pershing’s story are the experiences of a remarkable group of American men and women, both the famous and the unheralded, including Harry Truman, Douglas MacArthur, William “Wild Bill” Donovan, Teddy Roosevelt, and his youngest son, Quentin. The chorus of these voices, which begins with the first Americans who enlisted in the French Foreign Legion as well as those who flew with the Lafayette Escadrille, makes the high stakes of this epic American saga piercingly real, demonstrating the war’s profound impact on the individuals who served – both during the conflict and in the years after – with extraordinary humanity and emotional force.

 

We’ll see you soon! 🙂

New Books!! – 04/03/17

It’s Monday and we’ve got some great new titles to start off the week with. See our list below!

Image result for the magnolia storyThe Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino With the help of their hit TV show, Fixer Upper, the husband and wife team of Chip and Joanna Gaines have transformed the seemingly everyday work of renovating homes and flipping houses in Waco, Texas, into something much more. With their fun personalities, good humor, strong love of family, and unique design style, they’ve managed to capture the hearts of Americans from all walks of life. It all happened so quickly, their ever-multiplying fan base has been left to wonder: Who are these people? Where did they come from? What’s the secret to their success? And should I pack up and move to Waco, too?

From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together to the project that nearly cost them everything, The Magnolia Story offers a peek behind the curtain of who Chip and Joanna are today. This first book also includes stories and photos from the childhood memories that shaped them and the twists and turns that led them to the life they currently share: on the farm with their four kids and countless farm animals, and in their ever-expanding roles as entrepreneurs, designers, and good neighbors.

It also answers (in hilarious detail) the one lingering question that fans of the show always ask: Is Chip really that funny? “Oh yeah,” says Joanna. “He was, and still is, my first fixer upper.”

 

Image result for into the fire frostInto the Fire by Jeaniene Frost For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. 

Now, falling in love with Lelia has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them . . . and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

 

 

Image result for the cubs wayThe Cubs Way by Tom Verducci How did a team of untested young players and carefully selected veterans come together to break the longest championship drought in professional sports? With exclusive interviews with all of the people integral to the World Series victory, The Cubs Way chronicles the Chicago Cubs’ transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball, revealing the keys to this incredible achievement.

Beginning with Theo Epstein’s first season with the team in 2012, Tom Verducci shows how Epstein went beyond “Moneyball” thinking when planning, step-by-step, the path to a championship. Leading the organization with a manual he helped develop called “The Cubs Way,” Epstein focused on the mental side of the game as much as the physical, emphasizing chemistry and character as well as statistics.

To accomplish his goal, Epstein needed manager Joe Maddon, an eccentric innovator, as his counterweight on the Cub bench. A man who encourages team loose, Maddon mixed New Age thinking with old-school leadership to help his players find their edge. The Cubs Way tracks the untold stories of how key players such as Rizzo, Bryant, Schwarber, Russell, Arrieta, and Lester were deftly guided by Maddon to outperform expectations.

Capping off the epic tale, The Cubs Way relives the magnificent highs and the precarious lows of the instant-classic seven-game World Series. From Maddon’s game plans to rain-delay pep talks, Verducci provides a previously unseen view from the bench, inside the locker room, and even in the owner’s box. This is the World Series unveiled.

The Cubs Way is a celebration of an iconic team and its journey to a World Championship that fans and readers will cherish for years to come.

 

Image result for women in the castle shattuckThe Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold.

Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband’s ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows.

First Marianne rescues six-year-old Martin, the son of her dearest childhood friend, from a Nazi reeducation home. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin’s mother, the beautiful and naive Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then Marianne locates Ania, another resister’s wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war.

As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband’s resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, and filled with dark secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war – each with their own unique share of challenges.

Written with devastating emotional power, Jessica Shattuck’s evocative and utterly enthralling novel offers a fresh perspective on one of the most tumultuous periods in history. Combining piercing social insight and vivid historical atmosphere, The Women in the Castle is a dramatic yet nuanced portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive, to love, and ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship.

 

Image result for the black book pattersonThe Black Book by James Patterson Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago’s chief of detectives, and with a twin sister also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, his tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there’s nothing Billy wouldn’t sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state’s attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself – who suspects Billy isn’t the cop he claims to be. They’re about to be linked by more than their careers.

A horrifying murder leads investigators to an unexpected address – an exclusive brothel that caters to Chicago’s most powerful citizens. There’s plenty of incriminating evidence on the scene – but what matters most is what’s missing: the madam’s black book. Now shock waves are rippling through the city’s elite, and everybody’s desperate to find it.

As everyone who’s anyone in Chicago scrambles to get their hand son the elusive black book, no one’s motives can be trusted. An ingenious, inventive thriller about influence, corruption, and the power of secrets to scandalize a city – and possibly destroy a family – The Black Book is James Patterson at his page-turning best.

 

Image result for 100 hours vincent100 Hours by Rachel Vincent Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends. And her cousin Maddie is beyond done with the shallow entitlement of everyone around her.

While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty – like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, she gets it.

Lured by the promise of white sand far from the cheap plastic sandals of common tourists, Genesis leads her crew to an isolated jungle beach outside Cartagena. But paradise, it turns out, comes at a terrible price.

Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep in the jungle – with no diva left behind. 

It all feels so random – to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.

Now, as the hours count down and the hostages begin to turn on one another, Maddie and Genesis discover their kidnappers’ true goals reach far beyond the scope of any problem their family’s money can fix. With little chance of escape and no possibility of rescue, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t thwart their captors’ plan, no one will make it out alive.

 

Image result for the daughter shemiltThe Daughter by Jane Shemilt Jenny is a successful family doctor, the mother of three great teenagers, married to a celebrated neurosurgeon.

But when her youngest child, fifteen-year-old Naomi, doesn’t come home after her school play, Jenny’s seemingly ideal life begins to crumble. The authorities launch a nationwide search with no success. Naomi has vanished, and her family is broken.

As the months pass, the worst-case scenarios – kidnapping, murder – seem less plausible. The trail has gone cold. Yet, for a desperate Jenny, the search has barely begun. More than a year after her daughter’s disappearance, she’s still digging for answers – and what she finds disturbs her. Everyone she’s trusted, everyone she thought she knew, has been keeping secrets, especially Naomi. Piecing together the traces her daughter left behind, Jenny discovers a very different Naomi from the girl she thought she’d raised.

Jenny knows she’ll never be able to find Naomi unless she uncovers the whole truth about her daughter – a twisting, painful journey into the past that will lead to an almost unthinkable revelation . . .

Other new titles include: Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems by Stephen R. Gliessman; Field and Laboratory Investigations in Agroecology by Stephen R. Gliessman; and Transition to Agro-ecology For a Food Secure World by Jelleke De Nooy Van Tol

Coming Soon (Released Tomorrow, 04/04!):

Image result for The lost order berryThe Lost Order by Steve Berry The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found. 

Now, 160 years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost treasure – one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it. 

Thrust into this battle is former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, whose connection to the Knights is far deeper than he ever imagined. At the center is the Smithsonian Institution – linked to the Knights, its treasure, and Malone himself through an ancestor, a Confederate spy named Angus “Cotton” Adams, whose story holds the key to everything. Complicating matters are the political ambitions of a reckless Speaker of the House and the bitter widow of a United States Senator who together are planning radical changes to the country. And while Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt face the past, ex-president Danny Daniels and Stephanie Nelle confront a new and unexpected challenge, a threat that  may cost one of them their life.

From the backrooms of the Smithsonian to the deepest woods in rural Arkansas, and finally up into the rugged mountains of northern New Mexico, The Lost Order is a perilous adventure into our country’s dark past and a potentially even darker future.

 

We’ll see you soon! 🙂

New Materials – 03/24/17!!

Happy Friday, DC3! We have some new books and movies, just in time for the weekend! 🙂

BOOKS:

Image result for before the war fay weldonBefore the War by Fay Weldon It’s a cold November morning, the station is windswept and rural, the sky is threatening snow, and the train is late. Vivien Ripple, twenty years old and ungainly five foot eleven, waits on the platform at Dilberne Halt. She is wealthy and well bred – only daughter to the founder of Ripple & Co., the nation’s top publisher – but plain, painfully awkward, and, perhaps worst of all, intelligent. Nicknamed “the giantess,” Vivvie is, in the estimation of most, already a spinster. But, she has a plan. That very morning, Vivvie will ride to the city with the express purpose of changing her life forever.

Enter Sherwyn Sexton: charismatic, handsome – if, to his dismay, rather short. He’s an aspiring novelist and editor at Ripple & Co whose greatest love is the (similarly handsome, but taller) protagonist of his thriller series. He also has a penchant for pretty young women – single and otherwise. Sherwyn is shocked when his boss’s hulking daughter, dressed in a tweed jacket and moth-eaten scarf, strides into his office and asks for his hand in marriage. But finances are running thin to support his regular dinners on the town, and Vivien’s promise to house him in comfort while he writes is simply too good to refuse. What neither of them knows is that she is pregnant by another man, and will die in childbirth in just a few months . . . .

With one eye on the present and one on the past, Fay Weldon offers Vivien’s fate, along with that of London between World Wars I and II: a city fizzing with change, full of flat-chested flappers, shell-shocked soldiers, and aristocrats clinging to history.

 

Image result for big little liesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty A murder . . . A tragic accident . . . Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare, but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a  mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

 

Image result for Never let you go chevy stevensNever Let You Go by Chevy Stevens Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail, and Lindsey started over with a new life.

Now Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But soon she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s now a different person. But has he really changed? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?

With Never Let You Go, Chevy Stevens delivers  a chilling, twisting thriller that crackles with suspense as it explores the darkest heart of love and obsession.

 

Image result for genghis khan frank mclynnGenghis Khan: His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy by Frank McLynn Combining fast-paced accounts of battles with rich cultural background and the latest scholarship, Frank McLynn brings vividly to life the strange world of the Mongols and provides the most accurate and absorbing account yet of one of the most powerful men ever to have lived.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image result for the stranger in the woods finkelThe Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. Told in a riveting narrative, this is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for twenty-seven years and made this dream a reality.

In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions., taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. 

Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life – why did he leave? what did he learn?  – as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, as well as a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.

 

Image result for sinful scottish laird julia londonSinful Scottish Laird by Julia London Widowed and forced to remarry in three years’ time or forfeit her son’s inheritance, Daisy Bristol, Lady Chatwick, has plenty of suitors vying for her hand . . . and her fortune. But a letter from a long-lost love sends Daisy and her young son to her Scottish Highland estate to buy time for his return. Along the way she encounters the powerful Cailean Mackenzie, laird of Arrandale and a notorious smuggler, and she is utterly – and unwillingly – bewitched.

Cailean has no use for any Sassenach in his glen. But Daisy’s brazen, flirtatious nature and alluring beauty intrigue him. When her first love appears unexpectedly at her estate, Cailean knows that a passionate woman like Daisy cannot marry this man. And to prevent the union, Cailean must put his own life at risk to win her heart.

 

Image result for being elvis ray connollyBeing Elvis by Ray Connolly Elvis Presley is a giant figure in American popular culture, a man whose talent and fame were matched only by his later excesses and tragic end. A godlike entity in the history of rock and roll, this twentieth-century icon with a dazzling voice blended gospel and traditionally black rhythm and blues with country to create a completely new kind of music and blew the doors off a staid and repressed 1950s America.

In Being Elvis veteran rock journalist Ray Connolly takes a fresh look at the career of the world’s most beloved singer, placing him, forty years after his death, not exhaustively in the garish neon lights of Las Vegas but back in his mid-twentieth-century, distinctly southern world. For new and seasoned fans alike, Connolly, who interviewed Elvis in 1969, re-creates a man who sprang from poverty in Tupelo, Mississippi , to unprecedented overnight fame, eclipsing Frank Sinatra and then inspiring the Beatles along the way.

Juxtaposing the music, the songs, and the incendiary live concerts with a personal life that would later careen wildly out of control, Connolly demonstrates that Elvis’s amphetamine use began as early as his touring days of hysteria in the mid-1950’s, and that the financial needs that drove him in the beginning would return to plague him at the very end. With a narrative informed by interviews over many years with John Lennon, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Sam Phillips, and Roy Orbison, among many others, Connolly creates one of the most nuanced and mature portraits of this cultural phenomenon to date.

What distinguishes Being Elvis beyond the narrative itself is Connolly’s more subtle examinations of white poverty, class aspirations, and the prison that is extreme fame. As we reach the end of his poignant account, Elvis’s death at forty-two takes on the hue of a profoundly American tragedy. The creator of an American sound that resonates today, Elvis remains frozen in time, an enduring American icon who could “seamlessly soar into his falsetto of pleading and yearning” and capture an inner emotion, perhaps of eternal yearning, to which all of us can still relate.

Intimate and unsparing, Being Elvis explores the extravagance and irrationality inherent in the Elvis mythology, ultimately offering a thoughtful celebration of an immortal life.

 

Image result for writer sailor soldier spy reynoldsWriter, Sailor, Soldier, Spy by Nicholas Reynolds In 2010, when he was the historian at the esteemed CIA Museum, Nicholas Reynolds, a longtime American intelligence officer, former U.S. Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to uncover clues suggesting Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway’s involvement in mid-twentieth-century spycraft was far more complex, sustained, and fraught with risks than has been previously understood. Now Reynolds’s deeply researched and captivating narrative, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy, reveals his discoveries for the first time, bringing to light the whole story of this hidden side of Hemingway’s life: his troubling recruitment by Soviet spies to work with the NKVD, the forerunner to the KGB, followed in short order by a complex set of secret relationships with American agencies, including the FBI, the Department of State, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a precursor to the CIA.

Starting with Hemingway’s sympathy to the antifascist forces during the 1930’s, Reynolds illuminates Hemingway’s immersion in the life-and-death world of the revolutionary left, from his passionate commitment to the Spanish Republic; his successful pursuit by Soviet NKVD agents, who valued Hemingway’s influence, access, and mobility; his wartime meeting in East Asia with communist leader Chou En-lai, the future premier of China; and finally to his undercover involvement with Cuban rebels in the late 1950s and his sympathy for Fidel Castro. Reynolds equally explores Hemingway’s participation in various roles as an agent for the U.S. government, including hunting Nazi submarines with ONI-supplied munitions in the Caribbean on his boat, Pilar; his command of an informant ring in Cuba called the “Crook Factory” that reported to the embassy in Havana; and his on-the-ground role in Europe, where he helped OSS gain key tactical intelligence for the liberation of Paris and fought alongside the infantry in the bloody endgame of World War II.

As he examines the links between Hemingway’s work as an operative and as an author, Reynolds reveals how Hemingway’s secret adventures influenced his literary output and contributed to the writer’s block and mental decline (including paranoia) that plagued him during the postwar years – a period marked by the Red Scare and McCarthy hearings, which destroyed the life of anyone with Soviet connections. Reynolds also illuminates how those same experiences played a role in some of Hemingway’s greatest works, including For Whom the Bell Tolls and The old Man and the Sea, while also adding to the burden that he carried at the end of his life and perhaps contributing to his suicide.

A literary biography with the soul of an espionage thriller, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy is an essential contribution to our understanding of the life, work, and fate of one of America’s most legendary authors.

 

Image result for new york 2140New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson returns with a bold and brilliant vision of New York City in the next century.

As the sea level rose, every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. For the residents of one apartment building in Madison Square, however, New York in the year 2140 is far from a drowned city.

There is the market trader who finds opportunities where others find trouble. There is the detective, whose work will never disappear – along with the lawyer’s, of course.

There is the Internet star, beloved by millions for her airship adventures, and the building’s manager, quietly respected for his attention to detail . Then there are two boys who don’t live there, but have no other home – and who are more important to its future than anyone might imagine.

Lastly there are the coders, temporary residents on the roof, whose disappearance triggers a sequence of events that threatens the existence of all – and even the long-hidden foundations on which the city rests.

 

Image result for in the name of the family dunantIn the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant Bestselling novelist Sarah Dunant has long been drawn to the high drama of Renaissance Italy: power, passion, beauty, brutality, and the ties of blood. With In the Name of the Family, she offers a thrilling exploration of the House of Borgia’s final years, in the company of a young diplomat named Niccolo Machiavelli.

It is 1502 and Rodrigo Borgia, a self-confessed womanizer and master of political corruption, is now on the papal throne as Alexander VI. His daughter Lucrezia, aged twenty-two – already three times married and a pawn in her father’s plans – is discovering her own power. And then there is his son Cesare Borgia, brilliant, ruthless, and increasingly unstable; it is his relationship with Machiavelli that gives the Florentine diplomat a master class in the dark arts of power and politics. What Machiavelli learns will go on to inform his great work of modern politics, The Prince. But while the pope rails against old age and his son’s increasingly erratic behavior, it is Lucrezia who must navigate the treacherous court of Urbino, her new home, and another challenging marriage to create her own place in history.

Sarah Dunant again employs her remarkable gifts as a storyteller to bring to life the passionate men and women of the Borgia family, as well as the ever-compelling figure of Machiavelli; through whom the reader will experience one of the most fascinating – and doomed – dynasties of all time.

 

Image result for when daddy comes home maguireWhen Daddy Comes Home by Toni Maguire One day, young Antoinette finally thought it had all stopped. Her father was in prison and she was safe at home with her mother, free to be a child again. But it was not to last . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image result for hidden figures book 2017Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women. Originally math teacher sin the South’s segregated public schools, these gifted professionals answered Uncle Sam’s call during the labor shortages of World War II. With new jobs at the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia, they finally had a shot at jobs that would push their skills to the limits.

Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden – four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades as they faced challenges, forged alliances, and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.

 

Image result for in defense of a liberal educationIn Defense of a Liberal Education by Fareed Karia The liberal arts are under attack. Politicians have taken the lead in questioning the worth of humanities degrees for the nation’s workforce. Majors like English and history, once very popular and highly respected, are now in steep decline. But this heavy vocational focus, argues Fareed Zakaria, is short-sighted and needlessly limiting. Manufacturing jobs get automated or outsourced, and specific vocational knowledge is often outdated within a few years. To succeed today, you need creativity, lateral thinking, communication skills, and more than anything, the ability to keep learning – precisely the gifts of a liberal education.

And with technology opening up public access to courses worldwide, these gifts can now be shared with millions. As Zakaria eloquently claims, we are actually at the dawn of the greatest expansion of liberal education in human history.

 

Image result for who really feeds the world shivaWho Really Feeds the World? by Vandana Shiva Debunking the notion that our current food crisis must be addressed through industrial agriculture and genetic modification, author and activist Vandana Shiva argues that those forces are in fact the ones responsible for the hunger problem in the first place.

Who Really Feeds the World? is a powerful manifesto calling for agricultural justice and genuine sustainability, drawing upon Shiva’s thirty years of research and accomplishments in the field. She proposes that instead of relying on genetic modification and large-scale monocropping to solve the world’s food crisis, we should look to agroecology – the knowledge of the interconnectedness that creates food – as a truly life-giving alternative to the industrial paradigm. Shiva succinctly and eloquently lays out the networks of people and processes that feed the world, exploring issues of diversity, the needs of small farmers, the importance of seed saving, the movement toward localization, and the role of women in producing the world’s food.

 

Image result for only what we could carryOnly What We Could Carry, edited with an Introduction by Lawson Fusao Inada, Preface by Patricia Wakida, Afterword by William Hohri Shortly after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the United States government uprooted 120,000 people of Japanese descent from their homes and banished them to remote internment camps. This collection of reminiscences, stories, poems, photographs, and graphic art expresses the range of powerful and sometimes conflicting emotions that arose from the internment experience. Also included are propaganda, government documents, and stories of those outside the camps whose lives were interwoven with those of the internees.

 

 

 

 

Image result for the rosie projectThe Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Don Tillman, genetics professor, is getting married. Or he will be, when his sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey yields a candidate (see: the Wife Project). Designed to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the vegans, the late arrivers, Don’s questionnaire is, for this socially challenged academic, the most logical method to find the perfect partner.

Enter Rosie Jarman.

Don quickly disqualifies her as a potential wife but is drawn into Rosie’s quest to find her biological father (see: the Father Project). When something like a friendship develops, Don must confront the spontaneous whirlwind that Rosie and the decidedly unscientific conclusion that sometimes you don’t find love, it finds you.

 

 

Other new titles include: Put ‘Em Up: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling by Sherri Brooks Vinton; Appalachian Trail: Thru-Hikers’ Companion; Long-Distance Hiking: Lessons from the Appalachian Trail by Roland Muesser; Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford; Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese-American Internment Camps by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald; Advances in Oncology Nursing, edited by Margaret Barton-Burke; The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Maintenance by Mark Zimmerman; and Agroforestry in Sustainable Agricultural Systems, edited by Louise E. Buck, James P. Lassoie, and Erick C.M. Fernandes.

 

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Other new movies include: Beer for my Horses; Thundercats, Season 1, Volume 1; and Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season

 

We’ll see you soon! 🙂