Library Happenings for the 2016-2017 School Year

Welcome back!!ūüôā The 2016-2017 school year is officially under way and we here at DC3 Library wanted to take a moment to let you all know about some of the fun things we have available for you to enjoy as well as to remind you of¬†our hours and check-out policies. With Hastings going out of business, we’ve got all your entertainment needs covered (and for free!). Please remember, if there’s ever a book or movie that you want that we don’t have, we can get it for you via interlibrary loan. There’s no cost associated with it and all you have to do is ask at the front desk!

RESOURCES AND EVENTS:

Makerspace:¬†As many of you know, we have recently added a Makerspace to our Library (click here if you’re not familiar or would like a refresher) and it has been rapidly growing! Open for everyone to use, we have a 3D printer, a sewing machine, a soldering iron, an Arduino kit, origami materials, yarn, paints, sandpaper, hot glue guns, doll-making materials, fabric, circuits, robotics, Legos, beads, and more! The makerspace movement is all about providing free access to hands-on learning to everyone who wants it. You can make things here and take them home or bring in your own materials. Our makerspace is a constant work in progress, so if you have items that you would like to donate, please contact us.

As part of our Makerspace initiative, we offer¬†Pinterest Project Workshops. Twice a semester, we choose a project from Pinterest and, for a low price, we provide all of the materials,¬†space, and instructions for patrons to complete the project in a self-guided workshop. We prepare the craft ahead of time to ensure that it’s not a “Pinterest fail” and we have staff available to facilitate the event and answer any questions. Pinterest Project Workshops are always on a Thursday evening, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Here is a list of when this year’s projects will be:

2016-2017 Pinterest Project Workshops:

  • October 6th
  • December 1st
  • February 2nd
  • April 20th

More information about what projects we’ll be doing will become available as the events draw closer.

Also as part of our Makerspace initiative, we have a needleworking group, Pins and Needles, that will be meeting on Thursday evenings, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on the main floor of the LRC, beginning August 25th. This group is open to everyone Рall skill levels included. Whether you knit, crochet, cross stitch, or embroider, come and join us for a relaxing time, socializing with others who share the same or similar hobbies. Trade patterns, learn new techniques, or just come to share good company as you work on your latest project.

As DC3 Library is the official home to Nerd Union, we are host to Nerd Union Game Nights. Everyone is welcome to attend Game Nights – students, faculty, and staff alike. There’s something fun for everyone. Whether you like board games, dice games, card games, word games, party games, roleplaying games, or strategy games, we’ve got you covered! ¬†Here is a list of when this year’s¬†game nights will be:

2016-2017 Nerd Union Game Nights:

  • September 9th
  • October 21st
  • February 10th
  • March 24th

DC3 Library and Nerd Union will also be partnering with Dodge City Public Library for International Games in the Library Day, which will be November 19th, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM in the basement of Dodge City Public Library.

International Tabletop Day will take place in April, but the official date has not yet been released. We (DC3 Library and Nerd Union) will be planning a special gaming event around that holiday as we have done the past two years and we will announce plans as it draws closer.

 

LIBRARY HOURS (beginning 08/22/16):

Monday – Thursday, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday,  8:00 AM Р4:00 PM

Sunday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 

CHECKOUT POLICIES:

Whether student, faculty, or staff, all that is required to check out materials is that one have a college ID.

  • Books¬†may be checked out for 1 month at a time. There is no fine for returning late books, but all books must be returned by close of semester.
  • Movies¬†may be checked out for 1 week at a time. If movies are returned late, there is a fine of $1 per day, per movie. *Students only. Faculty and staff are exempt.
  • Games¬†may be checked out for 1 week at a time. There is no fine for returning late games, but all games must be returned by close of semester.

 

Have a great year, everyone, and as always, we hope to see you soon!ūüôā

 

New Books!! – 08/10/16

How about some middle-of -the-week reading? We’ve got just the thing to spice up your Wednesday! Have a look at some of our latest titles:

 

Hillary’s America by Dinesh D’Souza¬†Bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza has a warning: We are on the brink of losing our country forever. After eight years of Obama, four years – or possibly eight years – of Hillary Clinton as president of the United States would so utterly transform America as to make it unrecognizable.

No more will America be a land of opportunity. Instead, it will be a land of rapacious crony capitalism, run solely for the benefit of friends of the Obamas and the Clintons and the Democratic Party. It will, in fact, be the fulfillment of a dream the Democratic Party has had from the beginning . . . a dream of stealing America for the politically favored few.

In this, his shocking new book – accompanied by a sweeping, dramatic documentary film – D’Souza reveals the sordid truth about Hillary and the secret history of the Democratic Party:

  • Why Hillary is the most corrupt presidential candidate¬†ever
  • Hillary, the enabler: the long-standing Democratic political war against women, now led by a woman who has defended an alleged rapist
  • How the Democratic Party – the party of slavery, segregation, and eugenics – remains the party of racism, welfare enslavement, and “liberal fascism”
  • How Hillary Clinton’s political mentor was, literally, a cold-blooded gangster, and how progressive gangsterism shapes her worldview
  • Foreign policy for sale: how the Clintons see foreign policy not in terms of national interest but in terms of personal profit
  • Obama’s heir: how, if elected president, Hillary will entrench leftism in America’s federal bureaucracy and the Supreme Court in ways that will haunt us for generations to come

America’s only hope, says D’Souza, is a resurgent Republican Party, the party of Lincoln and Reagan; the party of civil rights, economic opportunity, and freedom; the party that truly has the opportunity to not only save America, but make it great again.

 

The Games by David Goldblatt For millions of people around the world, the Summer and Winter Games are a joy and a treasure, but how did they develop into a global colossus? How have they been buffeted by Рand in turn, how have they affected Рworld events? Why do we care about them so much?

From the reinvention of the Games in Athens in 1896 to Rio in 2016, best-selling sportswriter David Goldblatt brilliantly traces their history through national triumphs and tragedies, individual victories and failures. Here is the story of grand Olympic traditions such as winners’ medals, the torch relay, and the eternal flame. Here is the story of popular Olympic events such as gymnastics, the marathon, and alpine skiing (as well as discontinued ones like tug-of-war). And here in all their glory are Olympic icons from Jesse Owens to Nadia Comaneci. Abebe Bikila to Bob Beamon, the Dream Team to Usain Bolt.

Hailed in the¬†Wall Street Journal¬†for writing about sports “with the expansive eye of a social and cultural critic,” Goldblatt goes beyond the medal counts to tell how women fought to be included in the Olympics on equal terms, how the wounded of World War II led to the Paralympics, and how the Olympics reflect changing attitudes to race and ethnicity. He explores the tensions between the Games’ amateur ideals and professionalization and commercialism in sports, the pitched battles between cities for the right to host the Games, and their often disappointing economic legacy. And in covering such seminal moments as Jesse Owens and Hitler at Berlin in 1936, the Black Power salute at Mexico City in 1968, the massacre of Israeli athletes at Munich in 1972, and the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid in 1980, Goldblatt shows how prominently the modern Olympics have highlighted profound domestic and international conflicts.

Illuminated with dazzling vignettes from over a century of the Olympics, this stunningly researched and engagingly written history captures the excitement, drama, and kaleidoscopic experience of the Games.  

 

Jesus Before the Gospels by Bart D. Ehrman Many believe that the Gospel stories of Jesus are based on eyewitness testimony and are therefore historically reliable. Now for the first time, New Testament scholar and New York Times bestselling author Bart D. Erman (Misquoting Jesus and Jesus, Interrupted), surveys research from the fields of psychology, anthropology, and sociology to explore how oral traditions and group memories really work and questions how reliable the Gospels can be.

Focusing on the decades-long gap between when Jesus lived and when these documents about him began to appear, Ehrman looks to these varied disciplines to see what they can tell us about how the New Testament developed. In the book, Ehrman examines: 

  • How cultural antropologists studied the oral traditions of Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and Ghana to reveal how stories always change as tehy are passed along.
  • How psychologists have discovered the routine phenomena of “false memories” and how strongly people contend that these false memories really happened.
  • How modern legal scholars and psychologists have shown how unreliable eyewitness testimonies really are, with people regularly distorting what they experienced.
  • How sociologists have shown that a group’s collective memory is strongly shaped by the issues and concerns of the remembering community just as much as by the events themselves.

Jesus Before the Gospels¬†is a compelling narrative that not only demonstrates Ehrman’s deep knowledge and meticulous scholarship, but also challenges the historical accuracy of the Gospels and what they tell us about historical Jesus, the way we read and think about these sacred texts, and how we view history.

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. 

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son, Albus, must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

 

Bonk by Mary Roach¬†In Bonk,¬†the best-selling author of Stiff turns her outrageous curiosity and insight on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Why doesn’t Viagra help women-or, for that matter, pandas? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Mary Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm-two of the most complex, delightful, and amazing scientific phenomena on earth-can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Trash by Nancy Isenberg The wretched and landless poor have been a part of American culture from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. In her groundbreaking history of the class system in America, Nancy Isenberg explodes our comforting myths about equality in the land of opportunity, uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present poor white trash.

Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature, and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society – where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Some of the founding fathers believed poor people were subhuman, and wanted to apply strategies used in agriculture and animal husbandry to improve the stock. Poor whites were central to the rise of Lincoln’s Republican Party, and in addition to slavery, the Civil War itself was fought over class issues. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which was a factor in the rise of eugenics – a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ’s Great Society. Now they are offered to us in reality TV shows like¬†Here Comes Honey Boo Boo¬†and¬†Duck Dynasty,¬†and the label is applied to celebrities ranging from Dolly Parton to Bill Clinton. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been near the center of major debates over the character of the American identity.

The contemporary focus on the “one percent” has animated public discussion about power dynamics, but without context. We have been taught to overlook the fact that privilege runs deep in our history. Without pause, America has been ignoring, if not hating, its underclass since the seventeenth century. Today we acknowledge racial injustice as an ugly stain on our nation’s history. With Isenberg’s landmark book, we will have to face the truth about the enduring nature of class as well.

 

Morgue by Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Ron Franscell In this clear-eyed, gritty, and enthralling narrative, Dr. Vincent Di Maio and veteran crime writer Ron Franscell take readers behind the morgue doors to tell a fascinating life story trhough the cases that have made Di Maio famous Рfrom the exhumation of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald to the complex issues in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. 

Beginning with his street-smart Italian origins in Brooklyn, the book spans forty years of work, more than nine thousand autopsies, and Di Maio’s eventual rise into the pantheon of forensic scientists. One of the country’s most methodical and intuitive criminal pathologists dissects himself, maintaining a nearly continuous flow of suspenseful stories, revealing anecdotes, and enough macabre insider details to rivet the most fervent crime fans.

 

Green Lantern Rebirth by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver Hal Jordan was the greatest Green Lantern of them all, until his shocking fall from grace. Now witness his awe-inspiring redemption at the hands of writer Geoff Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver!

Hal Jordan was always a hero. Among all Earthmen, he was appointed Green Lantern of Sector 2814, to impose his emerald will in the pursuit of universal peace. 

But when he failed to prevent the destruction of Coast City, fear took hold of Hal Jordan’s heart, corrupting his every action. His will was no longer his own.

Now, a struggle for his soul determines the fate of the galaxy, and the evil that attempts to consume it. Hal alone has the power to cast his light across the universe, and change Blackest Night to Brightest Day!

 

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless In this detailed and systematic survey of more than 190 essential oils, aromatherapy expert Julia Lawless shares her extensive knowledge of common and uncommon oils and their many medicinal uses. From familiar oils such as lavender and tea tree to the more obscure including deertounge, oakmoss, and angelica, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils offers a wide variety of uses and cures for everything from wrinkles to kidney stones.

This easy-to-use volume lets you access essential information in a variety of ways with a Therapeutic Index, a Botanical Index, and Botanical Classifications, plus safety information.

 

Other new titles include: The Lourve; Clinical Nursing Skills & Techniques; Memory Notebook of Nursing; Basic Geriatric Nursing; Understanding Nursing Research; Practical Guide to Psychiatric Medicine; Gerontological Nursing & Healthy Aging; Essential Oils Natural Remedies; The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness; Essential Oils for Beginners; and Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: A Guide for Clinicians 

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New Materials!! – 07/21/16

We have some new arrivals ready for you to check out, just in time for the weekend!

BOOKS:

It Wasn’t Always Like This by Joy Preble¬†In 1916, Emma O’Neill is frozen in time. After sampling an experimental polio vaccine brewed on a remote island off St. Augustine, Florida, she and her family stop aging – as do the Ryans, her family’s business partners. In a way, this suits Emma fine because she’s in love with Charlie Ryan. Being seventeen forever with him is a dream. But soon a group of religious fanatics, the Church of Light, takes note. Drinking the elixir has made the O’Neills and Ryans impervious to aging, but not to murder 0 Emma and Charlie are the only ones who escape with their lives.

On the run, Emma is tragically separated from Charlie. For the next hundred years, she plays a cat-and-mouse game with the founding members of the Church of Light and their descendants. Over the years, a series of murders – whose victims all bear more than a passing resemblance to her – indicate that her enemies are closing in. Yet as the danger grows, so does Emma’s hope for finding the boy she’s certain is still out there . . .¬†

 

Star Wars: Aftermath Life Debt¬†The Emperor is dead, and the remnants of his former Empire are in retreat. As the New Republic fights to restore a lasting peace to the galaxy, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiee’s homeworld of Kashyyk.

Meanwhile, Norra Wexleya nd her band of Imperial hunters pursue Grand Admiral Rae Sloane and the Empire’s remaining leadership across the galaxy. Even as more and more officers are brought to justice, Sloane continues to elude the New Republic, and Norra fears Sloane may be searching for a means to save the crumbling Empire form oblivion. But the hunt for Sloane is cut short when Norra receives an urgent request from Princess Leia Organa. The attempt to liberate Kashyyk has carried Han Solo, Chewbacca, and a band of smugglers into an ambush – resulting in Chewie’s capture and Han’s disappearance.

Breaking away from their official mission and racing toward the¬†Milennium Falcon’s¬†last known location, Norra and her crew prepare for any challenge that stands between them and their missing comrades. But they can’t anticipate the true depth of the danger that awaits them – or the ruthlessness of the enemy drawing them into his crosshairs.

 

Zika: The Emerging Epidemic Until recently, Zika Рonce considered a mild disease Рwas hardly a cause for global panic. But as early as August 2015, doctors in northeast Brazil began to notice a trend: many mothers who had recently experienced symptoms of the Zika virus were giving birth to babies with microcephaly, a serious disorder characterized by unusually small heads and brain damage. By early 2016, Zika was making headlines as evidence mounted Рand eventually confirmed Рthat microcephaly is caused by the virus, which can be contracted through mosquito bites or transmitted sexually.

The first death on American soil, in February 2016, was confirmed in Puerto Rico in April. THe first case of microcephaly in Puerto Rico was confirmed on May 13, 2016. The virus has been known to be transmitted by the¬†Aedes aegypti,¬†or Yellow Fever mosquito, but now¬†Aedes albopictus,¬†the Asian Tiger mosquito, has been found to carry it as well, which means it might affect regions as far north as New England and the GReat Lakes. Right now, at least 298 million poeple in the Americas live in areas “conducive to Zika transmission,” according to a recent study. Over the next year, more than 5 million babies will be born.

In¬†Zika: The Emerging Epidemic,¬†Donald G. McNeil Jr. sets the facts straight in a fascinating exploration of Zika’s origins, how it’s spreading, the race for a cure, and what we can do to protect ourselves now.

 

MOVIES:

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Wanna Play?

DC3 Library’s got game(s) and it’s all thanks to Nerd Union and their sponsors, Justin Wilson and Dylan Faullin! We have recently received another large donation of games and our game shelves are overflowing! If you’re in the mood for some fun, come on over and check them out. You can play them here or take them home and enjoy them with your friends and family for a week.

Here’s a list of our newest games:

We’ll see you soon!!ūüôā

New Materials – 06/20/15!

We have some great new materials coming out, today! Stop on by and check out the latest additions to our shelves. We have some intense summer reading plus some movies – from old favorites to fresh out of the theaters – to relax in the air conditioning with. Come over and see us!

NEW BOOKS:

The Girls by Emma Cline¬†Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960’s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged – a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.

Emma Cline’s remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight.¬†The Girls¬†is a brilliant work of fiction – and an indelible portrait of girls, and of the women they become.

 

Ratf**ked by David Daley In Ratf**cked, David Daley documents an unprecedented effort by Republican legislators and political operatives to hack American democracy through an audacious redistricting plan called REDMAP.

Following the election of President Barack Obama, a group of men – including Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and Chris Jankowski – envisioned a darling campaign to flip state legislatures, where the power to redistrict is held, in battleground states in advance of post-census redistricting. Republican politicians nationwide then pressed their advantage by aggressively redrawing state and congressional lines in their favor. While gerrymandering has long been a quirk of our system, during this decade – thanks to state-of-the-art technological advances in map-making and voter tracking as well as a flood of dark money after the¬†Citizens United¬†decisions – it has ushered in a thoroughly entrenched and hyperpartisan Republican era. If our politics appear more broken and extreme than ever, REDMAP explains why. Launched with just $30 million, this entirely legal scheme has games of political “moneyball” in American history.

Deeply troubled by this new “ratf**cked” nation, Daley began an investigative odyssey that led him to uncover the stories behind these new carefully drawn, hydra-headed districts, hacked and cobbled together like a broken jigsaw puzzle by a new breed of wonks, stat geeks, and political hatchet men. They include absurdities such as Pennsylvania’s 7th, so bizarrely redrawn – extending from Lancaster and Reading, through parts of Philadelphia and Amish country – that now looks like “Donald Duck kicking Goofy.” Or Michigan’s 14th, which coils like a snake around impoverished Detroit, thrusting its neck all the way up to Pontiac to corral the African American vote there, and finally ending in an actual garbage dump.

Delving into court documents, cutting-edge statistical analysis, and interviews with many of the REDMAP architects themselves, Daley reconstructs this never-before-told story and pulls back the curtain on one of the greatest heists in American political history: our democracy.

 

We Are Charleston by Herb Frazier, Bernard Edward Powers, Jr., Ph.D., and Marjory Wentworth June 17, 2015, 9:05 p.m. Mother Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, South Carolina

A young white man opens fire at a prayer meeting,

killing nine people.

What happened in Charleston that night was an assault on humanity, and what has happened since has implications that echo far beyond South Carolina. The fatal shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church opened up a deep wound of racism that still permeates Southern institutions and remains part of American society. We Are Charleston not only recounts the events of that terrible day but also offers a history lesson that reveals a deeper look at the sufferings and triumphs of the people who formed Mother Emanuel and the wider denominational movement.

In many ways the church’s story is America’s story. Emanuel is the oldest AME church in the Deep South, fighting for freedom and civil rights but also fighting for grace and understanding – fighting to transcend bigotry, fraud, hatred, racism, poverty, and misery.

We Are Charleston¬†searches the storied history of the AME Church as a way of explaining the price and power of forgiveness, a way of revealing God’s mercy in the midst of tremendous pain.

 

NEW MOVIES:

Deadpool (DVD)

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New Books – 06/13/16

It’s Monday and what better way to kick off the week than with some new books? We have some interesting new titles hitting the shelves, today. Come on over and have a look!

 

Grunt by Mary Roach¬†Grunt¬†tackles the science behind some of a soldier’s most challenging adversaries – panic, exhaustion, heat, noise – and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the US Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of US Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, in east Africa, we learn how diarrhea can be a threat to national security. The author samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS¬†Tennessee.¬†She answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is DARPA interested in ducks? How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you’ll never see our nation’s defenders in the same way again.

 

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel. Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of¬†Homegoing¬†follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into American. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

Generation after generation, Yaa Gyasi’s magisterial first novel sets the fate of the individual against the obliterating movements of time, delivering unforgettable characters whose lives were shaped by historical forces beyond their control. Homegoing is a tremendous reading experience, not to be missed, by an astonishingly gifted young writer.

 

End of Watch by Stephen King In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfeld, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of¬†Mr. Mercedes¬†and¬†Finders Keepers,¬†now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney – the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield’s head that put him on the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill’s heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge, not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city. With¬†End of Watch¬†Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of¬†Mr. Mercedes¬†and¬†Finders Keepers¬†with the heart-pounding, supernatural suspense that has been his bestselling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.

 

The Lynching by Laurence Leamer¬†The Lynching¬†is the powerful, spellbinding true story of a brutal race-based killing in 1981 and the dramatic two trials during which the United Klans of America, the largest and most dangerous Klan organization in America, is exposed for the evil it represents.¬†New York Times¬†bestselling author Laurence Leamer tells a gripping story, weaving in such figures as legendary civil rights lawyer Morris Dees, Alabama governor George Wallace, and Klan Imperial Wizard Robert Shelton, and describes the Klan’s lingering effect on race relations in America today.

The story begins in March 1981, when Henry Hays and James Knowles, members of Klavern 900 of the UKA, picked up nineteen-year-old Michael Donald on the streets of Mobile, Alabama. They were seeking to retaliate after a largely black jury failed to convict a black man accused of murdering a white policeman. Hays and Knowles beat Donald, cut his throat, and left his body hanging from a tree branch in a racially mixed residential neighborhood. Arrested, charged, and convicted, Hays was sentenced to death – the first time in more than half a century that the state of Alabama had given that penalty to a white man for killing a black man.

Morris Dees, the cofounder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, saw the case as an opportunity to file a lawsuit against the UKA. His colleagues told him that ¬†his lawsuit was impossible to win and a folly. But Dees had heard that before. On behalf of Michael’s grieving mother, Mrs. Beulah Donald, Dees filed a first-of-its-kind civil suit and charged the Klan organization and its leaders with conspiracy. He proceeded to put the Klan leaders on trial, which produced some of the most audacious testimony of any civil rights trial – as well as a stunning and precedent-setting verdict. Dees destroyed the UKA and created a weapon that the SPLC used time and again against other racist organizations.

The Lynching  is a suspenseful true story that takes us into the heart of darkness, but in the end shows that Michael Donald and other civil rights martyrs did not die in vain.

 

Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger¬†Twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery is rarely alone. Visited by people whom others can’t see and haunted by prophetic dreams she has never been able to control or understand, Finley is terrified by the things that happen to her. When Finley’s abilities start to become too strong for her to handle – and even the roar of her motorcycle or another dazzling tattoo can’t drown out the voices – she turns to the only person she knows who can help her: her grandmother Eloise Montgomery, a renowned psychic living in The Hollows, New York.

Merri Gleason is a woman at the end of her tether after a ten-month-long search for her missing daughter, Abbey. With almost every hope exhausted, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a detective who sometimes works with psychic Eloise Montgomery. Merri’s not a believer, but she’s just desperate enough to go down that road, praying that she’s not too late. Time, she knows, is running out.¬†

As a harsh white winter moves into The Hollows, Finley and Eloise are drawn into the investigation, which proves to have much more at stake than even the fate of a missing girl. As Finely digs deeper into the town and its endless layers,s he is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to look into the future. Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.

 

Every Little Step: My Story by Bobby Brown with Nick Chiles¬†Bobby Brown, the singer, dancer, and all-around amazing performer, first became famous at the age of fourteen as a part of the Boston group New Edition. But it was his solo career and the release of his 1988 album,¬†Don’t Be Cruel,¬†with its chart-topping title track, as well as hit songs “My Prerogative” and “Every Little Step,” that made him infamous. As he toured the world, wowing fans, scoring hit after hit, earning millions, Brown found himself the fodder of tabloids. When he married the most celebrated singer in the world at the time, pop princess Whitney Houston, he began a life under a microscope. The couple’s every move was tracked, and jaw-dropping stories were told about drug addiction, physical violence, and worse, with Brown always cast as the villain. Forever branded, Brown was trapped in a spiral of rage against the media and drug addiction, fighting for the will to get himself clean and keep his family together.

Now the man behind the misconception, rumors, and lies bares his soul. In this honest, raw, and at times heartbreaking account, Brown tells the truth of his life. Every Little Step is the story of a kid growing up in the projects of Boston, always on the move and always looking for an audience. Brown reveals what really happened when he left New Edition to launch his solo career and tales of his relationships with some of the most prominent pop divas in the world, including intimate details of his marriage to Houston that describe the purity of their love and the devastation he felt as it crumbled. Most poignantly, he finally speaks about losing his beloved daughter Bobbi Kristina. And through it all, Brown shows himself to be a family man, devoted to his children and his wife; a man who cared for both of his parents right up until their deaths; and a man who can admit where he faltered, but had the strength to stand up again.

 

 

 

 

New Books!! – 05/31/16!!

Well, Memorial Day weekend is behind us and that means that it’s time to break out those¬†summer reading lists and get started! We have a great selection of new books to choose from. Stop by and browse these great new titles! While you’re here, work on a knitting project with some 3D-printed needles, learn origami, or see what you can make out of a box of circuits and a booklet of ideas. There’s always something new and fun to do at DC3 Library. Check us out today!ūüôā

 

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. There is no all-knowing cat with a taunting smile. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.

Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the deark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.

Evil is brewing in Wonderland and maybe, most frighteningly, in Dinah herself.

The first novel in Colleen Oake’s epic, imaginative series proves heroes can become villains and fairy tales can become nightmares.¬†

This is not a story of happily ever after.

This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.

 

First Dads by Joshua Kendall¬†Every President has been a father. Of the forty-three men who have served in the nation’s highest office, thirty-eight had biological children and the other five adopted children.

Whether nurturing, pushy, or preoccupied, each President’s parenting style reveals much about this beliefs as well as his psychological makeup. You may be surprised to learn that James Garfield enjoyed jumping on the bed with his kids – even though our twentieth President lived during an era when distant, authoritarian parenting was the norm. FDR’s children, on the other hand, had to make appointments if they wanted to speak with him. With keen insight into how each President’s relationship with his children reflected his personality, Kendall draws fascinating parallels between presidential family life and national policy. For example, Calvin Coolidge’s deep depression and withdrawal following the sudden death of his teenage son in 1924 may well have played a significant role in causing America’s slide into the Great Depression.

In a lively narrative, peppered with compelling anecdotes drawn from personal interviews with many presidential scions as well as extensive archival research, Kendall shows presidential character in action. And he both suggests provocative conclusions about which type of parent might be best suited to leading the American people and demonstrates how the fathering experiences of our Presidents have forever changed the course of American history.

 

Rough Riders by Mark Lee Gardner¬†The explosion of the USS¬†Maine¬†in Havana Harbor in February 1898 stunned the world and triggered a war between the United States and Spain. Congress authorized President McKinley to recruit a volunteer force to help drive the Spaniards out of Cuba, and from these men emerged the legendary Rough Riders, a mounted regiment drawn from America’s western territories and led by the irrepressible Theodore Roosevelt. Its ranks included not only cowboys and other Westerners, but also several Ivy Leagurers and clubmen, many of them friends of “TR.” American ruggedness, daring, and individualism. He led them to victory in the famed Battle of San Juan Hill, which made TR a national hero and cemented the Rough Riders’ place in history.

Now Mark Lee Gardner synthesizes previously unknown primary accounts – private letters, diaries, and period newspaper reports from public and private archives in Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Massachusetts, New York, and Washingon, D.C. – to breathe fresh life inot the Rough Riders and pay tribute to their daring feats and indomitable leader. Gardner also explores lesser-known aspects of the story, including hte Rough Riders’ relationship with the African Amervcain Buffalo Soldiers, with whom they fought side by side at San Juan Hill.¬†

Rich with action, violence, camaraderie, and courage, Rough Riders sheds new light on the Theodore Roosevelt saga Рand on one of the most thrilling chapters in American history.

 

Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann Addie has always been running. 

Running to beat the clock.

Running toward a college scholarship.

Running with her best friend, Claire.

Running into her boyfriend, Nick.

Until she gets pregnant.

Until she makes a choice.

Now is she running away?

Or is she simply standing still?

From the author of the acclaimed Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty, an unflinching novel-in-verse about choice, faith, and self-discovery.

 

Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick From the acclaimed author of Mayflower, In the Heart of the Sea, and Bunker Hill comes an engrossing new book about the American Revolution. Its focus: the relationship between Benedict Arnold and George Washington, and the four years that led to the notorious fall of one and the gradual emergence of the other as a true leader.

In the summer of 1776, Washington’s army in Brooklyn and New York City faced one of the largest invading forces ever assembled by the British Empire. After suffering a series of devastating defeats, Washington’s vulnerable and dejected troops were forced to evacuate the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Three weeks later, however, near the Canadian border, one of his favorite and most talented generals accomplished a tactical miracle by stalling the British advance in a viciously fought naval battle on Lake Champlain. An American defeat would have effectively ended the war, and it was Benedict Arnold who saved his young country from ruin,.

Nathanial Philbrick brings his mastery of narrative to a tumultuous time in the Revolution. Moving beyond the storied victories at Trenton and Princeton and the ordeal of the Continental army at Valley Forge, he shows how the injuries Arnold suffered at the Battle of Saratoga set Washington’s greatest fighting general on the road to treason. Arnold was an impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians undermined his faith in the legitimacy of of the rebellion. By 1780, he had fled to the enemy after his failed attempt to surrender the American fortress at West Point to the British.

During the same period, Washington came to embrace the full scope of leadership. The book tracks the messy collision of military and political goals and shows how the deep divisions among the American people posed a greater threat to their cause than the British army. In a new country wary of tyrants, Washington’s unmatched ability to rise above the petty politics of his time and enabled him to recognize the war that really mattered. In his treason, Arnold may actually have saved America.

Valiant Ambition crackles with urgency and human drama fueled by issues of loyalty and integrity. By intertwining the stories of Washington and Arnold, Philbrick has crafted a Shakespearean tragedy revealing the dark path American traveled during its revolution. This is a portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation.

 

The Return of the Witch by Paula Brackston¬†It has been five years since the dramatic events of Batchcombe woods – a battle between good and evil magic that saw ruthless warlock Gideon Masters defeated. Elizabeth Hawksmith, a witch who roamed the world for nearly four hundred years, finally faced the man who had stalked her for centuries and won victory at a high price. She was able to take him with her to the witches’ heaven, the Summerlands, where she would stay and keep him captive so that he could do no more harm.¬†

But Gideon has found help of the most powerful kind. he has slipped the bonds of magic that held him prisoner and returned to tread the earth once more.

Elizabeth knows where he will go – straight for Tegan, her protegee and the closest thing she has to a daughter. Forfeiting her own place in the Summerlands forever, Elizabeth rushes to protect Tegan but, despite her best efforts, her worst fears are realized, and Gideon snatches the young woman away.

With the help of Time Stepper Erasmus Balmoral, Elizabeth begins to unravel Gideon’s plans. Together they face a desperate race against time, following Gideon from Bathcombe during the heart of the English Civil War to the harsh reality of Victorian London. However, all is not lost. In Elizabeth’s absence, Tegan has been training t become a powerful witch in her own right and now must draw on all the witchcraft she has learned if she is not to be consumed by Gideon’s magic.

Five years in the Summerlands for Gideon, five years for readers waiting for the sequel to¬†The Witch’s Daughter.¬†Now at last the story continues with¬†The Return of the Witch.

 

It Wasn’t Always Like This by Joy Preble¬†In 1916, Emma O’Neill is frozen in time. After sampling an experimental polio vaccine brewed on a remote island off St. Augustine, Florida, she and her family stop aging, as do the Ryans, her family’s business partners. In a way, this suits Emma fine because she’s in love with Charlie Ryan. Being seventeen forever with him is a dream. But soon a group of religious fanatics, the Church of Light, takes note. Drinking the Elixir has made the O’Neills and Ryans impervious to aging, but not to murder – Emma and Charlie are the only ones who escape with their lives.

On the run, Emma is tragically separated from Charlie. For the next hundred years, she plays a cat-and-mouse game with the founding members of the Church of Light and their descendants. over the years, a series of murders – whose victims all bear more than a passing resemblance to her – indicate that her enemies are closing in. Yet as the danger grows, so does Emma’s hope for finding the boy she’s certain is still out there . . .

 

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories Рand secrets Рthat are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories – five of which have never before been published – and a special bonus excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel,¬†Heartless,¬†about the Queen of Hearts from¬†Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above¬†is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

 

 

 

 

No Safe Secret by Fern Michaels¬†From her silver Mercedes to her designer kitchen, Molly’s life is gleaming and beautiful – at least on the surface. Married to Tanner, a top cosmetic dentist, she has a wonderful daughter finishing high school and twin stepsons from Tanner’s first marriage. no one in her exclusive neighborhood in Goldenhills, Massachusetts, knows what living with the demanding Tanner is really like. They know even less about the life she left behind in Florida almost two decades ago.

Back then, Molly was Maddy Carmichael, living with her twin brother and neglectful mother in a run-down trailer park amid the orange groves of Florida. After the terrible events of her high school prom night – and the act of vengeance that followed – she fled north and reinvented herself. But the veneer of Molly’s polished existence is finally cracking.

As secrets old and new are revealed, Molly must face painful truths and the choices she made in their wake – and find the strength to become the woman she once hoped to be.

 

Longbow Girl by Linda Davies¬†Brave and beautiful longbow girl Merry Owen is desperate for her family to stay on their struggling farm in the shadow of the Black Castle. Their aristocratic neighbors, the de Coureys, have been enemies of Merry’s family for generations and are constantly conspiring to seize the Owens’ property.

While out riding, Merry discovers a chest containing a mysterious text that leads her to the sixteenth century – a time filled with treasure, secrets, and untold danger. Once there, she finds that she must compete in a royal archery tournament to save her ancestors’ land from the de Coureys. Will Merry be able to survive the past to save the future?

A gorgeously written tale that weaves together history, legend, adventure, and romance to explore the themes of who we are and who we can become when fighting for what we love.

 

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other Рbut they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her¬†parabatai,¬†Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries – the most powerful of supernatural creatures – teeter on the edge of open war with Shadwohunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge – and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks . . . and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrts. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents Рand can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of milions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

 

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld¬†From the “wickedly entertaining” Curtis Sittenfeld,¬†New York Times¬†bestselling author of¬†Prep¬†and¬†American Wife,¬†comes a modern retelling of¬†Pride and Prejudice.¬†Equal parts homage to Jane Austen and bold literary experiment,¬†Eligible¬†is a brilliant, playful, and delicious saga fro the twenty-first century.

This version of the Bennet family – and Mr. Darcy – is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help – and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.

Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show¬†Eligible.¬†At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming . . .

And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.

Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny,¬†Eligible¬†both honors and updates Austen’s beloved tale. Tackling gender, class, courtship, and family, Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of the most dazzling authors writing today.

 

Imbeciles by Adam Cohen¬†In 1927, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling so disturbing, ignorant, and cruel that it stands as one of the great injustices in American history. In¬†Imbeciles,¬†bestselling author Adam Cohen exposes the court’s decision to allow the sterilization of a young woman it wrongly thought to be “feebleminded” and to champion the mass eugenic sterilization of undesirable citizens for the greater good of the country. The 8-1 ruling was signed by some of the most revered figures in American law – including Chief Justice William Howard Taft, a former U.S. president; and Louis Brandeis, a progressive icon. Oliver Wendell Holmes, considered by many the greatest Supreme Court justice in history, wrote the majority opinion, including the court’s famous declaration “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

Imbeciles¬†is the shocking story of¬†Buck v. Bell,¬†a legal case that challenges our faith in American justice. A gripping courtroom drama, it pits a helpless young woman against powerful scientists, lawyers, and judges who believed that eugenic measures were necessary to save the nation from being “swamped with incompetence.” At the center was Carrie Buck, who was born into a poor family in Charlottesville, Virginia, and taken in by a foster family, until she became pregnant our of wedlock. She was then declared “feebleminded” and shipped off to the Colony for Epileptics and Feeble-Minded.

Buck v. Bell unfolded against the backdrop of a nation in the thrall of eugenics, which many Americans thought would uplift the human race. Congress embraced this fervor, enacting the first laws designed to prevent immigration by Italians, Jews, and other groups charged with being genetically inferior.

Cohen shows how Buck arrived at the colony at just the wrong time, when influential scientists and politicians were looking for a “test case” to determine whether Virginia’s new eugenic sterilization law could withstand a legal challenge. A cabal of powerful men lined up against her, and no one stood up for her – not even her lawyer, who, it is now clear, was in collusion with those who wanted her sterilized.

In the end, Buck’s case was heard by the supreme court, the institution established by the founders to ensure that justice would prevail. The court could have seen through the false claim that Buck was a trheat to the gene pool, or it could have found that forced sterilization was a violation of her rights. Instead, Holmes, a scion of several prominent Boston Brahmin families, who was raised to believe in the superiority of his own bloodlines, wrote a vicious, haunting decision upholding Buck’s sterilization and imploring the nation to sterilize many more.

Holmes got his wish, and before the madness ended some sixty to seventy thousand Americans were sterilized. Cohen overturns cherished myths and demolishes lauded figures in relentless pursuit of the truth. With the intellectual force of a legal brief and the passion of a front-page exposee, Imbeciles is an ardent indictment of our champions of justice and our optimistic faith in progress, as well as a triumph of American legal and social history. 

 

United States of Jihad by Peter Bergen Since 9/11, more than three hundred Americans Рborn and raised in Minnesota, Alabama, New Jersey, and elsewhere Рhave been convicted of terrorism charges. Some have taken the fight abroad: an American was among those who planned the attacks in Mumbai, and more than eighty U.S. citizens have been charged with ISIS-related crimes. Others have acted on American soil, as with the attacks at Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon, and in Sand Bernardino. What motivates them, how are they trained, and what do we sacrifice in our efforts to track them?

Paced like a detective story,¬†United States of Jihad¬†tells the entwined stories of the key actors on the American front. Among the perpetrators are Anwar al-Awlaki, the New Mexico-born radical cleric who became the first American citizen killed by a CIA drone and who mentored the¬†Charlie Hebdo¬†shooters; Samir Khan, whose¬†Inspire¬†webzine has rallied terrorists around the world, including the Tsarnaev brothers; and Omar Hammami, an Alabama native and hip-hop fan who became a fixture in al-Shabaab’s propaganda videos until fatally displeasing his superiors.

Drawing on his extensive network of intelligence contacts, from the National Counterterrorism Center and the FBI to the NYPD, Peter Bergen also offers an inside look at the controversial tactics of the agencies tracking potential terrorists, from infiltrating mosques to massive surveillance; at the bias experienced by innocent observant Muslims at the hands of law enforcement; at the critics and defenders of U.S. policies on terrorism; and at how social media has revolutionized terrorism.

Lucid and rigorously researched, United States of Jihad is an essential new analysis of the Americans who have embraced militant Islam both here and abroad.

 

The Devil’s Diary by Robert K. Wittman and David Kinney¬†An influential figure in Adolf Hitler’s inner circle from the start, Alfred Rosenberg made his name by spreading toxic ideas about the Jews throughout Germany. As the Third Reich dawned, his masterwork of racist philosophy became a national bestseller and a touchstone of Nazi thought.

Rosenberg’s diary – five hundred pages offering a harrowing glimpse int the mid of the “intellectual high pries of the ‘master race'” – was discovered in a Bavarian castle at war’s end. Prosecutors examined it during the Nuremberg war crimes trial, but after Rosenberg was convicted, sentenced, and executed, it mysteriously vanished.

New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Wittman, who as an FBI agent and then as a private consultant specialized in recovering artifacts of historical significance, first learned of the diary in 2001, when the chief archivist for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum contacted him to say that someone was trying to sell it for more than a million dollars. The phone call set off a decadelong hunt that took them on a twisting path involving a pair of octogenarian secretaries, an eccentric professor, and an opportunistic trash picker. From the crusading Nuremberg prosecutor who smuggled the diary out of Germany to the man who finally turned it over, everyone had reasons for hiding the truth.

Drawing on Rosenberg’s entries about his role in the seizure of priceless artwork and the brutal occupation of the Soviet Union, his conversations with Hitler, and his endless rivalries with Goring, Goebbels, and Himmler,¬†The Devil’s Diary¬†provides vital insight of unprecedented scope and intimacy into the innermost workings of the Nazi regime – and the psyche of the man whose radical vision gave rise to the Final Solution.

 

Tribe by Sebastian Junger Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians Рbut Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may help explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today.

Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, TRIBE explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the external human quest for meaning. IT explains the irony that 0 for many veterans as well as civilians – war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing,a nd disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations.¬†TRIBE¬†explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today’s divided world.

 

image1Colter’s Journey by William W. Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone¬†In this thrilling epic saga of the American West, bestselling authors William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone capture the human side of the frontier experience in all its glory, grit, and grandeur – through the eyes of one remarkable teenage boy . . .

The year is 1845. Leaving their Pennsylvania home to forge a new life in the untamed Oregon Territory, the Colter family is ambushed by a kill crazy gang of cutthroats on the Oregon Trail. Fifteen-year-old Tim Colter manages to escape and hide – only to return and find his parents butchered, his sisters Nancy and Margaret missing, and one last killer waiting for his return.

Forced to fight for his life, the young Colter embarks on a perilous journey across a lawless wilderness, hoping to save his sisters and salvage the dream they lived for. But first, Tim has to figure out how to survive. Luckily, he finds a new friend in Jed Reno, a grizzled one-eyed trapper who’s lived in the Rockies since the 1820’s – and who was attacked by the same gang that ambushed Tim’s family. Together, the mountain man and the greenhorn set out after the marauders, blazing a trail of vengeance that leads them to one of the deadliest men in the territory: the deranged half-breed Louis Jackatar who’s hellbent on igniting a war between the white man and every Indian tribe in the west . . .

With danger at every turn, and death just a heartbeat away, Colter has no choice but to grow up fast, face his fears with bravery, and fight back with everything he’s got – in this powerful and explosive tale of one young man’s coming-of-age in the great but often brutally violent American West.

 

Blood Flag by Steve Martini¬†When Emma Brauer is blamed in the mercy killing of her aged father, Robert Brauer, Paul Madriani and his partner, Henry Hinds, step in to defend her. Insisiting she’s innocent, Emma tells Mardriani about a package sent to her father shortly before he entered the hospital. Bequeathed to him by a fellow World War II veteran, the box contains only a key and a slip of paper. Emma fears that this package is connected to her father’s death and that his real killer still poses a threat.

Someone from Madriani’s office goes missing, and he is blindsided by the realization that Emma’s fears are well founded. Driven by the need to find the killer, Madriani digs into Robert Brauer’s military history. He discovers that other members of Robert’s army unit have also recently died- under suspicious circumstances.

Trying to make sense of the box sent to Brauer, Madriani uncovers a trail leading to a mysterious talisman – a feared Nazi relic known as the Blood Flag. Soaked in teh blood of a fallen Nazi follower, the flag was displayed by Hitler in ceremonies until it went missing at the end of the war, turning it into a historic prize sought by collectors and others with darker motives. Racing to locate the artifact before it falls into the wrong hands, Madriani is in for the fight of his life.

In one of his most perilous cases yet, with Emma’s life on the line and his own safety in jeopardy, Madriani must uncover the truth before more people die in the struggle over the Blood Flag and its horrific legacy.

 

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee¬†The story of the gene begins in earnest in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where Gregor Mendel, a monk working with pea plants, stumbles on the idea of a “unit of heredity.” It intersects with Darwin’s theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940’s. The gene transforms postwar biology. It invades discourses concerning race and identity, and provides startling answers to some of the most potent questions coursing through our political and cultural realms. It reorganizes our understanding of sexuality, and free will, thus raising the most urgent questions affecting our personal realms. Above all, the story of the gene is driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds – from Gregor Mendel and Charles Darwin to Francis Crick, James Watson, and Rosalind Franklin to the thousands of scientists working today to understand the code of codes.

Author of the Pulizer Prize-winning bestseller¬†The Emporer of All Maladies,¬†Mukherjee draws on his scientific knowledge and research to describe the magisterial history of a scientific idea. Woven through¬†The Gene¬†is the story of Mukherjee’s own family and its recurring pattern of schizophrenia, a haunting reminder that the science of genetics is not confined to the laboratory but is vitally relevant to everyday lives. The moral complexity of genetics reverberates even more urgently today as we learn to “read” and “write” the human genome – unleashing the potential to change the fates and identities of our children and our children’s children.

 

Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Patriots written by David Fisher¬†The American Revolution was not inevitable nor was it a unanimous cause. It pitted neighbors against one another, as loyalists and colonial rebels faced off for their lives and futures. These were the times that tried men’s souls; no one was on stable ground and few could be trusted. Through the remarkable lives of the first Americans,¬†Legends and Lies: The Patriots¬†reveals the contentious arguments that turned friends into foes and the land into a war zone.

From the riots over a child’s murder that led to the Boston Massacre, to the Continental Army’s first victory under George Washington’s leadership, tot he little-known southern guerilla campaign of “Swamp Fox” Francis Marion, to Benedict Arnold’s audacious betrayal, David Fisher explores the amazing combination of resourcefulness, perseverance, strategy, and luck that resulted in the creation of a country that would go on to become the most powerful in the world.

Despite the casualty-riddled victory of the Revolution, the ruthless fight for democracy wasn’t over. Moving from the combat zone to congress, it was a political battle as much as a physical one. With the patriots grappling to create a government, one for and by the people, the origin story of the United States of America was only starting to be written. Here, in the enthralling companion to the second season of Bill O’Reilly’s historical docudrama TV series,¬†Legends and Lies: The Patriots¬†reveals the riveting truth behind the stories you think you know and others that will astonish you.

Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that further brings this vital history to life, and told in the same fast-paced, immersive narrative as the first¬†Legends and Lies,¬†The Patriots¬†is an irresistible, adventure-packed journey into one of the most storied moments of our nation’s rich history.

 

The Mark of Cain by Lindsy Barraclough¬†In 1567, little Aprha is found among the reeds and rushes by two outcast witches, and even as an infant, her gifts in the dark craft are plain. But when her guardians succumb to an angry mob, Aphra is left to fend for herself. She is shunned and feared by everyone she encounters, except one man: the leper Long Lankin. Hounded and ostracized, the two find solace only in each other, but even this respite is doomed, and Aphra’s bitterness poisons her entire being. Afflicted with leprosy, about to be burned as a witch, she manages one final enchantment – a curse on her tormentor’s heirs.¬†

Now, in 1962, Cora and Mimi, the last of a cursed line, are trapped in an ancient home on a crumbling estate in deepest winter, menaced by a spirit bent on revenge.

Lindsey Barraclough’s much-anticipated follow-up to¬†Long Lankin¬†is as richly imagined as it is profoundly chilling.

 

The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury¬†Ever since her older brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince, whom the queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the fight against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. Yet what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

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