New Books!! – 10/19/16

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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





New Movies & Books!! – 10/13/16

Friday’s around the corner, DC3! What better way to kick off the weekend than with a few new movies and books? We’ve got you covered! Here are the latest materials coming out, today. Hurry up and check them out before they’re gone!


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Image result for bridget jones's baby bookBridget Jones’s Baby by Helen Fielding¬†8:45 p.m. Realize there have been so many times in my life when I’ve fantasized about going to a scan with Mark or Daniel: just not both at the same time.

Before motherhood, before marriage, Bridget, with biological clock ticking very, very loudly, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at the eleventh hour: a joyful pregnancy which is dominated, however, by a crucial but terribly awkward question: Who is the father? Mark Darcy: honorable, decent, notable human rights lawyer? Or Daniel Cleaver: charming, witty, notable f****wit?

9:45 p.m. It’s like they’re two halves of the perfect man, who’ll spend the rest of their lives each wanting to outdo the other one. And now it’s all enacting itself in my stomach.

In this gloriously funny, touching story of baby-deadline panic; maternal bliss; and social, professional, technological, culinary, and childbirth chaos, Bridget Jones – global phenomenon and the world’s favorite Singleton – is back with a bump.

Image result for small great thingsSmall Great Things by Jodi Picoult¬†#1¬†New York Times¬†bestselling author Jodi Picoult is a born storyteller who “writes with a ¬†fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships” (The Boston Globe).¬†Her stunning new novel,¬†Small Great Things,¬†is Picoult at her finest – complete with unflinching insights, richly layered characters, and a page-turning plot with a gripping moral dilemma at its heart.

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family – especially her teenage son – as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others – and themselves – might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion – and doesn’t offer easy answers.¬†Small Great Things¬†is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

Image result for the midnight starThe Midnight Star by Marie Lu¬†Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest, her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.

When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest – though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

#1¬†New York Times¬†bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina’s story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.

Image result for riding chance kendallRiding Chance by Christine Kendall¬†See, the flow’s the thing. You know, we all got our swagger when we’re on the block. Don’t take no stuff from the fellas, profiling for the ladies. Well, same thing when I’m up on that horse. I got my moves and my horse got hers. It’s the flow that first grabbed me.

It sure wasn’t what I expected. After what happened, me and my boy Foster were just trying to keep it all together. Especially me. I was messed up – confused pretty bad – but I couldn’t tell anybody. Not Foster, not my family, nobody.

Image result for how to be a good wife chapmanHow to Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman¬†Marta and Hector have been married for a long time. Through the good and bad; through raising a son and sending him off to life after college. So long, in fact, that Marta finds it difficult to remember her life before Hector. He has always taken care of her, and she has always done everything she can to be a good wife – as advised by a dog-eared manual given to her by Hector’s aloof mother on their wedding day.

But now, something is changing. Small things seem off. A flash of movement in the corner of her eye, elapsed moments that she can’t recall. Visions of a blond girl in the darkness that only Marta can see. Perhaps she is starting to remember 0 or perhaps her mind is playing tricks on her. As Marta’s visions persist and her reality grows more disjointed, it’s unclear if the danger lies in the world around her, or in Marta herself. The girl is growing more real every day, and she wants something.

Image result for the war on copsThe War on Cops by Heather Mac Donald¬†Homicides jumped nearly 17 percent in 2015 in the largest 50 cities, the biggest one-year increase since 1993. The reason is what Heather Mac Donald first identified nationally as the “Ferguson effect”: Since the 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missiouri, officers have been backing off of proactive policing, and criminals are becoming emboldened.

This book collects and expands on Mac Donald’s groundbreaking and controversial reporting on the Ferguson effect and the criminal-justice system. It deconstructs the central narrative of the Black Lives Matter movement: that racist cops are the greatest threat to young black males. On the contrary, it is criminals and gangbangers who are responsible for the high black homicide death rate.

The War on Cops¬†exposes the truth about officer use of force and explodes the conceit of “mass incarceration.” A rigorous analysis of data shows that crime, not race, drives police actions and prison rates. The growth of proactive policing in the 1990s, along with lengthened sentences for violent crime, saved thousands of minority lives. In fact, Mac Donald argues, no government agency is more dedicated to the proposition that “black lives matter” than today’s data-driven, accountable police department.

Mac Donald gives voice to the many residents of high-crime neighborhoods who want proactive policing. She warns that race-based attacks on the criminal-justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk. This book is a call for a more honest and informed debate about policing, crime, and race.

Image result for qb my life beQB: My Life Behind the Spiral by Steve Young with Jeff Benedict Steve Young produced some of the most memorable moments in NFL history. The Run Рhis electrifying 49-yard game-winning touchdown against Minnesota. The Catch II Рhis last-second touchdown strike to Terrell Owens to beat Green Bay in the playoffs. Then there were his record-setting six touchdown passes in Super Bowl XXIX.

But Young’s most impressive victories were personal ones that were won off the field when no one was watching.¬†QB¬†is a remarkably revealing memoir of an athletically gifted Mormon boy with a 4.0 GPA, a photographic memory, and a severe case of childhood separation anxiety. At the same time, Young was absolutely fearless – and unstoppable – whenever he had a ball in his hands.

As an eighth-string quarterback at BYU, Young persevered through homesickness and a coach who said he’d never make it as a quarterback because he was a lefty who couldn’t throw. Determined to prove his coach wrong, Young became an All-American, finished second in the Heisman voting, and was the top draft choice coming out of college. After signing the largest contract in sports history, he was so overwhelmed by impossible expectations that he nearly walked away from football to become a lawyer. Instead, he ended up in San Francisco, pitted against Joe Montana in what became the greatest quarterback controversy in league history.

Young’s quest – both in football and in life – was always more about grit than anything else. His “get it done” mentality brought MVP awards and Super Bowl championships to San Francisco. As an author, he gives readers the sense of being inside his helmet while he runs through opponents both on and off the field.

Image result for the way things work now macaulayThe Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay 
Did you know that the principle behind the zipper also governed the building of the pyramids? Did you know that the dentist’s drill is a direct descendant of the first windmill? Did you realize that for a computer to carry out complex tasks it first has to convert information into simple numerical codes?

These are some of the fascinating connections made by David Macaulay in this brilliant, original, yet highly accessible guide to the workings of machines. Employing all the skills of imagination and craftsmanship that have brought him a prize-winning international reputation, David Macaulay has created, and now updated, an outstanding book for anyone who wants to understand how things work and would like to be stimulated and entertained in the process.

David Macaulay not only demonstrates how machines do what they do – from the simplest lever to the smartest phone 0 but also shows how the concept behind one invention is linked to the concept behind another. Using the humorous analogy of a wooly mammoth to illustrate principles, he offers even the least technically minded reader a window of understanding into the complexities of today’s technology.

The Way Things Work Now is arranged in five sections. Together they provide comprehensive coverage of the workings of hundreds of machines and devices Рholograms, helicopters, 3-D printers, touchscreens, Wi-Fi, streaming content . . . They also provide explanations of the scientific principles behind each machine Рhow gears make work easier, why jumbo jets are able to fly, how computers actually compute.

The Way Things Work Now¬†has been conceived for readers of all ages. It has been especially designed for those who find technology intimidating, and who wish it were less so. For them, David Macaulay’s beguiling treatment of the subject offers access to knowledge in the most captivating manner, and at the same moment makes the discover seem like fun.

New Books!! – 10/10/16

Happy Monday, DC3! Start your week off right by checking out one of our new titles. We have romance, action/adventure, biography, history, and even Ninja Turtles! Something is sure to pique your interest. Have a look:

Image result for two by two nicholas sparksTwo by Two by Nicholas Sparks¬†We’ll make it through . . two by two. At thirty-two, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six-year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive, and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the Dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that dream. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear . . . and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down.

In a matter of moths, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter London while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Trying to launch his own business while grappling with the demise of his marriage, the only thing he knows for certain is that London must be sheltered from the consequences of these radical changes. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey of once terrifying and rewarding Рone that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined. 

When a chance encounter with an old flame tempts him to take a chance on love again, he will navigate this new opportunity with trepidation and wonder. But with the loyal support of his parents and his wise older sister Marge, and in the hard-won lessons of fatherhood, Russ will finally come to understand the true nature of unconditional love- that it is a treasure to be bestowed, never earned.


Image result for irenas children mazzeoIrena’s Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo¬†In 1942, one young social worker, Irena Sendler, was granted access to the Warsaw ghetto as a public health specialist. While there, she reached out to the trapped Jewish families, going from door to door and asking the parents to trust her with their young children. She started smuggling them out of the walled district, convincing her friends and neighbors to hide them. Driven to extreme measures and with the help of a network of local tradesmen, ghetto residents, and her star-crossed lover in the Jewish resistance, Irena ultimately smuggled thousands of children past the Nazis. She made dangerous trips through the city’s sewers, hid children in coffins, snuck them out under overcoats at checkpoints, and slipped them through secret passages in abandoned buildings.

But Irena did something even more astonishing at immense personal risk: she kept secret lists buried in bottles under an old apple tree in a friend’s back garden. On them were the names and true identities of those Jewish children, recorded with the hope that their relatives could find them after the war. She could not have known that more than ninety percent of their families would perish.

In¬†Irena’s Children,¬†Tilar J. Mazzeo tells the incredible story of this courageous woman who risked her life to save innocent children from the Holocaust – a truly heroic tale of survival, resilience, and redemption.


Image result for how to hang a witch book coverHow to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather Salem, Massachusetts, is the site of the infamous Witch Trials and the new home of sixteen-year-old Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam is not exactly welcomed with open arms. She is a descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those Trials Рand almost immediately she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

As if dealing with that wasn’t enough, Sam finds herself face to face with a real, live (well, technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff.

Soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting everyone with ties to the Trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first alleged witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.


Image result for the general vs the presidentThe General vs. the President by H.W. Brands¬†The General vs. the President¬†unfolds in the years immediately following World War II, when peace has been restored but the roots of a new world conflict are visible to all. H.W. Brand’s thrilling narrative places two men – President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur – on a collision course that will put that fragile peace at risk and plunge America into a constitutional crisis.

Beloved though he is today, Harry Truman in office was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. The nation’s economy stumbled. Europe lay in ruins, and tensions were rising with the Soviet Union; on no issue was Truman’s path clear and easy. He has become vice president only in Franklin Roosevelt’s fourth term, and he knew nothing of FDR’s vision for the world after the war. As president he had to learn by doing, and the education took time.

General MacArthur, by contrast, was wildly popular. He had secured the Allied victory in the Pacific and directed the occupation of Japan, remaking it in America’s image. The lesson MacArthur drew from World War II was absolute: Appeasement leads to disaster. Applied to the Cold war, this meant that a showdown with the communists was inevitable and necessary, even though the SOviets now had nuclear weapons. The approaches of the two men 0 the audacity of MacArthur versus the patience of Truman 0 collided fatefully when Communist North Korea invaded South Korea. Despite his growing distrust of MacArthur, Truman was forced to rely on him to turn the aggressors back. But when the general’s reckless strategy drew China into the war, Truman astonished the world by firing MacArthur.

In The General vs. the President, H.W. Brands has created an unforgettable portrait of an untested president forging a new era of American leadership.


Image result for magnus chase and the gods of asgardMagnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan¬†It’s been six weeks since Magnus and his friends returned from defeating Fenris Wolf and the five giants. Magnus has adjusted to life at the Hotel Valhalla – as much as a once-homeless and previously alive kid can. As a son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus doesn’t exactly fit in with the rest of Odin’s chosen warriors, but he has a few good peeps among his hallmates on floor nineteen, and he’s been dutifully training for Ragnarok along with everyone else. His days have settled into a new kind of normal.

But Magnus should have known there’s no such thing as normal in the Nine Worlds. His friends Hearthstone and Blitzen have disappeared. A new hallmate is creating chaos. According to a very nervous goat, a¬†certain object¬†belonging to Thor is still missing, and the thunder god’s enemies will stop at nothing to gain control of it.

Time to summon Jack, the Sword of Summer, and take action. Too bad the only action Jack seems to be interested in is dates with other magical weapons . . .


Image result for the french chef in americaThe French Chef in America by Alex Prud’homme¬†This enchanting follow-up to¬†My Life in France –¬†Juila Child’s beloved and best-selling memoir – tells the story of the remarkable woman who found her true voice in middle age and profoundly shaped the way we eat today. Here Julia’s grandnephew and¬†My Life in France¬†co-author, Alex Prud’homme chronicles Julia’s rise from home cook to our first celebrity chef.

Following the publication of¬†Mastering the Art of French Cooking,¬†Julia set her sights on the rapidly expanding medium of television. Hailed as America’s first lady of French food, she became a household name in the 1960’s. But she grew restless, and by reinventing and re-Americanizing herself, she fashioned a second career in the 1970’s. As her star rose, she moved away from her “French Chef” persona and began performing as “Julia Child.”

These years were both some of the best and some of the worst of Julia’s life. From documenting culinary traditions in France to covering a state dinner at the White House to her attempt to commemorate the foods of the original thirteen colonies, Julia’s shows brought her into living rooms across the country. She railed against nouvelle cuisine and vegetarianism, was spoofed by¬†Saturday Night Live,¬†and broke away from public television to gain an even wider audience on¬†Good Morning America.¬†But even as Julia reached the pinnacle of professional success, she and her husband, Paul, suffered great personal losses at home.

The French Chef in America¬†also tells the story of Julia’s most important relationships: her decades-long friendship with her editor, Judith Jones; her mentoring of culinary talents, such as Jacques P√©pin and Emeril Lagasse; her complicated but deeply affectionate bond with her “French sister” and co-author, Simca Beck – and, of course, her loving marriage to Paul Child.

Filled with Paul’s photographs, family snapshots, celebrity portraits, and more,¬†The French Chef in America¬†is a fascinating look at the second act of a unique culinary icon.¬†


Image result for batman teenage mutant ninja turtles hardcoverBatman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 1¬†New York City. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles face the battle of a lifetime, fighting both the fearsome Foot Clan and their leader, the Shredder, and the alien forces of General Krang . . . which is exactly Krang’s plan. Now a single dimensional warp can rid him of both his greatest rivals at once.

Gotham City. From the Penguin to Killer Croc to Ra’s al Ghul and beyond, the caped crime-fighter called Batman already has his hands full protecting his city. Suddenly, a new enemy emerges 0 the Shredder and his ninja followers, transported to Gotham and unleashed upon an unsuspecting world. Now they’re on the hunt for the technology that will help them return home . . . and conquer Gotham City in the process, with the help of Batman’s deadliest rogues.¬†

But heroes come in all shapes, and the Dark Knight does not fight alone. As the Caped Crusader joins forces with Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Master Splinter, can the Bat, the Rat, and the Turtles take down the most vicious villains from two dimensions?


Image result for twelve days of christmas macomberTwelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber Continuing a festive annual tradition, New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns with a new holiday novel full of romance and cheer Рand the magical prospect of finding love in even the most guarded hearts.

Friendly and bubbly, Julia Padden likes nearly everyone, but her standoffish neighbor, Cain Maddox, presents a challenge. No matter how hard she tries to be nice, Cain rudely rebuffs her at every turn. But when Julia catches Cain stealing her newspaper, that’s the last straw. She’s going to break through Cain’s Scrooge-like exterior the only way she knows how: by killing him with kindness.

To track her progress, Julia starts a blog called Twelve Days of Christmas. Her first attempts to humanize Cain are far from successful. Julia brings him homemade Christmas treats, and the disagreeable grinch won’t even accept them. Meanwhile, Julia’s blog becomes an online sensation. Julia continues to find ways to express kindness and, little by little, chips away at Cain’s gruff facade to reveal the caring man underneath. Unbelievably, Julia feels herself falling for Cain – and she suspects that he may be falling for her as well. But as the popularity of her blog grows, Julia must decide if telling Cain the truth about having chronicled their relationship to the rest of the world is worth risking their chance at love.¬†


Image result for belichick and brady book coverBelichick and Brady by Michael Holley No head coach-quarterback pair has been more successful in NFL history than Bill Belichick and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. They have won four Super Bowls, Six AFC championships, and thirteen division titles. And now Holley takes us inside their relationship, dissecting how these men and their team came to dominate football.

Belichick, a genius as a defensive coordinator, had been a five-year flop as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Upon his controversial arrival in Foxboro, though, he quickly began to remake the team at every level – scouts, coaches, and players. His bold, calculated approach had fans up in arms, sportswriters questioning his intelligence, and players wondering how long they would last on the team.

Meanwhile, buried down in the 2000 NFL draft, the 199th overall pick was a skinny kid from the university of Michigan named Tom Brady who many scouts thought would never succeed at a professional level. The lowest of the four quarterbacks on the team’s depth chart, he appeared to be just one of the guys. Like Belichick, though, he lived for football, and he knew the playbook as well as Drew Bledsoe, the franchise quarterback. And when Bledsoe was injured in 2001, Brady took the job and vowed to never give it back.

The handsome Brady became a star, wearing hand-tailored suits, appearing in movies and on magazine covers, and marrying a supermodel. Belichick, with his trademark cut-off hoodies, was the opposite of a fashion plate. Together, the odd couple somehow rose above controversies and tragedies. Draft picks were lost, suspensions given, lawsuits filed. As their legends have grown, so have their critics with some of those critics operating from NFL headquarters. Despite that, with Belichick’s deft and brilliant strategy in the draft year in and year out and Brady’s exacting decision-making on the field, the Patriots cultivated an atmosphere of success and won a stunning 75 percent of their games together.

Respected and reviled, Belichick and Brady have set the bar high for excellence in a league designed for parity. They have rarely been understood. Until now. Based on dozens of interviews with former and current players, coaches, and executives, Belichick and Brady is an eye-opening look at the minds, motives, and wild ambitions of two men who have left an indelible mark on the game of football.


Image result for harry potter chamber illustratedHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay¬†The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torment and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart; a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom; and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone – or something – starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself!

The second book of the Harry Potter series, now illustrated in brilliant full color by award-winning artist Jim Kay.


Image result for the herbal apothecaryThe Herbal Apothecary by JJ Pursell with photos by Shawn Linehan Plant-based medicines offer many healing possibilities for the body, mind, and spirit. In this holistic guide, naturopath JJ Pursell provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to medicinal plants, explaining how they work and how to use them safely.

Incorporating traditional wisdom and scientific information, The Herbal Apothecary includes advice on growing and foraging for healing plants and recommendations for plant-based formulations to fight common ailments. Step-by-step instructions show you how to make your own teas, salves, capsules, tinctures, and other essential herbal remedies. 

Whether you want to treat muscle strain, calm your anxiety, or fight the common cold, taking charge of your health and well-being begins here.


Image result for ben-hur a tale of the christ carol wallaceBen-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Carol Wallace Betrayed by his childhood friend and falsely accused of attempting to murder the Roman governor, Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman, is sentenced to the galley ships and vows to seek revenge against the Romans and his former friend Messala. But a chance encounter with a carpenter from Nazareth sets Judah on a different path.

As one of the bestselling stories of all time, Lew Wallace’s¬†Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ¬†has captivated and enthralled millions around the world – both in print and on the big screen. Now Lew’s great-great-granddaughter has taken the old-fashioned prose of this classic novel and breathed new life into it for today’s audience.




Image result for spaceman massiminoSpaceman by Mike Massimino¬†Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that’s about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you’re about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind’s chance to unlock the universe’s secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in¬†Spaceman¬†he puts you inside the suit, with all the zip and buoyancy of life in microgravity.

Massimino’s childhood space dreams were born the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Growing up in a working-class Long Island family, he catapulted himself to Columbia and then MIT, only to flunk his first doctoral exam and be rejected three times by NASA before making it through the final round of astronaut selection.

Taking us through the surreal wonder and beauty of his first spacewalk, the tragedy of losing friends in the¬†Columbia¬†shuttle accident, and the development of his enduring love for the Hubble Telescope = which he and his fellow astronauts were tasked with saving on his final mission – Massimino has written an ode to never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible.¬†Spaceman¬†invites us into a rare, wonderful world where science meets the most thrilling adventure, revealing just what having “the right stuff” really means.


Image result for rogue heroes ben macintyreRogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre¬†Britain’s Special Air Service – or SAS – was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young gad-about aristocrat with a remarkable strategic mind. Where his colleagues looked at a map of World War II’s African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel’s dessert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind Nazi lines and sabotage their airplanes and supplies. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself.

Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to the SAS archives to shine a light on a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy – one whose hard methods would influence contemporary special forces around the world. The result is not only a tremendous war story, but also a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most.


Image result for tricks ellen hopkins book coverTricks by Ellen Hopkins¬†Five teenagers from all over the country. Three girls. Two guys. Four straight. One gay. Some rich. Some poor. Living their lives as best they can, but all searching . . . for freedom, safety, family, love. What they don’t expect, though, is all that can happen when those powerful little words “I love you” are said for the wrong reasons.

Five stories remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger story – about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down,a nd growing up. These teens are figuring out what sex and love are all about while asking, “Can I ever feel okay about myself?”




Image result for they fought like demonsThey Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War by Deanne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook¬†“Albert Cashier” served three years in the Union army and passed successfully as a man until 1911 when the aging veteran was revealed to be a woman named Jennie Hodgers. Frances Clayton kept fighting even after her husband was gunned down in front of her at the Battle of Murfreesboro. Andmore than one soldier astonished “his” comrades-in-arms by giving birth in camp.

This lively and authoritative book opens a hitherto neglected chapter of Civil War history, telling the stories of hundreds of women who adopted male disguise and fought as soldiers. It explores their reasons for enlisting, their experiences in combat, and the way they were seen by their fellow soldiers and the American public. Impeccably researched and narrated with verve and wit, They Fought Like Demons is a major addition to our understanding of the Civil War era.


Image result for bottled a mom's guideBottled: A Mom’s Guide to Early Recovery ¬†An unflinching memoir about recovery as a mother of young kids,¬†Bottled¬†explains the perils moms face with drinking and chronicles the author’s path to recovery, from hitting bottom to the months of early sobriety – a blur of pain and chaos – to her now (in)frequent moments of peace.

Punctuated by potent, laugh-out-loud sarcasm, Bottled offers practical suggestions on how to be a sober, present-in-the-moment mom, one day at a time, and provides much needed levity on an issue too often treated with deadly seriousness.





Image result for hidden in plain view the bookHidden in Plain View by Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard, Ph.D. Hidden in Plain View tells the fascinating story of a friendship, a lost tradition, and an incredible discovery, explaining for the first time how enslaved men and women encoded messages within quilt patterns that helped fugitives navigate their escape along the Underground Railroad.

In 1994, historian Jacqueline Tobin met African American quilter Ozella McDaniel Williams amid piles of beautiful handmade quilts in the Old Market Building of Charleston, South Carolina. With the admonition to “write this down,” Williams began to tell a story that had been passed along from generation to generation in her family. But as soon as she began, Ozella stopped, informing Tobin that she would learn the rest when she was “ready.” During the years it took for Williams’ narrative to unfold – and as the friendship and trust between the two women grew – Tobin enlisted Raymond Dobard, an art history professor and well-known African American quilter himself, to help unravel the mystery.

Part adventure and part history,¬†Hidden in Plain View¬†traces the origin of Ozella’s Code from Africa to the Carolinas, and shows how three people from completely diffrent backgrounds pieced together one amazing American story.


Image result for patient h.m. book coverPatient H.M. by Luke Dittrich¬†In the late 1930’s, in asylums and hospitals across America, a group of renowned neurosurgeons embarked on a campaign to develop and refine a new class of brain operation – the lobotomy – that they hoped would eradicate everything from schizophrenia to homosexuality. These “psychosurgeons,” as they called themselves, occupied a gray zone between medical research and medical practice, and ended up subjecting untold numbers of people to the types of surgical experiments once limited to chimpanzees.

The most important test subject to emerge from this largely untold chapter in American history was a twenty-seven-year-old factory worker named Henry Molaison. In 1953, Henry – who suffered from severe epilepsy – received a radical new version of the lobotomy, one that targeted the most mysterious structures in the brain. The operation failed to eliminate Henry’s seizures, but it did have an unintended effect: Henry left the operating room profoundly amnesic, unable to create new long-term memories. Over the next sixty years, Patient H.M., as Henry was known, became the most studied individual in the history of neuroscience, a human guinea pig who would teach us much of what we know about memory today.

Luke Dittrich uses the case of Patient H.M. as a starting point for a kaleidoscopic journey, one that moves from the first recorded brain surgeries in ancient Egypt to the cutting-edge laboratories of MIT. He takes readers inside the old asylums and operating theaters where psychosurgeons conducted their human experiments, and behind the scenes of a bitter custody battle over the ownership of the most important brain in the world. Throughout, Dittrich delves into the enduring mysteries of the mind while exposing troubling stories of just how far we’ve gone in our pursuit of knowledge.

It is also, at times, a deeply personal journey. Dittrich’s grandfather was the brilliant, morally complex surgeon who operated on Molaison – and thousands of other patients. The author’s investigation into the dark roots of modern memory science ultimately forces him to confront unsettling secrets in his own family history, and to reveal the tragedy that fueled his grandfather’s relentless experimentation – experimentation that would revolutionize our understanding of ourselves.

Patient H.M. combines the best of biography, memoir, and science journalism to create a haunting, endlessly fascinating story, one that reveals the wondrous and devastating things that can happen when hubris, ambition, and human imperfections collide.


Image result for notorious kansas bank heistsNotorious Kansas Bank Heists by Rod Beemer¬†Bank robbers wreaked havoc in the Sunflower State. After robbing the Cautauqua State Bank in 1911, outlaw Elmer McCurdy was killed by lawmen but wasn’t buried for sixty-six years. His afterlife can be described only as bizarre. Belle Starr’s nephew Henry Starr claimed to have robbed twenty-one banks. The Dalton gang failed in their atempt to rob two banks simultaneously, but others accomplished this in Waterville in 1911. Nearly four thousand known vigilantes patrolled the Sunflower State during the 1920s and 1930s to combat the criminal menace. One group even had an airplane with a .50-caliber machine gun. Join author Rod Beemer for a wild ride into Kansas’s tumultuous bank heist history.




Image result for harvey houses of kansas bookHarvey Houses of Kansas by Rosa Walston Latimer¬†Starting in Kansas, Fred Harvey’s iconic Harvey House was the first to set the standard for fine dining and hospitality across the rugged Southwest. In 1876, the first of Harvey’s depot restaurants opened in Topeka, followed just a few years later by the first combination hotel and restaurant in Florence. Fred Harvey and the Harvey Girls introduced good food and manners to the land of Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp and raucous cattle drives. In her third book on the Harvey House legacy, author Rosa Walston Latimer goes back to where it all began in this history of hospitality from the Sunflower State.





Image result for mrs lincoln's dressmaker the unlikely friendship of elizabeth Keckley and mary todd lincolnMrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker¬†Elizabeth Keckley was born into slavery. Mary Lincoln was born into privilege. The story of their childhoods could not have been more different. Both girls grew up to be ambitious young women: Elizabeth was determined to earn enough money to buy her freedom; Mary sought a husband who would respect her intelligence. When each arrived in Washington, D.C., she was at a crucial moment in her life. Mary was to be the country’s First Lady, and Elizabeth had finally developed a client list that included the top of Washington society. Their friendship would survive the death of children, the assassination of the President, and a nationwide scandal.

Because Elizabeth Keckley wrote an autobiography, we know how the friendship developed between the dressmaker and First Lady. Set against the epic struggle of the Civil War, societal strictures about relations among races, and the demands and expectations of Washington society, this story offers a rare glimpse into a remarkable friendship. Lynda Jones’s narrative relies on Elizabeth Keckley’s autobiography for its recollections of dialogue and emotions. Archival images reflect the places and times, as well as the beautiful gowns that Elizabeth made for Mary. This is a unique glimpse into White House life during the Lincoln years and a testament to two strong, ambitious women.¬†


Image result for when the wolf cameWhen the Wolf Came by Mary Jane Warde When the peoples of the Indian Territory found themselves in the midst of the American Civil War, squeezed between Union Kansas and the Confederate Texas and Arkansas, they had no way to escape a conflict not of their choosing Рand no alternative but to suffer its consequences. 

When the Wolf Came explores how the war in the Indian Territory involved almost every resident, killed many civilians as well as soldiers, left the country stripped and devastated, and cost Indian nations millions of acres of land. Using a solid foundation of both published and unpublished sources, including the records of Cherokee, Choctaw, and Creek nations, Mary Jane Warde details how the coming of the war set off a wave of migration into neighboring Kansas, the Red River Valley, and Texas. She describes how Indian Territory troops in Unionist regiments, or as Confederate allies, battled enemies Рsome from their own nations Рin the territory and in neighboring Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas. And she shows how postwar land cessions forced by the federal government on Indian nations formerly allied with the Confederacy allowed the removal of still more tribes to the Indian Territory, leaving millions of acres open for homesteads, railroads, and development in at least ten states.

Enhanced by maps and photographs from the Oklahoma Historical Society’s photographic archives,¬†When the Wolf Came¬†will be welcomed by both general readers and scholars interested in the signal public events that marked that tumultuous era and the consequences for the territory’s tens of thousands of native peoples.


Image result for the madman and the assassinThe Madman and the Assassin by Scott Martelle¬†Union Calvaryman Boston Corbett became a national celebrity after killing John Wilkes Booth, but as details of his odd personality became known, he also ¬†became the object of derision. Over time, he was largely forgotten to history, a minor character in the final act of Booth’s tumultuous life. And yet Corbett led a fascinating life of his own, a tragic saga that weaved through the monumental events of nineteenth-century America.

Corbett was an English immigrant and devout Christian who long struggled not only with poverty but also with mental illness, which was likely caused by the mercury he used in his job as a silk hat finisher. He was one of the first volunteers to join the US Army at the outbreak of the Civil War, a path that would in time land him in the notorious Andersonville prison camp. Eventually released, he ended up in the squadron that cornered Lincoln’s assassin in a Virginia barn. After the war, he headed west as a homesteader to the plains of Kansas, where his shaky mental health led to his undoing.

The Madman and the Assassin is the first full-length biography of Boston Corbett, a man thrust into the spotlight during a national news event and into an unwelcome transformation from anonymity to fame, and back to obscurity.


Image result for twenty-five years among the indians and buffaloTwenty-Five Years Among the Indians and Buffalo by William D. Street¬†Nearing 60, William D. Street (1851-1911) sat down to write his memoir of frontier life. Street’s early years on the plains of western Kansas were both ordinary and extraordinary; ordinary in what they reveal about the everyday life of so many who went out to the western frontier, extraordinary in their breadth and epth of historical event and impact. His tales of life as a teamster, cavalryman, town developer, trapper, buffalo hunter, military scout, and cowboy put us squarely in the middle of such storied events as Sheridan’s 1868-1869 winter campaign on the southern plains and the Cheyenne Exodus of 1878. They take us trapping beaver and hunting buffalo for hides and meat, and driving cattle on the Great Western Cattle Trail. They give us insight into Street’s evolving understanding of his multi-decade relationship with the Lakota. And they give us a front-row seat at the founding and development of Jewell and Gaylord, Kansas, and a firsthand look at the formation of Jewell’s “Buffalo Militia.”¬†

In later life Street rose to prominence as a newspaper publisher, state legislator, and regent of the Kansas State Agricultural College. At the time of his death – noted in the¬†New York Times –¬†he was still at work on his memoir. Handed down through his family over the past century and faithfully transcribed here, Street’s story of frontier life is as rich in history as it is in character, giving us a sense of what it was to be not just a witness to, but a player in, the drama of the plains as it unfolded in the late nineteenth century. Edited by Street’s great-grandson, with an introduction by Richard Etulain, a leading scholar of the West, this memoir is history as it was lived, recalled in sharp detail and recounted in engaging prose, for the ages.


Image result for diary of a waitressDiary of a Waitress by Carolyn Meyer Kitty Evans here, reporting from Belen, New Mexico. Who knew that being a waitress serving customers along the rail lines for the great Fred Harvey restaurants would mean following so many rules and always, always wearing a smile on my face? Luckily, I have such good friends in Cordelia and Emmy, my fellow Harvey Girls. They have helped to make this not-so-glamorous waitressing life a wonderful and life-changing experience.

As a Harvey Girl, Kitty Evans must work long hours and wrestle with the ups and downs of new friends, budding romance, and her relationship with her family. Kitty is devoted to her diary, where she records all of her private thoughts and feelings. But Kitty also dreams about being a journalist, and her writing transports readers from the American Midwest to the American Southwest of the mid-1920’s, where Kitty is captivated by New Mexican life as well as by the popular culture of the times. A first-rate chronicler, Kitty Evans proves to be the perfect tour guide, both to the world she lives in and to her own heart.


Image result for The boy who became buffalo billThe Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill by Andrea Warren Buffalo Bill! This iconic man of the west was the greatest showman of his era Рthe legendary founder and star of the world-famous Wild West show that entertained audiences here and abroad with its action-packed extravaganza of cowboys, Indians, trick riding; sharpshooters, and more.

But long before stardom, Buffalo Bill, born Billy Cody, had to grow up fast when his family was caught up in the mayhem of the Kansas-Missouri Border War prior to the Civil War. Would Kansas enter the Union as a slave or free state?

The death of Billy’s father by a pro-slaver meant Billy, then eleven, had to support his family. And he did, working on wagon trains headed west, tracking Indians and buffalo, and riding for the Pony Express. When the violence in Bleeding Kansas escalated, he joined the infamous Jayhawkers, then became an army scout and spy – all by age seventeen.

In this story of a courageous, adventurous boy, Andrea Warren captures a pivotal time in American history, when a divided nation heads into the Civil War that will challenge its very existence, and Billy Cody must step into adult shoes to care for his family and serve his country.


Image result for the underground railroad whiteheadThe Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood Рwhere even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned РCora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is not mere metaphor – engineers and conductors operate a secret netowrk of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a heaven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

Like the protagonist of¬†Gulliver’s Travels,¬†Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey – hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day.¬†The Underground Railroad¬†is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

Other new titles:¬†Kansas Trail Guide: The Best Hiking, Biking, and Riding in the Sunflower State by Jonathan Conard and Kristin Conard; While the Kettle’s On: Poetry by Melissa Fite Johnson; Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham; Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds by Michael John Haddock, Craig C. Freeman, and Janet E. Bare


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Prof Picks: Dr. Mary Scott

We’re starting a new series of blog posts, Prof Picks, where we will email members of the faculty to ask them what they¬†like to read/watch/play and their¬†choices will be made into a display in the Library!ūüôā

This month’s faculty member is Dr. Mary Scott! Here is a list of some of Dr. Scott’s recommended¬†books and movies:

Image result for working stiffWorking Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek, M.D., and T.J. Mitchell 
Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. While her husband and their toddler held down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation‚ÄĒperforming autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy‚Äôs two years of training, taking readers behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple, including a firsthand account of the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax bio-terrorism attack, and the disastrous crash of American Airlines Flight 587.

An unvarnished portrait of the daily life of medical examiners‚ÄĒcomplete with grisly anecdotes, chilling crime scenes, and a welcome dose of gallows humor‚ÄĒWorking Stiff offers a glimpse into the daily life of one of America‚Äôs most arduous professions, and the unexpected challenges of shuttling between the domains of the living and the dead. The body never lies‚ÄĒand through the murders, accidents, and suicides that land on her table, Dr. Melinek lays bare the truth behind the glamorized depictions of autopsy work on television to reveal the secret story of the real morgue.

“I would recommend [Working Stiff] for anyone interested in a health science career or forensic science.”

Image result for the emperor of all maladies dvdThe Emperor of All Maladies Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, this film tells the story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. It interweaves a sweeping historical narrative; with intimate stories about contemporary patients; and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us to the brink of lasting cures.






“I recommend anyone concerned with cancer, interested in history of medicine, or going into healthcare (or already in healthcare) watch ‘Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”

 Image result for the light between oceansThe Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a ‚Äúgift from God,‚ÄĚ and against Tom‚Äôs judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

Dr. Scott¬†also recommends several fictional series:¬†“Harry Potter series, any of Michael Crichton’s work (then go back and look up the real biology and see if it is possible), Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell, and “Bones” series by Kathy Reichs.” Dr. Scott adds, “If you need a laugh, read the Stephanie Plum mysteries by Janet Evanovich. There is at least one part and maybe more that has me laughing until my sides ache.”
To check out some of Dr. Scott’s recommendations, come on over to the Library and see our¬†display in the middle of the floor!¬†If you are a faculty member who would like to be featured in next month’s Prof Picks, shoot me an email at with a list of some of your faves!ūüôā
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New Books!! – 09/21/16

We have some new books coming out, today! Whether you’re in the mood for an intriguing¬†mystery, some sobering history, or something theatrical, we’ve got you covered. If we don’t have something you want, let us know! We are always looking for suggestions of materials to add to our collection. Plus, we can get (almost) any title for you via interlibrary loan. Just ask at the front desk.ūüôā


Image result for high plains fandangoHigh Plains Fandango by Red Shuttleworth¬†Described as a “tragi-comedy” by Dr. Jerry L. Crawford, Dean Emeritus, the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, Kennedy Center, and inspired by water scarcity being the world’s most critical future security issue, High Plains Fandango depicts the inhabitants of one small Nebraska town’s Faustian bargain amidst the imepending business interests of attempted water privatization of the Ogallala aquifer.

Red Shuttleworth, named by True West Magazine “Best Living Western Poet” in 2007, is a three-time winner of the Spur Award (from Western Writers of America.) His plays have been presented widely in both professional and academic venues, including at The Football Theatre (CA), Spirit of the Horse Theatre (MN), Sundance Playwrights Lab, the Sun Valley Festival of New Western Drama, and the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival.

Red Shuttleworth, named by True West magazine “Best Living Western Poet” in 2007, is a three-time winner of the Spur Award (from Western Writers of America). His plays have been presented widely in both professional and academic venues, including at The Foothill Theatre (CA), Spirit of the Horse Theatre (MN), Sundance Playwrights Lab, The Sun Valley Festival of New Western Drama, and the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival.

The State University of New York at Fredonia premiered the first production of High Plains Fandango on Friday, February 24, 2012.


Image result for love warrior meltonLove Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out Рthree happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her first book catapulted to the top of the New York Times bestseller list Рher husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed. A recovering alcoholic and bulimic, Glennon found that rock bottom was a familiar place. In the midst of crisis, she knew to hold on to what she discovered in recovery: that her deepest pain has always held within it an invitation to a richer life.

Love Warrior¬†is the story of one marriage, but it is also the story of the healing that is possible for any of us when we refuse to settle for good enough and begin to face pain and love head-on. This astonishing memoir reveals how our ideals of masculinity and femininity can make it impossible for a man and a woman to truly know one another – and it captures the beauty that unfolds when one couple commits to unlearning everything they’ve been taught so that they can finally, after thirteen years of marriage, fall in love.

Love Warrior is a gorgeous and inspiring account of how we are born to be warriors: strong, powerful, and brave; able to confront the pain and claim the love that exists for us all. This chronicle of a beautiful, brutal journey speaks to anyone who years for deeper, truer relationships and a more abundant, authentic life.


Image result for mighty rough times I tell youMighty Rough Times, I Tell You by Andrea Sutcliffe 
In 1929, the Social Sciences Department at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, began recording the oral histories of former slaves. During the mid-1930’s, the Federal Writers’ Project undertook a similar effort, ultimately compiling more than two thousand interviews and ten thousand pages of material in seventeen states.

In this volume, thirty-six former slaves living in Tennessee recount what it was like to live under the yoke. Tennessee was not a large slave-holding state compared with others in the South. On the other hand, it was a leader in the abolition movement prior to 1830 and a powder keg of mixed Union and Confederate sympathies at the time of the Civil War. The voices in this volume thus recall the extreme conditions of slavery in the border country.

A writer, editor, and editorial project manager, Andrea Sutcliffe, is the author of¬†Touring the Shanandoah Valley Backroads¬†and the editor of¬†The New York Public Library Writer’s Guide to Style and Usage.¬†She lives in Virginia.


Image result for to leave a shadow book cover michael d gravesTo Leave a Shadow by Michael D. Graves¬†Pete Stone hadn’t always been a private eye. He’d lost his dairy business at the toss of a coin when the depression hit. His children grew up, as children do, and his wife left him for a chinchilla farmer. He head learned to like his solitude. When Mrs. Lucille Hamilton walked through his door searching for her missing husband, Pete was the only one who believed her husband’s death hadn’t been a suicide.

“With a clean, detailed, vigorous style, Graves introduces us to Detective Pete Stone, his worldly and lovable gumshoe. Set in 1930’s Wichita, Midwesterners will take particular joy in Graves’s description of the city and the jazz age in this compelling mystery.




Image result for the da vinci code young adultThe Da Vinci Code (**a young adult adaptation**) by Dan Brown¬†Robert Langdon, professor of religious symbology at Harvard, is in Paris to give an evening lecture. He’s also scheduled to meet with a revered curator from the world-famous Louvre museum, but strangely the curator never arrives. Later, Langdon receives an urgent late-night call: the curator has been murdered in the museum, and alongside the body the killer has written a series of baffling codes. The police need Langdon’s help to decipher them.

In a terrifying twist, Langdon himself becomes the primary suspect in the murder. With the help of French cryptologist Sophie Neveu, he must flee the scene and decipher a mystifying trail of clues. If Robert and Sophie can’t solve the puzzle in time, an ancient truth could be lost forever – and both their lives hang in the balance.

This young adult adaptation of author Dan Brown’s mega-bestseller takes readers from Paris to London on a breathless tour of famous landmarks and will remind fans everywhere why the¬†New York Times¬†calls¬†The Da Vinci Code¬†“blockbuster perfection.”

*Also new: The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam, Fourth Edition.


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New Books!! – 09/09/16

Just in time for the weekend, we have some new books for you to curl up with and enjoy. Stop by and be the first to check out one of these great titles:

Image result for tales of the peculiarTales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs¬†Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the¬†Tales. Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant and haunting stories in¬†Tales of the Peculiar –¬†known to hide information about the peculiar world – first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his #1 bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories in this deluxe volume of Tales of the Peculiar, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar.



Image result for hush little baby suzanne redfearn book coverHush Little Baby by Suzanne Redfearn Jillian Kane appears to have it all Рa successful career, a gorgeous home, a loving husband, and two wonderful children. The reality behind closed doors is something else entirely. For nine years, she has hid the bruises and the truth of her abusive marriage in order to protect Addie and Drew, knowing, if she left, Gordon would destroy her Рdestroy them.

When, in an act of desperation, she flees, her worst nightmare is realized, and she finds herself on the run with her two young children, no money, and no plan. With Gordon in hot pursuit, there is only one inescapable certainty: No matter where she goes, he will find her. Kill her. And take her children.

A riveting page-turner,¬†HUSH LITTLE BABY¬†exposes the shame and terror of domestic violence as well as the disturbing role manipulation and sabotage can play in the high-stakes game of child custody. Suspenseful and unforgettably moving, it’s a novel about the unbreakable bonds of family and the astounding, terrifying devotion of a mother’s love.


Image result for texas tall janet daileyTexas Tall by Janet Dailey¬†She can’t forget him.

The born rancher who stole her heart, her ex-husband, the tough, tender father of her child . . . Tori Tyler can’t let Will Tyler go to prison fro a crime that was a simple accident. But she can’t deny that her feelings for the man run much deeper than loyalty, and her desire for his strong, sure embrace has never died. Protecting him is second nature, until an unexpected terror threatens to shatter them both . . . and Tori needs Will’s fierce love more than ever before.

He can’t let her go.

The sassy, sexy wife he never meant to drive away, the gorgeous woman who haunts his memory and his fantasies . . . Will can accept the blame for the destruction of his marriage, but he can’t believe that he and Tori won’t have a second chance to make it right. With the ranch in trouble and his freedom on the line, somehow fighting for her is the only thing that matters.


Image result for black ice becca fitzpatrick book coverBlack Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick¬†Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, and unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin and accept the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants – but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.¬†

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. Things get even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that took place on that very mountain – a discovery that may make her the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy or an ally?


Image result for as old as time book coverAs Old as Time by Liz Brazwell¬†Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father’s reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle’s mother returns – a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.

But when Belle touches the Beast’s enchanted rose, intriguing images flood her mind – images of the mother she believed she would never see again. Stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast must work together to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is twenty-one years in the making.


Image result for and the trees crept inAnd the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich¬†When Silla and Nori arrive at their autn’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets, too – questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man wiht no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night . . . a man no one else can see?

Filled with just as many twists and turns as The Dead House, and with achingly beautiful, chilling language that delivers haunting scenes, And the Trees Crept In is the perfect follow-up novel from master horror writer Dawn Kurtagich.


Image result for the ghostfacesThe Ghostfaces by John Flanagan¬†When the Brotherband crew is caught in a massive storm at sea, they’re blown far off course and wash up on the shores of an uncharted land. Eerily, the locals are nowhere in sight, yet the Herons have a creeping feeling they are being watched.

Suddenly the silence is broken when a massive, marauding bear appears. The crew springs into action and rescues two local children from the bear’s clutches, which earns them the friendship of the Mawagansett tribe, who finally reveal themselves. But the peace is short-lived. The Ghostfaces, a ruthless tribe who shave their heads and paint their faces white, are on the warpath, determined to pillage and reap destruction. As the enemy approaches, the Herons gear up to help their new friends repel an invasion.¬†

In this sixth book in the action-packed Brotherband Chronicles, the Herons find themselves in unfamiliar lands and prepare for battle with a ruthless, unknown enemy.


Image result for apprentice in deathApprentice in Death by J.D. Robb Nature versus nurture . . .

The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice-skating rink. The victims: A talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.

Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD but never one like this. A review of the security videos reveals that hte victims were killed iwth a tactical laser rifle fired by a sniper who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the list of locations where the shooter could have set up seems endless, the number of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.

Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources – and genius – at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two – one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that thought we’re all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil. . .


Image result for walking dead road to woodburyThe Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga It is a dangerous world that Lilly lives in. The walking dead lurk in every corner, massacring anyone they can get their hands on. Nowhere is safe. But when a terrifying ordeal leaves numerous dead, LIlly and her companions are forced out of their tented community and into the open. 

Safety seems to come in the form of Woodbury, a gated compound with food and protection. Yet it’s not long before the wanton dangers of Woodbury reveal themselves, and the Governor’s despotic rule of the compound threatens to undermine everything Lilly believes in. Because sometimes the dead aren’t the biggest threat. It’s the living . . .



Image result for Black House by stephen king imageBlack House by Stephen King and Peter Straub¬†Right here and now; as an old friend used to say, we are in the fluid present, where clear-sightedness never guarantees perfect vision. Here: about two hundred feet, the height of a gliding eagle, above Wisconsin’s far western edge, where the vagaries of the Mississippi River declare a natural border. Now: an early Friday morning in mid-July a few years into both a new century and a new millennium, their wayward courses so hidden that a blind man has a better chance of seeing what lies head than you or I . . .






Image result for freedom jaycee dugardFreedom: My Book of Firsts by Jaycee Dugard In the follow-up to her #1 bestselling memoir, A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard tells the story of her first experiences after years in captivity: the joys that accompanied her newfound freedom and the challenges of making choices for herself.

When Jaycee Dugard was eleven years old, she was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California. She was missing for more than eighteen years, held captive by Phillip and Nancy Garrido and gave birth to two daughters during her imprisonment.

A Stolen Life¬†covered Jaycee’s life from her abduction in 1991 through her reappearance in 2009. Now, she talks about what happened next.

In her own words, Jaycee narrates her journey from captivity to freedom. Life holds many challenges, but with humor she tackles each. From her first time behind the wheel to her first speeding ticket, from reconnecting to her mother, whom she thought was lost to her forever, to navigating the complicated world of friendships, Jaycee describes life through her unique perspective. She makes the ordinary feel extraordinary: her words remind us that each day is precious, that no moment can be taken for granted.

Raw and inspiring, Freedom: My Book of Firsts reminds us that there can be, as Jaycee writes, happiness after tragedy Рif we only seek it out.


Image result for the mannings lars andersonThe Mannings by Lars Anderson¬†What the Kennedys are to politics, the Mannings are to football. Two generations have produced three NFL superstars: Archie Manning, the Ole Miss hero-turned-New Orleans Saint; his son Peyton, widely considered one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play the game; and Peyton’s younger brother, Eli, who won two Super Bowl rings of his own. And the oldest Manning child, Cooper – who was forced to quit playing sports after he was diagnosed at age eighteen with a rare spinal condition – might have been the most talented of them all.

In The Mannings, longtime Sports Illustrated writer Lars Anderson gives us, for the first time, the never-before-told story of this singular athletic dynasty Рa story that shows us how finding strength in the face of catastrophe can be the key to success on and off the playing field.

Growing up, the three Manning brothers dream of playing side by side on the gridiron at Ole Miss. But with Cooper forced to bench before his prime, Peyton must fight to win glory for them both. Meanwhile, Eli is challenged by his college coach to stop trailing in the footsteps of others and forge his own path. With Archie’s achievements looming over them, the brothers begin the climb to football history.¬†

From the Manning family backyard to the bright lights of Super Bowl 50, The Mannings is an epic, inspiring saga of a family of tenacious competitors who have transfixed a nation. 


Image result for danger close amber smithDanger Close by Amber Smith¬†One of the few women to pilot the Kiowa Warrior helicopter, Amber Smith flew into enemy fire in some of the most dangerous combat zones in the world. The Kiowas’ mission, armed reconnaissance, requires pilots to stay low and fly fast in support of ground troops, so the helicopters are perilously close to – and in – the fight.

Now, in her riveting memoir, the first written by a Kiowa pilot who engaged in high-intensity warfare, Smith takes you into the heat of battle, where routine scouting missions can become harrowing ambushes in an instant and protecting the troops is paramount. She also recounts her unrelenting fight for both mastery and respect as she navigates boot camp, with its drills and rituals, and flight training school, where pilots learn to perform under pressure. Smith perseveres under extreme duress – both is action against an implacable enemy and within the “boys’ club” of Army aviation, ultimately rising to pilot in command and air mission commander in the premier Kiowa unit in the Army, the elite 2-17 Cavalry Regiment, part of the legendary 101st Airborne Division, the Screaming Eagles.

Besides making for edge-of-your-seat reading, Smith’s experiences also provide universal life lessons, from the need to “earn your spurs” as a newbie and “embrace the suck” to “finding your hover button” when practicing flows into skill and you learn to trust your gut.

Dramatic, cinematic, and inspiring, Danger Close is both a great war story and the personal chronicle of a brave pilot who fought for and earned a lifetime membership in the ranks of the best of the best.


*Other new titles: Head Ball Coach: My Life in Football by Steve Spurrier with Buddy Martin and Memory Book of Nursing Pharmacology & Diagnostics 3rd Edition

COMING SOON!! (09/13/2016):

Image result for in such good companyIn Such Good Company by Carol Burnett In In Such Good Company, Carol pulls back the curtain on the twenty-five-time Emmy Award-winning show that made entertainment history, and she reminisces about the outrageously funny and tender moments that made working on the series as much fun as watching it.

Carol delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches, and improvisations that made The Carol Burnett Show legendary, as well as some favorite stories too good not to relive again. While writing this book, Carol rewatched all 276 episodes and screen-grabbed the chemistry of the actors and the improvisational magic that made the show so successful.

Putting the spotlight on everyone from her costars to the impressive list of guest stars, Carol crafts a lively portrait of the talent and creativity that went into every episode. With characteristic wit and incomparable comic timing, she details hiring Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway; shares anecdotes about guest stars and close friends, including Lucille Ball, Alan Alda, Bernadette Peters, Sammy Davis Jr., Rita Hayworth, and Betty White; and gives us her take on her favorite sketches and the unpredictable moments that took both the cast and viewers by surprise.

This book is Carol’s love letter to a golden era in television history through the lens of her brilliant show. Get the best seat in the house for “eleven years of laughter, mayhem, and fun in the sandbox.”


Image result for the orphan motherThe Orphan Mother by Robert Hicks¬†In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock – the “Widow of the South” – has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But, as they are through much of the South, changes are sweeping through the town and coming for Mariah.

When Mariah’s ambitious, politically minded grown son, Theopolis, decides to speak at a political rally in town, she’s sure that no good can come from it. Franklin’s courthouse square is filled with conservatives and Republicans itching for a fight, and as the first speaker, Theopolis, approaches the podium a riot breaks out. Amidst the chaos her only child is murdered. Mariah – no stranger to loss – finds her world once more breaking apart. How could this happen? Who wanted him dead?

Mariah’s journey to uncover the truth behind Theopolis’s murder leads her to unexpected people, including George Tole, a recent arrival to town who is fleeing a difficult past of his own. It forces her to confront her own difficult truths. But the conspiracy that resulted in her son’s death could run deeper than Mariah had ever imagined, with the fate of Franklin and Tennessee itself hanging in the balance.

Brimming with the vivid prose that has won Robert Hicks recognition as a “mast storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle)¬†THE ORPHAN MOTHER is an unforgettable story of a woman’s heroic struggle in the face of overwhelming adversity and the undeniable strength of a mother’s love.


Image result for killing the rising sunKilling the Rising Sun by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard¬†Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor.¬†Killing the Rising Sun¬†takes readers to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan.

Across the globe in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists are preparing to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind. In Washington, DC, Harry Truman ascends to the presidency after FDR dies in office, only to face the most important political decision in history: whether to use that weapon. And in Tokyo, Emperor Hirohito, who is considered a deity by his subjects, refuses to surrender, despite a massive and mounting death toll. Told in the same page-turning style as Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, Killing Patton, and Killing Reagan, this epic saga details the final moments of World War II like never before.


We’ll see you soon!ūüôā

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!


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



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