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Powers of a Girl by Lorraine Cink, illustrated by Alice X. Zhang This unique book is the perfect start – or addition – to any Marvel fan’s collection! Using her in-depth knowledge and passion for Super Heroes, Lorraine Cink explores the lives of the exceptional and diverse women of the Marvel Universe. Filled with inspirational lessons and clever observations, each section digs into what these relatable women can teach us all about growth, bravery, and the true meaning of strength. Paired with over one hundred original, vibrant, and emotive illustrations from the talented Alice X. Zhang, this book balances the responsibility and the fun that comes with being a hero.
The Indian World of George Washington George Washington’s place in the foundations of the Republic remains unrivaled. His life story – from his beginnings as a surveyor and farmer, to colonial soldier in the Virginia Regiment, leader of the Patriot cause, commander of the Continental Army, and finally first president of the United States – reflects the narrative of the nation he guided into existence. There is, rightfully, no more chronicled figure.
Yet American history has largely forgotten what Washington himself knew clearly; that the new Republic’s fate depended less on grand rhetoric of independence and self-governance and more on land – Indian land. Colin Calloway’s biography of the greatest founding father reveals in full the relationship between Washington and the Native leaders he dealt with intimately across the decades: Shingas, Tanaghrisson, Guyasuta, Attakullakulla, Bloody Fellow, Joseph Brant, Cornplanter, Red Jacket, and Little Turtle, among many others. Using the prism of Washington’s life to bring focus to these figures and the tribes they reprensented – the Iroquois Confederacy, Lenape, Miami, Creek, Delaware – Colin Calloway reveals how central their role truly was in Washington’s, and therefore the nation’s, foundational narrative.
Calloway gives the First Americans their due, revealing the full extent and complexity of the relationships between the man who rose to become that nation’s most powerful figure and those whose power and dominion declined in almost equal degree during his lifetime. His book invites us to look at America’s origins in a new light. The Indian World of George Washington is a brilliant portrait of both the most revered man in American history and those whose story during the tumultuous century in which the country was formed has, until now, been only partially told.
The Courage of Cowards The Courage of Cowards is a fascinating insight into the First World War through the eyes of the men who felt compelled not to fight. From memoirs, letters and official records, Karyn Burnham reveals the untold stories of conscientious objectors who had the courage to stand by their beliefs when the country was against them.
Pilloried, bullied, imprisoned and even threatened with death, these ordinary men had remarkable experiences: serving in the Non-Combatant Corps; dealing with the carnage of the Western Front with the Friends Ambulance Unit or defying authority and playing no part whatsoever in the war.
Discover the true stories of men like Charles Dingle, a medical orderly, who helped evacuate wounded soldiers under heavy bombardment on the Western Front; like Jack Foister, secretly shipped to France and sentenced to death for his beliefs.
In January 1916, with the death toll mounting and the number of volunteers no longer meeting the voracious demands of the war, Prime Minister Asquith took the radical step of introducing conscription. For the first time in British history, the Government had the right to call the ordinary working man to arms. Those who opposed war for religious or political reasons were about to face the biggest battle of their lives.
A Different Kind of War Story by Edward M. Arnett The book carries the writer through his experiences in WWII as a draftee into Civilian Public Service (CPS), the official structure for handling conscientious objectors (COs). Among his various assignments to CPS camps and projects are that to the forest Service Smokejumper unit where he parachuted into remote areas of the Rockies to put out small forest fires before they became big.
Also, of special interest is his description of transferring 1,200 wild horses on a cargo ship to Poland as aid for reestablishing Polish agriculture and some observations on Poland under the Soviet occupation during the early years of the cold war.
A Serial Killer’s Daughter by Kerri Rawson What is it like to learn that your ordinary, loving father is a serial killer?
In 2005, Kerri Rawson heard a knock on the door of her apartment. When she opened it, an FBI agent informed her that her father had been arrested for murdering ten people, including two children. IT was then that she learned her father was the notorious serial killer known as BTK, a name he’d given himself that described the horrific way he committed his crimes: bind, torture, kill. As news of his capture spread, Wichita celebrated the end of a thirty-one-year nightmare.
For Kerri Rawson, another was just beginning. She was plunged into a black hole of horror and disbelief. The same man who had been a loving father, a devoted husband, church president, Boy Scout leader, and a public servant had been using their family as a cover for his heinous crimes since before she was born. Everything she had believed about her life had been a lie.
Written with candor and extraordinary courage, A Serial Killer’s Daughter is an unflinching exploration of life with one of America’s most infamous killers and an astonishing tale of personal and spiritual transformation. For all who suffer from unhealed wounds or the crippling effects of violence, betrayal, and anger, Kerri Rawson’s story offers the hope of reclaiming sanity in the midst of madness, rebuilding a life in the shadow of death, and learning to forgive the unforgivable.
Connections in Death by J.D. Robb Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke, are putting a portion of their billions toward building a brand-new school and youth shelter. Both Eve and Roarke know all too well how the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads – and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they’ve hired the talented and passionate child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering, whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.
Lyle is living with Rochelle temporarily while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled for his sister when she tells him about Roarke’s job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, Rochelle finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap. Eve’s investigation quickly confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison – and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.
Now Eve and Roarke will have to venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and into the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order for Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances . . .
A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Steinmel Hannah knows there’s been a mistake. She doesn’t need to be institutionalized. What happened to her roommate at the summer program was an accident. As soon as the doctors and judge figure out that she isn’t a danger to herself or others, she can go home to start her senior year. Those college applications aren’t going to write themselves. Until then, she’s determined to win over the staff and earn some privileges so she doesn’t lose her mind to boredom.
Then Lucy arrives. Lucy has her own baggage, and she’s the perfect project to keep Hanna’s focus off all she is missing at home. But Lucy may be the one person who can get Hannah to confront the secrets she’s avoiding – and the dangerous games that landed her in confinement in the first place.
Fraternity by Alexandra Robbins Two real year-in-the-life stories. Mysterious rituals, secrets and surprises, and a shocking twist. Meet Jake, a freshman seeking a brotherhood that could lead to lifelong friendships and help conquer his social awkwardness. Earnest and studious, Jake didn’t drink or party in high school 0 but his resolve is about to be challenged. And meet Oliver, a hardworking chapter president trying to keep his well-meaning fraternity out of trouble despite multiple run-ins with the police. Tough and athletic, Oliver doubts his ability to lead a fraternity at the age of nineteen. Where they end up may astonish you.
Acclaimed journalist Alexandra Robbins gives us a captivating view of fraternities that we haven’t seen before. She weaves together intimate, revealing personal stories and social science to explain why good boys sometimes do bad things, how to prevent them from doing so, and why tragic and deadly incidents still occur, even though they don’t reflect most members’ experiences.
Fraternity is more than just a fascinating page-turner. It’s a different kind of story about college guys, one in which they candidly discuss identity, sex, social media, drinking, peer pressure, consent, gender roles, and porn. And it’s a book about boys at a vulnerable age who, in a climate where they can be stigmatized merely for being male, are trying bravely to forge a path to manhood – but don’t want to navigate this complicated, coming-of-age journey alone.
Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. IN a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent – provided Sybella can find them.
Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands – even if it means ignoring the long-awaited orders from the convent.
As Sybella’s and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, their worlds threaten to collide, causing the fate of everything they hold sacred to rest on a knife’s edge.
On Desperate Ground by Hampton Sides On October 15, 1950, General Douglas MacArthur, supreme commander of UN troops in Korea, convinced President Harry Truman that the communist forces of Kim Il Sung would be utterly defeated by Thanksgiving. The Chinese, he said with near certainty, would not intervene in the war.
As he was speaking, 300,000 Chinese soldiers began secretly crossing the Manchurian border. Led by some 20,000 men of the First Marine Division, the Americans moved deep into the snowy mountains of North Korea, toward the trap Mao had set for the vainglorious MacArthur along the frozen shores of the Chosin Reservoir. What followed was one of the most heroic – and harrowing – operations in American military history, and one of the classic battles of all time. Faced with probable annihilation, and temperatures plunging to twenty degrees below zero, the surrounded, and hugely outnumbered, Marines fought through the enemy forces with ferocity, ingenuity, and nearly unimaginable courage as they marched their way to the sea.
Hampton Sides’ superb account of this epic clash relies on years of archival research, unpublished letters, declassified documents, and interviews with scores of Marines and Koreans who survived the siege. While expertly detailing the follies of the American leaders, On Desperate Ground is an immediate, grunt’s-eye view of history, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances.
Hampton Sides has been hailed by critics as one of the best non-fiction writers of his generation. As the Miami Herald wrote, “Sides has a novelist’s eye for the propulsive elements that lend momentum and dramatic pace to the best nonfiction narratives.”
Vietnam: A History by Stanley Karnow This monumental narrative clarifies, analyzes, and demystifies the tragic ordeal of the Vietnam War. Free of ideological bias, profound in its understanding, and compassionate in its human portrayals, it is filled with fresh revelations drawn from secret documents and from exclusive interviews with the participants – French, American, Vietnamese, Chinese: diplomats, military commanders, high government officials, journalists, nurses, workers, and soldiers.
Vietnam: A History puts events and decisions into such sharp focus that we come to understand – and make peace with – a convulsive epoch of our recent history.
Single Handed by Daniel M. Cohen After being captured by Nazis and living through a year in the Mauthausen concentration camp, young Hungarian immigrant Tibor Rubin arrived in America, penniless and barely speaking English. In 1950, he volunteered for service in the Korean War. After numerous acts of heroism, including single-handedly defending a hill against enemy soldiers, rescuing a wounded comrade amid sniper fire, and commandeering a machine gun, he was captured and spent two and a half years in captivity.
Still, it wasn’t until 2005, when Tibor was seventy-six, that he received the Medal of Honor from President George W. Bush – making the former Hungarian refugee the only Holocaust survivor to earn America’s highest military distinction.
Drawing on eyewitness accounts and extensive interviews, Single-Handed is the inspiring account of the life of Tibor “Teddy” Rubin, a stirring portrait of a true American hero.
Civil War in the North Carolina Quaker Belt by William T. Auman This is an account of the seven military operations conducted by the Confederacy against deserters and disloyalists and the concomitant internal war between secessionists and those who opposed secession in the Quaker Belt of central North Carolina. It explains how the “outliers” (deserters and draft-dodgers) managed to elude capture and survive despite extensive efforts by Confederate authorities to hunt them down and return them to the army.
The author discusses the development of the secret underground pro-Union organization the Heroes of America, and how its members utilized the Underground Railroad, dug-out caves, and an elaborate system of secret signals and communications to elude the “hunters.” Numerous instances of murder, rape, torture and other brutal acts and many skirmishes between gangs of deserters and Confederate and state troops are recounted. In a revisionist interpretation of the Tar Heel wartime peace movement, the author argues that William Holden’s peace crusade was in fact a Copperhead insurgency in which peace agitators strove for a return of North Carolina and the South to the Union on the Copperhead basis – that is, with the institution of slavery protected by the Constitution in the returning states.
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer The received idea of Native American history has been that it essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee.
Not only did more than 150 Sioux die at the hands of the U.S. Calvary, but Native civilization did as well. Growing up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota, training as an anthropologist, and researching Native life for his nonfiction and his novels, David Treuer began to uncover a different narrative. Not despite but rather because of American Indians’ intense struggles to preserve their tribes, their cultures, and their very existence, the true story has been one of the unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention.
In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir to explore how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering. The forced assimilation of children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and at the same time steered the emerging shape of self-rule and inspired a new generation of resistance. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is the essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative epoch.
The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick In June 1876 George Armstrong Custer, a Civil War veteran with a reputation for incredible if often reckless courage, led his cavalry regiment against a vastly superior force of Sioux and Cheyenne near the Little Bighorn River in central Montana. Whether remembered as a tale of insane arrogance or unmatched bravery, the bloody massacre that ensued remains one of the most embattled episodes in American history. In this riveting narrative, celebrated historian Nathaniel Philbrick reveals Custer and Sitting Bull as never before, creating an unforgettable portrait of two leaders as they embarked on a collision course that reached its violent climax on a lonely rise now known as Last Stand Hill.
Unexampled Courage by Richard Gergel Sergeant Isaac Woodard, a battlefield-decorated soldier, climbed aboard a Greyhound bus on February 12, 1946 in Augusta, Georgia, on his last leg home after three years of military service. Things suddenly went awry when a brief heated exchange with the bus driver resulted in Woodard’s removal from the bus and his arrest in the small town of Batesburg, South Carolina. Shortly after the Batesburg police chief, Lynwood Shull, took Woodard into custody, he beat the soldier with his blackjack, blinding him.
Details of Woodard’s tragic encounter soon reached President Harry S. Truman. Outraged by the treatment of a uniformed American soldier, Truman wrote to his attorney general and made it clear that there was a need for an effective federal response. Within days, criminal civil rights charges were brought against Shull in the federal district court in South Carolina and Truman began establishing the first presidential committee on civil rights. Truman’s committee recommended groundbreaking reforms, including ending segregation in the armed forces. On July 26, 1948, Truman, over vigorous opposition, issued Executive Order 9981, integrating the American military and marking the beginning of the end of Jim Crow.
Shull was tried before United States District Judge J. Waties Waring, a Charleston patrician whose father was a Confederate veteran. An all-white jury quickly acquitted Shull, but Judge Waring was conscience-stricken by the failure of the justice system to hold the obviously culpable police chief accountable. Waring soon began issuing landmark civil rights decisions that rocked his native state and challenged the foundations of racial segregation and of black disenfranchisement. His courageous dissent in a 1951 school desegregation case, in which he declared segregation per se unconstitutional, became the model for the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education three years later.
Richard Gergel’s Unexampled Courage details the long-overlooked story of the blinding of Sergeant Woodard and its transformative effect on President Truman, Judge Waring, and, ultimately, America’s civil rights history. This is a story that deserves to be told, with all its pathos, its brutality, and its redemption of the American system of justice.
Other new books include: The Giver by Lois Lowry (Graphic Novel); Medic! by Ben Sherman; Conscientious Objectors of the Second World War by Ann Kramer; All American Boys by Frank Kusch; The Pawnee Indians by George E. Hyde; and The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam
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