New Books – 01/21/15!!

We hope you had a nice winter break!! Welcome back!! Looking for something new to read? Stop by and check out our latest titles!

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

 

Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep by David K. Randall Like many of us, journalist David K. Randall never gave sleep much thought. That is, until he began sleepwalking. One midnight crash into a hallway wall sent him on an investigation into the strange science of sleep.

In Dreamland, Randall explores the research that is investigating those dark hours that make up nearly a third of our lives. Taking readers from military battlefields to children’s bedrooms, Dreamland shows that sleep isn’t as simple as it seems. Why did the results of one sleep study change the bookmakers’ odds for certain Monday Night Football games? Do women sleep differently than men? And if you happen to kill someone while you are sleepwalking, does that count as murder?

This book is a tour of the often odd, sometimes disturbing, and always fascinating things that go on in the peculiar world of sleep. You’ll never look at your pillow the same way again.

 

 

The World’s Most Haunted House: The True Story of the Bridgeport Poltergeist on Lindley Street by William J. Hall In this unprecedented work, the story of the 1974 Bridgeport, Connecticut poltergeist is at last revealed. A crowd of more than 2,000 onlookers gathered. National media reported jumping furniture, floating refrigerators, and attacking entities.

Decades after the publicity quieted, more than 40 hours of never-before-released interviews with police officers, firefighters, and others tell the story as it actually unfolded:

  • Relive the experience, the terror, the rampant emotions, and the unexplainable events that took place in that house as they happened.
  • Get access to revealing excerpts from actual interviews, police reports, and rare documents.
  • Hear unreleased audio, poltergeist sounds, and an old radio broadcast.

Return to 1974 and feel the Lindley Street experience from the inside. Find out why it is deemed the haunting that should have brought the paranormal into mainstream science.

Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer by Nancy Brinker Suzy and Nancy Goodman were more than sisters: they were best friends, confidantes, and partners in the grand adventure of life. The Goodman girls were raised in postwar Peoria, Illinois, by parents who believed that small acts of charity could change the world. Suzy was the homecoming queen with a generous heart; Nancy was the tomboy with an outsized sense of justice. They imagined a long life – one in which they’d grow old together surrounded by children and grandchildren.

Then Suzy was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 1977 the disease was still shrouded in stigma and shame; information was scarce, treatment options few. Suzy endured three agonizing years of treatment, with her sister by her side. The last time they spoke she made Nancy promise – to end the silence, to raise money for scientific research, to one day cure breast cancer for good.

Suzy died at thirty-six, and Nancy dedicated her life to honoring her sister’s memory by challenging the way the world talks about and treats breast cancer. Today through Nancy’s determination and indomitable spirit, what began as a sister’s promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure ®, one of the most trusted nonprofit organizations in America.

Emotionally honest and beautifully written, Promise Me is an inspiring story of love and grief, loss and hope – and a sister’s love that launched the global movement to end breast cancer.

From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court Struggle for Racial Equality by Michael J. Klarman A monumental investigation of the Supreme Court’s rulings on race. From Jim Crow to Civil Rights spells out in compelling detail the political and social context within which the Supreme Court Justices operate and the consequences of their decisions for American race relations. In a highly provocative interpretation of the decision’s connection to the civil rights movement, Klarman argues that Brown was more important for mobilizing southern white opposition to racial change than for encouraging direct-action protest. Brown unquestioningly had a significant impact – it brought race issues to public attention and it mobilized supporters of the ruling. It also, however, energized the opposition. In this authoritative account of constitutional law concerning race, Michael Klarman details, in the richest and most thorough discussion to date, how and whether Supreme Court decisions do, in fact, matter.

Manga for the Beginner: Everything You Need to Know to Start Drawing Right Away! by Christopher Hart The latest offering from Christopher Hart is a comprehensive beginner’s guide that not only covers the basics of drawing the manga face and body, but goes on to explore costume and character design, the popular shounen/action genre, and even special effects, basic drawing and perspective techniques, and panel sequencing. Complete in every way, Manga for the Beginner will be the book you’ll reach for time and again.

The Book of Spells by Nicola de Pulford Get exactly what you want in life with the help of a little benevolent magic from this fascinating collection of spells inspired by ancient Egyptian, Mayan, Native American, and Druidic wisdom. 

A collection of spells for health, wealth, and happiness – including three powerful “Emergency Use Only” spells printed on sealed pages for reversing negative auras.

Entertaining and effective, these spells are for the serious amateur who desires to channel the potent magic of nature.

Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel The wars of the past decade have been covered by brave and talented reporters, but none has reckoned with the psychology of these wars as intimately as the award-winning journalist David Finkel. For The Good Soldiers, his bestselling account from the front lines of Baghdad, Finkel embedded with the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion during the infamous “surge,” a grueling fifteen-month tour that changed them all forever. In Finkel’s hands, readers could feel what these young men were experiencing, and his harrowing story instantly became a classic in the literature of modern war.

In Thank You for Your Service, Finkel has done something even more extraordinary. Once again, he has embedded with some of the men of the 2-16 – but this time he has done it at home, here in the States, after their deployments have ended. He is with them in their most intimate, painful, and hopeful moments as they try to recover, and in doing so, he creates an indelible, essential portrait of what life after war is like – not just for these soldiers, but for their wives, widows, children, and friends, and for the professionals who are truly trying, and to a great degree failing, to undo the damage that has been done.

The story Finkel tells is mesmerizing, impossible to put down. With his unparalleled ability to report a story, he climbs into the hearts and minds of those he writes about. Thank You for Your Service is an act of understanding, and it offers a more complete picture than we have ever had of these two essential questions: When we ask young men and women to go to war, what are we asking of them? And when they return, what are we thanking them for?

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? Why does any material look and behave the way it does? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.

In Stuff Matters, Miodownik entertainingly examines the materials he encounters in a typical morning, from the steel in his razor and the graphite in his pencil to the foam in his sneakers and the concrete in a nearby skyscraper. He offers a compendium of the most astounding histories and marvelous scientific breakthroughs in the material world, including:

  • the imprisoned alchemist who saved himself from execution by creating the first European porcelain
  • the hidden gem of the Milky Way, a planet five times the size of Earth, made entirely of diamond
  • graphene, the thinnest, strongest, stiffest material in existence – only a single atom thick – which could be used to make entire buildings sensitive to touch.

From the teacup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, our lives are overflowing with materials. Full of enthralling tales of the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives, Stuff Matters will make you see stuff in a whole new way.

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson “As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me . . .” Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love – all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine’s life.

Encounters with Qi: Exploring Chinese Medicine by David Eisenberg, M.D. with Thomas Lee Wright For every reader fascinated by the seemingly fantastical aspects of Chinese medicine, from acupuncture addiction to Qi Gong martial arts, this captivating book offers deeper and more detailed encounters with the physicians and patients, the mystics and the martial artists, who were featured on television.

Here is a sympathetic, yet objective appraisal of the concept of Qi (chee), the vital energy which is the unifying principle of Chinese medicine. Here are Chinese sages from the Yellow Emperor of 2700 B.C. to the very modern Dr. Fang, who remarks, “Acupuncture without Qi is only as effective as one man’s sticking needles in another.” And here are Chinese people from all walks of life as they seek relief, through a rebalancing of their Qi, their vital energy, for ailments from colds to cancer.

For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind by Rosemary Mahoney In the tradition of Oliver Sacks, Rosemary Mahoney blends science, history, and firsthand reporting to investigate the world of the blind. She travels to Tibet to tell the story of Braille Without Borders, the first school for the blind there, and of Sabriye Tenberken, the remarkable blind woman who founded the school. Fascinated and impressed by what she learned from teh blind children of Tibet, Mahoney was moved to investigate further the cultural history of blindness. As part of her research, she spent three months teaching at Tenberken’s international training center for blind adults in Kerala, India, an experience that reveals the misapprehensions and shocking oppression endured by the world’s blind as well as their great resilience, integrity, ingenuity, and strength.

Mahoney tells the stories of people who are marginalized yet manage not just to survive but to find joy and humor in life and to prevail. By living among the blind, she enables us to see them in fascinating close-up, revealing their particular “quality of ease that seems to broadcast a fundamental connection to the world.” But it is ultimately Mahoney’s affinity with the blind children of Tibet, her compassion for her blind students in India, and the groundbreaking, visionary work of Sabriye Tenberken that animate For the Benefit of Those Who See Having read it, you will never see the world in quite the same way again.

Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies, & the Truth About Reality by Brad Warner Question. Question authority. Question society. Question reality. Question yourself. Question your conclusions, your judgments, your answers. Question this. If you question everything thoroughly enough, the truth will eventually hit you upside the head and you will know. But here’s a warning: It won’t be what you imagined. It won’t even be close.  

This is not the same old crap you’ve seen in a thousand books you don’t want to read. This is Zen for people who don’t give a rat’s ass about Zen. This is the real deal.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then, the names David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David’s victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn’t have won. 

Or should he have?

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland’s Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high cost of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms – all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.

In the tradition of Gladwell’s previous bestsellers – The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw – David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think about the world around us.

The High Divide by Lin Enger In 1886, Gretta Pope wakes one morning to discover that her husband is gone. Ulysses Pope has left his family behind on the far edge of Minnesota’s western prairie with only the briefest of notes and no explanation for why he left or where he’s headed. It doesn’t take long for Gretta’s young sons, Eli and Danny, to set off after him, following the scant clues they can find, jumping trains to get where they need to go, and ending up in the rugged badlands of Montana. 

Gretta has no choice but to search for her sons and her husband, leading her to the doorstep of a woman who seems intent on making Ulysses her own. Meanwhile, the boys find that the closer they come to Ulysses’ trail, the greater the perils that confront them, until each is faced with a  choice about whom he will defend, and who he will become.

Enger’s breathtaking portrait of the vast plains landscape is matched by the rich expanse of his character’s emotional terrain, as pivotal historical events – the bloody turmoil of expansionism, the near total demise of the bison herds, and the subjugation of the Plains Indians – blend seamlessly with the intimate story of a family’s sacrifice and devotion.

Did you see anything you liked? Hurry over to our New Arrivals rack and see if we still have it available!! We’ll see you soon!!

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