New Books – 02/06/15!!

February is a busy month for us here at DC3 Library! We have a lot of brand new books for you to read! While you’re here, if you haven’t, already, come and check out our “Blind Date With a Book” activity, see our Black History Month display, or enter our Romance Writing Contest!

Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for both North Carolina and Quebec, has come from Charlotte to Montreal during the bleak days of December to testify as an expert witness at a murder trial.

She should be going over her notes, but instead she’s digging in the basement of a pizza parlor. Not fun. Freezing cold. Crawling rats. And now, the skeletonized remains of three young women. How did they get there? When did they die?

Homicide detective Luc Claudel, never Tempe’s greatest fan, believes the bones are historic. Not his case, not his concern. The pizza parlor owner found nineteenth-century buttons in the cellar with the skeletons. Claudel takes them as an indicator of the bones’ antiquity.

But something doesn’t make sense. Tempe examines the bones in her lab and establishes approximate age with Carbon 14. Further study of tooth enamel tells her where the women were born. If she’s right, Claudel has three recent murders on his hands. Definitely his case.

Detective Andrew Ryan, meanwhile, is acting mysteriously. What are those private phone calls he takes in the other room, and why does he suddenly disappear just when Tempe is beginning to hope he might be a permanent part of her life? Looks like more lonely nights for Tempe and Birdie, her cat.

As Tempe searches for answers in both her personal and professional lives, she finds herself drawn deep into a web of evil from which there may be no escape. Women have disappeared, never to return . . . .Tempe may be hurt. 

With its powerful mix of nail-biting suspense and cutting-edge forensic science, Monday Mourning is the best yet from this superbly gifted, megastar author who, as New York Newsday says, is “the real thing.”

Pegasus by Danielle Steel Nicolas von Bingen and Alex von Hemmerle, titled members of the German aristocracy, have been best friends since childhood. Both widowers, they are raising their children – Nick’s two lively boys and Alex’s adored teenage daughter – in peace and luxury on the vast Bavarian estates that have belonged to their families for generations. While Nick indulges in more glamorous pursuits, Alex devotes himself to breeding the renowned white Lipizzaner horses that enthrall audiences throughout Europe with their ability to dance and spin on command, majestic creatures whose bloodlines are rare and priceless. But it is Nicolas’s bloodline that changes everything, when his father receives a warning from a high-ranking contact inside the Wehrmacht. A secret from the past has left the family vulnerable to the rising tide of Nazism: Nick’s mother, whom he never knew, was of Jewish descent. 

Suddenly Nicolas must flee Germany, wrenching his sons away from the only home they have known, sailing across the Atlantic for a new life in America. Their survival will depend on a precious gift from Alex, their only stake for the future: eight purebred horses, two of them stunning Lipizzaners. In Florida, where Nicolas joins the Ringling Brothers Circus, he becomes Nick Bing, with Alex’s prize white stallion – now named Pegasus – the centerpiece of the show. 

In this extraordinary book, Danielle Steele tells the story of a family reinventing itself in America, while the country they left behind is engutted in flames and madness, and men like Alex von Hemmerle are forced to make unbearable choices. Alex’s daughter will find sanctuary in England. In America, Nick will find love, his sons will find a future, and their left-behind world will eventually find them. A novel of hope and sacrifice, of tragedy, challenge, and rebirth, Pegasus is a brilliant family chronicle that unfolds across half a century – a masterwork from one of our most beloved writers.

Economics: The User’s Guide by Ha-Joon Chang In his bestselling 23 Things They Don’t Tell You about Capitalism,  Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang brilliantly debunked many of the predominant myths of free-market economics. Now, in this engaging and accessible primer, he offers a new way of understanding the economy and the principles of economics that guide it. Writing with irreverent wit, a deep knowledge of history, and a disregard for conventional economic pieties, Chang offers insights that wil never be found in textbooks.

Unlike many economists, who present only one view of their discipline, Chang introduces a wide range of economic theories – from the Classical economists to the Behavioral economists, from the Marxists to the Austrians – revealing how each has its strengths and weaknesses and why there is no one correct way to explain economic behavior. Instead, by challenging received wisdom and exposing the myriad institutional, political, and technological forces that shape our economic world, Chang explains how our increasingly global and interconnected world works and is evolving. Economics: The User’s Guide is a concise and expertly crafted guide to economic theories, and will give all who read it a clear and accurate picture of the global economy and how and why it affects our daily lives.

UPclose: W.E.B DuBois William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, perhaps best known for his seminal work The Souls of Black Folk and as the founding editor of the NAACP’s groundbreaking magazine The Crisis, was ever a soul in motion for justice. As Du Bois lived through the major historical events of the twentieth century 0 from both world wars to the Civil Rights Movement 0 he protested, gave speeches, propagandized, and wrote and wrote and wrote. Always sticking up for others, he challenged Jim Crow laws and lynch mobs in the Deep South, advocated for the end of European colonialism, and campaigned for world peace. Du Bois never shied from giving his opinion 0 even if doing so offended his boss or the American government.

In this rich and captivating Up Close biography, award-winning author Tonya Bolden tells the story of how one man – tirelessly and never quietly – fought until his death at the age of ninety-five

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

But across Brittany, the tides of war are drawing ever nearer, with France pressuring the beleaguered duchess from all sides. Annith’s search for answers threatens to rip open an intricate web of lies and deceit that sits at the center of the convent she serves. Yet to expose them threatens the very fabric of her existence and an unforeseen chance at love that she can no longer deny. Annith must carefully pick a path and gods willing, effect a miracle that will see her country – and her heart – to safety.

Waterfall by Lauren Kate Eureka’s tears have flooded the earth, and now Atlantis is rising, bringig with it its evil king, Atlas. Eureka is the only one who can stop him, but first she must learn how to fight. She travels across the ocean with Cat, her family, and the gorgeious and mysterious Ander. Ander promises to help her find Solon, an enigmatic lost Seedbearer who knows how to defeat Atlas. 

Once on land, Eureka is taunted by gossip-witches, a group of displaced Atlantean sorceresses, and ambushed by locals struggling to survive amid the dstruction her tears have wrought. And she feels no closer to facing Atlas when Solon lets slip that love is Ander’s weakness and that any affection he feels toward her makes him age faster.

Trying to make sense of the dark world her sorrow has created, Eureka receives startling insight from an enchanted pond. Her bewildering reflection reveals a soul-crushing secret: if she’s strong enough, Eureka can defeat Atlas – unless her broken heart is just what he nees to fuel his rising kingdom . . . .

In Waterfall, Eureka has the chance to save the world. But she’ll have to give up everything – even love.

Elephant Company by Vicki Constance Croke Billy Williams came to colonial Burma in 1920, fresh from service in World War I, to a job as a “forest man” for a British teak company. Mesmerized by the intelligence, character, and even humor of the great animals who hauled logs through the remote jungles, he became a gifted “elephant wallah.” Increasingly skiled at treating their illnesses and injuries, he also championed more humane treatment for them, even establishing an elephant “school” and “hospital.” In return, he said, the elephants made him a better man. The friendship of one magnificent tusker in particular, Bandoola, would be revelatory. In Elephant Company, Vicki Constantine Croke chronicles Williams’s growing love for elephants as the animals provide him lessons in courage, trust , and gratitude. 

But Elephant Company is also a tale of war and daring. When Imperial Japanese forces invaded Burma in 1942, Williams joined the elite Force 136, the British dirty tricks department, operating behind enemy lines. His war elephants would carry supplies, build bridges, and transport the sick and elderly over treacherous mountain terrain. Now well versed in the ways of teh jungle, an older, wiser Williams even added to his stable by smuggling more elephants out of Japanese-held territory. As the occupying authorities put a price on his head, Williams and his elephants faced his most perilous test. In a Hollywood-worthy climax, Elephant Company, cornered by the enemy, attempted a desperate escape: a risky trek over the mountainous border to India, with a bedraggled group of refugees in tow. Elephant Bill’s exploits would earn him top military honors and the praise of famed Field Marshal Sir William Slim.

Part biography, part war epic, and part wildlife adventure, Elephant Company is an inspirational narrative that illuminates a little-known chapter in the annals of wartime heroism.

Chaucer’s Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury by Paul Strohm The middle-aged Chaucer did not enjoy the literary celebrity he has today – far from it. He was living quietly in London wiht a modest bureaucratic post and writing poetry for a small audience of intimate friends. But in one tumultuous year, a series of personal and professional crises set him on the road leading to the Canterbury Tales. The origin, hardship, and remarkable outcome of these events are the story this book will tell.

London of the late fourteenth century was  apolitically and economically divided city, but also a robust and chaotic place whose streets and taverns and wharfs and chambers are the setting for Chaucer’s Tale. For more than a decade, Chaucer had stayed precariously afloat in London’s fierce factional politics. Aided by a strategic marriage and ties to the court of Richard II, he had enjoyed favor from the two most envied and despised men of the land: the overbearing John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster, and the unscrupulous London mayor and wool profiteer Nicholas Brembre. Suddenly, swept up by events affecting his patrons and beyond his own control, he lost it all. During the autumn of 1386 he was expelled from his London dwelling, humiliated in Parliament, pressured out of his job in Customs, and forced into exile in Kent.

Unbroken by these worldly reversals, Chaucer pursued a new life in art. Cut off from his familiar London audience, he invented a portable one – a tale-swapping pilgrim band. He converted his previously private literacy career into a public one, in the grandest of terms. At the loneliest time of his life, he made the revolutionary decision to keep writing, to change the nature of what he was writing, and to write for a national audience, for posterity, and for fame.

Suicide Pact: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Lethal Threat to American Liberty by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano So argues Judge Andrew P. Napolitano in this compelling chronicle of America’s long transformation from land of liberty to a frightening surveillance state.

In sobering detail, Napolitano – constitutional scholar, judicial analyst, syndicated columnist, and best-selling author – exposes the lie of the “balancing act: doctrine that has curbed constitutional liberties for the sake of national security. The truth is that freedom fosters security, while trading the former for the latter undermines both.

Shining new light on Americans’ gradual loss of personal freedoms, Suicide Pact traces a path from colonial rule to the Civil War, from Reconstruction through both World Wars, form the Cold War to the current War on Terrorism. With a masterly mix of history, legal analysis, and contemporary reporting, Judge Napolitano explores the executive orders and court rulings that have become a lethal threat to the US Constitution.

Suicide Pact is an urgent call for pushback and for a sound, legal framework to restore government to its constitutional role – preserving and protecting freedom.

The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport Helen Rappaport brings the four daughters of the last Tsar to life in their own words, illuminating the opulence of their doomed world and their courage as they faced a terrible end.

They were the Princess Dianas of their day – perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century. The four captivating Russian grand duchesses – Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia Romanova – were much admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore, and their privileged lifestyle.

Over the years, the story of the four Romanov sisters and their tragic end in in a basement at Ekaterinburg in 1918 has clouded our view of them, leading to a mass of sentimental and idealized hagiography. From a treasure trove of diaries and letters written by the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive, and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominious approach of the Russian Revolution, the nightmare that would sweep their world away, and them along with it.

The Romanov Sisters sets out to capture the joy as well as the insecurities and poignancy of those young lives against the backdrop of the dying days of late imperial Russia, World War I, and the Russian Revolution. Rappaport has set out to present a new and challenging take on the story, drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters, diaries, and archival sources, as well as photographs and other material in private collections. It is a book that will surprise people, even the Romanov afficionados. 

The Diary of Anne Frank: The Revised Critical Edition Anne Frank’s diary has become a modern classic. It stands alone as the moving testimony of a young girl whose world collapsed around her in the nightmare of Hitler’s Final Solution. Published in the United States in 1952, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl has been translated from the Dutch into nearly seventy languages, and millions of people the world over continue to respond to her extraordinary voice. The Diary of Anne Frank: The Revised Critical Edition presents the most fascinating, comprehensive study of that diary in existence.

Prepared by the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation, this monumental work allows the reader to compare the three versions of the diary itself: Anne’s original entries; the diary as she herself edited it in the hiding place of the “Secret Annex”; and the version most popularly known, as edited by Anne’s father, Otto Frank, and a Dutch publishing house after World War II, when they removed certain family and sexual references. Every aspect of the diary – including Anne’s handwriting and the paper used – is meticulously examined, providing compelling proof and historical affirmation of its poignant testament. Absorbing biographical information on the Frank family enhances Anne’s personal perceptions, and a summary of critical events during and after the family’s arrest- including how the Nazi authorities learned about the Franks and their secret hiding place – adds a new dimension to this tragic, still resonant story.

There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me by Brooke Shields Neither Brooke Shields nor the life she’s led has ever been considered ordinary. Her parents divorced when she was five months old and she was primarily raised by her Newark-tough, larger-than-life mother. Brooke began modeling at the ripe old age of eleven months. This launched a career that made Brooke the most famous and recognizable child, and then teen, of her generation

All this success came with her mother at the helm. Teri acted as mother and manager for Brooke and would allow no other outside personal or professional assistance. In their public life, Teri fiercely protected Brooke from the pitfalls and temptations that derail so many child stars. But, in private,Teri was troubled, sometimes verbally and emotionally abusive, volatile, and drinking so excessively that at thirteen years old Brooke spearheaded and staged an intervention.

The bond between Brooke and her mother was impenetrable, shaped by both laughter and tears. Yet their inseparable relationship became strained as Brooke sought her independence as daughter and actress. When Brooke grew into adulthood, the pair made choices and sacrifices that would affect their relationship forever. Later, when her own daughters were born, Brooke found that her experience as a mother was shaped in every way by the woman who raised her. Yet despite all the fears and challenges in the past, when Teri died in 2012, Brooke was by her side, loving and conflicted until the end.

Only Brooke knows the truth of the remarkable, difficult, and complicated woman who was her mother. And now, in an honest, open memoir about Brooke’s life and this layered relationship, she will share the story of her journey. Although played out in the public eye, these are experiences and feelings relatable to anyone who has ever had a mother.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn’t fashion – it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and working a mediocre day job she’d taken for the health insurance.

It was there that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees. Sophia’s never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is winding as all hell and lined with naysayers.

#GIRLBOSS includes Sophia’s story, yet is infinitely bigger than Sophia. It’s deeply personal yet universal. Filled with Brazen wake-up calls (“You are not a special snowflake”), cunning and frank observations (“Failure is your invention”), and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that being successful isn’t about how popular you were in high school or where you went to college (if you went to college). Rather, success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which ones to break.

#GIRLBOSS takes her life seriously without taking herself too seriously. She takes chances and takes responsibility on her own terms. She knows when to throw punches and when to roll with them. When to button up and when to let her freak flag fly. 

As Sophia writes, “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let the Man get to you. Okay? Cool. Then let’s do this.”

Inventing Scrooge: The Incredible True Story Behind Dickens’ Legendary A Christmas Carol by Carlo DeVito When Charles Dickens conceived of the story for A Christmas Carol on a train ride to Manchester in October 1843, little did he know that his “ghostly little book” would reinvent the way we celebrate Christmas. And while the timeless tale of redemption inspires us every year, Inventing Scrooge tells the story behind the story. 

In this investigative and charming literary romp, author Carlo DeVito explores groundbreaking new research to reveal just how intensely personal and autobiographical this story really was. Inventing Scrooge uncovers the true identity of Ebenezer Scrooge himself and unveils the real-life inspirations from Dickens’ own world that led to A Christmas Carol’s fascinating creation.

From a graveyard in Edinburgh to the Marshalsea Prison in London to his schoolboy years in Chatham and even his lifelong fascination with magic and dance, so much of Dickens’ past and present are woven into the characters and themes of A Christmas Carol.

To this day, we look to the Christmas season as a time of warmth and celebration among family, friends, and strangers alike. And every year at Christmas, not only do our lives get better for all the festivity, but we get better, as people. Just like Ebenezer Scrooge.

The Third Plate: Field Notes on The Future of Food by Dan Barber At the heart of today’s optimistic farm-to-table food culture is a dark secret: the local food movement has failed to change how we eat. It has also offered a false promise for the future of food. Our concern over factory farms and chemically grown crops might have sparked a social movement, but chef Dan Barber reveals that even the most enlightened eating of today is ultimately detrimental to the environment and to individual health. And it doesn’t involve truly delicious food. Based on ten years of surveying farming communities around the world, Barber’s The Third Plate offers a radical new way of thinking about food that will heal the land and taste good, too.

The Third Plate is grounded in the history of American cuisine over the last two centuries. Traditionally, we have dined on the “first plate,” a classic meal centered on a large cut of meat with few vegetables. Thankfully, that’s become largely passe. The farm-to-table movement has championed the “second plate,” where the meat is from free-range animals  and the vegetables are locally sourced. It’s better-tasting, and better for the planet, but the second plate’s architecture is identical to that of the first. It, too, is damaging – disrupting the ecological balances of the planet, causing soil depletion and nutrient loss – and in the end it isn’t a sustainable way to farm or eat.

The solution, explains Barber, lies in the “third plate”: an integrated system of vegetable, grain, and livestock production that is fully supported – in fact, dictated – by what we choose to cook for dinner. The third plate is where good farming and good food intersect. 

While the third plate is a novelty in America, Barber demonstrates the way of eating is rooted in worldwide tradition. He explores the time-honored farming practices of the southern Spanish dehesa, a region producing high-grade olives, acorns, cork, wool, and the renowned jamón ibérico. Off the Straits of Gibraltar, Barber investigates the future of seafood through a revolutionary aquaculture operation and an ancient tuna-fishing ritual. In upstate New York, Barber learns from a flourishing mixed-crop farm whose innovative organic practices have revived the land and resurrected an industry. And in Washington State he works with cutting-edge seedsmen developing new varieties of grain in collaboration with local bakers, millers, and malt makers. Drawing on the wisdom and experience of chefs and farmers from around the world, Barber builds a dazzling panorama of ethical and flavorful eating destined to refashion Americans’ deepest beliefs about food.

A vivid and profound work that takes readers into the kitchens and fields revolutionizing the way we eat, The Third Plate redefines nutrition, agriculture, and taste for the twenty-first century. The Third Plate charts a bright path forward for eaters and chefs alike, daring everyone to imagine a future for our national cuisine that is as sustainable as it is delicious.

The World of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin If the past is prologue, then George R.R. Martin’s masterwork – the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time – warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice and Fire.

This lavishly illustrated volume – featuring more than 170 original pieces of full-color art – is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site – perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.

Collected here are all the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of masters and septons, maegi and singers. It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from the Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror; from Aegon’s establishment of the Iron Throne to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, which has set into motion the “present-day” struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and Targaryens. The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice & Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.

Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water Homemade Recipes by Julie Languille Pull it off the shelf. Mix with water. Cook. Serve.

It’s as quick and easy as preparing a box of mac and cheese – but it’s not store-bought junk, it’s your favorite dishes made from scratch. 

With Meals in a Jar, and a little planning, you’ll have your pantry stocked with healthy, delicious, ready-to-cook meals, like:

Tomato Soup with Cheese

Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

Cornmeal Pancakes with Syrup

Breakfast Burritos

Chicken Chipotle Soup


Braised Short Ribs

Turkey Pot Pie

Coq Au Vin

Rustic Fruit Pie

Meals in a Jar is packed with step-by-step instructions for natural breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts that allow even the most inexperienced chefs to make scrumptious, nutritious dishes. Not only are the recipes in this book perfect for carry-along camping fare, rushed weeknight dinners and meals for Dad (or even a teenager) to prepare, they can also be life-savers in times of disasters like fires, blackouts or hurricanes.

Coolidge by Amity Shales Calvin Cooolidge never rated high in polls, and history has remembered the decade in which he served as an extravagant period predating the Great Depression. Amity Shales provides a fresh look at the 1920’s – triumphant years in which the nation electrified. Americans drove their first cars, and the federal deficit was replaced with a surplus – and the little-known president behind them. Perhaps more than any other president, Coolidge understood that doing less could yield more, reducing the federal budget even as the economy grew, wages rose, taxes fell, and unemployment dropped.

In this illuminating, magisterial biography, Amity Shales captures the remarkable story of Calvin Coolidge and the decade of extraordinary prosperity that grew from his leadership.

The Story of My Life and Work by Booker T. Washington He is one of the great voices in African-American history: Booker T. Washington rose from a boyhood in shackles in West Virginia – he was eight when the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution freed all slaves in 1865 – to the status of national hero.

In this autobiography of his career, Washington details his struggles as head of the school in Alabama that eventually became Tuskegee University, the honors he received from Harvard University, his many public speeches, and his other professional endeavors.

A replica of the 1901 edition, this volume is complete with the original photos and illustrations, and remains an invaluable firsthand document of 19th-century America.

Unplugged: My Journey into the Dark World of Video Game Addiction by Ryan G. Van Cleave, Ph.D. Warning: This video game may impair your judgment. It may cause sleep deprivation, alienation of friends and family, weight loss or gain, neglect of your basic needs as well as the needs of loved ones and/or dependents, and decreased performance on the job. The distinction between fantasy and reality may become blurred. Play at your own risk. Not responsible for suicide attempts.

No such warning was included on the latest and greatest release from the Warcraft series of massive multiplayer online role-playing games – World of Warcraft (WoW). So when Ryan Van Cleave – a college professor, husband, father, and one of the 11.5 million Warcraft subscribers worldwide – found himself teetering on the edge of the Arlington Memorial Bridge, he had no one to blame but himself. He had neglected his wife and children and had jeopardized his livelihood, all for the rush of living a life of high adventure in a virtual world.

A fabulously written and gripping tale, Unplugged takes you on a journey through the author’s semi-reclusive life with video games at the center of his experiences. Even when he was sexually molested by a young school teacher at age eleven, it was the promise of a new video game that had lured him to her house. As Ryan’s life progresses, we witness the evolution of video games – from simple two-button consoles to today’s multi-key technology, brilliantly designed to keep the user actively participating. For Ryan, the virtual world was a siren-song he couldn’t ignore, no matter the cost.

As is the case with most recovering addicts, Ryan eventually hit rock bottom and shares with you his ongoing battle to control his impulses to play, providing prescriptive advice and resources for those caught in the grip of this very real addiction.

Death by Food Pyramid: How Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics, and Shady Special Interests Ruined Your Health . . . and How to Reclaim It! by Denise Minger Shoddy science, sketchy politics and shady special interests have shaped American dietary recommendations – and destroyed our nation’s health – over recent decades. The phrase Death by Food Pyramid isn’t shock-value sensationalism, but the tragic consequence of simply doing what we have been told to do by our own government – and giant food profiteers – in pursuit of health.

In Death by Food Pyramid, Denise Minger exposes the forces that overrode common sense and solid science to launch a pyramid phenomenon that bled far beyond US borders to taint the eating habits of the entire developed world. Denise explores how generations of flawed pyramids and plates endure as part of the national consciousness, and how the “one-size-fits-all” diet mentality these icons convey pushes us deeper into the throes of obesity and disease.

Regardless of whether you’re an omnivore or vegan, research junkie or science-phobe, health novice or seasoned dieter, Death by Food Pyramid will reframe your understanding of nutrition science, and inspire you to take your health, and future, into your own hands.

Merlin Book 6: The Dragon of Avalon by T.A. Barron Introducing Basil . . . Long ago, at the dawn of Merlin’s world, a strange little creature named Basil appeared. Part lizard, part bat, his eyes glow with a mysterious light. When Basil discovers a threat to his world and to Merlin, he begins and epic journey that takes him from the Great Tree of Avalon to the outermost edges of the spirit realm. But his boldest journey will be to face his own deepest fears. And only if he survives can he save Merlin – and find his future.

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300 by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley The army of Persia – a force so vast it shakes the earth with its march – is poised to crush Greece, an island of reason and freedom in a sea of mysticism and tyranny.

Standing between Greece and this tidal wave of destruction is a tiny detachment of but three hundred warriors.

But these warriors are more than men . . . they are SPARTANS.

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans by Michelle Tam & Henry Fong Crackling with humor and bursting with flavor, Nom Nom Paleo offers a fun, fresh, approach to cooking with whole, unprocessed ingredients free of grains, legumes, and added sugar.

Authors Michelle Tam and Henry Fong have cooked up a visual feast, with more than 100 fool-proof Paleo recipes and over 900 step-by-step photographs and cartoons. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re a busy mom, a triathlete in training, or a lifelong foodie who’s curious about the “caveman” approach to eating.

The heart of this book is Michelle’s award-winning recipes, which the Kitchn has heralded as “often Asian-influenced, often California-inspired, and always popping with flavor.” Building blocks such as Paleo Sriracha an Magic Mushroom Powder lay the flavor foundation for many of the dishes in the rest of the book, including Walnut Prawns, Eggplant “Ricotta” Stacks, and Devils on Horseback. You’ll find everything from down-home comforts like Yankee Pot Roast and Chicken Nuggets to the exotic flavors of Siu Yoke (Crispy Roast Pork Belly) and Mulligatawny Soup. These pages contain everything you need to maximie flavors and save time in the kitchen – all while transitioning to a real-food lifestyle.

Paleo has more to offer than just optimal health. Nom Nom Paleo delivers innovative recipes with a big scoop of personality on the side, and will make you excited to play in the kitchen again.

Besides, there are butt jokes in this book.

The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg In a time of darkness . . . when all seems lost . . . a ray of hope remains. As the Nazi war machine rolls across Europe, young Jacon Weisz is forced to flee his beloved Germany and join an underground resistance group in Belgium. In occupied France, assistant pastor Jean-Luc Leclerc and his wife find themselves the accidental organizers of a relief movement involving their entire town, as Jews from all over Europe arrive at their door, hoping for shelter from the growing political storms. 

As World War II rages, both men find themselves in a living nightmare. When a rescue operation goes horrible wrong, Jacob ends up trapped in a crowded, stinking cattle car on a train to southern Poland, while Luc is arrested and beaten by the Gestaopo for helping Jews. Both men are sentenced to hard labor at Auschwitz. There they will be pushed to the very limits of human endurance . . . and beyond.

The protestant pastor and the Jewish freedom fighter seem an unlikely pair, yet these two are chosen to risk on eof the most daring and dangerous feats imaginable – escape from Auschwitz. Their task is to get beyond the fences, evade the Gestapo trackers, and make it to the Allied forces, where they must reveal the awful truth of what is happening in Poland before Fascism overtakes all of Europe. The fate of millions hangs in the balance.

Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland by Nina Mukerjee Furstenau At once a traveler’s tale, a memoir, and a mouthwatering cookbook, Biting Through the Skin offers a first-generation immigrant’s perspective on growing up in America’s heartland. In this book, Nina Mukerjee Furstenau shares her recipes and a great deal more, inviting readers to join her on jer journey toward herself and toward a vital sense of food as culture and mortar of community.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out by Angela Liddon A self-trained chef and food photographer, Angela Liddon has spent years perfecting the art of plant-based cooking, creating inventive and delicious recipes that have brought her devoted fans from all over the world. After struggling with an eating disorder for a decade, Angela vowed to change her diet – and her life – once and for all. She traded the low-calorie, processed food she’d been living on for whole, nutrient-packed vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, and more. The result? Her energy soared, she healed her relationship with food, and she got her glow back, both inside and out.  Eager to share her realization that the food we put into our bodies has a huge impact on how we look and feel each day, Angela started a blog,, which is now an Internet sensation and one of the most popular vegan recipe blogs on the web.

This is Angela’s long-awaited debut cookbook, with a treasure trove of more than 100 mouthwatering, wholesome recipes – from revamped classics that even meat-eaters will love, to fresh and inventive dishes – all packed with flavor. The Oh She Glows Cookbook also includes many allergy-friendly recipes – with more than 90 gluten-free recipes – and many recipes free of soy, nuts, sugar, and grains, too!

Whether you are a vegan, “vegan-curious,” or you simply want to eat delicious food that just happens to be healthy, too, this cookbook is  a must-have for anyone who longs to eat well, feel great, and simply glow!

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Cruise Andie Miller is ready to move on with her life. She wants to marry her fiance and leave behind everything in her past, especially her ex-husband, North Archer. But when Andie tries to gain closure with him, he asks one final favor of her. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans who have dirven away three nannies already, and things are getting worse. He needs someone to take care of the situation, and he knows Andie can handle anything. . . 

When Andie meets the two children, she realizes the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. Complicating matters is Andie’s fiance’s suspicion that this is all a plan by North to get Andie back. He may be right because Andie’s dreams have been haunted by North since she arrived at the old house. And that’s not the only haunting . . .

Then her ex-brother-in-law arrives with a duplicitous journalist and a self-doubting parapsychologist, closely followed by an annoyed medium, Andie’s tarot card-reading mother, her avenging ex-mother-in-law, and her jealous fiance. Just when Andie’s sure things couldn’t get more complicated, North arrives to make her wonder if maybe this time things could just turn out differently.

Filled with her trademark wit, unforgettable characters, and laugh-out-loud scenarios, Maybe This Time shows why Jennifer Cruise is one of the most beloved storytellers of our time.

Making Tracks: The Untold Story of Horse Racing in St. Louis, 1767-1905 Largely a forgotten sport in the city, horse racing comes galloping to life in Making Tracks: The Untold Story of Horse Racing in St. Louis, 1767-1905. Author Nancy Ellen Carver depicts the track owners, jockeys, track designers, gamblers, politicians, lawyers, and spectators who played a role in a fascinating but little-known history. Her stories are so absorbing, they make readers appreciate why horse racing was, and remains, so popular. 

Other new titles include: The Human Body in Health and Disease 12th Edition by Barbara Janson Cohen; Fundamental Nursing and Concepts Edition 10 by Barbara Kuhn Timby; K-12 Classroom Teaching: A Primer for New Professionals Third Edition by Andrea M. Guillaume; Agricultural Marketing and Price Analysis by F. Bailey Norwood and Jason L. Lusk; Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters; Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado; Wonder Woman Volume 3: Iron by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang; Wonder Woman Volume 4: War by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, and Goran Sudžuka; Wonder Woman Volume 2: Guts by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, and Tony Akins; Green Arrow: Year One by Andy Diggle and Jock; Wonder Woman Volume 1: Blood by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, and Tony Akins, and the 2015 World Almanac and Book of Facts.

We hope you saw something you liked. 🙂 If not, come in and see what else we have available. If you can’t find it in the Library, we can always order it for you via interlibrary loan (it’s totally free)! Ask us about getting a Kansas Library Card for all of your e-reading needs – it’s also free and it’s good for 4 years! 🙂 See you soon!

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