New Books!! – 07/06/15

For those of you still looking to brush up on your summer reading, come in and check out some of our latest titles before the summer’s over!

Ready for Marriage by Debbie Macomber He is ready for love – and everything it means. Is she?

Three years ago, Mary Jo Summerhill fell completely and utterly in love with Evan Dryden. But she was a kindergarten teacher, and he was a Boston blue blood with political ambitions.  His family said she wasn’t the “right kind of wife” for Evan. Mary Jo agreed – she didn’t belong in his world. So she lied, and broke his heart.

But now Mary Jo’s parents are facing legal trouble, and she needs the best advice she can get. She needs Evan. Only, Evan isn’t about to let Mary Jo off so easily. He wants answers to all the questions he’s had for the past three years: why did she leave? Does she still love him? Do they have a second chance?

 

 

The Spiral Notebook by Stephen and Joyce Singular On July 20, 2012, twelve people were killed and seventy wounded at a mass shooting in a movie theater in Colorado. In 1999, twelve kids at Columbine High School were murdered by their peers. In 2012, twenty children and seven adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. Thirty-two were killed at Virginia Tech. Twelve killed at the Washington Navy Yard. In May 20144, after posting a YouTube video of “retribution” and lamenting a life of “loneliness, rejection, and unfulfilled desires,” a lone gunman killed six and wounded seven in Isla Vista. All of these acts of violence were committed by young men.

Mass violence committed by young people is now an epidemic. In the first fourteen school days of 2014, there were seven school shootings, compared to twenty-eight school shootings in all of 2013. The reasons behind this escalating violence, and the cultural forces that have influenced a generation, are the subject of an important new study, The Spiral Notebook.

New York Times-bestselling author Stephen Singular has teamed with his wife, Joyce, and their forensic reporting has produced the most comprehensive look at the Aurora shooting yet, while drawing upon the one group left out of the discussion of violence in America: the twenty-somethings themselves. The Spiral Notebook is filled with the voices of Millennials, a group dogged by big pharma, anti-depressants, and ADHD drugs, by a doomsday/apocalyptic mentality present since birth, and by an entertainment industry that has turned violence into parlor games.

Provocative and eye opening, The Spiral Notebook is an examination of the dynamics driving the violence committed by their peers.

Forensics by Val McDermid The dead talk – to the right listener. They can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces. Forensics goes behind the scenes with some of these top-level professionals and their groundbreaking research, drawing on the original interviews and firsthand experience on scene with some of these top-level professionals and their groundbreaking research, drawing on original interviews and firsthand experience on scene with top forensic scientists.

Along the way, we discover how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine time of death; how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer; and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist was able to uncover the victims of a genocide. The journey takes us to war zones, fire scenes, and autopsy suites, revealing both extraordinary bravery and true wickedness as we trace the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern day.

Val McDermid is one of the finest crime writers we have. Her novels have captivated millions of readers worldwide with their riveting narratives of complex crimes and unimaginable evil. In the course of researching her bestselling books, McDermid has become familiar with every branch of forensics, and now she uncovers the hsitory of this science and hte people who make sure that for murderers, there is no hiding place.

 

One Man Against the World by Tim Weiner Here is the first history of President Richard Nixon with all of his secret tapes and documents, many declassified in the past two years. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Tim Weiner presents a devastating portrait of a torutured and tormented man. In gripping prose, the author shows how, in Nixon’s mind, the conflict in Vietnam and the crimes of Watergate were one war, fought on two fronts.

A brilliant politician, Nixon rose by force of will from a crowded shack in rural California to the White House. But, as president, Nixon trusted no one – not his Cabinet, not his closest advisers, not the American people.

Elected to unite a nation as discordant as it was at the close of the Civil War, Nixon disdained domestic policies and programs. He wanted above all to create what he called “a generation of peace” – by asking the world’s leading Communist dictators to help him end the Vietnam War. Nixon saw antiwar American citizens as opponents no less dangerous than the enemy in Vietnam. He fought his foes without mercy.

Abroad, his best weapons were B-52 bombers. One Man Against the World lets the reader listen in as Nixon, gripped by rage and insomnia, calls down death agents, warrantless wiretaps, break-ins, and burglaries as tools of intelligence gathering against Democratic Party leaders and the antiwar legions. His henchmen – including his attorney general and his closest White House advisers – went to prison for their crimes.

Almost all his presidency is recorded on tape or preserved on paper. Together these materials create a remarkable record of the most intimate and damning conversations between the president and his confidants. Only recently, after forty years of struggle, has much of this jaw-dropping information been made public. 

One Man Against the World is a work of new insight into Richard Nixon – a man who saw enemies everywhere and, standing alone, took up arms against them.

Nixon saw himself not only as the leader of the free world but “the world leader.” Yet he was addicted to the gutter politics that ruined him. His political suciide has no equal in American history. That was his tragedy to bear.

 

A Real Prince by Debbie Macomber A man who happens to be a prince .  . . Stefano Giorgio Paolo is the heir to the throne of his small country, and he’s come to America in search of a bride. A wealthy bride who can help save his kingdom from financial ruin. But the woman he actually wants is Hope Jordan – who has nothing to offer him except her love. Can The Bachelor Prince give up his throne for the woman he loves?

Renowned photographer Cain Hawkins proposes a marriage of convenience to marine biologist Leah Talmadge – so she won’t have to miss the adventure of a lifetime, an expedition to study the rare whales of the faraway Diamantina Islands. The governor denies permission for an unmarried man and woman to share living quarters. The obvious solution is marriage. A temporary solution, they think. As it turns out, there’s more to this marriage than convenience – and Cain’s a lot more than Yesterday’s Hero!

 

 

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation’s leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys’ exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance in the latter years of the war.

Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, Phillip Hoose captures the astounding story of these young war heroes who refused to give in without a fight.

 

 

In the Line of Duty: Army Art, 1965-2014 In the Line of Duty: Army Art, 1965-2014 presents art from the Vietnam War through the late twentieth to early twenty-first century to more recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Artists’ statements enhance some of the paintings and describe the thoughts and feelings associated with the artists’ mission. The works included are a small sampling of the approximately sixteen thousand pieces of art that constitute the Army Art Collection at the U.S. Army Center of Military History. This volume supplements the Army’s previously published art books, Portrait of an Army and Soldiers Serving the Nation.

This publication depicts the U.S. Army in all its aspects. The soldier-artists represented here are from the Regular Army, Army Reserves, and National Guard. They continue a rich tradition of documenting the lives of American soldiers at war, in training, and in a variety of humanitarian missions.

 

The Western Cattle Trail 1874-1897: Its Rise, Collapse, and Revival by Gary and Margaret Kraisinger Since 1967, Gary and Margaret Kraisinger have had one mission in their research: t tell readers exactly where the Western Cattle Trail was located and to give a history of its place in the American West. Through maps and in-depth research they have documented the location of the largest cattle trail system to come out of Texas to deliver longhorns to the north from 1874 to 1897.

Their first book, published in 2004, The Western, the Greatest Texas Cattle Trail, 1874-1886, presented the location and history of the trunk line during that time period, focusing with their maps on Indian Territory (Oklahoma), Kansas, and southwestern Nebraska. In this second volume, the entire trunk line is presented from Texas to Canada, showing its route before and after the Kansas quarantine of 1885, plus a discussion of the system’s feeder, detour and splinter routes. 

The project not only tells the story of a trail from point A to point B, but encompasses the history that surrounds the trail. Included in this tale are the trail’s cattle towns, river crossings, cowboy and homesteader comments, the Texas cattle fever, quarantine lines, herd laws, and Indian encounters. What driving industry from its conception in the 1840’s on the first trail system going north, the Shawnee, to its demise in 1897 on the Western Trail System.

No other work has been as comprehensive about the Western Cattle Trail System. Readers who have read volume I and were amazed at the amount of documented research that the Kraisingers have done, will continue to be surprised at the history that the authors have uncovered about the Western Cattle Trail and the whole trail-driving industry.

 

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan As a gracekeeper, Callanish Administers shoreside burials, laying the dead to their final resting  place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending to watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.

In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland (“landlockers”) and those who float on the sea (“damplings”), loneliness  has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives – offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past while restoring hope in an unexpected future.

Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairy tales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world: one that harbors the same isolation and sadness but also joys and marvels of our own age.

 

 

Reagan: The Life by H.W. Brands In his magisterial new biography, H.W. Brands brilliantly establishes Ronald Reagan as one of the two great presidents of the twentieth century, a true peer to Franklin Roosevelt, Reagan conveys with sweep and vigor how the confident force of Reagan’s personality and the unwavering nature of his beliefs enabled him to engineer a conservative revolution in American politics and play a crucial role in ending communism in the Soviet Union. Reagan shut down the age of liberalism, Brands shows, and ushered in the age of Reagan, whose defining principles are still powerfully felt today.

Reagan follows young Ronald Reagan as his ambition for ever larger stages compelled him to leave behind small-town Illinois to become first a radio announcer and then that quintessential public figure of modern America, a movie star. When his acting career stalled, hs reinvention as the voice of The General Electric Theater on television made him an unlikely spokesman for corporate America. Then began Reagan’s improbable political ascension, starting in the 1960’s, when he was first elected governor of California, and culminating in his election in 1980 as president of the United States.

Employing archival sources not available to previous biographers and drawing on dozens of interviews with surviving members of Reagan’s administration, Brands has crafted a richly detailed and fascinating narrative of the presidential years. He offers new insights into Reagan’s remote management style and fractious West Wing staff, his deft handling of public sentiment to transform the tax code, and his deeply misunderstood relationship with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, on which nothing less than the fate of the world turned.

Reagan is a storytelling triumph, an irresistible portrait of an underestimated politician whose pragmatic leadership and steadfast vision transformed the nation.

 

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson It’s not easy being Magnus Bane. As a warlock, he’s often called upon to fix the problems of others. His life has been long, and his loves have been many. And Magnus has a way of making sure he’s at the right place at the right – or perhaps wrong – time. The French Revolution, Prohibition, the great blackout of New York City, the first great battle between Valentine and the New York Institute . . . Magnus was there, and usually in the middle of it. But smuggling Marie Antoinette out of France is nothing compared to loving a vampire like Camille Belcourt – or having a first date with Alec Lightwood.

Though Magnus’s tale is far from over, these stories shed a little light on his often incrutable character. What happens when an immortal warlock goes mad? Are all Herondales as problematic as Will? (Answer: yes.) What exactly happened at the Hotel Dumort? How did Raphael Santiago become a vampire? What do you buy for your Shadowhunter boyfriend when you’re not really dating? And why was Magnus banned from Peru?

Magnus will never be able to tell all of his tales. No one would believe him. But here are eleven stories that fill in some of the blanks – stories he probably wishes he had never gotten out.

 

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi Paolo Bacigalupi, New York Times best-selling author of The Windup Girl and National Book Award finalist, delivers a near-future thriller that casts new light on how we live today – and what may be in store for us tomorrow. 

The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel “cuts” water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority and its boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert and that anyone who challenges her is left in the gutted-suburban dust.

When rumors of  a game-changing water source surface in Phoenix, Angel is sent to investigate. With a wallet full of identities and a tricked-out Tesla, Angel arrows south, hunting for answers that seem to evaporate as the heat index soars and the landscape becomes more and more oppressive. There, Angel encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist , who knows far more about Phoenix’s water secrets than she admits, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas migrant, who dreams of escaping north to those places where water still falls from the sky.

As bodies begin to pile up and bullets start flying, the three find themselves pawns in a game far bigger, more corrupt, and dirtier than any of them could have imagined. With Phoenix teetering on the verge of collapse and time running out for Angel, Lucy, and Maria, their only hope for survival rests in one another’s hands. But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only truth in the desert is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.

 

Privacy Crisis Banking by Grant Hall Can you really have bank secrecy? 

Modern privacy resources and non-traditional banking principles are requirements today to protect money and property.

“Bank secrecy havens” have breached their banking privacy contracts with customers, broken their own laws, and cold out their customers and investors, rolling over to pressures applied to them by fascist-like United States of America government agencies.

Police state-style tactics used by government to seize assts and bank accounts of corporations and individuals place your money and property at risk.

White collar criminals, greedy lawyers, identity thieves, and private investigators create financial chaos for those whose money and property can be discovered through data searches.

Who can achieve financial privacy amidst the greatest privacy invasion period in the history of the world? Those who insist on business and personal identity protection and use financial institutions and privacy resources proven to offer freedom lovers bank secrecy and property protection.

Choose a bank secrecy and property protection plan that meets your needs. Bank online and cash checks without a Social Security Number. Store currency and gold anonymously. Create an “invisible mortgage.” Take back your privacy rights. This book is your guide.

 

The Quartet by Joseph J. Ellis From Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian Joseph J. Ellis, the unexpected story of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew.

We all know the famous opening phrase of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this Continent a new Nation.” The truth is different. In 1776, thirteen American colonies declared themselves independent states that only temporarily joined forces in order to defeat the British. Once victorious, they planned to go their separate ways. The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor a political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their autonomy as states.

The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men most responsible – George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James and Gouverneur Morris, shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force the calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement.

Ellis has given us a gripping and dramatic portrait of one of the most crucial and misconstrued periods in American history: the years between the end of the Revolution and the formation of the federal government. The Quartet unmasks a myth, and in its place presents an even more compelling truth – one that lies at the heart of understanding the creation of the United States of America.

 

Talk That Music Talk by The Neighborhood Story Project and the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park In the early 1900’s, jazz was created in New Orleans. Soon afterwards the fear began . . . it’s moving away, it’s going to die out, it needs to be preserved. Yet each generation has put time and energy into making sure the roots of the music stay strong in the city. This book is about the history of that kind of organizing work, and what happened when the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park brought together a new group of young people to learn traditional brass band music from older musicians and the Black Men of Labor Social Aid & Pleasure Club.

 

 

We’ll be seeing you soon! 🙂

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