We have more new releases coming out!
Star Wars fans will be delighted to discover that the latest book in the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens series, Lost Stars, is now out and available for check-out. For you history buffs, we have Black Earth, an examination of the Holocaust and how events of the past are shaping our present. Mystery lovers will enjoy New York Times Bestselling Author Beverly Lewis’ latest novel, The Photograph. Read on for book details!
Released September 4th, 2015:
Lost Stars by Claudia Gray Eight years after the fall of the Old Republic, the Galactic Empire now reigns over the known galaxy. Resistance to the Empire has been all but silenced. Only a few courageous leaders such as Bail Organa of Alderaan still dare to openly oppose Emporer Palpatine.
After years of defiance, the many worlds at the edge of teh Outer Rim have surrendered. With each planet’s conquest, the Empire’s might grows even stronger.
The latest to fall under the Emperor’s control is the isolated mountain planet Jelucan, whose citizens hope for a more prosperous future even as the imperial Starfleet gathers overhead . . .
Released TODAY, September 8th, 2015:
Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder In this epic history of extermination and survival, Timothy Snyder presents a new explanation of the great atrocity of the twentieth century, and reveals the risks that we face in the twenty-first. Based on untapped sources from eastern Europe and forgotten testimonies from Jewish survivors, Black Earth recounts the mass murder of the Jews as an event that is still close to us, more comprehensible than we would like to think, and thus all the more terrifying.
The Holocaust began in a dark but accessible place, Hitler’s mind, witht he thought that the elimination of Jews would restore balance to the planet and allow Germans to win the resources they desperately needed. Such a worldview could be realized only if Germany was to prepare for this new kind of war. The absorption of Austria, the dismantling of Czechoslovakia, and the invasion of Poland allowed ever more radical policies towards Jews. At first, Stalin was Hitler’s accomplice in the destruction of east European states, as the Soviet Union joined in the invasion of Poland and occupied the three Baltic states. But then the German invasion of the Soviet Union created the conditions for the murder of millions.
In the zones of statelessness, almost all Jews died. Some who survived in these darkest of places owed their lives to institutions that resembled states, partisan armies and churches, or to diplomats who could grant them a semblance of citizenship. A few people, the righteous few, aided Jews without support from institutions. Much of the new research in this book is devoted to understanding these extraordinary individuals. These men and women should be emulated, but in similar circumstances few of us would do what they did.
By overlooking the lessons of the Holocaust, Snyder concludes, we have misunderstood modernity and endangered the future. The early twenty-first century is coming to resemble the early twentieth, as growing preoccupations with food and water accompany ideological challenges to global order. Our world is closer to Hitler’s than we like to admit, and saving it requires us to see the Holocaust as it was – and ourselves as we are. Groundbreaking, authoritative, and utterly absorbing, Black Earth reveals a Holocaust that is not only history but warning.
The Photograph by Beverly Lewis When her sister Lily disappears only months after their widowed mother’s passing, Eva Esch fears she has been wooed away from the People. Yet Lily’s disappearance isn’t Eva’s only concern: She and her sisters must relocate once their older brother takes over the family farmhouse. Then Jed Statzman, an Amish buggy maker from Ohio, shows up in Eden Valley with a photo of a Plain young woman. Eva feels powerfully drawn to the charming stranger — but the woman in the forbidden photograph is no stranger at all . . .
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