New Materials!! – 02/04/16

We have new books and movies just in time for the weekend! Come over and check out our new selection . . . and hurry! They go fast! 🙂

BOOKS:

Sage’s Eyes by V.C. Andrews Sixteen-year-old Sage is a lonely child, dreaming of hemlock and mysterious ancestors she knows nothing about. Her adoptive parents keep a close eye on her, studying her for warning signs of . . . something. But Sage has to admit that even she can’t make sense of the strange things she sees and hears. She possesses knowledge that other teenagers don’t, that her parents and teachers – no adult – possibly could.

So when Sage finally makes a friend who understands her alarming gifts, he becomes her confidant, a precarious link to the truth about who she really is. For Sage and the alluring new boy at school share many things in common. Perhaps, they’ll learn, far too many things.

 

 

 

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak A book with no pictures? What could be the fun about that? After all, if  a book has no pictures, there’s nothing to look at but the words on the page. Words that might make you say silly sounds . . . in ridiculous voices . . . Hey, what kind of book is this, anyway?

At once disarmingly simple and ingeniously imaginative, The Book With No Pictures inspires laughter every time it is opened, creating a warm and joyous experience to share – and introducing young children to the powerful idea that the written word can be an unending source of mischief and delight.

 

 

The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross While Alec Ross was working as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, he traveled to 41 countries, exploring the latest advances coming out of every continent. From startup hubs in Kenya to R & D labs in South Korea, Ross has seen what the future holds.

In The Industries of the Future, Ross shows us what changes are coming in the next ten years, highlighting the best opportunities for progress and explaining why countries thrive or sputter. He examines the specific fields that will most shape our economic future, including robotics, cybersecurity, the commercialization of genomics, the next step for big data, and the coming impact of digital technology on money and markets.

In each of these realms, Ross addresses the toughest questions: How will we adapt to the changing nature of work? Is the prospect of cyberwar sparking the next arms race? How can the world’s rising nations hope to match Silicon Valley in creating their own innovation hotspots? And what can today’s parents do to prepare their children for tomorrow?

Ross blends storytelling and economic analysis to give a vivid and informed perspective on how sweeping global trends are affecting the ways we live. Incorporating the insights of leaders ranging from tech moguls to defense experts. The Industries of the Future takes the intimidating, complex topics that many of us know to be important and boils them down into clear, plainspoken language. This is an essential book for understanding how the world works – now and tomorrow – and a must-read for businesspeople in every sector, from every country.

 

The Black Calhouns by Gail Lumet Buckley In The Black Calhouns, Gail Lumet Buckley – daughter of actress Lena Horne – delves deep into her family history, detailing the experiences of an extraordinary African American family from Civil War to civil rights.

Beginning with her  great-great-grandfather Moses Calhoun, a house slave who used the rare advantage of his education to become a successful businessman in post-war Atlanta, Buckley follows her family’s two branches: one that stayed in the South, and the other that settled in Brooklyn. Their paths intersected with many prominent figures including Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Walter White, W.E.B. DuBois, and Langston Hughes. Through the lens of her relatives’ momentous lives, Buckley examines major events throughout American history. From Atlanta during Reconstruction and the rise of Jim Crow, to New York City and during the Harlem Renaissance, from world wars to the civil rights movement, this ambitious, brilliant family participated in the most crucial turning points of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Combining personal and national history, The Black Calhouns is a unique and vibrant portrait of six generations during dynamic times of struggle and triumph.

 

The Lovers by Rod Nordland Zakia and Ali grew up as close friends on adjoining potato farms in the remote mountain province of Bamiyan. Separated when they reached puberty, Zakia, a beautiful and fiercely opinionated young woman, and Ali, a sensitive, handsome young man, fell in love and courted, remotely at first and then in Zakia’s garden. Defying her family, Afghan custom, and Islamic law, Zakai left home to be with Ali and ended up in a women’s shelter. The shelter saved her life, but she was unable to see Ali there so the two lovers decided to elope and went into hiding, pursued by Zakia’s family. The author wrote about them in the New York Times, and having exposed them, felt obligated to help them to safety. After months of living in caves or staying trapped in small Kabul apartments, they finally, with Rod’s help and donations from abroad, made a disastrous attempt to flee to Tajikistan. Forced to return to Kabul, they were closely tracked by Zakia’s family – who briefly captured Ali – before they went back into hiding in the countryside.

Despite a decade of American good intentions, women in Afghanistan are still subjected to some of the worst human rights violations in the world. The Lovers is Rod Nordland’s compelling tale about his inability, even as a Westerner with money and will, to protect these young lovers’ basic human rights. Recounting the stories of similar, though less fortunate, couples from his decades of experience in the region, Rod illustrates how common misogynistic cultural practices such as stoning, child marriage, and legalized rape are deeply ingrained in traditional Afghan culture. The United States has spent more than a billion dollars on efforts to train and improve the Afghan judiciary system, with a particular emphasis on women’s rights and gender equality. As a result, Afghan law now technically outlaws many horrendous customary practices. But they remain prevalent nonetheless and give cover for people like Zakia’s father and brothers, who still want to capture and kill her.

Zakia and Ali still hope, against enormous odds, to flee the country. The Lovers is the story of their unshakable self-determination and the irrepressibility of human feeling in the face of a shockingly repressive culture.

 

Morning Star by Pierce Brown (COMING 02/09/16)  Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow’s determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied – and too glorious to surrender.

 

MOVIES:

We’ll see you soon! 🙂

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