New Materials – 02/09/16!!

We’re back with even more new materials! We have a handful of new books and a DVD being added to our collection, today. Stop by and check them out:



Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation by Ray Suarez Latino Americans chronicles the rich and varied history of Latinos, who have helped shape our nation and have become, with more than fifty million people, the largest minority in the United States. This companion to the landmark PBS miniseries vividly and candidly tells how the story of Latino Americans is the story of our country.

Author and acclaimed journalist Ray Suarez explores the lives of Latino American men and women over a five-hundred-year span, encompassing an epic range of experiences from the early European settlements to Manifest Destiny; the Wild West to the Cold War; the Great Depression to globalization; and the Spanish-American War to the civil rights movement.

Latino Americans shares the personal struggles and successes of immigrants, poets, soldiers, and many others – individuals who have made an impact on history, as well as those whose extraordinary lives shed light on the times in which they lived, and the legacy of this incredible American people.


The New Pilgrims by Joseph Castleberry, Ed.D. We often assume American needs to help immigrants, but in The New Pilgrims, Joseph Castleberry opens our eyes to how the opposite is true – and how we can join in one of the greatest spiritual movements this country has ever seen.

In the midst of an apparent religious decline in the United States, many Americans are looking for solutions to this dilemma. Our hope lies with Christian immigrants, who bring to our churches powerful testimonies of faith from cultures all over the world. As the “new pilgrims” settle into their lives here, they are talking the American church by storm and helping rebuild America’s conservative foundations.

It’s time to acknowledge this exciting time of spiritual renewal and embrace the political and relational choices that will once again establish America as the “shining city on a hill” we all want it to be.


Fast into the Night by Debbie Clarke Moderow At age forty-seven, a mother of two, Debbie Moderow was not your average musher in the Iditarod, but that’s where she found herself when, less than two hundred miles from the finish line, her dogs decided they didn’t want to run anymore. After all her preparation, after all the careful management of her team, and after running so well for over a week, the huskies balked. But the sting of not completing the race after coming so far was nothing compared to the disappointment Moderow felt in having lost touch with her dogs.

Fast into the Night is the gripping story of Moderow’s journeys along the Iditarod trail with her team of spunky huskies: Taiga and Lil’ Su, Piney and Creek, Nacho and Zeppy, Juliet – and Kanga. Kanga was the headstrong beauty, a fine leader and the object of Moderow’s particular affection. She was to be the key to Moderow’s success on the trail, but her alpha ways proved troublesome to Moderow and the rest of the team as they set off on their eleven-hundred-mile adventure toward Nome. Their first attempt ended unceremoniously, with a scratch and a crushing blow to Moderow’s confidence in what she knew of her dogs. But Moderow hit the trail again two years later, and despite injuries, dropped dogs, hallucinations, epic storms, flipped sleds, and clashing personalities, she and her team prevailed, their human-canine bond never stronger.

Part adventure, part love story, part inquiry into the mystery of the connection between humans and dogs, Fast into the Night is an exquisitely written memoir of a woman, her dogs, and what can happen when someone puts herself in that place between daring and doubt – and soldiers on.


Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard Mare Barrow’s blood is red – the color of common folk – but her Silver ability, the power to control lightening, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her excape from Maven, the prince – the friend – who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: She is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever? 

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known – and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.


The Importance of Being Little by Erika Chirstakis To a four-year-old watching bulldozers at a construction site or chasing butterflies in flight, the world is awash with promise. Little children come into the world hardwired to learn in virtually any setting and about any matter. Yet in today’s preschool and kindergarten classrooms, learning has been reduced to scripted lessons and suspect metrics that too often undervalue a child’s intelligence while overtaxing the child’s rowing brain. These mismatched expectations wreak havoc on the family: parents fear that if they choose the “wrong” program, their child won’t get into the “right” college. But Yale early childhood expert Erika Christakis says our fears are wildly misplaced. Our anxiety about our children’s futures has reached a fever pitch at a time when, ironically, science give us more certainty than ever before that young children are exceptionally strong thinkers.

In her pathbreaking book, Christakis explains what it’s like to be a young child in America today, in a world designed by and for adults, where we have confused schooling with learning. She offers nuanced, real-life solutions to real-life issues that move past the usual prescription for fewer tests, more play. She looks at children’s use of language, their artistic expressions, the way their imaginations grow, and how they build deep emotional bonds to stretch the boundaries of their small worlds. Rather than the boundaries of their small worlds. Rather than clutter their worlds with more and more stuff, sometimes our wisest course is to learn how to get out of their way.

Christakis’s message is energizing and reassuring: young children are inherently powerful, and they (and their parents) will flourish if we can revitalize the early learning environment. Her bold and pragmatic challenge to the conventional wisdom peels back the mystery of childhood, revealing a place that’s rich with possibility.


And Then All Hell Broke Loose by Richard Engel Based on two decades of front-line reporting, NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel’s unsparing and riveting account captures the Middle East as it spiraled from dictatorships to civil wars to barbaric terrorism to anarchy.

Fresh out of Stanford, Engel set off to Cairo with $2,000 and dreams of being a reporter. He was working freelance in the Arab world when in 1997 he got a call that tourists had been massacred in front of a Cairo museum. This was his first glimpse of the carnage that would intensify in the years ahead.

He chronicled the arrests of Mubarak and Morsi in Egypt, reported on the second Intifada from a divided Jerusalem, and covered the wars in Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. He interviewed the Libyan rebels who toppled Gaddafi, and was kidnapped and held for five days in Syria. He went into Afghanistan to cover the Taliban and traced the rise of ISIS. He watched the romance and majestic history of the Middle East sink into sectarian hatred and social chaos.

And Then All Hell Broke Loose is a story of momentous history in the making. As television’s most prominent foreign correspondent, Engel has had unparalleled access to the region’s leaders, beleaguered soldiers, fanatics, and victims. Taking the reader into combat zones as well as halls of power, he offers a compelling account of two decades that have changed the world.








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