The weekend is fast approaching and we can’t think of a better time to stop by the library and pick up an engaging book. 🙂 We have a handful of new titles coming out, today, so look them over and then stop by and see our display!
Our America Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art offers a historically grounded look at a lesser-known field within the art of the United States. Using the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s pioneering collection of Latino art as its point of departure, this beautifully illustrated volume explores how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day and recalibrated key themes in American art and culture. Selections from the Museum’s wide-ranging holdings include works by artists of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican descent, as well as other diasporic Latin American groups with deep roots in the United States.
Our America focuses on works created from the 1950’s to the present, a turning point in our national culture that witnessed the “birth” and transformation of Latino art. As more and more Latino artists entered art schools, they created works stimulated by their collective group histories and US artistic context. During this period, American modern artists dominated the international art scene, as artists across the country increasingly embraced a pluralism ushered in by the social and political movements of the postwar period. Latino artists are both heirs to and participants in the era’s activism and artistic movements, and have set a course that is informed by the specific communities, histories, and regions that nurtured them.
This volume considers works by leaders in the fields of activist, conceptual, and time-based art, and many who explored bicultural Latino perspectives in the visual arts. Featured are modernist pioneers such as Olga Albizu, Carmen Herrera, and Raphael Montañez Ortiz; artists Mel Casas, Luis Jiménez, Marcos Dimas, Freddy Rodriguez, and ADÁL, who came of age during and after the civil rights era; leading artists of the 1980s and 1990s, including Pepón Osorio, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Ana Mendieta, and Carlos Almaraz; and exciting midcareer artists such as Miguel Luciano, Christina Fernandez, Margarita Cabrera, and Teresita Fernández, whose works offer new perspectives on themes such as migration, labor, and the landscape.
An introduction by guest scholar Tomás Ybarra-Frausto and lead essay by E. Carmen Ramos, curator for Latino art, establish a framework for incorporating Latino art within American art. Sixty-four essays on the artists and collectives included in the exhibition offer close readings of specific works in relation to their broad artistic, cultural, and sociopolitical context. Together, the essays and commentaries in the publication position Latino artists as participants and protagonists in the history of modern and contemporary American art.
A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorad. In a matter of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.
For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived iwth the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as hsi mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently?
These are questions that Klebold has grappled with every day since the Columbine tragedy. In A Mother’s Reckoning, she crhonicles with unflinching honesty her journey as a mother trying to come to terns with the incomprehensible. In the hope that the insights and understanding she has gained may help other families recognize when a child is in distress, she tells her story in full, drawing upon her personal journals, the videos and writings that Dylan left behind, and countless interviews with mental health experts.
Filled with hard-won wisdom and compassion, A Mother’s Reckoning is a powerful and haunting book that sheds light on one of the most pressing issues of our time. And with fresh wounds from the recent Newtown, Charleston, and Oregon college shootings, never has the need for understanding been more urgent.
Riders by Veronica Rossi Nothing but death can keep eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.
While recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.
Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen – Conquest, Famine, and Death – are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.
Now – bound, bloodied, and drugged – Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for – not to mention all of humankind – he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.
But will anyone believe him?
Indentured by Joe Nocera “How can the NCAA blithely wreck careers without regard to due process or common fairness? How can it act so ruthlessly to enforce rules that are so petty? Why won’t anybody stand up to these outrageous violations of American values and American justice?”
In the four years since Joe Nocera asked those questions in a controversial New York Times column, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has come under fire. Fans have begun to realize that the athletes involved in the two biggest college sports, men’s basketball and football, are little more than indentured servants. Millions of teenagers accept scholarships to chase their dreams of fame and fortune – at the price of absolute submission to the whims of an organization that puts their interests dead last.
For about 5 percent of top-division players, college ends witha golden ticket to the NFL or the NBA. But what about the overwhelming majority who never turn pro? They don’t earn a dime from the estimated $13 billion generated annually by college sports – an ocean of cash that enriches schools, conferences, coaches, TV networks, and apparel companies . . . everyone except those who give their blood and sweat to entertain the fans.
Indentured tells the dramatic story of a loose-knit group of rebels who decided to fight the hypocrisy of the NCAA, which blathers endlessly about the purity of its “student-athletes” while exploiting many of them: The ones who get injured and dorp out because their scholarships have been revoked. The ones who will neither graduate nor go pro. The ones who live in terror of accidentally violating some obscure rule in the four-hundred page NCAA rulebook.
Joe Nocera and Ben Strauss take us into the inner circle of the NCAA’s fiercest enemies. You’ll meet, among others . . .
- Sonny Vaccaro, the charismatic sports marketer who convinced Nike to sign Michael Jordan. Disguised by how the NCAA treated athletes, Vaccaro used his intimate knowledge of its secrets to blow the whistle in a major legal case.
- Ed O’Bannon, the former UCLA basketball star who realized, years after leaving college, that the NCAA was profiling from a video game using his image. His lawsuit led to an unprecedented antitrust ruling.
- Ramogi Huma, the founder of the National College Players Association, who dared to think that college players should have the same collective bargaining rights as other Americans.
- Andy Schwarz, the controversial economist who looked behind the façade of the NCAA and saw it for what it is: a cartel that violates our core values of free enterprise.
Indentured reveals how these and other renegades working sometimes in concert and sometimes alone are fighting for justice in bare-knuckles world of college sports.
Leonard by William Shatner with David Fisher Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner first crossed paths as actors on the set of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Little did they know that their next roles, in a new science fiction television series, would shape their lives in ways no one could have anticipated. In seventy-nine television episodes and six feature films, they grew to know each other more than most friends could ever imagine.
Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows. In this powerfully emotional book, Shatner tells teh story of a man who was his friend for five decades, recounting anecdotes and untold stories of their lives on and off set, as well as gathering stories from others who knew Nimoy well, to present a full picture of a rich life.
As much a biography of Nimoy as a story of their friendship, this is a uniquely heartfelt book written by one legendary actor in celebration of another.
That’s all for now, folks! See you soon!