How about some middle-of -the-week reading? We’ve got just the thing to spice up your Wednesday! Have a look at some of our latest titles:
Hillary’s America by Dinesh D’Souza Bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza has a warning: We are on the brink of losing our country forever. After eight years of Obama, four years – or possibly eight years – of Hillary Clinton as president of the United States would so utterly transform America as to make it unrecognizable.
No more will America be a land of opportunity. Instead, it will be a land of rapacious crony capitalism, run solely for the benefit of friends of the Obamas and the Clintons and the Democratic Party. It will, in fact, be the fulfillment of a dream the Democratic Party has had from the beginning . . . a dream of stealing America for the politically favored few.
In this, his shocking new book – accompanied by a sweeping, dramatic documentary film – D’Souza reveals the sordid truth about Hillary and the secret history of the Democratic Party:
- Why Hillary is the most corrupt presidential candidate ever
- Hillary, the enabler: the long-standing Democratic political war against women, now led by a woman who has defended an alleged rapist
- How the Democratic Party – the party of slavery, segregation, and eugenics – remains the party of racism, welfare enslavement, and “liberal fascism”
- How Hillary Clinton’s political mentor was, literally, a cold-blooded gangster, and how progressive gangsterism shapes her worldview
- Foreign policy for sale: how the Clintons see foreign policy not in terms of national interest but in terms of personal profit
- Obama’s heir: how, if elected president, Hillary will entrench leftism in America’s federal bureaucracy and the Supreme Court in ways that will haunt us for generations to come
America’s only hope, says D’Souza, is a resurgent Republican Party, the party of Lincoln and Reagan; the party of civil rights, economic opportunity, and freedom; the party that truly has the opportunity to not only save America, but make it great again.
The Games by David Goldblatt For millions of people around the world, the Summer and Winter Games are a joy and a treasure, but how did they develop into a global colossus? How have they been buffeted by – and in turn, how have they affected – world events? Why do we care about them so much?
From the reinvention of the Games in Athens in 1896 to Rio in 2016, best-selling sportswriter David Goldblatt brilliantly traces their history through national triumphs and tragedies, individual victories and failures. Here is the story of grand Olympic traditions such as winners’ medals, the torch relay, and the eternal flame. Here is the story of popular Olympic events such as gymnastics, the marathon, and alpine skiing (as well as discontinued ones like tug-of-war). And here in all their glory are Olympic icons from Jesse Owens to Nadia Comaneci. Abebe Bikila to Bob Beamon, the Dream Team to Usain Bolt.
Hailed in the Wall Street Journal for writing about sports “with the expansive eye of a social and cultural critic,” Goldblatt goes beyond the medal counts to tell how women fought to be included in the Olympics on equal terms, how the wounded of World War II led to the Paralympics, and how the Olympics reflect changing attitudes to race and ethnicity. He explores the tensions between the Games’ amateur ideals and professionalization and commercialism in sports, the pitched battles between cities for the right to host the Games, and their often disappointing economic legacy. And in covering such seminal moments as Jesse Owens and Hitler at Berlin in 1936, the Black Power salute at Mexico City in 1968, the massacre of Israeli athletes at Munich in 1972, and the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid in 1980, Goldblatt shows how prominently the modern Olympics have highlighted profound domestic and international conflicts.
Illuminated with dazzling vignettes from over a century of the Olympics, this stunningly researched and engagingly written history captures the excitement, drama, and kaleidoscopic experience of the Games.
Jesus Before the Gospels by Bart D. Ehrman Many believe that the Gospel stories of Jesus are based on eyewitness testimony and are therefore historically reliable. Now for the first time, New Testament scholar and New York Times bestselling author Bart D. Erman (Misquoting Jesus and Jesus, Interrupted), surveys research from the fields of psychology, anthropology, and sociology to explore how oral traditions and group memories really work and questions how reliable the Gospels can be.
Focusing on the decades-long gap between when Jesus lived and when these documents about him began to appear, Ehrman looks to these varied disciplines to see what they can tell us about how the New Testament developed. In the book, Ehrman examines:
- How cultural antropologists studied the oral traditions of Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and Ghana to reveal how stories always change as tehy are passed along.
- How psychologists have discovered the routine phenomena of “false memories” and how strongly people contend that these false memories really happened.
- How modern legal scholars and psychologists have shown how unreliable eyewitness testimonies really are, with people regularly distorting what they experienced.
- How sociologists have shown that a group’s collective memory is strongly shaped by the issues and concerns of the remembering community just as much as by the events themselves.
Jesus Before the Gospels is a compelling narrative that not only demonstrates Ehrman’s deep knowledge and meticulous scholarship, but also challenges the historical accuracy of the Gospels and what they tell us about historical Jesus, the way we read and think about these sacred texts, and how we view history.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son, Albus, must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Bonk by Mary Roach In Bonk, the best-selling author of Stiff turns her outrageous curiosity and insight on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Why doesn’t Viagra help women-or, for that matter, pandas? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Mary Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm-two of the most complex, delightful, and amazing scientific phenomena on earth-can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to make the bedroom a more satisfying place.
White Trash by Nancy Isenberg The wretched and landless poor have been a part of American culture from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. In her groundbreaking history of the class system in America, Nancy Isenberg explodes our comforting myths about equality in the land of opportunity, uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present poor white trash.
Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature, and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society – where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Some of the founding fathers believed poor people were subhuman, and wanted to apply strategies used in agriculture and animal husbandry to improve the stock. Poor whites were central to the rise of Lincoln’s Republican Party, and in addition to slavery, the Civil War itself was fought over class issues. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which was a factor in the rise of eugenics – a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ’s Great Society. Now they are offered to us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty, and the label is applied to celebrities ranging from Dolly Parton to Bill Clinton. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been near the center of major debates over the character of the American identity.
The contemporary focus on the “one percent” has animated public discussion about power dynamics, but without context. We have been taught to overlook the fact that privilege runs deep in our history. Without pause, America has been ignoring, if not hating, its underclass since the seventeenth century. Today we acknowledge racial injustice as an ugly stain on our nation’s history. With Isenberg’s landmark book, we will have to face the truth about the enduring nature of class as well.
Morgue by Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Ron Franscell In this clear-eyed, gritty, and enthralling narrative, Dr. Vincent Di Maio and veteran crime writer Ron Franscell take readers behind the morgue doors to tell a fascinating life story trhough the cases that have made Di Maio famous – from the exhumation of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald to the complex issues in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Beginning with his street-smart Italian origins in Brooklyn, the book spans forty years of work, more than nine thousand autopsies, and Di Maio’s eventual rise into the pantheon of forensic scientists. One of the country’s most methodical and intuitive criminal pathologists dissects himself, maintaining a nearly continuous flow of suspenseful stories, revealing anecdotes, and enough macabre insider details to rivet the most fervent crime fans.
Green Lantern Rebirth by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver Hal Jordan was the greatest Green Lantern of them all, until his shocking fall from grace. Now witness his awe-inspiring redemption at the hands of writer Geoff Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver!
Hal Jordan was always a hero. Among all Earthmen, he was appointed Green Lantern of Sector 2814, to impose his emerald will in the pursuit of universal peace.
But when he failed to prevent the destruction of Coast City, fear took hold of Hal Jordan’s heart, corrupting his every action. His will was no longer his own.
Now, a struggle for his soul determines the fate of the galaxy, and the evil that attempts to consume it. Hal alone has the power to cast his light across the universe, and change Blackest Night to Brightest Day!
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless In this detailed and systematic survey of more than 190 essential oils, aromatherapy expert Julia Lawless shares her extensive knowledge of common and uncommon oils and their many medicinal uses. From familiar oils such as lavender and tea tree to the more obscure including deertounge, oakmoss, and angelica, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils offers a wide variety of uses and cures for everything from wrinkles to kidney stones.
This easy-to-use volume lets you access essential information in a variety of ways with a Therapeutic Index, a Botanical Index, and Botanical Classifications, plus safety information.
Other new titles include: The Lourve; Clinical Nursing Skills & Techniques; Memory Notebook of Nursing; Basic Geriatric Nursing; Understanding Nursing Research; Practical Guide to Psychiatric Medicine; Gerontological Nursing & Healthy Aging; Essential Oils Natural Remedies; The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness; Essential Oils for Beginners; and Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: A Guide for Clinicians
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