New Materials!! – 03/06/18

Get out of the wind and into DC3 Library! We have some great new books coming out, plus a couple of movies. Stop by and see us!


Image result for americanized saediAmericanized by Sara Saedi Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn’t learn of her “illegal immigrant” status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job, but couldn’t because she didn’t have a Social Security number.

Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn’t keep her from being a teenager. She desperately wanted a green card, along with clear skin, her own car, and a boyfriend.

Americanized follows Sara’s progress toward getting her green card, but that’s only a portion of her experiences as an Iranian-“American” teenager. From discovering that her parents secretly divorced to facilitate her mother’s green card application to learning how to tame her unibrow, Sara pivots gracefully from the terrifying prospect that she might be kicked out of the country at any time to the almost-as-terrifying possibility that she might be the only one of her friends without a date to the prom. This moving, often hilarious story is for anyone who has ever shared either fear.


Image result for ink alice broadwayInk by Alice Broadway From the moment you’re born, every achievement, every failing, and every significant moment are all immortalized on your skin. There are honorable marks that let people know you’re trustworthy. And shameful tattoos that announce you as a traitor.

After her father dies, Leora finds solace in the fact that his skin tells a wonderful story. That is, until she glimpses a mark on the back of his neck . . . the symbol of the worst crime a person can commit in Saintstone. Leora knows it has to be a mistake, but before she can do anything about it, the horrifying secret gets out, jeopardizing her father’s legacy . . . and Leora’s life.

In her startlingly prescient debut, Alice Boradway shines a light on the dangerous lengths we go to make our world feel orderly – even when the truth refuses to stay within the lines. This rich, lyrical fantasy with echoes of Orwell is unlike anything you’ve ever read, a tale guaranteed to get under your skin . . .


Image result for all out mitchell All Out by Saundra Mitchell From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten.






Image result for immortal reignImmortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes The Kindred have been unleashed.

Now earth and fire are on a path of destruction. The air god is trapped inside Taran, and the water goddess has found its host in Cleo. Their strength is waning, and they must find a way to control the magic before it controls them.

Jonas and Lucia join Cleo, Taran, and King Gaius at the Paelsian palace with new baby Lyssa in tow. But Magnus is nowhere to be found. Lucia musters all the magic she has left to perform a location spell. Her vision is clear: Magnus died at the hands of Lord Kurtis. Defeated and devastated, the group heads to Auranos, seeking revenge.

Unbeknownst to them, Magnus struggles to free himself from Kurtis’s deadly trap. But is he strong enough to escape? While the others formulate a plan to defeat the Kindred, an intruder breaks into the compound and steals a precious something that will change everything.

Meanwhile, across the sea in Kraeshia, Amara questions which kind of leader she is destined to be – the ruthless, sinister dictator her grandmother wishes her to be or the just and fair ruler she knows is within her. She must discover her identity soon. Grandma Cortas’s plan is even more sinister than she imagined. 

The final fight to save Mytica isn’t a fight at all – it’s war.


Image result for someone to love de la cruzSomeone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz Olivia “Liv” Blakely knows how important it is to look good. Her father is running for governor, and Liv will be making public appearances with her family. Liv has an image to uphold 0 to her maybe boyfriend, to the new friends who suddenly welcome her into their circle and to the public, who love to find fault on social media.

Liv’s sunny, charming facade hides a dark inner voice that will settle for nothing less than perfection. No matter who she has to give up to get there. No matter what she has to lose to do it. Live is working for the day when what she sees in the mirror is worthy . . . worth of confidence. Worthy of success. Worthy of love. But as the high price of perfection takes a toll, placing her body and soul at risk, Liv herself has to realize what she has to live for.


Image result for star wars the last jedi jason fryStar Wars: The Last Jedi by Jason Fry Written with input from director Rian Johnson, this thrilling adaptation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi expands on the film to include scenes from alternate versions of the script and other additional content.

From the ashes of the Empire has arisen another threat to the galaxy’s freedom: the ruthless First Order. Fortunately, new heroes have emerged to take up arms – and perhaps lay down their lives – for the cause. Rey, the orphan strong in the Force; Finn, the ex-stormtrooper who stands against his former masters; and Poe Dameron, the fearless X-wing pilot, have been drawn together to fight side-by-side with General Leia Organa and the Resistance. But the First Order’s Supreme Leader Snoke and his merciless enforcer Kylo Ren are adversaries with superior numbers and devastating firepower at their command. Against this enemy, the champions of light may finally be facing their extinction. Their only hope rests with a lost legend: Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

Where the action of Star Wars:  The Force Awakens ended, Star Wars: The Last Jedi begins, as the battle between light and dark climbs to astonishing new heights.




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New Books!! – 02/19/18

Good morning, DC3! We have some new books coming out, today! Stop by and see us!


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Wallace in Love by Andrew Morton Before she became knwon as the woman who enticed a king from his throne and birthright, Bessie Wallis Warfield was a prudish and particular girl from Baltimore. At turns imaginative, ambitious, and spoiled, Wallis’s first words as recalled by her family were “me, me.” From that young age, she was in want of nothing but stability, status, and social acceptance as she fought to climb the social ladder and take her place in London society. As irony would have it, she would gain the love and devotion of a king, but only at the cost of his throne and her reputation.

In Wallis in Love, acclaimed biographer Andrew Morton offers a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson in all her vibrancy and brazenness as she transformed form a hard-nosed gold-digger to charming chatelaine. Using diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records, Morton takes us through Wallis’s romantic adventures in Washington, China, and her entrance into the strange wonderland that is London society. During her journey, we meet an extraordinary array of characters, many of whom smoothed the way for her dalliance with the king of England, Edward VIII.

Wallis in Love goes beyond Wallis’s infamous persona and reveals a complex, domineering woman striving to determine her own fate and grapple with matters of the heart.


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The Triumph of Christianity by Bart D. Ehrman Christianity didn’t have to become the dominant religion in the West. It could easily have remained a sect of Judaism fated to have the historical importance of the Sadducees or the Essenes. So how did a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire become the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries?

In The Triumph of Christianity, New York Times bestselling authority on early Christian history Bart D. Ehrman weaves meticulous research into an eye-opening, immensely readable narrative. He shows how a handful of charismatic characters used a brilliant social strategy and an irresistible message to win over hearts and minds one at a time. In so doing, Ehrman upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen – one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.


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The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her. While some are born with a talent for one of the five passions – art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge – Brienna struggled to find hers until she chose knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true: she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, she reluctantly accepts. But there is much more to his story, for there is a dangerous plot to overthrow the king of Maevana – the rival kingdom of Valenia – and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved, some closer to Brienna than she realizes. 

With war brewing, Brienna must choose which side she will remain loyal to – passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. Who will be that queen?

With gorgeous description and detailed rendering of a world where not everything is what it seems, debut author Rebecca Ross weaves an intricate tale of revenge, loyalty, and ultimately, self-discovery.



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Mary’s Monster by Lita Judge This is the story of how a pregnant teenage runaway became one of the most famous authors of all time.

Mary Shelley was barely sixteen when she left home to follow her heart and the man she loved. She believed in free love and the right to choose the way she lived. But it was a daring move for a woman of her time. SHe was cast out of society and disowned by her family, and she had no one to turn to when she lost her baby daughter just days after giving birth.  But Mary persisted. She poured her grief, pain, and passion into creating the literary masterpiece Frankenstein, an iconic book still revered two hundred years later.

Pairing free verse with over three hundred pages of black-and-white watercolor illustrations, Mary’s Monster is a gorgeous tribute to a resilient woman and the indelible mark she left on the world.


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All We Can Do is Wait by Richard Lawson Siblings Jason and Alexa have already experienced enough grief for a lifetime, so in this moment of confusion and despair, Alexa  hopes that she can look to her brother for support. But a secret Jason has been keeping from his sister threatens to tear the siblings apart . . . right when they need each other most.

Scott is waiting to hear about his girlfriend, Aimee, who was on a bus with her theater group when the bridge went down. Their relationship has been rocky, but Scott knows that if he can just see Aimee one more time, if she can just make it through this ordeal and he can tell her he loves her, everything will be alright.

And then there’s Skyler, whose sister, Kate – the sister who is more like a mother, the sister who is basically Skyler’s everything – was crossing the bridge when it collapsed. As the minutes tick by without a word from the hospital staff, Skyler is left to wonder how she can possibly move through life without the one person who makes her feel strong when she’s at her weakest.

In his riveting, achingly beautiful debut, Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson guides readers through an emotional and life-changing night as these teens are forced to face the reality of their pasts . . . and the prospect of very different futures.


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Teach Students How to Learn by Saundra Yancy McGuire with Stephanei McGuire For more than a decade Saundra Yancy McGuire has been acclaimed for her presentations and workshops on metacognition and student learning, because the tools and strategies she shares have enabled faculty to facilitate dramatic improvements in student learning and success. This book encapsulates the model and ideas she has developed in the past 15 years, ideas that are being adopted by an increasing number of faculty with considerable effect.





Image result for war brides helen bryanWar Brides by Helen Bryan As war moves ever closer, the sleepy English village of Crowsmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. The nightly German air raids become grimly mundane. Rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge a bond of friendship that will change their lives forever in this engrossing novel of loyalty, loss, and love in the shadow of World War II. 

With the hardships of war intensifying every day, the women band together to defeat formidable enemies and find remarkable strength within themselves to help one another. It is a war-forged loyalty certain to endure years and distance.

When four of the women return for a celebration fifty years later, their mission is not simply to commemorate or remember. They’ve returned to confront a traitor whose actions cost countless lives – and to avenge one of their own at last.


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New materials!! – 01/25/18

We have some new materials coming out, today! From bestselling fantasy fiction to non-fiction that explores the impact of YouTube on today’s culture (and even a DVD based on a classic novel), you’re sure to find something to curl up with, this weekend! Stop by and see us! 🙂

Image result for Videocracy bookVideocracy by Kevin Allocca Whether your favorite YouTube video is a cat on a Roomba, “Gangnam Style,” the “Bed Intruder Song,” an AsapSCIENCE explainer, Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” or the “Evolution of Dance,” Kevin Allocca’s Videocracy reveals how these beloved videos and famous trends – among many others – came to be and why they mean more than you might think.

YouTube is the biggest pool of cultural data since the beginning of recorded communication, with four hundred hours of video uploaded every minute. (It would take you more than sixty-five years just to watch the vlogs, music videos, tutorials, and other content posted in a single day!) This activity reflects who we are, in all our glory and ignominy. As Allocca says, if aliens wanted to understand our planet, he’d give them Google. If they wanted to understand us, he’d give them YouTube.

In Videocracy, Allocca lays bare what YouTube videos say about our society and how our actions online – watching, sharing, commenting on, and remixing the people and clips that captivate us – are changing the face of entertainment, advertising, politics, and more. Via YouTube, we are fueling social movements, enforcing human rights, and redefining art – a lot more than you’d expect from a bunch of viral clips.


Image result for red clocks leni zumasRed Clocks by Leni Zumas In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embyro. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.

Ro, a single high school teacher, is trying to have a baby on her own while also writing a biography of Eiver, a little-known nineteenth-century female polar explorer. Susan is a frustrated mother of two, trapped ina  crumbling marriage. Mattie is the adopted daugther of doting parents and one of Ro’s best students, who finds herself pregnant with nowhere to turn. And Gin is the gifted forest-dwelling herbalist, or “mender,” who brings all their fates together when she’s arrested and put on trial in a frenzied, modern-day witch hunt.

Red Clocks is at once a riveting drama whose mysteries unfold with magnetic energey, and a shattering novel of ideas. In the vein of Margaret Atwood and Eileen Myles, Leni Zumas fearlessly explores the contours of female experience, evoking The Handmaid’s Tale for a new millennium. This is a story of resilience, transformation, and hope in tumultuous – even frightening – times.


Image result for eternal life dara hornEternal Life by Dara Horn Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can’t die. Her recent troubles – widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son – are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem, she’s tried everything to free herself, and only one other person in the world understands: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever. 

But as the twenty-first century begins and her children and grandchildren – consumed with immortality in their own ways, from the frontiers of digital currency to genetic engineering – develop new technologies that could change her fate and theirs, Rachel knows she must find a way out.

Gripping, hilarious, and profoundly moving, Eternal Life celebrates the bonds between generations, the power of faith, the purpose of death, and the reasons for being alive.


Image result for the wind through the keyhole stephen kingThe Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement. 

Roland Deschain and his ka-tet – Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler – encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.

In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man” preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day’s trials by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother often read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” Roland says to Bill. “M and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them.” And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us. 

King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained momentum in the 1980s; and he brought it to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. The Wind Through the Keyhole is sure to fascinate avid fans of the Dark Tower epic. But this novel also stands on its own for all readers, an enchanting and haunting journey to Roland’s world and testimony to the power of Stephen King’s storytelling magic.


Image result for a single shard by linda sue parkA Single Shard by Linda Sue Park Tree-ear has a dream. He has watched the master potter Min take a lump of clay and shape it into a thing of beauty. For Tree-ear the transformation is a miracle. Someday he wants to perform such a miracle himself.

But you cannot just walk up to a master potter and ask him to teach you his craft, especially not if you’re an orphan like Tree-ear. First Tree-ear must prove he is worthy of Min’s time and teachings. So he asks the honorable master if he can work for him, without pay, for the privilege of being near such talent.

Tree-ear has taken his first step toward his dream.

Realizing a dream can be very hard, though. Sometimes, a dream can seem so far away, it almost disappears. But maybe if Tree-ear takes it one hill, one valley, one day at a time, just maybe, he’ll be able to make his dream come true.


Image result for inside out & back againInside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai For all the ten years of her life, Ha has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by, and the beauty of her very own papaya tree. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Ha and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope.

This is the moving story of one girl’s year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next.





Image result for treating people well bermanTreating People Well by Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard In this entertaining handbook to personal and professional success in the modern world, former White House social secretaries Lea Berman, who worked for George and Laura Bush, and Jeremy Bernard, who worked for Barack and Michelle Obama, draw from their daily experiences at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to offer valuable lessons about how to work productively with people from different walks of life and with different points of view. These Washington insiders share what they’ve learned through their own glamorous (and occasionally harrowing) moments with foreign leaders, celebrities, and that most unpredictable of animals – the American politician.

If you feel unsure of yourself in social settings, would like to get along more easily with others, or want to break through to a new level of cooperation with your coworkers, then this book is for you. Here is specific advice about how to exude confidence even when you don’t feel it; establish your reputation as an individual whom people like, trust, and want to help; and develop the social skills crucial to success in our increasingly digitized and divided world. Treating People Well teaches useful techniques while sharing Lea’s and Jeremy’s unlikely paths to the White House – and provides tantalizing insights into the characters of the first ladies and presidents they served.

This is not an old-school etiquette book but, rather, an indispensable primer on what we all want to know: how to walk into a roomful of strangers and make friends, what to do about a difficult colleague, and ways to navigate the sometimes-treacherous waters of social media, outlined in a special chapter on “Virtual Manners.” And for lovers of White House history, it’s also a treasure trove of presidential anecdotes and never-before-published stories from the authors and their fellow former social secretaries as they describe pearl-clutching moments with presidents and first ladies dating back to the Johnson administration.

Charming and pragmatic, Treating People Well is necessary reading – and a call for a return to civility in both public and private life.


Image result for jefferson's daughtersJefferson’s Daughters by Catherine Kerrison Thomas Jefferson had three daughters: Martha and Maria by his wife, Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings. In Jefferson’s Daughters, Catherine Kerrison, a scholar of early American and women’s history, recounts the remarkable journey of these three women – and how their struggle to define themselves reflects both the possibilities and the limitations that resulted from the American Revolution. 

Although the three women shared a father, the similarities end there. Martha and Maria received a fine convent school education while they lived with their father during his diplomatic posting in Paris – a hothouse of intellectual ferment whose celebrated salonnieres are vividly brought to life in Kerrison’s narrative. Once they returned home, however, the sisters found their options limited by the laws and customs of early America.

Harriet Hemings followed a different path. She escaped slavery – apparently with the assistance of Jefferson himself. Leaving Monticello behind, she boarded a coach and set off for a decidedly uncertain future. 

For this groundbreaking triple biography, Kerrison has uncovered never-before-published documents written by the Jefferson sisters when they were in their teens, as well as letters written by members of the Jefferson and Hemings families. She has interviewed Hemings family descendants (and, with their cooperation, initiated DNA testing) and searched for possible descendants of Harriet Hemings.

The eventful lives of Thomas Jefferson’s daughters provide a unique vantage point from which to examine the complicated patrimony of the American Revolution itself. The richly interwoven story of these three strong women and their fight to shape their own destinies sheds new light on the ongoing movement toward human rights in America – and on the personal and political legacy of one of our most controversial Founding Fathers.


Related imageFire and Fury by Michael Wolff  The first nine months of Donald Trump’s term were stormy, outrageous—and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself.

In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. Among the revelations: 

— What President Trump’s staff really thinks of him
— What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama 
— Why FBI director James Comey was really fired
— Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn’t be in the same room
— Who is really directing the Trump administration’s strategy in the wake of Bannon’s firing
— What the secret to communicating with Trump is
— What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers

Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.


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New Materials!! – 01/08/18

Welcome back, DC3! We hope you all had a fun and relaxing break. We’re kicking off Spring semester with some great new materials! Stop by the Library and let us help you find what you’re looking for.

Image result for turtles all the way downTurtles All the Way Down by John Green Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this  brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.


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Year One by Nora Roberts It began on New Year’s Eve. 

The sickness came on suddenly and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed – and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magick rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river – or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west, too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience bu uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.


Image result for the doomsday machine ellsbergThe Doomsday Machine by Daniel Ellsberg Here, for the first time, former high-level defense analyst Daniel Ellsberg reveals his shocking firsthand account of America’s nuclear program in the 1960s. From the remotest air bases in the Pacific Command, where he discovered that the authority to initiate use of nuclear weapons was widely delegated, to the secret plans for general nuclear war under Eisenhower, which, if executed, would cause the near-extinction of humanity, Ellsberg shows that the legacy of this most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization – and its proposed renewal under the Trump administration – threatens our very survival. No other insider with high-level access has written so candidly of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, and nothing has fundamentally changed since that era. 

Framed as a memoir – a chronicle of madness in which Ellsberg acknowledges participating – this gripping expose reads like a thriller and offers feasibile steps we can take to dismantle the existing “doomsday machine” and avoid nuclear catastrophe, returning Ellsberg to his role as whistle-blower. The Doomsday Machine is thus a real-life Dr. Strangelove story and an ultimately hopeful – and powerfully important – book about not just our country, but the future of the world.


Image result for behave sapolskyBehave by Robert M. Sapolsky More than a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky’s genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Sapolsky’s storytelling concept is delightful but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: he starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person’s reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs, and ten hops back in time from there, in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its evolutionary legacy.

And so the first category of explanation is the neurobiological one. A behavior occurs – whether an example of humans at our best, worst, or somewhere in between. What went on in a person’s brain a second before the behavior happened? Then Sapolsky pulls out to a slightly larger field of vision, a little earlier in time: What sight, sound, or smell caused the nervous system to produce that behavior? And then, what hormones acted hours to days earlier to change how responsive that individual was to the stimuli that triggered the nervous system? By now he has increased our field of vision so that we are thinking about neurobiology and the sensory world of our environment and endocrinology in trying to explain what happened.

Sapolsky keeps going: How was that behavior influenced by structural changes in the nervous system over the preceding months, by that person’s adolescence, childhood, fetal life, and then back to his or her genetic makeup? Finally, he expands the view to encompass factors larger than that one individual. How did culture shape that individual’s group, what ecological factors millennia old formed that culture? And on and on, back to evolutionary factors millions of years old.

The result is one of the most dazzling tours d’horizon of the science of human behavior ever attempted, a majestic synthesis that harvests cutting-edge research across a range of disciplines to provide a subtle and nuanced perspective on why we ultimately do the things we do . . . for good and for ill. Sapolsky builds on this understanding to wrestle with some of our deepest and thorniest questions relating to tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, and war and peace. Wise, humane, often very funny, Behave is a towering achievement, powerfully humanizing, and downright heroic in its own right.


Image result for the psychopath insideThe Psychopath Inside by James Fallon For the first fifty-eight years of his life, James Fallon was by all appearances a normal guy. A successful neuroscientist and medical school professor, he’d been raised in a loving, supportive family; married his high school sweetheart; and had three kids and lots of friends.

Then he learned a shocking truth that would not only disrupt his personal and professional life, but also would lead him to question the very nature of his own identity.

The Psychopath Inside tells the fascinating story of Fallon’s reaction to the discovery that he has the brain of a psychopath. While researching serial murderers, he uncovered a distinct neurological pattern in their brain scans that helped explain their cold and violent behavior. A few months later he learned that he was descended from a family with a long line of murderers, which hinted that Fallon’s own brain pattern wasn’t a fluke.

This is Fallon’s account of coming to grips with this discovery and its implications, especially the fact that humans are even more complex than we can imagine.


Image result for the saboteur kixThe Saboteur by Paul Kix A scion of one of the most storied families in France, Robert de La Rochefoucauld was raised in a magnificent chateaux and educated in Europe’s finest schools. When the Nazis invaded and imprisoned his father, La Rochefoucauld escaped to England and learned the dark arts of anarchy and combat – cracking safes and planting bombs and killing with his bare hands – from a collection of British spies, beloved by Winston Churchill, who altered the war in Europe with their covert tactics. With his newfound skills, La Rochefoucauld returned to France and organized Resistance cells, blew up fortified compounds and munitions factories, interfered with Germany’s wartime missions, and executed Nazi officers. Caught by the Germans, La Rochefoucauld withstood months of torture and escaped his own death sentence, not once but twice.

More than just a fast-paced, real-life thriller, The Saboteur is also a deep dive into an endlessly fascinating historical moment, revealing the previously untold story of a network of commandos who battled evil, bravely worked to change the course of history, and helped inspire the creation of America’s own Central Intelligence Agency.


Image result for prairie fires fraserPrairie Fires by Caroline Fraser Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls – the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser – the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series – masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder’s tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books.

The Little House books, for all the hardships they describe, are paeans to the pioneer spirit, portraying it as triumphant against all odds. But Wilder’s real life was harder and grittier than that, a story of relentless struggle, rootlessness, and poverty. It was only in her sixties, after losing nearly everything in the Great Depression, that she turned to children’s books, recasting her hardscrabble childhood as a celebratory vision of homesteading – and achieving fame and fortune in the process, in one  of the most astonishing rags-to-riches episodes in American letters.

Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder’s dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. With fresh insights and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day.


Image result for the clayton chronicles starkThe Clayton Chronicles by Edwin Stark It’s the summer of 1971, and strange events are taking place in the small East coast town of Nosfort, Massachusetts. A corpse turns up with strange marks on its neck, key people in the town are disappearing – and who are those pale, sharp-toothed strangers the townsfolk can’t seem to see?

For Sheriff Clayton Harris, there can be only one possible conclusion. But how can one lone lawman take on the nest of bloodsuckers that has taken root in his town? With the help of an undead sidekick, of course!

Come inside and meet Sheriff Harris and Sherwin Williams, the sheriff/vampire duo that joins efforts to save the imperiled town of Nosfort from its impending doom!



Image result for cuentos edwin starkCuentos by Edwin Stark A doomed vampire hunter. A kid trapped in the sewers with an undead thing. A town that could be yours . . . but hides a terrible, dark secret. A scary cosmic balance. A dead brother and his revenge beyond the grave.

An unspeakable future and three eerie girls: all these elements lurk within Cuentos, this collection of eight short stories and two short novellas that may make you reconsider how you contemplate darkness . . . after you’re finished reading it.






Image may contain: one or more people and textBlood Fever by Simone Beaudelaire It is the spring of 1945 and the War in Europe is ending, but the sultry nights of New Orleans’s French Quarter conceal a danger even greater to the future of humanity. Standing alone against this ancient, bloodthirsty evil, scientist Philippe Dumont races against time to cure a disease that resembles yellow fever . . . but is not.

Budding researcher Daphne Delaney joins Philippe in hopes of preventing an undead despot from launching his own quest for global dominance. Daunting though the task may seem, neither Daphne nor Philippe can grasp the scope of the danger they face, nor of the passion they will find in each other.

From urban New Orleans to the depths of the bayou, Philippe must chase the monster who terrorized his youth to save the woman he loves. But the Vampire King will not rest until both lovers belong to him . . . for all eternity.


Image result for polar heart beaudelairePolar Heart by Simone Beaudelaire Polar bear shapeshifter Russell Tadzea is content with his rather isolated life in a small central Alaskan town. He has friends, work, and a congenial, yet cautious relationship with his family.

That is until the arrival of a kindergarten teacher from the lower 48 blows Russell’s comfortable world to pieces. One whiff of Riley Jenkins’ compelling scent, and Russ is a goner.

But how can he explain all that he is to this innocent young woman? And will her own dark past interfere with their ability to turn a fated love into a happily-ever-after?




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We’ll see you soon! 🙂

New Books!! – 11/30/17

We have a handful of new books coming out on this cold, blustery day. Stop by the library, warm up, and check out one of our new titles:

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The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the Slave Quilt codes and hiding her maps within her paintings. As the country steers toward civil war, Sarah faces difficult sacrifices that could put all she loves in peril.

A century and a half later, Eden Anderson, reeling from personal disappointment, moves with her husband to an old house in suburban Washington, D.C., a last-ditch effort to save their marriage and start a family. In the house’s cellar, she discovers a long-hidden porcelain doll that holds extraordinary secrets from the days of the Underground Railroad. Sarah and Eden’s connection soon bridges the past with the present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way, illustrating the ways in which history and destiny are interconnected on one enormous, intricate map.


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Brotherband: The Caldera by John Flanagan In Hallasholm, Stig is contesting the annual Maktig competition to decide Skandia’s greatest warrior. But a late-night knock on the door brings someone Stig never expected to see again, along with a request the Herons are hard-pressed to refuse: a rescue mission of epic proportions.

Across the ocean, the southern city-state of Byzantos is plagued by a crew of pirates who’ve kidnapped the son of Empress Justina. Slipping out of Hallasholm under the cover of darkness, the brotherband sets sail to recover the boy from his kidnappers, heading south to the island of Santorillos, where a near-impenetrable fortress stands atop a cliff, surrounded by a lagoon – a caldera – formed by the crater of a volcano.

In this explosive seventh book in the action-packed Brotherband Chronicles, the Herons battle pirates amid stormy seas as the fate of an empire rests on their shoulders.


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Alive in Shape and Color edited by Lawrence Block Even before Lawrence Block could rest on his laurels from In Sunlight or in Shadow, a question arose. What would he do for an encore?

Any number of artists have produced evocative work, paintings that could trigger a literary response. But none came to mind who could equal Hopper in turning out canvas after canvas. If no single artist could take Hopper’s place, how about a full palette of them? Suppose each author was invited to select a painting from the whole panoply of visual art – from the cave drawings at Lascaux to a contemporary abstract canvas on which the paint has barely dried.

And what a dazzling response! Joyce Carol Oates picked Le Beaux Jours by Balthus. Warren Moore chose Salvador Dali’s The Pharmacist of Ampurdam Seeking Absolutely Nothing. Michael Connelly, who sent Harry Bosch to Chicago for a close look at Nighthawks, now turns to The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. S.J. Rozan finds a story in Hokusai’s The Great Wave, while Jeffery Deaver’s “A Significant Find” draws its inspiration from – yes – those prehistoric cave drawings at Lascaux. And Kristine Kathryn Rusch moves from painting to sculpture and selects Rodin.

In artists ranging from Art Frahm and Norman Rockwell to Rene Magritte and Clifford Still, the impressive concept goes on to include Thomas Pluck, Sarah Weinman, David Morrell, Joe R. Lansdale, Jill D. Block, Justin Scott, Jonathan Santlofer, Gail Levin, Nicholas Chirostpher, and Lee Child, with each story accompanied in color by the work of art that inspired it.


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Almost Gone by John Baldwin and Mackenzie Baldwin In this intensely gripping, yet intimately personal true story, you will get an inside look into the minds and actions of a bewildered father and a deceived but determined teenage daughter. Raised in a solid Christian home in Plano, Texas, Mackenzie Baldwin was seduced online by a charming young man from Kosovo. She was deftly manipulated by this handsome stranger to secretly leave her family, friends, and home country to be his bride in a strict Muslim environment. 

In these pages you’ll read the riveting parallel experiences of John Baldwin and his daughter, Mackenzie – each candidly sharing the harrowing fourteen-month experience that almost tore their family apart and placed a naive high school senior in a position where she could have been lost to herself and her family forever.

When the FBI became involved, Mackenzie was confronted with the reality and danger of her situation. You’ll feel the desperation, the despair, the hope, and the joy of this family that finally reunited and courageously stepped froward to tell the truth. More than a cautionary tale, this is the compelling story of unconditional love and unwavering commitment to a daughter . . . no matter what. 


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Breaking Free by Rachel Jeffs Rachel Jeffs grew up at her father’s side as he attained power and ultimate control of the FLDS Church, a strict patriarchal culture where the women are subordinte to the men, and everyone is at the mercy of an increasingly unstable Prophet. Living outside mainstream Mormonism and federal law, Warren Jeffs established a cult in which members are brainwashed to do his bidding; underage girls are married to men they don’t know; parents are separated from their children; and people are cast out forever at the Prophet’s merest whim. Even after the FBI placed Warren Jeffs on its Ten Most Wanted List and he received a life sentence for child sexual assault, Jeffs’s iron grip on the church remains firm and his edicts to his followers grow increasingly restrictive and bizarre.

In Breaking Free, Rachel Jeffs offers a stunning look at life inside this notorious cult from the unique perspective of being both the favorite of Warren Jeffs’s more than fifty children and the object of his most depraved “revelations.” Compelled into an arranged polygamous marriage, locked away in “houses of hiding” as punishment for perceived transgressions, and physically separated from her children, Rachel – Jeff’s first plural daughter by the second of his more than seventy wives – eventually faced a terrible decision: should s he stay in this hell, or should she leave everything and everyone she’d ever known?

A shocking and mesmerizing story of faith, abuse, and courage, Breaking Free is both an expose of religious extremism and a portrait of extraordinary resilience. 


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Victoria & Albert: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan More than sixteen million viewers watched the first season of the MASTERPIECE presentation of Victoria, created and written by Daisy Goodwin – one of the highest-rated PBS dramas in twenty years, second only to Downton Abbey. But what happened after the Queen married her handsome prince? Did they live happily ever after, or did their marriage, like so many royal marriages past and present, fizzle into a loveless round of duty?

This all-new companion book by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan transports us to the private world of Victoria and Albert. Though first cousins, they could not have been more different: Victoria was impulsive, emotional, and capricious, Albert cautious, self-controlled, and logical. But together they forged a bond – with each other and with their people – that would change the world. Drawing on letters and diaries and fresh insights into royal history, this gorgeous book charts the constant ebb and flow of power within the couple’s surprisingly ardent and modern marriage.

Sumptuously illustrated and full of rich insider detail, Victoria and Albert takes us behind the scenes of the magnificent TV drama, including fascinating, in-depth information on the actors, the props, and the costumes – and bringing an extraordinary royal marriage even more fully to life.


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Dollars and Sense by Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler We think of money as numbers, values, and amounts, but when it comes down to it, when we actually use our money, we engage our hearts more than our heads. Emotions play a powerful role in shaping our financial behavior, often making us our own worst enemies as we try to save, access value, and spend responsibly. In Dollars and Sense, bestselling author and behavioral economist Dan Ariely teams up with financial comedian and writer Jeff Kreisler to challenge many of our most basic assumptions about the precarious relationship between our brains and our money. In doing so, they undermine many of personal finance’s most sacred beliefs and explain how we can override some of our own instincts to make better financial choices. 

Exploring a wide range of everyday topics – from the lure of pain-free spending with credit cards to the pitfalls of household budgeting to the seductive power of holiday sales – Ariely and Kreisler demonstrate how our misplaced confidence in our spending habits frequently leads us astray, costing us more than we realize, whether it’s the real value of the time we spend driving forty-five minutes to save $10 or our inability to properly assess what the things we buy are actually worth. Together Ariely and Kreisler reveal the emotional forces working against us and how we can counteract them. Mixing case studies and anecdotes with concrete advice and lessons, they cut through the unconscious fears and desires driving our worst financial instincts and teach us how to improve our money habits.

The result not only reveals the rationale behind our most head-scratching financial choices but also offers clear guidance for navigating the treacherous financial landscape of the brain. Fascinating, engaging, funny, and essential, Dollars and Sense provides the practical tools we need to understand and improve our financial choices, save and spend smarter, and ultimately live better. 

Our 2nd Annual Holiday Make and Take is Happening Now!

DC3 Library is hosting our 2nd Annual Holiday Make & Take from now until supplies run out! (Supplies are limited, so be sure to stop by soon!) We have lots of holiday crafts that we have prepared examples of, along with directions and supplies so you can get to work making your own!! 🙂 How much does this cost?? Absolutely nothing!! It’s all 100% FREE!!

Each year, we like to host at least one crafting event to showcase our Makerspace and to get your wheels turning about the different ways that you can use the FREE materials in our library to create a wide variety of things.

This year, we have: a Bottle Scarecrow, A Frosted Glass Snowman, a Secret Compartment Book, Wine Cork & Cinnamon Stick Ornaments, Candy Cane Wreaths, and a Book Page Decorative Snowflake. See pictures below:

The time for this activity is whenever is convenient for you within our hours of operation. Come in any time between the hours of 8 AM and 9 PM M-Th, 8 AM and 4 PM Friday and 6 PM and 9PM Sunday. All you have to bring is yourself and your excitement for crafting! 🙂 Happy Holidays!! We’ll see you soon!! 🙂