New Books!! – 06/06/17

We hope you are enjoying your summer, DC3! Beat the heat by coming into the Library and checking out one of our new books!

Image result for undoctored william davisUndoctored by William Davis, MD In his New York Times bestseller Wheat Belly, Dr. William Davis changed the lives of millions of people by teaching them to remove grains from their diets to reverse years of chronic health damage. Now, he goes beyond cutting grains to help you take charge of your own health in Undoctored. This groundbreaking expose reveals how millions of people are given dietary recommendations crafted by big business, are prescribed unnecessary medications, and undergo unwarranted procedures to feed revenue-hungry healthcare systems.

With Undoctored, the code to health care has been cracked – Dr. Davis will help you create a comprehensive program to reduce, reverse, and cure hundreds of common health conditions and break your dependence on prescription drugs. By applying simple strategies while harnessing the collective wisdom of new online technologies, you can break free of a healthcare industry that puts profits over health.

Undoctored is the spark of a new movement in health that places the individual, not the doctor, at the center. His plan contains features like:

  • A step-by-step guide to eliminating prescription medications
  • Tips on how to distinguish good medical advice from bad.
  • 42 recipes to guide you through the revolutionary 6-week program

Undoctored gives you all the tools you need to manage your own health and sidestep the misguided motives of a profit-driven medical system.

 

Image result for women who workWomen Who Work by Ivanka Trump Our grandmothers fought for the right to work. Our mothers fought for the choice to be in an office or to stay at home. Our generation is the first to fully embrace and celebrate the fact that our lives are multidimensional. Thanks to the women who came before us and paved the way, we can create the lives we want to lead- which look different for each of us.

I’ve been fortunate to be able to build my career around my passions, from real estate to fashion. But my professional titles only begin to describe who I am and what I value. I have been an executive and an entrepreneur, but also – and just as importantly – a wife, mother, daughter, and friend. To me, “work” encompasses my efforts to succeed in all of these areas.

After appearing on The Apprentice years ago and receiving a flood of letters from young women asking for guidance, I realized the need for more female leaders to speak out publicly in order to change the way society thinks and talks about “women who work.” So I created a forum to do just that. This book evolves the conversation that started on IvankaTrump.com, where so many incredible women (and men!) have shared their exdperiences, advice, ambitions, and passions.

Women who work lead meetings and train for marathons. We learn how to cook and how to code. We inspire our employees and our children. We innovate at our current jobs and start new businesses.

Women Who Work will equip you with the best skills I’ve learned from some amazing people I’ve met, on subjects such as identifying opportunities, shifting careers smoothly, negotiating, leading teams, starting companies, managing work and family, and helping change the system to make it better for women – now and in the future. I hope it will inspire you to redefine success and architect a life that honors your individual passions and priorities, in a way only you can.

 

DImage result for dinner with dimaggioinner with DiMaggio by Dr. Rock Positano and John Positano Dinner with DiMaggio is the story of the remarkable friendship between American icon Joe DiMaggio and Dr. Rock Positano, who became DiMaggio’s most trusted friend in New York in the last decade of the Yankee Clipper’s life.

In 1990, Positano, a foot and ankle specialist at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, was awed to meet a new patient, Joe DiMaggio. Botched surgery on DiMaggio’s right heel had contributed to his early retirement, and that heel had continued to bother him for decades. After Positano successfully treated DiMaggio, the relationship between the two men deepened beyond doctor and patient. Both from working-class Italian families, the men shared similar values and greatly respected each other’s work ethic.

Even though Positano was too young to have seen DiMaggio play baseball, he became Joe’s confidant. When Joe was in town, Positano escorted him around New York and helped him to enjoy the city as he could not have done at the height of his career. Over frequent dinners, the very private DiMaggio opened up about some of the happiest – and darkest – moments of his life, from his playing days with the Yankees to his brief marriage to Marilyn Monroe to his troubled relationship with his son. Many of the stories Joe told Positano are little known. Joe became a father to Positano and trusted his young friend to protect him from unwanted intrusions.

As close as they were, Positano, like everyone else, had to respect Joe’s rules: jacket and tie at dinner and public events, strangers forbidden at the table unless Joe had cleared them in advance, no unexpected deviations from a plan, and, most important, no questions about his personal life. Positano saw up close how celebrity had led the start to compartmentalize his life so that no one person knew everything about him. He fiercely guarded his image. Only children seemed to melt Joe’s icy reserve, perhaps because of his regrets about his estrangement from his only son and his fondness for his granddaughters and great-granddaughters.

Dinner with DiMaggio is an intimate account of how a celebrated icon overcame his suspicions that people always wanted something from him to forge a trusting relationship, as told by the friend who came to know him as well as anyone could.

 

Image result for deadmen walking kenyonDeadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon To catch evil, takes evil.

Enter Devyl Bane – an ancient warlord who has absolutely no love of humanity. Yet to return to the human realm as one of the most notorious pirates in the Spanish Main for the sake of vengeance, he makes a bitter bargain with Thorn – an immortal Hellchaser charged with battling the worst monsters the ancient gods ever releasedinto our world. Monsters and demons Bane himself once commanded against Thorn and the humans.

For aeons, those demons have been locked behind enchanted gates . . . which are starting to buckle. Now, Bane, with a vicious crew of Deadmen at his command, is humanity’s last hope to restore the gates and return the damned to their eternal prisons.

But things are never so simple. And one of his biggest vexations, aside from keeping his crew from killing one another before they have a chance to save humanity, is the very ship he sails upon. For Mara, the Sea Witch isn’t just a vessel: she’s also a woman born of an ancient race Bane helped to destroy. And sister to the possessed creature who is one of the worst of those trying to break through to claim his soul and retake the world. 

Mara’s innate hatred of him makes the very fires of hell look like a sauna –  not that he blames her. Centuries of war and betrayal divide them. But if Mara can’t find the humanity inside the Devyl and the Devyl can’t teach Mara to embrace her darker side for the good of their crew and the world, the two of them will go down in flames and take us all with them.

Deadmen Walking is the first historical fantasy title in #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Deadman’s Cross series. It is a fiery tale of betrayal, loss, emotions that wound and heal . . . and ultimate redemption.

 

Image result for silver like dustSilver Like Dust by Kimi Cunningham Grant Kimi Grant’s Obaachan, her grandmother, had always been a silent presence throughout her youth. Sipping tea by the fire or preparing sushi for the family, Obaachan was a missing link to Kimi’s Japanese heritage, something she had had a mixed relationship with all her life. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, all Kimi ever wanted was to fit in, spurning traditional Japanese culture and her grandfather’s attempts to teach her the language.

Yet one thing haunted Kimi – her gentle yet proud Obaachan was once a prisoner, along with 112,000 Japanese-Americans. Obaachan never spoke of those years. It was a source of haji, or shame. But what really happened to Obaachan, then a young woman, and the thousands of other men, women, and children like her?

From the turmoil, racism, and paranoia that sprang up after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, to the terrifying train ride to Heart Mountain, Silver Like Dust captures a vital chapter of the Japanese-American experience through the journey of one remarkable woman and the enduring bonds of family.

 

Image result for keep moving dick van dykeKeep Moving by Dick Van Dyke You don’t have to act your age. You don’t even have to feel it. And if it does attempt to elbow its way into your life, you do not have to pay attention. If I am out shopping and hear music playing in a store, I start to dance. If I want to sing, I sing. I read books and get excited about new ideas. I enjoy myself. I don’t think about the way I am supposed to act at my age – or at any age. As far as I know, there is no manual for old age. There is no test you have to pass. There is no way you have to behave. There is no such thing as ‘age appropriate.’

When people ask my secret to staying youthful at an age when getting up and down from your chair on your own is considered an accomplishment, you know what I tell them?

Keep moving.

 

Image result for our crime was being jewishOur Crime Was Being Jewish by Anthony S. Pitch In the shouted words of a woman bound for Auschwitz to a man about to escape from a cattle car, “If you get out, maybe you can tell the story! Who else will tell it?”

Our Crime Was Being Jewish contains 576 vivid memories of 358 Holocaust survivors. These are the true, insider stories of victims, told in their own words. They include the experiences of teenagers who saw their parents and siblings sent to the gas chambers; of starving children beaten for trying to steal a morsel of food; of people who saw their friends commit suicide to save themselves from the daily agony they endured. The recollections are from the start of the war—the home invasions, the Gestapo busts, and the ghettos—as well as the daily hell of the concentration camps and what actually happened inside.

Six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, and this hefty collection of stories told by its survivors is one of the most important books of our time. It was compiled by award-winning author Anthony S. Pitch, who worked with sources such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to get survivors’ stories compiled together and to supplement them with images from the war. These memories must be told and held onto so what happened is documented; so the lives of those who perished are not forgotten—so history does not repeat itself.

 

Image result for among the enemy genirbergAmong the Enemy by Sam Genirberg  Sasha, a Jewish youth from Ukraine, runs from the Dubno ghetto in October of 1942, at the urging of his mother, who knows that any day the Germans will come for them and kill them. To survive, he uses falsified identity documents to join a transport of non-Jews conscripted for compulsory labor in Germany. In the homeland of his enemy, he hides in plain sight for almost three years.

He is repeatedly forced to flee when suspicions and rumors that he might be Jewish threaten his life. Each day he faces new challenges: whether he is being questioned by the Gestapo after running away from a job or being examined by a German physician who may well discover that he is circumcised.

He lives with the loneliness and isolation of not being able to share with anyone the secret of who he really is, as well as his daily fear of being discovered. He must constantly remain on guard with everyone: his co-workers, his German bosses, and even the woman who professes to love him.

This incredible memoir documents one young man’s determination to remain alive during the Holocaust. It is a narrative of anguish, identity confusion, triumph over adversity, and ultimately a final escape to the West to reclaim the identity and ideals of his youth.

 

Image result for giant of the senateGiant of the Senate by Al Franken  This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect.

It’s a book about what happens when the nation’s foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

It’s a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.
In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics.
Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves.
Image result for lou by lou piniella bookLou by Lou Piniella with Bill Madden For over fifty years, Lou Piniella has been a fixture in Major League Baseball, making a name for himself first as a player on the legendary New York Yankees of the 1970s and later as a manager for five different teams: the Yankees, the Reds, the Mariners, the Rays, and the Cubs.

Now, in this raucous and entertaining memoir, Piniella opens up about his lifetime in the game, telling never-before-heard stories about electrifying wins, painful losses, and why sometimes your only option is to get in an umpire’s face. Tracing his baseball life from its journeyman beginnings in the minors, he discusses how he came of age as a player during the wild years of the Bronx Zoo, when personalities like Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson, Catfish Hunter, and Billy Martin made the Yankee locker room the most controversial and colorful place in baseball. With surprising  candor, he details his close yet often contentious reltionship with George Steinbrenner, offering a unique portrait of one of the game’s most provocative figures, a man who mentored and supported Lou as a player and a manager while ultimately making life with the Yankees unsustainable for him. 

Stormy as his time in New York was, it was only the start of Lou’s fiery career. From managing the Cincinnati Reds and their divisive owner, Marge Schott, to a World Series win, to transforming the perennially cellar-dwelling Seattle Mariners into one of the league’s best teams, he recalls his experiences—both hilarious and heartbreaking—with some of the brightest stars from the last twenty-five years, including Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, and Ichiro Suzuki. For the first time, Lou also describes his important but little-known friendship with Alex Rodriguez, sharing how they formed a connection early in Alex’s time with Seattle that spanned decades, teams, and scandals, as Lou  helped Alex through his most tumultuous episodes.

Whether facing the difficulties of managing his home team in Tampa Bay or helping the Cubs win back-to-back division championships, Lou brings an unforgettable and feisty voice to his rollercoaster ride of a career, going inside the fights, pranks, and seemingly impossible comebacks that defined every Lou Piniella team. Featuring a huge cast of Hall of Fame characters and uproarious stories from three generations of baseball, Lou offers a bridge to a rapidly disappearing era, a time when baseball was a bit more fun, when passion was a virtue, and when kicking a bit of dirt on an umpire was good for everyone.

 

Image result for composed by rosanne cashComposed by Rosanne Cash For over three decades, Rosanne Cash has been one of the most compelling figures in popular music, having moved gracefully from Nashville stardom to acclaim as a singer-songwriter and author of essays and short stories. Her remarkable body of work has often been noted for its emotional acuity, its rich and resonant imagery, and its unsparing honesty. Those qualities have enabled her to establish a unique intimacy with her audiences, and it is those qualities that inform her long-awaited memoir.

Composed is the story of an artist finding her voice – both figuratively and literally – in the context of her family legacy, of the commercial imperatives of the music business, and of a desire to preserve some measure of privacy in a life that has been too often subjected to public scrutiny. Beginning with a childhood spent on an almost surreal, snake-infested Southern California hilltop, Cash traces her fraught relationship with her father, country legend Johnny Cash, whose frequent absences and struggles with drugs left her mother, Vivian, disappointed and bitter. She shares her memories of a comical stint at a job in London, a hapless twenty-year-old desperate to find her own style, and of cutting her own first record on a German label. She recalls gradually working her way to chart-topping success, her marriage to Rodney Crowell – a union that made them country music’s premier couple – and the composition and recording of the landmark album Interiors. After leaving Nashville and Crowell for New York, she confronts the loss of her parents, charting the course of her mourning through music, and finds fulfillment in motherhood and in her husband and musical collaborator, John Leventhal.

As moving, disarming, and elusive as one of her classic songs, Composed is Rosanne Cash’s luminous testament to the power of art, tradition, and love to transform a life.

 

Image result for why the west was wildWhy the West Was Wild by Nyle H. Miller and Joseph W. Snell Nyle H. Miller and Joseph W. Snell’s Why the West Was Wild is the unabridged and unsurpassed collection of material assembled on the famous and infamous personalities of Kansas cowtowns, including legendary figures such as “Wild Bill” Hickok, Bat Masterson, and Doc Holliday, and such locales as Abilene, Wichita, Caldwell, and Dodge City. First published by the Kansas State Historical Society, these portraits are based on research in newspapers, legal records, letters, and diaries contemporary to these legendary figures. This anniversary volume is the first complete edition to appear in forty years.

 

 

Image result for the train to crystal cityThe Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell From 1942 to 1945, secret government trains regularly delivered US civilians to Crystal City, a small desert town at the southern tip of Texas. The trains carried Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and their American-born children. The vast majority were deeply loyal to the United States, were never charged with any crime, and did not understand why they had been forced to leave their homes. 

The only family internment camp during World War II, Crystal City was the center of a secret government prisoner exchange program. During the war, hundreds of prisoners in Crystal City, including their children, were exchanged for other, ostensibly more important Americans – diplomats, businessmen, soldiers, physicians, and missionaries – behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany.

Haunted by the story for decades, Jan Jarboe Russell interviewed more than fifty living internees from the camp and gained access to private journals, diaries, FBI files, camp administration records, and other documents. Focusing her story on two American-born teenage girls, Russell assembles a vivid reconstruction of their years spent in the camp, their families’ subsequent respective journeys to war-devastated Germany and Japan, and their years-long attempt to survive and return to the United States. Their stories of day-to-day life at the camp, from the ten-foot-high security fence to the armed guards, daily roll call, and censored mail, have never been told.

The Train to Crystal City reveals the wartime hysteria against the Japanese and Germans in America, FDR’s secret tactics to rescue POWs in Germany and Japan, how the definition of American citizenship changed under the pressure of war, and, above all, a tale of resilience and patriotism against overwhelming odds.

 

Image result for survival in the shadows lovenheimSurvival in the Shadows by  Barbara Lovenheim In January 1943, unable to flee Germany, the four members of the Arndt family went underground to avoid deportation to Auschwitz. Ellen Lewinsky, and her mother, Charlotte, joined them; a year later, Bruno Gumpel arrived. Hiding in a small factory near Hitler’s bunker, without identification cards or food-ration stamps, they were dependent on German strangers for survival.

When Russian soldiers finally rescued the group in April 1945, the families were near death from starvation. But their will to live triumphed and two months later, four of the survivors – Erich Arndt and Ellen Lewinsky, and Ruth Arndt and Bruno Gumpel – reunited in a double wedding ceremony.

Survival in the Shadows chronicles the previously untold story of the largest group of German Jews to have survived hiding in Berlin through the final and most deadly years of the Holocaust.

As told to author Barbara Lovenheim by three members of the group, this is a riveting and touching portrayal of the bravery of these seven Jews, and a heartfelt acknowledgement of the fortitude and humanity of the compassionate Germans who kept them alive.

 

Image result for ernest hemingway dearbornErnest Hemingway by Mary V. Dearborn His writing was taken up with notions of human dignity and worth, “the necessity of man’s freedom, of personal honor,” notions by which a man should live and die in a world that had lost the possibility of hope. (“In life, one must [first of all] endure,” said Hemingway.)

Mary V. Dearborn’s is the first full biography of Hemingway in more than fifteen years, the first to be written by a woman, the first to fully explore the causes of his suicide and to substantially deepen our understanding of the man, the artist, the self-created larger-than-life force who became Ernest Hemingway.

Drawing on newly available materials – among them, the vast collection of papers left behind when Hemingway fled Cuba in 1960; his medical records; his complete FBI file detailing his wartime experience; the newly opened files of the KGB; the papers of his mistress, and those of his sister revealing the profound turmoil of the Hemingway family, as well as the previously overlooked letters of his mother, Grace, opera singer and painter, whose startling and illuminating correspondence reveals her decades-long romantic attachment to a woman while married to Ed Hemingway – Dearborn gives us Hemingway the man who found it difficult to give and receive love and maintain friendships, unless it was “all for Hemingway.”

We see the development of his writing (the self-proclaimed influences: from Mark Twain, Flaubert, and Stendhal to Bach, Mozart, Bruegel, and Cezanne, and, most crucial of all, “the [Gertrude] steining of Hemingway”); his emergence as a startlingly contemporary figure – not least in the gender experimentation and sexual role-playing that until now have been dismissed as “gender confusion.”

And we see his four marriages, each one a reflection of how he saw himself: the first to the financially independent Hadley Richardson, the wife most like his mother, whose unadorned way of living mirrored his upbringing . . . his marriage to the chic Pauline Pfeiffer, writer for Paris Vogue, assistant to Main Bocher, the epitome of the glamorous world into which Hemingway was being welcomed and celebrated . . . his marriage to Martha Gellhorn, war correspondent, as Hemingway became politicized and went to fight against Fascism with Loyalists in Spain. Gellhron, as much of an artist as her husband, refused to give up her view of herself for Hemingway’s demands and expectations. And Mary Welsh, the boyish writer, adventurer, correspondent, willing to keep up with Hemingway in his pursuits and become his caretaker, as he, from his forties on, became undone by alcohol and too many prescribed pills.

Hemingway’s life is a large story – the giant personality, the hidden demons, the hard-core values left behind, and the carefree childhood that carried him along until “everything went to hell,” as he said, and it all blew up. Here is the richest, most nuanced portrait to date of this complex American artist, whose darkness, drive, and vision of courage; whose ambition, self-control, and grace under pressure; and whose eleven novels (four published posthumously) and five short story collections, informed – and are still informing – fiction writing generations after his death.

 

Image result for fallen trees stan fingerFallen Trees by Stan Finger Robbie Richten is at a crossroads, both personally and professionally. A promising relationship has faded. His freelance writing career in Kansas City is withering. He returns to his childhood home, a family farm in central Kansas, hoping to sort out his future.

While there, he crosses paths with a friend and former classmate who has suffered a devastating loss. They connect anew, prompting Robbie to wonder if something more is possible. But then Robbie’s ex-girlfriend in Kansas City reaches out, seeking another chance.

As he struggles to revive his writing career, Robbie finds himself torn between two women.

Where will his heart lead him?

 

Other new books: A Time to Stand: The Epic of the Alamo by Walter Lord; Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family by Miep Gies and Alison Leslie Gold; Behind the Fireplace: Memoirs of a Girl Working in the Dutch Resistance by Andrew Scott and Grietje Okma Scott; Mind Over Meds by Andrew Weil, MD; Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams

We’ll see you soon! 🙂

New Books!! – 05/01/17

Happy May Day, DC3! The sun is shining and we have some great new books for you to read between finals! 🙂

 

Image result for perfect cecelia ahern bookPerfect by Cecilia Ahern Ever since Judge Crevan declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carric, the only person she can trust. 

But Celestine has a secret – one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or risk her life to save all Flawed people.

Celestine’s story comes to an end in this heart-pounding finale.

 

 

Image result for Alex & ElizaAlex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about, preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters – Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival those of both her sister, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.

Still, Eliza can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck – as an orphan, and a bastard one at that – to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet on that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

In the pages of Alex & Eliza, #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz brings to life the romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.

 

Image result for hunted meagan spoonerHunted by Meagan Spooner Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones – and in her blood.

But Yeva’s grown up far from her father’s old lodge, raised to be part of the city’s highest caste of aristocrats. Still, she’s never forgotten the feel of a bow in her hands, and she’s spent a lifetime longing for the freedom of the hunt.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronesses . . . or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman.

But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sister’s protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back to his own territory – a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s heard about only in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin – or salvation.

Who will survive: the Beauty or the Beast?

 

Image result for bull david elliottBull by David Elliott See the story of Theseus and the minotar in a whole new light.

Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda did in Hamilton, the New York Times best-selling author David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse, Bull will have readers reevaluating one of mythology’s most infamous monsters.

 

 

 

 

 

Image result for blood rose rebellionBlood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves Born into high British society, Anna Arden has been groomed for a position she will never fill. Though a member of the Luminates – the ruling class who use magic to exercise power – Anna cannot perform the simplest spells. But sometimes, by accident, she breaks them. After drawing unwanted attention from the magical elite, Anna is sent from England to her family’s once powerful but now oppressed native Hungary.

Her life might as well be over.

But Anna soon realizes that nothing is as it seems. The people around her hold dangerous secrets – from her aloof cousin Noemi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gabor to the magic-wielding Luminates. The society she’s known all her life is crumbling into discontent. And her lack of magic may mean more than she imagines.

In the company of nobles, revolutionaries and Romani, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her gift, spark a rebellion, and change the world forever.

Blood Rose Rebellion is the first book in a thrilling new fantasy trilogy bursting with magic, romance, and danger.

 

Image result for in darkling wood emma carrollIn Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll When Alice’s brother is finally granted the opportunity to receive a heart transplant, Alice is suddenly bundled off to her estranged grandmother Nell’s house. There’s nothing good about staying with Nell, except the beautiful Darkling Wood at the end of her garden. But for some reason, Nell wants to have it cut down.

Alice is at home in the woods. It’s the only place she feels at peace when she thinks about her brother, and she even finds a friend there – Flo. But Flo doesn’t go to the local school, and no one in town has heard of her.

After Flo shows Alice the surprising secrets of Darkling Wood, Alice wonders: What is real? Will saving the wood help her brother recover? And can one little girl defend something so despised and feared? In Darkling Wood is a charming story about friendship, loss, hope, and the power of believing in something greater than the physical world.

 

Image result for old school o'reillyOld School by Bill O’Reilly and Bruce Feirstein When it comes to the way you view the world, there are two teams, Old School vs. Snowflake. Bill O’Reilly and Bruce Feirstein are both old friends and Old School. They were raised in old-fashioned, working-class families and learned how to value a dollar, respect their elders, show up on time, and say what they mean. They met in college but then their paths diverged. Feirstein wrote a bestseller titled Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche and settled down in the land of the Snowflake – Hollywood. O’Reilly prospered in the place of his birth, New York City, educating millions on television about Old School values and principles. Now, from different points of view, they’ve come together to explain what’s at stake in the battle between Old School and Snowflake values. But first – which side are you on?

 

Image result for an american sicknessAn American Sickness by Elizabeth Rosenthal In these troubled times, perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and completely than American medicine. In only a few decades, the medical system has been overrun by organizations seeking to exploit for profit the trust that vulnerable and sick Americans place in their healthcare. Our politicians have proven themselves either unwilling or unable to rein in the increasingly outrageous costs faced by patients, and market-based solutions seem only to funnel larger and larger sums of money into the hands of corporations. Impossibly high insurance premiums and inexplicably large bills have become facts of life; fatalism has set in. Very rapidly Americans have been made to accept paying more for less. How did things get so bad so fast?

Breaking down this monolithic business into the individual industries – the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and drug manufacturers – that together constitute our healthcare system, Rosenthal exposes the recent evolution of American medicine as never before. How did healthcare, the caring endeavor, become healthcare, the highly profitable industry? Hospital systems, which are managed by business executives, seizing their homes. Research charities are in bed with big pharmaceutical companies, which surreptitiously profit from the donations made by working people. Patients receive bills in code, from entrepreneurial doctors they never even saw.

The system is in tatters, but we can fight back. Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn’t just explain the symptoms, she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. In clear and practical terms, she spells out exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship and to hospital C-suites, explaining step-by-step the workings of a system badly lacking transparency. This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate the maze that is American healthcare and also to demand far-reaching reform. An American Sickness is the frontline defense against a healthcare system that no longer has our well-being at heart.

 

Image result for killers of the flower moonKillers of the Flower Moon by David Grann In the 1920’s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under suspicious circumstances.

In this last remnant of the Wild West – where oil-men such as J.P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes such as AI Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed – many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the relatively new FBI took over. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide cases but the bureau badly bungled the investigation. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including an American Indian agent in the bureau. Together with the Osage they began to expose on of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.

 

Image result for the black hand taltyThe Black Hand by Stephan Talty The gripping story of the origins of the mafia in America – and the brilliant Italian-born detective who gave his life to stop it.

Beginning in the summer of 1903, an insidious crime wave stirred New York City, and then the entire country, into panic. The children of Italian immigrants were kidnapped and dozens of innocent victims gunned down. Bombs tore apart tenement buildings. Judges, senators, Rockefellers, and society matrons were threatened with gruesome deaths. The perpetrators seemed both omnipresent and invisible. Their only calling card: the symbol of a black hand.

The crimes whipped up the slavering tabloid press and heated ethnic tensions to the boiling point. Standing between the American public and the Black Hand’s lawlessness was Joseph Petrosino. Dubbed “the Italian Sherlock Holmes,” he was a famously dogged and ingenious detective and a master of disguise. As the crimes grew ever more bizarre and the Black Hand’s activities spread far beyond New York’s borders, Petrosino and the all-Italian police squad he assembled raced to capture members of the secret criminal society before the country’s anti-immigrant tremors exploded into catastrophe. Petrosino’s quest to root out the source of the Black Hand’s power would take him all the way to Sicily – but at a terrible cost.

The Black Hand is a fast-paced story of mystery, terror, sacrifice, and honor in turn-of-the-century America, from a master of narrative non-fiction.

 

Image result for the secrets of my life jennerThe Secrets of My Life by Caitlyn Jenner “Imagine denying your core and soul. Then add to it the most impossible expectations that people have for you because you are the personification of The American Male Athlete.”

Bruce Jenner, the celebrated Olympic icon and later the patriarch of one of the most famous families in the world, seemed to be living a dream life of success, fame, and prosperity. But the all-American image and million-dollar smile belied a lifelong struggle with gender dysphoria, and it wasn’t until the sensational Diane Sawyer interview that the public mask of Bruce Jenner was finally retired, and through the memorable Vanity Fair piece by Buzz Bissinger, that Caitlyn Jenner was introduced to the world and set free to exist on her own terms. Since then, Caitlyn has undertaken an arduous emotional and physical odyssey to achieve the completeness she always felt was missing.

In THE SECRETS OF MY LIFE, Caitlyn reflects on the inner conflict she experienced growing up in an era of rigidly defined gender identities, and the cruel irony of being hailed by an entire nation as the ultimate symbol of manhood. She recounts her Olympic triumph, her rise to fame, and relates how her sense of frustration and shame grew with the passing years and the lengths to which she had to go to conceal her true self. Caitlyn in turn uncovers the toll that these personal struggles had on her three marriages and, subsequently, the relationships with her children. She also talks candidly about her life in the public eye as a member of the Kardashian clan, what led to her decision to become Caitlyn, and how she, her family, the transgender community, and the rest of the world has since embraced her new life.

Filled with incredibly personal and moving stories of struggle and victory, of anxiety and fear, and finally, of surrender and acceptance, THE SECRETS OF MY LIFE reveals the real Caitlyn Jenner by tracing her long and eventful journey to becoming herself.

New Books – 04/18/17!!

We have a handful of new books coming out, to brighten up your week! Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, April 29th, from 12:00 PM to 6:30 PM when we will be partnering with Nerd Union to bring you International Tabletop Day! We have over 50 games to choose from, ranging from classic to contemporary. There’s sure to be something for everyone! All students, faculty, staff, and community members ages 16+ are invited to attend.

 

StImage result for star wars thrawnar Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn One of the more cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe. From his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond, Grand Admiral Thrawn has earned an iconic status among the greatest Star Wars villains. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power – and infamy.

After Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine. And just as quickly, Thrawn proves to be as indispensiable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant, Darth Vader; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated. On missions to rout smugglers, snare spies, and defeat pirates, he triumphs time and again – even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever greater admiration from the Empire. As one power, he schools his trusted aide, Ensign Eli Vanto, in the arts of combat and leadership, and the secrets of claiming victory. But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield, he has much to learn in the arena of politics, where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemy.

All these lessons will be put to the ultimate test when Thrawn rises to admiral and must pit all the knowledge, instincts, and battle forces at his command against an insurgent uprising that threatens not only innocent lives but also the Empire’s grip on the galaxy – and his own carefully laid plans for future ascendancy.

 

Image result for drain the swamp ken buckDrain the Swamp by Ken Buck Lavish parties, Committee chairmanships for sale. Pay-to-play corruption. Backroom arm-twisting. Votes on major legislation going to the highest bidder.

Congressman Ken Buck blows the whistle on the real-life House of Cards that is our nation’s capital.

Elected in 2014 in one of the largest Republican freshman classes ever, Buck quickly discovered why nothing gets done in Congress – and it isn’t because of political gridlock.

In fact, Republicans and Democrats work together all too well to fleece taxpayers and plunge America deeper into debt.

Buck has witnessed first-hand how the unwritten rules of Congress prioritize short-term political gain over principled leadership. When he tangled with Washington power brokers like former Speaker John Boehner, he faced petty retaliation. When he insisted Republicans keep their word to voters, he was berated on the House floor by his own party’s leaders. When other members of Congress dared to do what they believed to be right for American instead of what the party bosses commanded, Buck saw them stripped of committee positions and even had to defend his position as freshman class president. 

In Drain the Swamp, you’ll learn:

  • What really goes on behind congressional closed doors – and Buck names names.
  • How committee chairmanships are bought
  • Why one-third of the discretionary spending in the federal budget is actually illegal – and could be cut immediately
  • The constitutional remedy just waiting to be used that could drain the swamp of Washington corruption faster than anything else.
  • BONUS: Why you’re not powerless – what you, the American voter, can do to make your voice heard.

Shocking in its revelations, but practical in its plans for reform, Ken Buck’s book Drain the Swamp is the one book you need to understand how President Trump’s campaign slogan could become a reality.

 

Image result for the gatekeepers chris whippleThe Gatekeepers by Chris Whipple Since George Washington, presidents have depended on the advice of key confidants. But it wasn’t until the twentieth century that the White House chief of staff became the second most powerful job in government. Unelected and unconfirmed, the chief serves at the whim of the president, hired and fired by him alone. He is the president’s closest adviser and the person he depends on to execute his agenda. He decides who gets to see the president, negotiates with Congress, and – most crucially – enjoys unparalleled access to the life-and-death decision , often the chief of staff is the only other person in the room. Each chief can make or break an administration, and each president reveals himself by the chief he picks.

Through extensive, intimate interviews with all  seventeen living chiefs and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity, whose members have included Rahm Emanuel, Dick Cheney, Leon Panetta, and Donald Rumsfeld. In doing so, he revises our understanding of presidential history, showing us how James Baker and Panetta skillfully managed the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, ensuring their reelections – and, conversely, how Jimmy Carter never understood the importance of a chief, crippling his ability to govern. From Watergate to Iran-Contra to the Monica Lewinsky scandal to the Iraq War, Whipple shows us how the chief of staff can make the difference between success and disaster. 

As an outsider president tries to govern after a bitterly divisive election, The Gatekeepers could not be more timely. Filled with shrewd analysis and never-before-reported details, it is a compelling history that changes our perspective on the presidency. 

 

Image result for Prince charles sally bedell smithPrince Charles by Sally Bedell Smith Sally Bedell Smith returns once again to the British royal family to give us a new and authoritative look at Prince Charles, the oldest heir to the throne in more than three hundred years. This vivid, eye-opening biography – the product of four years of research and hundreds of interviews with palace officials, former girlfriends, spiritual gurus, and more – is filled with fresh insights into Charles’s life, in and out of the public eye.

Prince Charles brings to life the real man, with all of his ambitions, insecurities, and convictions. It begins with his lonely childhood, in which he struggled to live up to his father’s expectations and sought companionship from the Queen Mother and his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten. It follows him through difficult years at school, his early love affairs, his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, and his intense search for spiritual meaning. It tells of the tragedy of his marriage to Diana; his eventual reunion with his true love, Camilla; and his relationship with William, Kate, Harry, and his grandchildren.

Ranging from his glamorous palaces to his country homes, from his globe-trotting travels to his local initiatives, Smith shows how Prince Charles possesses a fiercely independent spirit and yet has spent more than six decades waiting for his destined role. His life is dictated by protocol, yet he often struggles to obey it. He seeks influence and authority, yet he lives perpetually in the shadow of his mother and the beloved next generation of royals. With keen insight and the discovery of unexpected new details, Smith lays bare the contradictions of a man who is more complicated, tragic, and compelling than we knew, until now.

This is the first authoritative treatment of Charles’s life that shed light on the death of Diana, his marriage to Camilla, and his preparations to take the throne one day. Drawing upon hundreds of sources, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time, Prince Charles is the surprising and definitive portrait of the man who will be king.

 

Image result for my fellow soldiersMy Fellow Soldiers From the New York Times bestselling author of War Letters and Behind the Lines, Andrew Carroll’s My Fellow Soldiers draws on a rich trove of both little-known and newly uncovered letters and diaries to create a marvelously vivid and moving account of the American experience in World War I, with General John Pershing featured prominently in the foreground.

Andrew Carroll’s intimate portrait of General Pershing, who led all of the American troops in Europe during World War I, is a revelation. Given a miltary force that, on the even of its entry into the war, was downright primitive compared with the European combatants, the general had to surmount enormous obstacles to build an army and ultimately command millions of U.S. soldiers. But Pershing himself – often perceived as a harsh, humorless, and wooden leader – concealed inner agony from those around him: almost two years before the United States entered the war, Pershing suffered a personal tragedy so catastrophic that he almost went insane with grief and remained haunted by the loss for the rest of his life, as private and previously unpublished letters he wrote to family members now reveal. Before leaving for Europe, Pershing also had a passionate romance with George Patton’s sister, Anne. But once he was in France, Pershing fell madly in love with a young painter named Micheline Resco, whom he later married in secret.

Woven throughout Pershing’s story are the experiences of a remarkable group of American men and women, both the famous and the unheralded, including Harry Truman, Douglas MacArthur, William “Wild Bill” Donovan, Teddy Roosevelt, and his youngest son, Quentin. The chorus of these voices, which begins with the first Americans who enlisted in the French Foreign Legion as well as those who flew with the Lafayette Escadrille, makes the high stakes of this epic American saga piercingly real, demonstrating the war’s profound impact on the individuals who served – both during the conflict and in the years after – with extraordinary humanity and emotional force.

 

We’ll see you soon! 🙂

New Books!! – 04/03/17

It’s Monday and we’ve got some great new titles to start off the week with. See our list below!

Image result for the magnolia storyThe Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino With the help of their hit TV show, Fixer Upper, the husband and wife team of Chip and Joanna Gaines have transformed the seemingly everyday work of renovating homes and flipping houses in Waco, Texas, into something much more. With their fun personalities, good humor, strong love of family, and unique design style, they’ve managed to capture the hearts of Americans from all walks of life. It all happened so quickly, their ever-multiplying fan base has been left to wonder: Who are these people? Where did they come from? What’s the secret to their success? And should I pack up and move to Waco, too?

From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together to the project that nearly cost them everything, The Magnolia Story offers a peek behind the curtain of who Chip and Joanna are today. This first book also includes stories and photos from the childhood memories that shaped them and the twists and turns that led them to the life they currently share: on the farm with their four kids and countless farm animals, and in their ever-expanding roles as entrepreneurs, designers, and good neighbors.

It also answers (in hilarious detail) the one lingering question that fans of the show always ask: Is Chip really that funny? “Oh yeah,” says Joanna. “He was, and still is, my first fixer upper.”

 

Image result for into the fire frostInto the Fire by Jeaniene Frost For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. 

Now, falling in love with Lelia has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them . . . and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

 

 

Image result for the cubs wayThe Cubs Way by Tom Verducci How did a team of untested young players and carefully selected veterans come together to break the longest championship drought in professional sports? With exclusive interviews with all of the people integral to the World Series victory, The Cubs Way chronicles the Chicago Cubs’ transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball, revealing the keys to this incredible achievement.

Beginning with Theo Epstein’s first season with the team in 2012, Tom Verducci shows how Epstein went beyond “Moneyball” thinking when planning, step-by-step, the path to a championship. Leading the organization with a manual he helped develop called “The Cubs Way,” Epstein focused on the mental side of the game as much as the physical, emphasizing chemistry and character as well as statistics.

To accomplish his goal, Epstein needed manager Joe Maddon, an eccentric innovator, as his counterweight on the Cub bench. A man who encourages team loose, Maddon mixed New Age thinking with old-school leadership to help his players find their edge. The Cubs Way tracks the untold stories of how key players such as Rizzo, Bryant, Schwarber, Russell, Arrieta, and Lester were deftly guided by Maddon to outperform expectations.

Capping off the epic tale, The Cubs Way relives the magnificent highs and the precarious lows of the instant-classic seven-game World Series. From Maddon’s game plans to rain-delay pep talks, Verducci provides a previously unseen view from the bench, inside the locker room, and even in the owner’s box. This is the World Series unveiled.

The Cubs Way is a celebration of an iconic team and its journey to a World Championship that fans and readers will cherish for years to come.

 

Image result for women in the castle shattuckThe Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold.

Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband’s ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows.

First Marianne rescues six-year-old Martin, the son of her dearest childhood friend, from a Nazi reeducation home. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin’s mother, the beautiful and naive Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then Marianne locates Ania, another resister’s wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war.

As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband’s resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, and filled with dark secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war – each with their own unique share of challenges.

Written with devastating emotional power, Jessica Shattuck’s evocative and utterly enthralling novel offers a fresh perspective on one of the most tumultuous periods in history. Combining piercing social insight and vivid historical atmosphere, The Women in the Castle is a dramatic yet nuanced portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive, to love, and ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship.

 

Image result for the black book pattersonThe Black Book by James Patterson Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago’s chief of detectives, and with a twin sister also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, his tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there’s nothing Billy wouldn’t sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state’s attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself – who suspects Billy isn’t the cop he claims to be. They’re about to be linked by more than their careers.

A horrifying murder leads investigators to an unexpected address – an exclusive brothel that caters to Chicago’s most powerful citizens. There’s plenty of incriminating evidence on the scene – but what matters most is what’s missing: the madam’s black book. Now shock waves are rippling through the city’s elite, and everybody’s desperate to find it.

As everyone who’s anyone in Chicago scrambles to get their hand son the elusive black book, no one’s motives can be trusted. An ingenious, inventive thriller about influence, corruption, and the power of secrets to scandalize a city – and possibly destroy a family – The Black Book is James Patterson at his page-turning best.

 

Image result for 100 hours vincent100 Hours by Rachel Vincent Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends. And her cousin Maddie is beyond done with the shallow entitlement of everyone around her.

While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty – like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, she gets it.

Lured by the promise of white sand far from the cheap plastic sandals of common tourists, Genesis leads her crew to an isolated jungle beach outside Cartagena. But paradise, it turns out, comes at a terrible price.

Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep in the jungle – with no diva left behind. 

It all feels so random – to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.

Now, as the hours count down and the hostages begin to turn on one another, Maddie and Genesis discover their kidnappers’ true goals reach far beyond the scope of any problem their family’s money can fix. With little chance of escape and no possibility of rescue, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t thwart their captors’ plan, no one will make it out alive.

 

Image result for the daughter shemiltThe Daughter by Jane Shemilt Jenny is a successful family doctor, the mother of three great teenagers, married to a celebrated neurosurgeon.

But when her youngest child, fifteen-year-old Naomi, doesn’t come home after her school play, Jenny’s seemingly ideal life begins to crumble. The authorities launch a nationwide search with no success. Naomi has vanished, and her family is broken.

As the months pass, the worst-case scenarios – kidnapping, murder – seem less plausible. The trail has gone cold. Yet, for a desperate Jenny, the search has barely begun. More than a year after her daughter’s disappearance, she’s still digging for answers – and what she finds disturbs her. Everyone she’s trusted, everyone she thought she knew, has been keeping secrets, especially Naomi. Piecing together the traces her daughter left behind, Jenny discovers a very different Naomi from the girl she thought she’d raised.

Jenny knows she’ll never be able to find Naomi unless she uncovers the whole truth about her daughter – a twisting, painful journey into the past that will lead to an almost unthinkable revelation . . .

Other new titles include: Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems by Stephen R. Gliessman; Field and Laboratory Investigations in Agroecology by Stephen R. Gliessman; and Transition to Agro-ecology For a Food Secure World by Jelleke De Nooy Van Tol

Coming Soon (Released Tomorrow, 04/04!):

Image result for The lost order berryThe Lost Order by Steve Berry The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found. 

Now, 160 years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost treasure – one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it. 

Thrust into this battle is former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, whose connection to the Knights is far deeper than he ever imagined. At the center is the Smithsonian Institution – linked to the Knights, its treasure, and Malone himself through an ancestor, a Confederate spy named Angus “Cotton” Adams, whose story holds the key to everything. Complicating matters are the political ambitions of a reckless Speaker of the House and the bitter widow of a United States Senator who together are planning radical changes to the country. And while Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt face the past, ex-president Danny Daniels and Stephanie Nelle confront a new and unexpected challenge, a threat that  may cost one of them their life.

From the backrooms of the Smithsonian to the deepest woods in rural Arkansas, and finally up into the rugged mountains of northern New Mexico, The Lost Order is a perilous adventure into our country’s dark past and a potentially even darker future.

 

We’ll see you soon! 🙂

New Materials – 03/24/17!!

Happy Friday, DC3! We have some new books and movies, just in time for the weekend! 🙂

BOOKS:

Image result for before the war fay weldonBefore the War by Fay Weldon It’s a cold November morning, the station is windswept and rural, the sky is threatening snow, and the train is late. Vivien Ripple, twenty years old and ungainly five foot eleven, waits on the platform at Dilberne Halt. She is wealthy and well bred – only daughter to the founder of Ripple & Co., the nation’s top publisher – but plain, painfully awkward, and, perhaps worst of all, intelligent. Nicknamed “the giantess,” Vivvie is, in the estimation of most, already a spinster. But, she has a plan. That very morning, Vivvie will ride to the city with the express purpose of changing her life forever.

Enter Sherwyn Sexton: charismatic, handsome – if, to his dismay, rather short. He’s an aspiring novelist and editor at Ripple & Co whose greatest love is the (similarly handsome, but taller) protagonist of his thriller series. He also has a penchant for pretty young women – single and otherwise. Sherwyn is shocked when his boss’s hulking daughter, dressed in a tweed jacket and moth-eaten scarf, strides into his office and asks for his hand in marriage. But finances are running thin to support his regular dinners on the town, and Vivien’s promise to house him in comfort while he writes is simply too good to refuse. What neither of them knows is that she is pregnant by another man, and will die in childbirth in just a few months . . . .

With one eye on the present and one on the past, Fay Weldon offers Vivien’s fate, along with that of London between World Wars I and II: a city fizzing with change, full of flat-chested flappers, shell-shocked soldiers, and aristocrats clinging to history.

 

Image result for big little liesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty A murder . . . A tragic accident . . . Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare, but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a  mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

 

Image result for Never let you go chevy stevensNever Let You Go by Chevy Stevens Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail, and Lindsey started over with a new life.

Now Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But soon she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s now a different person. But has he really changed? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?

With Never Let You Go, Chevy Stevens delivers  a chilling, twisting thriller that crackles with suspense as it explores the darkest heart of love and obsession.

 

Image result for genghis khan frank mclynnGenghis Khan: His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy by Frank McLynn Combining fast-paced accounts of battles with rich cultural background and the latest scholarship, Frank McLynn brings vividly to life the strange world of the Mongols and provides the most accurate and absorbing account yet of one of the most powerful men ever to have lived.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image result for the stranger in the woods finkelThe Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. Told in a riveting narrative, this is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for twenty-seven years and made this dream a reality.

In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions., taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. 

Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life – why did he leave? what did he learn?  – as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, as well as a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.

 

Image result for sinful scottish laird julia londonSinful Scottish Laird by Julia London Widowed and forced to remarry in three years’ time or forfeit her son’s inheritance, Daisy Bristol, Lady Chatwick, has plenty of suitors vying for her hand . . . and her fortune. But a letter from a long-lost love sends Daisy and her young son to her Scottish Highland estate to buy time for his return. Along the way she encounters the powerful Cailean Mackenzie, laird of Arrandale and a notorious smuggler, and she is utterly – and unwillingly – bewitched.

Cailean has no use for any Sassenach in his glen. But Daisy’s brazen, flirtatious nature and alluring beauty intrigue him. When her first love appears unexpectedly at her estate, Cailean knows that a passionate woman like Daisy cannot marry this man. And to prevent the union, Cailean must put his own life at risk to win her heart.

 

Image result for being elvis ray connollyBeing Elvis by Ray Connolly Elvis Presley is a giant figure in American popular culture, a man whose talent and fame were matched only by his later excesses and tragic end. A godlike entity in the history of rock and roll, this twentieth-century icon with a dazzling voice blended gospel and traditionally black rhythm and blues with country to create a completely new kind of music and blew the doors off a staid and repressed 1950s America.

In Being Elvis veteran rock journalist Ray Connolly takes a fresh look at the career of the world’s most beloved singer, placing him, forty years after his death, not exhaustively in the garish neon lights of Las Vegas but back in his mid-twentieth-century, distinctly southern world. For new and seasoned fans alike, Connolly, who interviewed Elvis in 1969, re-creates a man who sprang from poverty in Tupelo, Mississippi , to unprecedented overnight fame, eclipsing Frank Sinatra and then inspiring the Beatles along the way.

Juxtaposing the music, the songs, and the incendiary live concerts with a personal life that would later careen wildly out of control, Connolly demonstrates that Elvis’s amphetamine use began as early as his touring days of hysteria in the mid-1950’s, and that the financial needs that drove him in the beginning would return to plague him at the very end. With a narrative informed by interviews over many years with John Lennon, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Sam Phillips, and Roy Orbison, among many others, Connolly creates one of the most nuanced and mature portraits of this cultural phenomenon to date.

What distinguishes Being Elvis beyond the narrative itself is Connolly’s more subtle examinations of white poverty, class aspirations, and the prison that is extreme fame. As we reach the end of his poignant account, Elvis’s death at forty-two takes on the hue of a profoundly American tragedy. The creator of an American sound that resonates today, Elvis remains frozen in time, an enduring American icon who could “seamlessly soar into his falsetto of pleading and yearning” and capture an inner emotion, perhaps of eternal yearning, to which all of us can still relate.

Intimate and unsparing, Being Elvis explores the extravagance and irrationality inherent in the Elvis mythology, ultimately offering a thoughtful celebration of an immortal life.

 

Image result for writer sailor soldier spy reynoldsWriter, Sailor, Soldier, Spy by Nicholas Reynolds In 2010, when he was the historian at the esteemed CIA Museum, Nicholas Reynolds, a longtime American intelligence officer, former U.S. Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to uncover clues suggesting Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway’s involvement in mid-twentieth-century spycraft was far more complex, sustained, and fraught with risks than has been previously understood. Now Reynolds’s deeply researched and captivating narrative, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy, reveals his discoveries for the first time, bringing to light the whole story of this hidden side of Hemingway’s life: his troubling recruitment by Soviet spies to work with the NKVD, the forerunner to the KGB, followed in short order by a complex set of secret relationships with American agencies, including the FBI, the Department of State, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a precursor to the CIA.

Starting with Hemingway’s sympathy to the antifascist forces during the 1930’s, Reynolds illuminates Hemingway’s immersion in the life-and-death world of the revolutionary left, from his passionate commitment to the Spanish Republic; his successful pursuit by Soviet NKVD agents, who valued Hemingway’s influence, access, and mobility; his wartime meeting in East Asia with communist leader Chou En-lai, the future premier of China; and finally to his undercover involvement with Cuban rebels in the late 1950s and his sympathy for Fidel Castro. Reynolds equally explores Hemingway’s participation in various roles as an agent for the U.S. government, including hunting Nazi submarines with ONI-supplied munitions in the Caribbean on his boat, Pilar; his command of an informant ring in Cuba called the “Crook Factory” that reported to the embassy in Havana; and his on-the-ground role in Europe, where he helped OSS gain key tactical intelligence for the liberation of Paris and fought alongside the infantry in the bloody endgame of World War II.

As he examines the links between Hemingway’s work as an operative and as an author, Reynolds reveals how Hemingway’s secret adventures influenced his literary output and contributed to the writer’s block and mental decline (including paranoia) that plagued him during the postwar years – a period marked by the Red Scare and McCarthy hearings, which destroyed the life of anyone with Soviet connections. Reynolds also illuminates how those same experiences played a role in some of Hemingway’s greatest works, including For Whom the Bell Tolls and The old Man and the Sea, while also adding to the burden that he carried at the end of his life and perhaps contributing to his suicide.

A literary biography with the soul of an espionage thriller, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy is an essential contribution to our understanding of the life, work, and fate of one of America’s most legendary authors.

 

Image result for new york 2140New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson returns with a bold and brilliant vision of New York City in the next century.

As the sea level rose, every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. For the residents of one apartment building in Madison Square, however, New York in the year 2140 is far from a drowned city.

There is the market trader who finds opportunities where others find trouble. There is the detective, whose work will never disappear – along with the lawyer’s, of course.

There is the Internet star, beloved by millions for her airship adventures, and the building’s manager, quietly respected for his attention to detail . Then there are two boys who don’t live there, but have no other home – and who are more important to its future than anyone might imagine.

Lastly there are the coders, temporary residents on the roof, whose disappearance triggers a sequence of events that threatens the existence of all – and even the long-hidden foundations on which the city rests.

 

Image result for in the name of the family dunantIn the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant Bestselling novelist Sarah Dunant has long been drawn to the high drama of Renaissance Italy: power, passion, beauty, brutality, and the ties of blood. With In the Name of the Family, she offers a thrilling exploration of the House of Borgia’s final years, in the company of a young diplomat named Niccolo Machiavelli.

It is 1502 and Rodrigo Borgia, a self-confessed womanizer and master of political corruption, is now on the papal throne as Alexander VI. His daughter Lucrezia, aged twenty-two – already three times married and a pawn in her father’s plans – is discovering her own power. And then there is his son Cesare Borgia, brilliant, ruthless, and increasingly unstable; it is his relationship with Machiavelli that gives the Florentine diplomat a master class in the dark arts of power and politics. What Machiavelli learns will go on to inform his great work of modern politics, The Prince. But while the pope rails against old age and his son’s increasingly erratic behavior, it is Lucrezia who must navigate the treacherous court of Urbino, her new home, and another challenging marriage to create her own place in history.

Sarah Dunant again employs her remarkable gifts as a storyteller to bring to life the passionate men and women of the Borgia family, as well as the ever-compelling figure of Machiavelli; through whom the reader will experience one of the most fascinating – and doomed – dynasties of all time.

 

Image result for when daddy comes home maguireWhen Daddy Comes Home by Toni Maguire One day, young Antoinette finally thought it had all stopped. Her father was in prison and she was safe at home with her mother, free to be a child again. But it was not to last . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image result for hidden figures book 2017Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women. Originally math teacher sin the South’s segregated public schools, these gifted professionals answered Uncle Sam’s call during the labor shortages of World War II. With new jobs at the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia, they finally had a shot at jobs that would push their skills to the limits.

Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden – four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades as they faced challenges, forged alliances, and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.

 

Image result for in defense of a liberal educationIn Defense of a Liberal Education by Fareed Karia The liberal arts are under attack. Politicians have taken the lead in questioning the worth of humanities degrees for the nation’s workforce. Majors like English and history, once very popular and highly respected, are now in steep decline. But this heavy vocational focus, argues Fareed Zakaria, is short-sighted and needlessly limiting. Manufacturing jobs get automated or outsourced, and specific vocational knowledge is often outdated within a few years. To succeed today, you need creativity, lateral thinking, communication skills, and more than anything, the ability to keep learning – precisely the gifts of a liberal education.

And with technology opening up public access to courses worldwide, these gifts can now be shared with millions. As Zakaria eloquently claims, we are actually at the dawn of the greatest expansion of liberal education in human history.

 

Image result for who really feeds the world shivaWho Really Feeds the World? by Vandana Shiva Debunking the notion that our current food crisis must be addressed through industrial agriculture and genetic modification, author and activist Vandana Shiva argues that those forces are in fact the ones responsible for the hunger problem in the first place.

Who Really Feeds the World? is a powerful manifesto calling for agricultural justice and genuine sustainability, drawing upon Shiva’s thirty years of research and accomplishments in the field. She proposes that instead of relying on genetic modification and large-scale monocropping to solve the world’s food crisis, we should look to agroecology – the knowledge of the interconnectedness that creates food – as a truly life-giving alternative to the industrial paradigm. Shiva succinctly and eloquently lays out the networks of people and processes that feed the world, exploring issues of diversity, the needs of small farmers, the importance of seed saving, the movement toward localization, and the role of women in producing the world’s food.

 

Image result for only what we could carryOnly What We Could Carry, edited with an Introduction by Lawson Fusao Inada, Preface by Patricia Wakida, Afterword by William Hohri Shortly after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the United States government uprooted 120,000 people of Japanese descent from their homes and banished them to remote internment camps. This collection of reminiscences, stories, poems, photographs, and graphic art expresses the range of powerful and sometimes conflicting emotions that arose from the internment experience. Also included are propaganda, government documents, and stories of those outside the camps whose lives were interwoven with those of the internees.

 

 

 

 

Image result for the rosie projectThe Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Don Tillman, genetics professor, is getting married. Or he will be, when his sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey yields a candidate (see: the Wife Project). Designed to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the vegans, the late arrivers, Don’s questionnaire is, for this socially challenged academic, the most logical method to find the perfect partner.

Enter Rosie Jarman.

Don quickly disqualifies her as a potential wife but is drawn into Rosie’s quest to find her biological father (see: the Father Project). When something like a friendship develops, Don must confront the spontaneous whirlwind that Rosie and the decidedly unscientific conclusion that sometimes you don’t find love, it finds you.

 

 

Other new titles include: Put ‘Em Up: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling by Sherri Brooks Vinton; Appalachian Trail: Thru-Hikers’ Companion; Long-Distance Hiking: Lessons from the Appalachian Trail by Roland Muesser; Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford; Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese-American Internment Camps by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald; Advances in Oncology Nursing, edited by Margaret Barton-Burke; The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Maintenance by Mark Zimmerman; and Agroforestry in Sustainable Agricultural Systems, edited by Louise E. Buck, James P. Lassoie, and Erick C.M. Fernandes.

 

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Other new movies include: Beer for my Horses; Thundercats, Season 1, Volume 1; and Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season

 

We’ll see you soon! 🙂

New Materials – 03/01/17!!

Happy March, DC3!! To start off the month right, grab one of our new games for a little family game night or get-together with your friends! If you’re in the mood for something new to read, we’ve got you covered, there, too! Here are our latest titles:

NEW BOOKS:

Image result for dodge city by tom clavinDodge City by Tom Clavin Dodge City, Kansas, is a place of legend. The town that started as a small military site exploded with settlers, and various entrepreneurs passing through to populate the expanding West. Before long, Dodge City’s streets were lined with saloons and brothels and its populace was thick with gunmen, horse thieves, and desperadoes of every sort. By the 1870’s, Dodge City was known as the most violent and turbulent town in the West.

Enter Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. Young and largely self-trained, the lawmen led the effort that established frontier justice and the rule of law in the American West, and did it in hte wickedest place in the United States. When they moved on, Wyatt to Tombstone and Bat to Colorado, a tamed Dodge was left in the hands of Jim Masterson. But before long, Wyatt and Bat, each having had a lawman brother killed, returned to that threatened western Kansas town to team up to restore order again in what became known as the Dodge City War before riding off into the sunset.

Number one New York Times bestselling author Tom Clavin’s Dodge City tells the true story of their friendship, romances, gunfights, and adventures, along with the remarkable cast of characters they encountered (including Wild Bill Hickok, Jesse James, Doc Holliday, Buffalo Bill Cody, John Wesley Hardin, Billy the Kid, and Theodore Roosevelt) that has gone largely untold – lost in the haze of Hollywood films and Western fiction until now.

 

Image result for rise of fire book coverRise of Fire by Sophie Jordan A love that binds. A kingdom that divides.

Luna and Fowler may have fled the kingdom of Relhok, but darkness still prevails. When a battle against the dark dwellers mortally injures Fowler, Luna is faced with a choice: put their fate in the hands of mysterious strangers or risk losing Fowler forever.

Desperate to keep the one bright part of her life alive, Luna accepts the help of soldiers from a nearby kingdom. Lagonia’s mountainside castle offers reprieve from the dangerous outside world – until the king discovers both Fowler’s and Luna’s true ties to Relhok and their influence over the throne.

Now pawns in each kingdom’s political game, Luna and Fowler are more determined than ever to escape and build the life they’ve been dreaming of. But their pasts have a tight hold on their hearts and their destinies. Luna must embrace the darkness and fire within her before she loses not only Fowler, but the power she was destined to inherit.

 

Image result for #famous jilly gagnon#famous by Jilly Gagnon Rachel Ettinger has flown under the radar for most of high school, exactly as planned. She’d rather focus on getting to New York City, where being the arty playwright is a bonus, not a drawback. Her googly-eyed crush on Kyle Bonham is embarrassing but unimportant. After all, there’s no way she’d ever end up with the King of Apple Prairie High, anyway.

Kyle does make a grease-splattered Burger Barn uniform look dreamy. But aside from flipping patties – and riding the tide of steady drama from his on-again, off-again girlfriend – everything about his life is fairly predictable. 

So when Rache’s jokey picture of Kyle winds up going viral, they’re both taken by surprise. Suddenly Kyle is insta-famous and everyone on the planet knows about Rachel’s silly crush . . . including Kyle. 

Just as they think their lives couldn’t get any more complicated, their fifteen minutes of fame spirals out of control. And what starts out with an innocent photo becomes a whirlwind adventure full of fangirls, haters, and french-fry bouquets that forces them both to question whether fame – and love – is worth the price.

Told in alternating points of view, #famous is is a modern-day love story about the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.

 

Image result for the inkblots damion searlsThe Inkblots by Damion Searls The captivating, untold story of Hermann Rorshach and his famous inkblot test.

In 1917, working alone in a remote Swiss asylum, psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach devised an experiment to probe the human mind: a set of ten carefully designed inkblots. For years he had grappled with the theories of Freud and Jung while also absorbing the aesthetic movements of the day, from Futurism to Dadaism. A visual artist himself, Rorschach had come to believe that who we are is less a matter of what we say, as Freud thought, than what we see.

After Rorschach’s early death, his test quickly made its way to America, where it took on a life of its own, Co-opted by the military after Pearl Harbor, it was a fixture at the Nuremberg trials and in the jungles of Vietnam. It became an advertising staple, a cliche in Hollywood and journalism, and an inspiration to everyone from Andy Warhol to Jay Z. The test was also given to millions of defendants, job applicants, parents in custody battles, and people suffering from mental illness or simply trying to understand themselves better. and it is still used today.

In this first-ever biography of Rorschach, Damion Searls draws on unpublished letters and diaries and a cache of previously unknown interviews with Rorschach’s family, friends, and colleagues to tell the unlikely story of the test’s creation, its controversial reinvention, and its remarkable endurance – and what it all reveals about the power of perception. Elegant and original, The Inkblots shines a light on the twentieth century’s most visionary synthesis of art and science.

 

Star Wars, Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig The Battle of Endor shattered the Empire, scattering its remaining forces across the galaxy. But the months following the Rebellion’s victory have not been easy. The fledgling New Republic has suffered a devastating attack from the Imperial remnant, forcing the new democracy to escalate their hunt for the hidden enemy.

For her role in the deadly ambush, Grand Admiral Rae Sloane is the most wanted Imperial war criminal – and one-time rebel pilot Norra Wexley, back in service at Leia’s urgent request, is leading the hunt. But more than just loyalty to the New Republic drives Norra forward: Her husband was turned into a murderous pawn in Sloane’s assassination plot, and now she wants vengeance as much as justice. 

But Sloane, too, is on a furious quest: pursuing the treacherous Gallius Rax to the barren planet Jakku. As the true mastermind behind the Empire’s devastating attack, Rax has led the Empire to its defining moment. The cunning strategist has gathered the powerful remnants of the Empire’s war machine, preparing to execute the late Emperor Palpatine’s final plan. As the Imperial fleet orbits finish what began at Endor. Norra and her crew soar into the heart of an apocalyptic clash that will leave land and sky alike scorched. And the future of the galaxy will finally be decided.

 

LImage result for long may she reignong May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas Freya was never meant to be queen. Twenty-third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of the court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

She may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, she knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself.  Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisers. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

 

Image result for unshakeable tony robbinsUnshakeable by Tony Robbins What would it be like if you knew that no matter what happened in the economy, the stock market, or real estate, you and your family would not only survive but thrive – that you could not only protect yourself, but actually profit from the very environment that causes so many to live in fear?

In a world of such uncertainty, millions of people no longer believe that it’s even possible for them to achieve true financial security and independence. Yet a select few, the experts with a track record of successfully navigating every economic environment, have proven that there’s no reason to fear. They know that tough economic times are those rare lifetime opportunities where even an average person can leapfrog from financial struggle to financial freedom. In this book, Tony Robbins reveals their strategies with simple step-by-step instructions, inspiring stories, and compelling insights.

Unshakeable will not only help you take advantage of the opportunities, but keep you from making the mistakes that cause people to settle for a life of far less than they deserve.

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COMING SOON (MARCH 7th):

 

Image result for lies we believe about godLies We Believe About God by William Paul Young In his wildly popular novels, The Shack, Cross Roads, and Eve, Wm. Paul Young portrayed the Triune God in ways that challenged and enlightened our thinking – sometimes upending long-held beliefs, but always centered in the eternal, all-encompassing nature of God’s love.

Now, in Paul Young’s first nonfiction book, he again invites us to revisit our assumptions about God – this time using the Bible, theological discussion, and personal anecdotes. Paul encourages us to think through beliefs we’ve presumed to be true and consider whether some might actually be lies.

In these pages, you are invited to consider again the wonder and love of our eternal God. Below are just a few of the “lies” reviewed in this book:

  • God is not good.
  • God blessed by politics.
  • God is disappointed in me.
  • God created (my) religion.
  • God is not involved in my suffering.
  • God is One alone.

The goal of this book is not controversy but conversation. Mostly, it’s about the unconditional, relentless, and everlasting love of God.

 

Image result for the roanoke girlsThe Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel After her mother’s suicide, fifteen-year-old Lane Roanoke moved in with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family but quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls until she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family and ran . . . fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with summer, but it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she might not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane’s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.

 

Image result for how the hell did this happen p.j. o'rourkeHow the Hell Did This Happen? by P.J. O’Rourke This election cycle was so absurd that celebrated political satirist, journalist, and die-hard Republican P.J. O’Rourke endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. As P.J. put it, “America is experiencing the most severe outbreak of mass psychosis since the Salem witch trials of 1692. So why not put Hillary on the dunking stool?”

In his latest book, P.J. brings his critical eye and inimitable voice to some seriously risky business. Starting in June 2015, he asks, “Who are these jacklegs, highbinders, wire-pullers, mountebanks, swellheads, buncombe spigots, boodle artists, four-flushers, and animated spittoons offering themselves as worthy of America’s highest office?” and surveys the full cast of presidential candidates including everyone you’ve already forgotten (Lincoln Chafee – “Fresh Ideas for America,” George Pataki – “People Over Politics”) and everyone you wish you could forget.

P.J. offers a brief history of how our insane process for picking who will run for president evolved, from the very first nominating convention (thanks Anti-Masonic Party) through the reforms of the Progressive era (because there’s nothing that can’t be worsened by reform) to the present, concluding: “Consistency is not a hallmark of American politics, but exceptions are made when the constant is stupidity. Today’s primaries are as stupid as they’ve always been.” He takes us through the debates and key primaries and analyzes everything from the campaign platforms (or lack thereof) to presidential style (“Trump’s appearance – indeed, Trump’s existence – is a little guy’s idea of living large. A private plane! A swell joint in Florida! Gold-plated toilet handles!). And he rises from the depths of despair to come up with a better way to choose a president (start by asking “Which candidate would I go on a road trip with?”). Following his come-to-Satan moment with Hillary and the Beginning of End Times in November, P.J. reckons with a new age: “America is experiencing a change in the nature of leadership. We’re getting rid of our leaders. And we’re starting at the top.”

 

We’ll see you soon!

New Books!! – 02/10/17

Some new books have arrived just in time for the weekend . . . plus one new DVD! Whether you’re looking for a heart-racing thriller, a magical fantasy, or you just want to brush up on your masseuse skills before Valentine’s Day, we’ve got something for you!

 

Image result for echoes in death j.d. robbEchoes in Death by J.D. Robb After a party in New York City, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk.

After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her  bedroom with her husband – and walks into a brutal nightmare.

Their paths are about to collide . . .

When the young woman – dazed, naked, and bloody – wanders in front of their car, Roarke slams on the brakes just in time, and Eve – still in glittering gown and heels – springs into action. It’s been a long night for the tired homicide cop, and it’s far from over.

Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock, the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil.”

While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked – and  that he treated Daphne like a trophy wife – this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse as the first suspect. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions: 

What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?

 

Image result for wintersongWintersong by S. Jae-Jones The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride . . .

All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind and spirit and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesl can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds – and the mysterious man who rules it – she soon faces an impossible decision. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Dark, romantic, and powerful, Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won’t soon forget.

 

Image result for the cruelty scott bergstromThe Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom I. Will. Find. You. 

When Gwendolyn Bloom’s father vanishes, she sets off on a journey she never bargained for. Traveling under a new identity in a world of assassins, spies, and criminal masterminds, she uncovers a disturbing truth. To bring her father back alive, she must become every bit as cruel as the men holding him captive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image result for disruptor arwen elys daytonDisruptor by Arwen Elys Dayton Quin has spent her life as her father’s pawn. She was trained to kill and manipulated to guarantee her family’s power. And now that she’s broken free of that life, she’s found herself trapped again, hostage to a plot that has been centuries in the making.

It’s taken generations for the pieces to come together, and finally all is in place. Shinobu’s mind has been corrupted, the Young Dread has aligned with John, and Watchers are being awakened and gathered. Now there is nothing that can stop the force of time.

But Quin will no longer be a pawn. Quin is a Seeker. She stands for light in a shadowy world. She will face the vengeance of the past and its enemies and save herself and the ones she loves, or she will die trying.

 

Image result for never caught dunbarNever Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar When George and Martha Washington moved from their beloved Mount Vernon in Virginia to Philadelphia, then the seat of the nation’s capital, they took nine enslaved people with them. They would serve as cooks and horsemen, as house servants and personal attendants.

The north was different for the entire household, free and enslaved, white and black. There was a new climate to adjust to, and new mores as well. Slavery, in Philadelphia at least, was looked down upon. Indeed, there was even a law requiring slaveholders to free their slaves after six months. Yet George Washington thought he could outwit and circumvent the law by sending his slaves south every six months, thereby resetting the clock.

Among the slaves to figure out this subterfuge was Ona Judge, Martha Washington’s chief attendant. Having interacted with Philadelphia’s sizable free black community, Ona Judge observed and soon longed for liberation. And, risking everything she knew, leaving behind everyone she loved and had known her entire life, she fled.

Here, then, is the story not only of the powerful lure of freedom but also of George Washington’s determination to recapture his property by whatever means necessary. Never Caught is the only book that examines the life of an eighteenth-century fugitive woman in intricate detail, and it provides a new look at George Washington’s relationship to slavery.

An important new work on one of the world’s most celebrated families, Never Caught is a must-read for anyone interested in American history.

 

BImage result for born of vengeanceorn of Vengeance by Sherrilyn Kenyon A fate worse than death . . .

Bastien Cabarro survived the brutal slaughter of his entire family only to have his wife pin their murders on him. Made Ravin by The League, he is now a target for their assassins-in-training to hunt and kill. The average life expectancy for such beings is six weeks. But defying the odds is what this Gyron Force officer does best, and Bastien won’t rest until he lays his betrayers in their graves.

Ten years later, he has one chance to balance the scales of justice, provided he relies on his former wingman – the very sister of the woman who testified against him.

Major Ember Wyldestarrin joined the outlaw Tavali the day Kirovar fell into the hands of a tyrant, and she and her sister-team were left on an outpost to die under the barrage of enemy fire. The last thing she wants is to be involved in politics again. But the one thing she wants more than anything is revenge on the tyrant who murdered her parents and forced her and her sisters into exile. Carrying a secret she knows Bastien will annihilate her over, she must find some way to trust her former wingman before he catches on and kills her. Even so, treachery doesn’t come easy to a woman who took a loyalty oath to protect her homeworld and comrades-in-arms, especially when Bastien is much more to her than just a former wingman.

Yet as she tries to do right for her family, she learns that Bastien doesn’t just hold the key to the fate of Kirovar, he is vital to The Sentella-League war, and to The Tavali. If she doesn’t ensure he survives this mission, three nations fall, and time for all of them is quickly running out.

 

Image result for king's cage aveyardKing’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a King, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country – and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-raging band of newbloods and Reds continues organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

In this breathless third installment in Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire – leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

 

Image result for caught in the revolutionCaught in the Revolution by Helen Rappaport Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin’s Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd (the former St. Ptersburg) was in turmoil – felt nowhere more keenly than on the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt. There, the foreign visitors who filled hotels, clubs, offices, and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos breaking out on their doorsteps and beneath their windows.

Among this disparate group were journalists, diplomats, businessmen, bankers, governesses, volunteer nurses, and expatriate socialites. Many kept diaries and wrote letters home: from an English nurse who had already survived the sinking of the Titanic; to the black valet of the U.S. Ambassador, far from his native Deep South; to suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, who had come to Petrograd to inspect the indomitable Women’s Death Battalion led by Maria Bochkareva.

Helen Rappaport draws upon this rich trove of material, much of it previously unpublished, to carry readers right up to the action – to see, feel, and hear the revolution as it happened to an assortment of individuals who suddenly felt themselves trapped in a “red madhouse.”

 

Image result for the massage bible mumfordThe Massage Bible by Susan Mumford Provide soothing comfort with massage. Explore different aspects of massage, a wonderful way to help promote a healthy mind and body, whether it’s reducing the negative effects of stress or inducing a sense of confidence and well-being. Illustrated entries – organized according to the amount of pressure used 0 will show you how to accomplish basic techniques like feathering, kneading, and circling. Subsequent sections take you through step-by-step sequences for performing a Holistic, Chinese, Shiatsu, and Indian head (energizing upper body) massage. There is also advice on couples, deep tissue, and other special situation massages, as well as suggestions for using massage to soothe common ailments such asw dark circles under the eyes, aching feet, and painful joints. Discover the rewarding benefits of these time-honored techniques with this definitive guide.

 

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