New Nonfiction

Toussaint Louverture : a revolutionary life

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 15:44
by Girard, Philippe R.,
Publisher Basic Books, [2016]
340 pages ; illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Summary "Toussaint Louverture's life was one of hardship, triumph, and contradiction. It began on Saint-Domingue, the richest colony in the Western Hemisphere, where he witnessed first-hand the torture of the enslaved population. Yet he managed to earn his freedom and establish himself as a small-scale planter. He even purchased slaves of his own. In Toussaint Louverture, Philippe Girard tells the incredible tale of how Louverture transformed himself from lowly freedman to revolutionary hero. Working as a coachman for his wealthy, white owners, Louverture traveled across Saint-Domingue, building a network among slaves and free blacks that would form the basis of the slave revolt he engineered in 1791. What followed was a decade of unprecedented bloodletting: about 200,000 people in the colony of Saint-Domingue were killed in battle or murdered. By 1801, Louverture was general and governor of the colony, now called Haiti. But his lifelong quest to be accepted as a member of the French colonial elite ended in despair: in 1802, on Napoleon's orders, he was exiled to France, where he spent the last year of his life in a prison cell. Ten years in the making, Toussaint Louverture is based on extensive archival research in France, Britain, Spain, the United States, and the Caribbean. The book contains many revelations about Louverture's life, from a previously unknown first marriage to the circumstances of his manumission, his exact role in the outbreak of the 1791 Haitian slave revolt, his actions as governor of France's richest colony, and the tragic nature of his death"--Provided by publisher.

American revolutions : a continental history, 1750-1804

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 03:43
by Taylor, Alan, 1955-
Publisher W.W. Norton & Company, [2016] ©2016
First edition.
xvii, 681 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Call Number 973.3 TAY
Summary The American Revolution is often portrayed as a high-minded, orderly event whose capstone, the Constitution, provided the ideal framework for a democratic, prosperous nation. Alan Taylor, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, gives us a different creation story in this magisterial history of the nation's founding. Rising out of the continental rivalries of European empires and their native allies, Taylor's Revolution builds like a ground fire overspreading Britain's mainland colonies, fueled by local conditions, destructive, hard to quell. Conflict ignited on the frontier, where settlers clamored to push west into Indian lands against British restrictions, and in the seaboard cities, where commercial elites mobilized riots and boycotts to resist British tax policies. When war erupted, Patriot crowds harassed Loyalists and nonpartisans into compliance with their cause. Brutal guerrilla violence flared all along the frontier from New York to the Carolinas, fed by internal divisions as well as the clash with Britain. Taylor skillfully draws France, Spain, and native powers into a comprehensive narrative of the war that delivers the major battles, generals, and common soldiers with insight and power. With discord smoldering in the fragile new nation through the 1780s, nationalist leaders such as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton sought to restrain unruly state democracies and consolidate power in a Federal Constitution. Assuming the mantle of "We the People," the advocates of national power ratified the new frame of government. But their opponents prevailed in the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, whose vision of a western "empire of liberty" aligned with the long-standing, expansive ambitions of frontier settlers. White settlement and black slavery spread west, setting the stage for a civil war that nearly destroyed the union created by the founders.

CCNA routing and switching complete study guide

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 03:43
by Lammle, Todd,
Publisher Sybex, a Wiley brand, [2016] ©2016
Second edition.
lxv, 1069 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number 004.6 CCN

Amazon Web Services in action

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 21:36
by Wittig, Michael, 1987-
Publisher Manning, [2016]
xxv, 397 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number 004.6782 AMA

Microsoft Excel 2016: data analysis and business modeling

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 18:30
by Winston, Wayne L.,
Publisher Microsoft ; [2016]
xxvi, 837 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Call Number 005.54 EXC

The apple cider vinegar companion : simple ways to use nature's miracle cure

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 18:30
by Scherr, Suzy,
Publisher The Countryman Press, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
175 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Call Number 615.3 SCH

Evicted : poverty and profit in the American city

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:30
by Desmond, Matthew,
Publisher B\D\W\Y, Broadway Books, [2017] ©2016
First paperback edition.
xviii, 422 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number 339.46 DES
Summary "In this powerful work of narrative nonfiction, Desmond documents the months he spent living alongside tenants and landlords in Milwaukee, exploring the issues of poverty and homelessness in a segregated city. Taking readers on a journey into the daily lives of families facing eviction, sometimes repeatedly, the author creates a compelling and heartbreaking work that leaves readers wondering how we got here and what we can do to help."-- "In Evicted, Harvard sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they each struggle to keep a roof over their heads ... Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of twenty-first-century America's most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible."--Cover.

Mobile Game Development with Unity

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 03:29
by Manning
Publisher O'Reilly Media 20161025
Call Number XX(1582584.1)

Mystical landscapes : from Vincent van Gogh to Emily Carr

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 15:28
by Lochnan, Katharine Jordan,
Publisher DelMonico Books Prestel, [2017]. ©2016.
354 pages : colour illustrations ; 29 cm.
Call Number 709.04 MYS
Summary Artists: Mogens Ballin, Emile Bernard, Richard Burgsthal, Emily Carr, Maurice Chabas, Marc Chagall, Henri-Edmond Cross, William Degouve de Nuncques, Maurice Denis, Arhtur Garfield Dove, Charles Marie Dulac, Gustaf Fjaestad, Paul Gauguin, Augusto Giacometti, Giovanni Giacometti, Wenzel Hablik, Lawren Harris, Marsden Hartley, Louis Welden Hawkins, Grace Henry, Ferdinand Hodler, James Dickson Innes, A.Y. Jackson, Eugene Jansson, Wassily Kandinsky, Fernand Khnopff, Gustav Klimt, Hilma af Klint, Georges Lacombe, Jock Macdonald, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Paul Nash, Ejnar Nielsen, Georgia O'Keeffe, Egon Schiele, Paul Serusier, Henri Le Sidaner, August Strindberg, Tom Thomson, Felix Vallotton, Vincent van Gogh, Frederick Varley, Jan Verkade, George Frederick Watts, James McNeill Whistler, Jens Ferdinand Willumsen.

The wicked boy : the mystery of a Victorian child murderer

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 15:28
by Summerscale, Kate, 1965-
Publisher Penguin Press, 2016. ©2016
378 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, genealogical table ; 22 cm
Call Number 364.1523 SUM
Summary In East London in the summer of 1895, Robert Coombes (age thirteen) and his brother Nattie (age twelve) were arrested for matricide and sent for trial at the Old Bailey. Robert confessed to having stabbed his mother, but his lawyers argued that he was insane. The judge sentenced him to detention in Broadmoor, the most infamous criminal lunatic asylum in the land. Shockingly, Broadmoor turned out to be the beginning of a new life for Robert. At a time of great tumult and uncertainty, Robert Coombes's case crystallized contemporary anxieties about the education of the working classes, the dangers of pulp fiction, and evolving theories of criminality, childhood, and insanity. With riveting detail and rich atmosphere, Summerscale re-creates this terrible crime and its aftermath, uncovering an extraordinary story of man's capacity to overcome the past--

Crown of blood : the deadly inheritance of Lady Jane Grey

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 09:28
by Tallis, Nicola,
Publisher Pegasus Books, 2016. ©2016
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
xxiv, 376 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, portraits, facsimiles, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Call Number 942.052 TAL

Resisting happiness

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 09:28
by Kelly, Matthew,
Publisher Beacon Publishing, [2016]
First edition.
228 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number 248.4 KEL
Summary Most of us think we are happy-- but could be happier. Kelly takes a look at why we sabotage our own happiness-- and what to do about it. If you hold back from God because you want to be in control, what are you gaining in life? If you make yourself available to God, incredible things will happen.

The pursuit of power : Europe 1815-1914

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 09:28
by Evans, Richard J,
Publisher Viking, [2016]
xxiv, 819 pages, [16] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
Call Number 940.28 EVA

How to read your way to heaven : a spiritual reading program for the worst of sinners, the greatest of saints, and everyone in between

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 09:24
by Burbach, Vicki,
Publisher Sophia Institute Press, [2016]
xv, 277 pages ; 23 cm
Call Number 248.46 BUR

Body kindness : transform your health from the inside out- and never say diet again

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 03:24
by Scritchfield, Rebecca,
Publisher Workman Publishing, [2016]
288 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Call Number 613 SCR
Summary "Imagine a graph with two lines. One indicates happiness, the other tracks how you feel about your body. If you're like millions of people, the lines do not intersect. But what if they did? This practical, inspirational, and visually lively book shows you how to create a healthier and happier life by treating yourself with compassion rather than shame. It shows the way to a sense of well-being attained by understanding how to love, connect, and care for yourself--and that includes your mind as well as your body"--

Avedon's France : old world, new look

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 09:14
by Rubin, Robert M.,
Publisher Abrams ; Bibliothèque nationale de France, [2016]
799 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm.
Call Number 779.2 RUB
Summary Exploring Richard Avedon's fascination with France, Avedon's France brings together a collection of spectacular photographs; selected interviews, letters, publications, and writings (including new material from the Avedon Foundation archives) and substantive essays by the authors. In addition to five portfolios of French sitters spanning a lifetime of portraiture, it looks at Avedon's apprenticeship to his mentor, Alexei Brodovitch; his encounters with French fashion; his idealised version of Paris in the movie Funny Face; his fresh take on the Belle Epoque in his book on Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Diary of a Century; and his fruitful association with the magazine Egoiste later in his life. Avedon's France offers a full account of Avedon's restless pursuit of new ways of looking at the world, and it reveals a master image maker, a true artist for his time.

Heirloom wood : a modern guide to carving spoons, bowls, boards, and other homewares

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 09:14
by Bainbridge, Max,
Publisher Abrams, 2017.
143 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number 745.51 BAI

Site reliability engineering : how Google runs production systems

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 09:14
by Beyer, Betsy,
Publisher Oreilly, 2016.
First edition, April 2016.
xxiv, 524 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number 620.00452 SIT
Summary "The overwhelming majority of a software system's lifespan is spent in use, not in design or implementation. So, why does conventional wisdom insist that software engineers focus primarily on the design and development of large-scale computing systems? In this collection of essays and articles, key members of Google's Site Reliability Team explain how and why their commitment to the entire lifecycle has enabled the company to successfully build, deploy, monitor, and maintain some of the largest software systems in the world. You'll learn the principles and practices that enable Google engineers to make systems more scalable, reliable, and efficient - lessons directly applicable to your organization. This book is divided into four sections: Introduction - Learn what site reliability engineering is and why it differs from conventional IT industry practices; Principles - Examine the patterns, behaviors, and areas of concern that influence the work of a site reliability engineer (SRE); Practices - Understand the theory and practice of an SRE's day-to-day work: building and operating large distributed computing systems; Management - Explore Google's best practices for training, communication, and meetings that your organization can use."--Publisher's description.

The happy medium : life lessons from the other side

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 11:59
by Russo, Kim,
Publisher HarperElixir, [2016]
First edition.
230 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number 133.91 RUS
Summary "The medium star of Lifetime's The Haunting Of shares her personal story and behind-the-scenes details from some of her celebrity seances, counseling readers on how to harness energy from one's surrounding world to gain better understandings of life's biggest questions"--NoveList.

October 31, 1517 : Martin Luther and the day that changed the world

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 06:00
by Marty, Martin E., 1928-
Publisher Paraclete Press, [2016]
x, 114 pages ; 20 cm
Call Number 248.1 MAR