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Strangers drowning : grappling with impossible idealism, drastic choices, and the overpowering urge to help

New Nonfiction - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:17
by MacFarquhar, Larissa
Publisher Penguin Press, 2015
320 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number 179.9 MAC
Summary "What does it mean to devote yourself wholly to helping others? In Strangers Drowning, Larissa MacFarquhar seeks out people living lives of extreme ethical commitment and tells their deeply intimate stories; their stubborn integrity and their compromises; their bravery and their recklessness; their joys and defeats and wrenching dilemmas. A couple adopts two children in distress. But then they think: If they can change two lives, why not four? Or ten? They adopt twenty. But how do they weigh the needs of unknown children in distress against the needs of the children they already have? Another couple founds a leprosy colony in the wilderness in India, living in huts with no walls, knowing that their two small children may contract leprosy or be eaten by panthers. The children survive. But what if they hadn't? How would their parents' risk have been judged? A woman believes that if she spends money on herself, rather than donate it to buy life-saving medicine, then she's responsible for the deaths that result. She lives on a fraction of her income, but wonders: when is compromise self-indulgence and when is it essential? We honor such generosity and high ideals; but when we call people do-gooders there is skepticism in it, even hostility. Why do moral people make us uneasy? Between her stories, MacFarquhar threads a lively history of the literature, philosophy, social science, and self-help that have contributed to a deep suspicion of do-gooders in Western culture. Through its sympathetic and beautifully vivid storytelling, Strangers Drowning confronts us with fundamental questions about what it means to be human. In a world of strangers drowning in need, how much should we help, and how much can we help? Is it right to care for strangers even at the expense of those we are closest to? Moving and provocative, Strangers Drowning challenges us to think about what we value most, and why."--provided by publisher.

The cause of all nations : an international history of the American Civil War

New Nonfiction - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:17
by Doyle, Don Harrison, 1946-
Publisher Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2015] ©2015
First edition.
xviii, 382 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 25 cm
Call Number 973.72 DOY
Summary "The Civil War is most often understood as an internal conflict, one fought by American soldiers over issues uniquely American in origin and consequence. But in The Cause of All Nations, distinguished historian Don H. Doyle reframes our understanding of the Civil War, describing it as a conflict that was shaped by international forces--and which had major international repercussions. Doyle shows that, rather than being an internal struggle, the Civil War hinged on the support of nations across the seas, especially in Europe. Both the North and the South looked to Europe for backing, and the Confederacy in particular depended on Britain and France recognizing it as a legitimate nation, which would allow for commercial treaties, loans, and even military aid. Indeed, representatives of the North and the South went so far as to adapt their ideologies to the expectations of European leaders, in the hopes of garnering much-needed support; at a certain point late in the war, the Confederacy even considered abolishing slavery in an attempt to win over French and British rulers. Lincoln quickly learned to reframe the Union's argument in order to win over potential allies. Instead of framing the debate around the unconstitutionality of the South's secession, his speeches began to highlight the importance of preserving the Union and freeing the slaves, an approach with allowed Lincoln to win the support of the European public. The United States became the 'Great Republic, 'an embattled defender of liberty', equality, and self-government and, in Lincoln's poignant words, the 'last best hope of earth.' A bold account of the international dimensions of one of America's most defining conflicts, The Cause of All Nations offers an important new way of understanding the Civil War"--

The challenge of things : thinking through troubled times

New Nonfiction - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:17
by Grayling, A. C.
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2015.
First U.S. edition.
297 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number 192 GRA
Summary A. C. Grayling's lucid and stimulating books, based on the idea that philosophy should engage with the world and make itself useful, invariably cause discussion. The Challenge of Things joins earlier collections, collecting Grayling's recent writings on the world in a time of war and conflict. In describing and exposing the dark side of things, he also explores ways out of the habits and prejudices of mind that would otherwise trap us forever in the deadly impasses of conflicts of all kinds. Whether he is writing about the First World War and its legacy, free speech, the advantages of an atheist prime minister or the role of science in the arts, his essays are always enlightening, enlivening, and hopeful.--Adapted from book jacket.

The life of Benjamin Franklin, written by himself. Volume 2

New Nonfiction - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:17
by Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Publisher Forgotten books, [2015] ©2015.
546 pages ; 23 cm.
Call Number XX(1581975.2)

The Mayo Clinic handbook for happiness : a 4-step plan for resilient living

New Nonfiction - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:17
by Sood, Amit,
Publisher Da Capo Lifelong, 2015.
First Da Capo Press edition.
xiv, 241 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Call Number 158 SOO
Summary "Offers a straightforward plan anyone can implement across 10 weeks. Combining groundbreaking insights from neuroscience and psychology, and wisdom from philosophy and spirituality, Dr. Sood reveals how to reduce everyday anxiety and find greater fulfillment in life."--Page [4] cover.

The path to citizenship

New Nonfiction - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:17
by Howell, Sara
Publisher PowerKids Press, 2015.
First edition.
24 pages : colored illustrations, color map ; 24 cm.
Call Number 323.623 HOW

The shred power cleanse : eat clean, get lean, burn fat

New Nonfiction - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:17
by Smith, Ian K.,
Publisher St. Martin's Press, 2015.
First edition.
xvi, 206 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number 613.2 SMI
Summary "Dr. Ian is answering Shredder Nation's call for a short-term, fast-acting cleanse that will help you reset and power through to your new weight loss goal! The SHRED Power Cleanse takes the classic detox plan to a new level. You won't find any fiberless, anemic juices on this regimen! Dr. Ian lays out each day of the two-week program, giving you everything you need to jump-start BIG change"--

The truth : an uncomfortable book about relationships

New Nonfiction - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:17
by Strauss, Neil
Publisher Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, [2015] ©2015
First edition.
421 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number 306.7 STR
Summary From the author of the blockbuster bestseller The Game comes a shockingly personal, surprisingly relatable, brutally honest memoir, in which the celebrated dating expert confronts the greatest challenge he has ever faced: monogamy and fidelity. Neil Strauss became famous to millions around the world as the author of The Game, a funny and slyly instructive account of how he transformed himself from a scrawny, insecure nerd into the ultra-confident, ultra-successful pickup artist known as Style. The book jump-started the international seduction community, and made Strauss a household name--revered or notorious--among single men and women alike. But the experience of writing The Game also transformed Strauss into a man who could have what every man wants: the ability to date--and/or have casual sex with--almost every woman he met. The results were heady, to be sure. But they also conditioned him to view the world as a kind of constant parade of women, sex, and opportunity--with intimacy and long-term commitment taking a back seat. That is, until he met the woman who forced him to choose between herself and the parade. The choice was not only difficult, it was wrenching. It forced him deep into his past, to confront not only the moral dimensions of his pickup lifestyle, but also a wrenching mystery in his childhood that shaped the man that he became. It sent him into extremes of behavior that exposed just how conflicted his life had become. And it made him question everything he knew about himself, and about the way men and women live with and without each other. He would never be the same again. Searingly honest, compulsively readable, this new book may have the same effect on you.

The wise king : a Christian prince, Muslim Spain, and the birth of the Renaissance

New Nonfiction - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:17
by Doubleday, Simon R.,
Publisher Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2015]
xxix, 304 pages : illustrations, map, genealogical tables ; 25 cm
Call Number 946.02 DOU

This old man : all in pieces

New Nonfiction - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:17
by Angell, Roger,
Publisher Doubleday, [2015] ©2015
First edition
xii, 298 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Call Number 814.54 ANG
Summary "In February 2014, The New Yorker published an essay by Roger Angell called "This Old Man," a meditation on life at age ninety-three. With great humor and not an ounce of self-pity or sentimentality, Angell wrote about health, mind, and memory; reckoning with the past and a long list of friends and family who have died; daily joys and struggles; and, above all, love. Cheerful and beautiful and moving, the piece became an instant classic, won a National Magazine Award, and has been shared and discussed by legions of readers young and old. "This Old Man" is the centerpiece of Angell's new book, which gathers essays, letters, photos, comic verse, and drawings that in aggregate present a kaleidoscopic portrayal of a deeply engaged and vibrant life. Angell's fluid prose and native curiosity make him an amiable and compelling companion on the page. Whether the subject is coping with the loss of his wife, Carol, editing John Updike, the seventh game of the 2014 World Series, his appreciation of fox terriers, or the Fourth of July ceremonies in his summer home in rural Maine, what links the pieces (most of recent vintage) is the deep sense of gratitude that suffuses them. Gratitude for the people he has known, the experiences he's had, the writers and friends and baseball players he admires. It's a portrait of a full and fascinating life, but a portrait always directed generously outward. Angell is New Yorker royalty. Son of Katharine S. White, the first fiction editor of The New Yorker, and stepson of E. B. White, Angell wrote his first piece for the magazine in 1944 and was for many years chief fiction editor himself. His affectionate take on the magazine and the personalities who've worked there makes for a lively slice of twentieth (and twenty-first) century cultural history. He is even better known as a baseball writer--he's in the Hall of Fame with Babe Ruth and Willie Mays!--and the baseball writing in the book is pure heaven for fans of the national pastime. Engaging, sharp, and wonderfully written, This Old Man is a pure pleasure to read"--

Vintage home : using 20th-century design in the contemporary home

New Nonfiction - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:17
by Miller, Judith, 1951-
Publisher Firefly Books, [2015]
288 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
Call Number 747 MIL

Witches of America

New Nonfiction - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:17
by Mar, Alex,
Publisher Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
First edition.
viii, 276 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number 299.94 MAR

Today will be different [CD sound recording] : a novel

New Books on CD - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 07:17
by Semple, Maria
Publisher Hachette Audio, [2016]
6 audio discs (6 hr., 30 min.) : digital, optical, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Audio CD
Call Number BOCD F SEM
Summary Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action--life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office--but not Eleanor--that he's on vacation. Just when it seems like things can't go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret. A hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.

I am Brian Wilson [CD sound recording] : a memoir

New Books on CD - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 07:17
by Wilson, Brian, 1942-
Publisher Brilliance Audio, [2016] ©2016
8 audio discs (approximately 9 hours, 44 minutes) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Audio CD
Call Number BOCD 781.66 WIL
Summary "The memoirs of the legendary co-founder of the Beach Boys offer insights into his difficult relationship with his father, the women in his life, his parenting experiences, and the events that inspired his music"--NoveList.

Time pieces : a Dublin memoir

New Nonfiction - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 04:17
by Banville, John
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
pages cm
Call Number XX(1660535.2)

A refuge assured

New Adult Fiction - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 04:17
by Green, Jocelyn,
Publisher Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2018] ©2018
413 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number F GRE
Summary "Lacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia but finds the same dangers lurking in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers threaten the life of a young boy left in her care, who some suspect to be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement, Azilum, offer permanent refuge? Militiaman Liam Delaney proudly served in the American Revolution, but now that the new government has imposed an oppressive tax that impacts his family, he barely recognizes the democracy he fought for. He wants only to cultivate the land of his hard-won farm near Azilum, but soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they will be drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long"--Back cover.

Girls burn brighter

New Adult Fiction - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 04:17
by Rao, Shobha,
Publisher Flatiron Books, 2018.
First edition.
307 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number F RAO
Summary A searing, electrifying debut novel set in India and America, for readers of Rupi Kaur, about the extraordinary bond between two girls driven apart by circumstances but relentless in their search for one another. Poornima and Savitha have three strikes against them. They are poor. They are driven. And they are girls. When Poornima was just a toddler, she was about to fall into a river. Her mother, beside herself, screamed at her father to grab her. But he hesitated: "I was standing there, and I was thinking...she's just a girl. Let her go...That's the thing with girls, isn't it...You think, Push. That's all it would take, Just one little push." After her mother's death, Poornima has very little kindness in her life. She is left to take care of her siblings until her father can find her a suitable match. So when Savitha enters their household, Poornima is intrigued by the joyful, independent-minded girl. Suddenly their Indian village doesn't feel quite so claustrophobic, and Poornima begins to imagine a life beyond the arranged marriage her father is desperate to secure for her. But when a devastating act of cruelty drives Savitha away, Poornima leaves behind everything she has ever known to find her friend. Her journey takes her into the darkest corners of India's underworld, on a harrowing cross-continental journey, and eventually to an apartment complex in Seattle. Alternating between the girls' perspectives as they face ruthless obstacles, Girls Burn Brighter introduces two heroines who never lose the hope that burns within them.--Amazon.

Rosie colored glasses

New Adult Fiction - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 04:17
by Wolfson, Brianna,
Publisher MIRA, [2018] ©2018
329 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number F WOL
Summary Eleven year old Willow's marrow burns with the friction of having to navigate the two homes of her newly divorced parents, when all she truly wants is to be with her mother Rosie. As Willow struggles to make sense of her world of extreme love and extreme loneliness, she learns how sometimes all the love in the world is not enough to save someone, no matter how hard one wishes for it - how the human heart can bend and break, but how it can also heal and is resilient enough to love again.

Live from Cairo : a novel

New Adult Fiction - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 01:16
by Bassingthwaighte, Ian,
Publisher Scribner, 2017.
First Scribner hardcover edition.
323 pages : map ; 24 cm
Call Number F BAS

Kong. Skull Island [DVD videorecording]

New Feature Film DVDs - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:16
by Vogt-Roberts, Jordan,
Publisher Warner Home Video, [2017]
Rental [edition].
1 videodisc (118 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Video DVD
Call Number ACTION KON
Summary The show reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure. In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific, as beautiful as it is treacherous, unaware that they're crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.