I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Call Number: LC 2330.Y69 2013
Publication Date: 2013-10-08
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.
Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Anxiety: A Short History
Call Number: RC 531 .A26H6
Publication Date: 2013-08-23
More people today report feeling anxious than ever before—even while living in relatively safe and prosperous modern societies. Almost one in five people experiences an anxiety disorder each year, and more than a quarter of the population admits to an anxiety condition at some point in their lives. Here Allan V. Horwitz, a sociologist of mental illness and mental health, narrates how this condition has been experienced, understood, and treated through the ages—from Hippocrates, through Freud, to today.
Dreaming in Cuban
Call Number: PS 3557 .A66 D74
Publication Date: 1993-02-10
Garcia's first novel is about Cuba, her native country, and three generations of del Pino women who are seeking spiritual homes for their passionate, often troubled souls. Celia del Pino and her descendants also share clairvoyant and visionary powers that somehow remain undiminished, despite the Cuban revolution and its profound effect upon their lives. This dichotomy suffuses their lives with a potent mixture of superstition, politics, and surrealistic charm that gives the novel an otherworldly atmosphere. Garcia juggles these opposing life forces like a skilled magician accustomed to tossing into the air fiery objects that would explode if they came into contact. Writing experimentally in a variety of forms, she combines narratives, love letters, and monologs to portray the del Pinos as they move back and forth through time. Garcia tells their story with an economy of words and a rich, tropical imagery, setting a brisk but comfortable pace. Highly recommended.
Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design
Call Number: QH 367.3 P485 2010
Publication Date: 2010-07-01
Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design offers a comprehensive, unbiased history of this controversial issue, as well as a balanced presentation of the arguments central to a debate that remains one of the most divisive in American society. Centered around the importance of the issue to education in both the sciences and humanities, the book's chief concern is the relevance of the debate to America's public schools.
Going to the Sources: A Guide to Historical Research and Writing
Call Number: D16 .B893 2013
Publication Date: 2013-02-11
The updated fifth edition of Going to the Sources presents a practical guide to historical research and writing for all students of history.
Focuses on the basics of historians’ craft, introducing students to concepts including refining a topic, selecting sources, and engaging critically with their reading
Appendices illustrate style for footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographical entries, as well as a list of commonly used abbreviations
Features a new chapter on the use of non-textual sources for historians, including a case study discussion of the historical importance of D. W. Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation
Addresses how to bring the critical assessment skills of reading to bear on film and other non-textual sources
Includes a student-written historiographical essay, with marginal notes for instruction
American Veterans on War: Personal Stories from WWII to Afghanistan
Publication Date: 2011-11-01
The United States is embroiled in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan (and now Libya?) wars that seem as far from Americans understanding as the countries are distant from our shores. With American Veterans on War, Elise Forbes Tripp brings our current wars and their predecessors home in the words of 55 veterans aged 20 to 90. The veterans raise questions about when wars are worth fighting, what missions can and can t be won, and the costs and benefits of US intervention, both around the world and domestically. Veterans tell wrenching stories of coping with hostile forces without uniforms, of not knowing who is friend or foe, and of the lasting traces of combat once they ve returned home.
The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago
Publication Date: 2010-08-05
This jaunty retrospective of two Jazz Age trials introduces us to the real-life originals of the killer ladies of the musical Chicago—and to the society that adored them. Journalist Perry (The Sixteenth Minute: Life in the Aftermath of Fame) revisits the 1924 cases of Belva Gaertner, a swanky divorcée, and Beulah Annan, a beautiful married woman, both accused of shooting their lovers to death. They were the most photogenic on Cook County jail's Murderess' Row of defendants in a spate of woman-on-man killings that inflamed the press and captivated a public grown bored with gangland murders. (Perry's third heroine is skeptical female reporter Maurine Watkins, who bemoaned the inability of all-male Chicago juries to convict killers with pretty faces.) The author gives an entertaining, wised-up rundown of the cases and the surrounding media hoopla, which the defendants and their lawyers cannily manipulated. (Annan hired a fashion consultant for court appearances and falsely declared herself pregnant to win sympathy.) Beneath the sensationalism, Perry finds anxieties about changing sex roles as feisty flappers and aggressive career women barged into public consciousness; his savvy, flamboyant social history illuminates a dawning age of celebrity culture
Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics
Publication Date: 2011-09-06
Ever since the film industry relocated to Hollywood early in the twentieth century, it has had an outsized influence on American politics. Through compelling larger-than-life figures in American cinema--Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Edward G. Robinson, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan, Harry Belafonte, Jane Fonda, Charlton Heston, Warren Beatty, and Arnold Schwarzenegger--Hollywood Left and Right reveals how the film industry's engagement in politics has been longer, deeper, and more varied than most people would imagine. As shown in alternating chapters, the Left and the Right each gained ascendancy in Tinseltown at different times. From Chaplin, whose movies almost always displayed his leftist convictions, to Schwarzenegger's nearly seamless transition from action blockbusters to the California governor's mansion, Steven J. Ross traces the intersection of Hollywood and political activism from the early twentieth century to the present.
Niccolo Machiavelli: An Intellectual Biography
Publication Date: 2013-05-05
This is a colorful, comprehensive, and authoritative introduction to the life and work of the author of The Prince--Florentine statesman, writer, and political philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527). Corrado Vivanti, who was one of the world's leading Machiavelli scholars, provides an unparalleled intellectual biography that demonstrates the close connections between Machiavelli's thought and his changing fortunes during the tumultuous Florentine republic and his subsequent exile. Vivanti's concise account covers not only Machiavelli's most famous works--The Prince, The Discourses, The Florentine Histories, and The Art of War--but also his letters, poetry, and comic dramas. While setting Machiavelli's life against a dramatic backdrop of war, crisis, and diplomatic intrigue, the book also paints a vivid human portrait of the man.
What to Listen for in Music
Call Number: MT 6.C78 W42 2011
Publication Date: 2011-02-01
Whether they listen to Mozart or Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland invites readers to ask two basic questions: Are they hearing everything that is going on? Are they really being sensitive to it? With his provocative suggestions, Aaron Copland guides readers through a deeper appreciation of the most rewarding of all art forms.
Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering
Call Number: QC 928 .H36 2013
Publication Date: 2013-04-22
This book goes to the heart of the unfolding reality of the twenty-first century: international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have all failed, and before the end of the century Earth is projected to be warmer than it has been for 15 million years. The question “can the crisis be avoided?” has been superseded by a more frightening one, “what can be done to prevent the devastation of the living world?” And the disturbing answer, now under wide discussion both within and outside the scientific community, is to seize control of the very climate of the Earth itself.
Call Number: RM 666 .H33 G64 2012
Publication Date: 2012-04-01
While the use of herbs and herbal supplements seem an attractive alternate to man-made therapies, such use is often inspired by anecdotal evidence rather than sound clinical research. Healthy Herbs: Fact versus Fiction examines the health claims associated with 50 popular herbs and coalesces the clinical findings on these natural substances. This useful resource examines the history and use of herbs and will ultimately help readers make informed decisions regarding these natural therapies.
The Nothin' but Blue Skies
Call Number: HC107.A14 M37 2013
Publication Date: 2013-05-21
Nothin' but Blue Skies tells the story of how the country's industrial heartland grew, boomed, bottomed, and hopes to be reborn. Through a propulsive blend of storytelling and reportage, celebrated writer Edward McClelland delivers the rise, fall, and revival of the Rust Belt and its people.
The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy
Call Number: PS 3531.U426 C66 2013
Publication Date: 2013-07-22
The publication of The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy is a literary event that marks the first time all of James Purdy’s short stories—fifty-six in number, including seven drawn from his unpublished archives—have been collected in a single volume. As prolific as he was unclassifiable, James Purdy was considered one of the greatest—and most underappreciated—writers in America in the latter half of the twentieth century. Championed by writers as diverse as Dame Edith Sitwell, Gore Vidal, Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams, Carl Van Vechten, John Cowper Powys, and Dorothy Parker, Purdy’s vast body of work has heretofore been relegated to the avant-garde fringes of the American literary mainstream.
The Guns at Last Light
Call Number: D 756.A78
Publication Date: 2013-05-14
It is the twentieth century’s unrivaled epic: at a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted how the American-led coalition fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now, in The Guns at Last Light, he tells the most dramatic story of all—the titanic battle for Western Europe.
Black Dahlia and White Rose
Call Number: PS 3565.A8 B45 2012
Publication Date: 2012-09-11
Black Dahlia & White Rose is a brilliant collection of short fiction from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates, one of the most acclaimed writers of our time. These stores, at once lyrical and unsettling, shine with the author’s trademark fascination with finding the unpredictable amidst the prosaic—from her imaginative recreation of friendship between two tragically doomed young women (Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Short), to the tale of an infidelity as deeply human as it is otherworldly. Black Dahlia & White Rose is a major offering from one of the most important artists in contemporary American literature; a superb collection that showcases Joyce Carol Oates’s ferocious energy and darkly imaginative storytelling power.
The Third Coast
Call Number: F 548.52.D95 2013
Publication Date: 2013-04-18
Though today it can seem as if all American culture comes out of New York and Los Angeles, much of what defined the nation as it grew into a superpower was produced in Chicago. Before air travel overtook trains, nearly every coast-to coast journey included a stop there, and this flow of people and commodities made it America's central clearinghouse, laboratory, and factory. Between the end of World War II and 1960, Mies van der Rohe's glass and steel architecture became the face of corporate America, Ray Kroc's McDonald's changed how we eat, Hugh Hefner unveiled Playboy, and the Chess brothers supercharged rock and roll with Chuck Berry. At the University of Chicago, the atom was split and Western civilization was packaged into the Great Books.
Call Number: F 2235.3.A876 2013
Publication Date: 2013-04-09
Drawing on a wealth of primary documents, novelist and journalist Marie Arana brilliantly captures early nineteenth-century South America and the explosive tensions that helped revolutionize Bolívar.
Call Number: HC 108.D6 L44 2013
Publication Date: 2013-02-07
If Detroit is America’s vanguard in good times and bad, then here is the only place to turn for guidance in our troubled era. While redemption is thin on the ground in this ghost of a city, Detroit: An American Autopsy is no hopeless parable. LeDuff shares an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough time filled with some of the strangest and strongest people our country has to offer. Detroit is a dark comedy of the absurdity of American life in the twenty-first century, a deeply human drama of colossal greed and endurance, ignorance and courage.
Exploding the Phone
Call Number: HE 8846.A55 L37 2013
Publication Date: 2013-02-05
Before smartphones, back even before the Internet and personal computer, a misfit group of technophiles, blind teenagers, hippies, and outlaws figured out how to hack the world’s largest machine: the telephone system. Starting with Alexander Graham Bell’s revolutionary “harmonic telegraph,” by the middle of the twentieth century the phone system had grown into something extraordinary, a web of cutting-edge switching machines and human operators that linked together millions of people like never before. But the network had a billion-dollar flaw, and once people discovered it, things would never be the same.
My Beloved World
Call Number: KF 8745.S67 A3 2013
Publication Date: 2013-01-15
The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.
Call Number: HV 5822.M3 L34
Publication Date: 2012-08-14
The bestselling author of Acid Dreams tells the great American pot story—a panoramic, character-driven saga that examines the medical, recreational, scientific, and economic dimensions of the world’s most controversial plant.
The World until Yesterday
Call Number: DU 744.35.D32 D53 2012
Publication Date: 2012-12-31
The World Until Yesterday provides a mesmerizing firsthand picture of the human past as it had been for millions of years—a past that has mostly vanished—and considers what the differences between that past and our present mean for our lives today.
This is Jared Diamond’s most personal book to date, as he draws extensively from his decades of field work in the Pacific islands, as well as evidence from Inuit, Amazonian Indians, Kalahari San people, and others. Diamond doesn’t romanticize traditional societies—after all, we are shocked by some of their practices—but he finds that their solutions to universal human problems such as child rearing, elder care, dispute resolution, risk, and physical fitness have much to teach us. A characteristically provocative, enlightening, and entertaining book, The World Until Yesterday will be essential and delightful reading.
Latin American Popular Culture since Independence
Call Number: F 1408.3.L2743 2012
Publication Date: 2011-10-14
This unique reader offers an engaging collection of essays that highlight the diversity of Latin America's cultural expressions from independence to the present. Exploring such themes and events as funerals, dance and music, letters and literature, spectacles and monuments, and world's fairs and food, a group of leading historians examines the ways that a wide range of individuals with copious, at times contradictory, motives attempted to forge identity, turn the world upside down, mock their betters, forget their troubles through dance, express love in letters, and altogether enjoy life.
Call Number: F 546.4 B.55 C46 2012
Publication Date: 2012-09-14
Revealing evidence from the investigation never before made public, Golden is the most complete telling yet of the Blagojevich story, written by two Chicago reporters who covered every step of his rise and fall and spent years sifting through evidence, compiling documents, and conducting more than a hundred interviews with those who have known Blagojevich from his childhood to his time in the governor’s office.
Call Number: DJK 45.S65 A67 2012
Publication Date: 2012-10-30
In the long-awaited follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag, acclaimed journalist Anne Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how Communism took over Eastern Europe after World War II and transformed in frightening fashion the individuals who came under its sway.
The Man with the Golden Gun
Call Number: PR 6056 .L4 M36 2012
Publication Date: 2012-10-16
British secret agent James Bond has to win back the trust of spymaster M by terminating the ultimate assassin, Pistols Scaramanga, who has ambitions far beyond murder for hire.
The Silk Road
Call Number: DS 33.1 H36 2012
Publication Date: 2012-08-14
The Silk Road is as iconic in world history as the Colossus of Rhodes or the Suez Canal. But what was it, exactly? It conjures up a hazy image of a caravan of camels laden with silk on a dusty desert track, reaching from China to Rome. The reality was different--and far more interesting--as revealed in this new history.
Historical Dictionary of Romantic Art and Architecture
Call Number: REF N 6465 .R6 P35 2011
Publication Date: 2011-06-10
At the end of the 18th century, a philosophical shift in idea and form occurred that shaped the basis for the Romantic era. This age was achieved self-consciously through theory and encompassed the arts and literature. It includes a plethora of styles that are today gathered together under the umbrella of Romanticism, but it also draws much from the preceding Neoclassicism. Romanticism is largely an intellectual movement that grew out of the lingering effects of the revolt against aristocratic rule that begin with the French Revolution. It includes the works of such greats as Jacques-Louis David, Frederic Edwin Church, Eug ne Delacroix, Winslow Homer, Victor Hugo, Francisco Goya, Thomas Cole, and William Blake. The Historical Dictionary of Romantic Art and Architecture provides an overview of Romanticism, focusing on its major artists, architects, stylistic subcategories, ideas, and historical framework of the late 18th century style. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 200 cross-referenced dictionary entries on famous artists, sculptors, architects, patrons, and other historical figures and events. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Romanticism.
Call Number: BL 2001.3.E25 2012
Publication Date: 2012-03-27
India: A Sacred Geography is the culmination of more than a decade's work from the renowned Harvard scholar Diana L. Eck. The book explores the sacred places of India, taking the reader on an extraordinary trip through the beliefs and history of this rich and profound place, as well as providing a basic introduction to Hindu religious ideas and how those ideas influence our understanding of the modern sense of "India" as a nation.
The Casual Vacancy
Call Number: PR 6068 .O93 C37 2012
Publication Date: 2012-09-27
When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock and the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. From J.K. Rowling, author of the acclaimed Harry Potter series, this is Rowling's first book for adult readers.
Call Number: RD 118 .T46 2012
Publication Date: 2011-12-01
Written in plain language and a lively writing style, this resource for general readers and students that reviews the history of plastic surgery; considers all sides of current debates in the field related to race and ethnicity, gender reassignment, and unrealistic ideals of beauty; and presents primary documents from the medical field, on areas such as the safety of silicone breast implants. The book overviews types of plastic surgery, outlines paradigm changes in reconstruction and aesthetics, and explains the distinction between medically necessary corrective surgery versus cosmetic surgery. Some of the controversies explored include informed consent, liposuction, and plastic surgery for conditions such as Down syndrome, cleft palate, and ambiguous genitalia. The book includes a glossary and timeline. Thompson is affiliated with Florida Atlantic University's Center for Excellence in Writing. Annotation Â©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A Tour of the Senses
Call Number: BF 233 .H46 2012
Publication Date: 2012-01-17
This entertaining introduction to sensory science is a clever mix of research findings and real-world stories that helps us understand the complex processes that turn sensory stimuli into sophisticated brain responses.
The New Deal
Call Number: E 806 .H557 2011
Publication Date: 2011-09-13
Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal began as a program of short-term emergency relief measures and evolved into a truly transformative concept of the federal government’s role in Americans’ lives. More than an economic recovery plan, it was a reordering of the political system that continues to define America to this day. In this bold reevaluation of a decisive moment in American history, Michael Hiltzik dispels decades of accumulated myths and misconceptions about the New Deal to capture with clarity and immediacy its origins, its legacy, and its genius.
Cancer Causes and Controversies
Call Number: RC 263 .K89 2011
Publication Date: 2011-08-15
Kwabi-Addo (cancer research, Howard U., Washington, DC) and Lindstrom (a Canadian freelance health writer) examine common cancer risk factors and discuss how we can control at least lifestyle, though not genetic, factors at present. They also provide a balanced perspective on debates surrounding cancer causes, prevention, genetic testing, the role of cell phones, food additives, and food irradiation in causing cancer, and vitamin supplementation in preventing cancer.
Spine of the Continent
Call Number: QH 77 .N56 H36 2012
Publication Date: 2012-09-04
As climate change encroaches, animals and plants around the globe are having their habitats pulled out from under them. At the same time, human development has made islands out of even our largest nature reserves, stranding the biodiversity other lives within them. The Spine of the Continent introduces readers to the most ambitious wildlife conservation effort ever undertaken: to create linked protected areas extending from the Yukon to Mexico, the entire length of North America.