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We Are Not Ourselves - Matthew Thomas
Call Number: PS 3620 .H63513W4 2014
Publication Date: 2014-08-19

"In his powerful and significant debut novel, Thomas masterfully evokes one woman's life in the context of a brilliantly observed Irish working-class milieu. Eileen Tumulty was born in the early '40s, the only child and dutiful caretaker of alcoholic parents. As a young woman, she hopes to leave her family's dingy apartment in Woodside, Queens, and move up the social ladder. Eileen falls in love with and marries Ed Leary, a quiet neuroscientist whom she sees as the means to an upper-middle-class future. But Ed is dedicated to pure scientific research, and he turns down lucrative job offers from pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions. The couple's apartment in Jackson Heights is a step up from Eileen's parents' apartment, but she wants a home in tony Westchester County. Later, Eileen pursues an arduous career as a nursing administrator to secure a future for their son, Connell. But once she gets her gracious but dilapidated fixer-upper in Bronxville, in southern Westchester, Ed is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's, and the family slowly endures 'the encroaching of a fathomless darkness.' Thomas works on a large canvas to create a memorable depiction of Eileen's vibrant spirit, the intimacy of her love for Ed, and the desperate stoicism she exhibits as reality narrows her dreams. Her life, observed over a span of six decades, comes close to a definitive portrait of American social dynamics in the 20th century. Thomas's emotional truthfulness combines with the novel's texture and scope to create an unforgettable narrative." — Publishers Weekly

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Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change - Shawn Achor
Call Number: BF 575 .H27A267 2013
Publication Date: 2013-09-10

"There have been many books published on happiness, an elusive goal for many of us. And there will be many more added to shelves after Achor's second book (after The Happiness Advantage). Yet, truly, there was no primer on how to factually, practically achieve positive genius until this former Harvard researcher zeroed in. The concept is fairly simple: change is possible only when we link our lives to others. That positivity, in turn, results from applying five factors to change your reality: (1) choose the most valuable reality, (2) map your meaning markets, (3) find the x-spot, (4) cancel the noise, and (5) create positive inception. In layperson speak, consider these points: do something prosocial i.e., for others and shift your attitude. Use a treasure map, a way to chart your success path. Keep your eyes on the beach, not the rocks. Exercise to eliminate noise and distractions from your life. And use humor everywhere. Every one of his suggestions is accompanied by personal anecdotes, others' stories, psychological research, and just plain facts and figures. It's an extraordinarily compelling argument to actively work on changing mindsets." — Booklist

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
Call Number: PR 6057 .A319O28 2013
Publication Date: 2013-06-18

"'Childhood memories are sometimes covered and obscured beneath the things that come later... but they are never lost for good'—and the most grim of those memories, no matter how faint, can haunt one forever, as they do the anonymous narrator of Gaiman's subtle and splendid modern myth. The protagonist, an artist, returns to his childhood home in the English countryside to recover his memory of events that nearly destroyed him and his family when he was seven. The suicide of a stranger opened the way for a deadly spirit who disguised herself as a housekeeper, won over the boy's sister and mother, seduced his father, and threatened the boy if he told anyone the truth. He had allies-a warm and welcoming family of witches at the old farm up the road-but defeating this evil demanded a sacrifice he was not prepared for. Gaiman has crafted a fresh story of magic, humanity, loyalty, and memories 'waiting at the edges of things,' where lost innocence can still be restored as long as someone is willing to bear the cost." — Publishers Weekly

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The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era - Craig Nelson
Call Number: QC 773 .N45 2014
ISBN: 9781451660432
Publication Date: 2014-03-25

Nelson (Rocket Men, 2009) presents a sweeping panorama of the nuclear age, from Wilhelm Rontgen's discovery of X-rays to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, paying particular attention to the colorful scientists whose brilliance and diligence unlocked the secrets of the atom. These include the big names whose contributions have been well documented, like Marie and Pierre Curie, Enrico Fermi, Leo Szilard, and Robert Oppenheimer, but also lesser-known figures, including the suicide team of Tokyo Electric technicians (derisively nicknamed gamma sponges ) who entered the Fukushima reactor to manually open its exhaust vents. Nelson tells their stories vividly, with a journalist's eye for symmetry and irony; the science itself is, at times, less central to his narrative than the fusion-reactions of interacting scientists and government officials. Despite truly harrowing descriptions of Chernobyl and Fukushima, as well as a tense account of Cold War nuclear maneuvers, this selection at times sounds a note of disappointment at the world's emerging squeamishness about the two-faced god of nuclear technologies. It is time, Nelson suggests, to learn to live with blessed curses." — Booklist

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Nora Webster - Colm Tóibín
Call Number: PR 6070 .O455N67 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-07

"Toibin's 10th novel offers a compelling portrait of an Irish woman for whom fate has prescribed loneliness. Widowed at 40, with four children and shaky finances, Nora rejects condolences and pity. She is so intent on making her children's lives normal that she ignores their need to mourn as well. In the wake of her husband's terminal illness, she instills fear and bewilderment in her two younger boys; they have nightmares, and one begins to stutter. The two girls, away at school, are resentful as well. Nora is sometimes obtuse about the choices she makes. She is short-tempered and sharp-tongued, and she makes significant mistakes—but her frailties make her an appealing character. Catholicism is woven into the setting of 1970s Enniscorthy. The Church is represented by a mean, small-minded teacher in the Christian Brothers monastery school and by a saintly nun who acts as guardian angel for the family. Several years pass, in which Nora gradually finds an unexpected fulfillment in a talent she had never acknowledged. Toibin never employs dramatic fireworks to add an artificial boost to the narrative. No new suitor magically appears to fall in love with Nora. Instead, she remains a brave woman learning how to find a meaningful life as she goes on alone." — Publishers Weekly

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Smart Tribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together - Christine Comaford
Call Number: HD 66 .C55185 2013
Publication Date: 2013-06-25

Are You Scaring Your People into Mediocrity?

All leaders want to outperform, outsell, and outinnovate the competition. And most teams are fully capable of doing so. The problem: we consistently say and do things that spark unconscious fears and keep our people stuck in their Critter State. This primitive fight, flight, or freeze mode distills all decision making to one question: "What will keep me safest?"

Lying low, sucking up, procrastinating, and doing a good enough job may keep employees breathing, but it doesn't make for vital organizations. Leaders have to get their people unstuck and fully engaged, replacing their old, limiting mental patterns with new patterns that foster optimal performance.

New York Times bestselling author and applied neuroscience expert Christine Comaford knows what it takes to move people from the Critter State into the Smart State, where they have full access to their own creativity, innovation, higher consciousness, and emotional engagement. When an entire culture maintains that state, it becomes what she calls a SmartTribe. Focused. Accountable. Collaborative. Imbued with the energy and passion to solve problems and do what needs doing, again and again and again.

Comaford brings to this book more than thirty years of company-building experience, combined with her expertise in behavioral modification and organizational development. She has helped hundreds of leaders navigate rapid growth, maximize performance, resolve internal conflicts, and execute turnarounds with the full support of their people.

Now she shares potent yet easy-to-learn neuroscience techniques that will help you do the same. You'll learn how to move your team forward and reach your next revenue inflection point using the five key Accelerators of the Smart State-focus, clarity, accountability, influence, and sustainability. You'll get better at anticipating and moving through your own stuck spots and those of your people.

Using her proven system, Comaford's clients have already created hundreds of millions of dollars in new value. They've seen their revenues and profits increase by up to 210% annually; individuals become up to 50% more productive and 100% more accountable; marketing demand generation grow by up to 237%; new products and services created up to 48% faster; and sales close up to 50% faster. They spot changes in their markets more quickly, then pounce on them to create the future they want.

Ultimately, SmartTribes will help you and your team achieve optimal performance and engagement brilliance—and leave competitors in the dust.

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But Enough about You - Christopher Buckley
Call Number: PS 3552 .U3394B88 2014
Publication Date: 2014-05-06

"This collection of Buckley's essays perfectly showcases and draws upon his many writerly voices. Whether he is humorist, vice-presidential speechwriter, political satirist, novelist, author, editor, essayist, travel writer, critic, or eulogist (sounds like he can't hold a job, doesn't it?), one thing Buckley always is is entertaining. That's at the very least, and these are among his very best efforts. Whether he is waxing sentimental over memories of Thanksgivings past, lamenting the price of cedar nuggets (you have to read it), eulogizing his longtime friend Christopher Hitchens, or practicing the art of name-dropping which he can legitimately do with characteristic aplomb he makes his topic worthy of his reader's complete focus. His thoughts are pithy, trenchant, and perspicacious, and for all that, his essays are seasoned with a light dusting of self-deprecation, the secret to this book's exceptional charm. What's more, these assembled pieces are sublimely addicting. To paraphrase a ubiquitous snack slogan, bet you can't read just one!" — Booklist

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Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues - Martin J. Blaser
Call Number: RM 267 .B57 2014
Publication Date: 2014-04-08

A critically important and startling look at the harmful effects of overusing antibiotics, from the field's leading expert.

Tracing one scientist’s journey toward understanding the crucial importance of the microbiome, this revolutionary book will take readers to the forefront of trail-blazing research while revealing the damage that overuse of antibiotics is doing to our health: contributing to the rise of obesity, asthma, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer.

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome where for hundreds of thousands of years bacterial and human cells have existed in a peaceful symbiosis that is responsible for the health and equilibrium of our body. Now, this invisible eden is being irrevocably damaged by some of our most revered medical advances—antibiotics—threatening the extinction of our irreplaceable microbes with terrible health consequences. Taking us into both the lab and deep into the fields where these troubling effects can be witnessed firsthand, Blaser not only provides cutting edge evidence for the adverse effects of antibiotics, he tells us what we can do to avoid even more catastrophic health problems in the future.

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Landline - Rainbow Rowell
Call Number: PS 3618 .O8755L36 2014
ISBN: 9781250049377
Publication Date: 2014-07-08

From New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell, comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones.

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it's been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply—but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they're supposed to visit Neal's family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can't go. She's a TV writer, and something's come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her—Neal is always a little upset with Georgie—but she doesn't expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she's finally done it. If she's ruined everything. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It's not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she's been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. . .

Is that what she's supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

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My Brief History - Stephen W. Hawking
Call Number: QC 16 .H33A3 2013
Publication Date: 2013-09-10

Stephen Hawking has dazzled readers worldwide with a string of bestsellers exploring the mysteries of the universe. Now, for the first time, perhaps the most brilliant cosmologist of our age turns his gaze inward for a revealing look at his own life and intellectual evolution.

My Brief History recounts Stephen Hawking's improbable journey, from his postwar London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity. Lavishly illustrated with rarely seen photographs, this concise, witty, and candid account introduces readers to a Hawking rarely glimpsed in previous books: the inquisitive schoolboy whose classmates nicknamed him Einstein; the jokester who once placed a bet with a colleague over the existence of a particular black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of physics and cosmology.

Writing with characteristic humility and humor, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of ALS at age twenty-one. Tracing his development as a thinker, he explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onward through numerous intellectual breakthroughs, and talks about the genesis of his masterpiece A Brief History of Time—one of the iconic books of the twentieth century.

Clear-eyed, intimate, and wise, My Brief History opens a window for the rest of us into Hawking's personal cosmos.

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My Real Children - Jo Walton
Call Number: PR 6073 .A448M9 2014
ISBN: 9780765332653
Publication Date: 2014-05-20

It's 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. "Confused today," read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know—what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev. Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second World War—those were solid things.

But after that, did she marry Mark or not? Did her friends all call her Trish, or Pat? Had she been a housewife who escaped a terrible marriage after her children were grown, or a successful travel writer with homes in Britain and Italy? And the moon outside her window: does it host a benign research station, or a command post bristling with nuclear missiles?

Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history; each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs. Jo Walton's My Real Children is the tale of both of Patricia Cowan's lives...and of how every life means the entire world.

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The Truth Doesn't Have to Hurt: How to Use Criticism to Strengthen Relationships, Improve Performance, and Promote Change - Deb Bright
Call Number: BF 637 .C74B753 2015
Publication Date: 2014-10-08

"While a criticism sandwich is rarely anyone's idea of a tasty snack, it is often a necessity, especially in the workplace. Like a real meal, disapproval is also more appetizing when well prepared and nicely served. Management consultant Bright has a variety of techniques other than the infamous sandwich to make critiques go down easier and help all parties get more out of the encounter. These include 'Criticism Manners,' 'Creating an Atmosphere of Acceptance,' and a particularly useful chapter on 'Receiving Criticism.' In all of these areas, the author does more than spout the usual management platitudes. She delves into the practicalities and psychology of managing teams and individuals and provides realistic examples of ways to deal with difficult people. Bright also addresses a variety of the types of situations one encounters when either delivering or receiving rejection and the best ways to handle them. A useful book for almost anyone, giving helpful insight into ways to deliver (and receive) criticism so that it can do good, not harm. " — Library Journal

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The Memory Garden - Mary Rickert
Call Number: PS 3618 .I375 .M46 2014
Publication Date: 2014-05-06

"In her first novel, Rickert, whose "Map of Dreams" was a World Fantasy Award winner for short fiction, unwinds the magic and mystery of a mother and daughter and three old friends, all at the fragile juncture of truth and forgiveness. At the heart of the story are 64-year-old Nan, rumored to be a witch, and her 16-year-old adopted daughter, Bay, bound by a carefully guarded secret that's revealed during a weekend reunion of Nan's childhood friends, Mavis and Ruthie. Ghosts live in the garden of Nan and Bay-an angry boy killed in a car crash, an abused girl who died after a botched abortion, a disgraced neighbor-and Bay can see them. Only her beloved Nan, dying Mavis, and tortured Ruthie can explain to Bay the melancholic restlessness of the ghosts, and the history that is connected to Bay's origin. But in the end, Bay has the magic that heals and comforts Nan with the realization that 'it's one thing to be forgiven by someone else, another to forgive yourself.' Bay's story is just beginning here, and Rickert marks a clear path for a sequel to this rich fantasy. 'All I can do is teach her the basics and watch what she does,' Nan says, as she marvels at Bay's supernatural talents. With this tale, Ricket can build an audience that will marvel at her witchy talents." — Publishers Weekly

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A Call to Action - Jimmy Carter
Call Number: HQ 1236 .C375 2014
Publication Date: 2014-03-25

The world's discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Jimmy Carter's call to action.

President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report covers a system of discrimination that extends to every nation. Women are deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and "owned" by men in others, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, and genital cutting. The most vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence.

A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women. And in nations that accept or even glorify violence, this perceived inequality becomes the basis for abuse.

President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have visited 145 countries, and The Carter Center has had active projects in more than half of them. Around the world, they have seen inequality rising rapidly with each passing decade. This is true in both rich and poor countries, and among the citizens within them.

Carter draws upon his own experiences and the testimony of courageous women from all regions and all major religions to demonstrate that women around the world, more than half of all human beings, are being denied equal rights. This is an informed and passionate charge about a devastating effect on economic prosperity and unconscionable human suffering. It affects us all.

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Lesson Plans - Suzanne Greenberg
Call Number: PS 3607 .R4525L47 2014
Publication Date: 2014-05-06

Lesson Plans chronicles the lives of three California families who choose to homeschool for different, deeply personal reasons.

Patterson is a straight-laced insurance adjuster who has recently discovered both surfing and God and convinces his wife to homeschool their rambunctious twins. David is a liberal stay-at-home dad who feels stuck in suburbia and throws his energy into homeschoolong his three "ducklings." Wedding photographer Keith has just separated from Beth, a full-time mom struggling to manage her own private chaos. And there's Jennifer, Keith and Beth's precocious daughter, who copes with severe allergies and doesn't understand why she's not attending school and seeing friends like she used to. Will homeschooling provide balance and harmony for these families? Or will it bring unforeseen challenges and stress?

In this captivating and funny debut novel, Suzanne Greenberg takes a serious look at the choices parents profess to make on behalf of their children, as well as the unpredictable ways in which new relationships can change our lives.

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The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America - Ernest Freeberg
Call Number: T 173.4 .F74 2014
Publication Date: 2014-01-28

"In this social history of electric lights in America, Freeberg skillfully brings to life the story of the triumph of electric lighting in public spaces, the home, and the workplace. In spite of the title, this is not just another Edison biography. Instead, the author uses Edison's vision of an electrified America as a framework to explore how electric lights, including both incandescent and arc lighting, transformed the nation from one almost exclusively at the mercy of the sun into a culture that measured progress in terms of conquering the night with artificial light. Competition with the powerful gas companies for the consumer dollar, the development of an infrastructure and a whole new profession of electrical engineering, along with some of the unintended consequences of turning night into day, are just a few of the themes addressed in a clear and usually entertaining approach to the subject. In the genera of social histories of technology, this book stands out as both a valuable resource for the historian and an interesting read for the layperson." — Choice

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Summer House with Swimming Pool - Herman Koch
Call Number: PT 5881.21 .O25Z6613 2014
ISBN: 9780804138819
Publication Date: 2014-06-03

"In Koch's equally devious follow-up to The Dinner, civilization is once again only a thin cover-up for man's baser instincts. This time out, we meet Dr. Marc Schlosser, whose practice includes a new patient, veteran TV and stage actor Ralph Meier. At a party, Marc doesn't like the way Ralph looks at his wife, Caroline. So when Marc and his family are invited to spend part of their vacation at Ralph's summer house (with swimming pool), Marc reluctantly accepts. There, his family mingles with Ralph's family, as well as houseguests Stanley Forbes, a film director, and his much younger girlfriend. The air is rife with sexual tension as Ralph showers too much attention on Marc's underage daughter, Julia, and Marc toys with having an affair with Ralph's wife, Judith. Then tragedy strikes. One year later, through a confluence of events, Ralph is dead and Marc is implicated. Over the course of the novel, the truth about what really happened that summer is revealed. Although Koch, by his own admission, is not a mystery writer, he once again succeeds on that count without ever stinting on literary quality." — Publishers Weekly

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Hard Choices - Hillary Rodham Clinton
Call Number: E 907 .C55 2014
Publication Date: 2014-06-10

Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.

"All of us face hard choices in our lives," Hillary Rodham Clinton writes at the start of this personal chronicle of years at the center of world events. "Life is about making such choices. Our choices and how we handle them shape the people we become."

In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed, and the hard choices that she and her colleagues confronted.

Secretary Clinton and President Obama had to decide how to repair fractured alliances, wind down two wars, and address a global financial crisis. They faced a rising competitor in China, growing threats from Iran and North Korea, and revolutions across the Middle East. Along the way, they grappled with some of the toughest dilemmas of US foreign policy, especially the decision to send Americans into harm's way, from Afghanistan to Libya to the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

By the end of her tenure, Secretary Clinton had visited 112 countries, traveled nearly one million miles, and gained a truly global perspective on many of the major trends reshaping the landscape of the twenty-first century, from economic inequality to climate change to revolutions in energy, communications, and health. Drawing on conversations with numerous leaders and experts, Secretary Clinton offers her views on what it will take for the United States to compete and thrive in an interdependent world. She makes a passionate case for human rights and the full participation in society of women, youth, and LGBT people. An astute eyewitness to decades of social change, she distinguishes the trendlines from the headlines and describes the progress occurring throughout the world, day after day. Secretary Clinton's descriptions of diplomatic conversations at the highest levels offer readers a master class in international relations, as does her analysis of how we can best use "smart power" to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world—one in which America remains the indispensable nation.

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Invisible Beasts - Sharona Muir
Call Number: PS 3552 .E5355I57 2014
Publication Date: 2014-07-15

"Sophie, the narrator in scholar and seasoned writer Muir's canny first novel, is descended from a long line of naturalists and scientists, including a few who can see invisible animals. Sophie is one such invisible-beast spotter, a gift she keeps secret, worried that disclosure will put invisible species at risk. But after she fails to tell her scientist sister, Evie, about the invisible bees and loses her Truth Bats—the tiny unseen beings that festoon us and create the all-important ring of truth—she realizes that it is her duty as a naturalist to share her observations, especially in this time of mass extinction. Muir dexterously mixes fancy with biological fact as she conjures invisible spiders and butterflies, the pitiful Pluticorn, and the problematically impish Think Monkey. Muir's gently satiric, charming, and cautionary bestiary adeptly reminds us of all the essential creatures that are invisible to us in the oceans, everywhere on land, and in our own bodies, all the imperiled beasts that are disappearing right before our very eyes while we remain silent and confounded" — Booklist

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River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze - Peter Hessler
Call Number: DS 796 .F855H47 2006
Publication Date: 2006-04-25

"This moving, mesmerizing memoir recounts Hessler's two years as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in the city of Fuling, located in the heart of China. Before Hessler's arrival, no one in Fuling had seen a foreigner for 50 years. Hessler was rudely thrust into this forbidden land, completely isolated from the world as we know it. Armed with astute powers of observation, acute sensitivity to cultural differences, and a good command of Chinese, he explores the culture, politics, traditions, and ideas of a people completely unknown and mysterious to the Western World. Hessler also watches as the city—torn between tradition and the onslaught of modern times—reacts to the death of Deng Xiaoping, the return of Hong Kong to the mainland, and the inevitable construction of the Three Gorges Dam on its beloved, and sacred, Yangtze River. This touching memoir of an American dropped into the center of China transcends the boundaries of the travel genre and will appeal to anyone wanting to learn more about the heart and soul of the Chinese people." — Library Journal

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The Paying Guests - Sarah Waters
Call Number: PR 6073 .A828P39 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-16

"With two brothers killed in WWI and a debt-ridden father who followed them to the grave soon afterward, 27-year-old spinster Frances Wray knows that she and her mother must take in lodgers (euphemistically described as 'paying guests') to maintain their large house in a genteel section of London. In the postwar social landscape of England in 1922, the rise of a new middle class and the dwindling of the old servant class are disrupting longtime patterns of life. The disruptions occasioned by the advent of their tenants, the lower-class couple Leonard and Lilian Barber, are minor at first. But as Frances observes the tensions in the Barbers' marriage and develops a sexual attraction for the beautiful Lily, who soon reciprocates her love, a fraught and dangerous situation develops. Lost in the passion of mutual ardor, Frances and Lily scheme to create a life together. An accidental murder they commit derails their plans and transforms the novel, already an absorbing character study, into an expertly paced and gripping psychological narrative. When an innocent man is arrested for the women's crime, they face a terrible moral crisis, marked by guilt, shame, and fear. Readers of Waters's previous novels know that she brings historical eras to life with consummate skill, rendering authentic details into layered portraits of particular times and places. Waters's restrained, beautiful depiction of lesbian love furnishes the story with emotional depth, as does the suspense that develops during the tautly written murder investigation and ensuing trial. When Frances and Lily confront their radically altered existence, the narrative culminates in a breathtaking denouement." — Publishers Weekly

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Cubed - Nikil Saval
Call Number: HF 5547 .S33 2014
Publication Date: 2014-04-22

You mean this place we go to five days a week has a history? Cubed reveals the unexplored yet surprising story of the places where most of the world's work—our work—gets done. From "Bartleby the Scrivener" to "The Office", from the steno pool to the open-plan cubicle farm, Cubed is a fascinating, often funny, and sometimes disturbing anatomy of the white-collar world and how it came to be the way it is—and what it might become.

In the mid-nineteenth century clerks worked in small, dank spaces called "counting-houses." These were all-male enclaves, where work was just paperwork. Most Americans considered clerks to be questionable dandies, who didn't do "real work." But the joke was on them: as the great historical shifts from agricultural to industrial economies took place, and then from industrial to information economies, the organization of the workplace evolved along with them—and the clerks took over. Offices became rationalized, designed for both greater efficiency in the accomplishments of clerical work and the enhancement of worker productivity. Women entered the office by the millions, and revolutionized the social world from within. Skyscrapers filled with office space came to tower over cities everywhere.

Cubed opens our eyes to what is a truly "secret history" of changes so obvious and ubiquitous that we've hardly noticed them. From the wood-paneled executive suite to the advent of the cubicles where 60% of Americans now work (and 93% of them dislike it) to a not-too-distant future where we might work anywhere at any time (and perhaps all the time), Cubed excavates from popular books, movies, comic strips (Dilbert!), and a vast amount of management literature and business history, the reasons why our workplaces are the way they are—and how they might be better.

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The Hundred-Year House - Rebecca Makkai
Call Number: PS 3613 .A36H86 2014
Publication Date: 2014-07-10

"Makkai's (The Borrower) second novel is a lively and clever story starring an estate with an intricate history. It starts in 1999, with husband and wife Doug and Zee living in the coach house of Zee's parents' estate, Laurelfield, which used to be an artists' colony on Chicago's wealthy North Shore. Doug is a writer laboring to finish a monograph of poet Edwin Parfitt, a visitor to the colony, while earning money by anonymously writing YA fiction for a book packager. Zee teaches at the local college, scheming to destroy a tenured colleague to make room on the faculty for her husband, but her machinations take an unexpected turn. When Zee's mother's second husband allows his son and daughter-in-law to move in to the other apartment in the coach house, the dynamic of the group shifts. Meanwhile Doug discovers a secret about Zee's family that he can't share with Zee. The second section of the book goes back in time to the 1950s, when Zee's mother, Grace, was banished by her family to the mansion with her abusive first husband as punishment for marrying him. In the third section, set in 1929, the owner of the mansion wants to shut it down, and the colonists make plans to stop that from happening—a scheme by the colonists that Doug unwittingly discovers decades later. The book is exceptionally well constructed, with engaging characters busy reinventing themselves throughout, and delightful twists that surprise and satisfy." — Publishers Weekly

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Parenting with a Story - Paul Smith
Call Number: HQ 755.8 .S63287 2015
Publication Date: 2014-11-12

Tell a young person what to do—play fair, be yourself, stick to the task at hand—and most will tune you out. But show them how choices and consequences play out in the real world, with real people, and the impact will be far more profound.

Parenting with a Story gathers 101 narratives from people around the world and from all walks of life, reflecting unexpected moments of clarity about who they are and how they should treat others. The lessons illuminate the power of character—integrity, curiosity, creativity, grit, kindness, patience, gratitude, and more—to prepare us for anything. Sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes funny, always compelling, these stories impart wisdom and help steer choices about:

• Resisting peer pressure
• Remaining open-minded
• Being humble
• Making courageous decisions
• Standing by their word
• Bouncing back from failure
• Showing compassion
• Picking friends wisely
• And more

Stories help shape who we are and who we aspire to become. Share these, discuss them, and watch your child grow into the adult you’ll be proud of.

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Moving Day - Jonathan Stone
Call Number: PS 3569 .T64132M68 2014
Publication Date: 2014-06-01

"A scam, as slick as it is heartbreaking, binds the lives of two men in this cerebral thriller. When 72-year-old Stanley Peke and his wife, Rose, move from their longtime Westchester, NY, home to retirement in Santa Barbara, CA, the moving crew arrives a day earlier than expected, and the next morning-when their real movers arrive-the couple find that everything they own has been stolen. Despite his having insurance coverage, Peke—a Polish Holocaust survivor born Stanislaw Pecoskowitz—is taken back to the terrible loss he suffered as a seven-year-old child. And he wants his things back. When he realizes that the thief also got the key to his safe-deposit box, Peke devises a way to locate his belongings and retrieve them. Peke has not only the will but the resources to follow through with his plan, but he underestimates the resolve of ringleader Nick Pelletiere, as events turn dangerous, even deadly. From the author of the Julian Palmer series this is a compelling mystery with a moral foundation." — Library Journal

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The Heathen School - John Demos
Call Number: E 97.65 .C66D45 2014
Publication Date: 2014-03-18

"A chronicle of a school ordinarily interests few beyond those connected with it. This work is an exception. The Foreign Mission School of Cornwall, Connecticut, founded in the 1820s, represents a focal point for several cultural trends, including Christian evangelism, native-white relations, and even celebrity. Demos opens with a man who impressed Protestant eminences in New England. Hawaiian Henry Obookiah was a convert to Christianity whose memoir was immensely popular. His example beckoned the possibility of converting whole peoples, and so, under Congregational Church aegis, the heathen school was founded to train natives to be missionaries to their people. Demos discovers from letters and newspapers that the school ran into controversy (and a decline in donations) when two Cherokee students proposed to two young white women. Demos' description of the social convulsions that ensued renders intimate insight into attitudes of the period. The school disbanded, and the couples went to Georgia to be swept up in the Cherokee removal of the 1830s. A poignant, well-researched historical vignette of how changing the world weighs on the individual shoulders bearing the task." — Booklist

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Fourth of July Creek - Smith Henderson
Call Number: PS 3608 .E52737F68 2014
Publication Date: 2014-05-27

"Pete Snow is a social worker in early 1980s small-town Montana whose life is nearly as troubled as those of his clients. He is separated from his wife and teenage daughter, estranged from his father and stepmother, and easing his problems with alcohol. One morning Pete receives a call regarding a strange young boy who has shown up at a local school. Benjamin Pearl is the son of Jeremiah Pearl, a reclusive survivalist who lives in the hills outside town. Pete tries to help ragged and undernourished Benjamin but soon runs afoul of the paranoid Jeremiah. Through persistence, Pete slowly gains a degree of trust from Jeremiah and is able to provide some assistance. But when Jeremiah's activities draw the interest of the FBI, Pete is caught up in the web of suspicion. As the noose tightens, Jeremiah's dark secrets will profoundly affect Pete as well. On a political level, Henderson skillfully presages the contemporary political environment in his portrayal of the America of three decades ago. On a deeper level, this dark, compassionate novel finds in Jeremiah's-and Pete's-pain a mirror of everyone's." — Library Journal

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Teenagers 101 - Rebecca Deurlein
Call Number: HQ 799.15 .D48 2015
Publication Date: 2014-11-05

As a parent, you want to see your teen succeed in school and in life—and you do your best to help. But how do you know what will make a difference? Maybe it’s time to listen to a teacher.

Day in and day out, teachers watch kids interact with peers, make decisions, deal with difficulty, accept or deflect responsibility... Teachers are our eyes and ears—and there’s a lot they wish we knew.

In Teenagers 101, veteran high school teacher Rebecca Deurlein examines how we can support our teens as they cope with the challenges of the modern world. In an age of instant gratification, how do they learn to work hard? How do they become self-reliant when Mom and Dad are quick to step in? How do they make the transition from kids to adults? Speaking as an educator and a parent herself, Deurlein offers practical strategies for getting teens to:

• Be self-motivated
• Take responsibility for learning
• Puzzle through problems
• Become their own advocate
• Present themselves well
• And more

Packed with engaging anecdotes and backed by years of experience, Teenagers 101 is a crash course on the skills teenagers everywhere need to thrive in college and beyond.

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Ishmael's Oranges - Claire Hajaj
Call Number: PR 6108 .A453I84 2014
Publication Date: 2014-08-12

"Can love overcome the pervasive enmity inherited by Palestinians and Jews? In a carefully balanced narrative that shows the damage each side has inflicted on the other in their ongoing conflict, Hajaj brings politics to a personal level. The deep attraction between Salim, a Palestinian forced from his home when Israel was formed, and Jude, a Jew from England, flies in the face of both their upbringings. Carefully laying both the interpersonal and societal groundwork, Hajaj makes clear the remarkable courage of Salim and Jude's choice to pursue a relationship and the considerable challenges they must confront. In her first novel, Hajaj, who herself shares both Palestinian and Jewish heritage, shines a revealing spotlight on the consequences of deeply embedded prejudices. The focus is so targeted that anything else is relegated to a shadowy background. However, the thorny nature of Salim and Jude's struggle as they are caught between their heritage and their hearts is compelling, as their story strives to answer the question: When both sides feel wronged, what can set things right?" — Booklist

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The Best American Short Stories 2014 - Jennifer Egan; Heidi Pitlor (Editor); Amanda. Urban (Afterword by)
Call Number: PN 6014 .B45 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-07

"People will keep reading fiction as long as it provides an experience of pleasure and insight they can't find anywhere else," writes guest editor Jennifer Egan. The Best American Short Stories 2014 provides pleasurable and insightful fiction that compels, surprises, and engages.

From a hospital's neonatal intensive care unit to the human face of American forces who have served in Afghanistan, from the rise and fall of an indie rocker to the fate of Madame Bovary's greyhound, the stories in this collection, according to Egan, explore "the wider world at this specific point in time. It was my last criterion, but possibly the most important."

Series editor Heidi Pitlor writes, "Working with Jennifer Egan was an honor, as well as ridiculously easy. She was a thoughtful, serious reader, never satisfied with embellishments of language, nor easily tempted by likeable characters. She wanted the stories to go somewhere new and strange, to surprise and confound, Every story that she chose for this book achieves these difficult feats."

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The Meaning of Names - Karen Shoemaker
Call Number: PS 3619 .H64M43 2014
Publication Date: 2014-03-01

Set in 1918 in the farm country at the heart of America, The Meaning of Names is the story of an ordinary woman trying to raise a family during extraordinary times. Estranged from her parents because she married against their will, confronted with violence and prejudice against her people, and caught up in the midst of the worst plague the world has ever seen, Gerda Vogel, an American of German descent, must find the strength to keep her family safe from the effects of a war that threatens to consume the whole world.

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Gandhi: A Spiritual Biography - Arvind Sharma
Call Number: DS 481 .G3S47624 2013
Publication Date: 2014-10-28

While hundreds of biographies and histories have been written about Gandhi, nearly all of them have focused on the national, political, social, economic, educational, environmental, or familial dimensions of his life. Very few, in recounting how Gandhi led his country to political freedom, have viewed his struggle primarily as a search for spiritual liberation.

Shifting the focus to the understudied subject of Gandhi's spiritual life, the author retells the story of Gandhi's life through this lens. Illuminating unsuspected dimensions of Gandhi's inner world and uncovering their surprising connections with his outward actions, Sharma explores the eclectic religious atmosphere in which Gandhi was raised, his belief in karma and rebirth, his conviction that morality and religion are synonymous, his attitudes toward tyranny and freedom, and, perhaps most important, the mysterious source of his power to establish new norms of human conduct. This book enlarges our understanding of one of history's most profoundly influential figures, a man whose trust in the power of the soul helped liberate millions.

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China Dolls - Lisa See
Call Number: PS 3569 .E3334C47 2014
Publication Date: 2014-06-03

"In the beginning of See's (Snow Flower and the Secret Fan) stellar ninth book, three young women, Grace, Helen, and Ruby, meet and form an unlikely but strong bond in San Francisco in 1938, as the Golden Gate International Exhibition is about to open. Grace has run from an abusive father in the Midwest; Helen is trapped by her traditional family in Chinatown after a devastating loss; Ruby is Japanese, desperate to pass as Chinese to stay employed as the U.S. moves closer to war with Japan. They become performers at the Forbidden City Nightclub and face the difficulty of being Asian in an Occidental world, as well as the additional conflict of prejudice within their own community. The novel spans 50 years, following the women's tumultuous personal lives and roller-coaster career choices. Yet somehow the three always find a way back to each other, and come through for each other in the darkest of times. The story alternates between their viewpoints, with each woman's voice strong and dynamic, developing a multilayered richness as it progresses. The depth of See's characters and her winning prose makes this book a wonderful journey through love and loss." — Publishers Weekly

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Us - David Nicholls
Call Number: PR 6114 .I27U7 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-28

"Nicholls brings his trademark wit and wisdom to this by turns hilarious and heartbreaking examination of a long-term marriage. Biochemist Douglas Petersen is about to embark on a grand tour of Europe with his artistic wife of 25 years, Connie, and his temperamental 17-year-old son, Albie, who is about to leave for college. But on the eve of their departure, his wife tells him that, after the trip, she wants a divorce. A shocked Douglas hatches a scheme to win back his wife and repair his fractious relationship with his son. Traveling from the museums of Paris and Amsterdam to the beaches of Spain, the Petersen family struggle to regain their equilibrium, but Douglas' determination to have fun, complete with an ironclad itinerary, leads to spectacular fights, hurt feelings, and simmering tensions, all of which are conveyed by Nicholls with both humor and a deep compassion for human frailty. As Douglas looks back in longing on the couple's first heady days of love and courtship, he struggles to maintain his touching optimism for the future of their marriage. This tender novel will further cement Nicholls' reputation as a master of romantic comedy." — Booklist

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Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War - Karen Abbott
Call Number: E 608 .A22 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-02

"Abbott (Sin in the Second City, 2007; American Rose, 2010) is attuned to women's social history. In her latest slice of female Americana, she tackles the Civil War. Not all females stayed put and kept the home fires burning as the U.S. disintegrated. Four extraordinary women, by dint of a combination of creativity, cunning, and chutzpah, bravely defied nineteenth-century gender norms and expectations, doing all they could do to support their chosen sides. Spitfire Emma Edwards disguised herself as a man and joined the Union Army. Belle Boyd became a teenage courier and a Confederate spy. Rose Greenhow, a Washington, D.C.-based seductress, aided the rebel cause by using her feminine wiles to wrest secrets from unsuspecting males. Wealthy abolitionist Elizabeth Van Lew orchestrated an intricate network of Union spies. This inspiring collective biography reads like a novel while shedding some much-needed light on fascinating chapters in both Civil War and women's history." — Booklist

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Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values - Lawrence A. Cunningham
Call Number: HG 4930 .C86 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-21

Berkshire Hathaway, the $300 billion conglomerate that Warren Buffett built, is among the world's largest and most famous corporations. Yet, for all its power and celebrity, few people understand Berkshire, and many assume it cannot survive without Buffett. This book proves that assumption wrong.

In a comprehensive portrait of the distinct corporate culture that unites and sustains Berkshire's fifty direct subsidiaries, Lawrence A. Cunningham unearths the traits that assure the conglomerate's perpetual prosperity. Riveting stories recount each subsidiary's origins, triumphs, and journey to Berkshire and reveal the strategies managers use to generate economic value from intangible values, such as thrift, integrity, entrepreneurship, autonomy, and a sense of permanence.

Rich with lessons for those wishing to profit from the Berkshire model, this engaging book is a valuable read for entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, and investors, and it makes an important resource for scholars of corporate stewardship. General readers will enjoy learning how an iconoclastic businessman transformed a struggling textile manufacturer into a corporate fortress destined to be his lasting legacy.

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Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Story of Anonymous - Gabriella Coleman
Call Number: HV 6773 .C646 2014
Publication Date: 2014-11-04

"In this eye-opening ethnography, cultural anthropologist Coleman (Coding Freedom) constructs a fascinating picture of the many facets of the Internet collective known as Anonymous, from tricksters and trolls to social crusaders and information warriors. She pulls back the curtain to reveal feuding factions, evolving purposes, scatological humor, and a healthy dose of bizarre in-jokes. In particular, she looks at how they've taken on corporations, governments, even Scientology, and come out on top almost every time. Her writing style is as irreverent and occasionally as profane as her subjects, drawing the reader in with a casual amiability, as if sharing the wild stories of impossible and unreliable acquaintances. Interviews, chat logs, leaked documents, and personal recollections help construct one of the most accessible and most illuminating profiles possible of a group that, by its very creed, can't easily be defined or categorized. This all-access pass into the dark and wild corners of the Internet is timely, informative, and also frightening." — Publishers Weekly

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Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America - John Waters
Call Number: PN 1998.3 .W38A3 2014
Publication Date: 2014-06-03

A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America's most beloved weirdo.

John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I'm Not Psycho," he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?

Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail. So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle eighty-one-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker's unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette.

Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion—and a celebration of America's weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

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The Accidental Apprentice - Vikas Swarup
Call Number: PR 9499.4 .S93A43 2014
Publication Date: 2014-07-08

"A chance encounter results in an unbelievable offer for 23-year-old Sapna Sinha. Billionaire industrialist Vinay Mohan Acharya approaches saleswoman Sapna, the family breadwinner since her father's untimely death, as she leaves a temple in Delhi on her lunch hour, offering to make her CEO of his huge conglomerate if she can pass seven tests of character from the textbook of life. Facing a family financial crisis, a suspicious Sapna reluctantly accepts the offer and soon displays leadership, integrity, courage, foresight, resourcefulness, and decisiveness, according to Acharya, in seemingly random situations, ranging from preventing an arranged marriage to breaking up a sweatshop employing children to acting to save her sister's dreams and her mother's life. But things go awry in the course of the last, most difficult test, leaving Sapna facing the death penalty and confirming that people are not always what they seem. Slumdog Millionaire author Swarup is a skilled storyteller who doesn't hesitate to take on some of the most troublesome issues of his native land—corruption, caste, color, tradition—as he also captures and celebrates its sights and sounds in this fast-moving mystery." — Booklist



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