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5th Wave, The

Yancey, Rick

2013    480 pages    (Putnam Juvenile)

Call #: FIC.yan.5th   

The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey. After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To [...]

The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey. After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. [less]

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7 Wonders

Call #: GAME.board.7wonders   

2-7 players; 30-45 minutes play time. Fairly complex and strategic gameplay. Lead one of the seven great cities of the Ancient world. Exploit the natural resources of your lands, take part in the eternal march of progress, develop your commercial relationships and assert your military might. Leave your mark in the history of civilization by building an architectural marvel that will transcend the ages to come. 7 Wonders is a civilization-building card-drafting game. Players randomly draw an [...]

2-7 players; 30-45 minutes play time.
Fairly complex and strategic gameplay. Lead one of the seven great cities of the Ancient world. Exploit the natural resources of your lands, take part in the eternal march of progress, develop your commercial relationships and assert your military might. Leave your mark in the history of civilization by building an architectural marvel that will transcend the ages to come.

7 Wonders is a civilization-building card-drafting game. Players randomly draw an ancient city, and they have three Ages—a total of 18 turns—to develop their civilization and earn points. Cities can produce resources, which give discounts on future purchases (much as in Splendor) and can be traded with neighbors (without the tense negotiations of Catan). Using those resources, players can also build their civilizations’ might by earning coins, expanding their military, building Wonders of the Ancient World, exploring science, creating guilds, and building civilian and commercial structures. The player with the most points at the end of the three Ages wins.

Why it’s great: The high strategy level of this game means it can take a few rounds to master, but the rules are easy to grasp and the rounds don’t drag on—with only 18 turns, the game is true to its 30-minute estimate. We thought this game was fun with the maximum players, as well as with four players. It adapts for two players as well, but we think the game is more entertaining and interactive with more people. Even though 7 Wonders is competitive, it’s not divisive: “The rules encourage you to scuttle cards that your neighbors might want, but they won’t know you’ve done it, so it doesn’t encourage board-game-night fights,” said Wirecutter editor Kimber Streams. And while trading can get heated in Catan, neighbors cannot refuse a trade in 7 Wonders, and it doesn’t consume their resources—both parties benefit. Scoring can be tricky, but as Wirecutter writer Alex Arpaia noted, “The game includes some handy scorecards for the purpose, and a step-by-step guide in the rulebook.” Alex said she frequently referred to the guide and the smaller cheat sheet when playing. [Review from thewirecutter.com] [less]

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25 Thrilling Legends of Virginia

Nelson, Robert F.

2016    732 pages    (Mancomm)

Call #: CCS.HIS.nel.25   

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25-year War, The: America’s Role in Vietnam

Palmer, Bruce Jr.

2008    (Qref Quick Reference Media)

Call #: SOC.WAR.pal.25   

Discusses the reasons for the United States' military failure in Vietnam, examines the military and civilian chains of command, and suggests lessons of the war.

Discusses the reasons for the United States' military failure in Vietnam, examines the military and civilian chains of command, and suggests lessons of the war. [less]

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40s All-american Ads

Heimann, Jim, Editor

2001    764 pages    (Taschen)

Call #: SOC.POP.hei.40s   

World War II brought unprecedented pride and prosperity to the American people and nothing better mirrors the new wave of consumerism and progress than the ads of the time.

World War II brought unprecedented pride and prosperity to the American people and nothing better mirrors the new wave of consumerism and progress than the ads of the time. [less]

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50s and 60s Style

Powell, Polly and Lucy Peel

1994    128 pages    (Grange Books Ltd)

Call #: SOC.POP.pow.50s   

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60s Reader, The

Haskins, James and Kathleen Benson, Editors

1988    256 pages    (Viking Juvenile)

Call #: USA.SIX.has.60s   

A collection of diverse writings from the 1960s.

A collection of diverse writings from the 1960s. [less]

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67 Ways to Save the Animals

Sequoia, Anna

128 pages    (Perennial)

Call #: SCI.ENV.seq.67   

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100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design

Heller, Seven and Veronique Vienne

2012    216 pages    (Laurence King Publishers)

Call #: ART.CLC.hel.100   

New in the "100 Ideas that Changed..." series, this book demonstrates how ideas influenced and defined graphic design, and how those ideas have manifested themselves in objects of design. The 100 entries, arranged broadly in chronological order, range from technical (overprinting, rub-on designs, split fountain); to stylistic (swashes on caps, loud typography, and white space); to objects (dust jackets, design handbooks); and methods (paper cut-outs, pixelation).

New in the "100 Ideas that Changed..." series, this book demonstrates how ideas influenced and defined graphic design, and how those ideas have manifested themselves in objects of design. The 100 entries, arranged broadly in chronological order, range from technical (overprinting, rub-on designs, split fountain); to stylistic (swashes on caps, loud typography, and white space); to objects (dust jackets, design handbooks); and methods (paper cut-outs, pixelation). [less]

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102 Minutes: the Untold Story Oft He Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers

Dwyer, Jim and Kevin Flynn

2005    352 pages    (Times Books)

Call #: USA.21C.dwy.102   

The dramatic and moving account of the struggle for life inside the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, when every minute countedAt 8:46 am on September 11, 2001, 14,000 people were inside the twin towers-reading e-mails, making trades, eating croissants at Windows on the World. Over the next 102 minutes, each would become part of a drama for the ages, one witnessed only by the people who lived it-until now. Of the millions of words written about this wrenching day, most were told [...]

The dramatic and moving account of the struggle for life inside the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, when every minute countedAt 8:46 am on September 11, 2001, 14,000 people were inside the twin towers-reading e-mails, making trades, eating croissants at Windows on the World. Over the next 102 minutes, each would become part of a drama for the ages, one witnessed only by the people who lived it-until now. Of the millions of words written about this wrenching day, most were told from the outside looking in. New York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn have taken the opposite-and far more revealing-approach. Reported from the perspectives of those inside the towers, 102 Minutes captures the little-known stories of ordinary people who took extraordinary steps to save themselves and others. Beyond this stirring panorama stands investigative reporting of the first rank. An astounding number of people actually survived the plane impacts but were unable to escape, and the authors raise hard questions about building safety and tragic flaws in New York's emergency preparedness.Dwyer and Flynn rely on hundreds of interviews with rescuers, thousands of pages of oral histories, and countless phone, e-mail, and emergency radio transcripts. They cross a bridge of voices to go inside the infernos, seeing cataclysm and heroism, one person at a time, to tell the affecting, authoritative saga of the men and women-the nearly 12,000 who escaped and the 2,749 who perished-as they made 102 minutes count as never before. 102 Minutes is a 2005 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction. [less]

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332nd Fighter Group--tuskegee Airmen

Bucholtz, Chris

2007    128 pages    (Osprey Publishing)

Call #: SOC.WAR.bsc.332   

The USAAC's Tuskegee Experiment, designed to prove that African-Americans were not capable of flying combat aircraft, ironically resulted in the creation of one of the USAAF's elite units.Crewed by highly-educated and exceptionally motivated men, the 99th Fighter Squadron, led by Col Benjamin O. Davis (later joined by the 100th, 301st, and 302nd FS to form the 332nd Fighter Group), first flew ground attack missions in P-40s in North Africa and participated in the destruction and surrender of [...]

The USAAC's Tuskegee Experiment, designed to prove that African-Americans were not capable of flying combat aircraft, ironically resulted in the creation of one of the USAAF's elite units.Crewed by highly-educated and exceptionally motivated men, the 99th Fighter Squadron, led by Col Benjamin O. Davis (later joined by the 100th, 301st, and 302nd FS to form the 332nd Fighter Group), first flew ground attack missions in P-40s in North Africa and participated in the destruction and surrender of Pantelleria, off Sicily. Later, after the unit was equipped with P-51 Mustangs, the 'Redtails' began flying escort missions deep into Germany. The unit scoreboard boasted 111 aerial kills (including several Me 262 jets), 150 strafing victories, 950 vehicles and railway rolling stock destroyed, and the sinking of a German destroyer by war's end. The group were both feared and respected by the Germans, who called them the "Schwartze Voglemenschen" (Black Birdmen), and revered by others as the "Black Red-tail Angels", partly because of their distinct red-tailed aircraft, and partly because they never lost a bomber under escort to enemy attack (a feat which was unmatched by any other USAAF fighter group in World War II). The pilots of the 332nd FG attribute their success to the discipline instilled by Col Davis, who is reputed to have told them, 'If you lose a bomber, don't bother to come back.'This book will reveal the true story of the unit who rose above discrimination to achieve elite status. [less]

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9/11 Commission Report, The: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

Kean, Thomas H. Et Al, Editors

2004    568 pages    (W. W. Norton & Company)

Call #: USA.21C.kea.911   

Nearly three thousand people died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In Lower Manhattan, on a field in Pennsylvania, and along the banks of the Potomoc, the United States suffered the single largest loss of life from an enemy attack on its soil.In November 2002 the United States Congress and President George W. Bush established by law the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission. This independent, bipartisan panel was [...]

Nearly three thousand people died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In Lower Manhattan, on a field in Pennsylvania, and along the banks of the Potomoc, the United States suffered the single largest loss of life from an enemy attack on its soil.In November 2002 the United States Congress and President George W. Bush established by law the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission. This independent, bipartisan panel was directed to examine the facts and circumstances surrounding the September 11 attacks, identify lessons learned, and provide recommendations to safeguard against future acts of terrorism. This volume is the authorized edition of the Commission's final report. [less]

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9/11 Commission Report, The: with Related Documents

May, Ernest R., Editor

2007    224 pages    (Bedford/St. Martin's)

Call #: USA.21C.may.911   

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 left Americans wondering how such a breach of security could have occurred. Relatives and friends of the victims pushed for the creation of a National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States to investigate the government's preparedness for and response to the attacks and to provide recommendations for preventing future disasters. As Senior Advisor to the 9/11 Commission, Ernest R. May provides students with a firsthand account of [...]

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 left Americans wondering how such a breach of security could have occurred. Relatives and friends of the victims pushed for the creation of a National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States to investigate the government's preparedness for and response to the attacks and to provide recommendations for preventing future disasters. As Senior Advisor to the 9/11 Commission, Ernest R. May provides students with a firsthand account of the commission's methods and actions. His introduction, which describes the drafting process and the collaboration of the commissioners despite the bitter political divisions surrounding them, allows students to view the report as an historical document. The report itself has been carefully abridged for the classroom while preserving the essence of the complete version. A cast of characters, a glossary of political acronyms, a chronology, a selected bibliography, and questions for consideration make this edition ideal for students. [less]

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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

Mann, Charles C.

2006    541 pages    (Vintage)

Call #: USA.PRE.man.149   

In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492. Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean [...]

In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492. Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city. Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that it has been called man’s first feat of genetic engineering. Indeed, Indians were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping and manipulating their world in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. Challenging and surprising, this a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew. [less]

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

Mann, Charles C.

2011    560 pages    (Knopf)

Call #: USA.PRE.man.149   

From the author of 1491—the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas—a deeply engaging new history of the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs. More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed radically different suites of plants and animals. When Christopher Columbus set foot in the Americas, he ended that separation at a stroke. Driven by the economic [...]

From the author of 1491—the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas—a deeply engaging new history of the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs. More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed radically different suites of plants and animals. When Christopher Columbus set foot in the Americas, he ended that separation at a stroke. Driven by the economic goal of establishing trade with China, he accidentally set off an ecological convulsion as European vessels carried thousands of species to new homes across the oceans. The Columbian Exchange, as researchers call it, is the reason there are tomatoes in Italy, oranges in Florida, chocolates in Switzerland, and chili peppers in Thailand. More important, creatures the colonists knew nothing about hitched along for the ride. Earthworms, mosquitoes, and cockroaches; honeybees, dandelions, and African grasses; bacteria, fungi, and viruses; rats of every description—all of them rushed like eager tourists into lands that had never seen their like before, changing lives and landscapes across the planet. Eight decades after Columbus, a Spaniard named Legazpi succeeded where Columbus had failed. He sailed west to establish continual trade with China, then the richest, most powerful country in the world. In Manila, a city Legazpi founded, silver from the Americas, mined by African and Indian slaves, was sold to Asians in return for silk for Europeans. It was the first time that goods and people from every corner of the globe were connected in a single worldwide exchange. Much as Columbus created a new world biologically, Legazpi and the Spanish empire he served created a new world economically.As Charles C. Mann shows, the Columbian Exchange underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest research by ecologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians, Mann shows how the creation of this worldwide network of ecological and economic exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Mexico City—where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted—the center of the world. In such encounters, he uncovers the germ of today’s fiercest political disputes, from immigration to trade policy to culture wars.In 1493, Charles Mann gives us an eye-opening scientific interpretation of our past, unequaled in its authority and fascination. [less]

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1863: the Rebirth of a Nation

Stevens, Joseph E.

1999    464 pages    (Bantam)

Call #: USA.CVW.ste.186   

American history has never seen a more tumultuous or more significant year than 1863. During this crucial time the tide of the Civil War turned inexorably from the Confederacy to the Union, with momentous consequences that are still being felt today. It was a year of upheaval unparalleled in our national experience: twelve months of searing brutality and ennobling sacrifice, 365 stirring, dramatic days that changed our country forever. Integrating the events of this epochal year into a panoramic [...]

American history has never seen a more tumultuous or more significant year than 1863. During this crucial time the tide of the Civil War turned inexorably from the Confederacy to the Union, with momentous consequences that are still being felt today. It was a year of upheaval unparalleled in our national experience: twelve months of searing brutality and ennobling sacrifice, 365 stirring, dramatic days that changed our country forever. Integrating the events of this epochal year into a panoramic narrative, Joseph E. Stevens presents a grand portrait of the Union and Confederacy at war. He captures two nations struggling to define the American experiment and create a new understanding of freedom on the bloody battlefields of Stones River, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga. He also traces the astonishing political, economic, and social transformations that marked 1863 as a watershed.1863 features a remarkable cast of characters: larger-than-life leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis; charismatic and controversial military commanders like Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, James Longstreet, Joseph Hooker, Stonewall Jackson, George Armstrong Custer, and Nathan Bedford Forrest; avaricious young capitalists like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and J. P. Morgan; war-haunted writers like Herman Melville, Louisa May Alcott, and Walt Whitman; war-inspired painters like Winslow Homer and Conrad Wise Chapman.Here, too, is a host of less well known but no less fascinating personalities: soldiers and civilians, slaves and slave owners, farmers and city dwellers, politicians and profiteers, artistocrats and refugees. Their stories--humorous and harrowing, inspiring and appalling--make 1863 not just a sweeping re-creation of events but a gripping human tale as well.1863 is popular history at its best--vivid, vibrant, and immensely readable. Written with dramatic intensity and impassioned humanity, it is a thrilling account of the pivotal year of the war that remains the central historical event in the life of our nation. [less]

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1989: Democratic Revolutions at the Cold War’s End: a Brief History with Documents

Kenney, Padraic, Editor

2009    208 pages    (Bedford/St. Martin's)

Call #: WOR.GLO.ken.198   

A series of democratic transformations in the 1980s ended the cold war and ushered in the present era. This volume by Padraic Kenney uses six case studies from this period — Poland, the Philippines, Chile, South Africa, Ukraine, and China — to explore common characteristics of global political change while highlighting the differing strategies and perspectives of the people who sought to free themselves from dictatorship. A general introduction to the volume examines key trends in [...]

A series of democratic transformations in the 1980s ended the cold war and ushered in the present era. This volume by Padraic Kenney uses six case studies from this period — Poland, the Philippines, Chile, South Africa, Ukraine, and China — to explore common characteristics of global political change while highlighting the differing strategies and perspectives of the people who sought to free themselves from dictatorship. A general introduction to the volume examines key trends in the decades leading up to the changes, tracing the paths that dictatorships and opposition movements took in their fateful confrontations. The first chapter with documents surveys the central ideas of this age of democratic, nonviolent revolution, and sets a framework for considering the case studies in the chapters that follow. The documents in each case study give voice to celebrated and uncelebrated participants alike — from Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev to Chinese hunger strikers and an ordinary Filipino activist — and provide students with an opportunity to compare histories. Photographs, document headnotes, a chronology, questions to consider, and a selected bibliography aid students’ understanding of this transformative period. [less]

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2000 Years of Disbelief: Famous People with the Courage to Doubt

Haught, James A.

334 pages    (Prometheus Books)

Call #: REL.PHI.hau.200   

Society rarely acknowledges the many and varied gifts that disbelievers give to the world. Churchmen generally contend that great figures in history, such as America's founders, were conventional believers. That isn't true, and this insightful, witty collection sets the record straight! This collection chronicles dozens of famous people such as Isaac Asimov, W E B DuBois, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Benjamin Franklin, Omar Khayyam, Abraham Lincoln, James [...]

Society rarely acknowledges the many and varied gifts that disbelievers give to the world. Churchmen generally contend that great figures in history, such as America's founders, were conventional believers. That isn't true, and this insightful, witty collection sets the record straight! This collection chronicles dozens of famous people such as Isaac Asimov, W E B DuBois, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Benjamin Franklin, Omar Khayyam, Abraham Lincoln, James Madison, John Stuart Mill, Ayn Rand, Gene Roddenberry, Margaret Sanger, George Bernard Shaw, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Voltaire, with many quotes that reveal their rejection of the supernatural. [less]

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20/20 Thinking

Greenwood-robinson, Maggie

2003    480 pages    (Avery)

Call #: SOC.PER.gre.20   

In this dynamic, hopeful, and insightful book, Maggie Greenwood-Robinson shows us the natural methods we should use now to keep our brains sharp and our memories intact through our later years. Drawing on the very latest research on the brain, she demonstrates that simple changes to nutrition and mental outlook can greatly reduce the likelihood of developing age-related disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, depression, memory loss, and a host of other problems related to mind and mood. 20/20 [...]

In this dynamic, hopeful, and insightful book, Maggie Greenwood-Robinson shows us the natural methods we should use now to keep our brains sharp and our memories intact through our later years. Drawing on the very latest research on the brain, she demonstrates that simple changes to nutrition and mental outlook can greatly reduce the likelihood of developing age-related disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, depression, memory loss, and a host of other problems related to mind and mood. 20/20 Thinking cuts through the difficult scientific jargon and provides hundreds of suggestions for prevention, preservation, and self-improvement. Topics covered include:12 miracle pills and potions that improve mental acuity17 brain-protective phytochemicals from foods10 top strategies for delaying Alzheimer's disease10 dietary supplements to intensify your concentration4 main dementias: what you need to know to halt memory loss.The secrets of lifelong mental agility and acuity are within our grasp naturally, effectively, and immediately with 20/20 Thinking. [less]

11/22/1963

King, Stephen

2011    849 pages    (Scribner)

Call #: FIC.kin.11   

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force. Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he [...]

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force. Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history. Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk. Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time. A tribute to a simpler era and a devastating exercise in escalating suspense, 11/22/63 is Stephen King at his epic best. [less]

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Abarat

Barker, Clive

2004    496 pages    (HarperCollins)

Call #: FIC.bar.aba   

A journey beyond imagination is about to unfold. . . . It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold.When the answer comes, it's not one she expects.Welcome to the Abarat.

A journey beyond imagination is about to unfold. . . . It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold.When the answer comes, it's not one she expects.Welcome to the Abarat. [less]

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Ablaze: the Story of Chernobyl

Read, Piers Paul

1993    400 pages    (Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd)

Call #: SCI.ENV.rea.abl   

On 26th April 1986 the nuclear reactor at the fourth unit of the V.I. Lenin Power Station at Chernobyl exploded: many millions suffered, and continue to suffer from the consequences. To chronicle this disaster and its aftermath, the author interviewed the engineers and operators who were conducting the fateful test on the night of 25th April; he talked to the director of the power station, serving a ten-year sentence for negligence; and he went to the hitherto top-secret institutes once run by [...]

On 26th April 1986 the nuclear reactor at the fourth unit of the V.I. Lenin Power Station at Chernobyl exploded: many millions suffered, and continue to suffer from the consequences. To chronicle this disaster and its aftermath, the author interviewed the engineers and operators who were conducting the fateful test on the night of 25th April; he talked to the director of the power station, serving a ten-year sentence for negligence; and he went to the hitherto top-secret institutes once run by Beria's Ministry of Medium Machine Building - the Kurchatov Institute, Moscow's Hospital No 6 and the once-closed city of Obninsk. He has taken advantage of the declassification of nuclear information in the former Soviet Union and the loosening of tongues that followed the failure of the coup in 1991, and also gained access to the trial transcripts, the protocol of the hitherto secret Medical Commission and other confidential reports. The author has also written "Alive" and "The Train Robbers". [less]

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Abortion in the United States

Mcbride, Dorothy E.

2007    303 pages    (ABC-CLIO)

Call #: SOC.ISS.mcb.abo   

Abortion in the United States: A Reference Handbook offers a balanced, objective look at the ultimate "wedge" issue in American culture. This volume offers a revealing history of abortion politics and policy from the 1800s to Roe v. Wade to the present, with clear analyses of disputes such as public funding for abortion, the status of the fetus, contraception, abortion as a "litmus test" for candidates and judicial nominees, and more.A separate chapter looks at abortion [...]

Abortion in the United States: A Reference Handbook offers a balanced, objective look at the ultimate "wedge" issue in American culture. This volume offers a revealing history of abortion politics and policy from the 1800s to Roe v. Wade to the present, with clear analyses of disputes such as public funding for abortion, the status of the fetus, contraception, abortion as a "litmus test" for candidates and judicial nominees, and more.A separate chapter looks at abortion politics throughout the world and places the United States in a global context. Biographies of major players, extensive data and documents, and a bibliography of important resources make this an essential resource on one of the most controversial topics in our national dialog. [less]

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Abortion: the Clash of Absolutes

Tribe, Laurence H.

1990    286 pages    (W W Norton & Co Inc)

Call #: SOC.ISS.tri.abo   

This work offers guidelines for reaching what the author calls a "negotiated peace" on the abortion issue. He aims to defuse the extremism of both the pro-life and the pro-choice advocates and to allow for the right to privacy of individuals, to ease relations between men and women and to heal the rift between the search for individual freedom and the yearning for community and tradition. America will be forced to take into account the complex factors of sex and power, historical and cultural [...]

This work offers guidelines for reaching what the author calls a "negotiated peace" on the abortion issue. He aims to defuse the extremism of both the pro-life and the pro-choice advocates and to allow for the right to privacy of individuals, to ease relations between men and women and to heal the rift between the search for individual freedom and the yearning for community and tradition. America will be forced to take into account the complex factors of sex and power, historical and cultural change, advances in medicine, political leverage and competing social values in its pursuit of a consensus on this issue. [less]

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Abortion: Three Perspectives

Tooley, Michael, Celia Wolf-devine, Philip E. Devine, Alison M. Jaggar

2009    272 pages    (Oxford University Press)

Call #: SOC.ISS.too.abo   

Moving beyond traditional "liberal versus conservative" arguments for and against abortion, Abortion: Three Perspectives is an up-to-date, accessible, and engaging exploration of this highly contentious issue. Featuring a triangular debate between four prominent moral and political philosophers, it presents three different political perspectives: Michael Tooley argues the "liberal" pro-choice approach; Philip E. Devine and Celia Wolf-Devine argue the "communitarian" pro-life approach; and Alison [...]

Moving beyond traditional "liberal versus conservative" arguments for and against abortion, Abortion: Three Perspectives is an up-to-date, accessible, and engaging exploration of this highly contentious issue. Featuring a triangular debate between four prominent moral and political philosophers, it presents three different political perspectives: Michael Tooley argues the "liberal" pro-choice approach; Philip E. Devine and Celia Wolf-Devine argue the "communitarian" pro-life approach; and Alison M. Jaggar argues the "gender justice" approach. However, each of the authors' self-identifications is also challenged by one or more of the other authors, who offer alternative interpretations of liberalism, communitarianism, and feminism, as well as of what it means to be pro-choice and pro-life. All of these viewpoints are controversial, among both philosophers and general readers. Furthermore, because the arguments do not rely on religious authority, they are directed at all readers, regardless of religious affiliation. Abortion: Three Perspectives is divided into two parts: the authors first develop their ideas in depth and then briefly critique the other positions. Drawing examples from real life, they also integrate logic and empirical data into their arguments and consider views of abortion across other disciplines. As philosophers, the authors possess expert skills in critical analysis; their debates provide students and other readers with a model of dialogue among those who very strongly disagree. Abortion: Three Perspectives is ideal for courses in contemporary moral problems, introduction to ethics, bioethics, medical ethics, and feminist philosophy. [less]

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Above Hallowed Ground: a Photographic Record of September 11, 2001

Sweet, Christopher, Editor

2002    192 pages    (Studio)

Call #: USA.21C.swe.abo   

On the morning of September 11th, a new kind of horror shook the world. Terrorists crashed two passenger airliners into the World Trade Center in the worst attack on U.S. soil in the nation's history. But at the same time a new generation of heroes rose up to fight it. This book chronicles not only the devastation of that day, but also the valor and heroism of those who saved thousands of lives. Not one of these photographs has been published before. On top of that, these images offer a [...]

On the morning of September 11th, a new kind of horror shook the world. Terrorists crashed two passenger airliners into the World Trade Center in the worst attack on U.S. soil in the nation's history. But at the same time a new generation of heroes rose up to fight it. This book chronicles not only the devastation of that day, but also the valor and heroism of those who saved thousands of lives. Not one of these photographs has been published before. On top of that, these images offer a vantage point no ordinary photographers could obtain: They were taken by members of the New York City Police Department, uniformed and civilian, who were on the scene moments after the first plane hit and who were behind the scenes during the entire rescue and recovery effort. Many officers took pictures during the course of their duties. Some were inside the lobbies of the World Trade Center before they collapsed. Some were in helicopters hovering near the burning towers. Some were trapped in the dust cloud after the buildings fell. They took pictures of the pandemonium around them, the fear, the effort, the exasperation. This collection portrays the courage of those who rushed into the danger so that others could escape it. One of the featured photographers, Detective Dave Fitzpatrick, was off duty when he heard a report of the attack over his radio. He immediately went to an NYPD airfield, joined a crew boarding a police helicopter, and flew to the World Trade Center. They arrived right after the second plane hit and were instructed to observe the scene and watch for any other incoming aircraft. Over the course of three flights that day, Fitzpatrick shot thousands of photographs that became the only aerial views of the devastation and early rescue efforts downtown. He also covered all Ground Zero operations for the next two months. His best photos, along with those of numerous other members of the NYPD, have been collected in this book. Together they make up the most in-depth visual document of the September 11th tragedy and its aftermath. [less]

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Above Top Secret: the Worldwide Ufo Cover-up

Good, Timothy

1989    592 pages    (Quill)

Call #: SCI.UNX.goo.abo   

Above Top Secret proves that alien aircraft have been invading the earth's air space and such incursions threaten our most secure defense systems and our basic scientific and religious beliefs. Crammed with the testimony of reliable people. 16 pages of black-and-white photos.

Above Top Secret proves that alien aircraft have been invading the earth's air space and such incursions threaten our most secure defense systems and our basic scientific and religious beliefs. Crammed with the testimony of reliable people. 16 pages of black-and-white photos. [less]

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Abraham Lincoln

Thomas, Benjamin P.

2012    752 pages    (Microsoft Press)

Call #: USA.CVW.tho.abr   

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Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution

Mcpherson, James M.

1991    192 pages    (Oxford University Press)

Call #: USA.CVW.mcp.abr   

James McPherson has emerged as one of America's finest historians. Battle Cry of Freedom, his Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the Civil War, was a national bestseller that Hugh Brogan, in The New York Times Book Review, called "history writing of the highest order." In that volume, McPherson gathered in the broad sweep of events, the political, social, and cultural forces at work during the Civil War era. Now, in Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, he offers a [...]

James McPherson has emerged as one of America's finest historians. Battle Cry of Freedom, his Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the Civil War, was a national bestseller that Hugh Brogan, in The New York Times Book Review, called "history writing of the highest order." In that volume, McPherson gathered in the broad sweep of events, the political, social, and cultural forces at work during the Civil War era. Now, in Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, he offers a series of thoughtful and engaging essays on aspects of Lincoln and the war that have rarely been discussed in depth. McPherson again displays his keen insight and sterling prose as he examines several critical themes in American history. He looks closely at the President's role as Commander-in-Chief of the Union forces, showing how Lincoln forged a national military strategy for victory. He explores the importance of Lincoln's great rhetorical skills, uncovering how--through parables and figurative language--he was uniquely able to communicate both the purpose of the war and a new meaning of liberty to the people of the North. In another section, McPherson examines the Civil War as a Second American Revolution, describing how the Republican Congress elected in 1860 passed an astonishing blitz of new laws (rivaling the first hundred days of the New Deal), and how the war not only destroyed the social structure of the old South, but radically altered the balance of power in America, ending 70 years of Southern power in the national government. The Civil War was the single most transforming and defining experience in American history, and Abraham Lincoln remains the most important figure in the pantheon of our mythology. These graceful essays, written by one of America's leading historians, offer fresh and unusual perspectives on both. [less]

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Abraham Lincoln Commemoration Ceremony: the One Hundredth Anniversary of His First Inauguration: 1861-1961

Schwengel, Fred Et Al, Editors

2018    154 pages    (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

Call #: USA.CVW.sch.abr   

Program for the re-enactment of Lincoln's First Inauguration commemorating its 100th anniversary, illustrated with b/w photo's over the century.

Program for the re-enactment of Lincoln's First Inauguration commemorating its 100th anniversary, illustrated with b/w photo's over the century. [less]

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Abraham Lincoln: the War Years: Volume Four

Sandburg, Carl

2003    280 pages    (Catedra)

Call #: USA.CVW.san.ab4   

Dona Berta. Cuervo. Supercheria no son solo relatos ejemplares de sus hondas querencias intelectuales y artisticas, son tambien "conquistas razonables" de su estatuto de escritor en el fin de siglo. Sus novelas cortas son explicables en parecido contexto a las de Maupassant o Chejov, es decir, en el contexto de la nouvelle europea de finales del siglo XIX.

Dona Berta. Cuervo. Supercheria no son solo relatos ejemplares de sus hondas querencias intelectuales y artisticas, son tambien "conquistas razonables" de su estatuto de escritor en el fin de siglo. Sus novelas cortas son explicables en parecido contexto a las de Maupassant o Chejov, es decir, en el contexto de la nouvelle europea de finales del siglo XIX. [less]

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Abraham Lincoln: the War Years: Volume One

Sandburg, Carl

2007    208 pages    (Marvel Comics)

Call #: USA.CVW.san.ab1   

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Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, The

Alexie, Sherman

2009    288 pages    (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Call #: FIC.ale.abs   

Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the [...]

Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he thought he was destined to live. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Alexie's YA debut, released in hardcover to instant success, recieving seven starred reviews, hitting numerous bestseller lists, and winning the 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. [less]

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Abstinence Teacher, The

Perrotta, Tom

2008    384 pages    (St. Martin's Griffin)

Call #: FIC.per.abs   

“Perrotta is that rare combination: a satirist with heart….Those who haven’t curled up on the couch with this writer’s books are missing a very great pleasure.”—Seattle TimesStonewood Heights is the perfect place to raise children: it’s got good schools, solid values and a healthy real estate market.  Parents in the town are involved in their children’s lives, and often in other children’s lives, too—coaching sports, driving [...]

“Perrotta is that rare combination: a satirist with heart….Those who haven’t curled up on the couch with this writer’s books are missing a very great pleasure.”—Seattle TimesStonewood Heights is the perfect place to raise children: it’s got good schools, solid values and a healthy real estate market.  Parents in the town are involved in their children’s lives, and often in other children’s lives, too—coaching sports, driving carpool, focusing on enriching experiences.  Ruth Ramsey is the high school human sexuality teacher whose openness is not appreciated by all her students—or their parents.  Her daughter’s soccer coach is Tim Mason, a former stoner and rocker whose response to hitting rock bottom was to reach out and be saved.  Tim’s introduction of Christianity on the playing field horrifies Ruth, while his evangelical church sees a useful target in the loose-lipped sex ed teacher.  But when these two adversaries in a small-town culture war actually talk to each other, a surprising friendship begins to develop.“Nobody renders the world of soccer moms and sprinklers and SUVs like Perrotta. He’s the Steinbeck of suburbia.”—Time“Tom Perrotta is a truth-telling, unshowy chronicler of modern-day America.”—The New York Times Book Review (in a front-page review)The Abstinence Teacher illuminates the powerful emotions that run beneath the placid surface of modern American family life, and explores the complicated spiritual and sexual lives of ordinary people. It is elegantly and simply written, characterized by the distinctive mix of satire and compassion that has become Perrotta’s trademark. [less]

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Abundance of Katherines, An

Green, John

2008    272 pages    (Speak)

Call #: FIC.gre.abu   

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy–loving best friend riding shotgun—but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine [...]

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy–loving best friend riding shotgun—but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself. A Michael L. Printz Honor Book A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist An ALA BBYA A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year A Booklist Editors' Choice A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year   [less]

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Abuse of Power: the New Nixon Tapes

Kutler, Stanley I., Editor

675 pages    (Free Press)

Call #: USA.SIX.kut.abu   

No President has taped Oval conversations so thoroughly or found himself in as much trouble as Richard Nixon. He and his heirs fought for years to keep hours of these sensitive recordings from ever being released. Now Stanley I. Kutler, an emminent historian and one of the principle parties to the lawsuit that forced the tapes release, has edited and annotated every tape concerning abuses of power from Nixon's entire presidency. Among the breathtaking revelations are evidence of Nixon' [...]

No President has taped Oval conversations so thoroughly or found himself in as much trouble as Richard Nixon. He and his heirs fought for years to keep hours of these sensitive recordings from ever being released. Now Stanley I. Kutler, an emminent historian and one of the principle parties to the lawsuit that forced the tapes release, has edited and annotated every tape concerning abuses of power from Nixon's entire presidency. Among the breathtaking revelations are evidence of Nixon's direct role in the obstruction of justice during the 'Watergate' investigation to the proposal for a $5 million scheme to secretly finance a black candidate for president in order to split the democratic vote. Nixon's own voice and those of his closest advisors expose an administration steeped in corruption. Revealing unprecedented details about White House activities as well as painting a vivid portrait of a paranoid and narcissistic world leader - ABUSE OF POWER is a fascinating look into the inner workings of America's most notorious presidency. [less]

 
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