A: General Works
B: Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
Call Number: BF1573.D39 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-03-22
America Bewtiched is the first major history of witchcraft in America - from the Salem witch trials of 1692 to the present day. The infamous Salem trials are etched into the consciousness of modern America, the human toll a reminder of the dangers of intolerance and persecution. The refrain 'Remember Salem!' was invoked frequently over the ensuing centuries. Yet the story of witchcraft did not end as the American Enlightenment dawned - a new, long, and chilling chapter was about to begin. Witchcraft after Salem was not just a story of fire-side tales, legends, and superstitions: it continued to be a matter of life and death, souring the American dream for many. We know of more people killed as witches between 1692 and the 1950s than were executed before it.
Encyclopedia of Fairies in World Folklore and Mythology
Call Number: BF1552.B27 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-09-04
Fairies have been revered and feared, sometimes simultaneously, throughout recorded history. This encyclopedia of concise entries, from the A-senee-ki-waku of northeastern North America to the Zips of Central America and Mexico, includes more than 2,500 individual beings and species of fairy and nature spirits from a wide range of mythologies and religions from all over the globe.
Call Number: BS580.S15 G7613 2006 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2006-03-23
Israel's most lauded contemporary writer retells the myths of Samson, one of the most tempestuous, charismatic, and colorful characters in the Hebrew bible ... turbulent, raw, and brimming with drama. Part of Canongate's heralded Myths series.
Call Number: BF637.S8 G533 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2008-11-18
There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them-at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. And in revealing that hidden logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential. In The Tipping Point Gladwell changed the way we understand the world. In Blink he changed the way we think about thinking. In OUTLIERS he transforms the way we understand success.
C - F: History
Call Number: D228.M36 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-08-09
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.
America's First Adventure in China
Call Number: E183.8.C5 H174 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-03-29
A long, complicated, and fruitful trade relationship was born after American traders, missionaries, diplomats, and others sailed to China with lofty ambitions: to acquire fabulous wealth, convert China to Christianity, and even command a Chinese army. In America's First Adventure in China, John Haddad provides a colorful history of the evolving cultural exchange and interactions between these countries. He recounts how American expatriates adopted a pragmatic attitude as well as an entrepreneurial spirit and improvisational approach to their dealings with the Chinese. Haddad shows how opium played a potent role in the dreams of Americans who either smuggled it or opposed its importation, and he considers the missionary movement that compelled individuals to accept a hard life in an alien culture.
American Naval History, 1607-1865
Call Number: E182.D89 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-12-01
For its first eighty-five years, the United States was only a minor naval power. Its fledgling fleet had been virtually annihilated during the War of Independence and was mostly trapped in port by the end of the War of 1812. How this meager presence became the major naval power it remains to this day is the subject of American Naval History, 1607-1865: Overcoming the Colonial Legacy. A wide-ranging yet concise survey of the U.S. Navy from the colonial era through the Civil War. Dull documents the remarkable transformation of the U.S. Navy between 1861 and 1865.
Arts and Crafts of the Native American Tribes
Call Number: E98.A7 J646 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-10-20
Arts and Crafts of the Native American Tribes is an authoritative illustrated reference that has been carefully created to be a companion to Encyclopedia of Native Tribes of North America, not a competitive title. It examines in detail how Native American culture evolved and considers the regional similarities and differences of the arts and crafts created by tribes across the continent.
Call Number: DC146.D83 R46 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-05-14
General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today, yet his story is strikingly familiar because his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used his larger-than-life feats as inspiration for such classics as "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "The Three Musketeers." But, hidden behind General Dumas's swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret: he was the son of a black slave who rose higher in the white world than any man of his race would before our own time. Born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), Alex Dumas made his way to Paris, where he rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution until he met an implacable enemy he could not defeat. "TIME" magazine called The Black Count "one of those quintessentially human stories of strength and courage that sheds light on the historical moment that made it possible."
Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2013-02-04
A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson offers a wealth of new insights on the era of Andrew Jackson. This collection of essays by leading scholars and historians considers various aspects of the life, times, and legacy of the seventh president of the United States. Provides an overview of Andrew Jackson's life and legacy, grounded in the latest scholarship and including original research spread across a number of thematic areas. Features 30 essays contributed by leading scholars and historians. Synthesizes the most up-to-date scholarship on the political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of the Age of Andrew Jackson.
Constantine the Emperor
Call Number: DG315.P68 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-12-11
No Roman emperor had a greater impact on the modern world than did Constantine. The reason is not simply that he converted to Christianity, but that he did so in a way that brought his subjects along after him. Indeed, this major new biography argues that Constantine's conversion is but one feature of a unique administrative style that enabled him to take control of an empire beset by internal rebellions and external threats by Persians and Goths. The vast record of Constantine's administration reveals a government careful in its exercise of power but capable of ruthless, even savage actions. An unparalleled general throughout his life, even on his deathbed he was planning a major assault on the Sassanian Empire in Persia. Alongside the visionary who believed that his success came from the direct intervention of his God resided an aggressive warrior, a sometimes cruel partner, and an immensely shrewd ruler.
Cuba in the American Imagination
Call Number: E183.8.C9 P4653 2008 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-09-01
For more than two hundred years, Americans have imagined and described Cuba and its relationship to the United States by conjuring up a variety of striking images--Cuba as a woman, a neighbor, a ripe fruit, a child learning to ride a bicycle. Louis A. Perez Jr. offers a revealing history of these metaphorical and depictive motifs and discovers the powerful motives behind such characterizations of the island as they have persisted and changed since the early nineteenth century. Drawing on texts and visual images produced by Americans ranging from government officials, policy makers, and journalists to travelers, tourists, poets, and lyricists, Perez argues that these charged and coded images of persuasion and mediation were in service to America's imperial impulses over Cuba.
Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250 - 1820
Call Number: D210.T54 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-09-10
A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250-1820 explores the idea that strong linkages exist in the histories of Africa, Europe, and North and South America. John K. Thornton provides a comprehensive overview of the history of the Atlantic Basin before 1830 by describing political, social, and cultural interactions between the continents' inhabitants. He traces the backgrounds of the populations on these three continental landmasses brought into contact by European navigation. Thornton then examines the political and social implications of the encounters, tracing the origins of a variety of Atlantic societies and showing how new ways of eating, drinking, speaking, and worshiping developed in the newly created Atlantic World.
Call Number: E76.85.L66 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-11-19
Baseball has joined America and Japan, even in times of strife, for over 150 years. After the "opening" of Japan by Commodore Perry, baseball was introduced there by American employees of the Japanese government tasked with bringing Western knowledge and technology to the country, and Japanese students in the United States soon became avid players. By the 1930s, professional baseball was organized in Japan where it continued to be played during and after World War II; it was even played in Japanese American internment camps in the United States during the war. Baseball provides unique insight into U.S.-Japanese relations during times of war and peace and, in fact, is central to understanding postwar reconciliation.
Embers of War
Call Number: DS553.1.L64 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2014-01-14
Written with the style of a great novelist and the intrigue of a Cold War thriller, Embers of War is a landmark work that will forever change your understanding of how and why America went to war in Vietnam. Tapping newly accessible diplomatic archives in several nations, Fredrik Logevall traces the path that led two Western nations to tragically lose their way in the jungles of Southeast Asia. An epic story of wasted opportunities and deadly miscalculations, Embers of War delves deep into the historical record to provide hard answers to the unanswered questions surrounding the demise of one Western power in Vietnam and the arrival of another.
Call Number: E159.B45 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
In Exhibiting Patriotism, Bergman analyzes exhibits, interpretive materials, and orientation films at major US sites, from Mt. Rushmore and to the USS Arizona Memorial, where controversy has erupted over the stories they tell about the past. She shows how historic narratives are the result of dynamic relationships between institutions and the public, and how these relationships are changing in an era when museums are becoming more visitor-centered, seeing visitors as partners in historical interpretation. Drawing on film theory, memory studies, visual communication, and visitor studies, Bergman offers an important analysis for scholars and professionals in American studies, museum studies, public history, and communication and media studies.
Fall of the House of Dixie
Call Number: E487.L494 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-01-08
In this major new history of the Civil War, Bruce Levine tells the riveting story of how that conflict upended the economic, political, and social life of the old South, utterly destroying the Confederacy and the society it represented and defended. Told through the words of the people who lived it, this book illuminates the way a war undertaken to preserve the status quo became a second American Revolution whose impact on the country was as strong and lasting as that of our first. In 1860 the American South was a vast, wealthy, imposing region where a small minority had amassed great political power and enormous fortunes through a system of forced labor. The South's large population of slaveless whites almost universally supported the basic interests of plantation owners, despite the huge wealth gap that separated them. By the end of 1865 these structures of wealth and power had been shattered.
Fall of Tsarism
Call Number: DK265.69.L93 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-02-07
The Fall of Tsarism reveals to the world for the first time a unique selection of interviews with leading participants in the February Revolution in Petrograd, sources that have been hidden for most of a century. Focusing on the pivotal period between the outbreak of the popular uprising on 27 February 1917 and the fall of the Russian monarchy five days later, these gripping, plain-spoken testimonies take the reader directly to the revolutionary headquarters inside the Tauride Palace. The interviews present wide-ranging perspectives on the events, politics, and personalities of the February Days from a diverse group of key political figures as well as lesser-known activists, including: M.V. Rodzianko, the conservative president of the last Imperial Duma; P.V. Gerasimov, the liberal Duma deputy; N.S. Chkheidze, leading Menshevik and the first chairman of the Petrograd Soviet; A.F. Kerenskii, the future revolutionary premier; and M.I. Tereshchenko, the 'repentant capitalist' and Provisional Government minister.
First Black United States Marines
Call Number: D769.369.C85 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-06-25
On June 1, 1942, the United States Marine Corps broke a 144-year tradition and enlisted the first black Marines. Three months later, more than 400 black volunteers began their training as members of the 51st Composite Defense Battalion at Montford Point, a Marine camp of over five square miles located within Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Informed by personal interviews, this volume takes an in-depth look at the men who braved the color barrier and became the first black Marines. Beginning with a look at the pre-World War II Marine Corps, it examines the creed and contemporary image of the USMC. The main focus is the experiences of the new black Marines. Additional topics include internal Marine perspectives on the admittance of blacks, initially enforced quotas, and the difficulties of segregation.
Fishing Creek Confederacy
Call Number: E527.S28 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-01-04
One hundred fifty years after the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln is thought of as one of the best presidents of the United States. However, most Americans forget that he was elected with only 40 percent of the popular vote. Many Democratic newspapers across the North mistrusted Lincoln's claim that he would not abolish slavery, and the lukewarm support evidenced by them collapsed after Lincoln announced his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in the fall of 1862. The advent of a national draft in the spring of 1863 only added fuel to the fire with anti-Lincoln Democrats arguing that it was illegal to draft civilians. Many newspaper editors advocated active resistance against the draft. Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin of Pennsylvania was a staunch supporter of the Lincoln administration. The commonwealth supplied more than 360,000 white soldiers and 9,000 black soldiers during the conflict.
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.7 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2007-09-24
When the original Encyclopedia of Southern Culture was published in 1989, the topic of foodways was relatively new as a field of scholarly inquiry. Food has always been central to southern culture, but the past twenty years have brought an explosion in interest in foodways, particularly in the South. This volume marks the first encyclopedia of the food culture of the American South, surveying the vast diversity of foodways within the region and the collective qualities that make them distinctively southern. Articles in this volume explore the richness of southern foodways, examining not only what southerners eat but also why they eat it. The volume is destined to earn a spot on kitchen shelves as well as in libraries.
Foreign-Born American Patriots
Call Number: E206.L96 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-11-22
This book presents profiles of sixteen individuals born and raised in countries other than America who voluntarily joined the revolutionary cause. These men were writers, soldiers, merchants, sailors, guerrilla fighters, pirates, financiers, and cavalry leaders. Each profile discusses the personal experiences that influenced the volunteer leader's decision to fight for the fledgling country, the sacrifices endured for the benefit of the Revolutionary Cause, and the unique talents each contributed to the war effort. Their participation helped ensure the perpetuation of the ideals and values of the American republic.
Freedom Has a Face
Call Number: F232.A3 V66 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-10-30
Freedom Has a Face tells the stories of free blacks who worked hard to carve out comfortable spaces for existence. They were denied full freedom, but they were neither slaves without masters nor anomalies in a society that had room only for black slaves and free white citizens. A typical rural Piedmont county, Albemarle was not a racial utopia. Rather, it was a tight-knit community in which face-to-face interactions determined social status and reputation. A steep social hierarchy allowed substantial inequalities to persist, but it was nonetheless an intimately interracial society. Free African Americans who maintained personal connections with white neighbors and who participated openly in local society were perceived as far more than stereotypical dangerous blacks.
Call Number: E185.93.M6 M28 1990 (FAC - Reserve)
Publication Date: 1990-09-27
In June 1964, over one thousand volunteers--most of them white, northern college students--arrived in Mississippi to register black voters and staff "freedom schools" as part of the Freedom Summer campaign organized by the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Within ten days, three of them were murdered; by the summer's end, another had died and hundreds more had endured bombings, beatings, and arrests. Less dramatically, but no less significantly, the volunteers encountered a"liberating" exposure to new lifestyles, new political ideologies, and a radically new perspective on America and on themselves. McAdam discovered that during Freedom Summer, the volunteers' encounters with white supremacist violence and their experiences with interracial relationships, communal living, and a more open sexuality led many of them to "climb aboard a political and cultural wave just as it was forming and beginning to wash forward."
From Rome to Byzantium, AD 363 to 565
Call Number: DG311.L44 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-01-15
Between the deaths of the Emperors Julian (363) and Justinian (565), the Roman Empire underwent momentous changes. Most obviously, control of the west was lost to barbarian groups during the fifth century, and the empire's center of gravity shifted irrevocably to the east, with its focal point now the city of Constantinople. Equally important was the increasing dominance of Christianity not only in religious life, but also in politics, society and culture. Lee charts these and other significant developments which contributed to the transformation of ancient Rome and its empire into Byzantium and the early medieval west. By emphasizing the resilience of the east during late antiquity and the continuing vitality of urban life and the economy, this volume offers an alternative perspective to the traditional paradigm of decline and fall.
Call Number: D214.M37 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-01-15
We think of the Renaissance as a shining era of human achievementa pinnacle of artistic genius and humanist brilliance, the time of Shakespeare, Michelangelo, and Montaigne. Yet it was also an age of constant, harrowing warfare. Armies, not philosophers, shaped the face of Europe as modern nation-states emerged from feudal society. In Furies, one of the leading scholars of Renaissance history captures the dark reality of the period in a gripping narrative mosaic.
Call Number: DA146.H56 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-11-17
In Hadrian's Wall: A Life, Richard Hingley addresses the post-Roman history of this world-famous ancient monument. Constructed on the orders of the emperor Hadrian during the 120s AD, the Wall was maintained for almost three centuries before ceasing to operate as a Roman frontier during the fifth century. The scale and complexity of Hadrian's Wall makes it one of the most important ancient monuments in the British Isles. It is the most well-preserved of the frontier works that once defined the Roman Empire. This volume explores the after-life of Hadrian's Wall and considers the ways it has been imagined, represented, and researched from the sixth century to the internet. The sixteen chapters, illustrated with over 100 images, show the changing manner in which the Wall has been conceived and the significant role it has played in imagining the identity of the English, including its appropriation as symbolic boundary between England and Scotland.
Call Number: DD247 .E5 B37 2009 (DTC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2009-03-11
Hunting Eichmann is the first complete narrative of a relentless and harrowing international manhunt. When the Allies stormed Berlin in the last days of the Third Reich, Adolf Eichmann shed his SS uniform and vanished. Following his escape from two American POW camps, his retreat into the mountains and out of Europe, and his path to an anonymous life in Buenos Aires, his pursuers are a bulldog West German prosecutor, a blind Argentinean Jew and his beautiful daughter, and a budding, ragtag spy agency called the Mossad, whose operatives have their own scores to settle (and whose rare surveillance photographs are published here for the first time). The capture of Eichmann and the efforts by Israeli agents to secret him out of Argentina to stand trial is the stunning conclusion to this thrilling historical account, told with the kind of pulse-pounding detail that rivals anything you'd find in great spy fiction.
Indian Great Awakening
Call Number: E-Book
Publication Date: 2012-06-11
This book tells the gripping story of American Indians' attempts to wrestle with the ongoing realities of colonialism between the 1670s and 1820. This book explores the complex and interesting world of eighteenth-century southern New England co-created by Indians and colonists. By tracing the religious and cultural engagement of American Indians in Connecticut, Rhode Island, western Massachusetts, and Long Island, New York, this narrative addresses the often overlooked, dynamic interactions between Natives and whites in this time period. Far from passively sliding into the cultural and physical landscape, Native individuals and communities actively tapped into transatlantic structures of power to protect their land rights, welcomed educational opportunities for their children, and even joined local white churches during the First Great Awakening.
Call Number: E99.17.J64 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-08-22
In this handsome book, Michael G. Johnson, looks at the people of the Iroquois Confederacy. The tribes were the Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca, and admitted into the Iroquois as a sixth nation by 1722 the Tuscarora. Iroquois details their story up to the present day, when perhaps 50,000 people of Iroquois descent still live on, or near, their reserves in Canada and the U.S., with that many again living in cities.
Journey into the Whirlwind
Call Number: DK268.3 .G513 1995 (DTC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2002-11-04
Both witness to and victim of Stalin’s reign of terror, a courageous woman tells the story of her harrowing eighteen-year odyssey through Russia’s prisons and labor camps.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
Although Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar is named after the legendary Roman political leader, the central character is thought by many to be Marcus Brutus, Caesar's friend turned foe who struggles throughout the play with conflicting obligations of friendship and duty. While Caesar is warned in a prophecy to beware the Ides of March the Roman senators, including Brutus are secretly plotting his assassination, hoping to rid Rome of the threat of a tyrant who they believe plans to overthrow democracy and install a monarchy. This tragic history play is based on the real events surrounding the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2012-09-11
On February 20, 2003, the deadliest rock concert in U.S. history took place at a roadhouse called The Station in West Warwick, Rhode Island. That night, the fate of many unsuspecting nightclub patrons was determined with awful certainty. In less than 10 minutes, 96 people were dead and 200 more were injured, many catastrophically. The story of the fire, its causes, and its legal and human aftermath is one of lives put at risk by petty economic decisions. Any one of those decisions, made differently, might have averted the tragedy. Together, however, they reached a fatal critical mass. Killer Show is the first comprehensive exploration of the chain of events leading up to the fire, the conflagration itself, and the painstaking search for evidence to hold the guilty to account and obtain justice for the victims.
Life of Herbert Hoover
Call Number: E802.N37 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-01-08
It has often been said of Herbert Hoover that his accomplishments even before he became president were adequate to ensure him an important place in American history, even without his service in the White House. It is equally true that his achievements during his post-presidential years are sufficient to make him an important historical figure without reference to all that happened before 1933. Hoover's post-presidential years were kaleidoscopic-filled with the activities of a man constantly on the move, both physically and mentally. He remained an active presence in politics; he was a leader in the debate over American involvement in World War II as well as over-committing U.S. ground forces to the defense of Europe under NATO in the l950s; and post-World War II he formulated a program that was largely embraced both by the Republican Party and by the Roosevelt administration, paving the way for a bipartisan foreign policy after the war.
Long Way Gone
Call Number: DT516.828.B43 A3 2008 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-02-13
Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived.
Mercenaries in Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Call Number: D128.J37 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-07-02
In medieval and Renaissance Europe, mercenaries--professional soldiers who fought for money or other rewards played violent, colorful, international roles in warfare, but they have received relatively little scholarly attention. In this book a large number of vignettes portray their activities in Western Europe over a period of nearly 900 years, from the Merovingian mercenaries of 752 through the Thirty Years' War, which ended in 1648. Intended as an introduction to the subject and drawing heavily on contemporary first-person accounts, the book creates a vivid but balanced mosaic of the many thousands of mercenaries who were hired to fight for various employers.
Call Number: E451.H67 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-08-07
Late on the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown launched a surprise raid on the slave-holding South. Leading a biracial band of militant idealists, he seized the massive armory at Harpers Ferry, freed and armed slaves, and vowed to liberate every bondsman in America. Brown's daring strike sparked a savage street fight and a counterattack by U.S. Marines under Robert E. Lee. The bloodshed and court drama that followed also shocked a divided nation and propelled it toward civil war. Tony Horwitz's Midnight Rising brings Brown and his uprising vividly to life and charts America's descent into explosive conflict. The result is a taut and indispensable history of a man and a time that still resonate in our own.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.8 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2007-11-19
This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture surveys the dynamic environmental forces that have shaped human culture in the region and the ways humans have shaped their environment. Articles examine how the South's ecology, physiography, and climate have influenced southerners not only as a daily fact of life but also as a metaphor for understanding culture and identity. This volume includes ninety-eight essays that explore both broadly and specifically elements of the southern environment. Thematic overviews address subjects such as plants, animals, energy use and development, and natural disasters. Shorter topical entries feature familiar species such as the alligator, the ivory-billed woodpecker, kudzu, and the mockingbird. Also covered are important individuals in southern environmental history and prominent places in the landscape, such as the South's national parks and seashores.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Agriculture & Industry
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.11 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2008-11-01
Examines the economic culture of the South by pairing two categories that account for the ways many southerners have made their living. Throughout the volume, articles reflect the breadth and variety of southern life, paying particular attention to the region's profound economic transformation in recent decades. The agricultural section consists of 25 thematic entries that explore issues such as Native American agricultural practices, plantations, and sustainable agriculture. Thirty-eight shorter pieces cover key crops of the region from tobacco to Christmas trees as well as issues of historic and emerging interest from insects and insecticides to migrant labor.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Art & Architecture
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.21 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2013-01-14
From the Potomac to the Gulf, artists were creating in the South even before it was recognized as a region. This comprehensive volume shows how, through the decades and centuries, the art of the South expanded from mimetic portraiture to sophisticated responses to national and international movements. The essays treat historic and current trends in the visual arts and architecture, major collections and institutions, and biographies of artists themselves. As leading experts on the region's artists and their work, editors Judith H. Bonner and Estill Curtis Pennington frame the volume's contributions with insightful overview essays on the visual arts and architecture in the American South.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Education
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.17 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2011-05-16
Offering a broad, up-to-date reference to the long history and cultural legacy of education in the American South, this timely volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture surveys educational developments, practices, institutions, and politics from the colonial era to the present. With over 130 articles, this book covers key topics in education including: academic freedom; effects of urbanization on segregation, desegregation, and re-segregation; African American and women's education; and illiteracy. These entries and articles on prominent educators and major southern universities, colleges, and trade schools, provide an essential context for understanding the debates and battles that remain deeply imbedded in southern education. Framed by Clarence Mohr's historically rich introductory overview, the essays in this volume comprise a greatly expanded and thoroughly updated survey of the shifting southern education landscape and its development over the span of four centuries.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Ethnicity
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.6 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2007-05-28
Transcending familiar categories of "black" and "white," this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture complicates and enriches our understanding of "southernness" by identifying the array of cultures that combined to shape the South. This exploration of southern ethnicities examines the ways people perform and maintain cultural identities through folklore, religious faith, dress, music, speech, cooking, and trans-generational tradition. Accessibly written and informed by the most recent research that recovers the ethnic diversity of the early South and documents the more recent arrival of new cultural groups. Contributors describe 88 ethnic groups that have lived in the South from the Mississippian Period (1000-1600) to the present.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Folk Art
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.23 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2013-06-03
Folk art is one of the American South's most significant areas of creative achievement, and this comprehensive yet accessible reference details that achievement from the sixteenth century through the present. This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture explores the many forms of aesthetic expression that have characterized southern folk art, including the work of self-taught artists, as well as the South's complex relationship to national patterns of folk art collecting. Fifty-two thematic essays examine subjects ranging from colonial portraiture, Moravian material culture, and southern folk pottery to the South's rich quilt-making traditions, memory painting, and African American vernacular art, and 211 topical essays include profiles of major folk and self-taught artists in the region.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Folklife
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.14 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2010-01-01
Southern folklife is the heart of southern culture. Looking at traditional practices still carried on today as well as at aspects of folklife that are dynamic and emergent, contributors to this volume examines a broad range of folk traditions. Moving beyond the traditional view of folklore that situates it in historical practice and narrowly defined genres, entries in this volume demonstrate how folklife remains a vital part of communities' self-definitions. Fifty thematic entries address subjects such as car culture, funerals, hip-hop, and powwows. In 56 topical entries, contributors focus on more specific elements of folklife. Together, the entries demonstrate that southern folklife is dynamically alive and everywhere around us, giving meaning to the everyday unfolding of community life.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Gender
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.13 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2009-05-01
The wide range of entries explores how people have experienced, understood, and used concepts of womanhood and manhood in all sorts of obvious and subtle ways. Thematic articles address subjects such as sexuality, respectability, and paternalism and investigate the role of gender in broader subjects, including the civil rights movement, country music, and sports. Topical entries highlight individuals such as Oprah Winfrey, the Grimke sisters, and Dale Earnhardt, as well as historical events such as the capture of Jefferson Davis in a woman's dress, the Supreme Court's decision in Loving v. Virginia, and the Memphis sanitation workers' strike, with its slogan, "I AM A MAN." Bringing together scholarship on gender and the body, sexuality, labor, race, and politics, this volume offers new ways to view big questions in southern history and culture.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Geography
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.2 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2006-05-08
The location of "the South" is hardly a settled or static geographic concept. Culturally speaking, are Florida and Arkansas really part of the same region? Is Texas considered part of the South or the West? This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture grapples with the contestable issue of where the cultural South is located, both on maps and in the minds of Americans. Richard Pillsbury's introductory essay explores the evolution of geographic patterns of life within the region agricultural practices, urban patterns, residential buildings, religious preferences, foodways, and language. The entries that follow address general topics of cultural geographic interest, such as Appalachia, exiles and expatriates, Latino and Jewish populations, migration patterns, and the profound Disneyfication of central Florida.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: History
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.3 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2006-09-18
Providing a chronological and interpretive spine to the twenty-four volumes of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, this volume broadly surveys history in the American South from the Paleoindian period (approximately 8000 B.C.E.) to the present. In 118 essays, contributors cover the turbulent past of the region that has witnessed frequent racial conflict, a bloody Civil War fought and lost on its soil, massive in- and out-migration, major economic transformations, and a civil rights movement that brought fundamental change to the social order. Charles Reagan Wilson's overview essay examines the evolution of southern history and the way our understanding of southern culture has unfolded over time and in response to a variety of events and social forces not just as the opposite of the North but also in the larger context of the Atlantic World.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Language
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.5 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2007-07-16
The fifth volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture explores language and dialect in the South, including English and its numerous regional variants, Native American languages, and other non-English languages spoken over time by the region's immigrant communities. Among the more than sixty entries are eleven on indigenous languages and major essays on French, Spanish, and German. Each of these provides both historical and contemporary perspectives, identifying the language's location, number of speakers, vitality, and sample distinctive features. The book acknowledges the role of immigration in spreading features of Southern English to other regions and countries and in bringing linguistic influences from Europe and Africa to Southern English.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Law and Politics
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.10 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2008-06-02
Volume 10 of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture combines two of the sections from the original edition, adding extensive updates and 53 entirely new articles. In the law section of this volume, 16 longer essays address broad concepts ranging from law schools to family law, from labor relations to school prayer. The 43 topical entries focus on specific legal cases and individuals, including historical legal professionals, parties from landmark cases, and even the fictional character Atticus Finch, highlighting the roles these individuals have played in shaping the identity of the region. The politics section includes 34 essays on matters such as Reconstruction, social class and politics, and immigration policy. New essays reflect the changing nature of southern politics, away from the one-party system long known as the "solid South" to the lively two-party politics now in play in the region.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Literature
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.9 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2008-04-07
Offering a comprehensive view of the South's literary landscape, past and present, this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture celebrates the region's ever-flourishing literary culture and recognizes the ongoing evolution of the southern literary canon. As new writers draw upon and reshape previous traditions, southern literature has broadened and deepened its connections not just to the American literary mainstream but also to world literature's--a development thoughtfully explored in the essays here. Greatly expanding the content of the literature section in the original Encyclopedia, this volume includes 31 thematic essays addressing major genres of literature; theoretical categories, such as regionalism, the southern gothic, and agrarianism; and themes in southern writing, such as food, religion, and sexuality. Most striking is the fivefold increase in the number of biographical entries, which introduce southern novelists, playwrights, poets, and critics.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Media
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.18 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2011-09-12
This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture examines how mass media have shaped popular perceptions of the South and how the South has shaped the history of mass media. An introductory overview by Graham and Monteith is followed by 40 thematic essays and 132 topical articles that examine major trends and seminal moments in film, television, radio, press, and Internet history. The volume details the media's involvement in southern history, from depictions of race in the movies to news coverage of the civil rights movement and Hurricane Katrina. Taken together, these entries reveal and comment on the ways in which mass media have influenced, maintained, and changed the idea of a culturally unique South.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Music
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.12 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
Southern music has flourished as a meeting ground for the traditions of West African and European peoples in the region, leading to the evolution of various traditional folk genres, bluegrass, country, jazz, gospel, rock, blues, and southern hip-hop. This volume celebrates an essential element of southern life and makes available for the first time a stand-alone reference to the music and music makers of the American South. This volume includes 30 thematic essays, covering topics such as ragtime, zydeco, folk music festivals, minstrelsy, rockabilly, white and black gospel traditions, and southern rock. And it features 174 topical and biographical entries.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Myth, Manners, and Memory
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.4 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2006-09-18
This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture addresses the cultural, social, and intellectual terrain of myth, manners, and historical memory in the American South. Evaluating how a distinct southern identity has been created, recreated, and performed through memories that blur the line between fact and fiction, this volume paints a broad, multi-hued picture of the region seen through the lenses of belief and cultural practice. The 95 entries address such matters as myths and memories surrounding the Old South and the Civil War; stereotypes and traditions related to the body, sexuality, gender, and family (such as debutante balls and beauty pageants); institutions and places associated with historical memory (such as cemeteries, monuments, and museums); and specific subjects and objects of myths, including the Confederate flag and Graceland.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Race
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.24 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2013-06-03
There is no denying that race is a critical issue in understanding the South. However, this concluding volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture challenges previous understandings, revealing the region's rich, ever-expanding diversity and providing new explorations of race relations. In 36 thematic and 29 topical essays, contributors examine such subjects as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, Japanese American incarceration in the South, relations between African Americans and Native Americans, Chinese men adopting Mexican identities, Latino religious practices, and Vietnamese life in the region. Together the essays paint a nuanced portrait of how concepts of race in the South have influenced its history, art, politics, and culture beyond the familiar binary of black and white.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Religion
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.1 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2006-04-03
Evangelical Protestant groups have dominated religious life in the South since the early nineteenth century. Religious culture in the South itself has grown increasingly diverse. In this volume, contributors have revised entries from the original Encyclopedia on topics ranging from religious broadcasting to snake handling and added new entries on such topics as Asian religions, Latino religion, New Age religion, Islam, Native American religion, and social activism.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Science & Medicine
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.22 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2012-11-26
In this cultural history of evangelical Christianity and popular music, Stowe demonstrates how mainstream rock of the 1960s and 1970s has influenced conservative evangelical Christianity through the development of Christian pop music. Stowe shows how evangelicals' increasing acceptance of Christian pop music ultimately has reinforced a variety of conservative cultural, economic, theological, and political messages.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Social Class
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.20 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2012-07-01
This volume offers a timely, authoritative, and interdisciplinary exploration of issues related to social class in the South from the colonial era to the present. This volume is a comprehensive, stand-alone reference to this complex subject, which underpins the history of the region and shapes its future. In 58 thematic essays and 103 topical entries, the contributors explore the effects of class on all aspects of life in the South its role in Indian removal, the Civil War, the New Deal, and the civil rights movement. Artisans and the working class, indentured workers and steelworkers, the Freedmen's Bureau and the Knights of Labor are all examined. This volume provides a full investigation of social class in the region and situates class concerns at the center of our understanding of Southern culture.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Sports & Recreation
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.16 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2011-01-15
What southerners do, where they go, and what they expect to accomplish in their spare time, their "leisure," reveals much about their cultural values, class and racial similarities and differences, and historical perspectives. This volume offers an authoritative and readable reference to the culture of sports and recreation in the American South, surveying the various activities in which southerners engage in their non-work hours, as well as attitudes surrounding those activities. 74 thematic essays explore activities from the familiar (porch sitting and fairs) to the essential (football and stock car racing) to the unusual (pool checkers and a sport called "fireballing"). In 77 topical entries, contributors profile major sites associated with recreational activities and prominent sports figures.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Urbanization
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.15 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2010-06-07
Side dishes are the very heart and soul of southern cuisine. So proclaims Fred Thompson in this heartfelt love letter to the marvelous foods on the side of the plate. From traditional, like Pableaux's Red Beans and Rice, to contemporary, like Scuppernong-Glazed Carrots, Thompson's 250 recipes recommend the virtues of the utterly simple and the totally unexpected. Thompson's Southern Sides celebrates the sheer joy of cooking and eating these old and new classic dishes.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Violence
Call Number: F209.N47 2006 v.19 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2011-11-14
This eloquent, pathbreaking account follows the Catawbas from their first contact with Europeans in the 16th century until they carved out a place in the American republic three centuries later. It is a story of Native agency, creativity, resilience, and endurance. In a new introduction for this 20th anniversary edition, Merrell recalls the book's origins and considers its place in the field of early American history in general and Native American history in particular, both at the time it was first published and two decades later.
On the Land of My Father
Call Number: F349.S95 E97 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2014-01-27
This book evokes a time and place that is central to the American experience, a past to be remembered. This simple and direct narrative of family values and connections to the land is full of description. Land ownership bonded a black family to its white neighbors in segregated southern Mississippi in the 1940s. The author's father and brothers served in segregated armed forces to protect their country, and returned home to a segregated society. Working the land gave its workers identity, pride, and a feeling of competence. Education provided independence and freedom, and religion was the glue that held the family together.
Original American Spies
Call Number: E279.M57 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-12-10
This book consists of seven stand-alone accounts of individuals who operated as spies during the American Revolutionary War. They were not trained as covert agents, which meant they had to develop their skills and techniques on their own, often while in the midst of the enemy where discovery meant almost certain death for them, and suffering and hardship for their family and friends. Five of them spied for the American cause and two spied for the British. They all were daring, intelligent and resourceful, and each had an unusual personality. Their labors resulted in battlefield victories, thwarted enemy plots, and significantly changed the conduct of the war, yet in spite of their efforts and their riveting stories, they and their deeds have remained relatively unknown.
Call Number: F2131.P88 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-01-07
Born in an explosive boom and built through distinct economic networks, San Francisco has a cosmopolitan character that often masks the challenges migrants faced to create community in the city by the bay. Latin American migrants have been part of the city's story since its beginning. Charting the development of a hybrid Latino identity forged through struggle latinidad from the Gold Rush through the civil rights era, Tomas F. Summers Sandoval Jr. chronicles the rise of San Francisco's diverse community of Latin American migrants.
Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya
Call Number: F1435.3.A6 C64 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-10-01
The Maya are of enormous and abiding fascination to anybody interested in archaeology, ancient history, astronomy, or the visual arts.
Shah of Shahs
Call Number: DS318 .K31513 1992 (DTC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1992-02-04
In Shah of Shahs, Kapuscinski brings a mythographer's perspective and a novelist's virtuosity to bear on the overthrow of the last Shah of Iran, one of the most infamous of the United States' client-dictators, who resolved to transform his country into "a second America in a generation," only to be toppled virtually overnight. From his vantage point at the break-up of the old regime, Kapuscinski gives us a compelling history of conspiracy, repression, fanatacism, and revolution. Translated from the Polish by William R. Brand and Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand.
Shatterzone of Empires
Call Number: DJK26.S53 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-02-15
Shatterzone of Empires is a comprehensive analysis of inter-ethnic relations, coexistence, and violence in Europe's eastern borderlands over the past two centuries. In this vast territory, extending from the Baltic to the Black Sea, four major empires with ethnically and religiously diverse populations encountered each other along often changing and contested borders. Examining this geographically widespread, multicultural region at several levels local, national, transnational, and empire and through multiple approaches social, cultural, political, and economic this volume offers informed and dispassionate analyses of how the many populations of these borderlands managed to coexist in a previous era and how and why the areas eventually descended into violence.
Call Number: E612.A5 G55 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-05-23
This is a documentary work offering a first-person account of a Union soldier's daily adversity while a prisoner of war from 20 September 1863 to 4 June 1865. In 1891, while a patient at the Leavenworth National Home, Irish immigrant Edward Glennan began to write down his experiences in vivid detail, describing the months of malnutrition, exposure, disease and self-doubt. The first six months Glennan was incarcerated at Libby and Danville prisons in Virginia. On 20 March 1864, Glennan entered Camp Sumter, located near Andersonville, Georgia. He reminisced about the events of his eight-month captivity at Andersonville, such as the hanging of the Raider Six, escape tunnels, gambling, trading, ration wagons, and disease. Afflicted with scurvy, Glennan nearly lost his ability to walk. To increase his chances for survival, he skillfully befriended other prisoners, sharing resources acquired through trade, theft and trickery. His friends left him either by parole or death.
Call Number: CB13.T47 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-10-03
From the most widely used languages and scripts, to the great religious communities, to the giant structures and the technological successes of the modern age, this volume offers a fascinating overview of the records and achievements of civilization in their entirety and diversity. More than 3000 color photographs taken by top photographers around the world celebrate the cultural and technological touchstones of human history. Ranking lists provide at-a-glance overviews while descriptive captions give substantial information on a number of topics. Concise text tells of the economic developments and population growth in our mega-cities, the pioneering work done in science and technology, and the remarkable innovations in the construction of museums, theaters, libraries and sports venues.
The Zookeeper's Wife
Call Number: DS134.64 .A25 2007 (DTC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-09-17
When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw--and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. With her exuberant prose and exquisite sensitivity to the natural world, Ackerman engages us viscerally in the lives of the zoo animals, their keepers, and their hidden visitors. She shows us how Antonina refused to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, keeping alive an atmosphere of play and innocence even as Europe crumbled around her.
Transition to an Industrial South
Call Number: F294.A7 G35 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-05-01
Renowned New South booster Henry Grady proposed industrialization as a basis of economic recovery for the former Confederacy. Born in 1850 in Athens, Georgia, to a family involved in the city’s thriving manufacturing industries, Grady saw firsthand the potential of industrialization for the region. In Transition to an Industrial South, Michael J. Gagnon explores the creation of an industrial network in the antebellum South by focusing on the creation and expansion of cotton textile manufacture in Athens.
Twelve Who Ruled
Call Number: DC177 .P33 2005 (DTC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2005-07-25
In its fifth year, the French Revolution faced a multifaceted crisis that threatened to overwhelm the Republic. In response the government instituted a revolutionary dictatorship and a "reign of terror," with a Committee of Public Safety at its head. R. R. Palmer's fascinating narrative follows the Committee's deputies individually and collectively, recounting and assessing their tumultuous struggles in Paris and their repressive missions in the provinces. A new foreword by Isser Woloch explains why this book has been, and deserves to remain, an enduring classic in French revolutionary studies.
Twilight of the Mission Frontier
Call Number: F1346.T67 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-01-09
Twilight of the Mission Frontier examines the long process of mission decline in Sonora, Mexico after the Jesuit expulsion in 1767. By reassessing the mission crisis paradigm, new light is shed on how demographic, cultural, economic, and institutional variables modified life in the Franciscan missions in Sonora. During the late eighteenth century, forms of interaction between Sonoran indigenous groups and Spanish settlers grew in complexity and intensity. Franciscan missionaries and mission residents deployed diverse strategies to cope with these changes and results varied from region to region, depending on such factors as the missionaries' backgrounds, Indian responses to mission life, local economic arrangements, and cultural exchanges between Indians and Spaniards.
U. S. - Mexican War
Call Number: E404.H36 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-12-23
The U.S.-Mexican War, also known as the Mexican-American War and the Mexican War, took place from 1846 to 1848, and was mainly about control of Texas. Mexico claimed this territory despite Texas having declared itself a republic years earlier, while the U.S. wished to annex Texas and make it the 28th state. The war was fought with no allies and was the first offensive war for the United States. This chronology focuses on the military actions of the war as well as the many Indian incursions before the war. The various campaigns, sieges and skirmishes in both the United States and Mexico, on both land and sea, are covered. Some of the heroes of this war went on to serve in the War of 1812 and many rose to high military office during the Civil War.
U. S. Navy Pictorial History of the War of 1812
Call Number: E354.P55 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-07-28
The War of 1812, often known also as the Second War of American Independence, was hugely influential in shaping the United States as we know it today. It was fought between the U.S. and Great Britain and its provinces upper and Lower Canada with France acting as a thorn in both of their sides. It included many major land and sea battles spanning four years. It gave the U.S. its national anthem and established it as a major military and political force in the world. It also spurred the emergence and growth of the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Navy Pictorial History of the War of 1812 combines a fresh historical narrative with over 130 dramatic illustrations, to celebrate this war on its bicentennial.
Walter Ralegh's History of the World and the Historical Culture of the Late Renaissance
Call Number: D57.R184 P67 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-10-30
Imprisoned in the Tower of London after the death of Queen Elizabeth in 1603, Sir Walter Ralegh spent the next seven years producing his massive History of the World. Created with the aid of a library of more than five hundred books he was allowed to keep in his quarters, this incredible work would become a best-seller. Nicholas Popper uses Ralegh's History as a touchstone in this lively exploration of the culture of history writing and historical thinking in the late Renaissance. From Popper, we learn why early modern Europeans ascribed heightened value to the study of the past and how scholars and statesmen began to see historical expertise as not just a foundation for political practice and theory, but a means of advancing their power in the courts and councils of contemporary Europe.
War and Revolution in Russia, 1914-22
Call Number: DK265.R3719 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-01-22
This essential introduction synthesizes the wealth of new material available on the Russian Revolution into a clear overview which is ideal for beginners. Leading expert Christopher Read treats the period 1914-22 as a whole in order to contextualize and better understand the events of 1917 and their impact.
War of 1812
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2012-01-03
This comprehensive and authoritative history of the War of 1812, thoroughly revised for the 200th anniversary of the historic conflict, is a myth-shattering study that will inform and entertain students, historians, and general readers alike. Hickey explores the military, diplomatic, and domestic history of our second war with Great Britain, bringing the study up to date with recent scholarship on all aspects of the war, from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada. This edition includes additional information on the British forces, American Indians, and military operations such as the importance of logistics and the use and capabilities of weaponry. Hickey explains how the war promoted American nationalism and manifest destiny, stimulated peacetime defense spending, and enhanced America's reputation abroad. He also shows that the war sparked bloody conflicts between pro-war Republican and anti-war Federalist neighbors, dealt a crippling blow to American Indians, and solidified the United State's antipathy toward the British.
Wars of Latin America, 1982-2012
Call Number: F1414.3.D425 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-09-20
This book, continuing the narrative begun by the author in two preceding volumes, provides a clear description of military combat occurring in Latin America for the years from 1982 into mid-2013. Although the text concentrates on combat operations, matters of politics, business and international relations appear as necessary to understand the wars. The author has uncovered many previously unknown sources to provide new information never published before. The book traces the many insurgencies in Latin America as well as conventional wars. Among the highlights are the chapters on the Falklands War and the U.S. invasions of Grenada and Panama. One useful aspect of the text is an explanation of why, of the many insurgencies appearing in Latin America, only those in Cuba and Nicaragua were successful in overthrowing governments.
Call Number: F195.W67 2010 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2010-03-18
Founded in 1790, Washington, DC, offers some of the country's most notable architecture and significant sites. Along with its renowned buildings, monuments, gardens and museums, the national capital also features some unexpected treasures. Photographs that capture the history and beauty of the city include: National monuments and memorials, the Capitol, the White House and the U.S. Supreme Court, Georgetown's historic sites and picturesque streets.
World on Fire
Call Number: E469.F67 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-06-12
In this brilliant narrative, Amanda Foreman tells the fascinating story of the American Civil War and the major role played by Britain and its citizens in that epic struggle. Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of British citizens volunteered for service on both sides of the Civil War. Through personal letters, diaries, and journals, Foreman introduces characters both humble and grand, while crafting a panoramic yet intimate view of the war on the front lines, in the prison camps, and in the great cities of both the Union and the Confederacy. In the drawing rooms of London and the offices of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, Foreman reveals the decisions made, the beliefs held and contested, and the personal triumphs and sacrifices that ultimately led to the reunification of America.
World War II in Numbers
Call Number: D743.D66 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-07-25
A different way to understand the magnitude of World War II. Countless books exist about the Second World War and in those can be found all of the statistics to be had: numbers killed, bombs dropped, battles won and lost, ad infinitum. But to see these numbers as infographics gives the reader a fresh perspective on the war. World War II in Numbers uses color graphics and succinct text to tell the key stories of the battles that engulfed the globe and affected virtually everyone alive during the 1940s.
World's Largest Prison: The Story of Camp Lawton
Call Number: E612.C26 D47 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-12-30
When it opened in October of 1864, Camp Lawton was called the world's largest prison. Yet, within only six weeks the stockade near Millen, Georgia, was evacuated in the face of advancing Federal troops under General Sherman. In that brief span of time, the prison served for as headquarters of the Confederate military prison system, witnessed hundreds of deaths, held a mock election for president, was involved in a sick exchange, hosted attempts to recruit Union POWs for Confederate service, and withstood escape attempts. Burned by Sherman's troops following its evacuation in late November of 1864, the prison was never reoccupied. Over the next century and a half the memory of Camp Lawton almost completely disappeared. In 2010, the Confederate military prison was resurrected as a result of a media event showcasing the results of recent archeological investigations.
Years of Plenty, Years of Want
Call Number: DC389.M274 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-03-15
The Great War that engulfed Europe between 1914 and 1918 was a catastrophe for France. French soil was the site of most of the fighting on the Western Front. French dead were more than 1.3 million, the permanently disabled another 1.1 million, overwhelmingly men in their twenties and thirties. The decade and a half before the war had been years of plenty, a time of increasing prosperity and confidence remembered as the Belle Epoque or the good old days. The two decades that followed its end were years of want, loss, misery, and fear. In 1914, France went to war convinced of victory. In 1939, France went to war dreading defeat. To explain the burden of winning the Great War and embracing the collapse that followed, Martin examines the national mood and daily life of France in July 1914 and August 1939, the months that preceded the two world wars.
G - H: Social Sciences
Alcohol and Opium in the Old West
Call Number: HV5235.U5.A46 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-10-11
This book explores the role and influence of drink and drugs (primarily opium) in the Old West, which for this book is considered to be America west of the Mississippi from the California gold rush of the 1840s to the closing of the Western Frontier in roughly 1900. This period was the first time in American history that heavy drinking and drug abuse became a major social concern. Drinking was considered to be an accepted pursuit for men at the time. Smoking opium was considered to be deviant and associated with groups on the fringes of mainstream society, but opium use and addiction by women was commonplace. This book presents the background of both substances and how their use spread across the West, at first for medicinal purposes but how overuse and abuse led to the Temperance Movement and eventually to National Prohibition.
Call Number: HV91.R87 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-12-17
In the 1880s, social reform leaders warned that the "unworthy" poor were taking charitable relief intended for the truly deserving. Armed with statistics and confused notions of evolution, these "scientific charity" reformers founded organizations intent on limiting access to relief by the most morally, biologically, and economically unfit. Brent Ruswick examines a prominent national organization for scientific social reform and poor relief in Indianapolis in order to understand how these new theories of poverty gave birth to new programs to assist the poor.
Call Number: HM851.T86 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-10-02
Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them. In Alone Together, MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It's a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for and sacrificing in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today's self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity.
Anatomy of Core Stability
Call Number: GV428.7.L716 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-02-14
A strong, stable core is the foundation of virtually all physical efforts. Pilates and yoga practitioners as well as dedicated athletes are familiar with the concept of "core stability." They understand its importance in achieving and maintaining superior fitness. A strong and stable core improves athletic performance, increases power and endurance, reduces stress on the body and minimizes the chances of injury. It helps to improve balance and posture, alleviates back pain and minimizes fatigue. Even everyday actions are easier, whether climbing stairs or lifting a box or holding a baby. The muscles most responsible for core stability run the length of the trunk and torso.
Anatomy of Exercise For 50+
Call Number: GV482.6.L54 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-10-11
Studies abound confirming what we all know: use it or lose it. Exercise of any kind has a profound positive effect on health, longevity, disease prevention and a sense of well-being. The exercises in Anatomy of Exercise for 50+ will support good health at any age, but for those over fifty they can help in the prevention of age-related problems like joint mobility, balance and fatigue, as well as medical conditions like heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis and Alzheimer's.
Anatomy of Exercise for Women
Call Number: GV482.A528 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-02-14
Women are joining gyms and running in marathons in record numbers. They are also learning about the preventive effect of exercise on diseases and conditions, including depression, heart disease, osteoporosis, dementia and breast cancer. Anatomy of Exercise for Women provides women of all ages with exercise programs that will bring great benefits in physical fitness, psychological well-being and meeting the challenges of daily life. Like all of the books in the series, this title contains: Detailed, full-color anatomical illustrations for all the exercises Annotations identifying the active and stabilizing muscles Concise how-to instructions for each exercise Identification of the specific muscles that benefit the most from each exercise. Suggested modifications for different levels of difficulty.
Anatomy of Muscle Building
Call Number: GV546.5.R35 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-03-24
A professional-level guide for anyone who is serious about their physique. This is the first muscle-building instruction book written by a professional trainer that is tailored to the general reader. Its annotated full-color anatomical illustrations are revolutionary, clearly explaining which muscles are engaged in each exercise, what the exercises are designed to accomplish, and the precise interaction of the adjacent muscles. This book is organized by body area to reflect the common progression of a well-planned workout. The author also supplies easy-to-follow workout plans suited to all levels of fitness and experience. The book explains intensity, sets and repetitions and recommends duration and frequency of exercise routines.
Anatomy of Running
Call Number: GV1061.5.S865 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-06-20
This book features full-body anatomy illustrations that reveal the musculature as the body performs a particular exercise. By seeing how the muscles interact and which muscles execute and which support the exercise, the reader gains the greatest understanding of the exercise and its benefits. Anatomy of Running begins with an introduction to the popular fitness activity: Benefits from running, warming up, stretching, cooling down, equipment, surfaces, distances, environment, muscles and ligaments used, stretches and strengthening, common injuries, and special considerations.
Back to the Land
Call Number: HT381.B76 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-05-20
For many, going back to the land brings to mind the 1960s and 1970s hippie communes and the Summer of Love, The Whole Earth Catalog and Mother Earth News. More recently, the movement has reemerged in a new enthusiasm for locally produced food and more sustainable energy paths. But these latest back-to-the-landers are part of a much larger story. Americans have been dreaming of returning to the land ever since they started to leave it. In Back to the Land, Brown explores the history of this recurring impulse. Back-to-the-landers have often been viewed as nostalgic escapists or romantic nature-lovers. But their own words reveal a more complex story. Brown finds that the return to the farm has meant less a going-backwards than a going-forwards, a way to meet the challenges of the modern era.
Better Angels of Our Nature
Call Number: HM1116.P57 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-09-25
In his gripping and controversial new work, New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. Exploding myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly enlightened world.
Beyond Nature's Housekeepers
Call Number: GF13.3.U6 U54 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-10-05
From pre-Columbian times to the environmental justice movements of the present, women and men frequently responded to the environment and environmental issues in profoundly different ways. Although both environmental history and women's history are flourishing fields, explorations of the synergy produced by the interplay between environment and sex, sexuality, and gender are just beginning. Offering more than biographies of great women in environmental history, Beyond Nature's Housekeepers examines the intersections that shaped women's unique environmental concerns and activism and that framed the way the larger culture responded.
Call Number: HV6432.5.Q2 S68 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-09-12
On September 11, 2001, FBI Special Agent Ali H. Soufan was handed a secret file. Had he received it months earlier, when it was requested, the attacks on New York and Washington could have been prevented. During his time on the front lines, Soufan helped thwart plots around the world and elicited some of the most important confessions from terrorists in the war against al-Qaeda without laying so much as a hand on them. This narrative account of America's successes and failures against al-Qaeda is essential to an understanding of the terrorist group. We are taken into hideouts and interrogation rooms. We have a ringside seat at bin Laden's personal celebration of the 9/11 bombings. Such riveting details show us not only how terrorists think and operate but also how they can be beaten and brought to justice.
Book of Money
Call Number: HG221.C696 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-09-05
Money is big news. Banks have collapsed, the property bubble has burst and national debts are at almost unimaginable levels. The Book of Money will help you understand what's happening. This book provides simple explanations or the most complex subjects, making the financial world easier to grasp. It takes you from global economies right down to personal finances and answers all the questions you were afraid to ask about tax, banking, investment houses, stock markets, hedge funds, inflation, pensions, coinage and financial culture. With fascinating facts, insights and profiles of key figures in economic history, this book explains vital issues such as: How countries cope with debt; mechanics behind interest rates; roles played by the IMF, World and Central banks; how credit ratings work Whether money can buy you happiness.
Builders of a New South
Call Number: HF3163.N25 A53 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-01-23
Builders of a New South describes how, between 1865 and 1914, ten Natchez mercantile families emerged as leading purveyors in the wholesale plantation supply and cotton handling business, and soon became a dominant force in the social and economic Reconstruction of the Natchez District. They were able to take advantage of postwar conditions in Natchez to gain mercantile prominence by supplying planters and black sharecroppers in the plantation supply and cotton buying business. They parlayed this initial success into cotton plantation ownership and became important local businessmen in Natchez, participating in many civic improvements and politics that shaped the district into the twentieth century.
Call Number: GT4985.C74 2013 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2013-09-04
This expanded third edition of The Christmas Encyclopedia adds 281 new entries, bringing the total number of Christmas topics to more than 760. A wide variety of subjects are included: individual carols and songs; historical events at Christmastime; popular Christmas symbols; Christmas plants, place names, and stamps; and celebrations in countries around the world, including the origins of some of the most cherished traditions in the United States. Unique to this work is its emphasis on Christmas as depicted in the popular media, with entries covering literary works such as Call Me Mrs. Miracle and Silver Bells, classic television series such as Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie, motion pictures such as Arthur Christmas and Santa Clause 3, and television specials expressing holiday themes.
Computing Our Way to Paradise?
Call Number: HM851.R38 2010 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2010-01-16
Robert Rattle's book challenges key assumptions concerning the role of Internet and communication technologies (ICTs) in globalization processes. Rattle argues that while globalization is predicated upon a strong, extensive, and interconnected global ICT network of products, processes, and services, the real environmental and health benefits remain far from certain. Rattle investigates these current and expected trends in ICTs and their potential contribution to sustainable development. His book is an indispensable overview for researchers and instructors in globalization, Internet communication technologies, and environmental anthropology or sociology, as well as a resource for policy makers in environmental protection, sustainable development, sustainable consumption, and the social role of science and technology.
Call Number: GF75.W454 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future from the author of the bestseller The World Without Us. In his bestselling book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could heal and even refill empty niches if relieved of humanity's constant pressures. For this long awaited follow-up book, Weisman traveled to more than 20 countries to ask what experts agreed were probably the most important questions on Earth and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing?
Crisis of Waste?
Call Number: HT361.O37 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-12-09
This book takes a measured look at the 'crisis of waste' in modern society and it does so historically, sociologically and critically. It tells stories about past and present 'crises' of waste and puts them in their appropriate social and industrial contexts. From Charles Dickens to Don DeLillo, from the internal combustion engine to fish fingers, from kitchen grease to the Tour de France this book digs deep into society's dust piles and emerges with untold treasures of the imagination.
Dark Age Economics
Call Number: HC 240.H57 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-07-05
This timely, concise volume enlarges on the debate that still continues twenty-five years after Richard Hodges' ground-breaking Dark Age Economics was first published. Special attention is given to the archaeological, anthropological and historical models about gift and commodity exchange, pertinent to western Europe during the 7th to 10th centuries, and how these debates shed new light on the evolution of towns. One theme of the book examines the role of the elite in economic practice. Twenty-five years ago archaeologists and historians challenged this; today, paradoxically, as government plays a reduced role in managing our economies, medieval archaeologists and historians concur that the economics of the Early Middle Ages were highly regulated.
Call Number: G155.U6 C67 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-12-04
Once upon a time, it was impossible to drive through the South without coming across signs to "See Rock City" or similar tourist attractions. From battlegrounds to birthplaces, and sites in between, heritage tourism has always been part of how the South attracts visitors and defines itself yet such sites are often understudied in the scholarly literature. As the contributors to this volume make clear, the narrative of southern history told at these sites is often complicated by race, influenced by local politics, and shaped by competing memories. Included are essays on the meanings of New Orleans cemeteries; Stone Mountain, Georgia; historic Charleston, South Carolina; Yorktown National Battlefield; Selma, Alabama, as locus of the civil rights movement; and the homes of Mark Twain, Margaret Mitchell, and other notables.
Economics, the Environment and Our Common Wealth
Call Number: HC79.E5 B69 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-11-01
This fascinating volume has at its heart a simple but powerful premise: that a clean and safe environment is not a commodity to be allocated on the basis of purchasing power, nor a privilege to be allocated through political power, but rather a basic human right. Building upon this premise, James K. Boyce explores the many ways in which economics can be refashioned into an instrument for advancing human well-being and environmental health.
Call Number: HT123.F58 2010 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2010-03-18
Here is a refreshing look at how American cities are leading the way toward greener, cleaner, and more sustainable forms of economic development. In Emerald Cities, Fitzgerald shows how in the absence of a comprehensive national policy, cities like Chicago, New York, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle have taken the lead in addressing the interrelated environmental problems of global warming, pollution, energy dependence, and social justice. Cities are major sources of pollution but because of their population density, reliance on public transportation, and other factors, Fitzgerald argues that they are uniquely suited to promote and benefit from green economic development. For cities facing worsening budget constraints, investing in high-paying green jobs in renewable energy technology, construction, manufacturing, recycling, and other fields will solve two problems at once, sparking economic growth while at the same time dramatically improving quality of life.
Empire of Ice
Call Number: G872.B8 L37 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-05-31
Published to coincide with the centenary of the first expeditions to reach the South Pole, An Empire of Ice presents a fascinating new take on Antarctic exploration. Retold with added information, it's the first book to place the famed voyages of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, his British rivals Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and others in a larger scientific, social, and geopolitical context. An Empire of Ice offers a new perspective on the Antarctic expeditions of the early twentieth century by looking at the British efforts for what they actually were: massive scientific enterprises in which reaching the South Pole was but a spectacular sideshow.
Call Number: HD8072.V56 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-08-13
In the present age of temp work, telecommuting, and outsourcing, millions of workers in the United States find themselves excluded from the category of "employee" - a crucial distinction that would otherwise permit the rights to unionization and collective bargaining. Tracing the history of the term since its entry into the public lexicon in the nineteenth century, Vinel demonstrates that the legal definition of "employee" has always been politically contested and deeply affected by competing claims on the part of business and labor. American labor law is premised on the notion that "no man can serve two masters" workers owe loyalty to their employer, which in many cases is incompatible with union membership.
End of Growth
Call Number: HC59.3.H45 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-09-01
Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits. The End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits. Heinberg’s latest landmark work goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes. Written in an engaging, highly readable style, it shows why growth is being blocked by three factors: resource depletion, environmental impacts, and crushing levels of debt. These converging limits will force us to re-evaluate cherished economic theories and to reinvent money and commerce.
Call Number: GE105.S74 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-02-14
This book provides the scientific principles, concepts, applications, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions, such as renewable energy sources, for resolving and even preventing them. This work introduces the science related to all of the environmental mediums of air, water, soil and biota to the undergraduate student in environmental science and related disciplines. Interdisciplinary by nature, environmental science embraces a wide array of topics from different areas of study. This book unifies several major themes that cut across the many topics encompassed in the study of environmental science.
Essentials in Emergency Management
Call Number: HV551.2 .G35 2008 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2008-05-02
This book examines the Incident Command System (ICS), the new presidential directive dealing with the National Incident Management Systems, and the new emergency management concept called the all-hazards approach - the idea that a community's emergency plan follows the same philosophies and actions no matter what the emergency situation - used by most communities, the states, and the federal government. This handbook also discusses how to manage volunteers and deal with pets in disaster situations and looks at what the rest of the world is doing with respect to emergency management.
Fifty Railroads That Changed the Course of History
Call Number: HE1021.L38 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-07-25
Railroads are much more than just a mode of transportation and their impact on the past 200 years of history has been profound. Railroads have brought freedom of movement to the masses and been the agents of social change. They have fostered industrial and economic growth, they have been used to mobilize armies and fight wars, and they have inspired technological advances, and great feats of engineering. These processes continue today, with high-speed rail links and the growth of urban mass transit systems.This book is a beautifully presented guide to the train lines and rail companies that have had the greatest impact on modern civilization.
Future of Ice
Call Number: G465.E46 2005 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2005-11-08
This book was written out of Gretel Ehrlich's love for winter and for remote and cold places, for the ways winter frees our imagination and invigorates our feet, mind, and soul and also out of the fear that our democracy of gratification has irreparably altered the climate. Over the course of a year, Ehrlich experiences firsthand the myriad expressions of cold, giving us marvelous histories of wind, water, snow, and ice, of ocean currents and weather cycles. From Tierra del Fuego in the south to Spitsbergen, east of Greenland, at the very top of the world, she explores how our very consciousness is animated and enlivened by the archaic rhythms and erupting oscillations of weather. We share Ehrlich's experience of the thrills of cold, but also her questions: What will happen to us if we are de-seasoned? If winter ends, will we survive?
Geography and the Classical World
Call Number: G80.K58 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-12-24
Geography and the Classical World is the first full-length study to explore the emergence of classical geography - the geographical study of the ancient Mediterranean, in particular the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome. With adventurous beginnings in the Society of Dilettanti, the subject flourished in both Britain and America, as geographers, explorers, classicists and historians all contributed to its rise. But in the 1920s it went into decline, and an important part of the geographical and classical tradition was lost. In recovering this field of inquiry that once lay at the heart of both geography and the classical tradition, Professor Koelsch has written a pioneering work of outstanding scholarship that will be of interest to historical geographers, classicists, historians and students of the classical tradition.
Geography for Nongeographers
Call Number: G128.S655 2010 (FAC & LGC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2010-04-16
Geography for Non-Geographers introduces readers to the most important aspects of geography and how they affect us. It covers all areas of geography, from physical geography to climate and weather to human and cultural geography. Presented in an accessible and straightforward manner, it explains scientific concepts in the most basic way possible. Along with basic geographical principles, the text provides a clear, concise presentation of the consequences of the physical interactions with the environment we inhabit. Each chapter ends with a chapter review test to help evaluate mastery of the concepts presented. Readers acquire an understanding of and skill in geographical principles, adding a critical component to their professional knowledge.
Call Number: GV510.U5 M45 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-06-12
From Charles Atlas to Jane Fonda, the fitness movement has been a driving force in American culture for more than half a century. What started as a means of Cold War preparedness now sees 45 million Americans spend more than $20 billion a year on gym memberships, running shoes, and other fitness related products. In this first book on the modern history of exercise in America, McKenzie chronicles the governmental, scientific, commercial, and cultural forces that united-sometimes unintentionally to make exercise an all-American habit. She tracks the development of a new industry that gentrified exercise and made the pursuit of fitness the hallmark of a middle-class lifestyle. Along the way she scrutinizes a number of widely held beliefs about Americans and their exercise routines.
Golden Age of Maritime Maps
Call Number: GA359.A34132013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-09-12
"Portolan charts" were born during the 12th century in the maritime community. These charts, drawn on parchment and crisscrossed with lines referring to the compass directions, indicated the succession of ports and anchorages along the shores, and were used by European sailors exploring the world up until the 18th century.
Guide to Innovative Public-Private Partnerships
Call Number: HV6432.4.C446 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-04-16
Congress is expected to announce that new practices are to be adopted across the federal sector that will incite new and innovative partnerships between the public and private sectors. In A Guide to Innovative Public-Private Partnerships, author Thomas A. Cellucci introduces these new procedures and how both private entrepreneurs and government managers can use them most effectively. This book enables organizations in both the private and the public sectors to develop and execute efficient and effective business partnerships. Detailed requirements and market potentials are developed, which help the private sector use its own resources to develop products and services without delay and at minimal cost to taxpayers.
Guide to Successful Consulting
Call Number: HD69.C6 S86 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-12-29
Many consultants are forced to learn the basic principles and techniques of consulting on the job. Stryker presents an essential introduction to the fundamental concepts and tools of the successful consultant. This book describes, through a comprehensive approach that unites theory and practice, consulting principles for all those wishing to expand their abilities to initiate and implement organizational change. It lays the groundwork for the perceptive handling of each assignment through the integration of knowledge, experience, and instinct. It thoroughly examines the major aspects of a consulting assignment, along with the required practical skills and techniques.
Handbook of Urban Ecology
Call Number: HT241.R68 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-02-22
The Handbook of Urban Ecology analyses this biodiversity and complexity and provides the science to guide policy and management to make cities more attractive, more enjoyable, and better for our own health and that of the planet.
Holocaust and Other Genocides
Call Number: HV6322.7.H37 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-03-15
Genocide is incredibly difficult to fight, as its causes are complex and deeply rooted, but international courts and tribunals have begun to play an increasing role in bringing perpetrators to justice. This book offers concise information about five twentieth-century cases of genocide, while analyzing overarching issues in international justice.
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
Call Number: HQ784.C55 A4513 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2010-03-02
Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters and made to live with her husband and his family in an isolated village in rural Yemen. There she suffered daily from physical and emotional abuse by her mother-in-law and nightly at the rough hands of her spouse. Unable to endure the pain and distress any longer, Nujood fled not for home, but to the courthouse of the capital, paying for a taxi ride with a few precious coins of bread money. When a renowned Yemeni lawyer heard about the young victim, she took on Nujood's case and fought the archaic system in a country where almost half the girls are married while still under the legal age.
In the Plex
Call Number: HD9696.8.U64 G6657 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-04-12
Written with full cooperation from top management, including co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, this is the inside story behind Google, the most successful and most admired technology company of our time, told by one of our best technology writers. Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes readers inside Google headquarters the Googleplex to show how Google works.
Into Thin Air
Call Number: GV199.44.E85 K725 1998 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1999-10-19
A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more including Krakauer's in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster. Krakauer takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition.
Introduction to Emergency Exercise Design and Evaluation
Call Number: HV551.2.M39 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-05-16
Emergency exercises address and reveal the significant gaps between plans and capabilities. They are an important component of an organization's emergency planning and preparedness, yet few emergency managers and practitioners have training in designing or evaluating emergency exercises. In this practical handbook, McCreight explains the essential elements and core principles of exercise design and evaluation. The book focuses on natural disasters and technological emergencies that occur in communities of any size. It provides emergency planners, public health professionals, emergency managers, police officers, and fire fighters with an in-depth look at exercise design issues and an accessible guide to designing and evaluating emergency exercises.
Call Number: GN282.S27 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-06-28
This book tells the story of human evolution, the epic of Homo sapiens and its colorful precursors and relatives. The story begins in Africa, six to seven million years ago, and encompasses twenty known human species, of which Homo sapiens is the sole survivor. The book is both a guide to extinct human species and an astonishing hominid family photo album.
Call Number: GA455.W55 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-11-29
As one of the chief gateways to the earliest exploration and settlement of the North American continent, Virginia was the subject of much imaginative thought and practical scrutiny. Mapping Virginia represents the most comprehensive available selection of printed maps from Virginia's first three hundred years.
Medieval Maps of the Holy Land
Call Number: G2236.S3 H378 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-12-15
This study examines the eight known medieval regional maps of the Holy Land. These maps provide great insight into how the Holy Land was perceived by Western Europe in the age of the Crusades. Many of the surviving copies and fragments from the period are reproduced here for the first time, including three large maps that are among medieval Europe's finest cartographic monuments. In the course of this study, Harvey undertook detailed detective work that revealed many new discoveries, and information about the origin of a mysterious grid pattern on some of the maps.
Nickel and Dimed
Call Number: HD4918.E375 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-08-02
In 1998, Ehrenreich was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job - any job - can be the ticket to a better life. She left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered.
Not yet a Placeless Land
Call Number: GF503.Z45 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-06-01
Today it is taken as a given that the United States has undergone a nationwide process of homogenization-that a country once rich in geographic and cultural diversity has subsided into a placeless sameness. The American population, after all, spends much of its time shopping or eating in look-alike chain or franchise operations, driving along featureless highways built to government specifications, sitting in anonymous airports, and sleeping in forgettable motels.
Call Number: HD9000.5.C506 2009 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2009-10-15
What's for dinner? seemed like a simple question until journalist and supermarket detective Michael Pollan delved behind the scenes. From fast food and big organic to small farms and old-fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers adaptation of Pollan's famous food-chain exploration encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices. In a smart, compelling format with updated facts, plenty of photos, graphs, and visuals, as well as a new afterword and backmatter, The Omnivore's Dilemma serves up a bold message to the generation that needs it most: It's time to take charge of our national eating habits' and it starts with you.
On the Map
Call Number: GA203.G37 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-12-27
Cartography enthusiasts rejoice: the bestselling author of Just My Type reveals the fascinating relationship between man and map. Garfield takes on a subject even dearer to our fanatical human hearts: maps. Imagine a world without maps. How would we travel? Could we own land? What would men and women argue about in cars? Scientists have even suggested that mapping not language is what elevated our prehistoric ancestors from ape-dom. Follow the history of maps from the early explorers maps and the awe-inspiring medieval Mappa Mundi to Google Maps and the satellite renderings on our smartphones, Garfield explores the unique way that maps relate and realign our history and reflect the best and worst of what makes us human.
Painting a Map of Sixteenth-Century Mexico City
Call Number: G1549.M6 P2 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-01-22
In 1975, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University acquired an exceptional mid-16th-century map of Mexico City, which, until 1521, had been the capital of the Aztecs, the Nahua-speaking peoples who dominated the Valley of Mexico. This extraordinary six-by-three-foot document, showing landholdings and indigenous rulers, has yielded a wealth of information about the artistic, linguistic, and material culture of the Nahua after the Spanish invasion. This book marks the first publication of both the complete map and the multi-disciplinary research that it spurred.
Performance Driven IT Management
Call Number: HD30.2.S227 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-04-16
Too often, federal IT projects run over budget, behind schedule, or fail to deliver promised functionality, according to the 25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management published by the White House in late 2010. This book argues that a new approach is needed. Introducing a novel five-step process called performance-driven management (PDM), author Ira S. Sachs explains in detail how risk can be reduced on large IT programs and projects.
Plan to Succeed
Call Number: HD30.28.S78 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-03-01
According to a Foundation for Community Association Research report, strategic planning is the cornerstone of every common-interest community. Strategic planning enables your business or organization to define and reach its goals. In this book, Stryker offers an accessible guide to developing and implementing a strategic plan.
Principles and Practices of Professional Consulting
Call Number: HD69.C6 S87 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-01-16
Although consultants influence the outcome of major endeavors in the fields of management, finance, government, and engineering, few attempts have been made to establish the tenets and techniques of consulting. In Principles and Practices of Professional Consulting, Stryker outlines the basic tools required of this critical skill. In doing so, he looks into the history of consulting, the consulting process itself, and the key practical skills and techniques that are needed for successful consulting. Case examples based on real-life situations aptly demonstrate the applicability of the material to current consulting activities.
Project Management Handbook
Call Number: HD69.P75 V526 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-08-17
Project managers are needed in many different industries, including computer services, architecture, engineering, local and federal governments, and private industry. And many different kinds of organizations utilize a Capital Improvement Program (CIP). However, very few project managers operating under the auspices of a CIP have any formal technical training or education in project management. These project managers are often thrust into positions in which they have little experience, and they quickly need the necessary information on project management presented in a clear and accessible way. In The Project Management Handbook, author Kevin Vida provides a practical, easy-to-understand description of how a CIP project is developed, executed, monitored, and completed. This book provides a clear and detailed explanation of what steps are required and what roles and responsibilities a project manager must fulfill in executing a CIP project successfully.
Pursuit of Ecotopia
Call Number: GF41.A473 2010 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2010-01-01
The world environmental and social justice crises brought on by our high-throughput global economy can be ameliorated only if we adapt the pragmatic ethics of social cohesion in traditional societies to the modern world.
Call Number: HN90.R3 J64 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-09-14
In 2008 there were 149 militia groups in the United States. In 2009, that number more than tripled to 512, and now there are nearly 600. In Right-Wing Resurgence, Johnson offers a detailed account of the growth of right-wing extremism and militias in the United States and the ever-increasing threat they pose. The book is also a first-hand, insider’s account of the DHS Right-Wing Extremism report from the person who wrote it. It is a truthful depiction of the facts, circumstances, and events leading up to the leak of this official intelligence assessment. The leak and its aftermath have had an adverse effect on homeland security. Because of its alleged mishandling of the situation, the Department reputation has declined in the intelligence and law enforcement communities and the analytical integrity of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis was undermined.
Small Business Handbook
Call Number: HD2346.S659 2005 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2008-07-04
Think your business is too small to have big safety issues? Not true. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, "a serious fire, a permanent injury, or the death of an employee or owner can cause loss of profit or even an entire business." Applying the recognized principles of prevention outlined in this book not only helps reduce accidents, but it may also improve your company's efficiency and reduce insurance claims and other costs. Written with the multi-roled small business manager or owner in mind, this handbook provides a condensed summary of the guidelines and federal laws designed to keep workers safe. It examines the four key elements of a safety and health management system and provides an overview for inexpensively establishing or integrating these elements into a safety program.
Social History of Europe, 1945-2000
Call Number: HN374.K3413 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-07-15
In this brilliant and comprehensive work, Kaelble discusses a wide range of subjects, not shying away from controversial topics: family structure, work, consumption, values, migration, inequality, elites, civil society, social movements, media, welfare state, education, and urban policies. He focuses on the fundamental changes European societies underwent in the second half of the twentieth century but also explores what divides Europeans, what unites them, and what sets them apart from the rest of the world.
Call Number: HT384.U62 A68 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-01-24
Few Sunbelt cities burned brighter or contributed more to the conservative movement than Phoenix. In 1910, eleven thousand people called Phoenix home; now, over four million reside in this metropolitan region. In Sunbelt Capitalism, Shermer tells the story of the city's expansion and its impact on the nation. The dramatic growth of Phoenix speaks not only to the character and history of the Sunbelt but also to the evolution in American capitalism that sustained it. In the 1930s, Barry Goldwater and other members of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce feared the influence of New Deal planners, small businessmen, and Arizona trade unionists. While Phoenix's business elite detested liberal policies, they were not hostile to government action per se. Goldwater and his contemporaries instead experimented with statecraft now deemed neoliberal.
The Dynamic Internet
Call Number: HD9696.8.A2 Y66 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-09-14
Since the Internet burst into the public's consciousness during the mid-1990s, it has transformed almost every aspect of daily life. At that time, the economic and technological environment surrounding the Internet remained relatively, simple: a small number of users ran a handful of applications over a narrow range of technologies, interconnected by a simple set of business relationships. The population of end users has grown exponentially and become increasingly diverse. The applications that dominated the early Internet-e-mail and web browsing-have been joined by new applications such as video and cloud computing, which place much greater demands on the network. Wireless broadband and fiber optics have emerged as important alternatives to transmission services provided via legacy telephone and cable television systems, and mobile devices are replacing, personal computers as the dominant means for accessing the Internet.
US Land and National Resource Policy
Call Number: HD216.G76 2012 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2010-10-15
Covers the debate on US Land and National Resource Policy.
Value of Species
Call Number: GE42.M378 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-05-01
In this clear-spoken, passionate book, naturalist and philosopher Edward L. McCord explores urgent questions about the destruction of species and provides a new framework for appreciating and defending every form of life. The book draws insights from philosophy, ethics, law, and biology to arrive at a new way of thinking about the value of each species on earth. With meticulous reasoning, McCord demonstrates that the inherent value of species to humanity is intellectual: individual species are phenomena of such intellectual moment so interesting in their own right that they rise above other values and merit enduring human embrace. The author discusses the threats other species confront and delineates the challenges involved in creating any kind of public instrument to protect species.
We Called It MAG-Nificent
Call Number: HD9539.M28 D683 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-05-01
During World War I, in 1916, Herbert Dow, founder of Dow Chemical Company, received news of “star shells,” weapons that glowed eerily as they descended over the trenches of the enemy, making them easier to attack. The critical component in these flares was magnesium, a metal that was suddenly in great demand. Dow, along with a half-dozen other U.S. firms, swiftly began manufacturing magnesium, but by 1927 Dow was the only U.S. company still in the business. Dow’s key innovation was a method of extracting the metal from seawater. Dow was the principal supplier of magnesium for U.S. and British planes during World War II. The company eventually became the world’s largest manufacturer of magnesium until 1990, when the Chinese entered the market and offered the metal at rock-bottom prices. Dow quietly ended its production of magnesium in 1998. Brandt’s history is an engaging look at Dow’s eighty-three-year romance with this remarkable metal.
Workplace Violence Prevention Handbook
Call Number: HF5549.5.E43 P49 2009 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2009-09-15
Workplace violence can occur anywhere: schools, office buildings, hospitals, or late-night convenience stores. It can occur day or night, inside or outside of the workplace, and it can include threats, harassment, bullying, stalking, verbal abuse, and intimidation. Left unchecked, workplace violence can lead to physical assaults and homicide. This handbook tackles this often overlooked but pervasive problem and provides a comprehensive five-step process for understanding and preventing it.
J: Political Science
Oxford Handbook of the State in the Ancient near East and Mediterranean
Call Number: JC51.O94 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-01-09
This Handbook offers a comprehensive survey of ancient state formation in western Eurasia and North Africa. Eighteen experts introduce readers to a wide variety of systems spanning 4,000 years, from the earliest known states in world history to the Roman Empire and its successors. It seeks to understand the inner workings of these states by focusing on key issues: political and military power, mechanisms of cooperation, coercion, and exploitation, the impact of ideologies, and the rise and demise of individual polities. This shared emphasis on critical institutions and dynamics invites comparative and cross-cultural perspectives. A detailed introductory review of contemporary approaches to the study of the state puts the rich historical case studies in context.
Revenge of Geography
Call Number: JC319.K335 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-09-11
In this provocative, startling book, Kaplan offers a revelatory new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world. Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. Kaplan traces the history of the world's hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands. The Russian steppe's pitiless climate and limited vegetation bred hard and cruel men bent on destruction, for example, while Nazi geopoliticians distorted geopolitics entirely, calculating that space on the globe used by the British Empire and the Soviet Union could be swallowed by a German homeland.
Call Number: JC573.2.U6 L364 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-12-07
In Superfluous Southerners, Langdale III tells the story of traditionalist conservatism and its boundaries in twentieth-century America. Because this time period encompasses both the rise of the modern conservative movement and the demise of southern regional distinctiveness, it affords an ideal setting both for observing the potentiality of American conservatism and for understanding the fate of the traditionalist man of letters. Langdale uses the intellectual and literary histories of John Crowe Ransom, Donald Davidson, and Allen Tate the three principal contributors to the Agrarian manifesto Take My Stand and of their three most remarkable intellectual descendants Cleanth Brooks, Richard Weaver, and Melvin Bradford to explore these issues.
Tocqueville and His America
Call Number: JC229.T8 K35 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-08-23
Arthur Kaledin's groundbreaking book on Alexis de Tocqueville offers an original combination of biography, character study, and wide-ranging analysis of Tocqueville's Democracy in America, bringing new light to that classic work. The author examines the relation between Tocqueville's complicated inner life, his self-imagination, and his moral thought, and the meaning of his enduring writings, leading to a new understanding of Tocqueville's view of democratic culture and democratic politics. With particular emphasis on Tocqueville's prescient anticipation of various threats to liberty, social unity, and truly democratic politics in America posed by aspects of democratic culture, Kaledin underscores the continuing pertinence of Tocqueville's thought in our own changing world of the twenty-first century.
United States and China
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2013-01-30
This text offers the first comprehensive synthesis of the history of U.S.-Chinese relations from initial contact to the present. It is also the only text to examine issues in the relationship from both Chinese and American perspectives.
We Will Shoot Back
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2013-04-22
The notion that the civil rights movement in the southern United States was a nonviolent movement remains a dominant theme of civil rights memory and representation in popular culture. Yet in dozens of southern communities, Black people picked up arms to defend their leaders, communities, and lives. Black people relied on armed self-defense in communities where federal government officials failed to safeguard activists and supporters from the violence of racists and segregationists, who were often supported by local law enforcement.
Acts of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Call Number: KFV2425.A213 2013 v.1 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2013
Acts of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Call Number: KFV2425.A213 2013 v.2 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2013
Acts of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Call Number: KFV2425.A213 2013 v.3 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2013
Balancing Liberty and Security
Call Number: KF4850.A98 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-07-11
This work examines the philosophical foundations of information ethics and their potential for application to contemporary problems in U.S. foreign intelligence surveillance. Questions concerning the limits of government intrusion on protected Fourth Amendment rights are examined against the backdrop of the post-9/11 period. Using the U.S.A. PATRIOT Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the Terrorist Surveillance Program as case examples, the author develops and applies a normative ethical framework based on a legal proportionality test that can be applied to future cases involving U.S. foreign intelligence surveillance.
Death Penalty in the United States
Call Number: KF9725.P35 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-10-09
The death penalty landscape has changed considerably since the 1998 first edition of this book. For example, six states that had the death penalty Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York no longer impose the punishment. Some of the changes set out in this second edition involve discussions of all of the significant cases decided by the United States Supreme Court after 1998.
Devil in the Grove
Call Number: KF224.G76 K56 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-02-19
Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Arguably the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in a case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life. In 1949, Florida's orange industry was booming, and citrus barons got rich on the backs of cheap Jim Crow labor with the help of Sheriff Willis V. McCall, who ruled Lake County with murderous resolve. When a white seventeen-year-old girl cried rape, McCall pursued four young blacks who dared envision a future for themselves beyond the groves. The Ku Klux Klan joined the hunt, hell-bent on lynching the men who came to be known as "the Groveland Boys."
Environmental Law Handbook 22Ecb
Call Number: KF3775.J9 E58 2014 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2013-12-04
The environmental field and its regulations have evolved significantly since Congress passed the first environmental law in 1970, and the Environmental Law Handbook, published just three years later, has been indispensable to students and professionals ever since. The authors provide clear and accessible explanations, expert legal insight into new and evolving regulations, and reliable compliance and management guidance.This book continues to provide individuals across the country professionals, professors, and students with a comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy-to-read look at the major environmental, health, and safety laws affecting U.S. businesses and organizations.
Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Call Number: KFV5.J63 2012 v.2 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2012
Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Call Number: KFV5.J63 2012 Suppl. (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2012
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2009-11-26
With few exceptions, rights are formulated in open-ended language, seeking consensus on an abstraction without purporting to resolve the many moral-political questions implicated by rights. The resulting view has been that rights extend everywhere but are everywhere infringed by legislation seeking to resolve the very moral-political questions the constitution seeks to avoid. The Negotiable Constitution challenges this view. Arguing that underspecified rights call for greater specification, Webber draws on limitation clauses common to most bills of rights to develop a new understanding of the relationship between rights and legislation. The legislature is situated as a key constitutional actor tasked with completing the specification of constitutional rights. In turn, because the constitutional project is incomplete with regards to rights, it is open to being re-negotiated by legislation struggling with the very moral-political questions left under-determined at the constitutional level.
Call Number: KZ1176.5 .E37 2007 (DTC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-10-02
Sixty years have passed since the Nuremberg trials of the major Nazi war criminals, but that event still stands as the foundation of international justice. Nuremberg not only ignited a revolution in international law but affected domestic law as well with its simple but profound principle that every individual accused of crime is entitled to a full and fair hearing. This book reveals how the precedents set at Nuremberg have affected human rights, race relations, medical practice, big business and even Germany's post-war development. It also examines the Nuremberg trials' influence on the modern war crimes trials of tyrants like Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein.
Music in the Chautauqua Movement
Call Number: ML27.U5 C544 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-07-25
The chautauqua movement was a truly American phenomenon, providing education and entertainment for millions of people and employing thousands of musicians in the process. While scholars have previously explored various facets of the chautauqua movement, this is the first book to trace the place of music in the movement from its inception through its decline. This study profiles several famous musicians and introduces the reader to lesser-known musical acts that traveled the chautauqua circuits. It explores music's role in defining the chautauqua movement as "high culture," legitimizing the movement in the eyes of community leaders and setting it apart from vaudeville and other competing amusements. Finally, it addresses music's role in establishing chautauqua's identity as an American institution in the years surrounding World War I.
N: Fine Arts
American Holiday Postcards, 1905-1915
Call Number: NC1878.7.U6 G54 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-08-22
In the early 20th century, postcards were one of the most important and popular expressions of holiday sentiment in American culture. Millions of such postcards circulated among networks of community and kin as part of a larger American postcard craze. This book argues that holiday postcards circulated primarily among rural and small town, Northern, white women with Anglo-Saxon and Germanic heritages. Through analysis of a broad range of sources, Gifford recreates the history of postcards to account for these specific audiences, and reconsiders the postcard phenomenon as an image-based conversation among exclusive groups of Americans.
Call Number: ND249.5.P7 S63 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-09-12
The intense realism of Christopher Pratts art is, at first glance, deceptively simple. But behind the recognizable images lie deeper meanings. Pratts search for a reality that is magical and mysterious gives his work its uncanny and haunting qualities.
Call Number: NC760.R54 2006 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2006-05-02
Lavishly illustrated anatomy books have long been prized by artists, physicians, and other educated readers. Human Anatomy is the first authoritative history of anatomical illustration to include the most recent scientific discoveries and digital imagery. The book includes concise biographies of the great anatomists of history, as well as superb reproductions of anatomical renderings by Leonardo da Vinci, Vesalius, and many others, showing how science and art worked harmoniously to disseminate an evolving understanding of the human mechanism and how it operates. Spanning five centuries, Human Anatomy is an invaluable addition to the libraries of artists, doctors, and general science readers everywhere.
P: Language and Literature
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Call Number: PS3551.L35774 A27 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-09-12
In his first book for young adults, bestselling author 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 by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, 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 was destined to live.
Call Number: PR9387.9.A3 A6 2010 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2010-01-05
Here, are the three internationally acclaimed classic novels that comprise what has come to be known as Achebe's African Trilogy: Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, and Arrow of God.
After Many a Summer Dies the Swan
Call Number: PR6015.U9 A77 1993 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1993-01-01
A Hollywood millionaire with a terror of death, whose personal physician happens to be working on a theory of longevity these are the elements of Aldous Huxley's caustic and entertaining satire on man's desire to live indefinitely. With his customary wit and intellectual sophistication, Huxley pursues his characters in their quest for the eternal, finishing on a note of horror. It is the kind of novel that he is particularly the master of, where the most extraordinary and fortuitous events are followed by contemplative little essays on the meaning of life.
Alienated War Veteran in Film and Literature
Call Number: PN1995.9.V44 E269 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2014-01-03
The veterans' culture in postwar eras from World War I to the present is examined in this book, with specific attention to the historic events of each era as they influence veterans, and the literature and movies produced about veterans and by veterans. The common alienation of the veterans of foreign wars is thoroughly explored. Films and literary works featuring war veterans of each era are examined in detail for their various views of alienation. Homer's Odyssey, myths, fairy tales, modern novels, memoirs, and short stories are all discussed with an emphasis on detailing what is common and expected with returning veterans, and what is unique for each postwar era.
All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
Call Number: PS3556.L26 A45 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-11-05
This new comic mystery novel about two women who are forced to re-imagine who they are. Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.
Call Number: PS3563.A4345 A8 1996 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1994-01-11
A classic tragedy, American Buffalo is a story of three men struggling in the pursuit of their distorted vision of the American Dream. By turns touching and cynical, poignant and violent, American Buffalo is a piercing story of how people can be corrupted into betraying their ideals and those they love.
Call Number: PS3525.A4152 A78 1999 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1999-05-04
Stephen Rojack is a decorated war hero, a former Congressman, and a certified public intellectual with his own television show. He is also married to the very rich, very beautiful, and utterly amoral Deborah Caughlin Kelly. But one night, in the prime of his existence, he hears the moon talking to him on the terrace of a fashionable New York high-rise, and it is urging him to kill himself. It is almost as a defense against that infinitely seductive voice that Rojack murders his wife. In this wild battering ram of a novel, Norman Mailer creates a character who might be a fictional precursor of the philosopher-killer he would later profile in The Executioner's Song. Sensual, horrifying, and informed by a vision that is one part Nietzsche, one part de Sade, and one part Charlie Parker, An American Dream grabs the reader by the throat and refuses to let go.
Apple Tree Yard
Call Number: PR6054.O795.A86 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2014-01-14
An intelligent, erotically charged thriller with deep moral implications Yvonne Carmichael, a renowned geneticist, public authority, and happily married mother of two, sits in then witness box. The charge is murder. Across the courtroom, not meeting her eye, sits her alleged accomplice. After their first liaison, Yvonne's lover tells her very little about himself, but she comes to suspect his secrecy has an explanation connected with the British government. So thrilled and absorbed is she in her newfound sexual power that she fails to notice the real danger about to blindside her from a seemingly innocuous angle.
Call Number: PN1995.9.B84 R45 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-07-31
This is a complete reference work to the history of Batman big screen works. Chapters on each Batman feature include extensive film and production credits, a production history, and a critical analysis of the movie relative to the storied history of the Batman character. The book also examines the Batman-related works and events that took place in the years between the character's film exploits.
Beowulf on Film
Call Number: PR1585.H39 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-09-17
This book explores the growing number of films based on the Old English epic poem Beowulf, and furthers the ongoing consideration of filmic medievalism. Will the powerful influence of cinema affect the future reception of this great cultural, linguistic and inherently visual work? The films inevitably sway away from not only the story but also from the themes and concerns of the original to those more interesting to the filmmakers--or responsive to the zeitgeist. They measure the pulse of our inherited notions of heroism and teach us more about our own times than about the epic from which they derive.
Birth of Top 40 Radio
Call Number: PN1991.67.P67 F38 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-12-10
"Top 40" was the preeminent American radio format of the 1950s and 1960s. Although several radio station group owners offered their own versions of the format, the AM stations owned by Todd Storz and his father were acknowledged as the principal developers of Top 40 radio, and the prime movers in making it a nationwide ratings and revenue success. The Storz Stations profiled in this book, as are various Storz air personalities and executives. A detailed chapter examines the unique "Storz Station sound," revealing the complexity of what detractors portrayed as a simplistic format. Another covers Storz advertising in radio trade magazines, which cemented the company's image as the format's most successful station group and Top 40 as the dominant programming of the day.
Bless Me, Ultima
Call Number: PS3551.N27 B58 1994 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1972-01-01
The story of Antonio Marez, a young Hispanic boy living in New Mexico. With the help of Ultima, a curandera (a healer), who comes to live with the Marez family, Tony discovers important truths about himself and his rich heritage.
Call Number: PS3569.V6 B64 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-09-01
Young Harriet's father sells her as a slave to settle his gambling debt with an eccentric Indian and her story is just beginning. Part Huck Finn, part True Grit, Harriet's story of her encounter with the dark and brutal history of the American West is a true original. A picaresque in the American vein, Terese Svoboda's new novel is the Bohemian answer to Willa Cather's iconic My Ántonia. Lifting the shadows off an entire era of American history in one brave girls quest to discover who she is, Bohemian Girl gives full play to Svoboda's prodigious talents for finding the dark and the strange in the sunny American story and the beauty and the hope in its darkest moments.
Book of Laughter and Forgetting
Call Number: PG5039.21.U6 K613 1999 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1999-04-07
Rich in its stories, characters, and imaginative range, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the novel that brought Milan Kundera his first big international success in the late 1970s. Like all his work, it is valuable for far more than its historical implications. In seven wonderfully integrated parts, different aspects of human existence are magnified and reduced, reordered and emphasized, newly examined, analyzed, and experienced.
Call Number: PR6011.R43 C38 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-05-01
This early work by Richard Austin Freeman was originally published in 1923 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introduction. The Cats Eye is one of Freeman's novels of crime and mystery. The first story featuring his well-known protagonist Dr. Thorndyke a medico-legal forensic investigator was published in 1907, and although Freeman's early works were seen as simple homages to his contemporary, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, he quickly developed his own style: The inverted detective story, in which the identity of the criminal is shown from the beginning, and the story then describes the detectives attempt to solve the mystery.
Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes
Call Number: PS3561.E428 C47 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-10-30
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ironweed, a dramatic novel of love and revolution from one of America's finest writers. Kennedy's latest novel is a tale of revolutionary intrigue, heroic journalism, crooked politicians, drug-running gangsters, Albany race riots, and the improbable rise of Fidel Castro. Quinn's epic journey carries him through the nightclubs and jungles of Cuba and into the newsrooms and racially charged streets of Albany on the day Robert Kennedy is fatally shot in 1968. The odyssey brings Quinn, and his exotic but unpredictable Cuban wife, Renata, a debutante revolutionary, face-to-face with the darkest facets of human nature and illuminates the power of love in the presence of death.
Call Number: PS3572.A85 C4618 2005 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2005-08-30
Spanish translation. A bestseller when it was published in 1970 at the height of the Mexican-American civil rights movement, Chicano unfolds the fates and fortunes of the Sandoval family, who flee the chaos and poverty of the Mexican Revolution and begin life anew in the United States.
Call Number: PR6052.UU638 C5 1987 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1995-04-17
A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic. In Anthony Burgess's nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. When the state undertakes to reform Alex to "redeem" him, the novel asks, "At what cost?" This edition includes the controversial last chapter not published in the first edition and Burgess's introduction "A Clockwork Orange Resucked."
Call Number: PS3566.L27 A17 2008 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2008-09-02
A new edition of Sylvia Plath's Pulitzer Prize-winning Collected Poems, edited and with an introduction by Ted Hughes
Collected Poems, 1947-1997
Call Number: PS3513.I74 A17 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-10-09
Here, for the first time, is a volume that gathers the published verse of Allen Ginsberg in its entirety, a half century of brilliant work from one of America's great poets. A chief figure among the Beats, Ginsberg changed the course of American poetry, liberating it from closed academic forms with the creation of open, vocal, spontaneous, and energetic postmodern verse in the tradition of Walt Whitman, Guillaume Apollinaire, Hart Crane, Ezra Pound, and William Carlos Williams. Ginsberg's classics Howl, Reality Sandwiches, Kaddish, Planet News, and The Fall of America led American (and international) poetry toward uncensored vernacular, explicit candor, the ecstatic, the rhapsodic, and the sincere all leavened by an attractive and pervasive streak of common sense.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
David Copperfield is considered to be Charles Dickens's most autobiographical novel. He said of it: Like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favorite child. And his name is David Copperfield. It is a tale which follows the development into maturity of its narrator, David Copperfield. The Russian greats Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky both greatly admired the novel, as did Kafka, Joyce and James. Freud called it his favorite novel.
Call Number: PS3551.B2 Z463 1990 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1990-01-15
Desert Solitaire is a collection of vignettes about life in the wilderness and the nature of the desert itself by park ranger and conservationist, Edward Abbey. The book details the unique adventures and conflicts the author faces, from dealing with the damage caused by development of the land or excessive tourism, to discovering a dead body. However Desert Solitaire is not just a collection of one man's stories, the book is also a philosophical memoir, full of Abbey's reflections on the desert as a paradox, at once beautiful and liberating, but also isolating and cruel. Often compared to Thoreau's Walden, Desert Solitaire is a powerful discussion of life's mysteries set against the stirring backdrop of the American southwestern wilderness.
Call Number: PS3521.E735 D46 1995 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
With the publication of On the Road in 1957, Jack Kerouac became at once the spokesman and hero of the Beat Generation. Along with such visionaries as William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and Allen Ginsberg, Kerouac changed the face of American literature, igniting a counterculture revolution that even now, decades later, burns brighter than ever in Desolation Angels.
Call Number: PS3521.E735 D48 2008 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2008-09-18
Two ebullient young men search for truth the Zen way: from marathon wine-drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, and "yabyum" in San Francisco's Bohemia to solitude in the high Sierras and a vigil atop Desolation Peak in Washington State.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
When A Doll's House was first published in 1879 it created a sensation. The play follows the ordinary life of a housewife. Gradually the tensions within her marriage become clear and build to a final, stunning action. The play is widely studied because of its sharp critique of 19th century marriage norms, and its feminist tendencies.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
Brimming with romance and adventure, Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote is considered by many to be the greatest work in the Spanish literary canon. Both humane and humorous, the two volume oeuvre centers on the adventures of the self-styled knight errant Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Quixote's credulous and chubby squire. Together the unlikely pair of heroes bumble their way from one bizarre adventure to another fueled in their quests by Quixote's histrionic world view and Sancho's, who in conjunction with Quixote provides the spark for endlessly bizarre discussions in which Quixote's heightened, insane conception of the world is brought crashing to earth by Sancho's common sense.
Call Number: PS3503.R167 F3 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-01-10
Ray Bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce. But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn't live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books. Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.
Call Number: PS3563.A6375 F57 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-11-13
In The Flame Alphabet, the most maniacally gifted writer of our generation delivers a novel about how far we will go in order to protect our loved ones. The sound of children's speech has become lethal. In the park, adults wither beneath the powerful screams of their offspring. For young parents Sam and Claire, it seems their only means of survival is to flee from their daughter, Esther. But they find it isn't so easy to leave someone you love, even as they waste away from her malevolent speech. On the eve of their departure, Claire mysteriously disappears, and Sam, determined to find a cure for this new toxic language, presses on alone into a foreign world to try to save his family.
Flesh and Blood
Call Number: PS3553.U484 F57 1995 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-04-17
A generous, masterfully crafted novel with all the power of a Greek tragedy. The epic tale of an American family, Flesh and Blood follows three generations of the Stassos clan as it is transformed by ambition, love, and history. Constantine Stassos, a Greek immigrant, marries Mary Cuccio, an Italian-American girl, and they have three children, each fated to a complex life. Susan is oppressed by her beauty and her father's affections; Billy is brilliant, and gay; Zoe is a wild, heedless visionary. As the years pass, their lives unfold in ways that compel them and their parents to meet ever greater challenges.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus, was completed by Mary Shelley at the age of 19. She infused this original novel with Gothic and Romantic elements. Scientist Victor Frankenstein creates a large and powerful creature in the likeness of man, but is disgusted by his own creation and he abandons the being to fend for itself. Spawning generations of horror stories in the genre, Frankenstein is a gruesome warning against playing God and attempting the engineering of life.
Call Number: PS3552.A45 G5 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-09-12
Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.
Girl Meets Boy
Call Number: PR6069.M4213 G57 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-12-21
Girl meets boy. It’s a story as old as time. But in Whitbread winner Ali Smith’s lyrical, funny, mash-up of Ovid’s most joyful gender-bending metamorphosis story, girl meets boy in so many more ways than one. Imogen and Anthea, sisters that are opposites, work together at Pure, a creative agency attempting to “bottle imagination, politics, and nature” in the form of a new Scottish bottled-water business with global aspirations. When Anthea and Iphisol meet, it’s a match made in heaven. Girl Meets Boy is about girls and boys, girls and girls, love and transformation, the absurdity of consumerism, as well as a story of reversals and revelations that’s as sharply witty as it is lyrical. Funny, fresh, poetic, and political, Girl Meets Boy is a myth of metamorphosis for a world made in Madison Avenue’s image, and the funniest addition to The Myths series from Canongate since The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood.
Call Number: PS3552.E5185 G57 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-09-13
The Girls Club is the coming of age story of a young, white, working-class woman. Set in the 1970s, the story revolves around Cora Rose as she copes with her emerging sexuality, an illness her sisters refer to as "the dreaded bowel disease," and the conflicts created by the growing disparity between her desires and her Catholic upbringing. Part one deals with the three sisters' adolescent relationship to each other and their Catholic working-class world. Part two shows how the sisters help and hinder each other in their struggles to take control and responsibility over their lives. Part three reveals Cora Rose's physical challenges, including an ostomy, that further complicate her feelings about her sexuality and increase her need for her sisters' support.
Glengarry Glen Ross
Call Number: PS3563.A4345 G56 1983 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1994-01-11
Winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize, David Mamet's scalding comedy is about small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their fair share of the American dream. Here is Mamet at his very best, writing with brutal power about the tough life of tough characters who cajole, connive, wheedle, and wheel and deal for a piece of the action where closing a sale can mean a brand new Cadillac but losing one can mean losing it all.
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
Call Number: PS3572.O5 G58 2010 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2010-12-14
In God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian, Vonnegut skips back and forth between life and the after life as if the difference between them were rather slight. In thirty odd "interviews," Vonnegut trips down "the blue tunnel to the pearly gates" in the guise of a roving reporter for public radio, conducting interviews: with Salvatore Biagini, a retired construction worker who died of a heart attack while rescuing his schnauzer from a pit bull; with William Shakespeare, who rubs Vonnegut the wrong way; and with socialist and labor leader Eugene Victor Debs, one of Vonnegut's personal heroes. What began as a series of ninety-second radio interludes for WNYC, New York City's public radio station, evolved into this provocative collection of musings about who and what we live for, and how much it all matters in the end.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
Dive into the tragedy that many critics regard not only as Shakespeare's finest play, but also as one of the best literary works ever produced. Set in Denmark, Hamlet recounts the events that transpire after the King is murdered by his brother Claudius, who then marries his brother's widow. Prince Hamlet uncovers the true nature of his father's death and feigns madness to create a trap. A must-read for fans of classic literature.
Call Number: PR6003.E282 H3 1989 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-07-16
Samuel Beckett pursues his relentless search for the meaning of existence, probing the tenuous relationships that bind one person to another, and each to the universe, top time past and time present. Once again, stripping theater to its barest essentials, Happy Days offers only two characters: Winnie, a woman of about fifty, and Willie, a man of about sixty.
The Helmet of Horror
Call Number: PG3485.E38 S5613 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-04-10
Victor Pelevin, upends any conventional notions of what mythology must be with his unique take on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. By creating a mesmerizing world where the surreal and the hyper-real collide in this radical retelling of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur set in an Internet chat room. They have never met, they have been assigned strange pseudonyms, they inhabit identical rooms that open out onto very different landscapes, and they have entered a dialogue they cannot escape a discourse defined and destroyed by the Helmet of Horror. Its wearer is the dominant force they call Asterisk, a force for good and ill in which the Minotaur is forever present and Theseus is the great unknown.
Call Number: PS3503.E4488 H45 2003 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2003-02-25
In one of his finest achievements, Nobel Prize winner Saul Bellow presents a multifaceted portrait of a modern-day hero, a man struggling with the complexity of existence and longing for redemption.
Call Number: PR6058.O689 HH54 1996 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2000-03-01
The romantic trials of the owner of a London record shop, after his girlfriend leaves him for another man.
Home at the End of the World
Call Number: PS3553.U484 H66 1990 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1998-11-15
From Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours, comes this widely praised novel of two boyhood friends: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and unsure of himself; and Bobby, hip, dark, and inarticulate. In New York after college, Bobby moves in with Jonathan and his roommate, Clare, a veteran of the city's erotic wars. A Home at the End of the World masterfully depicts the charged, fragile relationships of urban life today.
Home Front Heroes
Call Number: PN1995.9.H44 A34 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-11-20
This book traces the effects of the feminist and civil rights movements in the construction of Hollywood action heroes. Starting in the late 1980s, action blockbusters regularly have featured masculine figures who choose love and community over the path of the stoic loner committed solely to duty. The author presents pieces of contemporary popular culture that create the complex mosaic of the present-day American heroic ideal. Hollywood popular films are examined that best represent the often painful shift from traditional heroic masculinity to a masculinity that is less "exceptional" and more vulnerable. There are also chapters on how issues of race and gender intersect with the new masculinity and on sub-genres of 1990s films that also developed this post-feminist masculinity.
Call Number: PS3568.O3125 H6 1980 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2004-11-01
A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone set on a glacial lake. It is a town "chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere." Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.
Call Number: PS3568.O855 H8 2001 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2001-05-08
In a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser. Coleman Silk has a secret, one which has been kept for fifty years from his wife, his four children, his colleagues, and his friends, including the writer Nathan Zuckerman. It is Zuckerman who stumbles upon Silk's secret and sets out to reconstruct the unknown biography of this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, and to understand how this ingeniously contrived life came unraveled. And to understand also how Silk's astonishing private history is, in the words of The Wall Street Journal, "magnificently" interwoven with "the larger public history of modern America."
If Beale Street Could Talk
Call Number: PS3552.A45 I4 2006 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2006-10-10
In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin's story mixes the sweet and the sad. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
Call Number: PQ4809.A45 S3713 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1982-10-20
Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense. Together they form a labyrinth of literatures, known and unknown, alive and extinct, through which two readers, a male and a female, pursue both the story lines that intrigue them and one another.
Call Number: PQ2671.U47 I3613 2003 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2003-09-30
A man and a woman meet while returning to the homeland they had abandoned twenty years earlier. Will they manage to pick up the thread of their strange love story?
Importance of Being Earnest
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
The Importance of Being Earnest is the last play Oscar Wilde ever wrote, and remains his most enduringly popular. It makes fun of social graces in the late Victorian era. Two seemingly unrelated parties are thrown into ridiculous entanglement when their fake identities, maintained in order to escape social responsibilities, grow ever more complicated to uphold.
In Search of la Grande Illusion
Call Number: PN1997.G68 M33 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-11-08
This is an extended analysis of the film, from different perspectives. The first half is largely a discussion of the cinematic technique, with key sequences analyzed shot by shot. The second half approaches the film from many other angles, including its history, the critical reception, Renoir's life and career, and film theory, e.g., film in relation to music. A case is made that Renoir's career was inconsistent, especially after La Regle du jeu but also during the 1930s. And rather than emphasizing the humanist, anti-war thrust of La Grande Illusion, the film is approached as a work of art that is deeply expressive cinematically.
Invention of Wings
Call Number: PS3611.I44 I58 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2014-01-07
From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. Hetty Handful, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke's daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each others destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.
Call Number: PQ4809.A45 C513 1978 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1978-05-03
Imaginary conversations between Marco Polo and his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, conjure up cities of magical times. Of all tasks, describing the contents of a book is the most difficult and in the case of a marvelous invention like Invisible Cities, perfectly irrelevant (Gore Vidal). Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
Call Number: PS3623.A4437 I75 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-06-12
Charlotte Kramer, America's first female president, is beginning her second term and is determined to make her mark on history although events do seem to be conspiring against her. Melanie Kingston, her best friend, just signed on as secretary of defense. Will their relationship survive? Dale Smith is the senior communications advisor to the vice president and knows a secret that could not only ruin her own career but put the credibility of the White House on the line. Tara Meyers is the most popular vice president in recent history, but does her public image match her private life? When a classified terror threat is made public, all the weaknesses of this presidency are laid bare-and with the country's safety at stake, someone in the White House isn't taking any chances.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
King Lear is considered one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. King Lear decides to step down and divide his kingdom between his three daughters. When his youngest and favorite daughter refuses to compete and perform her love for him, he is enraged and disowns her. She remains loyal to him, however, though he slides into madness and his other children betray him.
Call Number: PS3527.A15 L6 1989 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1989-03-13
Awe and exhilaration along with heartbreak and mordant wit abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hyper-civilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love, love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
Madame Bovary became notorious and a bestseller after Gustave Flaubert was acquitted from charges of obscenity in 1856. It details the many adulterous affairs and extravagances of Emma Bovary, a provincial doctor's wife. Her behavior explores the banality and emptiness of rural life. Flaubert considered himself a perfectionist, which is mirrored in the immaculate style of his writing. Madame Bovary is still considered one of the greatest literary texts of all time.
Man Without a Country
Call Number: PS3572.O5 Z473 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-01-16
In a volume that is penetrating, introspective, incisive, and laugh-out-loud funny, one of the great men of letters of this age or any age holds forth on life, art, sex, politics, and the state of America's soul. From his coming of age in America, to his formative war experiences, to his life as an artist, this is Vonnegut doing what he does best: Being himself. Whimsically illustrated by the author, A Man Without a Country is intimate, tender, and brimming with the scope of Kurt Vonnegut's passions. For all those who have lived with Vonnegut in their imaginations this is what he is like in person.
Marxism and the Movies
Call Number: PN1993.5.A1 M37 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-10-21
The work of Karl Marx is revered in social philosophy, political science and literary criticism, but there is an area where Marxism seems not to have penetrated. That area is the study of popular culture, especially the cinema, where Marxism provides a useful lens through which seemingly disparate films can be explored. As a whole the new essays assembled here approach a wide cross-section of cinematic history and provide analysis of blockbusters, cult hits, comedies, suspenseful dramas and history-making films within a framework of power, power relations and class struggle. The collection brings to popular culture studies the same scholarly weight that attends the work of Aristotle or Plato or Derrida and, at the same time, presents that scholarship in an accessible style.
The Master and Margarita
Call Number: PG3478.B78 M313 1995 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1994-01-13
Mikhail Bulgakov's devastating satire of Soviet life was written during the darkest period of Stalin's regime. Combining two distinct yet interwoven parts-one set in ancient Jerusalem, one in contemporary Moscow-the novel veers from moods of wild theatricality with violent storms, vampire attacks, and a Satanic ball; to such somber scenes as the meeting of Pilate and Yeshua, and the murder of Judas in the moonlit garden of Gethsemane; to the substance-less, circus-like reality of Moscow. Its central characters, Woland (Satan) and his retinue-including the vodka-drinking, black cat, Behemoth; the poet, Ivan Homeless; Pontius Pilate; and a writer known only as The Master, and his passionate companion, Margarita-exist in a world that blends fantasy and chilling realism, an artful collage of grostesqueries, dark comedy, and timeless ethical questions.
Media and Communication Technologies
Call Number: P96.T42 L39 2009 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2008-11-15
Students are increasingly having to confront the technological changes behind media and communication systems. The advent of digital broadcasting, the development of mobile communications, and the affordability of sophisticated digital imaging and editing systems all demonstrate how complex technological systems are becoming accessible and even commonplace. With a clear explanation of key technical principles and the social role of new technologies, this book seeks to enable students to make sense of the changes taking place in communications and media today.
Call Number: PN1995.9.M52 W66 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2014-01-27
This book is an attempt at defining the genre of medieval film by describing its features and analyzing its effects and their significance, there being few works presently available that work toward such definition. There are three parts: the introduction enters the medieval film world, describing its typical features and showing how they create a convincing sense of its time; three short chapters discuss authenticity, simplicity and spectacle the roots of film medievalism; and six longer chapters comment on individual films. Works are discussed that extend the reach of the genre. The author describes what goes into a medieval film and how it affects its audience, while offering suggestions about why its themes are meaningful to us.
Call Number: PS2386.H33 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-11-06
This book offers the first in-depth examination of the friendship between the authors. Hawthorne's influence upon Moby-Dick is weighed, as is the probability of Melville's influence upon Hawthorne. This was a friendship whose true basis--beyond an almost instantaneous mutual affinity and admiration for each other was intellectual ideas and literary pursuits, and the conversations between the two hewed mostly to philosophical and spiritual rumination as well as to those matters that concern writers most: craft and publishing.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
The Metamorphosis begins almost comically. A man wakes up to find he has turned into an insect. But the claustrophobic, dirty room and the increasingly distressed narrator soon turn this into a tale of slow horror. Most horrifying of all is his family's reaction to his metamorphosis and their final solution to the problem.
Midsummer Night's Dream
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
Midsummer Night's Dream is Shakespeare's classic tale of two couples who can't quite pair up to everyone's satisfaction. Demetrius and Lysander love Hermia. Hermia loves Lysander but has been promised to Demetrius by her father. Hermia's best friend Helena loves Demetrius, but in his obsession for Hermia Demetrius barely even notices her smitten friend. When Hermia and Lysander plan to elope all four find themselves in the forest late at night where the fairy Puck and his lord Oberon wreck havoc on the humans with a love potion that causes the victim to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking.
Call Number: PN1977.M5799 2001 (FAC - Reserve)
Publication Date: 1988 (DVD)
Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe star in this well-intentioned and largely successful civil rights-era thriller. Mississippi Burning, using the real-life 1964 disappearance of three civil rights workers as its inspiration, tells the story of two FBI men (Hackman and Dafoe, entertainingly called "Hoover Boys" by the locals) who come in to try to solve the crime. Hackman is a former small-town Mississippi sheriff himself, while Dafoe is a by-the-numbers young hotshot. Yes, there is some tension between the two. The movie has an interesting fatalism, as all the FBI's best efforts incite more and more violence, which becomes disturbing the film's message, perhaps inadvertently, seems to be that vigilantism is the only real way to get things done.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
The itinerant sailor Ishmael begins a voyage on the whaling ship Pequod whose captain, Ahab, wishes to exact revenge upon the whale Moby-Dick, who destroyed his last ship and took his leg. As they search for the savage white whale, Ishmael questions all aspects of life. The story is woven in complex, lyrical language and uses many theatrical forms, such as stage direction and soliloquy. It is considered the exemplar of American Romanticism, and one of the greatest American novels of all time.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
Daniel Defoe wrote Moll Flanders in 1722, after the highly successful Robinson Crusoe. Defoe's political work was ceasing at the time, though his experience with the Whigs shines through in the novel. The full title of the novel gives a brief overview of its contents: the Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, Etc. Who Was Born In Newgate, and During a Life of Continu'd Variety For Threescore Years, Besides Her Childhood, Was Twelve Year a Whore, Five Times a Wife [Whereof Once To Her Own Brother], Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon In Virginia, At Last Grew Rich, Liv'd Honest, and Died a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums.
Monetary Imagination of Edgar Allan Poe
Call Number: PS2642.E25 M66 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-05-22
In this first-of-its-kind treatment, Heinz Tschachler offers an account of Edgar Allan Poe's relation to the world of banking and money in antebellum America. He contends that Poe gave the full force of his censure to the acrimonious debates about America's money, Andrew Jackson's bank war, the panic of 1837 and the ensuing depression, and the nation's inability to furnish a "sound and uniform currency." In Poe's writings much is concealed, though his art also reveals while it conceals, in this instance, a deep felt desire for an authority that would guarantee a measure of permanence and continuity to the nation' s currency. That kind of currency was finally furnished by Abraham Lincoln (both were born in 1809; Poe died in 1849), at one time a dedicated reader of Poe's tales and sketches.
The Monkey Wrench Gang
Call Number: PS3551.B2 M6 2006 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2006-12-12
Ex-Green Beret George Hayduke has returned from war to find his beloved southwestern desert threatened by industrial development. Joining with Bronx exile and feminist saboteur Bonnie Abzug, wilderness guide and outcast Mormon Seldom Seen Smith, and libertarian billboard torcher Doc Sarvis, M.D., Hayduke is ready to fight the power-taking on the strip miners, clear-cutters, and the highway, dam, and bridge builders who are threatening the natural habitat. The Monkey Wrench Gang is on the move-and peaceful coexistence be damned!
Call Number: PS3572.O5 M68 2006 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1999-05-11
Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense. American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of gray with a verdict that will haunt us all.
Call Number: PS3537.A426 N56 1991 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1953-01-30
Since the publication of The Catcher in the Rye in 1951, the works of J.D. Salinger have been acclaimed for their humor, intensity, and their lack of phoniness. A collection of short fiction, Nine Stories contains works with those qualities that make Salinger such a well-loved author.
Of Mice and Men
Call Number: PS3537.T3234 O2 1993 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1965-01-01
A timeless novel of the love that men can feel for each other played out in the lives of two itinerant farm workers.
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Call Number: PR6073.I558 O7 1997 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1997-08-20
Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a coming-out novel from Winterson, the acclaimed author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry. The narrator, Jeanette, cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of God's elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age, and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles.
Call Number: PS3545.I345 O9 2003 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2003-09-23
Our Town was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of life in the town of Grover 's Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic. It is Thornton Wilder's most renowned and most frequently performed play. It is now reissued in this handsome hardcover edition, featuring a new Foreword by Donald Margulies, who writes, "You are holding in your hands a great American play. Possibly the great American play." In addition, Tappan Wilder has written an eye-opening new Afterword, which includes Thornton Wilder's unpublished notes and other illuminating photographs and documentary material.
Call Number: PR9199.3.A8 P46 2005 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2006-09-14
Margaret Atwood returns with a shrewd, funny, and insightful retelling of the myth of Odysseus from the point of view of Penelope. The maids form a chanting and singing Chorus, which focuses on two questions that must pose themselves after any close reading of the Odyssey: What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to? The story as told in the Odyssey doesn’t hold water: there are too many inconsistencies. I’ve always been haunted by the hanged maids and, in The Penelopiad, so is Penelope herself.” One of the high points of literary fiction in 2005, this critically acclaimed story found a vast audience and is finally available in paperback.
Poem That Changed America
Call Number: PS3513.I74 H6356 2006 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2006-03-21
A tribute to Ginsberg's signature work, which stirred a generation of angel-headed hipsters to cultural rebellion. Although it gave a voice to the new generation that came of age in the conservative years following World War II, the poem also conferred a strange, subversive power that continues to exert its influence to this day. Ginsberg went on to become one of the most eminent and celebrated writers of the second half of the twentieth century, and "Howl" became the critical axis of the worldwide literary, cultural, and political movement that would be known as the Beat generation. The year 2006 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of "Howl," and The Poem That Changed America will celebrate and shed new light on this profound cultural work.
Poems All Sizes
Call Number: PS3521.E735 A6 1992 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1992-07-01
The original manuscript of this book, written between 1954 and 1965, has been in the safekeeping of City Lights all the years since Kerouac's death in 1969. Reaching beyond the scope of his Mexico City Blues, here are poems about Mexico and Tangier, Berkeley and the Bowery. Mid-fifties road poems, hymns and songs of God, drug poems, wine poems, dharma poems and Buddhist meditations. But more than a quarter of a century after it was written, Poems All Sizes today would seem to be more than a sum of it parts, revealing a questing Kerouac grown beyond the popular image of himself as a Beat on the Road.
Call Number: PS3568.O855 P67 1994 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1994-09-20
Portnoy's Complaint n. [after Alexander Portnoy (1933- )] A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature. Spielvogel says: 'Acts of exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, auto-eroticism and oral coitus are plentiful; as a consequence of the patient's "morality," however, neither fantasy nor act issues in genuine sexual gratification, but rather in overriding feelings of shame and the dread of retribution, particularly in the form of castration.' (Spielvogel, O. "The Puzzled Penis," Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse, Vol. XXIV, p. 909.) It is believed by Spielvogel that many of the symptoms can be traced to the bonds obtaining in the mother-child relationship. With a new Afterword by the author for the 25th Anniversary edition.
Psycho, the Birds and Halloween
Call Number: PN1995.9.H6 R373 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-12-13
Horror films come in a wide variety of styles and subject matter. Three of the most intimate explorations of terror are examined in this study. Intimate in terms of settings (small towns and an isolated motel) and in the emotional links between the characters and the terrors they face. In Psycho, Norman Bates is a darker reflection of his victim Marion Crane and her lover Sam Loomis. They share frustrations, fears and compulsions, albeit at different levels of intensity. In The Birds, Melanie Daniels and her new acquaintances in Bodega Bay share emotional problems which can impel them to act in destructive ways that are echoed, and then overwhelmed by violence from the natural world. Halloween features a monster, Michael Myers, who has more in common with one of his victims, heroine Laurie Strode, than is evident at first glance. Beyond the link between normality and the violently aberrant, all three films give glimpses of emotional intimacy that is threatened and sometimes tragically destroyed by horror.
Call Number: PN1991.77.Q85 G37 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-08-07
Quiz Kids was a network radio program aired from 1940 to 1953 featuring smart children answering difficult questions submitted by listeners. Part of radio history during its "golden age," Quiz Kids thrived during a period of dramatic change in America. Audiences marveled at the speed with which the Kids answered the most difficult questions, vaulting the show beyond the producers' wildest expectations. Eleanor Roosevelt invited the Kids to the White House to meet with them. Their appearance at the Senate is discussed in the Congressional Record. During World War II, they toured America and raised $120 million in war bonds. They were guests on Jack Benny's radio show for three consecutive weeks. This thorough history describes the creation of the program, its national popularity and the children who made it such good listening.
Race, Gender and Empire in American Detective Fiction
Call Number: PS374.D4 G83 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-08-28
This book highlights detection's malleability by analyzing the works of particular groups of authors from specific time periods written in response to other texts. It traces the roles that gender, race and empire have played in American detective fiction from Edgar Allan Poe's works through the myriad variations upon them published before 1920 to hard-boiled fiction (the origins of which derive in part from turn-of-the-20th-century notions about gender, race and nationality), and it concludes with a discussion of contemporary mystery series with inner-city settings that address black male and female heroism.
Radio after the Golden Age
Call Number: PN1991.3.U6 C68 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-09-16
Not long ago Arbitron found that almost 93 percent of Americans age 12 and older are regular radio listeners, a higher percentage than those turning to television, magazines, newspapers, or the Internet. But the sounds they hear now barely resemble those of radio's heyday when it had little competition as a mass entertainment and information source. Much has transpired in the past fifty-plus years: a proliferation of disc jockeys, narrow casting, the FM band, satellites, automation, talk, ethnicity, media empires, Internet streaming and gadgets galore... Deregulation, payola, HD radio, pirate radio, the fall of transcontinental networks, the rise of local stations, conglomerate ownership, and radio's future landscape are examined in detail. Radio has lost a bit of influence yet it continues to inspire stunning innovations.
Run with the Hunted
Call Number: PS3552.U4 A6 2003 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1994-05-07
The best of Bukowski's novels, stories, and poems, this collection reads like an autobiography, relating the extraordinary story of his life and offering a sometimes harrowing, invariably exhilarating reading experience. A must for this counterculture idols legion of fans.
Call Number: PS3521.E735 A6 1971 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1971-05-01
Spontaneous poetry by the author of On the Road, gathered from underground and ephemeral publications; including "San Francisco Blues," the variant texts of "Pull My Daisy," and American haiku.
Screens of Blood
Call Number: PN1995.9.V5 D473 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2014-01-27
Many people still believe wrongs in life can be righted with a fist or a gun or a bomb. The transition to a healthier mythology is already underway and can be seen in the strength of an alternative trend in depictions of violence in storytelling. This book examines this trend by comparing examples drawn from film and television with the traditional popular dramatic approach reflecting and promoting a culture of violence. This comparison shows that attitudes toward conflict in drama are a key indicator of a shift in awareness of violence in society. The book concludes with an account of increasing challenges confronting the individual in today's world and the necessity for individual producers and consumers to take greater responsibility for their choices which shape culture through omnipresent and profoundly influential screen technology.
Sea of Poppies
Call Number: PR9499.3.G536 S43 2008 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2009-09-29
At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Her destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean shortly before the outbreak of the Opium Wars in China. In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners on board, from a bankrupt raja to a widowed tribeswoman, from a mulatto American freedman to a free-spirited French orphan. As their old family ties are washed away, they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship-brothers. The vast sweep of this historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the exotic backstreets of Canton.
Secret Life of Bees
Call Number: PS3611.I44 S38 2002 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2003-01-28
The Secret Life of Bees was a New York Times bestseller for more than two and a half years. A coming of age tale set in South Carolina in 1964, tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black stand-in mother, Rosaleen, insults three of the town's most vicious racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna who presides over their household. This is a remarkable story about divine female power and the transforming power of love a story that women will continue to share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.
Call Number: PS3561.N68 S4 2003 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2003-09-30
An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to the second world war. Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world. A bestseller for more than thirty years, A Separate Peace is John Knowles's crowning achievement and an undisputed American classic.
Sexual Perversity in Chicago and the Duck Variations
Call Number: PS3563.A4345 S4 1974 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1994-01-31
David Mamet is one of America's most celebrated playwrights. The author of plays, screenplays, poetry, essays, and children's books, he has won many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Glengarry Glen Ross.The Obie award-winning Sexual Perversity in Chicago is about two office workers, Danny and Bernie, on the make in the swinging singles scene of the early 1970s. Danny meets Deborah in a library and soon they are not only lovers but roommates, and their story quickly evolves into a modern romance in all its sticky details.The Duck Variations is a dialogue between two old men sitting on a park bench. The conversation turns to the mating habits of ducks, but soon begins to reveal their feelings about natural law, friendship, and death. New York magazine has called The Duck Variations "a gorgeously written, wonderfully observant piece whose timing and atmosphere are close to flawless."
Call Number: PR6068.U757 S5 2008 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2008-03-11
In this brilliant novel, Salman Rushdie masterfully combines history, art, language, politics, and religion. Set in a country "not quite Pakistan," the story centers around the families of two men one a celebrated warrior, the other, a debauched playboy engaged in a protracted duel that is played out in the political landscape of their country. Shame is a tour de force and a fitting predecessor to the author's legendary novel, The Satanic Verses.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
Hermann Hesse wrote Siddhartha after he traveled to India in the 1910s. It tells the story of a young boy who travels the country in a quest for spiritual enlightenment in the time of Guatama Buddha. It is a compact, lyrical work, which reads like an allegory about the finding of wisdom.
Call Number: PS3610.O63 S56 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-05-24
With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist,” author Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the two teenage girls caught in the middle. Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon’s two families—the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode.
Snow Falling on Cedars
Call Number: PS3557.U846 S65 1995 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1995-09-26
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award. San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man's guilt. For on San Pedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo's wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched. Gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric, Snow Falling on Cedars is a masterpiece of suspense one that leaves us shaken and changed.
Sometimes a Great Notion
Call Number: PS3561.E667 S6 1977 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1977-07-28
Following the astonishing success of his first novel, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," Ken Kesey wrote what Charles Bowden calls one of the few essential books written by an American in the last half century. This wild-spirited tale tells of a bitter strike that rages through a small lumber town along the Oregon coast. Bucking that strike out of sheer cussedness are the Stampers. Out of the Stamper family as rivalries and betrayals Ken Kesey has crafted a novel with the mythic impact of Greek tragedy.
Speaking with the Angel
Call Number: PR1309.S5 S64 2001 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2001-02-01
Compiled by bestselling author Nick Hornby and featuring brand new stories from the hottest writers on both sides of the Atlantic, Speaking with the Angel is a fresh and funny collection that is sure to be the literary anthology of the year. Here is a book that was inspired by a very special boy and a very special school. These original first-person narratives come from the most exciting voices in fiction. Melissa Bank gives readers a glimpse into the mind of a modern New Yorker whose still-new relationship is a constant source of surprise in "The Wonder Spot."
Call Number: PS3553.U484 S64 2006 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2006-04-18
In each section of Michael Cunningham's bold novel, we encounter the same group of characters: a young boy, a man, and a woman. "In the Machine" is a ghost story that takes place at the height of the industrial revolution. "The Children's Crusade," set in the early twenty-first century, plays with the conventions of the noir thriller as it tracks the pursuit of a terrorist band that is detonating bombs around the city. The third part, "Like Beauty," evokes a New York 150 years into the future, when the city is all but overwhelmed by refugees from the first inhabited planet to be contacted by the people of Earth. Presiding over each episode of this interrelated whole is the prophetic figure of the poet Walt Whitman, who promised his future readers, "It avails not, neither time or place I am with you, and know how it is."
Call Number: PS3565.L3 S73 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-09-04
Stag's Leap is stunningly poignant sequence of poems that tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory, and new freedom. In this wise and intimate telling which carries us through the seasons when her marriage was ending Sharon Olds opens her heart to the reader, sharing the feeling of invisibility that comes when we are no longer standing in love's sight; the surprising physical bond that still exists between a couple during parting; the loss of everything from her husband's smile to the set of his hip. Olds is naked before us, curious and brave and even generous toward the man who was her mate for thirty years and who now loves another woman.
Still Life with Bread Crumbs
Call Number: PS3567.U336 S75 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2014-01-28
Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life. Brilliantly written, powerfully observed, Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a deeply moving and often very funny story of unexpected love, and a stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer and more exciting than she ever imagined.
Call Number: PQ2605.A3734 E813 1993 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1993-02-23
Albert Camus's spare, laconic masterpiece about a Frenchman who murders an Arab in Algeria is famous for having diagnosed, with a clarity almost scientific, that condition of reckless alienation and spiritual exhaustion that characterized so much of twentieth-century life. Possessing both the force of a parable and the excitement of a perfectly executed thriller, The Stranger is the work of one of the most engaged and intellectually alert writers of the past century. Translated by Matthew Ward.
Call Number: PS3515.U789 S94 1997 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1997-03-01
Now frequently anthologized, Zora Neale Hurston's short story "Sweat" was first published in Firell, a legendary literary magazine of the Harlem Renaissance, whose sole issue appeared in November 1926. Among contributions by Gwendolyn Bennett, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, and Wallace Thurman, "Sweat" stood out both for its artistic accomplishment and its exploration of rural Southern black life. In "Sweat" Hurston claimed the voice that animates her mature fiction, notably the 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God; the themes of marital conflict and the development of spiritual consciousness were introduced as well. "Sweat" exemplifies Hurston's lifelong concern with women's relation to language and the literary possibilities of black vernacular.
Call Number: PN3433.6.S55 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-05-28
By exploring this anxiety, something profound can be revealed about what it means to be a person living in a technologically saturated society. While many critical investigations of these novels focus on the dangerous and negative implications of artificial intelligence, this work uses Martin Heidegger's later writings on technology to argue that AIs might be more usefully read as catalysts for a reawakening of human thought.
Television Program Master Index
Call Number: PN1992.9.D56 2014 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2014-01-28
This work indexes books, journal articles, and dissertations that mention television shows. Scholarly works are emphasized but memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, and some popular works meant for fans are also included. The major focus is on service to researchers in the history of television, a growing field. The listings are keyed to an annotated bibliography. In addition, there is a section of works making references to groups (e.g., women, blacks, gays, youth, politicians).
Things They Carried
Call Number: PS3565 B75 T48 2009 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2009-10-13
A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene. The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. Depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O'Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. Taught everywhere from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing.
Call Number: PS3545.I345 A65 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-03-15
Tender, beguiling, suffused with feeling and wit, the remarkable plays of Thornton Wilder occupy a unique place in American culture. His most celebrated play, Our Town, has achieved iconic status as an expression of the spirit and pathos of small-town American life; adapted for the movies and the operatic stage, it continues to resonate with audiences responding to its formal elegance, plainspoken poetry, and moving evocation of the inevitability of loss.
Tragedy of Macbeth
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
Macbeth is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and one of his best-known plays. Often referred to as an archetypal tale, it warns against lust for power and the betrayal of friends. Shakespeare based the play loosely on a King Macbeth of Scotland. The play is traditionally considered cursed, and thus many actors refer to it as the Scottish Play to avoid naming it.
Call Number: PN56.T76 T46 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-06-10
The Trojan War occurred more than 3,000 years ago. Since then, starting with Homer's epics, people have been writing, painting, sculpting and creating music about this event and its participants. This book starts with an overview of the Bronze Age when the Trojan War occurred, and then follows a selection of the major literature about this war from Homer down through the ages and on to the Internet. Each retelling of the Troy story is discussed in its historical context and includes a synopsis of the story itself. The ways of telling the story change over time.
Until I Find You
Call Number: PS3559.R8 U58 2006 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2006-05-30
Until I Find You is the story of the actor Jack Burns his life, loves, celebrity and astonishing search for the truth about his parents. When he is four years old, Jack travels with his mother Alice, a tattoo artist, to several North Sea ports in search of his father, William Burns. From Copenhagen to Amsterdam, William, a brilliant church organist and profligate womanizer, is always a step ahead & has always just departed in a wave of scandal, with a new tattoo somewhere on his body from a local master. Too much happens in this expansive, eventful novel to possibly summarize it all.
Call Number: PS3552.A45 A6 2004 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2004-01-06
One of the few genuinely indispensable writers. In his internationally acclaimed novels, short stories, plays and essays, James Baldwin was and remains a powerfully prophetic voice in the American literary landscape, fearlessly brooding upon issues such as race, sex, politics, and art. His literary achievement is a lasting legacy about what it means to be American. Vintage Baldwin includes the short story Sonny's Blues the galvanizing civil rights examination;My Dungeon Shook: Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation; the essays Fifth Avenue, Uptown: A Letter from Harlem, The Discovery of What It Means to Be an American, Nobody Knows My Name: A Letter from the South and excerpts from the novel Another Country and the play The Amen Corner.
Call Number: PR6073.I558 W454 2005 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2006-09-14
With wit and verve, the prize-winning author of Sexing the Cherry and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit brings the mythical figure of Atlas into the space age and sets him free at last. In her retelling of the story of a god tricked into holding the world on his shoulders and his brief reprieve, she sets difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion, how we choose our own destiny and at the same time can liberate ourselves from our seeming fate. Finally in paperback, Weight is a daring, seductive addition to Canongate's ambitious series of myths by the world's most acclaimed authors.
Where Three Roads Meet
Call Number: PR6072.I333 W47 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2008-08-10
"From former psychoanalyst and literary novelist Salley Vickers comes a lively and shrewd retelling of the seminal myth of Oedipus, portrayed in a conversation between Freud and Tiresias" "It is 1938 when Sigmund Freud arrives in prewar London, into the care of his daughter, Anna. Ailing from the effects of terminal cancer, a morphine-addled Freud slips in and out of consciousness as he considers a lifetime of memories and the foundations of his intellectual convictions. In his final months, Freud's musings are brought to life by the arrival of the blind prophet Tiresias. Visiting the bedridden doctor in his sickroom, Tiresias engages the famed proponent of the Oedipus complex in a drug-induced, lively debate, causing Freud to reassess his life's work."
Call Number: PS3554.E4425 W48 1986 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1986-01-07
Jack Gladney teaches Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America where his colleagues include New york expatriates who want to immerse themselves in "American magic and dread." Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by their love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring, navigate the usual rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. Then a lethal black chemical cloud floats over their lives, an "airborne toxic event" unleashed by an industrial accident. The menacing cloud is a more urgent and visible version of the "white noise" engulfing the Gladney family radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, ultrasonic appliances, and TV murmerings pulsing with life, yet heralding the danger of death.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Call Number: PL856.U673 N4513 1998 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1998-09-01
Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II. Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.
The Winter of Our Discontent
Call Number: PS3537.T3234 W5 2008 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2008-08-26
In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American. Ethan Allen Hawley, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. No longer a member of Long Island's aristocratic class, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards. Set in Steinbeck's contemporary 1960 America, the novel explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty that today ranks it alongside his most acclaimed works of penetrating insight into the American condition.
Worlds of Farscape
Call Number: PN1992.77.F32 W78 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-08-06
Reversing a common science fiction cliche, Farscape follows the adventures of the human astronaut John Crichton after he is shot through a wormhole into another part of the universe. The series, which broke many of the so-called "rules" of science fiction, follows Crichton's attempts to survive in worlds that are often hostile to him and his friends. Their adventures center on each being's attempt to find a way home. The essays in this volume explore themes running throughout the series, such as good and evil, love and sex, and what it means to be a hero, as well as the various characters populating the series, including the villains and even the ship itself.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
A country gentleman returns one night to his isolated and unforgiving home with a gypsy child tucked under his cloak. Treated as an animal, the child Heathcliff grows up twisted and wild. But he and the daughter of the house, Catherine, are inseparable and love each other like they were one being. When they grow up and Catherine wishes to enter the society which Heathcliff cannot, the lives of everyone around them are destroyed in the rending. Only the generation to follow them contains the seeds of hope and reconstruction. Emily Brontë played with the assumptions that a story is told chronologically and that a narrator is honest.
The Year of Fog
Call Number: PS3618.I35 Y43 2008 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
Life changes in an instant. Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautifully told, here is the riveting tale of a family torn apart, of the search for the truth behind a child's disappearance, and of one woman's unwavering faith in the redemptive power of love all made startlingly fresh through Michelle Richmond's incandescent sensitivity and extraordinary insight. Six year-old Emma vanished into the thick San Francisco fog. Or into the heaving Pacific. Devastated by guilt, haunted by her fears about becoming a stepmother, Abby refuses to believe that Emma is dead. And so she searches for clues about what happened that morning and cannot stop the flood of memories reaching from her own childhood to illuminate that irreversible moment on the beach.
Zane Grey's Wild West
Call Number: PS3513.R6545 Z626 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-11-20
This is a literary discussion of one-half of Zane Grey's Westerns, selected to best show the broad scope of this popular author's interests in the West. The text explains how these novels "work," while pointing out Grey's ecological concern for the natural world its vastness, color and beauty. The range of subjects encompasses not only cowboys but also prospectors, foresters and other frontiersmen, from the end of the Revolutionary War to the flapper era of the 1920s. World War I veterans, including an American Indian, are portrayed in several books, and women are colorful main protagonists in others, all uniquely characterized. Grey's sure ear for dialogue is key to his vivid presentation of the ideals of the Old West.
A to Z of Physicists
Call Number: QC15.L45 2003 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2003-07-01
Entries are in alphabetical order in this biographical dictionary of 150 of the most important people in physics, from Archimedes to Stephen Hawking. Entries average around 1,200 words in length, and each ends with a short bibliography for further reading. Many include portraits. The volume's end matter lists physicists by field of study, by country of birth, by country where most of the person's work was done, and by year of birth. There is a wonderful chronology that helps the user visualize which scientists were contemporary to each other. The bibliography at the end of the book includes Internet sites.
ABC of Physics
Call Number: QC21.3.O55 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-03-27
This little book concentrates on the foundations of modern physics (its "ABC's") and its most fundamental constants: c - the velocity of light and ? - the quantum of action. First of all, the book is addressed to professional physicists, but in order to achieve maximal concentration and clarity it uses the simplest (high school) mathematics. As a result many pages of the book will be useful to college students and may appeal to a more general audience.
Call Number: QL88.3.L69 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-08-06
Throughout our history, humans have been captivated by mythic beasts and legendary creatures. Tales of Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness monster are part of our collective experience. Now comes a book from two dedicated investigators that explores and elucidates the fascinating world of cryptozoology. Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an entertaining, educational, and definitive text on cryptids, presenting the arguments both for and against their existence and systematically challenging the pseudoscience that perpetuates their myths.
Call Number: QH331.A344 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-01-23
This book uses modern biological knowledge to tackle the question of what distinguishes living organisms from the non-living world. The authors first draw on recent advances in cell and molecular biology to develop an account of the living state that applies to all organisms (and only to organisms). This account is then used to explore questions about evolution, the origin of life, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. The novel approach taken by this book to issues in biology will interest and be accessible to both the general reader as well as students and specialists in the field.
Albert Einstein: Chief Engineer of the Universe
Call Number: QC16.E5 A6584 2005 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2005-09-01
In 1905, Albert Einstein published five scientific articles that fundamentally changed the world–view of physics: The Special Theory of Relativity revolutionized our concept of space and time, E=mc2 became the best known equation in physics. In this book, 100 authors explain the historical background of Einstein's life and work, shed light on many different aspects of his biography, and on the scientific fields and topics that are connected to Einstein's work.
Annals of the Former World
Call Number: QE77.M38 1998 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2000-06-15
The Pulitzer Prize-winning view of the continent, across the fortieth parallel and down through 4.6 billion years Twenty years ago, when John McPhee began his journeys back and forth across the United States, he planned to describe a cross section of North America at about the fortieth parallel and, in the process, come to an understanding not only of the science but of the style of the geologists he traveled with. The structure of the book never changed, but its breadth caused him to complete it in stages, under the overall title Annals of the Former World. Like the terrain it covers, Annals of the Former World tells a multi-layered tale, and the reader may choose one of many paths through it. As clearly and succinctly written as it is profoundly informed, this is our finest popular survey of geology and a masterpiece of modern nonfiction.
Appetite for Wonder
Call Number: QH31.D425 A3 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
With the 2006 publication of The God Delusion, the name Richard Dawkins became a byword for ruthless skepticism and brilliant, impassioned, articulate, impolite debate. In An Appetite for Wonder, Richard Dawkins shares a rare view into his early life, his intellectual awakening at Oxford, and his path to writing The Selfish Gene. He paints a vivid picture of his idyllic childhood in colonial Africa, peppered with sketches of his colorful ancestors, charming parents, and the peculiarities of colonial life right after World War II.
Call Number: Q130.E85 2000 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2000-10-19
Why are there so few women scientists? Persisting differences between women's and men's experiences in science make this question as relevant today as it ever was. Based on extensive research, this book emphasizes that science is an intensely social activity. Despite the scientific ethos of universalism and inclusion, scientists and their institutions are not immune to the prejudices of society as a whole. By presenting women's experiences at all key career stages from childhood to retirement the authors reveal the hidden barriers, subtle exclusions and unwritten rules of the scientific workplace, and the effects, both professional and personal, that these have on the female scientist. This important book should be read by all scientists both male and female and sociologists, as well as women thinking of embarking on a scientific career.
Call Number: QL568.A6 O858 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-09-12
Only recently have biologists discovered that human survival is inextricably linked to the survival of insects, specifically, bees. Today the 16-20,000 species of bee continue to play vital roles in human ecology. We survive only by grace of the life-sustaining network of bee-plant relationships. "Bees" immerses readers in the world of a group of insects whose diversity of form and behavior is eloquent testimony to the fine-tuning of natural selection.
Call Number: QA76.9 C66 C38 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-06-10
A sweeping look at how a new computer revolution is reshaping business, society, and culture. Just as companies stopped generating their own power and plugged into the newly built electric grid some hundred years ago, today it's computing that's turning into a utility. The effects of this transition will ultimately change society as profoundly as cheap electricity did. The Big Switch provides a panoramic view of the new world being conjured from the circuits of the "World Wide Computer." New for the paperback edition, the book now includes an A-Z guide to the companies leading this transformation.
Biology for Nonbiologists
Call Number: QH307.2.S65 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-07-10
The list keeps growing! The latest in Government Institutes' non-specialist series, Biology for Nonbiologists continues the tradition established by Toxicology for Non-Toxicologists and Chemistry for Nonchemists, by providing environmental and occupational-safety-and-health practitioners and students with a comprehensive overview of the principles and concepts of modern biology.
Book of Barely Imagined Beings
Call Number: QL50.H463 B66 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-04-10
With The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, Caspar Henderson offers readers a fascinating, beautifully produced modern-day menagerie. But whereas medieval bestiaries were often based on folklore and myth, the creatures that abound in Henderson's book from the axolotl to the zebra-fish are, with one exception, very much with us, albeit sometimes in depleted numbers. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings transports readers to a world of real creatures that seem as if they should be made up that are somehow more astonishing than anything we might have imagined.
Call Number: QD39.3.M3 Y38 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-02-27
Many undergraduate students enter into chemistry courses from a wide range of backgrounds, often possessing various levels of experience with the mathematical concepts necessary for carrying out practical calculations in chemistry. Chemical Calculations: Mathematics for Chemistry, Second Edition provides a unified, student-friendly reference of mathematical concepts and techniques incorporated into the context of familiar chemical topics. Uniquely organized by chemical rather than mathematical topics, this book relates each mathematical technique to the chemical concepts where it applies. The new edition features additional, revised, and updated material in every chapter. It achieves greater clarity with newly improved organization of topics and cross-referencing where mathematical techniques occur more than once.
Chemicals for Life and Living
Call Number: QD37.O245 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-07-13
Chemicals often have a negative Image among the general public. But there is no material world or indeed human beings without chemicals. The material world is operated by chemicals. The title 'Chemicals for Life and Living' implies that the material world is staged and played by chemicals. The book consists of five parts and an appendix. No quantitative calculations are included in this book so that it is appealing for everyone - not just chemists.
Chemistry - The Impure Science
Call Number: QD31.3.B455 2010 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2008-10-16
This book uses history to introduce central issues in the philosophy of chemistry. Mobilizing the theme of impurity, it explores the tradition of chemistry's negative image. It then argues for the positive philosophical value of chemistry, reflecting its characteristic practical engagement with the material world. The book concludes with some ethical reflections concerning chemistry's orientations in the twenty-first century. The authors have previously both offered significant contributions to the history and philosophy of chemistry.
Chemistry for Nonchemists
Call Number: QD31.3.S64 2006 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2006-03-03
Chemistry for Nonchemists provides environmental, health and safety professionals with an introductory reference book that will help them to understand the fundamental principles of chemistry and to understand those principles as they apply to the environmental compliance programs that regulate workplace activity. The book uses easy-to-understand language, keeps the science and mathematical language to a minimum, and provides numerous resources for enhancing the learning process.
Collected Works of John Muir, Naturalist , Including
Call Number: QH31.M9 C65 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-12-01
John Muir (1838- 1914) was a Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and the modern day patron saint of ecology. His writings on his adventures in the various wildernesses of America have been enjoyed by millions. His ecological activism helped to preserve many of the national parks, enabling others to enjoy nature. He founded the Sierra Club. Although his upbringing put him off religion for life he was an immensely spiritual man, and this quality and enthusiasm pervades all his writings, inspiring his readers, including politicians to preserve the natural landscapes. For this reason he is known as the Father of the National Parks.
Companion to Astronomy and Astrophysics
Call Number: QB14.L36 2006 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2006-07-13
Astronomy and Astrophysics is a comprehensive, fundamental, and up-to-date reference book. It is filled with vital information and basic facts for amateur astronomers and professional astrophysicists, and for anyone interested in the Universe, from the Earth and other planets to the stars, galaxies and beyond. An exceptionally thorough Index cross-references concepts, discoveries and individuals in both the Timeline section and Dictionary section. The combined result is a unique stand-alone reference volume in which the reader can quickly locate information, while also discovering new and unexpected knowledge.
Computer Science and Computing
Call Number: QA76.K56 2006 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2005-11-01
As computers have infiltrated virtually every facet of our lives, so has computer science influenced nearly every academic subject in science, engineering, medicine, social science, the arts and humanities. Michael Knee offers a selective guide to the major resources and tools central to the entire industry. A discussion of three commonly used subject classification systems precedes an annotated bibliography of over 500 items.
Call Number: QA76.17.C467 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-06-15
The history of computing could be told as the story of hardware and software, or the story of the Internet, or the story of "smart" hand-held devices, with subplots involving IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter. In this concise and accessible account of the invention and development of digital technology, computer historian Paul Ceruzzi offers a broader and more useful perspective. He identifies four major threads that run throughout all of computing's technological development: digitization the coding of information, computation, and control in binary form, ones and zeros; the convergence of multiple streams of techniques, devices, and machines, yielding more than the sum of their parts; the steady advance of electronic technology, as characterized famously by "Moore's Law"; and the human-machine interface.
Computing for Ordinary Mortals
Call Number: QA76.S7375 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-10-29
In Computing for Ordinary Mortals, computer scientist Robert St. Amant explains computing, introducing basic computing concepts and strategies in a way that readers without a technical background can understand and appreciate. Each chapter illustrates ideas from a different area of computing, and together they provide important insights into what drives the field as a whole. St. Amant shows us how to write down instructions so that a computer can accomplish specific tasks, how the computer manages those tasks as it runs, and how computers can communicate with each other.
Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology
Call Number: QH331.C8465 2010 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2009-12-02
Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology brings together original essays on some of the most hotly debated questions in this lively and fast-moving field. Each of the ten sections introduces a specific issue within philosophy of biology and offers suggestions for further reading. Together, the essays provide an accessible introduction to philosophy of biology, and a springboard to further discussion. Showcasing original arguments for well-defined positions, as well as clear and concise statements of sophisticated philosophical views, this volume is an excellent resource for professional philosophers, biologists, and students alike.
Critical Transitions in Nature and Society
Call Number: QH545.A1 S34 2009 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2009-07-26
This book offers a comprehensive introduction to critical transitions in complex systems the radical changes that happen at tipping points when thresholds are passed. Marten Scheffer accessibly describes the dynamical systems theory behind critical transitions, covering catastrophe theory, bifurcations, chaos, and more. He gives examples of critical transitions in lakes, oceans, terrestrial ecosystems, climate, evolution, and human societies. And he demonstrates how to deal with these transitions, offering practical guidance on how to predict tipping points, how to prevent "bad" transitions, and how to promote critical transitions that work for us and not against us. Scheffer shows the time is ripe for understanding and managing critical transitions in the vast and complex systems in which we live.
Call Number: Q125.B297 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-04-03
With the recent landing of the Mars rover Curiosity, it seems safe to assume that the idea of being curious is alive and well in modern science that it's not merely encouraged but is seen as an essential component of the scientific mission. Yet there was a time when curiosity was condemned. In Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything, Philip Ball investigates how curiosity first became sanctioned when it changed from a vice to a virtue and how it became permissible to ask any and every question about the world. Looking closely at the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, Ball vividly brings to life the age when modern science began, a time that spans the lives of Galileo and Isaac Newton.
Discovery of Longitude
Call Number: QB225.G36 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-09-14
Discover the fascinating story behind one of the most important changes to nautical navigation in this nonfiction book for young readers. More than 300 years ago, explorers wandered the seas at the mercy of starless nights and stormy weather. They followed the shoreline, navigating by recognizable landmarks and the stars, but often became lost or wrecked on the rocky coast. What they needed to know in order to navigate safely was the longitude of their location, but for that they needed accurate timekeeping. Unfortunately, no accurate source of time measurement at sea existed.
DNA Pioneers and Their Legacy
Call Number: QP624.L34 1998 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 1998-06-16
In this account of the origins of modern molecular biology, the lives of pioneering scientists in the field of nucleic acid research, and the discovery of DNA, Ulf Lagerkvist speaks not only to scientists but to all students and general readers with an interest in science. The book also explores early research into general problems of the chemistry of biological materials. Lagerkvist vividly describes the research of such influential scientists.
Earthquakes in Human History
Call Number: QE521.Z45 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-01-22
Earthquakes in Human History tells the story of epic earthquakes. The authors, Jelle Zeilinga de Boer and Donald Theodore Sanders, vividly explain the geological processes responsible for earthquakes, and they describe how these events have had long-lasting aftereffects on human societies and cultures. Their accounts are enlivened with quotations from contemporary literature and from later reports. In the chaos following the Lisbon quake, government and church leaders vied for control.
Ecology for Nonecologists
Call Number: QH541.13.S64 2008 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-12-24
Written for anyone with a general interest in ecology, Ecology For Nonecologists examines the interrelationship of life forms in our environment and provides straightforward explanations about the complicated interactions between nature and humans." "Emphasizing basic concepts, definitions, and descriptions, Frank R. Spellman presents illustrative problems in terms of commonly used ecological parameters to provide readers with enough information to make technical and personal decisions about ecology.
Call Number: QC522.B64 2005 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2006-02-28
In Electric Universe, David Bodanis weaves tales of romance, divine inspiration, and fraud through a lucid account of the invisible force that permeates our universe. In these pages the virtuoso scientists who plumbed the secrets of electricity come vividly to life.
Call Number: QL737.P98 M473 2001 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2004-06-30
For thousands of years, the majestic elephant has roamed the African continent. But centuries of exploitation and ivory hunting have taken their toll. As the elephant's future looms ever darker, Meredith's concise and richly illustrated biography traces the elephant's history from the first ivory expeditions of the Egyptian pharaohs 2500 years ago to today, exploring along the way the indelible imprint the African elephant has made in art, literature, culture, and society. He shares recent extraordinary discoveries about the elephant's sophisticated family and community structure and reveals the remarkable ways in which elephants show compassion and loyalty to each other.
Encyclopedia of Physics
Call Number: QC5.R596 2004 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2004-05-01
Encyclopedia of Physics is a fine contribution to the scientific literature, articulated at a level and presented in a format ideal for high school and college students and general readers. In addition to aspects of pure physics, the book also provides information on applied physics, astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, geophysics, and medical physics, as well as general concepts, laws, principles, theories, experiments, and observations. Encyclopedia of Physics is an indispensable resource that will meet the specific demands of students, interested laypeople, and working professionals who need accurate and straightforward information on historical or current issues in physics.
Call Number: QH366.2.E863 2009 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-11-30
Spanning evolutionary science from its inception to its latest findings, from discoveries and data to philosophy and history, this book is the most complete, authoritative, and inviting one-volume introduction to evolutionary biology available. Clear, informative, and comprehensive in scope, Evolution opens with a series of major essays dealing with the history and philosophy of evolutionary biology, with major empirical and theoretical questions in the science, and concluding with essays on the social and political significance of evolutionary biology today. A second encyclopedic section travels the spectrum of topics in evolution with concise, informative, and accessible entries on individuals from Aristotle and Linneaus to Louis Leakey and Jean Lamarck; from T. H. Huxley and E. O. Wilson to Joseph Felsenstein and Motoo Kimura; and on subjects from altruism and amphibians to evolutionary psychology and Piltdown Man to the Scopes trial and social Darwinism.
Call Number: QH366.2 Z526 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-08-14
Science writer Carl Zimmer and evolutionary biologist Douglas Emlen have teamed up to write a textbook intended for biology majors that will inspire students while delivering a solid foundation in evolutionary biology. Students will learn the fundamental concepts of evolutionary theory, such as natural selection, genetic drift, phylogeny, and co-evolution.
Call Number: QH366.2.R88 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-04-11
We tend to see history and evolution springing from separate roots, one grounded in the human world and the other in the natural world. This book introduces readers to evolutionary history, a new field that unites history and biology to create a fuller understanding of the past than either can produce on its own. Evolutionary history can stimulate surprising new hypotheses for any field of history and evolutionary biology. How many art historians would have guessed that sculpture encouraged the evolution of tuskless elephants? How many biologists would have predicted that human poverty would accelerate animal evolution? How many military historians would have suspected that plant evolution would convert a counter-insurgency strategy into a rebel subsidy?
Call Number: QR502.I54 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-03-19
Discovered and identified as the cause of mad cow disease only three decades ago, the prion is a protein molecule that, when misshapen in the brain, becomes fatal. Novel and controversial, prions have provoked a scientific revolution. This book recounts the birth of prion science and the imaginative detective work scientists have undertaken as they struggle to find the answers to devastating brain diseases from mad cow and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease to Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Lou Gehrig's, and others. Ingram makes complex scientific concepts accessible and shows how little-known events may have profound significance. He describes the development of prion science as a rough-and-tumble affair, with rivals, eccentrics, interfering governments, and brilliantly creative people all playing salient roles.
Call Number: QA699.A13 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-04-01
Narrated by A. Square, Flatland is Edwin A. Abbott's delightful mathematical fantasy about life in a two-dimensional world. All existence is limited to length and breadth in Flatland, its inhabitants unable even to imagine a third dimension. Abbott's amiable narrator provides an overview of this fantastic world--its physics and metaphysics, its history, customs, and religious beliefs. But when a strange visitor mysteriously appears and transports the incredulous Flatlander to the Land of Three Dimensions, his worldview is forever shattered.
Four Laws That Drive the Universe
Call Number: QC311.2.A85 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-09-27
The laws of thermodynamics drive everything that happens in the universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the cooling of hot metal, and from the unfurling of a leaf to the course of life itself everything is directed and constrained by four simple laws. They establish fundamental concepts such as temperature and heat, and reveal the arrow of time and even the nature of energy itself. Peter Atkins' powerful and compelling introduction explains what the laws are and how they work, using accessible language and virtually no mathematics. Guiding the reader from the Zeroth Law to the Third Law, he introduces the fascinating concept of entropy, and how it not only explains why your desk tends to get messier, but also how its unstoppable rise constitutes the engine of the universe.
Geology for Nongeologists
Call Number: QE31.S64 2009 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2009-05-16
Geology for Nongeologists introduces basic concepts in geology: how rocks, minerals, and fossils are classified, how wind, ice, and water have shaped the earth, how mountains are formed, and how volcanoes, geysers, earthquakes, glaciers, and groundwater work to modify the physical structure of Earth. Primarily designed as an information source, and intended to be a non-technical survey for those with little background in science, this book is presented in a reader-friendly style. This book provides a broad look at a multidisciplinary field that incorporates aspects of biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, geography, meteorology, pedology, and many other areas of science.
Call Number: QD381.G755 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2010-07-15
This book describes the basic facts, concepts and ideas of polymer physics in simple, yet scientifically accurate, terms. No mathematics is used in the book beyond modest high school algebra, yet very sophisticated concepts are introduced and explained, ranging from scaling and reptations to protein folding and evolution. This new edition includes an extended section on polymer preparation methods, discusses knots formed by molecular filaments, and presents new and updated materials on polymer properties of proteins and their roles in biological evolution.
Call Number: QC794.6.G7 H385 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-02-21
When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? What is the nature of reality? Is the apparent "grand design" of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator who set things in motion or does science offer another explanation? In this startling and lavishly illustrated book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about these and other abiding mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by brilliance and simplicity. According to quantum theory, the cosmos does not have just a single existence or history. The authors explain that we ourselves are the product of quantum fluctuations in the early universe, and show how quantum theory predicts the "multiverse" the idea that ours is just one of many universes that appeared spontaneously out of nothing, each with different laws of nature.
Call Number: QC178.C457 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-05-22
Physicists will tell you that four forces control the universe. Of these, gravity may the most obvious, but it is also the most mysterious. Newton managed to predict the force of gravity but couldn't explain how it worked at a distance. Einstein picked up on the simple premise that gravity and acceleration are interchangeable to devise his mind-bending general relativity, showing how matter warps space and time. Not only did this explain how gravity worked and how apparently simple gravitation has four separate components but it predicted everything from black holes to gravity's effect on time. Whether it's the reality of anti-gravity or the unexpected discovery that a ball and a laser beam drop at the same rate, gravity is the force that fascinates.
Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils
Call Number: QE365.B565 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2005-02-05
A detailed and extensively illustrated handbook. The colors, shapes and properties of minerals vary from the bland to the magnificent. Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils is a practical and authoritative handbook that is both comprehensive and easy to use. Each of the 600 specimens is shown in full color, sometimes in two or more forms. There are also drawings that show the structure of the crystalline specimens. It covers the basics like granite, as well as oddities like meteorites and tektites. Each is described in detail, with notes on: color and transparency grain size hardness structure occurrence mineralogy distinguishing features habit cleavage texture alteration luster Mineral names, chemical formulae and structural data accord to international standards. This is a very complete, but attractive and useful volume in a respected series.
Guide to Seashells of the World
Call Number: QL405.O45 2004 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2004-08-07
A wonderful introduction to the diversity of marine shells and the hobby of collecting them an excellent place to start learning about seashells and their classification. The book combines comprehensive and informative text with 1,200 color illustrations, focusing on the shells themselves rather than on the marine creatures that once inhabited them. An introductory section covers mollusks and their classification, terminology and collection, along with conservation issues and an invaluable identification key. The main section is the identification guide to 1,200 species in precise detail and clarity. The description of each species is accompanied on the same page with an easy-to-use identification key and color illustration. The specific details for each entry include: Detailed color picture of the shell Shell size Distribution and locations Color and texture Defining characteristics. Guide to the Seashells of the World is an ideal reference for shell aficionados.
Guide to Stars and Planets
Call Number: QB63.M64 2005 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2005-09-01
The Guide to Stars and Planets is a practical guide to the night sky featuring detailed maps of the moon and constellations, plus a host of recommendations on what to look for and when. In a compact format, this book is illustrated with charts, maps, and stunning photographs from the world's finest Earth and space-based telescopes. Detailed entries describe the following astronomical objects, organized by the closest to the furthest from Earth. The book highlights the most interesting objects that can be observed using the naked eye, binoculars or telescope. Detailed moon maps and charts identify significant features, and practical tips explain how to observe the sun safely. The Guide to Stars and Planets is an ideal introduction to astronomy and a concise reference for hobbyists of all levels of experience.
Guide to Weather Forecasting
Call Number: QC995.4.D86 2008 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2008-02-15
A concise guide to weather systems and weather forecasting. As recent events have shown, weather can have very different consequences depending on where you live. Covers every aspect of making a forecast and is a handy resource to understanding the professionals' daily weather predictions. The readings meteorologists use when developing a forecast Extreme weather and climate change Guide to Weather Forecasting also covers charts, satellite images and instruments that can be used at home. With its many color photographs and diagrams, handy glossary and useful index, this is an ideal quick reference for the amateur and semiprofessional weather forecaster.
Handy Chemistry Answer Book
Call Number: QD39.2.S75 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-10-01
Simplifying the complex chemical reactions that take place in everyday through the well-stated answers for more than 600 common chemistry questions, this reference is the go-to guide for students and professionals alike. The book covers everything from the history, major personalities, and groundbreaking reactions and equations in chemistry to laboratory techniques throughout history and the latest developments in the field.
In Defense of Science
Call Number: Q172.S64 2011
Publication Date: 2010-12-16
This book explains why ordinary citizens need to have an understanding of science, its methods, and its ground-breaking discoveries. The authors introduce the most basic scientific concepts in accessible and straightforward language. Along the way they debunk several misconceptions about science and scientists, and provide a view of science as an integral part of society, policy, and everyday life. The book begins with an introduction to science and its basic concepts, including a brief and entertaining history of science and scientific discoveries, before taking on current views of science in society.
Inside the Human Genome
Call Number: QH325.A895 2010 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2010-02-12
Inside the Human Genome is the first book to examine the philosophical question of why, from the perspectives of biochemistry and molecular genetics, flaws exist in the biological world. Distinguished evolutionary geneticist John Avise offers a panoramic yet penetrating exploration of the many gross deficiencies in human DNA - ranging from mutational defects to built-in design faults while at the same time offering a comprehensive treatment of recent findings about the human genome. The author shows that the overwhelming scientific evidence for genomic imperfection provides a compelling counterargument to intelligent design. He also develops a case that theologians should welcome rather than disavow these discoveries.
Call Number: QC16.N7 C51 2005 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2005-11-01
Quarrelsome and quirky, a disheveled recluse who ate little, slept less, and yet had an iron constitution, Isaac Newton rose from a virtually illiterate family to become one of the towering intellects of science. Now, in this fast-paced, colorful biography, Gale E. Christianson paints an engaging portrait of Newton and the times in which he lived. We follow Newton from his childhood in rural England to his student days at Cambridge, where he devoured the works of Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo, and taught himself mathematics. There ensued two miraculous years at home in Woolsthorpe Manor, where he fled when plague threatened Cambridge, a remarkably fertile period when Newton formulated his theory of gravity, a new theory of light, and calculus all by his twenty-fourth birthday.
Lange's Handbook of Chemistry
Call Number: QD65.L36 2005 9 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2004-12-20
A standard reference for chemists for 70 years, this new Sixteenth Edition features an enormous compilation of facts, data, tabular material, and experimental findings in every area of chemistry. Included in this massive compendium are listings of the properties of approximately 4,400 organic and 1,400 inorganic compounds.This Sixteenth Edition offers 40% new or extensively revised content and starting with this edition, the author includes equations that allow users to calculate important values such as temperature and pressure.
Lies, Damned Lies, and Science
Call Number: Q223.S33 2009 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2009-01-13
Watch the news, and it's easy to be overwhelmed by snippets of badly presented science: information that's incomplete, confusing, contradictory, out-of-context, wrong, or flat-out dishonest. In this book, Dr. Sherry Seethaler provides a "bag of tricks" for making sense of science in the news. You'll learn how to think more sensibly about everything from mad cow disease to global warming and make better science-related decisions in both your personal life and as a citizen. You'll begin by understanding how science really works and progresses, and why scientists sometimes disagree. Seethaler helps you assess the possible biases of those who make scientific claims in the media, and place scientific issues in appropriate context, so you can intelligently assess tradeoffs.
Living with Darwin
Call Number: QH366.2.K58 2009 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2009-04-28
Charles Darwin has been at the center of white-hot public debate for more than a century. In Living With Darwin, Philip Kitcher stokes the flames swirling around Darwin's theory, sifting through the scientific evidence for evolution, Creation Science, and Intelligent Design, and revealing why evolution has been the object of such vehement attack. Kitcher first provides valuable perspective on the present controversy, describing the many puzzles that blocked evolution's acceptance in the early years, and explaining how scientific research eventually found the answers to these conundrums. Interestingly, Kitcher shows that many of these early questions have been resurrected in recent years by proponents of Intelligent Design. In fact, Darwin himself considered the issue of intelligent design, and amassed a mountain of evidence that effectively refuted the idea.
Machinery of Life
Call Number: QH581.2.G66 2010 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2010-05-13
The Machinery of Life is a journey into the sub-microscopic world of molecular machines. Readers are introduced to the types of molecules built by cells, in a series of full-color "watercolor" illustrations, which show a portion of a living cell magnified by 1,000,000 times, the reader is guided through the interior world of cells. The book explores the ways in which molecules work in concert to perform the processes of living, and how vitamins, viruses, poisons, and drugs each have their effects on the molecules in our bodies. The book is a fascinating introduction to biochemistry for the non-specialist, and combines a lucid text with an abundance of drawings and computer graphics that present the world of cells and their components in a truly unique way.
Making up the Mind
Call Number: QP376.F686 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-05-07
Written by one of the world's leading neuroscientists, Making Up the Mind is the first accessible account of experimental studies showing how the brain creates our mental world. Uses evidence from brain imaging, psychological experiments and studies of patients to explore the relationship between the mind and the brain. Demonstrates that our knowledge of both the mental and physical comes to us through models created by our brain. Shows how the brain makes communication of ideas from one mind to another possible.
Call Number: QD22.C8 S77 2006 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2006-03-14
Marie Curie was the first person to receive two Nobel Prizes for science, and her work still influences our understanding of physics, medicine, and chemistry. Born Marja Skodowska in Poland in 1867, she studied in Paris, France, where she changed her name to Marie. In 1895, she married Pierre Curie, and the couple's pioneering work on the invisible radiation given off by uranium lead to the discovery of radioactivity. Marie Curie later discovered the elements radium and polonium. She died in 1934, following extensive exposure to radioactivity. This lively and engaging biography brings the reader into Marie Curie's world through personal diaries, school reports, family photos, and revealing quotations. National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources.
Mechanics from Aristotle to Einstein
Call Number: QA802.C76 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-07-01
In this book, Michael Crowe does for the physics of moving bodies what he had previously done for theories of the universe. In a remarkably concise compass, Crowe presents the fascinating story of how philosophers and scientists through the ages have tried to understand how things move. The selections are furnished with extensive notes aimed at guiding nonspecialist readers through the texts. Introductory sections provide historical information that helps us understand and appreciate each chapter in the story, which Crowe aptly characterizes as "the most remarkable story in all secular history."
Milestones in Computer Science and Information Technology
Call Number: QA76.R434 2003 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2003-08-30
More than 600 A-to-Z entries describe the most significant advances in computer science and information technology, covering hardware, software, theory, mathematics, programming, languages, memory, architecture, applications, and graphics.
Call Number: Q125.N388 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-12-11
Gathering essays that focus on the worldliness of science, this volume offers a kaleidoscopic survey of some of the newest and most exciting work in the history of science. The contributions here are situated at the intersection of science studies and cultural history, revealing science's inseparable engagement with the major institutional bases of social life. With a chronological span reaching from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, these pieces explore sundials, genetic sequences, simulations of human behavior, cartography, radioactive fallout, and a host of other historical phenomena that show the sciences in action throughout human society.
Call Number: QP81.5.F35 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-04-28
While we joke that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, our gender differences can't compare to those of other animals. Why do these gender gulfs exist? Introducing readers to important discoveries in animal behavior and evolution, Odd Couples explores some of the most extraordinary sexual differences in the animal world. From the fields of Spain to the deep oceans, evolutionary biologist Daphne Fairbairn uncovers the unique and bizarre characteristics in size, behavior, ecology, and life history that exist in these remarkable species and the special strategies they use to maximize reproductive success.
Once We All Had Gills
Call Number: QH31.R128 A3 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-07-16
Rudolf A. Raff reaches out to the scientifically queasy, using his life story and his growth as a scientist to illustrate why science matters, especially at a time when many Americans are both suspicious of science and hostile to scientific ways of thinking. Raff argues that when the public is confused or ill-informed, these issues tend to be decided on religious, economic, and political grounds that disregard the realities of the natural world. Speaking up for science and scientific literacy, Raff tells how and why he became an evolutionary biologist and describes some of the vibrant and living science of evolution.
Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Call Number: QP512.O94 2006 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2006-08-24
Over the last few years, the language of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has expanded enormously to the extent that few scientists can expect to be familiar with all the terms and concepts. This is partly due the massive influence of the Genome and successive "-omics" projects which have developed in to many new areas of research. At the same time, terms from other subject areas - including mathematics, statistics, physics and other life sciences - appear increasingly in the biochemical literature. The Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provides a comprehensive and 'encyclopaedic' survey of modern biochemistry and molecular biology.
Palette of Particles
Call Number: QC793.26.B47 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-03-11
From molecules to stars, much of the cosmic canvas can be painted in brushstrokes of primary color: the protons, neutrons, and electrons we know so well. Bringing particle physics to life as few authors can, Jeremy Bernstein here unveils nature in all its subatomic splendor. In this graceful account, Bernstein guides us through high-energy physics from the early twentieth century to the present. An eyewitness to developments at Harvard University and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Bernstein laces his story with piquant anecdotes of such luminaries as Wolfgang Pauli, Murray Gell-Mann, and Sheldon Glashow.
Call Number: QD467.A457 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-02-28
Like the alphabet, the calendar, or the zodiac, the periodic table of the chemical elements has a permanent place in our imagination. But aside from the handful of common ones (iron, carbon, copper, gold), the elements themselves remain wrapped in mystery. We do not know what most of them look like, how they exist in nature, how they got their names, or of what use they are to us. Unlocking their astonishing secrets and colorful pasts, Periodic Tales is a passionate journey through mines and artists studios, to factories and cathedrals, into the woods and to the sea to discover the true stories of these fascinating but mysterious building blocks of the universe.
Call Number: QC7.P49 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-11-01
Following the hugely successful The Science Book and The Math Book comes a richly illustrated chronology of physics, containing 250 short, entertaining, and thought-provoking entries. In addition to exploring such engaging topics as dark energy, parallel universes, the Doppler effect, the God particle, and Maxwell's demon, the book's timeline extends back billions of years to the hypothetical Big Bang and forward trillions of years to a time of quantum resurrection.
Physics for Nonphysicists
Call Number: QC24.5.S64 2009 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2009-05-16
Environmental professionals who look beyond their specialties and acquire knowledge in a variety of sciences not only make solving on-the-job problems easier for themselves, but they also increase their employment opportunities. This book provides a clear, concise overview of the most important aspects of physics in a way that anyone, even those who have never taken a formal physics course, can relate to. Starting with the basic principles of measurement, conversion factors, and math operations, the author explores the topics of motion and force, work and energy, gravity, atoms, heat, sound, light and color, and basic electricity. Each chapter examines the jargon, concepts, key concerns, and applications of physics in action and ends with a chapter review test.
Physics of the Human Body
Call Number: QP34.5.M3564 2010 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2010-04-26
Richard P. McCall's fascinating book explains how basic concepts of physics apply to the fundamental activities and responses of the human body, a veritable physics laboratory. Each chapter discusses a fundamental physics concept and relates it to the anatomy and physiology of applicable parts of the body. Clear and compelling, with a limited amount of math, McCall's descriptions allow readers of all levels to appreciate the physics of the human physique.
Call Number: QK45.2.P575 2010 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2009-05-08
Plant Biology is an account of modern plant science, reflecting recent advances in genetics and genomics and the excitement they have created. The book begins with a review of what is known about the origins of modern-day plants. Next, the special features of plant genomes and genetics are explored. Subsequent chapters provide information on our current understanding of plant cell biology, plant metabolism, and plant developmental biology, with the remaining three chapters outlining the interactions of plants with their environments. The final chapter discusses the relationship of plants with humans: domestication, agriculture and crop breeding. Plant Biology contains over 1,000 full color illustrations, and each chapter begins with Learning Objectives and concludes with a Summary.
Call Number: QC174.12.C689 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-01-31
Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw approach the world of quantum mechanics and make fundamental scientific principles accessible and fascinating to everyone. The subatomic realm has a reputation for weirdness, spawning any number of profound misunderstandings, journeys into Eastern mysticism, and woolly pronouncements on the interconnectedness of all things. Cox and Forshaw's contention? There is no need for quantum mechanics to be viewed this way. There is a lot of mileage in the weirdness& of the quantum world, and it often leads to confusion and, frankly, bad science. The Quantum Universe cuts through the Wu Li and asks what observations of the natural world made it necessary, how it was constructed, and why we are confident that, for all its apparent strangeness, it is a good theory.
Questioning the Universe
Call Number: QC24.5.S33 2009 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2008-12-16
Questioning the Universe: Concepts in Physics offers the nonscientist a view that demonstrates how physics is perpetually evolving and shows how so many seemingly diverse concepts are intimately connected. One could argue that the most important ideas in modern physics are all about unification, and that these ideas are as fascinating as they are elegant. Physicists today believe that Mother Nature is remarkably efficient and requires only a relatively small number of laws to keep her universe in working order. We may not yet know all of these laws; but at the center of physics is a faith that she is indeed understandable and that someday, we will see her full beauty.
Call Number: QH31.C33 R33 2008 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2008-05-01
Long before Rachel Carson would become synonymous with environmental activism, she was a nature and science writer. Based solidly on science and written in beautiful prose, Carson's work issued a practical and moral challenge to her readers: Can we find a way to live on earth with care and respect? In Rachel Carson, the first book to offer a sustained treatment of her work prior to Silent Spring, Lisa H. Sideris and Kathleen Dean Moore bring together seventeen writers, activists, and scholars from a range of disciplines to uncover the many sides of Rachel Carson. Exposing her enthusiasm for the natural world and the depth of her writings, the contributors examine her books, speeches, essays, and the letters she wrote as she prepared to die.
Call Number: QH361.C275 2009 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2009-02-10
In the tradition of The Microbe Hunters and Gods, Graves, and Scholars, Sean Carroll leads a rousing voyage that recounts the most important discoveries in two centuries of natural history: from Darwin's trip around the world to Charles Walcott's discovery of pre-Cambrian life in the Grand Canyon; from Louis and Mary Leakey's investigation of our deepest past in East Africa to the trailblazers in modern laboratories who have located a time clock in our DNA.
Requiem for a Species
Call Number: QC903.H2185 2010 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2010-04-07
Clive Hamilton offers a compelling description of a world transformed by climate change and explains why we won't stop climate change even though we know it will destroy us. This book does not set out to raise the alarm again to encourage us to take radical measures to head off climate chaos. This book is about why we have ignored those warnings, and why it may now be too late. It is a book about the frailties of the human species as expressed in both the institutions we built and the psychological dispositions that have led us on the path of self-destruction.
Call Number: QP623.D37 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-07-21
In RNA: Life's Indispensable Molecule, Jim Darnell provides a comprehensive and captivating account of RNA research, illuminated by his own life-long and celebrated engagement in the field. With a scope extending from the early 20th century to the present day, he conveys the intellectual context in which these questions first arose and explains how the key experiments were structured and answers obtained. The book is geared towards scientists from the graduate level on up, and will particularly appeal to active investigators in RNA biology, educators of molecular biology and biochemistry, and science historians.
Rocks Don't Lie
Call Number: QE39.5.P3 M66 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-08-27
In Tibet, geologist David R. Montgomery heard a local story about a great flood that bore a striking similarity to Noah's Flood. Intrigued, Montgomery began investigating the world's flood stories and-drawing from historic works by theologians, natural philosophers, and scientists-discovered the counter-intuitive role Noah's Flood played in the development of both geology and creationism. With an explorer's eye and a refreshing approach to both faith and science, Montgomery takes readers on a journey across landscapes and cultures. In the process we discover the illusive nature of truth, whether viewed through the lens of science or religion, and how it changed through history and continues changing, even today.
Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism
Call Number: QH366.2.S43 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-03-17
From leading scientists, lawyers, and educators, a new and decisive rebuttal to the assault on evolution from proponents of "intelligent design." This powerful collection eviscerates the new assault on evolution and reveals the pervasive and insidious threat posed to genuine science by ID proponents like Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe, and William Dembski. The sixteen original essays address two key issues: the overwhelming scientific evidence for evolution gathered over 150 years and the dubious underpinnings of creationism; and how society can mount better educational and legal policies to prevent a theological takeover of our public and scientific institutions. The book includes powerful voices in the modern culture war against ID, including Kevin Padian, paleontologist and expert witness in the landmark lawsuit of Kitzmiller v. Dover.
Call Number: QP360.C3667 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-06-06
"Is Google making us stupid?" Nicholas Carr crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net's bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply? Now, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the Internet's intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. As he describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by "tools of the mind" from the alphabet to maps, to the printing press, the clock, and the computer Carr interweaves a fascinating account of recent discoveries in neuroscience by such pioneers as Michael Merzenich and Eric Kandel. Our brains, the historical and scientific evidence reveals, change in response to our experiences.
Sky in a Bottle
Call Number: Q125.P475 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-02-23
Children ask, "Why is the sky blue?" but the question also puzzled Plato, Leonardo,and even Newton, who unlocked so many other secrets. The search for an answer continued for centuries. In Sky in a Bottle, Peter Pesic takes us on a quest to the heart of this mystery, tracing the various attempts of science, history, and art to solve it. He begins with the scholars of the ancient world and continues through the natural philosophers of the Enlightenment, the empiricists of the scientific revolution, and beyond. Pesic's odyssey introduces us to central ideas of chemistry, optics, and atomic physics.
Spark of Life
Call Number: QP341.A77 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-09-24
The history of how scientists discovered the role of electricity in the human body is a colorful one, filled with extraordinary personalities, fierce debates, and brilliant experiments. Moreover, present-day research on electricity and ion channels has created one of the most exciting fields in science, shedding light on conditions ranging from diabetes and allergies to cystic fibrosis, migraines, and male infertility. With inimitable wit and a clear, fresh voice, award-winning researcher Frances Ashcroft weaves together compelling real-life stories with the latest scientific findings, giving us a spectacular account of the body electric.
Call Number: QC16.H33 F465 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-01-03
Stephen Hawking has been an iconic figure in physics for the last half a century, making many groundbreaking discoveries on the nature of the universe. Yet while his mind roams to the farthest corners of reality, his body has become increasingly trapped by the advance of Lou Gehrig's disease, which has bound him to wheelchair, without speech or movement except for a few facial muscles. Told in his youth that he would not live past his 20s, Hawking will turn 70 in 2012, and today he continues to inspire millions, drawing rock-concert-sized crowds wherever he lectures. This is a remarkable look at how one of the greatest scientific mind alive overcame the odds to become the truly inspirational figure he is today.
Story of Earth
Call Number: QE501.H325 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-04-26
In this radical new approach to Earth's biography, senior Carnegie Institution researcher and national bestselling author Robert M. Hazen reveals how the co-evolution of the geosphere and biosphere of rocks and living matter has shaped our planet into the only one of its kind in the Solar System, if not the entire cosmos. He calls upon a flurry of recent discoveries to portray our planet's many iterations in vivid detail from its fast-rotating infancy when the Sun rose every five hours and the Moon filled 250 times more sky than it does now, to its sea-bathed youth before the first continents arose; from the Great Oxidation Event that turned the land red, to the globe-altering volcanism that may have been the true killer of the dinosaurs.
Student's Guide to Coding and Information Theory
Call Number: Q360.M68 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-01-26
This easy-to-read guide provides a concise introduction to the engineering background of modern communication systems, from mobile phones to data compression and storage. The authors begin with many practical applications in coding, including the repetition code, the Hamming code and the Huffman code. They then explain the corresponding information theory, from entropy and mutual information to channel capacity and the information transmission theorem. Finally, they provide insights into the connections between coding theory and other fields. Exercises are also included, enabling readers to double-check what they have learned and gain glimpses into more advanced topics, making this perfect for anyone who needs a quick introduction to the subject.
The Cambridge Dictionary of Human Biology and Evolution
Call Number: QP34.5.M24 2005 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2005-06-23
Packed with 13000 descriptions of terms, specimens, sites and names, this invaluable research and study tool covers a broad range of subjects including human biology, physical anthropology, primatology, physiology, genetics, paleontology and zoology. The volume also includes over 1000 word roots, taxonomies and reference tables for extinct, recent and extant primates, and illustrations of landmarks, bones and muscles. It is essential for students, researchers, and anyone with an interest in human biology or evolution.
Call Number: QC24.5.S87 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-01-29
The Theoretical Minimum is a book for anyone who has ever regretted not taking physics in college--or who simply wants to know how to think like a physicist. Physicist Leonard Susskind and hacker-scientist George Hrabovsky offer a first course in physics and associated math for the ardent amateur. Based on Susskind's enormously popular Stanford University-based (and YouTube-featured) continuing-education course, the authors cover the minimum the theoretical minimum of the title that readers need to master to study more advanced topics.
Thermodynamics for Chemists, Physicists and Engineers
Call Number: QC311.H65 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-07-06
Thermodynamics is an essential part of chemical physics and is of fundamental importance in physics, chemistry and engineering courses. This textbook takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject and is therefore suitable for undergraduates in all those courses. The book is an introduction to phenomenological thermodynamics and its applications to phase transitions and chemical reactions, with some references to statistical mechanics.
Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins
Call Number: QL666.C5 O74 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-08-30
The remarkable adaptations of turtles, tortoises and terrapins have helped them survive for over 200 million years. They are the most wide-ranging of reptiles, found in deserts, forests and the open ocean. But they are also among the world's most endangered animals. Around the world, turtle populations are under attack on land and sea.
Call Number: QA76.17.W38 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-05-18
The computer unlike other inventions is universal; you can use a computer for many tasks: writing, composing music, designing buildings, creating movies, inhabiting virtual worlds, communicating. This popular science history isn't just about technology but introduces the pioneers: Babbage, Turing, Apple's Wozniak and Jobs, Bill Gates, Tim Berners-Lee, Mark Zuckerberg. This story is about people and the changes computers have caused. In the future ubiquitous computing, AI, quantum and molecular computing could even make us immortal. The computer has been a radical invention. In less than a single human life computers are transforming economies and societies like no human invention before.
Call Number: QH76.J83 2009 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2009-06-22
This study traces the origins of conservation thinking in America to the naturalists who explored the middle-western frontier between 1740 and 1840. Their inquiries yielded a comprehensive natural history of America and inspired much of the conservation and ecological thinking we associate with later environmental and ecological philosophy. These explorers witnessed one of the great environmental transformations in American history, as the vast forests lying between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi gave way to a landscape of fields, meadows, and pastures. This book highlights the contributions made by the generation of natural historians who pioneered the utilitarian, ecological, and aesthetic arguments for protecting or preserving nature in America.
What Is Chemistry?
Call Number: QD37.A85 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-11-01
Chemistry may conjure up images of lab benches with test tubes and flasks, Bunsen burners, strange smells, and bubbling mixtures. But what is chemistry? Why does it matter? What do chemists do? Book jacket.
Who's Afraid of Marie Curie?
Call Number: Q147.H35 2007 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-11-30
Who's Afraid of Marie Curie? explores the opportunities and challenges facing women in science and technology, math and medicine, from grade school to grad school and beyond. Science writer Linley Hall's extensive research covers academia and industry, including scores of interviews that reveal the complex calculus or trying to balance personal lives with science careers. For teachers, parents, academics, and aspiring and experienced scientists alike, Who's Afraid of Marie Curie? is at once a call to action, a cautionary tale, and a message of hope, offering a crucial assessment of how far we've come, and how far we have to go.
Whole Story of Climate
Call Number: QC884.2.C5 P48 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-11-20
Accessible and engagingly written, this book is essential reading for anyone looking to understand one of our most important contemporary debates. In the publicity surrounding global warming, climate scientists are usually the experts consulted by the media. We rarely hear from geologists, who for almost two hundred years have been studying the history of Earth's dramatic and repeated climate revolutions, as revealed in the evidence of rocks and landscapes. This book describes the important contributions that geology has made to our understanding of climate change. What emerges is a much more complex and nuanced picture than is usually presented. While the average person often gets the impression that the Earth's climate would be essentially stable if it weren't for the deleterious effects of greenhouse gases, in fact the history of the earth over many millennia reveals a constantly changing climate.
Wonders of Physics
Call Number: QC24.5.A8513 2001 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2001-03-01
This book develops the best traditions of this kind of scientific literature. Written by working theoretical physicists who are at the same time dedicated popularizers of scientific knowledge, the book is clear and captivating in style. It brings to the reader the latest achievements of quantum solid-state physics; but on the way it shows how the laws of physics reveal themselves even in trivial (at first sight) episodes and natural phenomena around us. And what is most important, it portrays the world through the eyes of scientists, "proving the harmony by algebra".
Year Without Summer
Call Number: QE523.T285 K55 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-02-26
The Year Without Summer reveals a year of dramatic global change long forgotten by history. 1816 was a remarkable year-mostly for the fact that there was no summer. As a result of a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, weather patterns were disrupted worldwide for months, allowing for excessive rain, frost, and snowfall through much of the Northeastern U.S. and Europe in the summer of 1816. In the U.S., the extraordinary weather produced food shortages, religious revivals, and extensive migration from New England to the Midwest. In Europe, the cold and wet summer led to famine, food riots, the transformation of stable communities into wandering beggars, and one of the worst typhus epidemics in history.
Young Charles Darwin
Call Number: QH31.D2 T56 2009 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2009-02-12
This book is the first to inquire into the range of influences and ideas, the mentors and rivals, and the formal and informal education that shaped Charles Darwin and prepared him for his remarkable career of scientific achievement. Keith Thomson concentrates on Darwin's early life as a schoolboy, a medical student at Edinburgh, a theology student at Cambridge, and a naturalist aboard the Beagle on its famous five-year voyage. Closely analyzing Darwin's Autobiography and scientific notebooks, the author draws a fully human portrait of Darwin for the first time: a vastly erudite and powerfully ambitious individual, self-absorbed but lacking self-confidence, hampered as much as helped by family, and sustained by a passion for philosophy and logic.
Anatomy of Cycling
Call Number: RC1220.C8 L38 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-06-27
With its low impact on the joints and high caloric burn rate, cycling is a great choice for anyone wanting to get (and stay) in shape. It is accessible to all fitness levels and allows for easy progression. At all levels, cycling demands extreme physical effort and stamina to power the bicycle and to maintain correct form and speed, especially if for an extended time.
Anatomy of Exercise
Call Number: RA178.M3815 2008 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2009-03-01
Anatomy of Exercise is revolutionary for its insights into how different muscles of the body actually work during exercise. The book is organized by body area and shows common sequences in the progression of a typical workout. Lifelike anatomical illustrations demonstrate each exercise and reveal in colorful detail exactly which muscles are engaged, which are being conditioned and how those muscles respond.
Anatomy of Yoga
Call Number: RA781.7.E45 2010 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2010-09-23
Remarkable computer-generated illustrations of the muscles used during the most popular yoga poses. Yoga teachers and students can use this book as a visual reference to the muscles that are engaged by specific yoga poses. Each pose is shown in a full-color photograph opposite a detailed and annotated anatomical drawing that identifies the active and stabilizing muscles being used.
Cholera in Detroit
Call Number: RC131.M52 D483 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-07-25
During the mid to late 19th century, Detroit and the American Midwest were the sites of five major cholera epidemics. The first of these, the 1832 outbreak, was of particular significance an unexpected consequence of the Black Hawk War. While passing through New York State the men were exposed to cholera, transmitting the disease to the population of Detroit once they reached that city. As a result, cholera was established as an endemic disease in the upper Midwest. Further outbreaks took place in 1834, 1849, 1854 and 1866, ultimately resulting in the deaths of hundreds of individuals.
Clinical Gynecologic Oncology
Call Number: E-Book
Publication Date: 2012-03-19
Clinical Gynecologic Oncology, by Drs. Di Saia and Creasman, is the leading medical reference book geared toward helping you improve gynecologic cancer outcomes. You'll see how to take advantage of the latest advances in early detection and improved treatment options for gynecologic cancers, especially uterine and cervical cancers, equipping you with the skills you need to provide effective and compassionate care for your patients. Easily identify and absorb key information with outlines beginning each chapter. Choose the best management plan for each patient using algorithms throughout the book.
Emery's Elements of Medical Genetics
Call Number: E-Book
Publication Date: 2011-03-01
Master the genetics you need to know with the updated 14th Edition of Emery's Elements of Medical Genetics by Drs. Peter Turnpenny and Sian Ellard. Review the field's latest and most important topics with user-friendly coverage designed to help you better understand and apply the basic principles of genetics to clinical situations. Learning is easy with the aid of clear, full-color illustrative diagrams, a wealth of clinical photographs of genetic diseases, multiple-choice and case-based review questions, end-of-chapter summaries, and convenient online access at www.studentconsult.com. With this highly visual, award-winning classic in your hands, you have all the genetics knowledge you need for exams or practice.
Encyclopedia of Muscle and Skeletal Systems and Disorders
Call Number: RC925.5.S29 2005 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
The Encyclopedia of the Muscle and Skeletal Systems and Disorders provides a thorough reference guide to the different types and forms of muscle and bone diseases while covering preventive measures and treatment options. More than 500 A-to-Z entries discuss all aspects of muscle and bone in the human body, including anatomy, injuries, diseases and disorders, treatments, metabolic processes, current research, and much more.
Environmental Health and Science Desk Reference
Call Number: RA565.S64 2012 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2012-02-02
An understanding of the tools, techniques, and key terms and concepts in the interrelated fields of environmental health and science is necessary for effective practice. In Environmental Health and Science Desk Reference, authors Frank R. Spellman and Revonna M. Bieber define and explain the terms and concepts used by environmental professionals, environmental science professionals, safety practitioners and engineers, and non-science professionals.
Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education
Call Number: E-Book
Publication Date: 2013-02-28
The "gold standard" for evaluation and testing in nursing education, this revision helps educators measure and evaluate the level of learning that their students have achieved and presents fundamental concepts of what constitutes reliable tools and rubrics for measuring students' classroom and clinical performance. The book offers strategies for evaluating higher cognitive levels of learning and for evaluating written assignments with sample scoring rubrics. The book explores important social, ethical, and legal issues associated with testing and evaluation.
Falls Arent Funny
Call Number: RD93.K46 2010 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2010-08-16
Russell J. Kendzior provides a comprehensive look at one of the most pervasive yet seldom addressed problems facing our world today. The book's three parts explore slip-and-fall accidents themselves, what causes them, and what can be done to prevent them. It is comprehensive, dealing with all aspects of slip-and-fall accidents, their causes, and methods of prevention, while also being accessible and entertaining. It is an informative and much needed book for all managers, safety professionals, attorneys, business and property owners, and anyone else concerned with one of the nation's fastest growing safety crises.
Handbook of Environmental Health
Call Number: RA566.22.S64 2013 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2013-02-21
Frank Spellman and Melissa Stoudt identify the hazardous environmental issues and explain the science behind the dangers to our health. The Handbook of Environmental Health begins with defining the most commonly used terms, clearly explained for any student to learn and understand. Then each chapter tackles a different issue, outlining its scientific concepts and relating it to our health, with case studies or scenarios to bring the concepts to life. Lastly, the chapters conclude with thought-provoking questions. The authors also provide solutions to control the factors that harm our health, making this handbook a valuable resource for any student, library, or one interested in the dangers of environmental health.
History of Madness
Call Number: RC438.F613 2009 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2009-04-02
History of Madness begins in the Middle Ages with vivid descriptions of the exclusion and confinement of lepers. Why, Foucault asks, when the leper houses were emptied at the end of the Middle Ages, were they turned into places of confinement for the mad? Why, within the space of several months in 1656, was one out of every hundred people in Paris confined?
Human Genetics and Genomics
Call Number: E-Book
Publication Date: 2013-02-11
Human Genetics and Genomics, clearly explains the key principles needed by medical and health sciences students, from the basis of molecular genetics, to clinical applications used in the treatment of both rare and common conditions.
Call Number: E-Book
Publication Date: 2012-04-17
Integrative Medicine, by Dr. David Rakel, provides the practical, evidence-based guidance you need to safely and effectively integrate complementary and alternative medical treatments into your practice. This medical reference book lays the framework for making the best use of these therapeutic modalities and understanding the mechanisms by which these interventions work, keeping you at the forefront of the trend toward integrative health care.
Is It Safe?
Call Number: RA1242.P44 V64 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-12-20
Is It Safe narrates how the meaning of the safety of industrial chemicals has been historically produced by breakthroughs in environmental health research, which in turn trigger contests among trade associations, lawyers, politicians, and citizen activists to set new regulatory standards. Drawing on archival research and extensive interviews, author Sarah Vogel explores the roots of the contemporary debate over the safety of BPA, and the concerns presented by its estrogen-like effects even at low doses. Ultimately, she contends that science alone cannot resolve the political and economic conflicts at play in the definition of safety.
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Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: the Endocrine System
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2011-02-04
Endocrine System, 2nd Edition provides a concise and highly visual guide to the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the endocrine glands. Classic Netter art, updated illustrations, and modern imaging make this timeless work essential to your library. Access rare illustrations in one convenient source from the only Netter work devoted specifically to the endocrine system. Get a complete overview of the endocrine system through multidisciplinary coverage of endocrinology as a whole. Gain a quick understanding of complex topics from a concise text-atlas format that provides a context bridge between primary and specialized medicine.
Physicians' Desk Reference 2014
Call Number: RS75.P5 2014 (FAC - Reference)
Publication Date: 2013-12-24
The most authoritative, recognized guide to prescription drug information available. Completely updated and revised for the 68th edition. Physicians' Desk Reference has been the authoritative source on prescription drugs for 68 years. Found in virtually every physician's office, pharmacy, clinic, and library, no medical reference is more current, more recognized, or more respected. Now in its 68th edition, PDR contains full, FDA-approved drug label information, including warnings and precautions, drug interactions, and hundreds of full-color pill images. Every label in the PDR includes information on dosages, side effects, and safety information, suchas contraindications, pregnancy ratings, and interactions with other drugs, food, and alcohol. Data on clinical trials are also included.
Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine
Call Number: E-Book
Publication Date: 2010-11-01
Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, 5th Edition delivers the comprehensive, dependable guidance you need to effectively diagnose and manage even the most challenging sleep disorders. Updates to genetics and circadian rhythms, occupational health, sleep in older people, memory and sleep, physical examination of the patient, comorbid insomnias, and much more keep you current on the newest areas of the field. A greater emphasis on evidence-based approaches helps you make the most well-informed clinical decisions. Whether you are preparing for the new sleep medicine fellowship examination, or simply want to offer your patients today's best care, this is the one resource to use!
Public Toilet Design
Call Number: RA607 S34 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-09-26
The best, for architects, designers and contractors. Public Toilet Design presents a selection of 130 very diverse public toilet designs 50 of them installed over the last two years in which toilets enjoy special status as a vehicle for various artistic and cultural expressions, corporate values and the needs of different social groups.
Call Number: RB155.S985 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-09-25
The contributors to The Story Within share powerful experiences of living with genetic disorders. Their stories illustrate the complexities involved in making decisions about genetic diseases: whether to be tested, who to tell, whether to have children, and whether and how to treat children medically, if treatment is available. More broadly, they consider how genetic information shapes the ways we see ourselves, the world, and our actions within it. People affected by genetic disease respond to such choices in varied and personal ways. These writers reflect that breadth of response, yet they share the desire to challenge a restricted sense of what "health" is or whose life has value. They write hoping to expand conversations about genetics and identity to deepen debate and generate questions.
Textbook of Family Medicine
Call Number: E-Book
Publication Date: 2011-05-24
Textbook of Family Medicine remains your #1 choice for complete guidance on the principles of family medicine, primary care in the community, and all aspects of clinical practice. Ideal for both residents and practicing physicians, it includes evidence-based, practical information to optimize your patient care and prepare you for the ABFM exam.
Toxicology for Nontoxicologists
Call Number: RA1213.S73 2008 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2007-11-26
Toxicology for Non-Toxicologists provides non-scientific readers with basic toxicological concepts and explains how those concepts and their applications affect everyday life. It is designed for professionals in the environmental field as well as for a more general audience. Readers will find an introduction to the study of toxic chemicals on humans and the environment, including discussions on organic foods, food additives, and pesticides; pollution incidents in both the air and the water; misleading media reporting of toxicology; and the limitations of current toxicology knowledge.
Twenty-four Hour Mind
Call Number: RA786.C37 2010 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2010-06-24
In The Twenty-four Hour Mind, sleep scientist Rosalind Cartwright brings together decades of research into the bizarre sleep disorders known as parasomnias to propose a new theory of how the human mind works consistently throughout waking and sleeping hours. Thanks to increasingly sophisticated EEG and brain imaging technologies, we now know that our minds do not simply "turn off" during sleep. Rather, they continue to be active, and research has indicated that one of the primary purposes of sleep is to aid in regulating emotions and processing experiences that occur during preceding waking hours.
Call Number: RA781.U53 2003 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
In addition to explaining how and why exercise powers us and promotes longer life, Understanding Fitness includes a review of social factors affecting exercise. Exercise for specific conditions - from arthritis to cancer, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and osteoporosis - is also addressed.
Call Number: S494.5 S86 E467 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-10-03
By 2050, the world population is expected to reach nine billion. And the challenge of feeding this rapidly growing population is being made greater by climate change, which will increasingly wreak havoc on the way we produce our food. At the same time, we have lost touch with the soil few of us know where our food comes from, let alone how to grow it and we are at the mercy of multinational corporations who control the crops and give little thought to the damage their methods are inflicting on the planet. In Consumed, Sarah Elton walks fields and farms on three continents, not only investigating the very real threats to our food, but also telling the little-known stories of the people who are working against time to create a new and hopeful future.
DDT and the American Century
Call Number: SB952.D2 K56 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-11-07
Praised for its ability to kill insects effectively and cheaply and reviled as an ecological hazard, DDT continues to engender passion across the political spectrum as one of the world's most controversial chemical pesticides. In DDT and the American Century, David Kinkela chronicles the use of DDT around the world from 1941 to the present with a particular focus on the United States, which has played a critical role in encouraging the global use of the pesticide. The banning of DDT in the United States in 1972 is generally regarded as a signal triumph for the American environmental movement. Yet DDT's function as a tool of U.S. foreign policy and its use in international development projects designed to solve problems of disease and famine made it an integral component of the so-called American Century.
Androids in the Enlightenment
Call Number: TJ211.V675 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-05-31
The eighteenth century saw the creation of a number of remarkable mechanical androids. Designed to perform sophisticated activities such as writing, drawing, or music making, these "Enlightenment automata" have attracted continuous critical attention from the time they were made to the present, often as harbingers of the modern industrial age, an era during which human bodies and souls supposedly became mechanized. In Androids in the Enlightenment, Adelheid Voskuhl investigates two such automata both depicting piano-playing women. These automata not only play music, but also move their heads, eyes, and torsos to mimic a sentimental body technique of the eighteenth century: musicians were expected to generate sentiments in themselves while playing, then communicate them to the audience through bodily motions.
Call Number: TD223.B37 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-09-04
Americans see water as abundant and cheap: we turn on the faucet and out it gushes, for less than a penny a gallon. We use more water than any other culture in the world, much to quench what's now our largest crop the lawn. Blue Revolution exposes the truth about the water crisis driven not as much by lawn sprinklers as by a tradition that has encouraged everyone, from homeowners to farmers to utilities, to tap more and more. But the book also offers much reason for hope. Cynthia Barnett argues that the best solution is also the simplest and least expensive: a water ethic for America.
Creation, Use, and Deployment of Digital Information
Call Number: T58.5.C74 2005 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2005-03-16
The aim of this book is to present results of scientific research on how digital information should be designed and how artifacts or systems containing digital content should maximize usability, and to explain how context can influence the nature and effectiveness of digital communication. Using a philosophical, cognitive, and technical standpoint, the book covers the issue of what digital information actually is. The text also presents research outcomes from the perspective of research in information science broadly construed a term now used to cover a range of theoretical and practical approaches.
Call Number: TP527.S65 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-12-04
This volume recounts the individuals, ingredients, corporations, controversies, and myriad events responsible for America's diverse and complex beverage scene. Smith revisits the country's major historical moments colonization, the American Revolution, the Whiskey Rebellion, the temperance movement, Prohibition, and its repeal and he tracks the growth of the American beverage industry throughout the world. The result is an intoxicating encounter with an often overlooked aspect of American culture and global influence.
Early Shortwave Stations
Call Number: TK6557.B47 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-09-20
In this, his fourth book on shortwave broadcast history, the author revisits the period of his earlier work, On the Short Waves, 1923-1945, and focuses on the stations that were on the air in those early days.
Call Number: T58.5.R667 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-03-27
iDisorder: changes to your brains ability to process information and your ability to relate to the world due to your daily use of media and technology resulting in signs and symptoms of psychological disorders such as stress, sleeplessness, and a compulsive need to check in with all of your technology. Based on decades of research and expertise in the "psychology of technology," Dr. Larry Rosen offers clear, down-to-earth explanations for why many of us are suffering from an "iDisorder." Rosen offers solid, proven strategies to help us overcome the iDisorder we all feel in our lives while still making use of all that technology offers. Rosen teaches us how to stay human in an increasingly technological world.
Call Number: TK5105.888.G377 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-05-03
Physical Hazard Control
Call Number: T55.S6447 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-08-24
The book explains the proper controls for many types of physical hazards. Discussions of engineering controls, administrative controls, and the use of personal protective equipment are supplemented with real-world examples and solutions. This book presents an up-to-date, practical guide focusing on a variety of physical hazards and controls. It is an informative text for students, a quick reference for safety professionals, a refresher for those preparing for certification, and a practical guide for those who need information on how to control physical hazards in their own places of work.
Call Number: TS1885.U6 S529 2014 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-12-27
The rubber industry was born in bankruptcy and built through bankruptcies. As this history details, many of the great rubber barons Charles Goodyear, Harvey Firestone, B.F. Goodrich, F.A. Seiberling found themselves or their companies in bankruptcy courts. Fortunately, the industry has always proven as elastic as its product.From the early search for an American location to process the rubber of the tropics to the collapse of the industry, this is the story of rubber in America.
Call Number: TL788.5.E68 2010 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2010-08-16
In Space Flight: History, Technology, and Operations, author Lance K. Erickson offers a comprehensive look at the history of space exploration, the technology that makes it possible, and the continued efforts that promise to carry us into the future. Space Flight goes through the history of space exploration, from the earliest sub-orbital and orbital missions to today's deep-space probes, to provide a close look at past and present projects, then turns its attention to programs being planned today and to the significance of future exploration.
Understanding Information Transmission
Call Number: TK5102.5.A535 2005 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2005-02-28
Understanding Information Transmission introduces you to the entire field of information technology. In addition to the science and technology, this book brings the subject alive by presenting the amazing history of information technology, profiling incredible inventions and fascinating inventors, and their dramatic impact on society. Features include problem sets, key points, suggested reading, review appendices, and a full chapter on mathematical methods.
U: Military Science
Life after the Military
Call Number: UB357.H55 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-06-16
In Life After the Military: A Handbook for Transitioning Veterans, authors Janelle Hill, Don Philpott, and Cheryl Lawhorne-Scott collect all the information needed to settle into life after the military in one volume. The book discusses the many issues that transitioning veterans are faced with such as finding employment, going back to school, managing finances, special benefits available to veterans, and a host of other issues the transitioning veteran is likely to face when making the move to civilian life. It also discusses the emotional and psychological challenges that come with leaving the military and settling into life as a civilian. This book is essential for all who are transitioning out of the military, as well as their loved ones.
Spying in America
Call Number: UB271.U5 S85 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2012-11-15
Spying in America' presents a history of more than 30 espionage cases inside the United States. These cases include Americans who spied against their country, spies from both the Union and Confederacy during the Civil War, and foreign agents who ran operations on American soil. Some of the stories are familiar, such as those of Benedict Arnold and Julius Rosenberg, while others, though less well known, are equally fascinating.
Wounded Warrior Handbook
Call Number: UB363.P55 2012 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-12-29
The second edition of this popular resource guide has been thoroughly revised to reflect new policies, additional benefits, updated procedures, and changes to insurance, including traumatic injury insurance and social security disability insurance. New chapters cover veterans' benefits in depth-which have seen significant changes in the last two years-and returning to active duty after an injury. This guide directs you to answers and resources for the most pressing and difficult questions that wounded veterans face, such as: Where can I find information on symptoms and treatments of injuries? How do I get through all this paperwork? Where can I get legal assistance? What can I do for employment? How do I get back into everyday life? How can I return to active duty? How do I deal with insurance? What benefits are available to me, and how do I claim them? What about my family? How can they help me?
V: Navel Science
Lighthouses of North America
Call Number: VK1026.J33 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-08-08
A tour of more than 70 of the continent's most beautiful and important lighthouses. Lighthouses of North America is a beautiful tribute to 71 lighthouses in the United States and Canada. The book opens with a brief but fascinating history of lighthouses, which traces their use from the Romans to the "golden age" of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when lighthouses became a strategic and commercial asset to seafarers.
Z: Bibliographies, Library Science
Embedding Librarianship in Learning Mnagement Systems
Call Number: Z675.U5 T86 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-05-01
Information literacy instruction is best when it is integrated into actual research, and in higher education that means embedding librarianship into the learning management system. Tumbleson and Burke have implemented an embedded librarianship program at their university and have surveyed 280 librarians for information on related activities. They conclude that scalability is an issue and offer direction in starting a program that can be adapted and made sustainable.
Call Number: Z665.G547 2011 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2011-03-01
James Gleick, brings us a work just as astonishing and masterly: a revelatory chronicle and meditation that shows how information has become the modern eras defining quality the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world. The story of information begins in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanishes as soon as it is born. From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long-misunderstood talking drums of Africa, Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. He provides portraits of the key figures contributing to the inexorable development of our modern understanding of information.
New Academic Librarian
Call Number: Z682.4.C63 N49 2013 (FAC - Circulating)
Publication Date: 2013-12-24
The new essays on today's academic librarians examine above all their functions and responsibilities--since these have greatly changed just in recent years, especially in matters of technology. These librarians/essayists step away from yesterday's stereotypes and explain at length their new roles. From digital resources and special collections, to web development and new outreach initiatives, the topics covered by the essays in this book will reassure new librarians and stimulate prospective librarians as they realize the enhanced and varied positions that are available in the 21st century academic library.