Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Just in!

Craving some exciting new books to read over the Thanksgiving holiday? These books are a sampling of our favorites, but there are many more waiting for you to discover in the library.

New in Biography:

We have biographies of the rich and famous to keep you entertained! Read about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's fascinating travels throughout the world, Julia Child's culinary adventures, or how John Harrison's invention of the chronometer changed the world.

“From her evolving relationship with President Obama to the drama of WikiLeaks and the turmoil of the Arab Spring, we see Clinton cheerfully boarding her plane at 3 a.m. after no sleep, reading the riot act to the Chinese, and going through her diplomatic checklist before signing on to war in Libya” in The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton From Beirut to the Heart of American Power by Kim Ghatta.

Julia Child: A Life by Laura Shapiro. "A food lover who was quintessentially American, right down to her little-known recipe for classic tuna fish casserole, Shapiro’s Julia Child personifies her own most famous lesson: that learning how to cook means learning how to live.”

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel is “the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of Harrison’s forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the cronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and absurdity, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking.”

New in Culinary Arts:

Getting ready to plan gourmet meals for Thanksgiving? Take a look at these picks to get inspired!

Eat Drink Delta: A Hungry Traveler’s Journey Through the Soul of the South by Susan Puckett "reveals a region shaped by slavery, civil rights, amazing wealth, abject deprivation, the Civil War, a flood of biblical proportions, and -- above all -- an overarching urge to get down and party with a full table and an open bar."

It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen. “Who wouldn’t love Buckwheat + Banana Pancakes, Spicy Sweet Potato Soup, Salmon Burgers with Pickled Ginger, Super-Crispy Roast Chicken, Power Brownies, and Banana "Ice Cream" with Sweet-and-Salty Roasted Almonds?”

New in History:

Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr. “is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party.”

Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell by Phil Lapsley "traces the birth of long distance communication and the telephone, the rise of AT&T’s monopoly, the creation of the sophisticated machines that made it all work, and the discovery of Ma Bell’s Achilles’ heel."

New in LGBT:

Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of LGBT Liberation by Sherry Wolf is ”a remarkably accessible analysis of many of the most challenging questions for those concerned with full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.”  

Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies by Michelle Gibson is “an accessible and riveting introduction to the field of LGBT studies that will provide you with context from history, literature and the arts, and politics and the media.”

New in Psychology:

Want to learn more about how your magnificent brain works? Try these books!

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina.  "In "Brain Rules", molecular biologist John Medina shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work.”  

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman. In this book, the author explores the idea “that there is an alternative path to happiness and success that involves embracing failure, pessimism, insecurity, and uncertainty -- the very things we spend our lives trying to avoid.”

Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart L. Brown. “Dr. Stuart Brown illustrates, play is fun, but it is anything but trivial. It is a basic biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition. When we play, we are open to possibility and the sparks of new insights. Play -- defined as any kind of purposeless, all-consuming, restorative activity -- is the single most significant factor in determining our success and happiness.”