Saturday, October 3, 2015

New Books

It's that time of the semester again: there are new books here at the library, and we've got recommendations from nearly every subject in the Library of Congress classification system. Whether you’re interested in philosophy or military science, we’re sure to have a book here that will pique your interest.

Discover how to make your habits work for you in Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin. In Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most, author Hendrie Weisinger argues that pressure is always detrimental to performance — but there are ways to lessen its effects. Mequilibrium: 14 Days to Cooler, Calmer, and Happier by Jan Bruce, tackles daily stress management — not through eradication, but by the simple act of changing your response.

Yuval N. Harari explores humankind from a variety of perspectives — from the biological to the economic — in Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Kara Cooney tells the fascinating story of Hatshepsut, Egypt’s second female pharaoh, in The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt, piecing it together from the scant artifacts that remain from her rule.

Jesper Juul shows how video games allow players to embrace and transcend failure in The Art of Failure: An Essay on the Pain of Playing Video Games.

If you’re interested in start-ups, leadership, or exploring your creative potential, we have you covered. Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull gives readers an intimate glimpse into the workings of Pixar Animation and describes how they can use these insights to become better leaders and more creative individuals in Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration. #Girlboss, by Sophia Amoruso, champions creativity as the ultimate path to success, using Amoruso’s own story — “from dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world” — to illustrate how it works. Peter A. Thiel urges readers to create new things, rather than building on the old, and shows them how in Zero to One: Notes on Startups, Or How to Build the Future.

In Science Unshackled: How Obscure, Abstract, Seemingly Useless Scientific Research Turned Out to Be the Basis for Modern Life, C. RenĂ©e James shows how simple curiosity has led to the breakthroughs — like WiFi, GPS, and pain medications — that form the backbone of modern life. Schemes that sound like classic science fiction become real, viable plans to counteract global warming and save the world in Hack the Planet: Science’s Best Hope — Or Worst Nightmare — For Averting Climate Catastrophe by Eli Kintisch. Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and the World’s Greatest WIldlife Rescue by William Stolzenburg looks at a little known side of the conservation movement — killing one species to save another — and follows teams of ecologists, hunters, and poachers as they attempt to save islands from the depredations of foreign predators. And The Cloudspotter’s Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds by Gavin Pretor-Pinney is a warm, personably written romp that will appeal to anyone who enjoys cloud-watching.

You can find all of these books in more in our catalog.