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On Display at Clarkston: 2012

A guide for the content of Georgia State Unierversity's Perimeter College Clarkston Library's bulletin board displays.

On Display -- December 2012

Books about Food and Drink

Almond, Steve.
Candyfreak: A Journey through the Choclate Underbelly of America Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2004.
Call Number: HD9330.C653 U513 2004

Visiting the candy factories that produce the Twin Bing, the Idaho Spud, the Goo Goo Cluster, the Valomilk, and a dozen other quirky bars, Almond finds that the world of candy is no longer a sweet haven. Today's precious few regional candy makers mount daily battles against corporate greed, paranoia, and that good old American compulsion: crushing the little guy.

Pellegrini, Georgia.
Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way to Eat, One Hunt at a Time. Boston: Da Capo Lifelong, 2011.
Call Number: SK17.P46 A3 2011

A classically trained chef relates the experiences that made her resolve to take up hunting, describing her research with experienced hunters and her subsequent efforts to create recipes using foods she can supply for herself.

Stewart, Martha.
Martha's Entertaining. New York: Clarkston Potter, 2011.
Call Number: TX731 .S73 2011

Set among Martha's dining rooms, kitchens, gardens, and patios, this is her most intimate book yet, a new classic for hosts and home cooks of every generation.

Valenze, Deborah M.
Milk: A Local and Global History. New Haven, CT: Yale Unviersity Press, 2011.
Call Number:GT2920.M55 V35 2011

In the first cultural history of milk, historian Deborah Valenze traces the ritualsand beliefs that have governed milk production and consumption since its use in the earliest societies.

Simon: The Genius in my Basement
By the Iowa Sea
Fatal Error

Books about Sports and Games

Dunnavant, Keith.
America's Quarterback: Bart Starr and the Rise of the National Football League. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2011.
Call Number: GV939.S73 D86 2011

Traces the story of the record-setting NFL champion, describing his life and achievements against the mercurial backdrop of his time while offering detailed insight into his evolving relationship with Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers.

Luke, Bob.
The Most Famous Woman in Baseball: Effa Manley and the Negro Leagues. Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2011.
Call Number: GV865.M325 L85 2011

From 1936 to 1948, Manley ran the Negro league Newark Eagles that her husband, Abe, owned for roughly a decade. Because of her business acumen, commitment to her players, and larger-than-life personality, she would leave an indelible mark not only on baseball but also on American history.

Nathanson, Mitchell
A People's History of Baseball. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2012.
Call Number: GV863.A1 N368 2012

Probes the other side of baseball history--episodes not involving equality, patriotism, heroism, and virtuous capitalism, but power--how it is obtained, how it perpetuates itself, and how it affects the game.

Pierson, Melissa Holbrook
The Man who Would Stop at Nothing: Long-Distance Motercycling's Endless Road. New York: W.W. Norton, 2011.
Call Number: GV1060.2.R93 P54 2011

Provides an insider's view of long-distance riding, explains what draws people to the challenges and solitude of the pastime, and highlights a middle-aged diabetic man who loves riding impossible distances.

Ruck, Bob.
Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game. Boston: Beacon Press, 2011.
Call Number: GV867.64 .R83 2011

The colliding histories of black and Latin ballplayers in the major leagues run the gamut from early collaboration in civil rights protests to simmering intra-racial tensions. Jackie Robinson jumped baseball’s color line to much fanfare, but integration was also painful. It gutted the once vibrant Negro Leagues and often subjected Latin players to Jim Crow racism. Today, MLB tightens its grasp around the Caribbean’s burgeoning baseball academies; at home, it embraces, and exploits, the legacy of the Negro Leagues.

West, Jery and Jonathan Coleman.
West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life. New York: Little Brown, 2011.
Call Number: GV884.W4 W48 2011

Basketball great Jerry West tells his story--from his tough childhood in West Virginia, to his unbelievable college success at West Virginia University, his 40-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and his relationships with NBA legends.

Books about Faith, Philosophy, and Religion

Christian, Brian.
. The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches us About What it Means to be Alive. New York: Doubleday, 2011.
Call Number: BD450 .C5356 2011

The Most Human Human is a provocative exploration of the ways in which computers are reshaping our ideas of what it means to be human. Its starting point is the annual Turing Test, which pits artificial intelligence programs against people to determine if computers can "think."

Collins, Michael, Mike Beaumont, Nick Page, and Derek Didball
The Illustrated Bible: Story by Story. New York: DK, 2012.
Call Number: BS550.3 .I45 2012

Focusing on archaeological discoveries as well as historical and religious documentation, an illustrated guide to the bible provides profiles of key figures and describes every major covenant, prophecy, miracle, and parable in the Bible.

Ehrman, Bart D.
Did Jesus Exhist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. New York: HarperOne, 2012.
Call Number: : BT303.2 .E367 2012

In Did Jesus Exist? historian and Bible expert Bart Ehrman confronts these questions, vigorously defends the historicity of Jesus, and provides a compelling portrait of the man from Nazareth.

Harvey, Paul.
Through the Storm, Through the NIght: a History of African American Christianity. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011.
Call Number: BR563.N4 H3783 2011

Paul Harvey illustrates how black Christian traditions provided theological, institutional, and personal strategies for cultural survival during bondage and into an era of partial freedom. At the same time, he covers the ongoing tug-of-war between themes of "respectability" versus practices derived from an African heritage; the adoption of Christianity by the majority; and the critique of the adoption of the "white man's religion" from the eighteenth century to the present.

Liao, Yiwu.
God is Red: The Secret Story of how Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China. New York: HarperOne, 2011.
Call Number: BR1288 .L68 2011

This ultimately triumphant tale of a vibrant church thriving against all odds serves as both a powerful conversation about politics and spirituality and a moving tribute to China's valiant shepherds of faith, who prove that a totalitarian government cannot control what is in people's hearts.

Moody, Raymond A. and Paul Perry.
. Paranormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife. New York: HarperOne, 2012.
Call Number: BF1045.N4 M665 2012

In this account of his lifetime of research into the after life, Moody explains how he stumbled onto these amazingly consistent stories by people who had died and come back to life. Moody was the first scholar and doctor to describe the accounts of the bright light, the tunnel, the presence of loved ones waiting on the other side, past life review, and meeting heavenly beings--all of which have become part of our modern cultural knowledge.

Smith, Robert Boland.
Driving with Plato: The Meaning of Life's Milestones New York: Free Press, 2011.
Call Number: BD431 .S59 2011

Smith shares a delightful, intellectual romp through life's milestones--being born, learning to drive, and getting married--all enlivened with apropos philosophy.

Zain, Abdullah.
Black Mecca: The African Muslims of Harlem. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Call Number: BP67.U62 N483 2010

The changes to U.S. immigration law that were instituted in 1965 have led to an influx of West African immigrants to New York, creating an enclave Harlem residents now call ''Little Africa.'' These immigrants are immediately recognizable as African in their wide-sleeved robes and tasseled hats, but most native-born members of the community are unaware of the crucial role Islam plays in immigrants' lives. Zain Abdullah takes us inside the lives of these new immigrants and shows how they deal with being a double minority in a country where both blacks and Muslims are stigmatized.

Books about Social Science and Education.

Benkler, Yochai.
. The Penguin and the Leviathan: The Triumph of Cooperation over Self-Interest. New York: Crown Business, 2011.
Call Number: HD2963 .B46 2011

Argues that many of the social systems need to be restructured to reflect humanity's cooperative and altruistic tendencies, citing examples while revealing the potential of collaborative organizations.

Carnegie, Dale.
How to Win Friends and Influence People. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Call Number: BF637.S8 C37 2009

Introduces principles that can be applied to both business and life itself, in a book that focuses on how to best affectively communicate with people.

Eubanks, Virginia.
Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011.
Call Number: HM846 .E93 2011

Today we are told that universal broadband access, high-tech jobs, and cutting-edge science will pull us out of our current economic downturn and move us toward social and economic equality. In Digital Dead End, Virginia Eubanks argues that to believe this is to engage in a kind of magical thinking: a technological utopia will come about simply because we want it to. This vision of the miraculous power of high-tech development is driven by flawed assumptions about race, class, and gender. The realities of the information age are more complicated, particularly for poor and working-class women and families.

Gonzalez, Juan and Joseph Torres.
News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media. New York: Verso, 2011.
Call Number: PN4888.R3 G66 2011

News for All the People reveals how racial segregation distorted the information Americans received from the mainstream media. It unearths numerous examples of how publishers and broadcasters actually fomented racial violence and discrimination through their coverage. And it chronicles the influence federal media policies exerted in such conflicts.

Hauser, Brooke.
The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens. New York: Free Press, 2011.
Call Number:LC3746.5.N7 H38 2011

Chronicles a year in the life of a diverse group of seniors, all recent immigrants for whom English is a second language, at the renowned International High School in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Kolker, Claudia.
The Immigrant Edge: The New Americans and What we can Learn from Them. New York: Free Press, 2011.
Call Number: JV6456 .K65 2011

The Immigrant Advantage is an adventurous exploration of little-known traditional wisdom, and how in this nation of immigrants our lives can be enriched by the gifts of our newest arrivals.

Luterman, Lillian and Jennifer L. Bloom.
In!: College Admissions and Beyond: The Experts' Proven Strategy for Success. New York: Abbeville Press Publishers, 2011.
Call Number: LB2351.2 .L88 2011

Provides an accessible, student-centric approach. Clear examples demonstrate how to incorporate individual talents and energies into an effective strategy. Shows you how to shine.

Maalouf, Amin.
Disordered World: Setting a New Course for the Twenty-First Century. New York: Bloomsbury, 2011.
Call Number: CB251 .M2513 2011

Maalouf looks at a century of confrontations between our cultures, culminating in the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Yet he turns to the global challenges we face today-climate change, financial collapse, humanitarian disaster-with remarkable hope that they may yet unite us in a bid to save what is truly common to us all. Intelligent, impassioned yet measured, Maalouf envisions renewed cohesion in our currently disordered world.

The Man who Would Stop at Nothing  Vida

Maddow, Rachel.
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. New York: Crown, 2012.
Call Number: UA23 .M17 2012

Maddow shows how deeply militarized our culture has become--how the role of the national security sector has shape-shifted and grown over the past century to the point of being financially unsustainable and confused in mission.

Pinker, Steven.
The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence has Declined. New York: Viking, 2011.
Call Number: HM1116 .P57 2011

Pinker argues that thanks to the spread of government, literacy, trade, and cosmopolitanism, we increasingly control our impulses, empathize with others, debunk toxic ideologies, and deploy our powers of reason to reduce the temptations of violence.

Wilson, Eric.
Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can't Look Away. New York: Sarah Crichton Books, 2012.
Call Number: BF323.C8 W55 2012

In Everyone Loves a Good Train Wrec, the scholar Eric G. Wilson sets out to discover the source of our attraction to the caustic, drawing on the findings of biologists, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, theologians, and artists.

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Books take you on a journey into the unknown, and this display invites you to sample some of the Clarkston Library (JCLRC)'s newest holdings. There are not only fiction, travel, entertainment, and memoirs here, but also a surprising books about human health, the natural world, and social science. With over fifty titles, feel free to begin your adventure any where!

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Coleman, Minnette.
The Blacksmith's Daughter. New York: iUniverse Inc., 2010.
Call Number: PS3603.O4355 B53 2010

A black blacksmith from Alabama decides to make a name for himself through hard work, thrift and the relentless acquisition of land in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a loving and mutually supportive relationship with his wife Bira, five beautiful daughters and one son who is handicapped. The household is run according to a strict discipline and timetable, everyone to her or his task. As the daughters grow up, the blacksmith is most particular as to who they consort with and in which order they will eventually marry.

Coletti, George D.N.
Stone Mountain: The Granite Sentinel. Stone Mountain, GA: George D. N. Coletti, 2010.
Call Number: PS3603.O4363 S76 2010

This end-noted historical novel, set in the hamlet of Stone Mountain, Georgia, occurs just before and during the Civil War. The story follows the lives of the Jernigan family and their friends as they face life, and war in the 1850's and 1860's.

Engel, Patricia.
Vida. New York: Black Cat, 2010.
Call Number: PS3605.N4437 V53 2010

Vida follows the unforgettable Sabina as she navigates her shifting identity as a daughter of the Colombian diaspora and struggles to find her place within and beyond the net of her strong, protective, but embattled family

Fabio, Geda and Curtis Howard.
In the Sea There are Crocodiles: A Novel Based on the True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari. New York: Doubleday, 2011.
Call Number: PQ4907.E33 N3513 2011

An unflinching, inspirational, and incredibly moving novel based on the true story of Enaiatollah Akbari, a young boy whose agonizing struggle begins after his native Afghanistan becomes a dangerous place to live. His mother shepherds him across the border into Pakistan but has to leave him there to fend for himself.

Jance, Judith a.
Fatal Error. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Call Number: PS3560.A44 F56 2011

When Brenda Riley, a colleague from Ali's old news broadcasting days in California, shows up in town with an alcohol problem and an unlikely story about a missing fiance?, Ali reluctantly agrees to help. The man posing as Brenda's fiance? is revealed to be Richard Lowensdale, a cyber-sociopath who has left a trail of broken hearts in his virtual wake. When he is viciously murdered, the police soon focus their investigation on Brenda.

Martin, Steve.
Shopgirl. New York: Hyperion, 2000.
Call Number: PS3563.A7293 S56 2005

Working as a salesgirl at the Beverly Hills Neiman Marcus, Mirabelle, a beautiful aspiring artist, embarks on a love affair with Ray Porter, a wealthy, lonely businessman she meets at the store.

Mattheson, Richard.
Button Button: Uncanny Stories. New York: Tor, 2008.
Call Number: PS3563.A8355 B86 2008

What if every time you pushed a button you received $50,000...but someone you didn’t know died? Would you still push the button? How many times? "Button, Button", which inspired a memorable Twilight Zone episode, is just one of a dozen unforgettable tales in this new collection by Richard Matheson, the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come.

Oates, Joyce Carol.
The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares. New York: Mysterious Press, 2011.
Call Number: PS3565.A8 C67 2011

A volume of six stories and novellas by the National Book Award-winning author of We Were the Mulvaneys includes the title story, in which the disappearance of a sweet blonde-haired child is linked to her mother's indiscretions, a too-obvious schoolteacher and an older student with a fascination for a Native American legend.

Rice, Anne.
The Wolf Gift: A Novel. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Call Number: PS3568.I265 W65 2012

A young reporter on assignment is attacked and bitten by an unknown beast in rural Northern California and begins a terrifying but seductive transformation into a being with a dual nature, both man and wolf.

Saramago, Jose and Margaret Jull Costa.
Cain. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
Call Number: PQ9281.A66 C3513 2011

Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Bible through the story of Cain.

Thomas, Scarlett.
Our Tragic Universe. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
Call Number: PR6120.H66 O87 2010

Meg Capenter is broke. Her novel is years overdue. So when a book called The Science of Living Forever lands on her desk, she jumps at the chance to review it, starting on a labyrinthine journey that takes her from mysterious beasts of the moor to forest fairies to ships in bottles.

Candyfreak    The Sibling Effect

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Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir

Arieff, Adrienne and Beverly West.
The Sacred Thread: A True Story of Becoming a Mother and Finding a Family, Half a World Away. New York: Crown, 2012.
Call Number: HQ759.5 .A73 2012

After three heartbreaking losses, Adrienne Arieff thought she might never become a mother. Then she learned about international surrogacy, found a clinic in India, and embarked on an astonishing journey. Unlike many genetic moms who return home and wait for their baby, Adrienne wanted to feel a connection both to her growing child and to Vaina, the woman who was offering this remarkable gift. So she went back to be Vaina's partner for the last months of her pregnancy.

Blair: Joe.
By the Iowa Sea: A Memoir. New York: Scribner, 2012.
Call Number: CT275.B578385 A3 2012

Recounts the author's transformation from an idealistic, freedom-loving youth to a jaded and financially struggling father of four and how a catastrophic flood helped him to reconnect with the faith and courage of his childhood.

Clark Heather L.
The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
Call Number: PS3566.L27 Z616 2011

Following Plath and Hughes through alternating periods of collaboration and competition, The Grief of Influence shows how each poet forged a voice both through and against the other's, and offers a new assessment of the twentieth century's most important poetic partnership.

Fulton, Joe B.
The Reconstruction of Mark Twain: How a Confederate Bushwhacker Became the Lincoln of our Literature. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2010.
Call Number: PS1342.S58 F853 2010

In The Reconstruction of Mark Twain, Joe B. Fulton challenges these long-held assumptions about Twain's advocacy of the Union cause, arguing that Clemens traveled a long and arduous path, moving from pro-slavery, secession, and the Confederacy to pro-union, and racially enlightened.

Lewis, Marc D.
Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines his Former Life on Drugs. New York: Public Affairs, 2012.
Call Number: HV5805.L495 A3 2012

A neuroscientist tells the story of his youth spent as a drug addict, while using the specific example of his own story to help explain drug use and addiction in general from a scientific standpoint.

Masters, Alexander.
Simon: The Genius in my Basement. New York: Delacorte Press, 2011.
Call Number: QA29.N67 M37 2011b

In The Genius in My Basement we read the biography of a non-famous person, an unknown who is yet extraordinary, someone we might pass by as an oddball, but who is, in fact, one of the great minds of this, or any, century

Matthews, Christopher
Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Call Number: E842 .M346 2011

Based on interviews with some of his closest associates, a portrait of the thirty-fifth president discusses his privileged childhood, military service, struggles with a life-threatening disease, and career in politics.

Romero, Mary
The Maid's Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream. New York: New York University Press, 2011.
Call Number: HD6072.2.U5 R674 2011

At a very young age, Olivia left her family and traditions in Mexico to live with her mother, Carmen, in one of Los Angeles's most exclusive and nearly all-white gated communities. Based on over twenty years of research, noted scholar Mary Romero brings Olivia's remarkable story to life.

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Books about Other Times and Places

Alexander, Chris.
The Long Way Back: Afghanistan's Quest for Peace. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.
Call Number: DS371.412 .A48 2011

The Long Way Back tells the story of the historic accomplishments and bitter disappointments encountered on the road to political stability. But the book is much more than a firsthand account of recent events: it is a clear-eyed take on what has been achieved, the triumphs and failings of Afghans and foreigners alike, and why the country is still mired in conflict.

Davis, Wade.
Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest. New York: A. Knopf, 2011.
Call Number: GV199.92.M356 D38 2011

The definitive story of the British adventurers who survived the trenches of World War I and went on to risk their lives climbing Mount Everest.

Hegarty, Neil.
The Story of Ireland: A History of the Irish People. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2012.
Call Number:DA910 .H443 2012

The Story of Ireland re-examines Irish history, challenging the accepted stories and long-held myths associated with Ireland. Transporting readers to the Ireland of the past, beginning with the first settlement in A.D. 433, this is a sweeping and compelling history of one of the world’s most dynamic nations.

Kriwaczek, Paul.
Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2012.
Call Number: DS69.5 .K75 2012

Historian Kriwaczek (Yiddish Civilization) brings to life the world of ancient Mesopotamia and the city of Babylon, tracing their rise from a loose federation to a monarchy to the rise of ancient Sumerian civilization, with its tales of the Great Flood and the epics of semidivine heroes such as Gilgamesh.

Lanza, Michael.
Before They're Gone: A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks. Boston: Beacon Press, 2012.
Call Number: E160 .L367 2012

A longtime backpacker, climber, and skier, Michael Lanza knows our national parks like the back of his hand. As a father, he hopes to share these special places with his two young children. But he has seen firsthand the changes wrought by the warming climate and understands what lies ahead ... He takes his nine-year-old son, Nate, and seven-year-old daughter, Alex, on an ambitious journey to see as many climate-threatened wild places as he can fit into a year:

Nobody's Fool

Maas, Jane.
Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the '60s and Beyond. New York: Thomas Donne Books, 2012.
Call Number: HF5810.M33 A35 2012

Mad Women is a tell-all account of life in the New York advertising world of the 1960s and 70s from Jane Maas, a female copywriter who succeeded in the primarily male environment portrayed by the hit TV show Mad Men. Fans of the show are dying to know how accurate it is: did people really have that much sex in the office? Were there really three-martini lunches? Were women really second-class citizens? Jane Maas says the answer to all three questions is unequivocally yes.

Rees, Sian.
Sweet Water and Bitter: The Ships that Stopped the Slave Trade. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire Press, 2011.
Call Number: HT1332 .R44 2011

In 1807, at the height of the Napoleonic war, ships of nearly all the European nations crowded the malarial wharves of West Africa where merchants traded at the great slaveholding pens and packed their human property into ships' holds bound for the sugar mills of Cuba and Haiti, and the tobacco plantations of Virginia.In that same year Great Britain passed the Abolition Act, and the last English slave ship left the African coast with her cargo, shortly to be replaced by the ships and men of the Royal Navy's Preventive Squadron. For the next fifty years this small fleet patrolled 3,000 miles of treacherous coastline in a determined, unilateral, and only quasi-legal effort to interdict vessels with their human cargoes.

Sixsmith, Martin.
Russia: A 1,000 Year Chronicle of the Wild East. New York: Overlook Press, 2012.
Call Number: DK40 .S36 2012

The full and fascinating story of Russia, from its founding in the waning years of the tenth century to its resurgence of wealth and power in the early years of the twenty-first, skillfully tracing the conundrums of modern Russia to their roots in its troubled past.

Troubetzkoy, Alex S.
Arctic Obsession: The Lure of the Far North. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2011.
Call Number: G620 .T76 2011

At a time when global warming is drastically altering the region, Arctic Obsession chronicles an age when the Arctic remained one of the last unconquered places on Earth.

White, Matthew.
The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History's 100 Worst Atrocities. New York: W.W. Norton, 2012.
Call Number: D24 .W45 2012

Evangelists of human progress meet their opposite in Matthew White's epic examination of history's one hundred most violent events, or, in White's piquant phrasing, " the numbers that people want to argue about."

Digital Dead End  Frogs and Toads of the World 

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Books about Body, Mind, and Health

Collin, Catherine.
The Psychology Book. New York: DK, 2012.
Call Number: BF121 .P815 2012

All the big ideas, simply explained - an innovative and accessible guide to the study of human nature The Psychology Book clearly explains more than 100 groundbreaking ideas in this fascinating field of science.

Fein, Melvyn L.
On Loss and Losing: Beyond the Medical Model of Personal Distress. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2012.
Call Number: BF789.S8 F45 2012

Fein presents a compelling case for a sociological interpretation of personal distress. Although he acknowledges that some personal suffering derives from biological sources, and that mental illnesses can spill over to cause social dysfunctions, he argues that it is important to recognize the social causes of human suffering. In thereby recognizing the limitations of the human condition, most of us can do better than blindly accept an inherited dedication to the medical model. On Loss and Losing offers a legitimate option without denying the reality of human suffering.

Kluger, Jeffrey.
The Sibling Effect: Brothers, Sisters, and the Bonds that Define Us. New York: Riverhead Books, 2011.
Call Number: BF723.S43 K58 2011

Explores what scientists and researchers are discovering about sibling bonds, the longest-lasting relationships we have in our lives. Nobody affects us as deeply as our brothers and sisters--not parents, not children, not friends. From the time we--and they--are born, our siblings are our collaborators and co-conspirators, our role models and cautionary tales.

Mayo Clinic.
The Mayo Clinic diabetes Diet. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2011.
Call Number: RC662 .M385 2011

Put yourself in charge of reshaping your body and improving your health! The staff at the Mayo Clinic has identified the key habits of people who maintain a healthy weight, and the unhealthy habits of those who don't, and boiled the research down to five good habits to follow-- and five bad habits to break.

McRaney, David.
You are Not so Smart: Why You Have too Many Friends on Facebook, Why your Memory is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself. New York: Gotham Books, 2011.
Call Number: BF441 .M43 2011

Whether you’re deciding which smartphone to purchase or which politician to believe, you think you are a rational being whose every decision is based on cool, detached logic. But here’s the truth: You are not so smart. You’re just as deluded as the rest of us—but that’s okay, because being deluded is part of being human.

Miller, William Ian.
Losing It: In which an Aging Professor Laments his Shrinking Brain. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2011.
Call Number: HQ1061 .M534 2011

A thoughtful and humorous look at the horrors of old age enlists the wisdom of the ancients to explore the myriad ways to be in decline, the fear of losing mental faculties, and the inevitable advent of sags, aches, pains, and failing joints and organs.

Perry, Alex.
Lifeblood: How to Change the World one Dead Mosquito at a Time. New York: Public Affairs, 2011.
Call Number: RA644.M2 P47 2011

Award-winning journalist Alex Perry obtained unique access to Chambers, now the UN Special Envoy for Malaria.

Segal, Nancy L.
Someone Else's Twin: The True Story of Babies Switched at Birth. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2011.
Call Number: BF723.T9 S45 2011

Presents research from case studies in which identical twins were mistakenly switched and separated at birth and raised by families other than their birth families, discussng the psychological consequences, moral issues, and legal ramifications of such events.

Wilson, Timothy D.
Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change. New York: Little, Brown, 2011.
Call Number: BF632 .W55 2011

A psychologist proposes techniques to tweak and reframe internal self-narratives to lead healthy, more productive lives and discusses the best way to recover from trauma and explains why self-help books may make you feel less happy after reading them.

Winslet, Kate, Keli Thorsteeinsson and Margret Dagmar Ericsdottir.
The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012.
Call Number: RJ506.A9 W535 2012

Collects photographs and quotes that express something important to them from celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Michael Phelps, and James Franco, in an effort to change the world for people with autism.

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Books About Music and the Arts

Basquiat, Jean-Michel, Marc Mayer, and Fred Hoffman.
Basquiat. London, England: Merrell, 2010.
Call Number: N6537 .B233 A4 2010

Borrowing from graffiti and street imagery, cartoons, mythology and religious symbolism, Basquiat's drawings and paintings explore issues of race and identity, providing social commentary that is shrewdly observed and biting. This bestselling book.

Bindman, David, Henry Louis Gate, and Karen C. Dalton.
The Image of the Black in Western Art. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010.
Call Number: N8232 .I46 2010

This monumental publication offers expert commentary and a lavishly illustrated history of the representations of people of African descent ranging from the ancient images of Pharaohs created by unknown hands to the works of the great European masters such as Bosch, Rembrandt, Rubens, and Hogarth to stunning new creations by contemporary black artists.

Grant, Collin.
The Natural Mystics: Marley, Tosh, and Wailer. New York: W. W. Norton, 2011.
Call Number: ML385 .G78 2011

Traces the history of the Wailers from their upbringing in the slums of Kingston to their first recordings and superstardom through the lens of Jamaican politics, heritage, race, religion, and the cultural revolution taking place in the 1970s.

Mannes, Elana.
The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song. New York: Walker & Co., 2011.
Call Number:ML3830 .M19 2011

This book is a pathbreaking exploration into how and why the human organism -- and the ebb and flow of the cosmos -- is moved by the undeniable effect of music.

Margolies, John, Jim Heimann, C. ford Peatross, and Phil Patton.
Roadside America: Architectural Relics from a Vanishing Past. Koln, Germany: Taschen, 2010.
Call Number: NA6212 .M37 2010

Before the advent of corporate communications and architectural uniformity, America's built environment was a free-form landscape of individual expression. Signs, artifacts, and even buildings ranged from playful to eccentric, from deliciously cartoonish to quasipsychedelic. PhotographerJohn Margolies spent over three decades and drove more than 100,000 miles documenting these fascinating and endearingly artisanal examples of roadside advertising and fantasy structures, a fast-fading aspect of Americana.

Miller, Douglas.
Body Painting. Stillwater, MN: Wolfgang, 2008.
Call Number: GN419.15 .M58 2008

Body Painting is a photo intense examination of the emerging art of painting bodies with non-toxic paints. From face painting children to the creation of painted “clothes” Doug Mitchel follows ten artists as they apply paint to skin.

Nara, Yoshitomo.
Nobody's Fool. New York: Abrams, 2010.
Call Number: N7359.N36 A4 2010

Created in partnership with Asia Society Museum in conjunction with a major retrospective, this is the first comprehensive monograph on the work of art superstar Yoshitomo Nara. It assembles 20 years worth of paintings, sculptures, and drawings that map the evolution of one of the most influential and internationally renowned artists working today. The book and exhibition will draw connections between Nara’s work and the sensibilities of youth subcultures worldwide, focusing on themes of alienation and rebellion, particularly in relation to rock and punk music, the inspiration and subject of many of Nara’s works. Featuring artworks that have never before been exhibited, this is the book Nara’s legion of devoted followers have been waiting for.

Paik, Nam June.
Nam June Paik. London, England: Tate, 2010.
Call Number: N7369.P35 A4 2010

Extensively illustrated, with extracts from interviews and reminiscences from many who were close to Paik during his lifetime, this is the most thorough and illuminating exploration of Paik's legacy yet published.

Zuckerman, Jim.
Pro Secrets to Dramatic Digital Photos. New York: Pixiq, 2011.
Call Number: TR179 .Z835 2011b

Jim Zuckerman, a photographer known for his vivid, surreal images, reveals a lifetime's worth of tricks and techniques for taking photos with that huge WOW factor. His pro secrets range from the technical to the abstract, from making an impact with complementary colors to getting picture-postcard photos of scenic sites.

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Books about the Natural World

Allen, R.
Bulletproof Feathers: How Science Uses Nature's Secrets to Design Cutting-edge Technology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Call Number: QP517.B56 B86 2010

Based on the realization that natural selection has for countless eons been conducting trial-and-error experiments with the laws of physics, chemistry, material science, and engineering, biomimetics takes nature as its laboratory, looking to the most successful developments and strategies of an array of plants and animals as a source of technological innovation and ideas.

Derr, Mark.
How the Dog Became the Dog: From Wolves to our Best Friends. New York: Overlook Duckworth, 2011.
Call Number: SF422.5 .D47 2011

Describes the early cooperative relationships between Ice Age humans and dogs as well as human society's later efforts to domesticate and control dog species through reproduction, revealing how dogs and humans impacted each other's evolution.

Falk, Dean.
The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed our View of Human Evolution. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2011.
Call Number: GN282.5 .F35 2011

Two discoveries of early human relatives, one in 1924 and one in 2003, radically changed scientific thinking about our origins. Dean Falk, a pioneer in the field of human brain evolution, offers this fast-paced insider’s account of these discoveries, the behind-the-scenes politics embroiling the scientists who found and analyzed them, and the academic and religious controversies they generated.

Gray-Neson, Camilla.
Lipstick and the Leash: Dog Training a Woman's Way. Charleston, SC: Double Dove Press, 2012.
Call Number: SF431 .G68 2012

This dog training guide reveals nature's application of quiet control without raised voices and aggression. Posture, eye contact, clear boundaries, feedback and follow-through are incorporated and studied.

Martin, Meredith.
Born in Africa: The Quest for the Origins of Human Life New York: Public Affairs, 2011.
Call Number: GN281 .M663 2011

Chronicles the efforts of anthropologists, archeologists, and other scientists to uncover the many mysteries of human origins.

Mattison, Christopher
Frogs and Toads of the World. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2011.
Call Number: QL668.E2 M33 2011

With nearly 6,000 species currently identified, frogs and toads are the most familiar and abundant amphibians on the planet. Frogs and Toads of the World is a comprehensive guide to the natural history of this large and diverse group of creatures.

Salatin, Joel.
Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World. New York: Center Street, 2011.
Call Number: HD9005 .S35 2011

Farmer Joel Salatin is the 21st century's thinking man's farmer who believes that the answer to rebuilding America is to start with the family farm and for those farms to thrive, we all need to learn how to eat naturally again.

Sale, Eric.
Our Dying Planet: An Ecologist's View of the Crisis We Face. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2011.
Call Number: GF75 .S25 2011

Sale draws from his own extensive work on coral reefs, and from recent research by other ecologists, to explore the many ways we are changing the earth and to explain why it matters. Weaving into the narrative his own firsthand field experiences around the world, Sale brings ecology alive while giving a solid understanding of the science at work behind today’s pressing environmental issues

Terrill, Ceiridwen.
Part Wild: One Woman's Journey with a Creature Caught between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs. New York: Scribner, 2011.
Call Number: SF459.W62 T47 2011

Traces the author's four-year relationship with a wolf-dog hybrid named Inyo, recounting their shared journeys in the snow, her battles with fearful neighbors, and the wolfdog's ultimate inability to be domesticated.

Waldbauer, Gilbert
How not to be Eaten: The Insects Fight Back. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2012.
Call Number:QL496 .W336 2012

All animals must eat. But who eats who, and why, or why not? Because insects outnumber and collectively outweigh all other animals combined, they comprise the largest amount of animal food available for potential consumption. How do they avoid being eaten?

Weintraub, Daid A.
How Old is the Universe? Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2011.
Call Number: QB501 .W45 2011

How Old Is the Universe? tells the incredible story of how astronomers solved one of the most compelling mysteries in science and, along the way, introduces readers to fundamental concepts and cutting-edge advances in modern astronomy.

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