2018 U.S. master tax guide.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 4, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: 2018 U.S. master tax guide.
Call Number: HJ4652 .M37 2018
Description: "The tax professional's favorite quick reference -- meticulously researched to cover today's federal tax laws. The 101st edition reflects all pertinent federal taxation changes that affect 2017 returns and provide fast and reliable answers to tax questions affecting individuals and business income tax"--back cover.

The year's work in nerds, wonks, and neocons / edited by Jonathan P. Eburne & Benjamin Schreier.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 4, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: The year's work in nerds, wonks, and neocons / edited by Jonathan P. Eburne & Benjamin Schreier.
Call Number: E169.12 .Y33 2017
Description: What happens when math nerds, band and theater geeks, goths, sci-fi fanatics, Young Republican debate poindexters, techies, Trekkies, D & D players, wallflowers, bookworms, and RPG players grow up? And what can they tell us about the life of the mind in the contemporary United States? With #GamerGate in the national news, shows like The Big Bang Theory on ever-increasing numbers of screens, and Peter Orzsag and Paul Ryan on magazine covers, it is clear that nerds, policy wonks, and neoconservatives play a major role in today's popular culture in America. The Year's Work in Nerds, Wonks, and Neocons delves into subcultures of intellectual history to explore their influence on contemporary American intellectual life. Not limiting themselves to describing how individuals are depicted, the authors consider the intellectual endeavors these depictions have come to represent, exploring many models and practices of learnedness, reflection, knowledge production, and opinion in the contemporary world. As teachers, researchers, and university scholars continue to struggle for mainstream visibility, this book illuminates the other forms of intellectual excitement that have emerged alongside them and found ways to survive and even thrive in the face of dismissal or contempt. -- Provided by publisher.

Why Buddhism is true : the science and philosophy of meditation and enlightenment / Robert Wright.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 3, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: Why Buddhism is true : the science and philosophy of meditation and enlightenment / Robert Wright.
Author: Wright, Robert, 1957-
Call Number: BQ4050 .W75 2017
Description: At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer--and the reason we make other people suffer--is that we don't see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: we can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly, and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness. Robert Wright not only shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life--how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred--but also how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people. Drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, Wright explains why the path toward truth and the path toward happiness are the same path. In the light of modern science, both the Buddhist diagnosis and the Buddhist prescription make a whole new kind of sense. This book is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright's book on evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal, and deepened as he immersed himself in meditative practice and conversed with some of the world's most skilled meditators. It shows how, in a time of technological distraction and social division, we can save ourselves from ourselves, both as individuals and as a species.--INSIDE FLAP.

When the world seemed new : George H. W. Bush and the end of the Cold War / Jeffrey A. Engel.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 2, 2018 - 5:40pm
Title: When the world seemed new : George H. W. Bush and the end of the Cold War / Jeffrey A. Engel.
Author: Engel, Jeffrey A.,
Call Number: E840 .E54 2017
Description: "Based on unprecedented access to previously classified documents and dozens of interviews with key policymakers, here is the untold story of how George H. W. Bush faced a critical turning point of history, the end of the Cold War. The COLLAPSE OF THE Soviet Union was the greatest shock to international affairs since World War II. In that perilous moment, Saddam Hussein chose to invade Kuwait, China cracked down on its own pro-democracy protesters, and regimes throughout Eastern Europe teetered between democratic change and new authoritarian rule. President Bush faced a world in turmoil that might easily have tipped into an epic crisis. As presidential historian Jeffrey Engel reveals in this page-turning, inside-the-Oval-Office history, Bush rose to the occasion brilliantly. Using handwritten letters and direct conversations--some revealed here for the first time--with heads of state throughout Asia and Europe, Bush knew when to push, when to cajole, and when to be patient. The United States could not impose its will on every nation, but Bush knew when it was essential to rally a coalition to force Iraq out of Kuwait. He knew he could not stop China from cracking down on dissent, but he could help Germany transition from two states into one, bloodlessly. He kept NATO alive and guided the United States from a moment of great peril to the pinnacle of global power. Based on previously classified documents, and interviews with all of the principals, When the World Seemed New is a riveting, fly-on-the-wall account of a president with his calm hand on the tiller, guiding the nation through a pivotal time."--Dust jacket flap.

The way of the masks / Claude Levi-Strauss ; translated from the French by Sylvia Modelski.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 2, 2018 - 5:40pm
Title: The way of the masks / Claude Levi-Strauss ; translated from the French by Sylvia Modelski.
Author: Levi-Strauss, Claude.
Call Number: E78.N78 L4513 1999

The war on kids : how American juvenile justice lost its way / Cara H. Drinan.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 2, 2018 - 5:40pm
Title: The war on kids : how American juvenile justice lost its way / Cara H. Drinan.
Author: Drinan, Cara H.,
Call Number: HV9069 .D66 2018
Description: "In 2003, when Terrence Graham was sixteen, he and three other teens attempted to rob a barbeque restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida. Though they left with no money, and no one was seriously injured, Terrence was sentenced to die in prison for his involvement in that crime. As shocking as Terrence's sentence sounds, it is merely a symptom of contemporary American juvenile justice practices. In the United States, adolescents are routinely transferred out of juvenile court and into adult criminal court without any judicial oversight. Once in adult court, children can be sentenced without regard for their youth. Juveniles are housed in adult correctional facilities, they may be held in solitary confinement, and they experience the highest rates of sexual and physical assault among inmates. Until 2005, children convicted in America's courts were subject to the death penalty; today, they still may be sentenced to die in prison-no matter what efforts they make to rehabilitate themselves. America has waged a war on kids. In The War on Kids, Cara Drinan reveals how the United States went from being a pioneer to an international pariah in its juvenile sentencing practices. Academics and journalists have long recognized the failings of juvenile justice practices in this country and have called for change. Despite the uncertain political climate, there is hope that recent Supreme Court decisions may finally make those calls a reality. The War on Kids seizes upon this moment of judicial and political recognition that children are different in the eyes of the law. Drinan chronicles the shortcomings of juvenile justice by drawing upon social science, legal decisions, and first-hand correspondence with Terrence and others like him-individuals whose adolescent errors have cost them their lives. At the same time, The War on Kids maps out concrete steps that states can take to correct the course of American juvenile justice." -- Publisher's description

Viet Nam : a history from earliest times to the present / Ben Kiernan.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 2, 2018 - 5:40pm
Title: Viet Nam : a history from earliest times to the present / Ben Kiernan.
Author: Kiernan, Ben,
Call Number: DS556.5 .K53 2017
Description: This comprehensive work traces Viet Nam's history, a narrative of a multi-ethnic, multi-religious heritage, from ancient chiefdoms to imperial provinces, from independent kingdoms to contending regions, civil wars, French colonies, and modern republics.

The testing charade : pretending to make schools better / Daniel Koretz.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 2, 2018 - 5:40pm
Title: The testing charade : pretending to make schools better / Daniel Koretz.
Author: Koretz, Daniel M.,
Call Number: LB3051 .K668 2017
Description: For decades we've been studying, experimenting with, and wrangling over different approaches to improving public education, and there's still little consensus on what works and what to do. The one thing people seem to agree on is that schools need to be held accountable - we need to know whether what they're doing is actually working. But what does it mean in practice? High-stakes tests. Lots of them. And that has created a crisis in American schools. Daniel Koretz, one of the nation's foremost experts on educational testing, argues in The Testing Charade that the whole idea of test-based accountability has failed - it has increasingly become an end in itself, harming students and corrupting the very ideals of teaching. In this powerful polemic, built on unimpeachable evidence and rooted in decades of experience with educational testing, Koretz calls out high-stakes testing as a sham that is ripe for manipulation and shows little evidence of leading to educational improvement. Rather than setting up incentives to divert instructional time to pointless test prep, he argues, we need to measure what matters, and measure it in multiple ways - not just via standardized tests. RIght now, we're lying to ourselves about whether our children are learning. And the longer we accept that lie, the more damage we do. It's time to end our blind reliance on high-stakes tests. With The Testing Charade, Daniel Koretz insists that we face the facts and change course, and he gives us a blueprint for doing better. -- from dust jacket.

The Templars : the rise and spectacular fall of God's holy warriors / Dan Jones.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 2, 2018 - 5:40pm
Title: The Templars : the rise and spectacular fall of God's holy warriors / Dan Jones.
Author: Jones, Dan, 1981-
Call Number: CR4743 .J66 2017
Description: A narrative history of the Knights Templar draws on extensive original sources to separate fact from myth, exploring their actual work and influence, the reasons they fell out of favor, and whether or not they were guilty of heresy.

The social life of kimono : Japanese fashion past and present / Sheila Cliffe.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - December 20, 2017 - 2:40pm
Title: The social life of kimono : Japanese fashion past and present / Sheila Cliffe.
Author: Cliffe, Sheila,
Call Number: GT1560 .C59 2017
Description: "The kimono is an iconic garment with a history as rich and colourful as the textiles from which it is crafted. Deeply associated with Japanese culture both past and present, it has often been thought of as a highly gendered, rigidly traditional and unchanging national costume. This book challenges that perception, revealing the nuanced meanings and messages behind the kimono from the point of view of its wearers and producers, many of whom - both men and women - see the garment as a vehicle for self-expression. Taking a material culture approach, The Social Life of Kimono is the first study to combine the history of the kimono as a fashionable garment with an in-depth exploration of its multifaceted role today on both the street and the catwalk. Through case studies covering historical advertising campaigns, fashion magazines, interviews with contemporary kimono designers, large scale and small craft producers, and consumers who choose to wear them, The Social Life of Kimono gives a unique insight into making and meaning of this complex garment"--

The Iran nuclear deal : bombs, bureaucrats, and billionaires / Dennis C. Jett.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - December 7, 2017 - 3:40pm
Title: The Iran nuclear deal : bombs, bureaucrats, and billionaires / Dennis C. Jett.
Author: Jett, Dennis C., 1945-
Call Number: JZ5675 .J48 2018

Franklin D. Roosevelt : a political life / Robert Dallek.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - December 7, 2017 - 3:40pm
Title: Franklin D. Roosevelt : a political life / Robert Dallek.
Author: Dallek, Robert,
Call Number: E807 .D335 2017
Description: "In an era of great national divisiveness, there could not be a more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one that focuses on his unparalleled strategic skills as a unifier and a consensus maker. Robert Dallek's Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life takes a fresh look at the many compelling questions of his remarkable presidency: How did a man who came from so privileged a background become one of the greatest champions of the country's needy? How did someone who never won recognition for his intellect foster such revolutionary innovations in our economic and social institutions? How did Roosevelt bring about such a profound change in America's foreign relations, leading it from isolationism to become an international superpower? By the time he became president, Roosevelt already commanded the respect and affection of millions of people through his services as assistant secretary of the Navy and governor of New York. Although many of his biographers agree that the onset of polio at the age of thirty-nine endowed him with a much greater sense of humanity, Dallek views that affliction as an insufficient explanation for his transformation into a masterful politician who would win an unprecedented four presidential terms and advance a remarkably progressive agenda. He attributes Roosevelt's success to two perceptive political insights. First, he made the presidency the central, most influential institution in the political system. Under his watch the country was able to recover from the Depression and entered World War II, but more controversially, he used that power in an unsuccessful attempt to pack the Supreme Court. Second, he understood that effectiveness in the American political system depended on building consensus and commanding stable, long-term popular support. In addressing the country's international and domestic challenges, Roosevelt recognized the critical importance of remaining attentive to the full range of public sentiment regarding policy decisions--perhaps his most important lesson in effective leadership, and one that remains vital today."--Dust jacket flaps.

Not a crime to be poor : the criminalization of poverty in America / Peter Edelman.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - December 7, 2017 - 3:40pm
Title: Not a crime to be poor : the criminalization of poverty in America / Peter Edelman.
Author: Edelman, Peter B.,
Call Number: HV95 .E27 2017
Description: "Most Americans believe debtors' prisons are a thing of the past. Yet today, people are in jail by the thousands for no other reason than that they are poor. As the Justice Department found when it investigated police practices in Ferguson, Missouri, massive fines and fees are levied for minor crimes such as broken taillights and rolling through stop signs, and when the poor cannot pay, the result is an epidemic of repeated stays in jail. Bail is routinely set without consideration of a defendant's ability to pay, resulting in one kind of justice system for those who can buy their way out and another harshly punitive one for those who can't. In Not a Crime to Be Poor, Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman argues that Ferguson is everywhere in America today. Through money bail systems, fees and fines, drivers license suspensions by the millions, strictly enforced laws against behavior including vagrancy and public urination that largely affect the homeless, and the substitution of prisons and jails for the mental hospitals that have traditionally served the impoverished, one of the richest countries on Earth has effectively criminalized poverty. Edelman, who famously resigned from the administration of Bill Clinton over welfare "reform, " connects the dots between disciplinary policies that disproportionately send African American and Latino schoolchildren to court for minor misbehavior, child support policies that send penniless fathers to jail, public housing rules that bar ex-offenders, the eviction of women who call 911 to get protection against domestic violence, and the threat of fraud charges against public benefit recipients to paint a picture of a mean-spirited system that turns daily struggles into inescapable poverty. Tracing this trend back to the so-called tax revolution when voters insisted that politicians cut taxes drastically, forcing cities and states to look to alternative ways of raising money, Edelman shows that we still live in a country where, to our great shame, it is a crime to be poor."--Jacket flap.

Cults in our midst / Margaret Thaler Singer with Janja Lalich ; foreword by Robert Jay Lifton.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - December 7, 2017 - 3:40pm
Title: Cults in our midst / Margaret Thaler Singer with Janja Lalich ; foreword by Robert Jay Lifton.
Author: Singer, Margaret Thaler.
Call Number: BP603 .S56 1996

Creating a data-informed culture in community colleges : a new model for educators / Brad C. Phillips, Jordan E. Horowitz.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - December 7, 2017 - 3:40pm
Title: Creating a data-informed culture in community colleges : a new model for educators / Brad C. Phillips, Jordan E. Horowitz.
Author: Phillips, Brad C.,
Call Number: LB2328.15.U6 P55 2017
Description: This book is about strategic data use by community college leaders and other staff for the purpose of making it actionable to improve student outcomes -- Provided by publisher.

Glucose regulation / Editor, Celia Levesque.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - December 7, 2017 - 3:40pm
Title: Glucose regulation / Editor, Celia Levesque.
Call Number: RT1 .N77 v.52 no.4

Pre-hospital emergency medicine at a glance / William Seligman, Sameer Ganatra, Timothy Parker, Syed Masud.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - December 7, 2017 - 3:40pm
Title: Pre-hospital emergency medicine at a glance / William Seligman, Sameer Ganatra, Timothy Parker, Syed Masud.
Author: Seligman, William, 1990-
Call Number: RC86.8 .P74 2018

Censored 2018 : press freedoms in a 'post-truth' world : the top censored stories and media analysis of 2016-2017 / [editors] Andy Lee Roth and Mickey Huff with Project Censored ; foreword by Deepa Kumar ; cartoons by Khalil Bendib.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - December 7, 2017 - 3:40pm
Title: Censored 2018 : press freedoms in a 'post-truth' world : the top censored stories and media analysis of 2016-2017 / [editors] Andy Lee Roth and Mickey Huff with Project Censored ; foreword by Deepa Kumar ; cartoons by Khalil Bendib.
Call Number: PN4888.P6 H84 2018

Edgar Huntly, or, Memoirs of a sleep-walker / Charles Brockden Brown ; edited with an introduction by Norman S. Grabo.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - December 4, 2017 - 3:40pm
Title: Edgar Huntly, or, Memoirs of a sleep-walker / Charles Brockden Brown ; edited with an introduction by Norman S. Grabo.
Author: Brown, Charles Brockden, 1771-1810.
Call Number: PS1134 .E34 1988
Description: Edgar Huntly is the story of a young man who sleepwalks each night, a threat to himself and others, unable to control his baser passions. Set outside Philadelphia in 1787, the book becomes a metaphor for the founding of a new nation. Its characters face the problems confronted by the framers of the Constitution: how to harness the irrational, passionate aspects of man's nature without sacrificing individual liberty.

The underpants : a play by Carl Sternheim / adaptation by Steve Martin.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - December 4, 2017 - 3:40pm
Title: The underpants : a play by Carl Sternheim / adaptation by Steve Martin.
Author: Martin, Steve, 1945-
Call Number: PS3563.A7293 U53 2002
Description: Theo Maske, a puritanical bureaucrat, berates his wife for allowing her titular underpants to fall to the ground at a parade for the king.
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