A surprised queenhood in the new Black sun : the life & legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks / Angela Jackson.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - July 18, 2017 - 5:40pm
Title: A surprised queenhood in the new Black sun : the life & legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks / Angela Jackson.
Author: Jackson, Angela, 1951-
Call Number: PS3503.R7244 Z685 2017
Description: Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the great American literary icons of the twentieth century, a protege of Langston Hughes and mentor to a generation of poets, including Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, and Elizabeth Alexander. Her poetry took inspiration from the complex portraits of black American life she observed growing up on Chicago's South Side, a world of kitchenette apartments and vibrant streets. From the desk in her bedroom, as a child she filled countless notebooks with poetry, encouraged by the likes of Hughes and affirmed by Richard Wright, who later called her work "raw and real." Over the next sixty years, Brooks's poetry served as witness to the stark realities of urban life: the evils of lynching, the murders of Emmett Till and Malcolm X, the revolutionary effects of the civil rights movement, and the burgeoning power of the Black Arts Movement. Critical acclaim and the distinction in 1950 of being the first black person ever awarded a Pulitzer Prize helped solidify Brooks as a unique and powerful voice. Now, fellow Chicagoan and award-winning writer Angela Jackson delves deep into the rich fabric of Brooks's work and world. Granted unprecedented access to Brooks's family, personal papers, and writing community, Jackson traces the literary arc of this artist's long career and gives context for the world in which Brooks wrote and published her work. It is a powerfully intimate look at a once-in-a-lifetime talent, using forty-three of Brooks's most soul-stirring poems as a guide. From trying to fit in at school, to loving her physical self, to marriage and motherhood, to young men on her block, to breaking history, to newfound acceptance from her community and her elevation to a "surprising queenhood", Brooks lived life through her work. Jackson deftly unpacks it all for both longtime admirers of Brooks and newcomers curious about her work and interior life. This book is a commemoration of a writer who negotiated black womanhood and a changing, restless world with incomparable brilliance--an artistic maverick way ahead of her time.--Adapted from jacket.

State of rebellion : violence and intervention in the Central African Republic / Louisa Lombard.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - July 18, 2017 - 5:40pm
Title: State of rebellion : violence and intervention in the Central African Republic / Louisa Lombard.
Author: Lombard, Louisa,
Call Number: DT546.35 .L66 2016

Staging Chinese Revolution : theater, film, and the afterlives of propaganda / Xiaomei Chen.

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Title: Staging Chinese Revolution : theater, film, and the afterlives of propaganda / Xiaomei Chen.
Author: Chen, Xiaomei, 1954-
Call Number: DS777.549 .C47 2017

Sports math : an introductory course in the mathematics of sports science and sports analytics / Roland B. Minton, Roanoke College, Salem, Virgina, USA.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - July 17, 2017 - 5:40pm
Title: Sports math : an introductory course in the mathematics of sports science and sports analytics / Roland B. Minton, Roanoke College, Salem, Virgina, USA.
Author: Minton, Roland B., 1956-
Call Number: GV706.8 .M56 2017
Description: "This is a textbook for a course in sports science or sports analytics. The opening section is on standard mathematical sports examples which are physics-related, including projectile motion and rotational motion. A middle section introduces several rating systems. Many of these matrix-based systems were made famous by the soon-defunct college football BCS system. The final section of the book contains statistical analysis of sports, taking in Moneyball-like techniques. Game strategies and player evaluation are the main goals of these chapters."--Provided by publisher.

Soccer under the Swastika : stories of survival and resistance during the Holocaust / Kevin E. Simpson.

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Title: Soccer under the Swastika : stories of survival and resistance during the Holocaust / Kevin E. Simpson.
Author: Simpson, Kevin E.
Call Number: GV944.E8 S55 2016
Description: As millions were caught up in the conflict of World War II, soccer emerged as both a response to domination and a means of manipulation by those in power. Soccer under the Swastika reveals this little-known part of history, rescuing from obscurity many poignant survivor testimonies, old accounts of wartime players, and the diaries of survivors and perpetrators. In victim accounts and rare photographs-many published for the first time in this book-hidden stories of soccer in almost every Nazi concentration camp appear. To these captives, soccer was a means of survival, a glimmer of joy between daily beatings and torture, and a show of resistance against the most heinous regime the world had ever seen.--Publisher description.

Smash hits : the 100 songs that defined America / James E. Perone.

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Title: Smash hits : the 100 songs that defined America / James E. Perone.
Author: Perone, James E.,
Call Number: ML3477 .P44 2016
Description: This book introduces readers to the 100 songs that helped define American culture, examines why each song became a hit, what cultural and social values it embodies, what issues it touches upon, what audiences it attracted, and what made it such a definitive part of American history and popular culture. Patriotic songs, minstrel music, and sacred songs and hymns, as well as music in the broad categories of pop, rock, hip hop, jazz, country, and folk are represented.

Shallcross / C.D. Wright.

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Title: Shallcross / C.D. Wright.
Author: Wright, C. D., 1949-2016,
Call Number: PS3573.R497 A6 2016
Description: "In a turbulent world, C.D. Wright evokes a rebellious and dissonant ethos with characteristic genre-bending and expanding long-form poems. Accessing journalistic writing alongside filmic narratives, Wright ranges across seven poetic sequences, including a collaborative suite responding to photographic documentation of murder sites in New Orleans. ShallCross shows plain as day that C.D. Wright is our most thrilling and innovative poet."--Amazon.com. .505. 00

Seeing Sarah Bernhardt : performance and silent film / Victoria Duckett.

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Title: Seeing Sarah Bernhardt : performance and silent film / Victoria Duckett.
Author: Duckett, Victoria,
Call Number: PN2638.B5 D83 2015

Reel music : exploring 100 years of film music / Roger Hickman.

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Title: Reel music : exploring 100 years of film music / Roger Hickman.
Author: Hickman, Roger,
Call Number: ML2075 .H5 2017

Reality is not what it seems : the journey to quantum gravity / Carlo Rovelli ; translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre.

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Title: Reality is not what it seems : the journey to quantum gravity / Carlo Rovelli ; translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre.
Author: Rovelli, Carlo, 1956-
Call Number: QC178 .R69313 2017
Description: "A closer look at the mind-bending nature of the universe. What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and space exist? And what exactly is reality? Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has spent his life exploring these questions. He tells us how our understanding of reality has changed over the centuries and how physicists think about the structure of the universe today. In elegant and accessible prose, Rovelli takes us on a wondrous journey from Democritus to Albert Einstein, from Michael Faraday to gravitational waves, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity. As he shows us how the idea of reality has evolved over time, Rovelli offers deeper explanations of the theories he introduced so concisely in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. This book culminates in a lucid overview of quantum gravity, the field of research that explores the quantum nature of space and time, seeking to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity. Rovelli invites us to imagine a marvelous world where space breaks up into tiny grains, time disappears at the smallest scales, and black holes are waiting to explode--a vast universe still largely undiscovered."--Jacket.

Putin country : a journey into the real Russia / Anne Garrels.

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Title: Putin country : a journey into the real Russia / Anne Garrels.
Author: Garrels, Anne, 1951-
Call Number: DK651.C44 G37 2017
Description: "A revealing look into the lives of ordinary Russians. More than twenty years ago, the longtime NPR correspondent Anne Garrels began to visit the region of Chelyabinsk, an aging military-industrial center a thousand miles east of Moscow that is home to the Russian nuclear program. Her goal was to chart the social and political aftershocks of the USSR's collapse. On her trips to an area once closed to the West, Garrels discovered a populace for whom the new democratic freedoms were as traumatic as they were delightful. The region suffered a severe economic crisis in the early 1990s, and the next twenty years would only bring more turmoil as well as a growing identity crisis and antagonism toward foreigners. The city of Chelyabinsk became richer and more cosmopolitan, even as corruption and intolerance grew more entrenched. In Putin Country, Garrels crafts a necessary portrait of the nation's heartland. We meet upwardly mobile professionals, impassioned activists, and ostentatious mafiosi. We discover surprising subcultures, such as a vibrant underground gay community and a group of determined evangelicals. And we watch doctors and teachers try to cope with a corrupt system. Drawing on these encounters, Garrels explains why Vladimir Putin commands the loyalty of so many Russians, even those who decry the abuses of power they encounter from day to day. Her portrait of Russia's silent majority is both essential and engaging reading at a time when Cold War tensions are resurgent"--Publisher's online catalog.

Snooze : the lost art of sleep / Michael McGirr.

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Title: Snooze : the lost art of sleep / Michael McGirr.
Author: McGirr, Michael, 1961-
Call Number: QP425 .M3946 2017
Description: "A profound exploration of the precious resource of sleep and of the causes and consequences of getting too little of it."--Book jacket front flap.

Puerto Rico : what everyone needs to know / Jorge Duany.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - July 13, 2017 - 5:40pm
Title: Puerto Rico : what everyone needs to know / Jorge Duany.
Author: Duany, Jorge,
Call Number: F1971 .D83 2017
Description: "Acquired by the United States from Spain in 1898, Puerto Rico has a peculiar status among Latin American and Caribbean countries. As a Commonwealth, the island enjoys limited autonomy over local matters, but the U.S. has dominated it militarily, politically, and economically for much of its recent history. Though they are U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans do not have their own voting representatives in Congress and cannot vote in presidential elections (although they are able to participate in the primaries). The island's status is a topic of perennial debate, both within and beyond its shores. In recent months its colossal public debt has sparked an economic crisis that has catapulted it onto the national stage and intensified the exodus to the U.S., bringing to the fore many of the unresolved remnants of its colonial history. Puerto Rico : What Everyone Needs to Know provides a succinct, authoritative introduction to the Island's rich history, culture, politics, and economy. The book begins with a historical overview of Puerto Rico during the Spanish colonial period (1493-1898). It then focuses on the first five decades of the U.S. colonial regime, particularly its efforts to control local, political, and economic institutions as well as to 'Americanize' the Island's culture and language. Jorge Duany delves into the demographic, economic, political, and cultural features of contemporary Puerto Rico--the inner workings of the Commonwealth government and the island's relationship to the United States. Lastly, the book explores the massive population displacement that has characterized Puerto Rico since the mid-20th century. Despite their ongoing colonial dilemma, Jorge Duany argues that Puerto Ricans display a strong national identity as a Spanish-speaking, Afro-Hispanic-Caribbean nation. While a popular tourist destination, few beyond its shores are familiar with its complex history and diverse culture. Duany takes on the task of educating readers on the most important facets of the unique, troubled, but much beloved isla del encanto"--

How the zebra got its stripes : Darwinian stories told through evolutionary biology / Leo Grasset ; [translation by Barbara Mellor].

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - July 12, 2017 - 5:40pm
Title: How the zebra got its stripes : Darwinian stories told through evolutionary biology / Leo Grasset ; [translation by Barbara Mellor].
Author: Grasset, Leo,
Call Number: QL336 .G6713 2017
Description: "A bright young scientist explains the intricacies of the animal kingdom through the lens of evolutionary biology. Why do giraffes have such long necks? Why are zebras striped? Why does a gazelle evade a hungry cheetah by leaping and bounding along a random path? Deploying the latest scientific research and his own extensive observations in Africa, Leo Grasset offers answers to these questions and many more in a book of post-Darwinian Just So Stories (the classic tales by Rudyard Kipling that offered fanciful accounts of how the features of assorted fauna came to be). Complex natural phenomena are explained in simple and at times comic terms, as Grasset turns evolutionary biology to the burning questions of the animal kingdom, from why elephants prefer dictators and buffaloes democracies, to whether the lion really is king. The human is, of course, just another animal, and the author's exploration of two million years of human evolution illustrates how it not only informs our current habits and behavior, but also reveals that we are hybrids of several different species. Prepare to be fascinated, shocked, and delighted--as well as reliably advised. By the end, you will know, for example, to never hug the beautiful, cuddly honey badger, and what explains its almost psychotic nastiness. This is serious science at its entertaining best."--Jacket.

How Christianity came to China : a brief history / Kathleen L. Lodwick.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - July 12, 2017 - 5:40pm
Title: How Christianity came to China : a brief history / Kathleen L. Lodwick.
Author: Lodwick, Kathleen L.,
Call Number: BV3415.2 .L632 2016
Description: Foreign missionaries who served in China ran the gamut of Christians, with differing views of their religion and differing ideas how of to spread it. When all foreign missionaries were forced to leave China in 1949 many thought their effort had been in vain. Yet some scholars predict that soon China will be the country with the largest Christian population in the world. Kathleen L. Lodwick tells the story of Christianity in China. It's essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the contemporary phenomena that is Christianity in China.

Homeless : narratives from the streets / Joshua D. Phillips.

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Title: Homeless : narratives from the streets / Joshua D. Phillips.
Author: Phillips, Joshua Daniel,
Call Number: HV4505 .P485 2016
Description: "While it's important to understand how economic systems affect the homeless, it's equally important to learn about day-to-day realities faced by those who rely on public policies. Drawing on the author's experience working in the homeless community, this book presents some of their stories of loss, abuse, addiction and marginalization through interviews, observations and ethnographic research"--

A history of narrative film / David A. Cook (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro).

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Title: A history of narrative film / David A. Cook (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro).
Author: Cook, David A.,
Call Number: PN1993.5.A1 C65 2016

Dear Ijeawele, or, A feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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Title: Dear Ijeawele, or, A feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Author: Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, 1977-
Call Number: HQ1155 .A35 2017
Description: A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. 'Dear Ijeawele' is Adichie's letter of response. Here are fifteen suggestions for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can "allow" women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It can start a conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

Citizen Steinbeck : giving voice to the people / Robert McParland.

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Title: Citizen Steinbeck : giving voice to the people / Robert McParland.
Author: McParland, Robert,
Call Number: PS3537.T3234 Z7324 2016
Description: Demonstrating the power a single author can have on generations of individuals around the world, The Heart of Steinbeck enables readers to make sense of both the past and our own times today through the prism of John Steinbecks work.

Chinese Americans : the history and culture of a people / Jonathan H.X. Lee, editor.

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Title: Chinese Americans : the history and culture of a people / Jonathan H.X. Lee, editor.
Call Number: E184.C5 C4797 2016
Description: "While the number of Chinese Americans has grown very rapidly in the last decade, this group has long thrived in the United States in spite of racism, discrimination, and segregation. This comprehensive volume takes a global view of the Chinese experience in the Americas. While the focus is on Chinese Americans in the United States, author Jonathan H.X. Lee also explores the experiences of Chinese immigrants in Canada, Mexico, and South America. He considers why the Chinese chose to leave their home country, where they settled, and how the distinctive Chinese American identity was formed. This volume is organized into four sections: historical overview; political and economic life; cultural and religious life; and literature, the arts, and popular culture. Detailed essays capture the essence of everyday life for this immigrant group as they assimilated, established communities, and interacted with other ethnic groups. Alphabetically arranged entries describe the political, social, and religious institutions begun by Chinese Americans and explores their roles as business owners, activists, and philanthropic benefactors for their communities"--Publisher's website.
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