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The secret poisoner : a century of murder / Linda Stratmann.

June 1, 2016 - 2:40pm
Title: The secret poisoner : a century of murder / Linda Stratmann.
Author: Stratmann, Linda,
Call Number: HV6553 .S775 2016
Description: "Murder by poison alarmed, enthralled, and in many ways encapsulated the Victorian age. Linda Stratmann's dark and splendid social history reveals the nineteenth century as a gruesome battleground where poisoners went head-to-head with authorities who strove to detect poisons, control their availability, and bring the guilty to justice. She corrects many misconceptions about particular poisons and documents how the evolution of issues such as marital rights and the legal protection of children impacted poisonings. Combining archival research with a novelist's eye, Stratmann charts the era's inexorable rise of poison cases both shocking and sad"--

The bees in your backyard : a guide to North America's bees / Joseph S. Wilson & Olivia Messinger Carril.

May 27, 2016 - 5:40pm
Title: The bees in your backyard : a guide to North America's bees / Joseph S. Wilson & Olivia Messinger Carril.
Author: Wilson, Joseph S., 1980-
Call Number: QL567.1.U6 W55 2016
Description: The Bees in Your Backyard provides an engaging introduction to the roughly 4,000 different bee species found in the United States and Canada, dispelling common myths about bees while offering essential tips for telling them apart in the field. The book features more than 900 stunning color photos of the bees living all around us--in our gardens and parks, along nature trails, and in the wild spaces between. It describes their natural history, including where they live, how they gather food, their role as pollinators, and even how to attract them to your own backyard. Ideal for amateur naturalists and experts alike, it gives detailed accounts of every bee family and genus in North America, describing key identification features, distributions, diets, nesting habits, and more.--From publisher description.

Door to door : the magnificent, maddening, mysterious world of transportation / Edward Humes.

May 27, 2016 - 5:40pm
Title: Door to door : the magnificent, maddening, mysterious world of transportation / Edward Humes.
Author: Humes, Edward,
Call Number: HE151 .H876 2016
Description: "Transportation dominates our daily existence. Thousands, even millions, of miles are embedded in everything we do and touch. We live in a door-to-door universe that works so well most Americans are scarcely aware of it. The grand ballet in which we move ourselves and our stuff is equivalent to building the Great Pyramid, the Hoover Dam, and the Empire State Building all in a day. Every day. And yet, in the one highly visible part of the transportation world -- the part we drive -- we suffer grinding commutes, a violent death every fifteen minutes, a dire injury every twelve seconds, and crumbling infrastructure. Now, the way we move ourselves and our stuff is on the brink of great change, as a new mobility revolution upends the car culture that, for better and worse, built modern America. This unfolding revolution will disrupt lives and global trade, transforming our commutes, our vehicles, our cities, our jobs, and every aspect of culture, commerce, and the environment. We are, quite literally, at a fork in the road, though whether it will lead us to Carmageddon or Carmaheaven has yet to be determined. Using interviews, data and deep exploration of the hidden world of ports, traffic control centers, and the research labs defining our transportation future, acclaimed journalist Edward Humes breaks down the complex movements of humans, goods, and machines as never before, from increasingly car-less citizens to the distance UPS goes to deliver a leopard-printed phone case. Tracking one day in the life of his family in Southern California, Humes uses their commutes, traffic jams, grocery stops, and online shopping excursions as a springboard to explore the paradoxes and challenges inherent in our system. He ultimately makes clear that transportation is one of the few big things we can change -- our personal choices do have a profound impact, and that fork in the road is coming up fast. Door to Door is a fascinating detective story, investigating the worldwide cast of supporting characters and technologies that have enabled us to move from here to there -- past, present, and future." -- Amazon.com.

The Nobel prize : a history of genius, controversy, and prestige / by Burton Feldman.

May 27, 2016 - 5:40pm
Title: The Nobel prize : a history of genius, controversy, and prestige / by Burton Feldman.
Author: Feldman, Burton.
Call Number: AS911.N9 F38 2012
Description: Discusses the Nobel Institution in detail, telling about the award and its beginnings, what it means to win a Nobel Prize, the fields in which it is presented, who judges and how the prize is awarded, and more.

Primates in the real world : escaping primate folklore and creating primate science / Georgina M. Montgomery.

May 26, 2016 - 1:40pm
Title: Primates in the real world : escaping primate folklore and creating primate science / Georgina M. Montgomery.
Author: Montgomery, Georgina M.
Call Number: QL737.P9 M615 2015

Junk : digging through America's love affair with stuff / Alison Stewart.

May 25, 2016 - 8:40am
Title: Junk : digging through America's love affair with stuff / Alison Stewart.
Author: Stewart, Alison, 1966-
Call Number: RC569.5.H63 S76 2016
Description: "When journalist and author Alison Stewart was confronted with emptying her late parents' overloaded basement, a job that dragged on for months, it got her thinking: How did it come to this? Why do smart, successful people hold on to old Christmas bows, chipped knick-knacks, VHS tapes, and books they would likely never reread? Junk details Stewart's three-year investigation into America's stuff. She rides along with junk removal teams like Trash Daddy, Annie Haul, and Junk Vets. She goes backstage to a taping of Antiques Roadshow, and learns what makes for compelling junk-based television with the executive producer of Pawn Stars. And she even investigates the growing problem of space junk--23,000 pieces of manmade debris orbiting the planet at 17,500 MPH, threatening both satellites and human space exploration"--

The worst of times : how life on earth survived eighty million years of extinctions / Paul B. Wignall.

May 19, 2016 - 8:40am
Title: The worst of times : how life on earth survived eighty million years of extinctions / Paul B. Wignall.
Author: Wignall, P. B.
Call Number: QE721.2.E97 W54 2016
Description: 260 million years ago, life on Earth suffered wave after wave of cataclysmic extinctions, with the worst--the end-Permian extinction--wiping out nearly every species on the planet. This book delves into the mystery behind these extinctions and sheds light on the fateful role the primeval supercontinent, known as Pangea, may have played in causing these global catastrophes. Drawing on the latest discoveries as well as his own field expeditions to remote corners of the world, Paul Wignall reveals what scientists are only now beginning to understand about the most prolonged period of environmental crisis in Earth's history. He describes how a series of unprecedented extinction events swept across the planet in a span of eighty million years, rapidly killing marine and terrestrial life on a scale more devastating than the dinosaur extinctions that would come later. Wignall shows how these extinctions--sotne of which have only recently been discovered--all coincided with gigantic volcanic eruptions of flood basalt lavas that occurred when the world's landmasses were united into a single vast expanse. Unraveling one of the great enigmas of ancient Earth, this book also explains how the splitting apart of Pangea into the continents we know today ushered in a new age of vibrant and more resilient life on our planet.--Adapted from book jacket.

Hume : an intellectual biography / James A. Harris, University of St. Andrews.

May 17, 2016 - 2:40pm
Title: Hume : an intellectual biography / James A. Harris, University of St. Andrews.
Author: Harris, James A. (James Anthony)
Call Number: B1497 .H37 2015
Description: "This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the entire career of one of Britain's greatest men of letters. It sets in biographical and historical context all of Hume's works, from A Treatise of Human Nature to The History of England, bringing to light the major influences on the course of Hume's intellectual development, and paying careful attention to the differences between the wide variety of literary genres with which Hume experimented. The major events in Hume's life are fully described, but the main focus is on Hume's intentions as a philosophical analyst of human nature, politics, commerce, English history, and religion. Careful attention is paid to Hume's intellectual relations with his contemporaries. The goal is to reveal Hume as a man intensely concerned with the realization of an ideal of open-minded, objective, rigorous, dispassionate dialogue about all the principal questions faced by his age." -- Publisher's description

Speaking freely : Whitney v. California and American speech law / Philippa Strum.

May 17, 2016 - 2:40pm
Title: Speaking freely : Whitney v. California and American speech law / Philippa Strum.
Author: Strum, Philippa,
Call Number: KF224.W543 S777 2015
Description: "Anita Whitney was a child of wealth and privilege who became a vocal leftist early in the twentieth century, supporting radical labor groups such as the Wobblies and helping to organize the Communist Labor Party. In 1919 she was arrested and charged with violating California's recently passed laws banning any speech or activity intended to change the American political and economic systems. The story of the Supreme Court case that grew out of Whitney's conviction, told in full in this book, is also the story of how Americans came to enjoy the most liberal speech laws in the world. In clear and engaging language, noted legal scholar Philippa Strum traces the fateful interactions of Whitney, a descendant of Mayflower Pilgrims; Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, a brilliant son of immigrants; the teeming immigrant neighborhoods and left wing labor politics of the early twentieth century; and the lessons some Harvard Law School professors took from World War I-era restrictions on speech. Though the Supreme Court upheld Whitney's conviction, it included an opinion by Justice Brandeis--joined by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.--that led to a decisive change in the way the Court understood First Amendment free speech protections. Speaking Freely takes us into the discussions behind this dramatic change, as Holmes, Brandeis, Judge Learned Hand, and Harvard Law professors Zechariah Chafee and Felix Frankfurter debate the extent of the First Amendment and the important role of free speech in a democratic society. In Brandeis's opinion, we see this debate distilled in a statement of the value of free speech and the harm that its suppression does to a democracy, along with reflections on the importance of freedom from government control for the founders and the drafters of the First Amendment. Through Whitney v. California and its legacy, Speaking Freely shows how the American approach to speech, differing as it does that of every other country, reflects the nation's unique history. Nothing less than a primer in the history of free speech rights in the US, the book offers a sobering and timely lesson as fear once more raises the specter of repression"--

How Will I Achieve My Goals? : Six Simple Steps to Proven Success / Regina R. Carver.

May 17, 2016 - 2:40pm
Title: How Will I Achieve My Goals? : Six Simple Steps to Proven Success / Regina R. Carver.
Author: Carver, Regina R.
Call Number: -
Description: A six-step process to setting and achieving personal goals.

Privacy : a short history / David Vincent.

May 13, 2016 - 2:40pm
Title: Privacy : a short history / David Vincent.
Author: Vincent, David, 1949-
Call Number: JC596 .V56 2016
Description: "Privacy: A Short History provides a vital historical account of an increasingly stressed sphere of human interaction. At a time when the death of privacy is widely proclaimed, distinguished historian, David Vincent, describes the evolution of the concept and practice of privacy from the Middle Ages to the present controversy over digital communication and state surveillance provoked by the revelations of Edward Snowden. Deploying a range of vivid primary material, he discusses the management of private information in the context of housing, outdoor spaces, religious observance, reading, diaries and autobiographies, correspondence, neighbours, gossip, surveillance, the public sphere and the state. Key developments, such as the nineteenth-century celebration of the enclosed and intimate middle-class household, are placed in the context of long-term development. The book surveys and challenges the main currents in the extensive secondary literature on the subject. It seeks to strike a new balance between the built environment and world beyond the threshold, between written and face-to-face communication, between anonymity and familiarity in towns and cities, between religion and secular meditation, between the state and the private sphere and, above all, between intimacy and individualism. Ranging from the fourteenth century to the twenty-first, this book shows that the history of privacy has been an arena of contested choices, and not simply a progression towards a settled ideal. Privacy: A Short History will be of interest to students and scholars of history, and all those interested in this topical subject." -- Publisher's description

Mass shootings : media, myths, and realities / Jaclyn Schildkraut and H. Jaymi Elsass.

May 13, 2016 - 2:40pm
Title: Mass shootings : media, myths, and realities / Jaclyn Schildkraut and H. Jaymi Elsass.
Author: Schildkraut, Jaclyn,
Call Number: HV6515 .S35 2016

For White folks who teach in the hood ... and the rest of y'all too : reality pedagogy and urban education / Christopher Emdin.

May 13, 2016 - 2:40pm
Title: For White folks who teach in the hood ... and the rest of y'all too : reality pedagogy and urban education / Christopher Emdin.
Author: Emdin, Christopher,
Call Number: LC5131 .E5 2016
Description: "Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, a prominent scholar offers a new approach to teaching and learning for every stakeholder in urban education. Drawing on his own experience of feeling undervalued and invisible in science classrooms as a young man of color, Christopher Emdin offers a new lens on and approach to teaching in urban schools. Putting forth his theory of Reality Pedagogy, Emdin provides practical tools to unleash the brilliance and eagerness of youth and educators alike--both of whom have been typecast and stymied by outdated modes of thinking about urban education. With this fresh and engaging new pedagogical vision, Emdin demonstrates the importance of creating a family structure and building communities within the classroom, using culturally relevant strategies like hip-hop music and call-and-response, and connecting the experiences of urban youth to indigenous populations globally"--

Fluke : the math and myth of coincidence / Joseph Mazur.

May 13, 2016 - 2:40pm
Title: Fluke : the math and myth of coincidence / Joseph Mazur.
Author: Mazur, Joseph.
Call Number: QA612.24 .M39 2016
Description: Looks at coincidences and unlikely occurrences, delving into the mathematical concepts of probability and sharing stories of striking flukes and coincidences from around the world.

The American political party system : continuity and change over ten presidential elections / John S. Jackson.

May 13, 2016 - 2:40pm
Title: The American political party system : continuity and change over ten presidential elections / John S. Jackson.
Author: Jackson, John S., 1940-
Call Number: JK2261 .J34 2015
Description: Traces the marked changes in the presidential nomination system from the age of party insiders, or "bosses" to today's practice of presidential primaries and party activists dictating nominations. Explains the changing environment surrounding elections, party politics, and the evolution of the presidency.

The story of emoji / Gavin Lucas.

May 12, 2016 - 2:40pm
Title: The story of emoji / Gavin Lucas.
Author: Lucas, Gavin, 1975-
Call Number: -
Description: "This is the first book to explain the genesis and cultural significance of emoji, the world's cutest and most popular form of shorthand. If you have a Twitter account or regularly send text messages, it's highly likely that you've used or received emoji. These characters include symbols and pictograms that represent a host of everyday objects and activities plus, crucially, a selection of faces that denote a range of emotions from happy to sad, angry, confused, surprised, or tired. The word "emoji" literally translates from Japanese as "picture" (e) and "character" (moji). The Story of Emoji traces emoji from their origin as a symbol typeface created specifically for on-screen use by a Japanese mobile phone provider in the late 1990s to an international communication phenomenon. As well as a history of emoji and an interview with their creator, Shigetaka Kurita, the book includes an exploration of non-text typefaces, from the decorative fleurons of the early days of the printing press to the innumerable digital typefaces available today, to the use of emoticons, ASCII art, and kaomoji in typed messages. It also looks at an array of artworks, fashion lines, special character sets, advertisements, and projects that convey emoji's widespread impact on contemporary culture. Finally, the book concludes with a section for which a group of illustrators, artists, and graphic designers have created original emoji characters they wish existed, including bacon, a vinyl record, and even a "stabbed-in-the-back" emoji"--Amazon.

So far from home : lost and found in our brave new world / Margaret J. Wheatley.

May 10, 2016 - 6:40am
Title: So far from home : lost and found in our brave new world / Margaret J. Wheatley.
Author: Wheatley, Margaret J.
Call Number: RC489.M55 W47 2012
Description: "We live in a time of increasing extremism and polarization, where the distinction between fact and opinion has been lost. Instant electronic interaction has replaced thoughtful human interaction. Organizations are bloated by bureaucracy and meaningless measures. Those working for positive change are exhausted, ill and heart-sick as their good work is ignored, underfunded or attacked. We need to acknowledge that we're lost in a world far different than we hoped for. We need new maps to navigate our brave new world. In Leadership and the New Science, Wheatley provided encouraging maps for how to design organizations based on living systems' capacity for creativity, change and adaptation. But in the 20 years since its publication she's seen that in spite of our best efforts the world that's emerged is on a destructive trajectory that won't be reversed by our working harder, finding new methods, or forming better networks. But Wheatley has not written a book to increase our despair. Quite the contrary. In the same vein as her bestselling book, Perseverance, her intention is to inspire us to move forward with greater resolve and energy, using maps that won't mislead us. One kind of map shows us where we are now--she offers a penetrating critique of popular culture. But a second kind of map invites us to choose a new role for ourselves as warriors for the human spirit. This map helps us develop the skills we need most--insight, bravery, decency, compassion-- to discover our right work and create meaningful lives in this dark time. Profoundly reflective yet down-to earth--rooted in the day-to-day experiences we all share--So Far From Home is both affirming and provoking, calling us to reexamine our expectations and redefine our role for the work ahead."--

Evidence explained : citing history sources from artifacts to cyberspace / Elizabeth Shown Mills.

May 10, 2016 - 6:40am
Title: Evidence explained : citing history sources from artifacts to cyberspace / Elizabeth Shown Mills.
Author: Mills, Elizabeth Shown.
Call Number: D5 .M55 2007
Description: Evidence Explained is the definitive guide to the citation and analysis of historical sources. It begins with a simple question: Why do we invest so much of our energy into the citation of sources? Followed immediately by the intriguing answer: Because all sources are not created equal. As a citation guide, Evidence Explained is built on this simple question and answer. According to the author, there are no historical resources we can trust at face value. Records simply offer evidence, and their assertions may or may not be true. To decide what actually happened, we must understand those records. To analyze that evidence and judge what to believe, we also need particular facts about those records. Thus, Evidence Explained has two principal uses: it provides citation models for most historical sources, especially original materials not covered by classic citation guides such as The Chicago Manual of Style. Beyond that, it can help us understand each type of record and identify each in such detail that we and our readers will know not only where to go to find our source, but, equally important, the nature of that source so that the evidence can be better interpreted and the accuracy of our conclusions properly appraised. Covers all contemporary and electronic sources not discussed in traditional style manuals, including digital, audio, and video sources; Explains citation principals and includes more than 1,000 citation models for virtually every source type; Shows readers where to go to find their sources and how to describe them and evaluate them; Teaches readers to separate facts from assertions and theory from proof in the evaluation of evidence; Most Importantly, Evidence Explained discusses source citations for every known class of records, including microfilm and microfiche, and records created by the new digital media: Websites, Digital books and journals, DVDs, CDs, Audio files, Podcasts, E-zines. - Publisher.

Austria / main contributors, Teresa Czerniewicz-Umer, Joanna Egert-Romanowska and Janina Kumaniecka.

May 10, 2016 - 6:40am
Title: Austria / main contributors, Teresa Czerniewicz-Umer, Joanna Egert-Romanowska and Janina Kumaniecka.
Author: Czerniewicz-Umer, Teresa.
Call Number: DB27.5 .C94 2016

Great Britain / main contributor, Michael Leapman.

May 10, 2016 - 6:40am
Title: Great Britain / main contributor, Michael Leapman.
Author: Leapman, Michael, 1938-
Call Number: DA650 .G695 2016