The word detective : searching for the meaning of it all at the Oxford English Dictionary : a memoir / John Simpson.

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Title: The word detective : searching for the meaning of it all at the Oxford English Dictionary : a memoir / John Simpson.
Author: Simpson, J. A., 1953-
Call Number: PE64.S46 A3 2016
Description: "What do you call the part of a dog's back it can't scratch? Can you drink a glass of balderdash? And if, serendipitously, you find yourself in Serendip, then where exactly are you? The answers to all of these questions can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary, the definitive record of the English language. And there is no better guide to the dictionary's many wonderments, its quirks, and its quiddities than the former chief editor of the OED, John Simpson. John spent almost four decades of his life immersed in the intricacies of our language, and guides us through its history with charmingly laconic wit. In The Word Detective, an intensely personal memoir and a joyful celebration of English, he weaves a story of how words come into being (and sometimes disappear), how cultures shape the language we use, and how we cope when words fail us. Throughout, he enlivens his narrative with lively excavations and investigations of individual words-from deadline to online and back to 101 (yes, it's a word)-all the while reminding us that the seemingly mundane words (can you name the four different meanings of ma?) are often the most interesting ones. A brilliant expedition through the world of words, The Word Detective will delight, inspire, and educate any lover of language"--

Genghis Khan and the quest for God : how the world's greatest conqueror gave us religious freedom / Jack Weatherford.

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Title: Genghis Khan and the quest for God : how the world's greatest conqueror gave us religious freedom / Jack Weatherford.
Author: Weatherford, J. McIver,
Call Number: BL640 .W43 2016
Description: "Throughout history the world's greatest conquerors have made their mark not just on the battlefield, but in the societies they have transformed. Genghis Khan conquered by arms and bravery, but he ruled by commerce and religion. He created the world's greatest trading network and drastically lowered taxes for merchants, but he knew that if his empire was going to last, he would need something stronger and more binding than trade. He needed religion. And so, unlike the Christian, Taoist and Muslim conquerors who came before him, he gave his subjects freedom of religion. Genghis lived in the 13th century, but he struggled with many of the same problems we face today: How should one balance religious freedom with the need to reign in fanatics? Can one compel rival religions--driven by deep seated hatred--to live together in peace? A celebrated anthropologist whose bestselling Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World radically transformed our understanding of the Mongols and their legacy, Jack Weatherford has spent eighteen years exploring areas of Mongolia closed until the fall of the Soviet Union and researching The Secret History of the Mongols, an astonishing document written in code that was only recently discovered. He pored through archives and found groundbreaking evidence of Genghis's influence on the founding fathers and his essential impact on Thomas Jefferson. As hard as it is to believe, we owe our doctine of religious freedom in part to a distant nomad who forged the world's greatest empire in a trail of blood."--Dust jacket.

Unstoppable : harnessing science to change the world / by Bill Nye ; edited by Corey S. Powell.

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Title: Unstoppable : harnessing science to change the world / by Bill Nye ; edited by Corey S. Powell.
Author: Nye, Bill,
Call Number: QC981.8.G56 N94 2016

The Verso book of dissent : revolutionary words from three millennia of rebellion and resistance / preface by Tariq Ali ; edited by Andrew Hsiao and Audrea Lim.

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Title: The Verso book of dissent : revolutionary words from three millennia of rebellion and resistance / preface by Tariq Ali ; edited by Andrew Hsiao and Audrea Lim.
Call Number: PN6071.R43 V47 2016
Description: "Throughout the ages and across every continent, people have struggled against those in power and raised their voices in protest-rallying others around them or, sometimes, inspiring uprisings many years later. Their echoes reverberate from Ancient Greece, China and Egypt, via the dissident poets and philosophers of Islam and Judaism, through to the Arab slave revolts and anti-Ottoman rebellions of the Middle Ages. These sources were tapped during the Dutch and English revolutions at the outset of the Modern world, and in turn flowed into the French, Haitian, American, Russian and Chinese revolutions. More recently, resistance to war and economic oppression has flared up on battlefields and in public spaces from Beijing and Cairo to Moscow and New York City. This anthology, global in scope, presents voices of dissent from every era of human history: speeches and pamphlets, poems and songs, plays and manifestos. Every age has its iconoclasts, and yet the greatest among them build on the words and actions of their forerunners. The Verso Book of Dissent should be in the arsenal of every rebel who understands that words and ideas are the ultimate weapons."--Publisher's website.

Inventing the future : postcapitalism and a world without work / Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - February 25, 2017 - 2:40pm
Title: Inventing the future : postcapitalism and a world without work / Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams.
Author: Srnicek, Nick,
Call Number: HM891 .S76 2016

Cooperation and drug policies in the americas : trends in the twenty-first.

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Title: Cooperation and drug policies in the americas : trends in the twenty-first.
Call Number: -

Nursing and healthcare research at a glance / edited by Alan Glasper, Colin Rees.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - February 8, 2017 - 12:40am
Title: Nursing and healthcare research at a glance / edited by Alan Glasper, Colin Rees.
Call Number: RT81.5 .N877 2017

Messy : the power of disorder to transform our lives / Tim Harford.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - February 8, 2017 - 12:40am
Title: Messy : the power of disorder to transform our lives / Tim Harford.
Author: Harford, Tim, 1973-
Call Number: BF408 .H297 2016
Description: Messiness adds benefits to our lives, so why do we resist the concept so? Harford uses research from neuroscience, psychology and social science to explain why disorder, confusion, and disarray are actually lies at the core of how we innovate, how we achieve, how we reach each other. He shows that the human inclination for tidiness can mask a deep and debilitating fragility that keep us from innovation.

Playing through the whistle : steel, football, and an American town / S.L. Price.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - February 8, 2017 - 12:40am
Title: Playing through the whistle : steel, football, and an American town / S.L. Price.
Author: Price, S. L. (Scott L.), 1962-
Call Number: GV959.53.A485 P75 2016
Description: In the early twentieth century, down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, the Jones & Laughlin Steel Company built one of the largest mills in the world and a town to go with it. Aliquippa was a beacon and a melting pot, pulling in thousands of families from eastern and southern Europe and the Jim Crow South. The J&L mill, though dirty and dangerous, offered a chance at a better life and hope for the future. It produced the steel that built American cities and won World War II and, thanks to hard-fought union victories, made Aliquippa something of a workers' paradise. But then, in the 1980s, the steel industry cratered. The mill closed. Crime rose and crack hit big. But another industry grew in Aliquippa. The town didn't just make steel; it made elite football players, from Mike Ditka to Ty Law to Darrelle Revis. Despite its troubles--maybe even because of them--Aliquippa became legendary for producing greatness. In Playing Through the Whistle, celebrated sportswriter S. L. Price tells the remarkable story of Aliquippa and through it, the larger history of American industry, sports, and life. Price charts the fortunes of Aliquippa's celebrated team through championships under charismatic coaches and through hard times after the mill died. In an era when sports has grown from novelty to a vital source of civic pride, Price reveals the shifting mores of a town defined by work--and the loss of it--yet anchored by a weekly game. Today, as our view of football shifts and participation drops, in Aliquippa the sport can still feel like the one path away from life on the streets, the last force keeping the town together.--Adapted from dust jacket.

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