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

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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.

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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.

China and the new Maoists / Kerry Brown and Simone van Nieuwenhuizen.

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Title: China and the new Maoists / Kerry Brown and Simone van Nieuwenhuizen.
Author: Brown, Kerry, 1967-
Call Number: DS777.75 .B76 2016
Description: An absorbing account of the continued influence of Chairman Mao on contemporary China, and of efforts by the New Maoists to claim his legacy.

The book that changed America : how Darwin's theory of evolution ignited a nation / Randall Fuller.

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Title: The book that changed America : how Darwin's theory of evolution ignited a nation / Randall Fuller.
Author: Fuller, Randall, 1963-
Call Number: QH365.O8 F85 2017
Description: "In 1860, Charles Darwin's just-published On the Origin of Species was eagerly read and discussed by five extraordinary American intellectuals. The book first came into the hands of Harvard botanist Asa Gray, who soon led the fight for the theory in America. Gray passed his copy to the child welfare reformer Charles Loring Brace, who then introduced the book at a dinner party in Concord, Massachusetts, to three other friends: the abolitionist Franklin Sanborn, the philosopher Bronson Alcott, and Henry David Thoreau. In telling their story, Randall Fuller provides a compelling biography of perhaps the single most important idea of the nineteenth century, revealing a unique moment when Darwin's book reshaped American notions about nature, religion, science, and race. The Book that Changed America brings to life these five thinkers, as well as notable writers such as Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, and Frederick Douglass, as they intersected to grapple with evolutionary theory. For some, Origin's insistence that all creatures, including humans, were related helped provide scientific credibility to the cause of abolition. For others, Darwin's depiction of constant struggle and endless competition described America on the brink of civil war. Gray and Alcott both had tremendous difficulty aligning the new theory with their religious convictions and their faith in a higher power, while Thoreau, the most profoundly affected of all, absorbed Darwin's views into his mysterious final work on species migration and the interconnectedness of all living things. Creating a rich tableau of nineteenth-century American intellectual culture, The Book that Changed America is also an account of issues and concerns that are still very much with us today, including racism and the enduring conflict between science and religion."--Jacket.

Beyond schizophrenia : living and working with a serious mental illness / Marjorie L. Baldwin.

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Title: Beyond schizophrenia : living and working with a serious mental illness / Marjorie L. Baldwin.
Author: Baldwin, Marjorie L., 1949-
Call Number: HV3005 .B346 2016
Description: If someone you know is living and working with schizophrenia, their life is often fraught with challenges and setbacks. Baldwin makes a comprehensive attempt to explain why, in spite of near-miraculous advances in medication and treatment, persons with mental illness fare worse than almost any other disadvantaged group in the labor market. She looks at societal factors that affect employment outcomes for persons with serious mental illness, and then examines workplace factors that affect employment outcomes, including employer mandates in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Baldwin also outlines a set of policy recommendations designed to improve employment outcomes for this population.

Know this : today's most interesting and important scientific ideas, discoveries, and developments / edited by John Brockman.

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Title: Know this : today's most interesting and important scientific ideas, discoveries, and developments / edited by John Brockman.
Call Number: Q180.55.D57 K58 2017
Description: "The latest volume in the bestselling series from Edge.org-- dubbed 'the world's smartest website' by The Guardian-- brings together 175 of the world's most innovative and brilliant thinkers to discuss recent scientific breakthroughs that will shape the future. Scientific developments radically alter our understanding of the world. Whether it's technology, climate change, health research, or the latest revelations of neuroscience, physics, or psychology, science has, as Edge editor John Brockman says, 'become a big story, if not the big story.' In that spirit, this new addition to Edge.org's fascinating series asks a powerful and provocative question: What do you consider the most interesting and important recent scientific news?"--Amazon.com.

It's all a game : the history of board games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan / Tristan Donovan.

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Title: It's all a game : the history of board games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan / Tristan Donovan.
Author: Donovan, Tristan,
Call Number: GV1312 .D66 2017
Description: "Board games have been with us longer than even the written word. But what is it about this pastime that continues to captivate us well into the age of smartphones and instant gratification? In It's All a Game, British journalist and renowned games expert Tristan Donovan opens the box on the incredible and often surprising history and psychology of board games. He traces the evolution of the game across cultures, time periods, and continents, from the paranoid Chicago toy genius behind classics like Operation and Mouse Trap, to the role of Monopoly in helping prisoners of war escape the Nazis, and even the scientific use of board games today to teach artificial intelligence how to reason and how to win. With these compelling stories and characters, Donovan ultimately reveals why board games have captured hearts and minds all over the world for generations"--

Being transgender : what you should know / Thomas E. Bevan, PhD. ; foreword by Dallas Denny.

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Title: Being transgender : what you should know / Thomas E. Bevan, PhD. ; foreword by Dallas Denny.
Author: Bevan, Thomas E.,
Call Number: HQ77.9 .B48 2017
Description: Written for general audiences, this unprecedented book comprehensively answers many questions about being transgender with current experiential and scientific information, including the evidence for a biological transgender predisposition. Offers information derived from the author's review of more than 3,000 source articles and books across 22 scientific disciplines across more than 11 years-a repository of information that is likely the most comprehensive on transgender science. Represents the first book written for general audiences from the perspective of a scientist, not a clinician or advocate. Identifies the forms of rejection of transgender people sanctioned by culture and provides suggestions for dealing with them. Discusses the future of transgender people as well as that of the binary gender system in Western culture.

Arthur and Sherlock : Conan Doyle and the creation of Holmes / Michael Sims.

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Title: Arthur and Sherlock : Conan Doyle and the creation of Holmes / Michael Sims.
Author: Sims, Michael, 1958-
Call Number: PR4623 .S36 2017
Description: " As a young medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle studied in Edinburgh under the vigilant eye of a diagnostic genius, Dr. Joseph Bell. Doyle often observed Bell identifying a patient's occupation, hometown, and ailments from the smallest details of dress, gait, and speech. Although Doyle was training to be a surgeon, he was meanwhile cultivating essential knowledge that would feed his literary dreams and help him develop the most iconic detective in fiction. Michael Sims traces the circuitous development of Conan Doyle as the father of the modern mystery, from his early days in Edinburgh surrounded by poverty and violence, through his escape to University (where he gained terrifying firsthand knowledge of poisons), leading to his own medical practice in 1882. Five hardworking years later -- after Doyle's only modest success in both medicine and literature -- Sherlock Holmes emerged in A Study in Scarlet. Sims deftly shows Holmes to be a product of Doyle's varied adventures in his personal and professional life, as well as built out of the traditions of Edgar Allan Poe, Emile Gaboriau, Wilkie Collins, and Charles Dickens -- not just a skillful translator of clues, but a veritable superhero of the mind in the tradition of Doyle's esteemed teacher. Filled with details that will surprise even the most knowledgeable Sherlockian, Arthur and Sherlock is a literary genesis story for detective fans everywhere. "--

Animal behaviour : a very short introduction / Tristram D. Wyatt.

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Title: Animal behaviour : a very short introduction / Tristram D. Wyatt.
Author: Wyatt, Tristram D., 1956-
Call Number: QL751 .W93 2017
Description: How animals behave is crucial to their survival and reproduction. The application of new molecular tools such as DNA fingerprinting and genomics is causing a revolution in the study of animal behaviour, while developments in computing and image analysis allow us to investigate behaviour in ways never previously possible. By combining these with the traditional methods of observation and experiments, we are now learning more about animal behaviour than ever before. In this Very Short Introduction Tristram D. Wyatt discusses how animal behaviour has evolved, how behaviours develop in each individual (considering the interplay of genes, epigenetics, and experience), how we can understand animal societies, and how we can explain collective behaviour such as swirling flocks of starlings. Using lab and field studies from across the whole animal kingdom, he looks at mammals, butterflies, honeybees, fish, and birds, analysing what drives behaviour, and exploring instinct, learning, and culture. Looking more widely at behavioural ecology, he also considers some aspects of human behaviour.--publisher.

After the map : cartography, navigation, and the transformation of territory in the twentieth century / William Rankin.

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Title: After the map : cartography, navigation, and the transformation of territory in the twentieth century / William Rankin.
Author: Rankin, William, 1978-
Call Number: GA102.3 .R36 2016
Description: For most of the twentieth century, maps were indispensable. They were how governments understood, managed, and defended their territory, and during the two world wars they were produced by the hundreds of millions. Cartographers and journalists predicted the dawning of a "map-minded age, " where increasingly state-of-the-art maps would become everyday tools. By the century's end, however, there had been a decisive shift in mapping practices, as the dominant methods of land surveying and print publication were increasingly displaced by electronic navigation systems. In After the Map, William Rankin argues that although this shift did no render traditional maps obsolete, it did radically change our experience of geographic knowledge, from the god's-eye view of the map to the embedded subjectivity of GPS. Likewise, older concerns with geographic truth and objectivity have been upstaged by a new emphasis on simplicity, reliability, and convenience. After the Map shows how this change in geographic perspective is ultimately a transformation of the nature of territory, both social and political. --Dust jacket.

Accounting made simple : accounting explained in 100 pages or less / Mike Piper.

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Title: Accounting made simple : accounting explained in 100 pages or less / Mike Piper.
Author: Piper, Mike, 1984-
Call Number: HF5636 .P57 2013
Description: "This text is intended to be a high-level introduction to accounting/bookkeeping"--Preliminary page.

100 essential silent film comedies / James Roots.

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Title: 100 essential silent film comedies / James Roots.
Author: Roots, James, 1955-
Call Number: PN1995.9.C55 R66 2017

American kingpin : the epic hunt for the criminal mastermind behind the Silk Road / Nick Bilton.

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Title: American kingpin : the epic hunt for the criminal mastermind behind the Silk Road / Nick Bilton.
Author: Bilton, Nick,
Call Number: HV6248.U45 B55 2017
Description: From New York Times-bestselling author Nick Bilton comes a true-life thriller about the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, the founder of the online black market Silk Road.

Moholy-Nagy : future present / edited by Matthew S. Witkovsky, Carol S. Eliel, and Karole P.B. Vail ; With contributions by Julie Barten, Sylvie Paenichon, and Carol Stringari, Stephanie D'Alessandro, Carol S. Eliel, Jennifer King, Olivier Lugon, Elizabet

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - July 6, 2017 - 2:40pm
Title: Moholy-Nagy : future present / edited by Matthew S. Witkovsky, Carol S. Eliel, and Karole P.B. Vail ; With contributions by Julie Barten, Sylvie Paenichon, and Carol Stringari, Stephanie D'Alessandro, Carol S. Eliel, Jennifer King, Olivier Lugon, Elizabeth Siegel, Karole P.B. Vail, and Matthew S. Witkovsky.
Call Number: N6822.5.M63 A4 2016
Description: "The pioneering artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (1894-1946) worked across a range of art forms including painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, film, advertising, and theater. This publication, which offers a fresh and extensive examination of his output, accompanies the first major American survey of Moholy's oeuvre in nearly a half century and represents the most extensive English-language book on the artist in thirty years. The catalogue reproduces a vast selection of Moholy's early paintings and photograms, his whimsical photomontages--all of which are reproduced together here for the first time--and late works in Plexiglas. Distinguished scholars offer new insights into his materials and working methods; the relation among writing, administration, and art making in his practice; and his influence on contemporary art. Particular emphasis is given to Moholy's American years and his leadership of the Chicago Bauhaus as well as his reception as a painter"--
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