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Daily life in colonial New England / Claudia Durst Johnson.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 19, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: Daily life in colonial New England / Claudia Durst Johnson.
Author: Johnson, Claudia Durst, 1938-
Call Number: F7 .J59 2017
Description: The daily lives of most colonial New Englanders were much more colorful and exotic than the drab, pious picture many of us have in mind. Daily Life in Colonial New England exposes as myth much of what we might believe about this era and reveals surprising truths -- for example, that sex was openly discussed in Colonial times and was regarded as a welcome necessity of married life, and that women had more legal and marital rights than they did in the 19th century. The book describes topics such as the legal and sexual rights of women, the extent of infant mortality; the lives of underclass citizens who formed the majority in New England, such as indentured servants, African slaves, debtors, and criminals; and the integral role that pirates played in business and employment during the Colonial period. Readers will gain deeper insight into what life during this period was like through accounts of the real terror of being one of the accused in witch hunts and the sympathy that the general population had for dissidents who were questioned and arrested by the government. Primary materials that range from legal documents to sermons, letters, and diaries are used as sources that verify historical ideas and events. -- Provided by publisher.

Arguments for welfare : the welfare state and social policy / Paul Spicker.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 16, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: Arguments for welfare : the welfare state and social policy / Paul Spicker.
Author: Spicker, Paul,
Call Number: JC479 .S6949 2017
Description: This book makes the case for the welfare state. Nearly every government in the developed world offers some form of social protection, and measures to improve the social and economic well-being of its citizens. However, the provision of welfare is under attack. The critics argue that welfare states are illegitimate, that things are best left to the market, and that welfare has bad effects on the people who receive it. If we need to be reminded why we ought to have welfare, it is because so many people have come think that we should not. --

Leaving the wild : the unnatural history of dogs, cats, cows, and horses / Gavin Ehringer.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 16, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: Leaving the wild : the unnatural history of dogs, cats, cows, and horses / Gavin Ehringer.
Author: Ehringer, Gavin,
Call Number: SF41 .E47 2017
Description: "The domestication of animals changed the course of human history. But what about the animals who abandoned their wild existence in exchange for our care and protection? Domestication has proven to be a wildly successful survival strategy. But this success has not been without its drawbacks. A modern dairy cow?s daily energy output equals that of a Tour de France rider. Feral cats overpopulate urban areas. And our methods of breeding horses and dogs have resulted in debilitating and sometimes lethal genetic diseases. But these problems and more can be addressed, if we have the will and the compassion. Human values and choices determine an animal?s lot in life even before he or she is born. Just as a sculptor?s hands shape clay, so human values shape our animals?for good and or ill. The little-examined, yet omnipresent act of breeding lies at the core of Gavin Ehringer's eye-opening book. You?ll meet cows cloned from steaks, a Quarter horse stallion valued at $7.5 million, Chinese dogs that glow in the dark, and visit a Denver cat show featuring naked cats and other cuddly mutants. Is this what the animals bargained for all those millennia ago, when they first joined us by the fire?"--Amazon.com.

Written in blood : courage and corruption in the Appalachian war of extraction / edited by Wess Harris.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 16, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: Written in blood : courage and corruption in the Appalachian war of extraction / edited by Wess Harris.
Call Number: HD9547.W4 W75 2017

What unites us : reflections on patriotism / Dan Rather & Elliot Kirschner.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 16, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: What unites us : reflections on patriotism / Dan Rather & Elliot Kirschner.
Author: Rather, Dan,
Call Number: JK1759 .R35 2017
Description: At a moment of crisis over our national identity, journalist Dan Rather reflects on what it means to be an American. He reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world's biggest stories. As a living witness to historical change, he offers up an intimate view of history, tracing where we have been in order to help us chart a way forward and heal our bitter divisions.

Verax : the true history of whistleblowers, drone warfare, and mass surveillance / Pratap Chatterjee and Khalil.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 16, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: Verax : the true history of whistleblowers, drone warfare, and mass surveillance / Pratap Chatterjee and Khalil.
Author: Chatterjee, Pratap,
Call Number: JK468.I6 C183 2017
Description: "9/11 not only marked the worst domestic terror attack in U.S. history, but also unleashed electronic spying by the government on a massive worldwide scale. In a wholly original and engaging telling, Verax ("truth-teller" and one of Edward Snowden's code names) recounts the full story of American electronic surveillance post 9/11, in brilliant comics form"--

The truth matters : a citizen's guide to separating facts from lies and stopping fake news in its tracks / Bruce Bartlett.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 16, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: The truth matters : a citizen's guide to separating facts from lies and stopping fake news in its tracks / Bruce Bartlett.
Author: Bartlett, Bruce R., 1951-
Call Number: PN4815.2 .B37 2017
Description: The media and political landscapes are littered with untrustworthy sources and the dangerous concept of "fake news." Bartlett helps you fight this deeply troubling trend and ensure that truth is not a permanent casualty. He presents actionable tips and tricks for reading critically, judging sources, using fact-checking sites, avoiding confirmation bias, identifying trustworthy experts, and more.

Night / Elie Wiesel ; translated from the French by Marion Wiesel.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 16, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: Night / Elie Wiesel ; translated from the French by Marion Wiesel.
Author: Wiesel, Elie, 1928-2016,
Call Number: DS135.R73 W54813 2006
Description: Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. [This book] is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man.

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Technically wrong : sexist apps, biased algorithms, and other threats of toxic tech / Sara Wachter-Boettcher.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 10, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: Technically wrong : sexist apps, biased algorithms, and other threats of toxic tech / Sara Wachter-Boettcher.
Author: Wachter-Boettcher, Sara,
Call Number: TA169.5 .W33 2017
Description: "A revealing look at how tech industry bias and blind spots get baked into digital products--and harm us all. Buying groceries, tracking our health, finding a date: whatever we want to do, odds are that we can now do it online. But few of us ask why all these digital products are designed the way they are. It's time we change that. Many of the services we rely on are full of oversights, biases, and downright ethical nightmares: Chatbots that harass women. Signup forms that fail anyone who's not straight. Social media sites that send peppy messages about dead relatives. Algorithms that put more black people behind bars. Sara Wachter-Boettcher takes an unflinching look at the values, processes, and assumptions that lead to these and other problems. Technically Wrong demystifies the tech industry, leaving those of us on the other side of the screen better prepared to make informed choices about the services we use--and demand more from the companies behind them."--Dust jacket.

The story of the Jews. Volume one, finding the words : 1000 BC-1492 AD / Simon Schama.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 10, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: The story of the Jews. Volume one, finding the words : 1000 BC-1492 AD / Simon Schama.
Author: Schama, Simon,
Call Number: DS116 .S395 2017

Social media freaks : digital identity in the network society / Dustin Kidd.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 10, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: Social media freaks : digital identity in the network society / Dustin Kidd.
Author: Kidd, Dustin,
Call Number: HM742 .K53 2017
Description: "Social media has been transforming American and global cultural life for over a decade. It has flattened the divide between producer and audience found in other forms of culture while also enriching some massive corporations. At the core of Social Media Freaks is the question: Does social media reproduce inequalities or is it a tool for subverting them? Social Media Freaks presents a virtual ethnography of social media, focusing on issues of identity and inequality along five dimensions--race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability. It presents original and secondary findings, while also utilizing social theory to explain the dynamics of social media. It teaches readers how to engage social media as a tool for social activism while also examining the limits of social media's value in the quest for social change"--

Simply electrifying : the technology that transformed the world, from Benjamin Franklin to Elon Musk / Craig R. Roach.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 10, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: Simply electrifying : the technology that transformed the world, from Benjamin Franklin to Elon Musk / Craig R. Roach.
Author: Roach, Craig,
Call Number: QC527 .R63 2017
Description: "Electricity is at the core of all modern life. Despite this, the full story of this revolutionary force has remained untold--until now. Simply Electrifying offers the comprehensive story of one of mankind's most important journeys: from a time when only a few could even imagine a world with electricity to today when, for most of us, a world without electricity would be unimaginable. Since the birth of the modern science of electricity 265 years ago, mankind has built an impressive structure of produce, deliver, and use electricity, thanks to a combination of pioneering science, innovative technology, shrewd business strategy, and pervasive economic and environmental regulation. Simply Electrifying brings to life the stories of the people that made it all possible--from early pathfinders like Benjamin Franklin, Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell, and Albert Einstein to innovators such as Samuel Morse, Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla. Later on, business strategists and economic and environmental regulation driven by many, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rachel Carson, and even President Barack Obama, have shaped how we use and understand electricity in crucial ways. Today, Elon Musk and others are on the verge of again changing the way we think about and interact with it. Simply Electrifying is painstakingly researched and beautifully written, showing us how both profit-makers and policy-makers must use a wide-angle lens to truly understand the past and anticipate the future."--Jacket.

Secularism : politics, religion, and freedom / Andrew Copson.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 10, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: Secularism : politics, religion, and freedom / Andrew Copson.
Author: Copson, Andrew,
Call Number: BL2747.8 .C648 2017
Description: Until the modern period the integration of church (or other religion) and state (or political life) had been taken for granted. The political order was always tied to an official religion in Christian Europe, pre-Christian Europe, and in the Arabic world. But from the eighteenth century onwards, some European states began to set up their political order on a different basis. Not religion, but the rule of law through non-religious values embedded in constitutions became the foundation of some states - a movement we now call secularism. In others, a de facto secularism emerged as political values and civil and criminal law altered their professed foundation from a shared religion to a non-religious basis. Today secularism is an increasingly hot topic in public, political, and religious debate across the globe. It is embodied in the conflict between secular republics - from the US to India - and the challenges they face from resurgent religious identity politics; in the challenges faced by religious states like those of the Arab world from insurgent secularists; and in states like China where calls for freedom of belief are challenging a state imposed non-religious worldview.0In this short introduction Andrew Copson tells the story of secularism, taking in momentous episodes in world history, such as the great transition of Europe from religious orthodoxy to pluralism, the global struggle for human rights and democracy, and the origins of modernity. He also considers the role of secularism when engaging with some of the most contentious political and legal issues of our time: 'blasphemy', 'apostasy', religious persecution, religious discrimination, religious schools, and freedom of belief and thought in a divided world.

Scale : the universal laws of growth, innovation, sustainability, and the pace of life in organisms, cities, economies, and companies / Geoffrey West.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 10, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: Scale : the universal laws of growth, innovation, sustainability, and the pace of life in organisms, cities, economies, and companies / Geoffrey West.
Author: West, Geoffrey B.,
Call Number: H61.27 .W47 2017
Description: "From one of the most influential scientists of our time, a dazzling exploration of the hidden laws that govern the life cycle of everything from plants and animals to the cities we live in. The former head of the Sante Fe Institute, visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks. The term "complexity" can be misleading, however, because what makes West's discoveries so beautiful is that he has found an underlying simplicity that unites the seemingly complex and diverse phenomena of living systems, including our bodies, our cities and our businesses. Fascinated by issues of aging and mortality, West applied the rigor of a physicist to the biological question of why we live as long as we do and no longer. The result was astonishing, and changed science, creating a new understanding of energy use and metabolism: West found that despite the riotous diversity in the sizes of mammals, they are all, to a large degree, scaled versions of each other. If you know the size of a mammal, you can use scaling laws to learn everything from how much food it eats per day, what its heart-rate is, how long it will take to mature, its lifespan, and so on. Furthermore, the efficiency of the mammal's circulatory systems scales up precisely based on weight: if you compare a mouse, a human and an elephant on a logarithmic graph, you find with every doubling of average weight, a species gets 25% more efficient--and lives 25% longer. This speaks to everything from how long we can expect to live to how many hours of sleep we need. Fundamentally, he has proven, the issue has to do with the fractal geometry of the networks that supply energy and remove waste from the organism's body"--

Religion vs. science : what religious people really think / Elaine Howard Ecklund and Christopher P. Scheitle.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 10, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: Religion vs. science : what religious people really think / Elaine Howard Ecklund and Christopher P. Scheitle.
Author: Ecklund, Elaine Howard,
Call Number: BL240.3 .E249 2018

The real school safety problem : the long-term consequences of harsh school punishment / Aaron Kupchik.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 10, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: The real school safety problem : the long-term consequences of harsh school punishment / Aaron Kupchik.
Author: Kupchik, Aaron,
Call Number: LB2866 .K86 2016
Description: "Schools across the U.S. look very different today than they did a generation ago. Police officers, drug-sniffing dogs, surveillance cameras, and high suspension rates have become commonplace. The Real School Safety Problem uncovers the unintended but far-reaching effects of harsh school discipline climates. Evidence shows that current school security practices may do more harm than good by broadly affecting the entire family, encouraging less civic participation in adulthood, and garnering future financial costs in the form of high rates of arrests, incarceration, and unemployment. This text presents a blueprint for reform that emphasizes problem-solving and accountability while encouraging the need to implement smarter school policies." -- Publisher's description

Pharmacology demystified / editors, Mary C. Kamienski and Jim Keogh.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 4, 2018 - 5:40pm
Title: Pharmacology demystified / editors, Mary C. Kamienski and Jim Keogh.
Call Number: RM301.12 .K36 2018

The geopolitical power shift in the Indo-Pacific region [Texte imprime] : America, Australia, China, and triangular diplomacy in the twenty-first century / Randall Doyle.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 4, 2018 - 5:40pm
Title: The geopolitical power shift in the Indo-Pacific region [Texte imprime] : America, Australia, China, and triangular diplomacy in the twenty-first century / Randall Doyle.
Author: Doyle, Randall.
Call Number: DS341.3.U6 D69 2014

The Coast Guard / Tom Beard, editor in chief ; Jose Hanson, managing editor ; Paul C. Scotti, graphics editor.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 4, 2018 - 5:40pm
Title: The Coast Guard / Tom Beard, editor in chief ; Jose Hanson, managing editor ; Paul C. Scotti, graphics editor.
Call Number: VG53 .C63 2016
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