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Flourish : a visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being / Martin E.P. Seligman.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 4, 2018 - 5:40pm
Title: Flourish : a visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being / Martin E.P. Seligman.
Author: Seligman, Martin E. P.
Call Number: BF204.6 .S45 2013
Description: "This book will help you flourish." With this unprecedented promise, internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman begins Flourish, his first book in ten years---and the first to present his dynamic new concept of what well-being really is. Traditionally, the goal of psychology has been to relieve human suffering, but the goal of the Positive Psychology movement, which Dr. Seligman has led for fifteen years, is different---it's about actually raising the bar for the human condition. Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman's game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling an electrifying new theory of what makes a good life---for individuals, for communities, and for nations. With interactive exercises to help readers explore their own attitudes and aims, Flourish is a watershed in the understanding of happiness as well as a tool for getting the most out of life. On the cutting edge of a science that has changed millions of lives, Dr. Seligman now creates the ultimate extension and capstone of his bestselling classics, Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism."--Publisher information.

The four pillars of politics : why some candidates don't win and others can't lead / James T. Kitchens and Larry Powell.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 4, 2018 - 5:40pm
Title: The four pillars of politics : why some candidates don't win and others can't lead / James T. Kitchens and Larry Powell.
Author: Kitchens, James T.
Call Number: JK1726 .K57 2015

Bernie Sanders : guide to political revolution / Bernie Sanders, with illustrations by Jude Buffum.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 4, 2018 - 5:40pm
Title: Bernie Sanders : guide to political revolution / Bernie Sanders, with illustrations by Jude Buffum.
Author: Sanders, Bernard,
Call Number: E840.8.S26 A3 2017
Description: A practical guide to effecting change in today's world from Senator Bernie Sanders. Throughout the 2016 Presidential campaign, Sanders promised voters a future to believe in through his progressive platform and a vision for America worth fighting for. This vision calls for an economic, environmental, health care, and social justice revolution beyond the stagnant agendas of Democrat and Republican politicians to build an equitable future for all Americans, especially the younger generation that will inherit the consequences of decisions made now.

Looking for the goshawk / Conor Mark Jameson.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 4, 2018 - 5:40pm
Title: Looking for the goshawk / Conor Mark Jameson.
Author: Jameson, Conor Mark,
Call Number: QL696.F32 J36 2013
Description: The book traces Conor Jameson's travels in search of the Goshawk, a magnificent yet rarely seen (in Britain at least) raptor. Each episode of the narrative arises from personal experience, investigation, and the unearthing of information from research, exploration and conversations. The journey takes him from an encounter with a stuffed Goshawk in a glass case, through travels into supposed Goshawk territories in Britain, to Berlin - where he finds the bird at ease in the city. Why, he wants to know, is the bird so rarely seen in Britain? He explores the politics of birdwatching, the sport of falconry and the impact of persecution on the recent history of the bird in Britain and travels the length of Britain, through central Europe and the USA in search of answers to the goshawk mystery. Throughout his journey he is inspired by the writings of T H White who told of his attempts to tame a Goshawk in his much-loved book. It's a gripping tale on the trail of a most mysterious and charismatic bird.

What the robin knows : how birds reveal the secrets of the natural world / Jon Young ; with science and audio editing by Dan Gardoqui.

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Title: What the robin knows : how birds reveal the secrets of the natural world / Jon Young ; with science and audio editing by Dan Gardoqui.
Author: Young, Jon, 1960-
Call Number: QL698.5 .Y68 2012
Description: Shares strategies for expanding one's awareness of bird communication and maintaining a non-threatening presence in natural environments, explaining the sounds and behaviors that reflect various bird warnings, feelings, and messages.

Arizona & the Grand Canyon / main contributor, Paul Franklin.

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Title: Arizona & the Grand Canyon / main contributor, Paul Franklin.
Author: Franklin, Paul (Travel guide writer),
Call Number: F809.3 .F72 2017
Description: "The best things to do in Arizona and the Four Corners, including the magnificent Grand Canyon and the spectacular Monument Valley, are showcased with fantastic photography, illustrations, and detailed descriptions. Explore the diverse towns and cities of Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson, before heading to admire Canyon de Chelly National Monument, known for its archaeological sites and spectacular scenery."--Amazon.com.

Italy / main contributors, Ros Belford [and 9 others].

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Title: Italy / main contributors, Ros Belford [and 9 others].
Author: Belford, Ros,
Call Number: DG416 .B354 2018
Description: "From touching the stones of the Colosseum in Rome to gazing up at Michelangelo's David in Florence to savoring a gelato along the canals of Venice, experience the rich cultural treasures this beautiful country has to offer"--Amazon.com.

South Africa / main contributors, Michael Brett, Philip Briggs, Brian Johnson-Barker, and Marielle Renss.

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Title: South Africa / main contributors, Michael Brett, Philip Briggs, Brian Johnson-Barker, and Marielle Renss.
Author: Brett, Michael R.,
Call Number: DT1738 .S68 2017
Description: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: South Africa is your in-depth guide to the very best of South Africa. From exploring the Palace of the Lost City to seeing the "Big Five" on safari in Kruger National Park to experiencing the multifaceted culture of a country with 11 official languages, visiting the "Rainbow Nation" is an adventure you will never forget.

Washington, DC / main contributors, Susan Burke and Alice L. Powers.

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Title: Washington, DC / main contributors, Susan Burke and Alice L. Powers.
Call Number: F192.3 .W28 2018

2018 U.S. master tax guide.

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Title: 2018 U.S. master tax guide.
Call Number: HJ4652 .M37 2018
Description: "The tax professional's favorite quick reference -- meticulously researched to cover today's federal tax laws. The 101st edition reflects all pertinent federal taxation changes that affect 2017 returns and provide fast and reliable answers to tax questions affecting individuals and business income tax"--back cover.

The year's work in nerds, wonks, and neocons / edited by Jonathan P. Eburne & Benjamin Schreier.

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Title: The year's work in nerds, wonks, and neocons / edited by Jonathan P. Eburne & Benjamin Schreier.
Call Number: E169.12 .Y33 2017
Description: What happens when math nerds, band and theater geeks, goths, sci-fi fanatics, Young Republican debate poindexters, techies, Trekkies, D & D players, wallflowers, bookworms, and RPG players grow up? And what can they tell us about the life of the mind in the contemporary United States? With #GamerGate in the national news, shows like The Big Bang Theory on ever-increasing numbers of screens, and Peter Orzsag and Paul Ryan on magazine covers, it is clear that nerds, policy wonks, and neoconservatives play a major role in today's popular culture in America. The Year's Work in Nerds, Wonks, and Neocons delves into subcultures of intellectual history to explore their influence on contemporary American intellectual life. Not limiting themselves to describing how individuals are depicted, the authors consider the intellectual endeavors these depictions have come to represent, exploring many models and practices of learnedness, reflection, knowledge production, and opinion in the contemporary world. As teachers, researchers, and university scholars continue to struggle for mainstream visibility, this book illuminates the other forms of intellectual excitement that have emerged alongside them and found ways to survive and even thrive in the face of dismissal or contempt. -- Provided by publisher.

Why Buddhism is true : the science and philosophy of meditation and enlightenment / Robert Wright.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 3, 2018 - 5:40pm
Title: Why Buddhism is true : the science and philosophy of meditation and enlightenment / Robert Wright.
Author: Wright, Robert, 1957-
Call Number: BQ4050 .W75 2017
Description: At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer--and the reason we make other people suffer--is that we don't see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: we can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly, and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness. Robert Wright not only shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life--how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred--but also how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people. Drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, Wright explains why the path toward truth and the path toward happiness are the same path. In the light of modern science, both the Buddhist diagnosis and the Buddhist prescription make a whole new kind of sense. This book is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright's book on evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal, and deepened as he immersed himself in meditative practice and conversed with some of the world's most skilled meditators. It shows how, in a time of technological distraction and social division, we can save ourselves from ourselves, both as individuals and as a species.--INSIDE FLAP.

When the world seemed new : George H. W. Bush and the end of the Cold War / Jeffrey A. Engel.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 2, 2018 - 6:40pm
Title: When the world seemed new : George H. W. Bush and the end of the Cold War / Jeffrey A. Engel.
Author: Engel, Jeffrey A.,
Call Number: E840 .E54 2017
Description: "Based on unprecedented access to previously classified documents and dozens of interviews with key policymakers, here is the untold story of how George H. W. Bush faced a critical turning point of history, the end of the Cold War. The COLLAPSE OF THE Soviet Union was the greatest shock to international affairs since World War II. In that perilous moment, Saddam Hussein chose to invade Kuwait, China cracked down on its own pro-democracy protesters, and regimes throughout Eastern Europe teetered between democratic change and new authoritarian rule. President Bush faced a world in turmoil that might easily have tipped into an epic crisis. As presidential historian Jeffrey Engel reveals in this page-turning, inside-the-Oval-Office history, Bush rose to the occasion brilliantly. Using handwritten letters and direct conversations--some revealed here for the first time--with heads of state throughout Asia and Europe, Bush knew when to push, when to cajole, and when to be patient. The United States could not impose its will on every nation, but Bush knew when it was essential to rally a coalition to force Iraq out of Kuwait. He knew he could not stop China from cracking down on dissent, but he could help Germany transition from two states into one, bloodlessly. He kept NATO alive and guided the United States from a moment of great peril to the pinnacle of global power. Based on previously classified documents, and interviews with all of the principals, When the World Seemed New is a riveting, fly-on-the-wall account of a president with his calm hand on the tiller, guiding the nation through a pivotal time."--Dust jacket flap.

The way of the masks / Claude Levi-Strauss ; translated from the French by Sylvia Modelski.

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Title: The way of the masks / Claude Levi-Strauss ; translated from the French by Sylvia Modelski.
Author: Levi-Strauss, Claude.
Call Number: E78.N78 L4513 1999

The war on kids : how American juvenile justice lost its way / Cara H. Drinan.

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Title: The war on kids : how American juvenile justice lost its way / Cara H. Drinan.
Author: Drinan, Cara H.,
Call Number: HV9069 .D66 2018
Description: "In 2003, when Terrence Graham was sixteen, he and three other teens attempted to rob a barbeque restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida. Though they left with no money, and no one was seriously injured, Terrence was sentenced to die in prison for his involvement in that crime. As shocking as Terrence's sentence sounds, it is merely a symptom of contemporary American juvenile justice practices. In the United States, adolescents are routinely transferred out of juvenile court and into adult criminal court without any judicial oversight. Once in adult court, children can be sentenced without regard for their youth. Juveniles are housed in adult correctional facilities, they may be held in solitary confinement, and they experience the highest rates of sexual and physical assault among inmates. Until 2005, children convicted in America's courts were subject to the death penalty; today, they still may be sentenced to die in prison-no matter what efforts they make to rehabilitate themselves. America has waged a war on kids. In The War on Kids, Cara Drinan reveals how the United States went from being a pioneer to an international pariah in its juvenile sentencing practices. Academics and journalists have long recognized the failings of juvenile justice practices in this country and have called for change. Despite the uncertain political climate, there is hope that recent Supreme Court decisions may finally make those calls a reality. The War on Kids seizes upon this moment of judicial and political recognition that children are different in the eyes of the law. Drinan chronicles the shortcomings of juvenile justice by drawing upon social science, legal decisions, and first-hand correspondence with Terrence and others like him-individuals whose adolescent errors have cost them their lives. At the same time, The War on Kids maps out concrete steps that states can take to correct the course of American juvenile justice." -- Publisher's description

Viet Nam : a history from earliest times to the present / Ben Kiernan.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 2, 2018 - 6:40pm
Title: Viet Nam : a history from earliest times to the present / Ben Kiernan.
Author: Kiernan, Ben,
Call Number: DS556.5 .K53 2017
Description: This comprehensive work traces Viet Nam's history, a narrative of a multi-ethnic, multi-religious heritage, from ancient chiefdoms to imperial provinces, from independent kingdoms to contending regions, civil wars, French colonies, and modern republics.

The testing charade : pretending to make schools better / Daniel Koretz.

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Title: The testing charade : pretending to make schools better / Daniel Koretz.
Author: Koretz, Daniel M.,
Call Number: LB3051 .K668 2017
Description: For decades we've been studying, experimenting with, and wrangling over different approaches to improving public education, and there's still little consensus on what works and what to do. The one thing people seem to agree on is that schools need to be held accountable - we need to know whether what they're doing is actually working. But what does it mean in practice? High-stakes tests. Lots of them. And that has created a crisis in American schools. Daniel Koretz, one of the nation's foremost experts on educational testing, argues in The Testing Charade that the whole idea of test-based accountability has failed - it has increasingly become an end in itself, harming students and corrupting the very ideals of teaching. In this powerful polemic, built on unimpeachable evidence and rooted in decades of experience with educational testing, Koretz calls out high-stakes testing as a sham that is ripe for manipulation and shows little evidence of leading to educational improvement. Rather than setting up incentives to divert instructional time to pointless test prep, he argues, we need to measure what matters, and measure it in multiple ways - not just via standardized tests. RIght now, we're lying to ourselves about whether our children are learning. And the longer we accept that lie, the more damage we do. It's time to end our blind reliance on high-stakes tests. With The Testing Charade, Daniel Koretz insists that we face the facts and change course, and he gives us a blueprint for doing better. -- from dust jacket.

The Templars : the rise and spectacular fall of God's holy warriors / Dan Jones.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 2, 2018 - 6:40pm
Title: The Templars : the rise and spectacular fall of God's holy warriors / Dan Jones.
Author: Jones, Dan, 1981-
Call Number: CR4743 .J66 2017
Description: A narrative history of the Knights Templar draws on extensive original sources to separate fact from myth, exploring their actual work and influence, the reasons they fell out of favor, and whether or not they were guilty of heresy.

The social life of kimono : Japanese fashion past and present / Sheila Cliffe.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - December 20, 2017 - 3:40pm
Title: The social life of kimono : Japanese fashion past and present / Sheila Cliffe.
Author: Cliffe, Sheila,
Call Number: GT1560 .C59 2017
Description: "The kimono is an iconic garment with a history as rich and colourful as the textiles from which it is crafted. Deeply associated with Japanese culture both past and present, it has often been thought of as a highly gendered, rigidly traditional and unchanging national costume. This book challenges that perception, revealing the nuanced meanings and messages behind the kimono from the point of view of its wearers and producers, many of whom - both men and women - see the garment as a vehicle for self-expression. Taking a material culture approach, The Social Life of Kimono is the first study to combine the history of the kimono as a fashionable garment with an in-depth exploration of its multifaceted role today on both the street and the catwalk. Through case studies covering historical advertising campaigns, fashion magazines, interviews with contemporary kimono designers, large scale and small craft producers, and consumers who choose to wear them, The Social Life of Kimono gives a unique insight into making and meaning of this complex garment"--

The Iran nuclear deal : bombs, bureaucrats, and billionaires / Dennis C. Jett.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - December 7, 2017 - 4:40pm
Title: The Iran nuclear deal : bombs, bureaucrats, and billionaires / Dennis C. Jett.
Author: Jett, Dennis C., 1945-
Call Number: JZ5675 .J48 2018
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