Maya art and architecture / Mary Ellen Miller and Megan E. O'Neil.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 31, 2015 - 6:40pm
Title: Maya art and architecture / Mary Ellen Miller and Megan E. O'Neil.
Author: Miller, Mary Ellen,
Call Number: F1435.3.A7 M54 2014
Description: Explores the visual world of the Maya, explaining how and why the Maya created paintings, sculpture and monuments. With an array of new material, from recent finds including the La Corona panels, to new studies of the monuments at Palenque, Zotz and elsewhere, to the beautiful wall paintings discovered in recent years, this new edition will be essential reading.

Flicker : your brain on movies / Jeffrey M. Zacks.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 30, 2015 - 3:40pm
Title: Flicker : your brain on movies / Jeffrey M. Zacks.
Author: Zacks, Jeffrey M.,
Call Number: PN1995.9.A8 Z33 2014

Media and the sexualization of childhood / Barrie Gunter.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 30, 2015 - 3:40pm
Title: Media and the sexualization of childhood / Barrie Gunter.
Author: Gunter, Barrie.
Call Number: HQ784.M3 G86 2014
Description: "Media and the Sexualization of Childhood examines the on-going debates surrounding the prominence of sexual themes in children's lives, from clothes and accessories, toys and games, to music, entertainment media, advertising, and new media platforms. Parents, educators and politicians around the developed world have raised concerns about the effects all these experiences can have on the socialization and psychological development of children and the extent to which the premature introduction of sexuality into their lives can place them at risk of unwanted attention. This book explores these issues using an evidence based approach that draws on research findings from around the world, representing the most comprehensive single account of the field. The book will be invaluable to students studying topics surrounding children and the media and childhood studies, as well as students of communication, media, cultural studies, sociology, psychology and health science"--

Blood of the tiger : a story of conspiracy, greed, and the battle to save a magnificent species / J.A. Mills.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 30, 2015 - 3:40pm
Title: Blood of the tiger : a story of conspiracy, greed, and the battle to save a magnificent species / J.A. Mills.
Author: Mills, Judy A.,
Call Number: SK593.T54 M55 2015
Description: "Blood of the Tiger takes readers on a wild ride to save one of the world's rarest animals from a band of Chinese billionaires. Despite the tiger's beloved status, there may be fewer than three thousand left in the wild. At the same time, at least five thousand "domesticated" tigers have been reared on farms in China, not for traditional medicine but for the production of tiger-bone wine, tiger-skin decor, and gourmet cuisine enjoyed by the country's elite. J. A. Mills spent twenty years investigating the illicit wildlife trade and trying to stop the plot that threatens to transform this regal animal from jungle monarch into no more than a livestock commodity. In this memoir of geopolitical intrigue, Mills and a host of people she counts as heroes try to thwart a Chinese cadre's plan to launch billion-dollar industries banking on the extinction of not just wild tigers but also elephants and rhinos. Her journey takes her across Asia, into the jungles of India and Nepal, to Russia and Africa, traveling by means from elephant back to presidential motorcade, in the company of man-eaters, movie stars, and world leaders. Set against the backdrop of China's reawakening and ascendance to world dominance, Blood of the Tiger tells of a global fight to rein in the forces of greed on behalf of one of the world's most endangered species"--

The big fat surprise : why butter, meat, and cheese belong in a healthy diet / Nina Teicholz.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 30, 2015 - 3:40pm
Title: The big fat surprise : why butter, meat, and cheese belong in a healthy diet / Nina Teicholz.
Author: Teicholz, Nina.
Call Number: QP751 .T47 2014
Description: Challenges popular misconceptions about fats and nutrition science, revealing the distorted claims of nutrition studies while arguing that more dietary fat can lead to better health, wellness, and fitness.

Alphabetical : how every letter tells a story / Michael Rosen.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 30, 2015 - 3:40pm
Title: Alphabetical : how every letter tells a story / Michael Rosen.
Author: Rosen, Michael, 1946-
Call Number: P211 .R65 2015
Description: "How on Earth did we fix upon our twenty-six letters, what do they really mean, and how did we come to write them down in the first place? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in twenty-six vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and fascinating facts. Starting with the mysterious Phoenicians and how sounds first came to be written down, he races on to show how nonsense poems work, pins down the strange story of OK, traces our five lost letters and tackles the tyranny of spelling, among many many other things. His heroes of the alphabet range from Edward Lear to Phyllis Pearsall (the inventor of the A-Z), and from the two scribes of Beowulf to rappers. Each chapter takes on a different subject - whether it's codes, umlauts or the writing of dictionaries. Rosen's enthusiasm for letters positively leaps off the page, whether it's the story of his life told through the typewriters he's owned or a chapter on jokes written in a string of gags and word games. This is the book for anyone who's ever wondered why Hawaiian only has a thirteen-letter alphabet or how exactly to write down the sound of a wild raspberry"--

Talking 'bout your mama : the dozens, snaps, and the deep roots of rap / Elijah Wald.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 30, 2015 - 3:40pm
Title: Talking 'bout your mama : the dozens, snaps, and the deep roots of rap / Elijah Wald.
Author: Wald, Elijah,
Call Number: PN6231.N5 W35 2014
Description: "At its simplest, the dozens is a comic concatenation of "yo' mama" jokes. At its most complex, it is a form of social interaction that reaches back to African ceremonial rituals. Whether considered vernacular poetry, verbal dueling, a test of street cool, or just a mess of dirty insults, the dozens has been a basic building block of African-American culture. A game which could inspire raucous laughter or escalate to violence, it provided a wellspring of rhymes, attitude, and raw humor that has influenced pop musicians from Jelly Roll Morton to Ice Cube. Wald explores the depth of the dozens' roots, looking at mother-insulting and verbal combat from Greenland to the sources of the Niger, and shows its breadth of influence in the seminal writings of Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston; the comedy of Richard Pryor and George Carlin; the dark humor of the blues; the hip slang and competitive jamming of jazz; and most recently in the improvisatory battling of rap. A forbidden language beneath the surface of American popular culture, the dozens links children's clapping rhymes to low-down juke joints and the most modern street verse to the earliest African American folklore."--Publisher's website.

Homer economicus : the Simpsons and economics / edited by Joshua C. Hall.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 30, 2015 - 3:40pm
Title: Homer economicus : the Simpsons and economics / edited by Joshua C. Hall.
Call Number: HB172 .H66 2014
Description: "In Homer Economicus a cast of lively contributors takes a field trip to Springfield, where the Simpsons reveal that economics is everywhere. By exploring the hometown of television's first family, this book provides readers with the economic tools and insights to guide them at work, at home, and at the ballot box. Since The Simpsons centers on the daily lives of the Simpson family and its colorful neighbors, three opening chapters focus on individual behavior and decision-making, introducing readers to the economic way of thinking about the world. Part II guides readers through six chapters on money, markets, and government. A third and final section discusses timely topics in applied microeconomics, including immigration, gambling, and health care as seen in The Simpsons. Reinforcing the nuts and bolts laid out in any principles text in an entertaining and culturally relevant way, this book is an excellent teaching resource that will also be at home on the bookshelf of an avid reader of pop economics."--Back cover.

Alice Paul : claiming power / J. D. Zahniser & Amelia R. Fry.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 30, 2015 - 3:40pm
Title: Alice Paul : claiming power / J. D. Zahniser & Amelia R. Fry.
Author: Zahniser, Jill Diane,
Call Number: HQ1413.P38 Z34 2014
Description: Alice Paul has long been an elusive figure in the political history of American women. Raised by Quaker parents in Moorestown, New Jersey, she would become a passionate and outspoken leader of the woman suffrage movement. In 1913, she reinvigorated the American campaign for a constitutional suffrage amendment and, in the next seven years, dominated that campaign and drove it to victory with bold, controversial action, wedding courage with resourcefulness and self-mastery. This biography of her early years and suffrage leadership offers fresh insight into her private persona and public image, examining for the first time the sources of her ambition and the growth of her political consciousness. Using extensive oral history interviews with Paul and her colleagues, the authors revise our understanding about Paul's engagement with suffrage activism in England and later emergence onto the American scene. Though her Quaker upbringing has long been seen as the spark for her commitment to women's rights, the authors show how her childhood among the Friends forged crucial aspects of Paul's character, but her political zeal developed out of years of education and exploration. The authors explore the ways in which her involvement with the British suffragists Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst honed her instincts and skills, especially her dealings with her most important political adversaries, Woodrow Wilson and rival suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt. Applying new research to the persistent questions about Alice Paul and her legacy, this biography analyzes her charisma and leadership qualities, sheds new light on her life and work and is essential reading for anyone interested the woman suffrage movement.

The formula : how algorithms solve all our problems --and create more / Luke Dormehl.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 30, 2015 - 3:40pm
Title: The formula : how algorithms solve all our problems --and create more / Luke Dormehl.
Author: Dormehl, Luke,
Call Number: QA9.58 .D64 2014
Description: In The Formula, Luke Dormehl takes readers inside the world of numbers, asking how we came to believe in the all-conquering power of algorithms; introducing the mathematicians, artificial intelligence experts and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who are shaping this brave new world, and ultimately asking how we survive in an era where numbers can sometimes seem to create as many problems as they solve.

Ancient Syria : a three thousand year history / Trevor Bryce.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 30, 2015 - 3:40pm
Title: Ancient Syria : a three thousand year history / Trevor Bryce.
Author: Bryce, Trevor, 1940-
Call Number: DS96.2 .B79 2014
Description: Syria has long been one of the most trouble-prone and politically volatile regions of the Near and Middle Eastern world. This book looks back beyond the troubles of the present to tell the 3000-year story of what came before: the peoples, cities, and kingdoms that arose, flourished, declined, and disappeared in the lands that now constitute Syria, from the time of the region's earliest written records in the third millennium BC, right through the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century AD.

Green : the history of a color / Michel Pastoureau, translated by Jody Gladding.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 30, 2015 - 3:40pm
Title: Green : the history of a color / Michel Pastoureau, translated by Jody Gladding.
Author: Pastoureau, Michel, 1947-
Call Number: BF789.C7 P39513 2014
Description: In this beautiful and richly illustrated book, the acclaimed author of Blue and Black presents a fascinating and revealing history of the color green in European societies from prehistoric times to today. Examining the evolving place of green in art, clothes, literature, religion, science, and everyday life, Michel Pastoureau traces how culture has profoundly changed the perception and meaning of the color over millennia--and how we misread cultural, social, and art history when we assume that colors have always signified what they do today. Filled with entertaining and enlightening anecdotes, Green shows that the color has been ambivalent: a symbol of life, luck, and hope, but also disorder, greed, poison, and the devil. Chemically unstable, green pigments were long difficult to produce and even harder to fix. Not surprisingly, the color has been associated with all that is changeable and fleeting: childhood, love, and money. Only in the Romantic period did green definitively become the color of nature. Pastoureau also explains why the color was connected with the Roman emperor Nero, how it became the color of Islam, why Goethe believed it was the color of the middle class, why some nineteenth-century scholars speculated that the ancient Greeks couldn't see green, and how the color was denigrated by Kandinsky and the Bauhaus. More broadly, Green demonstrates that the history of the color is, to a large degree, one of dramatic reversal: long absent, ignored, or rejected, green today has become a ubiquitous and soothing presence as the symbol of environmental causes and the mission to save the planet. With its striking design and compelling text, Green will delight anyone who is interested in history, culture, art, fashion, or media.

Children and young people's nursing at a glance / Alan Glasper, Jane Coad, Jim Richardson.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 30, 2015 - 3:40pm
Title: Children and young people's nursing at a glance / Alan Glasper, Jane Coad, Jim Richardson.
Author: Glasper, Edward Alan,
Call Number: RJ245 .C44 2014

All joking aside : American humor and its discontents / Rebecca Krefting.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 27, 2015 - 7:40am
Title: All joking aside : American humor and its discontents / Rebecca Krefting.
Author: Krefting, Rebecca, 1978-
Call Number: PN1969.C65 K74 2014

The Great Depression [videorecording] / writer/producer, Craig Constantine ... [et al.] ; produced by Towers Productions, Inc. for the History Channel.

New Videos and DVDs - January 27, 2015 - 3:40am
Title: The Great Depression [videorecording] / writer/producer, Craig Constantine ... [et al.] ; produced by Towers Productions, Inc. for the History Channel.
Call Number: HC106.3 .G74 2009
Description: Part four: DESPERATE MEASURES: Finally, after years of crisis, World War II approached and did what all the protests and recovery programs failed to do--end the Great Depression.
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The cause of all nations : an international history of the American Civil War / Don H. Doyle.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 26, 2015 - 5:40am
Title: The cause of all nations : an international history of the American Civil War / Don H. Doyle.
Author: Doyle, Don Harrison, 1946-
Call Number: E469.8 .D687 2015
Description: "The Civil War is most often understood as an internal conflict, one fought by American soldiers over issues uniquely American in origin and consequence. But in The Cause of All Nations, distinguished historian Don H. Doyle reframes our understanding of the Civil War, describing it as a conflict that was shaped by international forces--and which had major international repercussions. Doyle shows that, rather than being an internal struggle, the Civil War hinged on the support of nations across the seas, especially in Europe. Both the North and the South looked to Europe for backing, and the Confederacy in particular depended on Britain and France recognizing it as a legitimate nation, which would allow for commercial treaties, loans, and even military aid. Indeed, representatives of the North and the South went so far as to adapt their ideologies to the expectations of European leaders, in the hopes of garnering much-needed support; at a certain point late in the war, the Confederacy even considered abolishing slavery in an attempt to win over French and British rulers. Lincoln quickly learned to reframe the Union's argument in order to win over potential allies. Instead of framing the debate around the unconstitutionality of the South's secession, his speeches began to highlight the importance of preserving the Union and freeing the slaves, an approach with allowed Lincoln to win the support of the European public. The United States became the 'Great Republic, ' an embattled defender of liberty, equality, and self-government and, in Lincoln's poignant words, the 'last best hope of earth.' A bold account of the international dimensions of one of America's most defining conflicts, The Cause of All Nations offers an important new way of understanding the Civil War"--

The art of losing : poems of grief and healing / edited by Kevin Young.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 26, 2015 - 5:40am
Title: The art of losing : poems of grief and healing / edited by Kevin Young.
Call Number: PS3575.O798 A89 2013

Chinese paintings from Japanese collections / edited by Stephen Little ; with contributions by Stephen Little, Christina Yu Yu.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 26, 2015 - 5:40am
Title: Chinese paintings from Japanese collections / edited by Stephen Little ; with contributions by Stephen Little, Christina Yu Yu.
Call Number: ND2068 .C4849 2014
Description: Exploring a high point in the cultural exchange between China and Japan, this volume presents 40 masterpieces of the Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties that made their way to Japan over a period of eight centuries.

A Portrait of America [electronic resource] : The Demographic Perspective

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 25, 2015 - 1:40pm
Title: A Portrait of America [electronic resource] : The Demographic Perspective
Author: Iceland, John.
Call Number: E169
Description: Portrait of America describes our nation's changing population and examines through a demographic lens some of our most pressing contemporary challenges, ranging from poverty and economic inequality to racial tensions and health disparities. Celebrated authorJohn Iceland covers various topics, including America's historical demographic growth; the American family today; gender inequality; economic well-being; immigration and diversity; racial and ethnic inequality; internal migration and residential segregation; and health and mortality.The discussion of these topics is informed by several sou

Transparency is Necessary to Ensure the Copyright Industry Won’t Sneak Policies Through the Back Door

Library News - January 23, 2015 - 3:53pm
Policy makers intending to promote creativity have always overemphasized the importance of "copyright protection" without addressing the wide range of other concerns that are necessary to consider when making comprehensive innovation policy.
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