Experiencing Verdi : a listener's companion / Donald Sanders.

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Title: Experiencing Verdi : a listener's companion / Donald Sanders.
Author: Sanders, Donald C., 1949-
Call Number: ML410.V4 S34 2014
Description: Along with his contemporaries Chopin and Wagner, Verdi is among the few composers whose place in the musical pantheon is based almost entirely upon the mastery of a single genre. This is largely owing to his staggering output in a career that lasted over fifty years. Several of his operas comprise the nucleus of the modern repertoire, and he almost single-handedly maintained the Italian lyric tradition against the tide of Wagnerian music drama. In his final years, he virtually reinvented Italian opera. Indeed, Verdi's life and music came to be so intimately associated with the Italian unification movement known as the Risorgimento that he is still revered as a great national figure in his homeland. Donald Sanders combines biography with simple, concise musical analysis. Summarizing the evolution of Italian opera and the bel canto tradition that prevailed at the beginning of Verdi's career, Sanders takes readers on a leisurely tour of eleven of Verdi's most important operas and of the 'Manzoni Requiem' and concludes with a look at Verdi's influence.

Updike / Adam Begley.

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Title: Updike / Adam Begley.
Author: Begley, Adam.
Call Number: PS3571.P4 Z556 2014
Description: "Updike is Adam Begley's masterful, much-anticipated biography of one of the most celebrated figures in American literature: Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike--a candid, intimate, and richly detailed look at his life and work.In this magisterial biography, Adam Begley offers an illuminating portrait of John Updike, the acclaimed novelist, poet, short-story writer, and critic who saw himself as a literary spy in small-town and suburban America, who dedicated himself to the task of transcribing "middleness with all its grits, bumps and anonymities."Updike explores the stages of the writer's pilgrim's progress: his beloved home turf of Berks County, Pennsylvania; his escape to Harvard; his brief, busy working life as the golden boy at The New Yorker; his family years in suburban Ipswich, Massachusetts; his extensive travel abroad; and his retreat to another Massachusetts town, Beverly Farms, where he remained until his death in 2009. Drawing from in-depth research as well as interviews with the writer's colleagues, friends, and family, Begley explores how Updike's fiction was shaped by his tumultuous personal life--including his enduring religious faith, his two marriages, and his first-hand experience of the "adulterous society" he was credited with exposing in the bestselling Couples.With a sharp critical sensibility that lends depth and originality to his analysis, Begley probes Updike's best-loved works--from Pigeon Feathers to The Witches of Eastwick to the Rabbit tetralogy--and reveals a surprising and deeply complex character fraught with contradictions: a kind man with a vicious wit, a gregarious charmer who was ruthlessly competitive, a private person compelled to spill his secrets on the printed page. Updike offers an admiring yet balanced look at this national treasure, a master whose writing continues to resonate like no one else's"--

Inventing the American guitar : the pre-Civil War innovations of C.F. Martin and his contemporaries / edited by Robert Shaw and Peter Szego ; essays by David Gansz, Richard Johnston, David LaPlante, Arian Sheets, and James Westbrook.

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Title: Inventing the American guitar : the pre-Civil War innovations of C.F. Martin and his contemporaries / edited by Robert Shaw and Peter Szego ; essays by David Gansz, Richard Johnston, David LaPlante, Arian Sheets, and James Westbrook.
Call Number: ML424.C193 I58 2013
Description: Inventing the American Guitar is the first book to describe the early history of American guitar design in detail. It tells the story of how a European instrument was transformed into one with all of the design and construction features that define the iconic American flat-top guitar. This transformation happened within a mere 20 years, a remarkably brief period. The person who dominates this history is C. F. Martin Sr., America's first major guitar maker and the founder of the Martin Guitar Company, which continues to produce outstanding flat-top guitars today. After emigrating from his native Saxony to New York in 1833, Martin quickly established a guitar making business, producing instruments modeled after those of his mentor, Johann Stauffer of Vienna. By the time he moved his family and business to rural Pennsylvania in 1839, Martin had absorbed and integrated the influence of Spanish guitars he had seen and heard in New York. In Pennsylvania, he evolved further, inventing a uniquely American guitar that was fully developed before the outbreak of the Civil War. Inventing the American Guitar traces Martin's evolution as a craftsman and entrepreneur and explores the influences and experiments that led to his creation of the American guitar that is recognized and played around the world today.

Dying to please : anorexia, treatment and recovery / Avis Rumney.

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Title: Dying to please : anorexia, treatment and recovery / Avis Rumney.
Author: Rumney, Avis.
Call Number: RC552.A5 R85 2009

Brutes or angels : human possibility in the age of biotechnology / James T. Bradley.

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Title: Brutes or angels : human possibility in the age of biotechnology / James T. Bradley.
Author: Bradley, James T., 1948-
Call Number: QH442 .B72 2013
Description: "With stem cell research, Dolly the cloned sheep, in vitro fertilization, age retardation, and pharmaceutical mind enhancement, humankind is now faced with decisions that it has never before had to consider. The thoughtfulness, or lack of it, that we bring to those decisions will largely determine the future character of the living world. Brutes or Angels will facilitate informed choice making about the personal use of biotechnologies and the formulation of public policies governing their development and use. Ten biotechnologies that impact humans are considered: stem cell research, embryo selection, human genomics, gene therapies, human reproductive cloning, age retardation, cognition enhancement, the engineering of nonhuman organisms, nanobiology, and synthetic biology. With deft and assured use of metaphors, analogies, diagrams, and photographs, James T. Bradley introduces important biological principles and the basic procedures used in biotechnology. Various ethical issues--personhood, personal identity, privacy, ethnic discrimination, distributive justice, authenticity and human nature, and the significance of mortality in the human life cycle--are presented in a clear and unbiased manner. Personal reflection and group dialogue are encouraged by questions at the end of each chapter, making this book not only a general guide to better informed and nuanced thinking on these complex and challenging topics but also an appropriate text for bioethics courses in university science departments and for adult education classes." -- Publisher's description.

Encounters at the heart of the world : a history of the Mandan people / Elizabeth A. Fenn.

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Title: Encounters at the heart of the world : a history of the Mandan people / Elizabeth A. Fenn.
Author: Fenn, Elizabeth A. (Elizabeth Anne), 1959-
Call Number: E99.M2 F46 2014
Description: "A book that radically changes our understanding of North America before and after the arrival of Europeans Encounters at the Heart of the World concerns the Mandan Indians, iconic Plains people whose teeming, busy towns on the upper Missouri River were for centuries at the center of the North American universe. We know of them mostly because Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1804-1805 with them, but why don't we know more? Who were they really? In this extraordinary book, Elizabeth A. Fenn retrieves their history by piecing together important new discoveries in archaeology, anthropology, geology, climatology, epidemiology, and nutritional science. Her boldly original interpretation of these diverse research findings offers us a new perspective on early American history, a new interpretation of the American past. By 1500, more than twelve thousand Mandans were established on the northern Plains, and their commercial prowess, agricultural skills, and reputation for hospitality became famous. Recent archaeological discoveries show how they thrived, and then how they collapsed. The damage wrought by imported diseases like smallpox and the havoc caused by the arrival of horses and steamboats were tragic for the Mandans, yet, as Fenn makes clear, their sense of themselves as a people with distinctive traditions endured. A riveting account of Mandan history, landscapes, and people, Fenn's narrative is enriched and enlivened not only by science and research but by her own encounters at the heart of the world"--

Heretics and heroes : how Renaissance artists and Reformation Priests created our world / Thomas Cahill.

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Title: Heretics and heroes : how Renaissance artists and Reformation Priests created our world / Thomas Cahill.
Author: Cahill, Thomas.
Call Number: CB359 .C34 2013
Description: From the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill comes another popular history -- this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. It is a truly revolutionary book. In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of the Renaissance and the Reformation (the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth century), so full of innovation and cultural change that the Western world would not experience its like again until the twentieth century. Beginning with the continent-wide disaster of the Black Death, Cahill traces the many developments in European thought and experience that served both the new humanism of the Renaissance and the seemingly abrupt religious alterations of the increasingly radical Reformation. This is an age of the most sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies and of newly found courage, as many thousands refuse to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past. It is an era of just-discovered continents and previously unknown peoples. More than anything, it is a time of individuality in which a whole culture must achieve a new balance if the West is to continue. - Publisher.

Year zero : a history of 1945 / Ian Buruma.

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Title: Year zero : a history of 1945 / Ian Buruma.
Author: Buruma, Ian,
Call Number: D840 .B88 2013
Description: A global history of the pivotal year 1945 as a new world emerged from the ruins of World War II. Regime change had come on a global scale: across Asia (including China, Korea, Indochina, and the Philippines, and of course Japan) and all of continental Europe. Out of the often vicious power struggles that ensued emerged the modern world as we know it. In human terms, the scale of transformation is almost impossible to imagine. Great cities around the world lay in ruins, their populations decimated, displaced, starving. Harsh revenge was meted out on a wide scale, and the ground was laid for much horror to come. At the same time, the euphoria of the liberated was extraordinary. The postwar years gave rise to the European welfare state, the United Nations, decolonization, Japanese pacifism, the European Union, and the Cold War.--From publisher description.

Angry little men : hypermasculinity, academic disconnect, and mentoring African American males / Kevin Todd Porter.

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Title: Angry little men : hypermasculinity, academic disconnect, and mentoring African American males / Kevin Todd Porter.
Author: Porter, Kevin Todd.
Call Number: LC2731 .P67 2012

World peace and other 4th-grade achievements / John Hunter.

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Title: World peace and other 4th-grade achievements / John Hunter.
Author: Hunter, John, 1954-
Call Number: JZ5534 .H87 2013
Description: "Award-winning teacher and high-profile public speaker John Hunter offers insights into conflict resolution and collective problem-solving gleaned from his many years teaching kids through the "world peace game, " an innovative global systems simulation he created"--

A history of Sub-Saharan Africa / Robert O. Collins, James M. Burns.

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Title: A history of Sub-Saharan Africa / Robert O. Collins, James M. Burns.
Author: Collins, Robert O., 1933-2008.
Call Number: DT351 .C68 2014

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The theory and practice of group psychotherapy / Irvin D. Yalom with Molyn Leszcz.

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Title: The theory and practice of group psychotherapy / Irvin D. Yalom with Molyn Leszcz.
Author: Yalom, Irvin D., 1931-
Call Number: RC488 .Y3 2005
Description: "Dr. Irvin D. Yalom is joined by Dr. Molyn Leszcz for this completely revised and expanded fifth edition. The authors present the latest research and clinical guidelines on group psychotherapy and explore the most recent developments in the field, drawing on nearly a decade of new research as well as their own broad clinical wisdom and experience. This edition features new sections on brief group therapy, online therapy groups, ethnocultural diversity, trauma, managed care, and specialized and structured groups (addictions and groups for the medically ill), as well as updated references and new clinical vignettes drawn from the authors' recent practice."--Jacket.

Pandemics : what everyone needs to know / Peter C. Doherty.

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Title: Pandemics : what everyone needs to know / Peter C. Doherty.
Author: Doherty, P. C. (Peter C.)
Call Number: RA399.5 .D64 2013
Description: "From HIV to H1N1, pandemics pose one of the greatest threats to global health in the twenty-first century. Defined as epidemics of infectious disease across large geographic areas, pandemics can disseminate globally with incredible speed as humans and goods move faster than ever before. While restricted travel, quarantine, vaccines, drugs, and education can reduce the severity of many outbreaks, factors such as global warming, population density, and antibiotic resistance will complicate our ability to fight disease. Respiratory infections like influenza and SARS spread quickly as a consequence of modern, mass air travel, while unsafe health practices promote the spread of viruses like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. In Pandemics: What Everyone Needs to Know, Nobel Prize-winning immunologist Peter Doherty addresses the history of pandemics and the ones that persist today, what promotes global spread, types of pathogens and the level of threat they pose, as well as how to combat outbreaks and mitigate their effects"--Provided by publisher.

Why suicide? : questions and answers about suicide, suicide prevention, and coping with the suicide of someone you know / Eric Marcus.

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Title: Why suicide? : questions and answers about suicide, suicide prevention, and coping with the suicide of someone you know / Eric Marcus.
Author: Marcus, Eric.
Call Number: HV6545 .M256 2010
Description: Millions of people are affected by the suicide or attempted suicide of a loved one every year. Eric Marcus offers honest, straightforward answers to all of the haunting questions that plague those who are left behind. Without moral judgment, Why Suicide? answers the questions readers have about this complex and painful issue.

ABC of HIV and AIDS / edited by Michael W. Adler ... [et al.].

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Title: ABC of HIV and AIDS / edited by Michael W. Adler ... [et al.].
Call Number: RC606.6 .A23 2012

Living with HIV : a patient's guide / Mark Cichocki.

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Title: Living with HIV : a patient's guide / Mark Cichocki.
Author: Cichocki, Mark, 1961-
Call Number: RA643.8 .C53 2009
Description: "This guide covers the HIV lifespan. Tips help the reader make the best decision when choosing a doctor, finding and adhering to the right medication regimen, and making end-life plans. All aspects of HIV/AIDS are discussed, including opportunistic and associated infections, dental care, exercise and nutrition, substance use and abuse, and emotional treatment"--Provided by publisher.

Nursing-sensitive innovations in patient care / editor, Cecilia Anne Kennedy Page ; consulting editor, Stephen D. Krau.

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Title: Nursing-sensitive innovations in patient care / editor, Cecilia Anne Kennedy Page ; consulting editor, Stephen D. Krau.
Call Number: RT1 .N77 v. 49, no. 1

The government and politics of the Middle East and North Africa / Edited by Mark Gasiorowski ; formerly edited by David E. Long, Bernard Reich.

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Title: The government and politics of the Middle East and North Africa / Edited by Mark Gasiorowski ; formerly edited by David E. Long, Bernard Reich.
Call Number: DS62.8 .G68 2014

A new deal for Illinois : the Federal Art Project Collection of Western Illinois University / Gregory Gilbert.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 28, 2014 - 2:40pm
Title: A new deal for Illinois : the Federal Art Project Collection of Western Illinois University / Gregory Gilbert.
Author: Gilbert, Gregory.
Call Number: N8838 .G54 2013
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