The New Books section is located on the 2nd/Main floor of the library directly across from the Circulation Desk. New books are added to our collection on a regular basis. Below are some highlighted titles that have recently been added. Please check back often, as new titles will be added here monthly.
LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
Georgi Tenev, Angela Rodel - Winner of the Vick Foundation Novel of the Year Award in 2007, Party Headquarters takes place in the eighties and nineties, during Bulgaria's transition from communist rule to democracy. [...] a love story, a parody, and a thriller about a political hoax.
Frank L. Cioffi - Using real-world sentences rather than invented ones, One Day in the Life of the English Language gives students the motivation to apply grammatical principles correctly and efficiently.
Colson Whitehead - Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
GEOGRAPHY, ANTHROPOLOGY & RECREATION
When God Isn't Green: A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide
Jay Wexler - Law professor and humorist Jay Wexler travels the globe in order to understand the complexity of these problems and learn how society can best address them. He feasts on whale blubber in northern Alaska, bumps along in the back of a battered jeep in Guatemala, clambers down the crowded beaches of Mumbai, and learns how to pluck a dead eagle in Colorado, all to answer the question "Can religious practice and environmental protection coexist?"
Chris Lamb - A collection of essays about the intersection of sports, race, and the media in the 20th century and beyond.
John Sorenson - The book examines how ecoterrorism is discursively constructed, looking at the rhetoric of alarm about "ecoterrorism" and the institutions that promote this. It describes police undercover operations to entrap activists and to present them as dangerous and violent.
Henry Jenkins - By Any Media Necessary offers a profoundly different picture of contemporary American youth. Young men and women are tapping into the potential of new forms of communication such as social media platforms, spreadable videos and memes, remixing the language of popular culture, and seeking to bring about political change—by any media necessary.
Mitchell Duneier - On March 29, 1516, the city council of Venice issued a decree forcing Jews to live in il geto--a closed quarter named for the copper foundry that once occupied the area. The term stuck. In this sweeping and original interpretation, Mitchell Duneier traces the idea of the ghetto from its beginnings in the sixteenth century and its revival by the Nazis to the present.
Parin Dossa - Examines Afghan women's recall of violence through memories and food practices in their homeland and its diaspora. [...] reveals how the suffering and trauma of violence has been rendered socially invisible following decades of life in a war-zone.
Stephanie Coontz - Acclaimed historian Stephanie Coontz provides a myth-shattering examination of two centuries of the American family, sweeping away misconceptions about the past that cloud current debates about domestic life.
Kelly Ray Knight - For the addicted, pregnant, and poor women living in daily-rent hotels in San Francisco's Mission district, life is marked by battles against drug cravings, housing debt, and potential violence. In this ethnography Kelly Ray Knight presents these women in all their complex humanity and asks what kinds of futures are possible for them given their seemingly hopeless situation.
PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOLOGY & RELIGION
Joanne Ruthsatz - In a scientific detective story, the author, along with a reporter, investigates more than 30 child prodigies, all of whom had extraordinary memories and a keen eye for detail, and discovers a genetic link between prodigy and autism, confirming her long-held hunch and an important piece of the puzzle.
Charles Duhigg - The way we frame our daily decisions; the big ambitions we embrace and the easy goals we ignore; the cultures we establish as leaders to drive innovation: these are the things that separate the merely busy from the genuinely productive. At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key concepts -- from motivation and goal-setting to focus and decision-making -- that explain why some people and companies get so much done.
Francesca Bray, Peter A. Coclanis, Edda L. Fields-Black, Dagmar Schaefer - The history of rice is currently a vital and innovative field of research attracting serious attention, but no attempt has yet been made to write a history of rice and its place in the rise of capitalism from a global and comparative perspective. Rice is a first step toward such a history.
Thomas R. Bailey, Shanna Smith Jaggars - In this concise, evidence-based guide for educational leaders, the authors argue that two-year colleges can increase their rates of student success by discarding the traditional "cafeteria-style" model of course offerings and instead provide students with a "guided pathways" model.
J.G.M. Thewissen, Jacqueline Dillard - A first-person account of the discoveries that brought to light the early fossil record of whales. As evidenced in the record, whales evolved from herbivorous forest-dwelling ancestors that resembled tiny deer to carnivorous monsters stalking lakes and rivers and to serpentlike denizens of the coast.
George Musser - A tour of modern physics that provocatively examines growing understandings about the near-fantastical impact of particles to affect each other across the vastness of space.
Marie Kondo - This best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.
Bob Maunder, Jon Hunter - Can the way in which we relate to others seriously affect our health? Can understanding those attachments help health care providers treat us better? Love, Fear, and Health draws on evidence from neuroscience, stress physiology, social psychology, and evolutionary biology to explain how understanding attachment can transform patient outcomes.