Featured books from the Recent Acquisitions Shelves - April 2011
The Cornette Library regularly highlights 6-15 newly received books. Descriptions are from dust jackets or introductions. See also:
- the Marsh Collection, several hundred recently published, well-reviewed general interest books, and
- our complete list of gift and purchased books currently on the "Recent Acquisitions" shelf.
Click on the call number to check a books current status. Click on the image for addition information.
New York: Delacourte Press, 2009
PZ7.B7386 Go 2009 Youth
Saving the world. That's impossible. Insane. Still. A cure. I could be cured. That's what she said. And some little atoms come awake inside me, swirling into a question I can't shake: "Why the hell not?" I could have a chance. And a chance is better than nothing.
Dragon in the tropics : Hugo Chávez and the political economy of revolution in Venezuela
Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution, 2011
"This accessible and clear-eyed book provides a comprehensive overview of Venezuelan politics, economics, and foreign policy over the last decade. [It explains] the rise of radical populism, the distortions inherent in the oil economy, and the progressive deterioration of democratic institutions..."
Sexy Orchids Make Lousy Lovers & Other Unusual Relationships
Chicago and London : University of Chicago Press, 2009
Crump introduces "penguins that babysit, pseudoscorpions that ride and mate under the wings of giant harlequin beetles, and parasitic fungi that bend insects to their will....[and] captures the bizarre and befuddling aspects of the behavior of animals, plants, and microbes."
Beyond the Boys' Club: Strategies for Achieving Career Success As a Woman Working in a Male Dominated Field
Wit and Wisdom Press : Wit and Wisdom Press, 2009
HD6054.2 .G7 D69 2009
Beyond the Boys' Club will show you how to advance your career, break through the glass ceiling and completely raise your game. Packed with vital insights and and inspirational ideas, the book is written specifically for women to enable strategic career advancement.
Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2010
"The insatiably curious Randi Hutter Epstein journeys through history, fads, and fables, and to the fringe of science, where audacious researchers have gone to extreme measures to get healthy babies out of mothers. Here is an entertaining must-read–and an enlightening celebration of human life."
Shutterbabe: adventures in love and war
New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2002
TR140.K64 A3 2002
From Zimbabwe to Romania, from Russia to Haiti, Kogan takes her readers on a heartbreaking yet suprisingly hilarious journey through a mine-strewn decade, seamlessly blending her personal battles–sexism, battery, life-threatening danger–with the historical ones–wars, revolution, unfathomable suffering–it was her job to record.
A Skeptic's Case for Nuclear Disarmament
Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2010
"O'Hanlon clearly presents the dangers of nuclear weapons and the advantages of disarmament as a goal....[and argues that] for the near term...including dismantling existing bomb invetories, can pave the way to make a true nonproliferation regime possible in the decades ahead."
Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire
New York: Metropolitan Books, 2010
HV9475.T4 P47 2010
"Texas is the most locked-down state in the most incarcerated country in the world. [This explains] explains how this punishment colossus came into being and how a...system once dismissed as barbaric became a template for the nation."
Myanmar/Burma: Inside Challenges, Outside Interests
Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution, 2010
JQ751.A58 M93 2010
This thoughtful volume....provides insights into the overarching problem of national reconciliation, the strategic competition between China and India,...and the underperforming, resource-cursed country.
You: The Owner's Manual: an insider's guide to the body that will make you healthier and younger
New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2005
You: The Owner's Manual has all the answers you need to become an expert on your body, with tips on how to keep your body healthy, safe, and young.
The Polluters: The Making of Our Chemically Altered Environment
Oxford University Press, 2010
TD195.C45 R67 2010
"....an unflinching depiction of the onslaught of chemical pollution and the chemical industry's unwillingness to face up to its devastating effects."
Wallace Stegner: Collected Stories
New York: Penguin Group, 2006
PS3537.T316 A6 2006
In a literary career spanning more that fifty years, Wallace Stegner, winner of a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, has created a remarkable record of the history and culture of twentieth-century America. These thirty-one stories demonstrate why he is acclaimed as one of America's master story-tellers.
Somewhere Along the Way
New York: Berkley Publishing Group, 2010
PS3570 .H558 S66 2010
"...when her life is put in jeopardy and the whole town comes together to save her, she'll discover that trusting the love that's come into our hearts is the greatest gift of all..."
Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars
Boston, Massachusetts: Beacon Press Books, 2009
Wexler's no-holds-barred approach to investigating famous church/state brouhahas is as funny as it is informative.
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