Michelle Chan Brown’s Double Agent won the 2012 Kore First Book Award, judged by Bhanu Kapil. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Cimarron Review, The Missouri Review, Sycamore Review, Witness and others. A chapbook, The Clever Decoys, is available from LATR Editions (2010). A recipient of scholarships and fellowships from Kundiman, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and others, she lives in Washington DC, where she teaches, writes, and edits Drunken Boat. Her site: www.michellechanbrown.com.
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Simon, Edith. The Reformation. New York : Time-Life, 1966.
Renou, Louis, 1896-1966, ed. Hinduism. New York, : G. Braziller, 1961.
Williams, John Alden. Islam. New York : G.Braziller, 1962.
Anesaki, Masaharu, 1873-1949. History of Japanese religion : with special reference to the social and moral life of the nation. Rutland, Vt : Charles E. Tuttle Co,  Second Printing, 1964.
Black Elk, Wallace H. Black Elk : the sacred ways of a Lakota. 1st HarperCollins pbk. ed. San Francisco : HarperSanFrancisco, c1991.
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Heilemann, John, 1966-. Game change : Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the race of a lifetime. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2010.
From two of the best political reporters in the country comes the gripping inside story of the historic 2008 presidential election.
Common sense economics : what everyone should know about wealth and prosperity. Rev. ed., 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2010.
Poised to become an enduring classic, this book is an intelligent and easy-to-read look at the basics of national and individual economics—information every citizen must know.
Hazlitt, Henry, 1894-. Economics in one lesson. 50th anniversary ed. San Francisco, CA : Laissez Faire Books, 1996.
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1981. 180p illus.
Chant, Chris. Modern Fighter Aircraft : 1945 - Present. New York, New York : Chartwell Books, 2013.
Bombers and Transport Aircraft : 1939 - 1945. New York : Chartwell Books, 2013.
Fighter and Reconnaissance Aircraft : 1939 - 1945. 2013. New York, New York : Chartwell Books, 2013.
Battleships and Aircraft Carriers : 1900 - Present. Weapons of War. New York, New York : Chartwell Books, 2013.
Yang, Gene Luen. Boxers. 1st ed. New York : First Second, 2013.
In 1898 China, Little Bao has had enough of foreign missionaries and soldiers robbing peasants, and he recruits an army of Boxers to fight to free China from its oppressors.
Yang, Gene Luen, author, artist. Saints. First edition.
"China, 1898. An unwanted and unwelcome fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn’t even given a proper name by her family when she’s born. She finally finds friendship— and a name, Vibiana — in the most unlikely of places: Christianity. But China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is in full swing, and bands of young men roam the countryside, murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie— and whether she is willing to die for her faith" — front flap.
Vaughan, Brian K. Y : the last man. Deluxe ed. New York : Vertigo/ DC Comics, c2008-.
Yorick Brown and his pet male monkey learn just how valuable they are when they set out across the planet in search of one specific girl in the wake of a strange plague that has killed every man, boy, and mammal with a Y chromosome—except for them.
Vaughan, Brian K. Y, the last man : the deluxe edition. Deluxe ed. New York : DC Comics, c2010.
In this third volume, Yorick’s unbalanced sister Hero tracks him to San Francisco, only to find him seemingly succumbing to the male-killing plague after losing his still-unused engagement ring to agents of the Setauket Ring. Plus, Yorick, Agent 355 and Dr. Mann ship out across the Pacific to Japan in pursuit of Yorick’s stolen monkey Ampersand, whose innards may hold the key to mankind’s future.
Vaughan, Brian K., author. Y, the last man : the deluxe edition. Deluxe edition.
Deluxe edition volume 2 starts out with One Small Step, where Yorick, Dr. Mann, and Agent 355 learn about possible male survivors on the International Space Station that are about to crash land in the Mid-West. This story arc introduces a couple of new characters, including a sharp-shooting Russian that promises to play a role in future volumes, and strengthens the role of Alter, the Israeli special ops commander that has some seriously big plans for Yorick. The second story arc in this volume is “Comedy and Tragedy”, where we follow a troupe of actors trying to make their mark on the new world by putting on a play about the last man on the planet. This volume finishes with perhaps the most popular story arc in the “Y” library, Safeword. Here the story takes a serious turn toward the dark side with some frankly unsettling scenes of mental and physical torture, disturbing hallucinations and flashbacks, and plenty of bloodshed. The story relates Yorick’s stay with 355’s old friend 711, as well as the gang’s travels across Arizona, where they meet another F’d-up militia group that needs dealing with.
Ashbery, John. The mooring of starting out : the first five books of poetry. Hopewell, N.J : Ecco Press, c1997.
Some trees— Tennis court oath— Rivers and mountains— Double dream of spring— Three poems.
Peuchmaurd, Pierre, author. The nothing bird : selected poems.
Pierre Peuchmaurd (1948-2009) was born in Paris, and became fascinated with surrealism in his teenage years. Though his poetry came to transcend the boundaries of surrealist work—by being both more lyrical and inhabited by more substantial narratives—he never forgot the movement and the artists that first inspired him. This is the first collection of his work in English.
Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 A.D. or 18 A.D. Metamorphoses. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1955.
"Ovid is, after Homer, the single most important source for classical mythology. The Metamorphoses, which he wrote over the six-year period leading up to his exile from Rome in 8 a.d., is the primary source for over two hundred classical legends that survived to the twenty-first century. Many of the most familiar classical myths, including the stories of Apollo and Daphne and Pyramus and Thisbe, come directly from Ovid. The Metamorphoses is a twelve-thousand-line poem, written in dactylic hexameters and arranged loosely in chronological order from the beginning of the universe’s creation to the Augustan Rome of Ovid’s own time. The major theme of the Metamorphoses, as the title suggests, is metamorphosis, or change. Throughout the fifteen books making up the Metamorphoses, the idea of change is pervasive. Gods are continually transforming their own selves and shapes, as well as the shapes and beings of humans. The theme of power is also ever-present in Ovid’s work. The gods as depicted by the Roman poets are wrathful, vengeful, capricious creatures who are forever turning their powers against weaker mortals and half-mortals, especially females. Ovid’s own situation as a poet who was exiled because of Augustus’s capriciousness is thought by many to be reflected in his depictions of the relationships between the gods and humans."—Http://www.enotes.com/metamorphoses-of-ovid (Jan. 24, 2011.).
Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 A.D. or 18 A.D. The Metamorphoses.
Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 or 18 A.D. Metamorphoses. Oxford [England] ; : Oxford University Press, , c1986.
Brown, Brandon. The poems of Gaius Valerius Catullus. San Francisco, CA : Krupskaya ;, 2011.
Catullus, Gaius Valerius. The poems of Catullus. Bilingual ed. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2005.
Sappho. If not, winter : fragments of Sappho. 1st Vintage Books ed. New York : Vintage Books, 2003, c2002.
Kiernan, Denise. The girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II. 1st Touchstone hardcover ed. New York : Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, c2013.
Revelation, August 1945 — Everything will be taken care of : train to nowhere, August 1943. Tubealloy : the Bohemian Grove to the Appalachian Hills, September 1942 — Peaches and pearls : the taking of Site X, Fall 1942. Tubealloy : Ida and the atom, 1934 — Through the gates : Clinton Engineer Works, Fall 1943. Tubealloy : Lise and fission, 1938 — Bull pens and creeps : the Project’s welcome for new employees. Tubealloy : Leona and success in Chicago, December 1942 — Only temporary : spring into Summer, 1944. Tubealloy : the quest for product — To work. Tubealloy : the couriers — Rhythms of life. Tubealloy : Security, censorship, and the press — The one about fireflies. Tubealloy : pumpkins, spies, and chicken soup, Fall 1944 — The unspoken : sweethearts and secrets. Tubealloy : combining efforts in the New Year — Curiosity and silence. Tubealloy : the project’s crucial spring — Innocence lost. Tubealloy : hope and the haberdasher, April-May 1945 — Sand jumps in the desert, July 1945 — The gadget revealed — Dawn of a thousand suns — Life in the new age. Kiernan traces the astonishing story of the unsung World War II workers in Oak Ridge, Tennessee—one of the Manhattan Project’s secret cities.
Blade runner. Director’s cut, special widescreen ed. Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, c1997.
Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos. Ford stars as a tough Los Angeles detective in the year 2019, where his job is to track down genetically engineered androids/robots who are out to control the city.
Primal fear. Widescreen. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Video, c1996.
Richard Gere, Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton. Martin Vail is chosen to defend an altar boy accused of murdering, mutilating and dismembering an archbishop.
Aguirre, Ann. Enclave. 1st ed. New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2011.
In a post-apocalyptic future, Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the ways of the elders may be wrong.
Aguirre, Ann. Outpost. 1st ed. New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2012.
Deuce struggles for respect in a new topside town where she is treated like a child and avoided by Fade, a situation that compels her to volunteer for patrol duty and protect topside citizens from an unexpected upsurge in Freak activity.
Aguirre, Ann, author. Horde.
Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they’re not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them.
Cormier, Robert. Fade. 1st Delacorte Press trade pbk. ed. New York : Delacorte Press, 2004, c1988.
Paul Moreaux, the thirteen-year-old son of French Canadian immigrants, inherits the ability to become invisible, but his power soon leads to destruction.
Damico, Gina. Croak. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
A delinquent sixteen-year-old girl is sent to live with her uncle for the summer, only to learn that he is a Grim Reaper who wants to teach her the family business.
Damico, Gina. Rogue.
Uncle Mort rounds up sixteen-year-old Lex, the other Junior Grims, and Grotton, the most powerful Grim of all time, for a journey to Necropolis, where only an impossible choice can save the Afterlife from destruction.
Damico, Gina. Scorch. Boston : Graphia, 2012.
Sixteen-year-old grim reaper Lex Bartleby tries to redeem herself among her fellow Grims by finding renegade Zara, who is indiscriminately damning souls, and stopping her once and for all.
Doctorow, Cory. For the win. 1st ed. New York : Tor, 2010.
In a future where poor children and teenagers work for corrupt bosses as gold farmers, finding valuable items inside massively-multiplayer online games, a small group of teenagers work to unionize and escape this near-slavery.
Doctorow, Cory. Homeland. 1st ed. New York : Tor Teen, 2013.
When Marcus, once called M1k3y, receives a thumbdrive containing evidence of corporate and governmental treachery, his job, fame, family, and well-being, as well as his reform-minded employer’s election campaign, are all endangered.
DuPrau, Jeanne. The city of Ember. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2003.
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
DuPrau, Jeanne. The people of Sparks. 1st pbk. ed. New York : Random House, 2005, c2004.
Having escaped to the Unknown Regions, Lina and the others seek help from the village people of Sparks.
Farland, David. Nightingale. Deluxe hardcover ed. New York : East India Press, c2011.
"Bron Jones was abandoned as a newborn. Thrown into foster care, he is rejected by one family after another, until he meets Olivia, a gifted and devoted high-school teacher who recognizes him for what he really is—what her people call a "nightingale." But Bron isn’t ready to learn the truth. There are secrets that have been hidden from mankind for hundreds of thousands o f years, secrets that should remain hidden. Some things are too dangerous to know. Bron’s secrets may be the most dangerous of all."—Dust jacket.
Farmer, Nancy, 1941-. The house of the scorpion. lst Simon Pulse ed. New York : Simon Pulse, 2004, c2002.
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
McCann, Colum, 1965-. Dancer : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Metropolitan Books, 2003.
From the acclaimed author of This Side of Brightness, the epic life and times of Rudolf Nureyev, reimagined in a dazzlingly inventive masterpiece-published to coincide with the tenth anniversary of Nureyev’s death A Russian peasant who became an international legend, a Cold War exile who inspired millions, an artist whose name stood for genius, sex, and excess-the magnificence of Rudolf Nureyev’s life and work are known, but now Colum McCann, in his most daring novel yet, reinvents this erotically charged figure through the light he cast on those who knew him. Taking his inspiration from the biographical facts, McCann tells the story through a chorus of voices: there is Anna Vasileva, Rudi’s first ballet teacher, who rescues her protégé from the stunted life of his town; Yulia, whose sexual and artistic ambitions are thwarted by her Soviet-sanctioned marriage; and Victor, the Venezuelan hustler, who reveals the lurid underside of the gay celebrity set. Spanning four decades and many worlds, from the horrors of Stalingrad to the wild abandon of New York in the eighties, Dancer is peopled by a large cast of characters, obscure and famous: doormen and shoemakers, Margot Fonteyn and John Lennon. And at the heart of the spectacle stands the artist himself, willful, lustful, and driven by a never-to-be-met need for perfection. In ecstatic prose, McCann evokes the distinct consciousness of the man and the glittering reflection of the myth. The result is a monumental story of love, art, and exile.
McNeal, Tom. Far far away. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013.
"When Jeremy Johnson Johnson’s strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate, Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown"—.
Nix, Garth. Abhorsen. 1st pbk. ed. New York : Eos, 2004, c2003.
Lirael, the young Second Assistant Librarian of the Clayr, is abruptly transformed into the Abhorsen-in-Waiting—a future guardian of the border between life and death—and immediately finds the fate of all life in her hands.
Nix, Garth. Sabriel. New York. : Eos (Harper Collins), 1995.
Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.
Nix, Garth. Lirael, daughter of the Clayr. 1st Harper Trophy ed. New York, NY : HarperTrophy, 2002, c2001.
When a dangerous necromancer threatens to unleash a long-buried evil, Lirael and Prince Sameth are drawn into a battle to save the Old Kingdom and reveal their true destinies.
Peretti, Frank. This Present darkness / Piercing the Darkness. New York : Inspirational Press, 1997.
Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a pastor begin to compare notes, they suddenly find themselves fighting a hideous plot to subjugate the townspeople—and eventually the entire human race. A riveting thriller, This Present Darkness offers a fascinating glimpse into the unseen world of spiritual warfare. It all begins in Bacon’s corner, a tiny farming community far from the interstate. An attempted murder, a suspicious case of mistaken identity, and a ruthless lawsuit against a struggling Christian school threaten the peace of the small town. Sally Beth Roe, a young loner, finds herself in the middle of events beyond her control, fleeing for her life while trying to recall her dark past. She doesn’t realize that a demonic army is growing in power and that a spiritual battle is rapidly approaching. This companion volume to This Present Darkness offers readers a new perspective on spiritual warfare, prayer, and the seemingly coincidental events of our lives. It has sold over 2 million copies.
Priest, Cherie. Boneshaker. New York : Tor, c2009.
Sixteen years after inventor Leviticus Blue was commissioned by Russian prospectors to design a drill powerful enough to break through Alaska’s ice—which destroyed a section of downtown Seattle and unearthed a toxic gas that turned people into zombies—Blue’s teenage son Ezekiel will need his mother’s help to survive when he sneaks under the wall that keeps the undead confined within the city on a secret quest to rewrite history.
Rosoff, Meg, author. Picture me gone.
Twelve-year-old Mila travels with her father to upstate New York to visit friends and family, who may lead them to clues to the whereabouts of her father’s best friend, who has gone missing.
Most popular books at Springs this month
Most of these books are shelved in the New Books section of the library (in the reading room by the plants); if you don’t see something you’re looking for, ask us!
Kline, Theresa, 1960-. Psychological testing : a practical approach to design and evaluation. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, c2005.
Contemporary intellectual assessment : theories, tests, and issues. 3rd ed. New York : Guilford Press, c2012.
Broome, John, 1947-. Climate matters : ethics in a warming world. 1st ed. New York : W.W. Norton, c2012.
In this work the author explores climate change from a multidisciplinary perspective. He analyzes cap-and-trade solutions as well as programs to offset personal emissions. In addition he offers courses of action for confronting climate change, exploring what we can do as individuals and what we can expect from our governments.
Hamilton, Edith, 1867-1963. Mythology. 1st Back Bay paperback ed. Boston : Back Bay Books, 1998, c1942.
Freeberg, Ernest. The age of Edison : electric light and the invention of modern America.
"The late nineteenth century was a period of explosive technological creativity, but arguably the most important invention of all was Thomas Edison’s incandescent lightbulb. Unveiled in his Menlo Park, New Jersey, laboratory in 1879, the lightbulb overwhelmed the American public with the sense of the birth of a new age. More than any other invention, the electric light marked the arrival of modernity. The lightbulb became a catalyst for the nation’s transformation from a rural to an urban-dominated culture. City streetlights defined zones between rich and poor, and the electrical grid sharpened the line between town and country. "Bright lights" meant "big city." Like moths to a flame, millions of Americans migrated to urban centers in these decades, leaving behind the shadow of candle and kerosene lamp in favor of the exciting brilliance of the urban streetscape. The Age of Edison places the story of Edison’s invention in the context of a technological revolution that transformed America and Europe in these decades. Edison and his fellow inventors emerged from a culture shaped by broad public education, a lively popular press that took an interest in science and technology, and an American patent system that encouraged innovation and democratized the benefits of invention. And in the end, as Freeberg shows, Edison’s greatest invention was not any single technology, but rather his reinvention of the process itself. At Menlo Park he gathered the combination of capital, scientific training, and engineering skill that would evolve into the modern research and development laboratory. His revolutionary electrical grid not only broke the stronghold of gas companies, but also ushered in an era when strong, clear light could become accessible to everyone. In The Age of Edison, Freeberg weaves a narrative that reaches from Coney Island and Broadway to the tiniest towns of rural America, tracing the progress of electric light through the reactions of everyone who saw it. It is a quintessentially American story of ingenuity, ambition, and possibility, in which the greater forces of progress and change are made visible by one of our most humble and ubiquitous objects. "—.
Stryker, Susan. Transgender history. Berkeley, CA : Seal Press :, c2008.
Transgender History covers American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today. From the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following “World War II to trans radicalism and social change in the ’60s and ’70s to the gender issues witnessed throughout the ’90s and ’00s, this introductory text will give you a foundation for understanding the developments, changes, strides, and setbacks of trans studies and the trans community in the United States.
Eaklor, Vicki Lynn. Queer America : a people’s GLBT history of the United States. New York : New Press, 2011.
Diaz, Tom. The Last Gun : How changes in the gun industry are killing Americans and what it will take to stop. New York, N.Y. : The New Press, 2013.
Karolides, Nicholas J. 120 banned books : censorship histories of world literature. 2nd ed. New York, NY : Facts on File, Inc., c2011.
Williams, Juan. I’ll find a way or make one : a tribute to historically Black colleges and universities. 1st ed. New York : Amistad, c2004.
A comprehensive and definitive guide to America’s 107 historically black colleges and universities, this commemorative gift book explores the historical, social, and cultural importance of the nation’s HBCUs and celebrates their rich legacy.
Nelson, Jenny. The physics of solar cells. London : Imperial College Press, c2003.
Sykes, Bryan. DNA USA : a genetic portrait of America. New York : Liveright Pub. Corp., c2012.
Crisscrossing the continent, a renowned geneticist provides a groundbreaking examination of America through its DNA.
Toomey, David. Weird life : the search for life that is very, very different from our own. 1st ed. New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Co., c2013.
Weigel, Marlene. UXL encyclopedia of biomes. 2nd ed. Detroit : UXL/Gale Cengage Learning, c2010.
Coniferous forest - Continental margin - Deciduous forest - Desert.
Weigel, Marlene. UXL encyclopedia of biomes. 2nd ed. Detroit : UXL/Gale Cengage Learning, c2010.
Grassland - Lake and pond - Ocean - Rain forest.
Weigel, Marlene. UXL encyclopedia of biomes. 2nd ed. Detroit : UXL/Gale Cengage Learning, c2010.
River and stream - Seashore - Tundra - Wetland.
Randall, David K. Dreamland : adventures in the strange science of sleep. 1st ed. New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2012.
Examines the complex world of sleep and discusses whether or not women sleep differently than men and if killing someone while sleepwalking would count as murder.
Tiwari, G. N. Solar energy : fundamentals, design, modelling and applications. New York : Nova Science Publishers, c2006.
Coe, Sophie D. (Sophie Dobzhansky), 1933-. The true history of chocolate. 2nd ed. London : Thames and Hudson, 2007.
Baines, Emily Ansara. The unofficial Hunger Games cookbook : from lamb stew to “groosling” — more than 150 recipes inspired by the Hunger Games trilogy. Avon, Mass. : AdamsMedia, c2012, p2011.
Bucholz, Dinah. The unofficial Harry Potter cookbook : from cauldron cakes to knickerbocker glory—more than 150 magical recipes for wizards and non-wizards alike. Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, c2010.
A collection of recipes for foods mentioned in the Harry Potter series, including Kreacher’s French onion soup, mashed parsnips, and treacle pudding, accompanied by short passages showing when the food appeared in the books.
Dreiss, Meredith L. Chocolate : pathway to the gods. Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2008.
Chocolate and the supernatural realm : food of the gods — Chocolate and ritual in Mesoamerica : fertility, life cycles, and the soul’s journey — Power, wealth, and greed : the seduction of cacao — Serve up the chocolate : drinks, vessels, and glyphs — The healing powers of chocolate : folk medicine, nutrition, and pharmacology — Balancing the cosmos : chocolate’s role in rainforest ecology.
Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954. Matisse on art. [Rev. ed.]. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1995.
Landau, Ellen G. Jackson Pollock. Hardcover ed. New York : Abrams, 2010.
The wild one — Birth — Gods of the modern world — The magic mirror — Male and female — The circle is broken — A whiff of primal hordes — Acceptance and transition — Sounds in the grass — States of order — “The dying of the light” — The American prometheus.
Taylor, Yuval. Darkest America : black minstrelsy from slavery to hip-hop. 1st ed. New York : W. W. Norton, c2012.
Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen investigate the complex history of black minstrelsy, adopted in the mid-nineteenth century by African American performers who played the grinning blackface fool to entertain black and white audiences. We now consider minstrelsy an embarrassing relic, but once blacks and whites alike saw it as a black art form—and embraced it as such. And, as the authors reveal, black minstrelsy remains deeply relevant to popular black entertainment, particularly in the work of contemporary artists like Dave Chappelle, Flavor Flav, Spike Lee, and Lil Wayne. Darkest America explores the origins, heyday, and present-day manifestations of this tradition, exploding the myth that it was a form of entertainment that whites foisted on blacks, and shining a sure-to-be controversial light on how these incendiary performances can be not only demeaning but also, paradoxically, liberating.
Lend me your ears : great speeches in history. Updated and expanded [ed.]. New York : W. W. Norton & Co., 2004.
Arranged by theme and occasion, this book contains more than two hundred outstanding moments of oratory, covering inspirational speeches, trials, tributes and eulogies, sermons, political speeches, and much more.
The Ecopoetry Anthology.
An anthology of American poetry about nature and the environment, divided into a historical section with poetry written from roughly the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century and a contemporary section with over 300 poems written since 1960 by a diverse group of more than 170 poets.
Postmodern American poetry : a Norton anthology. 2nd ed. New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton & Company, 2013.
Salinger : the classic critical and personal portrait. 1st Harper Perennial ed. New York : Harper Perennial, 2009.
The Penguin book of Japanese verse. Rev. ed. London : Penguin, 2009.
Mayle, Peter. Toujours Provence. 1st Vintage departures ed. New York : Vintage Books, 1992.
Mayes, Frances. Under the Tuscan sun : at home in Italy. 1st Broadway Books trade pbk. ed. New York : Broadway Books, 1997.
Oakes, James. Freedom national : the destruction of slavery in the United States, 1861-1865. 1st ed. New York : W.W. Norton, c2013.
Traces the history of emancipation and its impact on the Civil War, discussing how Lincoln and the Republicans fought primarily for freeing slaves throughout the war, not just as a secondary objective in an effort to restore the country.
Killen, Andreas. 1973 nervous breakdown : Watergate, Warhol, and the birth of post-sixties America. Paperback ed. New York : Bloomsbury :, 2007.
A year of shattering political crisis, 1973 was defined by defeat in Vietnam, Roe v. Wade, the oil crisis and the Watergate hearings. It was also a year of remarkable creative ferment. From landmark movies such as The Exorcist, Mean Streets, and American Graffiti to seminal books such as Fear of Flying and Gravity’s Rainbow, from the proto-punk band the New York Dolls to the first ever reality TV show, The American Family, the cultural artifacts of the year reveal a nation in the middle of a serious identity crisis. 1973 Nervous Breakdown offers a fever chart of a year of uncertainty and change, a year in which post-war prosperity crumbled and modernism gave way to postmodernism in a lively and revelatory analysis of one of the most important periods in the second half of the 20th century.
Spencer, Lynn. Touching history : the untold story of the drama that unfolded in the skies over America on 9/11. New York : Free Press, c2008.
In this gripping moment-to-moment narrative, based on groundbreaking reporting, Lynn Spencer brings the inspiring true drama of the heroic response of American pilots and controllers on the morning of 9/11 vividly to life for the first time, taking us right inside the airliner cockpits and control towers, the fighter jets and the military battle cabs. She makes vital corrections to the findings of the 9/11 Commission Report, and reveals many startling, utterly unknown elements of the story.
Anderson, Jon Lee. Che Guevara : a revolutionary life. Rev. ed. New York : Grove Press ;, c2010.
Klee, Paul, 1879-1940. The diaries of Paul Klee, 1898-1918. Berkeley, : University of California Press, 1964.
Pausch, Randy. The last lecture. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2008.
The author, a computer science professor diagnosed with terminal cancer, explores his life, the lessons that he has learned, how he has worked to achieve his childhood dreams, and the effect of his diagnosis on him and his family.
Rapp, Emily. The still point of the turning world.
"Like all mothers, Emily Rapp had ambitious plans for her first and only child, Ronan. He would be smart, loyal, physically fearless, and level-headed, but fun. He would be good at crossword puzzles like his father. He would be an avid skier like his mother. Rapp would speak to him in foreign languages and give him the best education. But all of these plans changed when Ronan was diagnosed at nine months old with Tay-Sachs disease, a rare and always-fatal degenerative disorder. Ronan was not expected to live beyond the age of three; he would be permanently stalled at a developmental level of six months. Rapp and her husband were forced to re-evaluate everything they thought they knew about parenting. They would have to learn to live with their child in the moment; to find happiness in the midst of sorrow; to parent without a future. The Still Point of the Turning World is the story of a mother’s journey through grief and beyond it. Rapp’s response to her son’s diagnosis was a belief that she needed to "make my world big"—to make sense of her family’s situation through art, literature, philosophy, theology and myth. Drawing on a broad range of thinkers and writers, from C.S. Lewis to Sylvia Plath, Hegel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Rapp learns what wisdom there is to be gained from parenting a terminally ill child. In luminous, exquisitely moving prose she re-examines our most fundamental assumptions about what it means to be a good parent, to be a success, and to live a meaningful life"—.
Slawenski, Kenneth. Salinger : a life. 1st ed. New York : Random House, 2010.
One of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history, J. D. Salinger eluded fans and journalists for most of his life. Now comes a new biography. Filled with new information and revelations, garnered from countless interviews, letters, and public records, this work presents his extraordinary life that spanned nearly the entire twentieth century. The author explores Salingers privileged youth, long obscured by misrepresentation and rumor, revealing the brilliant, sarcastic, vulnerable son of a disapproving father and doting mother and his entrance into a social world where Gloria Vanderbilt dismissively referred to him as a Jewish boy from New York. Here too are accounts of Salingers first broken heart, Eugene ONeills daughter, Oona, left him for the much older Charlie Chaplin, and the devastating World War II service of which he never spoke and which haunted him forever. This work features all the dazzle of his early writing successes, his dramatic encounters with luminaries from Ernest Hemingway to Laurence Olivier to Elia Kazan, his surprising office intrigues with famous New Yorker editors and writers, and the stunning triumph of The Catcher in the Rye, which would both make him world famous and hasten his retreat into the hills of New Hampshire. Whether it is revealing the facts of his hasty, short lived first marriage or his lifelong commitment to Eastern religion, which would dictate his attitudes toward sex, nutrition, solitude, and creativity, this biography is Salingers unforgettable story in full.
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Naifeh, Steven W., 1952-. Van Gogh : The Life. First U.S. Edition. New York : Random House, .
Draws on newly available primary sources to present an in-depth, accessible profile that offers revisionist assessments of the influential artist’s turbulent life and genius works.
4 little girls. New York : HBO Home Video, .
When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on a peaceful fall morning, it takes the lives of four young girls; Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins. This racially motivated crime, taking place at a time when the civil rights movement is burning with a new flame, could have doused that flame forever. Instead it fuels a nation’s outrage and brings Birmingham, Alabama to the forefront of America’s concern.
Anna Karenina. [S.l.] : Universal Pictures, 2013.
Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Michelle Dockery, Aaron Johnson, Emily Watson, Olivia Williams, Ruth Wilson, Holliday Grainger, Alexandra Roach, Domhnall Gleeson. Tom Stoppard pens this adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic story of doomed love, directed by Joe Wright and boasting a star-studded British cast headed by Kiera Knightley and Jude Law. Trapped in a loveless marriage and the ongoing fallout of a family crisis, Anna (Knightley) falls uncontrollably in love with charming and affluent bachelor Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson). But as Anna falters to make a decision about leaving her husband, government official Karenin (Law), Vronsky continues to pursue his social life, leading Anna into a growing paranoia about his infidelities that eventually leads to tragic consequences.
Atlas shrugged. [United States] : Strike Productions :, 2011.
Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler, Jon Polito, Matthew Marsden. The year is 2016, and America is on the verge of economic disaster. The greatest citizens are being targeted, and dark forces are working to bring about America’s final days. Our only hope for salvation lies with Dagny Taggart and Henry Rearden, rugged individualists whose bold ideas may have the power to spark a revolution and reclaim the American Dream.
Atlas shrugged. [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2013.
Samantha Mathis, Esai Morales, Patrick Fabian, Jason Beghe. Part two of Ayn Rand’s groundbreaking novel. The global economy is on the brink of collapse. Brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, continue to mysteriously disappear. Dagny Taggart, Vice President in Charge of Operations for Taggart Transcontinental, has discovered what may very well be the answer to a mounting energy crisis, a revolutionary motor that could seemingly power the World. It’s a race against the clock to find the inventor before the motor of the World is stopped for good.
Bamboozled. [Calif.] : New Line Home Entertainment, , c2000.
Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tommy Davidson, Michael Rapaport. This parody of American television takes a humorous look at how race, ratings and the pursuit of power lead to a network executive’s stunning rise and tragic downfall.
Food, Inc. [Los Angeles, CA] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, c2009.
Invterviews with Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, Gary Hirschberg, Joe Salatin. Lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing how our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profits ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Reveals surprising - and often shocking truths - about what we eat, how it’s produced and who we have become as a nation.
The prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Twentieth Century Fox, c1968.
Waterloo. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c1991.
Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles, Jack Hawkins, Virginia McKenna, Dan O’Herlihy. Stirring drama of the historic battle between Napoleon and Wellington.
When the levees broke : a requiem in four acts. Widescreen. [New York?] : HBO Video, c2006.
Special features: on discs 1-2: Audio commentary by filmmaker Spike Lee; on disc 3: Next movement : Act V (108 min.); Water is rising (8 min.). disc 1. Act I (65 min.) ; Act II (62 min.) — disc 2. Act III (58 min.) ; Act IV (70 min.). Featuring Ray Nagin, Sean Penn, Al Sharpton, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Belafonte. The world watched in horror as Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005. Many were shocked, not only by the scale of the disaster, but the slow, inept and disorganized response of the emergency and recovery efforts. Structured into four acts, each dealing with a different aspect of the events that preceded and followed Katrina’s catastrophic passage through New Orleans. Tells the heartbreaking personal stories of those who endured this harrowing ordeal and survived to tell the tale.
Barlow, Toby. Sharp teeth. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2008.
An ancient race of lycanthropes (werewolves) has survived to the present day, and its numbers are growing as the initiated convince L.A.’s down and out to join their pack. Paying no heed to moons, full or otherwise, they change from human to canine at will—and they’re bent on domination at any cost. Caught in the middle are Anthony, a kind-hearted, besotted dogcatcher, and the girl he loves, a female werewolf who has abandoned her pack. Anthony has no idea that she’s more than she seems, and she wants to keep it that way. But her efforts to protect her secret lead to murderous results.
Chevalier, Tracy. Girl with a pearl earring. New York, N.Y. : Plume, , c1999.
Childress, Mark. One Mississippi : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2006.
When Daniel Musgrove’s troubled family moves to Mississippi just before his junior year, he is appalled. On top of the usual teenage humiliations, he now has to learn to say “y’all” and “Co-Cola” or risk being ostracized as a Yankee. But Daniel’s loneliness fades when he meets fellow outsider Tim Cousins. You only need one best friend, he figures, to make it through high school alive. Daniel and Tim become inseparable, sharing a fascination with ridicule, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, and Arnita Beecham, the most bewitching girl at Minor High. The boys join the cast of a bouncy evangelical musical. They take their dates to the prom in matching sky blue tuxedos. But then things start to go terribly wrong. The friends’ feud with the school bully gets out of hand. They commit a small crime that grows larger and larger, and threatens to engulf the whole town.—From publisher description.
Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870. The three musketeers. New York : Everyman’s Library Children’s Classics, 1999.
The heroic young d’Artagnan and his noble compatriots Athos, Porthos, and Aramis are pitted against the master of intrigue, Cardinal Richelieu, and the quintessential wicked woman, Lady de Winter.
Ferris, Joshua. Then we came to the end : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2007.
No one knows us quite the same way as the men and women who sit beside us in department meetings and crowd the office refrigerator with their labeled yogurts. Every office is a family of sorts, and the ad agency Joshua Ferris brilliantly depicts in his debut novel is family at its strangest and best, coping with a business downturn in the time-honored way : through gossip, pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks. Among coworkers fighting for their jobs and their precious perks: Tom Mota, recently divorced and inexplicably wearing three company polo shirts, one on top of the other, every day; Joe Pope, a workaholic and perpetual victim of office sabotage; Carl Garbedian, whose unchecked depression has led him to “borrow” Janine Gorjanc’s medication and black out his windows; Chris Yop, suspected of stealing Tom Mota’s chair; and Marcia Dwyer with whom Benny Shassburger is in love, despite her mean streak and badly dated haircut. As one colleague after another is laid off, everyone strikes their best busines-as-usual pose, pretending to make headway on the mysterious pro bono ad campaign that is their only remaining “work”. Meanwhile tempers flare, office furniture disappears, and the survivors parse their bosses’ decisions in ever-more paranoid sessions at the nearest bar.
Fielding, Helen, 1958-. Bridget Jones’s diary : a novel. 1st American ed. New York : Viking, 1998.
A comedy on an Englishwoman’s quest for self-improvement. Single and thirty-something Bridget diets, keeps tabs on her tobacco and alcohol consumption, visits the gym regularly, yet she still has problems finding the right man. A debut in fiction.
Green, Roger Lancelyn. The adventures of Robin Hood. New York : A.A. Knopf, c1994.
Recounts the life and adventures of Robin Hood, who, with his band of followers, lived as an outlaw in Sherwood Forest dedicated to fighting tyranny.
Green, Roger Lancelyn. King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table : retold out of the old Romances. New York : Knopf :, 1993.
A retelling of the story of the boy fated to be the “true-born King of Britain,” covering his glorious reign and his tragic, yet triumphant, passing.
Harris, Thomas, 1940-. Hannibal rising : a novel. New York : Delacorte Press, 2006.
Chronicles serial killer Hannibal Lecter’s childhood and early adulthood after being taken from a Soviet orphanage to live with his uncle and aunt in France. He becomes the youngest person ever to attend medical school in France.
Helprin, Mark. Memoir from Antproof Case : a novel. New York : Harcourt Brace & Co., c1995.
The bittersweet memoir of an aging man-of-the-world. In a tone tinged with humor and regret he describes his many lives, from banker to fighter pilot, to inmate of a mental asylum, commenting on every subject under the sun, including his visceral hate of coffee.
Hornby, Nick. About a boy. 1st Riverhead trade paperback ed. New York : Riverhead Books, 1999, c1998.
Will, a thirty-six-year-old London bachelor, undergoes a change in his outlook about marriage and children when he lies to join a single parents group in order to meet women, and becomes friends with a needy twelve-year-old named Marcus.
King, Stephen, 1947-. The Bachman books : four early novels. New York : New American Library, 1985.
Four novels published between 1977 and 1982. In Rage , a high-school student goes berserk in the classroom, killing the teacher and holding the class hostage. Set in a militaristic ultra-conservative America, The Long Walk pits 100 teenagers against each other in a grueling 450-mile marathon walk in which the penalty is death. Roadwork is a novel of societal conflict, man vs. progress. The first three thrillers, while entertaining and gripping, occasionally suffer from unfocused and uneven writing. Unresolved questions cause them to be somewhat unsatisfying. However the fourth novel, The Running Man , in the tradition of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (NAL, 1968; o.p.), is an action-packed futuristic romp. Protagonist Ben Richards bets his life on a TV show in order to win the money to save the life of his deathly ill daughter. The story combines social commentary, adventure and science fiction, set against the backdrop of a decaying society.
King, Stephen, 1947-. The eyes of the dragon : a story. New York : Viking, 1987.
In the kingdom of Delain, a young prince must struggle against powerful forces to gain his rightful inheritance.
King, Stephen, 1947-. Four past midnight. New York, N.Y. : Viking, 1990.
The Langoliers — Secret window, secret garden — The library policeman — The sun dog. A domestic flight makes an unusual stopover in the land of “The Langoliers; ” a writer confronts the reality of his success in “Secret Window, Secret Garden; ” after being scolded by “The Library Policeman, ” you’ll never return a book late again; and once again the community of Castle Rock finds itself besieged by a nasty pooch in “The Sun Dog.”.
King, Stephen, 1947-. It. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking, 1986.
In 1985, six men and one woman are called back together to search for a creature of unspeakable evil that had stalked them as children.
King, Stephen, 1947-. Needful Things. New York : Penguin Books, 1991.
Leland Gaunt opens a shop called Needful Things where there is something for everyone—wealth, power, sexual pleasure—but of course there is always a very high price to pay.
King, Stephen, 1947-. Nightmares & dreamscapes. New York : Viking, 1993.
A collection of short stories including classic tales of the macabre and the monstrous, cutting-edge explorations of the borderlands between good and evil, brilliant pastiches of Chandler and Conan Doyle and much more.
Kingsolver, Barbara. The bean trees : a novel. New York : Harper & Row, c1988.
Taylor Greer heads west to get away from her home in Kentucky and finds herself caring for an abandoned baby girl and learning about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the hidden resources within herself and others.
Koch, Herman, 1953-. The dinner : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Hogarth, c2012.
Two couples meet for dinner at a fashionable restaurant in Amsterdam. Behind their polite conversation, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.
Leonard, Elmore, 1925-. The hot kid : a novel. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2005.
Mathis, Ayana. The twelve tribes of Hattie. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
The story of an African American family held together with a mother’s grit and monumental courage.
Mayle, Peter. Chasing Cézanne. 1st ed. New York : A.A. Knopf, 1997.
In Paris, New York photographer Andre Kelly puts aside photography to destroy a black market in paintings. The villain is using photo shoots of art works as an occasion to substitute forgeries for the real thing, then selling the originals to Japanese and Arab collectors. By the author of Anything Considered. Hanky-panky on the international art scene is the source of the hilarity and fizz in Peter Mayle’s new novel. He flies us back to the south of France (a region some readers of his irresistible best-sellers believe him to have invented), on a wild chase through galleries, homes of prominent collectors, and wickedly delectable restaurants. There are stopovers in the Bahamas and England, and in New York, where that glossiest of magazines, Decorating Quarterly, reflects the cutting-edge trendiness of its editor, Camilla Jameson Porter. (Camilla has recently broken new ground in the world of power lunches by booking two tables on the same day, and shuttling between them, at the city’s trendiest restaurant.) It is Camilla who has sent our hero, Andre Kelly, to Cap Ferrat to take glamorous photo-graphs of the houses and treasures of the rich, famous, and fatuous. He happens to have his camera at the ready when he spots a Cezanne being loaded onto a plumber’s truck near the home of an absent collector. Odd, thinks Andre. And in no time he’s on the trail of a state-of-the-art art scam, chasing Cezanne. It’s a joy to follow him and the crowds intent on speeding or foiling his quest—including a beautiful agent; a super-savvy art dealer attracted to the finer things in life, especially if they promise the payoff of a lifetime; an awesome Dutch forger; some outstandingly greedy New York sophisticates; and, invisible in the background, the parade of remarkable chefs whose mouthwatering culinary masterpieces periodically soothe the hero and tantalize the reader of Chasing Cezanne.
America street : a multicultural anthology of stories. 1st ed. New York : Persea Books, c1993.
The journey / Duane Big Eagle — Raymond’s run / Toni Cade Bambara — The circuit / Francisco Jimenez — The wrong lunch line / Nicholasa Mohr — The loudest voice / Grace Paley — Thank you m’am / Langston Hughes — The all-American slurp / Lensey Namioka — The no-guitar blues / Gary Soto — Sixth grade / Michele Wallace — President Cleveland, where are you / Robert Cormier — Business at eleven / Toshio Mori — La ciramella / Mary K. Mazotti — The white umbrella / Gish Jen — Hamadi / Naomi Shihab Nye. Fourteen stories by American authors from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, including Duane Big Eagle, Nicholasa Mohr, Lensey Namioka, and Robert Cormier.
McLarty, Ron. The memory of running : [a novel]. New York : Penguin Books, 2006.
By all accounts, especially his own, Smithson “Smithy” Ide is a loser. An overweight, friendless, chain-smoking, forty-three-year-old drunk, Smithy’s life becomes completely unhinged when he loses his parents and long-lost sister within the span of one week. Rolling down the driveway of his parents’ house in Rhode Island on his old Raleigh bicycle to escape his grief, the emotionally bereft Smithy embarks on an epic, hilarious, luminous, and extraordinary journey of discovery and redemption.
Oliver, Lauren, 1982-. Requiem. 1st ed. New York, NY : Harper, 2013.
"While Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland."—.
Palahniuk, Chuck. Haunted : a novel of stories. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2005.
Rice, Anne, 1941-. Lasher : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf :, 1993.
From the day her first Vampire Chronicle was published, critics and readers - readers by the hundreds of thousands - have been mesmerized by the writings of Anne Rice. And with the publication of The Witching Hour, she created for us yet another world and legend, and both the chorus of praise (see back of jacket) and the multitudes of her readers once more increased.” “Now, in her new novel, Anne Rice brings us again - even more magically - into the midst of the dynasty of witches she introduced in The Witching Hour.” “At the center: the brilliant and beautiful Rowan Mayfair, queen of the coven, and Lasher, the darkly compelling demon whom she finds irresistible and from whose evil spell and vision she must now flee. She takes with her their terrifying and exquisite child, one of “a brood of children born knowing, able to stand and talk on the first day.”” “Rowan’s attempt to escape Lasher and his pursuit of her and their child are at the heart of this extraordinary saga. It is a novel that moves around the globe, backward and forward through time, and between the human and demonic worlds. Its many voices - of women, of men, of demons and angels, present and past - haunt and enchant us. With a dreamlike power, the novel draws us through twilight paths, telling a chillingly hypnotic story of occult and spiritual aspirations and passion.
Rice, Anne, 1941-. The mummy, or Ramses the damned : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 1989.
Rice, Anne, 1941-. The tale of the body thief. 1st ed. New York : Knopf :, 1992.
Lestat speaks. Vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals. For centuries he has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Lestat is alone. And suddenly all his vampire rationale—everything he has come to believe and feel safe with—is called into question. In his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, Lestat embarks on the most dangerous enterprise he has undertaken in all the danger-haunted years of his long existence.
Rice, Anne, 1941-. Witching hour : a novel. New York : Knopf ;, 1990.
From the author of the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles comes a huge, hypnotic novel of witchcraft and the occult through four centuries. Demonstrating, once again, her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of legend, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of witches—a family given to poetry and to incest, to murder and to philosophy; a family that, over the ages, is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being.
Robbins, Tom, 1936-. Villa incognito. New York : Bantam Books, 2003.
Safire, William. Scandalmonger. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2000.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851. Frankenstein. New York : Sterling Pub. Co., c2007.
Tells the story of a scientist who discovers the secret of generating life from lifeless matter, and puts this knowledge to use by creating a monster being.
Smith, Martin Cruz, 1942-. Rose. New York : Random House, c1996.
American adventurer Jonathan Blair enters the grim world of coal mining in nineteenth-century England, in an attempt to find a missing cleric who was engaged to marry the daughter of Blair’s sponsor, the wealthy Bishop Hannay.
Stace, Wesley. Misfortune : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2005.
Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894. Treasure Island.. New York: Random House, c1992.
Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912. Dracula. New York : Sterling, c2010.
Having deduced the double identity of Count Dracula, a wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire. Inlcudes discussion questions.
Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745. Gulliver’s travels. New York : Sterling Pub. Co., c2007.
The voyages of an Englishman carry him to such places as Liliput, where the people are only six inches tall, Brobdingnag, a land of giants, and a country ruled by horses.
Verne, Jules, 1828-1905. Around the world in eighty days. New York : Sterling, .
Eccentric Englishman Phileas Fogg embarks on a grand adventure after he accepts a bet made at his London club to complete a journey around the world in only eighty days.
Verne, Jules, 1828-1905. Journey to the center of the earth. New York, N.Y. : Sterling Pub., c2007.
What a stunning discovery: an old, coded note that actually contains directions for reaching the Earth’s very core! And once he finds it, renowned geologist Professor Liedenbrock can’t resist setting out with his 16-year-old nephew to go where only one man has gone before. Jules Verne takes young readers on one of the most incredible journeys ever imagined, from Iceland’s frozen tundra far down into fantastic underground prehistoric worlds and back up again through the fires of an erupting volcano. A team of explorers makes an expedition into a crater in Iceland which leads to the center of the earth and to incredible and horrifying discoveries.
Waller, Robert James, 1939-. High plains tango : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Shaye Areheart Books, 2005.
Yolen, Jane. The devil’s arithmetic/ : by Jane Yolen. New York : Puffin, 1988.
Hannah dreads going to her family’s Passover Seder—she’s tired of hearing her relatives talk about the past. But when she opens the front door to symbolically welcome the prophet Elijah, she’s transported to a Polish village in the year 1942, where she becomes caught up in the tragedy of the time.
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. The short stories. 1st Scribner Classics ed. New York : Scribner Classics, 1997.
The short happy life of Francis Macomber — The capitol of the world — The snows of Kilimanjaro — Old man at the bridge — Up in Michigan — On the Quai at Smyrna — Indian camp — The doctor and the doctor’s wife — The end of something — The three-day blow — The battler — A very short story — Soldier’s home — The revolutionist — Mr. and Mrs. Elliot — Cat in the rain — Out of season — Cross-country snow — My old man — Big two-hearted river: part I — Big two-hearted river: part II — The undefeated — In another country — Hills like white elephants — The killers. Che ti dice la patria? — Fifty grand — A simple enquiry — Ten indians — A canary for one — An alpine idyll — A pursuit race — Today is Friday — Banal story — Now I lay me — After the storm — A clean, well-lighted place — The light of the world — God rest you merry, gentlemen — The sea change — A way you’ll never be — The mother of a queen — One reader writes — Homage to Switzerland — A day’s wait — A natural history of the dead — Wine of Wyoming — The gambler, the nun, and the radio — Fathers and sons. Forty-nine stories reflect much of the intensity of Hemingway’s own life and environment.
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