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New Books for December


Taking a break from studying? Want something fun to read over winter break? Come to the Library and grab a book to read….

Neil Gaiman.  the view from the cheap seats.

  

The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman. From the publisher: "An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics--from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories--observed in #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman's probing, amusing, and distinctive style. An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his bestselling fiction. Now, The View from the Cheap Seats brings together for the first time ever more than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author's experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood. Insightful, incisive, witty, and wise, The View from the Cheap Seats explores the issues and subjects that matter most to Neil Gaiman--offering a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and influential artists of our time"

Getting Gamers.  The psychology of video games and their impact on the people who play them.

  

Getting gamers : the psychology of video games and their impact on the people who play them by Jamie Madigan. From the publisher: "Video games are big business. They can be addicting. They are available almost anywhere you go and are appealing to people of all ages. They can eat up our time, cost us money, even kill our relationships. But it's not all bad! This book will show that rather than being a waste of time, video games can help us develop skills, make friends, succeed at work, form good habits, and be happy. Taking the time to learn what's happening in our heads as we play and shop allows us to approach games and gaming communities on our own terms and get more out of them."

Sea in the sea.  Our intimate connection with the sex-changing fish, romantic lobsters, kinky squid, and other salty erotica of the deep.

  

Sex in the sea : our intimate connection with sex-changing fish, romantic lobsters, kinky squid, and other salty erotica of the deep by Marah Hardt. From the publisher: "Sex in the Sea uniquely connects the timeless topic of sex with the timely issue of sustainable oceans. Through overfishing, climate change, and ocean pollution we are disrupting the creative procreation that drives the wild abundance of life in the ocean."

The rest is noise.  Listening to the twentieth century.  Alex Ross

  

The Rest is Noise : Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Rose. From the publisher: "The scandal over modern music has not died--while paintings by Picasso and Pollock sell for millions of dollars, works from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring onward still send ripples of unease through audiences. Yet the influence of modern music can be felt everywhere. Avant-garde sounds populate the soundtracks of Hollywood thrillers. Minimalist music has had a huge effect on rock, pop, and dance music from the Velvet Underground onward. Music critic Alex Ross shines a bright light on this secret world, taking us from Vienna before the First World War to Paris in the twenties, from Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia to New York in the sixties and seventies."

Qualitative Online Interviews

  

Qualitative Online Interviews : strategies, design, and skills by Janet Salmons. From the publisher: "Provides researchers the guidance they need to extend the reach of their studies beyond physical boundaries. Focusing on designing, conducting, and assessing data drawn from online interviews as well as from observations, materials, and artifacts collected online, the book emphasizes the use of in-depth interviews in qualitative research or mixed-methods designs."

Lab Girl

  

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. From the publisher: "An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world. Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life but it is also so much more. Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together."

Half-Earth  Our Planets fight for Life.

  

Half-earth : Our Planet's Fight for Life by Edward O. Wilson. From the publisher: "In order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet, says Edward O. Wilson in his most impassioned book to date. Half-Earth argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature."

Guilty Thing a life of Thomas De Quincy Frances Wilson

  

Guilty thing : a life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson. Summary: "A biography of the last of the Romantics describes his rags-to-riches life and career as a journalist, translator, essayist and opium addict who inspired generations of writers with his emotional memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater."

From Mission to Microchip.  A history of the California Labor Movement.

  

From Mission to Microchip : a History of the California Labor Movement by Fred Glass. From the publisher: "There is no better time than now to consider the labor history of the Golden State. While other states face declining union enrollment rates and the rollback of workers' rights, California unions are embracing working immigrants, and voters are protecting core worker rights. What's the difference? California has held an exceptional place in the imagination of Americans and immigrants since the Gold Rush, which saw the first of many waves of working people moving to the state to find work. From Mission to Microchip unearths the hidden stories of these people throughout California's history."

Dinosaurs How they lived and evolved.

  

Dinosaurs : how they lived and evolved by Darren Naish. From the publisher: "Discover the most successful--and bizarre--animals ever to inhabit Earth: the dinosaurs. Filled with groundbreaking discoveries in dinosaur research from around the globe, Dinosaurs is a state-of-the-art guide to dinosaur biology, anatomy, behavior, evolution, and diversity, richly illustrated with artistic reconstructions that bring these iconic creatures to life."

Cultivating Curiosity in K-12 Classrooms.

  

Cultivating curiosity in K-12 classrooms : how to promote and sustain deep learning by Wendy L. Ostroff. From the publisher: " Wendy L. Ostroff shows how to foster student curiosity through exploration, novelty, and play; questioning and critical thinking; and experimenting and problem solving. With techniques to try, scaffolding advice, and relevant research from neuroscience and psychology, this book will help teachers harness the powerful drive in all learners—the drive to know, understand, and experience the world in a meaningful way."

The Tide.  The Science and stories behind the greatest force on earth.

  

The Tide : the Science and Stories behind the Greatest Force on Earth by Hugh Aldersey-Williams. From the publisher: "The Tide, celebrated science writer Hugh Aldersey-Williams weaves together centuries of scientific thinking with the literature and folklore the tide has inspired to explain the power and workings of this most remarkable force. Here is the epic story of the long search to understand the tide: from Aristotle, who is said to have drowned himself in his efforts to figure out the Greek tides, to the pioneering investigations into the role of the moon by Galileo and Newton, to the quest to understand and even control the tide in our own time. Throughout, Aldersey-Williams whisks the reader along on his travels in search of the most remarkable tidal phenomena. He visits the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, where the tides are the strongest in the world; arctic Norway, home of the raging tidal whirlpool known as the maelstrom; and Venice, to investigate efforts to defend the city against flooding caused by the famed Acqua Alta."

The Black Panthers.

  

The Black Panthers : Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution edited by Bryan Shih and Yohuru Williams. From the publisher: "October 2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party. Photojournalist Bryan Shih, who has been interviewing and taking portraits of the surviving Panthers around the country for years, has partnered with Yohuru Williams, dean and history professor at Fairfield University, to deliver the definitive celebration of the Black Panthers. Part oral history, part scrapbook, this is a beautifully produced book of forty-five black-and-white portraits of the Panthers today, alongside interviews with the surviving Panthers, archival images, Black Panther Party pamphlets and speeches, as well as essays by contributors such as Peniel Joseph, Alondra Nelson, Rhonda Williams, and other high-profile scholars to provide background and context."

We were feminists once.

  

We were Feminists once: from Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement by Andi Zeisier. From the publisher: "Feminism has hit the big time. Once a dirty word, "feminist" has been rebranded as a shiny label sported by movie and pop stars, fashion designers, and multi-hyphenate powerhouses like Beyoncé. It drives advertising and marketing campaigns for everything from wireless plans to perfume, presenting what's long been a movement for social justice as just another consumer choice. Individual self-actualization is the goal, shopping more often than not the means, and celebrities the mouthpieces. But what does it mean when social change becomes a brand identity? "

Want to see more? We are always adding more new material to the library's collection.