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New Books for June

Students may be on vacation, but new book arrivals don't take breaks! Stop by the Library for some fresh summer reading, with new titles such as: The Annotated Hunting of the Snark: The Full Text of Lewis Carroll's Great Nonsense Epic. "An annotated edition of Lewis Caroll's 1876 poem "Hunting of the Snark" with insights into Caroll's use of fancy and philosophy, information on the poem's publishing, and original illustrations to accompany the text." The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the New Struggle for a Soul of a Nation, by Rena Pederson. "Drawing on exclusive interviews, a journalist and former State Department speechwriter sheds new light on Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who inspired Burma's first steps towards democracy, and her lifelong fight for liberty." Freedom Now! : Forgotten Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle, by Martin A. Berger. "Freedom Now! reveals that we have inherited a photographic canon — and a picture of history — shaped by whites' comfort with unthreatening images of victimized blacks. And it illustrates how and why particular people, events, and issues have been edited out of the photographic story we tell about our past. By considering the different values promoted in the forgotten photographs, readers will gain an understanding of African Americans' role in rewriting U.S. history and the high stakes involved in selecting images with which to narrate our collective past." Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, by Karen Armstrong. "From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion's connection to violence. For the first time in American history, religious self-identification is on the decline. Some have cited a perception that began to grow after Sept 11: That faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance and divisiveness--something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? And does it apply equally to all faiths? In these troubled times, we risk basing decisions of real and dangerous consequence on mistaken understandings of the faiths subscribed around us, in our immediate community as well as globally. And so, with her deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong examines the impulse toward violence in each of the world's great religions."