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New Books for May


April showers brought May flowers, and with them, new books! This month, the Library has plenty of new picture books added to the juvenile collection, as well as additions that cover medicine, United States history, physics, microbiology, Islamic architecture, LGBT comics and more. Some highlights include: The History of Medicine: A Beginner's Guide by Mark Jackson. "In a world burdened by chronic conditions and mutating viruses, with a health service strained to its limits, the history of medicine challenges our understanding of what it means to be healthy. By illuminating the ailments and methods of the past, our own dilemmas about medical practice and policy can be put into a new perspective. Esteemed historian Mark Jackson takes us from the dawn of medicine in the ancient world to the most recent developments pioneered in the twenty-first century's hospitals. On the way, Jackson explores Indian and Chinese traditions, as well as the origins of today's 'alternative' therapies, offering piercing insight into how medicine has reflected and shaped society throughout the ages."     Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. "An unprecedented international publishing event: the first and only diary written by a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee. Since 2002, Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at the detainee camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime. Although he was ordered released by a federal judge, the U.S. government fought that decision, and there is no sign that the United States plans to let him go. Three years into his captivity Slahi began a diary, recounting his life before he disappeared into U.S. custody and daily life as a detainee. His diary is not merely a vivid record of a miscarriage of justice, but a deeply personal memoir — terrifying, darkly humorous, and surprisingly gracious. Published now for the first time, Guantánamo Diary is a document of immense historical importance." Gomorrah by Robert Saviano, one of several items added to our collections at the request of a graduating Library student assistant, as part of a new program to honor their time with us. "A major bestseller in Italy, this is a heroic young man's impassioned account of the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, an organized crime network with a large international reach and stakes in construction, high fashion, illicit drugs, and toxic-waste disposal. Known by insiders as "the System," the Camorra affects cities and villages along the Neapolitan coast, and is the deciding factor in why Campania, for instance, has the highest murder rate in all of Europe and why cancer levels there have skyrocketed in recent years. Author Saviano, who saw his first murder at age 14, worked under cover to investigate the Camorra's control of Chinese factories contracted to manufacture fashion goods, legally and illegally, for distribution around the world, and relates how the abusive handling of toxic waste is causing devastating pollution not only for Naples but also China and Somalia." No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, an anthology. "A collection of underground comics created over the past forty years that feature gay men and lesbians and deal with issues of importance to the gay and lesbian community, including stories by Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Ralf König, and David Wojnaraowicz." Want to suggest your own additions to our collection? We take suggestions here. And check out all of our new books for May in our complete list. We also make lists of new DVDs, multimedia items, and popular reading material. Check them all out! And happy reading!