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New Books for September

Fall is in the air, leaves are changing, and new books are rolling into the University Library. Here are some highlights:

The Illustrated World's Religions


The illustrated world's religions : a guide to our wisdom traditions by Huston Smith. From the publisher: "In detailed, absorbing, richly illustrated, and highly readable chapters on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity and primal religions, we find refreshing and fascinating presentations of both the differences and the similarities among the worldwide religious traditions. The approach is at once classic and contemporary, while being edited and designed for a contemporary general readership."



Kidwatching : documenting children's literacy development by Gretchen Owocki and Yetta Goodman. From the publisher: "This smart, practical guidebook shows preschool, kindergarten, and primary teachers how to refine their literacy evaluation practices through careful kidwatching. By observing and recording children's literacy development, teachers also develop new understandings of the ways children think and learn. Ultimately, through kidwatching, teachers plan curriculum and instruction that are tailored to individual strengths and needs."

The People's University: a history of the California State University


The People's University: A History of the California State University by Donald R. Gerth. From the publisher: "Since its founding as a single institution in San Francisco in the years after the Gold Rush, the California State University has grown into a system of 23 campuses that enroll more than 450,000 students. The People's University is the story of that extraordinary growth."

Green Versus Gold, Sources in California Environmental history.


Green versus Gold : sources in California's environmental history edited by Carolyn Merchant. From the publisher: "Green Versus Gold provides a compelling look at California's environmental history from its Native American past to conflicts and movements of recent decades. Carolyn Merchant has brought together primary sources and interpretive essays to create a comprehensive picture of the history of ecological and human interactions."

Drugs and Drug Policy


Drugs and drug policy : the control of consciousness alteration by Clayton J. Mosher and Scott Akins. From the publisher: "Drugs and Drug Policy provides a cross-national perspective on the use and regulation of both legal and illegal drugs. This engaging text examines and critiques drug policies in the United States and abroad in terms of their scope, goals, and effectiveness. Authors Clayton J. Mosher and Scott Akins also discuss the physiological, psychological, and behavioral effects of legal and illicit drugs; the patterns and correlates of use; and theories of the “causes” of drug use."

Confronting Evil


Confronting evil : engaging our responsibility to prevent genocide by James Waller. From the publisher: "This groundbreaking book from one of the foremost leaders in the field presents a fascinating continuum of research-informed strategies to prevent genocide from ever taking place; to prevent further atrocities once genocide is occurring; and to prevent future atrocities once a society has begun to rebuild after genocide. With remarkable insight, Dr. James Waller challenges each of us to accept our responsibilities as global citizens-in whichever role and place we find ourselves-and to think critically about one of the world's most pressing human rights issues in which there are no sidelines, only sides."

Find these new books and many more through the new books list in our catalog.