New Movies

About 30 new movies have been added to the collection so far this year. Be sure to browse all the way to the bottom!

  • AV 294.3 BUD            The Buddha : the story of Siddhartha

Tells the story of the Indian sage who attained enlightenment as he sat beneath a fig tree 2500 years ago. The Buddha never claimed to be God or God’s emissary on earth. He was a human being who, in a world of unavoidable pain and suffering, found a serenity that he taught others to find also. The film draws upon paintings and sculptures as well as scenes in India today that echo the Buddha’s world of long ago. The testimony of contemporary Buddhist, including poet W.S. Merwin and his Holiness the Dalai Lama, provide insight into the ancient narrative.

  • AV 302.23 DIG            Digital nation

Within a single generation, digital media and the World Wide Web have transformed virtually every aspect of modern culture, from the way we learn and work to the ways in which we socialize and even conduct war. But is the technology moving faster than we can adapt to it? And is tur 24/7 wired world causing us to lose as much as we’ve gained? This program presents an in-depth exploration of what it means to be human in a 21st century digital world.

  • AV 333.822 BUR            Burning the future : coal in America

Coal provides half of America’s electricy, but at what cost? Though rhetoric about ‘clean coal’ abounds, 36% of US global warming emissions comes from our coal-burning plants. This film examines the forces that have set in motion a groundswell of conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia. Faced with toxic ground water, the obliteration of acres of mountains, and a government that appeases industry, ordinary citizens launch a valiant fight to arouse the nation’s help in protecting their mountains, saving their families and preserving their way of life.

  • AV 338.19 FOO            Food, inc. : a Robert Kenner film

Lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing how our 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.

  • AV 522 TEL            Telescope : hunting the edge of space

Provides an overview of the history of the telescope and discusses how the technology has been used to learn about the universe.

  • AV 523.1 JOU            Journey to the edge of the universe

This film presents a non-stop voyage from Earth to the edge of the universe using a single, unbroken shot through the use of CGI technology. Building on images taken from the Hubble Telescope, the film explores the science and history behind the distant celestial bodies in the solar system.

  • AV 536 ABS            Absolute zero

Brings the history of human understanding of the concept of cold to life, with dramatic recreations of high moments in low-temperature research and the quest for ever-lower notches on the thermometer.

  • AV 551.3 EXT            Extreme ice

Follows the progress of photojournalist James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey, the largest photographic story ever attempted of the cryosphere, the large mantle of ice that covers large portions of the Earth and that plays a critical role in weather.

  • AV 551.46 DRA            Drain the ocean : see what lies beneath our seas

Three-quarters of Earth is an alien world, lying beneath the surface of the oceans. And although it encompasses over half of the world’s species, we know more about the surface of Mars than the bottom of the ocean. If we could remove the water, what would we see? This film explores one of Earth’s last great frontiers as never before — revealing unimaginable landscapes more dramatic than anything on dry land.

  • AV 575            Life

From the makers of Planet Earth, this series explores the more colorful strategies the world’s creatures employ to procreate, evade predators, and obtain nourishment.

  • AV 576.8 WHA            What Darwin never knew

On the 150th anniversary of the publication of “The Origin of Species”, NOVA reveals answers to the riddles that Darwin couldn’t explain. Stunning breakthroughs in a brand new science — nicknamed “evo devo” — are linking the enigma of origins to another of nature’s great mysteries, the development of an embryo.

  • AV 709.2 CLO            The mystery of Picasso (In French with English subtitles)

An historical document explores the mind and motivations of Picasso as he creates over 15 works before the camera.

  • AV 770.92 PHO            The photographers

Photographers who have worked for National Geographic reflect on their art.

  • AV 775 DIG            Digital Digest photography : Video segments on digital photography

Covers the basics of digital photography including the camera, f-stops, and shutter speeds, ISO selection, exposure, the rule of thirds and odds, saving, storing, and printing files, memory, batteries, flash, and more.

  • AV 786.2 NOT            Note by note : the making of Steinway L1037

Follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand piano from forest floor to concert hall. Each piano’s journey is complex, spanning 12 months, 12,000 parts, 450 craftsmen, and countless hours of fine-tuned labor.

  • AV 811 POE            Poetry Lounge : spoken word and the art of self-expression

Learn the fundamentals of writing and performing “spoken word” poetry by watching slam champions as they perform their work, share their inspiration, and describe writing techniques for this format.

  • AV 844 ETR            Etre et avoir (In French with English subtitles)

At the center of this intimate and touching story is Georges Lopez – a remarkably devoted teacher responsible for nurturing a dozen children ages 3-11 in all their school subjects and life’s lessons. Demonstrates how a teacher, if well trained, dedicated and sensitive to a child’s educational and emotional needs, can hugely influence a generation of children at their most critical time of development.

  • AV 863 LIK            Like water for chocolate  (In Spanish with English subtitles)

Romantic fantasy set in the early 20th century about a young couple blocked from marrying by the demands of her cold and selfish mother. To be near his love, the young man marries her sister, and she expresses her passion for him through her cooking.

Based on the novel by Laura Esquivel

  • AV 863 PAN            Pan’s Labyrinth  (In Spanish with English subtitles)

Set in 1944 Spain, against the backdrop of anti-Franco guerilla warfare, young Ofelia and her mother go to live with her new stepfather on a rural military outpost. Ofelia finds herself in a world of unimaginable cruelty. Soon she finds the creatures of her imagination in which she used to escape have become a reality and she must battle them to save both her mother and herself. In the terrifying fight that ensues, Ofelia soon learns that innocence has a power that evil cannot understand.

  • AV 909.83 APR            April 14, 2009

Correspondent Sharmeen Obaid investigates the increasing power and influence of a new branch of the Taliban in Pakistan that is helping make the country one of the Obama administration’s top foreign policy concerns. Also, a look at South Korea, a country that’s embraced the wired world more thoroughly than any other and is now potentially facing a new public health crisis: internet addiction.

  • AV 937 ANC            Ancient Rome : The mobile society

Featuring interviews with expert scholars and practical demonstrations of ancient tools, this video examines the marvel of Roman roads.

  • AV 937 ANC            Ancient Rome : the rise of apartments

Explores how the ancient Romans inhabited multistory apartments more than 2,000 years ago. These apartments provided more than just places to live — offering baths, cleaners, and restaurants, all housed in complexes that were several stories high. Visits the Roman baths still in use today in England.

  • AV 951.04 NAN            Nanking

In 1937 the Japanese army invaded China’s capital city, unleashing a horrific onslaught of murder and rape. Incredibly, a small group of Westerners who stayed behind saved thousands. Using interviews with Chinese survivors, archival footage and readings of the Westerners’ letters and diaries, this tragic chapter in history is brought to life.

  • AV 974.71044 SAC            Sacred ground

This documentary examines the controversy surrounding the plans to rebuild on the site of the World Trade Center after the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001.

  • AV F ANN            Annabel Lee & other tales of mystery and imagination

Short film renditions of some of Poe’s classic horror stories.

  • AV F DAN            Dances with wolves

A former Union soldier is assigned to an abandoned fort within Sioux Indian territory, where he learns to love and respect his Native American neighbors and chooses to share in their hardships.

Based on the novel by Michael Blake.

  • AV F GLO            Glory

Two idealistic young Bostonians lead the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, America’s first Black regiment in the Civil War.

  • AV F I                        I, Claudius

In this BBC miniseries Derek Jacobi plays Roman Emperor Claudius, who reflects in old age on his life and his remarkable family, giving us a history lesson that’s unlike anything you learned in school.

  • AV F MAS            Masada

The story of the siege of 980 when zealot Jews who escaped the Roman sacking of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. took refuge in a palace on the mountain of Masada.

Based on the novel: The antagonists / by Ernest J. Gaines.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1981.

  • AV F TRO            Troy

In 1193 BC, Prince Paris, the son of the King of Troy, falls in love with Helen, the wife of the king of Sparta, and convinces her to follow him away from her husband Menelaus. This results in an epic war. The Greeks sail to Troy and lay siege. Achilles, the greatest warrior in all the world, is called in to fight against Troy and give Greece the upper hand. Hector, the eldest son of Priam, King of Troy, and the greatest Trojan warrior, embodies the hopes of the people of his city.

New Movies in 2010!

Here’s a summary of the films that have been added to our collection this year. Enjoy!


AV 200.92 THR    Through the Eastern gate (DVD)
Documents the aspirations, practices, and beliefs of three young Westerners who follow three different Eastern spiritual traditions. An intimate, compelling look at the people who turn their backs on materialism to find new meaning in their lives.

AV 305.892 JEW    The Jewish people : a story of survival (DVD)
Recounts the survival of the Jewish people throughout time, covering slavery, the loss of their homeland, exile, anti-Semitism, pogroms, the Holocaust, and other obstacles.

AV 336.3 IOU    I. O. U. S. A. : one nation, under stress, in debt (DVD)
I.O.U.S.A. tells the story of America in debt. Faced with key deficits in budget, savings, trade, and leadership, increased foreign competition and ballooning financial obligations, the federal government is critically overextended. With the economy already in shambles, 78 million baby boomers are now expecting retirement benefits from their indebted federal government.

AV 364.16 RAP    The rape of Europa (DVD)
A documentary film that explores the efforts of Europeans, Russians, and Americans to save the historic artwork of Europe during World War II, which was being looted, hidden, stolen, and destroyed by Adolph Hitler and the Nazi forces; and features interviews with eyewitnesses and historians, and newsreel footage.

AV 915.1 CHI    China from the inside (DVD)
China is rapidly becoming a world power, but much of the country and its people remain hidden to those outside its borders. This video includes visits to temples in Tibet, border areas of Muslim Xinjiang, Communist Party meetings, a village election, court rooms, newspaper offices, a women’s labor camp, and a country wedding.

AV 915.1 WIL    Wild China : a land of history, mystery and extraordinary diversity (DVD)
Location footage and commentary examine the landscape, wildlife, and people of China.

AV 951 CHI    China revealed (DVD)
Get a fresh perspective on China, one of the world’s richest cultures, as you hear individual life stories told through the eyes of the locals.

AV 951 LOS    The lost world of Tibet : a different view (DVD)
Features archival communist propaganda films to examine what Tibet was like from the 1930s to 1950.

AV 954 IND    India rising : NOW June 20, 2008 (DVD)
The global middle class is expected to swell by more than one billion people over the next decade, with the biggest increases in China and India. NOW reports from Pune, India to see if America’s middle class — and the rest of the world — can afford this unprecedented shift in the global economy.

AV 954 STO    The story of India (DVD)
This ‘ten thousand year epic’ uncovers the fabulous sights, sounds and dazzling achievements of the world’s oldest and most influential civilization. From the deserts of Turkmenistan to the Khyber Pass and the plains of Pakistan, from the Himalayas to the palm-fringed shores of Kerala, we discover a land whose past is almost unimaginably rich and which includes some of the most momentous and moving events in world history.

AV 956.94 JER    Jerusalem : center of the world (DVD)
Traces the history of Jerusalem and the city’s Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities, covering over 4,000 years including the city’s founding and major events described in the Hebrew and Christian Bible the Talmud, the Hagaddah, the Koran, and the Hadith.

AV 958.1 DAU    Daughters of Afghanistan (DVD)
Journalist Sally Armstrong exposes the ongoing struggles of women in modern Afghanistan by following the lives of five courageous women from diverse backgrounds.

AV 958.1 FIX    The fixer : Afghanistan behind the scenes (DVD)
When foreign journalists are working in hostile environments, they often rely on a local to set up interviews, interpret conversations, and provide links and leads to people and stories. In this documentary, Aaron Rockett follows a BBC journalist and his fixer, and travels through Afghanistan and Pakistan.

AV 958.1 OLD    The fixer : the taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi (DVD)
In 2007, 24-year-old Ajmal Naqshbandi, a journalist and ‘fixer’, was captured alongside an Italian reporter by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Italian journalist was released; Naqshbandi was not. This film follows Ajmal in the months before his capture as he travels with an American journalist, translating, securing meetings with warlords, and sharing his views on his country. The film also explores the convoluted aftermath of the kidnapping, revealing the shady details of a botched hostage negotiation and offers insight into the complicated relationship between western journalists and their local guides.

AV 958.104 AFG    Afghanistan : 12 years of violence (DVD)
Examines Afghanistan in the 1980s and 1990s, discussing the Soviet invasion, the country’s descent into tribal war, and the rise of the Taliban.

AV 962.7 SAN    Sand and sorrow : a new documentary about Darfur (DVD)
Details the historical events that have given rise to the Arab-dominated Darfur government’s willingness to kill and displace its own indigenous African people, and examines the international community’s ‘legacy of failure’ to respond to such profound crimes against humanity in the past.

AV 92 MIC    Michelangelo revealed (DVD)
A stunning new picture of cautious religious expression, personal vendettas, careful coverups, and a most gifted artist desperately trying to reconcile his loyalty to the Church with his own personal belief about the road to salvation.


AV 531 PHY    Physics demonstrations in mechanics (8 DVDs) Fun viewing for some!

Building Big series (DVD) David Macauley’s excellent series about engineering marvels

  • AV 624 BUI    Building big bridges (DVD)
  • AV 624.1 BUI    Building big tunnels (DVD)
  • AV 690 BUI    Building big skyscrapers (DVD)
  • AV 690.146 BUI    Building big domes  (DVD)
  • AV 726 BUI    Building big dams

AV 92 NEW    Newton’s dark secrets : the first modern scientist and the last of the ancient magicians (DVD)
Newton was a 17th century Einstein, who reduced nature’s chaos to a single set of laws and revolutionized the thinking and outlook of his age. But in the midst of his astonishing breakthroughs in physics, optics, and calculus, Isaac Newton was also searching out hidden meanings in the Bible and pursuing the covert art of alchemy, the changing of base metals into gold.


AV 704.9 EAS    Easter in art (DVD)
In this three part program, Tim Marlow explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of the early Christians to the present day.

AV 726.5 FIV    500 years of Saint Peter’s (DVD)
Discusses the construction of the new St. Peter’s Cathedral, starting on April 18th, 1506, when chief architect Donato Bramante supervised the laying of the foundation stone, symbolizing a shift for the Roman Catholic church and establishing a course for the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.

AV 759 EVE    Every picture tells a story (DVD)
Art critic Waldemar Januszczak analyzes eight European paintings to examine the stories behind them. Includes a viewer’s guide, artist biographies, and other special features.


AV 780.79 BRU    Beyond the practice room (DVD)
Probes the complicated issue of who is or isn’t a child prodigy. Filmed backstage during the prestigious New York Piano Competition in June 2004, teens, 14 – 18, vie for money, medals and priceless performance opportunities. The contestants, from 13 states, six countries, started at the piano as early as two, as late as seven. But they share a single-mindedness about music; they also share various forms of stage- or performance-fright, overlaying the natural state of teen-age angst. Nothing deters them from the competition, especially if there is a prodding parent nearby.


AV F GRE    The great Gatsby (DVD)

Starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, this is “an opulent evocation of an era of hot jazz and cold champagne, of women as exotic and demanding as hothouse flowers, and of lives made soft by too much, too soon.”

AV F IMP    The importance of being earnest (DVD)
The hilarious adventure of two dashing young bachelors and the outrageous deceptions they find themselves in over love.

AV F INT    Into the wild (DVD)
Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, Christopher McCandless walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people – a fearless risk-taker who wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature. Based on a true story.

AV F LOR    Lord of the flies (DVD)
A group of English schoolboys is stranded on an uncharted island at the start of the “next war.” Their efforts at survival spiral out of control in this chilling modern fable.

AV F NOR    North by northwest (DVD)
A Manhattan advertising executive is plunged into a realm of spy and counterspy and variously abducted, framed for murder, chased and crop-dusted.

AV F OF    Of mice and men (DVD)
Best friends Lennie and George find themselves unemployed in Depression-era California, unble to keep jobs because of Lennie’s childlike mentality. But once they get hired at the Tyler Ranch, they enjoy a brief period of stability — until their supervisor’s wife becomes the victim of Lennie’s compassion, forcing George to make a compassionate decision of his own. (from the DVD case)

AV 822.33 OTH    Othello (DVD)

Three versions of the play: the 2004 edition directed by Trevor Nunn, the 1995 production, and the Laurence Olivier version.

AV 822.33 ROM    Romeo & Juliet   (DVD)
Presents the Franco Zefferelli production of Shakespeare’s tragedy about two teenagers who fall in love, encounter opposition from their families, and take their own lives.

AV 822.33 ROM    William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet  (DVD)
This unconventional adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragic story of youthful star-crossed lovers is set in a futuristic Verona Beach. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

AV 822.33 ROM    William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet : with John Barrymore  (DVD)


AV 843 HIR    Une hirondelle a fait le printemps (DVD) (One Sparrow Brought Spring)


AV 92 WIE    I have never forgotten you : the life and legacy of Simon Wiesenthal (DVD)
Wiesenthal, a Holocaust survivor who lost 89 family members, helped track down over 1,100 Nazi war criminals and spent six decades fighting anti-Semitism and prejudice against all people.

AV 940.53 GEN    Genocide (DVD)
Graphically depicts the events of the Holocaust through the use of contemporary newsfilm and still photos and the reminiscences of survivors.

AV 940.53 IMA    Imaginary witness : Hollywood and the Holocaust (DVD)
Explores Hollywood’s involvement with and attitude towards one of the most horrific events in world history, exploring Nazism, post-war years and the end of the 20th century.

AV 940.53 INT    Into the arms of strangers : stories of the Kindertransport (DVD)
Recounts the rescue operation, known as Kindertransport, that saved more than 10,000 Jewish and other children from the Nazi regime.

AV 940.53 UNL    Unlikely heroes (DVD)
Highlights previously unknown stories of the Jewish resistance during the Holocaust.

AV 940.5318 LIB    Liberation (DVD)
Begins in 1942, when the struggling Allies began envisioning an invasion of Europe. The film reveals the strategies and deceptions on the battlefield, exploring those fateful years in panoramic detail. The film also documents the compelling stories of the Jews of Europe – their tragedy, courage, resistance and survival.

AV 940.55 EVE    Ever again (DVD)
Examines the resurgence of violent anti-Semitism in Europe and its connection to international terrorism currently threatening the entire world. Exposes the dangerous Islamic extremism and culture of death being preached from mosques of Europe’s major cities and the new neo-Nazism spreading from Germany. Documents the anti-Semitic roots of terrorist attacks in Madrid and London which left hundreds dead and thousands wounded. Examines the shift from the traditional anti-Semitism of the right to the new anti-Semitism of the extreme left.

AV 940.55 LON    The long way home (DVD)
Examines the critical post-World War II period from 1945-1948 and the plight of tens of thousands of refugees who survived the Nazi Holocaust but whom most of the world left to fend for themselves. Their clandestine attempts to get to the Jewish homeland led to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.

AV 947.52 ECH    Echoes that remain (DVD)
A study of Jewish shtetl life before the Holocaust. Combines hundreds of rare archival photos and previously unseen film footage, with live action sequences shot on location at the sites of former Jewish communities in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania

AV 956.94 BEA    Beautiful music / In search of peace (DVD)
Beautiful Music is an intimate and poignant look at the 18-year relationship between a music teacher and her student – an Orthodox Jewish woman and a blind, autistic Palestinian girl with an incredible gift for classical piano.

In Search of Peace Part One: 1948-1967 chronicles the first two decades of Israel’s existence, offering new insights into the origins of the Middle East conflict.


AV F CLA    Clash of the Titans (DVD)

Olympian gods, mythological monsters and heroic mortals populate this imaginative spectacle.

AV F FUN    A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum (DVD)
When a wily, witty, lying, lazy, cheating slave discovers that his master’s son is in love with the girl-next-door – a virgin courtesan – he promises to help win her heart in exchange for his freedom. But the road to romance is blocked with stunning surprises, cunning disguises – and the wildest chariot race ever!

AV F SPA    Spartacus (DVD)
The story of Spartacus, the bold gladiator slave and Varinia, the woman who believed in him. When challenged by the power-hungry General Crassus, Spartacus is forced to face his convictions and the power of the Roman Empire at its glorious height.

New Books! (mostly non-fiction)

001.9 GLA    Glad you asked : intriguing names, facts, and ideas for the curious-minded.

  • By Michael Feldman, the host of the weekly public radio program, “Whad’ya Know?” and Encyclopedia Britannica; this little book is just the thing for trivia contests and random conversation-starters.

070.4 LEF    Buried by the Times : the Holocaust and America’s most important newspaper.

  • Examines how the New York Times failed in its coverage of the Holocaust from 1939 to 1945, exploring how the decisions of the people in charge of the newspaper resulted in the minimizing and misunderstanding of the Holocaust and its impact on European Jews.

133.10222 WIL    Ghosts caught on film : photographs of the paranormal.

  • “Photographic” evidence of ghosts!

153 HAL    Why we make mistakes : how we look without seeing, forget things in seconds, and are all pretty sure we are way above average.

  • A lively exploration of human error — how we think, see, remember, and forget, and how this sets us up for wholly irresistible mistakes.

153.44 GLA    Blink : the power of thinking without thinking.

  • Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell campaigns for snap judgments and mind reading, translating research into splendid storytelling. He builds his case with scenes from a marriage, heart attack triage, speed dating, choking on the golf course, selling cars, and military maneuvers and persuades readers to think small and focus on the meaning of “thin slices” of behavior.

155.5 SAV    The secret lives of boys : inside the raw emotional world of male teen.

  • Author Malina Saval introduces us to ten very different teenage boys and makes a compelling case for the so-called problem with adolescent males being not the boys, but an overreliance on statistics and norms to tell their stories.

170 WEI    Is it still cheating if I don’t get caught?

  • A guide to help you make good decisions in many situations both in school and in the ‘real world’.

302 GLA    Outliers: the story of success.

  • Why do some people succeed, living remarkably productive lives, while so many more never reach their potential? Challenging our cherished belief of the “self-made man,” Malcolm Gladwell here makes the democratic assertion that superstars don’t arise out of nowhere, propelled by genius and talent: “they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot.”

320.6096 MAA    The challenge for Africa.

  • Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, offers a refreshingly unique perspective on the challenges facing Africa, even as she calls for a moral revolution among Africans themselves, who, she argues, are culturally deracinated, adrift between worlds.

320.973 HEN    The United States Constitution : a graphic adaptation.

  • An entertaining and memorable introduction to America’s founding document that brings its important elements to life in a comic book format.

324.973 THO    A long time coming : the inspiring, combative 2008 campaign and the historic election of Barack Obama.

  • Chronicles the long siege between Obama and Hillary Clinton, the wild ride of John McCain, and the explosive arrival of Sarah Palin. Finally, it shows how Obama overcame times of vexation and self-doubt to transform himself from the consummate outsider to the confident leader of an unstoppable political movement—one that brought hope and the possibility of redemption to the United States.

325.73 BAU    Denied, detained, deported : stories from the dark side of American immigration.

  • Discusses the part that immigrants took in the history of the United States including racism, prejudice, political concerns, and fear which shows that they were not always welcomed.

330.9 EPP    The 21st century economy : a beginner’s guide : with 101 easy-to-learn tools for surviving and thriving in the new global market place.

  • Uses compelling narratives and insightful analogies to clearly and concisely explain the rapidly changing way business is don in the 21st century, all without a single chart or graph.

338.951 STR    China in the 21st century : a new world power.

  • A brief study of the history, economic, and technological growth of China in the twenty-first century and its status as a new world power.

347.732634 SCH    Secret lives of the Supreme Court : what your teachers never told you about America’s legendary Justices.

  • An irreverent look at the lives, personalities, and history of this exclusive club, with profiles of everyone from John Jay and William Howard Taft to Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and John Roberts.

394.1209 STA    An edible history of humanity.

  • Throughout history, food has acted as a catalyst of social change, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict, and economic expansion. An Edible History of Humanity is a pithy, entertaining account of how a series of changes — caused, enabled, or influenced by food — has helped to shape and transform societies around the world.

510 BAR    100 essential things you didn’t know you didn’t know : math explains your world.

  • Author John Barrow comprehensively explodes the myths that mathematics is limited to what we learn at school and that none of it is useful in the real world. This dip-in-anywhere book shows you the hidden mathematics behind diamond cutting, high finance, even standing in line. Essential reading for anyone who wants to know why we need mathematics.

510 TAT    Geekspeak : how life + mathematics = happiness.

  • In this friendly primer, UK “freelance engineer” Graham Tattersall guides readers through 26 “problems” meant to demonstrate how anyone can benefit from some armchair arithmetic.

519.2 BRU    Conned again, Watson! : cautionary tales of logic, math, and probability

  • Presents twelve Sherlock Holmes stories that use mathematics to show the fallibility of common sense.

539.764 SEI    Sun in a bottle : the strange history of fusion and the science of wishful thinking.

  • The quest for fusion energy has been a failure ever since the discovery of its power. This book explores the history of this futile effort, introducing the reader to an amazing cast of heroes and villains along the way.

551.6 SCH    Climate change : picturing the science.

  • Seeks to advance public education about human-induced climate change in a combination of arresting images and lucid explanations of the science of global warming and the pursuit of global cooperation in adopting new, sustainable ways of living.

551.63 DIC    Man vs. weather : how to be your own weatherman.

  • A humorous and practical romp through the history and science of understanding weather, offering up the tricks that will beat weather at its own game.

576.8 EVO    Evolution : the first four billion years.

  • A collection of essays that deal with the history and philosophy of evolutionary biology, the major theoretical and empirical questions in the science, and the social and political significance of evolutionary biology today.

576.839 SHO    Confessions of an alien hunter : a scientist’s search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

  • Written by an astronomer with the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) project, this book reveals the true story of our search for life beyond our planet and discloses what we may soon discover.

577.22 BAR    Heatstroke : nature in an age of global warming.

  • Author Anthony Barnosky claims that we’re not just heating up the planet; we are changing its basic character.

590 CON    Swimming with piranhas at feeding time : my life doing dumb stuff with animals.

  • Field journalist Richard Conniff examines the lives of two-, four-, six-, and eight-legged creatures from around the globe, providing adventure-packed accounts of his many ill advised forays into the animal kingdom. He pulls a 90-pound snapping turtle out of a Louisiana bayou, tracks leopards with !Kung San hunters in the Namibian desert, and travels through the Himalayas in pursuit of tigers and the mythical migur, and more!

597.8097 ELL    The frogs and toads of North America : a comprehensive guide to their identification, behavior, and calls.

  • Includes a CD with frog calls!

599.7764 HAM    Arctic fox : life at the top of the world.

  • Beautiful photographs accompany this fascinating story of the life and natural history of the Arctic fox, a true survivor of the north.

612 MAC    The way we work : getting to know the amazing human body.

  • David Macauley uses his wonderfully precise and lively drawing techniques to explain the human body and how it works.

612 WAL    Dr. Frankenstein’s human body book : the monstrous truth about how your body works.

  • Dr. Frankenstein presents an anatomical look at the human body, its parts and functions.

623.441 BOO    Swords : an artist’s devotion.

  • A comprehensive history and appreciation of this most basic and effective weapon.

629.45 NEL    Rocket men : the epic story of the first men on the moon.

  • Using interviews, NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA material, Craig Nelson has produced a magnificent, very readable account of the steps that led to the success of Apollo 11.

636.8 MYR    Dewey : the small-town library cat who touched the world.

  • One frigid Midwestern winter night in 1988, a ginger kitten was shoved into the after-hours book-return slot at the public library in Spencer, Iowa. And in this tender story, Myron, the library director, tells of the impact the cat, named DeweyReadmore Books, had on the library and its patrons, including Myron herself.

641.3 MEN    What the world eats.

  • A photographic collection exploring what the world eats featuring portraits of twenty-five families from twenty-one countries surrounded by a week’s worth of food.

741.51 BAR    What it is.

  • In this indescribable book Lynda Barry, the writer and graphic novelist, explores the creative process and her own development as an artist.

796.323 DAV    When March went mad : the game that transformed basketball.

  • Recounts the dramatic story of the season leading up to the final game of the 1979 NCAA tournament, as “Magic” Johnson’s Michigan State Spartans and Larry Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores overcame long odds and great doubts that their unheralded teams could compete at the highest level. Though they played each other only once, that meeting launched an epic rivalry, transformed the NCAA tournament into the multibillion-dollar event it is today, and laid the groundwork for the resurgence of the NBA.

796.34 WER    Strokes of genius : Federer, Nadal, and the greatest match ever played.

  • “Like the singular match that inspired it, this account of the 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is compelling from the get-go.” (Booklist) A must-read for any tennis fan or player.

796.3573 WEB    As they see ’em : a fan’s travels in the land of umpires.

  • An entertaining account of the author’s experience as he enrolls in umpire training school and researches in baseball parks across the country as well as a lively exploration of what amounts to an eccentric secret society, with its own customs, its own rituals,  and its own colorful vocabulary.

808.81 ESS    Essential pleasures : a new anthology of poems to read aloud.

  • Compiled by Robert Pinsky, America’s Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000; this anthology includes a CD of the editor reading many of his selections.

818.34 THO    The Thoreau you don’t know : what the prophet of environmentalism really meant.

  • In this slyly philosophical inquiry, author Robert Sullivan aims to free Henry David Thoreau from his calcified reputation as a cantankerous hermit and nature worshipper. Sounding like your favorite teacher who manages to make history fun and relevant, Sullivan vibrantly portrays the sage of Walden as a geeky, curious, compassionate fellow of high intelligence and deep feelings who loved company, music, and long walks.

822.33 SHA    Julius Caesar.

  • The original language of Shakespeare brought to life in a comic-book format.

909.81 EVE    Events that changed the world in the nineteenth century.

  • Describes and evaluates the global impact of ten of the nineteenth century’s most important events.

909.826 KAU    1968.

  • Explores the events of 1968, a seminal year around the world; from the protests in New York and Paris to the war in Vietnam, from the heights of the Civil Rights movement to the first flights of the Apollo moon mission.

910.45 SEK    Terror on the seas : true tales of modern-day pirates.

  • Recent headlines attest that piracy hasn’t gone the way of the great sailing ships of past centuries. Here, Daniel Sekulich takes readers on an eye-opening voyage into today’s world of high seas piracy, a multinational, multibillion-dollar enterprise controlled by organized crime syndicates and local warlords.

915.104 CHI    China.
A region-by-region travel guide to China that covers the country’s history, culture, and landscapes and provides color photos, cutaway illustrations of architecture, maps, practical information, and details on sights to see, things to do, lodgings, and restaurants.

940.53 WIE    After the darkness : reflections on the Holocaust

  • Elie Wiesel chronicles the events of the Holocaust from the rise of Hitler to the liberation, presenting photos from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and including commentary by a child of a survivor on the importance of bearing witness into the twenty-first century.

940.5317 SAI    The Jewish women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp

  • Draws on more than sixty narratives and interviews to chronicle the experiences of Jewish women held at Ravensbruck, the only major Nazi concentration camp for women, during World War II.

940.5318 GOL    Hitler’s willing executioners : ordinary Germans and the Holocaust

  • A study of how and why the Holocaust occurred, presenting the author’s conclusions about the perpetrators of the Holocaust, German antisemitism, and the nature of German society during the Nazi period, arguing that the German people were willing participants in the brutalization and murder of Jews.

940.5318 HOS    Death dealer : The memoirs of the SS Kommandant at Auschitz.

  • This first complete English translation of a senior Nazi officer’s account of the Final Solution describes in cold, stomach-churning detail the program of genocide as an administrative procedure.

940.5318 NEU    The society of terror : inside the Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps

  • Paul Neurath chronicles the experiences he had as a Jewish political prisoner in the Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps from April 1, 1938 to May 27, 1939.

940.531821 ABZ    America views the Holocaust, 1933-1945 : a brief documentary history

  • Sixty primary sources, including news clippings, speeches, letters, and magazine articles, trace the resurgence of anti-Semitic practices in the United States from 1933 to 1945.

943.086 NEL    Red Orchestra : the story of the Berlin underground and the circle of friends who resisted Hitler.

  • A story of domestic resistance to the Nazi regime; the Red Orchestra was a group of German artists, intellectuals, and bureaucrats, who risked their lives to subvert and uncover the brutal secrets of their fascist employers and oppressors.

943.086 RAM    Reinhard Heydrich : hangman of the Third Reich.

  • Chronicles the life of Reinhard Heydrich, who led the Nazi police organization, the Gestapo, and commanded the death camps, describing his activities in the Third Reich and his assassination in 1942 and providing historical context on Germany, a time line, a glossary, and lists of related resources.

943.0864 EVA    The Third Reich at war.

  • The final book of Richard J. Evans’s 3-volume history of the Third Reich, tracing the rise and demise of its military machine and the mobilization of the entire nation in the service of a war of conquest, racial subjugation and genocide.

943.84 BEY    Emmanuel Ringelblum : historian of the Warsaw ghetto.

  • Chronicles the life of Emmanuel Ringelblum, a Jewish historian who kept a documented history of life in the Warsaw Ghetto; covers his life from his childhood to his execution in 1944.

943.84 CAL    Mordechai Anielewicz : hero of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

  • Examines the life of Mordechai Anielewicz, an activist in Poland’s Jewish community who organized and led the Warsaw ghetto uprising against the Nazis during World War II as commander of the Jewish Combat Organization.

944.813 DRA    Pastor André Trocmé : spiritual leader of the French village Le Chambon

  • Provides a brief introduction to the life and work of French spiritual leader Pastor André Trocmé.

950 DIL    A brief political and geographic history of Asia : where are — Saigon, Kampuchea, and Burma.

  • Explores the cities of Saigon, Kampuchea, and Burma; discusses how they changed into Ho Chi Minh City, Cambodia, and Myanmar; and looks at the political and geographic histories of the Qin and Mughal Empires, the empires of the Great Kahn and Japan, and Tibet.

951.505 TIB    Tibet : Opposing viewpoints

  • A collection of essays that provide varying perspectives on issues facing Tibet, debating who should rule the country, if its cultural and ethnic diversity will survive Chinese rule, the benefits of Chinese central government, and major threats to the natural environment.

951.505 ROB    Freeing Tibet : 50 years of struggle, resilience, and hope

  • Recounts the first fifty years of Tibet’s struggle against occupation by China, covering secret CIA propaganda campaigns and the abandonment of freedom fighters in the Himalayas that resulted in the adoption of the cause by the counterculture of the 1960s, including many musicians, artists, celebrities, students, and world leaders.

951.506 SMI    China’s Tibet? : autonomy or assimilation.

  • Examines the efforts and methods used by China to assimilate Tibet in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and discusses Tibetan ethnic origins and national identity, Tibetan Buddhist culture, the Sino-Tibetan dialogue, and other related topics.

954.02 MAN    Taj Mahal.

  • In picture book format, this beautiful book recounts the history of the Mughal Empire and its peak creation: the Taj Mahal.

956.70443 ELL    Children of war : voices of Iraqi refugees

  • Discusses the children of Iraq and how they have survived in a war in which they played no part.

956.94 ARO    Unsettled : the problem of loving Israel.

  • Explores the history of Israel from its beginnings.

958.1045 GUI    The photographer: into war-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders.

  • Employs a comic-book format and hundreds of photos taken in the field to reveal the heroic, important work done in the midst of war by the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders.

973 PAN    Keys to American history : understanding our most important historic documents

  • Lucid discussions of the nation’s most important documents.

New Fiction

We’ve just gotten a pile of new fiction  . . . .  keep reading!

  • The Alexander Cipher            by Will Adams

A debut, rip-roaring archeological thriller about the search for the lost tomb of Alexander the Great.

  • Wintergirls            by Laurie Halse Anderson

Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend’s death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

  • City of Thieves : a novel     by David Benioff

During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.

  • Zenith              by Julie Bertagna

After finding that New Mungo is not the refuge they sought, Mara, leaving Fox behind, again sets out to sea with a ship full of refugees and, with the help of the “Gipsea” boy Tuck, tries to find land at the top of the world that will be safe from storms and rising water. A sequel to Exodus.

  • What I Saw and How I Lied            by Judy Blundell

In 1947, with her jovial stepfather Joe back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, smitten by the handsome young ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold on Joe, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her family forever.

  • 3 Willows : the Sisterhood Grows            by Anne Brashares

Ama, Jo, and Polly, three close friends from Bethesda, Maryland, spend the summer before ninth grade learning about themselves, their families, and the changing nature of their friendship.

  • The Lost Symbol            by Dan Brown

Another page-turner from the author of The DaVinci Code.

  • Graceling            by Kristin Cashore

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

  • Vengeance Child            by Simon Clark
Orphan Jay doesn’t want to hurt anyone, and nurse Laura Parris is determined to protect him. When she meets Victor Brodman, a widower, she wonders if she can finally reveal Jay’s disturbing past.
  • Crossing to Paradise               by Kevin Crossley-Holland

When fifteen-year-old Gatty, an illiterate field-girl who sings beautifully, is selected for a pilgrimage, she travels from her home on an English estate to London, Venice, and eventually Jerusalem, and experiences great changes in her circumstances and in herself.

  • Along For the Ride : a novel            by Sarah Dessen

When Auden impulsively goes to stay with her father, stepmother, and new baby sister the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents’ divorce is revived, even as she is making new friends and having new experiences such as learning to ride a bike and dating.

  • Little Brother            by Cory Doctorow

After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

  • The Red Convertible : selected and new stories 1978-2008            by Louise Erdrich

Masculine women, gorgeous sports cars rich with family history, rugged plains, river currents, stubbornness and entropy wend through this spellbinding collection of ten new and 26 previously published stories.

  • Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side            by Beth Fantaskey

Seventeen-year-old Jessica, adopted and raised in Pennsylvania, learns that she is descended from a royal line of Romanian vampires and that she is betrothed to a vampire prince, who poses as a foreign exchange student while courting her.

  • If I Stay : a novel            by Gayle Forman

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

  • The Graveyard Book            by Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

  • The Ingenious Edgar Jones : a novel               by Elizabeth Garner

The skies of Oxford are aflame with meteors the night Edgar Jones is born–clearly this impoverished porter’s son is no ordinary boy. While his mother is apprehensive about her restless, inquisitive child, Edgar’s father believes without a doubt that his son is destined for greatness. As the years pass, it becomes apparent that Edgar has a unique talent: He is a born inventor, and his gift for making is matched by a fierce will.

  • Eon : Dragoneye Reborn            by Alison Goodman

Sixteen-year-old Eon hopes to become an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune and learn to be its main interpreter, but to do so will require much, including keeping secret that she is a girl.

  • The Last Child              by John Hart

Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: a warm home and loving parents; a twin sister, Alyssa, with whom he shared an irreplaceable bond. He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from the side of a lonely street. Now, a year later, Johnny finds himself isolated and alone, failed by the people he’d been taught since birth to trust. No one else believes that Alyssa is still alive, but Johnny is certain that she is—confident in a way that he can never fully explain.

  • The Great Wide Sea            by M.H. Herlong

Still mourning the death of their mother, three brothers go with their father on an extended sailing trip off the Florida Keys and have a harrowing adventure at sea.

  • Dark Dude            by Oscar Hijuelos

In the 1960s, Rico Fuentes, a pale-skinned Cuban American teenager, abandons drug-infested New York City for the picket fence and apple pie world of Wisconsin, only to discover that he still feels like an outsider and that violent and judgmental people can be found even in the wholesome Midwest.

  • Sister Wife            by  Shelley Hrdlitschka

In this novel snatched from the headlines, Celeste becomes the wife of an older man, who has other wives; she wants more for herself, but rebelling would bring shame on her family.

  • The Juvie Three            by Gordon Korman

Gecko, Arjay, and Terence, all in trouble with the law, must find a way to keep their halfway house open in order to stay out of juvenile detention.

  • Unaccustomed Earth            by Jhumpa Lahiri

These eight stories by the author of The Namesake take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life.

  • The Carbon Diaries 2015            by Saci Lloyd

In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old Laura documents the first year of rationing as her family spirals out of control.

  • A Lion Among Men            by Gregory Maguire

A third visit to the Land of Oz (after Wicked and Son of a Witch), this time in the company of the Cowardly Lion.

  • Cybele’s Secret                        by Juliet Marillier

Scholarly eighteen-year-old Paula and her merchant father journey from Transylvania to Istanbul to buy an ancient pagan artifact rumored to be charmed, but others, including a handsome Portuguese pirate and an envoy from the magical Wildwood, want to acquire the item, as well.

  • Hater                by David Moody

Vast numbers of the human population suddenly become irrationally violent, killing all who cross their path.  As the carnage mounts, one thing soon becomes clear: Everyone, irrespective of race, gender, age or class–has the potential to become either a Hater, or a victim. In the face of this mindless terror, all that Danny McCoyne can do is secure his family, seek shelter, and watch as the world falls apart.  But when he bolts the front door, the question remains: Is he shutting the danger out, or locking it in?

  • Dope Sick            by Walter Dean Myers

Seeing no way out of his difficult life in Harlem, seventeen-year-old Jeremy “Lil J” Dance flees into a house after a drug deal goes awry and meets a weird man who shows different turning points in Lil J’s life when he could have made better choices.

  • The Smile            by Donna Jo Napoli

In Renaissance Italy, Elisabetta longs for romance, and when Leonardo da Vinci introduces her to Guiliano de Medici, whose family rules Florence but is about to be deposed, she has no inkling of the romance–and sorrow–that will ensue.

  • The Ask and the Answer : a novel             by Patrick Ness

Alternate chapters follow teenagers Todd and Viola, who become separated as the Mayor’s oppressive new regime takes power in New Prentisstown, a space colony where residents can hear each other’s thoughts. This is the sequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go.

  • Gentlemen            by Michael Northrop

When three teenaged boys suspect that their English teacher is responsible for their friend’s disappearance, they must navigate a maze of assorted clues, fraying friendships, violence, and Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” before learning the truth.

  • Why I Fight : a novel       by J. Abrams Oaks

After his house burns down, twelve-year-old Wyatt Reaves takes off with his uncle, and the two of them drive from town to town for six years, earning money mostly by fighting, until Wyatt finally confronts his parents one last time.

  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox            by Mary E. Pearson

In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.

  • Handle With Care : a novel            by Jodi Picoult

Charlotte and Sean O’Keefe are the parents of Willow, six, who has brittle-bone disease, suffering 68 broken bones in her short lifetime, including 7 before she was born. Charlotte gave up her job to care for Willow full time, doing whatever she can to prevent the inevitable breaks and trying to lessen Willow’s discomfort when they occur. After a lawyer broaches the possibility of a wrongful-birth lawsuit, which would find Charlotte’s ob-gyn (also her best friend) guilty of failing to diagnose Willow’s illness early enough for a possible abortion, the family unravels.

  • What World is Left            by Monique Polak

Anneke, a Jewish teenager, learns about a concentration camp where evil takes place and she learns to survive when sent there.

  • Nation                        by Terry Pratchett

After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives.

  • Touch                        by Francine Prose

Ninth-grader Maisie’s concepts of friendship, loyalty, self-acceptance, and truth are tested to their limit after a schoolbus incident with the three boys who have been her best friends since early childhood.

  • Alis            by Naomi Rich

Raised within the strict religious confines of the Community of the Book, Alis flees from an arranged marriage to the much older Minister of her town and her life takes a series of unexpected twists before she returns to accept her fate.

  • Rooftops of Tehran            by Mahbod Seraji

Seventeen-year-old Pasha Shahed spends the summer of 1973 on his rooftop with his best friend Ahmed, joking around one minute and asking burning questions about life the next. He also hides a secret love for his beautiful neighbor Zari, who has been betrothed since birth to another man. But the bliss of Pasha and Zari’s stolen time together is shattered when Pasha unwittingly acts as a beacon for the Shah’s secret police. The violent consequences awaken him to the reality of living under a powerful despot, and lead Zari to make a shocking choice…

  • Lament : the Faerie Queen’s Deception                        by Maggie Stiefvater

On the day of an important music competition, talented but painfully introverted and nervous Deirdre Monaghan is helped to perform by the compelling and enigmatic Luke Dillon and finds herself inexorably drawn into the mysteries and dangers of the faerie world.

  • Marcelo in the Real World            by Francisco Stork

Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

  • Heroes of the Valley            by Jonathan Stroud

Halli Sveinsson leaves home and goes on a hero’s quest where he will discover the truth about the legends, his family, and himself.

  • Give Me Back My Legions!            by Harry Turtledove

Caesar appoints Publius Quinctilius Varus to become the new governor of Germany, and Varus sets off bolstered by three legions from the overextended Roman army. Sure that he is headed for further glory, Varus is unaware that crafty Prince Armenius, who serves in the Roman army but secretly seethes in indignation at Rome’s plans to make Germany another conquered territory, is planning a massive revolt.

  • Impossible : a novel            by Nancy Werlin

When seventeen-year-old Lucy discovers her family is under an ancient curse by an evil Elfin Knight, she realizes to break the curse she must perform three impossible tasks before her daughter is born in order to save them both.

  • The Other Half of Life : a novel based on the true story of the MS St. Louis      by Kim Albon Whitney

In 1939, fifteen-year-old Thomas sails on a German ship bound for Cuba with more than nine hundred German Jews expecting to be granted safe haven in Cuba.

  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle            by David Wroblewski

A tale reminiscent of “Hamlet” that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father’s death.

  • Threshold            by Roger Zelazny

Collected short stories from the well-loved science fiction writer.

New movies!

This year we’ve added lots of good movies to our collection. Here’s a summary of what’s new since September:

AV 179 ENV    Environmental ethics : examining your connection to the environment and your community

  • Profiles a diverse group of Goldman Environmental Prize winners who have made it their duty to protect their local environments. Examines both the facts and the ethical arguments surrounding resource management practices.

AV 290 REL    Religions of the world

  • Explore issues that probe the very core of our existence and gain new understanding about humanity. Travel to exotic locations and observe how religions have shaped cultures, changed history, brought us closer together and thrust us into war.

AV 294.3923 TEN    10 questions for the Dalai Lama : one man’s journey through the northern Himalayas

  • Ten questions are posed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama by filmmaker and explorer Rick Ray. Ray examines some of the fundamental questions of our time by weaving together observations from his own journeys throughout India and the Middle East, and the wisdom of an extraordinary spiritual leader.

AV 341.41 NUR    The Nuremberg trials

  • Watch as the greatest gathering of killers, Goering, Hess, Ribbentrop, Streicher and other Nazi criminals are brought to justice in a peoples court in this important film of terrible significance.

AV 341.41 NUR    Nuremberg : tyranny on trial

  • Follows the hearings from accusation to sentencing, offering insight into the cases of such defendants as Rudolf Hess and Hermann Goering. Reveals how the trials galvanized modern principles regarding the laws of nations and established a new standard for atrocity: “Crimes Against Humanity.” Introduces some of the men who witnessed the hearings and those who presented the cases, including the chief counsel for the prosecution.

AV 510 DON    Donald in Mathmagic Land

  • When Donald Duck finds himself in a mysterious land, he learns to appreciate the relevance of math in everyday life. The world’s most skeptical duck is whisked back in time to ancient Greece to meet Pythagoras, the father of math and science. After eavesdropping on a secret meeting of Pythagoreans Donald’s journey continues. Through his adventures in Mathmagic Land, Donald comes to appreciate how measurements, calculations, shapes, and ratios contribute to music, architecture, art, nature, games, and inventions of all kinds.

AV 514 FRA    Fractals : hunting the hidden dimension

  • NOVA takes viewers on a fascinating quest with a group of pioneering mathematicians determined to decipher the rules that govern fractal geometry. Their remarkable findings are deepening our understanding of nature and stimulating a new wave of scientific, medical, and artistic innovation.

AV 514.742 DEV    The fractal geometry of the Mandelbrot set

  • In two segments this film first introduces the Mandelbrot Set and how it is generated, then covers how to identify and describe various parts of the Mandelbrot set.

AV 551.21 SUP    Supervolcano : it’s under Yellowstone. And it’s overdue.

  • In this Discovery Channel program we explore, through a highly realistic extended simulation, what could happen if a volcano were to erupt in Yellowstone National Park.

AV 616 MOY    Healing and the mind

  • Bill Moyers talks with physicians, scientists, therapists, and patients to explore the connections between mental and physical health in this 5-part series.

AV 629.2293 WHO    Who killed the electric car : a lack of consumer confidence . . . or conspiracy?

  • Investigates the development and demise of the fuel-efficient, environment-friendly electric car. Examines the Bush administration’s role in the car’s being peremptory pulled from production, the influence of the automobile industry and oil interests, and implications for the future of sustainable energy in the United States.

AV 634.92 FIR    Fire wars

  • Join the front lines of America’s war on wildfire in this up-close look at the science, history, and politics of firefighting in the West.

AV 810.92 KAZ    Great American authors since 1650

  • From the written words of the 17th century colonists, to the voices of the end of the 20th century, this 8-program series provides a sweeping overview of American literature and its impact on our nation and the world.

AV 913.42 STO    Stonehenge decoded : a lost city revealed

  • Journey back 4,500 years to unlock the secrets of the world’s most enduring archaeological mystery . . . Stonehenge. Archaeologists reveal a revolutionary new theory about who built Stonehenge and why. Thanks to a recent discovery of a lost city just two miles from the famous stone circle, our understanding of this era is now transformed.

AV 92 LEN    Vladimir Lenin voice of revolution

  • Biography profiles the fanatical philosopher who was catapulted to power by an incredible combination of passion, luck and unlikely alliances.

AV 940.53 NAZ    Nazi concentration camps / The Nuremberg trials

  • Films taken by American soldiers as they liberated the notorious concentration gave the horrified world its first glimpse into the dark heart of the Third Reich. A second segment includes the official documentary of the Nuremburg trials produced by the Soviet Union to educate its citizens.

AV 940.54 HIT    Hitler’s war

  • This is the tale of the men of the Kriegsmarine, the Luftwaffe and the Wermacht. These are the men who fought in vain at Stalingrad, El Alamein, Monte Cassino, Moscow and Berlin. These are the U-boat men, the Panzer crews. This is military history at its best from primary sources, drawing extensively from footage of the German news crews on all fronts.

AV 950 PEO    People’s century. Asia rising : Japan and Korea rebuild

  • Tokyo, 1951. General Douglas MacArthur bid farewell to Japan — and the Japanese to six years of American occupation. But the future was uncertain: Much of rural Japan still relied on centuries-old farming methods; sanitation and public health were poor; and industry was practically nonexistent. But with massive drives to promote education and technology, Japan and her immediate neighbors proved they could run advanced industrial economies as well as — or better than — Western nations.In Asia Rising, the people remember: US military occupation of Japan, effects of the Korean War, shipbuilding, imports/exports, automobile as export, improved education, steel production, 1964 Tokyo and 1988 Seoul Olympics.

AV 951.058 TAN    The tank man

  • On June 5, 1989, one day after Chinese troops expelled thousands of demonstrators from Tiananmen Square in Beijing, a solitary, unarmed protester stood his ground before a column of tanks advancing down the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Captured by Western photographers watching nearby, this extraordinary confrontation became an icon of the fight for freedom around the world. Veteran filmmaker Antony Thomas investigates the mystery of the tank man — his identity, his fate, and his significance for the Chinese leadership.

AV 951.06 KOP    The People’s Republic of capitalism

  • Ted Koppel examines China’s new status as an economic superpower and its complex relationship with the United States. He focuses on Chongqing–a city in Sichuan Province with a burgeoning population and big plans for the future. While peasants in outlying areas eke out a meager living, the rising middle class revels in new riches, challenging traditional ideas about religion, sexuality, and consumerism. All this reverberates here in America, where companies scramble for cheap labor, workers find jobs shipped overseas, and shoppers snap up Chinese-made goods at big box retailers.

AV 951.93 INS    Inside North Korea

  • Posing as part of an international medical team, National Geographic correspondent Lisa Ling and her camera crew reveal the extraordinary, hidden face of this insular, little-known place, from the powerful control Kim Jong Il exerts over his people to the military powder keg of life along the heavily armed demilitarized zone.

AV 956.70443 OPE    Operation homecoming : writing the wartime experience

  • Operation Homecoming is a unique documentary that explores the firsthand accounts of American troops through their written words, and offers a profound window into the human side of the war being fought in Iraq. The film evolved out of a National Endowment for the Arts project that gathered the writing of soldiers and their families who have participated in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

AV 962.7043 DOC    On our watch

  • “The world invoked its vow ‘Never Again!’ after the genocide in Rwanda and atrocities in Srebrenica. Then came Darfur. Over the past four years at least 200,000 people have been killed, 2.5 million driven from their homes, and mass rapes have once more bee used as a weapon of war in a brutal campaign by Janjaweed militias and the Sudanese government against civilians in Darfur. FRONTLINE asks why the international community and the United Nations have once again failed to stop the slaughter”

AV 972.81053 REC    Recycled life

  • “From the toxic depths of the largest landfill in Central America comes an inspiring story of the human spirit.” Filmed in and around the dump in Guatemala City, this documentary reveals the lives of those who are served by Hanley Denning and Safe Passage’s work.

AV 973.4 BUR    Lewis & Clark : the journey of the Corps of Discovery

  • Ken Burns tells the remarkable story of the entire Corps of Discovery — not just the two famous Captains, but the young army men, French-Canadian boatmen, Clark’s African-American slave, and the Shoshone woman named Sacagawea, who brought along her infant son.

AV F INT    Into the wild

  • The feature film adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s troubling book about Jeff McCandless, a seeker of a nobler life who died in the wilds of Alaska.

AV F JOA    Joan of Arc

  • Born to a peasant French family, young Joan hears the voices of saints calling out to her to unite her besieged nation. Gaining an audience with the young king, Joan convinces him to allow her to command an army into battle – an adventure that leads to thrilling victories and heartbreaking betrayals – as Joan of Arc defies all odds and marches into history.

AV F POL    Chinatown

  • Private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky climate of sunbaked southern California of the 1930s, is hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband’s extra-marital affair. He is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in Chinatown.

AV F ZHA    To live

  • Set against four decades of Chinese political turmoil, this award-winning film vollows the lives of one couple as they struggle to survive their own changing status within the upheaval. As the years go by, bringing bizarre twists, tragic losses, and profound hope, they persevere, striving to reach a calm within the storm so they can realize their personal dreams.

New this spring!

Browse all the way through to see what’s been added to the library since February. Then come in and check something out!


158 PIN A whole new mind: why right-brainers will rule the future. Daniel Pink

The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic “right-brain” thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t. Drawing on research from around the world, Pink outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment-and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that’s already here.

203.82 MAG Opening the doors of wonder.

Insights into the effects of religious rites of passage from 20 high-profile persons, including Catholic comedian Julia Sweeney, Hindu self-help guru Deepak Chopra, Jewish Ms. magazine founder Letty Pogrebin, Buddhist monk Robert Thurman, and Muslim Yusuf Islam (singer-songwriter Cat Stevens). In the end, Magida’s book amounts to a primer of world religions, including a brief history of each and its rites.

304.2 FUT The future of nature: writing on a human ecology from Orion magazine

A collection of writings that explore how the division between nature and the human world has led to the current ecological crisis and encourage people to take a more active interest in the environment and their place in it.

344.7305 GUN Gun control.

Contains articles that provide opposing viewpoints on the issue of gun control, discussing whether gun control is a threat to society, the meaning of the second amendment, the effectiveness of gun control regulations on crime and violence, and what measures would reduce gun violence.

363.61 STE Water Supply.

Does the world face water shortages in the near future? What are the impacts on society when access to water is denied? Does the U.S. consume and pollute too much? What do we need to do in order to forestall a global water crisis?

371.4 PIN The adventures of Johnny Bunko : the last career guide you’ll ever need. Daniel Pink

There’s never been a career guide like it—the fully illustrated story (ingeniously told in Manga form) of a young Everyman just out of college who lands his first job. Johnny Bunko is new to parachute company Boggs Corp., and he stumbles through his early days as a working stiff until a crisis prompts him to find a new job. Step by step he builds a career, illustrating as he does the six core lessons of finding, keeping, and flourishing in satisfying work.

378.1 BAE The gay and lesbian guide to college life : a comprehensive resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual, tramsgender students and their allies.

Offers gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students advice on how they can adapt to college life, with tips on finding a homosexual-friendly school, evaluating campus policies, dealing with homophobia on campus, finding support on campus, and more.


520 FUR Space and astronomy : an illustrated guide to science

530 MCM Physics : an illustrated guide to science

540.22 MCM Chemistry : an illustrated guide to science

550 ADA Earth science : an illustrated guide to science

551.46 LEE Marine science : an illustrated guide to science

551.6 ALL Weather and climate : an illustrated guide to science

570.22 PRI Biology : an illustrated guide to science

574.5 RUD Environment : an illustrated guide to science

577.3 ALL Temperate forests

577.34 ALL Tropical Forests

577.37 DAY Taiga

577.4 ALL Grasslands

577.54 ALL Deserts

577.586 MOO Tundra

577.64 DAY Lakes and rivers

577.68 MOO Wetlands

577.7 DAY Oceans

597 NAT National Audubon Society field guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians

614.5 KIE Rabies

614.5 SEH Leprosy

615.9 BRA Salmonella

616.2 ZON Legionnaires’ disease

616.3 HOR Hepatitis

616.8 SHM Meningitis

616.9 CHA Dengue fever and other hemorrhagic viruses

616.9 COL Cholera

616.9 EMM Plague

616.9 FIN Tuberculosis

616.9 KRU Trypanosomiasis

616.9 LEU Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome

616.9 MAR Malaria

616.9 SFA West Nile virus

616.9 SMI Streptococcus

616.9 SMI Streptococcus (Group B)

616.9 WAL Rocky Mountain spotted fever

616.9 YAN Lyme disease

616.95 FER Mad cow disease

616.95 KOL Gonorrhea

738.6 TOU 500 tiles : an inspiring collection of international work.

A collection of artwork featuring 500 handmade clay tiles from press-molded pieces to carved works.

813.3 POE The Tales of Poe.

Critical essays selected by Harold Bloom.

813.52 FIT Critical companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald : a literary reference to his life and work.

Offers a comprehensive overview of the life and work of F. Scott Fitzgerald, with critical analysis of his writings, an overview of his personal life, and discussion of the people associated with him, culture, and places in which he wrote and lived, and includes entries on Zelda Fitzgerald’s publications.

813.52 HEM Critical companion to Ernest Hemingway : a literary reference to his life and work.

Presents a biography of twentieth-century American writer Ernest Hemingway, contains alphabetically arranged entries that provide synopses and critical assessments of his novels, stories, poems, journalism, and nonfiction works, and discusses related people, places, and topics.

813.54 KER Jack Kerouac’s On the road.

A collection of the best current criticism of this classic novel.


92 OHE The blind side : evolution of a game. Michael Lewis.

Details the life of University of Mississippi football player Michael Oher, who was raised by a crack addicted mother and adopted at the age of sixteen by a wealthy family, and explores the rising importance and salary of the offensive left tackle in the game of football.

958.1 MOR Three cups of tea : one man’s mission to fight terrorism and build nations…one school at a time. Greg Mortenson.

Dangerously ill when he finished his climb in 1993, Mortenson was sheltered for seven weeks by the small Pakistani village of Korphe; in return, he promised to build the impoverished town’s first school, a project that grew into the Central Asia Institute, which has since constructed more than 50 schools across rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. Coauthor Relin recounts Mortenson’s efforts in fascinating detail, presenting compelling portraits of the village elders, con artists, philanthropists, mujahideen, Taliban officials, ambitious school girls and upright Muslims Mortenson met along the way.

973.92 CEL Celebrity culture in the United States.

Essays and commentaries about the American obsession with fame.


F BRU Code Talker : a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two. Joseph Bruchac

After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

F BUR Bloodsong. Melvin Burgess

As the only remaining member of the Volson clan, fifteen-year-old Sigurd takes a sword forged from a knife given to his father by the god Odin and embarks on a mission to reunite his country.

F CRO King of the middle march. Kevin Crossley-Holland.

Arthur de Caldicot waits eagerly in Venice for the start of the Fourth Crusade. But it’s now, when Arthur’s future should be clearest, that he feels the most doubt. Jealousies and greed threaten the Crusade, leading him to question its true mission. Back in England, his engagement to Winnie remains uncertain, as his search for his birth mother is stymied by his vicious father. And his seeing stone shows him the last days of King Arthur’s court — a great dream destroyed, but also a glorious legend rising from the ruins. Likewise in this book, Arthur becomes a man worthy of his kingly name.

F GIP Garage band. Gipi.

A graphic novel in which four troubled boys, who belong to a garage band, blow an amp while cutting their demo tape and get themselves in more trouble than they can handle when they try to replace it.

F GRI The Appeal. John Grisham

In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town’s water supply, causing the worst “cancer cluster” in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it. Who are the nine? How will they vote? Can one be replaced before the case is ultimately decided? The Appeal is a powerful, timely, and shocking story of political and legal intrigue, a story that will leave readers unable to think about our electoral process or judicial system in quite the same way ever again.

F KAD Chronicle in stone. Ismail Kadare.

Albania, that remote, unknown land, has found its voice in the novels of Kadare. In this one, the first of a forthcoming series, he takes as his subject the shattering impact of World War II as that cataclysm is lived by a small, immensely sensitive boy. After centuries of bondage to the Turks of the Ottoman Empire, Albania falls to the invading Italian fascists, then the Greeks, the Italians again, then the Nazi hordes. Amid floods, British bombing, the action of partisans, the boy undergoes another kind of turbulence, that of growing up, the inner and outer experience ringing strange harmonies.

F MCC Charmed thirds : a novel. Megan McCafferty.

In this third installment, things are looking up for Jessica Darling. She has finally left her New Jersey hometown for Columbia University; she’s more into her boyfriend, Marcus Flutie, than ever (so what if he’s at a Buddhist college in California?); and she’s making new friends who just might qualify as stand-ins for her beloved best friend, Hope. But Jessica soon realizes that her bliss might not last. Will she even make it through college now that her parents have cut her off financially? And what do the cryptic one-word postcards from Marcus really mean? With hilarious insight, the hyperobservant Jessica Darling struggles through her college years—and the summers in between—while maintaining her usual mix of wit, cynicism, and candor.

F NIX Lady Friday. Garth Nix.

Four of the seven Trustees have been defeated and their Keys taken, but for Arthur, the week is still getting worse. Suzy Blue and Fred Gold Numbers have been captured by the Piper, and his New Nithling army still controls most of the Great Maze. Superior Saturday is causing trouble wherever she can, including turning off all the elevators in the House and blocking the Front Door. Amidst all this trouble, Arthur must weigh an offer from Lady Friday that is either a cunning trap for the Rightful Heir or a golden opportunity he must seize – before he’s beaten to it!


Prof. Coll. 028.5 KEA The big book of teen reading lists : 100 great, ready-to-use book lists for educators, librarians, parents, and teens.

Contains one hundred reproducible lists of recommended books for teen readers, including fiction and nonfiction new titles and classics.

Prof. Coll. 370.154 SUL Activating the desire to learn.

Prof. Coll. 370.715 KNI Instructional coaching : a partnership approach to improving instruction.

Prof. Coll. 371.33 PIT Using Technology with classroom instruction that works.

REF 808 TUR A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations : Chicago style for students and researchers.

A guide to writing research papers, theses, and dissertations that addresses planning, finding and using sources, drafting, including tables and figures, revisions, citation practices, spelling, and the correct use of punctuation, names, terms, titles of works, numbers, abbreviations, and quotations. Includes format and submission requirements.

New Movies!

Here’s what has been added to our collection this year:


  • Secret files of the Inquisition (AV 272.2 SEC )
  • Mill times; by David Macauley (AV 330.9 MIL)
  • Planet earth (AV 333.954 PLA) the 5-disc set
  • King Corn (AV 338.1 KIN) about the agricultural industry
  • War letters : stories of courage, longing and sacrifice (AV 355 WAR)
  • Exporting harm : the high-tech trashing of Asia (AV 363.72 EXP) What happens to the computers, cell phones, etc. that are thrown away in first world countries?
  • Flatland : a journey of many dimensions (AV 530.1 FLA) a visual interpretation of the classic mathematical novel
  • Heartsaver AED (AV 616.1 HEA) about the automatic emergency defibrillator
  • Art of the western world : from ancient Greece to post-modernism (AV 709 ART)
  • Craft in America (AV 745.5 CRA)
  • The real Olympics : a history of the ancient & modern Olympic games (AV 796.48 REA)
  • T. S. Eliot : voices & visions (AV 811.5 ELI)
  • Marianne Moore : voices & visions (AV 811.5 MAR)
  • Sylvia Plath : voices & visions (AV 811.54 SYL)
  • Great books : Walden (AV 818 THO)
  • The Canterbury tales (AV 821 CHA)
  • Henry V (AV 822.33 HEN) starring Kenneth Branagh
  • MacBeth (AV 822.33 MAC) the Trevor Nunn production
  • Othello (AV 822.33 OTH) with Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh
  • The taming of the shrew (AV 822.33 TAM) starring Liz and Richard!
  • The tempest (AV 822.33 TEM)
  • Great books : Gulliver’s travels (AV 823.8 SWI )
  • The age of enlightenment (AV 909.7 AGE )
  • The industrial revolution (AV 909.81 IND)
  • China from the inside (AV 915 CHI)
  • Time-Life’s Lost civilizations (AV 930 TIM) 4 disc set
  • The Gallic wars (AV 937 ROM)
  • The Punic wars (AV 937 ROM)
  • The Roman invasion of Britain (AV 937 ROM)
  • Pompeii : the last day (AV 937.06 POM)
  • Knights and armor (AV 940.17 KNI)
  • Berga : soldiers of another war (AV 940.53 GUG)
  • Bataan rescue (AV 940.54 BAT)
  • The sorrow and the pity : chronicle of a French city under the occupation (AV 944.0816 SOR)
  • No end in sight (AV 956.704 NO
  • Conquistadors (AV 972.8 WOO)
  • Guatemala silenced (AV 972.81 GUA )
  • Fahrenheit 9/11, by Michael Moore (AV 973.931 FAH)
  • When the levees broke : a requiem in four acts, a Spike Lee film about New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina (AV 976.3 LEE)


  • Sugar cane alley (AV 843 SUG)
  • Small change, by Francois Truffaut (AV 843 TRU)
  • Il postino : an irrestible treat about love, letters and laughter! (AV 853 POS )
  • Los ultimos Zapatistas : heroes olvidados (AV 972.0816 ULT)


  • King Arthur : his life and legends (AV 92 ART)
  • Been to the mountaintop King, Martin Luther, Jr. (AV 92 KIN)
  • Martin Luther (AV 92 LUT )


  • All quiet on the Western front (AV F ALL) starring Richard Thomas
  • Ben-Hur : a tale of the Christ (AV F BEN) with Charlton Heston
  • The birth of a nation and the Civil War films of D.W. Griffith (AV F BIR)
  • Dead poets society (AV F DEA) with Robin Williams
  • Excalibur (AV F EXC) King Arthur
  • Flags of our fathers (AV F FLA) about the Battle of Iwo Jima
  • Gladiator (AV F GLA) with Russell Crowe
  • Good night and good luck (AV F GOO) about Edward R. Murrow
  • The grapes of wrath (AV F GRA ) with Henry Fonda
  • The last of the Mohicans (AV F LAS) with Daniel Day Lewis
  • Mr. Smith goes to Washington, by Frank Capra (AV F MR.)
  • O brother, where art thou? (AV F O B) the Coen brothers film
  • An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge : based on the short story by Ambrose Bierce (AV F OCC)
  • Pride and prejudice (AV F PRI)
  • Stand and deliver (AV F STA) inspirational math film
  • Pigeon feathers (AV F UPD) the Updike short story brought to film


  • Saving Private Ryan
  • The atomic cafe
  • Cane toads
  • Control room
  • Moment of impact: stories of the Pulitzer Prize photographs

New Fiction – Winter 2008

Added since December . . .

F CAM Someday this pain will be useful to you, by Peter Cameron

It’s time for eighteen-year-old James Sveck to begin his freshman year at Brown. Instead, he’s surfing the real estate listings, searching for a sanctuary—a nice farmhouse in Kansas, perhaps. Although James lives in 21st-century Manhattan, he’s more at home in the faraway worlds of his favorite novelists. James’s sense of dislocation is exacerbated by his willfully self-absorbed parents, a disdainful sister, his Teutonically cryptic shrink, and an increasingly vague, D-list celebrity grandmother. Compounding matters is James’s growing infatuation with a handsome male colleague at the art gallery his mother owns, where James supposedly works at his summer job but where he actually plots his escape to the prairie.

In the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Peter Cameron paints an indelible portrait of a teenage hero holding out for a better grownup world. (from

F CHA Gentlemen of the road, by Michael Chabon

A pair of unlikely adventurers make their rootless way through the Caucasus Mountains, circa A.D. 950, surviving as blades and thieves for hire, until they are dragooned into service as escorts to a prince of the Khazar Empire. Usurped by his brutal uncle, the young prince burns to reclaim his throne, but doing so will require wicked cunning, outrageous daring, and fool-hardy bravado . . . not to mention an army.

F FUN The Thief lord, by Cornelia Funke

Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious character who calls himself the “Thief Lord.” Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo relish being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. And soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them, and readers, to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion. (from

F GRE I never promised you a rose garden, by Joanne Greenberg

The riveting story of a girl’s descent into madness and her gradual recovery with the help of an insightful therapist. This novel provides a vivid and unforgettable picture of the experience of mental illness.

F HAL Book of a thousand days, by Shannon Hale

Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren’s years of punishment locked in a tower, then brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids.

F HOR Slam, by Nick Hornsby

At the age of fifteen, Sam Jones’s girlfriend gets pregnant and Sam’s life of skateboarding and daydreaming about Tony Hawk changes drastically. Nick Hornsby is the author of the very funny adult novels About a Boy and High Fidelity.

F LEG Powers, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Young Gav can remember the page of a book after seeing it once, and, inexplicably, he sometimes “remembers” things that are going to happen in the future. As a loyal slave, he must keep these powers secret, but when a terrible tragedy occurs, Gav, blinded by grief, flees the only world he has ever known. And in what becomes a treacherous journey for freedom, Gav’s greatest test of all is facing his powers so that he can come to understand himself and finally find a true home. (from

F LEV The Realm of possibility, by David Levithan

Enter The Realm of Possibility and meet a boy whose girlfriend is in love with Holden Caulfield; a girl who loves the boy who wears all black; a boy with the perfect body; and a girl who writes love songs for a girl she can’t have.

These are just a few of the captivating characters readers will get to know in this intensely heartfelt new novel about those ever-changing moments of love and heartbreak that go hand-in-hand with high school. David Levithan plumbs the depths of teenage emotion to create an amazing array of voices that readers won’t forget. So, enter their lives and prepare to welcome the realm of possibility open to us all. Love, joy, and these stories will linger.

F MIG Baltimore, or, The steadfast tin soldier and the vampire, by Michael Mignola

When Lord Henry Baltimore awakens the wrath of a vampire on the hellish battlefields of World War I, the world is forever changed. For a virulent plague has been unleashed—a plague that even death cannot end. Now the lone soldier in an eternal struggle against darkness, Baltimore summons three old friends to a lonely inn—men whose travels and fantastical experiences incline them to fully believe in the evil that is devouring the soul of mankind. As the men await their old friend, they share their tales of terror and misadventure, and contemplate what part they will play in Baltimore’s timeless battle. Before the night is through, they will learn what is required to banish the plague—and the creature who named Baltimore his nemesis—once and for all. (from

F MYE What they found : love on 145th street, by Walter Dean Myers

Fifteen interrelated stories explore different aspects of love, such as a dying father’s determination to help start a family business–a beauty salon–and the relationship of two teens who plan to remain celibate until they marry.

F ROS Every crooked pot, by Renee Rosen

Convinced that her birthmark – a red welt over her eye – is the only reason she’s not popular and can’t find a boyfriend, Nina must find other ways to survive high school. With a string of crazy exploits that have her riding in dryers and appearing on TV, Nina proves she’ll do anything to fit in, and even more in the hope of finding love.

F RYA Esperanza rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan

Esperanza thought she’d always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico–she’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, & servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances–Mama’s life and her own depend on it. (from

F SEE Snow flower and the secret fan, by Lisa See

In 19th-century China, Lily, age 7, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men. As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together, they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart. (from

F SHE Keeping corner, by Kashmira Sheth

In India in the 1940s, thirteen-year-old Leela’s happy, spoiled childhood ends when her husband since age nine, whom she barely knows, dies, leaving her a widow whose only hope of happiness could come from Mahatma Ghandi’s social and political reforms.

F STE Amazing grace, by Danielle Steele

In the aftermath of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, the lives of four strangers will converge. As the city staggers back to life, a chain reaction of extraordinary events will touch each of four survivors. For Sarah, the beautiful wife of a financial whiz, it begins with the discovery of a crime and a betrayal, then a strength she never knew she had. For Melanie, a Grammy-winning singer, volunteering at a refugee camp will open new worlds of possibility. And Everett, a news photographer whose career is on the skids, will be shaken by the unlikely relationship he forges with Maggie, who helps him rebuild his shattered life–and upends her own in the process. But as a year passes, and the anniversary of the earthquake approaches, more surprises are in store–as each discovers the unexpected gifts in a tragedy’s wake…and the amazing grace of new beginnings. (from

New Fiction – December 2007

•Flight: a novel, by Sherman Alexie (F ALE)
About to commit a devastating act, the young man finds himself shot back through time on a shocking sojourn through moments of violence in American history. This is Sherman Alexie at his most brilliant — making us laugh while breaking our hearts. Simultaneously wrenching and deeply humorous, wholly contemporary yet steeped in American history, Flight is irrepressible, fearless, and again, groundbreaking.

•The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao, by Junot D’az

D’az immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience, and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss.
•What is the what: the autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng : a novel, by Dave Eggers (F EGG)

Valentino Achak Deng, real-life hero of this engrossing epic, was a refugee from the Sudanese civil war-the bloodbath before the current Darfur bloodbath-of the 1980s and 90s. In this fictionalized memoir, Eggers makes him an icon of globalization.

•Playing god, by Kate Flora (F FLO)

Flora’s dazzling debut police procedural introduces Sgt. Joe Burgess, a crusty but bighearted Portland, Maine, cop. “This case has everything,” Joe says of a murder he’s investigating, “unhappy wife, angry ex. Hookers. Drugs. Money problems. Maybe blackmail.”

•World without end, by Ken Follett (F FOL)

The sequel to Pillars of the Earth, set in the same town two centuries later.

•The Thief lord, by Cornelia Funke (F FUN)

Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo relish being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. And soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them, and readers, to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.
•Water for elephants, by Sarah Gruen (F GRU)

As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

•Renfield : slave of Dracula, by Barbara Hambly (F HAM)

Hambly has retold Bram Stoker’s Dracula in the voice of a minor character, Renfield, the madman who becomes the vampire’s slave-agent in England. Renfield is confined to an insane asylum, but he still answers his Master’s calling, setting the stage for the ultimate battle between good and evil, and the living and the dead.

•Enigma, by Robert Harris (F HAR)

A gripping World War II mystery novel with a cryptographic twist, Tom Jericho is a brilliant British mathematician working as a member of the team struggling to crack the Nazi Enigma code. Jericho’s own struggles include nerve-wracking mental labor, the mysterious disappearance of a former girlfriend, the suspicions of his co-workers within the paranoid high-security project, and the certainty that someone close to him, perhaps the missing girl, is a Nazi spy.

•Interpreter of maladies, by Llumpa Lahiri (F LAH)

India is an inescapable presence in this strong first collection’s nine polished and resonant tales. Lahiri, who was born in London and grew up in Rhode Island, offers stories that stress the complex mechanics of adjustment to new circumstances, relationships, and cultures.
•The Realm of possibility, by David Levithan (F LEV)

Twenty teenagers–sensitive outsiders, cruel popular girls, body-obsessed jocks, gay teens in the throes of first love–take turns pouring their hearts onto the pages, detailing their loneliness, heartaches, hopes, and joys. All attend the same high school, and as the book progresses their stories slowly weave together to form a larger view of the school community.

•Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer (F MEY)

The final volume of the Twilight series, about a family of benign vampires living in the Pacific Northwest.

•Fugitive pieces, by Anne Michaels (F MIC)

The story of Jakob Beer, a Polish Jew, translator, and poet who, as a child, witnessed his family’s slaughter at the hands of the Nazis. Beer himself was smuggled out of Poland by a Greek archaeologist who carried him back to Greece and kept him there in precarious safety. After the war they emigrated together to Canada. Jakob’s story is told through diaries discovered by Ben, a young man whose parents are Holocaust survivors and who is a vessel for their memories just as Jakob is the bearer of his own.

•Peak, by Roland Smith (F SMI)

A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

•Knights of the hill country, by Tim Tharp

In his senior year, high school star linebacker Hampton Greene finally begins to think for himself and discovers that he might be interested in more than just football.

New Biographies & Memoirs – December 2007

•The Climb : tragic ambition on Everest (92 BOU), by Anatoli Boukreev.

Russian mountaineer Anatoli Boukreev’s account of the harrowing May 1996 Mount Everest attempt, a tragedy that resulted in the deaths of eight people. The book is also Boukreev’s rebuttal to accusations from fellow climber and author Jon Krakauer, who, in his memoir, Into Thin Air, suggests that Boukreev forfeited the safety of his clients to achieve his own climbing goals.

•Moving the chains : Tom Brady and the pursuit of everything (92 BRA), by Charles Pierce.

On-the-field action peppers this account, but the real subject here is Brady himself–how did a young man who almost became a priest transform himself into the NFL quarterback who has achieved the most at the earliest age?

•Clapton : the autobiography (92 CLA), by Eric Clapton.

The legendary guitarist tells all, almost, in this remarkably candid memoir.

•My pet virus : the true story of a rebel without a cure (92 DEC), by Shawn Decker.

Shawn Decker, a hemophiliac, learned at age 11 that he was HIV-positive. In his candid, raucous memoir, he recounts what it meant to grow up with his “pet virus” in the 1980s and 1990s.
•E = Einstein : his life, his thought and his influence on our culture (92 EIN)

An incandescent spectrum of essays that deliver fresh knowledge and lively interpretations of Einstein’s life, achievements, failings, and legacy. Generously designed to circumvent science-phobia, this zestful compendium is illustrated with historic photographs, useful diagrams, and entertaining cartoons.

•The Age of turbulence : adventures in a new world (92 GRE), by Alan Greenspan.

Alan Greenspan defends his record.

•Trevon Jenifer : from the ground up (92 JEN), by Trevon Jenifer.

Jenifer finished third in his weight class in Maryland’s state high-school wrestling tournament. It’s a nice accomplishment, but it wouldn’t merit a book except that he was born with no legs. In high school he decided to wrestle. His larger struggle hasn’t been athletics but–as with all physically challenged youngsters–to fit in. Wrestling helped, but so did his involvement with student government. Jenifer seems almost as proud of his efforts on the homecoming committee as he does his wrestling successes. It’s an inspirational story related humbly and evenhandedly.

•Maradona : the autobiography of soccer’s greatest and most controversial star (92 MAR), by Diego Maradona.

Maradona races exuberantly through his life, from his impoverished childhood and debut with Argentinean club teams, to stints with FC Barcelona and S.S.C. Napoli, to World Cup infamy (the “Hand of God” goal was actually scored by the hand of Maradona), drug addiction, and repeated comebacks. It’s sometimes claustrophobic, and certainly self-serving, but there’s an undeniable truth: Maradona loves, and lives for, the game.

•Touching the void : The true story of one man’s miraculous survival (92 SIM), by Joe Simpson.

Concise and yet packed with detail, Touching the Void, Joe Simpson’s harrowing account of near-death in the Peruvian Andes, is a compact tour de force that wrestles with issues of bravery, friendship, physical endurance, the code of the mountains, and the will to live.