New Loan Books


Featured books from the Recent Acquisitions Shelves - April 2011

The Cornette Library regularly highlights 6-15 newly received books. Descriptions are from dust jackets or introductions. See also:

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Going Bovine

Going Bovine
Libba Bray
New York: Delacourte Press, 2009
PZ7.B7386 Go 2009 Youth

Saving the world. That's impossible. Insane. Still. A cure. I could be cured. That's what she said. And some little atoms come awake inside me, swirling into a question I can't shake: "Why the hell not?" I could have a chance. And a chance is better than nothing.

Dragon in the Tropics

Dragon in the tropics : Hugo Chávez and the political economy of revolution in Venezuela
Javier Corrales and Michael Penfold
Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution, 2011
JL3831.C68 2011

"This accessible and clear-eyed book provides a comprehensive overview of Venezuelan politics, economics, and foreign policy over the last decade. [It explains] the rise of radical populism, the distortions inherent in the oil economy, and the progressive deterioration of democratic institutions..."

Sexy Orchids Make Lousy Lovers and Other Unusual Arrangements

Sexy Orchids Make Lousy Lovers & Other Unusual Relationships
Marty Crump
Chicago and London : University of Chicago Press, 2009
QL751.C8827 2009

Crump introduces "penguins that babysit, pseudoscorpions that ride and mate under the wings of giant harlequin beetles, and parasitic fungi that bend insects to their will....[and] captures the bizarre and befuddling aspects of the behavior of animals, plants, and microbes."

Beyond the Boys' Club: Strategies for Achieving Career Success As a Woman Working in a Male Dominated Field

Beyond the Boys' Club: Strategies for Achieving Career Success As a Woman Working in a Male Dominated Field
Suzanne Doyle-Morris
Wit and Wisdom Press : Wit and Wisdom Press, 2009
HD6054.2 .G7 D69 2009

Beyond the Boys' Club will show you how to advance your career, break through the glass ceiling and completely raise your game. Packed with vital insights and and inspirational ideas, the book is written specifically for women to enable strategic career advancement.

Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank

Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank
Randi Hutter Epstein
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2010
RG651.E67 2010

"The insatiably curious Randi Hutter Epstein journeys through history, fads, and fables, and to the fringe of science, where audacious researchers have gone to extreme measures to get healthy babies out of mothers. Here is an entertaining must-read–and an enlightening celebration of human life."

Shutterbabe

Shutterbabe: adventures in love and war
Deborah Copaken Kogan
New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2002
TR140.K64 A3 2002

From Zimbabwe to Romania, from Russia to Haiti, Kogan takes her readers on a heartbreaking yet suprisingly hilarious journey through a mine-strewn decade, seamlessly blending her personal battles–sexism, battery, life-threatening danger–with the historical ones–wars, revolution, unfathomable suffering–it was her job to record.

A Skeptic's Case for Nuclear Disarmament

A Skeptic's Case for Nuclear Disarmament
Michael E. O'Hanlon
Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2010
JZ5675.O43 2010

"O'Hanlon clearly presents the dangers of nuclear weapons and the advantages of disarmament as a goal....[and argues that] for the near term...including dismantling existing bomb invetories, can pave the way to make a true nonproliferation regime possible in the decades ahead."

Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire

Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire
Robert Perkinson
New York: Metropolitan Books, 2010
HV9475.T4 P47 2010

"Texas is the most locked-down state in the most incarcerated country in the world. [This explains] explains how this punishment colossus came into being and how a...system once dismissed as barbaric became a template for the nation."

Myanmar/Burma: Inside Challenges, Outside Interests

Myanmar/Burma: Inside Challenges, Outside Interests
Lex Rieffel
Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution, 2010
JQ751.A58 M93 2010

This thoughtful volume....provides insights into the overarching problem of national reconciliation, the strategic competition between China and India,...and the underperforming, resource-cursed country.

You: The Owner's Manual

You: The Owner's Manual: an insider's guide to the body that will make you healthier and younger
Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz
New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2005
RA776.R723 2005

You: The Owner's Manual has all the answers you need to become an expert on your body, with tips on how to keep your body healthy, safe, and young.

The Polluters: The Making of Our Chemically Altered Environment

The Polluters: The Making of Our Chemically Altered Environment
Benjamin Ross and Steven Amter
Oxford University Press, 2010
TD195.C45 R67 2010

"....an unflinching depiction of the onslaught of chemical pollution and the chemical industry's unwillingness to face up to its devastating effects."

Wallace Stegner: Collected Stories

Wallace Stegner: Collected Stories
Wallace Stegner
New York: Penguin Group, 2006
PS3537.T316 A6 2006

In a literary career spanning more that fifty years, Wallace Stegner, winner of a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, has created a remarkable record of the history and culture of twentieth-century America. These thirty-one stories demonstrate why he is acclaimed as one of America's master story-tellers.

Somewhere Along the Way

Somewhere Along the Way
Jodi Thomas
New York: Berkley Publishing Group, 2010
PS3570 .H558 S66 2010

"...when her life is put in jeopardy and the whole town comes together to save her, she'll discover that trusting the love that's come into our hearts is the greatest gift of all..."

Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars

Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars
Jay Wexler
Boston, Massachusetts: Beacon Press Books, 2009
KF4865.W49 2009

Wexler's no-holds-barred approach to investigating famous church/state brouhahas is as funny as it is informative.

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