New Loan Books

Featured books from the Recent Acquisitions Shelves.

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

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The White Tiger

The White Tiger
Aravind Adiga
London : Atlantic Books, 2008
PR9619.4 .A35 W47 2008b

... a tale of two Indias. Balram’s journey from the darkness of village life to the light of entrepreneurial success is utterly amoral, brilliantly irreverent, deeply endearing and altogether unforgettable.

Condoleezza Rice: An American Life

Condoleezza Rice : An American Life
Elisabeth Bumiller
New York : Random House, 2007
E840.8 .R48 .B86 2007

... explores Rice’s effectiveness as national security advisor and secretary of state, her attempts to revive classic American diplomacy, her longtime political ambitions, and her future on the world stage.

Silver

Silver : My Own Tale As Written by Me With a Goodly Amount of Murder
Edward Chupack
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2008
PS3603 .H857 S55 2008

"I am Silver, and there is no other pirate like me on these waters..." this being the last testament of the infamous pirate Long John Silver, you would do well not to trust a word in its pages.

This Republic of Suffering

This Republic of Suffering : Death and the American Civil War
Drew Gilpin Faust
New York, NY : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
E468.9 .F385 2008

An illuminating study of the American struggle to comprehend the meaning and practicalities of death in the face of the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War.

The Big Necessity

The Big Necessity : The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters
Rose George
New York, NY : Metropolitan Books, 2008
RA567 .G46 2008

An utterly original exploration of the world of human waste that will surprise, outrage - and entertain.

Tree of Rivers:  The Story of the Amazon

Tree of Rivers: The Story of the Amazon
John Hemming
New York, NY : Thames & Hudson, Inc., 2008
F2546 .H46 2008

... vividly describes the passionate struggles that have taken place in order to utilize, protect and understand the wonder that is the Amazon.

Banana

Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
Dan Koeppel
New York, NY : Hudson Street Press, 2009
SB379 .B2 K66 2008

... exposes the treacherous history of an iconic American business enterprise and ... ultimately takes us to the high-tech labs where new bananas are literally being built in test tubes, in a race to save the world’s most beloved staple.

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet
Mark Lynas
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, 2008
QC981.8 .G56 L983 2008

... frightening and fascinating,... portrays a living world in crisis, from coral reefs that are already dying to polar creatures that will vanish ... what’s at stake is quite literally the future of our world and everything in it.

Trillion Dollar Meltdown : Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash

Trillion Dollar Meltdown : Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash
Charles R. Morris
New York : PublicAffairs, 2008
HG4910 .M667 2008

... indispensible to understanding how the world economy has been put on the brink - and the radically reshaped political/economic landscape that will define the post-crash era.

Our Daily Meds : How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs

Our Daily Meds : How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs
Melody Petersen
New York : Sarah Crichton Books, 2008
HD9666.5 .P415 2008

... connects the dots to show for the first time how corporate salesmanship has triumphed over science inside the biggest pharmaceutical companies and, in turn, how this promotion-driven industry has taken over the practice of medicine and is changing American life.

In Defense of Food : An Eater's Manifesto

In Defense of Food : An Eater’s Manifesto
Michael Pollan
New York : The Penguin Press, 2008
RA784 .P643 2008

... shows us how, despite the daunting dietary landscape Americans confront in the modern supermarket, we can escape the Western diet and, by doing so, most of the chronic diseases that diet causes.

Forgotten Continent : The Battle for Latin America’s Soul

Forgotten Continent : The Battle for Latin America’s Soul
Michael Reid
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2007
F1414.3 .R35 2007

... argues that rather than failing the test, Latin America’s efforts to build fairer and more prosperous societies make it one of the world’s most vigorous laboratories for capitalist democracy.

The End of Food

The End of Food
Paul Roberts
Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008
HD9000.5 .R578 2008

... lays out the stark economic realities behind modern food and shows how our system of making, marketing, and moving what we eat is growing less and less compatible with the billions of consumers that the system was built to serve.

Bottlemania : How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It

Bottlemania : How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It
Elizabeth Royte
New York, NY : Bloomsbury USA, 2008
HD9349 .M542 R69 2008

... bottled water is on the verge of becoming the most popular beverage in the country. ... question the environmental and social fallout of what we´re drinking.

Mustang : The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West

Mustang : The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West
Deanne Stillman
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008
SF293 .M9 S75 2008

... the sweeping story of the wild horse in the culture, history, and popular imagination of the American West.

Traffic : Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)

Traffic : Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
Tom Vanderbilt
New York, NY : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
TL152.5 .V36 2008

... driving is a provocatively revealing prism for examining how our minds work and the ways in which we interact with one another. ... will change the way we see ourselves and the world around us. And who knows? It may even make us better drivers.

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