New Loan Books

Featured books from the New Books Shelves (May 2005)

The Cornette Library highlights 6-15 newly received books a month. All quotes are from book dust jackets.

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Fast Cars and Bad Girls:  Nomadic Subjects and Women's Road Stories

Fast Cars and Bad Girls: Nomadic Subjects and Women's Road Stories
Deborah Paes de Barros
New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2004
PS366 .T73 P34 2004

...explores the road narratives of women and the various ways their work re-maps American space. ... What would happen ... if Jack Kerouac had gone on the road with a baby in the back seat?

The Pentagon's Battle for the American Mind

The Pentagon's Battle for the American Mind
Lori Lyn Bogle
College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2004
UA23 .B567 2004

... investigates how the armed forces assigned themselves the role of guardian and interpreter of national values and why they sought to create "ideologically sound Americans capable of defeating communism and assuring the victory of democracy at home and abroad."

The Dating of Beowulf

The Dating of Beowulf
Colin Chase, ed.
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997
PR1585 .D38 1997

The date of Beowulf ... is a small question with large consequences. ... what elements in Beowulf belong properly to the history of material culture, to the history of myth and legend, to political history, or to the development of the English literary imagination.... Beowulf studies will never be the same

Nature's Building Blocks:  An A-Z Guide to the Elements

Nature's Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements
John Emsley
New York: Oxford University Press, 2001
QD466 .E52 2001

...a marvel - encyclopaedic in scope, but so full of enthusiasm, so engagingly written, that one can open it at any point and read for sheer delight. ... for each element - an idiosyncratic piece of information, sometimes comic, sometimes terrifying, but always startling and novel

Clueless in Academe:  How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind

Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind
Gerald Graff
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003
LC191.94 .G73 2003

... offers a wealth of practical suggestions for making the culture of ideas and arguments more readily understandable.

100 Years of Air Power & Aviation

100 Years of Air Power & Aviation
Robin Higham
College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2003
UG630 .H573 2003

... a critical history of British, American, Soviet, German, Italian, French, Chinese, Japanese, and Israeli aviation. ... synthesizes a hundred years ... into sets of principles and lessons for future generations ... will capture the interest of scholars, students, enthusiasts, and general readers

Stieglitz:  A Beginning Light

Stieglitz: A Beginning Light
Katherine Hoffman
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004
TR140 .S7 H64 2004

...weaves together biographical, historical, and artistic strands to present a colorful tapestry of the early life and work of photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946). ...

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes
Leslie S. Klinger
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2005
PR4621 .K55 2005

Celebrating the 150th birthday of the greatest detective ever ... ultimately definitive look at Arthur Conan Doyle's famous investigator ... Filled with fascinating Victorian history, thousands of literary tidbits, and tantalizing new theories ... over 700 illustrations

Bat Ecology

Bat Ecology
Thomas H. Kunz & M. Brock Fenton, eds.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003
QL737 .C5 B3594 2003

... bats play key roles in many ecosystems as insect predators, seed dispersers, and pollinators ... and display astonishing ecological and evolutionary diversity ... world-renowned bat scholars present an up-to-date, comprehensive, and authoritative review ...

Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico:  A Sense of Place

Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place
Barbara B. Lynes, LesleyPoling-Kempes, & Frederick. W. Turner
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004
ND237 .O5 A4 2004

...the first book to analyze the artist's famous depictions of these Southwestern landscapes. Beautifully illustrated and gracefully written, ... reproduces ... fifty paintings and includes striking photographs of the sites that inspired them

Observing Variable Stars, Novae and Supernovae

Observing Variable Stars, Novae and Supernovae
Gerald North
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004
QB835 .N65 2004

Containing extensive practical advice, this comprehensive guide is an invaluable resource for amateur astronomers of all levels, from complete beginners to more advanced observers.

America's Inadvertent Empire

America's Inadvertent Empire
William E. Odom & Robert Dujarric
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004
JK31 .O34 2004

The United States finds itself at the center of an empire of a new type, wealth-generating and voluntary, not a traditional imperial system ... examine[s] America's unprecedented power within the international arenas of politics, economics, demographics, education, science, and culture.

The Blackwell Companion to Criminology

The Blackwell Companion to Criminology
Colin Sumner, ed.
Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, Ltd., 2004
HV6025 .B544 2004

...a contemporary and global resource to scholarship ... original essays ... including: The social construction of crime; The relations between class, gender, race and crime; The realities and limits of criminal justice; Juvenile criminalization...mass media and new information systems ... International crimes;

The Widows of Wichita County

The Widows of Wichita County
Jodi Thomas
Ontario: MIRA Books, 2003
PS3570 .H558 W53 2003b

[four women] have absolutely nothing in common until a fiery explosion on a west Texas oil rig changes everything.... In one brief moment the tragedy binds [them] closer together than a lifetime of friendship. As they gather at the hospital ... so begins a journey of faith, of strength, of tears and of love.

Texas, Cotton, and the New Deal

Texas, Cotton, and the New Deal
Keith J. Volanto
College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2005
HD9077 .T4 V65 2005

... relates the story of the New Deal's efforts to aid Texas cotton farmers, specifically with the production-control policies introduced by the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA).

What Good Are Bugs?

What Good Are Bugs
Gilbert Waldbauer
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003
QL496.4 .W35 2003

We shriek about them, slap and spray them... Yet if all insects ... were to disappear ... virtually all the terrestrial ecosystems on earth, the webs of life, would unravel. ... an enlightening look at how insects work in ecosystems - what they do, how they live, and how they make life as we know it possible.

I am Charlotte Simmons

I am Charlotte Simmons
Tom Wolfe
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004
PS3575 .O526 I13 2004

... beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a wide-eyed, bookish freshman from a strict, devout, poor and poorly educated family ... encounters the paragons of Dupont's privileged elite ... she is seduced by the heady glamour of acceptance, betraying her values and upbringing before she grasps the power of being different and the exotic allure of her innocence....the latest triumph of America's master social novelist.

Clinical Guide to Music Therapy in Adult Physical Rehabilitation Settings

Clinical Guide to Music Therapy in Adult Physical Rehabilitation Settings
Elizabeth H. Wong, MT-BC
Silver Spring: American Music Therapy Association, Inc., 2004
ML3920 .W66 2004

... presents tools and information designed to arm the entry-level music therapist ... with basic knowledge and materials to develop or work in a music therapy program treating people with stroke, brain injury, and those who are ventilator dependent. ... facilitates the process of entering a new setting and allows music therapists to easily manage through the adjustment period or working in an unfamiliar setting.

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