New Loan Books

Featured books from the New Books Shelves.

The Cornette Library highlights 6-15 newly received books a month. Descriptions from dust jackets or introductions.

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Chris Abani
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004
PR9387.9 .A23 G73 2004

Chris Abani's GraceLand is a dazzling debut by one of the most talented new voices to emerge from Africa. ... Nuanced, lyrical and pitch-perfect, GraceLand is the remarkable story of a son and his father; and an examination of postcolonial Nigeria, where the trappings of American culture reign supreme.

A Spider's World:  Senses and Behavior

A Spider's World: Senses and Behavior
Friedrich G. Barth
Berlin: Springer, 2002
QL458.4 .B36413 2002

...spiders have developed their sensory organs to a fascinating technical perfection and complexity. ...Barth puts this technical perfection into the context of ... the interaction between environment and sensory organs and the selectivity of the senses as a link between environment and behavior....

Kiss of Death

Kiss of Death
John D. Bessler
Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2003
HV8699 .U5 B473 2003

Few issues provoke such intense feelings and strongly held views as capital punishment. ... skillfully interweaves the powerful life stories of death row prisoners, [Bessler's] own experiences as a pro bono attorney on death penalty cases in Texas, and historical perspective to persuade the reader that the state-sanctioned executions must be abolished in the United States.

Multicultural Issues in Social Work

Multicultural Issues in Social Work
Patricia L. Ewalt, et. al., eds.
Washington, DC: NASW Press, 1999
HV41 . M84 1999

... outlines new strategies for helping diverse groups and communities gain their voices and enhance their capabilities. ... And develop new skills for responding to new public policies that reflect movements toward victim blaming, cost containment, and cultural intolerance.

The Tricks of the Trade

The Tricks of the Trade
Dario Fo
New York: Routledge, 1991
PN2037 .F613 1991

Tracing the life of the comic performer back to the itinerant jongleur and the skilful improvisations of later commedia dell' arte troupes, Fo's genius ... allows him to resurrect before our eyes and ears a shadow performer upon whom all actors unwittingly base their work.


John Handley
New York: AMACOM, 2005
HE7775 .H33 2005

For decades, advocates of an unfettered telecommunications market pushed for deregulation. When at last it came, the explosion of growth dwarfed even that of the concurrent Internet boom. ... a much-needed look forward to explore how the industry must change to become more responsive to customers and more profitable for investors - and to prevent another telebomb.


Wyman Meinzer
Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1995
QL737 .C22 M44 1995

Through his stunning photography, Meinzer chronicles the life of the coyote from a flea-covered, one pound fuzzball whelp into a glistening, furry jewel that moves with fluid grace across the Texas plains.

Historia:  The Literary Making of Chicana and Chicano History

Historia: The Literary Making of Chicana and Chicano History
Louis Gerard Mendoza
College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2001
E184 .M5 M47 2001

... makes a superb contribution to the multidisciplinary exploration of ways Mexican Americans have chosen to present their past through both "factual" and "fictional" narratives.

A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology

A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology
Harold Newman & Jon O. Newman
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003
BL785 .N44 2003

... the first comprehensive genealogical chart of virtually all of the named figures of Greek mythology that can be shown to be related. The genealogy begins with Chaos and ... continues down through the Titans, the gods, legendarykings, and such well-known figures of literature as Odysseus, Jason, Antigone, and Helen of Troy

Fuzzy Expert Systems and Fuzzy Reasoning

Fuzzy Expert Systems and Fuzzy Reasoning
William Siler & James J. Buckley
Hoboken, NJ: John WIley & Sons, Inc., 2005
QA76.76 .E95 S557 2005

... presents new, cutting-edge theories that enable programmers to emulate human thought processes to solve real-life problems. ... nonprocedural data-driven languages; fuzzy systems theory ; and a language that allows statements to be executed either sequentially or in parallel

Maus:  A Survivor's Tale

Maus: A Survivor's Tale
Art Spiegelman
New York: Pantheon Books, 1986
D810 .J4 S643 1986

Maus is the story of ... a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, ... who tries to come to terms with his father's terrifying story, and History itself. ... Put aside all your preconceptions. These cats and mice are not Tom and Jerry, but something quite different. This is a new kind of literature.

Out of this World

Out of this World
Stephen Webb
New York: Copernicus Books, 2004
QC24.5 .W43 2004

.... accessible, engaging, and enjoyable, conveying not just what theorists have begun to believe about the cosmos, but the awe and excitement felt by scientists as this new picture of the Universe slowly emerges.

Women in Science

Women in Science
Yu Xie & Kimberlee A. Shauman
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003
Q130 .Z54 2003

... the most comprehensive study of gender differences in science careers ever conducted, ... provides a systematic account of how U.S. youth are selected into and out of science education in early life, and how social forces affect career outcome later in the science labor market.


Alan P. Zelicoff, M.D. & Michael Bellomo
New York: AMACOM, 2005
RA650.5 .Z45 2005

... sobering words, that bring to light a stunning national security shortfall. Luckily, Microbe also offers words of wisdom, comfort, and immeasurable constructive value - if only we are wise enough to heed them.

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