New Loan Books

Featured books from the Recent Acquisitions Shelves - December 2009

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

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How to Break a Terrorist

How to Break a Terrorist
Matthew Alexander
New York: Free Press, 2008
HV6433 .M52 A54 2008

... gives us the first inside look at the U.S. military's attempt at more civilized interrogation techniques - and their astounding success.

Txtng the Gr8 Db8

Txtng the Gr8 Db8
David Crystal
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008
TK5105.73 .C79 2008

...a long hard look at the text-messaging phenomenon and its effects on literacy, language, and society.

The Actor and the Target

The Actor and the Target
Declan Donnellan
London : Theatre Communications Group, Inc., 2006
PN2061 .D57 2006

The main cause of an actor's problems is far simpler than its many effects, just as a bomb is simpler than the havoc it wreaks.

Wallace Stegner and the American West

Wallace Stegner and the American West
Phillip L. Fradkin
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
PS3537 .T316 Z64 2008

...goes beyond Stegner's iconic literary status to give us, as well, the influential teacher and visionary conservationist, the man for whom the preservation and integrity of place was as important as his ability to render its qualities ...

General Lee's Army

General Lee's Army
Joseph T. Glatthaar
New York : Free Press, 2008
E470.2 .G58 2008

Astonishingly, after 150 years of scholarship, there are still some major surprises about the Army of Northern Virginia.

Faulkner's Imperialism

Faulkner's Imperialism
Taylor Hagood
Baton Rouge,LA : Louisiana State University Press, 2008
PS3511 .A86 Z78425 2008

One of the few books that examine Faulkner's work as a whole, Faulkner's Imperialism moves beyond South-versus-North pradigms to encompass all the spaces within Faulkner's created cosmos...

Lucy's Legacy

Lucy's Legacy
Donald C. Johanson & Kate Wong
New York : Harmony Books, 2009
GN283.25 .J64 2009

... takes readers on a fascinating tour of the last three decades of study - the most exciting period of paleoanthropologic investigation thus far.

So Damn Much Money

So Damn Much Money
Robert G. Kaiser
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
JK1118 .K35 2009

The startling story of the monumental growth of lobbying in Washington, D.C., and how it undermines effective government and pollutes our policies....

The Food of a Younger Land

The Food of a Younger Land
Mark Kurlansky
New York : Riverhead Books, 2009
TX715 .F685 2009

... takes us back to the food and eating habits of younger America, before the national highway system brought the country closer together, before chain restaurants imposed uniformity and low quality, and before the Frigidaire meant frozen food in mass quantities.

Riding Pretty

Riding Pretty
Renée M. Laegreid
Lincoln, NE : University of Nebraska Press, 2006
GV1833.5 .L34 2006

... the rodeo queen as a symbol of the local rodeo and as a metaphor for western women.

The Age of Aging

The Age of Aging
George Magnus
Singapore : John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte. Ltd., 2009
HB1531 .M34 2009

... explores a unique phenomenon in the history of mankind... the expected old age bulge in Western nations and the youth bulge in developing countries

Made for Each Other

Made for Each Other
Meg Daley Olmert
Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2008
QL85 .O46 2008

...the first book to explain how this chemistry of attraction and attachment flows through - and between - all mammals to create the profound emotional bonds humans and animals still feel today.

Coltrane

Coltrane
Ben Ratliff
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
ML419 .C645 R37 2007

What was the essence of John Coltrane's achievement that makes him so revered forty years after his death?

A Short History of Women

A Short History of Women
Kate Walbert
New York : Scribner, 2009
PS3573 .A42113 S54 2009

... a profoundly moving portrayal of the complicated legacies of mothers and daughters, chronicling five generations of women from the close of the nineteenth century through the early years of the twenty-first.

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