New Loan Books

Featured books from the New Books Shelves (Summer 2005)

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

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Balanchine, Celebrating a Life in Dance

Balanchine, Celebrating a Life in Dance
Costas Cacaroukas
Windsor: Tide-Mark Press, 2003
GV1786 .N4 B35 2003

... about the thinking Balanchine brought to the language of his dances. The essence of his dance is a new, fresh, and dramatically creative language that can sometimes be breathtaking. ...


Lloyd Spencer Davis & Martin Renner
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003
QL696 .S473 D393 2003

Exploring penguin colonies, social behavior, evolution, ecology, conservation issues, ... provides a fascinatingly detailed portrait of these unique and popular birds.

Gustav Mahler:  A Life in Crisi

Gustav Mahler: A Life in Crisis
Stuart Feder
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004
ML410 .M23 F43 2004

...a sophisticated consideration of Mahler's work and a psychologically acute portrait of the life events that shaped it ... extends our thinking about one of the great masters of modern music.

Earthshaking Science

Earthshaking Science
Susan Elizabeth Hough
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002
QE534.4 .H68 2002

... tackles the issues at the forefront of modern seismology in a way most readers can understand ... conveys not only the facts, but the passion and excitement associated with research at the frontiers of this fascinating field.

Prairie Birds

Prairie Birds
Paul A. Johnsgard
Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2001
QL683 .G68 J633 2001

For anyone who has ever thrilled to a cloud of blackbirds or a solitary falcon against the prairie sky ... blends science, nature, and personal observations ... with precision and passion, ... and illustrates the fragile beauty of birds in America's grasslands.

Focus on Nursing Pharmacology

Focus on Nursing Pharmacology
Amy M. Karch
Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006
RM300 .K37 2006

...clearly organizes the sometimes overwhelming material ... while highlighting the essential ...(from) refreshers on the anatomy and physiology of each body system to increased pharmacokinetics

Song:  A Guide to Style and Literature

Song: A Guide to Style and Literature
Carol Kimball
Redmond: PST...Inc., 2000
MT120 .K56 2000

... a concise guide to learning about composers' song styles, and the musical details that reveal each composer's "soundprint." ...and song literature grouped by national areas ...address specific compositional approaches ... grouped by melody, harmony, rhythm, accompaniment, and texts.

The World's Greatest Fix

The World's Greatest Fix
G.J. Leigh
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004
S651 .L55 2004

...the story of how humans have used their ingenuity throughout history to maintain soil fertility despite continuous use, and to avoid famine through productive agriculture.

Salt:  White Gold of the Ancient Maya

Salt: White Gold of the Ancient Maya
Heather McKillop
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2002
F1445 .M35 2002

... reports the discovery, excavation, and interpretation of Late Classic Maya salt works on the coast of Belize, transforming our knowledge of the Maya salt trade and craft specialization while providing new insights on sea-level rise in the Late Holocene as well.

The Mystery of the Moon Illusion

The Mystery of the Moon Illusion
Helen Ross & Cornelius Plug
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002
QP495 .R67 2002

- why do the moon and the sun appear so much larger on the horizon than when high up in the sky? ... a compelling account of this fascinating illusion. ... it will appeal to readers of popular science, along with those within the disciplines of psychology, mathematics, astronomy, and philosophy

The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior

The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior
David Allen Sibley
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 2001
QL681 .S495 2001

... an introduction to the great variety and complexity of bird life - a book written by and for birders that will help readers interpret and understand the things they see in the field.

The Grapes of Wrath & Other Writings 1936-1941

The Grapes of Wrath & Other Writings 1936-1941
John E. Steinbeck
New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1996
PS3537 .T3234 A6 1996

... John Steinbeck's) acknowledged masterpiece, ... The Grapes of Wrath has been newly edited based on Steinbeck's manuscript, typescript, and proofs. Many errors have been corrected and words omitted or misconstructed by his typist have been restored.

A Hope in the Unseen

A Hope in the Unseen
Ron Suskind
New York: Broadway Books, 1999
LC2803 .W3 S87 1999

(from) Ballou Senior High, a crime-infested school in Washington, D.C., Brown University, an Ivy League school. ... Having traveled too far to turn back, Cedric is left to rely on his faith, his intelligence, and his determination to keep alive his hope in the unseen - a future of acceptance and reward that he struggles, each day, to envision.

National Pastime

National Pastime
Stefan Szymanski & Andrew Zimbalist
Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution, 2005
GV716 .S99 2005

... the story of two great sports - America's game and the world's game. Baseball is America's game, a national obsession ... Soccer is the world's game, a sport over which no nation can claim ownership ... the first in-depth, cross-cultural comparison of these sporting passions and the mega-businesses they have become.


John Michael Vlach
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2003
NA8230 .V6 2003

... presents a captivating new perspective on American history through one of America's unique cultural landmarks. ...more than 800 illustrations provide a tour of significant barns across the United States... A comprehensive and unique visual source

Assembling Art

Assembling Art
Barbara Zabel
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2004
N72 .T4 Z33 2004

By interweaving biography and art history and by synthesizing a wide spectrum of approaches from cultural and gender studies, Assembling Art offers provocative insights into the ways this art registers tensions between genders and races, between elitist and popular cultures, and between transatlantic national cultures.

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