Thomas Irving Crowell Library Fund

Each calendar year a number of titles are purchased through the Thomas Irving Crowell Library Fund. This is the list of titles purchased during the 2016-2017 Academic year.

Established in 1986 by Robert L. Crowell, class of 1927, of Newfane, VT, in memory of Thomas Irving Crowell. Income used for the purchase of books for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library.

  • DVD 305.8 OL8B
    The Black power mixtape 1967-1975 a documentary in 9 chapters
    Summary:“THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them, the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Thirty years later, this lush collection was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television”–From

  • DVD 323.11 G56SO
    Soundtrack for a revolution
    Summary:The story of the American civil rights movement through its music, the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and more, as they fought for justice and equality. Includes new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, archival footage, and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders. Freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and even from the black church.

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    The secret loves of geek girls
    Summary:“The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a non-fiction anthology mixing prose, comics, and illustrated stories on the lives and loves of an amazing cast of female creators. Featuring work by Margaret Atwood (The Heart Goes Last), Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Trina Robbins (Wonder Woman), Marguerite Bennett (Marvel’s A-Force), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), and over fifty more creators. It’s a compilation of tales told from both sides of the tables: from the fans who love video games, comics, and sci-fi to those that work behind the scenes: creators and industry insiders”–

    Contemporary Iraqi fiction : an anthology
    Summary:Gathers work from sixteen Iraqi writers, all translated from Arabic, shedding a bright light on the rich diversity of Iraqi experience.

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    Bonner, Hannah
    Dining with dinosaurs : a tasty guide to mesozoic munching
    Summary:“Sure you know T-Rex was the meat-eating king and brontosaurus munched on leaves, but what else was on the dino dining menu during the Mesozoic era? Meet the ‘vores: carnivores, piscivores, herbivores, insectivores, “trashivores,” “sunivores,” and omnivores like us. Readers will be surprised and inspired to learn about dino diets and they’ll get to explore how scientists can tell which dinosaurs ate what just from looking at fossils! Journey through artist and author Hannah Bonner’s whimsical world to learn how the dinosaurs and their contemporaries bit, chewed, and soaked up their food.”–

  • 364.15 B97C
    Burns, Sarah
    The Central Park Five : the untold story behind one of New York city’s most infamous crimes
    Summary:On April 20th, 1989, two passersby discovered the body of the””Central Park jogger” crumpled in a ravine.. She’d been raped and severely beaten. Within days five black and Latino teenagers were apprehended, all five confessing to the crime. The staggering torrent of media coverage that ensued, coupled with fierce public outcry, exposed the deep-seated race and class divisions in New York City at the time. The minors were tried and convicted as adults despite no evidence linking them to the victim. They served their complete sentences before another man confessed. Over a decade later, when DNA tests connected serial rapist Matias Reyes to the crime, the government, law enforcement, social institutions and media of New York were exposed as having undermined the individuals they were designed to protect. Here, the author recounts this historic case for the first time since the young men’s convictions were overturned, telling, at last, the full story of one of New York’s most legendary crimes. Intertwining the stories of these five young men, the police officers, the district attorneys, the victim, and Reyes, she unravels the forces that made both the crime and its prosecution possible.

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    Dewdney, Anna
    Llama Llama misses Mama
    Summary:Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.

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    Dewdney, Anna
    Nelly Gnu and Daddy too
    Summary:Nelly Gnu spends a day building a play house with her father.

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    Duckworth, Angela
    Grit : the power of passion and perseverance
    Summary:“In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, athletes, students, and business people–both seasoned and new–that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called “grit.” Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur “genius” Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments. Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth created her own “character lab” and set out to test her theory. Here, she takes readers into the field to visit teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers–from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to the cartoon editor of The New Yorker to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that–not talent or luck–makes all the difference”–

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    Engle, Margarita
    Summer birds : the butterflies of Maria Merian
    Summary:In the Middle Ages, people believed that insects were evil, born from mud in a process called spontaneous generation. This is the story of one young girl who took the time to observe and learn, and in so doing disproved a theory that went all the way back to ancient Greece.

    Eulberg, Elizabeth
    The Great Shelby Holmes
    Summary:Nine-year-old Shelby Holmes, the best detective in her Harlem neighborhood, and her new easy-going friend from downstairs, eleven-year-old John Watson, become partners in a dog-napping case.

    Fontana, Shea
    DC Super Hero Girls. an original graphic novel Finals crisis :
    Summary:“Preparing for high school exams is hard enough, but at DC Super Hero High, even the tests are super-tough! In the first ever DC Super Hero Girls original graphic novel, Supergirl, Bumblebee, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Katana, and Poison Ivy are studying hard when they are each trapped by a mysterious villain! Will the students outsmart their captor, save Metropolis, and still pass their finals?” —

    Gidwitz, Adam
    The inquisitor’s tale, or, The three magical children and their holy dog
    Summary:“A peasant girl and her holy greyhound, an oblate on a mission from his monastery, and a young Jewish boy travel across medieval France to escape persecution and save holy texts from being burned”–,”1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: they are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned, their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, where all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints. Join William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. They are accompanied by Jeanne’s loyal greyhound, Gwenforte . . . recently brought back from the dead. Told in multiple voices, in a style reminiscent of The Canterbury Tales, our narrator collects their stories and the saga of these three unlikely allies begins to come together. Beloved bestselling author Adam Gidwitz makes his long awaited return with his first new world since his hilarious and critically acclaimed Grimm series. Featuring manuscript illuminations throughout by illustrator Hatem Aly and filled with Adam’s trademark style and humor, The Inquisitor’s Tale is bold storytelling that’s richly researched and adventure-packed.” — Publisher’s description

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    Gordon, Peter Eli
    Adorno and existence
    Summary:From the beginning to the end of his career, the critical theorist and Frankfurt School philosopher Theodor W. Adorno sustained an uneasy but enduring bond with existentialism. His attitude overall was that of unsparing criticism, often verging on polemic. In Kierkegaard he saw an early paragon for the late flowering of bourgeois solipsism; in Heidegger an impresario for a “jargon of authenticity” that cloaked its idealism in an aura of pseudo-concreteness and neo-romantic kitsch; even in the more rationalist tradition of Husserl’s phenomenology he detected a vain attempt of the bourgeois spirit to break free from the prison-house of immanent consciousness. Yet his enduring fascination with the philosophical canons of existentialism and phenomenology suggests a connection far more complicated and productive than mere antipathy. From his first published book on Kierkegaard’s aesthetic to the mature studies in negative dialectics, Adorno was forever returning to the philosophies of bourgeois interiority, seeking the paradoxical relation between their manifest failure and their hidden promise. Scholars of critical theory often regard these philosophical adventures as unfortunate lapses into reductive sociology or as marginal to Adorno’s path of intellectual development. In Adorno and Existence, Peter E. Gordon challenges this assumption, showing how the confrontation with existentialism helps us toward a deeper understanding of Adorno’s own intellectual commitments. In lucid prose and with a dialectical sensitivity for the links between philosophy and life, Adorno and Existence casts new and unfamiliar light on this neglected chapter in the history of Continental philosophy.–,Includes primary source materials.

    Green, Tim
    Home run
    Summary:Josh’s life has just fallen apart. His father will no longer be coaching the travel baseball team and is moving to Florida, forcing his mom and little sister to move into a small apartment on the wrong side of town. To make matters worse, the new coach of the travel team is an unforgiving drill sergeant. But then Benji tells Josh of a home-run derby in which the winner gets a brand-new house. All Josh has to do to qualify is hit twenty home runs during his travel-team season. With Benji and Jaden’s help, Josh is hoping to hit it out of the park and save his family, because if he strikes out, he may just lose everything.

    Green, Tim
    Football genius
    Summary:Troy, a sixth-grader with an unusual gift for predicting football plays before they occur, attempts to use his ability to help his favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons, but he must first prove himself to the coach and players.

  • 305.8 G99B
    Guyatt, Nicholas
    Bind us apart : how enlightened Americans invented racial segregation
    Summary:“Why did the Founding Fathers fail to include blacks and Indians in their cherished proposition that “all men are created equal”? Racism is the usual answer. Yet Nicholas Guyatt argues in Bind Us Apart that white liberals from the founding to the Civil War were not confident racists, but tortured reformers conscious of the damage that racism would do to the nation. Many tried to build a multiracial America in the early nineteenth century, but ultimately adopted the belief that non-whites should create their own republics elsewhere: in an Indian state in the West, or a colony for free blacks in Liberia. Herein lie the origins of “separate but equal.” Essential reading for anyone hoping to understand today’s racial tensions, Bind Us Apart reveals why racial justice in the United States continues to be an elusive goal: despite our best efforts, we have never been able to imagine a fully inclusive, multiracial society.”–,””All men are created equal” is America’s most cherished proposition. But for more than a century after Thomas Jefferson wrote those words, the Founding Fathers and their successors failed to extend the promise of the Declaration of Independence to blacks and Indians. Why? We take refuge in the notion that white people at the time were the prisoners of racist ideas and that we today are more enlightened. In this popular view, the history of America demonstrates how racist beliefs have been slowly discarded, with later generations realizing the dream of liberty and equality. But as Nick Guyatt argues in Bind Us Apart, white Americans from the founding to the Civil War were not confident racists who blithely condemned blacks and Indians to inferior status. Instead, they were confused and tortured souls, and often remarkably conscious of the damage that racism might do to the nation’s future. They looked for ways to reconcile their principles and their prejudices, and sometimes succeeded: in the first decades of the United States, blacks went to the polls alongside whites in some northern states, and federal officials promoted intermarriage between Indians and frontier settlers in the hope that racial divisions would disappear in the West”–

  • 320.5 H28B
    Harris Perry, Melissa V
    Barbershops, bibles, and BET : everyday talk and Black political thought
    Summary:“Using statistical, experimental, and ethnographic methods Barbershops, Bibles, and BET offers a new perspective on the way public opinion and ideologies are formed at the grassroots level. The book makes an important contribution to our understanding of black politics by shifting the focus from the influence of national elites in opinion formation to the influence of local elites and people in daily interaction with each other. Arguing that African Americans use community dialogue to jointly develop understandings of their collective political interests, Harris-Lacewell identifies for political ideologies that constitute the framework of contemporary black political thought: black Nationalism, black Feminism, black Conservatism, and Liberal Integrationism. These ideologies, the book posits, help African Americans to understand persistent social and economic inequality, to identify the significance of race in that inequality, and to devise strategies for overcoming it.”–Jacket.

  • 320.52 H62ST
    Hochschild, Arlie Russell
    Strangers in their own land : anger and mourning on the American right
    Summary:“In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country–a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets–among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident–people whose concerns are actually ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children. Strangers in Their Own Land goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that these are people who have been duped into voting against their own interests. Instead, Hochschild finds lives ripped apart by stagnant wages, a loss of home, an elusive American dream–and political choices and views that make sense in the context of their lives. Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help us understand what it feels like to live in “red” America. Along the way she finds answers to one of the crucial questions of contemporary American politics: why do the people who would seem to benefit most from “liberal” government intervention abhor the very idea?”–

  • 303.48 IT6W
    Ito, Joichi
    Whiplash : how to survive our faster future
    Summary:The director of MIT’s Media Lab and a contributor to “Wired” present a set of working principles for adapting and thriving in the face of the twenty-first century’s rapidly changing and unpredictable digital environments.,The world is more complex and volatile today than at any other time in our history. The tools of our modern existence are getting faster, cheaper, and smaller at an exponential rate, just as billions of strangers around the world are suddenly just one click or tweet or post away from each other. The future will run on an entirely new operating system– with a steep learning curve. Ito and Howe present nine organizing principles for navigating and surviving this tumultuous period.

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    Johansen, Erika
    The fate of the Tearling : a novel
    Summary:“The finale to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy, in which Kelsea is imprisoned by the Red Queen and her guard must find a way to set her free”–

  • Children’s Collection J61P
    John, Jory
    Penguin problems
    Summary:“A penguin whines about the uncontrollable problems in his life.”–

    Kibuishi, Kazu
    Amulet. The last council Book 4,
    Summary:Emily and her friends think they’ll find the help they need in Cielis, but something isn’t right. Streets that were once busy are deserted, and the townspeople who are left live in crippling fear. Emily is escorted to the Academy where she’s expected to compete for a spot on the Guardian Council, the most powerful Stonekeepers. But as the number of competitors gets smaller and smaller, a terrible secret is slowly uncovered–a secret that, if left buried, means certain destruction of everything Emily fights for.

    Kibuishi, Kazu
    Amulet. The stonekeeper Book 1,
    Summary:“After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals. Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves”–Publisher’s web site.

    Kibuishi, Kazu
    The cloud searchers
    Summary:Emily, Navin and their crew of resistance fighters charter an airship and set off in search of the lost city of Cielis. there they hope to find held from the Guardian Council’s powerful Stonekeepers. It’s a mission that Alledia’s survival depends on, and time is running out — Emily’s got to find Cielis before the Elf King finds her.

  • Graphic Novel OME
    King, Tom
    The Omega Men : the end is here
    Summary:“Broadcast across the universe, the Omega Men reveal a beaten and restrained Kyle Rayner. They make their intentions clear as they kill the former White Lantern. Now the universe is on watch and the hunt for the Omega Men begins. The line between good and evil is blurred in this part of the galaxy, and you do not know who to trust. Please Omega. Collects Omega Men #1-12”–

  • 909.83 K66B
    Klosterman, Chuck
    But what if we’re wrong? : thinking about the present as if it were the past
    Summary:“We live in a culture of casual certitude. This has always been the case, no matter how often that certainty has failed. Though no generation believes there’s nothing left to learn, every generation unconsciously assumes that what has already been defined and accepted is (probably) pretty close to how reality will be viewed in perpetuity. And then, of course, time passes. Ideas shift. Opinions invert. What once seemed reasonable eventually becomes absurd, replaced by modern perspectives that feel even more irrefutable and secure–until, of course, they don’t. But What If We’re Wrong? visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who’ll perceive it as the distant past. Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of television? Are all sports destined for extinction? Is it possible that the greatest artist of our era is currently unknown (or–weirder still–widely known, but entirely disrespected)? Is it possible that we “overrate” democracy? And perhaps most disturbing, is it possible that we’ve reached the end of knowledge? Kinetically slingshotting through a broad spectrum of objective and subjective problems, But What If We’re Wrong? is built on interviews with a variety of creative thinkers–George Saunders, David Byrne, Jonathan Lethem, Kathryn Schulz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, Junot Díaz, Amanda Petrusich, Ryan Adams, Nick Bostrom, Dan Carlin, and Richard Linklater, among others–interwoven with the type of high-wire humor and nontraditional analysis only Klosterman would dare to attempt. It’s a seemingly impossible achievement: a book about the things we cannot know, explained as if we did. It’s about how we live now, once “now” has become “then.””–,”But What If We’re Wrong? visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who’ll perceive it as the distant past”–

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    Ladd, Dave
    Animals are delicious : 3 foldout food chain books
    Summary:“Three of the longest food chains of the animal kingdom are depicted in three accordion-foldout volumes, complete with stunning dimensional art and sparse read-aloud text. Young children will experience the factual, specific, and possibly surprising information via bright visuals, pleasingly repetitive text, and a physical folding-out of the chain itself. The food chains are themed as terrestrial, avian, and aquatic, respectively, fully researched and vetted by a professional. The information effectively expands upon the familiar experience of eating by portraying the parallel experience within the animal kingdom; it also creates a basis upon which to discuss the carnivorous tendencies of humans!”–Publisher’s website.

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    Lang, Heather
    Swimming with sharks : the daring discoveries of Eugenie Clark
    Summary:“The true story about the girl who grew up to be the ‘Shark Lady’ and became one of the most inspiring scientists in the world.”–Back cover.

  • 370.97 L52SCH
    Levin, Samuel
    A school of our own : the story of the first student-run high school and a new vision for American education
    Summary:“A School of Our Own tells the remarkable story of the Independent Project, the first student-run high school in America. Founder Samuel Levin, a high school junior who had already achieved international fame for creating Project Sprout-the first farm-to-school lunch program in the United States-was frustrated with his own education and saw disaffection among his peers. In response, he lobbied for and created a new school based on a few simple ideas about what kids need from their high school experience. The school succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest expectations and went on to be featured in Newsweek, NPR, and the Washington Post. Since its beginnings in 2010, the Independent Project serves as a national model for inspiring student engagement. In creating his school, Samuel collaborated with Susan Engel, the noted developmental psychologist, educator, and author-and Samuel’s mother. A School of Our Own is their account of their life-changing year in education, a book that combines poignant stories, educational theory, and practical how-to advice for building new, more engaging educational environments for our children”–

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    Levis, Caron
    Ida, always
    Summary:A polar bear grieves over the loss of his companion, based on the real-life Gus and Ida of New York’s Central Park Zoo.

    Lin, Grace
    When the sea turned to silver
    Summary:“Pinmei, a storyteller’s granddaughter, must find the Luminous Stone that Lights the Night to rescue her grandmother, who has been kidnapped by the Tiger Emperor”–

  • 305.896 L69T
    Lowery, Wesley
    They can’t kill us all : Ferguson, Baltimore, and a new era in America’s racial justice movement
    Summary:A behind-the-scenes account of the #blacklivesmatter movement shares insights into the young men and women behind it, citing the racially charged controversies that have motivated members and the economic, political, and personal histories that inform its purpose.

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    Marks, Anthony
    The Romans
    Summary:Surveys the history and civilization of ancient Rome, including views of government, law, social life and customs, architecture, and religion.

    Monette, Paul
    Taking care of Mrs. Carroll : a novel

  • Graphic Novel FLA
    Morrison, Grant
    The Flash by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar
    Summary:“In this acclaimed collaboration, iconic comic book creators Grant Morrison and Mark Millar conspire to put the Scarlet Speedster through the most grueling and life-changing challenges they can conjure up! First, the Flash must battle against every hero’s nightmare–a sentient super-costume that concumes the life force of anyone who wears it. Then, the Fastest Man Alive must find a way to counter his old foe the Mirror Master before everyone he cares about is reverse-aged out of existence. After that, Wally West barely has time to breathe before he’s forced to enter a race spanning all of time and space against an unbeatable opponent–with the loser’s world to be erased from existence! Of course, with friends like Jay Garrick, Max Mercury, and Jesse Quick by his side, the Keystone Coment can face down nearly any threat imaginable–but not even an entire team of speedsters can outrun death itself. And when the Black Flash comes for him, Wally will have to go deeper into the Speed Force than he’s ever dared–or lose everything he holds dear!” — back cover.

    Moshfegh, Ottessa
    Summary:Dreaming of life in the city while caring for her alcoholic father and working in a 1960s boys’ prison, a disturbed young woman is manipulated into committing a psychologically charged crime during the holiday season.

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    Nelson, Kadir
    If you plant a seed
    Summary:While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.

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    Nelson, Kadir
    Nelson Mandela
    Summary:Presents a biography of the former South African president best known for his political activism and fight to end apartheid.

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    Numeroff, Laura Joffe
    If you give a mouse a brownie
    Summary:If you give a mouse a brownie, he’s going to ask for some ice cream to go with it. When you give him the ice cream, he’ll probably ask you for a spoon. He’ll start drumming on the table. Drumming will get him so excited he ll want to start a band. . . .

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    Osborne, Mary Pope
    Dragons and mythical creatures
    Summary:Returning from their adventures in Night of the Nine Dragons, Jack and Annie track the facts about favorite creatures from myth and legend, including dragons, mermaids and unicorns.

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    Packer, George
    The unwinding : an inner history of the new America
    Summary:American democracy is beset by a sense of crisis. Seismic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers, allowing unprecedented freedom while rending the social contract, driving the political system to the verge of breakdown, and setting citizens adrift to find new paths forward. In this book the author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, tells the story of the United States over the past three decades. The book journeys through the lives of several Americans, including Dean Price, the son of tobacco farmers, who becomes an evangelist for a new economy in the rural South; Tammy Thomas, a factory worker in the Rust Belt trying to survive the collapse of her city; Jeff Connaughton, a Washington insider oscillating between political idealism and the lure of organized money; and Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley billionaire who questions the Internet’s significance and arrives at a radical vision of the future. The author interweaves these intimate stories with biographical sketches of the era’s leading public figures, from Newt Gingrich to Jay-Z, and collages made from newspaper headlines, advertising slogans, and song lyrics that capture the flow of events and their undercurrents. Through an examination of the lives of these Americans and leading public figures over the past three decades, the book portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation. — Publisher’s description.

    Picoult, Jodi
    Second glance : a novel

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    Soft City
    Summary:“”GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY. . .” So dawns a new day in Soft City, where pill-stuffed citizens sit in traffic, march off to work at Soft Inc., zone out in front of the TV news, and shop, shop, shop. The only graphic novel by the legendary Norwegian pop artist Hariton Pushwagner– completed in 1975, lost for decades, and never before published in the United States–is a scathing masterpiece in the tradition of Brazil and A Brave New World but with an off-kilter beauty all its own. Pushwagner gives us an epic, exuberantly intricate vision of a single day in a world gone wrong: a brightly smiling, disturbingly familiar dystopia of towering skyscrapers, omnipresent surveillance, and endless, distant war. Every face looks like the next, and language itself has gone soft: “CLEAN BOMB THE HAPPY WAY,” blares the morning paper; “Heil Hilton!” barks an overlord on the news. Welcome to Soft City. Now don’t be late for work”–

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    Riordan, Rick
    The Hammer of Thor
    Summary:“Magnus and friends help the god of thunder find his missing weapon before all Muspellheim breaks loose”–,”Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high. Magnus Chase, a homeless boy living in Boston, finds out he is the son of a Norse god”–

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    Roberts, Justin
    The smallest girl in the smallest grade
    Summary:Sally McCabe is a very little girl, and nobody notices her, although she notices everything that goes on around her–but when she speaks out about the unkindness she sees, people start to pay attention.

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    Santat, Dan
    The cookie fiasco
    Summary:“There are only three cookies and four hungry friends to share them with. This is not good. This is not equal!”–

    Santat, Dan
    Summary:When Captain Amazing feels he’s getting too old to be a reliable superhero, he tries to hire a new sidekick, but his pets have different ideas.

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    Spiro, Ruth
    Baby loves quarks!
    Summary:Offers a simplified explanation of quarks, protons, neutrons, atoms, and molecules.

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    Stein, Joshua David
    Can I eat that?
    Summary:“This humorous, stylized and entirely unexpected set of food facts will engage both good eaters and resisters alike. With questions both practical (‘Can you eat a sea urchin?’) and playful (‘Do eggs grow on eggplants?’), this read-aloud text offers young children facts to share and the subtle encouragement to taste something new!”–

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    Stevenson, Noelle
    Lumberjanes. Band together Vol. 5,
    Summary:Excited for the annual Bandicoot Bacchanal, Ripley recruits her friends to help her get ready for the dance. But before the Lumberjanes know it, something mysterious begins to bubble to the surface of the lake near camp! Will the Lumberjanes be able to bring peace to the lake in time for the Bacchanal?

  • 371.82 SW2ED
    Swalwell, Katy M
    Educating activist allies : social justice pedagogy with the suburban and urban elite
    Summary:“Educating Activist Allies offers a fresh take on critical education studies through an analysis of social justice pedagogy in schools serving communities privileged by race and class. By documenting the practices of socially committed teachers at an urban private academy and a suburban public school, Katy Swalwell helps educators and educational theorists better understand the challenges and opportunities inherent in this work. She also examines how students responded to their teachers’ efforts in ways that both undermined and realized the goals of social justice pedagogy. This analysis serves as the foundation for the development of a curricular framework helping students to foster an “Activist Ally” identity: the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to negotiate privilege in ways that promote justice. Educating Activist Allies provides a powerful introduction to the ways in which social justice curricula can and should be enacted in communities of privilege.”–

    Tarshis, Lauren
    I survived the Hindenburg disaster, 1937
    Summary:For eleven year-old Hugo Ballard, flying on the Hindenburg is a dream come true. Hugo, his parents, and his four-year-old sister Gertie, are making the thrilling four thousand mile journey across the Atlantic in a zeppelin as big as the Titanic. But as the zeppelin gets ready to land, a blast rocks the Hindenburg and fire consumes the ship. The entire disaster lasts a mere thirty-two seconds, but in those few seconds, Hugo finds himself separated from his family and in a desperate race to escape the flames. The Hindenburg is doomed. And so, it seems, is Hugo. Will he survive this historic disaster?

    Tarshis, Lauren
    I survived the eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980
    Summary:On May 18, 1980, eleven-year-old Jessie Marlowe and her best friends, Eddie and Sam, are in a forest near Mount St. Helens when the months of wondering whether the volcano will erupt are finally answered–all three are badly burned, but it is up to Jessie to protect the boys as best she can and hope that somebody comes to rescue them.

    Tarshis, Lauren
    I survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871
    Summary:Oscar Starling never wanted to come to Chicago. But then Oscar finds himself not just in the heart of the big city but in the middle of a terrible fire! No one knows exactly how it began, but one thing is clear: Chicago is like a giant powder keg about to explode. An army of firemen is trying to help, but this fire is a ferocious beast that wants to devour everything in its path, including Oscar! Will Oscar survive one of the most famous and devastating fires in history?

    Tarshis, Lauren
    I survived the Joplin tornado, 2011
    Summary:Eleven-year-old Dexter has always wanted to see a tornado. So when he gets the incredible opportunity to go storm chasing with the famous Dr. Norman Gage, he has to say yes! Dr. Gage is the host of Tornado Mysteries, the show that Dex and his older brother, Jeremy, watched every night until Jeremy joined the U.S. Navy SEALs and left Joplin. Dex certainly knows how deadly tornadoes can be, but this one isn’t heading towards Joplin, and wouldn’t it be great have a brave and exciting story of his own to tell Jeremy when he comes home? But when the tornado shifts directions, Dexter’s bravery is about to get seriously tested.

  • Graphic Novel WON
    Thompson, Jill
    Wonder Woman : the true Amazon
    Summary:“[A] Princess Diana unlike any we’ve seen before. As a child, she is spoiled and free to exert her will without restraint — until her selfishness leads to tragic results. Before she can become a hero, she will first have to find redemption” — page 4 of cover.

  • Children’s Collection W66NA
    Willems, Mo
    Nanette’s baguette
    Summary:“It’s Nanette’s first trip to get the baguette! Is she set? You bet!”–

  • Graphic Novel MS
    Wilson, G Willow
    Ms. Marvel. Civil War II Vol. 6,
    Summary:“There’s a war brewing–at Coles Academic High School! While Civil War II heats up, the next generation of Avengers has bigger things to worry about–like a tri-state academic competition! As rival schools clash, Ms. Marvel’s teammates, Spider-Man and Nova, are now her enemies! But when Kamala gets called to the real battle’s front line, she faces a fight she can’t embiggen her way out of. She’s about to learn a valuable lesson: Never meet your idols! As war intensifies, tragedy strikes too close to home–and Ms. Marvel must choose between her heroes and her family. When friends become foes, Ms. Marvel struggles to put her life and Jersey City back together. Kamala will be forced to grow up fast and find her true place in the world. But will she be an international sensation–or a menace?”–Page 4 of cover.

  • Children’s Collection Y12A
    Yaccarino, Dan
    I am a story
    Summary:Author-illustrator Dan Yaccarino presents a powerful picture book that celebrates storytelling from the past to the present and beyond. From cave drawings to the invention of the printing press to our digital age, discover how a story has been told in many different ways from the past to today. It’s always been around, making us happy, sad, excited, or scared and bringing people together. With simple text and delightful illustrations, Dan Yaccarino reminds us of the power of story.

    Yang, Gene Luen
    Secret coders : get with the program
    Summary:“Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes!” —

Thomas Irving Crowell Library Fund