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February 21, 2018

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Hundreds of books are added to the Library's collection each month. Here are the most recent Nonfiction books for adults.

 

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Farewell to the Horse: A Cultural History

Farewell to the Horse: A Cultural History
Raulff, Ulrich, 1950-

"Horses and humans share an ancient, profoundly complex relationship. Once our most indispensable companions, horses were for millennia essential in helping build our cities, farms, and industries. But during the twentieth century, in an increasingly mechanized society, they began to disappear from human history. In this esoteric and rich tribute, [the author] chronicles the dramatic story of this most spectacular creature, thoroughly examining how they've been muses and brothers in arms, neglected and sacrificed in war yet memorialized in paintings, sculpture, and novels--and ultimately marginalized on racetracks and in pony clubs"--Amazon.com.


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Holds: 4 on 6 copies

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Five Constraints on Predicting Behavior

Five Constraints on Predicting Behavior
Kagan, Jerome

Scientists were unable to study the relation of brain to mind until the invention of technologies that measured the brain activity accompanying psychological processes. Yet even with these new tools, conclusions are tentative or simply wrong. In this book, the distinguished psychologist Jerome Kagan describes five conditions that place serious constraints on the ability to predict mental and behavioral outcomes based on brain data: the setting in which evidence is gathered, the expectations of the subject, the source of the evidence that supports the conclusion, the absence of studies that examine patterns of causes with patterns of measures, and the attribution of psychological concepts such as "fear" or "regulate" to brain patterns. Kagan describes the importance of context, and how the experimental setting - including the room, the procedure, and the species, age, and sex of both subject and examiner - can influence the conclusions. He explains how subject expectations affect all brain measures; considers why brain and psychological data often yield different conclusions; aruges for relations between patterns of causes and outcomes rather than correlating single variables; and criticizes the borrowing of psychological terms to describe brain evidence. Brain sites cannot be in a state of "fear." A deeper understanding of the brain's contributions to behavior, Kagan argues, requires investigators to acknowledge these five constraints in the design or interpretation of an experiment. -- from dust jacket.


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Holds: 1 on 2 copies

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5 Types of People Who Can Ruin your Life: Identifying and Dealing With Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other High-conflict Personalities

5 Types of People Who Can Ruin your Life: Identifying and Dealing With Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other High-conflict Personalities
Eddy, William A.

A guide to recognizing the warning signs of five high conflict personalities draws on expert advice and real-life anecdotes to avoid, manage, and break free from such relationships. --Publisher


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Holds: 14 on 5 copies

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American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World

American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World
Stannard, David E.

For four hundred years - from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the 1490s to the U.S. Army's massacre of Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in the 1890s - the indigenous inhabitants of North and South America endured an unending firestorm of violence. During that time the native population of the Western Hemisphere declined by as many as one hundred million people. Indeed, as historian David E. Stannard argues in this stunning new book, the European and white American destruction of the native peoples of the Americas was the most massive act of genocide in the history of the world. Stannard begins with a portrait of the enormous richness and diversity of life in the Americas prior to Columbus's fateful voyage in 1492. He then follows the path of genocide from the Indies to Mexico and Central and South America, then north to Florida, Virginia, and New England, and finally out across the Great Plains and Southwest to California and the North Pacific Coast. Stannard reveals that wherever Europeans or white Americans went, the native people were caught between imported plagues and barbarous atrocities, typically resulting in the annihilation of 95 percent of their populations. What kind of people, he asks, do such horrendous things to others? His highly provocative answer: Christians. Digging deeply into ancient European and Christian attitudes toward sex, race, and war, he finds the cultural ground well prepared by the end of the Middle Ages for the centuries-long genocide campaign that Europeans and their descendants launched - and in places continue to wage - against the New World's original inhabitants. Advancing a thesis that is sure to create much controversy, Stannard contends that the perpetrators of the American Holocaust drew on the same ideological wellspring as did the later architects of the Nazi Holocaust. It is an ideology that remains dangerously alive today, he adds, and one that in recent years has surfaced in American justifications for large-scale military intervention in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. At once sweeping in scope and meticulously detailed, American Holocaust is a work of impassioned scholarship that is certain to ignite intense historical and moral debate.


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Holds: 3 on 4 copies

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Built: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Structures

Built: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Structures
Agrawal, Roma, 1983-


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Holds: 8 on 5 copies

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Berlin 1936: Sixteen Days in August

Berlin 1936: Sixteen Days in August
Hilmes, Oliver

During the games the Nazi dictatorship was in many ways put on hold, and Berlin 1936 offers a last glimpse of the vibrant and diverse life in the German capital in the 1920s and '30s that the Nazis wanted to destroy.


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Holds: 9 on 5 copies

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Cataclysm: Secrets of the Horn of Africa

Cataclysm: Secrets of the Horn of Africa
Ali, Zeynab

"This is the incredible story of a Kenyan-born teen who later learns about her true identity as a former Somali refugee. She explores her family's history and learns about their survival in the horrific Somali civil war. As an activist, Zeynab addresses the struggles immigrant and refugee families encounter in the United States, hoping to spread awareness of immigration. In this book, she shares her experience of growing up in the United States and how her own life inspired her to become the decisive, optimistic young activist she is today."--Back cover.


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Holds: 0 on 8 copies

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Hormonal: The Hidden Intelligence of Hormones : How They Drive Desire, Shape Relationships, Influence Our Choices, and Make Us Wiser

Hormonal: The Hidden Intelligence of Hormones : How They Drive Desire, Shape Relationships, Influence Our Choices, and Make Us Wiser
Haselton, Martie Gail, 1970-


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Holds: 4 on 8 copies

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Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Pinker, Steven, 1954-

The follow-up to Pinker's groundbreaking The Better Angels of Our Nature presents the big picture of human progress: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science. Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature--tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking--which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation.


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Holds: 0 on 235 copies

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The Art of Vanishing: A Memoir of Wanderlust

The Art of Vanishing: A Memoir of Wanderlust
Smith, Laura, 1986-

"At twenty-five, as her wedding date approached, [the author] began to feel trapped ... by the unsettling idea that it was hard to be at once married and free. [She] wanted her life to be different. She wanted her marriage to be different. And she found in the strangely captivating story of another restless young woman determined to live without constraints both an enticement and a challenge, Barbara Newhall Follett ... [who] in December 1939, when she was not much older than Laura, walked out of her apartment ... and vanished without a trace. [This memoir] is a riveting mystery and a piercing exploration of marriage and convention that asks deep and uncomfortable questions: Why do we give up on our childhood dreams? Is marriage a golden noose? Must we find ourselves in the same row houses with Pottery Barn lamps telling our kids to behave? "--Amazon.com.


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Holds: 17 on 5 copies

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