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February 23, 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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Prophetic Worlds: Indians and Whites on the Columbia Plateau

Prophetic Worlds: Indians and Whites on the Columbia Plateau
Miller, Christopher L., 1950-

Publisher's description: In his provocative ethnohistory, Christopher Miller offers an innovative reinterpretation of relations between Native Americans and Christian settlers on the Columbia Plateau. Miller draws on a wealth of ethnographic resources to show how culturally-derived perceptions and systems of rationality played more of a determining role in the interactions between these two groups than did material forces. Initially, Plateau Indians and the American missionaries who came to convert them perceived each other as crucial to the fulfillment of their own millennial destiny. When these views were contravened, relations quickly and fatally soured. In explaining this devolution, Prophetic Worlds provides a novel and insightful rendering of the cultural understandings that underwrote the mid-nineteenth-century transformation of life on the Plateau.


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Holds: 0 on 2 copies

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SBAC Smarter Balanced: Grade 8, ELA

SBAC Smarter Balanced: Grade 8, ELA
Lohse, Kim

This series of books introduces students to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), a series of next-generation assessment tests based on the Common Core Standards. Given in the Spring, the SBAC aims to measure student learning as well as critical thinking skills developed during the school year. These fair and reliable standards prepare students for 21st Century learning, including the use of computers on test day. In Smarter Balanced Grade 8 ELA students will get: one practice test, an overview of the test, including the computerized format of the exam. Clear explanations of what is expected, including: reading, comprehending, and analyzing fiction and nonfiction; responding to technology-enhanced tasks; and more. All questions thoroughly answered and explained. Practice exercises that cover the different types of SBAC questions. Helpful test-taking tips and strategies throughout. It's the perfect way to help students reach their highest potential on the grade-specific SBAC tests now, and in the years to come.


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Holds: 0 on 5 copies

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Sharing the Earth: An International Environmental Justice Reader

Sharing the Earth: An International Environmental Justice Reader

"The need for this volume derives from the fact that the humanities are crucial in the ongoing effort to achieve an ecologically sustainable and just world. Works of the human imagination provide types of analyses, articulations of experience, and positive visions of the future that no amount of statistics, data, charts, or graphs can offer because literature speaks not only to the intellect but also to the emotions. Creative work-which records human experience, both past and present-has the power to warn, to persuade, and to inspire, each of which is critical in the shared struggle for environmental justice"--Provided by publisher.


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Holds: 3 on 2 copies

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Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts
Duke, Annie, 1965-

"Poker champion turned business consultant Annie Duke teaches you how to get comfortable with uncertainty and make better decisions as a result. In Super Bowl XLIX, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made one of the most controversial calls in football history: With 26 seconds remaining, and trailing by four at the Patriots' one-yard line, he called for a pass instead of a hand off to his star running back. The pass was intercepted and the Seahawks lost. Critics called it the dumbest play in history. But was the call really that bad? Or did Carroll actually make a great move that was ruined by bad luck? Even the best decision doesn't yield the best outcome every time. There's always an element of luck that you can't control, and there is always information that is hidden from view. So the key to long-term success (and avoiding worrying yourself to death) is to think in bets: How sure am I? What are the possible ways things could turn out? What decision has the highest odds of success? Did I land in the unlucky 10% on the strategy that works 90% of the time? Or is my success attributable to dumb luck rather than great decision making? Annie Duke, a former World Series of Poker champion turned business consultant, draws on examples from business, sports, politics, and (of course) poker to share tools anyone can use to embrace uncertainty and make better decisions. For most people, it's difficult to say "I'm not sure" in a world that values and, even, rewards the appearance of certainty. But professional poker players are comfortable with the fact that great decisions don't always lead to great outcomes and bad decisions don't always lead to bad outcomes. By shifting your thinking from a need for certainty to a goal of accurately assessing what you know and what you don't, you'll be less vulnerable to reactive emotions, knee-jerk biases, and destructive habits in your decision making. You'll become more confident, calm, compassionate and successful in the long run"--Provided by publisher.


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Holds: 46 on 6 copies

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Dismembered: Native Disenrollment and the Battle for Human Rights

Dismembered: Native Disenrollment and the Battle for Human Rights
Wilkins, David E., 1954-

While the number of federally recognized Native nations in the United States are increasing, the population figures for existing tribal nations are declining. This depopulation is not being perpetrated by the federal government, but by Native governments that are banishing, denying, or disenrolling Native citizens at an unprecedented rate. Since the 1990s, tribal belonging has become more of a privilege than a sacred right. Political and legal dismemberment has become a national phenomenon with nearly eighty Native nations, in at least twenty states, terminating the rights of indigenous citizens. The first comprehensive examination of the origins and significance of tribal disenrollment, "Dismembered" examines this disturbing trend, which often leaves the disenrolled tribal members with no recourse or appeal. At the center of the issue is how Native nations are defined today and who has the fundamental rights to belong. By looking at hundreds of tribal constitutions and talking with both disenrolled members and tribal officials, the authors demonstrate the damage this practice is having across Indian Country and ways to address the problem.


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Holds: 1 on 2 copies

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To Shape A New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr

To Shape A New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr

Martin Luther King, Jr., may be America's most revered political figure, commemorated in statues, celebrations, and streets names around the world. On the fiftieth anniversary of King's assassination, the man and his activism are as close to public consciousness as ever. But despite his stature, the significance of King's writings and political thought remains underappreciated. ...Tommie Shelby and Brandon Terry write that the marginalization of King's ideas reflects a romantic, consensus history that renders the civil rights movement inherently conservative--an effort not at radical reform but at "living up to" enduring ideals laid down by the nation's founders. On this view, King marshaled lofty rhetoric to help redeem the ideas of universal (white) heroes, but produced little original thought. This failure to engage deeply and honestly with King's writings allows him to be conscripted into political projects he would not endorse, including the pernicious form of "color blindness" that insists, amid glaring race-based injustice, that racism has been overcome. Cornel West, Danielle Allen, Martha Nussbaum, Robert Gooding-Williams, and other authors join Shelby and Terry in careful, critical engagement with King's understudied writings on labor and welfare rights, voting rights, racism, civil disobedience, nonviolence, economic inequality, poverty, love, just-war theory, virtue ethics, political theology, imperialism, nationalism, reparations, and social justice. In King's exciting and learned work, the authors find an array of compelling challenges to some of the most pressing political dilemmas of our present, and rethink the legacy of this towering figure.--Provided by publisher.


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Holds: 3 on 5 copies

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Drafts, Fragments, and Poems: The Complete Poetry

Drafts, Fragments, and Poems: The Complete Poetry
Murray, Joan, 1917-1942

"The first appearance of this award-winning writer's work since the 1940s, this collection ...restores Joan Murray's striking poetry to its originally intended form. When John Ashbery hailed Joan Murray as a major influence in an essay in 2003, her sole collection Poems, had been out of print for decades. Joan Murray hit the literary scene as a bright talent in American poetry just before her death of a heart condition in 1942. She was only in her twenties. After her death, W.H. Auden selected Murray for the 1946 Yale Younger Poets Prize. As she left behind no definitive edition of her work, her Poems was compiled by Grant Code, a close friend of Murray's mother. Code heavily edited the manuscript, often streamlining Murray's raw lyricism, and left out dozens of poems. It had originally been supposed that Murray's original manuscripts had been lost, but a trove of her writings miraculously resurfaced in 2013. In Collected Poems, Farnoosh Fathi has gone through all of Murray's papers and reinstated her visionary lines, while also recovering much previously unpublished verse. An heir to W.B. Yeats, Walt Whitman, Hart Crane, and Laura Riding, Murray today, with her vatic lullabies and mythic imagination, still belongs to the future"--Provided by publisher.


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Holds: 12 on 4 copies

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National Geographic Traveler: New Zealand

National Geographic Traveler: New Zealand
Turner, Peter, 1954-

Presents information on New Zealand's culture, history, and people; offers walking and driving tours enhanced by color-coded maps; and suggests excursions off the beaten path.


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Holds: 0 on 8 copies

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How to Roast Everything: A Game-changing Guide to Building Flavor in Meat, Vegetables, and More

How to Roast Everything: A Game-changing Guide to Building Flavor in Meat, Vegetables, and More

With over 175 foolproof recipes covering everything from simple roast chicken and pork loin to top sirloin roast, rack of lamb, and lobster, this authoritative volume offers a master class in the timeless art and science of roasting.


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Holds: 19 on 15 copies

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Styling for Instagram

Styling for Instagram
Cyd, Leela

"Capture success on Instagram! Instagram is a digital wonderland of stunning photographs and inspirational images, but how can you make sure that your own photos stand out amidst the rainbow of eye candy? To master Instagram and earn that coveted double tap of approval, you need to have a strong personal brand and an aspirational style that captures the viewer. Styling for Instagram will help you achieve both. Author Leela Cyd has an eye for photography and keen sense of digital media--and she has the Instagram following to prove it. Full of gorgeous, full-color inspiration images, Styling for Instagram is full of her expert advice on how to make the most of Instagram. From tips on arranging the perfect composition and styling your shots to using natural lighting and telling story with your work, the book will help you capture the attention of the Instagram community."--provided by Amazon.com.


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Holds: 6 on 6 copies

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