New Books (July 19, 2019)

The titles below were recently added to the New Jersey State Library’s collections.

To borrow any of these titles from the NJ State Library, simply click on the “Request Book” link under the title of interest, and use your State Library borrower’s card to request the book directly through the Library’s catalog.  Not sure how to do that? See this short tutorial on how to request a book in the catalog

Borrowers may also request these titles from the NJ State Library by sending an email to: circulation@njstatelib.org or by contacting the Circulation Desk at (609)-278-2640 x104, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00pm.

Abandoned or Forgotten: Overlooked Corners of South Jersey

Abandoned or Forgotten: Overlooked Corners of South Jersey

by Ryan Stowinsky

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Call number: J974.9 S893

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2018

Publisher: America Through Time

Despite being part of the most densely populated state in the United States, much of southern New Jersey is uninhabited Pine Barrens, marshland, and even shoreline, hiding secrets such as ghost towns, forgotten cemeteries, and other little-known historical places largely overlooked by most people. Abandoned or Forgotten: Overlooked Corners of South Jersey is a collection of several of these sites found throughout the southern half of the state, both on and off the beaten path.  In these pages, author and photographer Ryan Stowinsky takes the reader to these sites and several more. With dozens of photographs and directions to most locations, readers can discover the history that is hidden all around them.

New Jersey Artists Through Time

New Jersey Artists Through Time

by Tova Navarra

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Call number: J709.22 N321

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2015

Publisher: America Through Time

Not since 1964 has a book been written on New Jersey art history. This ground-breaking volume features many of the entire state's painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers, illustrators, and cartoonists. Although many artists are gone now, their legacies are still vibrant; the ones who are working and exhibiting here are providing the important legacies of the future in this comprehensive overview of a wealth of artwork. You will get to know them, discover more about them, and you will be delighted to know that New Jersey's art world stands tall and most proudly between New York and Philadelphia.

Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army of America in the Great War

Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army of America in the Great War

by Elaine F. Weiss

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Call number: J940.3 W4295

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2008

Publisher: Potomac Books

Imagine a more controversial Rosie the Riveter—a generation older and more outlandish for her time. She was the “farmerette” of the Woman’s Land Army of America (WLA), doing a man’s job on the home front during World War I. From 1917 to 1920 the WLA sent more than twenty thousand urban women into rural America to take over farm work after the men went off to war and food shortages threatened the nation. These women, from all social and economic strata, lived together in communal camps and did what was considered “men’s work”: plowing fields, driving tractors, planting, harvesting, and hauling lumber. The WLA’s short but spirited life foreshadowed some of the most significant social issues of the twentieth century: women’s changing roles, the problem of class distinctions in a democracy, and the physiological and psychological differences between men and women.

New Jersey Originals: Technological Marvels, Odd Inventions, Trailblazing Characters and More

New Jersey Originals: Technological Marvels, Odd Inventions, Trailblazing Characters and More

by Linda Barth

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Call number: J609.73 B2847

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2018

Publisher: The History Press

New Jersey's institutional research accolades are renowned--medical inventions at Johnson & Johnson, the genius of Edison Labs and fourteen Nobel Prizes to Bell Labs scientists. But beyond those behemoths of innovation lie many more breakthroughs and firsts. In 1869, Rutgers and Princeton played the first college football game. Famed inventor Abram Spanel developed the Apollo space suit at his home, Drumthwacket, now the official residence of governors. The American Can Company and Krueger Brewing Company teamed up to create the first beer can. Author Linda J. Barth reveals these and many more stories of the state's diverse tradition of original ideas and trailblazing personas.

Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics

Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics

by Chris Christie

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Call number: J923.3 C553

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2019

Publisher: Hachette Books

In Let Me Finish, Christie sets the record straight about his tenure as a corruption-fighting prosecutor and a Republican running a Democratic state, as well as what really happened on the 2016 campaign trail and inside Trump Tower. Christie takes readers inside the ego-driven battles for Trump's attention among figures like Steve Bannon, Corey Lewandowksi, Reince Priebus, Kellyanne Conway, Jeff Sessions, and Paul Manafort. He shows how the literal trashing of Christie's transition plan put the new administration in the hands of self-serving amateurs, all but guaranteeing the Trump presidency's shaky start. Christie also addresses hot-button issues from his own years in power, including what really went down during Bridgegate. And, for the first time, Christie tells the full story of the Kushner saga: how, as a federal prosecutor, Christie put Jared Kushner's powerful father behind bars--a fact Trump's son-in-law makes Christie pay for later.

Curveball

Curveball

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Call number: J813.6 J587

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2018

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

Derek is having the best summer yet! Fun on the lake with his cousins, baseball, and a visit from his best friend, Dave: what more could he ask for? It gets even better when Derek gets to go to a Yankees game and meets a bunch of kids who play ball near the stadium, and they’re good. Awesome, actually, especially Jumbo and Tiny. Derek can’t wait to introduce them to Dave, but Grandma says if he wants to go to another Yankees game, he’ll have to earn some of the money for tickets himself. This means spending quality time with Grandpa mowing lawns and learning the meaning of hard work. Derek brings Dave to meet Tiny and Jumbo, whom Derek admires. But when Jumbo tries to convince Derek to do something he’s sure will get him in trouble, Derek has to rethink who his role models are.

Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life Is a Joke

Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life Is a Joke

by Chris Grabenstein, James Patterson

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Call number: J813.6 P3177

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2017

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books

Jacky Hart has found a hidden talent in the performing arts, and she's a triple threat onstage! She wants nothing more than to act and sing all summer -- but her parents have other plans for her. Jacky reluctantly signs up for a summer job in her resort town of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, where tourists come to enjoy the beach and fun carnival atmosphere. Now she has serious responsibilities like her job and babysitting her younger sisters, but Jacky longs to perform in the summer stock performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Can she handle all of her important commitments and still have fun with her friends -- or will she learn that juggling isn't one of her many talents?

Mystery, Millions Murder in North Jersey: The Tragic Kidnapping of Exxon's Sidney Reso

Mystery, Millions Murder in North Jersey: The Tragic Kidnapping of Exxon's Sidney Reso

by John E. O'Rourke

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Call number: J364.1 O746

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2019

Publisher: The History Press

On a spring morning in Morristown in 1992, authorities discovered a car idling in a driveway with the door open and the driver missing. After they learned the driver was Sidney Reso, the president of Exxon International, the FBI joined the investigation. Over the next two months, law enforcement received cryptic communications that led to a cat-and-mouse chase for those responsible. Retired cop Arthur Seale and his wife, Irene, demanded one of the largest ransoms in U.S. history, and authorities struggled to solve the case. Author John E. O'Rourke recounts the crime that rocked a sleepy community and brought the nation's eyes to North Jersey.

Ridgewood

Ridgewood

by M. Earl Smith

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Call number: J974.921 R56 S639

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2017

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

Given that Ridgewood lies within 20 miles of Lower Manhattan, it would be easy to dismiss this little town as another New York suburb. Settled by Johannes Van Emburgh in 1700, this slice of New Jersey was a pivotal safe haven for the founding fathers, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Aaron Burr. In 1894, the State of New Jersey incorporated the area as a village, and what followed were 100 years of business and leisure with places like Woolworth's, the Erie Railroad Company, and First National Bank dominating the landscape.  With its distinct mix of history and comfort, Ridgewood is unique in comparison to other towns in New Jersey and a fine place to call home.

Like Vanessa

Like Vanessa

by Tami Charles

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Call number: J813.6 C4771

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2019

Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing

In this semi-autobiographical debut novel set in 1983, Vanessa Martin's real-life reality of living with family in public housing in Newark, New Jersey is a far cry from the glamorous Miss America stage. She struggles with a mother she barely remembers, a grandfather dealing with addiction and her own battle with self-confidence. But when a new teacher at school coordinates a beauty pageant and convinces Vanessa to enter, Vanessa's view of her own world begins to change. Vanessa discovers that her own self-worth is more than the scores of her talent performance and her interview answers, and that she doesn't need a crown to be comfortable in her own skin and see her own true beauty.

Fair Ball

Fair Ball

by Derek Jeter

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Call number: J813.6 J587c

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2018

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

Derek has a lot to look forward to. School is almost out, his baseball team is competing in the Westwood Little League Playoffs, and then he’ll head to his grandparents’ house for the summer. Sure, there are finals to study for first, but Derek doesn’t mind. Maybe this year he’ll get better grades than Gary. But when his best friend Dave starts to act strangely, ignoring Derek and canceling their plans, his summer isn’t looking quite so fun. What’s going on? Doesn’t he want to be Derek’s friend anymore? Derek is so distracted by his problems with Dave that he makes a mistake in the outfield during a key play—and his team loses the game. It’s so unfair! With the championship at stake and finals looming, Derek needs to stay focused or risk everything.

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