New Books (July 5, 2019)

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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.

Bingo Love

Bingo Love

by Tee Franklin

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Call number: J 741.5 F797

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2018

Publisher: Image Comics

When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-'60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.

Cape May Through Time

Cape May Through Time

by Joseph E. Salvatore

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Call number: J 974.998 S1829

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2018

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

As early as 1776, the resort of Cape May in southern New Jersey was recognized as a popular, healthy place for bathing in the Atlantic Ocean. The hotels were boarding houses erected in the early 1800s, and by 1850 the town had nearly two dozen, all built of wood. Hailed as the "queen of seaside resorts," Cape May attracted tourists from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and even the Deep South, many who built summer cottages along the oceanfront. A devastating, 35-acre fire in 1878 destroyed seven hotels and more than thirty cottages in the heart of town, but they were quickly replaced with new ones adorned with broad porches and lavished with gingerbread trim. Today, most of the city is a National Historic Landmark in recognition of its well-preserved collection of Victorian-era buildings, considered the best assemblage east of the Mississippi River.

Wildwoods Houses Through Time

Wildwoods Houses Through Time

by Taylor Henry

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Call number: J 974.998 W66 H524

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2018

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

The Wildwoods are four boroughs on a South Jersey barrier island first settled in the late 1800s. Once known as Five Mile Beach, the wind-whipped forest and beaches transformed from fishing town to summer resort. Developers divided the ground into lots, hired architects to draw houses, and construction companies to build them.  Although Wildwood's Victorian architecture was called noteworthy by architects, many homes were not appreciated or protected. Instead of being restored or renovated, they became run-down and were knocked down. But luckily, not all was lost. There are homeowners and developers who see potential in the Wildwoods' history and character. They accept the challenges of preservation, knowing the benefits it brings the community. These people are saving what makes the Wildwoods worth living in.

Essex County Overbrook Hospital

Essex County Overbrook Hospital

by Kevin R Kowalick

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Call number: J 362.21 K885

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2017

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

What was founded as the Essex County Lunacy Asylum evolved from a single building on South Orange Avenue to a city within itself in Cedar Grove. It was named the Essex County Overbrook Hospital. Construction began on the hospital's iconic brick buildings in 1896, and they were prominent features on Fairview Avenue for the next 100 years. The facility produced its own food, housed its own police and fire departments, and sustained its own power sources. The Essex County Overbrook Hospital was recognized throughout the world as a leader in psychiatric care. In later years, overcrowding began to plague the institution. In 2007, the buildings were closed, and the hospital was relocated to a newer establishment nearby. The grounds have since been plagued with vandalism and neglect, with a final deal for demolition having been solidified in 2015.

The Cape May Navy: Delaware Bay Privateers in the American Revolution

The Cape May Navy: Delaware Bay Privateers in the American Revolution

by Daniel P. Stites, J.P. Hand

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Call number: J 974.998 H2331

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2018

Publisher: The History Press

The Delaware Bay during the Revolutionary War was vital for trade and home to a host of armed conflicts between British vessels and American privateers. Cape May County captains in their light, fast vessels captured dozens of British merchant ships off the Atlantic coast. At the Battle of Delaware Bay, Lieutenant Joshua Barney aboard the Hyder Ally overcame massive odds and defeated the British warship General Monk. Colonel Elijah Hand, local hero of the skirmish at Quinton's Bridge, took his military talents to the seas, where he dueled with Tory privateers. Still in his twenties, Yelverton Taylor captured the Triton with hundreds of Hessian soldiers on board. Authors James P. Hand and Daniel P. Stites chart the exciting history of the Cape May Navy in the War for Independence.

South Plainfield in the 20th Century

South Plainfield in the 20th Century

by Richard F. Veit

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Call number: J 974.941 S73 V428

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2017

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

Located in northern Middlesex County, South Plainfield has a rich and fascinating history. It was first settled by the Lenape and later by immigrants from Scotland, England, and the Netherlands. Mills were built, and by the 18th century, it was home to numerous farms and two hamlets: Samptown and New Brooklyn. The 19th century brought the arrival of railroads and industry. After World War II, the borough grew by leaps and bounds as new suburban developments replaced farms and fields. Today, South Plainfield is a strong community with a diverse population located at the crossroads of central New Jersey.

Beyond the City and the Bridge: East Asian Immigration in a New Jersey Suburb

Beyond the City and the Bridge: East Asian Immigration in a New Jersey Suburb

by Noriko Matsumoto

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Call number: J 304.8 M4346

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2018

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

In recent decades, the American suburbs have become an important site for immigrant settlement. Beyond the City and the Bridge presents a case study of Fort Lee, Bergen County, on the west side of the George Washington Bridge connecting Manhattan and New Jersey. Since the 1970s, successive waves of immigrants from East Asia have transformed this formerly white community into one of the most diverse suburbs in the greater New York region. Fort Lee today has one of the largest concentrations of East Asians of any suburb on the East Coast, with Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans forming distinct communities while influencing the structure and everyday life of the borough. Noriko Matsumoto explores the rise of this multiethnic suburb—the complex processes of assimilation and reproduction of ethnicities, the changing social relationships, and the conditions under which such transformations have occurred.

"Strong Medicine" Speaks: A Native American Elder Has Her Say

"Strong Medicine" Speaks: A Native American Elder Has Her Say

by Amy Hill Hearth

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Call number: J 970.1 H4368

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2014

Publisher: Atria Books

Born and raised in a nearly secret part of New Jersey that remains Native ancestral land, Marion "Strong Medicine" Gould is an eighty-five-year-old Elder in her Lenni-Lenape tribe and community. Taking turns with the author as the two women alternate voices throughout this moving book, Strong Medicine tells of her ancestry, tracing it back to the first Native peoples to encounter the Europeans in 1524, through the strife and bloodshed of America's early years, up to the twentieth century and her own lifetime, decades colored by oppression and terror yet still lifted up by the strength of an enduring collective spirit.  This genuine and delightful telling gives voice to a powerful female Elder whose dry wit and charming humor will provide wisdom and inspiration to readers from every background.

Reclaiming African American Students: Legacies, Lessons, and Prescriptions: The Bordentown School Model

Reclaiming African American Students: Legacies, Lessons, and Prescriptions: The Bordentown School Model

by Mildred L Rice Jordan

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Call number: J 371.97 J826

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2017

Publisher: iUniverse

This book gives an intimate look into the history of an African American National Historic Site that was located in Bordentown, New Jersey. It was known by many names: Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored Youth; M.T.I.S.; or the Tuskegee of the North. Most commonly, however, it was called just the "Bordentown School."  Bordentown was founded in 1886 by an ex-slave, Walter Allen Simpson Rice. This book clearly states that no matter how complicated and technologically sophisticated our Society becomes, the Bordentown School's philosophy, policies, and practices can still be a model which can be adapted for Reclaiming African American Students in the 21st Century.

Many Identities, One Nation: The Revolution and Its Legacy in the Mid-Atlantic (Early American Studies)

Many Identities, One Nation: The Revolution and Its Legacy in the Mid-Atlantic (Early American Studies)

by Liam Riordan

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Call number: J 305.8 R5859

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2008

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

The richly diverse population of the mid-Atlantic region distinguished it from the homogeneity of Puritan New England and the stark differences of the plantation South that still dominate our understanding of early America. In Many Identities, One Nation, Liam Riordan explores how the American Revolution politicized religious, racial, and ethnic identities among the diverse inhabitants of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Attending to individual experiences through a close comparative analysis, Riordan explains the transformation from British subjects to U.S. citizens in a region that included Quakers, African Americans, and Pennsylvania Germans.

Change Up

Change Up

by Derek Jeter

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Call number: J 813.6 J587b

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2017

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

Derek is sure this will be the best season yet! He has it all planned—his dad will have him start at shortstop, and the team will cruise to a championship. But sometimes life doesn’t go according to plan. Change Up focuses on a key life lesson of Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation—Deal with Growing Pains—in the series companion to Hit & Miss and The Contract, about which The Wall Street Journal said, “the play by play action is exciting and the lessons many.”

The Contract

The Contract

by Derek Jeter

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Call number: J 813.6 J587a

Collection: Jerseyana

Published: 2016

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

As a young boy, Derek Jeter dreams of being the shortstop for the New York Yankees. He even imagines himself in the World Series. So when Derek is chosen for the Little League Tigers, he hopes to play shortstop. But on the day of the assignments, Derek Starts at second base. Still, he tries his best while he wishes and dreams of that shortstop spot. And to help him stay focused on school, his parents make him a contract: keep up the grades or no baseball. Derek makes sure he always plays his best game—on and off the baseball field!

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