New Books (November 8, 2019)

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Our featured eBook is Go Ahead in the Rain : Notes to a Tribe Called Quest

How does one pay homage to A Tribe Called Quest? The seminal rap group brought jazz into the genre, resurrecting timeless rhythms to create masterpieces such as The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders. Seventeen years after their last album, they resurrected themselves with an intense, socially conscious record, We Got It from Here . . . Thank You 4 Your Service, which arrived when fans needed it most, in the aftermath of the 2016 election. Poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib digs into the group’s history and draws from his own experience to reflect on how its distinctive sound resonated among fans like himself. The result is as ambitious and genre-bending as the rap group itself.

Abdurraqib traces the Tribe’s creative career, from their early days as part of the Afrocentric rap collective known as the Native Tongues, through their first three classic albums, to their eventual breakup and long hiatus. Their work is placed in the context of the broader rap landscape of the 1990s, one upended by sampling laws that forced a reinvention in production methods, the East Coast–West Coast rivalry that threatened to destroy the genre, and some record labels’ shift from focusing on groups to individual MCs. Throughout the narrative Abdurraqib connects the music and cultural history to their street-level impact. Whether he’s remembering The Source magazine cover announcing the Tribe’s 1998 breakup or writing personal letters to the group after bandmate Phife Dawg’s death, Abdurraqib seeks the deeper truths of A Tribe Called Quest; truths that—like the low end, the bass—are not simply heard in the head, but felt in the chest.

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Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms

Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms

by Timothy D. Walker

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Call number: 370.154 Wal

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Published: 2017

Publisher: W. W. Norton Company

Finland shocked the world when its fifteen-year-olds scored highest on the first Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a set of tests touted for evaluating critical-thinking skills in math, science, and reading. That was in 2001; but even today, this tiny Nordic nation continues to amaze. How does Finnish education—with short school days, light homework loads, and little standardized testing—produce students who match the PISA scores of high-powered, stressed-out kids in Asia? When Timothy D. Walker started teaching fifth graders at a Helsinki public school, he began a search for the secrets behind the successes of Finland’s schools. Walker wrote about several of those discoveries, and his Atlantic articles on this subject became hot topics of conversation. Here, he gathers all he learned and reveals how any teacher can implement many of Finland's best practices.

Young Castro: The Making of a Revolutionary

Young Castro: The Making of a Revolutionary

by Jonathan M. Hansen

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Call number: 972.91 Han

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Published: 2019

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

This book will change how you think about Fidel Castro. Until now, biographers have treated Castro’s life like prosecutors, scouring his past for evidence to convict a person they don’t like or don’t understand. This can make for bad history and unsatisfying biography. Young Castro challenges readers to put aside the caricature of a bearded, cigar-munching, anti-American hot head to discover how Castro became the dictator who acted as a thorn in the side of US presidents for nearly half a century.  These pages show Fidel Castro getting his toughness from a father who survived Spain’s nasty class system and colonial wars to become one of the most successful independent plantation owners in Cuba. They show a boy running around that plantation more comfortable playing with the children of his father’s laborers than his tony classmates at elite boarding schools in Santiago de Cuba and Havana. These pages show a liberal democrat who admires FDR’s New Deal policies and is skeptical of communism, but is also hostile to American imperialism. In short, Young Castro reveals a complex man.

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

by David Epstein

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Call number: 153.9 Eps

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Published: 2019

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.  David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.

Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World

Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World

by Emma Southon

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Call number: 937.07 Sou

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Published: 2019

Publisher: Pegasus Books

In her own time, she was recognized as a woman of unparalleled power. Beautiful and intelligent, she was portrayed as alternately a ruthless murderer and helpless victim, the most loving mother and the most powerful woman of the Roman empire, using sex, motherhood, manipulation, and violence to get her way, and single-minded in her pursuit of power for herself and her son, Nero. This book follows Agrippina as a daughter, born in Cologne, to the expected heir to Augustus’s throne; as a sister to Caligula who raped his sisters and showered them with honors until they attempted rebellion against him and were exiled; as a seductive niece and then wife to Claudius who gave her access to near unlimited power; and then as a mother to Nero—who adored her until he had her assassinated. Through senatorial political intrigue, assassination attempts, and exile to a small island, to the heights of imperial power, thrones, and golden cloaks and games and adoration, Agrippina scaled the absolute limits of female power in Rome. Her biography is also the story of the first Roman imperial family—the Julio-Claudians—and of the glory and corruption of the empire itself.

The Widow Washington

The Widow Washington

by Martha Saxton

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Call number: 973.41 Sax

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Published: 2019

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Widow Washington is the first life of Mary Ball Washington, George Washington’s mother, based on archival sources. Her son’s biographers have, for the most part, painted her as self-centered and crude, a trial and an obstacle to her oldest child. But the records tell a very different story. Mary Ball, the daughter of a wealthy planter and a formerly indentured servant, was orphaned young and grew up working hard, practicing frugality and piety. Stepping into Virginia’s upper class, she married an older man, the planter Augustine Washington, with whom she had five children before his death eleven years later. As a widow deprived of most of her late husband’s properties, Mary struggled to raise her children, but managed to secure them places among Virginia’s elite. In her later years, she and her wealthy son George had a contentious relationship, yet Mary Ball Washington had a greater impact on George than mothers of that time and place usually had on their sons. Martha Saxton’s The Widow Washington is a necessary and deeply insightful corrective, telling the story of Mary’s long, arduous life on its own terms, and not treating her as her son’s satellite.

Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and the Road to War

Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and the Road to War

by Tim Bouverie

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Call number: 327.41 Bou

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Published: 2019

Publisher: Tim Duggan Books

On a wet afternoon in September 1938, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain stepped off an airplane and announced that his visit to Hitler had averted the greatest crisis in recent memory. It was, he later assured the crowd in Downing Street, "peace for our time." Less than a year later, Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War began. Appeasement is a groundbreaking history of the disastrous years of indecision, failed diplomacy and parliamentary infighting that enabled Hitler's domination of Europe. Drawing on deep archival research and sources not previously seen by historians, Tim Bouverie has created an unforgettable portrait of the ministers, aristocrats, and amateur diplomats who, through their actions and inaction, shaped their country's policy and determined the fate of Europe.

The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light

The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light

by Jean Edward Smith

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Call number: 940.54 Smi

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Published: 2019

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Following their breakout from Normandy in late June 1944, the Allies swept across northern France in pursuit of the German army. The Allies intended to bypass Paris and cross the Rhine into Germany, ending the war before winter set in. But as they advanced, local forces in Paris began their own liberation, defying the occupying German troops. Charles de Gaulle, the leading figure of the Free French government, urged General Dwight Eisenhower to divert forces to liberate Paris. Eisenhower’s advisers recommended otherwise, but Ike wanted to help position de Gaulle to lead France after the war. And both men were concerned about partisan conflict in Paris that could leave the communists in control of the city and the national government. Neither man knew that the German commandant, Dietrich von Choltitz, convinced that the war was lost, schemed to surrender the city to the Allies intact, defying Hitler’s orders to leave it a burning ruin. After the war German generals argued that Eisenhower’s decision to enter Paris prolonged the war for another six months. Was Paris worth this price?

A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century

A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century

by Jason DeParle

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Call number: 305.899 DeP

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Published: 2019

Publisher: Viking

When Jason DeParle moved into the Manila slums with Tita Comodas and her family three decades ago, he never imagined his reporting on them would span three generations and turn into the defining chronicle of a new age--the age of global migration. DeParle paints an intimate portrait of an unforgettable family as they endure years of sacrifice and separation, willing themselves out of shantytown poverty into a new global middle class. At the heart of the story is Tita's daughter, Rosalie. Beating the odds, she struggles through nursing school and works her way across the Middle East until a Texas hospital fulfills her dreams with a job offer in the States. Expertly combining the personal and panoramic, DeParle presents a family saga and a global phenomenon. Restarting her life in Galveston, Rosalie, her reluctant husband, and three young children must learn to become a family, even as they learn a new country. Ordinary and extraordinary at once, their journey is a twenty-first-century classic, rendered in gripping detail.

Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning

Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning

by Elliot Ackerman

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Call number: 956.704 Ack

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Published: 2019

Publisher: Penguin Press

Toward the beginning of Places and Names, Elliot Ackerman sits in a refugee camp in southern Turkey, across the table from a man named Abu Hassar, who fought for Al Qaeda in Iraq, and whose connections to the Islamic State are murky. At first, Ackerman pretends to have been a journalist during the Iraq War, but after establishing a rapport with Abu Hassar, he takes a risk by revealing to him that, in fact, he was a Marine special operations officer. Ackerman then draws the shape of the Euphrates River on a large piece of paper, and his one-time adversary quickly joins him in the game of filling in the map with the names and dates of where they saw fighting during the war. Surprisingly, they realized that they had shadowed each other for some time. Ackerman shares this, and other powerful stories of his own experiences in battle, culminating in the events of the Second Battle of Fallujah, where Ackerman's actions leading a rifle platoon saw him awarded the Silver Star. He interweaves these stories with contemporary geopolitics through his vantage as a journalist in Istanbul, and with the human extremes of both bravery and horror.

The Volunteer: One Man's Mission to Lead an Underground Army Inside Auschwitz and Stop the Holocaust

The Volunteer: One Man's Mission to Lead an Underground Army Inside Auschwitz and Stop the Holocaust

by Jack Fairweather

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Call number: 940.53 Fai

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Published: 2019

Publisher: Custom House

The incredible true story of a Polish resistance fighter’s infiltration of Auschwitz to sabotage the camp from within, and his daring escape to warn the Allies about the Nazis’ true plans for a “Final Solution.”  To uncover the fate of the thousands being interred at a mysterious Nazi camp on the border of the Reich, a young Polish resistance fighter named Witold Pilecki volunteered for an audacious mission: intentionally get captured and transported to the new camp to report back on what was going on there. But gathering information was not his only task: he was to execute an attack from inside—where the Germans would least expect it. The name of the camp was Auschwitz. Completely erased from the historical record by Poland’s Communist government, Pilecki remains almost unknown to the world. Now, with exclusive access to previously hidden diaries, family and camp survivor accounts and recently declassified files, Jack Fairweather reveals Witold’s exploits with vivid, cinematic bravura. He also uncovers the tragic outcome of Pilecki’s mission, in which the ultimate betrayal came not on the Continent, but in England. The Volunteer includes 16-pages of black-and-white photographs and six maps.

Every Job Is a Sales Job: How to Use the Art of Selling to Win at Work

Every Job Is a Sales Job: How to Use the Art of Selling to Win at Work

by Cindy McGovern

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Call number: 658.85 McG

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Published: 2019

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

While you may not have "sales" in your title, that doesn't mean you don't have to sell. Renowned sales authority Dr. Cindy McGovern believes that everyone is a salesperson, regardless of his or her job description. When you ask for a referral, network to form a new connection, or interview for a job, you're selling the other person on an ideal version of yourself. Every Job is a Sales Job will help you learn to identify "selling" opportunities that you may have overlooked. This indispensable roadmap will show you how to take control of your personal and professional success. This book will help you: -Create a plan and set attainable goals, -Identify subtle opportunities that could result in future success, -Establish trust and listen for clues to understand what others need, -Ask for what you want and move past the fear of rejection, -Follow up on your ask, be grateful, and pay it forward, -Muster up the courage to ask for referrals and references.

Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Blockchain Assets

Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Blockchain Assets

by Chris Burniske, Jack Tatar

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Call number: 332.178 Bur

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Published: 2017

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

One of the fastest growing investment opportunities in the world today, blockchain assets such as bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are changing the way investors think, use, and grow their money. This clear, concise, and accessible guide from two industry experts is the first book of its kind to explain this brave new world to investors who want to explore the potential of blockchain assets in their portfolios. It gives readers an understanding of how this new asset class has evolved over the last decade, as well as an actionable framework with which to evaluate new blockchain assets and position investment portfolios in the coming wave of blockchain asset innovation. Investors will learn how to securitize these assets in familiar investment vehicles and leverage multiple platforms to achieve their financial goals. This is the future of money.

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