Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

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Millennium people

By Ballard, J. G.

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

After his ex-wife is killed in a bombing at Heathrow airport, David Markham infiltrates the shadowy protest group responsible and finds himself becoming brainwashed by the group's charismatic leader.

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The sly company of people who care

By Bhattacharya, Rahul

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

A cricket journalist quits his job to relocate to Guyana, where he immerses himself in its decaying wooden houses, sugarcane plantations, and diamond-hunter-scavenged rain forest before going on an adventure with the feisty Jan.

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Chasing the dime: a novel

By Connelly, Michael

Publishing Date: 2002

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

After accidentally intercepting some telephone messages for the previous tenant of his new apartment, a computer entrepreneur is drawn into a world of sexual escorts and murder.

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Master and God: [a novel of the Roman Empire]

By Davis, Lindsey

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

A tale inspired by the life of first-century Roman emperor Domitian unites reluctant Praetorian Guard Gaius Vinius and imperial court stylist Flavia Lucilla in the wake of a devastating fire and the emperor's descent into mental illness and brutality.

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Ghostman

By Hobbs, Roger

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Stunningly dark, hugely intelligent and thoroughly addictive, Ghostman announces the arrival of an exciting and highly distinctive novelist. When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-thirties and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with. But within hours a private jet is flying this exceptionally experienced fixer and cleaner-upper from Seattle to New Jersey and right into a spectacular mess: one heister dead in the parking lot, another winged but on the run, the shooter a complete mystery, the $1.2 million in freshly printed bills god knows where and the FBI already waiting for Jack at the airport, to be joined shortly by other extremely interested and elusive parties. He has only forty-eight hours until the twice-stolen cash literally explodes, taking with it the wider, byzantine ambitions behind the theft. To contend with all this will require every gram of his skill, ingenuity and self-protective instincts, especially when offense and defense soon become meaningless terms. And as he maneuvers these exceedingly slippery slopes, he relives the botched bank robbery in Kuala Lumpur five years earlier that has now landed him this unwanted new assignment. From its riveting opening pages, Ghostman effortlessly pulls the reader into Jack's refined and peculiar world and the sophisticated shadowboxing grows ever more intense as he moves, hour by hour, toward a constantly reimprovised solution. With a quicksilver plot, gripping prose and masterly expertise, Roger Hobbs has given us a novel that will immediately place him in the company of our most esteemed crime writers.

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So far away: a novel

By Moore, Meg Mitchell

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: FIC

Call Number: FIC

Desperate to escape her parents' ugly divorce and a former best friend's vicious cyber-bullying, thirteen-year-old Natalie bonds with widowed librarian Kathleen over the diary of an early twentieth-century Boston maid.

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What we talk about when we talk about Anne Frank: stories

By Englander, Nathan

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: FIC

Call Number: SS

"The author of the sensational national best seller For the Relief of Unbearable Urges returns with a commanding new collection of short stories: What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank establishes Nathan Englander beyond all doubt as the heir to Roth, Malamud, and Babel. A tour de force. The title story, inspired by Carver's masterpiece, is a comic classic, a provocative portrait of two marriages in which the holocaust is played out as a devastating parlor game. "Camp Sundown" is an outlandishly dark story of vigilante justice undertaken by a troop of geriatric campers in a bucolic summer enclave who recognize a fellow vacationer as a former Nazi guard. "Free Fruit for Young Widows" is a small, sharp study in evil. "Sister Hills" chronicles the history of the Israeli settlements from the eve of the Yom Kippur war through the present, a political story constructed around the tale of two mothers who strike a terrible bargain to save a child. A great leap forward from one of our most audacious and important writers, and a sensational literary event"--

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War in Lincoln County: a western story

By Coolidge, Dane

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: W

Call Number: W

Curly Wells knew there was something off about the young gunfighter who nearly took his life during a simple trip to find a stolen horse. A suspected rustler, the gunfighter, named Tuffy Malone, has been harassing Melissa McCoy. When Curly's horse again goes missing, Curly faces a group of renegade rustlers who seem bent on war.

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Seeing Double: Shared Identities in Physics, Philosophy, and Literature

By Pesic, Peter

Publishing Date: 2002

Classification: 100

Call Number: 111.82 PES

This delightful treatise addresses questions having to do with identity, individuality, and distinguishability. Trained as a physicist, Pesic (tutor and musician-in-residence, St. John's College) takes his readers on a dazzling ride through history, literature, physics, chemistry, and philosophy. When the ship in which the Athenians sailed every year to the isle of Delos to pay homage to Apollo needed repair and the Greek citizens decided to replace worn parts with identical pieces, would the ship, though indistinguishable from its original, still be the same ship after every part had been replaced? If electrons cannot be distinguished from one another, how is it possible to count them? In what lies the identity of an object if not in its individuality, i.e., its distinguishability from all others? Pesic offers no final answers to these riddles, but the implications are staggering. Does the absence of individuality at the quantum level apply at the macro level? If so, how is the cloned animal distinguished from the original? In the last two pages Pesic touches on the issue of identity in humans and suggests that perhaps individuals gain their identity through participation in the existence of the other. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above in psychology and a variety of disciplines. Copyright 2002 American Library Association

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What makes your brain happy and why you should do the opposite

By DiSalvo, David

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 100

Call Number: 152.42 DIS

Years of neuroscience research have led to the current understanding of the brain as a prediction machine. The problem is that our brains' evolved capacity for avoiding and defending against threats has a slew of by-products, all tightly woven into our day-to-day thinking and behavior, that ensnare us while making our threat-anticipating brains "happy."

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The moral landscape: how science can determine human values

By Harris, Sam

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 100

Call Number: 171.2 HAR

Bestselling author Sam Harris dismantles the most common justification for religious faith--that a moral system cannot be based on science.

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Supernatural selection: how religion evolved

By Rossano, Matthew J.

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 200

Call Number: 200.9 ROS

In 2006, scientist Richard Dawkins published a blockbuster best-seller, The God Delusion. This atheist manifesto sparked a furious reaction from believers, who have responded with numerous books of their own. By pitting science against religion, however, this debate overlooks what science can tell us about religion. According to evolutionary psychologist Maul Rossano, what science reveals is that religion made us human. --

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Jesus and Muhammad: parallel tracks, parallel lives

By Peters, F. E.

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 200

Call Number: 200.922 PET

"Jesus and Muhammad are two of the best known and revered figures in history, each with a billion or more global followers. Now, in this intriguing volume, F.E. Peters offers a clear and compelling analysis of the parallel lives of Jesus and Muhammad, the first such in-depth comparison in print." "Like a detective, Peters compiles "dossiers of what we do and do not know about the lives and portraits of these towering figures, drawing on the views of modern historians and the evidence of the Gospels and the Quran. With erudition and wit, the author nimbly leads the reader through drama and dogma to reveal surprising similarities between the two leaders and their messages Each had a public career as a semi-sucessful preacher Both encountered opposition that threatened their lives and those of their followers. Each left a body of teaching purported to be their very words, with an urgent imperative that all must become believers in the face of the approaching apacalypse. Both are symbols of hope on the one hand and of God's terrible judgment on the other. They are bringers of peace--and the sword. There is, however a fundamental difference. Muslims tevere Muhammad ibn Abdullah of Mecca as a mortal prophet. Although known as a prophet in his day, the Galilean Jew Jesus was and is believed by his followers to have been the promised Messiah, indeed the son of God The Quran records revelations received by Muhammad as the messenger of God, whereas the revelations of the Gospels focus on Jesus and the events of his life and death." "A lasting contribution to interfaith understanding, Jesus and Muhammad offers lucid, intelligent answers to questions that underlie some of the world's most intractable conflicts."--BOOK JACKET.

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American grace: how religion divides and unites us

By Putnam, Robert D.

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 200

Call Number: 201 PUT

Examines the impact of religion on American life and how that impact has changed in the last half-century.

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Atoms and Eden: conversations on religion and science

By Paulson, Steve

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 200

Call Number: 202.4 PAU

A series of interviews, conducted by Paulson, each preceeded by a short introduction.

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Radical: taking back your faith from the American Dream

By Platt, David

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 200

Call Number: 261.109 PLA

Examines the ways in which the gospel is contradicted by the American dream and challenges Christians to join in a one-year experiment in authentic discipleship that promises spiritual transformation through the word of God.

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The abacus and the cross: the story of the Pope who brought the light of science to the Dark Ages

By Brown, Nancy Marie

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 200

Call Number: 270.3092 BRO

Traces the achievements of medieval Pope Sylvester II, revealing his lesser-known role in promoting scientific awareness throughout turn-of-the-first-millennium Catholicism and his introduction of Arabic numerals to Europe.

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The only negotiating guide you'll ever need: 101 ways to win every time in any situation

By Stark, Peter B.

Publishing Date: 2003

Classification: 300

Call Number: 302.3 STA

Identifies a set of simple principles for negotiating in any situation, sharing one-page lessons designed to take the dread out of persuasion and to minimize the risks in important relationships. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Alone together: why we expect more from technology and less from each other

By Turkle, Sherry

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 300

Call Number: 303.4833 TUR

In "Alone Together," MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It's a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for--and sacrificing--in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today's self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity.

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NEW RELEASE

Aging in America

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 300

Call Number: 305.26

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