Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

These are books and media new to the library and cataloged by the Inyo County Free Library.

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In the kingdom of ice: the grand and terrible polar voyage of the USS Jeannette

By Sides, Hampton

Publishing Date: [2014]

Classification: 900

Call Number: 910.452 SID

A dramatic account of the ill-fated 19th-century naval expedition to the North Pole cites the contributions of German cartographer August Peterman, New York Herald owner James Gordon Bennett and famed naval officer George Washington De Long in the team's efforts to survive brutal environmental conditions.

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Below another sky: a mountain adventure in search of a lost father

By Ridgeway, Rick

Publishing Date: 2001

Classification: 900

Call Number: 915.1 RID

In November 1980, legendary mountaineer Ridgeway watched his friend Jonathan die in his arms after being caught in an avalanche in the Himalayas. Now, 20 years later, as he leads Asia, Jonathan's daughter, on a quest back to the mountains of Tibet in search of Jonathan's grave site, Ridgeway reflects on his friend, on Tibet and on his career as a climber in a moving and exciting tale that is part memoir, part adventure story. To give both the reader and Asia now a young woman who has no recollection of her father a fuller understanding of the man Jonathan was, Ridgeway incorporates entries from his friend's journal into his narrative. Ridgeway's writing is vivid, uncluttered and, mostly, unsentimental. Indeed, the author's voice is most authentic describing climbing itself the lure of the challenge, the thrill of the danger and the sheer beauty of the adrenaline-charged and psychically compelling experience. Although never overtly religious, Ridgeway digs deep to explore his own spirituality in a profoundly spiritual place, recounting his discussions with Asia about Jonathan's commitment to Buddhism and how they may be able to incorporate elements of his beliefs into their lives. Author tour. (Jan. 9) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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The last train to Zona Verde: my ultimate African safari

By Theroux, Paul

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 916.881 THE

The world's most acclaimed travel writer journeys through western Africa from Cape Town to the Congo.

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By Davidson, Robyn

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 900

Call Number: 919.41 DAV

When Robyn Davidson first set out to make her journey across the deserts of Australia, alone but for her dog and four camels, she was called a lunatic, a would-be suicide, and a shameless publicity seeker. But this high-spirited, engrossing book reveals that she is something more: a genuine traveler driven by a love of Australia's landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity.

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Year zero: a history of 1945

By Buruma, Ian

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.5314 BUR

A global history of the pivotal year 1945 as a new world emerged from the ruins of World War II. Regime change had come on a global scale: across Asia (including China, Korea, Indochina, and the Philippines, and of course Japan) and all of continental Europe. Out of the often vicious power struggles that ensued emerged the modern world as we know it. In human terms, the scale of transformation is almost impossible to imagine. Great cities around the world lay in ruins, their populations decimated, displaced, starving. Harsh revenge was meted out on a wide scale, and the ground was laid for much horror to come. At the same time, the euphoria of the liberated was extraordinary. The postwar years gave rise to the European welfare state, the United Nations, decolonization, Japanese pacifism, the European Union, and the Cold War.--From publisher description.

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Shots fired in anger: a rifleman's-eye view of the activities on the Island of Guadalcanal, in the Solomons, during the elimination of the Japanese forces there by the American Army under General Patc

By George, John B.

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.5426 GEO

This is the story of the Guadalcanal campaign as only a rifleman can tell it. In Shots Fired in Anger, Lieutenant Colonel John B. George recounts his brutal experiences in frontline jungle warfare and examines the weapons, tactics, equipment and combat mentalities that won and lost the fight. Laced with informative illustrations and lightened by stories of hunting, drinking and military jokes played in the face of death. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Wave

By Deraniyagala, Sonali

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 954.9303 DER

On the morning of December 26, 2004, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala lost her parents, her husband, and her two young sons in the tsunami she miraculously survived. In this brave and searingly frank memoir, she describes those first horrifying moments and her long journey since. She has written an engrossing, unsentimental, beautifully poised account: as she struggles through the first months following the tragedy, furiously clenched against a reality that she cannot face and cannot deny; and then, over the ensuing years, as she emerges reluctantly, slowly allowing her memory to take her back through the rich and joyous life she's mourning, from her family's home in London, to the birth of her children, to the year she met her English husband at Cambridge, to her childhood in Colombo; all the while learning the difficult balance between the almost unbearable reminders of her loss and the need to keep her family, somehow, still alive within her.--Publisher description.

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America: imagine a world without her

By D'Souza, Dinesh

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973 DSO

Is America a source of pride, as Americans have long held, or shame, as Progressives allege? Beneath an innocent exterior, are our lives complicit in a national project of theft, expropriation, oppression, and murder, or is America still the hope of the world? D'Souza offers a passionate and sharply reasoned defense of America, knocking down every important accusation made by Progressives against our country.

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The bully pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the golden age of journalism

By Goodwin, Doris Kearns

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.911 GOO

A dynamic history of the muckracking press and the first decade of the Progressive era as told through the intense friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft--a close relationship that strengthens both men before it ruptures in 1912 when they engage in a brutal fight for the presidential nomination that cripples the progressive wing of the Republican Party, causing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to be elected, and changing the country's history.

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The bully pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the golden age of journalism

By Goodwin, Doris Kearns

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.911 GOO

A dynamic history of the muckracking press and the first decade of the Progressive era as told through the intense friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft--a close relationship that strengthens both men before it ruptures in 1912 when they engage in a brutal fight for the presidential nomination that cripples the progressive wing of the Republican Party, causing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to be elected, and changing the country's history.

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The heart of everything that is: the untold story of Red Cloud, an American legend

By Drury, Bob

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 978.004 DRU

The untold story of the great Ogala Sioux chief Red Cloud, the most powerful Indian commander of the Plains who witnessed the opening of the West and forced the American government to sue for peace in a conflict named for him.

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The heart of everything that is: the untold story of Red Cloud, an American legend

By Drury, Bob

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 978.004 DRU

The untold story of the great Ogala Sioux chief Red Cloud, the most powerful Indian commander of the Plains who witnessed the opening of the West and forced the American government to sue for peace in a conflict named for him.

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Empress Dowager Cixi: the concubine who launched modern China

By Chang, Jung

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: B CIXI

In this ground-breaking biography, Jung Chang vividly describes how Empress Dowager Cixi fought against monumental obstacles to change China. Under her the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state: industries, railways, electricity, telegraph, and an army and navy with up-to-date weaponry.

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