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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Edison & the electric chair: a story of light and death

By Essig, Mark Regan

Publishing Date: 2003

Classification: 300

Call Number: 364.66 ESS

Describes how Thomas Edison, an avowed opponent of the death penalty, became the creator of the electric chair, offering a close-up look the social, cultural, economic, and political factors involved in the invention; the battle between Edison and his rival George Westinghouse; lawmakers' search for a humane form of execution; and more. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Fur, fortune, and empire: the epic history of the fur trade in America

By Dolin, Eric Jay

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 381 DOL

For all of fur's contentious position in American culture today, historian Eric Jay Dolin shows its centrality in our nation's ever-surprising history. He argues that the trade in animal skins turned colonial America into a tumultuous frontier where global powers battled for control. From the seventeenth century right on up to the Gilded Age, the developed world's appetite for fur made the new continent, with its wealth of fur-bearing wildlife, a seemingly inexhaustible resource. The result was a major boost in the evolution of the colonies into a powerful new player on the world stage. Dolin sheds insight on the ways the fur trade created international tensions--in New England, the Great Lakes, and in the expanding West. Fur traders were often the first white men to map major rivers, forests, and mountains, then soon pushed Native Americans off their lands as John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company attempted to monopolize the West.--From publisher description.

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My Korean deli: risking it all for a convenience store

By Howe, Ben Ryder

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 381.147 HOW

Follows the store's tumultuous life span, and along the way paints the portrait of an extremely unlikely partnership between characters with shoots across society, from the Brooklyn streets to Seoul to Puritan New England. Owning the deli becomes a transformative experience for everyone involved as they struggle to salvage the original gift--and the family--while sorting out issues of values, work, and identity.

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The phone book: the curious history of the book that everyone uses but no one reads

By Shea, Ammon

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 384.6025 SHE

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The math book: from Pythagoras to the 57th dimension, 250 milestones in the history of mathematics

By Pickover, Clifford A.

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 500

Call Number: 510.9 PIC

Beginning millions of years ago with ancient "ant odometers" and moving through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions, it covers 250 milestones in mathematical history. --from publisher description.

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Gravity's engines: how bubble-blowing black holes rule galaxies, stars, and life in the cosmos

By Scharf, Caleb A.

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 500

Call Number: 523.8875 SCH

"We've long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Often billions of times more massive than the Sun, they lurk in the inner sanctum of almost every galaxy of stars in the universe. They're mysterious chasms so destructive and unforgiving that not even light can escape their deadly wrath. Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely different side to black holes. As the astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals in Gravity's Engines, these chasms in space-time don't just vacuum up everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter. Black holes blow bubbles. With clarity and keen intellect, Scharf masterfully explains how these bubbles profoundly rearrange the cosmos around them. Engaging with our deepest questions about the universe, he takes us on an intimate journey through the endlessly colorful place we call our galaxy and reminds us that the Milky Way sits in a special place in the cosmic zoo--a "sweet spot" of properties. Is it coincidental that we find ourselves here at this place and time? Could there be a deeper connection between the nature of black holes and their role in the universe and the phenomenon of life? We are, after all, made of the stuff of stars"--Provided by publisher.

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Einstein's clocks, Poincaré's maps: empires of time

By Galison, Peter Louis

Publishing Date: c2003

Classification: 500

Call Number: 529 GAL

A dramatic new account of the parallel quests to harness time that culminated in the revolutionary science of relativity, Einstein's Clocks, Poincare´'s Maps is "part history, part science, part adventure, part biography, part meditation on the meaning of modernity....In Galison's telling of science, the meters and wires and epoxy and solder come alive as characters, along with physicists, engineers, technicians and others....Galison has unearthed fascinating material" (New York Times).

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The physics book: from the big bang to quantum resurrection, 250 milestones in the history of physics

By Pickover, Clifford A.

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 530.09 PIC

Following the hugely successful The Science Book and The Math Book comes a richly illustrated chronology of physics, containing 250 short, entertaining, and thought-provoking entries. In addition to exploring such engaging topics as dark energy, parallel universes, the Doppler effect, the God particle, and Maxwell's demon, the book's timeline extends back billions of years to the hypothetical Big Bang and forward trillions of years to a time of "quantum resurrection." Like the previous titles in this series, The Physics Book helps readers gain an understanding of major concepts without getting bogged down in complex details. --- Book Description.

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The hidden reality: parallel universes and the deep laws of the cosmos

By Greene, B.

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 530.12 GRE

"The Hidden Reality" reveals how major developments in different branches of fundamental theoretical physics -- relativistic, quantum, cosmological, unified, computational -- have all led us to consider one or another variety of parallel universe.

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Drawn from nature: the botanical art of Joseph Prestele and his sons

By Van Ravenswaay, Charles

Publishing Date: 1984

Classification: 500

Call Number: 580.22 VAN

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Deadly kingdom: the book of dangerous animals

By Grice, Gordon

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 500

Call Number: 591.65 GRI

Describes the author's life-long obsession with dangerous animals that prompted his amateur studies with virtually all dangerous creatures, from sharks and bears to alligators and spiders.

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The playful brain: the surprising science of how puzzles improve your mind

By Restak, Richard M.

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 600

Call Number: 612.82 RES

A leading neuroscientist and a noted puzzle designer team up to reveal how solving puzzles improves one's brain function, giving readers the chance to work puzzles while learning how to boost their brain.

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The Mayo Clinic diet

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 600

Call Number: 613.25

From Mayo Clinic, a leading authority on health and nutrition, comes The Mayo Clinic Diet, the last diet you'll ever need. Features a two-week quick-start program, meal planners, recipes, tips for overcoming challenges, starting an exercise plan, and much more.

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The Virgin diet: drop 7 foods, lose 7 pounds, just 7 days

By Virgin, J J

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 600

Call Number: 613.25 VIR

In this groundbreaking program, nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin reveals the real secret behind weight gain--"food intolerance"-- and advocates eating plenty of anti-inflammatory, healing foods to reclaim your health and reset your metabolism, while avoiding the 7 foods that are most likely to cause food intolerance.

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Hit by a farm: how I learned to stop worrying and love the barn

By Friend, Catherine

Publishing Date: c2006

Classification: 600

Call Number: 630.9776 FRI

Describes how an urban bookworm and children's book author, along with her partner, set out to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a working farm in Minnesota, offering a heartwarming, frequently humorous take on their crash course in living off and living with the land. Original. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Microgreens: how to grow nature's own superfood

By Hill, Fionna

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 600

Call Number: 635.5 HIL

A guide to growing microgreens--tiny seedlings of herbs and vegetables--in container gardens, with information on twenty-five popular varieties, recipes for using them, and tips on care and cultivation.

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The little book of coffee

By Stella, Alain

Publishing Date: 2001

Classification: 600

Call Number: 641.3373 STE

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Southern living ultimate quick & easy cookbook

Publishing Date: c2004

Classification: 600

Call Number: 641.555

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Food to live by: the Earthbound Farm organic cookbook

By Goodman, Myra

Publishing Date: c2006

Classification: 600

Call Number: 641.563 GOO

"From Earthbound Farm's Myra Goodman and her Farm Stand's Organic Kitchen comes an appealing, casual style of cooking. Easy to prepare, the more than 260 recipes make a deliciously persuasive case for using flavorful, fresh, organic foods as often as possible. Take the Sweet Corn Chowder, which uses not only corn kernels for the soup, but also the stripped cobs to make a rich, herb-scented broth. Or Ginger Carrot Soup, which proves how even familiar vegetables take on a whole new intensity and character when raised organically. From Golden Tomato Gazpacho, Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad, Foggy Day Chili, and Merlot-Braised Short Ribs with Cipollini Onions to Farm Stand Carrot Cake and Cherry Panna Cotta, these are deep down delicious dishes for everyone who cares about what they eat. Book jacket."--Jacket.

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Woven treasures: one-of-a-kind bags with folk weaving techniques

By Lamb, Sara

Publishing Date: 2009

Classification: 700

Call Number: 746.14 LAM

With weaving enjoying a resurgence in popularity among crafters and cottage industries worldwide, this guide enables novice weavers to explore basic folk techniques and styles to produce beautiful and evocative handcrafted works of art. From creative conception to completion, aspiring fiber artists are given accessible yet in-depth instructions on hand-manipulating weaving techniques, such as soumak, twining, cut pile, cardweaving, inkle weaving, and plain weave. Containing six easy-to-follow weaving tutorials and projects for eight exquisite hand-woven bags, this manual encourages personal, creative distinctions and promotes understanding and appreciation of the color and textural components of traditional folk weaving style. Designed to instill a sense of creativity and accomplishment through the learned techniques and finished product, this delightful guide is certain to become an essential reference for those starting out in the rewarding and inspirational field of fiber arts.