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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Fukushima: the story of a nuclear disaster

By Lochbaum, David A.

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 300

Call Number: 363.17 LOC

"In the first definitive account of the Fukushima disaster, two leading experts from the Union of Concerned Scientists ... team up with journalist Susan Q. Stranahan ... to tell this harrowing story, [which] combines [an] ... account of the tsunami and the nuclear emergency it created with an explanation of the science and technology behind the meltdown as it unfolded in real time"--Amazon.com.

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Embracing new paradigms in education

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 300

Call Number: 370.973

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To fill the skies with pilots: the Civilian Pilot Training Program, 1939-46

By Pisano, Dominick

Publishing Date: c1993

Classification: 300

Call Number: 387.7 PIS

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What if?: serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions

By Munroe, Randall

Publishing Date: [2014]

Classification: 500

Call Number: 500 MUN

Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website.

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Earthquake storms: the fascinating history and volatile future of the San Andreas Fault

By Dvorak, John

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 500

Call Number: 551.2209 DVO

The San Andreas Fault is everywhere, and primed for a colossal quake. For decades, scientists have warned that such a sudden shifting of the Earth's crust is inevitable. In fact, it is a geologic necessity. The San Andreas fault runs almost the entire length of California, from the redwood forest to the east edge of the Salton Sea. Along the way, it passes through two of the largest urban areas of the country--San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dozens of major highways and interstates cross it. Scores of housing developments have been planted over it. The words "San Andreas" are so familiar today that they have become synonymous with earthquake. Yet, few people understand the San Andreas or the network of subsidiary faults it has spawned. Some run through Hollywood, others through Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. The Hayward fault slices the football stadium at the University of California in half. Even among scientists, few appreciate that the San Andreas fault is a transient, evolving system that, as seen today, is younger than the Grand Canyon and key to our understanding of earthquakes worldwide.

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The oldest living things in the world

By Sussman, Rachel

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 500

Call Number: 571.8 SUS

"The Oldest Living Things in the World is an epic journey through time and space. Over the past decade, artist Rachel Sussman has researched, worked with biologists, and traveled the world to photograph continuously living organisms that are 2,000 years old and older. Spanning from Antarctica to Greenland, the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback, the result is a stunning and unique visual collection of ancient organisms unlike anything that has been created in the arts or sciences before, insightfully and accessibly narrated by Sussman along the way...Alongside the photographs, Sussman relays fascinating -- and sometimes harrowing -- tales of her global adventures tracking down her subjects and shares insights from the scientists who research them. The oldest living things in the world are a record and celebration of the past, a call to action in the present, and a barometer of our future." -- Publisher's description.

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The China study: the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted and the startling implications for diet, weight loss and long-term health

By Campbell, T. Colin

Publishing Date: 2005

Classification: 600

Call Number: 613.2 CAM

The link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer is presented in an authoritative text--based on a survey of thousands of adults throughout China and Taiwan--that reveals how proper nutrition can have a dramatic effect on reducing and reversing these ailments. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Missing microbes: how the overuse of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues

By Blaser, Martin J.

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 600

Call Number: 615.7922 BLA

"A critically important and startling look at the harmful effects of overusing antibiotics, from the field's leading expert Tracing one scientist's journey toward understanding the crucial importance of the microbiome, this revolutionary book will take readers to the forefront of trail-blazing research while revealing the damage that overuse of antibiotics is doing to our health: contributing to the rise of obesity, asthma, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome where for hundreds of thousands of years bacterial and human cells have existed in a peaceful symbiosis that is responsible for the health and equilibrium of our body. Now, this invisible eden is being irrevocably damaged by some of our most revered medical advances--antibiotics--threatening the extinction of our irreplaceable microbes with terrible health consequences. Taking us into both the lab and deep into the fields where these troubling effects can be witnessed firsthand, Blaser not only provides cutting edge evidence for the adverse effects of antibiotics, he tells us what we can do to avoid even more catastrophic health problems in the future. "--

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Quantum-touch: the power to heal

By Gordon, Richard

Publishing Date: c2006

Classification: 600

Call Number: 615.822 GOR

Quantum-Touch is the touch-based healing technique that uses the chi of both practitioner and client, bringing them into harmony to allow the body to heal itself. Quantum-Touch differs from other healing techniques because it does not require long years of study and presents none of the common hurdles of understanding or application; anyone can learn to use it to become a healer, both of others and of self. In this new edition of his best-selling guide, Richard Gordon leads the reader step by step, clearly explaining how to use breathing and body-focusing techniques to raise one's energy levels. Once that is achieved, the healer can correct posture and alignment, reduce pain and inflammation, help balance emotional distress, and even heal pets. Above all, Quantum-Touch can be used in tandem with all other healing modalities, including Western medicine, and its efficacy has been attested to by physicians, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and other healing professionals. - (Random House, Inc.)

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Wounded minds: understanding and solving the growing menace of post-traumatic stress disorder

By Liebert, John

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: 600

Call Number: 616.85 LIE

A psychiatrist discusses the reasons post-traumatic stress injuries are increasing, how this is a threat to society, and why the armed forces are doing little to properly deal with the issue. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Predator: the secret origins of the drone revolution

By Whittle, Richard

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 600

Call Number: 623.7469 WHI

"The creation of the first weapon in history that can stalk and kill an enemy on the other side of the globe was far more than clever engineering. As Richard Whittle shows in Predator, it was the most profound development in military and aerospace technology since the intercontinental ballistic missile. Once considered fragile toys, drones were long thought to be of limited utility. The Predator itself was resisted at nearly every turn by the military establishment, but a few iconoclasts refused to see this new technology smothered at birth."--

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Bacon nation: 125 irresistible recipes

By Kaminsky, Peter

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 600

Call Number: 641.664 KAM

Bacon Nation is a bacon-lover's dream, a collection of 125 smoky, savory, crispy, meaty, salty, and sweetly sensuous recipes that go right through the menu. Starters like Spiced Nuts with Bacon; Bacon and Butternut Squash Galette; Bacon, Pear, and Humboldt Fog Salad. Main courses featuring meats{u2014}Brawny Bacon Beef Bourguignon, Saltimbacon; poultry{u2014}Paella with Chicken and Bacon; fish{u2014}Flaky Cod Fillets with Bacon and Wine-Braised Fennel; and pasta, including an update of the classic Roman dish Bucatini all{u2019}Amatriciana. Even dessert: Rum Ice Cream with Candied Bacon Chips and Chocolate-Peanut-Bacon Toffee.

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Spruce: a step-by-step guide to upholstery and design

By Brown, Amanda

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 700

Call Number: 747.5 BRO

This is the only book you'll need to learn the craft and art of upholstery from start to finish. With clear instructions illustrated by more than 900 step-by-step photographs, the five projects included here are designed to teach all of the techniques and skills you need to reupholster any piece of furniture to suit your own taste and style.

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Dinner with Lenny: the last long interview with Leonard Bernstein

By Cott, Jonathan

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: 700

Call Number: 780.92 COT

Features a complete account of the author's twelve-hour interview with Bernstein one year before the classical music personality's death in 1990.

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Bob Dylan: American troubadour

By Brown, Donald

Publishing Date: [2014]

Classification: 700

Call Number: 782.4216 BRO

Overview: Tempo: A Scarecrow Press Music Series of Rock, Pop, and Culture offers titles that explore rock and popular music through the lens of social and cultural history, revealing the dynamic relationship between musicians, music, and their milieu. Like other major art forms, rock and pop music comment on their cultural, political, and even economic situation, reflecting the technological advances, psychological concerns, religious feelings, and artistic trends of their times. Whether you are a professional musician or regular listener, diehard fan or music student, titles in the Tempo series are the ideal introduction to major pop and rock artists and the music they produced and their cultural and musical impact on society. With each year, new books appear on Bob Dylan, attesting to his continuing importance as a major figure in American music and culture. Bob Dylan: American Troubadour is the first book on Dylan to look at his entire career, from his first album to his most recent, Tempest, released 50 years later in 2012. In a brief compass, Brown provides insightful critical commentary on Dylan's entire corpus, placing full scope of Dylan's career in the context of its times in order to assess the relationship of Dylan's music to contemporary American culture. Each chapter addresses a particular phase of Dylan's career, taking its cue from events in Dylan's life and from the collective experiences that shaped the times. As the artist who famously proclaimed "the times, they are a-changin'," Dylan was never static as an artist, his music altering as the times changed. In Bob Dylan: American Troubadour, Donald Brown follows the shifting versions of Dylan, from his songs of conscientious social involvement to more personal exploratory songs; from his influential rock albums of the mid-'60s to his adaptations of Country music; from his three very different tours in the 1970s to his "born again" period as a proselytizer for Christ, to his frustrations as a recording and performing artist in the 1980s; from his retrospective importance in the Nineties to the refreshingly vital albums he has been producing in the 21st century. Bob Dylan: American Troubadour will engage not only Dylan fans and students of his work but those interested American popular music, history, and culture. Anyone who has been touched, challenged or surprised by a Dylan song, who would like to know more about this long and fascinating career, who wants to discover Dylan within his context will find in Bob Dylan: American Troubadour a concise and informed critical overview of Dylan's music and his place in the American musical landscape.

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Making movies

By Lumet, Sidney

Publishing Date: 1995

Classification: 700

Call Number: 791.43 LUM

The award-winning director journeys inside the world of film to illuminate the arduous process of creating movies, discussing the art and craft of directing, writers and actors, the camera, art direction, editing, sound tracks, distribution and marketing, and the studio role - (Baker & Taylor)

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Runs, hits, and an era: the Pacific Coast League, 1903-58

By Zingg, Paul J.

Publishing Date: c1994

Classification: 700

Call Number: 796.357 ZIN

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Metaphysical dog

By Bidart, Frank

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54 BID

Reflects what the poet sees as fundamental in human feeling, what psychologists and mystics have called the "hunger for the Absloute" - a hunger as any physical hunger. This hunger must confront the elusiveness of the Absolute, our self-deluding, failed glimpses of it.

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Roget's illusion

By Bierds, Linda

Publishing Date: c2014

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54 BIE

He is best known for his Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, but among filmmakers Roget is better known for his explanation of the optical illusion that still bedevils them: Why does a wheel moving forward always seem on film to be running backward? For Linda Bierds, the illusion also refers to our relationship to language, to our belief that words hold something more than their definitions. Why do we strive to articulate the world even as we know this is a shifting and illusory pursuit? Why do we continue to seek perfection, pursue beauty, yearn for immortality? Roget{u2019}s Illusion offers no answer. It simply shows the striving.

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The world of Shannara

By Brooks, Terry

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 800

Call Number: 813.54 BRO

A fully illustrated guide to the people, places, and events of one of the greatest fantasy epics of our time.