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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The art of non-conformity: set your own rules, live the life you want, and change the world

By Guillebeau, Chris

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 303.372 GUI

Based on Guillebeau's popular online manifesto "A Brief Guide to World Domination," this work explains to readers how to set their own rules, live the life they want, and change the world.

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A History of the Internet and the Digital Future

By Ryan, Johnny

Publishing Date: Sept. 2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 303.4834 RYA

Chronicles developments in the Internet from the 1960s to the present, and discusses how it has influenced a dramatic shift in power from the state to individuals in areas such as politics, business, and the military. - (Baker & Taylor)

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A paradise built in hell: the extraordinary communities that arise in disaster

By Solnit, Rebecca

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 303.485 SOL

Explores the phenomenon through which people become resourceful and altruistic after a disaster and communities reflect a shared sense of purpose, analyzing events ranging from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to Hurricane Katrina.

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The great disruption: why the climate crisis will bring on the end of shopping and the birth of a new world

By Gilding, Paul

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 300

Call Number: 304.2 GIL

According to the author, the Great Disruption started in 2008, with spiking food and oil prices and dramatic ecological changes, such as the melting ice caps. It is not simply about fossil fuels and carbon footprints. The author claims we have come to the end of Economic Growth, Version 1.0, a world economy based on consumption and waste, where we lived beyond the means of our planet's ecosystems and resources. He sees the predicted crisis as a rare chance to replace our addiction to growth with an ethicof sustainability in which we will measure "growth" not by quantity of stuff but by quality and happiness of life.

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The world in 2050: four forces shaping civilization's northern future

By Smith, Laurence C.

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 304.209 SMI

What kind of world are we leaving for our children and grandchildren? Geoscientist Laurence Smith draws on the latest global modeling research to construct a sweeping thought experiment on what our world will be like in 2050. The result is both good news and bad: Eight nations of the Arctic Rim (including the United States) will become increasingly prosperous, powerful, and politically stable, while those closer to the equator will face water shortages, aging populations, and crowded megacities sapped by the rising costs of energy and coastal flooding. Smith combines the lessons of geography and history with state-of-the-art model projections and analytical data--everything from climate dynamics and resource stocks to age distributions and economic growth projections. But Smith offers more than a compendium of statistics and studies--he spent fifteen months traveling the Arctic Rim, collecting stories and insights that resonate throughout the book.--From publisher description.

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Early warming: crisis and response in the climate-changed North

By Lord, Nancy

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 300

Call Number: 304.2509 LOR

"In Shishmaref, Alaska, new seawalls are constructed while residents navigate the many practical and bureaucratic obstacles to moving their entire island village to higher ground. Farther south, inland hunters and fishermen set out to grow more of their own food--and to support the reintroduction of wood bison, an ancient species well suited to expected habitat changes. First Nations people in Canada team with conservationists to protect land for both local use and environmental resilience."--P. 2 of jacket.

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Authentic patriotism: restoring America's founding ideals through selfless action

By Kiernan, Stephen P.

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 323.6097 KIE

Analyzes American patriotism and honors individuals who the author believes live in accord with founding-father intents, from a minister's multicultural choir to a retiree who created a health-care plan for people without insurance.

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Plan B 4.0: mobilizing to save civilization

By Brown, Lester R.

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 300

Call Number: 333.7 BRO

"Plan B 4.0 explores both the nature of this transition to a new energy economy and how it will affect our daily lives."-back cover.

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Four fish: the future of the last wild food

By Greenberg, Paul

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 333.956 GRE

"Award-winning writer and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg takes us on a culinary journey, exploring the history of the fish that dominate our menus -- salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna -- and investigating where each stands at this critical moment in time." -- Dust jacket.

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Anarchism: a collection of revolutionary writings

By Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich

Publishing Date: c2002

Classification: 300

Call Number: 335.83 KRO

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Jane Addams: spirit in action

By Knight, Louise W.

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 361.92 KNI

Jane Addams (1860-1935) was one of the leading figures of the Progressive era. This "pragmatic visionary," as Knight calls her, is best known as the creator of Hull House, a model settlement house offering training, shelter, and culture for Chicago's poor. Addams also involved herself in a long list of Progressive campaigns. Her rhetorical skills as both speaker and writer made her internationally recognized as a supporter of civil rights, woman suffrage, and labor reform.

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The PTSD breakthrough: the revolutionary, science-based compass reset program

By Lawlis, G. Frank

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 362.196 LAW

Presents the latest research on the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, discussing the psychological and biological components of the disorder and recommending a six-step process of healing.

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Smogtown: the lung-burning history of pollution in Los Angeles

By Jacobs, Chip

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 300

Call Number: 363.7392 JAC

"The smog beast wafted into downtown Los Angeles on July 26, 1943. Nobody knew what it was. Secretaries rubbed their eyes. Traffic cops seemed to disappear in the mysterious haze. Were Japanese saboteurs responsible, a reckless factory? The truth was much worse - it came from within, from Southern California's burgeoning car-addicted, suburban lifestyle." "Smogtown is the story of pollution, progress, and how an optimistic people confronted the epic struggle against aerial poisons barraging their hometowns. With wit, verve, and a new look at history through never-before-compiled sources, it highlights the bold personalities involved, the corporate-tainted science, the terrifying health costs, the Buck Rogers-like attempts at cleanup, and how the smog battle helped mold the modern-day culture of Los Angeles. There are scofflaws too and plenty of dirty deals, plus murders, suicides, spiritual despair, and an ever-present paranoia about a mass disaster." "With Southern California still the air pollution center of the planet, Smogtown is at once a cautionary tale for those who think global warming can be easily tamed. It holds lessons to be learned, many about the intractability of human behavior and culture itself." "Brimming with historic photographs, forgotten anecdotes, and new revelations about L.A.'s murky past, Smogtown is a journalistic classic for the modern age."--BOOK JACKET.

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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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