Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

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Loneliness: human nature and the need for social connection

By Cacioppo, John T.

Publishing Date: c2008

Classification: 100

Call Number: 155.92 CAC

A pioneering neuroscientist reveals the reasons for chronic loneliness--which he defines an unrecognized syndrome--and brings it out of the shadow of its cousin, depression.

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Saying goodbye to someone you love: your journey through end of life and grief

By Dresser, Norine

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 100

Call Number: 155.937 DRE

Offers advice to those grieving from the imminent passing or recent loss of a loved one on such topics as hospice, caregiver challenges, funeral preparations, memorials, the stages of grief, and moving on. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Unprotected texts: the Bible's surprising contradictions about sex and desire

By Knust, Jennifer Wright

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 200

Call Number: 220.8 KNU

"UNPROTECTED TEXTS will directly and pointedly address widely shared misconceptions about biblical writings and sex, arguing that the Bible cannot--and should not--serve as a rulebook for sexual morality, despite popular claims to the contrary. This is a major book by a top biblical scholar that will shed much-needed light on what the Bible actually says about sex, desire, monogamy, homosexuality, and how we should interpret those thorny verses today. Written over the course of more than 2,000 years, the books of the Bible offer many different-and conflicting-versions of sexual morality. With clarity and precision, Knust addresses the big questions people continue to ask when it comes to sex and the Bible: Is pre-marital sex a sin? When, and in what contexts, is sexual desire appropriate? With whom can I legitimately have sex? Are same-sex relations permissible? What about multiple partners? Is extra-marital sex always wrong? And what is "sex" anyway? With repeated "ah-ha" moments for the reader, Knust reveals what the Bible really says about a topic of perennial interest"--

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How the Catholic Church built Western civilization

By Woods, Thomas E.

Publishing Date: [2011?], c2005

Classification: 200

Call Number: 282.09 WOO

Western civilization has given us the miracles of modern science, the wealth of free-market economics, the security of the rule of law, a unique sense of human rights and freedom, charity as a virtue, splendid art and music, a philosophy grounded in reason, and innumerable other gifts that we take for granted as the wealthiest and most powerful civilization in history. But what is the ultimate source of these gifts? Author Woods maintains: the Catholic Church. In this book, you'll learn: why modern science was born in the Catholic Church; how Catholic priests developed the idea of free-market economics five hundred years before Adam Smith; how the Catholic Church invented the university; why what you know about the Galileo affair is wrong; how Western law grew out of Church canon law; and how the Church humanized the West by insisting on the sacredness of all human life.--From publisher description.

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The glass cage: automation and us

By Carr, Nicholas G.

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 300

Call Number: 303.483 CAR

In The Glass Cage, best-selling author Nicholas Carr digs behind the headlines about factory robots and self-driving cars, wearable computers and digitized medicine, as he explores the hidden costs of granting software dominion over our work and our leisure and reveals something we already suspect: shifting our attention to computer screens can leave us disengaged and discontented.

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How we got to now: six innovations that made the modern world

By Johnson, Steven

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 300

Call Number: 338.064 JOH

"From the New York Times-bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Everything Bad Is Good for You, a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas. In this illustrated volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes-from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life. In his trademark style, Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species-to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution; and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips. Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world, written in the provocative, informative, and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe. "--

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Being mortal: medicine and what matters in the end

By Gawande, Atul

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 300

Call Number: 362.175 GAW

Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families of the terminally ill.

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Addictive behaviors: new readings on etiology, prevention, and treatment

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 300

Call Number: 362.29

This anthology incorporates major advances in behavioral science in drug, alcohol, and tobacco addiction research and treatment since the Addictive Behaviors Reader (1997). Marlatt (psychology/Addictive Behaviors Research Center, U. of Washington) and Witkiewitz (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Institute, UW) introduce 26 articles reprinted from APA journals since 1997 that discuss newer approaches including harm- reduction (as vs. abstinence-only), integrated treatments for co- morbid substance abuse/mental health issues, Web-based assessment tools and interventions, and stepped-care (as vs. traditional intensive residential treatment). They also treat addiction epidemiology, causes, models, drinking progression from adolescence, and issues in specific populations. Annotation İ2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) - (Book News)

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Marijuana reform

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 300

Call Number: 362.295

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Deep down dark: the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine, and the miracle that set them free

By Tobar, Hector

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 300

Call Number: 363.1196 TOB

A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist relates the experiences of the thirty-three men who endured entrapment beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days during the San Josİ? mine collapse outside of Copiapİd, Chile, in August 2010.

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Stopping the road: the campaign against another trans-Sierra highway

By Fisher, Jack

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 300

Call Number: 388.1 FIS

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Metaphors we live by

By Lakoff, George

Publishing Date: 2003

Classification: 400

Call Number: 401 LAK

The now-classic Metaphors We Live By changed our understanding of metaphor and its role in language and the mind. Metaphor, the authors explain, is a fundamental mechanism of mind, one that allows us to use what we know about our physical and social experience to provide understanding of countless other subjects. Because such metaphors structure our most basic understandings of our experience, they are "metaphors we live by"--metaphors that can shape our perceptions and actions without our ever noticing them. In this updated edition of Lakoff and Johnson's influential book, the authors supply an afterword surveying how their theory of metaphor has developed within the cognitive sciences to become central to the contemporary understanding of how we think and how we express our thoughts in language.

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The wild marsh: four seasons at home in Montana

By Bass, Rick

Publishing Date: 2009

Classification: 500

Call Number: 508.786 BAS

Author Bass's account of life in Montana's Yaak Valley is a crowning achievement in his career. It begins with his family settling in for the long Montana winter, and captures all the harbingers of change that mark each passing month--the initial cruel teasing of spring, the splendor and fecundity of summer, and the bittersweet memories evoked by fall. It is full of rich observation about what it takes to live in the valley--ruggedness, improvisation and, of course, duct tape. Bass emerges not just as a writer but as a father, a neighbor, and a gifted observer, uniquely able to bring us close to the drama and sanctity of small things, ensuring that though the wilderness is increasingly at risk, the voice of the wilderness will not disappear.--From publisher description.

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Once before time: a whole story of the universe

By Bojowald, Martin

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 500

Call Number: 523.1 BOJ

Traces how the author, a physics professor, used the new science of loop quantum gravity to create a simple model of the universe that launched loop quantum cosmology, proposing the theory that the universe undergoes an infinite series of expansions and contractions through time.

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The checklist manifesto: how to get things right

By Gawande, Atul

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 600

Call Number: 610.289 GAW

Reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist now being used in medicine, aviation, the armed services, homeland security, investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.

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On immunity: an inoculation

By Biss, Eula

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 600

Call Number: 616.079 BIS

"In this bold, fascinating book, Eula Biss addresses our fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what may be in our children's air, food, mattresses, medicines, and vaccines. Reflecting on her own experience as a new mother, she suggests that we cannot immunize our children, or ourselves, against the world. As she explores the mataphors surrounding immunity, Biss extends her conversations with other mothers to meditations on the myth of Achilles, Voltaire's Candide, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Susan Sontag's AIDS and Its Metaphors, and beyond. On Immnuity is an inoculation against our fear and a moving account of how we are all interconnected- our bodies and our fates." -- Jacket.

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12 smart things to do when the booze and drugs are gone: choosing emotional sobriety through self-awareness and right action

By Berger, Allen

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 600

Call Number: 616.8603 BER

Offers twelve suggestions that may help to attain and sustain emotional sobriety.

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Gun Digest 2015

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 600

Call Number: 623.44

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Sally Ride: America's first woman in space

By Sherr, Lynn

Publishing Date: [2014]

Classification: 600

Call Number: 629.45 SHE

The definitive biography of Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, with exclusive insights from Ride's family and partner, by the ABC reporter who covered NASA during its transformation from a test-pilot boys' club to a more inclusive elite.

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Miniature schnauzers and other terriers

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 600

Call Number: 636.755

"An introduction to miniature schnauzers and other terriers, presented in a highly illustrated, question-and-answer format. Features include fun facts, glossary, resource list, index, and scientific classification list"--Provided by publisher.

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