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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Dreaming spies: a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

By King, Laurie R.

Publishing Date: [2015]

Classification: M

Call Number: M

"It is a normal afternoon in Sussex when Russell and Holmes return home to find a peculiar addition to their garden: a beautiful stone that once occupied the Imperial gardens in Kyoto. The stone immediately recalls the spring of 1924, when, on their way back from India (The Game), Russell and Holmes agreed to perform a small but exceedingly dangerous job for the emperor of Japan. At the time, Russell encountered a young Japanese woman on board their ship who tutored the two foreigners about her country and guided them into a secret meeting with the Prince Regent himself. Now, when Russell heads for Oxford to resume her long-delayed studies, she comes face-to-face with that very same young Japanese woman--and quickly realizes Miss Sato Haruki is not all that she seems.."--

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Mary Russell's war: and other stories of suspense

By King, Laurie R.

Publishing Date: 2016

Classification: M

Call Number: M

"A dynamic short story collection that illuminates many hidden corners of the beloved, best-selling Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series. Since the first book-length "memoir" appeared in 1994, famous partner, Sherlock Holmes, has excited a community of readers, young and old. With this collection, nine previously published short stories and one never-before-seen Sherlock Holmes mystery are brought together for the first time.."--Page 4 of cover.

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Sulfur Springs: a novel

By Krueger, William Kent

Publishing Date: 2017

Classification: M

Call Number: M

"In William Kent Krueger's latest pulse-pounding thriller, Cork O'Connor's search for a missing man in the Arizona desert puts him at the center of a violent power struggle along the Mexican border, a struggle that might cost Cork everything and everyone he holds most dear. On the Fourth of July, just as fireworks are about to go off in Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor and his new bride Rainy Bisonette listen to a desperate voicemail left by Rainy's son, Peter. The message is garbled and full of static, but they hear Peter confess to the murder of someone named Rodriguez. When they try to contact him, they discover that his phone has gone dead. The following morning, Cork and Rainy fly to Coronado County in southern Arizona, where Peter has been working as a counselor in a well-known drug rehab center. When they arrive, they learn that Peter was fired six months earlier and hasn't been heard from since. So they head to the little desert town of Sulfur Springs where Peter has been receiving his mail. But no one in Sulfur Springs seems to know him. They do, however, recognize the name Rodriguez. Carlos Rodriguez is the head of a cartel that controls everything illegal crossing the border from Mexico into Coronado County. As they gather scraps of information about Peter, Cork and Rainy are warned that there is a war going on along the border. "Trust no one in Coronado County," is a refrain they hear again and again. And to Cork, Arizona is alien country. The relentless heat and absence of water, tall trees, and cool forests feel nightmarish to him, as does his growing sense that Rainy might know more about what's going on than she's willing to admit. And if he can't trust Rainy, who can he trust? Featuring Krueger's signature talent of "creating strong characters, building drama and conflict, braiding in Indian legend and spirituality, and spinning a good yarn" (Minneapolis Star Tribune), Sulfur Springs is a fresh, exhilarating, and white-knuckle mystery starring one of the greatest heroes of fiction"--

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Hunting hour

By Mizushima, Margaret

Publishing Date: [2017]

Classification: M

Call Number: M

Deputy Mattie Cobb is in a dark place and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to work on issues from her past. When she and her K-9 partner Robo get called to track a missing junior high student, they find the girl dead on Smoker's Hill behind the high school, and Mattie must head to the Walker home to break the bad news. But that's only the start of trouble in Timber Creek, because soon another girl goes missing--and this time it's one of Cole's daughters. Knowing that each hour a child remains missing lessens the probability of finding her alive, Mattie and Robo lead the hunt while Cole and community volunteers join in to search everywhere. To no avail. It seems that someone has snatched all trace of the Walker girl from their midst, including her scent. Grasping at straws, Mattie and Robo follow a phoned-in tip into the dense forest, where they hope to find a trace of the girl's scent and to rescue her alive. But when Robo does catch her scent, it leads them to information that challenges everything they thought they knew about the case. Mattie and Robo must rush to hunt down the kidnapper before they're too late in Hunting Hour, the third installment in critically acclaimed author Margaret Mizushima's exhilarating mystery series.

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The documents in the case

By Sayers, Dorothy L.

Publishing Date: [1987], c1930

Classification: M

Call Number: M

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Less than a treason

By Stabenow, Dana

Publishing Date: 2017

Classification: M

Call Number: M

Kate Shugak is a native Aleut working as a private investigator in Alaska. She's 5'1" tall, carrires a scar that runs from ear to ear across her throat, and owns a half-wolf, half-husky dog named Mutt. Resourceful, strong-willed, defiant, Kate is tougher than your average heroineand she needs to be, to survive the worst the Alaskan wilds can throw at her. And throw their worst the wilds have: Kate and Mutt have both been shot.

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Assassin's fate

By Hobb, Robin

Publishing Date: [2017]

Classification: SF

Call Number: SF

"The stunning conclusion to Robin Hobb's Fitz and the Fool trilogy, which began with Fool's Assassin and Fool's Quest "Every new Robin Hobb novel is a cause for celebration.Along with millions of her other fans, I delight in every visit to the Six Duchies, the Rain Wilds, and the Out Islands, and can't wait to see where she'll take me next."--George R. R. Martin More than twenty years ago, the first epic fantasy novel featuring FitzChivalry Farseer and his mysterious, often maddening friend the Fool struck like a bolt of brilliant lightning. Now New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb brings to a momentous close the third trilogy featuring these beloved characters in a novel of unsurpassed artistry that is sure to endure as one of the great masterworks of the genre. Fitz's young daughter, Bee, has been kidnapped by the Servants, a secret society whose members not only dream of possible futures but use their prophecies to add to their wealth and influence. Bee plays a crucial part in these dreams--but just what part remains uncertain. As Bee is dragged by her sadistic captors across half the world, Fitz and the Fool, believing her dead, embark on a mission of revenge that will take them to the distant island where the Servants reside--a place the Fool once called home and later called prison. It was a hell the Fool escaped, maimed and blinded, swearing never to return. For all his injuries, however, the Fool is not as helpless as he seems. He is a dreamer too, able to shape the future. And though Fitz is no longer the peerless assassin of his youth, he remains a man to be reckoned with--deadly with blades and poison, and adept in Farseer magic. And their goal is simple: to make sure not a single Servant survives their scourge. PRAISE FOR ROBIN HOBB Fool's Assassin "Hobb knows the complicated workings of the wayward human heart, and she takes time to depict them in her tale, to tell her story sweetly, insistently, compellingly. A book meant to be inhabited rather than run through."--The Seattle Times "[Hobb's] prose sparkles, her characters leap off the page."--Tor.com "Fantastic. emotionally rich storytelling."--Library Journal (starred review) Fool's Quest "A complex tapestry of adventure, betrayal, destiny, and unrelenting peril. Hobb's expertise is evident as always."--Publishers Weekly "Glorious and beautiful storytelling. Hobb lets rip with revelations, treachery, vengeance, sword fights and full on magical mayhem."--SciFiNow "If readers have any doubt that Robin Hobb is one of the finest writers in the fantasy genre, then they haven't read any of her work."--SFFWorld"--

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New York 2140

By Robinson, Kim Stanley

Publishing Date: 2017

Classification: SF

Call Number: SF

"A new vision of the future from Kim Stanley Robinson, the New York Times bestselling author of science fiction masterworks such as the Mars trilogy, 2312, and Aurora. The waters rose, submerging New York City. But the residents adapted and it remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis it had always been. Though changed forever. Every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building Kim Stanley Robinson shows us how one of our great cities will change with the rising tides. And how we too will change"--

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Clash of iron

By Watson, Angus

Publishing Date: 2015

Classification: SF

Call Number: SF

"Warriors Dug and Lowa captured Maidun Castle and freed its slaves. But now they must defend it. A Roman invasion is coming to Gaul, but rather than uniting to defend their home, the British tribes go to battle with one another-- and see Maidun as an easy target. Meanwhile, the Romans have recruited bloodthirsty British druids to aid in their conquest and Ragnall finds his loyalties torn when he meets Rome's charismatic general: Julius Caesar"--Page 4 of cover.

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Reign of iron

By Watson, Angus

Publishing Date: 2015

Classification: SF

Call Number: SF

Invaders have massacred and pillaged their way through neighbouring kingdoms and loom on the far side of the sea, ready to descend upon the fortress of Maidun - with them are an unstoppable legion of men twisted by dark magic. Somehow Queen Lowa's army must repel the invasion, although their best general is dead and their young druid powerless. She faces impossible odds, but when the alternative is death or slavery, a warrior queen will do whatever it takes to save her people.

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The clockwork dynasty: a novel

By Wilson, Daniel H.

Publishing Date: [2017]

Classification: SF

Call Number: SF

"An epic, ingenious new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse, The Clockwork Dynasty weaves a riveting path through history and a race of human-like machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries. In the rugged landscape of eastern Oregon, a young scientist named June uncovers an exquisite artifact--a three-hundred-year-old mechanical doll whose existence seems to validate her obsession with a harrowing story she was told by her grandfather many years earlier. The mechanical doll, June believes, is proof of a living race of automatons that walk undetected among us to this day. Ingeniously hidden inside the ancient doll is a lost message, addressed to the court of Peter the Great, czar of Russia. Russia, 1725: Peter and Elena, two human-like mechanical beings, are brought to life under the watchful guise of Peter the Great. Their struggle to serve in the court of the czar while blending in, and to survive & lrm; amid those who fear and wish to annihilate them, will take Peter and Elena across Russia, Europe, and, ultimately, across the centuries to modern day. The Clockwork Dynasty is Daniel H. Wilson's masterful new novel. It seamlessly interweaves past and present, exploring a race of beings that live by different principles than humans, but ultimately value loyalty. As June learns more about these beings, she is quickly drawn into a fierce battle that has spanned the centuries, and will ultimately determine the survival or extermination of this ancient race. Richly-drawn and heart-pounding, Wilson's novel expertly draws on his robotics and science background, combining exquisite characters with breathtaking technology--and unmatched action. The Clockwork Dynasty is a riveting, breakout novel"--

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Life gets better: the unexpected pleasures of growing older

By Lustbader, Wendy

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 100

Call Number: 155.67 LUS

Argues that, in contrast to the popular image of old age as a kind of sad general decline, life for older people is often marked by increased self-knowledge, confidence, and spiritual awareness.

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Why is it always about you: the seven deadly sins of narcissism

By Hotchkiss, Sandy

Publishing Date: 2003

Classification: 100

Call Number: 158.2 HOT

Introduction: They're everywhere -- Pt. I. The seven deadly sins of narcissism. Shamelessness -- Magical thinking -- Arrogance -- Envy -- Entitlement -- Exploitation -- Bad boundaries -- Pt. II. Where does narcissism come from? Childhood narcissism and the birth of "me"--The narcissistic parent -- Pt. III. Defending your self : survival strategies for a narcissistic world. Strategy one : know yourself -- Strategy two : embrace reality -- Strategy three : set boundaries -- Strategy four : cultivate reciprocal relationships -- Pt. IV. "Special people" : the narcissists in your life. Adolescent narcissism : what's normal, what isn't -- Narcissism and addiction : the shame connection -- Narcissists in love : the fusion delusion -- Narcissists at work : the abuse of power -- Narcissism and aging : the mirror cracks -- Pt. V. Only you can prevent narcissism. The narcissistic society -- Becoming better parents.

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Examined lives: from Socrates to Nietzsche

By Miller, Jim

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 100

Call Number: 190 MIL

We all want to know how to live. But before the good life was reduced to ten easy steps or a prescription from the doctor, it was the philosophers who offered arresting answers to the most fundamental questions about who we are and what makes for a life worth living. Here, James Miller returns to this vibrant tradition with short, lively biographies of twelve famous philosophers. With a flair for paradox and rich anecdote, this is a book that confirms the continuing relevance of philosophy today--and explores the most urgent questions about what it means to live a good life.--From publisher description.

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A new history of early Christianity

By Freeman, Charles

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 200

Call Number: 270.1 FRE

The relevance of Christianity is as hotly contested today as it has ever been. A New History of Early Christianity shows how our current debates are rooted in the many controversies surrounding the birth of the religion and the earliest attempts to resolve them. Charles Freeman's meticulous historical account of Christianity from its birth in Judaea in the first century A.D. to the emergence of Western and Eastern churches by A.D. 600 reveals that it was a distinctive, vibrant, and incredibly diverse movement brought into order at the cost of intellectual and spiritual vitality. Against the conventional narrative of the inevitable 'triumph' of a single distinct Christianity, Freeman shows that there was a host of competing Christianities, many of which had as much claim to authenticity as those that eventually dominated. Tracing the astonishing transformation that the early Christian church underwent - from sporadic niches of Christian communities surviving in the wake of a horrific crucifixion to sanctioned alliance with the state - Charles Freeman shows how freedom of thought was curtailed by the development of the concept of faith. The imposition of 'correct belief' and an institutional framework that enforced orthodoxy were both consolidating and stifling. Uncovering the church's relationships with Judaism, Gnosticism, Greek philosophy and Greco-Roman society, Freeman offers dramatic new accounts of Paul, the resurrection, and the church fathers and emperors. - (Blackwell North Amer)

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Zen keys

By Nhat Hanh, Thich

Publishing Date: 1995

Classification: 200

Call Number: 294.3927 NHA

Beginning with a discussion of life in a Zen Buddhist monastery, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh provides a thorough overview of Zen practice, offering readers a clear explanation of the central elements of Zen practice and philosophy, and illustrating the character of Zen as practiced in Vietnam.

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Palimpsest: a history of the written word

By Battles, Matthew

Publishing Date: [2015]

Classification: 300

Call Number: 302.2244 BAT

"Why does writing exist? What does it mean to those who write? Born from the interplay of natural and cultural history, the seemingly magical act of writing has continually expanded our consciousness. Portrayed in mythology as either a gift from heroes or a curse from the gods, it has been used as both an instrument of power and a channel of the divine; a means of social bonding and of individual self-definition. Now, as the revolution once wrought by the printed word gives way to the digital age, many fear that the art of writing, and the nuanced thinking nurtured by writing, are under threat. But writing itself, despite striving for permanence, is always in the midst of growth and transfiguration."--From the publisher.

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Fantasyland: how America went haywire : a 500-year history

By Andersen, Kurt

Publishing Date: [2017]

Classification: 300

Call Number: 306.0973 AND

"In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, one of our sharpest observers, Kurt Andersen, demonstrates that what's happening in our country today--this strange, post-truth, 'fake news' moment we're all living through--is not something entirely new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character and path. America was founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by impresarios and their audiences, by hucksters and their suckers. Believe-whatever-you-want fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA. Over the course of five centuries--from the Salem witch trials to Scientology to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, from P.T. Barnum to Hollywood and the anything-goes, wild-and-crazy sixties, from conspiracy theories to our fetish for guns and obsession with extraterrestrials--our peculiar love of the fantastic has made America exceptional in a way that we've never fully acknowledged. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams and epic fantasies--every citizen free to believe absolutely anything, or to pretend to be absolutely anybody. Little by little, and then more quickly in the last several decades, the American invent-your-own-reality legacy of the Enlightenment superseded its more sober, rational, and empirical parts. We gave ourselves over to all manner of crackpot ideas and make-believe lifestyles designed to console or thrill or terrify us. In Fantasyland, Andersen brilliantly connects the dots that define this condition, portrays its scale and scope, and offers a fresh, bracing explanation of how our American journey has deposited us here. Fantasyland could not appear at a more perfect moment. If you want to understand the politics and culture of twenty-first-century America, if you want to know how the lines between reality and illusion have become dangerously blurred, you must read this book."--Jacket.

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This is your country on drugs: the secret history of getting high in America

By Grim, Ryan

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 300

Call Number: 306.1 GRI

A tour of illicit drug use in the U.S. considers topics ranging from the possibility that anti-drug campaigns encourage drug abuse and the alleged disappearance of LSD to rumors about the peak of crystal meth and supposed drug use by the founding fathers.

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LGBTQ in the 21st century

Publishing Date: 2017

Classification: 300

Call Number: 306.76

1. LGBTQ and the law -- Legalizing identity: LGBTQ rights and laws -- Onslaught of anti-LGBT bills in 2017 has activists "playing defense" / Susan Miller -- The Equality Act is essential in the fight for LGBTQ rights / Michelle Chen -- U.S. court rules 1964 Civil Rights Law protects LGBT workers from bias / Reuters -- No, LGBTQ Americans aren't in the clear after Trump's religious liberty order / Michelangelo Signorile -- What Kentucky's religious freedom bill could mean for LGBTQ students / Iman Smith -- The many dreadful ways that the Trump administration will hurt LGBTQ health care / Daniel Summers -- In conservative America, small cities stand up for LGBT rights / Letitia Stein -- In religious freedom debate, two American values clash / Tom Gjelten -- Trans activist Sarah McBride to make history at DNC / Emma Margolin -- 2. LGBTQ and the world -- The global perspective: LGBTQ rights around the world -- Most countries score an F on our LGBT human rights report card / Susan Dicklitch-Nelson and Berwood Yost -- Ontario's multiparent LGBTQ families have another reason to celebrate this season / Alison Motluk -- Time to panic / Masha Gessen -- The coming Islamic culture war / Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Nathaniel Barr -- U.N. experts condemn killing and torture of gay men in Chechnya / Sewell Chan -- 3. LGBTQ culture -- Culture in evolution: LGBTQ people in society -- "Discrimination is doing its dirty work": a new survey looks at the effects of anti-LGBTQ hate / German Lopez -- Is it time we agreed on a gender-neutral singular pronoun? / Gary Nunn -- The gender identity terms you need to know / Cydney Adams -- Corporate America's evolution on L.G.B.T. rights / Richard Socarides -- Exclusive: gay man explains his petition to "drop the T" in LGBT / David Marcus -- Infinite identities / Katy Steinmetz -- Transgender issues are driving a wedge in LGBT community, says activist ousted from Pride Parade / Bryan Polcyn and Stephen Davis -- Why the Trump administration won't ask about LGBT Americans on the 2020 census / Emma Green -- 4. LGBTQ in the schools -- Teaching and learning gender and sexuality: LGBTQ in the schools -- A letter from an Ivy League admissions dean / James Freeman -- Could Betsy De Vos be an ally for transgender students? It's complicated / Story Hinckley -- Minnesota kindergarten students forced to confront gender identity / Kelsey Harkness -- LBGT students are not safe at school / Marissa Higgins -- California approves LGBT history lessons for classrooms / Associated Press -- 5. LGBTQ and the family -- Family Matters: LGBTQ parenting and families / Micah L. Issitt -- Texas poised to allow adoptions to be blocked on religious basis / Ian Lovett -- This is what it's like to raise a gender-neutral child / Bo Hanna -- I'm a gay parent, still trying to find my identity in the LGBTQ community / Amber Leventry -- Why raising a gender neutral child is a terrible idea / Rachel Lu -- How paid leave policies can negatively affect LGBTQ families / Rebecca Gale -- For many queer adults, parenting still isn't part of the picture / John Culhane -- Reimagining what families can-and do-look like / Elizabeth Morehead.