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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.

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Dangerous

By Yiannopoulos, Milo

Publishing Date: [2017]

Classification: 300

Call Number: 323.443 YIA

A book on free speech written by the Breitbart columnist and blogger Milo Yiannopoulos.

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The wise men: six friends and the world they made : Acheson,Bohlen, Harriman, Kennan, Lovett, McCloy

By Isaacson, Walter

Publishing Date: c1986

Classification: 300

Call Number: 327.73 ISA

This book is a collective biography of the best and brightest men in government and their foreign policies which dominate our actions to this day. It includes data on World War II diplomacy, the Cold War, Communist containment, the Marshall Plan, the Truman Doctrine, Kennedy and Johnson diplomacy, and Vietnam War diplomacy. A blend of personal biography and public drama, it introduces the original best and brightest, leaders whose outsized personalities and actions brought order to postwar chaos: Averell Harriman, the freewheeling diplomat and Roosevelt's special envoy to Churchill and Stalin; Dean Acheson, the secretary of state who was more responsible for the Truman Doctrine than Truman and for the Marshall Plan than General Marshall; George Kennan, self-cast outsider and intellectual darling of the Washington elite; Robert Lovett, assistant secretary of war, undersecretary of state, and secretary of defense throughout the formative years of the Cold War; John McCloy, one of the nation's most influential private citizens; and Charles Bohlen, adroit diplomat and ambassador to the Soviet Union.

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Nomadland: surviving America in the twenty-first century

By Bruder, Jessica

Publishing Date: [2017]

Classification: 300

Call Number: 331.398 BRU

"From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon's CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves "workampers." In a secondhand vehicle she christens "Van Halen," Jessica Bruder hits the road to get to know her subjects more intimately. Accompanying her irrepressible protagonist, Linda May, and others, from campground toilet cleaning to warehouse product scanning to desert reunions, then moving on to the dangerous work of beet harvesting, Bruder tells a compelling, eye-opening tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy--one that foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, she celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these quintessential Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive. Like Linda May, who dreams of finding land on which to build her own sustainable "Earthship" home, they have not given up hope."--Jacket flap.

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War of the whales: a true story

By Horwitz, Joshua

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 300

Call Number: 333.9595 HOR

"The tale of a crusading attorney who stumbles on one of the U.S. Navy's best-kept secrets: a submarine detection system that floods entire ocean basins with high-intensity sound--and drives whales onto beaches. As Joel Reynolds launches a legal fight to expose and challenge the Navy program, marine biologist Ken Balcomb witnesses a mysterious mass stranding of whales near his research station in the Bahamas. Investigating this calamity, Balcomb is forced to choose between his conscience and an oath of secrecy he swore to the Navy in his youth"--

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Citizen: Jane Addams and the struggle for democracy

By Knight, Louise W.

Publishing Date: c2005

Classification: 300

Call Number: 361.92 KNI

Jane Addams was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This biography, covering the first half of Addams's life, reveals in detail her development as a political activist and social philosopher.

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Prescription drug abuse

Publishing Date: 2017

Classification: 300

Call Number: 362.299

1: Pain and anxiety in America -- National disorder: treating chronic conditions -- Taking on the scourge of opioids / Sally Satel -- How prescription-drug abuse unleashed a heroin epidemic / Kevin D. Williamson -- The truth about prescription pills: one writer's story of anxiety and addiction / Kelley McMillan -- Almost half of all opioid misuse starts with a friend of family member's prescription / Roni Dengler -- Yes, benzos are bad for you / Allen Frances -- Casualties of the VA / David French -- War on prescription drugs: what if you depend on opioids to live a decent life? / S.E. Smith. 2: Drugs for young and old -- Spectrum of risk -- Prescription drug abuse among older adults is harder to detect / Constance Gustke -- Old and overmedicated: the real drug problem in nursing homes / Ina Jaffe and Robert Benincasa -- Fatal friendships: what happens when women share drugs on Facebook / Jill DiDonato -- College students aren't the only ones abusing Adderall / Emma Pierson -- Smack epidemic / L. Jon Wertheim -- US child opioid overdoses increased over past two decades, research finds / Jessica Glenza -- The hefty price of "study drug" misuse on college campuses / Linda Begdache -- Risky alone, deadly together / Kimberly Kindy and Dan Keating. 3: Doctors, big pharma and the gateway to abuse -- The prescription drug business -- The selling of Attention Deficit Disorder / Alan Schwarz -- When the mailman unwittingly becomes a drug dealer / Arian Campo-Flores and Jon Kamp -- Alison's story: how $750,000 in drug "treatment" destroyed her life / Warren Richey -- Drug-company payments mirror doctors' brand-name prescribing / Charles Ornstein, Ryann Grochowski Jones, and Mike Tigas -- Opioid Rx abuse probe sees a record 31 doctors hit with sanctions in New Jersey / Elizabeth Llorente. 4: A search for solutions - treatment -- Treatment and wellness -- A primary care doctor delves into the opioid epidemic / Monique Tello -- The doctors who started the opioid epidemic / Paul A. Offit -- Can we curb the opioid abuse epidemic by rethinking chronic pain? / Richard Gunderman -- The painkillers that could end the opioid crisis / Adam Piore -- How medical marijuana could help end the opioid epidemic / Eric Killelea -- What's really causing the prescription drug crisis? / Johann Hari -- After medical marijuana legalized, Medicare prescriptions drop for many drugs / Shefali Luthra. 5: A search for solutions - policy -- The policy approach: restricting supply and legalizing treatment -- Researchers use black-market drug website to gauge public health / Felice J. Freyer -- Are pharmaceutical companies to blame for the opioid epidemic? / Alana Semuels -- Ohio sues five drugmakers, saying they fueled opioid crisis / Jeanne Whalen -- Congress probes West Virginia opioid shipments / Eric Eyre -- States require opioid prescribers to check for "doctor shopping" / Christine Vestal -- Bibliography -- Websites -- Index.

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God's philosophers: how the medieval world laid the foundations of modern science

By Hannam, James

Publishing Date: 2009

Classification: 500

Call Number: 509.02 HAN

God's Philosophers is a celebration of the forgotten scientific achievements of the Middle Ages - advances which were often made thanks to, rather than in spite of, the influence of Christianity and Islam. --from publisher description.

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How the hippies saved physics: science, counterculture, and the quantum revival

By Kaiser, David

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 530.092 KAI

Describes how a quirky band of misfit science students at Berkeley in the 1970s altered the course of modern physics while studying quantum theory alongside Eastern mysticism and psychic mind reading while lounging in hot tubs and dabbling with LSD.

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Serving the Reich: the struggle for the soul of physics under Hitler

By Ball, Philip

Publishing Date: c2014

Classification: 500

Call Number: 530.0943 BAL

After World War II, most scientists in Germany maintained that they had been apolitical or actively resisted the Nazi regime, but the true story is much more complicated. In Serving the Reich, Philip Ball takes a fresh look at that controversial history, contrasting the career of Peter Debye, director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics in Berlin, with those of two other leading physicists in Germany during the Third Reich: Max Planck, the elder statesman of physics after whom Germany┤s premier scientific society is now named, and Werner Heisenberg, who succeeded Debye as director of the Institute when it became focused on the development of nuclear power and weapons.

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The age of entanglement: when quantum physics was reborn

By Gilder, Louisa

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 500

Call Number: 530.12 GIL

An exploration of the seemingly telepathic communication between two separated particles--one of the fundamental concepts of quantum physics. In 1935, Einstein showed that quantum mechanics predicted such a correlation, which he dubbed "spooky action at a distance." That same year, Erwin Schrę<?char 156 ?>dinger christened this correlation "entanglement." Yet its existence wasn't firmly established until 1964, in a groundbreaking paper by Irish physicist John Bell. What happened during those years and since to refine the understanding of this phenomenon is the story told here. Drawing on papers, letters, and memoirs, author Gilder humanizes and dramatizes the story by employing their own words in imagined face-to-face dialogues. We see Bohr and Einstein clashing, and Heisenberg and Pauli deciding which mysteries to pursue. We see Schrę<?char 156 ?>dinger and Louis de Broglie pave the way for Bell, whose work is here given a long-overdue revisiting. And we see Richard Feynman challenging his contemporaries to make something of this entanglement.--From publisher description.

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The infinity puzzle: quantum field theory and the hunt for an orderly universe

By Close, F. E.

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 530.143 CLO

"Speculation is rife that by 2012 the elusive Higgs boson will be found at the Large Hadron Collider. If found, the Higgs boson would help explain why everything has mass. But there's more at stake-what we're really testing is our capacity to make the universe reasonable. Our best understanding of physics is predicated on something known as quantum field theory. Unfortunately, in its raw form, it doesn't make sense-its outputs are physically impossible infinite percentages when they should be something simpler, like the number 1. The kind of physics that the Higgs boson represents seeks to "renormalize" field theory, forcing equations to provide answers that match what we see in the real world. The Infinity Puzzle is the story of a wild idea on the road to acceptance. Only Close can tell it"--Provided by publisher.

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