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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Gun Digest 2014

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Classification: 600

Call Number: 623.44

"In-depth articles about the world's most fascinating guns, testfire reports on the latest models, insights about fine collectibles and one-of-a-kind custom creations, and round-ups of what's new in firearms, ammo, reloading and optics from today's leading manufacturers"--P. [4] of cover.

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How to grow more vegetables: (and fruits, nuts, berries, grains, and other crops) than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine

By Jeavons, John

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 600

Call Number: 635 JEA

"A primer on the life-giving Grow Biointensive method of sustainable horticulture."

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The unofficial guide to collecting antiques

By Weiss, Sonia

Publishing Date: c2000

Classification: 700

Call Number: 745.1075 WEI

From casual flea market browsers to serious collectors, this indispensable guide shows readers how to be a savvy collector. The Unofficial Guide to Finding Rare Antiques provides the inside scoop on collecting and caring for everything from furniture, silver, and ceramics to memorabilia, toys, and more. Readers learn how to shop and appraise like an expert at auctions, shops, flea markets, dealerships, and private sales -- from gauging a collectible2s condition to spotting fakes and reproductions. Shoppers are also armed with essential information on: How to determine a fair price How damages can affect a collectible2s price How to care of their items How to negotiate the best deal whether they2re buying or selling The best markets for collectible sales What to collect today that might be hot tomorrow.

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Short nights of the Shadow Catcher: the epic life and immortal photographs of Edward Curtis

By Egan, Timothy

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 700

Call Number: 770.92 EGA

"Edward Curtis was dashing, charismatic, a passionate mountaineer, a famous photographer--the Annie Liebowitz of his time. And he was thirty-two years old in 1900 when he gave it all up to pursue his great idea: He would try to capture on film the Native American nation before it disappeared. At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, Egan's book tells the remarkable untold story behind Curtis's iconic photographs, following him throughout Indian country from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes. Even with the backing of Theodore Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan, it took tremendous perseverance--six years alone to convince the Hopi to allow him into their Snake Dance ceremony. The undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. He would die penniless and unknown in Hollywood just a few years after publishing the last of his twenty volumes. But the charming rogue with the grade-school education had fulfilled his promise--his great adventure succeeded in creating one of America's most stunning cultural achievements."--

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Waging heavy peace: a hippie dream

By Young, Neil

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 700

Call Number: 782.421 YOU

An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir.

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Death grip: a climber's escape from benzo madness

By Samet, Matt

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 700

Call Number: 796.522 SAM

A world-class climber's memoir of high-altitude risk and rock-bottom addiction to prescription psychiatric drugs--and his dramatic fight to free himself from their grip.

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To the last breath: a memoir of going to extremes

By Slakey, Francis

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 700

Call Number: 796.522 SLA

A Georgetown University physics professor describes the rigidly scheduled and isolated existence he led before embarking on a life-risking effort to climb the world's highest mountains and surf every ocean.

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Wreckage

By Jin, Ha

Publishing Date: c2001

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54 JIN

Poetry. Asian American Studies. New poems by the author of Waiting, winner of the National Book Award. Ha Jin's writing has been called luminous and eloquent by The New York Times Book Review, extraordinary by the Chicago Sun-Times and achingly beautiful by the Los Angeles Times. Asianweek calls him a master of lyric.

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Swan: poems and prose poems

By Oliver, Mary

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54 OLI

""Mary Oliver moves by instinct, faith, and determination. She is among our finest poets, and still growing."-Alicia Ostriker, The Nation" ""Mary Oliver's poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations."-Stanley Kunitz" ""One would have to reach back perhaps to [John] Clare or Christopher Smart to safely cite a parallel to Oliver's lyricism."-David Barber, Poetry" ""One music in Oliver's writing is unmistakable. Her poetry can be read as the best of the real lyrics we have these days, and it's no surprise that she's already won a Pulitzer Prize for it, as well as many other honors."Los Angeles Times" ""Joy is not made to be a crumb," writes Mary Oliver, and certainly joy abounds in her new book of poetry and prose poems. Swan, her twentieth volume, shows us that, though we may be "made out of the dust of stars," we are of the world she captures here so vividly: the acorn that hides within it an entire tree; the wings of the swan like the stretching light of the river; the frogs singing in the shallows; the mockingbird dancing in air. Swan is Oliver's tribute to "the mortal way" of desiring and living in the world, to which the poet is renowned for having always been "totally loyal."" "As the Los Angeles Times noted, innumerable readers go to Oliver's poetry "for solace, regeneration and inspiration:' Few poets express the immense complexities of human experience as skillfully, or capture so memorably the smallest nuances. Speaking, for example, of stones, she writes, "the little ones you can/hold in your hands, their heartbeats / so secret, so hidden it may take years / before, finally, you hear them:' It is no wonder Oliver ranks, according to the Weekly Standard, "among the finest poets the English language has ever produced.""--BOOK JACKET.

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A small place

By Kincaid, Jamaica

Publishing Date: 2000, c1988

Classification: 800

Call Number: 813 KIN

As she bears witness to the sweeping corruption, dilapidated buildings and shameful legacy of Antigua's colonial past, Kincaid compels us to think about the people behind the beautiful landscape of this tiny island.

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Why read Moby-Dick

By Philbrick, Nathaniel

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 800

Call Number: 813.3 PHI

Shares expert guidelines on how to read and appreciate Herman Melville's classic work, offering insight into its history, characters, and themes while explaining its literary relevance in the modern world.

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Some assembly required: a journal of my son's first son

By Lamott, Anne

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 800

Call Number: 813.54 LAM

Here, Anne Lamott enters a new and unexpected chapter of her own life: grandmotherhood. Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at nineteen, Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson Jax's life. In careful and often hilarious detail, Lamott and Sam--about whom she first wrote so movingly in Operating Instructions--struggle to balance their changing roles with the demands of college and work, as they both forge new relationships with Jax's mother, who has her own ideas about how to raise a child. Lamott writes about the complex feelings that Jax fosters in her, recalling her own experiences with Sam when she was a single mother. Over the course of the year, the rhythms of life, death, family, and friends unfold in surprising and joyful ways. This is the true story of how the birth of a baby changes a family.--From publisher description.

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The braindead megaphone: essays

By Saunders, George

Publishing Date: 2007

Classification: 800

Call Number: 818.5402 SAU

George Saunders's first foray into nonfiction is comprised of essays on literature, travel, and politics. At the core of this unique collection are Saunders's travel essays based on his trips to seek out the mysteries of the "Buddha Boy" of Nepal; to attempt to indulge in the extravagant pleasures of Dubai; and to join the exploits of the minutemen at the Mexican border. Saunders expertly navigates the works of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and Esther Forbes, and leads the reader across the rocky political landscape of modern America. Emblazoned with his trademark wit and singular vision, Saunders's endeavor into the art of the essay is testament to his exceptional range and ability as a writer and thinker.

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Gilgamesh: translated from the Sn?-leqi-unninni version

Publishing Date: 1984

Classification: 800

Call Number: 892.1

The story of Gilgamesh, an ancient epic poem written on clay tablets in a cuneiform alphabet, is as fascinating and moving as it is crucial to our ability to fathom the time and the place in which it was written. Gardner's version restores the poetry of the text and the lyricism that is lost in the earlier, almost scientific renderings. The principal theme of the poem is a familiar one: man's persistent and hopeless quest for immortality. It tells of the heroic exploits of an ancient ruler of the walled city of Uruk named Gilgamesh. Included in its story is an account of the Flood that predates the Biblical version by centuries. Gilgamesh and his companion, a wild man of the woods named Enkidu, fight monsters and demonic powers in search of honor and lasting fame. When Enkidu is put to death by the vengeful goddess Ishtar, Gilgamesh travels to the underworld to find an answer to his grief and confront the question of mortality. Copyright Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

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Apples from the desert: selected stories

By Liebrecht, Savyon

Publishing Date: 1998

Classification: 800

Call Number: 892.436 LIE

avyon Liebrecht's intense, lyrical, and emotionally complex stories have made her a best-selling writer in her native Israel. Her short fiction explores the everyday tragedies that emanate from strained relationships between Arabs and Jews, women and men, older and younger generations in present-day Israel. According to the Washington Post Book World , her "engrossing and skillful tales take you through the lives of real people, to the heart of their emotional and moral being." Liebrecht reveals the impact of larger social and political conflicts within the private world of the home with a precision and a subtle ferocity reminiscent of the work of Nadine Gordimer. "These finely wrought stories of private lives shed light on a terrifying political conflict", notes the New York Times Book Review . "[Liebrecht] takes you places you've never been before." The Helen Rose Scheuer Jewish Woman's Series

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The short, strange life of Herschel Grynszpan: a boy avenger, a Nazi diplomat, and a murder in Paris

By Kirsch, Jonathan

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.53 KIR

On the seventy-fifth anniversary of Kristallnacht comes this untold story of a teenager whose act of defiance would have dire international consequences. On the morning of November 7, 1938, a seventeen-year-old Jewish refugee, Herschel Grynszpan, walked into the German embassy in Paris and in an act of desperation assassinated Ernst vom Rath, a low-level Nazi diplomat. He did it, he said, out 'of love for my parents and for my people.'

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The guns at last light: the war in Western Europe, 1944-1945

By Atkinson, Rick

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.54 ATK

Tells the dramatic story of the titanic battle for Western Europe from D-Day to the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich.

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Who stole the American dream?

By Smith, Hedrick

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.91 SMI

Recounts how the American dream has been dismantled over the past forty years by legislative, electoral, and corporate decisions that have compromised the middle class and minimized individual economic and political power.

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The untold history of the United States

By Stone, Oliver

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.91 STO

A companion to the ten-part documentary series outlines provocative arguments against official American historical records to reveal the origins of conservatism and the obstacles to progressive change.

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American betrayal: the secret assault on our nation's character

By West, Diana

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.917 WES

American Betrayal shatters the approved histories of an era that begins with FDR's first inauguration, when "happy days" are supposed to be here again, and ends when we "win" the Cold War. It is here, amid the rubble, where Diana West focuses on the World War II--Cold War deal with the devil in which America surrendered her principles in exchange for a series of Big Lies whose preservation soon became the basis of our leaders' own self-preservation. It was this moral surrender to deception and self-deception, West argues, that sent us down the long road to moral relativism, "political correctness," and other cultural ills that have left us unable to ask the hard questions: Does our silence on the crimes of Communism explain our silence on the totalitarianism of Islam? Is Uncle Sam once again betraying America?--From publisher description.