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 science of liberty: democracy, reason, and the laws of nature

By Ferris, Timothy

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 303.48 FER

In this sweeping intellectual history, science writer Timothy Ferris transcends the concepts of left and right to make a passionate case for science as the inspiration behind the rise of liberalism and democracy. Ferris argues that just as the scientific revolution rescued billions from poverty, fear, hunger, and disease, the Enlightenment values it inspired has swelled the number of persons living in free and democratic societies from less than one percent of the world population four centuries ago to more than a third today. Ferris investigates the evolution of these scientific and political revolutions, demonstrating that they are inextricably bound. He shows how science was integral to the American Revolution but misinterpreted in the French Revolution; reflects on the history of liberalism, stressing its widely underestimated and mutually beneficial relationship with science; and surveys the forces that have opposed science and liberalism--from communism and fascism to postmodernism and Islamic fundamentalism.--From publisher description.

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The end of men: and the rise of women

By Rosin, Hanna

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 300

Call Number: 305.42 ROS

Men have been the dominant sex since the dawn of mankind. But the author has noticed that this long-held truth is, astonishingly, no longer true. At this unprecedented moment, by almost every measure, women are no longer gaining on men: they have pulled decisively ahead. And "the end of men", the title of her Atlantic magazine cover story on the subject, has entered the lexicon as dramatically as Betty Friedan's "Feminine Mystique," Simone de Beauvoir's "Second Sex," Susan Faludi's "Backlash," and Naomi Wolf's "Beauty Myth" once did. In this book, the author reveals how this new state of affairs is radically shifting the power dynamics between men and women at every level of society, with profound implications for marriage, sex, children, work, and more. With wide-ranging curiosity and insight unhampered by assumptions or ideology, the author shows how the radically different ways men and women today earn, learn, spend, couple up, even kill, has turned the big picture upside down.

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Her: a memoir

By Parravani, Christa

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 300

Call Number: 306.875 PAR

Christa Parravani and her identical twin, Cara, shared a bond that went beyond siblinghood, beyond sisterhood, beyond friendship. Raised up from poverty by a determined single mother, the gifted and beautiful twins sheltered each other from family violence and loss by inventing a haven of playfulness and creativity between themselves. They went on to earn scholarships at a prestigious college, to careers as artists (a photographer and a writer), and to exuberant young marriages. But when Cara fell victim to a rape, she veered into depression, drugs, and a shocking early death. Studies have shown that when an identical twin dies, regardless of the cause, the surviving twin's life is at risk. First, Christa fought to stop her sister's downward spiral; then, she was struggling to keep herself alive. The act of creating this heart-wrenching text helped to transform her into a twin able to live on her own.--From publisher description.

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Pandora's lunchbox: how processed food took over the American meal

By Warner, Melanie

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: 300

Call Number: 338.476 WAR

"From breakfast cereal to frozen pizza to nutrition bars, processed foods are a fundamental part of our diet, accounting for 65% of our nation's yearly calories. Over the past century, technology has transformed the American meal into a chemical-laden smorgasbord of manipulated food products that bear little resemblence to what our grandparents ate. Despite the growing presence of farmers' markets and organic offerings, food additives and chemical preservatives are nearly impossible to avoid, and even the most ostensibly healthy foods contain multisyllabic ingredients with nearly untraceable origins. The far-reaching implications of the industrialization of the food supply that privleges cheap, plentiful, and fast food have been well documented. They are dire. But how did we ever reach the point where 'pink slime' is an acceptable food product? Is anybody regulating what makes it into our food? What, after all, is actually safe to eat? Former York Times health columnist Melanie Warner combines deep investigatory reporting, culinary history, and cultural analysis, to find out how we got here and what it is we're really eating. Vividly written and meticulously researched, Pandora's Lunchbox blows the lid off the largely undocumented world of processed foods and food manipulation. From the vitamin "enrichments" to our fortified cereals and bread, to the soy mixtures that bolster chicken (and often outweigh the actual chicken included), Warner lays bare the dubious nutritional value and misleading labels of chemically-treated foods, as well as the potential price we--and our children--may pay"--

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My beloved world

By Sotomayor, Sonia

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 300

Call Number: 347.73 SOT

"An instant American icon--the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court--tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir. With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself. She writes of her precarious childhood and the refuge she took with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. She describes her resolve as a young girl to become a lawyer, and how she made this dream become reality: valedictorian of her high school class, summa cum laude at Princeton, Yale Law, prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.'s office, private practice, federal district judge before the age of forty. She writes about her deeply valued mentors, about her failed marriage, about her cherished family of friends. Through her still-astonished eyes, America's infinite possibilities are envisioned anew in this ... book"--

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Silent heroes of the Cold War declassified: the mysterious military plane crash on a Nevada mountain peak-- and the families who endured an abyss of silence for generation

By Plaskon, Kyril D.

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 300

Call Number: 358.45 PLA

From Las Vegas, Mount Charleston looks like little more than a giant gravel mound in the distance, towering 11,916 feet above the neon lights of the entertainment capital of the world. Only a fraction of the nearly 40 million people who visit this 24-hour city ever bother to look west and skyward toward the mountain.The truth is that this very mountain is a silent memorial to fourteen men who died there in a plane crash on November 17, 1955; men who were part of the secret development of the U-2 spy plane, integral to America's success in the Cold War. The United States government was so determined to keep their mission a secret that it lied to the families of the victims, sealed the crash records and even rigged the site with explosives in an effort to obliterate any remnants of their existence.If it weren't for the curiosity of one visitor, the national secret that haunted the mountainside might never have been revealed. In these pages, finally, the story is told.

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Hot blood: the money, the Brach Heiress, the horse murders

By Englade, Ken

Publishing Date: 1996

Classification: 300

Call Number: 364.1 ENG

According to Englade, horse ownership is the only currency that distinguishes the truly wealthy from the rest of us. It also instigates phenomenal greed. Using the still-unsolved disappearance of Helen Vorhees Brach as the key thread, Englade weaves together a comprehensive account of a few dishonest Chicago horsemen with the illegal dealings of horse owners and trainers across the country. The book follows the legal trail of Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Miller in 1989, who began his own investigation into Brach's disappearance. The characters and thoroughbred con-men jump straight out of a hot-blooded novel, comprising everyone from the infamous Frank Jayne to horse assassins, rich widows, a murderer, respected veterinarians, an accomplished gigolo, and George Lindemann Jr., a millionaire who wanted to be a member of the Olympic equestrian team. Englade's re-creation of gigolo Richard Bailey's riveting trial proves that not only is truth stranger than fiction but sometimes it's more intriguing, too. The reader is aided throughout by a glossary, a chronology, and a useful list of dramatis personae. --Patricia Hassler, Booklist

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