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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Water follies: groundwater pumping and the fate of America's fresh waters

By Glennon, Robert Jerome

Publishing Date: c2002

Classification: 300

Call Number: 333.91 GLE

Includes material on the effects of groundwater pumping on the Santa Cruz in Tucson, the Upper San Pedro River in Arizona, Florida wetlands, the Edwards Aquifer in Texas, the Ipswich River Basin in Massachusetts, the Cosumnes River of California, Maine, the Straight River of Minnesota, the Hopi Reservation in Arizona, Nevada, and the Grand Canyon.

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Why jury duty matters: a citizen's guide to constitutional action

By Ferguson, Andrew G.

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: 300

Call Number: 347.73 FER

"It's easy to forget how important the jury really is to America. The right to be a juror is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed to all eligible citizens. The right to trial by jury helped spark the American Revolution, was quickly adopted at the Constitutional Convention, and is the only right that appears in both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But for most of us, a jury summons is an unwelcome inconvenience. Who has time for jury duty? We have things to do. In Why Jury Duty Matters, Andrew Guthrie Ferguson reminds us that whether we like it or not, we are all constitutional actors. Jury duty provides an opportunity to reflect on that constitutional responsibility. Combining American history, constitutional law, and personal experience, the book engages citizens in the deeper meaning of jury service. Interweaving constitutional principles into the actual jury experience, this book is a handbook for those Americans who want to enrich the jury experience. It seeks to reconnect ordinary citizens to the constitutional character of a nation by focusing on the important, and largely ignored, democratic lessons of the jury. Jury duty is a shared American tradition. It connects people across class and race, creates habits of focus and purpose, and teaches values of participation, equality, and deliberation. We know that juries are important for courts, but we don't know that jury service is important for democracy. This book inspires us to re-examine the jury experience and act on the constitutional principles that guide our country before, during, and after jury service"--Provided by publisher.

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Military misdemeanors: corruption, incompetence, lust and downright stupidity

By Crowdy, Terry

Publishing Date: 2007

Classification: 300

Call Number: 355 CRO

Collects stories of blunders, fiascos, and scandals involving government officials and military forces throughout history, including notable events such as the mutiny on the Bounty, the Zimmermann telegram, the U-2 scandal, and the sinking of the Kursk.

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Island of vice: Theodore Roosevelt's doomed quest to clean up sin-loving New York

By Zacks, Richard

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 300

Call Number: 363.23 ZAC

Recounts the effort by newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt to shut down late nineteenth-century New York City's brothels, gambling houses, and after-hours saloons.

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Mafia: inside the dark heart : the rise and fall of the Sicilian Mafia

By Maran, A. G. D.

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 364.106 MAR

Exhaustive research and interviews detail the story of the rise and fall of the Sicilian Mafia and its links with the Cosa Nostra in American.

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Young Al Capone: the untold story of Scarface in New York, 1899-1925

By Balsamo, William

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 300

Call Number: 364.1092 BAL

Draws on interviews and never-before-published documents to explore the life of Al Capone in New York from 1899 to 1925, discussing his relationships with mobsters Johnny Torrio and Frankie Yale, events that shaped his criminal career, why he left the city, and other topics.

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Birthright: the true story that inspired Kidnapped

By Ekirch, A. Roger

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 364.154 EKI

Richly evoking the volatile world of Georgian Ireland, this recounts the saga of James Annesley, the presumptive heir of five aristocratic titles and scion of the mighty house of Annesley. Kidnapped at twelve years of age by his uncle, James was shipped from Dublin to America in 1728 as an indentured servant. He finally managed to escape after thirteen years, returning to Ireland to bring his nemesis, the Earl of Anglesea, to justice in one of the epic trials of the century.

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The life, times, and treacherous death of Jesse James

By Triplett, Frank

Publishing Date: [1992?], c1970

Classification: 300

Call Number: 364.1552 TRI

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Public enemies: America's greatest crime wave and the birth of the FBI, 1933-34

By Burrough, Bryan

Publishing Date: 2004

Classification: 300

Call Number: 364.973 BUR

The story of the most spectacular crime wave in American history, the two-year battle between the young J. Edgar Hoover, his FBI and an assortment of criminals who became national icons: John Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly, Bonnie and Clyde, Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and the Barkers. Author Burrough strips away the myths to reveal a web of interconnections within the vast American underworld, and shows how Hoover's G-men overcame their early fumbles to secure the FBI's rise to power.--From publisher description.

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A promise to all generations: stories & essays about Social Security & Frances Perkins

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 300

Call Number: 368.43

"This remarkable collection of essays presents a stunning portrait of how one woman's commitment to social justice transformed the lives of generations of workers... It offices penetrating insights into policy development, public administration, and contemporary debates over the sustainability of Social Security." --Lynn Pasquerella, President, Mount Holyoke College "Here, finally, is the definitive account of the origins of America's most important social Program. Social Security was Perkins's crowning achievement, as well as FDR's... An important reminder of what we as a nation can do together, for one another." --Robert Reich, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor

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Real education: four simple truths for bringing American schools back to reality

By Murray, Charles A.

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 300

Call Number: 370.973 MUR

The controversial author of "The Bell Curve" returns with a groundbreaking manifesto to transform American education. He presents the four simple truths that parents and educators should confront to precipitate change--that ability varies, that half of the children are below average, that too many people are going to college, and that America's future depends on how we educate the academically gifted. Real Education describes the technological and economic trends that are creating options for parents who want the right education for their children, teachers who want to be free to teach again, and young people who want to find something they love doing and learn how to do it well.

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Class warfare: inside the fight to fix America's schools

By Brill, Steven

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 300

Call Number: 371.0109 BRI

Looks at why many of America's schools are failing and relates how parents, activists, and education reformers are joining together to fix a system that works for adults but consistently fails the children it is meant to educate.

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The read-aloud handbook

By Trelease, Jim

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 300

Call Number: 372.452 TRE

"The classic million-copy bestselling handbook on reading aloud to children-revised and updated Recommended by "Dear Abby" upon its first publication in 1982, millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim Trelease's beloved classic for more than three decades to help countless children become avid readers through awakening their imaginations and improving their language skills. It has also been a staple in schools of education for new teachers. This updated edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook discusses the benefits, the rewards, and the importance of reading aloud to children of a new generation. Supported by delightful anecdotes as well as the latest research (including the good and bad news on digital learning), The Read-Aloud Handbook offers proven techniques and strategies for helping children discover the pleasures of reading and setting them on the road to becoming lifelong readers. "--

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The irresistible fairy tale: the cultural and social history of a genre

By Zipes, Jack

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 300

Call Number: 398.209 ZIP

Drawing on cognitive science, evolutionary theory, anthropology, psychology, literary theory, and other fields, Zipes presents a nuanced argument about how fairy tales originated in ancient oral cultures, how they evolved through the rise of literary culture and print, and how, in our own time, they continue to change through their adaptation in an ever-growing variety of media. In making his case, Zipes considers a wide range of fascinating examples, including fairy tales told, collected, and written by women in the nineteenth century; Catherine Breillat's film adaptation of Perrault's "Bluebeard"; and contemporary fairy-tale drawings, paintings, sculptures, and photographs that critique canonical print versions. While we may never be able to fully explain fairy tales, The Irresistible Fairy Tale provides a powerful theory of how and why they evolved--and why we still use them to make meaning of our lives.- (Princeton University Press)

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The dragon: nature of spirit, spirit of nature

By Huxley, Francis

Publishing Date: 1979

Classification: 300

Call Number: 398.469 HUX

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Babel no more: the search for the world's most extraordinary language learners

By Erard, Michael

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 400

Call Number: 401.93 ERA

An engaging assessment of famous historical "hyperpolyglot" linguistic high achievers who demonstrated an extraordinary capacity for learning and speaking languages explains the sources of such abilities and what their collective talents reveal about the nature of memory and language. By the author of Umů: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Dictionary days: a defining passion

By Stavans, Ilan

Publishing Date: c2005

Classification: 400

Call Number: 413.028 STA

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The mother tongue: English & how it got that way

By Bryson, Bill

Publishing Date: 2001

Classification: 400

Call Number: 420.9 BRY

With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson--the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent--brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can't), to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industries. - (HARPERCOLL)

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The word museum: the most remarkable English ever forgotten

By Kacirk, Jeffrey

Publishing Date: c2000

Classification: 400

Call Number: 423.1 KAC

As the largest and most dynamic collection of words ever assembled, the English language continues to expand. But as hundreds of new words are added annually, older ones are sacrificed. Now from the author of Forgotten English comes a collection of fascinating archaic words and phrases, providing an enticing glimpse into the past. With beguiling period illustrations, The Word Museum offers up the marvelous oddities and peculiar enchantments of old and unusual words. - (Blackwell North Amer)

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Literally, the best language book ever: annoying words and abused phrases you should never use again

By Yeager, Paul

Publishing Date: c2008

Classification: 400

Call Number: 428 YEA

An entertaining, iconoclastic guide to enhancing one's communication skills identifies hundreds of illogical expressions, misappropriated meanings, overused words, and grammatically incorrect phrases that frequently appear in modern-day English usage. Original. - (Baker & Taylor)