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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Good poems for hard times

Publishing Date: 2005

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.008

When Garrison Keillor published Good Poems , he touched a chord in readers across America. The anthology of poems he selected for their “wit, their simplicity, their passion, and their utter clarity in the face of everything else a person has to deal with” inspired thousands to buy what was for many their first book of poetry. Now, in Good Poems for Hard Times , Keillor has pondered over the archives of his beloved Writer’s Almanac radio show to select a batch of consoling, rousing, and truthful poems guaranteed to raise flagging spirits or to inspire those in need of a dose of wisdom or honesty. But these poems are not about suffering. They’re intended to reach us and stricken friends by holding out a picture of the grace of ordinary life. Above all, this eclectic anthology, including works from Raymond Carver, Emily Dickinson, Charles Simic, Billy Collins, Robert Frost, Kenneth Rexroth, and many more, fit Keillor’s definition of “good”: memorable, beautifully worded, and accessible. They’re not highbrow. They’re not stuffy. But when hard times send us skidding into the meridian, the poems collected here are what we need them to be: just plain good.

Sunrise at Campobello: a play in three acts

By Schary, Dore

Publishing Date: [1958]

Classification: 800

Call Number: 812.5 SCH

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Sacred paths and muddy places: rediscovering spirit in nature

By Altschuler, Stephen

Publishing Date: c1993

Classification: 800

Call Number: 814.54 ALT

In forty-five essays, the author recounts his experiences living in the isolated backwoods of New Hampshire for four years and learning to appreciate the power of nature - (Baker & Taylor)

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Just before dark: collected nonfiction

By Harrison, Jim

Publishing Date: c1991

Classification: 800

Call Number: 814.54 HAR

These magazine pieces, written over four decades, reveal as much about Harrison himself as they do about the topics that define the book's three parts: ``Food,'' ``Travel and Sport'' and ``Literary Matters.'' Illustrated. (June) Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.

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The primary colors: three essays

By Theroux, Alexander

Publishing Date: 1996, c1994

Classification: 800

Call Number: 814.54 THE

Three interrelated essays on the primary colors presents the artistic, aesthetic, emotional, and economic dimensions of each color in an anecdotal format of poetry and humor - (Baker & Taylor)

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A pen warmed-up in hell: Mark Twain in protest

By Twain, Mark

Publishing Date: 1972, 1979

Classification: 800

Call Number: 818.409 TWA

Short writings and segments of longer prose works containing critical and ironic treatments of war and social injustice by the famous Missouri story-teller.

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Henry and June: from a journal of love : the unexpurgated diary of Anaďs Nin, 1931-1932

By Nin, Anaďs

Publishing Date: 1989, c1986

Classification: 800

Call Number: 818.5403 NIN

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Acedia & me: a marriage, monks, and a writer's life

By Norris, Kathleen

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 800

Call Number: 818.5403 NOR

Kathleen Norris's masterpiece: a personal and moving memoir that resurrects the ancient term acedia, or soul-weariness, and brilliantly explores its relevancy to the modern individual and culture.

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The burial at Thebes: a version of Sophocles' Antigone

By Heaney, Seamus

Publishing Date: 2004

Classification: 800

Call Number: 822.914 HEA

Sophocles' play stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. During the War of the Seven Against Thebes, Antigone learns that her brothers have killed each other, having been forced onto opposing sides. When Creon, king of Thebes, grants burial of one but not the "treacherous" other, Antigone defies his order, believing it her duty to bury all of her close kin. Enraged, Creon condemns her to death, and his soldiers wall her up in a tomb. In this new translation, Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece, and inks it with his own modern and masterly touch.

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Howards End is on the landing: a year of reading from home

By Hill, Susan

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 800

Call Number: 823.914 HIL

Early one autumn afternoon in pursuit of an elusive book on her shelves, Susan Hill encountered dozens of others that she had never read, or forgotten she owned, or wanted to read for a second time. The discovery inspired her to embark on a year-long voyage through her books, forsaking new purchases in order to revisit her own collection.

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Down the kitchen sink

By Nichols, Beverley

Publishing Date: 2006

Classification: 800

Call Number: 828.912 NIC

Down the Kitchen Sink has much in common with its famous predecessor, Down the Garden Path, in which Beverley Nichols described his early forays into the realm of gardening. When he began to write the first, he could not prune a rose. When he began to write the second, he could not boil an egg. Perhaps this is why both books remain fresh and eminently readable. The phrase 'kitchen sink' may suggest squalor and disillusionment, but Beverley Nichols transforms it into a symbol of merriment and adventure. With a new foreword by Roy Dicks and Val Biro's charming drawings, the Timber Press edition of Down the Kitchen Sink deservedly takes its place among Beverley's classics on gardens, homes, cats, and other friends. - (Workman Press.)

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Labyrinths: selected stories & other writings

By Borges, Jorge Luis

Publishing Date: c1964

Classification: 800

Call Number: 868.62 BOR

Presents writings from forty pieces drawn from various works by Borges over the years.

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