Monthly Archives: March, 2012

Selections from the New York Times Best Selling Books for April 1, 2012

Number 2 in the hard cover fiction category was Star Wars Fate of the Jedi #9: Apocalypse by Troy Denning

 “There can be no surrender.
There will be no mercy.
It’s not just the future of the galaxy at stake—
It’s the destiny of the Force.

In the stunning finale of the epic Fate of the Jedi series, Jedi and Sith face off—with Coruscant as their battlefield. For the Sith, it’s the chance to restore their dominance over the galaxy that forgot them for so long. For Abeloth, it’s a giant step in her quest to conquer all life everywhere. For Luke Skywalker, it’s a call to arms to eradicate the Sith and their monstrous new master once and for all.
 
In a planet wide strike, teams of Jedi Knights take the Sith infiltrators by swift and lethal surprise. But victory against the cunning and savage Abeloth, and the terrifying endgame she has planned, is anything but certain. And as Luke, Ben, Han, Leia, Jaina, Jag, and their allies close in, the devastating truth about the dark side incarnate will be exposed—and send shock waves through the Jedi Order, the galaxy, and the Force itself.”-Barnes and Noble Overview

The staff of Scott Community College Library will be happy to place a hold on this book for you or you can check it out from your public library in Bettendorf or East Moline.

Number 4 in the hardcover nonfiction category was STEVE JOBS, by Walter Isaacson

“FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING BIOGRAPHIES OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND ALBERT EINSTEIN, THIS IS THE EXCLUSIVE BIOGRAPHY OF STEVE JOBS.

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.

Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.”-Barnes and Noble Overview

The staff of Scott Community College Library will be happy to place a hold on this book for you or you can check it out from your public library in Bettendorf, Davenport Main and its branches, Clinton, East Moline, Moline, Muscatine, Rock Island main and its branches, Scott County in Eldridge and its branches, Silvis, Coal Valley, or Saint Ambrose University Library.

 

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Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose

“From the bestselling author of the definitive book on D-Day comes the definitive book on the most momentous expedition in American history and one of the great adventure stories of all time.

In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and back. Lewis was the perfect choice. He endured incredible hardships and saw incredible sights, including vast herds of buffalo and Indian tribes that had  no previous contact with white men. He and his partner, Captain William Clark, made the first map of the trans-Mississippi West, provided invaluable scientific data on the flora and fauna of the Louisiana Purchase territory, and established the American claim to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information about weather, terrain, and medical knowledge at the time to provide a colorful and realistic backdrop for the expedition. Lewis saw the North American continent before any other white man; Ambrose describes in detail native peoples, weather, landscape, science, everything the expedition encountered along the way, through Lewis’s eyes.

Lewis is supported by a rich variety of colorful characters, first of all Jefferson himself, whose interest in exploring and acquiring the American West went back thirty years. Next comes Clark, a rugged frontiersman whose love for Lewis matched Jefferson’s. There are numerous Indian chiefs, and Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition, along with the French-Indian hunter Drouillard, the great naturalists of Philadelphia, the French and Spanish fur traders of St. Louis, John Quincy Adams, and many more leading political, scientific, and military figures of the turn of the century.

This is a book about a hero. This is a book about national unity. But it is also a tragedy. When Lewis returned to Washington in the fall of 1806, he was a national hero. But for Lewis, the expedition was a failure. Jefferson had hoped to find an all-water route to the Pacific with a short hop over the Rockies-Lewis discovered there was no such passage. Jefferson hoped the Louisiana Purchase would provide endless land to support farming-but Lewis discovered that the Great Plains were too dry. Jefferson hoped there was a river flowing from Canada into the Missouri-but Lewis reported there was no such river, and thus no U.S. claim to the Canadian prairie. Lewis discovered the Plains Indians were hostile and would block settlement and trade up the Missouri. Lewis took to drink, engaged in land speculation, piled up debts he could not pay, made jealous political enemies, and suffered severe depression.

High adventure, high politics, suspense, drama, and diplomacy combine with high romance and personal tragedy to make this outstanding work of scholarship as readable as a novel.”-Barnes and Noble

Undaunted Courage was an intriguing view into one of the most famous adventures in American history. If you love history, I highly recommend this book.

GPO Access is Replaced by GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys).

 Today, March 16, 2012 GPO Access is replaced by GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The new URL is http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/. Users will still find the same information that was on the opigional site and GPO’s mission remains the same: “The core mission of Keeping America Informed, dated to 1813 when Congress determined to make information regarding the work of the three branches of Government available to all Americans. The U.S Government Printing Office (GPO) provides publishing and dissemination services for the official and authentic government publications to Congress, Federal agencies, Federal depository libraries, and the American public.”

Google is Changing Search Results

In their near future, Google will present more direct answers and facts at the top of your results list. An article written by Amir Efrati, appeared in the March 15 issue of the Wall Street Journal:  

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304459804577281842851136290.html

Website of the Week March 12, 2012

CNET provides consumers of technology with demonstration videos, product reviews, and an instructional section. CNET‘s mission is to “provide you with information, tools, and advice that help you decide what to buy and how to get the most out of your tech.” I think CNET is a user-friendly site that offers lots of useful and authoritative information. Thanks to Choice Reviews online for the information. CNet was reviewed in 2012 mar CHOICE. Click on the link here to visit CNET. http://www.cnet.com/

 

 

New York Times #1 Best Sellers March 18, 2011

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

 “When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind – until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time. Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.”-Amazon Book Description

The staff of Scott Community College Library will be happy to place a hold on this book for you or you can check it out from your public library in Davenport and its branches.

The Vow by Kim Carpenter, Krickitt Carpenter, and Dana Wilkerson

“Life as Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew it was shattered beyond recognition on November 24, 1993. Two months after their marriage, a devastating car wreck left Krickitt with a massive head injury and in a coma for weeks.

When she finally awoke, she had no idea who Kim was. With no recollection of their relationship and while Krickitt experienced personality changes common to those who suffer head injuries, Kim realized the woman he had married essentially died in the accident.

And yet, against all odds, but through the common faith in Christ that sustained them, Kim and Krickitt fell in love all over again. Even though Kim stood by Krickitt through the darkest times a husband can ever imagine, he insists, “I’m no hero. I made a vow.”

Now available in trade paper with a new chapter and photo insert, The Vow is the true story that inspired the major motion picture of the same name starring Rachel McAdams (The Notebook), Channing Tatum (Dear John), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), and Academy Award winner Jessica Lange.”-Amazon Book Description

The staff of Scott Community College Library will be happy to place a hold on this book for you or you can check it out from your public library in East Moline, Moline, The River Valley District Library, Rock Island Main, or the Scott County Bookmobile.

 

 

Websites of the Week March 6, 2012

History and Politics Out Loud
This site contains an archive of speeches of people in history that have made important and significant impact on the world. Includes Martin Luther King, Robert F. Kennedy, and Franklin Roosevelt. You can search by name, title of speech or event, and by date. Includes information how to cite the sources. http://www.hpol.org

Office Training

This site contains tutorials and other support tools to learn Microsoft Office software including s Word, Excel, Access, FrontPage for 2010, 2007 and 2003. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/training-FX101782702.aspx

New York Times Best Sellers Week of March 11, 2012

Fiction

CELEBRITY IN DEATH by J. D. Robb.

“Lieutenant Eve Dallas is no party girl, but she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating The Icove Agenda, a film based on one of her famous cases. It’s a little spooky seeing the actress playing her, who looks almost like her long-lost twin. Not as unsettling, though, as seeing the actress who plays Peabody drowned in the lap pool on the roof of the director’s luxury building. Now she’s at the center of a crime scene-and Eve is more than ready to get out of her high heels and strap on her holster and step into the role she was born to play: cop.”-Barnes and Noble Overview

The staff of Scott Community College Library will be happy to place a hold on this book for you or you can check it out from your public library in Davenport Public Library on Main Street or the Fairmount branch, East Moline Public Library, Moline Public Library, Musser Public Library, Rock Island Main and branches, Scott County Libraries in Eldridge and Durant, Sherrard Public Library, and the Silvis Public Library.

Non Fiction

The Vow by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter with Dana Wilkerson

“Life as Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew it was shattered beyond recognition on November 24, 1993. Two months after their marriage, a devastating car wreck left Krickitt with a massive head injury and in a coma for weeks.

When she finally awoke, she had no idea who Kim was. With no recollection of their relationship and while Krickitt experienced personality changes common to those who suffer head injuries, Kim realized the woman he had married essentially died in the accident.

And yet, against all odds, but through the common faith in Christ that sustained them, Kim and Krickitt fell in love all over again. Even though Kim stood by Krickitt through the darkest times a husband can ever imagine, he insists, “I’m no hero. I made a vow.”

Now available in trade paper with a new chapter and photo insert, The Vow is the true story that inspired the major motion picture of the same name starring Rachel McAdams (The Notebook), Channing Tatum (Dear John), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), and Academy Award winner Jessica Lange.”-Barnes and Noble Overview

The staff of Scott Community College Library will be happy to place a hold on this book for you or you can check it out from your public library in Moline, the River Valley District Library, and the Scott County Library Bookmobile.

March is Women’s History Month

In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. The theme is “Women’s Education — Women’s Empowerment.” Here are three websites to access information about influential women.  

National Women’s History Project contains brochures you can download. Brochures highlight women in education. http://www.nwhp.org/whm/index.php

The National Women’s Hall of Fame. This site contains biographies about powerful women in history. http://www.greatwomen.org/

In recognition of International Women’s day, March 8, I included this site which contains information about upcoming events and links to additional resources.  http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

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