Monthly Archives: April, 2012

Select New York Times Best Sellers for May 6, 2012

Number 10 in the Fiction category is “What Doesn’t Kill You” by Iris Johansen.

“Catherine Ling was abandoned on the streets of Hong Kong at age four. Schooled in the art of survival, she traded in the only commodity she had: information. As a teenager, she came under the tutelage of a mysterious man known only as Hu Chang – a skilled assassin and master poisoner. As a young woman, she was recruited by the CIA and now, she is known as one of their most effective operatives. Having lived life in the shadows, Catherine is aware of the wobbly moral compass of her existence and even more aware of just how expendable she is to those she deals with. When her old friend Hu Chang creates something so deadly, and completely untraceable, the chase is on to be the first to get it. With rogue operative John Gallo also on the hunt, Catherine finds herself pitted against a group so villainous and a man so evil that she may not survive the quest to protect those she cares about. Iris Johansen is at her page-turning best in this novel that takes you from the corridors of Langley to the alleyways of Hong Kong, and the darkest places of the human soul.”-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 library at Bettendorf Public Library, Davenport Eastern Avenue Branch, Davenport Fairmount Street Branch, Davenport Main Library, East Moline Public Library, Moline Public Library, Musser Public Library, Rock Island 30/31 Branch, Rock Island Main Library, Rock Island Southwest Branch, Scott County Library – Durant, Scott County Library – Eldridge, Scott County Library – Princeton, Scott County Library – Walcott, Sherrard Public Library District, Robert R Jones Public Library, and Silvis Public Library.

Number 7 in the Non Fiction Category is “Imagine”, by Jonah Lehrer

 “Did you know that the most creative companies have centralized bathrooms? That brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea? That the color blue can help you double your creative output?

From the best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.

Lehrer reveals the importance of embracing the rut, thinking like a child, daydreaming productively, and adopting an outsider’s perspective (travel helps). He unveils the optimal mix of old and new partners in any creative collaboration and explains why criticism is essential to the process. Then he zooms out to show how we can make our neighborhoods more vibrant, our companies more productive, and our schools more effective.

You’ll learn about Bob Dylan’s writing habits and the drug addictions of poets. You’ll meet a Manhattan bartender who thinks like a chemist, and an autistic surfer who invented an entirely new surfing move. You’ll see why Elizabethan England experienced a creative explosion, and how Pixar’s office space is designed to spark the next big leap in animation.

Collapsing the layers separating the neuron from the finished symphony, Imagine reveals the deep inventiveness of the human mind and its essential role in our increasingly complex world.”-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 library at Bettendorf Public Library, Davenport Eastern Ave branch, Davenport Fairmount Branch, Davenport Main Public Library, LeClaire Community Library, Moline Public, Musser Public, Rock Island Main, and Scott County Library in Durant.

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New Items at SCC Library

Sola: Louisiana Water Stories  

“Everywhere you look in Southern Louisiana there’s water – rivers, bayous, swamps, the Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico. And everyone in Cajun Country has a water story, or two or three or more. Its waterways support the biggest economies in Louisiana – a $63 billion a year oil and gas industry, a $200 million a year fishing business, tourism and recreational sports”.-Amazon

Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie “Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his “counting house” when he suffered an agonizing and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals.

Yet, it was the incident in the parlor which confirmed Miss Marple’s suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme” -Barnes and Noble Overview

Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury – a collection of tales that breathe and move, animated by sharp, in taken breath and flexing muscle. Here are eighteen startling visions of humankind’s destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin – visions as keen as the tattooist’s needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body. The images, ideas, sounds and scents that abound in this phantasmagoric sideshow are provocative and powerful: the mournful cries of celestial travelers cast out cruelly into a vast, empty space of stars and blackness…the sight of gray dust selling over a forgotten outpost on a road that leads nowhere…the pungent odor of Jupiter on a returning father’s clothing. Here living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets. Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth, widely believed to be one of the Grandmaster’s premier accomplishments: as exhilarating as interplanetary travel, as maddening as a walk in a million-year rain, and as comforting as simple, familiar rituals on the last night of the world.”-Barnes and Noble Overview

 World Without End by Ken Follett

“World Without End takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building the exquisite Gothic cathedral that was at the heart of The Pillars of the Earth. The cathedral and the priory are again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge, but this sequel stands on its own. This time the men and women of an extraordinary cast of characters find themselves at a crossroad of new ideas— about medicine, commerce, architecture, and justice. In a world where proponents of the old ways fiercely battle those with progressive minds, the intrigue and tension quickly reach a boiling point against the devastating backdrop of the greatest natural disaster ever to strike the human race—the Black Death”.-Barnes and Noble Overview

 Last Lecture by Randy Pausch 4 CDs

“A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave–“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”–wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.”-Barnes and Noble Overview

In Search of Myths and Heroes by Michael Wood DVD

“Ever since earliest recorded history, mankind has relied on the fanciful myths and timeless legends in order to better comprehend the strange reality that surrounds them. In this documentary, filmmaker Michael Wood holds an illuminating light up to the myths of Greek, Indian, Celtic, and Biblical origins in hopes of finding a common ground between recorded history, the truth of how events in the past really unfolded, and the mythical archetypes that have served to reflect and sustain human existence since the dawn of time.”~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi All Movie Guide

 Fortunate Lives by Robb Dew

“Dew continues the story of the New England Howell family in this sequel to the prize-winning Dale Loves Sophie to Death (LJ 5/15/81). The story centers around a summer six years after the death of the oldest son, Toby, when his surviving brother David is readying himself for Harvard. Parents Martin and Dinah are thus forced to come to grips with the death of one son and the departure (another sort of family “death”) of the other. Ordinary People is at times suggested, but here it is Martin who must overcome his guilt and anger. During this one summer both he and Dinah learn that life goes on and that it is good. This is the kind of novel one doesn’t find much anymore–featuring a sophisticated, Cheever-like town and people centered around a college and its subculture (Martin is a professor and editor of a literary magazine), where nothing much happens but the reader has a certain satisfaction in savoring the prose itself. A nice haven in the midst of the usual best-seller dreck.” –BOMC selection; serial rights to McCall’s ; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/91.– Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Lib. System, Cal.

 To see the lists of new items in the SCC Library collection click here and scroll down to New Book Lists

Web Site of the Week April 10, 2012

 

The Virtual Learning Resources Center is a collection of web pages selected and maintained by teachers and librarians. The VLRC includes sites in many subjects. Resources include full-text magazines, newspapers, electronic text archives, biographies, career information, psychology, history, government information, literature, medicine, social sciences, law, economics, education, mathematics, science, technology, writing style guides, and many more. http://www.virtuallrc.com/

Select New York Times Best Sellers for April 15, 2012

Number 3 on in the fiction category is Guilty Wives by James Patterson and David Ellis

No husbands allowed

“Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. For four days they’re free to live someone else’s life. As the weekend moves into pulsating discos, high-stakes casinos, and beyond, Abbie is transported to the greatest pleasure and release she has ever known.

What happened last night?

In the morning’s harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened—something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. And now the vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime—for survival. GUILTY WIVES is the ultimate indulgence, the kind of nonstop joy-ride of excess, friendship, betrayal, and danger that only James Patterson can create.”-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 library at Bettendorf Public Library, Clinton Public Library, Clinton Public Lyons branch, Davenport Public and its branches, East Moline, Henry C Adams Library, Moline Public, Musser Public Library, Robert R Jones Library, Rock Island Public Library and its branches, Scott County Library and its branches and bookmobile, and Sherrard Public District Library.  

Number two in the Non Fiction category was Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow

“One of my favorite ideas is, never to keep an unnecessary soldier,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1792. Neither Jefferson nor the other Found­ers could ever have envisioned the modern national security state, with its tens of thousands of “privateers”; its bloated Department of Homeland Security; its rust­ing nuclear weapons, ill-maintained and difficult to dismantle; and its strange fascination with an unproven counterinsurgency doctrine.

Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow’s Drift argues that we’ve drifted away from America’s original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. To understand how we’ve arrived at such a dangerous place, Maddow takes us from the Vietnam War to today’s war in Afghanistan, along the way exploring the disturbing rise of executive authority, the gradual outsourcing of our war-making capabilities to private companies, the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars for us, and even the changing fortunes of G.I. Joe. She offers up a fresh, unsparing appraisal of Reagan’s radical presidency. Ultimately, she shows us just how much we stand to lose by allowing the priorities of the national security state to overpower our political discourse.

Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seri­ously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a “loud and jangly” political debate about how, when, and where to apply America’s strength and power—and who gets to make those decisions.”-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 library at LeClaire Community Library.

 

Website of the week April 3, 2012

The Midwest book review site is loaded with book reviews, advice for writers, and resources for people who love to read. Everything is accessible free of charge. The good people at the Midwest book review volunteer their time to promote reading and literacy and advocate for libraries and librarians. http://www.midwestbookreview.com/

Select New York Times Best Sellers for April 8, 2012

Number 3 in the fiction category is Stay Close by Harlan Coben

“Megan is a suburban soccer mom who once upon a time walked on the wild side. Now she’s got two kids, a perfect husband, a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but at age forty he finds himself in a dead end job posing as a paparazzo pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. Jack is a detective who can’t let go of a cold case-a local husband and father disappeared seventeen years ago, and Jack spends the anniversary every year visiting a house frozen in time, the missing man’s family still waiting, his slippers left by the recliner as if he might show up any moment to step into them.

Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesn’t recede. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all. And as each confronts the dark side of the American Dream the boredom of a nice suburban life, the excitement of temptation, the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest facades they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat.

With his trademark combination of page-turning thrills and unrivaled insight into the dark shadows that creep into even the happiest communities, Harlan Coben delivers a thriller that cements his status as the master of domestic suspense.-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 library at Bettendorf Public Library, Davenport Eastern Avenue Branch, Davenport Fairmount Street Branch, Davenport Main Library, East Moline Public Library, Henry C Adams Memorial Library, Kaplan University Library, Moline Public Library, Musser Public Library, Rock Island 30/31 Branch, Rock Island Main Library, Rock Island Southwest Branch, Scott County Library – Durant, Scott County Library – Eldridge, Scott County Library – Princeton, Scott County Library – Walcott, Sherrard Public Library District, and Silvis Public Library.

Number 1 in the nonfiction category is Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer

“Jonah Lehrer’s new book confirms what his fans have known all along – that he knows more about science than a lot of scientists and more about writing than a lot of writers.” – Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and Outliers

“Jonah Lehrer is one of the most talented explainers of science that we’ve got. What a pleasure it is to follow his investigation of creativity and its sources. Imagine is his best book yet.” —Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein

Did you know that the most creative companies have centralized bathrooms? That brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea? That the color blue can help you double your creative output?

From the New York Times best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.

Lehrer reveals the importance of embracing the rut, thinking like a child, daydreaming productively, and adopting an outsider’s perspective (travel helps). He unveils the optimal mix of old and new partners in any creative collaboration, and explains why criticism is essential to the process. Then he zooms out to show how we can make our neighborhoods more vibrant, our companies more productive, and our schools more effective.

You’ll learn about Bob Dylan’s writing habits and the drug addictions of poets. You’ll meet a Manhattan bartender who thinks like a chemist, and an autistic surfer who invented an entirely new surfing move. You’ll see why Elizabethan England experienced a creative explosion, and how Pixar’s office space is designed to spark the next big leap in animation.

Collapsing the layers separating the neuron from the finished symphony, Imagine reveals the deep inventiveness of the human mind, and its essential role in our increasingly complex world.”-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 library at Bettendorf Public Library or Scott County Library – Durant.

 

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