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

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