Select Reviews of New Materials for February 2013

Kilbourne, Jean. Killing Us Softly. 4 DVDs containing an analysis of advertising’s depiction of women. Kilbourne reveals patterns of gender stereotyping. Consider the relationship between advertising and identity, sexism, and gender violence.

King, Steven. Song of Susannah. 12 DVDs The next-to-last novel in Stephen King’s seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower. To give birth to her “chap”, demon-mother Mia has usurped the body of Susannah Dean and used the power of Black Thirteen to transport to New York City in the summer of 1999. The city is strange to Susannah…and terrifying to the “daughter of none” who shares her body and mind. Saving the Tower depends not only on rescuing Susannah but also on securing the vacant lot Calvin Tower owns before he loses it to the Sombra Corporation. Enlisting the aid of Manni senders, the remaining ka-tet climbs to the Doorway Cave…and discovers that magic has its own mind. –Amazon

King, Steven. Wolves of the Calla.  22 CD’s. Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of the Mid-World, the almost timeless landscape that seems to stretch from the wreckage of civility that defined Roland’s youth to the crimson chaos that seems the future’s only promise. Readers of Stephen King’s epic series know Roland well, or as well as this enigmatic hero can be known. They also know the companions who have been drawn to his quest for the Dark Tower: Eddie Dean and his wife, Susannah; Jake Chambers, the boy who has come twice through the doorway of death into Roland’s world; and Oy, the Billy-Bumbler. In this long-awaited fifth novel in the saga, their path takes them to the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis, a tranquil valley community of farmers and ranchers on Mid-World’s borderlands. Beyond the town, the rocky ground rises toward the hulking darkness of Thunderclap, the source of a terrible affliction that is slowly stealing the community’s soul. One of the town’s residents is Pere Callahan, a ruined priest who, like Susannah, Eddie, and Jake, passed through one of the portals that lead both into and out of Roland’s world.  –Amazon Publisher’s review

 New Fiction

Berlinski, Mischa. Fieldwork. When his girlfriend takes a job in Thailand, Mischa Berlinski goes along for the ride, planning to enjoy himself and work as little as possible. But one evening a fellow expatriate tips him off to a story: a charismatic American anthropologist, Martiya van der Leun, has been found dead—a suicide—in the Thai prison where she was serving a life sentence for murder. Curious at first, Mischa is soon immersed in the details of her story. This brilliant, haunting novel expands into a mystery set among the Thai hill tribes, whose way of life became a battleground for the missionaries and the scientists living among them. Fieldwork is a 2007 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.-Barnes and Noble Overview

Files, Lolita. Blind Ambitions. Hollywood. The place people go to fulfill their dreams. But its reality is a cruel one: Opportunities are few and the competition ruthless. Innocent hearts can suddenly turn dark, and the most loyal of friends can become bitter enemies. Desi, Sharon, and Bettina are three black women struggling to make names for themselves amid the glitz, glamor, and deception. Before each woman can be swept away by the intrigue and intensity of the entertainment industry, they must answer to the desperate calls from the ghosts of their pasts. But if they do, will the shadows of infidelity, abandonment, and murder destroy everything they’ve worked for? -Barnes and Noble Overview

Fox, Zachary. Cradle and All. A series of mishaps has befallen Kate and Paul McDonald’s eight-month-old son, leading to shocking accusations of abuse. Turns out someone with an unfathomable motive has invaded the household, using little Alex as the bait- Barnes and Noble Overview

Franzen, Jonathan. Freedom. National Bestseller, Winner of the John Gardner Fiction Award, A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist,, and A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist. In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Walter and Patty Berglund as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time. .- Barnes and Noble Overview

New Non-Fiction

 Buzan, Tony. Mind Map Book. Your brain is a super bio-computer that dwarfs any machine on the market. If you understand how it works and how to work with it, you can employ and enjoy astonishing powers of learning, memory, concentration, and creativity in planning and structuring thought on all levels. Now, in The Mind Map Book, Tony and Barry Buzan have provided a comprehensive operating manual for all who want to use their brains to their fullest potential. Mind Mapping and Radiant Thinking, the revolutionary new method of accessing heretofore untapped intelligences, was developed by world-famous brain-power expert Tony Buzan by analyzing original breakthrough scientific insights into the workings of the brain. – Barnes and Noble Overview

Kurson, Robert. Crashing Through. Mike May spent his life crashing through. Blinded at age three, he defied expectations by breaking world records in downhill speed skiing, joining the CIA, and becoming a successful inventor, entrepreneur, and family man. He had never yearned for vision. Then, in 1999, a chance encounter brought startling news: a revolutionary stem cell transplant surgery could restore May’s vision. It would allow him to drive, to read, to see his children’s faces. But the procedure was filled with gambles, some of them deadly, others beyond May’s wildest dreams. Beautifully written and thrillingly told, Crashing Through is a journey of suspense, daring, romance, and insight into the mysteries of vision and the brain. Robert Kurson gives us a fascinating account of one man’s choice to explore what it means to see–and to truly live. – Barnes and Noble Overview

Fisher, Jessica. Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead & Freeze Cookbook. In today’s fast-paced society, TV dinners and fast food can easily take the place of good home cooking. But with the help of one of the most underused appliances in most people’s kitchen—the freezer—anyone can make and preserve about two weeks’ worth of delicious home-cooked meals in a matter of hours. Jessica Fisher’s Not Your Mother provides the key to doing so. Fisher outlines 200 recipes for delectable breakfasts, lunches, and dinners through the method of batch cooking that saves both time and money. – Barnes and Noble Overview

Cleage, Pearl. Blues for an Alabama Sky. It is the summer of 1930 in Harlem, New York. The creative euphoria of the Harlem Renaissance has given way to the harsher realities of the Great Depression. Young Reverend Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., is feeding the hungry and preaching an activist gospel at Abyssinian Baptist Church. Black Nationalist visionary, Marcus Garvey, has been discredited and deported. Birth control pioneer, Margaret Sanger, is opening a new family planning clinic on 126th Street, and the doctors at Harlem Hospital are scrambling to care for a population whose most deadly disease is poverty. The play brings together a rich cast of characters who reflect the conflicting currents of the time through their overlapping personalities and politics. – Barnes and Noble Overview

Waldman, Carl. Biographical Dictionary of American Indian History to 1900. In this updated edition of Who Was Who in Native American History (Facts On File,1990, ISBN 0816017972), author Carl Waldman profiles men and women who have made significant contributions to Native American history, such as Native American warrior William Apess, the Pequot leader of the peaceful “Mashpee Revolt”, and the Fox anthropologist William Jones. The in-depth, AtoZ entries cover individuals from early contact until 1900 including: Tribal Leaders: Sitting Bull, Massasoit, and Weetamoo. Medicine Men: Arpeika and Nakaidoklini. Warriors: Crazy Horse, Osceola, and El Mocho. Army Scouts: Christopher “Kit” Carson, Bloody Knife, and Davy Crockett. Explorers: John Cabot, Jean Ribault, and William Clark. American and European Statesmen: Andrew Jackson and Lewis Cass. Army Officers: George Crook and Miles Standish. – Barnes and Noble Overview

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