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Award Winning Books in the Brimmer Collection

2014 Newbery and Caldecott winners

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Flora and Ulysses - Kate DiCamillo; K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC DIC
ISBN: 076366040X
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

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Locomotive - Brian Floca (Illustrator)
Call Number: 385.0973 FLO
ISBN: 9781416994152
Publication Date: 2013-09-03
Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s. With encyclopedic enthusiasm, Floca visually documents the trip, vignettes illustrating the train's equipment as well as such must-know details as toilet and sleeping conditions. Full- and double-page spreads take advantage of the book's unusually large trim for breathtaking long shots of the American landscape and thrilling perspectives of the muscular engine itself. The nameless girl and boy provide touchstones for readers throughout, dubiously eyeing an unidentifiable dinner, juddering across a trestle, staring out with wide-eyed wonder. Unjustly undersung as a writer, Floca soars with his free-verse narrative, exploiting alliteration, assonance and internal rhyme to reinforce the rhythms of the journey. Frequent variations in font and type ("HUFF HUFF HUFF!" is spelled out in ornate, antique letters) further boost the excitement. Front endpapers provide detail on the building of the transcontinental railroad; back endpapers show the steam engine in cross section, explaining exactly how coal and water made it go. Nothing short of spectacular, just like the journey it describes.


Additions to the Brimmer Collection

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Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas - Lynne Cox; Brian Floca (Illustrator)
Call Number: 599.79 COX
ISBN: 9780375858888
World-renowned swimmer and author Lynne Cox and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Floca team up to bring us this inspiring story of an elephant seal who knew exactly where she belonged. Here is the incredible story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal who made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. When Elizabeth decides to stretch out across a two-lane road, the citizens worry she might get hurt or cause traffic accidents, so a group of volunteers tows her out to sea. But Elizabeth swims all the way back to Christchurch. The volunteers catch her again and again -- each time towing her farther, even hundreds of miles away -- but, still, Elizabeth finds her way back home. Includes back matter with information about elephant seals.

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Old Manhattan Has Some Farms - Susan Lendroth; Kate Endle (Illustrator)
Call Number: 635 LEN
ISBN: 9781580895729
Subject: Urban gardening.

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Mr. Ferris and His Wheel - Kathryn Gibbs Davis; Gilbert Ford (Illustrator)
Call Number: 791.06 DAV
ISBN: 9780547959221
Examines how the engineer George Ferris invented and constructed the amusement park ride that bears his name for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

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Follow follow : a book of reverso poems - Marilyn Singer; Josée Masse
Call Number: 811.54 SIN
A collection of short poems called reversos which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature. From top to bottom they mean one thing and then reverse the lines and read from bottom to top they mean something else.



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New Acquisitions - Featured Titles - September 2014

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The Joy of the Gospel - Francis I; Catholic Church, Pope (2013- : Francis) Staff (Contribution by); Francis
Call Number: BX2347.4 .C38 2013
ISBN: 9781601374585
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
Contents: Introduction. A joy ever new, a joy which is shared -- The delightful and comforting joy of evangelizing -- The new evangelization for the transmission of the faith -- The church's missionary transformation. A church which goes forth -- Pastoral activity and conversion -- From the heart of the Gospel -- A mission embodied within human limits -- A mother with an open heart -- Amid the crisis of communal commitment. Some challenges of today's world -- Temptations faced by pastoral workers -- The proclamation of the Gospel. The entire people of God proclaims the Gospel -- The homily -- Preparing to preach -- Evangelization and the deeper understanding of the kerygma -- The social dimension of evangelization. Communal and societal repercussions of the kerygma -- The inclusion of the poor in society -- The common good and peace in society -- Social dialogue as a contribution to peace -- Spirit-filled evangelizers. Reasons for a renewed missionary impulse -- Mary, mother of evangelization.

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If Nuns Ruled the World : ten sisters on a mission. - Jo Piazza
Call Number: BX4200 .P43 I3 2014
ISBN: 9781497601901
Publication Date: 2014-09-02
Profiles ten nuns and the causes to which they've dedicated their lives. 1. Weapons are made like gods -- 2. The nun on the bus -- 3. It isn't about being gay; it's about being in love -- 4. Racing against time, outliving the competition -- 5. An underground railroad for modern-day slaves -- 6. Keeping an eye on corporate America -- 7. The act of survival is worse than the torture itself -- 8. I want to run a laundromat before I die -- 9. Jesus treated men and women equally -- 10. We are all sisters.

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Simpler: the future of government - Cass R. Sunstein
Call Number: E907 .S86 2013
ISBN: 9781476726595
The co-author of the best-selling Nudge and regulatory advisor to President Obama draws on cutting-edge work in behavioral psychology and economics to trace behind-the-scenes, life-saving policy changes that reflect smarter and simpler government practices while preserving freedom of choice for everyday people in areas ranging from mortgages and student loans to food labeling and health care.

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The Red Flag - David Priestland
Call Number: HX36 .P75 2009
ISBN: 9780802119247
Communism was one of the most powerful political and intellectual movements the world has ever seen. At the height of their influence, Communists controlled more than a third of the Earth's surface. But perhaps more astonishing than its rapid rise and extraordinary reach was Communism's sudden, devastating collapse in November of 1989. In this book the author, an Oxford professor, tells the epic story of a movement that has taken root in dozens of countries across two hundred years, from its birth after the French Revolution to its ideological maturity in nineteenth century Germany to its rise to dominance (and subsequent fall) in the twentieth century. Beginning with the first modern Communists in the age of Robespierre, he examines the motives of thinkers and leaders including Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Castro, Che Guevara, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Gorbachev, and many others. He also asks what it was about Communism that inspired its rank and file, whether the militants of 1920s Russia, the guerrilla fighters of China, or the students of Ethiopia, and explores the experience of what it meant to live under Communism for its millions of subjects. He shows how Communism, in all its varieties, appealed to different societies for different reasons, in some as a response to inequalities and in others more out of a desire to catch up with the West. But paradoxically, while destroying one web of inequality, Communist leaders were simultaneously weaving another. It was this dynamic, together with widespread economic failure and an escalating loss of faith in the system, that ultimately destroyed Soviet Communism itself. At a time when global capitalism is in crisis and powerful new political forces have arisen to confront Western democracy, this book offers a perspective for applying the lessons of the past to navigating the future.

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The Great Powers and the International System - Bear F. Braumoeller
Call Number: JZ1310 .B73 2012
ISBN: 9781107005419
Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. System, state, and citizen; 3. System, process, and evidence; 4. Systems in historic perspective; 5. Conclusions and implications.
Summary: "This is the first book to describe and test a fully systemic theory of international politics. Using statistics and diplomatic history, it traces statesmen's efforts to influence the power and ideas that form the broad contours of the international system within which they interact"-- Provided by publisher.

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Seeking Security in an Insecure World - Dan Caldwell; Robert E. Williams
Call Number: JZ5588 .C35 2012
ISBN: 9781442208032
Contents: The meaning of security today -- Conventional weapons and war -- Nuclear weapons, deterrence, and arms control -- Chemical and biological weapons -- The terrorist threat -- The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction -- Infectious disease and health insecurity -- Transnational criminal organizations and trafficking -- Insecurity in cyberspace -- The state of the state (I) : the transformation of national security -- The state of the state (II) : the rise of human security -- Economics and security -- The environment and security -- Seeking security in an insecure world.

Women of the Beat Generation - Andrew Knight
Call Number: PS508 .W7 W585 2000
ISBN: 9781567312966
Helen Adam : bardic matriarch -- Jane Bowles : a life at the end of the world -- Ilse Klapper -- Madeline Gleason : true born poet -- Josephine Miles : mentor to a revolution -- Joan Vollmer Adams Burroughs : Calypso stranded -- Vickie Russell -- Helen Hinkle -- Carolyn Cassady : karmic grace -- LuAnne Henderson -- Anne Murphy -- Edie Parker Kerouac : first mate -- Stella Sampas -- Joan Haverty Kerouac : nobody's wife -- Gabrielle "Mèmére" Kerouac -- Eileen Kaufman : keeper of the flame -- Mary Fabilli : farmer's daughter -- Diane di Prima : poet priestess -- Barbara Guest -- Elise Cowen : beat Alice -- Joyce Johnson : a true good heart -- Hettie Jones : Mother Jones -- Billie Holiday -- Joanne Kyger : dharma sister -- Denise Levertov : fortune's favorite -- Joanna McClure : West Coast villager -- Janine Pommy Vega : lyric adventurer -- Elsie John -- Ruth Weiss : the survivor -- Aya Tarlow -- Mary Norbert Körte : redwood mama activist -- Brenda Frazer : transformed genius -- Lenore Kandel : word alchemist -- Anne Waldman : fast speaking woman -- Jan Kerouac : the next generation -- Natalie Jackson -- Jay DeFeo : the rose -- Joan Brown : painter and prodigy -- Gui de Angulo --Worthy beat women : recollection / by Ted Joans -- Afterword /drAnn Charters.

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Silent Spring At 50 : the false crises of Rachel Carson - Roger Meiners (Editor); Pierre Desrochers (Editor); Andrew Morriss (Editor)
ISBN: 9781937184995
Silent spring at 50 -- The lady who started all this -- The intellectual groundwaters of Silent spring : rethinking Rachel Carson's place in the history of American environmental thought -- Silent spring as secular religion -- The selective silence of Silent spring : birds, pesticides, and alternatives to pesticides -- Rachel Carson's health scare -- The balance of nature and "the other road" : ecological paradigms and the management legacy of Silent spring -- Did Rachel Carson understand the importance of DDT in global public health programs? -- Agricultural revolutions and agency wars : how the 1950s laid the groundwork for Silent spring -- The false promise of federalization -- The precautionary principle : Silent spring's toxic legacy -- Risk over-simplified : the enduring and unfortunate legacy of Silent spring.

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The Diffusion of Military Power - Michael C. Horowitz
Call Number: U42 .H67 2010
ISBN: 9780691143958
Examines how the financial and organizational challenges of adopting new methods of fighting wars can influence the international balance of power. The author argues that a state or actor wishing to adopt a military innovation must possess both the financial resources to buy or build the technology and the internal organizational capacity to accommodate any necessary changes in recruiting, training, or operations. How countries react to new innovations-- and to other actors that do or don't adopt them-- has profound implications for the global order and the likelihood of war. The book looks at some of the most important military innovations throughout history, including the advent of the all-big-gun steel battleship, the development of aircraft carriers and nuclear weapons, and the use of suicide terror by nonstate actors. He shows how expensive innovations can favor wealthier, more powerful countries, but also how those same states often stumble when facing organizationally complicated innovations. Innovations requiring major upheavals in doctrine and organization can disadvantage the wealthiest states due to their bureaucratic inflexibility and weight the balance of power toward smaller and more nimble actors, making conflict more likely. This book provides vital insights into military innovations and their impact on U.S. foreign policy, warfare, and the distribution of power in the international system.


New Foreign Languauge Texts in the Brimmer Collection

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Atando Cabos (Fourth Edition) - Mara Gonzlez-Aguilar; Marta Rosso-O'Laughlin
ISBN: 9780205770168
Annotated Instructor's Edition.

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Suena (Second Edition) - Jose A. Blanco; C. Cecilia Tocaimaza-Hatch
ISBN: 9781605760896
Curso intermedio breve. Includes Teacher Edition, Activities Manual, Answer Key.

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Interacciones (Seventh Edition) - Emily Spinelli; Carmen García; Carol E Galvin Flood
Annotated Instructor's Edition

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Mundo 21 (Fourth Edition) - Fabián A Samaniego; et al
Call Number: FOR. LANG. SPAN. HEINLE INTER. T.E. 2012
Annotated Instructor's Edition.

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En Comunidad - Pennie Nichols; Jane Johnson
Call Number: FOR. LANG. SPANISH MCG-H T.E. 2009
ISBN: 9780073326207
Instructor's Edition.

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Nuestras Culturas. Language and Culture: An Intermediate Course in Spanish. - Brenda Barceló
Call Number: FOR. LANG. SPAN. HMH INTER. EXT 2009
ISBN: 9780618574599
Language and Culture: An Intermediate Course in Spanish.

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Así lo Veo - Michael Leeser; Bill VanPatten; Gregory D. Keating
ISBN: 9780073534404
With Asi lo veo, an intermediate Spanish program, this title documents how six Spanish speakers view provocative themes. It helps you to: increase students' ability to comprehend spoken Spanish; express their ideas and opinions; and, analyze cultural perspectives while challenging fixed beliefs and cultural stereotypes.


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