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New Arrivals

Whether you work in a public, school, or hospital library, some of your young patrons have disabilities. Ramps, adaptive technology, and Braille books lay only the physical basis for including them into the library. Segregating them because of their disabilities is detrimental to their development, and to society as a whole. Serving them, and their families, involves educating yourself on the issues they face on a daily basis.

"There are two supreme predators on the planet with the most complex brains in nature: humans and orcas. In the twentieth century alone, one of these animals killed 200 million members of its own species, the other has killed none. Jeffrey Masson's fascinating new book begins here: There is something different about us. In his previous bestsellers, Masson has showed that animals can teach us much about our own emotions--love (dogs), contentment (cats), grief (elephants), among others. But animals have much to teach us about negative emotions such as anger and aggression as well, and in unexpected ways. In Beasts he demonstrates that the violence we perceive in the "wild" is mostly a matter of projection. We link the basest human behavior to animals, to "beasts" ("he behaved no better than a beast"), and claim the high ground for our species. We are least human, we think, when we succumb to our primitive, animal ancestry. Nothing could be further from the truth. Animals, at least predators, kill to survive, but there is nothing in the annals of animal aggression remotely equivalent to the violence of mankind. Our burden is that humans, and in particular humans in our modern industrialized world, are the most violent animals to our own kind in existence, or possibly ever in existence on earth. We lack what all other animals have: a check on the aggression that would destroy the species rather than serve it. It is here, Masson says, that animals have something to teach us about our own history. In Beasts, he strips away our misconceptions of the creatures we fear, offering a powerful and compelling look at our uniquely human propensity toward aggression"--Provided by publisher.

Offers over one hundred contemporary cross-stitch projects inspired by current fashion and interior trends.

Presents evidence-based advice on raising children, enhancing a collection of the author's blog posts with statistics, charts, and summaries to discuss four themes--prevention, social-emotional support, immunizations, and work-life balance.

"Google amazes us by generating answers before we even finish asking a question. Netflix delights us with spot-on recommendations. These companies use the power of Big Data, the collection and analysis of massive amounts of information. It's one of the hottest concepts in business. But while many companies are embracing Big Data to understand their customers, very few are applying it to their own employees. One of the pioneers in that effort has been acclaimed digital marketing agency Klick Health. Now Klick's leaders share the principles that guided their fast growth and low turnover. Klick CEO Leerom Segal and his colleagues show how personalizing each employee's experience can increase their engagement, help them learn new skills faster, and be placed with the right teams. The authors outline the three transformative ideas they've developed for 'decoding' any company or department: figuring out what really makes it tick, so you can maximize its potential. The authors share success stories from Klick and other organizations, and offer a bold new approach to designing and managing a workplace. The result is a groundbreaking book for any company that wants the best from its people"-- Provided by publisher.

The story of how a young man turned $25 into more than 200 schools around the world and the guiding steps anyone can take to lead a successful and significant life.

"The "Princeton mom" delivers unvarnished truths in this smart, straightforward, and witty book of life lessons for women"-- Provided by publisher.

"An essential resource for any working woman, What Works for Women at Work is a comprehensive and insightful guide for mastering office politics as a woman. Authored by Joan C. Williams, one of the nation's most-cited experts on women and work, and her daughter, writer Rachel Dempsey, this unique book offers a multi-generational perspective into the realities of today's workplace. Often women receive messages that they have only themselves to blame for failing to get ahead--Negotiate more! Stop being such a wimp! Stop being such a witch! What Works for Women at Work tells women it's not their fault. The simple fact is that office politics often benefits men over women. Based on interviews with 127 successful working women, over half of them women of color, What Works for Women at Work presents a toolkit for getting ahead in today's workplace. Distilling over 35 years of research, Williams and Dempsey offer four crisp patterns that affect working women: Prove-It-Again!, the Tightrope, the Maternal Wall, and the Tug of War. Each represents different challenges and requires different strategies--which is why women need to be savvier than men to survive and thrive in high-powered careers. Williams and Dempsey's analysis of working women is nuanced and in-depth, going far beyond the traditional cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approaches of most career guides for women. Throughout the book, they weave real-life anecdotes from the women they interviewed, along with quick kernels of advice like a "New Girl Action Plan," ways to "Take Care of Yourself", and even "Comeback Lines" for dealing with sexual harassment and other difficult situations. Up-beat, pragmatic, and chock full of advice, What Works for Women at Work is an indispensable guide for working women. "-- Provided by publisher.

"For 125 years, National Geographic has documented the world and all that is in it with stunning photography that captures the soul of a story beyond the words on a page. Some of the most powerful narratives of the past decade have been produced by a forward-thinking generation of women photojournalists as different as the places and the subjects they have covered"--Page [2] of cover.

"From a recovering addict, musician, and tattooed indie culturist: a guidebook for today's generation of spiritual misfits who crave a dogma-free path. After years of heavy addiction, Chris Grosso found himself literally on his knees, utterly lost and broken. He needed a new way to approach life, something that went beyond conventional religious or spiritual doctrine--free of bullshit. Drawing on his punk rock roots and question-everything mindset, Grosso offers a collection of stories and musings about his meandering journey of self-inquiry, recovery, and acceptance. He rejects all the hypocrisies and judgments of religion to show that spirituality is not something that only happens on meditation cushions or yoga mats, in sanghas, churches, mosques, temples, or synagogues. It's not always peaceful and quiet. It can be as loud as a rock concert or as alternative as Grosso himself. And it's up to you to find and follow your own path. Brutally honest, bitingly humorous, and radically unconventional, Grosso's collection of vignettes shows what it means to live an authentic, open, and mindful life. Indie Spiritualist empowers you to accept yourself as you are, in all your humanity and imperfect perfection"-- Provided by publisher.

A series of brutal murders darkens the Wrightsburg, Virginia countryside. The killer, replicating notorious murders of the past, seeks to improve them, while taunting the police by leaving watches on the victims set to the hour corresponding with their position on his hit list. When Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called to join the case, they are already investigating a crime involving an aristocratic and dysfunctional Southern family. But, as they soon discover, the two cases may be connected. The tension is further increased by a second killer who is copying the crimes of the first. King and Maxwell must discover their identities before the body count increases even more.

Handler chronicles what can happen to one very intoxicated, outgoing woman during one night of passion-- repeated over and over with lots and lots of men.

For five years, Luther Strode has been a legend terrifying criminals. But now the criminals have struck back, and the hunt for Luther Strode is on! Can Luther survive old enemies working with new friends? Collects The Legend of Luther Strode #1-6. -- Publisher's website.

In the seaside village of San Benedetto, a resort town on the Italian Riviera, twenty-two year-old Etto finds himself adrift. Within the past year, Etto has not only lost both his twin brother and his mother but in his grief has become estranged from his father, the local butcher. While his father passes the time with a reverential obsession with soccer, Etto retreats ever further from his day-to-day life, seeking solace in the hills above the town. But then a Ukrainian soccer star, the great Yuri Fil, sweeps into San Benedetto, taking refuge himself from an international scandal. Soon Yuri and his captivating tomboy sister Zhuki invite Etto into their world of sport, celebrity, loyalty, and humor.

This volume presents an English translation and explanation of the Qur'an, the central religious text of Islam.

"Create a wealth of ceramic forms that are refined, functional, and modern. Pinching seems simple, and it is; yet the results can be anything but elementary. Sophisticated pottery can be created using pinching techniques that you can easily execute with your fingers"--Page [4] of cover.

Offers advice to licensed professionals, such as architects, lawyers, dentists, chiropractors, doctors, and others who are subject to special tax rules on deducting start-up expenses, operating expenses, health care costs, retirement plan contributions, and other expenses on their taxes.

An anesthesiologist and NASA adviser explores how pioneering doctors and scientists have built on findings about the body's response to extreme environments and physical challenges to develop such medical innovations as open-heart surgery, skin grafts and trauma care.

"Can a woman who sells love convince a man who believes it's a lie find a happy ever after? Kate has given up on love -- at least for herself. She is both blessed and cursed with the ability to sense (and even forge) a romantic connection between two people--a magic matchmaking gene that has been passed down in her family for generations. The first in her family cynical enough to try to turn this gift into a profitable business, Kate launches her own matchmaking company, Kinnection, with her two best friends in a cozy New York town. Business has been going well until Kate is caught completely off guard one day when a furious man stalks into her office and accuses her business of being a scam. Slade is the older brother of one of Kate's clients, and he is enraged that Kate promised to help his emotionally fragile sister find a man. He believes that she is being set up for an ultimate heartbreak and accuses of profiting from empty promises she cannot possibly keep. After a heated exchange, he challenges her to prove herself. He puts himself in her hands and challenges Kate to find him love. Furious at his arrogance but stubbornly eager to prove herself, Kate agrees, dedicating herself to the journey of finding him love...only to find herself falling for him along the way. Will she become caught in her own spell?"-- Provided by publisher.

What makes a legendary assassin? For John Rain, it was the lessons of love, war, and betrayal he learned in Tokyo in 1972. Fresh from the killing fields of Southeast Asia, Rain works as a bagman under the watchful eye of his CIA handler, delivering cash to corrupt elements of the Japanese government. But when a delivery goes violently wrong, Rain finds himself in the crosshairs of Japan?s most powerful yakuza clan. To survive, Rain strikes a desperate deal with his handler: take out a high-profile target in the Japanese government in exchange for the intel he needs to eliminate his would-be executioners. As Rain plays cat and mouse with the yakuza and struggles to learn his new role as contract killer, he also becomes entangled with Sayaka, a tough, beautiful ethnic Korean woman confined to a wheelchair. But the demands of his dark work are at odds with the longings of his heart?and with Sayaka?s life in the balance, Rain will have to make a terrible choice.

Covert counterterrorism agent Scot Harvath awakens to discover that his world has changed violently -- and forever. A sadistic assassin with a personal vendetta is wreaking havoc of biblical proportions. Unleashing nightmarish horrors on those closest to Harvath, the attacker thrusts everything Harvath holds dear -- including his life -- into absolute peril. Ordered by the president to stay out of the investigation, Harvath is forced to mount his own operation to uncover the conspiracy and to exact revenge. When he discovers a connection between the attacks and a group of prisoners secretly released from Guantanamo, Harvath must ask himself previously unthinkable questions about the organizations and the nation he has spent his life serving.

Discusses the history of modern American liberalism and how its roots were formed by a new class of politically self-conscious intellectuals in the 1920s who were trying to create a hierarchical society that despised the middle class.

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