New Arrivals - Social sciences and languages
"The tale of a postman who encounters a fledgling raven while on the edge of his route and decides to bring her home. The unlikely couple falls in love and conceives a child?an extraordinary raven girl trapped in a human body. The raven girl feels imprisoned by her arms and legs and covets wings and the ability to fly. Betwixt and between, she reluctantly grows into a young woman, until one day she meets an unorthodox doctor who is willing to change her. One of the world?s most beloved storytellers has crafted a dark fairy tale full of wonderment and longing. Complete with Audrey Niffenegger?s bewitching etchings and paintings, Raven Girl explores the bounds of transformation and possibility"--Amazon.
In the wrong hands, math can be deadly. Even the simplest numbers can become powerful forces when manipulated by politicians or the media, but in the case of the law, your liberty--and your life--can depend on the right calculation. In "Math on Trial," mathematicians Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez describe ten trials spanning from the nineteenth century to today, in which mathematical arguments were used--and disastrously misused--as evidence. They tell the stories of Sally Clark, who was accused of murdering her children by a doctor with a faulty sense of calculation; of nineteenth-century tycoon Hetty Green, whose dispute over her aunt's will became a signal case in the forensic use of mathematics; and of the case of Amanda Knox, in which a judge's misunderstanding of probability led him to discount critical evidence--which might have kept her in jail. Offering a fresh angle on cases from the nineteenth-century Dreyfus affair to the murder trial of Dutch nurse Lucia de Berk, Schneps and Colmez show how the improper application of mathematical concepts can mean the difference between walking free and life in prison.
Outlines a transformational vision of a connected world, drawing on expertise to address questions regarding power balances, the relationship between privacy and security, and the role of technology in combating or enabling terrorism.
Traces the 14-year struggle of two lawyers to bring the most powerful coal baron in American history, Don Blankenship, to justice.
A guide to rediscovering the meaning and contentment of day-to-day family life offers seventy-five ideas for connecting with family that make the most of shared time and strive to strengthen family relationships.
In our power-hungry world, all the talk about energy-what's safe and what's risky, what's clean and what's dirty, what's cheap and what's easy-tends to generate more heat than light. What, Julianne Couch wanted to know, is the real story on power production in this country? Approaching the question as a curious consumer, Couch takes us along as she visits nine sites where electrical power is developed from different fuel sources. From a geothermal plant in the Mojave Desert to a nuclear plant in Nebraska, from a Wyoming coal-fired power plant to a Maine tidal-power project, Couch gives us as she visits nine sites where electrical power is developed from different fuel sources. From a geothermal plant in the Mojave Desert to a nuclear plant in Nebraska, from a Wyoming coal-fired power plant to a Maine tidal-power project, Couch gives us an insider's look at how power is generated, how it affects neighboring landscapes and the people who live and work there, and how each source comes with its own unique complications.
Explores how the legal profession has reached the point where an alarmingly low percentage of law graduates can land jobs in the field, citing such problems as the oversupply of lawyers and the implosions of prestigious law firms.
The only twice-serving Secretary of Defense shares observations about his own life and war strategies and defends his theories, arguing that they have helped others become better employees and leaders.
To better understand his father--a Navy pilot who died when his plane crashed in the Indian Ocean--the author spent eighteen months with members of his father's former squadron, the World-Famous Black Ravens, following them around the world and learning about their lives.
The epic story of one of America's greatest soldiers, Ranger Hall of Fame member Gary O'Neal, who served his country for forty years. From his first tour in Vietnam at seventeen to fighting in both Gulf wars, O'Neal was nothing less than a super soldier.
Argues that technology is changing the way we understand human society and discusses how the disciplines of politics, culture, public debate, morality and humanism will be affected when responsibility for them is delegated to technology.
"The marriage memoir--from Elizabeth Gilbert's Committed to Isabel Gillies's It Happens Every Day--has been a balm to beleaguered wives everywhere. But who speaks for the husbands? In this sharp, funny, poignant glimpse into a very unusual marriage, sensitive, decent, shell-shocked James Braly earns the job. His marriage to a woman he finds truly bewitching...is by turns fascinating and casually shocking"--Dust jacket.
Towns with strict zoning are the best towns, aren't they? They're all about preserving local "character," protecting the natural environment, an dmaintaining attractive neighborhoods. Right? In this challenge to conventional wisdom, Lisa Prevost strips away the quaint façades of these desirable towns to reveal the uglier impulses behind their proud allegiance to local control. These eye-opening stories illustrate the outrageous lengths to which town leaders and affluent residents will go to prohibit housing that might attract the ?wrong? sort of people.
An intellectual detective story follows the quest to unlock one of the great secrets of human history--the decipherment of Linear B, an unknown script from the Aegean Bronze Age.
In this timely call to action, Snowe explores the roots of her belief in principled policy-making and bipartisan compromise. A leading moderate with a reputation for crossing the aisle, Snowe proposes solutions for bridging the partisan divide in Washington.
The history and tradition of professional housekeeping is given. Procedures of each domestic task are demonstrated along with proper etiquette.
"Bestselling author and popular radio and television host Glenn Beck shines a spotlight on today's culture of violence and provides practical, timely, and fact-based answers to the most commonly heard gun-control arguments."--Publisher's description.
Too often American veterans return from combat and spiral into depression, anger and loneliness they can neither share nor tackle on their own. This work seeks to aid our troubled, returning forces by dissecting the numerous mental health problems they face upon arriving stateside. The authors detail not only each issue?s symptoms, but also discuss what treatments are available, and the best ways for veterans to access those treatments while readjusting to civilian life.
A memoir of one man coming face to face with the darkest moments of his life and how, through his own drive and the unwavering support of family and friends, he never succumbed to despair. Dave Liniger had it all: four successful children, a lifetime filled with adventure, and a company he'd founded, RE/MAX. Then doctors discovered a staph infection that left Liniger fighting for his life and spending months recoving in the hospital.