D 790 L44 2020
Dead reckoning : the story of how Johnny Mitchell and his fighter pilots took on Admiral Yamamoto and avenged Pearl Harbor
Summary:“The definitive and dramatic account of what became known as “Operation Vengeance” — the targeted kill by U.S. fighter pilots of Japan’s larger-than-life military icon, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the naval genius who had devised the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor. “AIR RAID, PEARL HARBOR. THIS IS NO DRILL.” At 7:58 a.m. on December 7, 1941, an officer at the Ford Island Command Center typed what would become one of the most famous radio dispatches in history, as the Japanese navy launched a surprise aerial assault on U.S. bases on Hawaii. In a little over two hours, more than 2,400 Americans were dead, propelling the U.S.’s entry into World War II. Dead Reckoning is the epic true story of the high-stakes operation undertaken sixteen months later to avenge that deadly strike; a longshot mission hatched hastily at the U.S. base on Guadalcanal. Expertly crafting this “hunt for Bin Laden”-style WWII story, New York Times bestselling author Dick Lehr recreates the tension-filled events leading up to the climactic clash in the South Pacific skies — frontline moments loaded with xenophobia, spycraft, sacrifice and broken hearts. Lehr goes behind the scenes at Station Hypo on Hawaii, where U.S. Navy code breakers first discovered exactly where and when to find Admiral Yamamoto, on April 18, 1943, and then chronicles in dramatic detail the nerve-wracking mission to kill him. He focuses on Army Air Force Major John W. Mitchell, the ace fighter pilot from the tiny hamlet of Enid, Mississippi who was tasked with conceiving a flight route, literally to the second, for the only U.S. fighter plane on Guadalcanal capable of reaching Yamamoto hundreds of miles away — the new twin-engine P-38 Lightning with its fabled “cone of fire.” Given unprecedented access to Mitchell’s personal papers and hundreds of private letters, Lehr reveals for the first time the full story of Mitchell’s wartime exploits up to the face-off with Yamamoto, along with those of key American pilots Mitchell chose for the momentous mission: Rex Barber, Thomas Lanphier Jr., Besby Holmes, and Ray Hine. The spotlight also shines on their enemy target — Admiral Yamamoto, the enigmatic, charismatic commander in chief of Japan’s Combined Fleet, whose complicated feelings about the U.S. (he studied at Harvard) add rich complexity. In this way Dead Reckoning offers at once a fast-paced recounting of a crucial turning point in the Pacific war and keenly drawn portraits of its two main protagonists: Isoroku Yamamoto, the architect of Pearl Harbor, and John Mitchell, the architect of the Yamamoto’s demise.” —
E 612 D66 2020
Donald Trump and his assault on truth : the President’s falsehoods, misleading claims and flat-out lies
Summary:The Fact Checker staff of the Washington Post presents a collection of selected statements made by President Donald Trump since January 2017 and their analysis, both graphical and textual.
E 912 G55 2020
Trump and the American future : solving the great problems of our time
Summary:The former Speaker of the House explains what is at stake in the 2020 elections and why he believes Donald Trump must be re-elected.
GN 269 R87 2020
How to argue with a racist : what our genes do (and don’t) say about human difference
Summary:“The most up-to-date science on the genetics of who we are and where we come from, showing us a more scientifically enlightened way to talk colloquially about race”–
GV 868.4 D53 2020
Swing Kings : the inside story of baseball’s home run revolution
Summary:The Wall Street Journal national baseball writer presents a narrative account of the “home run boom” that describes the pivotal contributions of such figures as J. D. Martinez, Aaron Judge and Justin Turner
HV 6133 R68 2020
Insane : America’s criminal treatment of mental illness
HV 7436 S65 2020
The NRA : the unauthorized history
Summary:“The National Rifle Association is unique in American life. Few other civic organizations are as old or as large. None is as controversial. It is largely due to the NRA that the U.S. gun policy differs so extremely â€• some would say so tragically â€• from that of every other developed nation. But, as Frank Smyth shows, the NRA has evolved from an organization concerned above all with marksmanship â€• and which supported most government efforts around gun control for a hundred years â€• to one that resists all attempts to restrict guns in any way. At the same time, the organization has also buried its own remarkable history. Here is that story, from the NRA’s surprising roots in post-Civil War New York City to the defining event that changed its culture forever â€• the so called “Cincinnati Revolt” of 1977 â€• to the present day, where President Donald Trump is the most ardent champion in the White House the NRA has ever had. For anyone who has looked at access to guns in our society and asked “Why?”, this is an unmatched account of how we got here, and who got us here.”–Amazon.com.
JK 1924 C76 2020
Say it louder! : Black voters, white narratives, and saving our democracy
Summary:A Washington D.C. insider discusses both the historical and current influence of African Americans in our electoral process and offers ideas for how they can use their rising power to affect elections and overcome voter suppression efforts.
KF 535 Z9 D67 2020
Nolo’s essential guide to divorce
Summary:Presents a step-by-step guide through every aspect of the divorce process, and includes updated information on latest state rules for divorce.
KF 590 Z9 S74 2020
Every landlord’s legal guide
Summary:“Being a landlord isn’t easy: constantly changing laws, unpredictable tenants, and never-ending maintenance make every day a challenge. Every Landlord’s Legal Guide makes being a landlord easier: it bundles all the legal and practical solutions landlords and property managers need to anticipate and address these challenges in one comprehensive source. From move-in to move-out, this book provides up-to-date guidance on issues such as complying with fair housing law, finding and screening tenants, documenting agreements with tenants, collecting security deposits and rent, handling repairs, ending tenancies, and evicting tenants. Every Landlord’s Legal Guide also includes easy-to-reference charts listing landlord-tenant laws in each of the 50 states. Nolo’s bestselling Every Landlord’s Legal Guide helps landlords and managers: Screen and choose tenants ; Prepare leases and rental agreements ; Make security deposit deductions ; Avoid discrimination charges ; Keep up with repairs and maintenance ; Hire a property manager ; Minimize liability for personal injury lawsuits ; Handle broken leases, and ; Deal with problem tenants. Never draft a form from scratch again. Downloads of over 30 essential forms are included with Every Landlord’s Legal Guide. Use the samples and explanations in the book to customize the forms to address a unique business need or comply with a specific state’s law. This (15th) edition is completely revised and updated, covering updated state and federal laws on eviction, required landlord disclosures, security deposits, and much more.” —
KF 639 J67 2020
Neighbor law : fences, trees, boundaries & noise
Summary:Neighbor Law is a plain-English guide to the laws behind common neighbor disputes. It is a practical book filled with tips on how to solve problems and restore good neighbor relations. Readers will find out how to deal with: noisy neighbors; trees that hang over a property line; blocked views; unclear boundary lines; high, unsightly, or deteriorating fences; dangers to children (“attractive nuisances”); problems with neighboring businesses; drones trespassing onto their property; and other common issues, like secondhand smoke, blighted property, and animal issues.
KF 4209.3 S57 2020
The complete IEP guide : how to advocate for your special ed child
Summary:“This book discusses the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for special needs children, including: eligibility rules and assessments, working with outside experts, developing a child’s ideal educational program, preparing for and attending IEP meetings, and resolving disputes with school districts. It provides key forms, sample letters, and resources parents need for every stage of the IEP process”–
PR 3069 D42 H37 2020
Death by Shakespeare : snakebites, stabbings and broken hearts
Summary:“William Shakespeare found dozens of different ways to kill off his characters, and audiences today still enjoy the same reactions— shock, sadness, fear— that they did more than 400 years ago when these plays were first performed. But how realistic are these deaths, and did Shakespeare have the knowledge to back them up? In the Bard’s day death was a part of everyday life. Plague, pestilence and public executions were a common occurrence, and the chances of seeing a dead or dying body on the way home from the theatre were high. It was also a time of important scientific progress. Shakespeare kept pace with anatomical and medical advances, and he included the latest scientific discoveries in his work, from blood circulation to treatments for syphilis. He certainly didn’t shy away from portraying the reality of death on stage, from the brutal to the mundane, and the spectacular to the silly. Elizabethan London provides the backdrop for Death by Shakespeare, as Kathryn Harkup turns her discerning scientific eye to the Bard and the varied and creative ways his characters die. Was death by snakebite as serene as Shakespeare makes out? Could lack of sleep have killed Lady Macbeth? Can you really murder someone by pouring poison in their ear? Kathryn investigates what actual events may have inspired Shakespeare, what the accepted scientific knowledge of the time was, and how Elizabethan audiences would have responded to these death scenes. Death by Shakespeare will tell you all this and more in a rollercoaster of Elizabethan carnage, poison, swordplay and bloodshed, with an occasional death by bear-mauling for good measure.” —
QA 93 B8513 2020
Pluses and minuses : how math makes the world more manageable
Summary:“A guide to changing how you think about numbers and mathematics, from the prodigy changing the way the world thinks about math. We all know math is important: we live in the age of big data, our lives are increasingly governed by algorithms, and we’re constantly faced with a barrage of statistics about everything from politics to our health. But what might be less obvious is how math factors into your daily life, and what memorizing all of those formulae in school had to do with it. Math prodigy Stefan Buijsman is beginning to change that through his pioneering research into the way we learn math. Plusses and Minuses is based in the countless ways that math is engrained in our daily lives, and shows readers how math can actually be used to make problems easier to solve. Taking readers on a journey around the world to visit societies that have developed without the use of math, and back into history to learn how and why various disciples of mathematics were invented, Buijsman shows the vital importance of math, and how a better understanding of mathematics will give us a better understanding of the world as a whole. Stefan Buijsman has become one of the most sought-after experts in math education after he completed his PhD at age 20. In Plusses and Minuses, he puts his research into practice to help anyone gain a better grasp of mathematics than they have ever had”–
QC 945 D65 2020
A furious sky : the five-hundred-year history of America’s hurricanes
Summary:“From the moment European colonists laid violent claim to this land, hurricanes have had a profound and visceral impact on American history-yet, no one has attempted to write the definitive account of America’s entanglement with these meteorological behemoths. Now Dolin presents the five-hundred-year story of American hurricanes, from the nameless storms that threatened Columbus’ New World voyages, to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the escalation of hurricane season as a result of global warming. Populating his narrative with unlikely heroes such as Benito Vines, the nineteenth-century Jesuit priest whose revelatory methods for predicting hurricanes saved countless lives, and journalist Dan Rather, whose coverage of a 1961 hurricane would change broadcasting history, Dolin uncovers the often surprising ways we respond to natural crises.”–
RA 651 O87 2017
Deadliest enemy : our war against killer germs
Summary:Infectious disease has the terrifying power to disrupt everyday life on a global scale, overwhelming public and private resources and bringing trade and transportation to a halt. In today’s world, it’s easier than ever to move people, animals, and materials around the planet, but the same advances that make modern infrastructure so efficient have made epidemics and even pandemics nearly inevitable. So what can — and must — we do in order to protect ourselves? Drawing on the latest medical science, case studies, and policy research, Deadliest enemy explores the resources and programs we need to develop if we are to keep ourselves safe from infectious disease.
RG 559 E43 2020
What to expect. Eating well when you’re expecting
Summary:Offers advice, insight, and tips for moms and dads, discussing pregnancy and birthing practices, prenatal screenings, postpartum birth control, and nutrition
SB 404.5 B66 2020
Blooming flowers : a seasonal history of plants and people
SF 523.82 M674 2020
Liquid gold : bees and the pursuit of midlife honey
Summary:After a chance meeting in the pub, Roger Morgan-Grenville and his friend Duncan decide to take up beekeeping. Their enthusiasm matched only by their ignorance, they are pitched into an arcane world of unexpected challenges. Coping with many setbacks along the way, they manage to create a colony of beehives, finishing two years later with more honey than anyone knows what to do with. By standing back from their normal lives and working with the cycle of the seasons, they emerge with a new-found understanding of nature and a respect for the honeybee and the threats it faces. Wryly humorous and surprisingly moving, Liquid Gold is the story of a friendship between two unlikely men at very different stages of their lives. It is also an uplifting account of the author’s own midlife journey: coming to terms with an empty nest, getting older, looking for something new.
TX 716 B1 S566 2020
Taste the islands : culinary adventures in a Caribbean kitchen
Summary:Enjoy a fun and delicious journey through the Caribbean in this vibrant collection of gourmet and home-style recipes. Hugh Sinclair and Cynthia Verna, known as “”Chef Irie”” and “”Chef Thia”” on their television show Taste the Islands, introduce ingredients and flavors that open windows into the region’s many cultures.
ZA 3075 F68 2020
How to read nonfiction like a professor : a smart, irreverent guide to biography, history, journalism, blogs, and everything in between
Summary:“We live in an information age, but it is increasingly difficult to know which information to trust. Fake news is rampant in mass media, stoked by foreign powers wishing to disrupt a democratic society. We need to be more perceptive, more critical, and more judicious readers. The future of our republic may depend on it. How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor is more careful, more attentive, more aware reading. On bookstore shelves, one book looks as authoritative as the next. Online, posts and memes don’t announce their relative veracity. It is up to readers to establish how accurate, how thorough, how fair material may be. After laying out general principles of reading nonfiction, How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor offers advice for specific reading strategies in various genres from histories and biographies to science and technology to social media. Throughout, the emphasis will be on understanding writers’ biases, interrogating claims, analyzing arguments, remaining wary of broad assertions and easy answers, and thinking critically about the written and spoken materials readers encounter. We can become better citizens through better reading, and the time for that is now.”–