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Out on a limb : what black bears taught me about intelligence and intuition

Kilham, Benjamin.

599.785 KILHAM

Ben Kilham invites us into the world he has come to know best: the world of black bears. For decades, Kilham has studied wild black bears in a vast tract of Northern New Hampshire woodlands. At times, he has also taken in orphaned infants-feeding them, walking them through the forest for months to help them decipher their natural world, and eventually reintroducing them back into the wild. Once free, the orphaned bears still regard him as their mother. And one of these bears, now a 17-year-old female, has given him extraordinary access to her daily life, opening a rare window into how she and the wild bears she lives among carry out their daily lives, raise their young, and communicate. Witnessing this world has led to some remarkable discoveries.

190 pages


Shakespeare : the world as stage

Bryson, Bill.


William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

199 pages


Witches! : the absolutely true tale of disaster in Salem

Schanzer, Rosalyn.

J 133.4309 SCHANZE

Tells the story of the victims, the accused witches, and the scheming officials that turned a mysterious illness into a witch hunt.

144 pages


After Gandhi : one hundred years of nonviolent resistance

O'Brien, Anne Sibley.

J 303.61 OBRIEN

"Be the change you want to see in the world." --Mohandas Gandhi In 1908 Mohandas Gandhi spoke to a crowd of 3,000. Together they protested against an unjust law without guns or rioting. Peacefully they made a difference. Gandhi's words and deeds influenced countless others to work toward the goals of freedom and justice through peaceful methods.

181 pages


Encyclopedia of the end : mysterious death in fact, fancy, folklore, and more

Noyes, Deborah.

J 306.903 NOYES

How much do we truly know and understand about our own mortality? Enter Encyclopedia of the End, a compulsively readable and beautifully illustrated compendium that explores this most taboo of topics. Entries present a kaleidoscopic mix of topics from afterlife to assassination, forensic science to funeral foods, rigor mortis to reincarnation and more.

143 pages


Strike! : the farm workers' fight for their rights

Brimner, Larry Dane.

J 331.8928 BRIMNER

A history of Cesar Chavez and the farm workers movement.

172 pages


World without fish : how could we let this happen?

Kurlansky, Mark.

J 333.9561 KURLANS

World Without Fish describes how the fish we most commonly eat, including tuna, salmon, cod, and swordfish, could disappear within 50 years, and the domino effect it would have--oceans teeming with jellyfish and turning pinkish orange from algal blooms; seabirds disappearing, then reptiles, then mammals. It describes the back-and-forth dynamic of fishermen and scientists. It covers the effects of industrialized fishing, and how bottom-dragging nets are turning the ocean floor into a desert. The answer? Support sustainable fishing.

183 pages


Phineas Gage : a gruesome but true story about brain science

Fleischman, John.

J 362.1974 FLEISCH

The day a premature explosion drove a tamping iron through Gage’s brain, both his personality and life changed.

86 pages


Beyond : a solar system voyage

Benson, Michael, 1962-

J 523.2 BENSON

Presents the solar system from the perspective of the space probes sent to explore the heavens.

121 pages


The mighty Mars rovers : the incredible adventures of Spirit and Opportunity

Rusch, Elizabeth.

J 523.43 RUSCH

The story of the two robot vehicles, Spirit and Opportunity, that were sent to explore Mars, lasting far past their projected lives of 3 months and sending back invaluable images of the environmentally hostile planet.

79 pages


Written in bone : buried lives of Jamestown and colonial Maryland

Walker, Sally M.

J 614.17 WALKER

This book reports on the work of forensic scientists who are excavating grave sites in James Fort, in Jamestown, Virginia, to understand the people who lived in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 1600s and 1700s.

144 pages


Fatal fever : tracking down Typhoid Mary

Jarrow, Gail.

J 614.5112 JARROW

Chronicles the story of the early 1900s typhoid fever epidemic in New York, providing details as to how its infamous carrier was ultimately tracked down and stopped.

175 pages


Invincible microbe : tuberculosis and the never-ending search for a cure

Murphy, Jim, 1947-

J 616.995 MURPHY

This is the compelling, suspenseful, down-to-earth story of a killer that has been stalking and doing away with people for thousands of years: Tuberculosis. The "biography" of this deadly germ, an account of the diagnosis, treatment, and "cure" of the disease over time, and the social history of an illness that could strike anywhere but was most prevalent among the poor are woven together in an engrossing narrative supported by 70-plus archival prints and photographs.

149 pages


Almost astronauts : 13 women who dared to dream

Stone, Tanya Lee.

J 629.45 STONE

What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape, any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government.

133 pages


Face book

Close, Chuck, 1940-

J 759.13 CLOSE

Presents an autobiography about the author's artistic life, describing the creative processes he uses in the studio and his struggles with his disabilities. Includes a self-portrait mix-and-match section that demonstrates his techniques and images.

55 pages


Raggin', jazzin', rockin' : a history of American musical instrument makers

VanHecke, Susan.

J 784.1909 VANHECK

Meet the inventors and innovators who defined American music history. A radio repairman imagined inventing the electric guitar. The inventor of 3-D glasses envisioned an electric organ in every home. And a German carpenter immigrated to New York City with the dream of designing the greatest piano in the world.

136 pages


Wheels of change : how women rode the bicycle to freedom (with a few flat tires along the way)

Macy, Sue.

J 796.6082 MACY

Take a lively look at women's history from aboard a bicycle, which granted females the freedom of mobility and helped empower women's liberation.

96 pages


Charles Dickens and the street children of London

Warren, Andrea.

J 823.8 WARREN

Warren takes you on a journey into the workhouses, slums, factories, and schools of Victorian England, and into the world of Dickens. She shows now he used his pen to do battle on behalf of the poor, becoming one of the great reformers of his or any age.

156 pages


How they croaked : the awful ends of the awfully famous

Bragg, Georgia.


A look at the deaths of several famous people throughout history and the circumstances surrounding those deaths.

184 pages


Unraveling freedom : the battle for democracy on the home front during World War I

Bausum, Ann.

J 940.373 BAUSUM

In 1915, the United States experienced the 9/11 of its time. A German torpedo sank the Lusitania killing nearly 2,000 innocent passengers. The ensuing hysteria helped draw the United States into World War I--the bitter, brutal conflict that became known as the Great War and the War to End All Wars. But as U.S. troops fought to make the world safe for democracy abroad, our own government eroded freedoms at home, especially for German-Americans. Free speech was no longer an operating principle of American democracy. Where do Americans draw the line of justice in times of war?

88 pages


Imprisoned : the betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II

Sandler, Martin W.

J 940.5317 SANDLER

Drawing from interviews and oral histories, chronicles the history of Japanese American survivors of internment camps.

176 pages


Blizzard of glass : the Halifax explosion of 1917

Walker, Sally M.

J 971.6225 WALKER

Recounts the story from World War I in which two towns were leveled and almost two thousand people killed following the collision of two warships in Halifax Harbor and a blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow in the area.

145 pages


Heart and soul : the story of America and African Americans

Nelson, Kadir.

J 973.0496 NELSON

An simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.

108 pages


The impossible rescue : the true story of an amazing arctic adventure

Sandler, Martin W.

J 979.803 SANDLER

In 1897, whaling in the Arctic waters off Alaska's coast was as dangerous as it was lucrative. And in that particular year, winter blasted early, bringing storms and ice packs that caught eight American whale ships and three hundred sailors off guard. Their ships locked in ice, with no means of escape, the whalers had limited provisions on board, and little hope of surviving until warmer temperatures arrived many months later. Here is the incredible story of three men sent by President McKinley to rescue them.

163 pages


The great and only Barnum : the tremendous, stupendous life of showman P.T. Barnum

Fleming, Candace.


Biography of P.T. Barnum, showman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Readers can visit Barnum's American Museum; meet Tom Thumb, the miniature man (only 39 in. tall) and his tinier bride (32 in.); experience the thrill Barnum must have felt when, at age 60, he joined the circus; and discover Barnum's legacy.

151 pages


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