Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

These are books and media new to the library and cataloged by the Inyo County Free Library.

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The wise man's fear

By Rothfuss, Patrick

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: SF

Call Number: SF

Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero as he attempts to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm where he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist.

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Settling accounts: in at the death

By Turtledove, Harry

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: SF

Call Number: SF

After launching World War II, the Confederate States of America is confronted by the bitter reality of imminent defeat, as the United States of America and its German allies make a final push to end the conflict.

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Settling accounts: the grapple

By Turtledove, Harry

Publishing Date: c2006

Classification: SF

Call Number: SF

It is 1943, the third summer of the new war between the Confederate States of America and the United States. CSA President Featherstone has miscalculated the North's resilience. In Ohio, where Confederate victory was once almost certain, Featherstone's army is crumbling, and reinforcements of uninspired Mexican troops cannot stanch a Northern assault on the heartland. The tide of war is changing, and victory seems within the grasp of the USA. Still, new fighting flares from Denver to Los Angeles. As air, ground, and water burn with molten fury, new and demonic tools of killing are unleashed. The U.S. government in Philadelphia has proof that Featherstone is murdering African Americans by the thousands in a Texas gulag. And the leaders of both sides know that the world's next great power will not be the one with the biggest army but the nation that smashes open the power of the atom.--From publisher description.

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On human nature

By Scruton, Roger

Publishing Date: [2017]

Classification: 100

Call Number: 128 SCR

In this short book, acclaimed writer and philosopher Roger Scruton presents an original and radical defense of human uniqueness. Confronting the views of evolutionary psychologists, utilitarian moralists, and philosophical materialists such as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, Scruton argues that human beings cannot be understood simply as biological objects. We are not only human animals; we are also persons, in essential relation with other persons, and bound to them by obligations and rights. Our world is a shared world, exhibiting freedom, value, and accountability, and to understand it we must address other people face to face and I to I. Scruton develops and defends his account of human nature by ranging widely across intellectual history, from Plato and Averroes to Darwin and Wittgenstein. The book begins with Kant's suggestion that we are distinguished by our ability to say "I"--by our sense of ourselves as the centers of self-conscious reflection. This fact is manifested in our emotions, interests, and relations. It is the foundation of the moral sense, as well as of the aesthetic and religious conceptions through which we shape the human world and endow it with meaning. And it lies outside the scope of modern materialist philosophy, even though it is a natural and not a supernatural fact. Ultimately, Scruton offers a new way of understanding how self-consciousness affects the question of how we should live. The result is a rich view of human nature that challenges some of today's most fashionable ideas about our species.

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Stillness is the key

By Holiday, Ryan

Publishing Date: [2019]

Classification: 100

Call Number: 128.4 HOL

The author draws on great thinkers like Confucius, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Christian monks to show us what stillness is and how it might be achieved. He believes stillness is the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus. He examines many of the figures that exemplify the power of stillness, including Winston Churchill, Fred Rogers and Anne Frank. This book aims to equip you with everything you need to find stillness in your own life.

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Would you kill the fat man: the trolley problem and what your answer tells us about right and wrong

By Edmonds, David

Publishing Date: c2014

Classification: 100

Call Number: 150 EDM

In this book, David Edmonds, coauthor of the best-selling Wittgenstein's Poker, tells the riveting story of why and how philosophers have struggled with the ethical dilemma posed by the trolley problem. In the process, he provides an entertaining and informative tour through the history of moral philosophy.

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Your left-handed child: making things easy for left-handers in a right-handed world

By Milsom, Lauren

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 100

Call Number: 152.3 MIL

Offers strategies to help parents support their left-handed children and help them master simple tasks such as handwriting, handling kitchen utensils, and playing guitar.

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The WEIRDest people in the world: how the West became psychologically peculiar and particularly prosperous

By Henrich, Joseph Patrick

Publishing Date: 2020

Classification: 100

Call Number: 153 HEN

"Harvard University's Joseph Henrich, Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, delivers a bold, epic investigation into the development of the Western mind, global psychological diversity, and its impact on the world"--

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Happier at home: kiss more, jump more, abandon a project, read Samuel Johnson, and my other experiments in the practice of everyday life

By Rubin, Gretchen

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 100

Call Number: 158 RUB

In the spirit of her blockbuster #1 "New York Times" bestseller "The Happiness Project, " Gretchen Rubin embarks on a new project to make home a happier place--and goes deeper on factors that matter for home, such as possessions, marriage, time, and parenthood.

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After virtue: a study in moral theory

By MacIntyre, Alasdair C

Publishing Date: 2007

Classification: 100

Call Number: 170.42 MAC

"When After Virtue first appeared in 1981, it was recognized as a significant and potentially controversial critique of contemporary moral philosophy. Newsweek called it "a stunning new study of ethics by one of the foremost moral philosophers in the English-speaking world." Now, twenty-five years later, the University of Notre Dame Press is pleased to release the third edition of After Virtue, which includes a new prologue "After Virtue after a Quarter of a Century."" "In this classic work, Alasdair MacIntyre examines the historical and conceptual roots of the idea of virtue, diagnoses the reasons for its absence in personal and public life, and offers a tentative proposal for its recovery. While the individual chapters are wide-ranging, once pieced together they comprise a penetrating and focused argument about the price of modernity." --

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Lying

By Harris, Sam

Publishing Date: [2013]

Classification: 100

Call Number: 177.3 HAR

"Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption--even murder and genocide--generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In [this book] ... Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie"--Dust jacket flap.

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Fallen leaves: last words on life, love, war, and God

By Durant, Will

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 100

Call Number: 191 DUR

"The final and most personal work from Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Will Durant--discovered thirty-two years after his death--is a message of insight for everyone who has sought meaning in life or the council of a wise friend in navigating life's journey ... [containing] twenty-two short chapters on everything from youth and old age, religion and morals, to sex, war, politics, and art"--Amazon.com.

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Achieving our country: leftist thought in twentieth-century America

By Rorty, Richard

Publishing Date: c1998

Classification: 300

Call Number: 303.48 ROR

How have national pride and American patriotism come to seem an endorsement of atrocities - from slavery to the slaughter of Native Americans, from the rape of ancient forests to the Vietnam War? Achieving Our Country traces the sources of this debilitating mentality of shame in the Left, as well as the harm it does to its proponents and to the country. At the center of this history is the conflict between the Old Left and the New that arose during the Vietnam War. Richard Rorty describes how the paradoxical victory of the antiwar movement, ushering in the Nixon years, encouraged a disillusioned generation of intellectuals to pursue "High Theory" at the expense of considering the place of ideas in our common life. In the absence of a vibrant, active Left, the views of intellectuals on the American Right have come to dominate the public sphere. This galvanizing book, adapted from Rorty's Massey Lectures of 1997, takes the first step toward redressing the imbalance in American cultural life by rallying those on the Left to the civic engagement and inspiration needed for "achieving our country."

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Caste: the origins of our discontents

By Wilkerson, Isabel

Publishing Date: [2020]

Classification: 300

Call Number: 305.5122 WIL

""As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power--which groups have it and which do not." In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people's lives and behavior and the nation's fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people--including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball's Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others--she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against; she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity. Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of America life today"--

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Darkwater: voices from within the veil

By Du Bois, W. E. B

Publishing Date: 2004

Classification: 300

Call Number: 305.896 DUB

Seventeen years after writing "The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois published "Dark Water, a collection of essays, verse, and other pieces. The ideas DuBois expressed flowed directly into the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Natural right and history

By Strauss, Leo

Publishing Date: [1965, c1953]

Classification: 300

Call Number: 323.401 STR

In this classic work, Leo Strauss examines the problem of natural right and argues that there is a firm foundation in reality for the distinction between right and wrong in ethics and politics. On the centenary of Strauss's birth, and the fiftieth anniversary of the Walgreen Lectures which spawned the work, Natural Right and History remains as controversial and essential as ever. "Strauss . . . makes a significant contribution towards an understanding of the intellectual crisis in which we find ourselves . . . [and] brings to his task an admirable scholarship and a brilliant, incisive mind."óJohn H. Hallowell, American Political Science Review Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was the Robert Maynard Hutchins Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Political Science at the University of Chicago.- (Univ of Chicago Div of the)

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Blackout: how Black America can make its second escape from the Democrat plantation

By Owens, Candace

Publishing Date: 2020

Classification: 300

Call Number: 324.2734 OWE

"Political activist and social media star Candace Owens explains all the reasons how the Democratic Party policies hurt, rather than help, the African American community, and why she and many others are turning right"--

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The story of Big Creek

By Redinger, David H.

Publishing Date: 1987, c1949

Classification: 300

Call Number: 363.62 RED

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Pollution

Publishing Date: 2020

Classification: 300

Call Number: 363.73

slands of plastic waste, chemicals from everyday products and prescription drugs, and farm animal waste are all contributing to the destruction of our environment and climate change. Such issues, and the difficulty of solving them, are the subject of this Reference Shelf. Radical plans to artificially cool Earth's climate and to use ocean currents to correct plastic sea pollution are discussed, as well as the difficulty of enforcing environmental protection laws. The impact of China's recent decision to stop buying U.S. recyling is also explored, as are controversial particulate air tests run on humans. -- Publisher Series: The reference shelf / H.W. Wilson, a Division of EBSCO Information Services, Inc. ; volume 92, number 5

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Kleptopia: how dirty money is conquering the world

By Burgis, Tom

Publishing Date: [2020]

Classification: 300

Call Number: 364.1323 BUR

The investigative journalist draws on insider interviews to expose the role of international corruption and organized crime on the political arenas of today's world.