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  • N*gga Theory: Race, Language, Unequal Justice, and the Law

    by Armour, Jody David

    February 1, 2021

    Call Number: 343.73 A733-1

    Jody Armour is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California. He studies issues of race and legal decision-making as well as torts and tort reform movements. He also studies and teaches on the intersections of language, the law and ethics. His latest book directly confronts law enforcement and our legal system’s failures and culpabilities in the mass incarceration of people of color.In N*gga Theory, which is how he refers to his work in Critical Race Theory and the title of his new book,  Armour systematically identifies and dismantles how our legal... Read Full Review

  • The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne

    by Hart, Elsa

    January 20, 2021

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    The year is 1704 and Lady Cecily Kay has returned to London from her husband’s posting as a consul in Smyrna. Upon learning of her imminent return to the British Isles, Cecily sent a letter to Sir Barnaby Mayne, a renowned collector in London with one of the most expansive collections in the country, possibly the world. Cecily is interested in identifying some plant samples she has collected while abroad and Sir Barnaby has agreed to her use of his collection for this purpose.The day after her arrival, Sir Barnaby is to conduct a tour of his collection for several other collectors and Cecily... Read Full Review

  • Hella

    by Gerrold, David, 1944-

    January 11, 2021

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    David Gerrold is speculative fiction royalty. His career spans six decades, over which he has won the Hugo and the Nebula awards. He has written more than 50 novels, worked on numerous television series and created cultural touchstones like tribbles (from Star Trek) and the Sleestak (from The Land of the Lost). His latest novel is an adventure in every sense of the word.Hella is Earth-like, but it is NOT Earth. Hella is 9% larger than Earth, but its iron/nickel core is smaller, resulting in only 91% of Earth’s gravity. The atmosphere is more oxygen rich than Earth’s. The... Read Full Review

  • The Lost Book of Adana Moreau

    by Zapata, Michael

    January 5, 2021

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    A pirate, a refugee, two pre-teen boys in love with speculative fiction stories, and two adult men who are friends and are each searching for what seems to be missing in their lives. Over the course of nearly a century, these disparate individuals will orbit the missing manuscript of a celebrated writer who died too young. And that manuscript will reach out to them over time and lead them through unimaginable danger to what they each, ultimately, need.Adana Moreau, a young woman orphaned by political unrest, flees the Dominican Republic and finds herself living in New Orleans and married to “... Read Full Review

  • The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers

    by Levesque, Emily

    December 29, 2020

    Call Number: 520 L662

    Halley's Comet is quite possibly the most famous, and infamous, comet currently known. It is a “periodic” comet, coming close enough to the earth for viewing approximately every 75 years. Over the centuries, the appearance of Halley’s Comet has been erroneously blamed for earthquakes, illnesses (including the Black Plague in England), the births of two-headed animals and the assassination of Julius Caesar. The comet was last visible from earth in 1986. Early that year, a toddler named Emily Levesque looked through her older brother’s telescope at Halley’s Comet. It was her first step in a... Read Full Review

  • The Devil and the Dark Water

    by Turton, Stuart

    December 2, 2020

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    In a "locked-room" or "impossible crime" mystery, a crime, or series of crimes, is committed under circumstances that appear, at least initially, impossible for said crime to have been enacted. Those same conditions will also seem to preclude the criminal entering or exiting the crime scene.The first “locked-room” mystery was Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” published in 1841. Other classics of the subgenre are Gaston Leroux’s The Mystery of the Yellow Room; “The Speckled Band,” a Sherlock Holmes adventure by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; and Agatha Christie’s And Then... Read Full Review

  • The Eighth Detective

    by Pavesi, Alex

    November 16, 2020

    Call Number: M

    In the early 1940s, a Scottish professor of mathematics devises a mathematical definition of the murder mystery story and writes seven provocative stories as proof of his theory. He publishes a journal article regarding his ideas and then self-publishes his seven stories in a small volume, entitled The White Murders.Decades later, the owner of a small publisher stumbles across one of the copies of The White Murders and decides he wants to reissue the book. The publisher sends an editor in search of the author, whom the editor finally locates on a small, isolated island in... Read Full Review

  • Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre

    by Brooks, Max

    November 2, 2020

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    What if Sasquatch is real? What if there actually is a large, hair-covered hominid that lives in the undeveloped areas of the Pacific Northwest and is occasionally sighted by unsuspecting humans? What if a natural disaster displaced these creatures and their prey, forcing them to move closer to human settlements? And what if a small group of humans, desiring to get back to nature created a community that allowed them to live a distance from more urban environments while maintaining and relying on the creature comforts afforded by contemporary technologies? What if the natural disaster that... Read Full Review

  • Fright Favorites: 31 Movies to Haunt Your Halloween and Beyond

    by Skal, David J.

    October 26, 2020

    Call Number: e-Book

    As the days grow short and the nights grow longer, as the air gets cooler and the leaves on the trees shift in color from green to brown, red, and gold, we know that we have moved into autumn. And autumn is the time for movies that provide chills, from gentle and humorous to frightful and fearsome. If you are looking to find that perfect movie for an autumnal eve, then David J. Skal has the perfect resource: Fright Favorites: 31 Movies to Haunt Your Halloween and Beyond.Skal, a horror media expert and enthusiast, began his career with the 1990’s ... Read Full Review

  • Crossings : consisting of three manuscripts

    by Landragin, Alex

    October 14, 2020

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    Crossings, Alex Landragin’s debut novel is as difficult to define as it is to describe. At its most elemental, Crossings is a collection of three novellas that collectively tell a story. There are elements of several different genres present: historical fiction, mystery, fantasy, and romance. And, perhaps most surprising, the novel can be read in two distinctly different ways: traditionally (beginning on page one and reading through the book sequentially), or it can be read it using the “Baroness sequence” as described in the novel’s preface, which leads readers to an alternate... Read Full Review

  • Before She Was Helen

    by Cooney, Caroline B.

    September 23, 2020

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    Helen Stephens lives a quiet life in Sun City, a retirement community in South Carolina. She regularly plays cards in the clubhouse with other residents of the complex, including her neighbors Joyce and Johnny. While she is mostly retired, she continues teaching some Latin classes at a local high school. She has what she needs and most of what she wants. But a single careless act will set in motion a series of events that will upend, and ultimately threaten, Helen’s quiet life in Caroline B. Cooney’s new novel As Helen begins another day, she sends her daily text to Dom, her next-door... Read Full Review

  • It Came From the Sky

    by Sedoti, Chelsea

    September 8, 2020

    Call Number: YA

    Sixteen-year-old Gideon Hofstadt prefers an orderly life and an orderly future. In his schoolwork, he excels in the sciences, but struggles with the vagaries of the humanities. It is the same way he struggles with his relationships with his family, friends, and his maybe boyfriend, Owen. Gideon cares about Owen, but as the only other gay student in his school, Gideon fears that Owen really doesn’t care about him, as there aren’t any local alternatives for either of them. When he creates a seismograph and wants to test it, he allows, against his better judgement, his older brother Ishmael to... Read Full Review