Friday, February 17, 2017

New DVDs

Classic Drum Solos and Drum Battles
“This DVD presents 15 of the true legends of jazz drumming in astounding extended solos and in rare, never-before-seen drum duels filmed over the last five decades. Among the highlights are uncut solos from big band legends Sonny Payne, Rufus Jones, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard and Louie Bellson, and small group giants Art Blakey and Joe Morello. Rare drum battles include meetings between: Gene Krupa and Cozy Cole; Buddy Rich and Ed Shaughnessy; Chico Hamilton, Gene Krupa and Lionel Hampton; Elvin Jones, Sunny Murray and Art Blakey; and a once-in-a-lifetime battle between Buddy Rich and Jerry Lewis!” –Amazon

Jack the Giant Slayer
Jack the Giant Slayer tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Acclaimed filmmaker Bryan Singer directs the family adventure starring Nicholas Hoult as Jack. The film also stars Eleanor Tomlinson as Princess Isabelle; Stanley Tucci as the deceitful Roderick; Ian McShane as Isabelle's father, the besieged King Brahmwell; Bill Nighy as General Fallon, the ferocious two-headed leader of the giant army; and Ewan McGregor as the loyal knight Elmont.” –WorldCat

John Scofield Jazz-Funk Guitar
"On Jazz-funk guitar I, John discusses: intervallic ideas, chordal concepts, string-skipping, playing lines across the fingerboard and developing a personal sound. On Jazz-funk guitar II, he covers chromaticism, playing over changes, form, contour, voice-leading and pedal tones." –WorldCat

Lee Daniel’s’ The Butler
The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler with Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, and many more.” –Amazon

My First Name is Maceo
“The classic recordings of James Brown are frequently punctuated with a cry of Maceo! Which listeners often assume to be some funky catchphrase of Brown's own invention. In fact, it was the cue for his long-serving sax man Maceo Parker to step forward and blow his horn! Though essentially a performance film, My First Name Is Maceo captures the musician both on and offstage. Interviews with Maceo, his brother Melvin, and the musicians who have worked with him fill in the background of a story that began way back in 1943 at a North Carolina Housing Project.” –Amazon

Surviving Progress
“Technological advancement, economic development, population increase - are they signs of a thriving society or too much of a good thing? Produced by Martin Scorsese, this provocative documentary explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through the major ‘progress traps’ facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment.” –WorldCat

The Fault In Our Stars
“Hazel and Gus share a sarcastic sense of humor, a distaste for the conventional, and ultimately a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Although the two teens face unlikely challenges with their health, their courage and dedication to each other prove that while life isn't perfect, love can still be extraordinary in this powerfully moving film based on John Green's New York Times best-selling novel.” –WorldCat

Weather Report Live At Montreux
“Weather Report performs a live concert of jazz fusion music at the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival.” –WorldCat

Thursday, February 9, 2017

February Is African Heritage Month

CEC Library Resources

Black Fiction:

A Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Garden of Burning Sand by Corban Addison
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Waiting To Exhale by Terry McMillan
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz


Black in the White House: Life Inside George W. Bush’s West Wing by Ron Christie
Black Women Who Made A Difference in Nova Scotia edited by Dolly Williams
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
Grant Fuhr: The Story of a Hockey Legend by Grant Fuhr
Martin Luther King, Jr.: His Life, Martyrdom, and Meaning for the World by William Robert Miller
My Life With Martin Luther King, Jr. by Coretta Scott King
Oprah: A Biography by Kitty Kelley
Political Profiles: Michelle Obama by Jeff C. Young
Rosa Parks by Douglas Brinkley
Sister To Courage: Stories From The World of Viola Desmond by Wanda Robson
The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
The Hermit of Africville: The Life of Eddie Carvery by Jon Tattrie
They Had A Dream by Jules Archer
Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup


This site contains the following: 500 Notable African American Biographies; Quizzes & Crosswords; African-American Quotations; Contemporary Issues and History and Timelines.

Contains video clips, speeches, and a history of the civil rights struggle.

Presents 396 pamphlets from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, published from 1822 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics.

This site, Nova Scotia Museum site, explores the years between 1783 and 1785, when more than 3000 Black persons came to Nova Scotia as a direct result of the American Revolution.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Fact vs. Fiction

The relationship between information and opinion has always been fluid and uncertain. However, the rise of fake news sites coupled with compulsive social media sharing make for a difficult time deciphering fact from fiction on the web. Research shows that these stories, stemming from lazy journalism or exaggerations aimed at gaining more clicks, are widely shared over social media and are all too frequently deemed to be the truth.The following video discusses how you as an information consumer can discern fact from fiction.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Music CDs

An Evening with Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performed by Orlando Pops Orchestra, this CD contains selections from various musicals. Titles include songs from Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Phantom of the Opera. –Summary

Billie Holiday
“This greatest hits collection accompanies Ken Burns's documentary Jazz and shows that though she never practiced the vocal gymnastics of an Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday was unquestionably among the greatest jazz singers, with a subtle inventiveness in phrasing and note choice and a tremendous capacity to swing. This collection covers virtually the entire career of a fascinating and troubled artist.” –Amazon

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with music by Danny Elfman
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from the Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp featuring original music and songs by composer and musician Danny Elfman. –Summary

Count Basie
This 19-song collection includes music from the 1930s, 1940s and the 1950s. The CD begins with Basie at the piano in Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra for the 1932 ‘Toby’ and ends with five tunes dating from the mid-1950s. –Summary

Clumsy by Our Lady Peace
Clumsy is the second studio album by the Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace. Released on January 23, 1997 by Columbia Records the album is the band's most successful to date, achieving diamond status in Canada.

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from the hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Featuring songs such as ‘Summer Nights’, ‘Haplessly Devoted’ and ‘You’re The One That I Want’. –Summary

Greatest Hits by Guns and Roses
“In the late '80s and early '90s, Guns n' Roses shook up the rock world with their brand of hard rock. Greatest Hits spans the band's work from ‘Sweet Child o' Mine’ to ‘Since I Don't Have You’.” –WorldCat

Milestones by Miles Davis
The complete classic album Milestones by the celebrated Miles Davis Sextet with Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane. –Summary

No Place Like Soul by Soulive
No Place Like Soul is Soulive's seventh full-length album. The longstanding instrumental trio has reinvented itself by adding a fourth member in vocalist Toussaint from Boston (former frontman of the reggae outfit China Band). –Summary

River: The Joni Letters by Herbie Hancock             
“Legendary pianist and innovator Herbie Hancock explores the words and music of another musical pioneer, Joni Mitchell, on his first new studio recording for Verve since 1998's Grammy Award winner Gershwin's World.” –WorldCat

Shrek Two
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from the hit animated comedy film Shrek 2 featuring songs by David Bowie and Counting Crows. –Summary

Monday, November 28, 2016

New Biographies

Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus
“Two victims of infamous Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro share the story of their abductions, their decade in captivity, and their dramatic escape.” –WorldCat

Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes
“Told with honesty and passion, Open Heart, Open Mind is Clara’s personal journey through physical and mental pain to a life where love and understanding can thrive. This revelatory and inspiring story will touch the hearts of all Canadians.” –Amazon

The Lightless Sky by Gulwali Passarlay
“A twelve-year-old refugee's harrowing escape from Afghanistan and his extraordinary journey across half the world. A gripping, inspiring, and eye-opening memoir of fortitude and survival, of a boy's traumatic flight from Afghanistan to the West, that puts a face to one of the most shocking and devastating humanitarian crises of our time.” –WorldCat

The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew
“Born to an Anishinaabe father and a non-native mother, he has a foot in both cultures. He is a Sundancer, an academic, a former rapper, a hereditary chief, and an urban activist. Kinew writes affectingly of his own struggles in his twenties to find the right path, eventually giving up a self-destructive lifestyle to passionately pursue music and martial arts. From his unique vantage point, he offers an inside view of what it means to be an educated aboriginal living in a country that is just beginning to wake up to its aboriginal history and living presence.” –WorldCat

Tomcats and House Calls by William O’Flaherty
“Dr. William O'Flaherty draws on thousands of patient encounters, both human and animal, for Tomcats and House Calls: Memoir of a Country Doctor. O'Flaherty’s 24 stories about living and doctoring in rural Newfoundland and New Brunswick are filled with humour and poignancy; insight gained from 40+ years of facing life, death, and the truly unexpected.” –WorldCat

Friday, November 25, 2016

New Nonfiction

Child Soldiers by John Allen
Forgotten Youth Series
“An estimated three hundred thousand child soldiers are serving in armies around the world. Some volunteer or are lured into service with false promises; others are abducted and forced to fight. Child Soldiers presents a powerful, real-world look at the lives of these vulnerable young people.” –WorldCat

Confucianism : A Very Short Introduction by Daniel K Gardner
“First formulated in the sixth century BCE, the teachings of Confucius would come to dominate Chinese society, politics, economics, and ethics. In this Very Short Introduction, Daniel K. Gardner explores the major philosophical ideas of the Confucian tradition.” –WorldCat

Foster Youth by Leanne Currie-McGhee
Forgotten Youth Series
“Over 400,000 US youth are in foster care, mainly due to neglect and abuse by their parents. These youth endure instability as they move from home to home, and uncertainty about their future as others make the decision as to whether they should be reunited with their families or become available for adoption. Foster Youth presents a powerful, real-world look at the lives of these vulnerable young people.” –Amazon

Homeless Youth by Cherese Cartlidge
Forgotten Youth Series
"As many as 2.5 million children and teens experience homelessness each year in the United States. Whether they are with their family or on their own, homelessness is a difficult and often traumatic experience for youth. Homeless Youth presents a powerful, real-world look at the lives of these vulnerable young people.” –WorldCat

Incarcerated Youth by Stephanie Watson
Forgotten Youth Series
“Every day, about 70,000 young people are detained within the U.S. criminal justice system. Thousands of them are tried as adults, and housed in adult prisons. Once in detention centers and jails, young people are vulnerable to violence and sexual abuse. Incarcerated Youth presents a powerful, real-world look at the lives of these vulnerable young people.” –WorldCat

Living Jainism: An Ethical Science by Kanti V. Mardia and Aidan D. Rankin
“Living Jainism reveals the relevance of Jain teachings to scientific research and human society, as well as our journey towards understanding ourselves and our place in the universe.” –WorldCat

Shinto: A Celebration of Life by Aidan Rankin
“Shinto: A Celebration of Life, introduces a gentle but powerful and enduring spiritual pathway reconnecting humanity with 'great nature' and affirming all aspects of life. Structured around ritual cleansing, Shinto contains no concept of sin. It reveres ancestors, but thinks little about the afterlife, asking us to live in--and improve--the present. Shinto is an unbroken indigenous path that now reaches beyond its native Japan. It has special relevance to us as we seek a more balanced and fulfilled way of life.” –WorldCat

Taoism: An Essential Guide by Eva Wong
“Taoism, known widely today through the teachings of the classic Tao Te Ching and the practices of t'ai chi and feng-shui, is less known for its unique traditions of meditation, physical training, magical practice, and internal alchemy. Covering all of the most important texts, figures, and events, this essential guide illuminates Taoism's extraordinarily rich history and remarkable variety of practice.” –WorldCat

Taoism for Dummies by Jonathan Herman
“Explore the philosophy, practices, and scriptures of one of the world's major religions. Herman explains in plain English the fundamental concepts of Taoism, explores in depth the origins and multiple interpretations of the religion, and goes into detail about what it means to be a Taoist.” –WorldCat

Understanding Jainism by Lawrence A. Babb
“This book is designed to be an introduction to Jainism as a religious tradition and way of life. While paying due attention to Jainism's history and doctrinal basics, the book also emphasizes the ways in which formal Jain teachings are manifested in the practices of both laity and the monastic elite. In addition, the book explores the distinctive Jain systems of cosmographic and biological knowledge, and it describes how Jainism is woven into the social identities of Jain communities in modern India.” –WorldCat

Thursday, November 24, 2016

New Graphic Novels

Batman: Bloom by Scott Synder
Batman; Volume Nine
"As the new Batman, former police commissioner Jim Gordon is in for the fight of his life against the bizarre threat of Mr. Bloom, who controls plant life in Gotham City! At the same time, an amnesiac Bruce Wayne has discovered the truth of his past as the Dark Knight -- now; he must descend into the Batcave and reclaim that painful legacy. With Bruce back in the cape and cowl once more, can the combined skills of two Batmen defeat Mr. Bloom and his minions?” –WorldCat

Batman: Superheavy by Scott Synder
Batman; Volume Eight
"After his deadliest battle to date, Batman is bruised, battered and scarred. And forever changed. Now, on the streets of Gotham, in place of the cape and cowl roams an 8-foot mechanized suit of armor. More powerful than ever before, Batman's pursuit of justice has never been more swift or efficient. But who is the new Dark Knight? And why is he... or she here?” –WorldCat

Hollow City: the Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean
“Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London (circa 1940), the ‘peculiar’ capital of the world.” –WorldCat

Monster: A Graphic Novel by Guy A Sims; Dawud Anyabwile; Walter Dean Myers
“While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.” –WorldCat

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan; art by Fiona Staples
Saga; Volume Six 
“After a dramatic time jump, Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her starcrossed family learns hard lessons of their own.” –WorldCat

Shuriken and Pleats by Matsuri Hino
Shuriken and Pleats; Book One
"When the master she has sworn to protect is killed, Mikage Kirlo, a skilled ninja, travels to Japan to start a new, peaceful life for herself. But as soon as she arrives, she finds herself fighting to protect the life of Mahito Wakashimatsu, a man who is under attack by a band of ninja. From that time on, Mikage is drawn deeper in the machinations of his powerful family." –Publisher.

Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki
"SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep-school for mutants and witches but their paranormal abilities take a back seat to everyday teen concerns. Science experiments go awry, bake sales are upstaged, and the new kid at school is a cat who will determine the course of human destiny. In one strip, lizard-headed Trixie frets about her nonexistent modeling career; in another, the immortal Everlasting Boy tries to escape this mortal coil to no avail. Throughout it all, closeted Marsha obsesses about her unrequited crush, the cat-eared Wendy."—WorldCat

The Astonishing Ant-Man by Nick Spencer
“Scott Lang was a down-on-his-luck, divorced ex-con -- until he stole renowned scientist and super hero Hank Pym's size-altering technology in the hopes of saving his daughter's life. Through that act of doing wrong for the right reasons, Scott inadvertently learned how to be a hero himself. With Pym's blessing and his daughter Cassie at his side, Scott became... The Astonishing Ant-Man! But when a curveball upends Scott's life, will he continue to be a hero, or will he return to his former life of crime?” –Amazon

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Music CDs

Alannah Myles by Alannah Myles
Alannah Myles is the self-titled debut album by Canadian singer Alannah Myles, released on March 28, 1989. It includes the worldwide hit single ‘Black Velvet’. The album was a big seller worldwide. –Summary

Best of the Canadian Brass by The Canadian Brass
“A collection of the best-known and most popular works by the legendary Canadian Brass. The best-selling brass ensemble of all-time! Includes works by Pachelbel, Bach and Mozart.” –Amazon

Axis: Bold as Love by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
“The sensational sophomore release of The Jimi Hendrix Experience highlights Hendrix's own evolving musical experimentalism and acknowledges his early musical influences of soul and R&B. Remastered from the original two-track mixdown master tapes, Axis: Bold As Love's 13-songs show the evolving trio as they neared the height of their career.” –Amazon

Come Away With Me by Norah Jones
“Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones returns with her fourth album. This time she experiments with some new sounds thanks to songwriting collaborations with Ryan Adams and Okkervil River's Will Sheff.” –WorldCat

Decoy by Miles Davis
Decoy is a 1984 album by jazz musician Miles Davis, recorded in 1983. It features keyboardist Robert Irving III and guitarist John Scofield. Saxophonist Branford Marsalis guested with the group on the September 1983 studio sessions. –Summary

Electric Ladybird by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
“The highlights speak for themselves:  ‘Crosstown Traffic’; ‘All Along the Watchtower’; ‘Burning of the Midnight Lamp’; and ‘Voodoo Chile’. These are all landmarks in Hendrix's career.” –WorldCat

Feels Like Home by Norah Jones
“Norah Jones blew everybody away with her jazzy, country-tinged, Grammy-winning debut CD, Come Away With Me. On this recording, Jones doesn't mess with her trademark formula. Under Arif Mardin's cozy co-production, Jones is supported by her writing partners, her Handsome Band, and some special guests (country legend Dolly Parton, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of the Band, and jazz drummer Brian Blade, to name a few).” –Amazon

In Step by Stevie Ray Vaughan
“Stevie Ray Vaughan teetered on the brink of superstardom after the release of In Step, his best studio album. It was his first recording after he'd beaten his drug and alcohol addictions. Some songs, like ‘Tightrope’ and ‘Wall of Denial,’ reflect that struggle.” –Amazon

The Fall by Norah Jones
“Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones returns with her fourth album. This time she experiments with some new sounds thanks to song writing collaborations with Ryan Adams and Okkervil River's Will Sheff.” –WorldCat

Valleys Of Neptune by Jimi Hendrix
“Nearly four decades after his death, a variety of rare Jimi Hendrix recordings make their way out of the vault. Includes a mix of previously unreleased studio recordings, alternate versions of already released material, and the highly anticipated title track.” –WorldCat

Monday, November 21, 2016

New Fiction

Firstlife by Gena Showalter
Everlife; Book One
“Locked in an asylum for her refusal to let her parents dictate her afterlife choices, Ten Lockwood finds herself caught in a violent power struggle between the two leading Everlife realms that would do anything to claim her powerful soul.” –WorldCat

Map of Fates by Maggie Hall
Conspiracy of Us Trilogy; Book Two
“Heiress to the powerful secret society known as the Circle, Avery West crosses continents following a trail of clues she hopes will lead to Alexander the Great's Tomb--and the earth shattering secret it holds--before it's too late.” –WorldCat

Morning Star by Pierce Brown
Red Rising; Book Three
“Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within. Finally, the time has come.” –WorldCat

The Bad Decision Playlist by Michael Rubens
“Sixteen-year-old Austin, a self-described screw-up, finds out that his allegedly dead father happens to be the very-much-alive rock star Shane Tyler. Austin--a talented musician himself--is sucked into his newfound father's alluring music-biz orbit, pulling his true love, Josephine, along with him.” –WorldCat

The Black Key by Amy Ewing
Jewel; Book Three
“Violet's sister Hazel has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake, and she must save both Hazel and the future of the Lone City.” –WorldCat

The Crown by Kiera Cass
Selection; Book Five
“Events at the palace force Eadlyn to make an important--and impossible--choice, knowing that her Selection might not lead her to the fairy-tale ending her parents found.” –WorldCat

The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Saga of Shahrzad and Khalid; Book Two
“In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her in an attempt to break Khalid's curse, save the empire, and reunite with her one true love.” –WorldCat

The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey
Sequel to The Girl at Midnight.
“With the firebird awakened, the war has become even more dangerous for Echo and her friends. There is a darkness spreading too and staying in hiding might not be enough to keep them alive.” –WorldCat

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
The Winner’s Trilogy; Book Three       
“War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He's finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can't quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people-and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that's what he thinks. But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?” –WorldCat

Winter by Marissa Meyer
Lunar Chronicles; Book Four
“Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long. Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?” –Amazon

Friday, November 18, 2016

New Fiction

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Court of Throne and Roses; Book Two
“Though Feyre now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, but as she navigates the feared Night Court's dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it.” –WorldCat

Beastly Bones by William Ritter
Jackaby; Book Two
“When dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind, Abigail and her eccentric employer R. F. Jackaby, investigators of the supernatural in 1892 New England, find themselves hunting for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.” –WorldCat

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
Reckoners; Book Three
“David knew Prof’s secret, and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners’ leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He’s disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there’s no turning back. . . .But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics—Megan proved it. They’re not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying.” –Amazon

Character Driven by David Lubar
“In his last year of high school, seventeen-year-old virgin Cliff Sparks has to figure out what to do with his life, including how to meet new girl Jillian and how to deal with old issues with his unemployed father.” –WorldCat

Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert
”Ten years ago, God gave Braden a sign, a promise that his family wouldn't fall apart the way he feared. But Braden got it wrong: his older brother, Trey, has been estranged from the family for almost as long, and his father, the only parent Braden has ever known, has been accused of murder. The arrest of Braden's father, a well-known Christian radio host has sparked national media attention. His fate lies in his son's hands; Braden is the key witness in his father's upcoming trial.” –WorldCat

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Sequel to Six of Crows
“Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets--a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.” –WorldCat

Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch
Snow Like Ashes; Book Three
“Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, Meira jumps at the chance.  But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms.  To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control-- and make the biggest sacrifice of all.” –Amazon

Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter
Jackaby; Book Three
“Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder--her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancĂ©, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all.” –Amazon

Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu
“Lauren DeSanto's best friend and bandmate goes missing and she's the prime suspect. Lauren must unravel her friend's tangled life to uncover the truth and clear her own name." –WorldCat

Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor
Into The Dim; Book One
“Sixteen-year-old Hope Walton travels back in time to help rescue her mother, a member of the secret society of time travelers, who is trapped in twelfth-century England in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine.” –WorldCat

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Immigration to North America

Asylum Seekers by Frank Wright
“People seeking asylum in the United States or Canada comprise a diverse group. Some have escaped persecution in their homeland and have migrated illegally to North America via boat, plane, or on foot. Others have arrived legally on temporary visas and request asylum only after learning that their home country has become too dangerous for them to return. This book covers the history of the asylum process in North America, as well as the step-by-step process by which a person receives asylum. It also provides examples of cases in which people have found safe haven in the United States and Canada.” –Amazon

Central American Immigrants by Luis Martinez
“Poverty and political violence have driven many people from Central American countries to immigrate to the United States or Canada. Beginning in the 1980s, wars and repression drove large numbers of immigrants north. By 2014, according to data from the US Census Bureau, immigrants from Central America made up about 7 percent of the country’s total immigrant population. This book briefly chronicles the often-troubled history of the regions seven countries and examines the experiences of those who have left to find a new life in North America.” –Amazon

Chinese Immigrants by Jiao Gan
“Many Chinese seek to resettle in North America, where they may find better economic opportunities and are assured basic rights like freedom of expression and religion. Today, Chinese immigrants make up the third-largest foreign-born group in the United States, numbering over 2 million people. Chinese immigrants are the second-largest foreign-born group in Canada, at over 600,000. Although at one time Chinese immigrants were met with discrimination and prejudice, changing attitudes in North America have led to greater recognition and acceptance of this immigrant group’s contribution to American and Canadian societies.” –Amazon

Indian Immigrants by Tom Balog
India faces many problems, including overcrowding, extensive poverty, and wide-scale pollution. These conditions, along with the attractive opportunities available in other countries, have compelled many Indians to emigrate. Indian immigrants have made diverse contributions to the national fabrics of Canada and the United States in the areas of religion, philosophy, commerce, fashion, and cuisine. Indian Americans have also made inroads into high-tech fields and other industries. However, many immigrants, particularly those arriving with minimal experience and education, still face the threat of being exploited in the North American workplace. “–Amazon

Middle Eastern Immigrants by Ed Warms
“Middle Eastern immigrants have been arriving on North American shores since the late 1800s, but in recent decades their numbers have risen dramatically. A wave of refugees fleeing from Syria and Afghanistan in 2015 and 2016 has caused political turmoil, as American and Canadian leaders debate whether to permit them into their societies. Though the contributions of Middle Easterners have long enriched North American society, the future of Middle Eastern immigration appears uncertain.” –Amazon

Refugees by Mike Venettone
“The world is currently experiencing a refugee crisis. Conflict and persecution have forced more people than at any other time since records began to flee their homes and seek refuge and safety elsewhere, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. There were roughly 60 million refugees worldwide in 2016, and that figure was expected to rise further due to conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and other places. This book provides historical information on the refugee crisis and how countries like the United States and Canada deal with refugees.” –Amazon

South American Immigrants by Larry McCaffrey
“Immigrants from South America are typically driven north by economic crises and political unrest in their own countries. South American Immigration surveys the recent history of the twelve nations that make up the world’s fourth-largest continent, focusing particularly on the countries that have sent the largest number of immigrants to North America. It examines why these people have left their homelands, how they have adapted to and changed North American culture, and what the future might hold for them in the United States and Canada.” –Amazon

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

New Fiction

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Ember in the Ashes; Book Two
“After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.” –WorldCat

Beautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire
Maddox Brothers; Book Four
“The fourth and final novel in the Maddox brothers series, chronicling the exciting, romantic, and sometimes volatile road to love for the Maddox brothers. The third eldest Maddox brother, Tyler, falls in love with Ellison Edson.” –WorldCat

Broken Crowns by Lauren DeStefano
Perfect Ruin; Book Three
“With their floating city utopia threatened by the war on the ground and the greed of two kings, Morgan and the others from Internment must find a way to save the city from falling out of the sky or being obliterated altogether.” –WorldCat

Exile for Dreamers by Kathleen Baldwin
Stranje House; Book Two            
“Tess Aubreyson is being haunted by prophetic dreams of death and grief. She discovers that her dreams can help Lord Ravencross, the man she loves, and her fellow students at Stranje House. Which is good, because the traitorous Lady Daneska and the Ghost have returned to England to help make way for Napoleon's invasion, and the young ladies at Stranje House might be the only ones who can save England from a power-mad dictator.” –WorldCat

Golden by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
Heart of Dread; Book Three
“Desperate to escape the dangers of the ruins of New Kandy, Nat and Wes must put their love to the ultimate test by chancing even more perilous surroundings in hopes of seeing their world reborn by saving the source of magic.” –WorldCat

Half Lost by Sally Green
Half Bad; Book Three
“In modern-day England, Nathan embarks on a mission to turn the tide for the Alliance and end the bloody civil war between Black and White witches once and for all.” –WorldCat

The Crimson Skew by S. E. Grove
Mapmakers; Book Three
“In a world transformed by 1799's Great Disruption--when all of the continents were flung into different time periods, Sophia Tims journeys home to Boston, anticipating her reunion with Theo, but he has been conscripted to fight in the Western War, Prime Minister Broadgirldle's twisted vision of Manifest Destiny.” –WorldCat

The Eternity Key by Bree Despain
Into the Dark; Book Two
“Haden, Prince of the Underrealm, is determined to defy his fate to protect Daphne, even as they and their small group of friends continue the search for the lost Kronolithe, the key of Hades--but his undeclared love for a mortal girl is a terrible risk, and they must both decide what they are willing to sacrifice to protect one another.” –WorldCat

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
The Glittering Court; Book One
“For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.” –Amazon

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard; Book Two
"Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon--the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki--and the price he wants is very high. Magnus Chase, a homeless boy living in Boston, finds out he is the son of a Norse god." –WorldCat

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
"Wink, Poppy, and Midnight's three separate voices come together to reveal the secrets and mysteries hiding in the woods around their home."–WorldCat

Witch's Pyre by Josephine Angelini
Worldwalker; Book Three
“Lily Proctor has come a long way from the weak, sickly girl she used to be. She has gained power as a witch and a leader, found her way home, and has chosen to face battle again. And after her recent losses and betrayal, she has learned more about grief than she ever wanted to know. Thrust once again into a strange society, Lily is determined to find a way to defeat the monstrous Woven without resorting to nuclear weapons or becoming a tyrannical mass murderer like her alternate self, Lillian. But sometimes winning requires sacrifices, and when the only clear path to victory lies at Lillian's side, what price will Lily be willing to pay?” –WorldCat