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A ball, a dog, and a monkey 1957, the space race begins by D'Antonio, Michael.

A ball, a dog, and a monkey 1957, the space race begins

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael D'Antonio captures the wackiness of the first year of the space race as the Americans scrambled desperately to match the Soviets and President Eisenhower intervened to guarantee that the space program would not be run by the military.On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite into orbit around the earth. Little more than a month later, the Soviets launched Sputnik II. News of Sputnik created panic in

Sep 26, 2014
A basic history of the US. Vo. 6, [America in gridlock, 1985-1995] by Carson, Clarence Buford.

A basic history of the US. Vo. 6, [America in gridlock, 1985-1995]

Carson's newest volume in his set brings U.S. history abreast with recent developments in government and culture. Among the topics he examines are materialism and statism, the welfare state, conservatism and liberalism, the Reagan and Bush administrations and their subplots, as well as the collapse of Communism, Americans at work and play, and the trend of self-employment.

Sep 26, 2014
A basic history of the US. Vol. 1, [The colonial experience, 1607-1774] by Carson, Clarence Buford.

A basic history of the US. Vol. 1, [The colonial experience, 1607-1774]

This is the first volume of a comprehensive five-volume set. "For Carson, history is more than facts and dates, [but] is the product of the actions of countless individuals, each under the influence of certain ideas. . . . He shows how they were responsible for the settlement of this continent, the struggle for freedom, the westward expansion, the construction of schools, churches, factories, and the founding of new religious denominations." -The Freeman

Sep 26, 2014
A basic history of the US. Vol. 2, [The beginning of the republic, 1775-1825] by Carson, Clarence Buford.

A basic history of the US. Vol. 2, [The beginning of the republic, 1775-1825]

This second volume covers the Declaration of Independence through the fruits of independence. Carson combines scholarly exactness with evocative passages for a clearer understanding of the people and events, the triumphs and shortcomings, that shaped this nation.

Sep 26, 2014
A basic history of the US. Vol. 3, [The sections and the Civil War, 1826-1877] by Carson, Clarence Buford.

A basic history of the US. Vol. 3, [The sections and the Civil War, 1826-1877]

Carson begins this third volume by diagnosing the root causes that eventually gave rise to sectionalism. Also examined are removal of the Indians, the plantation system, the Transcendentalists and American literature, the public-school movement, westward expansion, the election of Lincoln, and the Civil War.

Sep 26, 2014
A basic history of the US. Vol. 4, [The growth of America, 1878-1928] by Carson, Clarence Buford.

A basic history of the US. Vol. 4, [The growth of America, 1878-1928]

Starting with the settlement of the West, this fourth volume also covers the effects upon American society from Darwinism and Socialism, regulation and the courts, civil service reform, the rise of labor unions, inflation, populism and progressivism, the Spanish-American War, the Panama Canal, World War I, and more.

Sep 26, 2014
A basic history of the US. Vol. 5, [The welfare state, 1929-1985] by Carson, Clarence Buford.

A basic history of the US. Vol. 5, [The welfare state, 1929-1985]

The fifth volume covers the Great Depression through the mid-eighties. Carson elucidates the causes of the stock market crash and the years of economic depression which followed. Further discussions are equally engaging, including the New Deal, Social Security, World War II, the Cold War, the Warren Court, the Cultural Revolution, Vietnam, the rise of the Conservative movement, Nixon and Watergate, the Carter presidency, and the start of the Reagan years.

Sep 26, 2014
A bat in the belfry by Graves, Sarah.

A bat in the belfry

As an epic nor'easter bears down on the idyllic island town of Eastport, Maine, Jacobia Tiptree hurries to prepare her antique house for the big blow, while the town battles to evacuate tourists and save the beloved 200-year-old Seaman's Church steeple, threatened by the storm. But when a local teen beauty-pageant winner from a troubled family is found murdered in the steeple's bell tower and Jake's son Sam's visiting childhood friend comes under scrutiny as a suspect, the resulting storm of gos

Sep 26, 2014
A battle for the soul of Islam an American Muslim patriot's fight to save his faith by Jasser, M. Zuhdi, 1967-

A battle for the soul of Islam an American Muslim patriot's fight to save his faith

Among the unsettling social shifts in the wake of 9/11 was the global attention paid to Islam. Here in the United States, we became divided, often sadly along partisan lines, between those who believed every Muslim was a potential threat and those who believed no Muslim could do wrong.For conservative Wisconsin native and former U.S. Navy lieutenant commander Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, these radical times meant facing a new reality as a devout Muslim and a patriot-a certain betrayal within his faith,

Sep 26, 2014
A beautiful blue death by Finch, Charles (Charles B.)

A beautiful blue death

Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist the chance to unravel a mystery.Prudence Smith, one of Jane's former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The grand house where the girl worked is full of suspects, and

Sep 26, 2014
A beautiful mind by Nasar, Sylvia.

A beautiful mind

John Forbes Nash, Jr., a prodigy and legend by the age of thirty, dazzled the mathematical world by solving a series of deep problems deemed "impossible" by other mathematicians. But at the height of his fame, Nash suffered a catastrophic mental breakdown and began a harrowing descent into insanity, resigning his post at MIT, slipping into a series of bizarre delusions, and eventually becoming a dreamy, ghostlike figure at Princeton, scrawling numerological messages on blackboards. He was all bu

Sep 26, 2014
A beautiful truth by McAdam, Colin.

A beautiful truth

Told simultaneously from the perspective of humans and chimpanzees, A Beautiful Truth-at times brutal, other times deeply moving-is about the simple truths that transcend species, the meaning of family, the lure of belonging, and the capacity for survival. Looee is forever set apart, a chimp raised by a well-meaning and compassionate human couple in Vermont who cannot conceive a baby of their own. He's not human, but with his peculiar upbringing he is no longer like other chimps. One tragic nigh

Sep 26, 2014
A beggar in Jerusalem by Wiesel, Elie, 1928-

A beggar in Jerusalem

In the days following the Six-Day War, a survivor of the Holocaust visits the reunited city of Jerusalem. At the Western Wall in the Old City, he encounters the beggars and madmen that congregate there every evening, who force him to confront the ghosts of his past and his ties to the present. Weaving together myth and mystery, parable and paradox, Wiesel beckons the reader on a spiritual journey back and forth in time, always returning to Jerusalem.

Sep 26, 2014
A beginner's guide to rakes by Enoch, Suzanne.

A beginner's guide to rakes

All of London is abuzz with the return of the utterly alluring, recently widowed Diane Benchley. Will she remarry? What will she do with her late husband's fortune? Society is shocked by her announcement-at the Grand Ball, of all places!-that she plans to open an exclusive gentleman's gaming club in the family mansion. But no one is more stunned than the Marquis of Haybury, Oliver Warren.Years ago, Oliver and Diane shared a private indiscretion. Now Diane threatens to reveal Oliver's most ungent

Sep 26, 2014
A bend in the river by Naipaul, V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932-

A bend in the river

This novel by a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature takes us deeply into the life of one man who comes to live in an isolated African town at the bend of a great river, a place caught between the dangerously alluring modern world and its own traditions.

Sep 26, 2014
A bit on the side stories by Trevor, William, 1928-

A bit on the side stories

William Trevor is truly a Chekhov for our age, and a new collection of stories from him is always a cause for celebration. These twelve stories include:The waiter who divulges his shocking life of crime to his ex-wife.A woman repeats the story of her parents' unstable marriage after a horrible tragedy.The schoolgirl who regrets gossiping about the cuckolded man who tutors her.A middle-aged couple meet in a theatre bar for a squalid blind date.The disappointed priest who fears an innocent young g

Sep 26, 2014
A bittersweet season caring for our aging parents-- and ourselves by Gross, Jane.

A bittersweet season caring for our aging parents-- and ourselves

In telling the intimate story of caring for her aged and ailing mother, Jane Gross offers indispensable, and often surprising, advice for the rapidly increasing number of adult children responsible for aging parents.Gross deftly weaves the specifics of her personal experience-a widowed mother with mounting health problems, the attendant collision of fear and ignorance, the awkward role reversal of parent and child, unresolved family relationships with her mother and brother, the conflict between

Sep 26, 2014
A blackjack bargainer by Henry, O., 1862-1910, author.

A blackjack bargainer

O. Henry was a prolific American short-story writer-a master|of surprise endings-who wrote about the life of ordinary people in New York|City. Here is "A Blackjack Bargainer," the story of the drunken Yancey Goree, a|washed-up lawyer who has lost his money, possessions, property, and self-respect as a result of playing poker. After settling a feud, however, he manages to redeem himself by trading places with an old rival. Proceeds from sale of this title go to Reach Out and Read, an innovative l

Sep 26, 2014
A blue and gray Christmas by Medlicott, Joan A. (Joan Avna)

A blue and gray Christmas

When a rusty old tin box is unearthed at the Covington Homestead, longtime housemates Grace, Amelia, and Hannah discover that it contains letters and diaries written by two Civil War soldiers, one Union and one Confederate.The friends are captivated by the drama revealed. The soldiers were found dying on a nearby battlefield by an old woman. She nursed them back to health, hiding them from bounty hunters seeking deserters. At the end of the war, the men chose to stay in Covington, caring for the

Sep 26, 2014
A bomb built in hell a novel by Vachss, Andrew H.

A bomb built in hell a novel

Wesley meets Carmine Trentoni in a New York state prison. Carmine's life sentence hasn't cut him off from his outside sources, and he sees great potential in Wesley to carry out his revenge. Wesley emerges from prison prepared to be the perfect hitman: calculating, deadly, and driven by money. On his release, Wesley follows Carmine's directions to locate a Mr. Petraglia. Pet and Wesley set up shop in Brooklyn, and execute their assignments with finesse.

Sep 26, 2014