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Monarchy DVD cover
David Starkey; David Hutt; David Wilson; Mary Cranitch; Lucy Swingler
JC375 .M66 2006
"Vivid descriptions and analysis of historical personalities with costumed actors, historical locations, and portraits to visually enliven the story of the English crown from the fall of Rome to the 1660s." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The Chicago guide to grammar, usage, and punctuation
Bryan A. Garner
PE1106 .G35 2016
"Few people can write on the English language with the authority of Bryan A. Garner. The author of The Chicago Manual of Style's "Grammar and Usage" chapter, Garner explains the vagaries of English with absolute precision and utmost clarity. With The Chicago Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation, he has written the definitive guide for writers who want their prose to be both memorable and correct." --from Publisher.
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Minority report
Ronald Shusett;
PN1997.M56 M56 2002
"John Anderon is a Washington D.C. detective in the year 2054. He is part of a 'Precrime,' a special police department that arrests criminals before they commit the actual crime. When Anderton discovers that he has been identified as a future killer, he must find out why and how he broke the law in order to prove his innocence of the crime he has yet to commit." --from Melvyl catalog.
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History of wolves : a novel
Emily Fridlund
PS3606.R536 H57 2017
"As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Linda confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do-and fail to do-for the people they love. Winner of the McGinnis-Ritchie award for its first chapter, Emily Fridlund's propulsive and gorgeously written History of Wolves introduces a new writer of enormous range and talent." --from Melvyl catalog.
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A consequential president : the legacy of Barack Obama
Michael D'Antonio
E907 .D37 2017
"Recounts the accomplishments of President Obama during his eight years in office, considering his major successes and how he was able to govern while facing both racial hostility and unrealistic expectations." --from Melvyl catalog.
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John of God : the globalization of Brazilian faith healing
Cristina Rocha
BF1275.F3 R53 2017
"This is the first ethnographic account of the global spiritual movement headed by John of God, a Brazilian faith healer." -- from Publisher's description.
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At mama's knee : mothers and race in black and white
April Ryan
E184.A1 R79 2017
"At Mama's Knee looks at race and race relations through the lessons that mothers transmit to their children. Through the stories of mothers from Hillary Clinton to Sybrina Fulton, we are reminded that attitudes change from one generation to the next and one child at a time." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race
Margot Lee Shetterly
QA27.5 .L44 2016
"Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation... Even as Virginia's Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley's all-black "West Computing" group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens." - From publisher's description.
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Representations of femininity in American genre cinema : the woman's film, film noir, and modern horror
David Greven
EBL eBook
“The theme of female transformation informs the Hollywood representation of femininity from the studio era to the present. Whether it occurs physically, emotionally, or on some other level, transformation allows female protagonists to negotiate their own complex desires and to resist the compulsory marriage plot. A sweeping study of Hollywood from Now, Voyager, The Heiress, and Flamingo Road to Carrie, the Alien films, The Brave One, and the slasher horror genre, this book boldly unsettles commonplace understandings of genre film, female sexuality, and Freudian theory as it makes a strong new case for the queer relevance of female representation.” – from Melvyl description
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Like clockwork: steampunk pasts, presents, and futures
Rachel A Bowser; Brian Croxall
MyiLibrary eBook
“Once a small subculture, the steampunk phenomenon exploded in visibility during the first years of the twenty-first century, its influence and prominence increasing ever since. From its Victorian and literary roots to film and television, video games, music, and even fashion, this subgenre of science fiction reaches far and wide within current culture. Here Rachel A. Bowser and Brian Croxall present cutting-edge essays on steampunk: its rise in popularity, its many manifestations, and why we should pay attention.” – from MyiLibrary description 
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City of well-being: a radical guide to planning
Hugh Barton
MyiLibrary eBook
“City of Well-being provides a radical and holistic introduction to the science and art of town planning. It starts from the premise that the purpose of planning is the health, well-being and sustainable quality of life of people. Drawing on current and historic examples it offers inspiration, information and an integrated perspective which challenges all professions and decision-makers that affect the urban environment. It is both authoritative and readable, designed for students, practitioners, politicians and civil society.” – from eBook description.
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Love in the elephant tent: how running away with the circus brought be home
Kathleen Cremonesi
EBL eBook
“Determined to avoid following in her mother's footsteps to an ill-fated marriage, Kathleen left Oregon in her early 20s to travel across Europe. On a whim, this former administrative assistant with wanderlust took a job as a dancer in an Italian circus and, working her way up, became an ostrich-riding, shark-taming showgirl…With thrilling prose and vivid descriptions, Kathleen takes the reader around the Mediterranean. There, she discovers unexpected friends, learns how to cook, dance, and love -- across language barriers.” – from Melvyl description