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It has been a busy month between books coming in and books going out. One important note about our hours - We have extended Monday to be open until 7pm! Come visit :)
New Arrivals 
(new to us even if old in age)
A big estate came in after the holidays plus spring cleaning seems to have hit early and people are bring in books daily! We are excited for all the new books hitting the shelves. One spot that is getting a lot of attention is the U.S. History section. Come check out what is new in your favorite section. Don't forget, our website is open 24/7 where you can search our inventory or send us search requests.

by David Detzer
An original and deeply human portrait of soldiers and civilians caught in the vortex of war.

So vividly does Allegiance re-create the events leading to the firing of the first shot of the Civil War on April 12, 1861, that we can feel the fabric of the Union tearing apart. It is a tense and surprising story, filled with indecisive bureaucrats, uninformed leaders, hotheaded politicians, and dedicated and honorable soldiers on both sides.

David Detzer's decade-long research illuminates the passions that led to the fighting, the sober reflections of the man who restrained its outbreak, and individuals on both sides who changed American history. No other historian has given us a clearer or more intimate picture of the human drama of Fort Sumter.

by James Lee Conrad
The Confederacy's only national naval academy was anchored in Virginia's James River aboard the CSS Patrick Henry. While their Union counterparts at the U.S. Naval Academy studied at a safe distance from the war, the midshipmen of the Confederate States Naval Academy were sent on active duty to defend the South's waterways. Using original Confederate documents and many previously unpublished letters and diaries, James Lee Conrad has compiled a fresh and scholarly study of a neglected subject.

by Mark W. Johnson
Using old regimental records from the Civil War, as well as diaries and letters, Mark W. Johnson has unearthed a wealth of new material about this long-neglected topic: he covers every unit and every battle in compelling narrative and exhaustive detail and reaches some surprising conclusions about the significant role these troops played in the Union's eventual victory.

by Thomas P. Lowry (Editor)
William Mervale Smith, surgeon of the 85th New York Volunteer Infantry, faithfully kept a diary of his Civil War experiences. Smith's introspective musings cover matters both professional and personal, from the horror of battle and the almost equally terrible politics of war to his deepest longings and questions about love and spirituality. While some diarists wrote self-consciously, anticipating eventual publication of their words, Smith's entries, as author Thomas Lowry explains, "are of such a personal and self-revelatory nature that we can reasonably conclude that he wrote to himself alone, as a sort of spiritual exercise of self-communication."

by Les Standiford
Washington Burning transports us in time to the very founding of our nation and its capital. We learn that the Washington we know might never have come to be had it not been for the destruction of the young city by British troops in 1814, or for Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the eccentric, passionate, difficult architect who fell in love with his adopted country. L'Enfant's sweeping vision of a grand Federal City inspired President George Washington but earned the enmity of Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, who hated the idea of an imperial city. So was the capital born of feuding personalities, and located on the banks of the Potomac only after great political struggle. 

by Eric Jay Dolin
Beginning his epic history in the early 1600s, Eric Jay Dolin traces the dramatic rise and fall of the American fur industry, from the first Dutch encounters with the Indians to the rise of the conservation movement in the late nineteenth century. Dolin shows how the fur trade, driven by the demands of fashion, sparked controversy, fostered economic competition, and fueled wars among the European powers, as North America became a battleground for colonization and imperial aspirations. The trade in beaver, buffalo, sea otter, and other animal skins spurred the exploration and the settlement of the vast American continent, while it alternately enriched and gravely damaged the lives of America's native peoples. Populated by a larger-than-life cast -- including Dutch governor Peter Stuyvesant; President Thomas Jefferson; America's first multimillionaire, John Jacob Astor; and mountain man Kit Carson -- Fur, Fortune, and Empire is the most comprehensive and compelling history of the American fur trade ever written. 16 pages of color and 16 pages of black-and-white illustrations, as well as a two-page, endpaper map of the American fur trade beyond the Mississippi.

*all synopses taken from Goodreads.com
Poetry Corner
Local poet Jim O'Brien reviews books of poetry and on poets that we have in stock!

Selected Poems of Oguma Hideo
Most readers are familiar with haiku or other eastern forms. None of that will be found here in this collection of poems by Japanese poet Hideo Oguma, translated by David G. Goodman. Oguma (1901-1940) wrote poems challenging the status quo and became one of the proletarian poets of the 1930s. His poems reflect this rage and reflect a defiance that many readers of today will easily identify with. This book, published in 1989 by the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan is likely to be English readers' only access to this meaningful work.

Donnie's Corner

I had a great holiday season filled with lots of family, food, and of course toys. Mommy might spoil me just a little bit. Mommy did pick out some great books for me and we have been enjoying reading them every day. 

The Mr. and Little Miss books are so fun to read. My favorite is Mr. Tickle.

In Store: Mr. Happy and Mr. Clumsy
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