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"Advances in medicine and agriculture have saved vastly more lives than have been lost in all the wars in history." - Carl Sagan
Volume 8, Issue 8
August 2017
Farming is all around us in Illinois. Corn and soybeans for miles. I just drove across the Midwest to visit Yellowstone and it is amazing to see how vast this country is and how much of it is devoted to agriculture. Agriculture is what civilizations are built upon. Agriculture gives us the tools we use to sustain and enhance human life. Take a moment of your day to appreciate the fields, farms, and farmers for without those our society as we know it could not be.

Also, take a moment to check out our Agriculture section. You will find great books about being a farmer, rural living, raising animals, growing crops, and the history of agriculture.

In This Issue: Step into the shoes of John Wayne or Travis Smiley, cook like a modernist chef, follow the path of a butterfly smuggler, freshen up your weekend projects with some new ideas, learn about Molecular Biology from manga, and explore the psychology of religion.

Remember you can always check the website www.janeaddamsbooks.com, send an email, or call us at (217) 356-2555 if you have any questions or search requests!



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(New to us even if old in age)

Tavis Smiley grew up in a family of thirteen in a small trailer in Indiana, where money was scarce and the sight of other black faces even scarcer. One of only a few African American kids in his high school, he grew up feeling like an outsider because of the color of his skin, his Pentecostal religious beliefs, and his family's economic circumstances. It was the love and support of his family that sustained him. But that trust and support was shattered when his father, in a moment of rage, beat him with an electrical cord, sending him to the hospital. Tavis was placed in foster care for a time, and it took him years to bridge the emotional chasm between him and his parents. 

Nothing, however, could quench Tavis's fierce inner drive to succeed. His remarkable speaking ability made him an oratorical champion in Indiana and offered him a pathway to a different world. Determined to fight for the underdog and for African American rights, he entered the political arena, moving to Los Angeles to work in Mayor Tom Bradley's administration. Later, he embarked on his career as a radio commentator, discovering that it was an ideal way to influence public discourse on the issues of the day. Now with his own show on PBS, he remains committed to bettering the lives of all Americans; he's especially acclaimed for his work on behalf of people of color and the underprivileged. 

An honest, deeply moving self-portrait of one of America's most popular media figures, What I Know for Sure should appeal to readers everywhere.

Ken Denmead struck a chord with parents and kids across America with his GeekDad blog on Wired.com, which receives more than one million page views per month. His debut book, Geek Dad, was on bestseller lists and in its seventh printing just two months after hitting store shelves. With The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun, Ken Denmead keeps the nerdtastic novelties coming, with projects that teach readers how to: Build homemade robots from scratch, write and direct simple stop-motion movies, hack into mechanical toys to add cool electronic twists, and more. United by the premise that to really understand science and how something works you must design and build it yourself or remake it better, Geek Parents everywhere will celebrate this latest installment of weekend workshop wonders.

One of the world's most beautiful endangered species, butterflies are as lucrative as gorillas, pandas, and rhinos on the black market. And in this cutthroat $200 million business, no one made more money than -- or posed as great an ecological danger as -- Yoshi Kojima, the kingpin of butterfly smugglers.

Determined to capture Kojima, rookie U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agent Ed Newcomer became close to the smuggler, posing as a young apprentice eager to learn the smuggling trade. But twice the agent's inexperience allowed this criminal, with a nearly supernatural sense of survival and an overwhelming sense of paranoia, to get away.

Just when it seemed Kojima was out of reach, Newcomer was given one last chance to reel him in. Somewhere in the hunt, Kojima had become obsessed with the agent. This obsession, along with his continued mania for butterflies, could finally spell the downfall of the untouchable smuggler.

But the story doesn't end there. Working under-cover to research this book, Jessica Speart befriended Kojima as well. Like Newcomer, she was going to betray Kojima. What she didn't know was that this cagey smuggler was planning to turn the tables and use her as a patsy for continuing his illegal butterfly trade.



The Varieties of Religious Experience was an immediate bestseller upon its publication in June 1902. Reflecting the pluralistic views of psychologist turned philosopher William James, it posits that individual religious experiences, rather than the tenets of organized religions, form the backbone of religious life. James's discussion of conversion, repentance, mysticism, and hope of reward and fears of punishment in the hereafter-as well as his observations on the religious experiences of such diverse thinkers as Voltaire, Emerson, Luther, and others-all support his thesis. Walter Houston Clark in Psychology Todaydeemed it "the most notable of all books in the field of the psychology of religion."

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Poetry Corner
Local poet Jim O'Brien reviews books of poetry and on poets that we have in stock!

Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Photographs by Ivan Massar
 
A lovely collaboration from Edna St. Vincent Millay and photographer Ivan Massar caught my eye. Millay has long been a favorite of mine. Massar is new to me but has an interesting life story which included going AWOL in WWII after reading a copy of Thoreau's Civil Disobedience from his ship's library. Here, he pairs his photojournalism with hand-selected Millay poems. Her work holds up very well and is very timely in these times. Millay's voice blazed a trail for many women and poets who followed. Fans of either Millay or Massar should find something to enjoy in this book.


Donnie and Stanley's Corner

Every night Daddy or Mommy reads to us. We enjoy reading all sorts of stories at night before bed. Some nights we read a funny story about a pigeon and a hot dog and other nights we read about a little owl. We have our favorite stories but Mommy also reads to us from a big book of stories. We love when mommy and daddy read aloud to us.




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