New Used Books
(Books that are new to the store even if they are old in age)
April is one of our busiest months downtown with The Boneyard Arts Festival
, and the Illinois Marathon
. It is also when we start seeing large amounts of books being brought in from spring cleaning. April is the perfect month to stop in and wander through the shelves and find your next favorite book. In March 1700 titles were added to our shelves and we can expect that many and more in April. Below are just a few of the titles currently available.
All of our inventoried titles are available to search and order on our website
but if you don't see what you are looking for send us an email
! We will see if we have anything in the store not yet inventoried or we will send you options for ordering titles.
William D. Middleton
American civil engineers were unsurpassed in their ability to build railroads over great distances and across high mountain passes, to erect great bridges, or to bore tunnels of prodigious length. This is a remarkable story of the application of engineering to the building of a transportation system that civilized and settled America, and then supported an industrial revolution and created a world power.
The Outlaw Sea: A World of Freedom, Chaos, and Crime
Even if we live within sight of the sea, it is easy to forget that our world is an ocean world. The open ocean -- that vast expanse of international waters -- begins just a few miles out and spreads across three-fourths of the globe. It is a place of storms and danger, both natural and manmade. And at a time when every last patch of land is claimed by one government or another, it is a place that remains radically free.
With typically understated lyricism, William Langewiesche explores this ocean world and the enterprises -- licit and illicit -- that flourish in the privacy afforded by its horizons. Forty-three thousand gargantuan ships ply the open ocean, carrying nearly all the raw materials and products on which our lives are built. Many are owned or managed by one-ship companies so ghostly that they exist only on paper. They are the embodiment of modern global capital and the most independent objects on earth -- many of them without allegiances of any kind, changing identity and nationality at will. Here is free enterprise at its freest, opportunity taken to extremes. But its efficiencies are accompanied by global problems -- shipwrecks and pollution, the hard lives and deaths of the crews, and the growth of two perfectly adapted pathogens: a modern and sophisticated strain of piracy and its close cousin, the maritime form of the new stateless terrorism.
Although it was little used during the American Civil War -- the time in which it was invented -- the Gatling gun soon changed the nature of warfare and the course of world history. Discharging two hundred shots per minute with alarming accuracy, the world's first machine gun became vitally important to protecting and expanding America's overseas interests. Its inventor, Richard Gatling, was famous in his own time for creating and improving many industrial designs, from bicycles and steamship propellers to flush toilets. A man of great business and scientific acumen, Gatling actually proposed his gun as a way of saving lives, thinking it would decrease the size of armies and, therefore, make it easier to supply soldiers and reduce malnutrition deaths. The scientists who unleashed America's atomic arsenal less than a century later would see it much the same way.
In Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel, Julia Keller offers a riveting account of the Gatling gun's invention, its misunderstood creator, and its tremendous impact on American and world events. She also shows how the gun, in its combination of ingenuity, idealism, and destructive power, perfectly exemplified the paradox of America's rise as a world superpower.
Collected Screenplays 1: Blood Simple / Raising Arizona / Miller's Crossing / Barton Fink
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
These four early works by the internationally lauded filmmaking team deal with the subject for which they are best known: corruption and crime in situations that combine the real and the surreal with the hilarious. Of the scripts included here, Barton Fink -- an intense look at the psychological ruin of a New York playwright trying to make it in 1940s Hollywood -- is a masterful culmination of these themes.
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam #1)
Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey -- with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake -- through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.
Cambridge, England, 1905. Jane Porter is hardly a typical woman of her time. The only female student in Cambridge University's medical program, she is far more comfortable in a lab coat dissecting corpses than she is in a corset and gown sipping afternoon tea. A budding paleoanthropologist, Jane dreams of traveling the globe in search of fossils that will prove the evolutionary theories of her scientific hero, Charles Darwin.
When dashing American explorer Ral Conrath invites Jane and her father to join an expedition deep into West Africa, she can hardly believe her luck. Africa is every bit as exotic and fascinating as she has always imagined, but Jane quickly learns that the lush jungle is full of secrets -- and so is Ral Conrath. When danger strikes, Jane finds her hero, the key to humanity's past, and an all-consuming love in one extraordinary man: Tarzan of the Apes.
Jane is the first version of the Tarzan story written by a woman and authorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate. Its publication marks the centennial of the original Tarzan of the Apes.
Stephen J. Lyons
Almost every year, areas of the Midwest are subjected to massive flooding. Sandbags are filled and stacked, FEMA arrives, and there is a discussion of whether this is a 500-year flood, a 1,000-year flood, or just another typical summer season. This new book looks at a town devastated and rebuilt -- that will likely be rebuilt again when the next years' waters rise -- and puts it in context with the history of the region and the people who have lived there for generations.
The Physiology Coloring Book
This coloring book offers an enjoyable, highly effective way for students to learn physiology. Topics are covered in self-contained two-page spreads, allowing students to easily focus on the material being presented. A unique combination of introductory material, names and illustrations to be colored, and substantive captions deliver a comprehensive, yet easy-to-understand, treatment of physiology.
The American Revolution in Indian Country: Crisis and Diversity in Native American Communities
Colin G. Calloway
This study presents the first broad coverage of Indian experiences in the American Revolution rather than Indian participation as allies or enemies of contending parties. Colin Calloway focuses on eight Indian communities as he explores how the Revolution often translated into war among Indians and their own struggles for independence. Drawing on British, American, Canadian and Spanish records, Calloway shows how Native Americans pursued different strategies, endured a variety of experiences, but were bequeathed a common legacy as a result of the Revolution.
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**All of our inventoried titles are available to search and order on our website but if you don't see what you are looking for send us an email! We will see if we have anything in the store not yet inventoried or we will send you options for ordering titles.
(synopses from goodreads.com)
During March I was able to start visiting the goats at Prairie Fruit Farms & Creamery
. I love the goats, they nibble at my fingers and seem to enjoy my singing.
Mommy loves reading me stories that she enjoyed as a child and recently she introduced me to Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
. Mommy's favorite is "How the Camel got his Hump".
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