New Arrivals · Biography

February 24, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Without precedent : John Marshall and his times

February 23, 2018
Paul, Joel R., author.
502 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- The frontier soldier -- A revolutionary capital -- Debating the Constitution -- Slaves and hypocrites -- Innocence lost -- Citizen Genet -- Entangling alliances -- Jay's treaty -- Talleyrand -- Not a sixpence -- Love and war -- Tossed into the Seine -- The XYZ papers -- The Jonathan Robbins affair -- Privateers and pirates -- The new order of things -- Showdown -- A strategic retreat -- Prizes of war -- High crimes -- Treason -- Estrangement -- The meaning of sovereignty -- Washington burning -- Friends and enemies -- The supreme law -- The pirate lottery -- The great steamboat case -- Public and private -- Right remains with the strongest -- An extravagant pretense -- In the conqueror's court -- A union prolonged by miracles.
"The remarkable story of John Marshall who, as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, played a pivotal role in the founding of the United States. No member of America's Founding Generation had a greater impact on the Constitution and the Supreme Court than John Marshall, and no one did more to preserve the delicate unity of the fledgling United States. From the nation's founding in 1776 and for the next forty years, Marshall was at the center of every political battle. As Chief Justice of the United States--the longest-serving in history--he established the independence of the judiciary and the supremacy of the federal Constitution and courts. As the leading Federalist in Virginia, he rivaled his cousin Thomas Jefferson in influence. As a diplomat and secretary of state, he defended American sovereignty against France and Britain, counseled President John Adams, and supervised the construction of the city of Washington. D.C. This is the astonishing true story of how a rough-cut frontiersman--born in Virginia in 1755 and with little formal education--invented himself as one of the nation's preeminent lawyers and politicians who then reinvented the Constitution to forge a stronger nation. Without Precedent is the engrossing account of the life and times of this exceptional man, who with cunning, imagination, and grace shaped America's future as he held together the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and the country itself."--Dust jacket.

Educated : a memoir

February 22, 2018
Westover, Tara, author.
New York : Random House, [2018]
xv, 334 pages ; 25 cm
Choose the good -- The midwife -- Cream shoes -- Apache women -- Honest dirt -- Shield and buckler -- The Lord will provide -- Tiny harlots -- Perfect in his generations -- Shield of feathers -- Instinct -- Fish eyes -- Silence in the churches -- My feet no longer touch Earth -- No more a child -- Disloyal man, disobedient heaven -- To keep it holy -- Blood and feathers -- In the beginning -- Recitals of the fathers -- Skullcap -- What we whispered and what we screamed -- I'm from Idaho -- A knight, errant -- The work of sulphur -- Waiting for moving water -- If I were a woman -- Pygmalion -- Graduation -- The hand of the almighty -- Tragedy then farce -- A brawling woman in a wide house -- Sorcery of physics -- The substance of things -- West of the sun -- Four long arms, whirling -- Gambling for redemption -- Family -- Watching the buffalo -- Educated.
"Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it."--Provided by publisher.

The faith of Donald J. Trump : a spiritual biography

February 22, 2018
Brody, David, 1965- author.
New York, NY : HarperCollins, [2018]
xx, 375 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: this Trump is your Trump -- Luck and pluck -- Making Augsburg great again -- Mother Mary comes to Queens -- Back to the future Presbyterians -- City on a Jamaican hill -- Hindenberg -- We have confirmation -- The church for Spock babies -- The power of positive thinking -- Manhattan, malaise, and morning in America -- The man who has everything -- Prospereality -- The escalator -- What is your relationship with God? -- The B-I-B-L-E, yes, that's the book for me -- Pentecostals, prayer, and dinner at the Polo -- Mr. Cyrus meets wrecking ball -- 3 wings, 2 Corinthians, and February 1 -- Pat, the Pope, and the Palmetto state primary -- #NeverTrump -- Coalesce or two evils? -- Cleveland rocks... and prays -- Pastors and pews -- What the hell do you have to lose? -- What happens in Vegas -- The art of the unreal -- Gorsuch a time as this -- You've got a friend in me -- Riyadh, Jerusalem, and Rome -- Give me liberty.
Drawing on extensive interviews and unparalleled access to the White House, looks at President Trump's connection to the Christian faith, the evangelical right, the prosperity gospel, and today's pressing moral and ethical issues.

I've got this round : more tales of debauchery

February 22, 2018
Hart, Mamrie, 1983- author.
viii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction -- The Poc-oh-no's -- Starr-spangled manners -- That's so-noma -- Long-lasting friendsips -- Singled out -- I think I Cannes -- Moulin rouge -- Amster-dayum -- Pure cunt'ry -- Sliding into my DMs -- Pros and cons -- Backstreet's whack, all right! -- Pity party -- Get online, fellas! -- Just the (unsolicited) tips -- Get a clue! -- Love at first fight -- Somebody rockin' knockin' da boots -- Weirdest day -- The Irish hello -- Frasierween.
"When Mamrie simultaneously enters her 30s and finds herself single for the first time since college, the world is suddenly full of possibilities. Emboldened by the cool confidence that comes with the end of one's 20s plus the newfound independence of an attachment-free lifestyle, Mamrie commits herself to living life with even more spirit, adventure, and heart than before. Mamrie dives into new experiences at full-tilt and seeks out once-in-a-lifetime opportunities (like meeting the Dixie Chicks), bucket-list goals (like visiting the Moulin Rouge), and madcap adventures (like going anchors-away on a Backstreet Boys cruise)--all while diving back into the dating world for the first time in a decade."-- Provided by publisher.

In full flight : a story of Africa and atonement

February 21, 2018
Heminway, John Hylan, 1944- author.
316 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Prologue: The end -- That's all I'll say -- If -- La Coquille -- We are finished -- A Pukka place -- The emergency -- The piper -- Miss Mary -- L'enfer des femmes -- Begin the beguine -- Dr. Claude -- No. 40 flat heels -- Rabble of Communist fomenters -- The scorecard -- The wrong side of the binoculars -- I know what I'm doing -- I'll be back -- Hiding in full view -- In memoriam, Africa.
"The revelatory account of a woman's quest for a new life in Africa in the wake of World War II--a heroic career that hid a dark wartime past"-- Provided by publisher.

Chasing portraits : a great-granddaughter's quest for her lost art legacy

February 21, 2018
Rynecki, Elizabeth, author.
viii, 385 pages ; 24 cm
A Jewish girl should know -- The trouble with Moshe -- Paintings -- Defying Hitler -- Displaced -- Italy -- Legacy -- Cultural assets--lost art -- A loan request -- Gifting Moshe's paintings -- Serendipity -- Toronto, Canada -- University of Toronto -- Schneid Archive -- Poland -- The Jewish Historical Institute -- A tour of POLIN -- Majdanek -- Kazimierz Dolny -- Playing ball -- Roadblocks -- A shared heritage -- Looking forward.
"The memoir of one woman's emotional quest to find the art of her Polish-Jewish great-grandfather, lost during World War II. Moshe Rynecki's body of work reached close to eight hundred paintings and sculptures before his life came to a tragic end. It was his great-granddaughter Elizabeth who sought to rediscover his legacy, setting upon a journey to seek out what had been lost but never forgotten"-- Provided by publisher.

Molly's game : the true story of the 26-year-old woman behind the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker game in the world

February 21, 2018
Bloom, Molly, author.
New York, NY : Dey Street, an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, 2017.
262 pages ; 21 cm
"Now a major motion picture"--Cover.
Prologue -- Beginners luck -- Hollywooding -- Playing the rush -- Cooler -- A chip and a chair -- Cold deck -- Epilogue.
Molly Bloom reveals how she built one of the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world--an insider's story of excess and danger, glamour and greed. In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twentysomething petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood had ever seen--she was its mistress, its lion tamer, its agent, and its oxygen. Everyone wanted in, few were invited to play. Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly's game became the game for those in the know--celebrities, business moguls, and millionaires. Molly staged her games in palatial suites with beautiful views and exquisite amenities. She flew privately, dined at exclusive restaurants, hobnobbed with the heads of Hollywood studios, was courted by handsome leading men, and was privy to the world's most delicious gossip, until it all came crashing down around her. Molly's Game is a behind the scenes look at Molly's game, the life she created, the life she lost, and what she learned in the process.

Wallis in love : the untold life of the Duchess of Windsor, the woman who changed the monarchy

February 20, 2018
Morton, Andrew, 1953- author.
xi, 386 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"All is love" -- I married a sadist -- He was simply irresistible -- "The world's biggest tease" -- Wallis stole my man -- "This weird royal obsession" -- "Mission accomplished" -- A shortlist of one -- A bounder, a libertine, and a spy -- "Wally for queen!" -- "You God-damned fool" -- I want your baby -- "Only one woman exists for him" -- "A whole nation against one woman" -- "The only man I've ever loved" -- "Ice runs through their veins" -- "Wallis, Wallis, Wallis, Wallis."
Before she was the woman who enticed a king from his throne, Bessie Wallis Warfield was a prudish girl from Baltimore. Morton shows how she transformed from a hard-nosed gold-digger to charming chatelaine, taking us through Wallis's romantic adventures in Washington, China, and London.

Heart berries : a memoir

February 20, 2018
Mailhot, Terese Marie, author.
Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, [2018]
xvi, 142 pages ; 21 cm
Indian condition -- Heart berries -- Indian sick -- In a pecan field -- Your black eye and my birth -- I know I'll go -- Little Mountain Woman -- The leaving deficit -- Thunder Being Honey Bear -- Indian condition -- Better parts.
"Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder, Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot's mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father-an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist-who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame. Mailhot trusts the reader to understand that memory isn't exact, but melded to imagination, pain, and what we can bring ourselves to accept. Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story, and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people, and to her place in the world."-- Provided by publisher.

Encyclopedia of American women and religion

February 20, 2018
Benowitz, June Melby, author.
2 volumes (l, 799 pages) : portraits ; 26 cm
volume 1. A-M -- volume 2. N-Z.

Americanized : rebel without a green card

February 19, 2018
Saedi, Sara, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2018]
280 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn't learn of her undocumented status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job, but couldn't because she didn't have a Social Security number. Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn't keep her from being a teenager. She desperately wanted a green card, along with clear skin, her own car, and a boyfriend. From discovering that her parents secretly divorced to facilitate her mother's green card application to learning how to tame her unibrow, Sara pivots gracefully from the terrifying prospect that she might be kicked out of the country to the almost-as-terrifying possibility that she might be the only one without a date to the prom. This moving, often hilarious story is for anyone who has ever shared either fear."--Jacket flap.

The Queen : the life and times of Elizabeth II

February 19, 2018
Ryan, Catherine, author.
191 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm

Washington : the man and the mason

February 19, 2018
Callahan, Charles H., 1858-
viii, 380 pages [115] leaves of plates : illustrations, maps (folded), portraits ; 28 cm
Includes index.
"Published under the auspices of the Memorial Temple Committee of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association."
The Cavaliers --John Washington, the Immigrant -- Lawrence Washington of Wakefield -- Augustine Washington -- Lawrence Washington of Mount Vernon -- The Virginia Fairfaxes -- Washington, the Surveyor -- Washington's Mission to the French Commandant -- Washington in Braddock's Campaign -- Washington's Defence of the Valley -- Washington, the Civilian -- Washington in the Revolution -- Washington Again in Private Life -- Washington, President of the United States -- Last Days and Death of Washington -- Resolutions of Congress and Tributes of Respect -- Mrs. Martha Washington, her Children and Grandchildren -- Bushrod Washington and his Successors at Mount Vernon -- Our Masonic Forebears -- Masonic Incidents in the Life of Washington -- Lodges No. 39 and 22 of Alexandria, Virginia -- Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, A.F. & A.M. -- The George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association -- Appendix: Washington's Will, Schedule, Appraisement of Property, and Declaration of Independence.

I am, I am, I am : seventeen brushes with death

February 16, 2018
O'Farrell, Maggie, 1972- author.
288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published in hardcover in Great Britain by Tinder Press, 2017.
Neck (1990) -- Lungs (1988) -- Spine, legs, pelvis, abdomen, head (1977) -- Whole body (1993) -- Neck (2002) -- Abdomen (2003) -- Baby and bloodstream (2005) -- Lungs (2000) -- Circulatory system (1991) -- Head (1975) -- Cranium (1998) -- Intestines (1994) -- Bloodstream (1997) -- Cause unknown (2003) -- Lungs (2010) -- Cerebellum (1980) -- Daughter (the present day).
We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death. I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter -- for whom this book was written -- from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life's myriad dangers. Seventeen discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, O'Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.

Sister of darkness : the chronicles of a modern exorcist

February 16, 2018
Stavis, R. H., author.
viii, 270 pages ; 24 cm
Balled-up socks and baby dolls : growing up with demons -- Finally facing my demons -- Making sense of entities -- The most common entities -- The most dangerous entities of all -- The source of all things -- The ins and outs of exorcisms -- Higher beings : spirit guides, master teachers, ancestors, and more -- The exorcism itself -- Entities and religion -- The slaughterhouse collector -- Exorcising the Cecil -- Bad moons, lost souls, and making sense of everything -- Raising your frequency : the big picture -- Home ex-onomics -- Now that you know.
A non-denominational exorcist shares the story of her work wrestling hostile entities from infected souls, in an account that also offers insights into how pain and trauma can make people vulnerable to energy-draining negative forces.

Limits of the known

February 15, 2018
Roberts, David, 1943- author.
xxi, 306 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Farthest north -- Blank on the map -- Prehistoric 5.10 -- The quest for the other -- First descent -- First contact -- The undiscovered Earth -- The future of adventure.
A celebrated mountaineer and author searches for meaning in great adventures and explorations, past and present. --Publisher

Secrets we kept : three women of Trinidad

February 15, 2018
Sital, Krystal A., author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
337 pages ; 22 cm

Everything happens for a reason : and other lies I've loved

February 15, 2018
Bowler, Kate, author.
xviii, 178 pages ; 20 cm
Diagnosis -- Object lesson -- Magic tricks -- Seasons -- Surrender -- Christmas cheer -- Certainty -- Restoration -- Ordinary time -- Appendix 1: Absolutely never say this to people experiencing terrible times: a short list. -- Appendix 2: Give this a go, see how it works: a short list.
"A divinity professor and young mother with a Stage IV cancer diagnosis explores the pain and joy of living without certainty. Thirty-five-year-old Kate Bowler was a professor at the school of divinity at Duke, and had finally had a baby with her childhood sweetheart after years of trying, when she began to feel jabbing pains in her stomach. She lost thirty pounds, chugged antacid, and visited doctors for three months before she was finally diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. As she navigates the aftermath of her diagnosis, Kate pulls the reader deeply into her life, which is populated with a colorful, often hilarious collection of friends, pastors, parents, and doctors, and shares her laser-sharp reflections on faith, friendship, love, and death. She wonders why suffering makes her feel like a loser and explores the burden of positivity. Trying to relish the time she still has with her son and husband, she realizes she must change her habit of skipping to the end and planning the next move. A historian of the "American prosperity gospel"--The creed of the mega-churches that promises believers a cure for tragedy, if they just want it badly enough--Bowler finds that, in the wake of her diagnosis, she craves these same "outrageous certainties." She wants to know why it's so hard to surrender control over that which you have no control. She contends with the terrifying fact that, even for her husband and child, she is not the lynchpin of existence, and that even without her, life will go on. On the page, Kate Bowler is warm, witty, and ruthless, and, like Paul Kalanithi, one of the talented, courageous few who can articulate the grief she feels as she contemplates her own mortality"-- Provided by publisher.

A river in darkness : one man's escape from North Korea

February 14, 2018
Ishikawa, Masaji, author.
159 pages : map ; 22 cm
Previously published in Japan in 2000. Translated from Japanese by Risa Kobayashi and Martin Brown. First published in English by AmazonCrossing in 2017.
"Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just thirteen years old, and unwittingly became members of the lowest social caste. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by promises of abundant work, education for his children, and a higher station in society. But the reality of their new life was far from utopian. A memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal thirty-six years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime, as well as the challenges he faced repatriating to Japan after barely escaping North Korea with his life." -- Publisher's description

White American youth : my descent into America's most violent hate movement -- and how I got out

February 14, 2018
Picciolini, Christian, author.
xxiv, 275 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Originally published as Romantic Violence : Memoirs of an American Skinhead in May of 2015."
Foreword / Joan Jett -- Introduction -- Prologue -- Goliath -- Miles apart -- Buddy -- White power -- Romantic violence -- Fourteen words -- Summer of hate -- Young hate mongers -- Hear the call -- White pride -- Armed and dangerous -- W.A.Y. -- Sick society -- Heavy-metal hate machine -- AKA Pablo -- Martyr -- Happy death -- Final solution -- Open your eyes -- AmeriKKKa -- Soldiers of the race war -- Organized chaos -- White revolution -- Walk alone -- Sins of the brother -- Epilogue.
"As he stumbled through high school, struggling to find a community among other fans of punk rock music, Christian Picciolini was recruited by a now notorious white power skinhead leader and encouraged to fight with the movement to "protect the white race from extinction." Soon, he had become an expert in racist philosophies, a terror who roamed the neighborhood, quick to throw fists. When his mentor was arrested and sentenced to eleven years in prison, sixteen-year-old Picciolini took over the man's role as the leader of an infamous neo-Nazi skinhead group. Seduced by the power he accrued through intimidation, and swept up in the rhetoric he had adopted, Picciolini worked to grow an army of extremists. He used music as a recruitment tool, launching his own propaganda band that performed at white power rallies around the world. But slowly, as he started a family of his own and a job that for the first time brought him face to face with people from all walks of life, he began to recognize the cracks in his hateful ideology. Then a shocking loss at the hands of racial violence changed his life forever, and Picciolini realized too late the full extent of the harm he'd caused. aw, inspiring, and heartbreakingly candid, White American Youth tells the fascinating story of how so many young people lose themselves in a culture of hatred and violence and how the criminal networks they forge terrorize and divide our nation."--Back cover.

Full battle rattle : my story as the longest-serving special forces A-Team soldier in American history

February 13, 2018
Lahidji, Changiz, 1950- author.
viii, 290 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Tehran, 1980 -- Childhood, Iran -- Pakistan -- Beirut -- Grenada -- The Far East -- First Gulf War -- FBI special assignment -- Black Hawk down -- Haiti -- Spain -- Afghanistan -- Darfur -- Combined Joint Task Force Paladin -- 10th Group Special Forces -- Epilogue: Hearts and minds.
Over 100 combat missions, 24 years as a Green Beret--Full Battle Rattle tells the legend of a soldier who served America in every war since Vietnam. Master Sergeant Changiz Lahidji served on Special Forces A teams longer than anyone in history, completing over a hundred combat missions in Afghanistan. Changiz is a Special Forces legend. He also happens to be the first Muslim Green Beret. Changiz served this country starting with Operation Eagle Claw in 1980, when he entered Tehran on a one-man mission to spy on Iranian soldiers guarding the US Embassy where 52 US diplomats were being held hostage. Three years later, he was in Beirut, Lebanon when a suicide car bomb exploded in front of the US Embassy killing 83 people. Weeks after that, he was shot by Hezbollah terrorists on a night mission. In Operation Iraqi Freedom, he led a convoy that was ambushed on its way to Fallujah. He was clearing houses in Mogadishu, Somalia on October, 1993 when a US Black Hawk helicopter was shot down 50 feet away from him in the incident that inspired Black Hawk Down. In 2002, he dressed as a farmer and snuck into Eastern Afghanistan and located Osama Bin Laden for the CIA. Along the way, Changiz earned numerous commendations, including the Special Forces Legion of Merit, Purple Hearts, and many others. Last year he was nominated for induction in Military Intelligence Hall of Fame and cited as "the finest noncommissioned officer to ever serve in Special Forces." His story is an amazing tale of perseverance and courage, of combat and one man's love of his adopted country.

The kings of Big Spring : God, oil, and one family's search for the American dream

February 13, 2018
Mealer, Bryan, author.
369 pages : map, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
In 1892, Bryan Mealer's great-grandfather leaves the Georgia mountains and heads west into Texas, looking for wealth and adventure in the raw and open country. But his luck soon runs out. Beset by drought, the family loses their farm just as the dead pastures around them give way to one of the biggest oil booms in American history.

The line becomes a river : dispatches from the border

February 13, 2018
Cantú, Francisco (Essayist), author.
250 pages ; 22 cm
""A beautiful, fiercely honest, and nevertheless deeply empathetic look at those who police the border and the migrants who risk - and lose - their lives crossing it. In a time of often ill-informed or downright deceitful political rhetoric, this book is an invaluable corrective."--Phil Klay For Francisco Cantú the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River makes urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line"-- ǂc Provided by publisher.

A prairie girl's faith : the spiritual legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder

February 13, 2018
Hines, Stephen W., author.
218 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Pioneer faith -- Still looking for the promised land -- Partners in faith -- Shadows on the grass -- A Mary and Martha mix -- Laura and Rose -- Building the little house -- Songs in the night -- The church potluck -- What Laura means to us.
An extended, in-depth discussion of the Christian faith of one of America's most beloved pioneer women, Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House series books. Includes photos and authentic recipes from the Little House era.

The monk of Mokha

February 12, 2018
Eggers, Dave, author.
xiii, 327 pages : map ; 23 cm
"From bestselling author Dave Eggers, the incredible true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war. Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen's central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country's rugged mountains and meet beleaguered but determined farmers. But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people." -- Publisher's description.

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