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Title Extreme measures : finding a better path to the end of life

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 9:06am
Title Extreme measures :
Author Zitter, Jessica Nutik.
Publication Date(s) 2017
Format: Books
Summary "An ICU and Palliative Care specialist featured in the Netflix documentary Extremis offers a framework for a better way to exit life that will change our medical culture at the deepest level In medical school, no one teaches you how to let a patient die. Jessica Zitter became a doctor because she wanted to be a hero. She elected to specialize in critical care--to become an ICU physician--and imagined herself swooping in to rescue patients from the brink of death. Butthen duringher first codeshe found herself cracking the ribs of a patient so old and frail it was unimaginable he would ever come back to life. She began to question her choice. Extreme Measures charts Zitter's journey from wanting to be one kind of hero to becoming another--a doctor who prioritizes the patient's values and preferences in an environment where the default choice is the extremeuse of technology. In our current medical culture, the old and the ill are put on what she terms the End-of-Life Conveyor belt. They are intubated, catheterized, and even shelved away in care facilities to suffer their final days alone, confused, and often in pain. In her work Zitter has learned what patients fear more than death itself : the prospect of dying badly. She builds bridges between patients and caregivers, formulates plans to allay patients' pain and anxiety, and enlists the support of loved ones so that life can end well, even beautifully. Filled with rich patient stories that make a compelling medical narrative, Extreme Measures enlarges the national conversation as it thoughtfully and compassionately examines an experience that defines being human."-- Provided by publisher.

Title PRINTER'S ERROR : IRREVERENT STORIES FROM BOOK HISTORY

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 9:06am
Title PRINTER'S ERROR :
Author Romney, Rebecca/ Romney, J. P.
Format: Books

Title THINKING MACHINES : THE QUEST FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE--AND WHERE IT'S TAKING US NEXT

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 9:06am
Title THINKING MACHINES :
Author Dormehl, Luke, author.
Publication Date(s) 2017
Format: Books
Summary "A fascinating look at Artificial Intelligence, from its humble Cold War beginnings to the dazzling future that is just around the corner. When most of us think about Artificial Intelligence, our minds go straight to cyborgs, robots, and sci-fi thrillerswhere machines take over the world. But the truth is that Artificial Intelligence is already among us. It exists in our smartphones, fitness trackers, and refrigerators that tell us when the milk will expire. In some ways, the future people dreamed of atthe World's Fair in the 1960s is already here. We're teaching our machines how to think like humans, and they're learning at an incredible rate. In Thinking Machines, technology journalist Luke Dormehl takes you through the history of AI and how it makes up the foundations of the machines that think for us today. Furthermore, Dormehl speculates on the incredible--and possibly terrifying--future that's much closer than many would imagine. This remarkable book will invite you to marvel at what now seems commonplace and to dream about a future in which the scope of humanity may need to widen to include intelligent machines"-- Provided by publisher.

Title HIMSELF : A NOVEL

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 9:06am
Title HIMSELF :
Author Kidd, Jess, author.
Publication Date(s) 2017
Format: Books
Summary ""A highly unusual tale set in a highly unusual Irish village full of dark secrets "Having been abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahony assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But when he receives an anonymous note suggesting that foul play may have led to his mother's disappearance, he sees only one option: to return to the rural Irish village where he was born and find out what really happened twenty-six years ago. From the moment he sets foot in Mulderrig, Mahony's presence turns the village upside down. His uncannily familiar face and outsider ways cause a stir amongst the locals, who receive him with a mixture of excitement (the women), curiosity (the men) and suspicion (the pious). Determined to uncover the truth about what happened to his mother, Mahony solicits the help of brash anarchist and retired theater actress Mrs. Cauley. Together, this improbable duo concoct an ingenious plan to get the town talking, aided and abetted by a cast of eccentric characters, both living and dead. Because in Mulderrig, ghosts can be just as chatty and opinionated as the town's flesh and blood residents. Mahony's investigation incurs the wrath of sanctimonious Father Quinn and the Widow Farelly, provokes letter bombs and poisoned scones, and culminates in a riotous production of the most controversial play in Irish history. Himself is a simmering mixture - a blend of the natural everyday and the supernatural, folklore and mystery, and a healthy dose of quintessentially Irish humor. The result is a darkly comic crime story in the tradition of a classic Irish trickster tale, complete with a twisting and turning plot, a small-town rife with secrets and an infectious love of language and storytelling that is a hallmark of the finest Irish writers"-- Provided by publisher.

Title LUCKY YOU

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 9:06am
Title LUCKY YOU
Author Carter, Erika
Format: Books

Title SWIMMER AMONG THE STARS : STORIES

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 9:06am
Title SWIMMER AMONG THE STARS :
Author Tharoor, Kanishk, author.
Edition: First American edition.
Publication Date(s) 2017
Format: Books
Summary "[A] writer who is gifted not just with extraordinary talent but also with a subtle, original, and probing mind."--Amitav Ghosh In one of the singularly imaginative stories from Kanishk Tharoor's Swimmer Among the Stars, despondent diplomats entertain themselves by playing table tennis in zero gravity--for after rising seas destroy Manhattan, the United Nations moves to an orbiting space hotel. In other tales, a team of anthropologists treks to a remote village to record a language's last surviving speaker intoning her native tongue; an elephant and his driver cross the ocean to meet the whims of a Moroccan princess; and Genghis Khan's marauding army steadily approaches an unnamed city's walls. With exuberant originality and startling vision, Tharoor cuts against the grain of literary convention, drawing equally from ancient history and current events. His world-spanning stories speak to contemporary challenges of environmental collapse and cultural appropriation, but also to the workings of legend and their timeless human truths. Whether refashioning the romances of Alexander the Great or confronting the plight of today's refugees, Tharoor writes with distinctive insight and remarkable assurance. Swimmer Among the Stars announces the arrival of a vital, enchanting talent."-- Provided by publisher. "A debut collection of wildly original and intensely imagined stories"-- Provided by publisher.

Title WAIT TILL YOU SEE ME DANCE : STORIES

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 9:06am
Title WAIT TILL YOU SEE ME DANCE :
Author Unferth, Deb Olin
Format: Books

Title THE WIDE CIRCUMFERENCE OF LOVE

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 9:06am
Title THE WIDE CIRCUMFERENCE OF LOVE
Author Golden, Marita
Format: Books

Title THE ZERO AND THE ONE : A NOVEL

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 9:06am
Title THE ZERO AND THE ONE :
Author Ruby, Ryan, author.
Publication Date(s) 2017
Format: Books
Summary "A gothic twist on the classic tale of innocents abroad, THE ZERO AND THE ONE is a meditation on the seductions of friendship and the power of dangerous ideas that registers the dark, psychological suspense of Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripleyand the intellectual and philosophical intrigue of John Banville's The Book of Evidence. A shy, bookish scholarship student from a working-class family, Owen Whiting has high hopes of what awaits him at Oxford, only to find himself adrift and out of place among the university's dim aristocrats and posh radicals. But his life takes a dramatic turn when he is assigned to the same philosophy tutorial as Zachary Foedern, a visiting student from New York City. Rich, brilliant, and charismatic, Zach takes Owenunder his wing, introducing him to a world of experiences Owen has only ever read about. From the quadrangles of Oxford to the seedy underbelly of Berlin, they practice what Zach preaches, daring each other to transgress the boundaries of convention andmorality, until Zach proposes the greatest transgression of all: a suicide pact. But when Zach's plans go horribly awry, Owen is left to pick up the pieces in the sleek lofts and dingy dives of lower Manhattan. Now he must navigate the treacherous boundary between illusion and reality if he wants to understand his friend and preserve a hold on his once bright future"-- Provided by publisher.

Title LAST NEANDERTHAL.

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 9:06am
Title LAST NEANDERTHAL.
Author Cameron, Claire, 1973-
Publication Date(s) 2017
Format: Books
Summary From the author of The Bear , the enthralling story of two women separated by millennia, but linked by an epic journey that will transform them both 40,000 years in the past, the last family of Neanderthals roams the earth. After a crushingly hard winter, their numbers are low, but Girl, the oldest daughter, is just coming of age and her family is determined to travel to the annual meeting place and find her a mate. But the unforgiving landscape takes its toll, and Girl is left alone to care for Runt, a foundling of unknown origin. As Girl and Runt face the coming winter storms, Girl realizes she has one final chance to save her people, even if it means sacrificing part of herself. In the modern day, archaeologist Rosamund Gale works well into her pregnancy, racing to excavate newly found Neanderthal artifacts before her baby comes. Linked across the ages by the shared experience of early motherhood, both stories examine the often taboo corners of women's lives. Haunting, suspenseful, and profoundly moving, THE LAST NEANDERTHAL asks us to reconsider all we think we know about what it means to be human.

Title BAD DREAMS AND OTHER STORIES.

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 9:06am
Title BAD DREAMS AND OTHER STORIES.
Author Hadley, Tessa
Publication Date(s) 2017
Format: Books
Summary The award-winning author of The Past once again "crystallizes the atmosphere of ordinary life in prose somehow miraculous and natural" (Washington Post), in a collection of stories that elevate the mundane into the exceptional. The author of six critically acclaimed novels, Tessa Hadley has proven herself to be the champion of revealing the hidden depths in the deceptively simple. In these short stories it's the ordinary things that turn out to be most extraordinary: the history of a length of fabric or a forgotten jacket. Two sisters quarrel over an inheritance and a new baby; a child awake in the night explores the familiar rooms of her home, made strange by the darkness; a housekeeper caring for a helpless old man uncovers secrets from his past. The first steps into a turning point and a new life are made so easily and carelessly: each of these stories illuminate crucial moments of transition, often imperceptible to the protagonists. A girl accepts a lift in a car with some older boys; a young woman reads the diaries she discovers while housesitting. Small acts have large consequences, some that can reverberate across decades; private fantasies can affect other people, for better and worse. The real things that happen to people, the accidents that befall them, are every bit as mysterious as their longings and their dreams. Bad Dreams and Other Stories demonstrates yet again that Tessa Hadley "puts on paper a consciousness so visceral, so fully realized, it heightens and expands your own. She is a true master" (Lily King, author of Euphoria).

Title The awkward age : a novel

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 9:06am
Title The awkward age :
Author Segal, Francesca, 1980- author.
Publication Date(s) 2017
Format: Books
Summary "A wry, tender novel about an ordinary family facing extraordinary choices. Julia Alden has fallen deeply, unexpectedly in love. American obstetrician James is everything she didn't know she wanted--if only her teenage daughter, Gwen, didn't hate him so much. Uniting two households is never easy, but when Gwen turns for comfort to James's seventeen-year-old son, Nathan, the consequences will test her mother's loyalty and threaten all their fragile new happiness. This is a moving and powerful novel about the modern family: about starting over; about love, guilt, and generosity; about building something beautiful amid the mess and complexity of what came before. It is a story about standing by the ones we love, even while they make mistakes. We would give anything to make our children happy. But how much should they ask?"-- Provided by publisher.

Title Someone to watch over me : the story of Elliott and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 9:06am
Title Someone to watch over me :
Author Burns, Eric.
Publication Date(s) 2017
Format: Books

Title Democracy : a case study

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 12:05pm
Title Democracy :
Author Moss, David A., 1964- author.
Publication Date(s) 2017
Format: Books
Summary Historian David Moss adapts the case study method made famous by Harvard Business School to revitalize our conversations about governance and democracy and show how the United States has often thrived on political conflict. These 19 cases ask us to weigh choices and consequences, wrestle with momentous decisions, and come to our own conclusions.-- Provided by publisher.

Title Who is Sonia Sotomayor?

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 9:02am
Title Who is Sonia Sotomayor?
Author Stine, Megan, author.
Publication Date(s) 2017
Series: Who is ...
Format: Books
Summary Describes the life and accomplishments of the United States Supreme Court justice.

Title LIFEBLOOD

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 9:02am
Title LIFEBLOOD
Author Showalter, Gena
Publication Date(s) 2017
Format: Books

Title The Best We Could Do : An Illustrated Memoir.

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 9:02am
Title The Best We Could Do :
Publication Date(s) 2017
Format: Books

Title Bobbi Brown's beauty from the inside out

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 9:02am
Title Bobbi Brown's beauty from the inside out
Author Brown, Bobbi, author.
Publication Date(s) 2017
Format: Books
Summary "Building on her lifelong philosophy, bestselling author and world-renowned makeup artist Bobbi Brown provides a total lifestyle makeover for a better, healthier, more confident, beautiful you"-- Provided by publisher.

Title The Big Book of Paleo Slow Cooking 200 Nourishing Recipes That Cook Carefree, for Everyday Dinners and Weekend Feasts.

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 9:02am
Title The Big Book of Paleo Slow Cooking
Publication Date(s) 2017
Format: Books

Title The original Black elite : Daniel Murray and the story of a forgotten era

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 9:02am
Title The original Black elite :
Author Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling, author.
Edition: First edition.
Publication Date(s) 2017
Format: Books
Summary "This cultural biography tells the ... story of the high-achieving black elites who thrived in the nation's capital during Reconstruction. Daniel Murray (1851-1925), an assistant librarian at the Library of Congress, was a prominent member of this glorious class. Murray's life was reflective of those who were well-off at the time. This social circle included African American educators, ministers, lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, US senators and representatives, and other government officials ... The rug was pulled from under all African Americans when they were betrayed by the federal government as the cost of reconciliation with the South. With their education, refinement, and accomplishments, the elite had only further to fall. In response to renewed oppression, Murray and others in his class fought back, establishing themselves as inspiring race activists"--From publisher description.

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