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Books in the News 

After the Beginning of the New Year Books in the News will be released on the 1st and 3rd Thursday a month.

Highlights from the New Book Shelves 

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Jonathan Balcombe

What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins

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Apparently it is a whole lot more than knowing not to bit on any bait or lure I cast into the water. As the subtitle would imply, Balcombe finds them to be a lot like us.

Kristen Barber

Styling Masculinity: Gender, Class, and Inequality in the Men’s Grooming Industry

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Barber (one can help but note the perfect name for this study) looks at the economic and social relations at the heart of the growing men’s grooming industry. She observes two men’s salons, noting how men are encouraged to invest more in their appearance, but that women do most of the work.


Robin Benway

Far From the Tree

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The National Book Award winner addresses adoption, teen pregnancy, and foster care through the story of Grace. An only child who was adopted at birth, she goes looking for and finds her biological family after giving up her own baby for adoption.

Keith A. Kaufman, Carol R. Glass, and Timothy R. Pineau

Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement: Mental Training for Athletes and Coaches


Looks at the trends in bringing mindfulness into sports. The authors also present MSPE, their own mindfulness-based training program.

Adriaan E. Waiboer

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

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Relationships, both comparative and competitive, among the genre painters of the Dutch Golden Age (1650-1675).  In addition to Johannes Vermeer, also discusses Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, and Frans van Mieris.  Includes some 180 illlustrations, mostly in color.



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Essays and reproductions chronicle the turbulent 1930s by looking at 50 paintings.  Includes works by by such artists as Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Stuart Davis.

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