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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 

frankenstein quilts isabella ringtone What a Fish Knows

Mary Shelley

David H. Guston, Ed Finn, and Jason Scott Robert, eds.

Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds


Pairs the original 1818 version of the manuscript with annotations and essays exploring the social and ethical aspects of scientific creativity raised by this remarkable story.

Linda Baumgarten and Kimberly smith Ivey, eds.

Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection

746.4607475 Col

Highlights from the quilt collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation with more than 300 color images. Essays from the two editors trace quilting and quilts over some 400 years.


Giles Tremlett

Isabella of Castile: Europe’s First Great Queen

946.03 Isa-T

Most of us probably think of Isabella only in connection with Christopher Columbus’s voyages. Tremlett provides a more complete biography of the woman who ascended the throne of Castile at age 23. Her marriage to Ferdinand of Aragon united two major kingdoms within Spain and began Spain’s increased role in world affairs.

Yves L. Doz and Keeley Wilson

Ringtone: Exploring the Rise and Fall of Nokia in Mobile Phones


Looks at the rise and fall of Nokia, a Finnish company that was an early leader in the mobile phone market. Nokia earned worldwide brand recognition and at one time was even the corporate sponsor for the Sugar Bowl. The book explores that rise, but also the fall that led Nokia to sell its mobile phone business to Microsoft.


Jonathan Balcombe

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

597.15 Bal

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.



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Five Books On The Treaty of Versailles

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

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Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

Boston Globe – Horn Book Awards



Book Blogs & Websites


Book Riot

Center for the Book


The Literary Hub

Los Angeles Review of Books

The Millions



The Page-Turner

The Paris Review Daily



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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