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“Lincoln’s Hundred Days” is the first book to tell the full story of the critical period between Sept. 22, 1862, when Lincoln issued his preliminary proclamation, and Jan. 1, 1863, when he signed the final, significantly altered decree. The author is professor of American studies and history at Rutgers University. (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012)
Harvard Law School graduate Joel Levine offers a novel about a bright but naïve lawyer who, while trying to make it in the world, is gradually corrupted by a universe populated by flawed characters and aberrant behavior. (Joel Levine, 2012)
The team that produced a groundbreaking Asian-American comics anthology in 2009 is back with a new volume that includes edgier genres. As with the first book, “Shattered” seeks to subvert stereotypes that have obscured Asian identities since the earliest days of immigration to the U.S. Parry Shen, best known for his role in the movie “Better Luck Tomorrow,” lives in Southern California. (The New Press, 2012)
Drawing on the works of Plato, Aristotle, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, “Black Sabbath and Philosophy” discusses and debates topics and themes that tell us more about Black Sabbath, why the band created the sound it did, and what lies hidden in its music and lyrics. Editor Irwin is professor of philosophy at King’s College in Pennsylvania. (Wiley, 2012)
The fathers, sons, husbands and lovers in this debut collection of 13 stories occupy a suburban terrain where insecurity, uncertainty and inadequacy all project a disquieting shade. “Kevin Grauke’s elegant portrayals of introspective and fragile men recall John Updike’s best work,” writes Tom Grimes, author of “Mentor: A Memoir.” Grauke teaches literature at La Salle University in Philadelphia. (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2012)
The author, legal studies professor at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business, offers motivators, insightful stories and takeaways for college success. (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012)
“Spirit and Soul” is Theodore Kirkland’s memoir of his life experiences as a black man in America, enduring the hardships of racism and inequality, from an early age until 1978. A former member of the New York State Parole Board, Kirkland has been a community activist, adjunct professor and newspaper columnist. (Xlibris, 2012)
This book explains scientific methods essential for validating claims about how products and services affect health. Topics range from prenatal care to services for older adults, from the home medicine cabinet to hospitals, from bodybuilding to body disposition after death, from acupuncture to zinc. William London is professor of public health at California State University, Los Angeles. (McGraw-Hill, 2013)
John Brown Childs, professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and co-editor Guillermo Delgado-P. present critical essays on the rapidly growing global indigenous peoples movement. (New Pacific Press, 2012)
Freelance writer Hank Shaw teams with his longtime corporate client Vele Galovski for this book, which is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple’s iBooks. It describes Galovski’s management methodology, which he developed during his years as a hands-on operational leader with major companies like Xerox and Bank of America. (Booklogix, 2012)
This novel blends fiction and fact to create a tale of a schoolteacher in 1970s suburban Rochester, who rescues an abandoned Labrador retriever and finds her life forever changed. “Forever Footprints” is based on an actual dog rescue and details how the teacher’s experiences lead her from failure to triumph, passion to heartache and the memory of two loves. (Xlibris, 2012)
In time for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in July, Christina Shrewsbury narrates the previously untold story of six women who witnessed the battle or its immediate aftermath. To write the script, Shrewsbury, a voice actor and musician, researched contemporaneous accounts maintained by the Adams County Historical Society in Gettysburg. Available through the Gettysburg Visitors Centers and at Christinashrewsbury.com. (Christina Shrewsbury, 2013)
This is the third CD from Jim Wake & Sleepwalker. Lead singer Wake lives in the Netherlands. It features 14 original songs with a blend CD Baby describes as “stripped down blues, rough-edged rock and roll, slightly ragged rhythm and blues, and twangy stuff you wouldn’t dare call country.” (CD Baby, 2012)
Jess Goodell, a former U.S. Marine Corps officer and current UB student, is author (with John Hearn) of “Shade It Black: Death and After in Iraq,” a memoir of her work volunteering in the Marine Corps’ mortuary affairs unit in Iraq. Termed “a courageous settling of accounts” by Publishers Weekly, the book is the spring 2013 selection for the University Life Book Club, which is sponsored by UB’s Division of University Life and Services. (Casemate Publishers, 2011)
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