Dewey Diva Spring 2011 Picks

Adult List

America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog shops America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog shops by Christine Sismondo

When George Washington bade farewell to his officers, he did so in New York’s Fraunces Tavern. When John Wilkes Booth plotted with his accomplices to carry out a certain assassination, they gathered in Surrat Tavern. In this heady cocktail of agile prose and telling anecdotes, the author offers a toast to taverns, saloons, speakeasies and the local hangout.

Oxford University Press – 9780199734955- $27.95 HC – July 2011 – History

 

What Should I Do?: Philosophers on the Good, the Bad, and the Puzzling What Should I Do?: Philosophers on the Good, the Bad, and the Puzzling edited by Alexander George

This book is a collection of some of the most interesting questions sent to a panel of philosophers at AskPhilosophers.org. The book looks at the moral dilemmas faced in relationships, in our treatment of animals, in our use of the environment and our relationship to God.

Oxford University Press – – 9780199586127 -$21.00 PB – April 2011 – Philosophy

 

 

Streetlife: Cities and the Making of Modern Europe Streetlife: Cities and the Making of Modern Europe by Leif Jerram

This is twentieth European history understood from the street level; messy, human, invigorating and real.

Oxford University Press – – 9780192807076 -$34.95 HC – March 2011 – History


 

 

 

Nazis on the Run: How Hitler’s Henchmen Fled Justice Nazis on the Run: How Hitler’s Henchmen Fled Justice by Gerald Steinacher

Steinacher reveals how Nazi war criminals escaped from justice at the end of WWII and highlights the key roles played by the Red Cross, the Vatican and the Secret Services of the major powers

Oxford University Press – 9780199576869- $37.95 HC – July 2011 – History

 

 

 

New Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New OrleansNew Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans by John Swenson

New Orleans’ most gifted musicians – including Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, and “Trombone Shorty”- are fighting back against a tidal wave of problems: the depletion of the wetlands south of the city, the violence that has made new Orleans the murder capital of the U.S., the waning tourism industry, and above all the continuing calamity in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Oxford University Press – 9780199754526 - $29.95 HC – July 2011 – Music

 

 

 

Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical by Stacy by Stacy Wolf

Wolf highlights assumptions about gender and sexuality, and then examines leading musicals, stressing the key aspects of the plays as they relate to women.

Oxford University Press – 9780195378245 - $27.95 HC – July 2011 – Music

 

 

 

On Being: A Scientist’s Exploration of the Great Questions of ExistenceOn Being: A Scientist’s Exploration of the Great Questions of Existenceby Peter Atkins

Atkins explores the greatest questions facing humans – about birth, death and the origins of reality - with wit and learning, touching on Sanskrit scriptures and John Updike along the way.

Oxford University Press – 9780199603367 - $19.95 HC – April 2011 – Science

 

 

 

Comics and ClassicsComics and Classics  edited by George Kovacs and C.W. Marshall

This is a collection of sixteen articles that look at how classical content is used in comics and reconfigured for a modern audience. Among the well-known comics considered in this collection are Frank Miller’s 300 and Sin City, DC Comics’ Wonder Woman, Jack Kirby’s The Eternals, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and Japanese manga.

Oxford University Press – 9780199734191- $29.95 PB – February 2011 – Literature