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Go to Sleep, Little Creep
by Mr. David Quinn '82
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Crown Publishing Group; 2018; 32 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: Children's Books
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A rhyming picture book with humor and heart that's a wonderful bedtime addition for the "little monster" in your life. Includes illustrations from bestselling author/illustrator Ashley Spires of The Most Magnificent Thing.

Even monsters have to go to sleep. But before little trolls turn out the light and werewolves settle in to dream, there's fur to be brushed, pajamas to find, and moons that need howling. So grab your cuddly critter and snuggle in for this new bedtime tradition.

Debut storyteller David B. Quinn teams up with bestselling author/illustrator Ashley Spires to create a wondrously funny and supremely sweet picture book sure to charm little creeps who aren't quite ready to fall asleep.

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Clear!: Living the Life You Didn't Dream of
by Herman J. Williams M.D. '80
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Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Biography, Health/medicine, Memoir
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Herman J. Williams was on the verge of living his ultimate dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon to elite athletes -- when his life took a shocking detour.

"Herman!" screamed his beautiful fiancee, Jeannie, as he lay lifeless on a gymnasium floor.

How could a healthy 31-year-old collapse during an afternoon basketball game with his fellow medical residents?

"No pulse!" they shouted. "He's not breathing."

When the paramedics arrived, their defibrillator did not work!

By the grace of God, Herman survived.

But this life-changing event killed the dream that he had worked so hard to achieve.

Depressed and disabled, Herman refused to give up.

So, he reinvented himself.

And thanks to the unwavering love and support of his family, his wife, Jeannie, and later their son, Cole, and lifelong friends and dedicated mentors, Herman created a deeply fulfilling life and career that helps more people than he ever could have imagined in his original dream.

Now he's sharing his inspiring success formula to help you endure life's crushing blows, so that you find purpose, and cultivate peace and joy every day.

"My message is that you have to embrace your current reality and decide that you'll make a positive difference for others," says Herman. "I want my story to inspire you to create your best life possible."

Dr. Augustus White, Herman's longtime mentor who is an Orthopedic Surgeon and a Harvard Medical School Professor, adds: "I got engrossed in this story and could not put it down. The writing is excellent, concise, and moves along very nicely. This very impressive narrative about Herman's resilience is honest and not pretentious. It's a love story as well. Herman has a great message that will resonate with people and embolden them to get up, try again, and commit to helping others. It's awesome."

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The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job
by Ms. Emily S. Lakdawalla '96
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Springer; 2018; 292 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Science, Technology
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This book describes the most complex machine ever sent to another planet: Curiosity. It is a one-ton robot with two brains, seventeen cameras, six wheels, nuclear power, and a laser beam on its head. No one human understands how all of its systems and instruments work. This essential reference to the Curiosity mission explains the engineering behind every system on the rover, from its rocket-powered jetpack to its radioisotope thermoelectric generator to its fiendishly complex sample handling system. Its lavishly illustrated text explains how all the instruments work -- its cameras, spectrometers, sample-cooking oven, and weather station -- and describes the instruments' abilities and limitations. It tells you how the systems have functioned on Mars, and how scientists and engineers have worked around problems developed on a faraway planet: holey wheels and broken focus lasers. And it explains the grueling mission operations schedule that keeps the rover working day in and day out.

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The White Death: Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone
by Dr. McKay B. Jenkins '85
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Anchor Books; 2001; 272 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Environment, Sports
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In 1969, five young men from Montana set out to accomplish what no one had before: to scale the sheer north face of Mt. Cleveland, Glacier National Park's tallest mountain, in winter. Two days later tragedy struck: they were buried in an avalanche so deep that their bodies would not be discovered until the following June. The White Death is the riveting account of that fated climb and of the breathtakingly heroic rescue attempt that ensued.
In the spirit of Peter Matthiessen and John McPhee, McKay Jenkins interweaves a harrowing narrative with an astonishing expanse of relevant knowledge ranging from the history of mountain climbing to the science of snow. Evocative and moving, this fascinating book is a humbling account of man at his most intrepid and nature at its most indomitable.

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The Da Vinci Code
by Mr. Daniel G. Brown (Dan) '86
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Anchor Books; 2003; 454 pp.
Genre: Fiction
Category: Mystery/thriller
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While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci -- clues visible for all to see -- yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion -- an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others.

In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret -- and an explosive historical truth -- will be lost forever.

THE DA VINCI CODE heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller…utterly unpredictable right up to its stunning conclusion.

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Passages of Time: Narratives in the History of Amherst College
edited by Mr. Douglas C. Wilson (Doug) [d] '62
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Amherst College Press; 2007; 312 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Education
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Most of the selections in this anthology are narrative chapters of Amherst College history from the earliest days to recent time. They describe the unsightly college of the first decades and-more than a century later-the tree-shaded campus known as The Fairest College. Writings by 21 authors take the reader chronologically from the 1820s, when students learned the rudiments of Vulgar Arithmetic, up to a 1990 colloquium on quantum mechanics. Essay titles include The Coeducation Debate of 1871, The Mischief of Robert Frost, The Civil Disobedience of John Ward.

Here one can also read about student anti-slavery efforts, Civil War casualties, college dealings with the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, baseball glories, faculty deliberations, and a black student's sensitive view of his undergraduate experience in the 1970s. The editor opens each selection with a short introduction to give it further context. There are accounts of memorable teaching, and portraits of prominent educators and alumni-among them Robert Frost, Alexander Meiklejohn, Calvin Coolidge (1895), Joseph Hardy Neesima (1870), and Charles Hamilton Houston (1915).

Such a volume is long overdue. Together these articles form the first wide-ranging book about Amherst history to be published in more than 50 years.

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The Cupcake Adventure
co-authored by Mr. Mark D. Gusack '76
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Strika Karmack
Genre: Fiction
Category: Children's Books
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Go on a happy journey to a big old refrigerator where they find lots of new friends.

However, Minty Chocolate Chip doesn’t like any of it.  He thinks he’s better than the other cupcakes because of the flavor of his frosting and his nice new wrapper.

One after the other, the cupcakes begin to disappear.  Each time, he blames it on them for the flavor of their frosting and for not following his rules.

In the end, he finds himself all alone, cowering in fear.  Then, the one he hates the most, comes to his aid and saves him.

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Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone
by Dr. Juli M. Berwald '89
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Riverhead Books; 2017; 352 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Animals, Environment, Memoir, Science
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A former ocean scientist goes in pursuit of the slippery story of jellyfish, rediscovering her passion for marine science and the sea’s imperiled ecosystems.

Jellyfish are an enigma. They have no centralized brain, but they see and feel and react to their environment in complex ways. They look simple, yet their propulsion systems are so advanced that engineers are just learning how to mimic them. They produce some of the deadliest toxins on the planet and still remain undeniably alluring. Long ignored by science, they may be a key to ecosystem stability.

Juli Berwald’s journey into the world of jellyfish is a personal one. More than a decade ago, she left the sea and her scientific career behind to raise a family in landlocked Austin, Texas. Increasingly dire headlines drew her back to jellies, as unprecedented jellyfish blooms toppled ecosystems and collapsed the world’s most productive fisheries. What was unclear was whether these incidents were symptoms of a changing planet or part of a natural cycle.

Berwald’s desire to understand jellyfish takes her on a scientific odyssey. She travels the globe to meet the scientists who devote their careers to jellies; hitches rides on Japanese fishing boats to see giant jellyfish in the wild; raises jellyfish in her dining room; and throughout it all marvels at the complexity of these fascinating and ominous biological wonders. Gracefully blending personal memoir with crystal-clear distillations of science, Spineless reveals that jellyfish are a bellwether for the damage we’re inflicting on the climate and the oceans and a call to realize our collective responsibility for the planet we share.

Juli Berwald '89 was a math major who found the sea on a study abroad program her junior year at Amherst and then spent her senior year in the space beneath the old basketball court of the old geology building (was it called Pratt?) trying to study the biomechanics of corals in an old flow tank. She received her Ph.D. in ocean science studying what satellites see when they look at the ocean. Spineless is about the amazing ways that jellyfish, owing to their spinelessness, are supremely adapted for success in today's damaged seas. It's also about Juli growing her spine as a writer, and about our collective spinelessness toward the health of our planet.

Learn more about Spineless on Juli's website.

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Strengthening Couple Relationships for Optimal Child Development
edited by Dr. Marc S. Schulz '84
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American Psychological Association; 2009; 244 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Psychology
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This volume presents cutting-edge research and theory on couple relationships, with an emphasis on the implications for child development. It brings together developmental psychopathology experts, couple relationship researchers, and clinician-researchers who have developed innovative preventive couple interventions. Divided into three parts, this book demonstrates the influence of couple relationships on parenting processes and child development; explores the determinants of couple functioning, relationship satisfaction, and relationship stability; and highlights innovative couples- or family-based interventions designed to promote strong couple relationships, stable families, and healthy child development. It also addresses the policy and clinical training implications of the intervention studies. With its diversity of theoretical perspectives--including attachment, family systems, developmental, and social learning frameworks--this book will be an invaluable resource for clinicians, researchers, and family and health policy professionals.

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The Horror Readers’ Advisory: The Librarian’s Guide to Vampires, Killer Tomatoes and Haunted Houses
by Ms. Becky S. Spratford '97
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Tammy Clausen
American Library Association; 2004; 176 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Literature
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It's a dark and scary world. Pans are tabid. Blood, guts, and gore are the norm. Welcome to the horror genre. Horror classics have been scaring people for years. Nowadays, who doesn't know about Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Dean Koontz? Profiled in a special section, the Big Three have turned horror into best-sellers. For all the horror fans that haunt your library, this is the must-have guide. Readers' advisors and reference librarians will appreciate the key tools provided to expand upon this genre, including listings of top books, authors, and award winners within eleven horror subgenres - like mummies, biomedical, monsters, and splatterpunk. Clear descriptions of characteristics within subgenres are provided throughout. To further help you engage new renders, expert horror mavens Spratford and Clausen draw a savvy connection between film and horror as a potent reminder that the scariest movies have been adapted from novels. Their classic and contemporary recommendations like Rebecca, The Shining, and Rosemary's Baby reinforce activities between readers' advisors and library programming and open up the (cellar) door for further patron involvement.