New Books to Fall in Love with

Each month we add new books (and movies) that are either purchased by or donated to the library.   This month has a wonderful selection of new books.  You may just discover a book that you’ll fall in love with!  These are some books we’ve highlighted from our collection. Check out our entire new books list at:


A Beginner’s Guide to Doing Your Education Research Project
Author: Mike Lambert
Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited
Publication Date: 2012-09-05

Based on the author’s many years of experience working with undergraduate and graduate students, this book is a basic guide to doing a research project in education. Step-by-step advice is presented in a clear way, and chapters take the reader through the entire process, from planning and doing research, to writing it up. Each stage is covered, with detailed help on choosing a topic, drawing up research questions, doing the literature review, choosing and designing research methods, the ethics of doing research, analyzing data, and collating and presenting findings.


Making Housing Happen: Faith-Based Affordable Housing Models
Author: Jill Suzanne Shook
Publisher: Cascade Books
Publication Date: 2012-09-19

The growing housing crisis cries out for solutions that work. As many as 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness each year, half of them women and children. One in four renters spends more than half of their income on rent and utilities (more than 30 percent is considered unaffordable). With record foreclosures and 28 percent of homes underwater, middle and low-income homeowners are suffering. Many congregations want to address this daunting problem yet feel powerless and uncertain about what to do. The good news is that churches are effectively addressing the housing crisis from Washington State to New York City–where an alliance of sixty churches has built five thousand homes for low-income homeowners, with virtually no government funding or foreclosures. This book not only presents solid theological thinking about housing, but also offers workable solutions to the current crisis: true stories by those who have made housing happen. Each story features a different Christian denomination, geographic area, and model: adaptive reuse, cohousing, cooperative housing, mixed-income, mixed-use, inclusionary zoning, second units, community land trusts, sweat equity, and more. Making Housing Happen is about vision and faith, relationships, and persistence. Its remarkable stories will inspire and challenge you to action. This new edition includes significant new material, especially in light of the ongoing mortgage crisis.


Exploring Play for Early Childhood Studies
Author: Mandy Andrews
Publisher: Learning Matters
Publication Date: 2012-09-28

This accessible and focused text for early childhood studies and early years students takes the reader through a detailed exploration of the nature of play. It begins by examining definitions of play and supports students to understand some of the key concepts of play. It goes on to consider the benefits of play, creativity and risk and the contexts for play. The final section considers children’s rights and the adult role in the facilitation of play. Interactive activities and theory focus features are included throughout, helping students to arrive at an understanding of their own practice in relation to play.


Tough Choices: Risk, Security and the Criminalization of Drug Policy
Author: Toby Seddon
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2012-05-17

Examines the focus on crime and criminal justice in British drugs policy, from why it happened at all to what led policy to unfold in the way that it did. Includes analysis of crucial policy documents and over 200 interviews with key players in the policy development and implementation process.


Green Innovation in China: China’s Wind Power Industry and the Global Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy
Author: Joanna I. Lewis
Publication Date: 2012-01-01

The author focuses on China’s specific methods of international technology transfer, its forms of international cooperation and competition and its implementation of effective policies that promoted the development of a home-grown industry. As the greatest coal-producing and consuming nation in the world, China would seem an unlikely haven for wind power. Yet the country now boasts a world-class industry that promises to make low-carbon technology more affordable and available to all. Conducting an empirical study of China’s remarkable transition and the possibility of replicating their model elsewhere, Joanna I. Lewis adds greater depth to a theoretical understanding of China’s technological innovation systems and its current and future role in a globalized economy.


The Nuclear Age in Popular Media: A Transnational History, 1945-1965
Author: Dick van Lente
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date: 2012-11-13

Among the many technical innovations that were introduced after World War II, none left as strong an impression on the public as the atom bombs that destroyed two Japanese cities in August 1945. People spoke of the ‘atomic age’ that had now begun, as if this technological innovation would, all by itself, shape a new world. The atomic age was described as one that might soon end in the destruction of human civilization, but from the beginning, utopian images were attached to it as well. Nuclear technology offered the promise of applications in medicine, agriculture, and engineering, and nuclear power could theoretically provide an unlimited supply of energy. This book demonstrates and attempts to explain how the popular media represented nuclear power, in its military and non-military forms. It focuses on the first two decades of the ‘atomic age,’ when national governments, military strategists, scientists, and the public attempted to come to terms with a technology that so drastically seemed to change the prospects for the future. Popular magazines, comics, newspapers, public exhibitions from across the world are examined to compare representations of nuclear power in different countries and to trace divergences, convergences, and exchanges.


Tudors: The History of England
Author: Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: Macmillan
Publication Date: 2012-09-13

Rich in detail and atmosphere and told in vivid prose, Tudors recounts the transformation of England from a settled Catholic country to a Protestant superpower. It is the story of Henry VIII’s cataclysmic break with Rome, and his relentless pursuit of both the perfect wife and the perfect heir; of how the brief reign of the teenage king, Edward VI, gave way to the violent reimposition of Catholicism and the stench of bonfires under ‘Bloody Mary’. It tells, too, of the long reign of Elizabeth I, which, though marked by civil strife, plots against the queen and even an invasion force, finally brought stability. Above all, however, it is the story of the English Reformation and the making of the Anglican Church. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, England was still largely feudal and looked to Rome for direction; at its end, it was a country where good governance was the duty of the state, not the church, and where men and women began to look to themselves for answers rather than to those who ruled them.