Mixed Ages

The Woman in the Dunes

The inhabitants of a remote seaside village imprison a Japanese biologist in a deep sand pit.—Baker & Taylor

Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders. With drawings by Machi Abe.

The Woman in the Dunes

Kōbō Abe
Ab

The inhabitants of a remote seaside village imprison a Japanese biologist in a deep sand pit.—Baker & Taylor

Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders. With drawings by Machi Abe.

"During my time at home, I read The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe. It's a psychological portrait of an amateur entomologist who finds himself in an untenable situation when he visits an isolated community on the Japanese coast and is tricked into staying overnight in a house in a deep sand pit with a young widow and is made a virtual prisoner, subject to the will of the community. It's been a few years since I watched the film based on it, but now I'm eager to revisit it to see how Abe adapted it for the screen since so much of the novel takes place in the protagonist's head as his various plans of escape fail and his mental state deteriorates."—Submitted by Craig C., Access & Content Services

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Dune

The new hardcover release of a sci-fi classic follows the adventures of Paul Atreides, the son of a betrayed duke given up for dead on a treacherous desert planet and adopted by its fierce, nomadic people, who help him unravel his most unexpected destiny.—Baker & Taylor

"I wanted to read this for years because it’s one of the classics of sci-fi."—Submitted by Bill K., Access & Content Services

Dune

Frank Herbert
SF Herbert

The new hardcover release of a sci-fi classic follows the adventures of Paul Atreides, the son of a betrayed duke given up for dead on a treacherous desert planet and adopted by its fierce, nomadic people, who help him unravel his most unexpected destiny.—Baker & Taylor

"I wanted to read this for years because it’s one of the classics of sci-fi."—Submitted by Bill K., Access & Content Services

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The Stand

A monumentally devastating plague leaves only a few survivors in a desert world who move toward the ultimate confrontation of good and evil, in the expanded original version of King's novel.—Baker & Taylor

"Read this because there's no better time for it!"—Submitted by Bill K., Access and Content Services

The Stand

Stephen King
King

A monumentally devastating plague leaves only a few survivors in a desert world who move toward the ultimate confrontation of good and evil, in the expanded original version of King's novel.—Baker & Taylor

"Read this because there's no better time for it!"—Submitted by Bill K., Access and Content Services

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Dawn

One woman is called upon to rebuild the future of humankind after a nuclear war, in this revelatory post-apocalyptic tale from the award-winning author of Parable of the Sower. When Lilith lyapo wakes from a centuries-long sleep, she finds herself aboard the vast spaceship of the Oankali. She discovers that the Oankali—a seemingly benevolent alien race—intervened in the fate of the humanity hundreds of years ago, saving everyone who survived a nuclear war from a dying, ruined Earth and then putting them into a deep sleep.

Dawn

Octavia Butler
SF Butler
Series: Xenogenesis

One woman is called upon to rebuild the future of humankind after a nuclear war, in this revelatory post-apocalyptic tale from the award-winning author of Parable of the Sower. When Lilith lyapo wakes from a centuries-long sleep, she finds herself aboard the vast spaceship of the Oankali. She discovers that the Oankali—a seemingly benevolent alien race—intervened in the fate of the humanity hundreds of years ago, saving everyone who survived a nuclear war from a dying, ruined Earth and then putting them into a deep sleep. After learning all they could about Earth and its beings, the Oankali want Lilith to lead her people back to Earth—but salvation comes at a price. Hopeful and thought-provoking, this post-apocalyptic narrative deftly explores gender and race through the eyes of characters struggling to adapt during a pivotal time of crisis and change.—Grand Central Publishing

"Octavia Butler is one of those authors I always meant to read 'some day,' so finally, when I did, it was more a chore than an enjoyment. I was about to set the book down and move on when an insight formed, a metaphor so profound that it changed the way I look at the world. I hope I was close to that insight anyway, but seriously, how many writers can do that? Now, when I get aggravated while finishing her trilogy, I just keep reading because I know it will pay off."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

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The Lost Words: A Spell Book

A joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.—House of Anansi Press

"I love this book. It is beautiful and, indeed, almost magical."—Submitted by Paula G-O., Web Administrator

The Lost Words: A Spell Book

Robert Macfarlane
821.92 Mac

A joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.—House of Anansi Press

"I love this book. It is beautiful and, indeed, almost magical."—Submitted by Paula G-O., Web Administrator

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Providence

Alan Moore's quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying examination of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It is being universally hailed as one of Moore's most realized works in which the master scribe has controlled every iota of the story, art, and presentation. The result has been a masterpiece like no other, unparalleled in tone and content, and a true must have addition to his essential works in the field.—Avatar Press

Providence

Alan Moore
GN Providence v. 1
Series: Providence

Alan Moore's quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying examination of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It is being universally hailed as one of Moore's most realized works in which the master scribe has controlled every iota of the story, art, and presentation. The result has been a masterpiece like no other, unparalleled in tone and content, and a true must have addition to his essential works in the field.—Avatar Press

"One of the most interesting and thought-provoking authors in any era, his exploration of the Cthulhu mythos is exhaustive and exhausting."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

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Raintree County

Throughout a single day in 1892, John Shawnessy recalls the great moments of his life—from the love affairs of his youth in Indiana, to the battles of the Civil War, to the politics of the Gilded Age, to his homecoming as schoolteacher, husband, and father. Shawnessy is the epitome of the place and period in which he lives, a rural land of springlike women, shady gamblers, wandering vagabonds, and soapbox orators.—Independent Publishing Group

Raintree County

Ross Lockridge
Lockrid

Throughout a single day in 1892, John Shawnessy recalls the great moments of his life—from the love affairs of his youth in Indiana, to the battles of the Civil War, to the politics of the Gilded Age, to his homecoming as schoolteacher, husband, and father. Shawnessy is the epitome of the place and period in which he lives, a rural land of springlike women, shady gamblers, wandering vagabonds, and soapbox orators.—Independent Publishing Group

"This best-selling book by a Bloomington author will give you a good notion of what living in 19th Century Indiana was like."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

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Catch 22

No novel before or since has matched Catch-22's intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war. Heller satirizes military bureaucracy with bitter, stinging humor, all the while telling the darkly comic story of Yossarian, a bombardier who refuses to die.—Simon & Schuster

"When I first read this book I enjoyed its implausible insanity. As I've grown older I've come to realize that what's insane is that Heller is describing society's Standard Operating Procedure."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

Catch 22

Joseph Heller
Heller

No novel before or since has matched Catch-22's intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war. Heller satirizes military bureaucracy with bitter, stinging humor, all the while telling the darkly comic story of Yossarian, a bombardier who refuses to die.—Simon & Schuster

"When I first read this book I enjoyed its implausible insanity. As I've grown older I've come to realize that what's insane is that Heller is describing society's Standard Operating Procedure."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

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Tropic of Cancer

Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller’s masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for twenty-seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1934.

Tropic of Cancer

Henry Miller
Miller

Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller’s masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for twenty-seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1934. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller’s famed mixture of memoir and fiction, which chronicles with unapologetic gusto the bawdy adventures of a young expatriate writer, his friends, and the characters they meet in Paris in the 1930s.—Perseus Publishing

"This is how people once had to live."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

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The Licanius Trilogy

Twenty years after the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed, the Gifted, who were spared only because they accepted the rebellion's Four Tenets, are despised and Davian, a Gifted who discovers he wields the forbidden power of the Augurs, sets in motion a chain of events that change everything.—Baker & Taylor

"I was a fan of The Lord of The Rings series and the Game of Throne series. The Licanius Trilogy ranks with them for me."—Submitted by Gary L., Financial Officer

The Licanius Trilogy

James Islington
SF Islingt
Series: Licanius novels

Twenty years after the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed, the Gifted, who were spared only because they accepted the rebellion's Four Tenets, are despised and Davian, a Gifted who discovers he wields the forbidden power of the Augurs, sets in motion a chain of events that change everything.—Baker & Taylor

"I was a fan of The Lord of The Rings series and the Game of Throne series. The Licanius Trilogy ranks with them for me."—Submitted by Gary L., Financial Officer

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