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The Library is expanding to better serve students and will remain open during renovations. To accommodate the renovations, most books and magazines will be relocated but will remain accessible by request. Plan ahead and check out books you'll need for the end of the semester before the construction begins on November 3, 2014. Additional information about the Library renovation will be shared in the coming days, be sure to check http://laguardia.edu and your LaGuardia email for details.



LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: The Second Machine Age

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The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

"In The Second Machine Age, MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee—two thinkers at the forefront of their field—reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. As the full impact of digital technologies is felt, we will realize immense bounty in the form of dazzling personal technology, advanced infrastructure, and near-boundless access to the cultural items that enrich our lives.

Amid this bounty will also be wrenching change. Professions of all kinds—from lawyers to truck drivers—will be forever upended. Companies will be forced to transform or die. Recent economic indicators reflect this shift: fewer people are working, and wages are falling even as productivity and profits soar.

Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. These include revamping education so that it prepares people for the next economy instead of the last one, designing new collaborations that pair brute processing power with human ingenuity, and embracing policies that make sense in a radically transformed landscape."

"Second Machine Age." Second Machine Age. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2014.

This book will be shelved at HC 79 I55 B796 2014, with other books on economic history, once it is no longer a "New Book."

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses

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No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses by Peter Piot

"Peter Piot has had an exceptional, adventure-filled career. In the 1970s, Piot was sent to Central Africa as part of a team tasked with identifying a grisly new virus. Crossing into the quarantine zone on the most dangerous missions, he studied local customs to determine how this disease - the Ebola virus - was spreading. Later, Piot found himself in the field again when another mysterious epidemic broke out: AIDS. He travelled throughout Africa, leading the first international AIDS initiatives there. Then, as founder and director of UNAIDS, he negotiated policies with leaders from Fidel Castro to Thabo Mbeki and helped turn the tide of the epidemic. Candid and engrossing, No Time to Lose captures the urgency and excitement of being on the front lines in the fight against today's deadliest diseases."

"No Time To Lose." No Time To Lose. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Oct. 2014.

"From the discovery of the Ebola virus to the struggle against HIV, Peter Piot has been at the forefront of the global fight against infectious diseases. In this insightful book, Dr. Piot reminds us of the importance of our shared responsibility for overcoming global humanitarian challenges."

Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Secretary-General of the United Nations

This book will be shelved at QR 359.72 P56 A3 with other books on virology once it is no longer a new book.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Solomon Northup (12 Years a Slave)

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Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave by David Fiske, Clifford W. Brown, and Rachel Seligman

"Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave provides a compelling chronological narrative of Northup's entire life, from his birth in an isolated settlement in upstate New York to the activities he pursued after his release from slavery. This comprehensive biography of Solomon Northup picks up where earlier annotated editions of his narrative left off, presenting fascinating, previously unknown information about the author of the autobiographical Twelve Years A Slave.

This book examines Northup's life as a slave and reveals details of his life after he regained his freedom, relating how he traveled around the Northeast giving public lectures, worked with an Underground Railroad agent in Vermont to help fugitive slaves reach freedom in Canada, and was connected with several theatrical productions based upon his experiences. The tale of Northup's life demonstrates how the victims of the American system of slavery were not just the slaves themselves, but any free person of color—all of whom were potential kidnap victims, and whose lives were affected by that constant threat."

—From the publsher's website:
"Solomon Northup by David Fiske, Clifford W. Brown, and Rachel Seligman." ABC-CLIO.com. N.p., 2014. Web. 02 Oct. 2014.

This book will be shelved at E444 .N87 F57 2013, with other books on slavery, once it is no longer a "New Book."

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values…

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Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China by Judith Stacey

"In her new book. Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Westem China, Judith Stacey invites the reader to, in her words, "...travel light, leaving behind as much cultural baggage as possible" while exploring the world of family diversity. In it, Stacey draws upon her considerable expertise as a family scholar to explore and combat, many western assumptions about the importance of traditional, heterosexual, monogamous marriage. Along the way she acts as engaging tour guide, leading us through a variety of somewhat new (as well as very old) family types.

While Stacey is clear she believes that strong, happy families can come in many forms, she challenges Focus on the Family and feminists alike in in her continual pursuit to demonstrate that no one person, group, or society should have the power to decide what type of family is best for all.us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human."

Miller, Amanda J. "Unhitched: Love, Marriage, And Family Values From West Hollywood To Western China." Journal Of Comparative Family Studies 43.6 (2012): 994-945. Academic Search Complete. Web. 30 Sept. 2014.

This book will be shelved at HQ75.27 .S73 2011 once it is no longer a new book.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

"Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human."

from the author's website

This book will be shelved at QE721.2 .E97 K65 2014, with other books on paleontology, once it is no longer a "New Book."

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Masters of the Word

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Masters of the Word: How Media Shaped History from the Alphabet to the Internet by William J. Bernstein

"This sweeping, although selective, historical narrative by award-winning financial historian Bernstein elucidates in highly readable fashion the role of ‘media’—in which he includes advances from ancient alphabets to movable type to twenty-first-century technology—in shaping civilization and determining democratic versus despotic tendencies. Bernstein's thesis that 'power accruesto the literate' should not be taken simplistically; his larger arguments are learned and elegantly made. … His occasional invocation of modern phenomena in a nonmodern context … lend charm and clarity to what might have otherwise been dauntingly erudite. Instead, Bernstein offers an accessible, quite enjoyable, and highly informative read that will hold surprises even for those familiar with some of the history he covers."

Levine, Mark. "Masters Of The Word: How Media Shaped History." Booklist 109.14 (2013): 32. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 16 Sept. 2014.

This book will be shelved at P90 .B43 2013 with other books on communication once it is not a new book.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall

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Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall by Will Ellsworth-Jones

"British journalist Ellsworth-Jones (We Will Not Fight…) here profiles the elusive Banksy, a street artist who fiercely defends what's left of his anonymity and credentials as an outsider. Ellsworth-Jones does a superb job of threading his way through the fascinating world of street and outsider art, asking all the important questions that arise when the art world, social commentary, questions of what is public vs. private, and – most important — commerce, collide.

What does it tell us about the state of the art world when a self-proclaimed vandal and prankster who became famous for stenciling on public walls and surreptitiously adding his own work to famous museums, suddenly commands six figures for his work, produces an Oscar-nominated documentary about an eccentric camera buff (who originally claimed to be making a documentary about him), and needs a sophisticated organization to protect and provide authentication for pieces previously regarded as defacement of public property? Banksy's work is competent, clever, thought-provoking, and accessible.

VERDICT A fluent, enjoyable discussion of an important contemporary cultural phenomenon; this book will appeal especially to readers who are fans of Banksy's work and is an essential title for devotees of pop culture and outsider art."

Woodhouse, Mark. "Banksy: The Man Behind The Wall." Library Journal 138.1 (2013): 86. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 4 Sept. 2014.

This book will be shelved at GT3913.43 .B36 2013, with other books on graffiti, once it is no longer a "New Book.

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LaGuardia Library (Beach) Books of the Week

Recent Leisure Reading

Pick one just for fun!
The library has a leisure reading collection which includes these books and many more. Ask a librarian about it!

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: The Snowden Files

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The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding

"A newsworthy, must-read book about what prompted Edward Snowden to blow the whistle on his former employer, the National Security Agency, and what likely awaits him for having done so. … The author casts the prime motivation as a kind of revulsion born of Snowden's experience as an analyst knee-deep in material that-it is very clear-was none of the NSA's business, reinforced by Snowden's time stationed in the relative freedom of Switzerland. It is also clear that Snowden's act was premeditated, though not out of anti-Americanism (he's a Ron Paul-type libertarian, it seems) and not for monetary impulse, though he could have sold the documents to any one of a number of foreign powers.

...

Harding closes with the thought that Snowden may have no other home for some time to come-but that even wider implications remain to be explored, including the possibility that British activists might be able to introduce something like the First Amendment to protect its press in the future. Whether you view Snowden's act as patriotic or treasonous, this fast-paced, densely detailed book is the narrative of first resort."

"The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World's Most Wanted Man." Kirkus Reviews 82.5 (2014): 310. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 8 July 2014.

This book will be shelved at JF 1525 .W45 .H37 2014, with other books on government intelligence, once it is no longer a "New Book.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

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Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin

"What was in the water in Toms River? A seemingly high number of childhood cancer cases in the New Jersey town prompted the question, but there turned out to be no easy answer. As Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010) investigated the tragic impact that unethical scientific pursuits had on a family, Toms River unravels the careless environmental practices that damaged a community. The book goes beyond the Toms River phenomenon itself to examine the many factors that came together in that one spot, from the birth of the synthetic chemical industry to the evolution of epidemiology to the physicians who invented occupational medicine.

Former Newsday environmental journalist Fagin's work may not be quite as riveting in its particulars as Skloot's book, but it features jaw-dropping accounts of senseless waste-disposal practices set against the inspiring saga of the families who stood up to the enormous Toms River chemical plant. The fate of the town, we learn, revolves Thoreson around the science that cost its residents so much."

Thoreson, Bridget. "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation." Booklist 15 Feb. 2013: 23. Academic OneFile. Web. 8 July 2014.

This book is shelved in the nonfiction leisure collection by the author's last name (Fagin).

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge

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Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge by Etan Thomas with Nick Chiles

"Thomas, a star in the NBA as a center for the Atlanta Hawks as well as a participant in President Obama's Fatherhood Initiative, states upfront that he's "not a fatherhood expert." But having collected essays offering insights and experiences about fatherhood from a fascinating and diverse range of individuals—including Bill Cosby, John King, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Andre Agassi, and others—Thomas has produced an insightful book that provides "a manual for fathers new and old."

Many of the pieces address the experience of fatherless kids in African-American communities. But from rapper Ice Cube to filmmaker Michael Moore, the book's message is one of hope. As Moore states, "One of the 'Big Lies' that we are told in our society is that there's something wrong with you if you come from a 'broken home' or a home with a single mother." Thomas also offers a moving tribute to the many single mothers "who are forced to take on the role of the father in the household." While Thomas's "Tao of fatherhood" is a wonderful distillation of all the book's insights—"Be there"— his book also contains a plethora of memorable and eloquent advice for all fathers, such as that from Dr. Cornel West: "To be a great father, you must be a militant for tenderness, an extremist for love, a fanatic for fairness, and, in the larger society, a drum major for justice.""

"Fatherhood: Rising To The Ultimate Challenge." Publishers Weekly 259.13 (2012): 73-74. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 8 July 2014.

This book will be shelved at at HQ756 .T476 2013 with other books on parenting once it is not a new book.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Walkable City

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Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck

"Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. Making downtown into a walkable, viable community is the essential fix for the typical American city; it is eminently achievable and its benefits are manifold.

Walkable City — bursting with sharp observations and key insights into how urban change happens—lays out a practical, necessary, and inspiring vision for how to make American cities great again."

from the publisher's website

This book will be shelved at at HT 175 S64 2013 with other books on urban studies once it is not a new book.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: The Big Disconnect: The Story of Technology and Loneliness

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The Big Disconnect: The Story of Technology and Loneliness by Giles Slade

"In The Big Disconnect, award-winning writer Giles Slade offers a bracing look at an America where intimacy with machines is increasingly replacing mutual human intimacy. In a sweeping overview that ranges from the late nineteenth century to the present, Slade reveals how consumer technologies changed from analgesic devices that ameliorated the loneliness of a newly urban generation in the Gilded Age to prosthetic machines that act as substitutes for companionship in contemporary America. Mining insights from neuroscience, the author delves deeply into the history of this transformation, showing why Americans use certain technologies to mediate their connections with other human beings instead of seeking out face-to-face contacts. In a final investigative section, Slade describes ways in which some people are bucking the trend by consciously including interpersonal strategies that build empathy, community, and mutual acceptance."

from the author's website

This book will be shelved at at T 14.5 S577 with other books on technology once it is not a new book.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: The DREAMers

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The DREAMers: How the Undocumented Youth Movement Transformed the Immigrant Rights Debate by Walter J. Nicholls

"The DREAMers provides the first investigation of the youth movement that has transformed the national immigration debate, from its start in the early 2000s through the present day. Walter Nicholls draws on interviews, news stories, and firsthand encounters with activists to highlight the strategies and claims that have created this now-powerful voice in American politics. Facing high levels of anti-immigrant sentiment across the country, undocumented youths sought to increase support for their cause and change the terms of debate by arguing for their unique position—as culturally integrated, long term residents and most importantly as "American" youth sharing in core American values.

Since 2010 undocumented activists have increasingly claimed their own space in the public sphere, asserting a right to recognition—a right to have rights. Ultimately, through the story of the undocumented youth movement, The DREAMers shows how a stigmatized group—whether immigrants or others—can gain a powerful voice in American political debate."

from the publisher’s website

This book will be shelved at at JV6477 .N53 2013 with other books on immigration once it is not a new book.

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