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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Under the Surface

Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale by Tom Wilbur

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"Right now, in New York and Pennsylvania, few subjects are more controversial than fracking (hydraulic fracturing) of shale for the recovery of natural gas. The process has become immensely profitable for some and immensely disruptive for others.

Journalist/educator Wilber has managed to collect and organize most of the pertinent information about the geology, drilling practices, leasing of mineral rights, laws and regulations, politics, and people involved in this ongoing drama about the Marcellus Shale and its exploitation. He allows all sides--industry, government, and individuals (both winners and losers)--to have their say and state their case. It becomes evident that there are no true heroes and few true villains in all of this, but everyone involved has made plenty of mistakes and misjudgments. Although parts of the book read like a novel, the author carefully documents the book's content, including more than two dozen pages of endnotes and an ample index. A valuable work for anyone who has heard of fracking or of shale gas and wants to learn more.

Dimmick, C. W. "Under The Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, And The Fate Of The Marcellus Shale." Choice: Current Reviews For Academic Libraries 50.3 (2012): 514. Web. 14 May 2013.

This book will be shelved at HD 9581.2 S53 W55 2012 once it is not a "New book." Books at this call number are about chemical industries.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: American Tapestry

American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama by Rachel L. Swarns

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"Michelle Obama's family saga is a remarkable, quintessentially American story—a journey from slavery to the White House in five generations. Yet, until now, little has been reported on the First Lady's roots. Prodigiously researched, American Tapestry traces the complex and fascinating tale of Michelle Obama's ancestors, a history that the First Lady did not even know herself. Rachel L. Swarns, a correspondent for the New York Times, brings into focus the First Lady's black, white, and multiracial forebears, and reveals for the first time the identity of Mrs. Obama's white great-great-great-grandfather—a man who remained hidden in her lineage for more than a century.

American Tapestry illuminates the lives of the ordinary people in Mrs. Obama's family tree who fought for freedom in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars; who endured the agonies of slavery, the disappointment of Reconstruction, the displacement of the Great Migration, and the horrors of Jim Crow to build a better future for their children. Swarns even found a possible link to the Jewish Reform movement.

Though it is an intimate family history, American Tapestry is also the collective chronicle of our changing nation, a nation in which racial intermingling lingers in the bloodlines of countless citizens and slavery was the crucible through which many family lines—black, white, and Native American—were forged."

From the Back Cover

This book will be shelved at E 909 O24 S93 2012 once it is not a "New book." Books at this call number are about U.S. history in the Obama era. Books on African American history are shelved at E 185 and other locations. Genealogy books are shelved at CS. We also have many ebooks on these topics.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Predator Nation

Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America by Charles H. Ferguson

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"In Predator Nation, Ferguson exposes the networks of academic, government, and congressional influence—in all recent administrations, including Obama's--that prepared the path to conquest. He reveals how once-revered figures like Alan Greenspan and Larry Summers have become mere courtiers to the elite. And based on many newly released court filings, he details the extent of the crimes--there is no other word—committed in the frenzied chase for storied wealth that marked the 2000s. And, finally, he lays out a brief plan of action for how we might take it back.

(From the Publisher's website)

"A tightly argued, profusely footnoted and deeply enraged castigation of everyone involved, Predator Nation isn’t just a factually unchallengeable account of how Wall Street blew up the global economy. It's a denunciation, a call for justice and a warning."—Salon

Other books on economics and business can be found in the HB section. This book will be shelved at HB 3722 F458 2012 once it is not a "New book." Ask a librarian to help you find this or other books.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Net Smart: How to Thrive Online

Net Smart: How to Thrive Online by Howard Rheingold

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"Prominent technology writer and critic Rheingold (Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution), who in 1993 coined the term "virtual community," here examines the impact of our increasingly Internet-centric society on the individual.

While books like Nicholas Carr's The Shallows and Jaron Lanier's You Are Not a Gadget warn of the Internet's negative long-term effects, Rheingold (though he agrees there are potential problems) argues that mindfulness--or users taking control over and applying critical thinking to how technology is used—can make our increasing use of digital media a positive change.

Hoover, Rachel. "Net Smart: How To Thrive Online." Library Journal 137.5 (2012): 130. Academic Search Complete. Web. 15 Apr. 2013.