New Books for the Week of 9/12/16

New this week at the MA Library: journeys through dark fantasy and histories of the ancient world.


The Hike by Drew Magary
One afternoon Ben decides to take a hike in the woods. A spontaneous turn down the wrong trail draws him away from the picturesque Pennsylvania countryside and everyone he’s ever known or loved. As he is pulled deeper into the nightmarish, two-mooned alternate dimension, he is chased by men with the skinned faces of Rottweilers stitched over their own, threaten with cannibalism by a giant woman, and enslaved by monsters. The past, present, and future fold together until time has no meaning. Along the way he befriends a sarcastic talking Crab and a proud 15th century Spanish sailor. The Producer, the being who set this whole play in motion, has grand plans for Ben…if he survives the journey.

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson
Hurricane Josephine rips through Savannah, Georgia, and a young girl named Carly dies in the storm. A year later, her best friend Dovey begins seeing Carly’s ghost around town. Soon Dovey discovers the storm was the product of some terrifying supernatural monsters hellbent on ruining as many lives as possible. Old friends may not be as trustworthy as they once were, and new allies may have their own ulterior motives. To save Carly’s soul, Dovey must risk her own.

The Shining by Stephen King
Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy, and their young son Danny move into the Overlook Hotel, where Jack has been hired as the winter caretaker. Cut off from civilization for months, Jack hopes to battle alcoholism and uncontrolled rage while writing a play. Evil forces residing in the Overlook – which has a long and violent history – covet young Danny for his precognitive powers and exploit Jack’s weaknesses to try to claim the boy.



Byzantine Matters by Averil Cameron
Presents reflections on why Byzantium has been routinely ignored in Western history; why the Byzantine Empire was able to survive for so long; and what lessons can be drawn from Byzantine visual art. Also includes discussions on Hellenism and the empire’s connection to modern Greece.

Byzantium at War: AD 600-1453 by John Haldon
Presents an overview of the military history of Byzantium.

Early Marin by Jack Mason and Helen Van Cleave Park
Describes the early history of Marin County starting from Mission San Rafael in 1817 through about the 1850s. It includes chapters on early American settlers and squatters and Mexican rancho owners, General Fremont and the Bear Flag Revolt, and issues of land settlement and land grants. Also includes a brief history of Angel Island. There are many historical illustrations, photographs, and maps of people and places in Marin County.

France and the Dreyfus Affair: A Documentary History by Michael Burns
Presents an overview of the Dreyfus affair which took place in France in the late 1890s where a Jewish officer and French citizen, Alfred Dreyfus, was convicted of treason. The political scandal had wide-reaching effects and has today become a symbol of injustice and antisemitism.

Guatemala-U.S. Migration: Transforming Regions by Susanne Jonas and Nestor Rodriguez
Discusses the experiences of Maya and landino Guatemalan migrants to the United States via Mexico since the 1970s. It looks at the reasons why Guatemalans leave their homeland and the obstacles, political, social, and geographical, they encounter. The authors also include a study examining migrant rights organizing in the United States, Central America, and Mexico.

The Making of Marin by Jack Mason and Helen Van Cleave Park
Describes the history of Marin County from 1850 through 1980. It includes chapters on San Rafael, Sausalito, Mill Valley, Ross, Kentfield, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Tiburon and Belvedere, San Anselmo, Fairfax, Novato, Mount Tamalpais, San Geronimo Valley, West Marin, Hamilton Airfield, San Quentin, the marshlands and watersheds, and the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as their founders and early citizens. There are many historical illustrations, photographs, and maps of people and places in Marin County.

Mamluk ‘Askari, 1250-1517 by David Nicolle
Presents an introduction to the military units of the Mamluk Sultanate, which governed modern Egypt, Syria, Israel, and Lebanon and which successfully defeated both the Crusaders the Mongols. Includes information on recruitment, organization, beliefs, appearance and equipment, training, campaigns, weapons, battles, and more.

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz
Presents a collection of short biographies of women who have made unique contributions to world history.

Roman Legionary, AD 284-337: The Age of Diocletian and Constantine the Great by Ross Cowan
Presents an introduction to the Roman soldier and Empire’s legions during the the late imperial period.

The Salvador Option: The United States in El Salvador by Russell Crandall
Describes the history of El Salvador from 1977-1992, with a particular focus on United States foreign policy and military engagements. Crandall critiques the US involvement in the El Salvador Civil War and counterinsurgency, as well as what the impacts were across Central America.

Women’s Poems of Protest and Resistance: Honduras (2009-2014) edited by Lety Elvir and Maria Roof
This bilingual anthology of 21st century Honduran protest poetry features 53 female poets from Honduras originally written in Spanish and translated into English. The poems deal with women’s resistance and protest movements, social conditions, and the patriarchy in Honduras.

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