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Acquisitions at the John J. Wright Library


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New Books

A proven bestseller time and time again, "Robert Frost's Poems" contains all of Robert Frost's best-known poems-and dozens more-in a portable anthology.


In Hacked, veteran cybersecurity journalist Charlie Mitchell reveals the innovative, occasionally brilliant, and too-often hapless government and industry responses to growing cybersecurity threats. He examines the internal power struggles in the federal government, the paralysis on Capitol Hill, and the industry's desperate effort to stay ahead of both the bad guys and the government."



Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today. It is also the luminous story of many journeys: from Pakistan to the United States in an arranged marriage that becomes a love match lasting forty years; from secular Muslim in an Islamic society to devout Muslim in a society ignorant of Islam, and from liberal to conservative to American Muslim; from student to bride and mother; and from an immigrant intending to stay two years to an American citizen, business executive, grandmother, and tireless advocate for interfaith understanding. 


From atoms and fluorescent pigments to sulfa drug synthesis and buckyballs, this lush and authoritative chronology presents 250 milestones in the world of chemistry



 Meredith Wadman's masterful account recovers not only the science of this urgent race, but also the political roadblocks that nearly stopped the scientists. She describes the terrible dilemmas of pregnant women exposed to German measles and recounts testing on infants, prisoners, orphans, and the intellectually disabled, which was common in the era.



The Biology Book presents 250 landmarks in the most widely studied scientific field. Brief, engaging, and colorfully illustrated synopses introduce readers to every major subdiscipline, including cell theory, genetics, evolution, physiology, thermodynamics, molecular biology, and ecolog

In this lively, engaging, and persuasive book, Hacker and Pierson explain how much of our health and prosperity rests on what governments have done. American Amnesia will help slow the intellectual pendulum that is currently swinging towards ananarchic libertarianism that threatens more than a century of American progress." --Angus Deaton, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics in 2015


Featuring not only philosophers, but also playwrights, anthropologists, convicts, and revolutionaries, At the Existentialist Cafe follows the existentialists' story, from the first rebellious spark through the Second World War, to its role in postwar liberation movements such as anticolonialism, feminism, and gay rights. Interweaving biography and philosophy, it is the epic account of passionate encounters--fights, love affairs, mentorships, rebellions, and long partnerships--and a vital investigation into what the existentialists have to offer us today, at a moment when we are once again confronting the major questions of freedom, global responsibility, and human authenticity in a fractious and technology-driven world.

“Call them eggcorns, malaprops, or sveltes for Daniel Menaker, those happy accidents are the occasions for witty excursions down linguistic roads not taken. He had me from the gecko." 
Geoff Nunberg, author of Going Nucular and language commentator, NPR "Fresh Air" 



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Spring Book sale

The library is currently accepting donations for our March Book Sale.  Please bring your NEW and GENTLY-USED books and DVD's to the front desk during regular library hours. 


Tuesday March 28TH 11-7 in the Ryan Room

Wednesday March 28th 11-2 in the Ryan Room




The John J. Wright Library gratefully accepts donations. However, we DO NOT accept the following items:

 VHS tapes

 Cassette tapes

 Books written in a foreign language

 Items that are water damaged or moldy


 Magazines or periodicals (including National Geographic)

 Textbooks more than 5 years old

 Reader Digest Condensed Books


 Computer Software       



The John J. Wright Library makes electronic books (ebooks) available through its subscriptions to EBSCO's eBook Collection, Ebrary and R2Library.

Many  ebooks are also available through the online catalog but most are available by going to the Electronic Resources page and clicking on EBooks. You will need your network login to do this.



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