Featured New Books

Here are a few featured  selections from our most recent shipment of new books. These books are located on the new book wall on the second floor and may be checked out at the second floor desk or at the fourth floor circulation desk. If our copy is checked out, use the link to the ALICE catalog and try repeating your search in OhioLINK to find another copy of the book.

Lincoln’s tragic pragmatism : Lincoln, Douglas, and moral conflict, by John Burt

Call Number: E457.4 .B97 2013

In their famous debates, Lincoln and Douglas struggled with how to behave when an ethical conflict like slavery strained democracy’s commitment to rule by both consent and principle. What conscience demands and what it can persuade others to agree to are not always the same. Ultimately, this tragic limitation of liberalism led Lincoln to war.




The noir forties : the American people from victory to Cold War, by Richard Lingeman

Call Number: E813 .L56 2012

Examines the social, political, and popular culture of America in the period between VJ Day and the start of the Korean War, discussing the country’s anxieties and insecurities at the onset of the Red Scare and the Cold War.





The illicit happiness of other people, by Manu Joseph

Call Number: PR9499.4.J676 I45 2013

Inciting the wrath of his wife and neighbors by over-crediting his masculinity, journalist Ousep Chacko wonders about his seemingly happy artist son’s suspicious falling death and obsessively questions the youth’s friends at the same time his other son falls for a secretive older girl.





The dark corner : a novel, by Mark Powell

Call Number: PS3616.O88 D37 2012

A troubled Episcopal priest and would-be activist, Malcolm Walker has failed twice over—first in an effort to shock his New England congregants out of their complacency and second in an attempt at suicide. Discharged from the hospital and haunted by images of the Iraq War and Abu Ghraib, he heads home to the mountains of northwestern South Carolina, the state’s “dark corner,” where a gathering storm of private grief and public rage awaits him.