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June/July 2014 Collection Spotlight

Here are some great titles for your reading & viewing pleasure, selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Highlights include a twisty new teen novel; modern war-related fiction; nonfiction titles about soccer, the World Cup, and video gaming; wildlife DVDs; and new health titles in Spanish.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her catastrophic fifteenth summer. This beautifully written novel combines heartbreaking emotions, a compelling mystery, and shocking truths. As the book jacket says, "Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE." Also available in eBook.

Teen Fiction

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Be Safe I Love You by Cara Hoffman

Returning with deep psychological scars after a tour of duty in Iraq, woman soldier Lauren Clay guides her younger brother to an upstate New York oil field that has become the subject of her obsession and begins teaching him survival skills while revealing her experiences. Named one of the best modern war novels, this is an unforgettable page-turner.

Fiction

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Redeployment by Phil Klay

A collection of short stories by a former Marine captain and Iraq veteran focuses on the complexities of life for soldiers on the front lines and after, exploring themes ranging from brutality and faith to guilt and survival. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks a new voice in the tradition of war writing. Also available in eBook.

Fiction

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Console Wars by Blake J. Harris

A behind-the-scenes business thriller about how the small, scrappy Sega, led by one unlikely visionary, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and changed the face of video games and entertainment. This story has been optioned for both documentary and feature-film adaptations. Also available in eBook.

Nonfiction

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Eight World Cups: My Journey Through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer by George Vecsey

New York Times sports columnist Vescey gives us an eye-opening account of his experiences covering the last eight World Cups, bringing this global event vividly to life with profiles of famous players, rabid fans, historic clubs and the sometimes shady behavior of those who style themselves the game’s protectors. It’s a perfect companion to World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

Nonfiction

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Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America by Joshua H. Nadel

Soccer fans are passionate everywhere in the world, but nowhere else has an actual shooting war broken out over the results of a match that took place between El Salvador and Honduras – one that left 6,000 dead and 12,000 wounded. Nadel examines the history of soccer in Latin America and how it has become part of the everyday lives of the people there, spanning social boundaries and forging national identities.

Nonfiction

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2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: Official Book

It’s the official guide to the World Cup. Plenty of information about each team and their prospects, photos of the players, stadiums and host cities.

Nonfiction

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Snow Babies

Stunning wildlife footage provides an intimate and playful look at the first year of adorable baby animals and their families, including arctic wolves, snow monkeys, reindeers, otters, polar bears, and more.

DVD

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Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan

Dominic Monaghan, an avid outdoorsman, brings his love of the slithering and crawling creatures of your worst nightmares. Monaghan examines some of the most nasty animals in the world to educate about their origins, their unique qualities and why we shouldn't be so quick to squash them on sight.

DVD

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SIDA: Lo que todos debemos saber by Luis Cárdenas Bravo

Éste volumen proporciona la información mas reciente sobre el sida y como prevenirlo. This volume provides the latest information on AIDS and its prevention.

Spanish Language Nonfiction

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Cartas a la Dra. Isabel: Mensajes y consejos de El Angel de la Radio by Isabel Gómez-Bassols

La autora ayudante de autoestima y personalidad de radio, Isabel Gómez-Bassols hace una selecta recopilación de cartas enviadas por sus oyentes durante su larga carrera. Ella contesta éstas cartas en éste nuevo libro. Self-help author and radio personality, Isabel Gómez-Bassols has compiled a selection of letters from her listeners sent throughout her long career. She answers these letters in this new book.

Spanish Language Nonfiction