October 5, 2008

Recently Released Books

By Compiled by Kari Morandi

The following is a list of some recently released books that have crossed our desks.

"KERPLUNK!" by Patrick F. McManus, Simon & Schuster, $13 (paperback)

"Kerplunk!" is a collection of short stories, all of which first appeared in Outdoor Life. Well-known humorist McManus recounts the exploits and foibles of people who appreciate an unproductive afternoon spent fly fishing, even if the fish aren't biting.

"MR. CAVENDISH, I PRESUME," by Julia Quinn, Avon Books, $7.99 (paperback)

A follow-up to Quinn's earlier book, "Lost Duke of Wyndham." Thomas Cavendish finds himself in danger of losing his title, his heritage and his love to the a highwayman with an uncanny resemblance to the deceased Duke John Wyndham, whom the dowager duchess adamantly insists is the true heir to the estate.

"TURNING BACK THE CLOCK: Hot Wars and Media Populism," by Umberto Eco, Harvest, 384 pages, $15 (paperback)

A collection of articles and speeches written between 200 and 2005. Umberto Eco examines a wide range of phenomena, from Harry Potter and the Tower of Babel to talk shows and the "Da Vinci Code" under the premise that history is going backwards. In the second part of the book, he writes about media populism and the commitment to be "disagreeable" about it.

"A MATTER OF JUSTICE: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution," by David A. Nichols, Simon & Schuster, $16

A look at Eisenhower and civil rights. Nichols replaces the mildly racist president that historians have traditionally portrayed with an Eisenhower who was fully engaged in the legal fight for civil rights for African Americans in the 1950s. Eisenhower introduced and pushed through Congress the first civil rights legislation in 82 years, completed the integration of the armed forces, desegregated the District of Columbia, and made judicial appointments that advanced the cause of civil rights longer after his term ended. Nichols is the first historian to mine the archives of the Eisenhower Presidential Library for documents pertaining to civil rights.

"THANKSGIVING: The True Story," by Penny Colman, Henry Holt and Company, $18.95

A review of the origins and celebrations associated with the holiday. Colman uses poetry, folk songs, newspaper clippings and interviews to shed new light on our traditional ideas of the first Thanksgiving. Although written for ages 10-16, it may be interesting to anyone interested in American traditions.

"PAUL OF DUNE," by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, Tor Books, $27.95

This is the first novel in the "Heroes of Dune" trilogy which showcases the first years of the God Emperor's reign and chronicles Paul Muad'Dib's childhood. "Paul of Dune" covers what happened between "Dune" and "Dune Messiah," written by Frank Herbert.

"IN A TIME OF WAR: The Proud and Perilous Journey of West Point's Class of 2002," by Bill Murphy Jr., Henry Holt and Company, $27.50

Bill Murphy started interviewing class members when he was a research assistant for Bob Woodward. When Woodward's book went in a different direction, Murphy kept getting calls from the class members of 2002 because they had heard of his interest. The book is about the soldiers and their families, their reaction to the reality of the modern battlefield, and the separation, anxiety and fear they and their families face.

"BEFORE SANTA FE: Archaeology of the City Different," by Jason S. Shapiro, Museum of New Mexico Press, 256 pages, $39.95

Jason Shapiro draws from more than a century of archaeological research to present a thorough examination of Santa Fe's past over 12,000 years. The book includes over 80 illustrations, historical photographs and maps.

"YOUR MONEY & YOUR BRAIN: How the New Science of Neuroeconomics Can Help Make You Rich," by Jason Zweig, Simon & Schuster Trade Paperbacks, $15 (paperback)

Zweig writes in clear and accessible terms what actually goes on inside our brains when we make decisions about money. He also highlights simple, practical steps the all levels of investors can easily and (hopefully) profitably follow. The science of neuroeconomics is a newborn field -- a hybrid of neuroscience, economics and psychology -- and is being used to understand what drives investing behavior as a basic biological function.

"THE WYRMLING HORDE," by David Farland, Tor, 320 pages, $25.95

"The Wyrmling Horde" is the seventh book of "The Runelords" series. Farland lives in St. George and teaches writing at Brigham Young University. The story propels the saga of the Runelords and prepares the reader for the next installment in the series. The Web site, www.runelords.com, contains recent updates and chapter excerpts from some of Farland's many other works.

"CAVALRYMAN OF THE LOST CAUSE: A Biography of J.E.B. Stuart," by Jeffry D. Wert, Simon & Schuster, $32

Wert provides a complete biography of one of the Civil War's most controversial figures. Wert describes in vivid detail each battle -- from the First Battle of Bull Run to Antietam and Chancellorsville - - in which Stuart's tactical moves led to victory over an inexperienced Union arm. Wert also discusses the Gettysburg campaign and its impact on Stuart's reputation and his subsequent redemption.

"A BALL, A DOG, AND A MONKEY: 1957 -- The Space Race Begins," by Michael D-Antonio, Simon & Schuster, $15 (paperback)

D'Antonio combed through space archives, screened vintage film footage and interviewed many of the key players to write about the first year of the space race.

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