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Tsu, Jing

Summary: "After a meteoric rise, China today is one of the world's most powerful nations. Just a century ago, it was a crumbling empire, with literacy reserved for the elite few. In Kingdom of Characters, Jing Tsu argues that China's greatest and most daunting challenge was a linguistic one. Just as important as China's technological and industrial advances and political maneuvers was the century-long...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Riverhead Books 2022

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 495.11 TSU

Summary: Offers an intimate look at the epochal financial crisis of 2008 and the powerful men and women who decided the fate of the world's economy in a matter of a few weeks. Centering on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the film goes behind closed doors to examine the symbiotic relationship between Wall Street and Washington.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2012

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2 available in Drama DVDs, Call number: DVD DRAMA TOO

Summary: Designed to give users comprehensive conversational language and grammar skills. The basic course (10 lessons) focuses on polite greetings and small talk and is perfect for patrons who are planning a short trip to a foreign country, or for those who want to get a taste of a foreign language and culture. The complete course (100 lessons) is designed for patrons who already know the basics of a...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Mango Languages 2009

Summary: Some people find emoticons annoying. Other people simply can't communicate without them. But, love them or hate them, just about any viewer will savor this short, bittersweet narrative - a typographical fairy tale composed almost entirely of emoticons by poet and storyteller John G. Rives. A regular on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, Rives has also appeared at a number of TED conferences, never failing...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Chang, Gordon H.

Summary: In 1864, as the Civil War still raged, throngs of Chinese migrants began to converge on the enormous western worksite of the Transcontinental Railroad. Over the next five years, they blasted tunnels through the granite cliffs of the Sierra Nevada and laid tracks across the burning Nevada and Utah deserts. As many as twelve hundred lost their lives along the route. Those who survived would...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2019

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 331.6 CHA

Summary: "For the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's arrival, a landmark collection of firsthand accounts charting the history of the English newcomers and their fateful encounters with the region's native peoples. For centuries the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower has been told and retold -- the landing at Plymouth Rock and the first Thanksgiving, and the decades that followed, as the...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Library of America 2021

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1 available in New Non-fiction, Call number: 973 PLY

Li, Zhuqing

1 hold on 1 copy

Summary: "Sisters separated by war forge new identities as they are forced to choose between family, nation, and their own independence. Scions of a once-great southern Chinese family that produced the tutor of the last emperor, Jun and Hong were each other's best friends until, in their twenties, they were separated by chance at the end of the Chinese Civil War. For the next thirty years, while one...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc 2022

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Skinner, David

Summary: "In 1934, Webster's Second was the great gray eminence of American dictionaries, with 600,000 entries and numerous competitors but no rivals. It served as the all-knowing guide to the world of grammar and information, a kind of one-stop reference work. In 1961, Webster's Third came along and ignited an unprecedented controversy in America's newspapers, universities, and living rooms. The new...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Harper 2012

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 423.09 SKI

Gregory, Philippa

Summary: "The story of lady-in-waiting Margaret Pole and her unique view of King Henry VIII's stratospheric rise to power in Tudor England. Regarded as yet another threat to the volatile King Henry VIII's claim to the throne, Margaret Pole, cousin to Elizabeth of York (known as the White Princess) and daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, is married off to a steady and kind Lancaster supporter--Sir...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Simon & Schuster 2014

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC GRE

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC GRE

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1 available in Adult, Call number: Fiction Gregory 2014

Summary: Insiders' observations of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the subsequent occupation, featuring commentary from high-ranking officials, Iraqi civilians, American soldiers and prominent analysts. Examines the U.S. policy decisions surrounding the invasion and their consequences in Iraq, including such issues as low U.S. troop levels, the uncontrolled looting of Baghdad, the purging of...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Magnolia Home Entertainment 2007

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC NO
1 available in TC Film Fest DVDs, Call number: DVD TCFF NO

Summary: Amy Tan is the author of several bestselling novels, including the The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and the beloved Joy Luck Club, which has been translated into 35 languages and became a commercially successful film in 1993. Tan has said in the past that "books were my salvation. Books saved me from being miserable." In this TEDTalk, she speaks further on the human response...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Whitelock, Anna.

Summary: An Elizabethan expert describes the court of Queen Elizabeth I, painting a vivid picture of the gossip, conspiracy, intrigue, and romantic dalliances that surrounded the monarch and the daily lives of the women that attended her.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Farrar Straus & Giroux 2014

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 942.05 WHI

Summary: In 1925 Luigi Pirandello brought his troupe to England as part of a worldwide tour. This program re-creates one day in London as "The Einstein of the Theater" watches his plays and, away from the footlights, confronts the paradoxical nature of his life. Portions of Six Characters in Search of an Author; Henry IV; Right You Are, If You Think You Are; and The Rules of the Game are meticulously...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: In this program, novelist V. S. Naipaul, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature, explores the relationship between a writer and his work, offering insights into his life, his career, and his subtly incisive novel/memoir The Enigma of Arrival. In particular, he contrasts the inspiration of living in the English countryside with the Caribbean, Indian, and African influences that dominate...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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O'Dea, Madeleine

Summary: "The riveting story of China's rise from economic ruin to global giant in the past four decades is illuminated by another, equally fascinating, narrative beneath its surface--the story of the country's emerging artistic avant-garde and the Chinese people's ongoing struggle for freedom of expression. By following the stories of nine contemporary Chinese artists, The Phoenix Years shows how...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Pegasus Books 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 700 ODE

Yee, Betty G.

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Tam Ling Fan disguises herself as her twin brother, journeys from her village in China to California, and works as a laborer on the Transcontinental Railroad--where she faces danger on multiple fronts--to earn the money her family desperately needs.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Carolrhoda Lab 2022

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Sonnie, Amy

Summary: "Some of the most important and little-known activists of the 1960s were poor and working-class radicals. Inspired by the Civil Rights movement, the Black Panthers, and progressive populism, they started to organize significant political struggles against racism and inequality during the 1960s and into the 1970s. Historians of the period have traditionally emphasized the work of white college...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Melville House 2021

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 322.4 SON

Gaines, James R.

Summary: "A bold and original argument that upends the myth of the Fifties as a decade of conformity to celebrate the solitary, brave, and stubborn individuals who pioneered the radical gay rights, feminist, civil rights, and environmental movements, from historian James R. Gaines"--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Simon & Schuster 2022

Copies Available at Kingsley

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 306.0973 GAI

Puchner, Martin

Summary: "Tracking an underground language from one family's obsession to the outcasts who spoke it in order to survive. Centuries ago in middle Europe, a coded language appeared, scrawled in graffiti and spoken only by people who were "wiz" (in the know)-vagrants and refugees, merchants and thieves. This hybrid language was rich in expressions for police, jail, or experiencing trouble, such as "being...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: W.W. Norton & Company 2020

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 437.009 PUC

Raab, Scott

Summary: "The powerful story of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, featuring dozens of never-before-seen color photos by the official site photographer"--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Simon & Schuster 2021

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 974.7 RAA

Summary: For biographer Michael Holroyd, playwright George Bernard Shaw is practically an alter ego. Using archival footage and Holroyd's painstaking detective work, this intriguing program questions the extent to which Shaw's life and art fed upon each other, addressing issues including the effects of the triangle between his father, his mother, and Vandeleur Lee on his plays, as seen in Misalliance...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Pettegree, Andrew.

Summary: "The dawn of print was a major turning point in the early modern world. It rescued ancient learning from obscurity, transformed knowledge of the natural and physical world, and brought the thrill of book ownership to the masses. But, as Andrew Pettegree reveals, the story of the post-Guttenberg world was rather more complicated than we have often come to believe. The Book in the Renaissance...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Yale University Press 2010

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 070.5094 PET

Summary: Philip Cumbus is the King of Navarre and Michelle Terry is the Princess of France in this performance of Love's Labour's Lost at Shakespeare's Globe, London's faithful reconstruction of the open-air playhouse designed in 1599. True to the play's original Renaissance staging and costume, this production is a festive parade of every weapon in the youthful Shakespeare's comic arsenal-excruciating...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Gregory, Philippa.

Summary: Margaret has to choose whether her allegiance is to the increasingly tyrannical king, or to her beloved queen; to the religion she loves or the theology which serves the new masters. Caught between the old world and the new, Margaret Pole has to find her own way as she carries the knowledge of an old curse on all the Tudors.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Simon & Schuster Audio 2014

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD Fiction Gregory 2014

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