Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Books at YOUR Alexandria Library: Kick Off the Semester Edition

One of the most exciting parts of working at the Alexandria Campus library is the steady stream of new books being added to our collection. Here is a list of great new titles, curated by our collection acquisitions specialist, from our latest shipment of new books.

Written by a fanatic of The Rolling Stones, author Bill Janovitz peels back the layers of time to reveal the moments when Keith and Mick recorded what would be one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll records of all time. Splitting a fifth of bourbon, Keith and Mick recorded “Brown Sugar,” “You Got to Move,” and “Wild Horses” on an eight-track recorder without the aid of Autotune or computers. The three songs recorded in that session propelled Sticky Fingers, a triple-platinum album, to the top of the U.S. and the UK charts in 1971. 

Written by an accomplished foreign relations historian, David F. Schmitz, this book provides the reader with the most current scholarship on Nixon’s foreign policy during the Vietnam era. The author particularly focuses on how Nixon's policy of containment, undertaken by the president to protect American credibility, ironically contributed to America's feelings of failure and defeat in the post-war period. 

Nineteen up and coming writers document their journey through the process of writing their first novel. This instructive anthology allows readers to peer inside the unique working processes of real artists, and to glimpse how those writers navigated the highs and lows of creating original fiction. 

Jessica Grogan, a cultural historian, presents a detailed account of the rise and fall of the humanistic psychology moment. This book outlines how Americans began to identify their anxieties, create identity, and locate purpose under the influence of new age thinkers of the late sixties and early seventies like Abraham Maslow, Rollo May, and Timothy Leary.

This coffee table book is a filled with robust photographs capturing scenes at the center of the world’s most colorful revelries. Photojournalist Steve Davey describes himself as a festival junkie, and his energy, excitement, and zeal for capturing traditional celebrations is evident in this visually arresting work. 

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