Unwin(e)d Book Club Unveils 2014 Titles

Want to read the edgiest new fiction and discuss with friends? Check out the Unwin(e)d Book Club, brought to you by the Friends of the Libraries! Start reading our first Unwin(e)d pick:

Everything I Never Told You - Celeste NgEverything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
September 4, 2014 – 5:30 at Winan’s Beavercreek
New this year, brown bag lunch:
September 16, 2014 – Noon in Room 441 Dunbar Library

Limited copies available for checkout at Dunbar Library or purchase at the Barnes and Noble University Bookstore, where Friends of the Libraries and Wright State staff members enjoy 20% off.

Click here to see all of the year’s titles, summaries and dates.

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New Books for July

The following is a small sample of the over 8,000 print monographs and ebooks Wright State University Libraries added to its collections this month. Check them out! www.libraries.wright.edu/newbooks

JacketBio-Ceramics with Clinical Applications

Editor(s): María Vallet-Regí
Full-text Online:  http://wsuol2.wright.edu:80/record=b3739773~S7

This publication offers a unique approach that links the materials science of bioceramics to clinical needs and applications.

Providing a structured account of this highly active area of research, the book reviews the clinical applications in bone tissue engineering, bone regeneration, joint replacement, drug-delivery systems and biomimetism. This book is an ideal resource for materials scientists and engineers, as well as for clinicians.


Jacket (1)Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World

Edited by Brian Campbell and Lawrence A. Tritle
Location: Dunbar 3rd Floor
Persistent Catalog Link: http://wsuol2.wright.edu:80/record=b3734144~S7

War lay at the heart of life in the classical world, from conflicts between tribes or states to internal or civil wars. Battles were resolved by violent face-to-face encounters: war was a very personal experience. At the same time, warfare and its conduct often had significant and wide-reaching economic, social, or political consequences. The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World offers a critical examination of war and organized violence. Topics include:  ancient sources, warfare in ancient Greece and Rome, battlefield archaeology, classical societies at war,  and thematic discussions that examine closely the nature of battle, the Peloponnesian War, the Second Punic War, and Rome’s war with Sasanid Persia.
Special Raider connection: Bruce Laforse, Associate Professor of Classics here at Wright State is the author of Chapter 26, Fighting the other. Part I: Greeks and Achaemenid Persians. Congratulations, Dr. Laforse!

Jacket (2)Beyond versus : the struggle to understand the interaction of nature and nurture

By James Tabery
Location: New Books Display on 2nd Floor Dunbar (near the elevators/stairs)
Persistent Catalog Link: http://wsuol2.wright.edu:80/record=b3739623~S7

If everyone now agrees that human traits arise not from nature or nurture but from the interaction of nature and nurture, why does the “nature versus nurture” debate persist? In Beyond Versus, James Tabery argues that the persistence stems from a century-long struggle to understand the interaction of nature and nurture — a struggle to define what the interaction of nature and nurture is, how it should be investigated, and what counts as evidence for it.


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Help the Common Text Committee Select the 2015-2016 book

Remember library summer reading programs? Here is your chance to bring back the fun, help the common text committee select the 2015-16 book, and be entered in a drawing to win great prizes, including a $25 Barnes & Noble Bookstore gift card.


The common text committee read more than a dozen selections recommended by members of the University community, and decided upon four finalists. They are One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni, The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.  Two of these titles may seem familiar from last summer.  You have between now and Sunday, August 24 to read the books and complete a brief survey.  Please read as many of the texts as possible before filling out the survey at https://wright.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1OoNyU8L0Sd5yWV

These books are widely available on reserve at Dunbar Library (ask at the 1st floor desk for “common text reserves”), local book stores, your public library, and through OhioLink and SearchOhio.

Thank you for being part of the common text selection process.  If you would like to nominate a title for the common text, please use this online form:


Happy Reading!

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New Books, Check Them Out!

The time has come again for May flowers, Mother’s Day and… new books! Here are some highlights of books recently added to the University Libraries collections:

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Pageants, Parlors & Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth Century South by Blain Roberts
Publisher’s summary: From the South’s pageant queens to the importance of beauty parlors to African American communities, it is easy to see the ways beauty is enmeshed in southern culture. But as Blain Roberts shows in this incisive work, the pursuit of beauty in the South was linked to the tumultuous racial divides of the region, where the Jim Crow-era cosmetics industry came of age selling the idea of makeup that emphasized whiteness, and where, in the 1950s and 1960s, black-owned beauty shops served as crucial sites of resistance for civil rights activists. By showing how battles over beauty came to a head during the civil rights movement, Roberts sheds new light on the tactics southerners used to resist and achieve desegregation.

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Computers as Theatre, Second Edition by Brenda Laurel [electronic resource]
Publisher’s summary: Brenda Laurel’s Computers as Theatre revolutionized the field of human-computer interaction, offering ideas that inspired generations of interface and interaction designers-and continue to inspire them. Laurel’s insight was that effective interface design, like effective drama, must engage the user directly in an experience involving both thought and emotion. Her practical conclusion was that a user’s enjoyment must be a paramount design consideration, and this demands a deep awareness of dramatic theory and technique, both ancient and modern.

Now, two decades later, Laurel has revised and revamped her influential work, reflecting back on enormous change and personal experience and forward toward emerging technologies and ideas that will transform human-computer interaction yet again. Beginning with a clear analysis of classical drama theory, Laurel explores new territory through the lens of dramatic structure and purpose. Computers as Theatre, Second Edition, is directed to a far wider audience, is written more simply and elegantly, is packed with new examples, and is replete with exciting and important new ideas.
Full text available online: http://wsuol2.wright.edu/record=b3727121~S7

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American Energy, Imperiled Coast : Oil and Gas Development in Louisiana’s Wetlands by Jason P. Theriot
Publisher’s summary: In American Energy, Imperiled Coast Jason P. Theriot explores the tension between oil and gas development and the land-loss crisis in Louisiana. His book offers an engaging analysis of both the impressive, albeit ecologically destructive, engineering feats that characterized industrial growth in the region and the mounting environmental problems that threaten south Louisiana’s communities, culture, and working coast. As a historian and coastal Louisiana native, Theriot explains how pipeline technology enabled the expansion of oil and gas delivery examining previously unseen photographs and company records and traces the industry’s far-reaching environmental footprint in the wetlands. Through detailed research presented in a lively and accessible narrative, Theriot pieces together decades of political, economic, social, and cultural undertakings that clashed in the 1980s and 1990s, when local citizens, scientists, politicians, environmental groups, and oil and gas interests began fighting over the causes and consequences of coastal land loss. The mission to restore coastal Louisiana ultimately collided with the perceived economic necessity of expanding offshore oil and gas development at the turn of the twenty-first century. Theriot’s book bridges the gap between these competing objectives.

FindGrantFundingNowcoverFind grant funding now! : the five-step prosperity process for entrepreneurs and business by Sarah Beth Aubrey

Publisher’s summary: A practical, proven system for finding, applying for, and winning grants for your small business. Each year, millions in grant money available to small businesses goes unused because small businesses either don’t know it’s there or don’t know how to get it.
Written by a leader in the grant-funding arena who helps individuals, municipalities, and nonprofits find and receive grant money, Find Grant Funding Now! provides proven, step-by-step guidance on applying for and winning the grant money needed to succeed.
This is virtually the only book on the market dedicated to helping small businesses get grants and features a wealth of valuable resources and even a customized Grant Readiness Assessment Tool to ensure you’re fully prepared before you file the paperwork.

For a full list of our newest additions (including some new editions) visit: http://www.libraries.wright.edu/newbooks

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