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It's What I Do: A Photographer' Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario

It's What I Do

War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others. It’s her work, but it’s much more than that: it’s her singular calling.

Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making—not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.

Addario finds a way to travel with a purpose. She photographs the Afghan people before and after the Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as the burned villages and countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war.

Addario takes bravery for granted but she is not fearless. She uses her fear and it creates empathy; it is that feeling, that empathy, that is essential to her work. We see this clearly on display as she interviews rape victims in the Congo, or photographs a fallen soldier with whom she had been embedded in Iraq, or documents the tragic lives of starving Somali children. Lynsey takes us there and we begin to understand how getting to the hard truth trumps fear.

As a woman photojournalist determined to be taken as seriously as her male peers, Addario fights her way into a boys’ club of a profession. Rather than choose between her personal life and her career, Addario learns to strike a necessary balance. In the man who will become her husband, she finds at last a real love to complement her work, not take away from it, and as a new mother, she gains an all the more intensely personal understanding of the fragility of life.

Watching uprisings unfold and people fight to the death for their freedom, Addario understands she is documenting not only news but also the fate of society. It’s What I Do is more than just a snapshot of life on the front lines; it is witness to the human cost of war.

$29.95
ISBN-13: 9781594205378
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Published: Penguin Press, 2/2015

"A highly readable and thoroughly engaging memoir.... Addario's memoir brilliantly succeeds not only as a personal and professional narrative but also as an illuminating homage to photojournalism's role in documenting suffering and injustice, and its potential to influence public opinion and official policy."

Publishers Weekly


Blues Jam!

Blues Jam!

The first ever Blues Jam will be held February 28, 1:00 P.M., at New Copperfield's Book Service, 120 North Side Square, Macomb. Area musicians and music lovers are invited to bring an acoustic instrument, their voice or an appreciative ear for an afternoon of blues music. It is a free event. Bring the whole family.

Like the familiar Hootenanny at New Copperfield's, the Blues Jam welcomes musicians of all skill levels to join in. Two experienced blues performers, King Neptune and Dennis DeVolder, each with a background in different kinds of Blues will be on hand Saturday to give some direction, tips and some background to the jam if needed.

Pogue's Basics

Pogue's Basics

Did you know that can you scroll a Web page just by tapping the space bar? How do you recover photos you’ve deleted by accident? What can you do if your cell phone’s battery is dead by dinnertime each day? When it comes to technology, there’s no driver’s ed class or government-issued pamphlet covering the essentials. Somehow, you’re just supposed to know how to use your phone, tablet, computer, camera, Web browser, e-mail, and social networks. Luckily, award-winning tech expert David Pogue comes to the rescue with Pogue’s Basics, a book that will change your relationship with all of the technology in your life. With wit and authority, Pogue’s Basics collects every essential technique for making your gadgets seem easier, faster, and less of a hassle. Crystal-clear illustrations accompany these 225 easy-to-follow tips. Tips include:

  • Make the type bigger on your screen
  • Bring a wet phone back from the dead
  • The fastest way to charge an iPad
  • The 10 best apps to put on your phone
  • How to type symbols
  • Bypass annoyingly long voice mail instructions
  • Use map apps on your phone without an Internet connection
  • Sign a contract electronically
  • See what’s in a file without opening it
  • The 12 best free services on the Web
  • Turn off automatic bullets, lists, and links in Word
  • Protect yourself from online scams and viruses
  • Set up an automatic backup system on your computer
  • What to do about junk e-mail
  • Send photos so that they don’t bounce back
  • Print or email articles without ads
  • How to get money for your used electronics
  • Rename a bunch of files in one fell swoop
  • Make YouTube videos sharper
  • and much more.

At last, you can lose that nagging, insecure feeling that you’re not the master of your own gadgets. The tech tips in Pogue’s Basics are all you need—the shortcuts to a happier technological life

$19.99
ISBN-13: 9781250053480
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Flatiron Books, 12/2014

Did you know that you can dry out your wet cell phone by putting its parts in separate bowls of uncooked rice? That you can scroll through a website using only your spacebar? That if you type your airline and flight number in to Google, it tells you where your flight is, the gate, terminal, and how long until it lands?

Pogue's tips have earned him 1.5 million followers on Twitter. And now that he writes his columns for Yahoo Tech, the audience for this advice has grown by millions more. Here at last is the book all these fans have been waiting for: a book of 200 tips that will change your relationship to your phone, computer, tablet, camera--all of the technology in your life.


My Guardian Angel . . .

Randy Sollenberger

Local author Randy Sollenberger will introduce his book My Guardian Angel and Beating the Reaper: With Songs and Stories of Forgottonia at New Copperfield's Book Service, 120 North Side Square, Macomb on Saturday, February 14 from 10:00 A.M. to Noon and 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.

Mr. Sollenberger says that one of his goals in writing this book "is to give my people and my home turf -- the land of 'Forgottonia' -- a little well-earned recognition through various short stories, poems and lyrics. The people and the place are good, primarily rural and have a history and culture of hard work, community ties and family values. Many are colorful and fascinating and come with tales that the best fiction writer could never invent."

The event is free and the public is invited to meet the author and learn more about his book.

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

1177 B.C.

In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the “Sea Peoples” invaded Egypt. The pharaoh’s army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. The thriving economy and cultures of the late second millennium B.C., which had stretched from Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia, suddenly ceased to exist, along with writing systems, technology, and monumental architecture. But the Sea Peoples alone could not have caused such widespread breakdown. How did it happen?

 

In this major new account of the causes of this “First Dark Ages,” Eric Cline tells the gripping story of how the end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of these great civilizations, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries.

 

A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age—and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece.

$29.95
ISBN-13: 9780691140896
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Princeton University Press, 3/2014
In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades.

BULLY RULES by local author Kevin Mellor

BULLY RULES

Local author Kevin Mellor, of Rushville, IL will introduce his latest book Bully Rules at New Copperfield's Book Service, 120 North Side Square, Macomb, Saturday, January 24. He will be meeting his readers and discussing his new book from 10: 00 A.M. to 12:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.

At 6'3", 250 lbs., 14 year-old Owen Nichols, the main character in Bully Rules, is big enough to make adult hackles rise before he ever opens his mouth. Locked in a war-of-wills with his parents, he serves his summer vacation like a prison sentence with nothing to look forward to but the start of high school and the horrors he knows await him there.When his parents start the July 4th holiday by punishing him with a list of chores that need to be done in the blistering heat, Owen turns his gaze inward to fend off the monotony and discomfort. What he finds is a catalog of attempts by every adult and kid he knows to tear him down, to stomp the best of him out and leave it in the dirt. His younger brother Dean pops in and out to gloat; his father adds chores as the day goes on and criticizes his work, beer in hand. 

 

Forced into being a third-wheel to Dean and a friend at the local fireworks celebration that night, Owen is no less isolated among kids his own age than he was at home. He is the piece that doesn't fit the puzzle, no matter how hard it's pressed. When an encounter with a bully pushes him past his breaking point, he must decide once and for all who he is and who he wants to be -- at home, at school, and beyond. 

 

Bully Rules is intended for readers high school age and up.

The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited.

Exploring Nature in Illinois

Exploring Nature in Illinois

Exploring Nature in Illinois

A Field Guide to the Prairie State

A lavishly illustrated guide to fifty of Illinois's most beautiful wildlife havens

Loaded with full color photographs and evocative descriptions, Exploring Nature in Illinois provides a panorama of the state's overlooked natural diversity. Naturalists Michael Jeffords and Susan Post explore fifty preserves, forests, restoration areas, and parks, bringing an expert view to wildlife and landscapes and looking beyond the obvious to uncover the unexpected beauty of Illinois's prairies, lakesides, river bottoms, and woodlands.

From the colorful variety of birds at War Bluff Valley Audubon Sanctuary to the exposed bedrock and cliff faces of Apple River Canyon, Exploring Nature in Illinois will inspire readers to explore wonders hidden from urban sprawl and cultivated farmland. Maps and descriptions help travelers access even hard-to-find sites while a wealth of detail and photography offers nature-lovers insights into the flora, fauna, and other aspects of vibrant settings and ecosystems. The authors also include diary entries describing their own impressions of and engagement with the sites.

A unique and much-needed reference, Exploring Nature in Illinois will entertain and enlighten hikers, cyclers, students and scouts, morning walkers, weekend drivers, and anyone else seeking to get back to nature in the Prairie State.

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780252079900
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: University of Illinois Press, 3/2014
Loaded with full color photographs and evocative descriptions, Exploring Nature in Illinois provides a panorama of the state's overlooked natural diversity. Naturalists Michael Jeffords and Susan Post explore fifty preserves, forests, restoration areas, and parks, bringing an expert view to wildlife and landscapes and looking beyond the obvious to uncover the unexpected beauty of Illinois's wild places.

When It Snows

When It Snows

When it snows, magic happens. The beauty of winter and the power of reading are enchantingly celebrated in this stunning debut picture book. 


Review Quotes:

"In his first picture book...Richard Collingridge dives headlong into a fantasy of the season, showing it to be a vast and mountainous expanse of white, both eerie and enchanting."--"The New York Times" "A picture book debut that features not only an eery ode to mega-snow and various large icy creatures, but also a good word at the end for reading itself." -- The Associated Press "Newcomer Collingridge's paintings are sumptuous and absorbing, creating a genuine sense of magic. And, as the final scene makes clear, it's a kind of magic that any reader can access: "And I can go there every day... because my favorite book takes me there."--"Publishers Weekly"

When It Snows (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781250028310
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Feiwel & Friends, 8/2013
Follow a boy and his teddy bear on a wondrous snowy adventure which will lead readers of all ages to a surprising place. 

Farm Tractor (Board Book)

Farm Tractor

This fantastic shaped board book featuring 3-D revolving wheels is guaranteed to appeal to little tots with an enthusiasm for transport and moving objects.

Busy Tractor shows you how the trailer collects the grain, how bales of straw are made and how seeds are planted. Plus, don't forget the fun you can have by rolling the book along on its wheels!

  • Includes basic words and information on vehicles
  • Real action photos
  • Suitable for children aged 0-5 or for adults who are crazy about cars!

Toy Safety

WARNING! Not suitable for children under the age of 36 months due to small parts. Choking hazard.

Farm Tractor (Board Books)

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780789497130
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: DK Children, 5/2003
Little farmers can drive this tractor around the barnyard in this fun shaped board book featuring four movable wheels. (Baby/Preschool)

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