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New Arrival: Making Faces The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face

New at the library is Adam Wilkins’ book, Making Faces: The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face.  This book can be found on the first floor of the library (Level A) in the new books section.  Why not take a look at it and the library’s other new books today?

The face is one of humanity’s most complex and versatile means of Book Cover-Making Facescommunication.  In this book Adam Wilkins, author of The Evolution of Developmental Pathways and editor of the “Perspectives” section of Genetics, investigates the development of the human face and brain to track not only the evolution of the musculoskeletal structure that makes our uniquely wide array of facial expressions possible, but also of a brain capable of reading and interpreting these expressions.

Drawing from research in molecular biology, genetics, developmental biology, paleontology, anthropology, and comparative studies of non-human species Wilkins builds a foundation for the argument that the development of facial expressions is both the product and the enabler of human society.

Making Faces is a highly readable account of how and why the human face is the way it is.  Wilkins lucidly weaves together over a century of research on the development, anatomy, and evolution with new provocative ideas.”

– Daniel E. Lieberman, author of The Evolution of the Human Hand

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British Theater Playbills Now Online!

Playbill for 1834 performance of King Henry IV at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, with plan of orchestra

Playbill for 1834 performance of King Henry IV at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, with plan of orchestra

Given to Watkinson Library by Nathan H. Allen in 1916, the collection comprises nearly four hundred 18-19th Century British theater playbills for performances in London and other locations. Plastered about town, playbills displayed a wealth of information promoting upcoming shows. Our collection may be searched by title, name, or terms such as “ballet,” “opera,” “pantomime,” or “comedy,” for example. Visit our Digital Collections page for this and other collections published to Shared Shelf Commons and Trinity College Digital Repository.

 

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Fred Korematsu Honored in Google Doodle

Fred Korematsu, born on this day 1919, defied orders to imprison Americans of Japanese descent during World War II.  His conviction for evading internment was upheld by the US Supreme Court in Korematsu v. United States. In dissent, Justice Frank Murphy wrote

All residents of this nation are kin in some way by blood or culture to a foreign land. Yet they are primarily and necessarily a part of the new and distinct civilization of the United States. They must, accordingly, be treated at all times as the heirs of the American experiment, and as entitled to all the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

Read about Fred Korematsu in Enduring conviction : Fred Korematsu and his quest for justice online  from the Trinity Library, or one of these other books about Japanese internment.

Enduring Conviction book cover

Enduring Conviction

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New Books for the Political Season

These books about politics in the U.S. are new to the Trinity library collection:

+-+719046964_70People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy by Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols

HC106.84 .M3973 2016

The authors argue that disruptive effects of technology on employment along with the rise of political power of a small number of wealthy individual and corporations have created a “citizenless democracy” where few people feel their vote matters, and that “the essential economic issues of the time are not the essential political issues of the times.”. They call for new thinking to address the problems, such things as revitalized public education, worker cooperatives and shorter work weeks.

Contents: Introduction: welcome to the future — Into the maelstrom — A jobless economy? — Citizenless democracy — Democratic infrastructure — Overcoming the democratic disconnect — A democratic agenda for a digital age — Statistical appendix / R. Jamil Jonna.

 

content Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law by David Cole

KF384 .C65 2016

Contents: The vision — A marathon, not a sprint : Vermont — One step forward, how many back? Massachusetts — A victory lost and regained : California — Losing forward : Maine — The end game : Windsor and Obergefell — One state at a time — Revisionist history — Federal forums — Supreme recognition — People power — “Completely hopeless” — Korematsu’s legacy — At home abroad — Messages and messengers — Transformative transparency — The Obama difference.

 

+-+782944364_70Poison Tea: How Big Oil and Big Tobacco Invented the Tea Party and Captured the GOP by Jeff Nesbit

JK2391.T43 N47 2016

Contents: An Unholy Alliance — The Playbook — A Critical Bridge: Ron Paul and the “Patriot” Movement — Smedley Butler, a Fascist Coup, and the American Liberty League — What Drives Charles Koch? — The Man Behind the Curtain — Why David Koch Never Loses — Tobacco Documents Trail — COFIRE — Enough Is Enough — Allied Forces — CART — Get Government off Our Back — The Tobacco Strategy — A Road Map for Antigovernment Anger — Mobilization Universe — The Quarterback — Seamless Transition — Sleight of Hand — Five Pillars — The Sam Adams Alliance — Propaganda “Dressed Up as Journalism” — Capturing the States — Structure of Social Change — A Blueprint Years in the Making — Winning.

 

Or try one of these novels:

+-+905961374_70 Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

Tells the story of a bounty hunter in an alternative present where the U.S. Civil War never happened and slavery still exists in the “hard four” states.

+-+527264474_70 The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear by Stuart Stevens

PS3569.T4532 I56 2016

A satire about a campaign manager for a sitting vice president at a Republican convention with a right-wing, populist candidate.

 

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Books from Today’s New York Times

Today’s NYTimes contains a book review for Trainwreck: the Women We Love to Hate, Mock and Fear. This book is not yet available, but is on order at our CTW partner Wesleyan University, and once in you may have it sent to you here at Trinity.

Other books mentioned in the article are available at Trinity now:

 

 

 

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New and Notable in Leisure Reading

The library has added several new titles to the Leisure Reading Collection, located in the Current Periodical Reading Room on Level 1. We are starting to add award winning titles to the collection, such as books which either won the Man Booker award last year or were shortlisted for it, and a U.S. National Book Award winner.

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Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me.New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015. Print.

Written as a letter to his fifteen year-old son, Coates gives a very personal account of history and race relations in the U.S. Available in the Trinity College Library.

 

 

 

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James, Marlon. A Brief History of Seven Killings : A Novel. First Riverhead hardcover edition. New York: Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014. Print.

Winner of the 2015 Man Booker award, this is an intense and complex novel about an assassination attempt on Bob Marley (only named as “The Singer”), written in the different voices of the characters, ranging from drug dealers, a ghost, and a CIA operative. Available in the Trinity College Library.

 

Other recent additions:

McCarthy, Tom. Satin Island : A Novel. First edition. New York: K, 2015. Print.

Obioma, Chigozie. The Fishermen : A Novel.First North American edition. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2015. Print.

Weir, Andy. The Martian : A Novel. First edition. New York: Crowblishers, 2014. Print.

 

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