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FOR THE LOVE: FIGHTING FOR GRACE
Author: Jen Hatmaker

Best-selling author Jen Hatmaker is convinced life can be lovely and fun and courageous and kind. She reveals with humor and style how Jesus’ embarrassing grace is the key to dealing with life's biggest challenge: people. The majority of our joys, struggles, thrills, and heartbreaks relate to people, beginning with ourselves and then the people we came from, married, birthed, live by, go to church with, don’t like, don’t understand, fear, compare ourselves to, and judge. Jen knows how the squeeze of this life can make us competitive and judgmental, how we can lose love for others and then for ourselves. She reveals how to:

  • Break free of guilt and shame by dismantling the unattainable Pinterest life.
  • Learn to engage our culture’s controversial issues with a grace-first approach.
  • Be liberated to love and release the burden of always being right.
  • Identify the tools you already have to develop real-life, all-in, know-my-junk-but-love-me-anyway friendships.
  • Escape our impossible standards for parenting and marriage by accepting the standard of “mostly good.”
  • Laugh your butt off.

  • In this raucous ride to freedom for modern women, Jen Hatmaker bares the refreshing wisdom, wry humor, no-nonsense faith, liberating insight, and fearless honesty that have made her beloved by women worldwide.

    2004985
    Price: $22.99

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    IDLEWILD: THE RISE, DECLINE, AND REBIRTH
    Author: Ronald J. Stephens

    In 1912, white land developers founded Idlewild, an African American resort community in western Michigan. Over the following decades, the town became one of the country’s foremost vacation destinations for the black middle class, during its peak drawing tens of thousands of visitors annually and hosting the era’s premier entertainers, such as The Four Tops, Della Reese, Brook Benton, and George Kirby. With the civil rights movement and the resulting expansion of recreation options available to African Americans, Idlewild suffered a sharp social and economic decline, and by the early 1980s the town had become a struggling retirement community in the midst of financial and political crises.

    Meticulously researched and unearthing never-before-seen historical material, Ronald J. Stephens’s book examines the rapid rise and decline of this pivotal landmark in African American and leisure history, in the process exploring intersections among race, class, tourism, entertainment, and historic preservation in the United States. Featuring a wealth of fieldwork on contemporary Idlewild, the book also takes a candid look at recent revitalization efforts and analyzes the possibilities for a future resurgence of this national treasure.


    2004696
    Price: $26.75

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    IRENA'S CHILDREN
    Author: Tilar J. Mazzeo

    In 1942, one young social worker, Irena Sendler, was granted access to the Warsaw ghetto as a public health specialist. While she was there, she began to understand the fate that awaited the Jewish families who were unable to leave. Soon she reached out to the trapped families, going from door to door and asking them to trust her with their young children. Driven to extreme measures and with the help of a network of local tradesmen, ghetto residents, and her star-crossed lover in the Jewish resistance, Irena ultimately smuggled thousands of children past the Nazis. She made dangerous trips through the city’s sewers, hid children in coffins, snuck them under overcoats at checkpoints, and slipped them through secret passages in abandoned buildings.

    But Irena did something even more astonishing at immense personal risk: she kept a secret list buried in bottles under an old apple tree in a friend’s back garden. On it were the names and true identities of these Jewish children, recorded so their families could find them after the war. She could not know that more than ninety percent of their families would perish.

    Irena’s Children, “a fascinating narrative of…the extraordinary moral and physical courage of those who chose to fight inhumanity with compassion” (Chaya Deitsch author of Here and There: Leaving Hasidism, Keeping My Family), is a truly heroic tale of survival, resilience, and redemption.


    2005538
    Price: $15.99

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    MARCH: BOOK THREE
    Authors: John Lewis and Andrew Aydin Illustrator: Nate Powell

    "One of the Best Books of 2016" - Publishers Weekly

    Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one ofthe key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.

    By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear. Through relentless direct action, SNCC continues to force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression: "One Man, One Vote."

    To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television.With these new struggles come new allies, new opponents, and an unpredictable new president who might be both at once. But fractures within the movement are deepening ... even as 25-year-old John Lewis prepares to risk everything in a historic showdown high above the Alabama river, in a town called Selma.

    2005363
    Price: $19.99

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    THE GLORY YEARS OF THE DETROIT TIGERS: 1920-1950
    Author: Dr. William M. Anderson (Former President of WSCC)

    In the three decades between 1920 and 1950, the Detroit Tigers won four American League pennants, the first world championship in team history in 1935, and a second world crown ten years later. Star players of this era—including Ty Cobb, Harry Heilmann, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Mickey Cochrane, George Kell, and Hal Newhouser—represent the majority of Tigers players inducted into the Hall of Fame. Sports writers followed the team feverishly, and fans packed Navin Field (later Briggs Stadium) to cheer on the high-flying Tigers, with the first record season attendance of one million recorded in 1924 and surpassed eight more times before 1950. In The Glory Years of the Detroit Tigers: 1920–1950, author William M. Anderson combines historical narrative and photographs of these years to argue that these years were the greatest in the history of the franchise.

    Anderson presents over 350 unique and lively images, mostly culled from the remarkable Detroit News archive, that showcase players’ personalities as well as their exploits on the field. For their meticulous coverage and colorful style, Anderson consults Tigers reporting from the three daily Detroit newspapers of the era (the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, and Detroit Times) and the Sporting News, which was known then as the "Baseball Bible." Some especially compelling columns are reproduced intact to give readers a feel for the exciting and careful reporting of these years. Anderson combines historical text with photos in six topical chapters: "Spring Training: When Dreams are Entertained," "Franchise Stars," "The Supporting Cast," "Moments of Glory and Notable Games," "The War Years," and "The Old Ballpark: Where Legends and Memories Were Made." Anderson presents sketches of many fine players who have been overlooked in other histories and visits characters who often acted in strange ways: Dizzy Trout, Gee Walker, Elwood "Boots" "The Baron" Poffenbeger, and Louis "Bobo" "Buck" Newsom.

    Tigers fans and anyone interested in local sports culture will enjoy this comprehensive and compelling look into the glory years of Tigers history.


    2004035
    Price: $39.95

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    THE GUNS AT LAST LIGHT: THE WAR IN WESTERN EUROPE, 1944-1945
    Author: Rick Atkinson

    It is the twentieth century's unrivaled epic: at a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted how they fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all—the titanic battle for Western Europe.

    D-Day marked the commencement of the European war's final campaign, and Atkinson's riveting account of that bold gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows. The brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Operation Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich—all these historic events and more come alive with a wealth of new material and a mesmerizing cast of characters. With The Guns at Last Light, the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy, Atkinson has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that unshackled a continent and preserved freedom in the West.


    2004183
    Price: $16.95

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    UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY

    Author: Laura Hillenbrand


    On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

    The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

    Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

    In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.


    2003029
    Price: $12.95

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    UP N' ATOM WEDNESDAY: GETTING OVER THE HUMP
    Author: John F. O'Herron

    John O'Herron's revolutionary "happy atom" tutoring method has helped countless students achieve their full potential over the years. The method, as well as the ideas behind it, are detailed in his new book Up N'Atom Wednesday. This innovative guide details the ins and outs of the educative approach that aims not only to increase student retention, but also to encourage parental involvement and create more educator accountability across the board.

    With the ultimate goal of creating generations of problem solvers, O'Herron creates a system that essentially gathers and identifies information that is necessary to help students achieve success. This is based on the idea that scientists have long postulated that human behavior often mimics the behavior of individual atoms. According to O'Herron, "one attribute of a good scientist is not always finding what you are looking for but noticing something is significant when you get other than what you were looking for." This mindset helps put instructors in a position to identify students' frames of reference and thus formulate a common platform from which to work.

    By viewing student behavior from the perspective of atoms, the opportunity to notice changes in behavior, even very subtle ones, becomes easier. Up N'Atom Wednesday details how instructors must identify students' frames of reference and accept them for who they are, not necessarily why they are. This creates a more trusting environment and relaxed dialogue, both of which are necessary if learning is to occur. O'Herron believes that the ultimate goal of teachers and tutors should be to apply whatever expertise they bring to the table to raise the student's frame of reference to what is considered an "acceptable" level.

    O'Herron's Up N'Atom Wednesday is a must read for parents, teachers, tutors, and students alike. The author's insightful "happy atom" approach, illustrated by heartfelt stories and anecdotes, is a worthy contribution to the education canon.


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    Price: $2.99

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    WEST SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS
    WEST SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS

    Author: Sara Jensen

    As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, West Shore Community College has published the history book West Shore Community College: The First Fifty Years.

    The 128-page hardcover book unravels the history of how the college came into being and has helped shape the educational, economic, social, and cultural landscape of the area. It also chronicles key events and tells the story of the people who shaped and led the college since its beginnings in 1967.

    "Building upon the history of the first 50 years, author and alumna Sarah Jensen has captured the special stories and events which reflect the college's journey from providing access to higher education in our region to our unwavering focus on student success,” said Trustee James Jensen, who chaired the committee which provided direction and oversight for the history book. “This book tells a unique story many people will enjoy because it is the story about all of us and the communities the college serves.”

    Author Sarah Jensen spent more than two years on the project that included archival research and interviews with subjects around the country.

    2005593
    Price: $49.99

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