'The Battle of the Crater: a Novel'
By Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen
With "The Battle of the Crater," New York Times best-selling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen take readers to the center of a nearly forgotten Civil War confrontation, a battle that was filled with controversy and misinterpretation even before the attack began.
Drawing on years of research, the authors weave a complex narrative interweaving the high aspirations of African American troops eager to prove themselves in battle and the anxiety of a President who knows the nation cannot bear another major defeat.
June 1864: the Civil War is now into its fourth year of bloody conflict with no end in sight. The armies of the North are stalled in fetid trenches outside of Richmond and Atlanta, and the reelection of Abraham Lincoln to a second term seems doomed to defeat - a defeat that will set off the call for an end to the conflict, dismembering the Union and continuing slavery.
Only one group of volunteers for the Union cause is still eager for battle. Nearly 200,000 men of color have swarmed the recruiting stations and are being mobilized into regiments known as the USCTs, the United States Colored Troops.
The Lycoming County Library System is transitioning to a new library automation system. The new circulation system is called Polaris.
During the week of Jan. 23 to Friday, Jan. 31, library users will not have access to their personal accounts. Also during this time, no holds will be accepted.
Libraries in Lycoming County will be able to check out materials with a valid library card.
A new patron access catalog will be available Jan. 31, and will unveil several new features, such as personalized notifications that can be directly texted or emailed, maintaining a personal reading list and a direct link into Overdrive e-books and audiobooks. Patience is appreciated as library staff work on these improvements. Questions may be directed to the circulation staff at 570-326-0536.
"The Battle of the Crater" is Gingrich and Forstchen's most compelling fact-based work yet, presenting little known truths, long forgotten in the files of correspondence, and the actual court of inquiry held after the attack.
The novel draws a new and controversial conclusion while providing a sharp, rousing and harshly realistic view of politics and combat during the darkest year of the Civil War. This must-read work rewrites our understanding of one of the great battles of the war, and the all but forgotten role played by one of the largest formations of African American troops in our nation's history.
'The Complete Idiot's Guide to 40,000 Baby Names' By Marcia Layton Turner
With 10,000 additional names and 50 additional lists (200 total), this latest edition is the most comprehensive guide to naming newborns on the market - and the most fun.
With specialized lists - from world leaders to favorite characters from children's literature, biblical figures to Wiccan/Gothic/Vampire names, Olympic medalists to Nobel Prize winners-plus alphabetized lists for each gender, this guide makes the name game easy, pleasurable and enlightening.
'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Well on a Budget' By Lucy Beale and Jessica Partridge
"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Well on a Budget" is packed with tips, strategies, ideas and more than 150 recipes for those who are either new to food budgeting or have had to greatly tighten their food budgets. Readers will not only learn how to do savvy grocery shopping, they will learn how to eat out on a budget.
The book includes:
Features preparation and cooking strategies.
More than 150 budget-conscious recipes.
Addresses the challenge of buying healthier foods, which are often more expensive, and maintaining a careful budget.
'Dog Body Language Phrasebook: 100 Ways to Read Their Signals' By Trevor Warner
A dog's body language communicates a multitude of emotions, but pet owners who don't happen to speak "dog," may be misunderstanding what their best friend wants or needs. With the help of the new "Dog Body Language Phrasebook," pups and their people will be on their way to better communication.
This book features:
100 of the most common types of dog expression and is organized by categories of dog behavior, including contentment, anger, fear, playfulness and interaction.
Each specified behavior features a photograph and caption that explains things such as the many different meanings of how a dog holds his tail and ears, or what the condition of his fur signals.
Helpful fact boxes include tips on choosing the right breed of dog, advice on how to help a dog cope with the stress of boarding kennels and how to test a dog's IQ.
Learn how to undo bad behaviors like excessive digging, barking and whining.
Dogs really are man's best friend - they're the world's most popular household pet. This unique picture-reference guide makes a valuable training tool or wonderful gift for dog lovers.
The James V. Brown Library and the Lycoming County Library System continue to add new books, e-books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks each week.
To request a personalized reading list, visit www.jvbrown.edu and fill out a short online questionnaire about reading habits or stop in and see a member of the Information Services department.