Thursday, January 9, 2014

Marc Records
There are new marc records available for the new titles that have been added over the past month. You can get the records on the Marc Record page.

Recently added Titles
In December, enki added 143 titles from Booktrope, a Seattle-based start-up that calls itself "a team publishing platform and a social marketing engine for books of all kinds." Booktrope's titles range across many fiction and nonfiction genres. Here are a few examples that show the diversity of Booktrope's offerings:

Dizzy in Karachi

In a post-9/11 world, one young woman sought to understand what remained of her homeland beyond headlines and stereotypes As a graduate student of international affairs in Boston, Maliha Masood was deeply conflicted when it came to Pakistan. It was her birthplace where she spent an idyllic childhood riding camels on the beach, reciting English poetry and dancing to Abba. Class lectures depicted a failed state that enslaved its women. Media reports painted dire scenarios of blood baths and terror cells, crime mobs and Kalashnikovs. Determined to reconcile the past with the present, Maliha went back to Pakistan in 2003, after an absence of two decades, and stumbled upon the adventure of a lifetime.

Prop 8 Love Stories
Actors 10 to 17 years old interviewed 8 couples (3 mixed gender & 5 same gender) about Love, Life & Discrimination. Now watch these young actors portray those couples, word for word, in the most potent, moving and hilarious theatre you've ever seen. There are 16 leading roles in this award-winning, controversial play now being performed in high schools, colleges, churches and theaters around the world.

Home Field: Writers Remember Baseball
Baseball remembered by nine great writers - there's community, there's family, there's heart. Sherman Alexie leaping from reservation Little League to women, race, and identity. Timothy Egan tells secrets of coaching girls' Little League, including use of Doppler radar to scan for rain. Holly Morris describes how her women's softball team, the Smellies, perfected the fine art of hooha. Lynda Barry shares a tale of a magical baseball glove laced with difficult memories of her father. Larry Colton, once a "can't miss prospect," recalls the hope and pain of his professional pitching debut, then watches a next-generation "can't miss prospect" make the same mistakes. And much more. Here is baseball without stats but full of life, played by local heroes and heroines on their home field.

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