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    MARCH 2018 

    The Only True People: Linking Maya Identities Past and Present

    Botanical Drawing: a Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Flowers, Vegetables, Fruit and Other Plant Life
    Monet: the Early Years
    Sargent: the Watercolors
    Shading Techniques: a Shading Guide for Teachers and Students

    Y is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton

    Start Your Own Etsy Business: your Step-by-Step Guide to Handmade Success

    On Islam: Muslims and the Media
    Rethinking Body Language: How Hand Movements Reveal Hidden Thoughts
    You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships, by Deborah Tannen

    The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap
    The Millennial Money Fix

    Accuplacer Secrets Study Guide: your Key to Exam Success
    Barron’s TEAS Practice Tests
    Financial Aid Handbook: Getting the Education You Want for the Price You Can Afford

    Advanced English Grammar for ESL Learners

    Food Allergies: a Complete Guide for Eating When Your Life Depends on It
    Generation Oxy: From High School Wrestlers to Pain Pill Kingpins
    Grass Roots: the Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America
    Healthy Eating Every Day
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: the MBSR Program for Enhancing Health and Vitality
    Open Water Swimming Manual

    From Somalia to Snow: How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis
    Grant, by Ron Chernow
    Hitler, My Neighbor: Memories of a Jewish Childhood, 1929-1939

    Better Health through Spiritual Practices: a Guide to Religious Behaviors and Perspectives that Benefit Mind and Body
    How to Kiss Goodbye to Ana: Using EFT in Recovery from Anorexia
    Natural Healing with Reflexology
    The Practical Guide to Crystal Healing

    12 Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961, by Larry Dane Brimner (2018 Robert F. Sibert Informational Award)
    The 58 Bus: a True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime that Changed their Lives, by Dashka Slater (2018 Stonewall Award)
    The Cambridge History of the English Short Story
    A Different Pond, written by Bao Phi (former ARCC Visiting Writer), illustrated by Thi Bui
    Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, by Monica Brown, illustrated by John Parra (2018 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor)
    Hello Universe: Some Friendships are Meant to Be, by Erin Entrada Kelly (2018 Newbery Award)
    Little & Lion, by Brandy Colbert (2018 Stonewall Award)
    Mangasia: the Definitive Guide to Asian Comics
    Not So Different: What you Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability, by Shane Burcaw (2018 Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor)
    Piecing Me Together, by Renee Watson (2018 Coretta Scott King Author Award; 2018 Newbery Honor)
    A Pocket Style Manual, APA
    A Pocket Style Manual, MLA Update
    La Princesa and the Pea, by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal (2018 Pura Belpre Illustrator Award)
    Saints & Misfits, by S.K. Ali (2018 William C. Morris Finalist)
    A Step from Heaven, by An Na (2002 Michael L. Printz Award; 2001 National Book Finalist for Young People’s Literature)
    Unbearable Splendor, by Sun Yung Shin (2018 former ARCC Visiting Writer)
    Wolf in the Snow, written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell (2018 Caldecott Medal)
    Your Story: How to Write It So Others Will Want to Read It

    Easy Algebra Step-by-Step

    3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and Hip-Hop’s Multibillion-Dollar Rise

    The 36-Hour Day: a Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer’s Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss
    Better Health through Spiritual Practices: a Guide to Religious Behaviors and Perspectives that Benefit Mind and Body
    Cerebral Palsy: a Complete Guide for Caregiving
    Comprehensive Lactation Consultant Exam Review
    Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses
    Emergency: Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured
    Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood: Firsthand Advice, Tips and Stories from Lesbian and Gay Couples
    NCLEX-RN Content Review Guide: Preparation for the NCLEX-RN Examination
    NCLEX-RN Prep 2018
    Positive Living with HIV/AIDS (Nursing Clinics of North America series)
    Quality and Safety in Nursing: a Competency Approach to Improving Outcomes

    “Can We All Get Along?”: Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics
    Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

    The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity
    Gentle Discipline: Using Emotional connection-Not Punishment-to Raise Confident, Capable Kids
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: the MBSR Program for Enhancing Health and Vitality
    Recovery from Trauma, Addiction, or Both: Strategies to Finding Your Best Self
    Rethinking Body Language: How Hand Movements Reveal Hidden Thoughts
    Stressed Out!: Solutions to Help Your Child Manage and Overcome Stress
    Stress Information for Teens
    What Made Maddy Run: the Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen

    Pathology for the Physical Therapist Assistant
    The Role of the Physical Therapist Assistant

    On Islam: Muslims and the Media

    The Aquaponic Farmer: a Complete Guide to Building and Operating a Commercial Aquaponic System
    Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce & Conservation
    Lake Agassiz: the Rise and Demise of the World’s Greatest Lake
    The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables: More In-Depth Lean Techniques for Efficient Organic Production
    Moose: Crowned Giant of the Northern Wilderness
    Thoreau’s Animals

    Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone)
    Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood: Firsthand Advice, Tips and Stories from Lesbian and Gay Couples
    Shots Fired: the Misunderstandings, Misconceptions, and Myths about Public Shootings
    Tomorrow Will be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality, by Sarah McBride
    To My Trans Sisters

    499 Words Every College Student Should Know: a Professor’s Handbook on Words Essential to Great Writing & Better Grades


    World almanac and book of facts 2018 Ref AY67.N5W7 2018
    Demographic yearbook 2015 Ref HA17.D45
    A guide to starting a business in Minnesota 2018 Ref HD2346.U52M45 2018
    The United States government manual 2017 Ref JK421.U57 2017
    The College Board book of majors Ref L901.C6787 2018
    Scientific style and format: the CSE manual Ref LB2369.S386 2014
    Nursing drug handbook 2018 Ref RM125.H63 2018
    The Chicago manual of style 2017 Ref Z253.U69 2017

    Compact Disk
    Women who run with the wolves/Estes CDisk GR470.E88 2001

    Philosophy, psychology, religion
    Career paths in psychology BF76.C38 2017
    Hunger: a memoir of my body/Gay BF697.5.B63G39 2017
    Moving through adolescence/SRCD BF724.M68 2017
    The wisdom of frugality/Wastercott BJ1496.W47 2016

    The violent American century/Dower D431.D69 2017
    Race in America: how a pseudoscientific concept shaped human interaction E184.A1R293 2017
    The bride price: a Hmong wedding story/Moua E184.H55M684 2017
    True south: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the prize/Else E185.61.E525 2017
    Stories of Civil War in El Salvador/Ching F1488.3.C475 2016

    Geography, anthropology, recreation
    Junk raft: an ocean voyage and a rising tide of activism…Eriksen GC1471.E75 2017
    Oxford handbook of environmental ethics GE42.O84 2017
    Surviving the 21st century: humanity’s ten great challenges…Cribb GF47.C75 2017

    Social sciences
    Places in need: the changing geography of poverty/Allard HC110.P6A675 2017
    Private government: how employers rule our lives/Anderson HD4904.A495 2017
    Down and out in the new economy/Gershon HF5382.75 .U6 G465 2017
    Motivated resumes & linked in profiles/Howard HF5383.H688 2017
    Upside: profiting from the profound demographic shifts ahead/Gronbach HF5414.127.G763 2017
    Write to influence!/Bass HF5718.3.B377 2017
    Rational investing/Langlois; Lussier HG4529.5.L366 2017
    Social media and personal relationships/Chambers HM742.C56 2013
    Online around the world HM742.O552 2017
    Constructive controversy/Johnson HM746.J645 2015
    We are data: algorithms and the making of our digital selves/Cheney-Lippold HM851.C4446 2017
    Cyberbullies, cyberactivists, cyberpredators/Rosewarne HM851.R6746 2016
    Human trafficking/Aronowitz HQ281.A76 2017
    Women on the run/Hayes HQ1236.5.U6H39 2016
    Genocide/Naimark HV6322.7.N348 2017
    Black and blue/Pegues HV8141.P34 2017

    Political science
    Encyclopedia of the American presidency/Genovese JK511.G45 2010
    Violent borders: refugees and the right to move/Jones JV6225.J66 2016

    Adcreep: the case against modern marketing/Bartholomew KF1614.B37 2017
    Exonerated: a history of the innocence movement/Norris KF9756.N67 2017

    Can I teach that? negotiating taboo language and controversial topics… LB1631.C365 2016
    Selecting a college major/Gordon; Sears LB2361.G67 2010

    Fine arts
    The encyclopedia of oil techniques/Galton ND1471.G35 2017
    Oil painting essentials/Kreutz ND1500.K739 2016
    Oil & acrylic workshop ND1500.O33 2017
    Modern printmaking/Covey NE850.C68 2016

    Language and literature
    Slang to-day and yesterday/Partridge PE3711.P3 2015
    The accusation/Bandi PL994.627.A613 2017
    Totally scripted: idioms, words, and quotes from Hollywood to Broadway/Chetwynd PN1994.9.C53 2017
    This is just my face: try not to stare/Sidibe PN2287.S377A3 2017
    The DaVinci code/Brown PS3552.R685434D3 2009
    A tale for the time being: a novel/Ozeki PS3565.Z45T35 2013
    Citizen: an American lyric/Rankine PS3568.A572A6 2014
    Turtles all the way down/Green PZ7.G8233Tur 2017
    A step from heaven/An PZ7.N1243St 2016

    The war on science/Otto Q175.5.O88 2016
    Astronomy of the Milky Way/Inglis QB981.I45 2017
    Field notes from a catastrophe/Kolbert QC981.8.G56K655 2015

    Hot health care careers R690.H68 2017
    The power to heal/Smith RA412.4.S54 2016
    Environmental health sourcebook/RA565.E484 2016
    Vaccination ethics and policy RA638.V2982 2017
    Stress-related disorders sourcebook RA785.S78 2016
    The sleep revolution/Huffington RA786.H84 2016
    When breath becomes air/Kalanithi RC280.L8K35 2016
    Psyche on the skin/Chaney RC552.S4C43 2017
    Endocrine and metabolic disorders sourcebook RC648.E418 2017
    Energy healing: the essentials of self-care RZ421.C45 2013

    Water: abundance, scarcity and security…/Schmidt TD215.S45 2017
    101 more mixed media techniques/Doty, et. al. TT157.A55452 2016


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