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Lucy and the Anvil

$20.00

Lucy and the Anvil by Adam Kline ('94) and Brian Taylor

When a lonely anvil finally makes a friend, his own preconceived notions of friendship quickly prove him a failure. Only when an epic storm threatens to snatch Lucy away does the anvil realize his gift. A bedtime story for children three and up, Lucy and the Anvil takes charming note that while no one's good at everything, we're all good at something. And sometimes, one small talent makes all the difference in the world. This project, written by Adam Kline ('94) and illustrated by Scottish artist Brian Taylor, was produced independently through Kickstarter and printed in Michigan.

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9780989553803

Baseball's Greatest Season, 1924

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$22.95

With the possible exception of 2004 no season in the history of baseball has matched 1924 for escalating excitement and emotional investment by fans. It began with observers expecting yet another World Series between the Yankees and the Giants. It ended months later when the Washington Nationals (Senators), making their first Series appearance, grabbed the world championship by scoring the season-ending run on an improbable play in the bottom of the twelfth inning of the seventh game.

On the eve of the return of major league baseball to Washington, D.C., Baseball's Greatest Season recovers the memory of the one and only time when the championship of the national pastime resided in the nation's capital.

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9781558494879

Before First Light

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9780692744529
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Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America

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$26.99

A Fall 2016 Okra Pick (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance)

In a green town in the middle of America, a bright 18-year-old Hispanic student named Isaias Ramos sets out on the journey to college.

Isaias, who passed a prestigious national calculus test as a junior and leads the quiz bowl team, is the hope of Kingsbury High in Memphis, a school where many students have difficulty reading. But Kingsbury s dysfunction, expensive college fees, and forms printed in a language that s foreign to his parents are all obstacles in the way of getting him to a university.

Isaias also doubts the value of college and says he might go to work in his family s painting business after high school, despite his academic potential. Is Isaias making a rational choice? Or does he simply hope to avoid pain by deferring dreams that may not come to fruition? This is what journalist Daniel Connolly attempts to uncover in The Book of Isaias as he follows Isaias, peers into a tumultuous final year of high school, and, eventually, shows how adults intervene in the hopes of changing Isaias life.

Mexican immigration has brought the proportion of Hispanics in the nation s youth population to roughly one in four. Every day, children of immigrants make decisions about their lives that will shape our society and economy for generations. This engaging, poignant book captures an American microcosm and illustrates broader challenges for our collective future.

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9781250083067
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Capitol Punishment: An Andy Hayes Mystery

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$27.95

A perfect read in an election year. Publishers Weekly
The job seems simple enough: Reporter Lee Hershey needs protection for a couple of weeks as he pursues the biggest story of his career with all eyes on swing state Ohio in the midst of a presidential election. Columbus private eye Andy Hayes, broke as usual, doesn t have much choice but to sign on, even with his girlfriend falling for the charming journalist.
Then murder strikes at the Statehouse and Andy finds himself partly responsible for the death. With an innocent man behind bars, a mysterious vehicle following Andy around the city, and more lives in danger, the detective has his hands full trying to solve a killing in a poisonous political environment where everyone has a motive for murder and anyone could be the next target.

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9780804011716
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Cy Young : A Baseball Life

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$24.95

He was the winner of 511 major league baseball games, nearly a hundred more than any other pitcher. He threw three no-hitters, including the first perfect game in the new American League. He was among the original twelve players inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame, and his name is now attached to the game's most prestigious pitching award. Yet for all his accomplishments, Cy Young remains to most baseball fans a legendary but little known figure.

In this book, Reed Browning re-creates the life of Denton True "Cyclone" Young and places his story in the context of a rapidly changing turn-of-the-century America. Born in rural Ohio, the son of a Civil War veteran, Young learned his trade at a time when only underhand pitching was permitted. When he began his professional career in 1890, pitchers wore no gloves and stood five feet closer to the batter than they do today. By the time he retired in 1911, the game of baseball had evolved into its modern form and claimed unquestioned status as America's "national pastime."

As Browning shows, Young's extraordinary mastery of his craft owed much to his ability to adapt to the changing nature of the game. Endowed with an exceptional fastball, he gradually developed a wide array of deliveries and pitches -- all of which he could throw with astonishing control. Yet his success can also be attributed, at least in part, to the rustic values of loyalty, hard work, and fair play that he embraced and embodied, and for which he became renowned among baseball fans of his day.

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9781558493988

End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy

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$29.95

If you buy a book at the bookstore, you own it. You can take it home, scribble in the margins, put in on the shelf, lend it to a friend, sell it at a garage sale. But is the same thing true for the ebooks or other digital goods you buy? Retailers and copyright holders argue that you don't own those purchases, you merely license them. That means your ebook vendor can delete the book from your device without warning or explanation -- as Amazon deleted Orwell's 1984 from the Kindles of surprised readers several years ago. These readers thought they owned their copies of 1984. Until, it turned out, they didn't. In The End of Ownership, Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz explore how notions of ownership have shifted in the digital marketplace, and make an argument for the benefits of personal property.

Of course, ebooks, cloud storage, streaming, and other digital goods offer users convenience and flexibility. But, Perzanowski and Schultz warn, consumers should be aware of the tradeoffs involving user constraints, permanence, and privacy. The rights of private property are clear, but few people manage to read their end user agreements. Perzanowski and Schultz argue that introducing aspects of private property and ownership into the digital marketplace would offer both legal and economic benefits. But, most important, it would affirm our sense of self-direction and autonomy. If we own our purchases, we are free to make whatever lawful use of them we please. Technology need not constrain our freedom; it can also empower us.

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9780262035019
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Fourth Down and Out

$26.95

A "fallen angel seeking salvation through detective work" (Kirkus Reviews), Andy Hayes is the protagonist of the first novel by Kenyon alum Andrew Welsh-Huggins '83. FOURTH DOWN AND OUT is a novel of football and murder set at Ohio State and in Columbus. Publishers Weekly says "The author’s use of iconic Columbus landmarks and lots of Buckeye lore will appeal to O.S.U. fans." 

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The job seems easy enough at first for private investigator Andy Hayes: save his client's reputation by retrieving a laptop and erasing a troublesome video from its hard drive. But that's before someone breaks into Andy's apartment in Columbus; before someone else, armed with a shotgun, relieves him of the laptop; and before the FBI suddenly shows up on his doorstep asking questions.Soon, there's a growing list of people with a claim on the computer, all of them with secrets they don't want uncovered. When one of those people ends up dead, Andy has his hands full convincing authorities he's not responsible, while trying to figure out who is - and who's got the laptop - before someone else dies. Soon the trail leads to the last place Andy wants to go: back to Ohio State University, where few have forgiven him for a mistake he made two decades earlier in his days as the Buckeyes' star quarterback. That misjudgment sent him on a downward spiral that cost him a playing career, two marriages, several wrecked relationships, and above all his legacy in Ohio's capital city, where the fortunes of the OSU team are never far from people's minds.As Andy tracks a laptop and a killer from the toniest of the city's suburbs to its grittiest neighborhoods, he must confront a dark figure from his past and prove that this time he won't drop the ball."

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9780804011525
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Gumptionade

$24.95
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9780990888413

HONEYVOICED

$12.00
180 poetic fragments inspired by the Greek poet Sappho, these poems are rich and enticing, laden with love for food, drink, and all things sensual. Poet Jordi Alonso studied languages and creative writing and graduated with a BA in English from Kenyon College in 2014. He is an MFA candidate and Turner Fellow in Poetry at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton. Alonso has been published in The Southampton Review, Mountain Gazette, The Colorado Review, The Lyric, and other journals. His first book of poetry is Honeyvoiced from XOXOX Press. In a recent essay in The MFA Years, Alonso says of his poems dedicated to and inspired by Sappho, "It is that desire to make something lovely that outlasts us, so inherent in poetry, that expanded what I thought would be a single exercise in imitation resulting in one poem to grow into a 180-poem series..." Reviewer Roger Rosenblatt said of Honeyvoiced, ""The words, so naturally right, each poem seems easy, a tune hummed on a walk. But it takes long brooding to produce work this good. That Alonso has achieved so much so early in his career makes one want to gasp. So I did, after which I sat back, closed my eyes, and gladly vanished in the music." - Roger Rosenblatt, author of The Book of Love and Unless it Moves the Human Heart
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9781880977378
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Icons in the Western Church: Toward a More Sacramental Encounter

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$19.95
Within the Eastern tradition of Christianity, the eikon, or religious image, has long held a place of honor. In the greater part of Western Christianity, however, discomfort with images in worship, both statues and panel icons, has been a relatively common current, particularly since the Reformation. In the Roman Catholic Church, after years of using religious statues, the Second Vatican Council s call for noble simplicity in many cases led to a stripping of images that in some ways helped refocus attention on the eucharistic celebration itself but also led to a starkness that has left many Roman Catholics unsure of how to interact with the saints or with religious images at all.
Today, Western interest in panel icons has been rising, yet we lack standards of quality or catechesis on what to do with them. This book makes the case that icons should have a role to play in the Western Church that goes beyond mere decoration. Citing theological and ecumenical reasons, Visel argues that, with regard to use of icons, the post Vatican II Roman Catholic Church needs to give greater respect to the Eastern tradition. While Roman Catholics may never interact with icons in quite the same way that Eastern Christians do, we do need to come to terms with what icons are and how we should encounter them."
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9780814646601
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Learning to Draw - Drawing to Learn

$19.95
"Anyone can learn to draw" ... Anyone can learn to draw when drawing is presented as the visual language that it is. LEARNING TO DRAW/ DRAWING TO LEARN approaches learning to draw like learning a language. It presents the material in a manner that has one lesson building upon another in a logical progression and in segments that are small enough to be understood and big enough to maintain challenge and interest. Every lesson, and its assignments, is divided into the three basic components of a language: Craft, Concept, and Composition. In drawing the Craft is skill development, the variety of physical and mental aptitudes that are required in perception and hand-eye coordination. The Concept is the broad definition of what the drawing is about, its content. From the Concept the specific (personal) idea, the one the drawing develops, is generated. Composition encompasses the many considerations that go into the way the drawing is ordered on the picture plane and the way that arrangement supports the idea. In the lessons, and from one lesson to another, the objectives of these components are concise, workable and grow from one to another in a sequence that makes learning both possible and desirable. The book is heavily illustrated in a way that visually describes and aids the drawer with the lessons at hand. They illustrate basic considerations as they relate to craft, composition, concept, and their application, giving the drawer the tools needed to develop their own images.
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9781478774167
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Liberal Arts - Blu-Ray

$29.98
When Jesse, a 35-year-old New York college admissions adviser, is invited to his Midwestern alma mater to attend his favorite professor's retirement dinner, he quickly falls back in love with the university life. But when he meets 19-year-old student Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene , Peace, Love and Misunderstanding), the bright, beautiful, book-loving daughter of his professor's friends, he suddenly finds himself caught in a moral dilemma: does he pursue a relationship with this kindred spirit, or does he break her heart and return to the "real world?" Written, directed by and starring Josh Radnor (Happythankyoumoreplease, How I Met Your Mother) and featuring Zac Efron (High School Musical), Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under), Allison Janney (The West Wing), and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight), LIBERAL ARTS is a funny and poignant look at a life at the crossroads.
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030306189895

More They Disappear

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"The More They Disappear delivers everything a reader could want. On one hand a compelling literary thriller, on the other a deep and generous meditation on life in a small town torn by addiction, poverty, and corruption." --Philipp Meyer, author of The Son

When long-serving Kentucky sheriff Lew Mattock is murdered by a confused, drug-addicted teenager, chief deputy Harlan Dupee is tasked with solving the crime. But as Harlan soon discovers, his former boss wasn't exactly innocent.

The investigation throws Harlan headlong into the burgeoning OxyContin trade, from the slanted steps of trailer parks to the manicured porches of prominent citizens, from ATV trails and tobacco farms to riverboat casinos and country clubs.

As the evidence draws him closer to an unlikely suspect, Harlan comes to question whether the law can even right a wrong during the corrupt and violent years that followed the release of OxyContin.

The More They Disappear takes us to the front lines of the battle against small-town drug abuse in an unnerving tale of addiction, loss, and the battle to overcome the darkest parts of ourselves.

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9781250050229
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Operation Tenley

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$14.99
Meet Tenley Tylwyth, an Elemental Teen born with the power to produce weather. Cool? Not really.
Elementals make Mother Nature angry. And who can blame her? Humans have been destroying her planet long enough. It s time she got rid of them all together. Tenley, and those like her, are the only things standing in her way and they don t even know it.
It s a Fair One s job to keep Elemental Teens safe. These ancestors of fairies have created a perfect plan to keep kids like Tenley out of harm s way from afar.
But when rookie Fair One, Pennie, allows her charge to use elemental powers once too often, she s forced to travel to Earth a place where no Fair One wants to go to save her.
Now, Pennie has 48 hours to convince Tenley to stop manipulating the weather. But it won t be so easy. Tenley s got a way with wind and has no plans to stop using it.
But then a field trip provides the perfect opportunity for Mother Nature. She catapults Tenley deep into her gardens, where trees grow upside down and insects attack on command.
For Tenley, things get real, fast. And suddenly, knowing she s got a few Elemental powers up her sleeve might be just what Tenley needs to survive . . . even if it kills her."
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9781942664994
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Performing Whitely in the Postcolony: Afrikaners in South African Theatrical and Public Life

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$55.00
What does it mean to perform whiteness in the postcolonial era? To answer this question crucial for understanding the changing meanings of race in the twenty-first century Megan Lewis examines the ways that members of South Africa s Afrikaner minority have performed themselves into, around, and out of power from the colonial period to the postcolony. The nation s first European settlers and in the twentieth century the architects of apartheid, since 1994 Afrikaners have been citizens of a multicultural, multilingual democracy. How have they enacted their whiteness in the past, and how do they do so now when their privilege has been deflated?
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Performing Whitely examines the multiple speech acts, political acts, and theatrical acts of the Afrikaner volk or nation in theatrical and public life, including pageants, museum sites, film, and popular music as well as theatrical productions. Lewis explores the diverse ways in which Afrikaners perform whitely, and the tactics they use, including nostalgia, melodrama, queering, abjection, and kitsch. She first investigates the way that apartheid s architects leveraged whiteness in support of their nation-building efforts in the early twentieth century. In addition to re-enacting national pilgrimages of colonial-era migrations and building massive monuments at home, Afrikaner nationalists took their show to the United States, staging critical events of the Boer War at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition. A case study of the South African experience, Performing Whitely also offers parables for global whitenesses in the postcolonial era."
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9781609384470
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Question of Identification

$14.95
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9780985606510

Remedies for Hunger

$12.00

This collection of short stories focuses on moments in life when something turns, a choice is made, a promise kept or broken. With vivid and precise details, these quiet tales introduce you to characters whose inner lives are both troubled and eloquent. You smell the permeating odors in a rundown Chicago apartment building, touch the texture of a bear's thick fur, feel your feet scraping against the coils of a hairy rope ladder in the bathtub. These compressed observant tales provide a remedy to readers hungry for stories that will resonate long after the last page is turned.

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9781929777068
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Stained Glass of Peirce Hall

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A lavishly illustrated, full-color hardcover guide to the magnificent stained glass windows in Peirce Hall.  This book features each window in a two-page spread: a photo of the window and a comment by Kenyon faculty about the literary work it depicts. A beautiful gift for all Kenyon friends, family and alums.

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