Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Last Victim by Karen Robards

Robards, Karen. The Last Victim. New York: Ballantine Books, 2012.

Call No.: F ROB

Publisher's Description: Dr. Charlotte Stone sees what others do not.

A sought-after expert in criminal pathology, Charlie regularly sits face-to-face with madmen. Obsessed with learning what makes human monsters commit terrible crimes, Charlie desires little else from life—no doubt because when she was sixteen, she herself survived a serial killer’s bloodbath: A man butchered the family of Charlie’s best friend, Holly, then left the girl’s body on a seaside boardwalk one week later.

Because of the information Charlie gave police, the Boardwalk Killer went underground. She kept to herself her eerie postmortem visions of Holly and her mother. And even years later, knowing her contact with ghosts might undermine her credibility as a psychological expert, Charlie tells no one about the visits she gets from the spirit world.

Now all-too-handsome FBI agent Tony Bartoli is telling Charlie that a teenage girl is missing, her family slaughtered. Bartoli suspects that after fifteen years, the Boardwalk Killer—or a sick copycat with his M.O.—is back. Time is running short for an innocent, kidnapped girl, and Bartoli pleads for Charlie’s help.

This is the one case Charlie shouldn’t go near. But she also knows that she may be the one person in the world who can stop this vicious killer. For Charlie—whose good looks disguise a world of hurt, vulnerability, and potent psychic gifts—a frantic hunt for a madman soon becomes a complex test of cunning, passions, and secrets. Aiding Dr. Stone on her quest to catch a madman is a ghostly presence with bad intentions: the fiery spirit of seductive bad boy Michael Garland who refuses to be ignored, though in his cat and mouse game they may both lose their hearts.

Dr. Charlotte Stone sees what others do not. And she sees the Boardwalk Killer coming for her.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tennesee Valley Echoes

Biddle, Judith. Tennessee Valley Echoes: Tales and Memories that Refuse to Die. Winter Park, FL: Legacy Book Publishing, 2012.

Call No.: T 976.88 B473t

Author's Book Description: In seeking the roots of my family tree I found as the people from my past emerged the stories they had lived surfaced with them I am convinced we are all a continuation of stories in our past. We ARE their next chapter. On one side of my family there was a man who became known far and near as Tom Sexton, the Blacksmith Preacher . You will read his tales and sermons as he told them in his uneducated, humorous way. On the other side of my family tree one of my ancestors was killed by river pirates. America s first known serial killers got their start in Knoxville, Tennessee and their indirect link to my family history. Then travel with me back to my childhood and see how life was in Tennessee during the 1940 s when we lived with ice boxes and outdoor toilets, even at school. Wedged between my life in the city and life in the country are my memories of living in a secret city , Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a town so highly classified it was not on any map! We lived in that secret city while my father worked with the Manhattan Project during World War II. Finally, my family only heard about the strange people called Melungeons a few years ago. They are said to be a strange race of people who were neither white nor black nor red nor yellow and I was astonished to find my family has a direct connection to them but never knew it.

Thanks to the author for the gift of this book.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Trickster's Point by William Kent Krueger

Krueger, William Kent. Trickster's Point. New York: Atria, 2012.

Call No.: F KRU

Publisher's Description: The dying don’t easily become the dead.

The next novel in William Kent Krueger’s New York Times bestselling series finds Cork O’Connor sitting in the shadow of a towering monolith known as Trickster’s Point, deep in the Minnesota wilderness. With him is Jubal Little, who is favored to become the first Native American elected governor of Minnesota, and who is slowly dying with an arrow through his heart. Although the men have been bowhunting, a long-standing tradition among these two friends, this is no hunting accident. The arrow turns out to be one of Cork’s, and he becomes the primary suspect in the murder. He understands full well that he’s been set up. As he works to clear his name and track the real killer, he remembers his long, complex relationship with the tough kid who would grow up to become a professional football player, a populist politician, and the lover of the first woman to whom Cork ever gave his heart. Jubal was known by many for his passion, his loyalty, and his ambition. Only Cork knows that he was capable of murder.

Full of nail-biting suspense, plus a fascinating look into Cork’s teenage years in Aurora, a town blessed with natural beauty yet plagued by small-town feuds and heated racial tension, Trickster’s Point is a thrilling exploration of the motives, both good and ill, that lead men and women into the difficult, sometimes deadly, political arena.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Staunton Baptist Church

Schmitt, Frank J. Staunton Baptist Church, 1790-1990, 200 Years Old. Bedford, Va.: B & B Printing Co., 1990.

Call No.: BAPT 286.1755 St29s

Description: This history of Staunton Baptist Church was prepared for the church's bicentennial The church is located in Bedford County, Virginia with a Huddleston, Virginia mailing address.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Carson-Newman College

Gass, Linda T. and Lang, Albert L. Carson-Newman College. (The Campus History Series). Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing, 2012.

Call No.: 378.7689 G215c [a copy is also available in Special Collections]

Publisher's Description: Carson-Newman, a private, Christian liberal arts university, is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, approximately 25 miles east of Knoxville. In the early 1840s, a number of Baptist leaders desired to offer better-prepared ministers to area congregations. Afforded the use of a local Baptist church building, Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary opened to students in the fall of 1851. In 1880, the school was named Carson College and for several years existed alongside Newman College, a separate facility for the education of women. In 1889, the two colleges united as one of the first coeducational Baptist institutions. As Carson-Newman celebrates 160 years of rich history steeped in the ideals of truth, beauty, and goodness, it continues to prepare students academically and spiritually to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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We are especially proud of this volume as it was co-authored by our archivist and archives assistant!

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Friday, October 26, 2012

The Bone Bed

Cornwell, Patricia. The Bone Bed. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2012.

Call No.: F COR

Publisher's Description: A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over two thousand miles away in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist’s disappearance is connected to a series of crimes much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

When she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that the danger and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator, Pete Marino, and FBI forensic psychologist and husband, Benton Wesley, have secrets of their own. Feeling alone and betrayed, Scarpetta is tempted by someone from her past as she tracks a killer both cunning and cruel.

This is Kay Scarpetta as you have never seen her before. The Bone Bed is a must read for any fan of this series, or an ideal starting point for new readers.

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The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory

Gregory, Philippa. The Kingmaker's Daughter. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012.

Call No.: F GRE

Publisher's Description: Spies, poison, and curses surround her…. Is there anyone she can trust?

In The Kingmaker’s Daughter, #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory presents a novel of conspiracy and a fight to the death for love and power at the court of Edward IV of England.

The Kingmaker’s Daughter is the gripping story of the daughters of the man known as the “Kingmaker,” Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: the most powerful magnate in fifteenth-century England. Without a son and heir, he uses his daughters Anne and Isabel as pawns in his political games, and they grow up to be influential players in their own right. In this novel, her first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory explores the lives of two fascinating young women.

At the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne grows from a delightful child to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Married at age fourteen, she is soon left widowed and fatherless, her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Anne manages her own escape by marrying Richard, Duke of Gloucester, but her choice will set her on a collision course with the overwhelming power of the royal family and will cost the lives of those she loves most in the world, including her precious only son, Prince Edward. Ultimately, the kingmaker’s daughter will achieve her father’s greatest ambition.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Encyclopedia of the Sixties

Baugess, James S. and DeBolt, Abbe Allen, eds. Encyclopedia of the Sixties: A Decade of Culture and Counterculture. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood, 2012. 2 vols.

Call No.: R 973.9 En19b

Publisher's Description: Encyclopedia of the Sixties: A Decade of Culture and Counterculture surveys the 1960s from January 1960 to December 1969. Nearly 500 entries cover everything from the British television cult classic The Avengers to the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. The two-volume work also includes biographies of artists, architects, authors, statesmen, military leaders, and cinematic stars, concentrating on what each individual accomplished during the 1960s, with brief postscripts of their lives beyond the period.

There was much more to the Sixties than flower power and LSD, and the entries in this encyclopedia were compiled with an eye to providing a balanced view of the decade. Thus, unlike works that emphasize only the radical and revolutionary aspects of the period to the exclusion of everything else, these volumes include the political and cultural Right, taking a more academic than nostalgic approach and helping to fill a gap in the popular understanding of the era.

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Special thanks to the editor, James S. Baugess, a Carson-Newman alumnus from the class of 1978, for his gift of this set to our library.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry

Perry, Anne. A Sunless Sea. New York: Ballantine Books, 2012.

Call No.: F PER

Publisher's Description: Anne Perry’s spellbinding Victorian mysteries, especially those featuring William Monk, have enthralled readers for a generation. The Plain Dealer calls Monk “a marvelously dark, brooding creation”—and, true to form, this new Perry masterpiece is as deceptively deep and twisty as the Thames.

As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim’s name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little—only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but—described as quiet and kempt—she doesn’t appear to be a fallen woman.

What sinister secrets could have made poor Zenia worth killing? And why does the government keep interfering in Monk’s investigation?

While the public cries out for blood, Monk, his spirited wife, Hester, and their brilliant barrister friend, Oliver Rathbone, search for answers. From dank waterfront alleys to London’s fabulously wealthy West End, the three trail an ice-blooded murderer toward the unbelievable, possibly unprovable truth—and ultimately engage their adversaries in an electric courtroom duel. But unless they can work a miracle, a monumental evil will go unpunished and an innocent person will hang.

Anne Perry has never worn her literary colors with greater distinction than in A Sunless Sea, a heart-pounding novel of intrigue and suspense in which Monk is driven to make the hardest decision of his life.

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The Manhattan Project

The Manhattan Project is very important to us here in East Tennessee because of Oak Ridge.  The Office of Scientific & Technical Information (OSTI) is marking the Manhattan Project's 70th anniversary with a series of articles

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Black Families: Jefferson County, Tennessee

Taylor, Zack F., Jr. Black Families: Jefferson County, Tennessee. Dandridge, Tenn.: The author, 2012.

Call No.: R 929.2 T219b

Description: This book reports the history of African-American families residing in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Families included are:

  • Joseph Jackson Bewley
  • Alfred Brazelton
  • Cyrus Brazelton
  • John Frank Carter
  • Abraham William Cotner
  • Columbus Cunningham
  • David Davis
  • Dirl
  • Samuel Donaldson
  • Andrew Johnson Elliott
  • Henry Evans
  • Washington Hodge
  • James S. Houston
  • James Ingram
  • Wylie Jobe
  • Eli Johnson
  • Will Langston
  • William Earl Lauderback
  • Henry C. Martin
  • Alexander McFarland
  • James Carson Meek
  • William Anderson Mills
  • Hamilton Nance
  • Neal
  • Grand L. Pate
  • Preston Pate
  • Calvin Patterson
  • Robert Peck
  • Silas Peck
  • Alex Phipps
  • Van Reed
  • Pryor Smith
  • George Staffney
  • John Tate
  • Malinda Tate
  • Cupid Taylor
  • William Thomas
  • Anderson Vance
  • Crawford Watkins
  • Andrew Wilkerson

Although the book lacks footnotes, there are internal references to records which will assist those needing further documentation.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber

Macomber, Debbie. The Inn at Rose Harbor. New York: Ballantine Books, 2012.

Call No.: F MAC

Publisher's Description: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber comes a heartwarming new series based in the Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove, where a charming cast of characters finds love, forgiveness, and renewal behind the doors of the cozy Rose Harbor Inn.

Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a sense of peace and a fresh start. Coping with the death of her husband, she purchases a local bed-and-breakfast—the newly christened Rose Harbor Inn—ready to begin her life anew. Yet the inn holds more surprises than Jo Marie can imagine.

Her first guest is Joshua Weaver, who has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye, and Joshua has little hope that they can reconcile their differences. But a long-lost acquaintance from Joshua’s high school days proves to him that forgiveness is never out of reach and love can bloom even where it’s least expected.

The other guest is Abby Kincaid, who has returned to Cedar Cove to attend her brother’s wedding. Back for the first time in twenty years, she almost wishes she hadn’t come, the picturesque town harboring painful memories from her past. And while Abby reconnects with family and old friends, she realizes she can only move on if she truly allows herself to let go.

A touching novel of life’s grand possibilities and the heart’s ability to heal, The Inn at Rose Harbor is a welcome introduction to an unforgettable set of friends.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Living Jesus

Harris, Randy and Taylor, Greg. Living Jesus: Doing What Jesus Says in the Sermon on the Mount. Abilene, Tex.: Leafwood Publishers, 2012.

Call No.: 241.53 H243l

Publisher's Description: The Sermon on the Mount is more than great ideas by a great teacher. It is a way of life. Randy Harris invites you not just to understand these great teachings but to live them in ways you never before imagined.

This new book is a training tool for people who want to live the way of Jesus. Centered on the entire contents of the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7, it unpacks the sermon in hard-hitting, easy-to-understand, and practical ways.

G. K. Chesterton said Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried. Many people today view the Sermon on the Mount this way. They simply believe the teaching is too hard and give up in exasperation and guilt or confusion. The single most important interpretive key for the sermon, says Randy Harris, is to believe that Jesus really intended for us to live these teachings.

Martin Luther said the Sermon on the Mount is so difficult that we can only fall on the grace of God. The teachings are indeed difficult, and we can only fall on the grace of God, but this doesn’t mean the teachings cannot become a necessary guide for living the way of Jesus. The Sermon on the Mount, says Harris, is livable and this book is a guide to the greatest teaching of all time that will change your life forever.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012


Ellis, Lisa Whillock. Dandridge. (Images of America) Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia, 2011.

Call No.: T 976.8924 El59d

Publisher's Description: Dandridge, Tennessee, the second-oldest town in the state, was founded in 1783 by a group of Scotch-Irish settlers. It was 13 years before Tennessee became the 16th state. The town began as a small frontier settlement along the banks of the French Broad River in the short-lived state of Franklin. In 1793, Dandridge became the county seat for the newly formed Jefferson County. The county was named for then U.S. secretary of state Thomas Jefferson. Dandridge is the only town in the United States named for first lady Martha Dandridge Custis Washington. Davy Crockett married his first wife near Dandridge, and the courthouse still has his marriage bond in its archives. Over the years, it has played host to presidents Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson. During the Civil War, the Battle of Dandridge was fought there in winter 1864. In 1942, the town was saved when the Tennessee Valley Authority built a dike to protect it from the waters of Douglas Lake.

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About the Author: Lisa Ellis is a professor in Carson-Newman's art department.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

Penny, Louise. The Beautiful Mystery. New York: Minotaur Books, 2012.

Call No.: F PEN

Publisher's Description: The brilliant new novel in the New York Times bestselling series by Louise Penny, one of the most acclaimed crime writers of our time

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery’s massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Performance Identities of Lady Gaga

Gray, Richard J., II, ed. The Performance Identities of Lady Gaga: Critical Essays. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2012.

Call No.: 780.92 L128g

Publisher's Description: Three years after entering the pop music scene, Lady Gaga became the most well-known pop star in the world. These thirteen critical essays explore Lady Gaga’s body of work through the interdisciplinary filter of performance identity and cover topics such as gender and sexuality, body commodification, visual body rhetoric, drag performance, homosexuality and heteronormativity, Surrealism and the theatre of cruelty, the carnivalesque, monstrosity, imitation and parody, human rights, and racial politics. Of particular interest is the way that Lady Gaga’s œuvre, however popular, strange, raw or controversial, enters into the larger sociopolitical discourse, challenging the status quo and altering our perceptions of reality.

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About the Editor: Richard J. Gray II is a former Carson-Newman professor. He now teaches at Denison University in Ohio.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

GPO and Treasury Partner to Provide Public Access to Historical Content

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and the U.S. Department of Treasury have partnered on a pilot project to make historical digitized content from the Treasury Library available on GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys). Through the pilot project, Treasury Reporting Rates of Exchange, 1956-2005, which list the exchange rates of foreign currencies based on the dollar, are now available on FDsys . Over the next year, additional historical documents within the Treasury's library collection will be made available on FDsys through this pilot project.

I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had by Tony Danza

Danza, Tony. I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year As a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High. New York: Crown, 2012.

Call No.: 371.1009 D

Publisher's Description: I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had is television, screen and stage star Tony Danza’s absorbing account of a year spent teaching tenth-grade English at Northeast High -- Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3600 students.

Entering Northeast’s crowded halls in September of 2009, Tony found his way to a classroom filled with twenty-six students who were determined not to cut him any slack. They cared nothing about “Mr. Danza’s” showbiz credentials, and they immediately put him on the hot seat.

Featuring indelible portraits of students and teachers alike, I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had reveals just how hard it is to keep today’s technologically savvy – and often alienated -- students engaged, how impressively committed most teachers are, and the outsized role counseling plays in a teacher’s day, given the psychological burdens many students carry. The book also makes vivid how a modern high school works, showing Tony in a myriad of roles – from lecturing on To Kill a Mockingbird to “coaching” the football team to organizing a talent show to leading far-flung field trips to hosting teacher gripe sessions.

A surprisingly poignant account, I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had is sometimes laugh-out-loud funny but is mostly filled with hard-won wisdom and feel-good tears.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Orbiting the Giant Hairball

MacKenzie, Gordon. Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace. New York: Viking Press, 1998.

Call No.: FDC 650.1 M199o

Publisher's Description: Creativity is crucial to business success. But too often, even the most innovative organization quickly becomes a "giant hairball"--a tangled, impenetrable mass of rules, traditions, and systems, all based on what worked in the past--that exercises an inexorable pull into mediocrity. Gordon McKenzie worked at Hallmark Cards for thirty years, many of which he spent inspiring his colleagues to slip the bonds of Corporate Normalcy and rise to orbit--to a mode of dreaming, daring and doing above and beyond the rubber-stamp confines of the administrative mind-set. In his deeply funny book, exuberantly illustrated in full color, he shares the story of his own professional evolution, together with lessons on awakening and fostering creative genius.

Originally self-published and already a business "cult classic", this personally empowering and entertaining look at the intersection between human creativity and the bottom line is now widely available to bookstores. It will be a must-read for any manager looking for new ways to invigorate employees, and any professional who wants to achieve his or her best, most self-expressive, most creative and fulfilling work.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Bones Are Forever by Kathy Reichs

Reichs, Kathy. Bones Are Forever. New York: Scribner, 2012.

Call No.: F REI

Publisher's Description: Kathy Reichs, #1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the FOX televison hit Bones, is at her brilliant best in a riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan—a story of infanticide, murder, and corruption, set in the high-stakes, high-danger world of diamond mining.

A woman calling herself Amy Roberts checks into a Montreal hospital complaining of uncontrolled bleeding. Doctors see evidence of a recent birth, but before they can act, Roberts disappears. Dispatched to the address she gave at the hospital, police discover bloody towels outside in a Dumpster. Fearing the worst, they call Temperance Brennan to investigate.

In a run-down apartment Tempe makes a ghastly discovery: the decomposing bodies of three infants. According to the landlord, a woman named Alma Rogers lives there. Then a man shows up looking for Alva Rodriguez. Are Amy Roberts, Alma Rogers, and Alva Rodriguez the same person? Did she kill her own babies? And where is she now?

Heading up the investigation is Tempe’s old flame, homicide detective Andrew Ryan. His counterpart from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is sergeant Ollie Hasty, who happens to have a little history with Tempe himself, which she regrets. This unlikely trio follows the woman’s trail, first to Edmonton and then to Yellowknife, a remote diamond-mining city deep in the Northwest Territories. What they find in Yellowknife is more sinister than they ever could have imagined.

Crackling with sexual tension, whip-smart dialogue, and the startling plot twists Reichs delivers so well, Bones Are Forever is the fifteenth thrilling novel in Reichs’s “cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series” (The New York Times Book Review). With the FOX series Bones in its eighth season and her popularity at its broadest ever, Kathy Reichs has reached new heights in suspenseful storytelling.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

I Dared to Call Him Father

Sheikh, Bilquis and Schneider, Richard H. I Dared to Call Him Father. Grand Rapids: Chosen Books, 1978.

Call No.: 248.246 Sh42i

We received this older book in a gift collection from Rev. Kelver & Mattie Mullins. It's the story of a Muslim woman's conversion to Christianity.

My Name Is Asher Lev

Potok, Chaim. My Name Is Asher Lev. New York: Ballantine Books/Fawcett Crest, 1983, c1972.

Call No.: FDC 813.54 P849m [Note: The library has other editions in our general circulating collection.]

Book Summary: Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Master of the Universe. Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels even when it leads him to blasphemy.In this stirring and often visionary novel, Chaim Potok traces Asher’s passage between these two identities, the one consecrated to God, the other subject only to the imagination.

Asher Lev grows up in a cloistered Hasidic community in postwar Brooklyn, a world suffused by ritual and revolving around a charismatic Rebbe. But in time his gift threatens to estrange him from that world and the parents he adores. As it follows his struggle, My Name Is Asher Lev becomes a luminous portrait of the artist, by turns heartbreaking and exultant, a modern classic.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Make the Impossible Possible

Strickland, Bill and Rause, Vince. Make the Impossible Possible: One Man's Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary. New York: Broadway Books, 2007.

Call No.: 650.1 St85m or FDC 650.1 St85m

Publisher's Description: In Make the Impossible Possible, Bill Strickland shows how each of us, by adopting the attitudes and beliefs he has lived by every day, can reach our fullest potential and achieve the impossible in our lives and careers--and perhaps change the world a little in the process. Through lessons from Strickland's own life experiences and those of countless others who have overcome challenging circumstances and turned their lives around, Make the Impossible Possible teaches us how to build on our passions and strengths, dream bigger and set the bar higher, achieve meaningful success, and inspire the lives of others.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Creole Belle

Burke, James Lee. Creole Belle. (A Dave Robicheaux Novel.) New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012.

Call Number: F BUR

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Languishing in a recovery unit on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Dave Robicheaux is fighting an enemy more insidious than the one who put a bullet in his back a month earlier in a shootout on Bayou Teche. The morphine meant to dull his pain is steadily gnawing away at his resolve, playing tricks on his mind, and luring him back into the addict mentality that once threatened to destroy his life and family.

With the soporific Indian summer air wafting through the louvered shutters of his hospital room, and the demons fighting for space in his head, Dave can’t be sure whether his latest visitor is flesh and blood or a spectral reminder of his Louisiana youth. Tee Jolie Melton, a young woman with a troubled past, glides to his bedside and leaves him with an iPod that plays the old country blues song “My Creole Belle.”

What Dave doesn’t know is that Tee Jolie disappeared weeks ago, and no one believes she reappeared to comfort an old man with a bullet wound. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the vivid memory of Tee Jolie, and when he learns that her sister has turned up dead inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf, he believes that putting the evils of the past to rest is more urgent than ever before.

Meanwhile, an oil spill in the Gulf brings back intense feelings for Dave of losing his father to a rig explosion years ago. As the oil companies continue to risk human lives in pursuit of wealth and power, Dave begins to see links to the Melton sisters, even when no one else shares his suspicions. Dave’s expartner Clete Purcel helps him search for Tee Jolie, though Clete fears for his friend’s mental health and safety. But Clete has his own troubles, too; he’s discovered an illegitimate daughter who may be working as a contract killer—and may have set her sights on someone he loves.

Creole Belle is a resurrection story for the ages, with James Lee Burke at the peak of his masterful career and Dave Robicheaux facing his most intense and personal battle yet, against the known and unknown forces that corrupt and destroy even the best of men.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Third Update on Adult Learning Theory

Merriam, Sharan B., ed. Third Update on Adult Learning Theory. (New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education ; no. 119). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.

Call No.: FDC 374 T348m

Publisher's Description: This Third Update on Adult Learning Theory follows two earlier volumes on the same topic, the first published in 1993 and the second in 2001. Only one topic, transformative learning theory, can be found in all three updates, representing the continuing developments in research and alternative theoretical conceptions of TL.

Thanks to a growing body of research and theory-building, three topics briefly touched on in 2001 are now separate chapters in this third update:

* spirituality and adult learning

* learning through the body

* narrative learning in adulthood

Also new in this update is a chapter on non-Western perspectives on learning and knowing. New developments in two other areas are also explored: understanding the connection between the brain and learning, and how modern and postmodern ways of knowing are converging and are bring expressed in social movements. The concluding chapter identifies two trends in adult learning theory for the twenty-first century: attention to context, and to the holistic nature of learning in adulthood.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Announces Spanish Version, Multimedia, and Enhanced Search Features

Washington D.C - Science agencies across the U.S. federal government announced today the launch of the Spanish version of, provides the same breadth and depth in science search as does, covering over 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies. Free access is provided to over 55 scientific databases and more than 2,100 selected scientific web sites. Integrating Microsoft's Translator, Spanish-language queries to initiate searches of U.S. databases and web sites with results appearing in Spanish. This represents an innovative use of existing commercial technology to broaden public access to federal science information.

"Congratulations to all the federal science agencies involved in for making the best government science data accessible to the millions of Spanish-speaking Americans across our country," said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. "I encourage students, teachers, researchers, engineers and members of the public to take advantage of the new Spanish version of this valuable federal science portal. The web site will help increase the vital role of U.S. scientific information in education, innovation and discovery, and will help encourage Latino communities to promote careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics."

In addition to offering expanded access to the Spanish-speaking public, now includes new multimedia content and additional features to help users find the science information they need. For the first time, R&D video is available from the Department of Energy (DOE), MedlinePLUS (NIH), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Images from the Library of Congress have been added to the image search that is now integrated under a new multimedia tab on the results page. Search enhancements include visual representations of topical information in an easy-to-use touch and dial format.

The Alliance will highlight these and other achievements in its 10th Anniversary celebration in December.

"The Alliance has worked hard to make this a significant interface update and the new navigation will help the public find the science information they need," said Tina Gheen of the Library of Congress, and Alliance chair. Annie Simpson of the U.S. Geological Survey, and Alliance co-chair, said, "This federal interagency information portal, now 10 years strong, continues to improve public access to federal science information products."

The interagency Alliance - which governs - includes the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, the Interior, and Transportation; the Environmental Protection Agency, the Library of Congress, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the National Science Foundation. These agencies represent 97 percent of the federal R&D budget.

The web site is hosted by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), within the Office of Science., your gateway to U.S. federal science, is supported by CENDI (, an interagency working group of senior scientific and technical information managers.

Mission to Paris

Furst, Alan. Mission to Paris: A Novel. New York: Random House, 2012.

Call Number: F FUR

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It is the late summer of 1938, Europe is about to explode, the Hollywood film star Fredric Stahl is on his way to Paris to make a movie for Paramount France. The Nazis know he’s coming—a secret bureau within the Reich Foreign Ministry has for years been waging political warfare against France, using bribery, intimidation, and corrupt newspapers to weaken French morale and degrade France’s will to defend herself.

For their purposes, Fredric Stahl is a perfect agent of influence, and they attack him. What they don’t know is that Stahl, horrified by the Nazi war on Jews and intellectuals, has become part of an informal spy service being run out of the American embassy in Paris.

From Alan Furst, the bestselling author, often praised as the best spy novelist ever, comes a novel that’s truly hard to put down. Mission to Paris includes beautifully drawn scenes of romance and intimacy, and the novel is alive with extraordinary characters: the German Baroness von Reschke, a famous hostess deeply involved in Nazi clandestine operations; the assassins Herbert and Lothar; the Russian film actress and spy Olga Orlova; the Hungarian diplomat and spy, Count Janos Polanyi; along with the French cast of Stahl’s movie, German film producers, and the magnetic women in Stahl’s life, the socialite Kiki de Saint-Ange and the émigré Renate Steiner.

But always at the center of the novel is the city of Paris, the heart and soul of Europe—its alleys and bistros, hotels grand and anonymous, and the Parisians, living every night as though it was their last. As always, Alan Furst brings to life both a dark time in history and the passion of the human hearts that fought to survive it.

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Yemen Maps from the CIA

The library has received 3 maps of Yemen published recently by the Central Intelligence Agency.

PREX 3.10/4:Y 3/16 - Yemen [Planimetric ed.]

PREX 3.10/4:Y 3/16/ADMIN. - Yemen: Administrative Divisions. [Political map]

PREX 3.10/4:Y 3/16/PHYSIO. - Yemen: Physiography. [Relief map]

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The Christian College Phenomenon

Joeckel, Samuel and Chesnes, Thomas, eds. The Christian College Phenomenon: Inside America's Fastest Growing Institutions of Higher Learning. Abilene, Tex.: Abilene Christian University Press, 2012.

Call No.: FDC 378.198 C462j

Publisher's Description: The Christian College Phenomenon explores the explosive growth over the last twenty years of institutions affiliated with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). While public institutions of higher learning in the United States experienced a 3% growth in enrollment from 1990-1996, CCCU institutions witnessed a 36.9% growth during that same period. And in 2006, enrollment over the previous year at public universities grew by 13% and at other private colleges by 28%, but enrollment at CCCU institutions rose by 70.6%.

Editors Thomas Chesnes and Samuel Joeckel have taken an empirical approach, surveying over 1900 professors at ninety-five CCCU colleges and universities and 2300 students at twenty different schools. The editors compiled responses to quantitative and open-ended questions on topics from pedagogy and politics to faith learning integration; they then made that data available to nearly thirty scholars who have turned their considered responses into chapters that are now organized into seven book sections, covering topics in gender, evolution, faith, learning, scholarship, and race/ethnicity.

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Celebrating 30 Years of the Space Shuttle Program

The library has received a very nice publication from NASA entitled Celebrating 30 Years of the Space Shuttle Program.  It is located in government documents at NAS 1.83:2012-01-835-HQ.

Monday, October 08, 2012


Unger, Lisa. Heartbroken: A Novel. New York: Crown Publishers, 2012.

Call Number: F UNG

Publisher's Description:

A shattering new thriller about three women, strangers, on a heart-wrenching collision course none of them could have seen coming.

Long after anyone expected Kate to do anything with her life, she did. Using the journals left behind by her aunt and grandmother, she wrote a novel based on a very real generation-old love story that ended in tragedy. On the other side of town, Emily is about to set fire to her life. She’s in a dead-end job and is involved with the wrong man; she can feel herself being drawn into darkness, with horrific consequences. With nowhere to go, she finds herself on the run. Without knowing each other, and with lives that couldn't be more different, Kate and Emily head to the same point on the map: Heart Island, an idyllic place in the middle of a lake in the Adirondacks, owned for generations by Birdie Burke's family. The harsh and unyielding Birdie is at one with this island, which has a terrifying history all its own. She, too, has consequences to face.

Heartbroken is a tense, mesmerizing novel about the limits of dysfunctional families, of an island haunted by dark memories and restless ghosts, and of the all-too-real demons we must battle. Wonderfully suspenseful, exquisitely crafted, and written with raw, emotional power, this is Lisa Unger at her very best.   Publisher's Book Page:   Author's Web Site:  

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail - Klamath/South Cascades

The library has received a map of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail: California Series - Klamath / South Cascades, Old Station to Seiad Valley. It is housed in government documents in the Department of Agriculture's publications at A 13.36/2-6:R 5-RG-217.

Talking Books Topics

The library has received the July/August 2012 print edition of Talking Books Topics through our Federal Depository Library Program.  You can access the current September/October 2012 issue and back issues at The print copies are in LC 19.10:  (The July/August 2012 issue is LC 19.10:78/4.)

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Shadow & Light

Tippens, Darryl; Weathers, Stephen; and Walker, Jeanne Murray, comps. Shadow & Light: Literature and the Life of Faith. 2nd ed. Abilene, Tex.: Abilene Christian University Press, 2005.

Call No.: FDC 808.8 Sh12t

Publisher's Description: Writers - poets, novelists, playwrights and bards - have always been essential witnesses to the mysteries o f life, the soul and God. Unfortunately, many of these great artists have been sidelined and even censured in the curricula of some schools. This has deprived us of great works of literature. Now, in the anthology, Shadow and Light, these monumental epics are now available once again.

This anthology contains works by John Donne, John Bunyan, Samuel Johnson, Henry Newman, Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, Madeleine L'Engle, Annie Dillard, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Leo Tolstoy, I. L. Peretz, Willa Cather, Katherine Anne Porter, John Updike, Alice Munro, Albert Haley, William Shakespeare, Anne Bradstreet, Alfred Lord Tennyson, C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Tony Harrison, Horton Foote, plus many, many more wordsmiths of faith.

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Saturday, October 06, 2012

Hassel, David J. City of Wisdom: A Christian Vision of the American University. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1983.

Call No.: FDC 378 H276c

From Book Jacket: In a brilliant work of analysis, philosopher David J. Hassel, S.J., sifts through the problems to discover principles of solution and then endeavors to find how these same principles can form a web of understanding from which one can weave a tapestry of mearning--a vision of the university.

Lassen National Forest Backcountry Byway Guide

The library has received a small atlas called Lassen National Forest Backcountry Byway Guide.  It is housed in government documents with the Department of Agriculture's publications at A 13.36/2-6:R 5-RG-117.

Friday, October 05, 2012

What Does It Take to be Certified to Teach?

If you are wondering what the requirements are for becoming certified to teach in any state for elementary or secondary schools, we have a resource that will help you.  The 77th edition (2012-2013) of Requirements for Certification of Teachers, Counselors, Librarians, Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools has arrived. You may use this book in our Reference Collection. It is found at R 371.12 R299 2012-13.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Joyce, Rachel. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel. New York: Random House, 2012.

Call Number: F JOY

Publisher's Description:

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn’t seen or heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye.

Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then, as happens in the very best works of fiction, Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. And thus begins the unlikely pilgrimage at the heart of Rachel Joyce’s remarkable debut. Harold Fry is determined to walk six hundred miles from Kingsbridge to the hospice in Berwick-upon-Tweed because, he believes, as long as he walks, Queenie Hennessey will live.

Still in his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold embarks on his urgent quest across the countryside. Along the way he meets one fascinating character after another, each of whom unlocks his long-dormant spirit and sense of promise. Memories of his first dance with Maureen, his wedding day, his joy in fatherhood, come rushing back to him—allowing him to also reconcile the losses and the regrets. As for Maureen, she finds herself missing Harold for the first time in years.

And then there is the unfinished business with Queenie Hennessy.

A novel of unsentimental charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise—and utterly irresistible—storyteller.

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Book Honor: Long List for Man Booker Prize, 2012

The United States Army and World War II

The library has received a DVD entitled The United States Army and World War II: The Collected Works.  It is housed in government documents at D 114.21:W 19/3/DVD.  It contains the full text of the sets of "Green Books" that have been done by the U.S. Army Center of Military History as well as related books, monographs, and pamphlets.

Thursday, October 04, 2012


GeneEd is a new site from the National Library of Medicine developed in collaboration with the National Human Genome Institute (NHGRI), teachers and experts in genetics and genetic counseling, GeneEd is a safe and useful resource for students and teachers in grades 9 – 12 to learn genetics. GeneEd allows students and teachers to explore topics such as Cell Biology, DNA, Genes, Chromosomes, Heredity/Inheritance Patterns, Epigenetics/Inheritance and the Environment, Genetic Conditions, Evolution, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, DNA Forensics, and Top Issues in Genetics

Learning Communities: Reforming Undergraduate Education

Smith, Barbara Leigh et al.  Learning Communities: Reforming Undergraduate Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.

Call No.: FDC 378.12 L479s

Publisher's Description: Learning Communities is a groundbreaking book that shows how learning communities (LCs) can be a flexible and effective approach to enhancing student learning, promoting curricular coherence, and revitalizing faculty. Written by Barbara Leigh Smith, Jean MacGregor, Roberta S. Matthews, and Faith Gabelnick¾acclaimed national leaders in the learning communities movement¾this important book provides the historical, conceptual, and philosophical context for LCs and clearly demonstrates that they can be a key element in institutional transformation.

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Map of Utah

The library has received the map Utah's Outdoor Recreation Opportunities from the Department of the Interior.  You'll find it in government documents at I 53.2:UT 1/8. There is additional information on the map with addresses and summaries pertinent to the topic.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

American Grown

Obama, Michelle. American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. New York: Crown Publishers, 2012.

Call Number: 635.0975 O

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In April 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama planted a kitchen garden on the White House’s South Lawn. As fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs sprouted from the ground, this White House Kitchen Garden inspired a new conversation all across the country about the food we feed our families and the impact it has on the health and well-being of our children.

Now, in her first-ever book, American Grown, Mrs. Obama invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden and shares its inspiring story, from the first planting to the latest harvest. Hear about her worries as a novice gardener – would the new plants even grow? Learn about her struggles and her joys as lettuce, corn, tomatoes, collards and kale, sweet potatoes and rhubarb flourished in the freshly tilled soil. Get an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at every season of the garden’s growth, with striking original photographs that bring its story to life. Try the unique recipes created by White House chefs and made with ingredients just picked from the White House garden. And learn from the White House Garden team about how you can help plant your own backyard, school or community garden.

Mrs. Obama’s journey continues across the nation as she shares the stories of other gardens that have moved and inspired her: Houston office workers who make the sidewalk bloom; a New York City School that created a scented garden for the visually impaired; a North Carolina garden that devotes its entire harvest to those in need; and other stories of communities that are transforming the lives and health of their citizens.

In American Grown, Mrs. Obama tells the story of the White House Kitchen Garden, celebrates the bounty of gardens across our nation, and reminds us all of what we can grow together.

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Denali National Park and Preserve

Planning a trip to Alaska? The latest brochure/map of the National Park Service for the Denali National Park and Preserve has arrived in government documents.  You'll find it at I 29.2:D 41/4/2012.

The National Park Service's web site for the park is at

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Teaching Intensive and Accelerated Courses

Wlodkowski, Raymond J. and Ginsberg, Margery B. Teaching Intensive and Accelerated Courses: Instruction That Motivates Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010.

Call No.: FDC 370.154 W799t

Publisher's Description: In this comprehensive resource, Raymond J. Wlodkowski and Margery B. Ginsberg describe how to meet the challenge of teaching intensive and accelerated courses to nontraditional learners and working adults. By making motivation and cultural relevance essential to instruction, they clearly show what instructors can do to enhance learning in classes that can last from three to six hours. Teaching Intensive and Accelerated Courses makes full use of the authors' twenty years of experience researching and teaching accelerated courses, along with selected strategies from Wlodkowski's classic Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn, to offer tried-and-true practices instructors can use to provide continuously engaging learning.

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Examining Veterans' Employment Issues in Northeast Indiana

Check out a hearing from the United States House of Representatives' Committe on Veterans' Affairs' Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity about employment issues for veterans in northeastern Indiana.

You'll find it in government documents at: Y 4.V 64/3:112-33.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Friends Forever

Steel, Danielle. Friends Forever: A Novel. New York: Delacorte, 2012.

Call Number: F STE

Publisher's Description:

Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey—full of tests and trials—as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime.


Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy, and Sean—each bursting with their own personality, strikingly different looks and talents, in sports, science, and the arts. Each drawn by the magical spark of connection that happens to the young. At the exclusive Atwood School, on a bright September day, starting in kindergarten they become an inseparable group known to outsiders as the Big Five. In this rarefied world, five families grow closer, and five children bloom beside one another, unaware of the storms gathering around them.

As they turn from grade-schoolers to teenagers, seemingly perfect lives are buffeted by unraveling families, unfortunate missteps, and losses and victories great and small. And, one by one, they turn back to the Big Five to regain their footing and their steady course. But as they emerge from Atwood and enter the college years, the way forward is neither safe nor clear. As their lives separate and diverge, the challenges and risks become greater, the losses sharper, and the right paths harder to choose, in a journey of friendship, survival, and love.

In what may be her most intricate and emotionally powerful novel yet, Danielle Steel tells a heart-wrenching, ultimately triumphant story that spans decades, weaves together a vivid cast of characters, and captures the challenges we face in life—sometimes, if we’re lucky, with a friend forever by our side.

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Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance

The library has received the latest Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance RH Information and Premium Rates.  You'll find this in government documents at VA 1.19:29-9/2012.  Older editions are also available.