News from the Reference Desk Category: Literacy

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – July 2017

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

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Hunger


by Roxane Gay
The popular Tumblr blogger and best-selling author of Bad Feminist explores the devastating act of violence that triggered her personal challenges with food and body image, sharing advice for caring for oneself and eating in healthful and satisfying ways.

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H.H. Holmes


by Adam Selzer
A detailed historical account of the famed serial killer calls on never before examined primary documents to reveal how he managed to take advantage of the crowds drawn by the 1893 World’s Fair to create his own castle of horrors.

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Finding Fibonacci


by Keith Devlin
The compelling firsthand account of the author’s ten-year quest to tell the medieval mathematician Fibonacci’s story, including the project’s false starts and disappointments, the occasional lucky breaks, and the unique individuals he met along the way.

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This is Just My Face


by Gabourey Sidibe
The Oscar-nominated star of Precious and Empire delivers a much-awaited memoir that shares details about her childhood with a polygamous father in Harlem, her gifted mother who supported them by singing in the subway, and her own unconventional rise to fame.

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Was Revolution Inevitable?


edited by Tony Brenton
The Russian Revolution’s legacy overshadows other events involving Communism’s rise and eventual fall in Eastern Europe. Former British Ambassador to Russia has traced the events that led to the overthrow of the Tsarist regime and pinpointed moments when those events could have unfolded in a drastically different way.

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The Schmuck in My Office


by Jody Foster
A University of Pennsylvania professor of psychiatry provides guidance on dealing with disruptive co-workers, describing the types of personalities that may be present in the work environment and offering advice for establishing clear communication for a productive workplace.

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Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments


by Peter Catapano
Since 2010, The Stone— the immensely popular, award-winning philosophy column in the New York Times— has revived and reinterpreted age-old inquiries to speak to our contemporary condition, with insightful questions to energize and enliven the world of ethical thought.

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The Influential Mind


by Tali Sharot
Neuroscientist Sharot reveals the critical role of emotion in influence, the weakness of data and the power of curiosity. Relying on the latest research in neuroscience, behavioral economics and psychology, the book provides fascinating insight into the complex power of influence, good and bad.

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Catching Breath


by Kathryn Lougheed
Lougheed follows the history of tuberculosis through the ages, from its time as an infection of hunter-gatherers to the first human villages, which set it up with everything it needed to become the monstrous disease it is today, through to the perils of industrialization and urbanization.

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End of Its Rope


by Brandon L. Garrett
Today, death sentences in the U.S. are as rare as lightning strikes. Garrett discusses the reasons why and explains what the failed death penalty experiment teaches about the criminal justice system.

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Stephen Colbert’s Midnight Confessions


by Stephen Colbert
Based on his popular segment from The Late Show, Stephen Colbert and his team of writers now reveal his most shameful secrets to millions (although, actually, he’d like you to not to tell anyone).

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No Room for Small Dreams


by Shimon Peres
The late Israeli Prime Minister who won the Nobel Prize for his role in the Oslo Accords presents an intimate and personal account of the building and potential future of modern Israel.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – June 2017

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

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How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids


by Jancee Dunn
A candid account of the author’s struggles to revitalize her post-baby marriage describes how she resented societal roles that made her the only caregiver to her new daughter and the counseling and research that were part of her effort to resolve unbalanced family dynamics.

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Extreme Teams


by Robert Bruce Shaw
What do you need to do to create a team that can successfully face the challenges of today’s world?
To answer that question, author Shaw examines the work practices of innovative high-growth companies such as Whole Foods, Pixar, and Netflix. These firms became groundbreaking leaders in their industries, in part, by boldly rewriting the rules of teamwork.

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Killers of the Flower Moon


by David Grann
The best-selling author of The Lost City of Z presents a true account of the early 20th-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

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Spider from Mars


by Woody Woodmansey
The last surviving member of David Bowie’s band The Spiders From Mars shares never-before-told stories and photographs and recalls the wild tours, eccentric characters, and the rock ‘n roll excess that drove the band apart.

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Dinner with DiMaggio


by Dr. Rock Positano and John Positano
A portrait of the iconic Yankee star by his doctor and friend describes how they supported one another throughout DiMaggio’s final years, in an account that discusses such topics as DiMaggio’s career-ending injuries and his relationships with first wife Dorothy Arnold and Marilyn Monroe.

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Adulthood for Beginners


by Andy Boyle
According to writer, comedian, and web developer Boyle, adult life can be strange and unpredictable for young adults because they don’t know what to expect. Here, he tells them all about work, dating, their bodies, and how to behave in the world.

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Among the Living and the Dead


by Inara Verzemnieks
Journeying back to the remote Latvian village where her family broke apart, the author comes to know her grandmother’s sister and the trauma of her exile to Siberia under Stalin, while reconstructing her grandmother’s survival through her years as a refugee.

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Grant


by Ron Chernow
The definitive biography of the 18th President of the United States, Hamilton author Chernow presents a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant’s life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.

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What the Qur’an Meant


by Garry Wills
In this book Wills, as a non-Muslim with an open mind, reads the Qur’an with sympathy but with rigor, trying to discover why other non-Muslims—such as Pope Francis—find it an inspiring book, worthy to guide people down through the centuries.

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Not So Good a Gay Man


by Frank M. Robinson
This deeply personal autobiography, addressed to a friend in the gay community, explains the life of one gay man over eight decades in America, granting insights into Robinson’s work not just as a journalist and writer, but as a gay man navigating the often perilous social landscape of 20th century life in the United States.

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Shark Drunk


by Morten Stroknes
The true story of two friends, the author and the eccentric artist Hugo Aasjord, as they embark on a wild pursuit of the famed Greenland shark– from a tiny rubber boat. Together, the two men tackle existential questions, survive the world’s most powerful maelstrom, and, yes, get drunk, as they attempt to understand the ocean from every possible angle.

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The Voice of America


by Mitchell Stephens
Few Americans today recognize his name, but Lowell Thomas was as well known in his time as any American journalist ever has been. Though they may not know it, journalists today too are following a path he blazed. Stephens offers a hugely entertaining, sometimes critical portrait of this larger than life figure.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – May 2017

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

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The Aisles Have Eyes


by Joseph Turow
Drawing on a wealth of sources, an advertising and digital studies expert presents an eye-opening book that shows how a new hyper-competitive generation of merchants is already using data mining, in-store tracking and predictive analytics to change the way we buy, undermine our privacy and define our reputations.

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Divided We Stand


by Marjorie J. Spruill
Although much has been written about the role that social issues have played in politics, little attention has been given to the historical impact of women activists on both sides. Spruill reveals how the battle between feminists and their conservative challengers divided the nation as Democrats continued to support women’s rights and Republicans cast themselves as the party of family values.

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The Upstarts


by Brad Stone
In 2007, the crash had Wall Street and Silicon Valley reeling. The Valley was ready for a new revolution. Enter the upstarts. Travis Kalanick of Uber and Brian Chesky of Airbnb are just two of the disrupters Brad Stone examines in this fly-on-the-wall look at the intersection of tech, business, and culture.

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Cannibalism


by Bill Schutt
A research associate at the American Museum of Natural History presents a tour of cannibalism in the human and animal worlds to explore its evolutionary roles and how it has manifested culturally as a survival mechanism, burial ritual and warfare tactic.

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The Cubs Way


by Tom Verducci
A Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and Emmy Award-winning FOX Sports analyst chronicles how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team that broke the longest World Series championship drought in history.

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The Yellow Envelope


by Kim Dinana
After Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they’re given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. The only three rules for the envelope: Don’t overthink it; share your experiences; don’t feel pressured to give it all away.

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American Eclipse


by David Baron
Discover the efforts of three late-19th-century scientists to observe the rare total solar eclipse of 1878 and how the respective ambitions of James Craig Watson, Maria Mitchell and Thomas Edison, juxtaposed against the challenges of the Wild West, helped America’s early pursuits as a scientific superpower.

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Substitute


by Nicholson Baker
Baker, a National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author became an on-call substitute teacher in pursuit of the realities of American public education, describing his complex difficulties with helping educate today’s students in spite of flawed curriculums and interpersonal challenges.

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Finance for Normal People


by Meir Statman
Statman, a founder of behavioral finance, draws on his extensive research and the research of many others to build a unified structure of behavioral finance. Its foundation blocks include normal behavior, behavioral portfolio theory, behavioral life-cycle theory, behavioral asset pricing theory, and behavioral market efficiency.

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The American Idea of Home


by Bernard Friedman
The American idea of home and the many types of housing that embody it launch lively, wide-ranging conversations about some of the most vital and important issues in architecture today, which Friedman outlines in five overarching themes.

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Duct Tape Engineer


by Lance Akiyama
Akiyama will show readers how to design, sculpt, and build eighteen mega projects. From backpacks to kayaks and kiddie pools to catapults – out of duct tape in their own back yards. Projects are designed to be long-lasting as well as fun, with advice on solid construction techniques and weather proofing.

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50 Hikes in the Ozarks


by Johnny Molloy
Witness the natural majesty of the Ozarks with this complete and thorough guide to America’s most expansive and beautiful mountain ranges. Seasoned hiking expert Johnny Molloy maps out the best trails in the region, one for every level of hiker.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – April 2017

New Books

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

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Lower Ed


by Tressie McMillan Cottom
Drawing on her personal experience as a former counselor at two for-profit colleges and interviews with students, senior executives and activists, a renowned sociologist reveals how for-profit schools have become so successful and deciphers the benefits, credentials pitfalls and real costs of a for-profit education.

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The Girl at the Baggage Claim


by Gish Jen
A provocative study on the contrast between Eastern and Western ideas about the self and society shares personal and scientific insights into how perception differences shape ongoing debates about art, education, geopolitics and business.

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Running with a Police Escort


by Jill Grunenwald
Having always struggled with her weight, Grunenwald at one time hit the scales at more than 300 pounds and decided that she needed to make a life-style change, pronto. She enrolled in Weight Watchers and did something else that she never thought she’d do; she started running. And believe it or not, it wasn’t that bad.

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The Blood of Emmett Till


by Timothy B. Tyson
The event that launched the civil rights movement—the 1955 lynching of young Emmett Till— is now reexamined by an award-winning author with access to never-before-heard accounts from those involved as well as recently recovered court transcripts from the trial.

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The Turtle’s Beating Heart


by Denise Low
Low unravels her family’s hidden Native American history as part of the Lenape diaspora, discovering the lasting impact of trauma and substance abuse, the deep sense of loss and shame related to suppressed family emotions, and the power of collective memory.

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The Gig Economy


by Diane Mulcahy
Mulcahy offers tips for managing employment in an economy characterized by contract work and freelance assignments, describing strategies for creating multiple sources of income, developing new skills, financing time off, and retaining a personal safety net.

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Schadenfreude, a Love Story


by Rebecca Schuman
A debut book by the education columnist for Slate traces her experiences as a Jewish teen intellectual whose fateful relationship with a boy who introduced her to Kafka inspired her love for German language and culture.

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Theft by Finding


by David Sedaris
An anthology of personal favorite diary entries by the best-selling author features excerpts that have inspired his famed autobiographical essays and shares insights into the intimate arenas of his life.

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The Airbnb Story


by Leigh Gallagher
Fortune editor Leigh Gallagher explores the success of Airbnb, the online lodging platform that has become, in under a decade, the largest provider of accommodations in the world, along with the more controversial side of its story.

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Adventure Cats


by Laura J. Moss
The cofounder of AdventureCats.org– the online resource for information on safely exploring the great outdoors with your feline– presents a collection of amazing photos and stories of real-life cats, and all the how-to owners need to take their cats beyond the backyard.

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Are We Screwed?


by Geoff Dembicki
The millennial generation has lived with the looming reality of global warming and will be most affected by its impacts. In vividly reported dispatches, Dembicki examines what millennial responses to climate change look like and how they are shaping our future.

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Tinker Dabble Doodle Try


by Srini Pillay, M.D.
A Harvard psychiatrist and brain imaging researcher teaches a revolutionary way to become a sharper thinker and get things done—in the boardroom, living room, or classroom—by harnessing the brain’s ability to wander.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – March 2017

New Books

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

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iWar


by Bill Gertz
A look at the state of information-technology warfare between the world powers, and how changes in infrastructure and leadership are needed for America to catch up with its adversaries and meet the challenge.

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The Stress Test


by Ian Robertson
An experienced clinical psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist presents a revelatory study of how and why we react to pressure as we do, and how we can change our response to stress to our benefit.

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Hank


by Mark Ribowsky
Examining Hank Williams’s music while also re-creating days and nights choked in booze and desperation, Ribowsky traces the miraculous rise of this music legend to a sad, lonely end on New Year’s Day, 1953.

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Deep Life


by Tullis C. Onstott
Onstott takes readers to uncharted regions deep beneath Earth’s crust in search of life in extreme environments, and reveals how astonishing new discoveries by geomicrobiologists are helping the quest to find life in the solar system.

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A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea


by Melissa Fleming
Fleming shares the harrowing journey of Syrian refugee Doaa Al Zamel, who was cast adrift in a frigid sea with the children of drowned parents after their dangerously overcrowded ship sank, in an account that details what their experiences reveal about an on-going international crisis.

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How to Murder Your Life


by Cat Marnell
A former beauty editor at Lucky describes her secret life as a prescription-drug addict and bulimic who manipulated doctors into supporting her destructive lifestyle, recounting her struggles to balance her literary ambition with her disease.

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The 1997 Masters


by Tiger Woods with Lorne Rubenstein
Woods reflects on his record-setting 1997 Masters victory, in which his historic twelve-shot win created an iconic moment for him and for all of sports history.

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The Rules Do Not Apply


by Ariel Levy
A gorgeous, darkly humorous memoir for readers of Cheryl Strayed about a woman overcoming dramatic loss and finding reinvention, as well as a portrait of a generation used to assuming they’re entitled to everything—based on this award-winning writer’s New Yorker article “Thanksgiving in Mongolia.”

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The House of Morgan


by Ron Chernow
A candid history of the American banking dynasty spans four generations and chronicles both the evolution of modern finance and the glamorous social strata of the times.

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Jane Austen, the Secret Radical


by Helena Kelly
A brilliant, illuminating reassessment of the life and work of Jane Austen that makes clear how Austen has been misread for the past two centuries and that shows us how she intended her books to be read, revealing, as well, how truly radical a writer she was.

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The Islamic Enlightenment


by Christopher de Bellaigue
A revisionist history of the 19th and 20th centuries challenges current understandings about the Middle East and Islam, focusing on the stories of Istanbul, Cairo and Tehran to reveal the intellectual, cultural and political sophistication of their populations.

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South and West


by Joan Didion
Two excerpts from never-before-seen notebooks by the National Book Award-winning author offer insights into her literary mind and process and include notes on her Sacramento upbringing and her experiences during a formative Rolling Stone assignment.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – February 2017

New Books

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

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How to Survive a Plague


by David France
A riveting, powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease.

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Settle for More


by Megyn Kelly
The top-rated cable news anchor presents a revelatory memoir that also imparts the values and lessons that have shaped her career—her tough-love father’s early death, the news events that led to her anchor position, and her ongoing feud with Donald Trump.

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Cultivating Empathy


by Nathan C. Walker
The Reverend Nathan C. Walker presents a collection of essays about his own wrestlings with personal and cultural conflicts and his commitment to stop “otherizing,” which occurs when we either demonize or romanticize people.

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Hidden Figures


by Margot Lee Shetterly
An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA’s African-American women mathematicians to the space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes.

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They Can’t Kill Us All


by Wesley Lowery
With bracing intensity and incredible access, the author examines the economic, political and personal histories that inform the Black Lives Matter movement, and place what it has accomplished—and what remains to be done—in the context of the last fifty years of American history.

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Selling Hitler


by Nicholas O’Shaughnessy
The Nazis pursued propaganda not just as a tool of government, but also as the medium through which power itself was exercised. The author also presents the argument that Hitler, not Goebbels, was the prime mover in the propaganda regime of the Third Reich— its editor and first author.

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Insane Clown President


by Matt Taibbi
The story of the 2016 presidential contest, from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion, is in fact the story of Western civilization’s very own train wreck. The author explores the seismic shift in how we perceive our national institutions, the democratic process, and the future of the country.

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Climate of Hope


by Michael R. Bloomberg & Carl Pope
The former NYC Mayor and the former Sierra Club head present a manifesto on how the benefits of taking action on climate change can be real, immediate, and significant, sharing disparate perspectives on related issues while explaining how anyone can make positive changes regardless of Washington politics.

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A Fine Mess


by T.R. Reid
The Washington Post correspondent and best-selling author presents an international investigation into America’s failing tax code to share plainspoken assessments of current problems and what the author believes can be learned from other democratic nations.

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The Broken Ladder


by Keith Payne
Psychologist Keith Payne examines how inequality in today’s society divides us not just economically, but also has profound consequences for how we think, how our cardiovascular systems respond to stress, how our immune systems function, and how we view moral ideas such as justice and fairness.

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Letters to a Young Muslim


by Omar Saif Ghobash
In a series of personal letters to his son, the ambassador from the UAE to Russia offers a clear-eyed inspiration for the next generation of Muslims to understand how to be faithful to their religion and still navigate through the complexities of today’s world.

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R.I.P. G.O.P.


by Martin Schram
The award-winning author and Washington journalist brings his keen eye to the important and timely issue of the diminishing Republican Party, pulling from demographics, polling, and political science analysis to paint a startlingly bleak picture of the Republican Party.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – January 2017

New Books

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

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The Power of Off


by Nancy Colier
A respected therapist presents an essential resource for anyone struggling with the invasive influence of modern technology. She begins by examining how today’s devices push our buttons so effectively, then offers self-evaluation tools and mindfulness practices to help us take back control of our lives.

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Please Enjoy Your Happiness


by Paul Brinkley-Rogers
A Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent recounts his haunting love affair with a mysterious older Japanese woman in 1959 when he was a sailor.

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Hitler’s Wehrmacht, 1935-1945


by Rolf-Dieter Müller
Now available for the first time in English, this meticulously researched yet accessible overview by eminent historian Müller provides the most comprehensive analysis of the unified armed forces mobilized by Adolf Hitler in 1935 to date, illuminating its role in a complex, horrific era.

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What the F


by Benjamin K. Bergen
In this smart and hilarious book, a linguist and cognitive scientist, revealing how our brains process language and why languages vary around the world and over time, shows us how and why we swear, which, it seems, is an intimate part of us that we have decided to selectively deny.

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Feminist Fight Club


by Jessica Bennett
A humorous, incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at work draws on the experiences of a group of women who gather regularly to discuss gender-related frustrations at the workplace and how to handle them, profiling a range of predatory male archetypes and more.

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Showboat


by Roland Lazenby
Seventeen-time all-star; scorer of 81 points in a game; MVP and a shooting guard second only to Jordan in league history: Kobe Bryant is one of basketball’s absolute greatest players. An in-depth portrait of Bryant combining provocative stories with classic basketball reporting and the debates surrounding his achievements.

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Washington’s Farewell


by John Avlon
The almost-forgotten Farewell Address of America’s first president conveys warnings about the forces Washington believed were endangering the nation’s democracy and is complemented by text placing the address against a backdrop of the dynamics of its time.

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Shakespeare: The Riddle of Genius


by Boris Johnson
The popular historian and British politician presents an examination of Shakespeare’s enduring influence and legacy, tracing his achievements against a backdrop of the dynamic Elizabethan Renaissance and the unique talent for language that has enabled the Bard to stand the test of time.

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Are Racists Crazy?


by Sander L. Gilman & James M. Thomas
An illuminating and riveting history of the discourse on racism, anti-Semitism, and psychopathology, Are Racists Crazy? connects past and present claims about race and racism, showing the dangerous implications of this specious line of thought for today.

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The Unsettlers


by Mark Sundeen
In a world of immersive journalism steeped in a distinctively American social history and sparked by a personal quest, the author chronicles the quest for the simple life through the stories of three very different couples and the visionaries, ascetics, and artists that inspired each of them to create a sustainable, ethical and authentic existence.

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When Bad Things Happen to Good Crocheters


by Beth Wolfensberger Singer
The basics of crochet are very quick to master, but feeling confident about how to move beyond the basics is a common dilemma. Filled with answers, fixes, insider tips, and secrets to help crocheters along the way, this is THE complete emergency crochet instruction guide for all crocheters.

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A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities


by J.C. McKeown
There are few disciplines as exciting and forward-looking as medicine. Unfortunately, however, many modern practitioners have lost sight of the origins of their discipline. McKeown aspires to cure this lapse by taking readers back to the early days of Western medicine in ancient Greece and Rome.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – December 2016

New Books

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

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Love Warrior


by Glennon Doyle Melton
A new memoir by the New York Times bestselling author, speaker, philanthropist, and activist traces the author’s journey of self-discovery after the dissolution of her marriage, revealing how she found healing by rejecting gender standards and refusing to settle for a “good-enough” life.

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In the Company of Women


by Grace Bonney
Across the globe, women are embracing their entrepreneurial spirits and starting creative businesses. In the Company of Women profiles over 100 of these influential and creative women from all ages, races, backgrounds, and industries.

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Accepted


by Pat Patterson
The WWE Hall of Famer describes how he was rejected by his family for his sexual orientation and moved to the United States in the 1960s, where, in spite of language and discriminatory challenges, he applied his creative and athletic talents to climb to the upper ranks of sports entertainment.

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Einstein’s Masterwork


by John Gribbin
An astrophysicist discusses the origins of Einstein’s General Theory to share insights into the scientist and man against a backdrop of history, detailing the paradigm-shifting relevance of an achievement that was overshadowed by his more famous theories.

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The Homebrewer’s Almanac


by Marika Josephson, Aaron Kleidon, & Ryan Tockstein
A practical guide for those who are interested in incorporating fresh and foraged ingredients into their beer, written by the brewers of one of the country’s hottest new breweries.

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9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America


by Brion McClanahan
Of the forty-four presidents who have led the United States, nine made mistakes that permanently scarred the nation. Which nine? McClanahan will surprise readers with his list, which he supports with exhaustive and entertaining evidence.

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Not Just Evil


by David Wilson
This searing true crime narrative captures all of the courtroom drama of California’s first insanity plea, sparked by a crime that horrified the nation and a trial that transfixed it, putting Hollywood’s influential young movie industry on the stand for one deranged man’s murder of a young girl.

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Awkward


by Ty Tashiro
Interweaving the latest research with personal tales and real world examples, Awkward offers reassurance and provides valuable insights into how we can embrace our personal quirks and unique talents to harness our awesome potential—and more comfortably navigate our complex world.

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The Art of Invisibility


by Kevin Mitnick
The author provides both online and real life tactics and inexpensive methods to protect you and your family in the age of Big Brother and Big Data in easy step-by-step instructions. He also talks about more advanced “elite” techniques, which, if used properly, can maximize your privacy.

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The Inkblots


by Damion Searls
Documents the lesser-known story of the creator of the psychological test developed to reveal key aspects of human personality, sharing insights into how his inkblots were carefully designed and rose to prominence after his early death.

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No One Cares About Crazy People


by Ron Powers
A blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here, this is a thought-provoking look at schizophrenia, a dreaded illness that has long been misunderstood, paired with the deeply personal story of the author’s two sons’ battles with the illness.

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“All the Real Indians Died Off”


by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz & Dina Gilio-Whitaker
A critical deconstruction of persistent myths about American Indians that have taken hold in the United States. The authors tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history and trace how they developed.

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New Books

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

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Power Your Happy


by Lisa Sugar
The debut book of digital media mogul Sugar (POPSUGAR.com) is one-part memoir, one-part guide to life, documenting her rise to success by turning her passions into an empire. Reading more like a blog than a book, the material addresses topics such as finding your passion, work, love, friendships, health, and beauty.

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Elvis’s Army


by Brian McAllister Linn
When the U.S. Army drafted Elvis Presley in 1958, it quickly set about transforming the King of Rock and Roll from a rebellious teen idol into a clean-cut GI. Trading in his gold-trimmed jacket for standard-issue fatigues, Elvis became a model soldier in an army facing the unprecedented challenge of building a fighting force for the Atomic Age.

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True Beer


by Timothy Sprinkle
An on-the-ground look at the ultra-small side of the craft brewing movement from the inside out, with profiles of a number of independent breweries which examine the art and science of brewing, the local farmers and providers behind the scenes, the market itself, as well as national trends in nanobrewing and modern craft beer production.

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Shoe Dog


by Phil Knight
Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh, opening up about his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

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The Tao of Bill Murray


by Gavin Edwards
This collection of the most epic, hilarious, and strange Bill Murray stories from the past four decades spotlights the star’s extraordinary ability to infuse the everyday with surprise, absurdity, and wonder.

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All Strangers are Kin


by Zora O’Neill
A travel and food writer describes her experiences trying to learn Arabic and details the relationship between culture and communication as she explores Egypt, the UAE, Lebanon and Morocco, skipping the standard tourist track and instead visiting families and local hotspots.

Forthcoming Titles:

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Just Getting Started


by Tony Bennett
A tribute to the people, places and things that have inspired the 90-year-old music artist’s career reflects on the family members and fellow artists who have shaped his prodigious achievements, sharing valuable life lessons and personal reflections on the creative process, humanity and other subjects.

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But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan!


by Kristi Turner
Being the only vegan in a family of omnivores can cause a lot anxiety at dinnertime—but it doesn’t have to. If your kids think vegan food is weird, or your mom doesn’t understand where you’ll get your protein, Kristy Turner is here to deliver a convincing solution with 125 vegan recipes that will leave even the most skeptical non-vegans begging for more.

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Win at Losing


by Sam Weinman
An award-winning sports journalist describes how he realized the shortcomings of today’s winning-obsessed culture when he tried to parent his sons through life’s inevitable setbacks, a challenge that prompted his interviews with experts in a range of fields to explore the fear of failure and how setbacks can be used productively.

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The Platinum Age of Television


by David Bianculli
An in-depth examination of the history of television traces the evolution of shows through classic TV genres, including the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the western, the animated series and the late night talk show.

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Entanglement


by Emma Tarlo
When it’s not attached to your head, your very own hair takes on a disconcerting quality. Examining the preoccupations and requirements of different cultural groups, anthropologist Emma Tarlo unveils the secret global journeys of hair—the wide range of meanings hair has for us and the clashes that can occur when different hair worlds collide.

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Buffering


by Hannah Hart
In her debut memoir, comedian Hart, host of the YouTube show My Drunk Kitchen, delves deep into her past, sharing her experiences with family, mental illness, sexuality, friendship, and love.

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Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

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The Last Chicago Cubs Dynasty


by Hal Bock
The last time the Chicago Cubs won a World Series, World War I had not yet begun. But from 1906-1910 the Cubs not only played in the World Series four of the five years, they won two World Championships, as well. It was a time when the Cubs ruled baseball, and no one could have imagined the roller coaster adventures that were ahead for this grand old franchise.

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The Terror Years


by Lawrence Wright
Ten powerful pieces first published in The New Yorker recall the path terror in the Middle East has taken from the rise of al-Qaeda in the 1990s to the recent beheadings of reporters and aid workers by ISIS.

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Why You Love Music


by John Powell
With his relaxed, conversational style, Powell explores all aspects of music psychology, from how music helps babies bond with their mothers to the ways in which music can change the taste of wine or persuade you to spend more in restaurants, ultimately opening your eyes (and ears) to the astounding variety of ways that music impacts the human experience.

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The Etiquette Edge


by Beverly Y. Langford
Poise, courtesy, and a professional demeanor help you stand out amid the modern workplace’s cramped spaces and curt emails. The Etiquette Edge is your crash course on how to act, what to say, what to wear, when to phone, why lunch matters, how to make a great impression, and every question in between.

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The Great Northern Railway Through Time


by Dale Peterka
The Great Northern Railway Through Time takes us on a tour of the American Northwest– the last American frontier– from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington, through photos taken over the course of seventy-five years by photographers of the era.

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The Here-and-Now Habit


by Hugh G. Byrne, Ph.D.
Almost everyone has a bad habit– or two, or three. But some bad habits can take a toll on our health and happiness. The Here-and-Now Habit provides powerful practices based in mindfulness and neuroscience to help readers rewire their brain and finally break the bad habits that are holding them back from fully experiencing life.

Forthcoming Titles:

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A Life Well Played


by Arnold Palmer
As a follow-up to his 1999 autobiography, Palmer takes stock of the many experiences of his life, bringing new details and insights to some familiar stories and sharing new ones. This book is Palmer’s gift to the world– a treasure trove of entertaining anecdotes and timeless wisdom that readers will celebrate and cherish.

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Rest


by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
Looking at different forms of rest, Silicon Valley futurist and business consultant Alex Soojung-Kim Pang dispels the myth that the harder we work the better the outcome. Drawing on rigorous scientific evidence and revelatory historical examples, Rest overturns everything our culture has taught us about work and shows that only by resting better can we start living better.

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Forty Autumns


by Nina Willner
In this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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The General vs. the President


by H.W. Brands
The riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur squared off to decide America’s future in the aftermath of World War II, the contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy.

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Movers, Shakers, Mommies, and Makers


by Stacey Bannor
Eleven moms share their stories behind businesses that have grown from side-projects in craft-rooms and garages to nationally recognized brands. The furniture, clothing, toys, carrying wraps, diaper bags, and other products these women create can now be found in stores nationwide, including retailers such as Nordstrom and Walmart.

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The 60s


The third installment of a fascinating decade-by-decade series, this anthology collects historic New Yorker pieces from the most tumultuous years of the twentieth century– including pieces by James Baldwin, Pauline Kael, Sylvia Plath, Roger Angell, Muriel Spark, and John Updike– alongside new assessments of the 1960s by some of today’s finest writers.

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