News from the Reference Desk Category: Literacy

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – November 2016

New Books

Almost everyday 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 ( 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.

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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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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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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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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – October 2016

New Books

Almost everyday 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.

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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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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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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – September 2016

New Books

Almost everyday 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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But What If We’re Wrong?

by Chuck Klosterman
The best-selling author explores the idea that today’s mainstream beliefs about the world are fundamentally incorrect, drawing on original interviews with forefront intellectuals and experts to consider how the music, sports, literature, and other present-day conventions may be perceived in future centuries.

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by Cathy Alter & Dave Singleton
A star-studded collection of essays from acclaimed and bestselling authors and celebrities that illuminates the lasting power of desire and longing, and celebrates our initiation into the euphoria, pain, and mystery that is our first celebrity crush.

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Jackie Robinson

by J. Christopher Schutz
Schutz reveals the real Jackie Robinson, as a more defiant, combative spirit than simply the “turn the other cheek” compliant “credit to his race.” Examining this key figure at the crossroads of baseball and civil rights histories, the author provides a cohesive exploration of the man and the times that made him great.

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Greetings from Utopia Park

by Claire Hoffman
In this engrossing, provocative, and intimate memoir, a young journalist reflects on her childhood in the heartland, growing up in an increasingly isolated meditation community in the 1980s and ‘90s—a fascinating, disturbing look at a fringe culture and its true believers.

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American Plagues

by Stephen H. Gehlbach
American Plagues gives readers insights into some of the people and events that make up our rich public health history as well as skills to better grasp the complex health information that cascades upon us from the media.

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The Nazi Titanic

by Robert P. Watson
Built in 1927, the SS Cap Arcona was one of the most celebrated luxury liners in the world before it was stripped of its finery and used by Nazi troops during World War II. Near the end of the war it was used to house concentration camp prisoners until the British mistakenly bombed it, killing nearly everyone aboard.

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The Lion in the Living Room

by Abigail Tucker
Discusses the natural history of domesticated felines and how they achieved global domination, The Lion in the Living Room is a lively adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture in search of how cats conquered the world, the Internet, and our hearts.

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I Loved Her in the Movies

by Robert J. Wagner
The iconic television actor shares intimate stories of his personal and professional relationships with a wide range of leading ladies in film and television, from Joan Crawford and Bette Davis to Marilyn Monroe and Raquel Welch.

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The Grid

by Gretchen Bakke, Ph.D.
A revelatory examination of America’s national power grid traces how it developed while exposing its current vulnerabilities, making strategic recommendations for how it can be improved to meet the challenges of instability, security and sustainability.

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Purely Pumpkin

by Allison Day
The beginning of fall brings buzz and excitement around all things pumpkin. From the huggable lattes we eagerly await all year, to the homemade roasted pumpkin seeds whipped up after carving a jack-o-lantern on Halloween, there’s a place for pumpkin in everyone’s heart.

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Senior Moments

by Willard Spiegelman
An English professor and the former editor-in-chief of Southwest Review presents a collection of essays that describe the normal, and inevitable, aging process with candidness, humor, and wisdom.

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How to See

by David Salle
What makes a work of art good? What makes it interesting? In How to See, internationally renowned painter David Salle strips away complicated theory and describes contemporary art in the plain language artists use when talking to each other.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – July 2016

New Books

Almost everyday 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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Jackson 1964

by Calvin Trillin
From bestselling author and beloved New Yorker writer, a deeply resonant collection from fifty years of reporting on race and racism in America, from the Civil Rights Era to today.

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by Angela Duckworth
In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, a pioneering psychologist shows parents, educators, students, and business people both seasoned and new that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called “grit.”

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by Lindy West
Hailed by Lena Dunham as an “essential (and hilarious) voice for women,” Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice, and body image.

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by Matti Friedman
From a celebrated, award-winning writer comes the true story of a band of young soldiers, the author among them, charged with holding one remote outpost in Lebanon, a task that changed them forever and foreshadowed today’s unwinnable conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

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White Trash

by Nancy Isenberg
A history of the class system in America from colonial times to the present illuminates the crucial legacy of the underprivileged white demographic, challenging popular notions about equality while citing the pivotal contributions of lower-class white workers in wartime, social policy and the rise of the Republican Party.

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Pit Bull

by Bronwen Dickey
This hugely illuminating story describes how the loyal and affectionate dog breed that once earned presidential recognition for their roles on the battlefields of Gettysburg and the Marne and appeared in films and TV, became demonized and stigmatized through urban dog-fighting rings.

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by Michele Borba
The bestselling author offers a 9-step program to help parents cultivate empathy in children, from birth to young adulthood, and explains why developing a healthy sense of empathy is a key predictor of which kids will thrive and succeed in the future.

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Wasting Time on the Internet

by Kenneth Goldsmith
The first poet laureate of the Museum of Modern Art demonstrates how time spent in apparent idleness browsing the Internet is actually productive and creative if considered from a theoretical and philosophical context, explaining how internet time contributes to an authentic culture of collaboration.

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American Heiress

by Jeffrey Toobin
An account of the sensational 1974 kidnapping and trial of Patty Hearst describes the efforts of her family to secure her release, Hearst’s baffling participation in a bank robbery and the psychological insights that prompted modern understandings about Stockholm syndrome.

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Building the Internet of Things

by Maciej Kranz
For business managers, the biggest question surrounding the Internet of Things is what to do with it. This book examines the way IoT is being used today and will be used in the future to help you craft a robust plan for your organization.

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Run the World

by Becky Wade
An elite marathoner describes the year she spent running over 3,500 miles in nine different countries, living with host families and exploring diverse running communities and cultures all over the globe.

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The Grail Guitar

by Chris Adams
Adams takes readers on a mystery tour of the late 60’s rock world to determine whether a Fender Telecaster bought secondhand in a London music store in 1973 is the one used by Jimi Hendrix to record “Purple Haze” in January 1967.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – June 2016

New Books

Almost everyday 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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Five Presidents

by Clint Hill
Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his seventeen years protecting the most powerful office in the nation, walking alongside Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.

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Paul McCartney: The Life

by Philip Norman
Since the age of twenty-one, Paul McCartney has lived one of the ultimate rock-n-roll lives played out on the most public of stages. Now, Paul’s story is told by rock music’s foremost biographer, with McCartney’s consent and access to family members and close friends who have never spoken on the record before.

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The Romanovs

by Simon Sebag Montefiore
The acclaimed author of Young Stalin and Jerusalem gives readers an accessible, lively account—based in part on new archival material—of the extraordinary men and women who ruled Russia for three centuries.

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by Ron Miscavige
The father of Scientology’s current leader describes how he first introduced his family to the church and looks at how his son’s actions have transformed the organization into one that wields toxic power over its members.

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by Dr. Vincent Di Maio
In this clear-eyed, gritty, and enthralling narrative, a renowned pathologist and veteran crime writer guide us behind the morgue doors to tell a fascinating life story through the cases that have made Di Maio famous—from the exhumation of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald to the complex issues in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

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The Journey Within

by Radhanath Swami
In this long-awaited follow up to The Journey Home, renowned spiritual leader Radhanath Swami shares intimate stories from his forty years as a teacher of devotional (bhakti) yoga.

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Secret Service Dogs

by Maria Goodavage
Secret Service Dogs shines a spotlight on some of the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes, from Hurricane, a Belgian Malinois with four titanium teeth, to Roadee, a little terrier mix with a big attitude. It’s a must-read for dog lovers and anyone who wants a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most captivating programs of the United States Secret Service.

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The Ultimate Bicycle Owner’s Manual

by Eben Weiss
Everything you need to know to purchase, maintain, and ride a bike for recreation, commuting, competition, travel, and beyond. With his latest book, Weiss, aka Bike Snob, makes his vast experience and practical advice available to bike “newbies” and veterans alike.

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The Power of a Single Number

by Philipp Lepenies
Since it was first widely used in the mid-twentieth century, GDP (gross domestic product) has become the world’s most powerful statistical indicator of national development and progress. Lepenies’s absorbing account helps us understand the personalities and popular events that propelled GDP to dominance, clarifying current debates over the wisdom of the number’s rule.

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Born for This

by Chris Guillebeau
The best-selling author of The $100 Startup demonstrates how to enjoy greater career success and personal fulfillment by finding one’s life calling, expanding his recommendations beyond the entrepreneurial sphere to outline an actionable method for rendering one’s passions profitable.

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The Metamorphosis of the World

by Ulrich Beck
Before his sudden death in January 2015, Ulrich Beck was one of the world’s foremost sociologists. In this book, the last he wrote before his death, Beck introduces a new concept—“metamorphosis”—to describe what is happening in our world today.

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But Can I Start a Sentence with But?

foreword by Carol Fisher Saller
The editors of The Chicago Style Manual open the mailbag of their online Q&A and tackle readers’ questions on topics ranging from abbreviation to word division to how to reform that coworker who still insists on two spaces between sentences.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – May 2016

New Books

Almost everyday 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 Winter Fortress

by Neal Bascomb
Based on never-before-seen diaries and letters of the saboteurs, The Winter Fortress is a compulsively readable narrative about a group of young men who endured soul-crushing setbacks and Gestapo hunts to survive in one of the coldest, most inhospitable places on earth and save the world from destruction.

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Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years

by John Guy
A biography of the ambitious Tudor queen focuses on her life at the height of her power and the challenges she faced at home and abroad, including revolts in Ireland, riots in the streets of London, and a conspiracy to place her cousin Mary Queen of Scots on her throne.

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“Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”

by Annette Gordon-Reed & Peter S. Onuf
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and a forefront Jefferson scholar clarify philosophical questions about the Founding Father to trace his youth and development through the inconsistencies attributed to his character and his old age, sharing insights into his intellectual influences and formative experiences.

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The Assassination Complex

by Jeremy Scahill
Major revelations about the US government’s drone program—bestselling author Jeremy Scahill and his colleagues at the investigative website The Intercept expose stunning new details about America’s secret assassination policy.

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Hamilton: The Revolution

by Lin-Manuel Miranda
The Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist-star takes readers behind the scenes of his groundbreaking hit musical, which is filled with romance, drama, violence, patriotism and adventure and details the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton’s life.

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My Lost Brothers

by Brendan McDonough
The sole survivor of the 2013 fire in Yarnell, Arizona, recalls the natural disaster that took the lives of 19 firefighters who were trained specifically to battle wildfires.

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18 Holes With Bing

by Nathaniel Crosby
In a love letter to his father, former professional golfer Nathaniel Crosby shares memories of Bing Crosby on the golf course, and the lessons he taught him about the game and about life.

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The Gene

by Siddhartha Mukherjee
A history of the gene draws on science, social history, and the author’s family medical history to explore the centuries of research into the science of genetics and the quest to understand human heredity.

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Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide

by Michael Kinsley
A deeply personal portrait of aging and illness by the beloved Vanity Fair columnist and founder of Slate draws on his battles with Parkinson’s to trace the experiences of Baby Boomers against periods of dramatic cultural, economic and health-care changes.

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My Father and Atticus Finch

by Joseph Madison Beck
Reconstructing his father’s defense of a black man charged with raping a white woman in 1938 and exploring the similarities between that case and the one at the heart of To Kill a Mockingbird, the author presents a gripping narrative of how race, class and the memory of the South’s defeat in the Civil War produced the trial’s outcome.

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The Only Rule Is It Has To Work

by Ben Lindbergh & Sam Miller
Two statisticians describe what happened when they were given the chance to run the Sonoma Stompers, an independent minor-league team in California, according to the most advanced statistics.

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Labor of Love

by Moira Weigel
An investigation into the factors that shape how people date examines the contrast between ubiquitous dating technologies and the realities of finding a mate, surveying the practices of historical times while outlining a cliché-free approach to dating to minimize dating work and advance long-term commitment goals.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – April 2016

New Books

Almost everyday 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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Smarter Faster Better

by Charles Duhigg
From the author of the New York Times bestselling phenomenon The Power of Habit comes a fascinating new book that explores the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think– rather than what you think– can transform your life.

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Northern Armageddon

by D. Peter MacLeod
A re-creation of the 18th-century Battle of the Plains of Abraham discusses its critical roles in the Seven Years’ War, the colonial War of Independence and the establishment of Canada.

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Love, Loss, and What We Ate

by Padma Lakshmi
The host of “Top Chef” presents a memoir about her immigrant childhood and complicated life in front of the camera, tracing her formative experiences in her grandmother’s South India kitchen and her relationships with people who influenced her culinary skills and career.

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The Immortal Irishman

by Timothy Egan
The epic story of Irish rebel turned American hero Thomas Francis Meagher, detailing his leadership during Irish uprisings, service with the Irish Brigade in the Civil War, and achievements as the territorial governor of Montana.

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by Talia Baiocchi
Shedding its frivolous, girly image from the 80s, spritz has returned as a legitimate cocktail choice for before and after dinner, popping up on cocktail lists in trendy bars and restaurants across the country. Drink recipes will cover classic recipes as well as contemporary interpretations, with well-known bartenders contributing throughout.

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The Legends Club

by John Feinstein
This riveting inside story documents the fierce 1980s rivalry among the coaching legends behind the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and North Carolina State.

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by John H. Johnson
Though much has been written about the ways in which companies collect and use personal data, the topic of how average citizens use and process data on a daily basis is less widely understood. Statistician Johnson and writer Gluck address and begin to remedy this discrepancy with their overview of how information is rendered and represented, and how it should be interpreted.

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The Great Acceleration

by Robert Colville
A political, cultural and technological commentator examines why the pace of modern life seems to be accelerating and examines theories about how this speed affects humans both mentally and physically, ultimately weighing the positives and the negatives of a faster age.

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Father Lincoln

by Alan Manning
President Abraham Lincoln is known as the Great Emancipator, the Savior of the Union, and as an American martyr to the people who read about him. But that was not how his sons knew him. A presidential historian follows Lincoln from his growing law practice in Springfield through the turbulent war years in the White House, showing readers how he managed to balance a successful career with paternal responsibilities.

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Love Wins

by Debbie Centziper
This forceful and deeply affecting narrative chronicles how a grieving man and his lawyer, against overwhelming odds, introduced the most important gay rights case in U.S. history. It is an urgent and unforgettable account that will inspire readers for many years to come.

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Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution

by Zak George
Celebrity dog trainer, YouTube sensation, and Animal Planet star Zak George presents a next-generation guide that uses his infectiously energetic style to teach dog-lovers everything they need to know about raising and training their unique pup.

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Queer Virtue

by Elizabeth M. Edman
An openly lesbian Episcopal priest and professional advocate for LGBTQ justice reveals how “queering” Christianity– that is, disrupting simplistic ways of thinking about gender and sexuality– can illuminate contemporary Christian faith and shows why queer Christians are gifts to the Church.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – March 2016

New Books

Almost everyday 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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And Then All Hell Broke Loose

by Richard Engel
The NBC chief foreign correspondent draws on more than two decades of experience in the Middle East to share firsthand insights into the region’s revolutions, the Arab Spring, the wars, regional terrorism and the experiences of people caught in the crossfire.

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The Storyteller’s Secret

by Carmine Gallo
The best-selling author of Talk Like TED shares strategies for developing charismatic storytelling skills to promote personal and professional goals, drawing on the examples of visionary leaders while explaining the role of good storytelling in inspiring, motivating and educating audiences.

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The Green and the Black

by Gary Sernovitz
A prototypical New York liberal and managing director at an oil- and gas-focused private equity firm explains the reality of fracking and America’s shale revolution and how it can be made safer, how the oil business works and how we can harness the benefits of the resources we have.

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West of Eden

by Jean Stein
An oral history of five outsider families who rose to power and fortune in Hollywood and Los Angeles traces their humble origins, the dreams that inspired their ambitions, the setbacks that challenged their achievements and their enduring legacies.

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A Mother’s Reckoning

by Sue Klebold
The mother of one of the two shooters at Columbine High School draws on personal recollections, journal entries and video recordings to piece together what led to her son’s unpredicted breakdown and share insights into how other families might recognize warning signs.

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by Juan Martinez
The prosecutor behind the conviction of Jodi Arias discusses the case’s sensational investigation and trial, sharing previously undisclosed details and behind-the-scenes information that led to Arias’ controversial life sentence.

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The Rarest Bird in the World

by Vernon R.L. Head
Documents the 1990 expedition by Cambridge scientists who collected dozens of specimens from the Ethiopian plains, recounting how their discovery of an unidentified bird’s wing sparked a search for the elusive Nechisar Nightjar decades later.

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A Murder Over a Girl

by Ken Corbett
A psychologist examines the brutal murder of a possibly transgender middle school student by an eighth-grade classmate, drawing on firsthand observations, interviews, and his own academic work on gender and sexuality to explore each facet of the case.

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The Cooler King

by Patrick Bishop
The true story of the famed escape attempts from German POW camps orchestrated by World War II American fighter pilot William Ash, recounting in dramatic detail his numerous relocations, the realities of the POW experience and his breakout through a latrine tunnel.

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The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder

by William Anderson
A single-volume collection of personal writings by the beloved American author spans 60 years of her life and shares deeply personal insights into her experiences, beliefs, family dynamics and career.

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The First Nazi

by Will Brownell & Denise Drace-Brownell
In a biography of one of the least-known important military individuals of the last century, the life of General Erich Ludendorff, a savage man who was one of the top two German generals of World War I and who is known for, in 1918, a rabid slaughter known as “The Ludendorff Offensive” is examined.

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Seeking Jordan

by Matthew McKay
A man who lost his son describes his journey to reconnect with him and recounts his experiences with past- and in between-life hypnotic regressions and channeled writing and discusses how karma works and why souls incarnate.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – February 2016

New Books

Almost everyday 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 Road to Little Dribbling

by Bill Bryson
This hilarious and loving sequel to Notes from a Small Island stands as the author’s tribute to his adopted country of England and describes his riotous return visit two decades later to rediscover the country, its people, and its culture.

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Always Hungry?

by David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D.
A groundbreaking diet program that debunks the myth that calorie balance is the key to weight loss and teaches readers how to reprogram their fat cells to lose weight without counting calories or feeling hungry.

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Maggie Smith: A Biography

by Michael Coveney
An intimate portrait of a remarkable performer, known most recently for her star turn in Downton Abbey, whose stage and screen career spans 60 years, is written with her blessing and drawn from her personal archives as well as interviews with family and friends.

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Excellent Daughters

by Katherine Zoepf
An exploration of a new generation of Arab women who are questioning authority, changing societies and leading revolutions brings a new understanding of the changing Arab societies and gives voice to the extraordinary women at the forefront of this change.

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Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine

by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich & Tanya Bastianich Manuali
The Emmy-winning host of Lidia’s Kitchen, along with her daughter, provides an authoritative guide to Italian cooking that features 400 recipes along with the techniques needed to master Italian cuisine.

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Crisis Point

by Trent Lott and Thomas Daschle
Two former U.S. Senate majority leaders team up to identify the most corrosive sources of U.S. political dysfunction, stress the importance of compromise, and point the way forward.

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The Happiness Track

by Emma Seppala, Ph.D.
An expert on health psychology and well-being dispels counterproductive, outdated theories about achieving fulfillment through stress and iron discipline and describes how finding happiness in other areas first can give rise to professional success.

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In a Different Key

by John Donvan & Caren Zucker
In a Different Key takes us on a journey from an era when families were shamed and children were condemned to institutions, to one in which a cadre of parents and people with autism push for inclusion, but for a new understanding of autism.

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Dream Cities

by Wade Graham
A California-based garden designer, historian, and writer presents a highly accessible and entertaining cultural history of modern cities as told through the eyes of the pivotal dreamers and brilliant, obsessed and sometimes megalomaniacal designers behind the concepts.

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The Geography of Genius

by Eric Weiner
An acclaimed travel writer examines the connection between surroundings and innovative ideas, profiling examples in such regions as early-twentieth-century Vienna, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, and Silicon Valley.

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Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter

by Erin Rooney Doland
This organizational daily devotional shares practical advice and small project ideas for enabling a cleaner, better organized, and less cluttered home in spite of busy schedules, sharing a year’s worth of suggestions.

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Blood Brothers

by Randy Roberts & Johnny Smith
The first book to bring to life the friendship and disastrous estrangement between Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, sharing insights into Malcolm’s alleged role in shaping Clay’s double life as a patriotic athlete and Islamic reformer.

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New Books

Almost everyday 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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by Amy Cuddy
A Harvard psychologist and TED star shares strategic advice on how to live in accordance with one’s inner resources to overcome social fears and self-doubt while heightening confidence, productivity and influence.

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Felines of New York

by Jim Tews
A humorous collection of portraits of cats living in New York City includes anecdotes about each cat’s affinities for fish, basking languidly in the sun, and tearing up their humans’ furniture.

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Boys in the Trees

by Carly Simon
The successful singer-songwriter describes her life growing up amidst the glamour of literary New York with her father who co-founded Simon & Schuster, her path to art and music, her marriage to James Taylor and her famously cryptic song lyrics.

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by Mary Beard
A prominent classicist explores ancient Rome and how its citizens adapted the notion of imperial rule, invented the concepts of citizenship and nation and made laws about those traditionally overlooked in history, including women, slaves and criminals.

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From Skedaddle to Selfie

by Allan Metcalf
From baby boomers with ‘groovy’ and ‘yuppie,’ to Generation X with ‘whatever’ and ‘like,’ each generation inevitably comes to use certain words that are particular to its unique time in history.

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The Invention of Science

by David Wootton
A groundbreaking examination of the Scientific Revolution chronicles the essential transformations that were made possible by science throughout the past five centuries, profiles forefront iconoclasts and identifies links between key discoveries and the rise of industrialization.

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Extreme Planet Earth

by Christine Gibson
An extensively illustrated treasury of facts and trivia about the planet’s superlative features includes coverage of everything from extraordinary organisms to the elements of the ocean’s deepest parts.

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One Dough, Ten Breads

by Sarah Black
Baking instructor Sarah Black starts with the simplest plain white dough, then makes small changes to ingredients, proportions, and shapes to take the reader through ten foundation breads, from baguettes to ciabatta to whole-wheat pain de campagne to sourdough.

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by Pagan Kennedy
A father cleans up after his toddler and imagines a cup that won’t spill. A doctor figures out how to deliver patients to the operating room before they die. Inventology uses the stories of inventors and surprising research to reveal the steps that produce innovation.

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1814: America Forged by Fire

by Willard Sterne Randall
From Dolley Madison with a telescope on the roof of the White House to Francis Scott Key penning the national anthem on an envelope, Randall’s work firmly establishes 1814 as a seminal year that should be celebrated alongside 1776 in our history.

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No Baggage

by Clara Bensen
A romantic travelogue chronicling the author’s risky travel experiment at the side of a new companion recounts how after meeting an energetic university professor on a dating website, the pair embarked on a three-week, eight-country tour without hotel reservations, plans or luggage.

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City of Thorns

by Ben Rawlence
A researcher for Human Rights Watch describes the refugee camp in Dabaab, home to those fleeing civil war in Somalia, and highlights the life of various residents, including a former child soldier, a schoolgirl and a youth leader.

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