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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – January 2018

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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Defining Moments in Black History


by Dick Gregory
With his trademark acerbic wit, incisive humor, and infectious paranoia, one of our foremost comedians and most politically engaged civil rights activists looks back at 100 key events from the complicated history of black America. An engaging look at black life that offers insightful commentary on the intricate history of the African American people.

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Mindfulness


The benefits of mindfulness include better performance, heightened creativity, deeper self-awareness, and increased charisma– not to mention peace of mind. This book gives you practical steps for building a sense of presence into your daily work routine, explains the science of why it works, and gives clear-eyed warnings about the pitfalls of the fad.

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Voice Lessons


by Cara Mentzel
The younger sister of the larger-than-life Broadway star Idina Menzel describes their life together, from the time they were children to the very different paths their adult lives took, the unending support and love they have for each other, and how she learned to find her own voice as a teacher and mother with the support and love of her sister.

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How to Spot the Next Starbucks, Whole Foods, Walmart, or McDonald’s Before Its Shares Explode


by Mark Tier
In-depth case studies are used to reveal the Key Performance Indicators shown by today’s major companies when they were just starting to rocket to success in order to predict and invest in new companies likely to follow similar trajectories.

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Wine Isn’t Rocket Science


by Ophélie Neiman
Rocket science is complicated, wine doesn’t have to be! An illustrated, informative guide to understanding and enjoying wine covers everything from how grapes are grown, harvested, and turned into wine to judging the color, aroma, and taste of the world’s most popular varietals.

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The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse


by Rich Cohen
Combining reportage with memoir, the author chronicles the history of the Chicago Cubs and— drawing on interviews and travels with recent Cubs players, owners and coaching staff— tracks the famous curse that was placed on the team in 1945 by the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern.

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You Need a Budget


by Jesse Mecham
Based on the tenets of the award-winning financial platform, “You Need a Budget,” a well-planned budget does not involve deprivation and counsels readers on how to prioritize financial goals, reduce stress through strategic cash flow allocations, and meet the challenges of unplanned expenses.

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Fifty Million Rising


by Saadia Zahidi
An award-winning economist and the head of the World Economic Forum’s System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Education, Gender and Work describes a shift in the Muslim world created by more than 50 million women joining the workforce and discusses how they are challenging and changing familial norms and social conventions.

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That’s What She Said


by Joanne Lipman
An award-winning journalist and publisher outlines anecdotal solutions for harmonious working relationships between the sexes, citing the unique contributions of professional women and how their male counterparts can implement a healthier business culture that bridges gender gaps.

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The Development of the American Presidency


by Richard Ellis
Through comprehensive and in-depth coverage, the author looks at how the presidency has evolved in relation to the public, to Congress, to the executive branch, and to the law, showing at every step how different aspects of the presidency have followed distinct trajectories of change.

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Swearing Is Good for You


by Emma Byrne
A scientist reveals how swearing has been around since the earliest humans began to communicate, and has been shown to reduce physical pain, to lower anxiety, to prevent physical violence, to help trauma victims recover language, and to promote human cooperation.

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I, Mammal


by Liam Drew
A freelance writer and former neurobiologist examines the biology, evolution and traits of humans and explores the anatomical and physiological attributes that make us mammals and that ultimately separate us from other members of the same scientific class designation.

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When Will Tax Cuts Start?

President Trump is poised to sign the recently passed tax bill, and the first question on many folks’ lips is: when will the tax cuts start? Because the legislation is complex, it’s hard to know exactly when it will effect taxpayers across the U.S. Some of the bill’s impact will begin at the start of 2018, though other elements won’t take effect until 2019 and beyond. For instance, when you file your 2017 taxes in April, you’ll already be getting some benefits like lower tax withholding, but other perks won’t show until you file your tax return in April 2019. Luckily for us, the experts at Fortune magazine have broken it all down quite nicely HERE

Announcing Rosetta Stone

I am pleased to announce MPPL now has a subscription to the well-known language learning resource, Rosetta Stone Library Solutions. This package features all 30 languages with all levels available to you. From experience, this resource works best an app on a mobile device though is still effective on a desktop computer if you have a microphone. There is a trick to opening the app after you have downloaded it so please read the instructions on our Library Apps webpage. You’ll get the hang of it because the steps should be easy for anyone with the motivation to learn a new language.

DNA Tests and Your Family History

The holidays are a time when many families are together to share meals, stories, and special events.  The memories which result can bring both pleasure and pain but form the core of our family histories along with vital documents and other official records.  In recent years DNA tests for discovering family ethnic origins have become more affordable and more available to the average consumer.  There are many companies which offer these tests.  But which one is best for your needs?  What do I do with the results?  How accurate are the results?  A genealogist with 30 years of experience offers some answers in this article.  In the Library’s Harold Weary Genealogy Room there are several books which explain the variety of DNA tests, what the results mean and how to use them to enrich the understanding of our family histories. Books from 2017 include Swabbed and Found: An Adopted Man’s DNA Journey to Discover His Family Tree  and The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy.  The book Genetic Genealogy in Practice from 2016 is considered by expert genealogists to be one of the best sources for understanding how to use DNA results in genealogy. So, when you see those advertisements for DNA tests from Ancestry or 23andMe, consider sending away for the kit.  The Library is here to help as you take this next step towards understanding your family history.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – December 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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Natural Defense


by Emily Monosson
An environmental toxicologist and writer explores science’s most innovative strategies for employing ecology for our own protection, giving us a sneak peek into the fascinating and hopeful world of natural defenses where a sustainable approach to human welfare will benefit generations to come.

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Bunk


by Kevin Young
The award-winning author of The Grey Album traces the history of the hoax as a distinct American phenomenon, exploring the roles of stereotype, suspicion, and racism as factors that have shaped fraudulent activities from the heyday of P. T. Barnum through the “fake news” activities of Donald Trump.

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On the Road with Roz


by Roz Varon
For the past eight years Chicago television Traffic Anchor Roz Varon has been recording her travels in words and images. The reader becomes Roz’s awestruck travel companions at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, students of history while roaming the Jewish Deep South, and gleeful visitors to Walt Disney World.

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Night Thoughts


by Wallace Shawn
Having recently passed the age of seventy, before which he found it difficult to piece together more than a few fragments of understanding, actor Wallace Shawn would like to pass on anything he’s learned before death or dementia close down the brief window available to him, but he may not be ready yet.

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Space Oddities


by S.D. Tucker
Whether you’re intrigued by the notion of singing angels inhabiting the planets, secret houses hidden on meteorites, or alien nudist colonies on the moon, Space Oddities will introduce weird, wacky, and wonderful theories of what lies beyond the stars.

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The RBG Workout


by Bryant Johnson
A lighthearted, fully illustrated fitness guide detailing octogenarian Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s twice-weekly workouts with the author, her personal trainer, demonstrates each exercise in accessible detail and is complemented by professional tips, informative sidebars and folksy health wisdom.

Forthcoming Titles:

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Cryptoassets


by Chris Burniske
Bitcoin was the first cryptoasset, but today there are over 800 and counting, including ether, ripple, litecoin, monero, and more. This clear, concise, and accessible guide from two industry insiders shows you how to navigate this brave new blockchain world—and how to invest in these emerging assets to secure your financial future.

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Fifty Years of 60 Minutes


by Jeff Fager
The executive producer of 60 Minutes tells the inside story of the legendary program, from its almost accidental birth through five decades of in-depth reporting by talented producers and beloved correspondents, including Harry Reasoner, Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Ed Bradley, Lesley Stahl, Steve Kroft and others.

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Growing Up Fisher


by Joely Fisher
A behind-the-scenes memoir by the half-sister of the late Carrie Fisher describes their upbringing in Hollywood, the author’s personal struggles with identity, her two-decade marriage, her experiences as a mother to five children, and how she became motivated to pursue a creative life in the wake of Carrie’s death.

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Diversity and Inclusion the Submarine Way


by John Gregory Vincent
The efficiency of a strong submarine crew is the result of a community that makes acceptance of diversity and inclusion part of its expected norms. This book is the first step toward applying these techniques and practices to help your company succeed and thrive in a diverse and inclusive work environment.

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If You’re Bored With Your Camera Read This Book


by Demetrius Fordham
In this book you’ll find inspiring ideas and genuinely different techniques that you can use to capture anything, from artistic portraits, through to stunning street photography and unusual aboreals. It will open your eyes, and your lens cap, to new ideas.

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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning


by Margareta Magnusson
In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning “death” and städning meaning “cleaning.” A Swedish artist provides commentary and advice on this invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings, which can be undertaken at any life stage but should be done before others have to do it for you.

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Seven Kinds of Easily Accessible Legal Forms

Everyone needs legal assistance at one time or another. Rest assured MPPL has Gale LegalForms resource at the ready.

State-Specific
Gale LegalForms is relevant to Illinois laws. There are categories like divorce, bankruptcy, power of attorney, and incorporation (among others). You simply choose a category and then choose from a list of available forms. Each form gives a full description to help anyone choose what they need. With one click, the form opens with spaces to click and fill in your own information like your name, city, and even case number. Forms are available in a variety of formats, including Microsoft Word, Rich Text, PDF, and sometimes even Word Perfect. The forms included in the database are official forms that law firms use, so you never have to wonder if they will be accepted by the court system.

Highly Searchable
Forms can be keyword searched by category or title too. This makes finding a form by keyword very easy. For example, if you need information about “quit claim deeds” and you didn’t know that was a real estate term, you could just search “quit claim.” The search results include every available form related to those keywords.

Sample Letters
One of the categories provided is “Sample Letters.” There are letters to use for requesting a credit report of a minor, to remove your name from a mail marketing list, employment letters for suspensions, warnings, and disciplinary action, and a sample letter to request an extension on a lease from tenant to landlord. These are just a few of the handy sample letters available.

Tax Forms
There are also links to tax forms available in Gale LegalForms. When you choose a state, the database links you to that state’s treasury department web site. It is a quick, easy way to find the list of available tax forms for your state without having to navigate the whole of the state web site.

Attorney Directory
An Attorney Directory is also built into LegalForms. You can find an attorney practicing in a particular field of law very quickly by browsing the practice area categories. There is a description of the firm under most entries that includes information like when the firm was established, what the firm specializes in, who to ask for, or how many attorneys are practicing there. Once you find a promising entry, you can click on “Start” next to the name and fill out a client intake form that goes directly to the attorney’s office.

Additional Resources
There are external links from LegalForms too.  Here you can find links to places to get vital records, the IRS, or the court system. Again, having these direct links help you find specific agencies of the law quickly and easily. You may not always know what different agencies are called, or what they do, so having direct links brings you  one step closer to the right information.

Easy to Use Interface
The left side menu remains consistent throughout your use of LegalForms. It includes the search box, but also a link to “Definitions.” Within definitions is another search box to search for a specific legal term, or choose from A to Z to browse a list of terms under each letter of the alphabet.

Similar in style to the definitions is a “Law Digest” in that left side menu. This is more of a legal encyclopedia, as it goes into more detail about legal terms than just a definition. For example, the entry on “Environmental Protection Agency” includes articles about the agency’s various activities and even a bibliography with links for further reading.

The third item in the left side menu is a “Legal Q & A” button. Here you can choose a category of the law (like “automobiles – insurance” or “civil actions – liens”) and read questions and answers on that subject.

As you can see, LegalForms contains a wealth of information on virtually any legal topic. You can easily find the right form and open, edit, and save it immediately for personal use. Legal situations can be emotional and overwhelming, so having trustworthy and convenient links to legal information puts everyone at ease. With remote access to LegalForms, you can be assured that your privacy is respected.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – November 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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Understanding the Digital World


by Brian W. Kernighan
A must-read for all who want to know more about computers and communications, Kernighan explains, precisely and carefully, not only how these technologies operate but also how they influence our daily lives, in terms anyone can understand, no matter what their experience and knowledge of technology.

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Bears by the Numbers


by Lew Freedman
Since the Chicago Bears first adopted uniform numbers in 1932, the team has handed out only 99 numbers to more than 1,000 players. That’s a lot of overlap. It also makes for a lot of good stories. Bears by the Numbers tells those stories for every Bear since ’32, from Red Grange to Pernell McPhee.

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Diaper Dude


by Chris Pegula
Filled with useful information, hilarious stories of dad madness, a little psychology and science, and engaging sidebars, Diaper Dude covers everything from bonding and babyproofing to toddlerhood, tantrums, and tag-teaming with your partner to cover all the bases while staying (somewhat) sane.

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The Enlightened Mr. Parkinson


by Cherry Lewis
Describes the scientific contributions made by the namesake of Parkinson’s disease, who identified the condition 200 years ago, and who was a political and scientific radical rumored to be involved in a plot to kill King George III and who jump-started a fossil craze.

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The Chicago Food Encyclopedia


Discover the visionary restaurateurs, beloved haunts, and food companies (current and past) that not only helped build Chicago but fed a growing nation. From chef Grant Achatz to the edible (but unloved) zebra mussel, this A-to-Z compendium is the ultimate reference on the history of the city and its food.

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The Vietnam War


by Geoffrey C. Ward
A vibrantly photographed companion to the multi-part PBS film examines the Vietnam War’s role in debates that continue in today’s world, drawing on extensive interviews with contributors at all levels in America and Vietnam to explain why and how the war happened as well as its complicated legacy.

Forthcoming Titles:

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Redefining Aging


by Ann Kaiser Stearns
Best-selling author Stearns explores the practical and personal challenges of both caregiving and successful aging, coupling findings from the latest research with powerful insights and problem-solving tips to help caregivers.

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Garden City


by Anna Yudina
A spectacular global survey of some of the world’s most inventive buildings—increasingly relevant in the face of climate change—which bring architecture and horticulture into a sustainable whole.

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Blood Profits


by Vanessa Neumann
A sobering report by an expert on countering illicit trade explains the dangerous consequences of purchasing contraband, from cheap cigarettes and prostitute services to fake designer bags and bootleg DVDs.

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Ancestors


by David Hertzel
Hertzel draws on his interviews with more than thirty people from a variety of cultural backgrounds across the United States and the world to provide an engaging foray into the nature of relationships between people today and their ancestors, exploring what ancestry means in the modern world.

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Better Together


by Jonathan Sposato
Sposato provides powerful and implementable solutions to fostering gender equality in your business. As a result, your business will be more successful, your customers will be happier with better products/services, and your employees will be much more fulfilled.

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A People’s History of Chicago


by Kevin Coval
Coval celebrates the history of Chicago from the perspective of those on the margins, whose stories often go untold. His seventy-seven poems (for the city’s seventy-seven neighborhoods) honor the everyday lives of these people, whose cultural and political revolutions continue to shape the social landscape.

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Spice is the Variety of Life

If you think that spice is the variety of life and love international cuisine, AtoZ World Food has you covered. Our newest web resource contains traditional recipes for 174 countries in all course categories: appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, dessert, and beverages. That’s over 6,000 recipes and 9,000 food photos. And if you’re interested in beer, that are over 750 world beer reviews!

NEFE Has Financial Education Resources for You!

The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) is the leading private nonprofit 501(c)(3) national foundation dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision making for individuals and families through every stage of life. With more than a quarter-century of dedication to the public good, NEFE continues its legacy of service with commitment to providing financial education and practical information to people at all financial levels, including high school and college students, folks planning for retirement, and overspenders. NEFE provides objective and credible information through its programs and partnerships. Their materials continually evolve with the changing financial climate, technological advancements, and societal trends to meet consumers’ shifting needs. All NEFE resources and teaching materials are provided at no cost: consumer and educational resources, current financial news, programs and initiatives and more–check it out at www.nefe.org today and find something to help your own financial literacy grow!

Mount Prospect Introduces Organics Collection Program

Mount Prospect has replaced their existing yard waste collection program with a new Organics Collection Program. Yard waste will still be accepted along with organic material including fruits, vegetables, meat etc. All yard waste and organic material will be collected in unlimited quantities for no additional charge, but residents must provide their own rigid container. The Organics Collection Program will run from April through mid-December.

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For more detailed information on the Organics Program and other solid waste information: Solid Waste Edition Mount Prospect Newsletter, September 2017