News from the Research Desk

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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The Objects in Our Lives

Over the past few decades many electronic devices and other objects once vital in our lives have become obsolete.  Remember rotary telephones or even telephone booths?  The importance these objects had in our lives is significant.  Many museums are collecting these items to document the development of technology and our relationship to it.  At the McKinley Museum in Akron, Ohio, an exhibit includes objects from the 1980s.

 

The Mount Prospect Historical Society has been collecting items since the late 1960s.  These objects reflect the growth of Mount Prospect over the past 100 years.  They can be seen at the Friedrichs Museum in Mount Prospect at 101 South Maple.  If you cannot make it there in person, you can see professional photographs of many significant objects in the museum in a digital collection called Dimensions of Life in Mount Prospect.

It was almost a year ago that the Village unearthed the time capsule from 1992 as part of Mount Prospect’s Centennial Celebration.  If you haven’t viewed the items in the Library’s second-floor Harold Weary Genealogy Room, come and take a look before they become part of the new time capsule that will be buried in October 2017.

Turn Your Passion into a New Career?

It’s one of the things we all hear so much over the course of our lives–“find what you love to do and make it your career.” And while many have managed to find ways to accomplish this, for most of us it’s easier said than done. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible, or that you shouldn’t even contemplate the possibility. The folks over at Practical Money Skills (produced by Visa, and one of the partners in this year’s Financial Literacy Summit held in April to kick off Money Smart Week) have put together a few strategies and guidelines to consider HERE if you’re someone who is looking to make a change in their life and career.

EWG’s Guide to Sunscreens

Now that the days are at their longest and the sun’s rays are the most direct, proper use of effective sunscreen is essential and insures that summer fun in the sun does not cause skin damage. To select the most protective products as well as the least harmful, consult the Environmental Working Group’s annual Guide to Sunscreens.

From the EWG website:

The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.
We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.
Since 2007, when EWG published its first Sunscreen Guide, many sun protection products sold in the U.S. are safer and federal regulators have cracked down on some of the worst phony marketing claims. But our investigation of more than 880 beach and sport sunscreens, 480 moisturizers and 120 lip products with SPF for our 11th annual guide found that serious concerns remain.

Oxford Dictionaries

MPPL now subscribes to Oxford Dictionaries, the online dictionary that does everything you want an online dictionary to do (according to a review I found in Booklist, Sept. 1, 2010). That sounds like a tall order because most people just want spelling and definition, but Oxford Dictionaries surpasses all expectations. Is has not just definitions and spellings but also rhymes, audio files, related words, word origin, examples in sentences, and links to their foreign language dictionaries which are all included in this package. The other dictionaries are French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Arabic. Also, you should check out the Oxford Dictionaries fun, informative and trippy Oxford Words blog.

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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.

Adulthood for Beginners

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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June 1 Hiring Event at Oakton

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Congressman Brad Schneider are hosting a Hiring Event:

Thursday, June 1, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm
*Early entry for veterans begins at 9:30am

Oakton Community College – Tenhoeve Room
1600 E. Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL, 60016

The event will feature participation from more than sixty local and national employers with immediate openings looking to hire. National Able, Oakton Community College, and Illinois Department of Employment Security are also assisting with this event.

Free workshops for attendees on networking, interview tips, and other important job search topics will be offered throughout the event.

Job Seekers are asked to register at Summer 2017 Hiring Event

 

Financial Advisors and the Dept. of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rule

As of June 9, 2017, a new Fiduciary Rule put forth by the Department of Labor will go into effect, potentially changing the level of accountability for many financial advisors currently not officially considered a “fiduciary.” The new rule expands the “investment advice fiduciary” definition under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Essentially, the Department of Labor’s definition of a fiduciary demands that advisors act in the best interests of their clients, and to put their clients’ interests above their own. It leaves no room for advisors to conceal any potential conflict of interest, and states that all fees and commissions must be clearly disclosed in dollar form to clients. The definition has been expanded to include any professional making a recommendation or solicitation — and not simply giving ongoing advice. Previously, only advisors who were charging a fee for service (either hourly or as a percentage of account holdings) on retirement plans were considered fiduciaries.

Read HERE for a more detailed explanation.

New States Added to WWII Draft Registration Cards!

Fold3 has added new U.S. states to its collection of WWII Draft Registration Cards! The collection (via the National Archives) now also includes Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, West Virginia, Utah, Alaska, Wyoming, and Virginia. The cards in this collection are registration cards for the draft and do not necessarily indicate that the individual served in the military. Read more.

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65 new Gale Courses added

This is exciting! Not only does Gale Courses have a new, optimized learning center, they have also added 65 new courses. If you haven’t tried any of these six-week instructor led classes, you should check them out through our Web Resources page. Here are some of the new Gale Courses:

  • Real Estate Investing
  • Publish and Sell Your E-Books
  • Romance Writing
  • Get Assertive!
  • Get Funny!
  • Enhancing Language Development in Childhood
  • Lose Weight and Keep It Off

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