Month: January 2017

News from the Research Desk Blog

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:

Cover of How to Survive a PlagueHow 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.
Cover of Settle for MoreSettle 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.
Cover of Cultivating EmpathyCultivating 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.
Cover of Hidden FiguresHidden 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.
Cover of They Can't Kill Us AllThey 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.
Cover of Selling HitlerSelling 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.

Forthcoming Titles:

Cover of Insane Clown PresidentInsane 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.
Cover of Climate of HopeClimate 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.
Cover of A Fine MessA 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.
Cover of The Broken LadderThe 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.
Letters to a Young MuslimLetters 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.
Cover of R.I.P. G.O.P.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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*We’re sorry, this title is not available at MPPL

Business plans made easy with Intercept

Writing a business plan is essential for anyone trying to start a new business, entrepreneurs, and even established businesses needing a semi-regular review. A solid business plan can be the key to securing the funding you need–but it can be complex, even for those with experience. Well, luckily MPPL is here to help with our newest business database, Intercept by Deziner Software. This exciting new tool takes a comprehensive, step-by-step approach with built-in cross-checking to help you create your optimal plan–kind of like Turbo Tax for writing a business plan. Give it a try! It might seem a little daunting at first, but stick with it, and remember, the Research Dept. staff are always here to help you navigate and learn–just stop by the desk, give us a call or set up a Reference Appointment!

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Exploring Demographics with Our New Web Resource

If you like demographics, then we have a great new resource for you, Social Explorer. You can access over 200 years of government data and see it displayed in maps. It’s an intriguing way to discover trends in aging, race, income, employment, election results, health, and crime data. These are but a few of the options. I’ve been comparing where I live in Chicago to where I always said I wanted to live, Nome, Alaska. Where I live now, there are 33,334 people per square mile, compared to 5,695 in the area around MPPL, but only 5.4 in Nome. It must be very quiet. And what is really neat is that much of this data can be compared over time, and some European and UK information is also available.

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:

Cover of The Power of OffThe 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.
Cover of Please Enjoy Your HappinessPlease 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.
Cover of Hitler's Wehrmacht, 1935-1945Hitler’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.
Cover of What the FWhat 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.
Cover of Feminist Fight ClubFeminist 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.
Cover of ShowboatShowboat
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.

Forthcoming Titles:

Cover of Washington's FarewellWashington’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.
Cover of Shakespeare: The Riddle of GeniusShakespeare: 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.
Cover of Are Racists Crazy?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.
Cover of The UnsettlersThe 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.
Cover of When Bad Things Happen to Good CrochetersWhen 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.
Cover of A Cabinet of Ancient Medical CuriositiesA 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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