Month: March 2017

News from the Research Desk Blog

Being Irish

On St. Patrick’s Day it is often said in the United States that everyone is a little Irish. But how many people of Irish descent are there in the United States? An exact figure is a challenge to determine but the United States Census figures project it to be around 33 million. Here is a Census Bureau report issued in 2004 which describes the results of an ancestry question on the 2000 Census. An article from the website Irish Central compares figures from the 2000 Census to those from the American Community Survey in 2014. It also explains why it is difficult to pin down exact figures regarding ethnicity. If you want to see if there is an Irish ancestor in your background, there are resources at the Mount Prospect Public Library which can help. Look through this list of Irish genealogy books in our collection. Investigate the genealogy online resources Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest, and Find My Past. If you would like some help with this research, please come to the Research Services Desk and set up an appointment with the genealogy librarian or make an appointment online. Whatever your background, wear a little green and have some fun on St. Patrick’s Day!

Health Databases

We recently let go of a subscription to our web resource Consumer Health Complete. However, in anticipation of this, we have bulked up the Gale Virtual Reference Library health books. You can easily search through trusted 150 or more trusted titles in health and wellness. Here is the link to that: GVRL Medicine Books. We also have Consumer Reports for nearly continuous coverage of their reliable research into health fads, prescription drugs, understanding health insurance, finding comfortable mattresses, and much more. Here is a link to that: Consumer Reports. If you think we should get more health books for GVRL, please let us know because we are always looking to improve the collection.


New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – March 2017

New Books

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

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

Cover of iWariWar
by Bill Gertz
A look at the state of information-technology warfare between the world powers, and how changes in infrastructure and leadership are needed for America to catch up with its adversaries and meet the challenge.
Cover of The Stress TestThe Stress Test
by Ian Robertson
An experienced clinical psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist presents a revelatory study of how and why we react to pressure as we do, and how we can change our response to stress to our benefit.
Cover of HankHank
by Mark Ribowsky
Examining Hank Williams’s music while also re-creating days and nights choked in booze and desperation, Ribowsky traces the miraculous rise of this music legend to a sad, lonely end on New Year’s Day, 1953.
Cover of Deep LifeDeep Life
by Tullis C. Onstott
Onstott takes readers to uncharted regions deep beneath Earth’s crust in search of life in extreme environments, and reveals how astonishing new discoveries by geomicrobiologists are helping the quest to find life in the solar system.
Cover of A Hope More Powerful Than the SeaA Hope More Powerful Than the Sea
by Melissa Fleming
Fleming shares the harrowing journey of Syrian refugee Doaa Al Zamel, who was cast adrift in a frigid sea with the children of drowned parents after their dangerously overcrowded ship sank, in an account that details what their experiences reveal about an on-going international crisis.
Cover of How to Murder Your LifeHow to Murder Your Life
by Cat Marnell
A former beauty editor at Lucky describes her secret life as a prescription-drug addict and bulimic who manipulated doctors into supporting her destructive lifestyle, recounting her struggles to balance her literary ambition with her disease.

Forthcoming Titles:

Cover of The 1997 MastersThe 1997 Masters
by Tiger Woods with Lorne Rubenstein
Woods reflects on his record-setting 1997 Masters victory, in which his historic twelve-shot win created an iconic moment for him and for all of sports history.
Cover of The Rules Do Not ApplyThe Rules Do Not Apply
by Ariel Levy
A gorgeous, darkly humorous memoir for readers of Cheryl Strayed about a woman overcoming dramatic loss and finding reinvention, as well as a portrait of a generation used to assuming they’re entitled to everything—based on this award-winning writer’s New Yorker article “Thanksgiving in Mongolia.”
Cover of The House of MorganThe House of Morgan
by Ron Chernow
A candid history of the American banking dynasty spans four generations and chronicles both the evolution of modern finance and the glamorous social strata of the times.
Cover of Jane Austen, the Secret RadicalJane Austen, the Secret Radical
by Helena Kelly
A brilliant, illuminating reassessment of the life and work of Jane Austen that makes clear how Austen has been misread for the past two centuries and that shows us how she intended her books to be read, revealing, as well, how truly radical a writer she was.
Cover of The Islamic EnlightenmentThe Islamic Enlightenment
by Christopher de Bellaigue
A revisionist history of the 19th and 20th centuries challenges current understandings about the Middle East and Islam, focusing on the stories of Istanbul, Cairo and Tehran to reveal the intellectual, cultural and political sophistication of their populations.
Cover of South and WestSouth and West
by Joan Didion
Two excerpts from never-before-seen notebooks by the National Book Award-winning author offer insights into her literary mind and process and include notes on her Sacramento upbringing and her experiences during a formative Rolling Stone assignment.


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