News from the Reference Desk Category: Biography & Memoir

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction – April 2019

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!

New Poetry Collections

the octopus museum book cover Registers of Illuminated Villages book cover The Crown Ain't Worth Much book cover

The Octopus Museum by Brenda Shaughnessy

Registers of Illuminated Villages by Rarfea Faizullah

The Crown Ain’t Worth Much by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

Biography & Memoir

Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keefe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury book cover Sounds Like Titanic book cover First: Sandra Day O'Connor book cover

Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury by Carolyn Burke

Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman

First: Sandra Day O’Connor by Evan Thomas

Politics

Doing Justice: A prosecutor's thoughts on crime, punishment, and the rule of law book cover Putin's World: Russia against the west and with the rest book cover The Truths We Hold book cover

Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law by Preet Bharara

Putin’s World: Russia Against the Rest and with the Rest by Angela Stent

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris

Entertainment

The Unicorn Guide to Life: Magical methods for looking good and feeling great book cover Seeking Chicago: The Stories Behind the Architecture of the Windy City book cover Living Floral: Entertaining and Decorating with Flowers book cover

The Unicorn Guide to Life: Magical Methods for Looking Good and Feeling Great by Edith Hall

Seeking Chicago: The Stories Behind the Architecture of the Windy City – One Building at a Time by Tom Miller

Living Floral: Entertaining and Decorating with Flowers by Margot Shaw

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction – February 2019

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!

Pit Bull Flower Power
by Sophie Gamand
Since 2014, French photographer Sophie Gamand has been composing portraits of adoptable pit bulls from more than thirty shelters and rescues throughout the United States. Who could resist?!

by Ari Seth Cohen
Photographer Ari Seth Cohen presents affectionate portraits of subjects who prove that love is bound by neither the constraints of age or time.


Tasting Italy
The experts at America’s Test Kitchen and National Geographic bring Italy’s magnificent cuisine, culture, and landscapes–and 100 authentic regional recipes–right to your kitchen.

 
 

by Lucy Cook
Here, in a mindfulness book like no other, heart-tuggingly cute photographs of these always-chill creatures are paired with words of wisdom, all to inspire us to slow down, stop to enjoy the little things, and come up relaxed, centered, and smiling.

by David Gilmore
An immersive portrait of the lives of the British in India, from the seventeenth century to Independence.

by Mary Capterton Morton
Aerial Geology is an up-in-the-sky exploration of North America’s 100 most spectacular geological formations.

 
 
 
 

by Frederic Morin et al.
A new cookbook/survival guide/love letter to Montreal for these apocalyptic times, from the James Beard Award–nominated culinary adventurists and proprietors of the beloved restaurant, Joe Beef.

by Michael S. Engel
A fascinating look at the world’s most numerous inhabitants, illustrated with stunning images from the American Museum of Natural History’s Rare Book Collection.

by Meredith Ochs
This beautifully illustrated unofficial retrospective celebrates the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and reflects on her life, music, and legacy.

 

by Mark Dery
The definitive biography of Edward Gorey, the eccentric master of macabre nonsense.

by Kara Cooney
This riveting narrative explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra-women who ruled with real power-and shines a piercing light on our own perceptions of women in power today.

This book is a spectacular artifact of an American icon.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – December 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!

All Over the Map
by Betsy Mason
Created for map lovers by map lovers, this rich book explores the intriguing stories behind maps across history and illuminates how the art of cartography thrives today.

Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America
by Robert Bruegmann
An expansive take on American Art Deco that explores Chicago’s pivotal role in developing the architecture, graphic design, and product design that came to define middle-class style in the twentieth century.

Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt
by Chris Naunton
Archeologist Chris Naunton sheds light on the lives of these ancient Egyptians and makes an exciting case for the potential discovery of these lost tombs.

 

Food Can Fix It
by Dr. Mehmet Oz
With clear information and a meal plan full of superfoods, Dr. Oz explains how to kick-start weight loss, improve your energy, decrease inflammation, and prevent or alleviate a host of other common conditions.

AARP Memory Activity Book
by Helen Lambert
More than 70 brain-stimulating activities for people with memory loss or dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

I Am a Filipino and This Is How We Cook
Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad
Written by trailblazing restaurateurs, I Am a Filipino is a cookbook of modern Filipino recipes that captures the unexpected and addictive flavors of this vibrant and diverse cuisine.

The Literature Book
A global look at the greatest works of Eastern and Western literature and the themes that unite them, for students and lovers of literature and reading.

Writers: Their Lives and Works
by James Naughtie
From Shakespeare and Jane Austen to Gabriel García Márquez and Toni Morrison, this DK book features more than 100 biographies of the world’s greatest writers.

Bibliophile
by Jane Mount
In this love letter to all things bookish, Jane Mount brings literary people, places, and things to life through her signature and vibrant illustrations.

 

Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ’80s and ’90s Teen Fiction
by Miranda Seymour
For fans of vintage YA, a humorous and in-depth history of beloved teen literature from the 1980s and 1990s, full of trivia and pop culture fun.

100 Greatest Film Scores
by Matt Lawson
This book examines the greatest film scores produced over a span of more than 80 years.

Drive: The Definitive History of Driving
by Giles Chapman
Charting the 130-years from the arrival of horseless carriages to the advent of driverless vehicles, celebrate the automobile and the romance of the open road.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – November 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!

Vegan Christmas
by Gaz Oakley
Over 70 amazing recipes for the festive season.

The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons
by Anthony Salvanto
This monumental, collection includes nearly 10 decades worth of New Yorker cartoons.

Battles that Changed History
Edited by Philip Parker
Relive 5,000 years of world-changing combat with this guide to the most famous battles in history.
 
 
 

Evolution: The Human Story, 2nd Edition
Edited by Alice Roberts
Fully updated to include the latest discoveries and research–including the newly discovered species Homo naledi.

Gardenlust
by Christopher Woods
This sumptuous global tour of modern gardens spotlights 50 modern gardens that push boundaries and define natural beauty in significant ways.

The Death of Hitler: The Final Word
Jean-Christophe Brisard and Lana Parshina
Answers the lingering questions surrounding Hitler’s death in his bunker using unprecedented access to secret Russian archives and offer eyewitness accounts of the dictator’s final days.
 
 

The Lego Book
by Daniel Lipkowitz
Celebrate the 60-year history of the iconic LEGO brick.

Open to God Open to the World
by Pope Francis
This book offers a fascinating glimpse into the mind and workings of this entirely different Pope.

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
by Dr. Steven Novella
An all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking from podcast host and academic neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine Steven Novella and his SGU co-hosts.
 
 

Series Update: Eyewitness Travel Guides
These beautifully practical books, now offered in a lightweight format, boast inspirational covers, expertly curated travel content, and Instagram-worthy photography.

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: 122 Inventions that Changed the World
by Jean-Marie Donat
Discover the designs behind some of the most amazing inventions ever imagined, with images taken from the original patents.

On the Ganges
by George Black
Journey along one of the world’s greatest rivers and catch a glimpse into the lives and cultures of the people who live along its banks.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – September 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!

by Philip Pullman
The internationally best-selling author of the His Dark Materials trilogy shares insights into the art of writing while exploring how education, religion and science, as well as his favorite classics, helped shaped his literary life.

by Jeff Pearlman
From a multiple New York Times best-selling author comes the rollicking, outrageous, you-can’t-make-this-up story of the USFL.

 


How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals
by Sy Montgomery
A National Book Award finalist discusses the personalities and quirks of 13 animals—her friends—who have profoundly affected her, in a poetic and life-affirming memoir.

 

by Lucy Cook
Here, in a mindfulness book like no other, heart-tuggingly cute photographs of these always-chill creatures are paired with words of wisdom, all to inspire us to slow down, stop to enjoy the little things, and come up relaxed, centered, and smiling.

by John Pring and Rob Thomas
Filled with stunning full-color infographics, a unique, album-by-album visual history of the evolution of the Beatles that examines how their style, their sound, their instruments, their songs, their tours, and the world they inhabited transformed over the course of a decade.

by Paul Davies
Full colour making of book featuring exclusive photos, cast and crew interviews, glimpses behind the scenes and production notes. Every character will be detailed with revealing test and amazing photographs.

by Fiona Tomlinson
Pets have always featured prominently in professional photographer Fiona Tomlinson’s family. It wasn’t until the canine love of Fiona’s life became unwell at the grand age of 14, that she realised she didn’t have any special images of her.

by Thor Hanson
From the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers, a natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round.

by Matt Coyne
Coyne shares his tale of one man’s journey through the first year of parenthood, told with wit, humor, and heart. It is a ferociously funny, inventively foul-mouthed, and genuinely touching account of a baby’s first year.

by Selin Kiazim
These sensational recipes will take you on a journey from home-cooked meals and summers spent in Northern Cyprus to an exciting interpretation of modern Turkish-Cypriot cooking at home.

by Alison Smith
Over 300 techniques that show you how to sew absolutely everything–from clothes to home decor–plus 10 stylish new projects and updated information on more than 100 tools and 50 fabrics, with a glossary of sewing terminology.

by Alice Gregory
Renowned sleep researcher Alice Gregory explores every aspect of sleep, from the different stages of sleep and how our sleeping patterns change throughout our lives, to what happens when things go wrong