News from the Reference Desk Category: Biography & Memoir

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

A Fan of True Crime? Check out these Chicago True Crime Books!

Dean Jobb, the author of Empire of Deception, the true story of 1920s Chicago swindler Leo Koretz, reviews some popular books about true crime in Chicago.

Check them out here!

Gangland-Chicago   H-H-Holmes The-Gambler-King  Al-Capones-Beer-Wars   Ugly-Prey

Dean’s next book will recreate the crimes of Thomas Neill Cream, a Victorian-era doctor who murdered at least ten people in Canada, Chicago and London.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – February 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:

Cover of QuackeryQuackery
by Lydia Kang
A darkly whimsical chronicle of medicine’s greatest mistakes incorporates vintage images and ads for historical cures, from morphine for colicky babies and strychnine for impotence to leeches for the common cold and liquefied gold for immortality.

Cover of Inside Studio 54Inside Studio 54
by Mark Fleischman
Recounts the history of the famed New York City nightclub, chronicling the scenes of partying and debauchery that occurred in this legendary space and earned the establishment its racy reputation.
Cover of Everything is AwfulEverything is Awful
by Matt Bellassai
The comedian behind the series “Whine About It” and “To Be Honest” presents a collection of humorously anguished essays chronicling the awful moments of his life so far, from everyday indignities to the humiliations of the adult world.

 

Cover of The Burr ConspiracyThe Burr Conspiracy
by James E. Lewis Jr.
A multifaceted portrait of the early American republic as examined through the lens of the Burr Conspiracy explores the political and cultural forces that influenced public perception and how, in spite of vague and conflicting evidence, the former Vice President was arrested and tried for treason.

Cover of Paris FashionParis Fashion
by Valerie Steele
This revised and up-to-date edition of the pioneering book now encompasses the rise of fashion’s multiple world cities in the 21st century. Lavishly illustrated, deeply learned, and elegantly written, Steele’s masterwork explores with brilliance and flair why Paris remains the capital of fashion.

Cover of ImmunizationImmunization
by Stuart Blume
A collections of histories of immunization practices over the past century, from the work of early pioneers to the introduction of genetic engineered vaccines. Focusing on today’s “vaccine hesitancy,” the author discusses what will be needed to restore parents’ confidence.

Forthcoming Titles:

Cover of The Spinning MagnetThe Spinning Magnet
by Alanna Mitchell
A prize-winning science journalist narrates the history of electromagnetism and discusses how the earth’s magnetic force field is eroding ten times faster than previously believed, which will result in pole reversal and seriously dire consequences for modern technology.

Cover of The Motivation ToolkitThe Motivation Toolkit
by David Kreps
A renowned Stanford economist reveals the fundamental principles of employee motivation, based on leading economic and psychological theories of motivation, from the economic theory of incentives to the social psychological theory of self-determination.

Cover of A Ringside AffairA Ringside Affair
by James Lawton
Bringing the most compelling and climactic phase of boxing’s long history to life, the chief sportswriter of the Daily Express and the Independent pays tribute to the epic quality of boxing’s last years of glory, retracing arguably the richest inheritance bequeathed to any sport.

Cover of The Earth GazersThe Earth Gazers
by Christopher Potter
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, a full-color book examines the beautiful images of the whole earth taken by the mission’s astronauts and the long road that led to that point by showcasing the visionaries that came before.

Cover of Say This, Not That to Your Teenage DaughterSay This, Not That To Your Teenage Daughter
by Ilana Kukoff
If you’re the parent of a teenage girl, then it’s likely you never say the right thing. Based on the work of Cognition Builders, a firm that teaches families how to have constructive conversations, the authors have selected the most common conversational quandaries families face, and solved them for you.

Cover of America at NightAmerica at Night*
by Don Rittner
This book contains almost 200 photos taken from the late nineteenth century to the 1960s by the General Electric Company. Over these decades GE scientists continually experimented to invent and modify street lights that could transform urban downtowns, rural roads, and parks into daylight use.

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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:

Cover of 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.

Cover of 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.

Cover of 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.

Cover of 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.

Cover of 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.

Cover of 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.

Forthcoming Titles:

Cover of 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.

Cover of 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.

Cover of 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.

Cover of 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.

Cover of 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.

Cover of 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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