News from the Reference Desk Category: Chicago

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

Re-entry Help

Do you know someone who is reentering the community after having served time in prison?
Below are some resources that may be helpful.

Illinois Re-Entry Resources 
A website for people returning home from prison, created by the Education Justice Project and Chi Hack Night.

Safer Foundation One of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of services designed exclusively for people with criminal records.

Prison Fellowship 
Trains and inspires churches and communities—inside and outside of prison—to support the restoration of those affected by incarceration.

Ear Hustle
A Podcast that brings you the stories of life inside prison, shared by those living it.

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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.

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 – 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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