News from the Reference Desk Category: Literacy

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – April 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:

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Lower Ed

by Tressie McMillan Cottom
Drawing on her personal experience as a former counselor at two for-profit colleges and interviews with students, senior executives and activists, a renowned sociologist reveals how for-profit schools have become so successful and deciphers the benefits, credentials pitfalls and real costs of a for-profit education.

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The Girl at the Baggage Claim

by Gish Jen
A provocative study on the contrast between Eastern and Western ideas about the self and society shares personal and scientific insights into how perception differences shape ongoing debates about art, education, geopolitics and business.

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Running with a Police Escort

by Jill Grunenwald
Having always struggled with her weight, Grunenwald at one time hit the scales at more than 300 pounds and decided that she needed to make a life-style change, pronto. She enrolled in Weight Watchers and did something else that she never thought she’d do; she started running. And believe it or not, it wasn’t that bad.

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The Blood of Emmett Till

by Timothy B. Tyson
The event that launched the civil rights movement—the 1955 lynching of young Emmett Till— is now reexamined by an award-winning author with access to never-before-heard accounts from those involved as well as recently recovered court transcripts from the trial.

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The Turtle’s Beating Heart

by Denise Low
Low unravels her family’s hidden Native American history as part of the Lenape diaspora, discovering the lasting impact of trauma and substance abuse, the deep sense of loss and shame related to suppressed family emotions, and the power of collective memory.

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The Gig Economy

by Diane Mulcahy
Mulcahy offers tips for managing employment in an economy characterized by contract work and freelance assignments, describing strategies for creating multiple sources of income, developing new skills, financing time off, and retaining a personal safety net.

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Schadenfreude, a Love Story

by Rebecca Schuman
A debut book by the education columnist for Slate traces her experiences as a Jewish teen intellectual whose fateful relationship with a boy who introduced her to Kafka inspired her love for German language and culture.

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Theft by Finding

by David Sedaris
An anthology of personal favorite diary entries by the best-selling author features excerpts that have inspired his famed autobiographical essays and shares insights into the intimate arenas of his life.

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The Airbnb Story

by Leigh Gallagher
Fortune editor Leigh Gallagher explores the success of Airbnb, the online lodging platform that has become, in under a decade, the largest provider of accommodations in the world, along with the more controversial side of its story.

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Adventure Cats

by Laura J. Moss
The cofounder of– the online resource for information on safely exploring the great outdoors with your feline– presents a collection of amazing photos and stories of real-life cats, and all the how-to owners need to take their cats beyond the backyard.

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Are We Screwed?

by Geoff Dembicki
The millennial generation has lived with the looming reality of global warming and will be most affected by its impacts. In vividly reported dispatches, Dembicki examines what millennial responses to climate change look like and how they are shaping our future.

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Tinker Dabble Doodle Try

by Srini Pillay, M.D.
A Harvard psychiatrist and brain imaging researcher teaches a revolutionary way to become a sharper thinker and get things done—in the boardroom, living room, or classroom—by harnessing the brain’s ability to wander.

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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:

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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.

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The 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.

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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.

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Deep 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.

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A 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.

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How 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.

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The 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.

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The 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.”

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The 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.

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Jane 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.

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The 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.

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South 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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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:

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How 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.

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Settle 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.

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Cultivating 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.

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Hidden 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.

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They 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.

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Selling 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.

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Insane 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.

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Climate 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.

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A 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.

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The 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.

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Letters 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.

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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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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:

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The 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.

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Please 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.

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Hitler’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.

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What 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.

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Feminist 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.

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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.

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Washington’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.

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Shakespeare: 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.

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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.

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The 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.

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When 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.

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A 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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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – December 2016

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:

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Love Warrior

by Glennon Doyle Melton
A new memoir by the New York Times bestselling author, speaker, philanthropist, and activist traces the author’s journey of self-discovery after the dissolution of her marriage, revealing how she found healing by rejecting gender standards and refusing to settle for a “good-enough” life.

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In the Company of Women

by Grace Bonney
Across the globe, women are embracing their entrepreneurial spirits and starting creative businesses. In the Company of Women profiles over 100 of these influential and creative women from all ages, races, backgrounds, and industries.

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by Pat Patterson
The WWE Hall of Famer describes how he was rejected by his family for his sexual orientation and moved to the United States in the 1960s, where, in spite of language and discriminatory challenges, he applied his creative and athletic talents to climb to the upper ranks of sports entertainment.

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Einstein’s Masterwork

by John Gribbin
An astrophysicist discusses the origins of Einstein’s General Theory to share insights into the scientist and man against a backdrop of history, detailing the paradigm-shifting relevance of an achievement that was overshadowed by his more famous theories.

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The Homebrewer’s Almanac

by Marika Josephson, Aaron Kleidon, & Ryan Tockstein
A practical guide for those who are interested in incorporating fresh and foraged ingredients into their beer, written by the brewers of one of the country’s hottest new breweries.

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9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America

by Brion McClanahan
Of the forty-four presidents who have led the United States, nine made mistakes that permanently scarred the nation. Which nine? McClanahan will surprise readers with his list, which he supports with exhaustive and entertaining evidence.

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Not Just Evil

by David Wilson
This searing true crime narrative captures all of the courtroom drama of California’s first insanity plea, sparked by a crime that horrified the nation and a trial that transfixed it, putting Hollywood’s influential young movie industry on the stand for one deranged man’s murder of a young girl.

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by Ty Tashiro
Interweaving the latest research with personal tales and real world examples, Awkward offers reassurance and provides valuable insights into how we can embrace our personal quirks and unique talents to harness our awesome potential—and more comfortably navigate our complex world.

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The Art of Invisibility

by Kevin Mitnick
The author provides both online and real life tactics and inexpensive methods to protect you and your family in the age of Big Brother and Big Data in easy step-by-step instructions. He also talks about more advanced “elite” techniques, which, if used properly, can maximize your privacy.

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The Inkblots

by Damion Searls
Documents the lesser-known story of the creator of the psychological test developed to reveal key aspects of human personality, sharing insights into how his inkblots were carefully designed and rose to prominence after his early death.

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No One Cares About Crazy People

by Ron Powers
A blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here, this is a thought-provoking look at schizophrenia, a dreaded illness that has long been misunderstood, paired with the deeply personal story of the author’s two sons’ battles with the illness.

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“All the Real Indians Died Off”

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz & Dina Gilio-Whitaker
A critical deconstruction of persistent myths about American Indians that have taken hold in the United States. The authors tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history and trace how they developed.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – November 2016

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:

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Power Your Happy

by Lisa Sugar
The debut book of digital media mogul Sugar ( is one-part memoir, one-part guide to life, documenting her rise to success by turning her passions into an empire. Reading more like a blog than a book, the material addresses topics such as finding your passion, work, love, friendships, health, and beauty.

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Elvis’s Army

by Brian McAllister Linn
When the U.S. Army drafted Elvis Presley in 1958, it quickly set about transforming the King of Rock and Roll from a rebellious teen idol into a clean-cut GI. Trading in his gold-trimmed jacket for standard-issue fatigues, Elvis became a model soldier in an army facing the unprecedented challenge of building a fighting force for the Atomic Age.

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True Beer

by Timothy Sprinkle
An on-the-ground look at the ultra-small side of the craft brewing movement from the inside out, with profiles of a number of independent breweries which examine the art and science of brewing, the local farmers and providers behind the scenes, the market itself, as well as national trends in nanobrewing and modern craft beer production.

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Shoe Dog

by Phil Knight
Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh, opening up about his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

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The Tao of Bill Murray

by Gavin Edwards
This collection of the most epic, hilarious, and strange Bill Murray stories from the past four decades spotlights the star’s extraordinary ability to infuse the everyday with surprise, absurdity, and wonder.

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All Strangers are Kin

by Zora O’Neill
A travel and food writer describes her experiences trying to learn Arabic and details the relationship between culture and communication as she explores Egypt, the UAE, Lebanon and Morocco, skipping the standard tourist track and instead visiting families and local hotspots.

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Just Getting Started

by Tony Bennett
A tribute to the people, places and things that have inspired the 90-year-old music artist’s career reflects on the family members and fellow artists who have shaped his prodigious achievements, sharing valuable life lessons and personal reflections on the creative process, humanity and other subjects.

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But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan!

by Kristi Turner
Being the only vegan in a family of omnivores can cause a lot anxiety at dinnertime—but it doesn’t have to. If your kids think vegan food is weird, or your mom doesn’t understand where you’ll get your protein, Kristy Turner is here to deliver a convincing solution with 125 vegan recipes that will leave even the most skeptical non-vegans begging for more.

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Win at Losing

by Sam Weinman
An award-winning sports journalist describes how he realized the shortcomings of today’s winning-obsessed culture when he tried to parent his sons through life’s inevitable setbacks, a challenge that prompted his interviews with experts in a range of fields to explore the fear of failure and how setbacks can be used productively.

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The Platinum Age of Television

by David Bianculli
An in-depth examination of the history of television traces the evolution of shows through classic TV genres, including the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the western, the animated series and the late night talk show.

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by Emma Tarlo
When it’s not attached to your head, your very own hair takes on a disconcerting quality. Examining the preoccupations and requirements of different cultural groups, anthropologist Emma Tarlo unveils the secret global journeys of hair—the wide range of meanings hair has for us and the clashes that can occur when different hair worlds collide.

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by Hannah Hart
In her debut memoir, comedian Hart, host of the YouTube show My Drunk Kitchen, delves deep into her past, sharing her experiences with family, mental illness, sexuality, friendship, and love.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – October 2016

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:

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The Last Chicago Cubs Dynasty

by Hal Bock
The last time the Chicago Cubs won a World Series, World War I had not yet begun. But from 1906-1910 the Cubs not only played in the World Series four of the five years, they won two World Championships, as well. It was a time when the Cubs ruled baseball, and no one could have imagined the roller coaster adventures that were ahead for this grand old franchise.

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The Terror Years

by Lawrence Wright
Ten powerful pieces first published in The New Yorker recall the path terror in the Middle East has taken from the rise of al-Qaeda in the 1990s to the recent beheadings of reporters and aid workers by ISIS.

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Why You Love Music

by John Powell
With his relaxed, conversational style, Powell explores all aspects of music psychology, from how music helps babies bond with their mothers to the ways in which music can change the taste of wine or persuade you to spend more in restaurants, ultimately opening your eyes (and ears) to the astounding variety of ways that music impacts the human experience.

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The Etiquette Edge

by Beverly Y. Langford
Poise, courtesy, and a professional demeanor help you stand out amid the modern workplace’s cramped spaces and curt emails. The Etiquette Edge is your crash course on how to act, what to say, what to wear, when to phone, why lunch matters, how to make a great impression, and every question in between.

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The Great Northern Railway Through Time

by Dale Peterka
The Great Northern Railway Through Time takes us on a tour of the American Northwest– the last American frontier– from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington, through photos taken over the course of seventy-five years by photographers of the era.

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The Here-and-Now Habit

by Hugh G. Byrne, Ph.D.
Almost everyone has a bad habit– or two, or three. But some bad habits can take a toll on our health and happiness. The Here-and-Now Habit provides powerful practices based in mindfulness and neuroscience to help readers rewire their brain and finally break the bad habits that are holding them back from fully experiencing life.

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A Life Well Played

by Arnold Palmer
As a follow-up to his 1999 autobiography, Palmer takes stock of the many experiences of his life, bringing new details and insights to some familiar stories and sharing new ones. This book is Palmer’s gift to the world– a treasure trove of entertaining anecdotes and timeless wisdom that readers will celebrate and cherish.

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by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
Looking at different forms of rest, Silicon Valley futurist and business consultant Alex Soojung-Kim Pang dispels the myth that the harder we work the better the outcome. Drawing on rigorous scientific evidence and revelatory historical examples, Rest overturns everything our culture has taught us about work and shows that only by resting better can we start living better.

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Forty Autumns

by Nina Willner
In this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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The General vs. the President

by H.W. Brands
The riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur squared off to decide America’s future in the aftermath of World War II, the contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy.

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Movers, Shakers, Mommies, and Makers

by Stacey Bannor
Eleven moms share their stories behind businesses that have grown from side-projects in craft-rooms and garages to nationally recognized brands. The furniture, clothing, toys, carrying wraps, diaper bags, and other products these women create can now be found in stores nationwide, including retailers such as Nordstrom and Walmart.

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The 60s

The third installment of a fascinating decade-by-decade series, this anthology collects historic New Yorker pieces from the most tumultuous years of the twentieth century– including pieces by James Baldwin, Pauline Kael, Sylvia Plath, Roger Angell, Muriel Spark, and John Updike– alongside new assessments of the 1960s by some of today’s finest writers.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – September 2016

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:

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But What If We’re Wrong?

by Chuck Klosterman
The best-selling author explores the idea that today’s mainstream beliefs about the world are fundamentally incorrect, drawing on original interviews with forefront intellectuals and experts to consider how the music, sports, literature, and other present-day conventions may be perceived in future centuries.

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by Cathy Alter & Dave Singleton
A star-studded collection of essays from acclaimed and bestselling authors and celebrities that illuminates the lasting power of desire and longing, and celebrates our initiation into the euphoria, pain, and mystery that is our first celebrity crush.

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Jackie Robinson

by J. Christopher Schutz
Schutz reveals the real Jackie Robinson, as a more defiant, combative spirit than simply the “turn the other cheek” compliant “credit to his race.” Examining this key figure at the crossroads of baseball and civil rights histories, the author provides a cohesive exploration of the man and the times that made him great.

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Greetings from Utopia Park

by Claire Hoffman
In this engrossing, provocative, and intimate memoir, a young journalist reflects on her childhood in the heartland, growing up in an increasingly isolated meditation community in the 1980s and ‘90s—a fascinating, disturbing look at a fringe culture and its true believers.

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American Plagues

by Stephen H. Gehlbach
American Plagues gives readers insights into some of the people and events that make up our rich public health history as well as skills to better grasp the complex health information that cascades upon us from the media.

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The Nazi Titanic

by Robert P. Watson
Built in 1927, the SS Cap Arcona was one of the most celebrated luxury liners in the world before it was stripped of its finery and used by Nazi troops during World War II. Near the end of the war it was used to house concentration camp prisoners until the British mistakenly bombed it, killing nearly everyone aboard.

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The Lion in the Living Room

by Abigail Tucker
Discusses the natural history of domesticated felines and how they achieved global domination, The Lion in the Living Room is a lively adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture in search of how cats conquered the world, the Internet, and our hearts.

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I Loved Her in the Movies

by Robert J. Wagner
The iconic television actor shares intimate stories of his personal and professional relationships with a wide range of leading ladies in film and television, from Joan Crawford and Bette Davis to Marilyn Monroe and Raquel Welch.

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The Grid

by Gretchen Bakke, Ph.D.
A revelatory examination of America’s national power grid traces how it developed while exposing its current vulnerabilities, making strategic recommendations for how it can be improved to meet the challenges of instability, security and sustainability.

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Purely Pumpkin

by Allison Day
The beginning of fall brings buzz and excitement around all things pumpkin. From the huggable lattes we eagerly await all year, to the homemade roasted pumpkin seeds whipped up after carving a jack-o-lantern on Halloween, there’s a place for pumpkin in everyone’s heart.

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Senior Moments

by Willard Spiegelman
An English professor and the former editor-in-chief of Southwest Review presents a collection of essays that describe the normal, and inevitable, aging process with candidness, humor, and wisdom.

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How to See

by David Salle
What makes a work of art good? What makes it interesting? In How to See, internationally renowned painter David Salle strips away complicated theory and describes contemporary art in the plain language artists use when talking to each other.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – August 2016

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:

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Trials of the Earth

by Mary Mann Hamilton
Near the end of her life, Mary Mann Hamilton (1866-c.1936) was encouraged to record her experience as a female pioneer. The result is this first-hand account of a woman trying to make a life for herself in the untamed American South of the late 19th century.

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Being a Beast

by Charles Foster
A passionate naturalist draws on his remarkable experiments with living in nature to describe the neuroscience and psychology of animals from a firsthand perspective, sharing evocative descriptions of his feral survival challenges and how they enabled him to connect with nature on a primal level.

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Oh, Florida!

by Craig Pittman
A fact-filled investigation into why the Sunshine state can be celebrated for its influence and eccentricity surveys its many contradictions and why they fit together, touching on native subjects ranging from NASCAR and Bettie Page pinups to Glenn Beck radio rants and USA Today.

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How the Post Office Created America

by Winifred Gallagher
A comprehensive history of the U.S. Post Office traces its origins and leaders and describes its role in every major event in American history, from the Revolutionary War to the dawn of the Internet age.

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How English Became English

by Simon Horobin
Author Simon Horobin investigates the evolution of the English language, examining how the language continues to adapt even today, as English continues to find new speakers and new uses.

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You’ll Grow Out of It

by Jessi Klein
Humorous and poignant stories from the "Inside Amy Schumer" head writer’s awkward youth include entries on her tomboy pursuits of femininity, her emulation of Oprah, and the dangers of wedding websites.

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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

by Amy Schumer
An uproarious collection of no-holds-barred personal essays by the Emmy Award-winning comedian reflects on her raucous childhood antics, her hard-won rise in the entertainment industry and her struggles to maintain the courage to approach the world in unstintingly honest ways.

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Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching

by Mychal Denzel Smith
A journalist describes his education and the experience of young black men against a backdrop of the Obama administration, the death of Trayvon Martin, the career of LeBron James, and other pivotal influences that have shaped race relations in contemporary America.

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The Yucks

by Jason Vuic
Chronicling the first two seasons of the worst team in NFL history, an entertaining sports story follows the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 1976 and 1977 seasons in which they cemented their place in football history as having the longest losing streak in the history of the league.

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Dressing the Decades

by Emmanuelle Dirix
In a decade-by-decade presentation, fashion lecturer, curator, and writer Dirix covers the big names and popular trends, champions nearly forgotten designers, and takes a closer look at the designs of the 1930s and the 1970s, finding much to appreciate and enjoy from those decades.

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TV (The Book)

by Alan Sepinwall & Matt Zoller Seitz
Alan and Matt have established The Pantheon of top TV shows using a complex, obsessively all-encompassing ranking system by which to order and stack them up against each other. With a mix of lively entries on successful classics and illuminating essays on short-lived favorites, TV (The Book) is sure to spark conversation and debate among readers.

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How to Reader Water

by Tristan Gooley
The outdoor pioneer behind The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs shares hundreds of techniques to help navigate and decode bodies of water, including how to find North using puddles and how to forecast the weather from ocean waves.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – July 2016

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:

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Jackson 1964

by Calvin Trillin
From bestselling author and beloved New Yorker writer, a deeply resonant collection from fifty years of reporting on race and racism in America, from the Civil Rights Era to today.

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by Angela Duckworth
In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, a pioneering psychologist shows parents, educators, students, and business people both seasoned and new that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called “grit.”

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by Lindy West
Hailed by Lena Dunham as an “essential (and hilarious) voice for women,” Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice, and body image.

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by Matti Friedman
From a celebrated, award-winning writer comes the true story of a band of young soldiers, the author among them, charged with holding one remote outpost in Lebanon, a task that changed them forever and foreshadowed today’s unwinnable conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

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White Trash

by Nancy Isenberg
A history of the class system in America from colonial times to the present illuminates the crucial legacy of the underprivileged white demographic, challenging popular notions about equality while citing the pivotal contributions of lower-class white workers in wartime, social policy and the rise of the Republican Party.

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Pit Bull

by Bronwen Dickey
This hugely illuminating story describes how the loyal and affectionate dog breed that once earned presidential recognition for their roles on the battlefields of Gettysburg and the Marne and appeared in films and TV, became demonized and stigmatized through urban dog-fighting rings.

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by Michele Borba
The bestselling author offers a 9-step program to help parents cultivate empathy in children, from birth to young adulthood, and explains why developing a healthy sense of empathy is a key predictor of which kids will thrive and succeed in the future.

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Wasting Time on the Internet

by Kenneth Goldsmith
The first poet laureate of the Museum of Modern Art demonstrates how time spent in apparent idleness browsing the Internet is actually productive and creative if considered from a theoretical and philosophical context, explaining how internet time contributes to an authentic culture of collaboration.

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American Heiress

by Jeffrey Toobin
An account of the sensational 1974 kidnapping and trial of Patty Hearst describes the efforts of her family to secure her release, Hearst’s baffling participation in a bank robbery and the psychological insights that prompted modern understandings about Stockholm syndrome.

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Building the Internet of Things

by Maciej Kranz
For business managers, the biggest question surrounding the Internet of Things is what to do with it. This book examines the way IoT is being used today and will be used in the future to help you craft a robust plan for your organization.

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Run the World

by Becky Wade
An elite marathoner describes the year she spent running over 3,500 miles in nine different countries, living with host families and exploring diverse running communities and cultures all over the globe.

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The Grail Guitar

by Chris Adams
Adams takes readers on a mystery tour of the late 60’s rock world to determine whether a Fender Telecaster bought secondhand in a London music store in 1973 is the one used by Jimi Hendrix to record “Purple Haze” in January 1967.

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