News from the Reference Desk Category: Literacy

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:

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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.

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Inside 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.

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Everything 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.

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The 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.

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Paris 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.

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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.

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The 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.

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The 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.

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A 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.

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The 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.

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Say 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.

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America 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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – December 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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Natural Defense

by Emily Monosson
An environmental toxicologist and writer explores science’s most innovative strategies for employing ecology for our own protection, giving us a sneak peek into the fascinating and hopeful world of natural defenses where a sustainable approach to human welfare will benefit generations to come.

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by Kevin Young
The award-winning author of The Grey Album traces the history of the hoax as a distinct American phenomenon, exploring the roles of stereotype, suspicion, and racism as factors that have shaped fraudulent activities from the heyday of P. T. Barnum through the “fake news” activities of Donald Trump.

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On the Road with Roz

by Roz Varon
For the past eight years Chicago television Traffic Anchor Roz Varon has been recording her travels in words and images. The reader becomes Roz’s awestruck travel companions at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, students of history while roaming the Jewish Deep South, and gleeful visitors to Walt Disney World.

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Night Thoughts

by Wallace Shawn
Having recently passed the age of seventy, before which he found it difficult to piece together more than a few fragments of understanding, actor Wallace Shawn would like to pass on anything he’s learned before death or dementia close down the brief window available to him, but he may not be ready yet.

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Space Oddities

by S.D. Tucker
Whether you’re intrigued by the notion of singing angels inhabiting the planets, secret houses hidden on meteorites, or alien nudist colonies on the moon, Space Oddities will introduce weird, wacky, and wonderful theories of what lies beyond the stars.

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The RBG Workout

by Bryant Johnson
A lighthearted, fully illustrated fitness guide detailing octogenarian Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s twice-weekly workouts with the author, her personal trainer, demonstrates each exercise in accessible detail and is complemented by professional tips, informative sidebars and folksy health wisdom.

Forthcoming Titles:

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by Chris Burniske
Bitcoin was the first cryptoasset, but today there are over 800 and counting, including ether, ripple, litecoin, monero, and more. This clear, concise, and accessible guide from two industry insiders shows you how to navigate this brave new blockchain world—and how to invest in these emerging assets to secure your financial future.

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Fifty Years of 60 Minutes

by Jeff Fager
The executive producer of 60 Minutes tells the inside story of the legendary program, from its almost accidental birth through five decades of in-depth reporting by talented producers and beloved correspondents, including Harry Reasoner, Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Ed Bradley, Lesley Stahl, Steve Kroft and others.

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Growing Up Fisher

by Joely Fisher
A behind-the-scenes memoir by the half-sister of the late Carrie Fisher describes their upbringing in Hollywood, the author’s personal struggles with identity, her two-decade marriage, her experiences as a mother to five children, and how she became motivated to pursue a creative life in the wake of Carrie’s death.

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Diversity and Inclusion the Submarine Way

by John Gregory Vincent
The efficiency of a strong submarine crew is the result of a community that makes acceptance of diversity and inclusion part of its expected norms. This book is the first step toward applying these techniques and practices to help your company succeed and thrive in a diverse and inclusive work environment.

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If You’re Bored With Your Camera Read This Book

by Demetrius Fordham
In this book you’ll find inspiring ideas and genuinely different techniques that you can use to capture anything, from artistic portraits, through to stunning street photography and unusual aboreals. It will open your eyes, and your lens cap, to new ideas.

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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

by Margareta Magnusson
In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning “death” and städning meaning “cleaning.” A Swedish artist provides commentary and advice on this invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings, which can be undertaken at any life stage but should be done before others have to do it for you.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – November 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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Understanding the Digital World

by Brian W. Kernighan
A must-read for all who want to know more about computers and communications, Kernighan explains, precisely and carefully, not only how these technologies operate but also how they influence our daily lives, in terms anyone can understand, no matter what their experience and knowledge of technology.

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Bears by the Numbers

by Lew Freedman
Since the Chicago Bears first adopted uniform numbers in 1932, the team has handed out only 99 numbers to more than 1,000 players. That’s a lot of overlap. It also makes for a lot of good stories. Bears by the Numbers tells those stories for every Bear since ’32, from Red Grange to Pernell McPhee.

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Diaper Dude

by Chris Pegula
Filled with useful information, hilarious stories of dad madness, a little psychology and science, and engaging sidebars, Diaper Dude covers everything from bonding and babyproofing to toddlerhood, tantrums, and tag-teaming with your partner to cover all the bases while staying (somewhat) sane.

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The Enlightened Mr. Parkinson

by Cherry Lewis
Describes the scientific contributions made by the namesake of Parkinson’s disease, who identified the condition 200 years ago, and who was a political and scientific radical rumored to be involved in a plot to kill King George III and who jump-started a fossil craze.

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The Chicago Food Encyclopedia

Discover the visionary restaurateurs, beloved haunts, and food companies (current and past) that not only helped build Chicago but fed a growing nation. From chef Grant Achatz to the edible (but unloved) zebra mussel, this A-to-Z compendium is the ultimate reference on the history of the city and its food.

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The Vietnam War

by Geoffrey C. Ward
A vibrantly photographed companion to the multi-part PBS film examines the Vietnam War’s role in debates that continue in today’s world, drawing on extensive interviews with contributors at all levels in America and Vietnam to explain why and how the war happened as well as its complicated legacy.

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Redefining Aging

by Ann Kaiser Stearns
Best-selling author Stearns explores the practical and personal challenges of both caregiving and successful aging, coupling findings from the latest research with powerful insights and problem-solving tips to help caregivers.

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Garden City

by Anna Yudina
A spectacular global survey of some of the world’s most inventive buildings—increasingly relevant in the face of climate change—which bring architecture and horticulture into a sustainable whole.

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Blood Profits

by Vanessa Neumann
A sobering report by an expert on countering illicit trade explains the dangerous consequences of purchasing contraband, from cheap cigarettes and prostitute services to fake designer bags and bootleg DVDs.

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by David Hertzel
Hertzel draws on his interviews with more than thirty people from a variety of cultural backgrounds across the United States and the world to provide an engaging foray into the nature of relationships between people today and their ancestors, exploring what ancestry means in the modern world.

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Better Together

by Jonathan Sposato
Sposato provides powerful and implementable solutions to fostering gender equality in your business. As a result, your business will be more successful, your customers will be happier with better products/services, and your employees will be much more fulfilled.

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A People’s History of Chicago

by Kevin Coval
Coval celebrates the history of Chicago from the perspective of those on the margins, whose stories often go untold. His seventy-seven poems (for the city’s seventy-seven neighborhoods) honor the everyday lives of these people, whose cultural and political revolutions continue to shape the social landscape.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – October 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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Runnin’ With the Devil

by Noel E. Monk
The rock-and-roll veteran best known for his work with the Sex Pistols and Van Halen shares behind-the-scenes, previously untold stories about David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen and the legendary band that strongly influenced 1980s rock music.

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Everything All at Once

by Bill Nye
This is the story of how Bill Nye became Bill Nye and how he became a champion of change and an advocate of science. It’s how he became The Science Guy. Bill teaches us that we have the power to make real change. Join him in… dare we say it… changing the world.

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So You Think You’re a Chicago Cubs Fan?

by Sam Pathy
Get ready to test and expand your knowledge of Cubs baseball. Rather than merely posing questions and providing answers, you’ll get details behind each– stories that bring to life players and coaches, games and seasons.

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I’ll Push You

by Patrick Gray
A travel adventure full of love, humor, and spiritual truth, I’ll Push You exemplifies what every friendship is meant to be and shows what it means to never find yourself alone. You’ll discover how love and faith can push past all limits—and make us the best versions of ourselves.

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Shark Drunk

by Morten Andreas Strøksnes
The author describes his experience fishing for the Greenland shark off the coast Norway with his friend, a mission that sees the two tackle existential questions, survive a maelstrom, and get drunk while trying to understand the ocean from every angle.

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To Siri With Love

by Judith Newman
A full-length account of the viral New York Times op-ed column of the same name shares inspirational and laugh-out-loud stories about the author’s life with her an autistic son, whose therapeutic use of Apple’s electronic personal assistant became an unusual example of the power of technology.

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Death in the Air

by Kate Winkler Dawson
A historical narrative describes the events of December 1952 in London, when a smog descended that halted the entire city, as well as allowed a serial killer, John Reginald Christie, to strike at least seven victims.

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by Lisa Lisson
Part leadership guide, part memoir of loss, and part personal empowerment primer on how to achieve your goals no matter what the universe throws at you, Resilience is an inspirational story about how to rise to the top in a man’s world, triumph over adversity, lead a fulfilling life, and live each day with purpose and gratitude.

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Under Surveillance

by Randolph Lewis
A worried but ultimately genial guide to the landscape of surveillance, Lewis helps us see the hidden costs of living in a “control society” in which surveillance is deemed essential to governance and business alike, prompings us to think deeply about “the soft tissue damage” inflicted by the culture of surveillance.

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Minneapolis in the Twentieth Century

by Iric Nathanson
Today, Minneapolis is considered one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. However, like most cities, Minneapolis has its own checkered history. Flavored with contemporary newspaper quotations and illustrated with period images, this political history inspires greater understanding of a preeminent American city.

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Paleo Principles

by Sarah Ballantyne
The New York Times best-selling author provides readers with the principles of following a Paleo life style, offering practical tips, strategies, visual guides and over 200 recipes that conform to a nutrient-dense, whole foods diet.

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Friends Divided

by Gordon S. Wood
A dual portrait of the second and third presidents shares insights into their disparate backgrounds, the partnership decisions that helped establish America’s foundation and the unexpected ways their subsequent falling out and reconciliation corrected the course of a young republic.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – September 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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Talking Guitar

by Jas Obrecht
In this lively collection of interviews, music writer Obrecht presents a celebration of the world’s most popular instrument as seen through the words of some of its most beloved players. In their own words, these guitar players reveal how they found their inspirations and mastered their instruments.

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Why We March

On January 21, 2017, millions of people gathered worldwide for the Women’s March, one of the largest demonstrations in political history. This inspiring collection features 500 of the most eloquent, provocative, uplifting, clever, and creative signs from across the United States and around the world.

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This is What a Librarian Looks Like

by Kyle Cassidy
An inspiring tribute in text and photos to librarians and libraries in all 50 American states and Canada describes the diverse backgrounds and motivations of today’s librarians, Cassidy profiles nearly 220 librarians, who also share their personal thoughts on what it means to be a librarian.

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by Mario Livio
An internationally respected astrophysicist explores the science behind curiosity to evaluate its role in human creativity, ambition and culture, drawing on interviews with scientists and students while examining the lives of forefront intellectuals to identify how curiosity manifests in the brain.

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The Bucket List

edited by Kath Stathers
We all have things we’d like to do—one day—but work, family, school, money, and responsibilities get in the way. This invaluable guide to fun, fantastic, and life-affirming activities features an eclectic range of ideas such as self-improvement, sports-related endeavors, natural wonders, cultural experiences, culinary delights, and more.

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Rising Tides

by John R. Wennersten & Denise Robbins
Wennersten and Robbins sound an urgent wakeup call to the growing crisis of climate refugees, and offers an essential, continent-by-continent look at these dangers. Detailing a number of solutions, the authors argue that no nation can tackle this universal problem alone.

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The Templars

by Dan Jones
Jerusalem 1119. A small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. In this narrative history of the Knights Templar, extensive original sources were used to separate fact from myth, exploring their actual work and influence, the reasons they fell out of favor, and whether or not they were guilty of heresy.

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These Schools Belong to You and Me

by Deborah Meier
Arguing that public education and democracy are inextricably bound, and pushing against the tide of privatization, These Schools Belong to You and Me is a rousing call to both save and improve public schools to ensure that all students are empowered to help shape our future democracy.

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Women at the Wheel

by Katherine J. Parkin
Although women drove and had responsibility for their family’s car maintenance, twentieth-century popular culture was replete with humorous comments and judgmental critiques that effectively denied women pride in their driving abilities and car-related expertise. Parkin contends that, despite women’s long history with cars, these stereotypes persist.

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Do You Really Need That Pill?

by Jennifer Jacobs
This book—the first of its kind—tackles the epidemic overuse of prescription drugs. Combining stories of those who have suffered ill effects from taking too many drugs with data from cutting-edge medical findings, Jacobs helps readers realize they can choose different solutions to their health problems.

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Food Voices

by Andrianna Natsoulas
From the dairy farmers of Wisconsin to the clam collectors of Ecuador and many places in between, Natsoulas highlights the men and women who are fighting with their sweat and hands, trying to create– or actually re-create– a food system that values quality over quantity, and communities and the environment over the corporate bottom-line.

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by Reed Tucker
Combining primary-source reporting with in-depth research, a story of the greatest corporate rivalry never told—the battle between Marvel and DC—details the five-decade war that has resulted in an arsenal of schemes devised by the companies in an attempt to outmaneuver the competition.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – July 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 Roxane Gay
The popular Tumblr blogger and best-selling author of Bad Feminist explores the devastating act of violence that triggered her personal challenges with food and body image, sharing advice for caring for oneself and eating in healthful and satisfying ways.

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H.H. Holmes

by Adam Selzer
A detailed historical account of the famed serial killer calls on never before examined primary documents to reveal how he managed to take advantage of the crowds drawn by the 1893 World’s Fair to create his own castle of horrors.

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Finding Fibonacci

by Keith Devlin
The compelling firsthand account of the author’s ten-year quest to tell the medieval mathematician Fibonacci’s story, including the project’s false starts and disappointments, the occasional lucky breaks, and the unique individuals he met along the way.

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This is Just My Face

by Gabourey Sidibe
The Oscar-nominated star of Precious and Empire delivers a much-awaited memoir that shares details about her childhood with a polygamous father in Harlem, her gifted mother who supported them by singing in the subway, and her own unconventional rise to fame.

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Was Revolution Inevitable?

edited by Tony Brenton
The Russian Revolution’s legacy overshadows other events involving Communism’s rise and eventual fall in Eastern Europe. Former British Ambassador to Russia has traced the events that led to the overthrow of the Tsarist regime and pinpointed moments when those events could have unfolded in a drastically different way.

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The Schmuck in My Office

by Jody Foster
A University of Pennsylvania professor of psychiatry provides guidance on dealing with disruptive co-workers, describing the types of personalities that may be present in the work environment and offering advice for establishing clear communication for a productive workplace.

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Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments

by Peter Catapano
Since 2010, The Stone— the immensely popular, award-winning philosophy column in the New York Times— has revived and reinterpreted age-old inquiries to speak to our contemporary condition, with insightful questions to energize and enliven the world of ethical thought.

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The Influential Mind

by Tali Sharot
Neuroscientist Sharot reveals the critical role of emotion in influence, the weakness of data and the power of curiosity. Relying on the latest research in neuroscience, behavioral economics and psychology, the book provides fascinating insight into the complex power of influence, good and bad.

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Catching Breath

by Kathryn Lougheed
Lougheed follows the history of tuberculosis through the ages, from its time as an infection of hunter-gatherers to the first human villages, which set it up with everything it needed to become the monstrous disease it is today, through to the perils of industrialization and urbanization.

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End of Its Rope

by Brandon L. Garrett
Today, death sentences in the U.S. are as rare as lightning strikes. Garrett discusses the reasons why and explains what the failed death penalty experiment teaches about the criminal justice system.

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Stephen Colbert’s Midnight Confessions

by Stephen Colbert
Based on his popular segment from The Late Show, Stephen Colbert and his team of writers now reveal his most shameful secrets to millions (although, actually, he’d like you to not to tell anyone).

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No Room for Small Dreams

by Shimon Peres
The late Israeli Prime Minister who won the Nobel Prize for his role in the Oslo Accords presents an intimate and personal account of the building and potential future of modern Israel.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – June 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 Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids

by Jancee Dunn
A candid account of the author’s struggles to revitalize her post-baby marriage describes how she resented societal roles that made her the only caregiver to her new daughter and the counseling and research that were part of her effort to resolve unbalanced family dynamics.

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Extreme Teams

by Robert Bruce Shaw
What do you need to do to create a team that can successfully face the challenges of today’s world?
To answer that question, author Shaw examines the work practices of innovative high-growth companies such as Whole Foods, Pixar, and Netflix. These firms became groundbreaking leaders in their industries, in part, by boldly rewriting the rules of teamwork.

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Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann
The best-selling author of The Lost City of Z presents a true account of the early 20th-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

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Spider from Mars

by Woody Woodmansey
The last surviving member of David Bowie’s band The Spiders From Mars shares never-before-told stories and photographs and recalls the wild tours, eccentric characters, and the rock ‘n roll excess that drove the band apart.

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Dinner with DiMaggio

by Dr. Rock Positano and John Positano
A portrait of the iconic Yankee star by his doctor and friend describes how they supported one another throughout DiMaggio’s final years, in an account that discusses such topics as DiMaggio’s career-ending injuries and his relationships with first wife Dorothy Arnold and Marilyn Monroe.

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Adulthood for Beginners

by Andy Boyle
According to writer, comedian, and web developer Boyle, adult life can be strange and unpredictable for young adults because they don’t know what to expect. Here, he tells them all about work, dating, their bodies, and how to behave in the world.

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Among the Living and the Dead

by Inara Verzemnieks
Journeying back to the remote Latvian village where her family broke apart, the author comes to know her grandmother’s sister and the trauma of her exile to Siberia under Stalin, while reconstructing her grandmother’s survival through her years as a refugee.

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by Ron Chernow
The definitive biography of the 18th President of the United States, Hamilton author Chernow presents a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant’s life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.

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What the Qur’an Meant

by Garry Wills
In this book Wills, as a non-Muslim with an open mind, reads the Qur’an with sympathy but with rigor, trying to discover why other non-Muslims—such as Pope Francis—find it an inspiring book, worthy to guide people down through the centuries.

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Not So Good a Gay Man

by Frank M. Robinson
This deeply personal autobiography, addressed to a friend in the gay community, explains the life of one gay man over eight decades in America, granting insights into Robinson’s work not just as a journalist and writer, but as a gay man navigating the often perilous social landscape of 20th century life in the United States.

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Shark Drunk

by Morten Stroknes
The true story of two friends, the author and the eccentric artist Hugo Aasjord, as they embark on a wild pursuit of the famed Greenland shark– from a tiny rubber boat. Together, the two men tackle existential questions, survive the world’s most powerful maelstrom, and, yes, get drunk, as they attempt to understand the ocean from every possible angle.

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The Voice of America

by Mitchell Stephens
Few Americans today recognize his name, but Lowell Thomas was as well known in his time as any American journalist ever has been. Though they may not know it, journalists today too are following a path he blazed. Stephens offers a hugely entertaining, sometimes critical portrait of this larger than life figure.

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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 Aisles Have Eyes

by Joseph Turow
Drawing on a wealth of sources, an advertising and digital studies expert presents an eye-opening book that shows how a new hyper-competitive generation of merchants is already using data mining, in-store tracking and predictive analytics to change the way we buy, undermine our privacy and define our reputations.

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Divided We Stand

by Marjorie J. Spruill
Although much has been written about the role that social issues have played in politics, little attention has been given to the historical impact of women activists on both sides. Spruill reveals how the battle between feminists and their conservative challengers divided the nation as Democrats continued to support women’s rights and Republicans cast themselves as the party of family values.

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The Upstarts

by Brad Stone
In 2007, the crash had Wall Street and Silicon Valley reeling. The Valley was ready for a new revolution. Enter the upstarts. Travis Kalanick of Uber and Brian Chesky of Airbnb are just two of the disrupters Brad Stone examines in this fly-on-the-wall look at the intersection of tech, business, and culture.

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by Bill Schutt
A research associate at the American Museum of Natural History presents a tour of cannibalism in the human and animal worlds to explore its evolutionary roles and how it has manifested culturally as a survival mechanism, burial ritual and warfare tactic.

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The Cubs Way

by Tom Verducci
A Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and Emmy Award-winning FOX Sports analyst chronicles how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team that broke the longest World Series championship drought in history.

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The Yellow Envelope

by Kim Dinana
After Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they’re given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. The only three rules for the envelope: Don’t overthink it; share your experiences; don’t feel pressured to give it all away.

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American Eclipse

by David Baron
Discover the efforts of three late-19th-century scientists to observe the rare total solar eclipse of 1878 and how the respective ambitions of James Craig Watson, Maria Mitchell and Thomas Edison, juxtaposed against the challenges of the Wild West, helped America’s early pursuits as a scientific superpower.

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by Nicholson Baker
Baker, a National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author became an on-call substitute teacher in pursuit of the realities of American public education, describing his complex difficulties with helping educate today’s students in spite of flawed curriculums and interpersonal challenges.

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Finance for Normal People

by Meir Statman
Statman, a founder of behavioral finance, draws on his extensive research and the research of many others to build a unified structure of behavioral finance. Its foundation blocks include normal behavior, behavioral portfolio theory, behavioral life-cycle theory, behavioral asset pricing theory, and behavioral market efficiency.

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The American Idea of Home

by Bernard Friedman
The American idea of home and the many types of housing that embody it launch lively, wide-ranging conversations about some of the most vital and important issues in architecture today, which Friedman outlines in five overarching themes.

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Duct Tape Engineer

by Lance Akiyama
Akiyama will show readers how to design, sculpt, and build eighteen mega projects. From backpacks to kayaks and kiddie pools to catapults – out of duct tape in their own back yards. Projects are designed to be long-lasting as well as fun, with advice on solid construction techniques and weather proofing.

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50 Hikes in the Ozarks

by Johnny Molloy
Witness the natural majesty of the Ozarks with this complete and thorough guide to America’s most expansive and beautiful mountain ranges. Seasoned hiking expert Johnny Molloy maps out the best trails in the region, one for every level of hiker.

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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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