News from the Reference Desk Category: Nature & Astronomy

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction – February 2019

New Books
Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

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

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


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

 
 

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

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

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

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

 

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

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

This book is a spectacular artifact of an American icon.

New Web Resource: National Geographic Virtual Library

The Library now subscribes to National Geographic Virtual Library and National Geographic Kids (brought to you by the incredible database company, Gale Cengage). The Virtual Library contains every single page of every issue of National Geographic since it began publication in 1888, all issues of National Geographic Traveler, published since 2010, and over 300 books.

The incredible photography takes on an amazing glow. Take a look at the about the Photo Ark article for proof of that. Every Last One. 

All articles can be saved to your computer, Google Drive, or saved to your folder in a Gale account. You can print them or email them to yourself or others.

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – February 2018

New Books
Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

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

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

 

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

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

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

Forthcoming Titles:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*We’re sorry, this title is not available at MPPL

In the Shadow of the Moon

On August 21, 2017 an event rich in history and scientific allure will occur–a solar eclipse.  In Mount Prospect at 1:19 PM the moon will cover 86.5 % of the sun.  To witness a total eclipse, one would have to travel over 200 miles south to the Carbondale, Illinois area.  The Adler Planetarium is making the most of this event despite there being only a partial eclipse in our area.  At its website there is information about viewing events and tips for viewing the partial eclipse safely.  The Adler Planetarium explains where to purchase the special viewing glasses and how to make your own special viewing tool.  To be part of a viewing event closer to home, go to the Harper College Campus.  From noon to 2 pm on August 21  three telescopes equipped with solar filters will be set up and a limited number of solar viewers will be available in front of the Avante Center (Building Z) on the college’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

The Library offers many resources for preparing for this eclipse.  There are two new books which discuss how eclipses occur, how astronomers studied them in the past and the continued fascination humans have for this wondrous astronomical event.  Look for American Eclipse by  David Baron and Eclipse: Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon by Frank Close. The Library’s online resources also offer many ways to better understand this event. May your experience of being in the shadow of the moon be a memorable (and safe) one!