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Bestselling Nonfiction from a variety of sources including the New York Times.


J. D. Vance
Description: Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.
Call Number: 306.5 Van
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 8, 2016
Carrie Fisher
Description: Recollections of life on the set of the first Star Wars movie by the actress and writer, who died in December.
Call Number: B Fis
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 9, 2017
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
Description: Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. This book takes readers to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan. Across the globe in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists are preparing to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind. In Washington, DC, Harry Truman ascends to the presidency after FDR dies in office, only to face the most important political decision in history: whether to use that weapon. And in Tokyo, Emperor Hirohito, who is considered a deity by his subjects, refuses to surrender, despite a massive and mounting death toll. This epic saga details the final moments of World War II like never before.
Call Number: 940.5426 ORe
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 26, 2016
Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines, Mark Dagostino
Description: Are you ready to see your fixer upper-- and learn how their TV show became a success? From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything, Chip and Joanna Gaines tell you about the breakthrough moments and the real-life decisions that led to their success today. And you'll discover how the couples shares their success with others, bolstering the city of Waco along the way.
Call Number: 920 Gai
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2016
Michael (Michael M.) Lewis
Description: How the psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky upended assumptions about the decision-making process and invented the field of behavioral economics
Call Number: ordered 111716
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 19, 2016
Douglas J Preston
Description: Douglas Preston takes readers on an adventure deep into the Honduran jungle in this riveting, danger-filled true story about the discovery of an ancient lost civilization.
Call Number: ordered 111716
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 17, 2017
Dalai Lama XIV Bstan-ʾdzin-rgya-mtsho, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
Description: Two leading spiritual masters, His Holiness the Dalai lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, share their wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity, sharing personal stories and teachings about the science of profound happiness and the daily practices that anchor their emotional and spiritual lives.
Call Number: 294.3444 Bst
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2016
Paul Kalanithi, A. (Abraham) Verghese
Description: On the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. Kalanithi chronicles his transformation from a naïve medical student into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient.
Call Number: 616.994 Kal
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 19, 2016
Megyn Kelly
Description: The anchor of Fox News’s “The Kelly File” discusses her upbringing, why she left a successful career as a lawyer, the value of hard work, and the personal and professional challenges she has faced.
Call Number: B Kel
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 28, 2016
Gary Taubes
Description: From the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat, a groundbreaking, eye-opening expose that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick. Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever; obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Gary Taubes delves into Americans' history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifies the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss; and provides the perspective necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and as a society.
Call Number: ordered 102716
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 9, 2017
Thomas L Friedman
Call Number: 303.483 Fri
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 5, 2016
Lauren Graham
Call Number: B Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 12, 2016
Trevor Noah
Description: A memoir about growing up in South Africa by the comedian, now the host of “The Daily Show,” whose birth was the result of an illegal (under apartheid) relationship between a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother.
Call Number: B Noa
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 28, 2016
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
Description: Offers a behind-the-scenes view of Hamilton the musical, detailing the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton's life.
Call Number: 782.14 Mir
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 19, 2016
Elizabeth H. (Elizabeth Helen) Blackburn, Elissa Epel
Call Number: ordered 100716
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 17, 2017
Amy Schumer
Description: Amy Schumer, comedian, actress, writer, and star, mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationship, and sex, and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is--a woman with the courage to bare her soul and stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this entertaining collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friend.
Call Number: B Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 5, 2016
Bruce Springsteen
Description: Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as "The Big Bang": seeing Elvis Presley's debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With candor, he also tells the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song "Born to Run" reveals more than we previously realized.
Call Number: B Spr
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 11, 2016
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Description: For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him--most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear. What were they afraid of? In this book. Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings--moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police. In his trademark style--a mix of lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, essayistic argument, and reportage--Coates provides readers an illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.8 Coa
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 9, 2017
Tim Tebow, A. J. Gregory
Description: The Heisman Trophy winner writes about overcoming obstacles..
Call Number: 248.4 Teb
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 7, 2016
Margot Lee Shetterly
Description: Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South's segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America's aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam's call, moving to Hampton, Virginia, and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. Even as Virginia's Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley's all-black "West Computing" group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.
Call Number: 510.92 Lee
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 17, 2017
Hillbilly Elegy : A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis
J. D. Vance
306.5 Van
Thank You For Being Late : An Optimist's Guide To Thriving In The Age Of Accelerations
Thomas L Friedman
303.483 Fri
The Princess Diarist
Carrie Fisher
B Fis
Talking As Fast As I Can : From Gilmore Girls To Gilmore Girls, And Everything In Between
Lauren Graham
B Gra
Killing The Rising Sun : How America Vanquished World War II Japan
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
940.5426 ORe
Born A Crime : Stories From A South African Childhood
Trevor Noah
B Noa
The Magnolia Story
Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines, Mark Dagostino
920 Gai
Hamilton : The Revolution
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
782.14 Mir
The Undoing Project : A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
Michael (Michael M.) Lewis
ordered 111716
The Telomere Effect : A Revolutionary Approach To Living Younger, Healthier, Longer
Elizabeth H. (Elizabeth Helen) Blackburn, Elissa Epel
ordered 100716
The Lost City Of The Monkey God : A True Story
Douglas J Preston
ordered 111716
The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo
Amy Schumer
B Sch
The Book Of Joy : Lasting Happiness In A Changing World
Dalai Lama XIV Bstan-ʾdzin-rgya-mtsho, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
294.3444 Bst
Born To Run
Bruce Springsteen
B Spr
When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi, A. (Abraham) Verghese
616.994 Kal
Between The World And Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates
305.8 Coa
Settle For More
Megyn Kelly
B Kel
Shaken : Discovering Your True Identity In The Midst Of Life's Storms
Tim Tebow, A. J. Gregory
248.4 Teb
The Case Against Sugar
Gary Taubes
ordered 102716
Hidden Figures : The American Dream And The Untold Story Of The Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win The Space Race
Margot Lee Shetterly
510.92 Lee