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


Michelle Obama
Description: In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private. A deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations.
Call Number: B Oba
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2018
Victor Davis Hanson
Description: A defense stating that the current president adopted several traditional conservative positions.
Call Number: ordered 010319
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 18, 2019
Tara Westover
Description: A memoir about a young girl who, raised by Mormon survivalists in the mountains of Idaho and forbidden to go to school, defies her family, educates herself, and earns degrees including a PhD from Cambridge University.
Call Number: 270.092 Wes
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 6, 2018
David Wallace-Wells
Description: It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. In California, wildfires now rage year-round, destroying thousands of homes. Across the US, "500-year" storms pummel communities month after month, and floods displace tens of millions annually. This is only a preview of the changes to come. And they are coming fast. Without a revolution in how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth could become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century. In his travelogue of our near future, David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await--food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe. But the world will be remade by warming in more profound ways as well, transforming our politics, our culture, our relationship to technology, and our sense of history. It will be all-encompassing, shaping and distorting nearly every aspect of human life as it is lived today. Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring before it, The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation.
Call Number: ordered 021419
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 4, 2019
Andrew G McCabe
Description: The former deputy director of the F.B.I. describes major events of his career and the ways the agency works to protect Americans.
Call Number: ordered 010319
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 4, 2019
Adam Makos
Description: Clarence Smoyer began the war as a gentle giant, a factory worker from Pennsylvania coal country reluctant to unleash the power of the Sherman tank he crewed. But as his tank platoon fought its way from Normandy to the Rhine and beyond, and he watched his friends cut down one by one, he learned to kill with deadly accuracy and efficiency. His fight would climax in Cologne, in the shadow of the great cathedral, where he took a shot immortalized by a chance photograph--and where he would later forge a friendship with the German tanker he tragically dueled soon after.
Call Number: ordered 012419
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 4, 2019
Patrick Radden Keefe
Description: A narrative about a notorious killing that took place in Northern Ireland during The Troubles and its devastating repercussions to this day.
Call Number: ordered 010319
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
John Carreyrou
Description: The inside story of the rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar startup. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes had created a startup "unicorn" that promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. The problem: The technology didn't work. For years, Holmes had been misleading investors, FDA officials, and her own employees. Here is the story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a cautionary tale set amid the bold promises and gold-rush frenzy of Silicon Valley.
Call Number: 338.7681 Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 14, 2019
Mary Bray Pipher
Description: Women growing older contend with ageism, misogyny, and loss. Yet, most older women are deeply happy and filled with gratitude for the gifts of life. Their struggles help them grow into the authentic, empathetic, and wise people they have always wanted to be. Pipher offers a timely examination of the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age. She explores ways women can cultivate resilient responses to the challenges they face.--From dust jacket.
Call Number: 305.262 Pip
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 8, 2019
Gary Sinise, Marcus Brotherton
Description: Gary Sinise shares the never-before-told story of his journey from trouble-making Chicago kid to cofounder of the legendary Steppenwolf Theater Company, world-famous actor, and tireless advocate for America's active duty defenders, veterans, and first responders.
Call Number: B Sin
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2019
Richard Rohr
Description: From one of the world's most influential spiritual thinkers, along-awaited book exploring what it means that Jesus was called "Christ," and how this forgotten truth can transform everything we see, hope for, and believe. In his decades as a globally recognized teacher, Richard Rohr has helped millions realize what is at stake in matters of faith and spirituality. Yet Rohr has never written on the most perennially talked about topic in Christianity: Jesus. Most know who Jesus was, but who was Christ? Is the word simply Jesus's last name? Too often, Rohr writes, our understandings have been limited by culture, religious squabbling, and the human tendency to put ourselves at the center. Drawing on scripture, history, and spiritual practice, Rohr articulates a transformative view of Jesus Christ as a portrait of God's constant, unfolding work in the world. "God loves things by becoming them," he writes, and Jesus's life was meant to declare that humanity has never been separate from God--except by its own negative choice. When we recover this fundamental truth, faith becomes less about proving Jesus was God, and more about learning to recognize the Creator's presence all around us, and in everyone we meet. Thought-provoking, practical, and full of deep hope and vision, The Universal Christ is a landmark book from one of our most beloved spiritual writers, and an invitation to contemplate how God liberates and loves all that is.
Call Number: ordered 021419
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 18, 2019
Janice Dean
Description: The "Fox & Friends" meteorologist describes overcoming sexist bosses and health issues.
Call Number: ordered 020719
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 18, 2019
Brad Meltzer, Josh Mensch
Description: In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington's bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the months leading up to the Revolutionary War, these traitorous soldiers, along with the Governor of New York William Tryon and Mayor David Mathews, launched a deadly plot against George Washington himself. This is the story of the secret plot and how it was revealed. It is a story of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors. It also shows just how hard the battle was for George Washington--and how close America was to losing the Revolutionary War. The First Conspiracy reveals George Washington's character, and also illuminates the origins of America's counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA.
Call Number: 973.41 Mel
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2019
Toni Morrison
Description: Arguably the most celebrated and revered writer of our time now gives us a new nonfiction collection--a rich gathering of her essays, speeches, and meditations on society, culture, and art, spanning four decades.00The Source of Self-Regard is brimming with all the elegance of mind and style, the literary prowess and moral compass that are Toni Morrison's inimitable hallmark. It is divided into three parts: the first is introduced by a powerful prayer for the dead of 9/11; the second by a searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr., and the last by a heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. In the writings and speeches included here, Morrison takes on contested social issues: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, "black matter(s)," and human rights. She looks at enduring matters of culture: the role of the artist in society, the literary imagination, the Afro-American presence in American literature, and in her Nobel lecture, the power of language itself. And here too is piercing commentary on her own work (including The Bluest Eye, Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Beloved, and Paradise) and that of others, among them, painter and collagist Romare Bearden, author Toni Cade Bambara, and theater director Peter Sellars.
Call Number: ordered 010319
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2019
Lynne Olson
Description: A 31-year-old French mother led an intelligence organization that worked against Hitler and the Gestapo.
Call Number: ordered 013119
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 18, 2019
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Description: What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? Today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. Now Neil deGrasse Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.
Call Number: 523.01 Tys
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2019
Isaac Mizrahi
Description: The designer and witty television personality describes some of his lifelong struggles.
Call Number: ordered 011719
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Description: In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration into the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? In Leadership in Turbulent Times, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)--to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders. No common pattern describes the trajectory of leadership. Although set apart in background, abilities, and temperament, these men shared a fierce ambition and a deep-seated resilience that enabled them to surmount uncommon adversity. At their best, all four were guided by a sense of moral purpose. At moments of great challenge, they were able to summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others. This seminal work provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field. In today's polarized world, these stories of authentic leadership in times of apprehension and fracture take on a singular urgency.
Call Number: 973.099 Goo
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich
Description: Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, took classes online to earn a college degree. And she wrote relentlessly: true stories of overworked and underpaid Americans; of living on food stamps and WIC coupons. Here she explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 331.48164 Lan
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 8, 2019
Pete Buttigieg
Description: "A mayor's inspirational story of a Midwest city that has become nothing less than a blueprint for the future of American renewal. Once described by the Washington Post as "the most interesting mayor you've never heard of," Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-six-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has improbably emerged as one of the nation's most visionary politicians. First elected in 2011, Buttigieg left a successful business career to move back to his hometown, previously tagged by Newsweek as a "dying city," because the industrial Midwest beckoned as a challenge to the McKinsey-trained Harvard graduate. Whether meeting with city residents on middle-school basketball courts, reclaiming abandoned houses, confronting gun violence, or attracting high-tech industry, Buttigieg has transformed South Bend into a shining model of urban reinvention. While Washington reels with scandal, Shortest Way Home interweaves two once-unthinkable success stories: that of an Afghanistan veteran who came out and found love and acceptance, all while in office, and that of a Rust Belt city so thoroughly transformed that it shatters the way we view America's so-called flyover country."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 110118
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2019
Susan Orlean
Description: Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.
Call Number: 027.4794 Orl
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2018
Charles Krauthammer, Daniel Krauthammer
Description: A collection of the influential columnist's most notable works and writings includes never-before-published speeches on his political philosophy and personal history and a major, new essay about the state of global democracy.
Call Number: 814 Kra
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 17, 2018
Roger McNamee
Description: "If you had told Roger McNamee even three years ago that he would soon be devoting himself to stopping Facebook from destroying our democracy, he would have howled with laughter. He had mentored many tech leaders in his illustrious career as an investor, but few things had made him prouder, or been better for his fund's bottom line, than his early service to Mark Zuckerberg. Still a large shareholder in Facebook, he had every good reason to stay on the bright side. Until he simply couldn't. ZUCKED is McNamee's intimate reckoning with the catastrophic failure of the head of one of the world's most powerful companies to face up to the damage he is doing. It's a story that begins with a series of rude awakenings. First there is the author's dawning realization that the platform is being manipulated by some very bad actors. Then there is the even more unsettling realization that Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg are unable or unwilling to share his concerns, polite as they may be to his face"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 011719
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
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Michelle Obama
B Oba
The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot To Kill George Washington
Brad Meltzer, Josh Mensch
973.41 Mel
Case For Trump.
Victor Davis Hanson
ordered 010319
The Source Of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, And Meditations
Toni Morrison
ordered 010319
Educated: A Memoir
Tara Westover
270.092 Wes
Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler
Lynne Olson
ordered 013119
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming
David Wallace-Wells
ordered 021419
Astrophysics For People In A Hurry
Neil deGrasse Tyson
523.01 Tys
The Threat: How The FBI Protects America In The Age Of Terror And Trump.
Andrew G McCabe
ordered 010319
I.M.: A Memoir
Isaac Mizrahi
ordered 011719
Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, And A Collision Of Lives In World War II
Adam Makos
ordered 012419
Leadership In Turbulent Times
Doris Kearns Goodwin
973.099 Goo
Say Nothing: A True Story Of Murder And Memory In Northern Ireland
Patrick Radden Keefe
ordered 010319
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, And A Mother's Will To Survive
Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich
331.48164 Lan
Bad Blood: Secrets And Lies In A Silicon Valley Startup
John Carreyrou
338.7681 Car
Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge And A Model For America's Future
Pete Buttigieg
ordered 110118
Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents And Flourishing As We Age
Mary Bray Pipher
305.262 Pip
The Library Book
Susan Orlean
027.4794 Orl
Grateful American: A Journey From Self To Service
Gary Sinise, Marcus Brotherton
B Sin
The Point Of It All: A Lifetime Of Great Loves And Endeavors
Charles Krauthammer, Daniel Krauthammer
814 Kra
The Universal Christ
Richard Rohr
ordered 021419
Zucked: The Education Of An Unlikely Activist
Roger McNamee
ordered 011719
Mostly Sunny: How I Learned To Keep Smiling Through The Rainiest Days.
Janice Dean
ordered 020719