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


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
Malcolm Gladwell
Description: In this thoughtful treatise spurred by the 2015 death of African-American academic Sandra Bland in jail after a traffic stop, New Yorker writer Gladwell (The Tipping Point) aims to figure out the strategies people use to assess strangers-to "analyze, critique them, figure out where they came from, figure out how to fix them," in other words: to understand how to balance trust and safety. He uses a variety of examples from history and recent headlines to illustrate that people size up the motivations, emotions, and trustworthiness of those they don't know both wrongly and with misplaced confidence.
Call Number: 302 Gla
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 23, 2019
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
Lori Gottlieb
Description: Lori Gottlieb, a therapist with a Los Angeles practice, faced a crisis that caused her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist. Now Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 616.8914 Got
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 13, 2020
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Elton John
Description: Reginald Dwight was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in a London suburb and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt, and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again. His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with song-writing partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation to conquering Broadway with Aida, The Lion King, and Billy Elliot the Musical. All the while Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade. Elton writes about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love and becoming a father.--From statement at Amazon.
Call Number: B Joh
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Ronan Farrow
Description: In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood's most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move, and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family. All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance they could not explain--until now. A trail of clues revealed corruption and cover-ups from Hollywood to Washington and beyond. This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. It's the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.
Call Number: 331.4133 Far
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 13, 2020
Peggy Orenstein
Description: Peggy Orenstein's Girls & Sex broke ground, shattered taboos, and galvanized conversations about young women's right to pleasure and agency in sexual encounters. It also had an unintended effect on its author: Orenstein realized that talking about girls is only half the conversation. To understand girls and sex, we also need to talk about boys and sex. Today's young men are subject to the same cultural forces as their female peers. They are steeped in the distorted media images and binary stereotypes of female sexiness and toxic masculinity which shape how they, too, navigate sexual and emotional relationships. In Boys & Sex, Orenstein uses the same fascinating mix of anecdote and research to reveal how young men understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy. Drawing on comprehensive interviews with young men, psychologists, academics, and experts in the field, Orenstein takes an unprecedented look at the myriad factors that are shaping boys' ideas of sex, girls, and masculinity including: locker room talk how the word "hilarious" robs boys of empathy pornography as the new sex education hookup culture and consent Bro culture and #metoo excessive drinking and frat parties boys' experience as victims and perpetrators of sexual violence By exploring the complexity of young men's attitudes, beliefs, and experiences, Orenstein unravels the hidden truths, hard lessons, and important realities of boys' sex lives today. The result is a provocative and paradigm-shifting work that offers a much-needed vision of how boys can truly move forward as better men
Call Number: on order
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2020
David J. Epstein
Description: What's the most effective path to success in any domain? Experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you'll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world's top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule. David Epstein examined the world's most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields--especially those that are complex and unpredictable--generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They're also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can't see. People who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.--From dust jacket.
Call Number: 153.9 Eps
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2020
Bill Bryson
Description: Bill Bryson takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the human body--how it functions, its ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 612 Bry
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Daniel J. Levitin
Description: Author of the iconic bestsellers This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind, Daniel Levitin turns his keen insights to what happens in our brains as we age; why we should think about health span, not life span; and, based on a rigorous analysis of neuroscientific evidence, how you can make the most of your seventies, eighties, and nineties today, no matter how old you are now"-- Provided by publisher.Recent studies show that our decision-making skills improve as we age, and that our happiness levels peak at age eighty-two. Levitin examines the neuroscientific evidence to challenge many of the beliefs that surround aging. He provides realistic plans for how you can make the most of your seventies, eighties, and nineties today-- no matter how old you are now.
Call Number: on order
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2020
Brian Kilmeade
Description: Brian Kilmeade explores hidden aspects of Sam Houston, the first president of Texas, and brings the reader to the scenes of one of the most pivotal moments in American history. Now, a new generation of readers will remember the Alamo.
Call Number: 976.404 Kil
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 18, 2019
Patrick Radden Keefe
Description: From Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions. In December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone knew the I.R.A. was responsible, but in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, fa set of human bones was discovered on a beach--McConville's children knew it was their mother. Keefe tells the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also I.R.A. members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Kee
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 13, 2020
Ada Calhoun
Description: When Ada Calhoun found herself in the throes of a midlife crisis, she thought that she had no right to complain. She was married with children and a good career. So why did she feel miserable? And why did it seem that other Generation X women were miserable, too? Calhoun decided to find some answers. She looked into housing costs, HR trends, credit card debt averages, and divorce data. At every turn, she saw a pattern: sandwiched between the Boomers and the Millennials, Gen X women were facing new problems as they entered middle age, problems that were being largely overlooked. Speaking with women across America about their experiences as the generation raised to "have it all," Calhoun found that most were exhausted, terrified about money, underemployed, and overwhelmed. Instead of their issues being heard, they were told instead to lean in, take "me-time," or make a chore chart to get their lives and homes in order. In Why We Can't Sleep, Calhoun opens up the cultural and political contexts of Gen X's predicament and offers solutions for how to pull oneself out of the abyss-and keep the next generation of women from falling in. The result is reassuring, empowering, and essential reading for all middle-aged women, and anyone who hopes to understand them.
Call Number: On order 010820
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2020
Ibram X. Kendi
Description: The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it -- and then dismantle it." Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America, pointing us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. He weaves ethics, history, law, and science together with a personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism.
Call Number: 305.8 Ken
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 21, 2020
Rachel Maddow
Description: Rachel Maddow offers a dark, serpentine, riveting tour of the unimaginably lucrative and corrupt oil-and-gas industry. She takes us on a switchback journey around the globe--from Oklahoma City to Siberia to Equatorial Guinea--exposing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas. She shows how Russia's rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia's rot into its rivals, its neighbors, the United States, and the West's most important alliances. Chevron, BP, and other industry players get their star turn, but ExxonMobil and the deceptively well-behaved Rex Tillerson emerge as two of the past century's most consequential corporate villains. The oil-and-gas industry has weakened democracies in developed and developing countries, fouled oceans and rivers, and propped up authoritarian thieves and killers.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 338.2728 Mad
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 14, 2019
Anonymous
Description: A senior official in the Trump administration offers an assessment of the president and makes a moral appeal.
Call Number: ordered 103119
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Mitch Albom
Description: Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Mitch Albom operates in Port Au Prince. With no children of their own, the forty-plus children who live, play, and go to school at the orphanage have become family to Mitch and his wife, Janine. Chika's arrival makes a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delights the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika is suddenly diagnosed with something a doctor there says, "No one in Haiti can help you with." Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika's boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost.
Call Number: 362.734 Alb
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 18, 2019
Jenny (Multimedia artist) Odell
Description: When the technologies we use every day collapse our experiences into 24/7 availability, platforms for personal branding, and products to be monetized, nothing can be quite so radical as . . . doing nothing. Here, Jenny Odell sends up a flare from the heart of Silicon Valley, delivering an action plan to resist capitalist narratives of productivity and techno-determinism, and to become more meaningfully connected in the process.
Call Number: 303.4833 Ode
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 13, 2020
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton
Description: Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them--women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done.
Call Number: ordered 100319
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 14, 2019
Sarah M. Broom
Description: Sarah Broom tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of New Orleans. This is the story of a mother's struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 920 Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 13, 2020
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Educated: A Memoir
Tara Westover
270.092 Wes
Sam Houston And The Alamo Avengers : The Texas Victory That Changed American History
Brian Kilmeade
976.404 Kil
Talking To Strangers : What We Should Know About The People We Don't Know
Malcolm Gladwell
302 Gla
Say Nothing : A True Story Of Murder And Memory In Northern Ireland
Patrick Radden Keefe
364.1523 Kee
Becoming
Michelle Obama
B Oba
Why We Can't Sleep : Women's New Midlife Crisis
Ada Calhoun
On order 010820
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone : A Therapist, Her Therapist, And Our Lives Revealed
Lori Gottlieb
616.8914 Got
How To Be An Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
305.8 Ken
Me
Elton John
B Joh
Blowout : Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, And The Richest, Most Destructive Industry On Earth
Rachel Maddow
338.2728 Mad
Catch And Kill : Lies, Spies, And A Conspiracy To Protect Predators
Ronan Farrow
331.4133 Far
A Warning
Anonymous
ordered 103119
Boys & Sex : Young Men On Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, And Navigating The New Masculinity
Peggy Orenstein
on order
Finding Chika : A Little Girl, An Earthquake, And The Making Of A Family
Mitch Albom
362.734 Alb
Range : Why Generalists Triumph In A Specialized World
David J. Epstein
153.9 Eps
How To Do Nothing : Resisting The Attention Economy
Jenny (Multimedia artist) Odell
303.4833 Ode
The Body : A Guide For Occupants
Bill Bryson
612 Bry
The Book Of Gutsy Women
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton
ordered 100319
Successful Aging : A Neuroscientist Explores The Power And Potential Of Our Lives
Daniel J. Levitin
on order
The Yellow House
Sarah M. Broom
920 Bro