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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
David G. McCullough
Description: David McCullough tells the story of the settlers who began America's migration west, overcoming almost-unimaginable hardships to build in the Ohio wilderness a town and a government that incorporated America's highest ideals.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 977 McC
Format: Book
Date Added: May 20, 2019
Mark R. (Mark Reed) Levin
Description: In Unfreedom of the Press, Mark Levin shows how those entrusted with news reporting today are destroying freedom of the press from within: "not government oppression or suppression," he writes, but self-censorship, group-think, bias by omission, and passing off opinion, propaganda, pseudo-events, and outright lies as news. Levin takes the reader through the early American patriot press, which proudly promoted the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, followed by the early decades of the Republic during which newspapers around the young country were open and transparent about their fierce allegiance to one political party or the other. It was only at the start of the Progressive Era and the twentieth century that the supposed "objectivity of the press" first surfaced, leaving us where we are today: with a partisan party-press aligned with a political ideology but hypocritically engaged in a massive untruth as to its real nature.
Call Number: 070.449 Lev
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 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
Jon Meacham, Tim McGraw
Description: From "The Star-Spangled Banner" to "Born in the U.S.A.," Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw take readers on a moving and insightful journey through eras in American history and the songs and performers that inspired us. Meacham chronicles our history, exploring the stories behind the songs, and Tim McGraw reflects on them as an artist and performer. Their perspectives combine to create a unique view of the role music has played in uniting and shaping a nation. Beginning with the battle hymns of the revolution, and taking us through songs from the defining events of the Civil War, the fight for women's suffrage, the two world wars, the Great Depression, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and into the twenty-first century, Meacham and McGraw explore the songs that defined generations, and the cultural and political climates that produced them.
Call Number: 781.59 Mea
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 24, 2019
Howard Stern
Call Number: ordered 042519
Format: Book
Date Added: May 28, 2019
Rick Atkinson
Description: "Rick Atkinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn and two other masterly books about World War II, has long been admired for his unparalleled ability to write deeply researched, stunningly vivid narrative history. Now he turns his attention to a new war, and in the initial volume of the Revolution Trilogy he tells the story of the first twenty months of the bloody struggle to shake free of King George's shackles. From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, the ragtag Continental Army takes on the world's most formidable fighting force and gradually finds the will and the way to win. It is a riveting saga populated by singular characters: Henry Knox, the former bookseller with an uncanny understanding of how best to deploy artillery; Nathaniel Greene, the blue-eyed bumpkin who becomes one of America's greatest battle captains; Benjamin Franklin, the self-made man who proves himself the nation's greatest diplomat; George Washington, the commander-in-chief who learns the difficult art of leadership amid the fire and smoke of the battlefield. And the British are here, too: we see the war through their eyes and their gunsights, and as a consequence the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels is all the more compelling. Full of fresh details and untold stories, The British Are Coming gives stirring new life to the first act of our country's creation drama. It is a tale of heroes and knaves, of sacrifice and blunder, of redemption and profound suffering. But once begun, the war for independence can have only one of two outcomes: death or victory."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 041119
Format: Book
Date Added: May 28, 2019
Andre Iguodala, Carvell Wallace
Description: The standout memoir from NBA powerhouse Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the champion Golden State Warriors. Andre Iguodala is one of the most admired players in the NBA. And fresh off the Warriors' third NBA championship in the last four years, his game has never been stronger. Off the court, Iguodala has earned respect, too--for his successful tech investments, his philanthropy, and increasingly for his contributions to the conversation about race in America. It is no surprise, then, that in his first book, Andre--with his cowriter Carvell Wallace--has pushed himself to go further than he ever has before about his life, not only as an athlete but about what makes him who he is at his core. The Sixth Man traces Andre's journey from childhood in his Illinois hometown to his Bay Area home court today. Basketball has always been there. But this is the story, too, of his experience of the conflict and racial tension always at hand in a professional league made up largely of African American men; of whether and why the athlete owes the total sacrifice of his body; of the relationship between competition and brotherhood among the players of one of history's most glorious championship teams. And of what motivates an athlete to keep striving for more once they've already achieved the highest level of play they could have dreamed. On drive, on leadership, on pain, on accomplishment, on the shame of being given a role, and the glory of taking a role on: This is a powerful memoir of life and basketball that reveals new depths to the superstar athlete, and offers tremendous insight into most urgent stories being told in American society today.
Call Number: B Igu
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 17, 2019
Joy-Ann Lomena Reid
Description: Joy-Ann Reid calculates the true price of the Trump presidency. Candidate Trump sold Americans a vision that was seemingly at odds with their country's founding principles. Now in office, he's put up a "for sale" sign--on the prestige of the presidency, on America's global stature, and on our national identity. This book delivers an urgent accounting of our national crisis. As a candidate, Donald Trump rebranded prejudice as patriotism, presented diversity as our weakness, and promised that money really could make the world go 'round. As president, Trump's raft of self-dealing, scandal, and corruption has overwhelmed the national conversation, and a web of criminality is circling closer to the Oval Office. All this while Trump makes his administration a pawn for the ultimate villain: an autocratic former KGB officer in Russia who found in the untutored and eager forty-fifth president the perfect "apprentice." Reid situates the Trump era within the context of modern history, examining the profound social changes that led us to this point. This book reveals the causes and consequences of the Trump presidency and contends with the future that awaits us.--From dust jacket.
Call Number: 973.933 Rei
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 17, 2019
Melinda Gates
Description: In this candid and inspiring book, Gates traces her awakening to the link between women's empowerment and the health of societies. She shows some of the tremendous opportunities that exist right now to 'turbo charge' change. And she provides simple and effective ways each one of us can make a difference. A personal statement of passionate conviction, this book tells of Gates' journey from a partner working behind the scenes to one of the world's foremost advocates for women, driven by the belief that no one should be excluded, all lives have equal value, and gender equity is the lever that lifts everything.
Call Number: 350.42 Gat
Format: Book
Date Added: May 6, 2019
David Brooks
Description: "Everybody tells you to live for a cause larger than yourself, but how exactly do you do it? The bestselling author of The Road to Character explores what it takes to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world." -- From Amazon.com summary.
Call Number: ordered 032119
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2019
Pete Buttigieg
Description: A mayor's inspirational story of a Midwest city that has become a blueprint for the future of American renewal. Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-six-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has 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 because the industrial Midwest beckoned as a challenge to the 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 An interweaving of 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.
Call Number: 977.289 But
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 17, 2019
Dan Schilling, Lori Chapman Longfritz
Description: The astonishing true account of John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller, and his heroic one-man stand during the Afghan War, as he sacrificed his life to save the lives of 23 comrades-in-arms.
Call Number: 958.1047 Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 17, 2019
William H. McRaven
Description: Admiral William H. McRaven was involved in some of the most famous military missions in recent memory, including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden. Full of thrilling stories from life in the special operations world, this is an unforgettable memoir about one man's incredible life, from childhood days sneaking into high-security military sites to a day job of hunting terrorists and rescuing hostages.
Call Number: ordered 042519
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2019
Maureen (Journalist) Callahan
Description: Israel Keys was a predator who struck all over the United States. He buried "kill kits"-- cash, weapons, and body-disposal tools-- in remote locations across the country and over the course of fourteen years would fly to a city, rent a car, and drive thousands of miles in order to use his kits. He would break into a stranger's house, abduct his victims in broad daylight, and kill and dispose of them in mere hours. And then he would return home, resuming life as a quiet, reliable construction worker devoted to his only daughter. Callahan examines the chilling, nightmarish mind of a relentless killer-- and the limitations of traditional law enforcement. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 364.1523 Cal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 17, 2019
Louise Aronson
Description: "[P]hysician and [...] author Louise Aronson's Elderhood is a [...] look at a vital but often disparaged stage of life. For more than 5,000 years, "old" has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet at the very moment that humans are living longer than ever before, we've made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, denigrated, neglected, and denied. [...] Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson uses stories from her quarter century of caring for patients, and draws from history, science, literature, popular culture, and her own life to weave a vision of old age that's neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy -- a vision full of joy, wonder, frustration, outrage, and hope about aging, medicine, and humanity itself. Elderhood is for anyone who is, in the author's own words, "an aging, i.e., still-breathing human being."" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.6 Aro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 1, 2019
Ray Lambert, Jim DeFelice
Description: Seventy-five years ago, he hit Omaha Beach with the first wave. Now Ray Lambert, ninety-eight years old, delivers a remarkable memoir, a tour-de-force of remembrance evoking his role as a decorated World War II medic who risked his life to save the heroes of D-Day.--From publisher's description.
Call Number: 940.5421 Lam
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 24, 2019
William Geist
Description: Bill Geist reflects on his coming of age in the American heartland of the Midwest and traces his evolution as a man and a writer, in the summers between high school and college, before he went off to Vietnam and the country went to Hell.
Call Number: 977.8493 Gei
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 1, 2019
Charles Fishman
Description: A behind-the-scenes account of the race to plan and execute the first mission to the moon in the 1960s.
Call Number: ordered 041119
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 24, 2019
David J. Epstein
Description: An argument for how generalists excel more than specialists, especially in complex and unpredictable fields.
Call Number: ordered 042519
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 10, 2019
Michael Wolff
Description: Just one year into Donald Trump's term as president, Michael Wolff told the electrifying story of a White House consumed by controversy, chaos, and intense rivalries. Fire and fury ... defined the first phase of the Trump administration : now, in Siege, Wolff has written an equally essential and explosive book about a presidency that is under fire from almost every side. At the outset of Trump's second year as president, his situation is profoundly different. No longer tempered by experienced advisers, he is more impulsive and volatile than ever. But the wheels of justice are inexorably turning : Robert Mueller's 'witch hunt' haunts Trump every day, and other federal prosecutors are taking a deep dive into his personal affairs ... Week by week, as Trump becomes increasingly erratic, the question that lies at the heart of his tenure becomes ever more urgent : Will this most abnormal of presidencies at last reach the breaking point and implode? ...Siege provides an alarming and indelible portrait of a president like no other. Surrounded by enemies and blind to his peril, Trump is a raging, self-destructive inferno - and the most divisive leader in American history.
Call Number: ordered 053019
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 17, 2019
George F. Will
Description: A reflection on American conservatism, examining how the Founders' belief in natural rights created a great American political tradition--one that now finds itself under threat, both from progressives and elements inside the Republican Party.
Call Number: 320.52 Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 17, 2019
Jim Acosta
Description: A veteran reporter long known for asking tough, blunt questions, Jim Acosta had survived the gauntlet of covering Trump's 2016 presidential campaign thinking that he'd seen it all. But as Trump prepared to take the oath of office, Acosta landed in unexpected territory: suddenly unwilling to tolerate Trump's relentless attacks on the press, as well as on his employer, CNN, he inadvertently found himself at the center of Trump's war on the media. Here Acosta tells the full story of his experience covering the Trump campaign and administration, offering an insider's account of how President Trump has used his war on the media to undermine the very fabric of our democracy. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 973.933 Aco
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 24, 2019
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Educated: A Memoir
Tara Westover
270.092 Wes
Alone At Dawn : Medal Of Honor Recipient John Chapman And The Untold Story Of The World's Deadliest Special Operations Force
Dan Schilling, Lori Chapman Longfritz
958.1047 Sch
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story Of The Settlers Who Brought The American Ideal West
David G. McCullough
977 McC
Sea Stories: My Life In Special Operations
William H. McRaven
ordered 042519
Unfreedom Of The Press
Mark R. (Mark Reed) Levin
070.449 Lev
American Predator : The Hunt For The Most Meticulous Serial Killer Of The 21st Century
Maureen (Journalist) Callahan
364.1523 Cal
Becoming
Michelle Obama
B Oba
Elderhood : Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life
Louise Aronson
362.6 Aro
Songs Of America: Patriotism, Protest, And The Music That Made A Nation
Jon Meacham, Tim McGraw
781.59 Mea
Every Man A Hero: A Memoir Of D-Day, The First Wave At Omaha Beach, And A World At War
Ray Lambert, Jim DeFelice
940.5421 Lam
Howard Stern Comes Again
Howard Stern
ordered 042519
Lake Of The Ozarks : My Surreal Summers In A Vanishing America
William Geist
977.8493 Gei
The British Are Coming: The War For America, Lexington To Princeton, 1775-1777
Rick Atkinson
ordered 041119
One Giant Leap: The Untold Story Of How We Flew To The Moon
Charles Fishman
ordered 041119
The Sixth Man : A Memoir
Andre Iguodala, Carvell Wallace
B Igu
Range: Why Generalists Triumph In A Specialized World
David J. Epstein
ordered 042519
The Man Who Sold America : Trump And The Unraveling Of The American Story
Joy-Ann Lomena Reid
973.933 Rei
Siege: Trump Under Fire
Michael Wolff
ordered 053019
The Moment Of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes The World
Melinda Gates
350.42 Gat
The Conservative Sensibility
George F. Will
320.52 Wil
The Second Mountain: The Quest For A Moral Life
David Brooks
ordered 032119
The Enemy Of The People: A Dangerous Time To Tell The Truth In America
Jim Acosta
973.933 Aco
Shortest Way Home : One Mayor's Challenge And A Model For America's Future
Pete Buttigieg
977.289 But