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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
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 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
Melinda Gates
Call Number: ordered 022819
Format: Book
Date Added: May 6, 2019
Chelsea Handler
Description: "In a haze of vape smoke on a rare windy night in LA in the fall of 2016, Chelsea Handler daydreams about what life will be like with a woman in the White House. And then, Donald Trump happens. In a torpor of despair, she decides that she's had enough of the privileged bubble she's lived in--a bubble within a bubble--and that it's time to make some changes, both in her personal life and in the world at large. At home, she embarks on a 'Year of Self-Sufficiency'--learning how to work the remote, how to pick up dog shit, where to find the toaster. She meets her match in an earnest, brainy psychiatrist and enters into therapy, prepared to do the heavy lifting required to look within and make sense of a childhood marked by love and loss and to figure out why people are afraid of her. She becomes politically active--finding her voice as an advocate for change, having difficult conversations, and energizing her base. In the process, she develops a healthy fixation on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and, through unflinching self-reflection and psychological excavation, she unearths some glittering truths that light up the road ahead. This is a thrillingly honest, insightful, and deeply, darkly funny memoir that is the perfect read for this moment in time"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 021419
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Lori Gottlieb
Description: "From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world--where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she)"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 022119
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2019
Susan Page
Call Number: ordered 010319
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 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.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 977.289 But
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Anna Quindlen
Description: "Before mommy blogs were even invented, Anna Quindlen became a go-to writer on the joys and challenges of motherhood in her nationally syndicated column. Now she's taking the next step and going full Nana in the pages of this lively and moving book about her grandchildren, her children, and her new and remarkable role"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 814 Qui
Format: Book
Date Added: May 6, 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
Graham Hancock
Description: Was an advanced civilization lost to history in the global cataclysm that ended the last Ice Age? Graham Hancock draws on the latest archaeological and DNA evidence to bring his quest to a stunning conclusion. New discoveries have radically reshaped the long-established picture that North and South American were empty of humans until around 13,000 years agoa, and we know now that the Americas were first peopled more than 130,000 years ago--many tens of thousands of years before human settlements became established elsewhere. Hancock's research takes us on a series of journeys and encounters with the scientists responsible for these recent breakthroughs. From the Mississippi Valley to the Amazon rainforest, he reveals that ancient "New World" cultures share a legacy of advanced scientific knowledge and sophisticated spiritual beliefs with supposedly unconnected "Old World" cultures. Hancock's exploration of the mysteries of the past and amazing archaeological discoveries lead to profound implications for how we lead our lives today.
Call Number: 970.01 Han
Format: Book
Date Added: May 6, 2019
Jared Cohen
Description: Accidental Presidents looks at eight men who came to the office without being elected to it, succeeding to the presidency when the incumbent died in office. It demonstrates how the character of the man in that powerful seat affects the nation and world, and in one way or another, vastly changed our history. Only Theodore Roosevelt would have been elected in his own right. Only TR, Truman, and LBJ were re-elected. John Tyler succeeded William Henry Harrison who died 30 days into his term. He was kicked out of his party and became the first president threatened with impeachment. Millard Fillmore succeeded esteemed General Zachary Taylor. He immediately sacked the entire cabinet and delayed an inevitable Civil War by standing with Henry Clay's compromise of 1850. Chester Arthur, the embodiment of the spoils system, was so reviled as James Garfield's successor that he had to defend himself against plotting Garfield's assassination; but he reformed the civil service. Andrew Johnson, who succeeded our greatest president, sided with remnants of the Confederacy in Reconstruction. Theodore Roosevelt broke up the trusts. Calvin Coolidge silently cooled down the Harding scandals and preserved the White House for the Republican Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression. Truman surprised everybody when he succeeded FDR and proved an able and accomplished president. Lyndon B. Johnson led the nation forward on Civil Rights but failed on Vietnam. Accidental Presidents adds to our understanding of the power and limits of the American presidency in critical times.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973.099 Coh
Format: Book
Date Added: May 13, 2019
Mitchell Zuckoff
Description: This spellbinding, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting narrative is an unforgettable portrait of 9/11. Masterfully weaving together multiple strands of the events in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Fall and Rise is a minute-by-minute account of that terrible day. Mitchell Zuckoff has filled Fall and Rise with voices of the lost and the saved, with intimate stories of people most affected by the events of that sunny Tuesday in September: an out-of-work actor stuck in an elevator in the North Tower of the World Trade Center; the heroes aboard Flight 93 deciding to take action; a veteran trapped in the inferno in the Pentagon; the fire chief among the first on the scene in sleepy Shanksville; a team of firefighters racing to save an injured woman and themselves; and the men, women, and children flying across country to see loved ones or for work who suddenly faced terrorists bent on murder. Fall and Rise brings to life--and in some cases, brings back to life--the extraordinary ordinary people who experienced the worst day in modern American history.
Call Number: 973.931 Zuc
Format: Book
Date Added: May 13, 2019
Tembi Locke
Description: "A poignant and transporting cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing powers of food and family in her darkest hour"--Jacket.
Call Number: B Loc
Format: Book
Date Added: May 13, 2019
Sonia Purnell
Description: "The never-before-told story of one woman's heroism that changed the course of the Second World War In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." This spy was Virginia Hall, a young American woman--rejected from the foreign service because of her gender and her prosthetic leg--who talked her way into the spy organization dubbed Churchill's "ministry of ungentlemanly warfare," and, before the United States had even entered the war, became the first woman to deploy to occupied France. Virginia Hall was one of the greatest spies in American history, yet her story remains untold. Just as she did in Clementine, Sonia Purnell uncovers the captivating story of a powerful, influential, yet shockingly overlooked heroine of the Second World War. At a time when sending female secret agents into enemy territory was still strictly forbidden, Virginia Hall came to be known as the "Madonna of the Resistance," coordinating a network of spies to blow up bridges, report on German troop movements, arrange equipment drops for Resistance agents, and recruit and train guerilla fighters. Even as her face covered WANTED posters throughout Europe, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped with her life in a grueling hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown, and her associates all imprisoned or executed. But, adamant that she had "more lives to save," she dove back in as soon as she could, organizing forces to sabotage enemy lines and back up Allied forces landing on Normandy beaches. Told with Purnell's signature insight and novelistic panache, A Woman of No Importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 022119
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2019
Douglas Brinkley
Call Number: ordered 030819
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 15, 2019
Bill McKibben
Description: Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now he broadens the warning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out. Bill McKibben's groundbreaking book The End of Nature -- issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic -- was the first book to alert us to global warming. But the danger is broader than that: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience. Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control. And then, drawing on McKibben's experience in building 350.org, the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change, it offers some possible ways out of the trap. We're at a bleak moment in human history -- and we'll either confront that bleakness or watch the civilization our forebears built slip away. Falter is a powerful and sobering call to arms, to save not only our planet but also our humanity.
Call Number: ordered 022119
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2019
Tyler Kepner
Description: From the New York Times baseball columnist, Tyler Kepner, comes a history of the national pastime as told through the craft of pitching, based on years of archival research and interviews with more than three hundred people from Hall of Famers to the stars of today.--From dust jacket flap.
Call Number: 796.357 Kep
Format: Book
Date Added: May 6, 2019
Dave Barry
Description: Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author Dave Barry shares how he learned to age gracefully, taking cues from his beloved and highly intelligent dog, Lucy.
Call Number: 817 Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2019
Ruth Reichl
Call Number: ordered 011719
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Henry Louis Gates
Description: "A profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind. The abolition of slavery in the aftermath of the Civil War is a familiar story, as is the civil rights revolution that transformed the nation after World War II. But the century in between remains a mystery: if emancipation sparked 'a new birth of freedom' in Lincoln's America, why was it necessary to march in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s America? In this new book, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of our leading chroniclers of the African-American experience, seeks to answer that question in a history that moves from the Reconstruction Era to the 'nadir' of the African-American experience under Jim Crow, through to World War I and the Harlem Renaissance. Through his close reading of the visual culture of this tragic era, Gates reveals the many faces of Jim Crow and how, together, they reinforced a stark color line between white and black Americans. Bringing a lifetime of wisdom to bear as a scholar, filmmaker, and public intellectual, Gates uncovers the roots of structural racism in our own time, while showing how African Americans after slavery combatted it by articulating a vision of a "New Negro" to force the nation to recognize their humanity and unique contributions to America as it hurtled toward the modern age. The book will be accompanied by a new PBS documentary series on the same topic, with full promotional support from PBS"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 030819
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
Ben Shapiro
Description: An outspoken conservative commentator considers the state of the West today, asking why, if American lives have never been better than at any other time in history, the United States' political, social, and economic situation is beginning to erode.
Call Number: 306.0973 Sha
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2019
Robert A. Caro
Description: "Short autobiography about author's processes of researching, interviewing, and writing his books"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 031419
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2019
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Michelle Obama
B Oba
Fall And Rise: The Story Of 9/11
Mitchell Zuckoff
973.931 Zuc
Educated: A Memoir
Tara Westover
270.092 Wes
From Scratch: A Memoir Of Love, Sicily, And Finding Home
Tembi Locke
B Loc
The Second Mountain: The Quest For A Moral Life
David Brooks
ordered 032119
A Woman Of No Importance: The Untold Story Of The American Spy Who Helped Win Wwii
Sonia Purnell
ordered 022119
The Moment Of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes The World
Melinda Gates
ordered 022819
American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy And The Great Space Race
Douglas Brinkley
ordered 030819
Life Will Be The Death Of Me: And You, Too!
Chelsea Handler
ordered 021419
Falter: Has The Human Game Begun To Play Itself Out?
Bill McKibben
ordered 022119
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, And Our Lives Revealed
Lori Gottlieb
ordered 022119
K: A History Of Baseball In Ten Pitches
Tyler Kepner
796.357 Kep
The Matriarch: Barbara Bush And The Making Of An American Dynasty
Susan Page
ordered 010319
Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys Of An Old, Happy Dog
Dave Barry
817 Bar
Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge And A Model For America's Future
Pete Buttigieg
977.289 But
Save Me The Plums: My Gourmet Memoir
Ruth Reichl
ordered 011719
Nanaville: Adventures In Grandparenting
Anna Quindlen
814 Qui
Stony The Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, And The Rise Of Jim Crow
Henry Louis Gates
ordered 030819
Bad Blood: Secrets And Lies In A Silicon Valley Startup
John Carreyrou
338.7681 Car
The Right Side Of History: How Reason And Moral Purpose Made The West Great
Ben Shapiro
306.0973 Sha
America Before: The Key To Earth's Lost Civilization
Graham Hancock
970.01 Han
Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing
Robert A. Caro
ordered 031419
Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America
Jared Cohen
973.099 Coh