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George W. (George Walker) Bush
Description: In this collection of oil paintings and stories, President George W. Bush spotlights the inspiring journeys of America's immigrants and the contributions they make to the life and prosperity of our nation. What gets lost in debates about immigration policy are the stories of immigrants themselves, the people who are drawn to America by its promise of economic opportunity and political and religious freedom-and who strengthen our nation in countless ways. This book brings together forty-three full-color portraits of men and women who have immigrated to the United States, alongside stories of the unique ways all of them are pursuing the American Dream. Featuring men and women from thirty-five countries and nearly every region of the world, the book shows how hard work, strong values, dreams, and determination know no borders or boundaries and how immigrants embody values that are often viewed as distinctly American: optimism and gratitude, a willingness to strive and to risk, a deep sense of patriotism, and a spirit of self-reliance that runs deep in our immigrant heritage. President Bush captures their faces and stories in striking detail, bringing depth to our understanding of who immigrants are, the challenges they face on their paths to citizenship, and the lessons they can teach us about our country's character. Readers will gain a better appreciation for the humanity behind one of our most pressing policy issues and the countless ways in which America, through its tradition of welcoming newcomers, has been strengthened by those who have come here in search of a better life.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 759.13 Bus
Format: Book
Date Added: May 3, 2021
Michelle Zauner
Description: A memoir about growing up Korean-American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity. In this story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up the only Asian-American kid at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother's particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother's tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food. As she grew up, moving to the east coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, performing gigs with her fledgling band--and meeting the man who would become her husband--her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother's diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Zau
Format: Book
Date Added: May 3, 2021
Matthew McConaughey
Description: Drawing on his journals and diaries from the last 40 years, this book presents a uniquely McConaughey approach to achieving success and satisfaction.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B McC
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 2, 2020
John Boehner
Description: "A memoir by former speaker of the house John Boehner"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 328.73 Boe
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 26, 2021
Isabel Wilkerson
Description: The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power--which groups have it and which do not. Isabel Wilkerson gives us a portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through a deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people's lives and behavior and the nation's fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people--including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball's Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others--she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against; she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. She points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity. This is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of America life today.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.5122 Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2020
Brandi Carlile
Description: Brandi Carlile was born into a musically gifted, impoverished family on the outskirts of Seattle and grew up in a constant state of change, moving from house to house, trailer to trailer, fourteen times in as many years. Though imperfect in every way, her dysfunctional childhood was as beautiful as it was strange, and as nurturing as it was difficult. As an openly gay teenager, Brandi grappled with the tension between her sexuality and her faith. Here Brandi Carlile takes readers through the events of her life that shaped her very raw art--from her start at a local singing competition where she performed Elton John's "Honky Cat" in a bedazzled white polyester suit, to her first break opening for Dave Matthews Band, to many sleepless tours over fifteen years and six studio albums, all while raising two children with her wife, Catherine Shepherd. This hard-won success led her to collaborations with Elton John, Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, Pearl Jam, Tanya Tucker, and Joni Mitchell, as well as her peers in the supergroup The Highwomen, and ultimately to the Grammy stage. Broken Horses is at once an examination of faith through the eyes of a person rejected by the church's basic tenets and a meditation on the moments and lyrics that have shaped the life of a creative mind, a brilliant artist, and a genuine empath on a mission to give back.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 19, 2021
Walter Isaacson
Description: An account of how the pioneering scientist Jennifer Doudna, along with her colleagues and rivals, launched a revolution that will allow scientists to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and enhance children.
Call Number: 576.5 Isa
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 22, 2021
Adam M. Grant
Description: Adam Grant examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your beliefs and to know what you don't know, which can position you for success at work and happiness at home. Our ways of thinking become habits that we don't bother to question, and mental laziness leads us to prefer the ease of old routines to the difficulty of new ones. We fail to update the beliefs we formed in the past for the challenges we face in the present. But in a rapidly changing world, we need to spend as much time rethinking as we do thinking. This book is about the benefit of doubt, and about how we can get better at embracing the unknown and the joy of being wrong. Evidence has shown that creative geniuses are not attached to one identity but constantly willing to rethink their stances, that leaders who admit they don't know something and seek critical feedback lead more productive and innovative teams, and that our greatest presidents have been open to updating their views. As a mindset and a skillset, rethinking can be taught, and Grant explains how to develop the necessary qualities.It's intellectual humility that makes it possible for us to stop denying our weaknesses so that we can start improving ourselves.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 153.42 Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2021
Glennon Doyle
Description: There is a voice of longing inside every woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good mothers, daughters, partners, employees, citizens, and friends. We believe all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We hide our simmering discontent--even from ourselves. Four years ago, Glennon Doyle was speaking at a conference when a woman entered the room. Glennon looked at her and fell instantly in love. Glennon was finally hearing her own voice--the voice that had been silenced by decades of cultural conditioning, numbing addictions, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl Glennon had been before the world told her who to be. She decided to build a life of her own--one based on her individual desire, intuition, and imagination, reclaiming her true, untamed self. She offers here an examination of the restrictive expectations women are issued from birth; shows how hustling to meet those expectations leaves women feeling dissatisfied and lost; and reveals that when we quit abandoning ourselves and instead abandon the world's expectations of us, we become women who can finally look at our lives and recognize what we are to see.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 306.89 Doy
Format: Book
Date Added: May 18, 2020
Bob Drury, Thomas Clavin
Description: It is the mid-eighteenth century, and in the 13 colonies founded by Great Britain, anxious colonists desperate to conquer and settle North America's "First Frontier" beyond the Appalachian Mountains engage in a never-ending series of bloody battles. These violent conflicts are waged against the Native American tribes whose lands they covet, the French, and finally against the mother country itself in an American Revolution destined to reverberate around the world. This is the setting for this epic narrative of none other than America's first and arguably greatest pathfinder, Daniel Boone. This fast-paced and fiery narrative, fueled by contemporary diaries and journals, newspaper reports, and eyewitness accounts, is a stirring chronicle of the conflict over America's "First Frontier."
Format: Book
Date Added: May 3, 2021
Jonny Sun
Description: A collection of touching and hilarious personal essays, stories, poems--accompanied by his trademark illustrations--covering topics such as mental health, happiness, and what it means to belong.-- From publisher's description.
Call Number: 152.42 Sun
Format: Book
Date Added: May 3, 2021
Susan Page
Description: A new biography of Nancy Pelosi, one of the most powerful women in American politics.
Call Number: B Pel
Format: Book
Date Added: May 3, 2021
Jenny Lawson
Description: Jenny Lawson suffers from depression. Here she explores her experimental treatment of transcranial magnetic stimulation with brutal honesty. But also with brutal humor. Jenny discusses the frustration of dealing with her insurance company, which should be an anthem for anyone who has ever had to call their insurance company to try and get a claim covered. On the lighter side, she tackles such timelessly debated questions. We see how her vacuum cleaner almost set her house on fire, how she was attacked by three bears, business ideas she wants to pitch to Shark Tank, and why she can never go back to the post office. Of course, Jenny's long-suffering husband Victor--the Ricky to Jenny's Lucille Ball--is present throughout. Broken is a beacon of hope and a wellspring of laughter.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Law
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 19, 2021
Patrick Radden Keefe
Description: Presents a portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, who built their fortune on the sale of Valium and later sponsored the creation and marketing of one of the most commonly prescribed and addictive painkillers of the opioid crisis.
Call Number: 929.2 Kee
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 26, 2021
Barack Obama
Description: In the first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency--a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.
Call Number: B Oba
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 1, 2020
Robert Hunter Biden
Description: "When he was two years old, Hunter Biden was badly injured in a car accident that killed his mother and baby sister. In 2015, he suffered the devastating loss of his beloved big brother, Beau, who died of brain cancer at the age of forty-six. These hardships were compounded by the collapse of his marriage and a years-long battle with drug and alcohol addiction. In Beautiful Things, Hunter recounts his descent into substance abuse and his tortuous path to sobriety. The story ends with where Hunter is today--a sober married man with a new baby, finally able to appreciate the beautiful things in life."--Amazon.
Call Number: B Bid
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 19, 2021
Erin French
Description: Long ago, Erin French was a girl roaming a 25-acre farm, a teenager falling in love with food while working the line at her dad's diner and a young woman finding her calling as a professional chef at her tiny restaurant tucked into a 19th century mill. This memoir invites readers to Erin's corner of her beloved Maine to share the real person behind the "girl from Freedom" fairytale, and the not-so-picture-perfect struggles that have taken every ounce of her strength to overcome, and that make Erin's life triumphant. Erin opens up to the challenges, stumbles, and victories that have led her to the exact place she was ever meant to be, telling stories of multiple rock-bottoms, of darkness and anxiety, of survival as a jobless single mother, of pills that promised release but delivered addiction, of a man who seemed to offer salvation but in the end ripped away her very sense of self. And of the beautiful son who was her guiding light as she slowly rebuilt her personal and culinary life around the solace she found in food--as a source of comfort, a sense of place, as a way of bringing goodness into the world. Erin reveals the passion and courage needed to invent oneself anew, and the poignant, timeless connections between food and generosity, renewal and freedom.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 641.5092 Fre
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 19, 2021
Michio Kaku
Description: Michio Kaku tells the story of the greatest quest in science. When Newton discovered the laws of motion and gravity, he unified the rules of heaven and earth. From then on, physicists have been discovering new forces and incorporating them into ever-greater theories. But the major breakthroughs of the 20th century--relativity and quantum mechanics--are incompatible, and so since then, physicists have been endeavoring to combine these two theories. This would ultimately tie all the forces in the universe together into one equation that can unlock the deepest mysteries of space and time. That epic journey is the story of this book.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 523.1 Kak
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 19, 2021
Judith Batalion
Description: "One of the most important untold stories of World War II. The light of days is a soaring landmark history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who helped weaponize Poland's Jewish youth groups to resist the Nazis. Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland--some still in their teens--became the nerves of a wide-ranging resistance network that fought the Nazis"--Jacket flap.
Call Number: 940.5318 Bat
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 19, 2021
Heather C. McGhee
Description: Heather C. McGhee's specialty is the American economy--and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. As she dug into subject after subject, from the financial crisis to declining wages to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common problem at the bottom of them all: racism--but not just in the obvious ways that hurt people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. It's the common denominator in our most vexing public problems, even beyond our economy. It is at the core of the dysfunction of our democracy and even the spiritual and moral crises that grip us. Racism is a toxin in the American body and it weakens us all. To find out how this happened and to look for a way out, McGhee embarks on a deeply personal journey across the country from Mississippi to Maine, tallying up what we lose when we buy into the zero-sum paradigm--the idea that progress for some of us must come at the expense of others. Along the way, she collects the stories of white people who confide in her about losing their homes, their dreams and their shot at a better job to the toxic mix of American racism and greed. This is the story of how public goods in this country--from parks and pools to functioning schools--have become private luxuries; of how unions collapsed, wages stagnated, and inequality increased; and of how this country, unique among the world's advanced economies, has thwarted universal healthcare. It's why we fail to prevent environmental and public health crises that require collective action. But in unlikely places of worship and work, McGhee also finds proof of what she calls the Solidarity Dividend: gains that come when people come together across race, to the benefit of all involved.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.8 McG
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2021
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Out Of Many, One : Portraits Of America's Immigrants
George W. (George Walker) Bush
759.13 Bus
Goodbye, Again : Essays, Reflections, And Illustrations
Jonny Sun
152.42 Sun
Crying In H Mart : A Memoir
Michelle Zauner
B Zau
Madam Speaker : Nancy Pelosi And The Lessons Of Power : A Biography
Susan Page
B Pel
Greenlights
Matthew McConaughey
B McC
Broken (In The Best Possible Way)
Jenny Lawson
B Law
On The House : A Washington Memoir
John Boehner
328.73 Boe
Empire Of Pain : The Secret History Of The Sackler Dynasty
Patrick Radden Keefe
929.2 Kee
Caste : The Origins Of Our Discontents
Isabel Wilkerson
305.5122 Wil
A Promised Land
Barack Obama
B Oba
Broken Horses : A Memoir
Brandi Carlile
B Car
Beautiful Things : A Memoir
Robert Hunter Biden
B Bid
The Code Breaker : Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, And The Future Of The Human Race
Walter Isaacson
576.5 Isa
Finding Freedom : A Cook's Story; Remaking A Life From Scratch
Erin French
641.5092 Fre
Think Again : The Power Of Knowing What You Don't Know
Adam M. Grant
153.42 Gra
The God Equation : The Quest For A Theory Of Everything
Michio Kaku
523.1 Kak
Untamed
Glennon Doyle
306.89 Doy
The Light Of Days : The Untold Story Of Women Resistance Fighters In Hitler's Ghettos
Judith Batalion
940.5318 Bat
Blood And Treasure : Daniel Boone And The Fight For America's First Frontier
Bob Drury, Thomas Clavin
The Sum Of Us : What Racism Costs Everyone And How We Can Prosper Together
Heather C. McGhee
305.8 McG