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James Patterson, Matt Eversmann, Chris Mooney
Description: Shares firsthand wartime accounts describing the courageous battlefield sacrifices of men and women from every branch and operational specialty of the U.S. military, from the Vietnam War through the present.
Call Number: 355.0092 Pat
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
Cicely Tyson, Michelle Burford, Viola Davis
Description: Tyson has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. She has been the church girl who once rarely spoke a word; the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. A daughter and mother, a sister, and a friend, she is also an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. Here, in her ninth decade, Tyson is a woman who has something meaningful to say. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: B Tys
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 8, 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
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
Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha N. Blain
Description: A "choral history" of African Americans covering 400 years of history in the voices of 80 writers, edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain. Last year marked the four hundredth anniversary of the first African presence in the Americas--and also launched the Four Hundred Souls project, spearheaded by Kendi and Blain. They've gathered together eighty black writers from all disciplines--historians and artists, journalists and novelists--each of whom has contributed an entry about one five-year period to create a dynamic multivoiced single-volume history of black people in America.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973.0496 Fou
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 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
Andy (Journalist) Ngo
Description: An account, including interviews with former members and people who have been attacked, of the history and tactics of the anti-fascist group Antifa.
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 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
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
Suleika Jaouad
Description: Suleika Jaouad describes the harrowing years she spent in early adulthood fighting leukemia and how she learned to live again while forging connections with other survivors of profound illness and suffering.
Call Number: 616.994 Jao
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
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 23, 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 19, 2021
Nicole Perlroth
Description: Filled with spies, hackers, arms dealers, and a few unsung heroes, written like a thriller and a reference, This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends is a feat of journalism. Based on years of reporting and hundreds of interviews, Nicole Perlroth lifts the curtain on a market in shadow, revealing the urgent threat faced by us all if we cannot bring the global cyber arms race to heel.
Call Number: 363.32 Per
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
James Nestor
Description: There is nothing more essential to our health and wellbeing than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong with our breathing and how to fix it. Modern research is showing us that changing the ways in which we breathe can jump-start athletic performance, halt snoring, rejuvenate internal organs, mute allergies and asthma, blunt autoimmune disease, and straighten scoliotic spines. Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 613.192 Nes
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 11, 2021
Priyanka Chopra
Description: The popular actress reveals her journey of self-discovery through her childhood in India, her teenage years in the United States, her success in beauty competitions, the challenges and triumphs of her acting career, and her marriage to Nick Jonas.
Call Number: B Cho
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
George Saunders
Description: George Saunders guides the reader through seven classic Russian short stories he's been teaching for twenty years as a professor. Paired with stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, these essays are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it's more relevant than ever in these turbulent times. Saunders approaches each of these stories technically yet accessibly, and through them explains how narrative functions; why we stay immersed in a story and why we resist it; and the bedrock virtues a writer must foster. The process of writing is as much a craft as it is a quality of openness and a willingness to see the world through new eyes. This book ultimately shows how great fiction can change a person's life and become a benchmark of one's moral and ethical beliefs.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 891.708 Sau
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
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: Jan 19, 2021
Kurt Andersen
Description: Americans have disabled the government's ability to solve even basic problems, making us vulnerable to the most dangerous demagogue ever to pretend to the White House. Kurt Andersen shows how the masterminds of the economic right rode an unprecedented wave of nostalgia by dressing up their harsh new rich-get-richer system in patriotic old-time drag, making it their mission to take over the government for their purposes alone and convincing the country that the mid-century consensus about the function of the American government was all wrong. Andersen has the ability to see complex systems with clarity, making this book both intellectually formidable and completely entertaining. In his diagnosis of what happened and what it means for us today, Andersen spares no one, committing to a pinpointing of his own boomer generation as accessories to the great dismantling of the American experiment.
Call Number: 330.973 And
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Abraham Loeb
Description: "Harvard's top astronomer lays out his controversial theory that our solar system was recently visited by advanced alien technology from a distant star"-- Provided by publisher.In late 2017 scientists at a Hawaiian observatory glimpsed an object soaring through our inner solar system, moving so quickly that it could only have come from another star. Loeb showed it was not an asteroid; it was moving too fast along a strange orbit, and left no trail of gas or debris in its wake. There was only one conceivable explanation: the object was a piece of advanced technology created by a distant alien civilization. Here he outlines his controversial theory and its profound implications: for science, for religion, and for the future of our species and our planet. -- adapted from jacket
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 8, 2021
Claudia Oshry
Description: "A tongue-in-cheek advice book from one of the most famous funemployed millennials in Manhattan and founder of the Instagram account Girl With No Job"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 8, 2021
Joan Didion, Hilton Als
Description: Twelve pieces never before collected that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of Joan Didion. Here are pieces written in 1968 from the "Points West" Saturday Evening Post column Joan Didion shared from 1964 to 1969 with her husband, John Gregory Dunne about: American newspapers; a session with Gamblers Anonymous; a visit to San Simeon; being rejected by Stanford; dropping in on Nancy Reagan, wife of the then-governor of California, while a TV crew filmed her at home; and an evening at the annual reunion of WWII veterans from the 101st Airborne Association at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. Here too is a 1976 piece from the New York Times magazine on "Why I Write"; a piece about short stories from New West in 1978; and from The New Yorker, a piece on Hemingway from 1998, and on Martha Stewart from 2000. Each one is classic Didion: incisive, bemused, and stunningly prescient.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 814 Did
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 8, 2021
Jedidiah Jenkins
Description: A meditation on the hidden, sometimes difficult topics we must consider to live an authentic life. We aren't born into a self. It is created without our consent, built on top of our circumstances, the off-handed comments we hear from others, and the moments that scared us most when we were young. But in the busyness of our daily life, we rarely get the chance to think clearly about the questions that matter most. Who am I? Where do I belong? How much of who I am and what I do boils down to avoiding the things that make me feel small? We tuck these questions into the corner of our minds, but they drive our behavior far more than we give them credit for, even after we become adults. Jedidiah Jenkins makes space to explore the seven topics we must think about in order to live a deeply considered life: ego, family, work, love, nature, death, and the soul. He considers the experiences that shape us into who we are, whether they're heart-pounding or ordinary. Jenkins leads readers on a wide-ranging conversation about finding fulfillment in the people and places around us, and discovering the courage to show our deepest selves to the world.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 153 Jen
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2021
Mark Harris
Description: Mike Nichols burst onto the scene as a wunderkind without parallel: while still in his 20's, he was half of a lucrative hit improv duo with Elaine May that was the talk of the country. Next he directed four hit Broadway plays, picking up the Best Director Tony for three of them, and by his mid-30's the first two films he directed were the highest-grossing movies of 1966 and 1967 and had won him an Oscar for Best Director. Born Igor Peschkowsky to a Jewish couple in Berlin in 1931, he and his younger brother were sent alone to America on a ship in 1939. Their father, who had gone ahead to find work, was waiting for them; their mother would follow. His name changed by his father to "Michael Nichols," the young boy caught very few breaks: his parents were now destitute, and his father died when Mike was just 11, leaving his mentally unstable mother alone and overwhelmed. Mark Harris gives an intimate and even-handed accounting of success and failure alike, even if the portrait is not always flattering.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Nic
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2021
James B. Comey
Description: James Comey, former FBI Director, uses his long career in federal law enforcement to explore issues of justice and fairness in the US justice system. Comey might best be known as the FBI director that Donald Trump fired in 2017, but he's had a long, varied career in the law and justice system. He knows better than most just what a force for good the US justice system can be, and how far afield it has strayed during the Trump Presidency. Comey uses anecdotes and lessons from his career to show how the federal justice system works. From prosecuting mobsters as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York in the 1980s to grappling with the legalities of anti-terrorism work as the Deputy Attorney General in the early 2000s to his tumultuous stint as FBI director beginning in 2013, Comey shows just how essential it is to pursue the primacy of truth for federal law enforcement.
Call Number: 363.25 Com
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
Alex Trebek
Description: "Longtime Jeopardy! host and television icon Alex Trebek reflects on his life and career"--Dust jacket.
Call Number: B Tre
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 23, 2020
Charles M. Blow
Description: As violence against Black people--both physical and psychological--seemed only to increase in recent years, culminating in the historic pandemic and protests of the summer of 2020, Charles Blow felt compelled to write this new story for Black Americans. He envisioned a succinct, counterintuitive, and impassioned corrective to the myths that have for too long governed our thinking about race and geography in America. Drawing on both political observations and personal experience as a Black son of the South, Charles set out to offer a call to action by which Black people can finally achieve equality, on their own terms.--adapted from book jacket.
Call Number: 323.1196 Blo
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 8, 2021
Janice P. Nimura
Description: The biography of two pioneering sisters who, together, became America's first female doctors and transformed New York's medical establishment by creating a hospital by and for women. Elizabeth Blackwell believed from an early age that she was destined for greatness beyond the scope of "ordinary" womanhood. Though the world recoiled at the notion of a woman studying medicine, her intelligence and intensity won her the acceptance of the all-male medical establishment and in 1849 she became the first woman in America to receive a medical degree. Elizabeth's often forgotten sister, Emily, became the third woman in America to receive a medical degree. Exploring the sisters' allies, enemies and enduring partnership, Janice Nimura presents a story of both trial and triumph: Together the sisters' founded the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children, the first hospital staffed entirely by women. Both sisters were tenacious and visionary; they were also judgmental, uncompromising, and occasionally misogynistic. This work follows the sister doctors as they transform the nineteenth century medical establishment and, in turn, our contemporary one.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 610.92 Nim
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2021
Erik Larson
Description: Erik Larson delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold the country together and persuade President Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally--and willing to fight to the end. Larson shows how Churchill taught the British people "the art of being fearless." He provides a new lens on London's darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their daughter, Mary, their son, Randolph, and his wife, Pamela; Pamela's illicit lover, and the cadre of close advisers who comprised Churchill's "Secret Circle." In the face of unrelenting horror, Churchill's eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.5421 Lar
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 14, 2020
Emmanuel Acho
Description: In Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man, Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, many white Americans are afraid to ask--yet which all Americans need the answers to, now more than ever. With the same open-hearted generosity that has made his video series a phenomenon, Acho explains the vital core of such fraught concepts as white privilege, cultural appropriation, and "reverse racism." In his own words, he provides a space of compassion and understanding in a discussion that can lack both. He asks only for the reader's curiosity--but along the way, he will galvanize all of us to join the antiracist fight.
Call Number: 305.8 Ach
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 11, 2021
Martha Teichner
Description: A memoir of love and loss, of being in the right place at the right time, and of the mysterious ways a beloved pet can bring people together. There's a special camaraderie among early-morning dog walkers. Gathering at dog runs in the park, or strolling through the farmer's market before the bustling crowd appears, fellow pet owners become familiar--as do the personalities of their beloved animals. In this special space and time, a chance encounter with an old acquaintance changed Martha Teichner's world. As fate would have it, her friend knew someone who was dying of cancer, from exposure to toxins after 9/11, and desperate to find a home for her dog, Harry. He was a Bull Terrier--the same breed as Martha's dear Minnie. Would Martha consider giving Harry a safe, loving new home? After Martha agrees to meet Harry and his owner Carol, what begins as a transaction involving a dog becomes a deep and meaningful friendship between two women with complicated lives and a love of Bull Terriers in common. Through the heartbreak and grief of Carol's illness, the bond that develops changed Martha's life, Carol's life, Minnie's life, Harry's life. As it changed Carol's death as well. Martha considers the ways our stories are shaped by the people we meet, and the profound love we can find by opening our hearts to unexpected encounters.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 636.7 Tei
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2021
Katherine May
Description: An intimate, revelatory book exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down. Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. Wintering explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered. May offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat. Ultimately Wintering invites us to change how we relate to our own fallow times. May models an active acceptance of sadness and finds nourishment in deep retreat, joy in the hushed beauty of winter, and encouragement in understanding life as cyclical, not linear.
Call Number: 155.93 May
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 11, 2021
Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Fumi Mini Nakamura
Description: Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil offers a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 590 Nez
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 21, 2020
Amber Ruffin, Lacey Lamar
Description: Amber Ruffin writes with her sister Lacey Lamar with humor and heart to share absurd anecdotes about everyday experiences of racism. Amber lives in New York, where she is no one's First Black Friend and everyone is, as she puts it, "stark raving normal." But Amber's sister Lacey is still living in their home state of Nebraska, and you'll never believe what happened to Lacey. Lacey is a lightning rod for hilariously ridiculous yet all-too-real anecdotes. She's the perfect mix of polite, beautiful, petite, and Black that apparently makes people think "I can say whatever I want to this woman." Amber and Lacey share these entertainingly horrifying stories through their laugh-out-loud sisterly banter. Painfully relatable or shockingly eye-opening, this book tackles modern-day racism with the perfect balance of levity and gravity.
Call Number: 305.896 Ruf
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 25, 2021
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Walk In My Combat Boots : True Stories From America's Bravest Warriors
James Patterson, Matt Eversmann, Chris Mooney
355.0092 Pat
Evil Geniuses : The Unmaking Of America : A Recent History
Kurt Andersen
330.973 And
Just As I Am : A Memoir
Cicely Tyson, Michelle Burford, Viola Davis
B Tys
Extraterrestrial : The First Sign Of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth
Abraham Loeb
A Promised Land
Barack Obama
B Oba
Girl With No Job
Claudia Oshry
Think Again : The Power Of Knowing What You Don't Know
Adam M. Grant
153.42 Gra
Let Me Tell You What I Mean
Joan Didion, Hilton Als
814 Did
Four Hundred Souls : A Community History Of African America, 1619-2019
Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha N. Blain
973.0496 Fou
Like Streams To The Ocean : Notes On Ego, Love, And The Things That Make Us Who We Are
Jedidiah Jenkins
153 Jen
Greenlights
Matthew McConaughey
B McC
Mike Nichols : A Life
Mark Harris
B Nic
Unmasked : Inside Antifa's Radical Plan To Destroy Democracy
Andy (Journalist) Ngo
Saving Justice : Truth, Transparency, And Trust
James B. Comey
363.25 Com
Caste : The Origins Of Our Discontents
Isabel Wilkerson
305.5122 Wil
The Answer Is ... Reflections On My Life
Alex Trebek
B Tre
Untamed
Glennon Doyle
306.89 Doy
The Devil You Know : A Black Power Manifesto
Charles M. Blow
323.1196 Blo
Between Two Kingdoms : A Memoir Of A Life Interrupted
Suleika Jaouad
616.994 Jao
The Doctors Blackwell : How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine To Women--and Women To Medicine
Janice P. Nimura
610.92 Nim
Becoming
Michelle Obama
B Oba
The Splendid And The Vile : A Saga Of Churchill, Family, And Defiance During The Blitz
Erik Larson
940.5421 Lar
How To Be An Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
305.8 Ken
Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man
Emmanuel Acho
305.8 Ach
This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends : The Cyberweapons Arms Race
Nicole Perlroth
363.32 Per
When Harry Met Minnie : A True Story Of Love And Friendship
Martha Teichner
636.7 Tei
Breath : The New Science Of A Lost Art
James Nestor
613.192 Nes
Wintering : The Power Of Rest And Retreat In Difficult Times
Katherine May
155.93 May
Unfinished : A Memoir
Priyanka Chopra
B Cho
World Of Wonders : In Praise Of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, And Other Astonishments
Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Fumi Mini Nakamura
590 Nez
A Swim In A Pond In The Rain : In Which Four Russians Give A Master Class On Writing, Reading, And Life
George Saunders
891.708 Sau
You'll Never Believe What Happened To Lacey : Crazy Stories About Racism
Amber Ruffin, Lacey Lamar
305.896 Ruf
Educated : A Memoir
Tara Westover
270.092 Wes