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


David Sedaris
Description: Personal essays share the author's adventures after buying a vacation house on the Carolina coast and his reflections on middle age and mortality.
Call Number: 814 Sed
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 11, 2018
Jon Meacham
Description: Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and he shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the "better angels of our nature" have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of presidents including, besides Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and illuminating the courage of influential citizen activists, Meacham brings to life turning points in American history. In each of these dramatic, crucial turning points, the battle to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear, was joined, even as it is today. While the American story has not always been heroic, and the outcome of our battles never certain, Meacham reassures us, "the good news is that we have come through darkness before"--as, time and again, Lincoln's better angels have found a way to prevail.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973 Mea
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 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
Michael Pollan
Description: When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into the experience of various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists.
Call Number: 615.7883 Pol
Format: Book
Date Added: May 29, 2018
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Description: What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? Today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. Now Neil deGrasse Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.
Call Number: 523.01 Tys
Format: Book
Date Added: May 15, 2017
Malcolm W Nance
Description: The former U.S. intelligence officer describes the tools and techniques used by Vladimir Putin to affect the 2016 election.
Call Number: ordered 071218
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 16, 2018
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.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 338.7681 Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
Zora Neale Hurston, Deborah G. Plant, introduction, Alice Walker, foreward
Description: In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of all the men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation's history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo's firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States.In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau and spent more than three months there, talking in depth with Cudjo about the details of his life. Barracoon illustrates the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it.
Call Number: 306.362 Hur
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2018
Dan Abrams, David Fisher
Description: The true story of Abraham Lincoln's last murder trial, a case in which he had a deep personal involvement--and which played out in the nation's newspapers as he began his presidential campaign. At the end of the summer of 1859, twenty-two-year-old Peachy Quinn Harrison went on trial for murder in Springfield, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln, who had been involved in more than three thousand cases--including more than twenty-five murder trials--during his two-decades-long career, was hired to defend him. This was to be his last great case as a lawyer. What normally would have been a local case took on momentous meaning. Lincoln's debates with Senator Stephen Douglas the previous fall had gained him a national following, transforming the little-known, self-taught lawyer into a respected politician. He was being urged to make a dark-horse run for the presidency in 1860. Taking this case involved great risk. His reputation was untarnished, but should he lose this trial, should Harrison be convicted of murder, the spotlight now focused so brightly on him might be dimmed. He had won his most recent murder trial with a daring and dramatic maneuver that had become a local legend, but another had ended with his client dangling from the end of a rope. The case posed painful personal challenges for Lincoln. The murder victim had trained for the law in his office, and Lincoln had been his friend and his mentor. His accused killer, the young man Lincoln would defend, was the son of a close friend and loyal supporter. And to win this trial he would have to form an unholy allegiance with a longtime enemy, a revivalist preacher he had twice run against for political office--and who had bitterly slandered Lincoln as an "infidel...too lacking in faith" to be elected. Lincoln's Last Trial captures the presidential hopeful's dramatic courtroom confrontations in vivid detail as he fights for his client--but also for his own blossoming political future. It is a moment in history that shines a light on our legal system, as in this case Lincoln fought a legal battle that remains incredibly relevant today. --Amazon.com.
Call Number: 973.7 Abr
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 18, 2018
Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin, Bryan Stevenson
Description: A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.
Call Number: 364.66 Hin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 18, 2018
Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn, Patton Oswalt, Paul Paul Haynes, Billy Jensen
Description: A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer-- the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade-- from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case. For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was. At the time of the crimes, the Golden State Killer was between the ages of eighteen and thirty, Caucasian, and athletic-- capable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing a victim-- he favored suburban couples-- he often entered their home when no one was there, studying family pictures, mastering the layout. He attacked while they slept, using a flashlight to awaken and blind them. Though they could not recognize him, his victims recalled his voice: a guttural whisper through clenched teeth, abrupt and threatening.
Call Number: 364.1523 McN
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 12, 2018
Dan Pfeiffer
Description: The former White House director of communications explores how politics, the media, and the Internet changed during the Obama administration and how Democrats can fight back in the Trump era.
Call Number: 973.932 Pfe
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 2, 2018
Nick Foles
Description: The ups and downs of the quarterback who led the Philadelphia Eagles to their 2018 Super Bowl win.
Call Number: ordered 071218
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 16, 2018
Newt Gingrich
Description: The former Speaker of the House shares insider perspectives into the Make America Great Again movement and argues that Trump is keeping his campaign promises in spite of formidable resistance.
Call Number: 973.933 Gin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 18, 2018
John McCain, Mark Salter
Description: A candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain--his most personal book in years--covering everything from 2008 up to the present.
Call Number: B McC
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 4, 2018
Benjamin J. Rhodes
Description: For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration--first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President's Daily Brief, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now he tells the full story of his partnership--and, ultimately, friendship--with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States. Rhodes was not your typical presidential confidant, and this is not your typical White House memoir. Rendered in vivid, novelistic detail by someone who was a writer before he was a staffer, this is a rare look inside the most poignant, tense, and consequential moments of the Obama presidency--waiting out the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room, responding to the Arab Spring, reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran, leading secret negotiations with the Cuban government to normalize relations, and confronting the resurgence of nationalism and nativism that culminated in the election of Donald Trump. In The World as It Is, Rhodes shows what it was like to be there--from the early days of the Obama campaign to the final hours of the presidency. .
Call Number: ordered 060718
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 18, 2018
Bret Baier, Catherine Whitney
Description: Fox News anchor Bret Baier reveals as never before President Ronald Reagan's battle to end the Cold War, framed around the historic, three-day 1988 Moscow Summit.
Call Number: 973.927 Bai
Format: Book
Date Added: May 29, 2018
Michael Eric Dyson
Description: In 1963 Attorney General Robert Kennedy sought out James Baldwin to explain the rage that threatened to engulf black America. Baldwin brought along some friends, including playwright Lorraine Hansberry, psychologist Kenneth Clark, and a valiant activist, Jerome Smith. It was Smith's relentless, unfiltered fury that set Kennedy on his heels, reducing him to sullen silence. Kennedy walked away from the nearly three-hour meeting angry--that the black folk assembled didn't understand politics, and that they weren't as easy to talk to as Martin Luther King. Kennedy's anger quickly gave way to empathy, so he set about changing policy by the meeting that transformed his thinking in fundamental ways. Every big argument about race that persists to this day got a hearing in that room.
Call Number: 305.8 Dys
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 18, 2018
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Calypso
David Sedaris
814 Sed
The Sun Does Shine : How I Found Life And Freedom On Death Row
Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin, Bryan Stevenson
364.66 Hin
The Soul Of America : The Battle For Our Better Angels
Jon Meacham
973 Mea
I'll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer
Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn, Patton Oswalt, Paul Paul Haynes, Billy Jensen
364.1523 McN
Educated: A Memoir
Tara Westover
270.092 Wes
Yes We (Still) Can : Politics In The Age Of Obama, Twitter, And Trump
Dan Pfeiffer
973.932 Pfe
How To Change Your Mind : What The New Science Of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, And Transcendence
Michael Pollan
615.7883 Pol
Believe It : My Journey Of Success, Failure, And Overcoming The Odds
Nick Foles
ordered 071218
Astrophysics For People In A Hurry
Neil deGrasse Tyson
523.01 Tys
Trump's America : The Truth About Our Nation's Great Comeback
Newt Gingrich
973.933 Gin
The Plot To Destroy Democracy : How Putin And His Spies Are Undermining America And Dismantling The West
Malcolm W Nance
ordered 071218
The Restless Wave : Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights And Other Appreciations
John McCain, Mark Salter
B McC
Bad Blood : Secrets And Lies In A Silicon Valley Startup
John Carreyrou
338.7681 Car
The World As It Is : A Memoir Of The Obama White House
Benjamin J. Rhodes
ordered 060718
Barracoon : The Story Of The Last "Black Cargo"
Zora Neale Hurston, Deborah G. Plant, introduction, Alice Walker, foreward
306.362 Hur
Three Days In Moscow : Ronald Reagan And The Fall Of The Soviet Empire
Bret Baier, Catherine Whitney
973.927 Bai
Lincoln's Last Trial : The Murder Case That Propelled Him To The Presidency
Dan Abrams, David Fisher
973.7 Abr
What Truth Sounds Like : Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, And Our Unfinished Conversation About Race In America
Michael Eric Dyson
305.8 Dys