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


Gary J. Byrne, Grant M. Schmidt
Description: A former Secret Service official explores what he sees as "the personal and political dysfunction of the Clinton White House, so consumed by scandal and destroying their enemies, real and imagined, ... that governing was an afterthought."
Call Number: 973.929 Byr
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 11, 2016
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
Description: Offers a behind-the-scenes view of Hamilton the musical, detailing the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton's life.
Call Number: 782.14 Mir
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 19, 2016
David Fisher, Bill O'Reilly
Description: The American Revolution was not inevitable, nor was it a unanimous cause. It pitted neighbors against one another, as loyalists and colonial rebels faced off for their lives and futures. Through the lives of the first Americans, this book reveals the contentious arguments that turned friends into foes and the land into a war zone. From the riots over a child's murder that led to the Boston Massacre, to the Continental Army's first victory under George Washington's leadership, to the Southern guerrilla campaign of "Swamp Fox" Francis Marion, to Benedict Arnold's betrayal, David Fisher explores the combination of resourcefulness, perseverance, strategy, and luck that resulted in the creation of a country that would go on to become the most powerful in the world. Despite the victory of the Revolution, the fight for democracy wasn't over. From the combat zone to Congress, it was a political battle as much as a physical one. With the patriots grappling to create a government, one for and by the people, the origin story of the United States of America was only starting to be written.--Adapted from dust jacket
Call Number: 973.3 Fis
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 6, 2016
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Description: For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him--most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear. What were they afraid of? In this book. Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings--moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police. In his trademark style--a mix of lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, essayistic argument, and reportage--Coates provides readers an illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here--From statement provided by publisher
Call Number: 305.8 Coa
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 27, 2015
Paul Kalanithi, A. (Abraham) Verghese
Description: On the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. Kalanithi chronicles his transformation from a naïve medical student into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient
Call Number: 616.994 Kal
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 22, 2016
Jaycee Lee Dugard
Call Number: ordered 072116
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 25, 2016
Eric Bolling
Description: The Fox News Channel personality describes nine key American virtues that he maintains are under attack by President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Call Number: 320.5 Bol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 11, 2016
Angela Duckworth
Description: In this book for anyone striving to succeed, psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, athletes, students, and business people--both seasoned and new--that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit." Why do some people succeed and others fail? Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments. Drawing on her own story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not "genius" but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that--not talent or luck--makes all the difference--From statement provided by publisher
Call Number: 158.1 Duc
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2016
Nancy Isenberg
Description: The wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were known as "waste people," "offals," "rubbish," "lazy lubbers," and "crackers." By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called "clay eaters" and "sandhillers." History professor Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society--where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ’s Great Society and they now haunt us in reality TV shows. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at or near the center of major political debates over the character of the American identity.
Call Number: 305.5 Ise
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2016
Jessi Klein
Description: Klein offers-through an incisive collection of real-life stories-a relentlessly funny yet poignant take on a variety of topics she has experienced along her strange journey to womanhood and beyond. These include her "transformation from Pippi Longstocking-esque tomboy to are-you-a-lesbian-or-what tom man," attempting to find watchable porn, and identifying the difference between being called "ma'am" and "miss" .
Call Number: ordered 061616
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 25, 2016
Philip H. Knight
Description: In this candid and riveting memoir, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands. In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his lime green Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed $8,000 his first year. Today, Nike's annual sales top $30 billion.--From statement provided by publisher
Call Number: 338.7685 Kni
Format: Book
Date Added: May 11, 2016
Larry Tye
Description: History remembers Robert F. Kennedy as a racial healer, a tribune for the poor, and the last progressive knight of a bygone era of American politics. But Kennedy's enshrinement in the liberal pantheon was actually the final stage of a journey that had its beginnings in the conservative 1950s. In Bobby Kennedy, Larry Tye peels away layers of myth and misconception to paint a complete portrait of this singularly fascinating figure.
Call Number: ordered 052616
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 25, 2016
Chuck Klosterman
Description: Klosterman visualizes how our contemporary world will appear to those who will perceive it as the distant past. In doing so, he interviews a variety of creative thinkers to help explain the things we can not know, and explores how ideas and opinions shift over generations.
Call Number: 909.83 Klo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2016
Sebastian Junger
Description: Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians -- but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may help explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today. Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, TRIBE explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that -- for many veterans as well as civilians -- war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. TRIBE explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today's divided world.
Call Number: 302.3 Jun
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2016
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Description: How a show about nothing changed everything.
Call Number: 791.4572 Arm
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 19, 2016
Atul Gawande
Description: Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families of the terminally ill
Call Number: 362.175 Gaw
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 11, 2016
Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt
Description: Anderson Cooper's intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS' 60 Minutes affords him little time to spend with his ninety-one year old mother. After she briefly fell ill, he and Gloria began a conversation through e-mail unlike any they had ever had before, a correspondence of surprising honesty and depth in which they discussed their lives, the things that matter to them, and what they still want to learn about each other
Call Number: 920 Coo
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 18, 2016
Larry Olmsted
Description: You've seen the headlines: Parmesan cheese made from sawdust. Lobster rolls containing no lobster at all. Extra virgin olive oil that isn't. Fake foods are in our supermarkets, our restaurants, and our kitchen cabinets. Award-winning food journalist and travel writer Larry Olmsted exposes the pervasive and dangerous fraud perpetrated on unsuspecting Americans. Real Food/Fake Food brings readers into the unregulated food industry, revealing the alarming truth: What we think we're eating is not what we're really eating. Olmsted examines how this shocking deception extends from high-end foods like olive oil, wine, and Kobe beef to everyday staples such as coffee, honey, juice, and cheese. It's a massive bait and switch where counterfeiting is rampant and where the consumer ultimately pays the price. But Olmstead does more than show us what foods to avoid. A bona fide gourmand, he travels to the sources of the real stuff, to help us recognize what to look for, eat, and enjoy. Genuine Parmigiano-Reggiano from Italy, fresh-caught grouper from Florida, authentic port from Portugal. Real foods that are grown, raised, produced, and prepared with care by masters of their craft. Part cautionary tale, part culinary crusade, Real Food/Fake Food is addictively readable, mouth-wateringly enjoyable, and utterly relevant. Larry Olmsted convinces us why real food matters.
Call Number: ordered 063016
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 25, 2016
Neil Gaiman
Description: Presents a collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics--from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories.
Call Number: 824.914 Gai
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 25, 2016
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Description: The story of the gene begins in earnest in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where Gregor Mendel, a monk working with pea plants, stumbles on the idea of a "unit of heredity." It intersects with Darwin's theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms postwar biology. It invades discourses concerning race and identity and provides startling answers to some of the most potent questions coursing through our political and cultural realms. It reorganizes our understanding of sexuality, gender identity, sexual orientation, temperament, choice, and free will, thus raising the most urgent questions affecting our personal realms. Above all, the story of the gene is driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds--from Mendel and Darwin to Francis Crick, James Watson, and Rosalind Franklin to the thousands of scientists working today to understand the code of codes. Woven through the book is the story of Mukherjee's own family and its recurring pattern of schizophrenia, a haunting reminder that the science of genetics is not confined to the laboratory but is vitally relevant to everyday lives. The moral complexity of genetics reverberates even more urgently today as we learn to "read" and "write" the human genome--unleashing the potential to change the fates and identities of our children and our children's children.--Adapted from dust jacket
Call Number: 616.042 Muk
Format: Book
Date Added: May 31, 2016
Gary J. Byrne, Grant M. Schmidt
973.929 Byr
Philip H. Knight
338.7685 Kni
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
782.14 Mir
Larry Tye
ordered 052616
David Fisher, Bill O'Reilly
973.3 Fis
Chuck Klosterman
909.83 Klo
Ta-Nehisi Coates
305.8 Coa
Sebastian Junger
302.3 Jun
Paul Kalanithi, A. (Abraham) Verghese
616.994 Kal
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
791.4572 Arm
Jaycee Lee Dugard
ordered 072116
Atul Gawande
362.175 Gaw
Eric Bolling
320.5 Bol
Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt
920 Coo
Angela Duckworth
158.1 Duc
Larry Olmsted
ordered 063016
Nancy Isenberg
305.5 Ise
Neil Gaiman
824.914 Gai
Jessi Klein
ordered 061616
Siddhartha Mukherjee
616.042 Muk