Nonfiction


Terry W. Glaspey
Description: Some of the greatest painters, musicians, architects, writers, filmmakers, and poets have taken their inspiration from their faith and impacted millions of people with their creations. Now readers can discover the stories behind 75 of these masterpieces and the artists who created them. This book unveils the artistic heritage left by believers who were masters at their craft, with true stories and details readers might have missed. By looking through the eyes of these creative artists, readers will gain deeper perspectives about the human condition, the Christian story, and their own spiritual lives.
Call Number: 261.57 Gla
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 5, 2019
Jennifer Grant
Description: Jennifer Grant brings an unflinching and spirited look at the transitions of midlife. When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? plumbs the physical, spiritual, and emotional changes unique to the middle years: from the emptying nest to the sagging effects of aging. Grant acknowledges the complexities and loss inherent in midlife and tells stories of sustaining disappointment, taking hard blows to the ego, undergoing a crisis of faith, and grieving the deaths not only of illusions but of loved ones. Yet she illuminates the confidence and grace that this season of life can also bring.
Call Number: 248.85 Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 7, 2019
DaMaris B. Hill
Description: For black American women, the experience of being bound has taken many forms: from the bondage of slavery to the Reconstruction-era criminalization of women; from the constraints of Jim Crow to our own era's prison industrial complex. For those women who lived and died resisting the dehumanization of confinement--physical, social, intellectual--the threat of being bound was real, constant, and lethal. From Harriet Tubman to Assata Shakur, Ida B. Wells to Sandra Bland and Black Lives Matter, black women freedom fighters have braved violence, scorn, despair, and isolation in order to lodge their protests. Hill honors their experiences with at times harrowing, at times hopeful responses to her heroes,
Call Number: 305.488 Hil
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 12, 2019
Anabel Hernández, John Washington (Translator)
Description: Examines the disappearance and presumed murder of 43 students in 2014. The male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. According to official reports, the students were on several buses traveling to Mexico City to commemorate the anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre. During the journey, local police intercepted the students and a confrontation ensued. By the morning, they had disappeared without a trace. Hernández reconstructs the events of those nights in late September 2014, and demolishes the Mexican state's official version, allowing us to see exactly which parts of the state are responsible for which component of this monumental crime.
Call Number: 364.1323 Her
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 27, 2019
Nishta Mehra
Description: Essays describe how the author's experiences as an Indian American, the wife of a white Christian woman, and the mother of an adopted black son have been challenged by rigid cultural family norms.
Call Number: 306.8743 Meh
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 12, 2019
Jon Ward (Writer of politics)
Description: Draws on interviews with major political leaders in an account of Ted Kennedy's 1980 campaign to secure the Democratic presidential nomination instead of incumbent Jimmy Carter that discusses how their rivalry reflected significant party changes.
Call Number: 324.973 War
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2019
Wing Young Huie
Description: Is Chinese identity personal, national, cultural, political? Photographer Wing Young Huie explores the meaning of Chinese-ness in his home state of Minnesota, throughout the US, and in China. Huie, born in the States, grew up in Duluth, where images of pop culture fed, formed, and confused him. His visit to China in 2010 compounded the confusion: his American-ness made him as visible there as his Chinese-ness did in Minnesota. To make sense of his experiences, Huie photographed and interviewed people of Chinese descent and those influenced by Chinese-ness. Their perspectives project humor and irony, as well as cultural guilt and uncertainty.
Call Number: 305.8 Hui
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 8, 2019
Carrie Gibson
Description: Because of our shared English language, as well as the origin tales of the Mayflower and the rebellion of the British colonies, the US has prized its Anglo heritage above all others. Gibson explains that the nation has much older Spanish roots--ones that have long been unacknowledged or marginalized. The Hispanic past of the US predates the arrival of the Pilgrims by a century, and has been every bit as important in shaping the nation as it exists today. Interwoven are cultural issues that have been there from the start but which are unresolved to this day: language, belonging, community, race, and nationality.
Call Number: 327.73 Gib
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
Samantha Cleaver, Munro Richardson
Description: Read with me outlines the ABCs of active reading (ask questions, build vocabulary, and connect to the child's world) to make these behaviors clear and easy to implement for parents and teachers. Learn skills to engage children aged 2 to 5.
Call Number: 372.4 Cle
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 18, 2019
Amber Hunt, Emily G. Thompson
Description: This true crime book makes you the detective, investigating some of the most infamous unsolved cases of the 20th and 21st centuries. Crime scenes, crucial evidence, witnesses, and persons of interest are clearly presented, along with essential details and clues, so you can judge for yourself: who could have done it? The book also profiles the psychology of the killer, discusses the background and life of the unfortunate victim (or victims), and explores how these horrific crimes impacted the victim's family and friends. This book will have you trying to unlock the secrets of these unsolved crimes where others have failed.
Call Number: 364.1523 Hun
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 6, 2019
Peter Wohlleben, Jane Billinghurst, translator
Description: Wohlleben takes readers on a thought-provoking exploration of the vast natural systems that make life on Earth possible. In this tour, Wohlleben describes the fascinating interplay between animals and plants and answers such questions as: How do they influence each other? Do lifeforms communicate across species boundaries? And what happens when this finely tuned system gets out of sync? By introducing us to the latest scientific discoveries and recounting his own insights from decades of observing nature, he shows us how to recapture our sense of awe so we can see the world around us with completely new eyes.
Call Number: 508 Woh
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 20, 2019
Matt Mattus
Description: Prepare to encounter new varieties of common plant species, learn their history and benefits, and identify new edibles to grow in your own gardens. Matt Mattus offers new and exciting opportunities, alongside beautiful photography, lore, insight, and humor that comes from someone who has grown each vegetable himself and truly loves gardening.
Call Number: 635 Mat
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 27, 2019
Darria Long Gillespie
Description: Over one hundred self-care hacks for any mom to eat right, move more, stress less and get a good night's sleep, by a doctor who is also a mom.
Call Number: 646.7 Gil
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 22, 2019
Fran Bailey, Zia Allaway
Description: This is the ultimate reference book for cactus and succulent enthusiasts. An illustrated plant directory profiles more than 200 succulent and cactus varieties, with instructions on how to grow each one, while information dashboards offer fascinating facts and quirky stats about different plant families. Show off your plants with inspirational display ideas and step-by-step projects. Follow the simple propagation instructions to increase your cacti and succulent collection without spending money. Keep your plants healthy with advice and tips for care and cultivation.
Call Number: 635.933 Bai
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
Sara Dickerman, photographs by Sarah Flotard
Description: Discover the potential of your leftovers! Learn to cook smart, save time and money, and add new variety and flavor to your everday cooking.
Call Number: 641.55 Dic
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 14, 2019
Meghan Cox Gurdon
Description: Examines how reading aloud makes adults and children smarter, happier, healthier, more successful, and more closely attached, even as technology pulls in the other direction.
Call Number: 649.58 Gur
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2019
Erwan Le Corre
Description: Erwan Le Corre helps you reconnect with moving as your ancestors did. Learn to move your body in the way it was designed to move in order to accomplish the tasks required by everyday life. Erwan has laid out the fundamentals of movement: First, he defines Natural Movement by using twelve principles. Then he lays out the foundational knowledge you need to start your Natural Movement practice, which includes breathing, position, sequence, and timing. From there he moves on to explain practice efficiency to help you understand where to train and how to progress safely through the movements to increase your skills.
Call Number: 613.71 Le C
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 18, 2019
Ian Birch
Description: Iconic Magazine Covers is an oral history of the stories behind the most innovative and controversial magazine covers, as told by the people who created them. The book displays the covers on a full page opposite the history of the design as told by the key figures in its making, plus a credits sidebar. Among the 100 magazines are covers from Playboy, Esquire, Life, Nova, People, National Lampoon, National Geographic, Wired, The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Bloomberg Businessweek, Essence and Vanity Fair.
Call Number: 741.652 Bir
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 22, 2019
Barton Sutter
Description: Bart Sutter's grandparents spoke Swedish. In his earliest years, he heard old people talk Norwegian in farm kitchens and on the streets in town, and there were Finns, Danes, and Icelanders in the neighborhood, too. The music of these Nordic languages got inside Sutter's head; he also inherited the homesickness of old-timers who spoke about a legendary land they called The Old Country. Sutter wrote this collection of poems to dramatize, critique, and honor their struggles, their culture, their peculiar ways. The book explores the experience of Scandinavian immigrants, their ancestors, and their descendants.
Call Number: 811 Sut
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
edited by Javon Johnson and Kevin Coval, sponsoring body Young Chicago Authors (Organization), sponsoring body Louder Than a Bomb (Poetry slam)
Description: A literary mixtape of poems, rap lyrics, short stories, essays, interviews, and artwork about Chicago, the city that came to be known as "Chiraq" ("Chicago" + "Iraq"), and the people who live in its vibrant and occasionally violent neighborhoods.
Call Number: 810.8 Eng
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 12, 2019
Jeff Maynard (Filmmaker)
Description: By the 1930s, no one had yet crossed Antarctica, a mystery frozen in time. Hoping to get into the history books, wealthy American Lincoln Ellsworth announced he would fly across the unexplored continent. To help with his plan, he hired Australian explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins to organize the expedition. The Ellsworth Trans-Antarctic Expeditions became epics of misadventure, as competitors plotted to beat Ellsworth, pilots refused to fly, crews mutinied, and the ship was repeatedly trapped in the ice. Finally, in 1935, Ellsworth took off to fly across, but a few hours after leaving, radio contact with him was lost and the world gave him up for dead.
Call Number: 919.8 May
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 6, 2019
Timothy West
Description: For more than half a century, a shared love of canals and narrowboats has been inseparable from the marriage of Timothy West and Prunella Scales. The two actors have spent many of their happiest days together enjoying the calming pleasures of watching land and nature unfold before them at 4 miles an hour. In 2014, Tim and Pru took to the canals of Britain and beyond with a television crew to record their best-loved trips along the beautiful waterways. It is now in its seventh series. This book recounts their careers as actors while recording their journeys along scenic waterways. It explores the trials, but also the joys, of ageing, and how Prunella's dementia has both changed, and yet failed to change, their lives together.
Call Number: 914.2 Wes
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 6, 2019
Brian Posehn
Description: The first memoir by beloved comedian, actor, and writer Brian Posehn, hilariously detailing what it's like to grow up as and remain a nerd...
Call Number: B Pos Posehn, Brian
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 22, 2019
Matthew Dennison
Description: During his regular days in London, Kenneth Grahame served as Secretary of the Bank of England; on weekends he retired to the country with his wife, Elspeth, and their fragile son, Alistair, and took lengthy walks along the Thames in Berkshire. The result of his pastoral wanderings there was his masterful creation of The Wind in the Willows, a classic of children's literature; a cautionary tale for adult readers; a warning of the fragility of the English countryside; and an expression of fear at threatened social changes that, in the aftermath of the World War I, became a reality.
Call Number: B Gra Grahame, Kenneth
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 19, 2019
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75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know: The Fascinating Stories Behind Great Works Of Art, Literature, Music, And Film
Terry W. Glaspey
261.57 Gla
Mom Hacks : 100+ Science-backed Shortcuts To Reclaim Your Body, Raise Awesome Kids, And Be Unstoppable
Darria Long Gillespie
646.7 Gil
When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?: Indignities, Compromises, And The Unexpected Grace Of Midlife
Jennifer Grant
248.85 Gra
Practical Cactus & Succulent Book: How To Choose, Nurture & Display 200 Cacti & Succulents
Fran Bailey, Zia Allaway
635.933 Bai
A Bound Woman Is A Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration Of African American Women From Harriet Tubman To Sandra Bland
DaMaris B. Hill
305.488 Hil
Secrets Of Great Second Meals: Flexible Modern Recipes That Value Time And Limit Waste
Sara Dickerman, photographs by Sarah Flotard
641.55 Dic
A Massacre In Mexico: The True Story Behind The Missing Forty-Three Students
Anabel Hernández, John Washington (Translator)
364.1323 Her
The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power Of Reading Aloud In The Age Of Distraction
Meghan Cox Gurdon
649.58 Gur
Brown, White, Black: An American Family At The Intersection Of Race, Gender, Sexuality, And Religion
Nishta Mehra
306.8743 Meh
The Practice Of Natural Movement: Reclaim Power, Health, And Freedom
Erwan Le Corre
613.71 Le C
Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter And The Fight That Broke The Democratic Party
Jon Ward (Writer of politics)
324.973 War
Iconic Magazine Covers : The Inside Stories Told By The People Who Made Them
Ian Birch
741.652 Bir
Chinese-ness: The Meanings Of Identity And The Nature Of Belonging
Wing Young Huie
305.8 Hui
Nordic Accordion: Poems In A Scandinavian Mood
Barton Sutter
811 Sut
El Norte: The Epic And Forgotten Story Of Hispanic North America
Carrie Gibson
327.73 Gib
The End Of Chiraq: A Literary Mixtape
edited by Javon Johnson and Kevin Coval, sponsoring body Young Chicago Authors (Organization), sponsoring body Louder Than a Bomb (Poetry slam)
810.8 Eng
Read With Me: Engaging Your Young Child In Active Reading
Samantha Cleaver, Munro Richardson
372.4 Cle
Antarctica's Lost Aviator: The Epic Adventure To Explore The Last Frontier On Earth
Jeff Maynard (Filmmaker)
919.8 May
Some Of My Friends Are ...: The Daunting Challenges And Untapped Benefits Of Cross-Racial Friendships
Deborah L. Plummer
305.8 Plu
Our Great Canal Journeys: A Lifetime Of Memories On Britain's Most Beautiful Waterways
Timothy West
914.2 Wes
Unsolved Murders: True Crime Cases Uncovered
Amber Hunt, Emily G. Thompson
364.1523 Hun
Forever Nerdy: Living My Dorky Dreams And Staying Metal
Brian Posehn
B Pos Posehn, Brian
The Secret Wisdom Of Nature: Trees, Animals, And The Extraordinary Balance Of All Living Things : Stories From Science And Observation
Peter Wohlleben, Jane Billinghurst, translator
508 Woh
The Man In The Willows: The Life Of Kenneth Grahame
Matthew Dennison
B Gra Grahame, Kenneth
Mastering The Art Of Vegetable Gardening: Rare Varieties, Unusual Options, Plant Lore & Guidance
Matt Mattus
635 Mat