Nonfiction


Becky Kiser
Description: We want the holidays to reflect our love for Jesus and reveal the grace that has been lavished on us, but life is so busy that setting a game plan just doesn't happen. It's time to stop trying to survive the holidays or over indulge the whimsy, and instead live in the abundant life God called us to live. This book/resource will help you avoid what has tripped you up in the past and give you insights, tips, and tools to make your holidays less chaotic and more about loving Jesus and others. Let's celebrate every holiday together purposefully and worshipfully--loving Jesus and others well in every moment.
Call Number: 263.9 Kis
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2018
Mashonda
Description: In January 2010, founder of ArtLeadHer Mashonda Tifrere and music producer Swizz Beatz finalized their divorce. When Swizz married award-winning singer/songwriter Alicia Keys, a new dynamic was born--three adults who loved and were deeply committed to raising Mashonda and Swizz's four-year old son Kasseem. In Blend, Tifrere draws on the insights they gained from their journey as well as advice from family therapists, parenting experts, and other blending families, to provide an invaluable resource for blended families.
Call Number: 306.89 Mas
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 7, 2018
Courtney Hargrave
Description: A true story that goes behind the major motion picture depicting the modern Ku Klux Klan and an act of grace that shook a community in the Deep South. In 1996, in Laurens, S.C., Michael Burden, a white supremacist opened a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan. After his museum opened, Burden abruptly left the Klan at the urging of a woman he fell in love with. Broke and homeless, he was taken in by Rev. David Kennedy, an African American preacher and leader in the community, who plunged his church into a quest to save their former enemy. Hargrave explores the choices that led to their friendship, the social factors that drive young men to join hate groups, the intersection of poverty and racism in the divided South, and the difference one person can make.
Call Number: 305.8 Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 7, 2018
Dan Barry
Description: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and on the eve of a national recession, New York Times writer Dan Barry launched a column about America--the America defined and redefined by those who clean the hotel rooms, tend the beet fields, endure disasters both natural and manmade. Barry crisscrossed the country, filing moving stories from the tiniest dot on the American map to the "Capital of the World". These narrative and visual snapshots of American life create a tapestry of our shared experience, capturing how our nation is at once flawed and exceptional, paralyzed and ascendant, as cruel and violent as it can be gentle and benevolent.
Call Number: 306.0973 Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 1, 2018
Brian Belovitch
Description: Belovitch shares his true story of life as a gender outlier and his journey through the jungle of gender identity. He has had a coming out three times: first as a queer teenager; then as a transgender woman named Tish, and later, Natalia Gervais; and finally as an HIV-positive gay man surviving the AIDS crisis. From growing up in an immigrant family, to spinning across the disco dance floor, from becoming the Army wife of a domineering GI in Germany to having a brush with fame as Natalia in the NY nightclub scene, Brian escaped many near-death experiences. His story of recovery shines a light on the perseverance of the human spirit.
Call Number: 306.768 Bel
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2018
Christopher Dewdney
Description: We live at the bottom of an ocean of air. 5,200 million million tons sounds like a lot, but Earth's atmosphere is smeared onto its surface in an alarmingly thin layer--99 percent contained within 18 miles. Within this fragile margin lies a magnificent realm--at once gorgeous, terrifying, capricious, and elusive. Dewdney reveals to us the invisible rivers in the sky that affect how our weather works and the structure of clouds and storms and seasons, the rollercoaster of climate. 18 Miles is a journey that uncovers our obsession with the atmosphere and weather--as both metaphor and physical reality--and gives us a long overdue look at the very air we breathe.
Call Number: 551.5 Dew
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 13, 2018
Paul L. Dawson, Brian W. Sheldon
Description: An inquiry that follows the science of germs into the kitchen, restaurant, and everywhere else you eat and drink. Have you ever dropped a chip on the ground, picked it up after 5 seconds--then eaten it? Or debated which spreads fewer germs, paper towels or electric hand dryers? Food scientists Paul Dawson and Brian Sheldon take you into their labs to show how they have determined everything from how much bacteria gets transferred from sharing utensils to how many microbes live on restaurant menus. This book will reveal surprising answers to your weirdest and most commonly debated questions about food and germs--and then some.
Call Number: 579.16 Daw
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 14, 2018
Jeff Fair, Larry Aumiller, photographer
Description: This book celebrates Aumiller's achievement, telling the story of his decades with the bears alongside his own photographs. As both professional wildlife managers and ordinary citizens alike continue to struggle to bridge the gap between humans and the wild creatures we've driven out, In Wild Trust is an inspiring account of what we can achieve.
Call Number: 599.784 Fai
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 5, 2018
Katy Beskow, Dan Jones (Photographer)
Description: The book shatters the notion that vegan food is cold and soulless by showing you how to create inspired comfort foods, whether you're vegan or not. Katy Beskow celebrates cooking for pleasure, soul and enjoyment, without having to spend hours in the kitchen. Using ingredients readily available in supermarkets, Katy's easy recipes and instructions will have you making delicious, nutritious meals time after time. The book explores how a mindful cooking process is as comforting as the final dish, even when you have just 15 minutes to spare.
Call Number: 641.5636 Bes
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 23, 2018
Stephanie Pedersen
Description: The phenomenon of hygge gets a warm American twist with this illustrated guide from Danish-American Stephanie Pedersen. With their overscheduled lifestyles, Americans can't always find time for the people and things they love. American Cozy uses the Danish phenomenon of hygge--comfort, togetherness, and well-being--to bring coziness and ease to readers' homes, work, and lives. It explores organization and home décor, entertaining, cooking, creating a happier, more productive work life, de-cluttering, and slowing down.
Call Number: 646.7 Ped
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 14, 2018
Catherine Guthrie
Description: After years writing about women's health and breast cancer, Catherine Guthrie becomes the patient at age 38. Everything that could go wrong does--the surgeon gives her a double mastectomy but misses the cancerous lump, one of the most effective drug treatments fails, and a doctor's error may have unleashed millions of breast cancer cells into her body. Guthrie's story tells how two bouts of breast cancer shook her faith in her body, her relationship, and medicine. Along the way, she challenges the view that breasts are essential to femininity and paramount to a woman's happiness. Guthrie offers a unique perspective on womanhood, what it means to be "whole," and the importance of women advocating for their desires.
Call Number: 616.994 Gut
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 2, 2018
Jenny Linford
Description: Consider the intrinsic yet often forgotten role of time in creating the flavors and textures we love. Through a series of encounters with ingredients, producers, cooks, artisans, and chefs, we see how time itself is the invisible ingredient in our cherished recipes. Including vignettes from the immediacy of taste (seconds), the exactitude of pasta (minutes), and smoking and barbecuing meats (hours), to maturing cheese (weeks), infusing vanilla extract (months), and perfecting parmigiana and port (years), this is an enlightening volume for foodies, bakers, home cooks, chefs, and anyone who appreciates a perfectly-executed dish.
Call Number: 641.5 Lin
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 2, 2018
Simon McDermott
Description: Simon McDermott noticed his dad Ted's flares of temper and fits of forgetfulness before the diagnosis of dementia. As Ted retreated into his own world, his family desperately tried to reach him. An idea came to them to try to reach Ted through music.Ted's favorite song and some carpool karaoke ignited that lifelong passion for music and gave father and son some adventures. Their YouTube video went viral, followed by a record deal, money raised for The Alzheimer's Society and a Top 10 single later. Simon was still losing Ted, so he had to tell Ted's story--the ups and downs of family life and treasured memories, a celebration of the man Ted was, and a powerful and moving account of caring for a loved one.
Call Number: 616.831 McD
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 15, 2018
Phil Szostak, forewords by Neil Lamont, and James Clyne
Description: Examines the development of the fantastic worlds, characters, and creatures of "Solo" through concept art, costume sketches, storyboards, blueprints, and exclusive interviews with the filmmakers.
Call Number: 791.43 Szo
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 22, 2018
W. Scott Poole
Description: The roots of modern horror are found in the WWI. It was the most devastating event to occur in the early 1900s, with 38 million dead and 17 million wounded in grotesque ways, owing to the new machines of war. Wasteland reveals how the ripple effect of this catastrophe made its way into the darker corners of our psyche, on the bloody battlefield, the screaming asylum, and desolated cities and villages. Poole chronicles the era's major figures and their influences, as well as cult favorites and the collective unconscious. Nov. 11, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that brought the First World War to a close. Poole takes us behind the frontlines of battle to the dark places of the imagination where the legacy of the war to end all wars lives on.
Call Number: 791.4361 Poo
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 7, 2018
Paul Souders
Description: Professional photographer and amateur adventurer Paul Souders takes his C-Dory and his cameras to Hudson Bay to find and photograph polar bears over the course of three summers. He interacts with the people, animals, and history that he encounters and experiences life-threatening conditions on his solo expeditions.
Call Number: 917.1411 Sou
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 29, 2018
Eileen Rivers
Description: Follows the experiences of four women who fought in active combat duty in Afghanistan and also worked to gather intelligence about the Taliban from local Afghani women, with whom they were able to cultivate relationships, unlike their male counterparts.
Call Number: 958.1047 Riv
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 14, 2018
Eileen Truax, Diane Stockwell, translator
Description: Dreamers and their allies, those who care about immigration justice, and anyone interested in the experience of Mexicans in the US will respond to these stories of Mexican immigrants (some documented, some not) illuminating their complex lives. Regardless of status, many are subjected to rights violations, inequality, and violence--all of which existed well before the Trump administration--and have profound feelings of being unwanted in the country they call home.
Call Number: 973.0468 Tru
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 7, 2018
Erin Napier, Ben Napier
Description: The Napiers tells us all to seek out the good in life, celebrate the beauty of family and friends, and prosper within our communities-- because everything we need in life to be happy is within our grasp. Long before their TV show, Home town, hit the airwaves, Erin began keeping a daily online journal to help her stay focused on the positive and count her blessings in life. Now she offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their struggles and triumphs while building their dream house-- and helping a small, tight-knit town rebuild a once-thriving American Main Street.
Call Number: 920 Nap
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 5, 2018
Bob Drury, Thomas Clavin
Description: An account of Valley Forge, the Continental Army winter camp where George Washington turned the tide of the American Revolution. On Dec. 19, 1777, some 12,000 members of America's Continental Army staggered into Valley Forge, PA. The starving and half-naked force was reeling from a string of defeats at the hands of the King George III's army, and barely able to survive the coming winter. Washington, their commander in chief, was at the lowest ebb of his military career, and the revolution appeared lost. As the days and weeks passed, Washington embarked on a mission to transform his troops from a bobtail army of citizen soldiers into a professional fighting force.
Call Number: 973.3 Dru
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 22, 2018
Gary Giddins
Description: Bing Crosby dominated American popular culture in a way that few artists ever have. Crosby redefined the very foundations of modern music, from the way it was recorded to the way it was orchestrated and performed. Giddins focuses on Crosby's war years and the origin story of White Christmas. This work traces his skyrocketing career as he fully inhabits a new era of American entertainment and culture, reshaping both popular music and cinema, Crosby's legacy would be forever intertwined with his impact on the home front, a unifying voice for a nation at war.
Call Number: B Cro Crosby, Bing
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 19, 2018
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Sacred Holidays : Less Chaos, More Jesus
Becky Kiser
263.9 Kis
The Missing Ingredient: The Curious Role Of Time In Food And Flavor
Jenny Linford
641.5 Lin
Blend: Creating A Loving Family After Divorce
Mashonda
306.89 Mas
The Songaminute Man: A Tribute To The Unbreakable Bond Between Father And Son
Simon McDermott
616.831 McD
Burden: A Preacher, A Klansman, And A True Story Of Redemption In The Modern South
Courtney Hargrave
305.8 Har
The Art Of Solo, A Star Wars Story
Phil Szostak, forewords by Neil Lamont, and James Clyne
791.43 Szo
This Land : America, Lost And Found
Dan Barry
306.0973 Bar
The League: How Five Rivals Created The NFL And Launched A Sports Empire
John Eisenberg
796.332 Eis
Trans Figured: My Journey From Boy To Girl To Woman To Man
Brian Belovitch
306.768 Bel
Wasteland: The Great War And The Origins Of Modern Horror
W. Scott Poole
791.4361 Poo
18 Miles : The Epic Drama Of Our Atmosphere And Its Weather
Christopher Dewdney
551.5 Dew
Arctic Solitaire: A Boat, A Bay, And The Quest For The Perfect Bear
Paul Souders
917.1411 Sou
Did You Just Eat That? : Two Scientists Explore Double-Dipping, The Five-second Rule, And Other Food Myths In The Lab
Paul L. Dawson, Brian W. Sheldon
579.16 Daw
Beyond The Call: Three Women On The Front Lines In Afghanistan
Eileen Rivers
958.1047 Riv
In Wild Trust: Larry Aumiller's Thirty Years Among The Mcneil River Brown Bears
Jeff Fair, Larry Aumiller, photographer
599.784 Fai
How Does It Feel To Be Unwanted?: Stories Of Resistance And Resilience From Mexicans Living In The United States
Eileen Truax, Diane Stockwell, translator
973.0468 Tru
15 Minute Vegan Comfort Food : Simple & Satisfying Vegan Recipes
Katy Beskow, Dan Jones (Photographer)
641.5636 Bes
Make Something Good Today : A Memoir
Erin Napier, Ben Napier
920 Nap
American Cozy: Hygge-Inspired Ways To Create Comfort & Happiness
Stephanie Pedersen
646.7 Ped
Valley Forge
Bob Drury, Thomas Clavin
973.3 Dru
Flat : Reclaiming My Body From Breast Cancer
Catherine Guthrie
616.994 Gut
Bing Crosby: Swinging On A Star: The War Years, 1940-1946
Gary Giddins
B Cro Crosby, Bing