Nonfiction


David Sedaris, , , ,
Description: The best-selling author offers a new collection of satirical and humorous essays that chronicle his own life and ordinary moments that turn beautifully absurd, including how he coped with the pandemic, his thoughts on becoming an orphan in his seventh decade, and the battle-scared America he discovered when he resumed touring.
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2022
Amber O'Neal Johnston
Description: A guide for families of all backgrounds to celebrate cultural heritage and embrace inclusivity in the home and beyond. Includes suggestions for fostering open dialogue around discrimination, race, gender, disability, and class; teaching "hard history" in an age-appropriate way; curating a diverse selection of books and media choices in which children see themselves and people who are different from them; celebrating cultural heritage through art, music, and poetry; and modeling activism and engaging in community service projects as a family.
Call Number: 305.8 Joh
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 16, 2022
Kerri Kelly
Description: The wellness industry promises to make you better, stronger, happier, healthy, and whole. "Buy this and you'll be happy"; "Eat this and you'll be healthy." And it sits back and profits from our sickness. Kelly examines the real-life cost of our obsession with self-improvement, and shows that to be truly well we don't need juice fasts or yoga fads. We need to detox from a culture rooted in perfectionism, white supremacy, and individualism-- and move toward a model that embodies mutual responsibility and extends beyond self-help to collective care.
Call Number: 303.4 Kel
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 22, 2022
Edafe Okporo
Description: A memoir and call to action for immigration justice by a Nigerian asylee and global gay rights and immigration activist Edafe Okporo. A violent mob outside his home in Abuja, Nigeria threatened his life after discovering that he is a gay man. He flew New York City and fled for his life. After he arrived just days before the 2016 Presidential Election, Edafe would spend the next 6 months at an immigration detention center in NJ. After navigating the confusing US immigration and legal system, he was finally granted asylum. This memoir and manifesto documents his experiences growing up gay in Nigeria, fleeing to America, navigating the immigration system, and making a life for himself as a Black, gay immigrant. He offers a call to action for immigration reform and for a just immigration system for refugees everywhere. Home is not just where you feel safe and welcome but also how you can make it feel safe and welcome for others.
Call Number: 305.9069 Okp
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 22, 2022
Amanda Teixeira, Jonathan Teixeira
Description: Most of us were never taught how to handle money, let alone what God has to say about it. Just thinking about money makes us worried and anxious. If you're tired of living in debt, stuck in the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle, stressed-out when emergencies pop up, and wish you could be more generous, Jonathan and Amanda Teixeira are here to help.
Call Number: 332.024 Tei
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 20, 2022
Markus Rex, Marlene Göring, Sarah Pybus, translator
Description: A captain's tell-all about the world's largest Arctic expedition--an account of seafaring adventure, Arctic natural history, and cutting-edge climate science. In this book about the Mosaic Expedition, as seen in the documentary film Arctic Drift, Markus Rex recounts the Arctic expedition he captained for one year. The MOSAiC expedition--launched in 2019--was the first of its kind, journeying deep into the epicentre of climate change, the Arctic, to seek hard-to-find and potentially world-changing scientific data. He writes about the teamwork it takes to complete a risky goal, all in the name of understanding--and responding to--the climate crisis.
Call Number: 363.7387 Rex
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 15, 2022
Linda Villarosa
Description: The first book to tell the full story of race and health in America today, showing the toll racism takes on individuals and the health of our nation.
Call Number: 362.1089 Vil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2022
Raffaele Di Lallo
Description: Learn to grow a green thumb and become the confident plant parent you've always wanted to be! Raffaele Di Lallo is here to teach you that your own two eyes are your best source for reconciling every plant problem. His surprisingly simple observational practices and an understanding of key habitat and care concepts will make any reader feel like a plant whisperer. From choosing the right plants for your home and perfecting light and humidity levels to mastering watering, potting, and propagation, Di Lallo demystifies every aspect of plant parenting. This book offers houseplant care tips for all levels of green thumb.
Call Number: 635.965 Di L
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2022
Adam Frost (Garden designer), Jason Ingram (Photographer)
Description: Adam shows how small plantings, design flourishes, hands-on creative projects, and simple hard landscaping projects can help transform your garden. Taking an artisan's approach to his own garden, Adam emphasizes how you too can find inspiration and turn it into a garden feature, how to personalize your ideas--using what you already have--and upcycling. There's something to suit everyone's taste, space, and budget.
Call Number: 635 Fro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 14, 2022
Linda Vater
Description: With this book you'll learn how to create a one-of-a-kind food garden that's just as beautiful as it is functional.
Call Number: 635 Vat
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 26, 2022
Kier Holmes
Description: A thoughtful, accessible, and creative guide for the savvy home gardener on how to create a beautiful, productive and healthy garden. This budget and earth-friendly guide focuses on key specific areas where a gardener can save, such as on designing a garden, soil, plants, water, maintenance, and upcycling. It offers quick pro tips, top 10 lists, creative side bars, easy homemade remedies to common garden problems and reasons why certain actions in the garden save money and make the earth healthier. Find inspiration and actionable knowledge on how to garden sustainably and responsibly--how to grow more by spending less.
Call Number: 635 Hol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2022
Lisa L. Lewis
Description: Lisa L. Lewis provides parents with the roadmap for more (and better) sleep for their teens--and even for themselves. Teenagers are tired, strapped for time, and often asked to wake up earlier than they should for school starts. This reader-friendly book is for parents who want to help their fatigued teens and tweens sleep well. Learn why teenage sleep matters and how sleep changes during the teen years. Poor sleep affects mental health, athletic performance, and academic success. It contributes to adolescent depression, anxiety, and even drowsy driving. When teens are well-rested, they're happier, healthier, and more emotionally resilient.
Call Number: 618.9284 Lew
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 22, 2022
poetry by Rashauenea Ambers-Winston, photographs collected by Susan B. Shields
Description: This is a photographic collection of the street art that emerged in Minneapolis, Minnesota following the murder of George Floyd. Set with the verse of Minneapolis poet Rashaunea Ambers Winston, this book memorializes the community's reaction to the unjust police murder of a black man that inspired Minneapolis and the world to raise its voice for social justice.
Call Number: 751.73 Lak
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 15, 2022
Briana Scurry, Wayne R. Coffey, Robin Roberts
Description: Briana Scurry was a pioneer on the US Women's National Team. She won gold in Atlanta in 1996, the first time women's soccer was ever played in the Olympics. She was a key part of the fabled "99ers," making an epic save in the decisive penalty-kick shootout in the final. Scurry captured her second Olympic gold in 2004. She was the only Black player on the team, and she was also the first player to be openly gay. But Scurry's storybook career ended in 2010 when a knee to the head left her with severe head trauma. She was labeled "temporarily totally disabled," spiraled into depression, debt, and endured such pain that she closed out her closest friends and soccer soulmates. Here is a story of triumph, tragedy, and redemption.
Call Number: 796.334 Scu
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2022
John Malahy, Turner Classic Movies (Firm)
Description: Take a cinematic getaway! Summer movies is your guide to the films that capture the spirit of the mist carefree season of the year. Packed with production details, stories from the set, and a trove of photos, the book will keep summer alive all year round.
Call Number: 791.4363 Mal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 13, 2021
Michael Loynd
Description: In the early 20th century, few Americans knew how to swim, and was almost unheard of as a competitive sport, Until Charles Daniels, a teenager with family problems, discovered swimming to be his only source of joy. He caught the eye of two immigrant coaches seeking to build a U.S. swim program to rival the British Empire's domination of the sport. Interwoven with the story of Charles's struggle to overcome his family's disgrace is the history of the struggle to establish the modern Olympics in an era when competitive sports were still in their infancy. This is a story of grit, of the growth of a major new sport in which Americans would prevail, and of a young man's determination to excel.
Call Number: 797.21 Loy
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 21, 2022
Bo Seo
Description: When Bo Seo was 8 years old, his family migrated from Korea to Australia. He struggled at school, until in 5th grade he discovered competitive debate. It became a way for Bo to find his voice, and to excel socially and academically. Seo shows how the skills of debating--information gathering, truth finding, lucidity, organization, and persuasion--are often the cornerstone of successful careers and happy lives. He teaches readers the skills of competitive debate, and shows how they can improve their communication with others. Good-faith debate can enrich our daily lives and is essential to a flourishing democracy.
Call Number: 808.53 Seo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 21, 2022
Kim Dower
Description: Kim Dower offers an anthology of her poems on being a mother--childbirth to empty nest--as well as being a daughter with all the teenaged messiness, drama and conflict, to finally caring for one's mother suffering from dementia. Culled from her four collections as well as a selection of new work, these poems, heartbreaking, funny, surprising, and touching, explore the quirky, unexpected observations, and bittersweet moments mothers and daughters share. These poems explore the deep crevices and emotions of these impenetrable relationships: the love, despair, joy, humor and gratitude that fills our lives.
Call Number: 811 Dow
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 20, 2022
Carla Valentine
Description: Written by mortician and forensic expert Carla Valentine, this book explores the real-life cases that inspired Agatha Christie and shows how the great mystery writer may have kept up to date with the latest developments in forensic science, from ballistics to blood-splatter analysis. Valentine examines the use of fingerprints, firearms, handwriting, impressions, and toxicology in Christie's novels, before finally revealing the role the dead body itself played in offering vital clues to dastardly crimes.
Call Number: 823.09 Chr Christie, Agatha
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 23, 2022
Stuart Woods
Description: Stuart Woods recalls his own adventurous journey from his Georgia childhood to serving in the United States Air Force and becoming a transatlantic sailor.
Call Number: B Woo Woods, Stuart
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 16, 2022
Kristin Marguerite Doidge
Description: Based on archival research and interviews with some of Nora Ephron's closest friends, collaborators, and colleagues, from Wellesley to New York to Hollywood--as well as interviews Ephron herself gave throughout her career--Kristin Doidge has written a captivating story of the life of a creative writer whose passion for the perfect one-liner and ferocious drive to succeed revolutionized journalism, comedy, and film.
Call Number: B Eph Ephron, Nora
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 21, 2022
Elamin Abdelmahmoud
Description: This book charts a life in wise, funny, and moving reflections on the many threads that weave together into an identity. Arriving in Canada at age 12 from Sudan, Elamin's teenage years were spent trying on new ways of being in the world, new ways of relating to his white peers. His is a story of yearning to belong in a time and place where expectation and assumptions around race, faith, language, and origin make such belonging extremely difficult, but it's also a story of the surprising and unexpected ways in which connection and acceptance can be found.These essays explore how we pick and choose from our experience and environment to help us in the ongoing project of defining who we are and how all of our experiences can cohere into a new and powerful whole.
Call Number: B Abd Abdelmahmoud, Elamin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 15, 2022
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David Sedaris, , , ,
The Sleep-deprived Teen : Why Our Teenagers Are So Tired, And How Parents And Schools Can Help Them Thrive
Lisa L. Lewis
618.9284 Lew
A Place To Belong : Celebrating Diversity And Kinship In The Home And Beyond
Amber O'Neal Johnston
305.8 Joh
Lake Street Speaks : A Collection Of Poetry & Art For Social Justice
poetry by Rashauenea Ambers-Winston, photographs collected by Susan B. Shields
751.73 Lak
American Detox : The Myth Of Wellness And How We Can Truly Heal
Kerri Kelly
303.4 Kel
My Greatest Save : The Brave, Barrier-breaking Journey Of A World-champion Goalkeeper
Briana Scurry, Wayne R. Coffey, Robin Roberts
796.334 Scu
Asylum : A Memoir & Manifesto
Edafe Okporo
305.9069 Okp
Summer Movies : 30 Sun-drenched Classics
John Malahy, Turner Classic Movies (Firm)
791.4363 Mal
How To Attack Debt, Build Savings, And Change The World Through Generosity : A Catholic Guide To Managing Your Money
Amanda Teixeira, Jonathan Teixeira
332.024 Tei
The Watermen : The Birth Of American Swimming And One Young Man's Fight To Capture Olympic Gold
Michael Loynd
797.21 Loy
The Greatest Polar Expedition Of All Time : The Arctic Mission To The Epicenter Of Climate Change
Markus Rex, Marlene Göring, Sarah Pybus, translator
363.7387 Rex
Good Arguments : How Debate Teaches Us To Listen And Be Heard
Bo Seo
808.53 Seo
Under The Skin : The Hidden Toll Of Racism On American Lives And On The Health Of Our Nation
Linda Villarosa
362.1089 Vil
I Wore This Dress Today For You, Mom : Poems On Motherhood
Kim Dower
811 Dow
Houseplant Warrior : 7 Keys To Unlocking The Mysteries Of Houseplant Care
Raffaele Di Lallo
635.965 Di L
The Science Of Murder : The Forensics Of Agatha Christie
Carla Valentine
823.09 Chr Christie, Agatha
The Creative Gardener
Adam Frost (Garden designer), Jason Ingram (Photographer)
635 Fro
An Extravagant Life : An Autobiography Incorporating Blue Water, Green Skipper
Stuart Woods
B Woo Woods, Stuart
The Elegant & Edible Garden : Design A Dream Kitchen Garden To Fit Your Personality, Desires, And Lifestyle
Linda Vater
635 Vat
Nora Ephron : A Biography
Kristin Marguerite Doidge
B Eph Ephron, Nora
The Garden Refresh : How To Give Your Yard Big Impact On A Small Budget
Kier Holmes
635 Hol
Son Of Elsewhere : A Memoir In Pieces
Elamin Abdelmahmoud
B Abd Abdelmahmoud, Elamin