Nonfiction


Danielle Marchant
Description: Pause allows you to finally put yourself, your feelings and your intuition first. When you pause to take care of yourself and your own life, you become the person you're meant to be. This book gives you the space and the practices so that you can learn how to benefit from the power of the pause. It gives you time to explore what is big in your life right now, to know deep down what matters. It opens you up, allowing you to freely experience all the pain, the joy and the twists and turns of life. It gives you back your courage, your fire and your connection.
Call Number: 158 Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 5, 2017
Kassia St. Clair
Description: The unknown history of colors and the stories behind them. The Secret Lives of Color tells the unusual stories of seventy-five fascinating shades, dyes and hues. There are surprising stories that run like a bright thread throughout history. In this book, Kassia St. Clair has turned her lifelong obsession with colors and where they come from into a unique study of human civilization. Across fashion and politics, art and war, the secret lives of color tell the vivid story of our culture.
Call Number: 155.9114 St. C
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 4, 2017
Daniel Hill, foreword by Brenda Salter McNeil
Description: Daniel Hill was confused and unsettled by an encounter with racial identity, so he began a journey of understanding his own white identity. Today he is an active participant in addressing and confronting racial and systemic injustices. Here he shows you the seven stages to expect on your own path to cultural awakening. It's crucial to understand both personal and social realities in the areas of race, culture, and identity. This book will give you a new perspective on being white and also empower you to be an agent of reconciliation in our increasingly diverse and divided world.
Call Number: 277.3 Hil
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 29, 2017
Judith Flanders
Description: Presents a tour of Christmas holiday traditions from the original festival through today, touching on subjects ranging from gift wrap and the holiday parade to the first gag holiday gift book and the first official appearance of Santa Claus. Flanders casts a sharp eye over the myths, legends, and history that make up the holiday to show us the season as it really is, but rarely how it is understood.
Call Number: 394 Fla
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 6, 2017
Peter B. Edelman
Description: Debtors' prisons are not a thing of the past. Today, people are in jail for no other reason than that they are poor. When massive fines and fees are levied for minor crimes, and the poor cannot pay, that results in repeated stays in jail. Bail is routinely set without consideration of a defendant's ability to pay. Through money bail systems, fees and fines, drivers license suspensions, strictly enforced laws against behavior that largely affect the homeless, and the substitution of prisons and jails for the mental hospitals. the U.S. has effectively criminalized poverty. Edelman shows a mean-spirited system that turns daily struggles into inescapable poverty, making it a crime to be poor.
Call Number: 362.5561 Ede
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2017
Joy Loverde
Description: Everything you need to know to be your own best caregiver. It seems we prepare for everything in life, except how to handle the challenges of its later years. The practical advice given here helps married couples and solo agers start with a plan and use checklists, worksheets, strategies, and resource lists to be ready for the unknown future.
Call Number: 362.6 Lov
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2017
Maria Mudd Ruth
Description: In A Sideways Look at Clouds, Maria attempts to understand the science behind clouds, blending history and wonder as she reveals the complexity and beauty of those "visible masses of water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere above the earth." Whether taking a painting class, swimming into fogbanks, or visiting a "Sky Factory," her investigations are funny yet deeply informative--and her newfound appreciation for the clouds overhead engages, educates, and inspires.
Call Number: 551.576 Rut
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2017
Noah K. Strycker
Description: In 2015, Noah Strycker, a young American birder, became the first person to see more than half of the 10,000 bird species on planet Earth in one year. Traveling to forty-one countries on seven continents with just a small backpack, a pair of binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets, Noah not only set a new world record, he also captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world.
Call Number: 598.07 Str
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 21, 2017
Rana Awdish
Description: The story of a physician who suddenly became a dying patient, and an exploration into the worlds of personal loss and faltering medical care. Dr. Rana Awdish not only lost her unborn child, spent months fighting for her life, enduring major surgeries and multiple organ failures, she experienced her fellow doctors' inability to truly see or acknowledge the pain of loss and human suffering. This emotional distance was the product of a culture that had normalized clinical distance and hardwired self-protective barriers into medical training. It is through her examination of the fatal flaws in a well-intentioned but often-misguided standard of care that Awdish achieves a vision of a different and better possibility for us all.
Call Number: 610.92 Awd
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 7, 2017
Patrice M. Johnson
Description: Christmas traditions, particularly those involving food, often honor our ancestors. Throughout the Midwest where Swedish immigrants settled, the dishes placed on the julbord (Christmas table) tell stories about who we are, where we come from, where we are heading, and what we eat.
Call Number: 641.568 Joh
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 14, 2017
John Bradshaw
Description: Bradshaw explains why living with animals has always been a fundamental aspect of being human. Over half of American households share their home with either a cat or a dog, or both. A century ago, most domestic cats and dogs were working animals, keeping rodents at bay, guarding property, herding sheep. Nowadays, most are valued solely for the companionship they provide. As mankind becomes progressively more urban and detached from nature, we seem to be clinging to the animals that served us well in the past. Bradshaw argues that pet-keeping is an intrinsic part of human nature. Without animals around us, we risk losing an essential part of ourselves.
Call Number: 636.0887 Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 14, 2017
Cassandra Reeder
Description: Designed to replicate foods mentioned in some of a geek's favorites shows, this collection features delectable-- and some just plain odd-- recipes that you can recreate in your home.
Call Number: 641.5 Ree
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 29, 2017
Jeffrey Fager
Description: Since 1968, 60 Minutes has set the standard for broadcast journalism. The show has profiled every major leader, artist, and movement of the past five decades, perfecting the interview and inventing the TV exposé. Fager shows how this journalism is done, taking the reader into the editing room with the show's producers and correspondents. He details the human drama that have made the show's success possible: the competition between correspondents, the risk-taking, the pranks, and the program's mistakes. The tenets have never changed: "hearing" a story is more important than seeing it, the "small picture" is the best way to illuminate a larger one, and the memorable stories almost always have a human being at the center.
Call Number: 791.4572 Fag
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 29, 2017
Sophie Pester, Catharina Bruns
Description: Bring the magic of a handmade Christmas into your home with 40 projects for gifts, decorations, and homemade wrapping paper. Save time and money with the festive craft projects. Clear, step-by-step instructions guide readers to create fresh flower garlands, bake edible gift tags, make homemade bath salts, and paint authentic tree ornaments. With last-minute ideas and lots of inspiration, this book will help you wrap up gift-giving and decorating for the holiday season. A German flair to their crafts.
Call Number: 745.5941 Pes
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 14, 2017
Debbie Shore (Writer on sewing)
Description: Count down to a crafty Christmas! Sew personalized advent calendars and fill them with festive treats and goodies. Choose from 20 designs, from traditional flat-pocket calendars to hanging cones and festive pouches, for both adults and children alike--even a treat-filled calendar for the family dog. This book contains all the techniques to make the calendars, and every project is shown clearly step by step.
Call Number: 745.5941 Sho
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 15, 2017
Nikki Giovanni
Description: Poet, firebrand, mother, radical, healer, and sage, Nikki Giovanni has always been celebrated for her inspired and courageous voice. Giovanni now offers us an intimate look at her personal history and the hidden corners of her own heart. She takes us into her confidence, describing the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence in her parents' marriage and her childhood, pays homage to the people who have given her life meaning and delight: her grandparents, poets and thinkers, and the students she works with. Giovanni also celebrates her good friend, Maya Angelou, and the many years of friendship, poetry, and kitchen-table laughter.
Call Number: 811 Gio
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 14, 2017
Emily Midorikawa, Emma Claire Sweeney, foreword by Margaret Atwood
Description: Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend, but the world's most celebrated female authors are usually mythologized as solitary eccentrics or isolated geniuses. Midorikawa and Sweeney prove this wrong, thanks to their investigations into a wealth of surprising collaborations, such as the friendships between George Eliot and Harriet Beecher Stowe or Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield. Drawing on letters and diaries, A Secret Sisterhood resurrects these stories of female friendships and literary collaborations.
Call Number: 820.9 Mid
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 4, 2017
Henry Louis Gates, J. A. (Joel Augustus) Rogers
Description: In 1934, 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro With Complete Proof: A Short Cut to the World History of the Negro was published by Joel A. Rogers, a self-educated black journalist and historian. Now Henry Louis Gates, Jr., gives us a corrective yet loving homage to Rogers's work. Relying on the latest scholarship, Gates leads us through African American history and gossip in question and answer format. One hundred questions, 100 answers shine light on the sheer complexity and diversity of being African American.
Call Number: 973.0496 Gat
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 27, 2017
Caroline Moorehead
Description: Mussolini was ruthless, subtle and manipulative. Thugs did his dirty work for him--arson, murder, destruction of homes and offices, bribes, intimidation and torture. His opponents--including editors, publishers, union representatives, lawyers and judges--were beaten into submission. In 1924 when his assassins went too far, horror spread across Italy, twenty years of struggle began, and antifascist resistance was born--to end only with Mussolini's death in 1945. Among those whose disgust hardened into bold and uncompromising resistance was a family from Florence--Amelia, Carlo and Nello Rosselli--a family driven by loyalty, duty and courage, yet susceptible to all the self-doubt and fear that humans are prey to.
Call Number: 945.091 Moo
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 22, 2017
edited by Nicholas Haramis
Description: A collection of essays celebrating the influential Michelle Obama. Her legacy transcends categorization. Mrs. Obama was not only our first black first lady; she was President Obama's equal partner in marriage and parenthood and a tireless advocate for women's rights, education, healthy eating, and exercise. Her personal style encouraged others to speak, to engage, even to dress as they wished. Here are some of the many facets of Michelle Obama as she continues to inspire us, a stirring reminder that the best of America once lived in the White House, embodied in one authentic, inclusive, and courageous woman.
Call Number: 973.932 Cou
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 15, 2017
Nelson Mandela, Mandla Langa
Description: In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of a democratic South Africa, committed to serving only a single five-year term. During his presidency, he and his government ensured that all of South Africa's citizens became equal before the law, and laid the foundation for turning a country riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy. This volume draws on the memoir Mandela began as he prepared to leave office. Langa completed the unfinished draft, using detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding.
Call Number: 968.071 Man
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 15, 2017
Scott Eyman
Description: Fonda and Stewart became friends and then roommates as stage actors in New York. When they began making films in Hollywood, they roomed together again, with shared interests in elaborate practical jokes and model airplaness. Eyman spoke with Fonda's widow and children as well as three of Stewart's children, plus actors and directors who had worked with the men to create a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary friendship that lasted through war, marriages, children, careers, and everything else.
Call Number: 920 Eym
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 15, 2017
Chris Turney
Description: On Christmas Eve 2013, off the coast of East Antarctica, an abrupt weather change trapped the Shokalskiy--the ship carrying earth scientist Chris Turney and seventy-one others involved in the Australasian Antarctic Expedition--in a densely packed armada of sea ice, 1400 miles from civilization. With the ship's hull breached and steerage lost, the wind threatened to drive the vessel into the frozen continent, smashing it to pieces. If nearby floating icebergs picked up speed, they could cause a devastating collision, leaving little time to abandon ship and potentially creating an environmental disaster. The forecast offered no relief--a blizzard was headed their way.
Call Number: 919.8 Tur
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 7, 2017
Mary Dougherty
Description: Weaving a tapestry made from threads of local farmers, waterfalls, islands, friends, and family, Dougherty presents an authentic look at life and food in a Bayfield, Wis. Not every day is about locally sourced and fresh foods; like any settler in a new land, Dougherty brought with her the flavors of her past lives. Through recipes, stories, and photos, this book explores what it means to nourish a family and a community and to be part of this Bayfield Peninsula and the waters of Lake Superior. Dougherty is finding for herself the relationship between food, community, and the history of this place as it lives and breathes beside her.
Call Number: 977.513 Dou
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 29, 2017
Theodore Catton
Description: In 1823, three men met at Rainy Lake House, a Hudson's Bay Company trading post near the Boundary Waters--Dr. John McLoughlin, the proprietor of Rainy Lake House, Major Stephen H. Long, an officer in the US Army Topographical Engineers, John Tanner, a 'white Indian' living among the Ojibwa nation. Rainy Lake House weaves together the stories of these three men, who cast their fortunes in different ways with the western fur trade. Catton depicts the beautiful and dangerous northern frontier from a collision of vantage points: American, British, and Indian; imperial, capital, and labor; explorer, trader, and hunter.
Call Number: 977.679 Cat
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 7, 2017
Thomas C. Shevory
Description: The Great Lakes are a repository of millions of years of geological transformations and of a shorter span of human history. Over four summers, Shevory rode a bicycle along their shores, taking in the stories the lakes tell--of nature's grandeur and decay, of economic might and squandered promise, of exploration, colonization, migration, and military adventure. This is his account of his travels, his exploration of the geological, environmental, historical, and cultural riches harbored by these great inland seas. He describes the engaging characters he encounters along the way and the surprising range of country and city landscapes, bustling and serene locales that he experiences.
Call Number: 917.7 She
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 22, 2017
Oliver Tearle
Description: A tour through the curious history of Western civilization told through the book. As well as highlighting some of the well-known titles that have helped shape our world, Tearle dusts off some of the more neglected items found hidden among the bookshelves of the past. Through exploring a variety of books--novels, plays, travel books, science books, cookbooks, joke books and sports almanacs--The Secret Library highlights some of the most fascinating aspects of our history. It brings little-known stories to light, exploring the intersections between books of all kinds and the history of the Western world over 3,000 years.
Call Number: 909 Tea
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 22, 2017
Armistead Maupin
Description: Born in the mid-twentieth century and raised in the heart of conservative North Carolina, Maupin realized that the South was too small for him and took a road journey that led him from a homoerotic navy initiation ceremony in the jungles of Vietnam to San Francisco in the early 1970s. His life and travels became an epic urban saga, Tales of the City, which provided him with a very public coming-out platform, chronicled the evolution of America's queer community over the last four decades, and inspired millions to claim their own lives.
Call Number: B Mau Maupin, Armistead
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 17, 2017
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Ageless Soul : The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning And Joy
Thomas Moore
155.6719 Moo
Sew Advent Calendars : Count Down To Christmas With 20 Stylish Designs To Fill With Festive Treats
Debbie Shore (Writer on sewing)
745.5941 Sho
Pause : How To Press Pause Before Life Does It For You
Danielle Marchant
158 Mar
A Good Cry : What We Learn From Tears And Laughter
Nikki Giovanni
811 Gio
The Secret Lives Of Color
Kassia St. Clair
155.9114 St. C
A Secret Sisterhood : The Literary Friendships Of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot & Virginia Woolf
Emily Midorikawa, Emma Claire Sweeney, foreword by Margaret Atwood
820.9 Mid
White Awake : An Honest Look At What It Means To Be White
Daniel Hill, foreword by Brenda Salter McNeil
277.3 Hil
100 Amazing Facts About The Negro
Henry Louis Gates, J. A. (Joel Augustus) Rogers
973.0496 Gat
Christmas : A Biography
Judith Flanders
394 Fla
A Bold And Dangerous Family : The Remarkable Story Of An Italian Mother, Her Two Sons, And Their Fight Against Fascism
Caroline Moorehead
945.091 Moo
Not A Crime To Be Poor : The Criminalization Of Poverty In America
Peter B. Edelman
362.5561 Ede
Courage Is Contagious : And Other Reasons To Be Grateful For Michelle Obama
edited by Nicholas Haramis
973.932 Cou
Who Will Take Care Of Me When I'm Old? : Plan Now To Safeguard Your Health And Happiness In Old Age
Joy Loverde
362.6 Lov
Dare Not Linger : The Presidential Years
Nelson Mandela, Mandla Langa
968.071 Man
A Sideways Look At Clouds
Maria Mudd Ruth
551.576 Rut
Hank & Jim : The Fifty-year Friendship Of Henry Fonda And James Stewart
Scott Eyman
920 Eym
Birding Without Borders : An Obsession, A Quest, And The Biggest Year In The World
Noah K. Strycker
598.07 Str
Iced In : Ten Days Trapped On The Edge Of Antarctica
Chris Turney
919.8 Tur
In Shock : My Journey From Death To Recovery And The Redemptive Power Of Hope
Rana Awdish
610.92 Awd
Life In A Northern Town : Cooking, Eating, And Other Adventures Along Lake Superior
Mary Dougherty
977.513 Dou
Jul : Swedish American Holiday Traditions
Patrice M. Johnson
641.568 Joh
Rainy Lake House : Twilight Of Empire On The Northern Frontier
Theodore Catton
977.679 Cat
The Animals Among Us : How Pets Make Us Human
John Bradshaw
636.0887 Bra
The Great Lakes At Ten Miles An Hour : One Cyclist's Journey Along The Shores Of The Inland Seas
Thomas C. Shevory
917.7 She
The Geeky Chef Cookbook : Unofficial Recipes From Doctor Who, Game Of Thrones, Harry Potter, And More : Real-life Recipes For Your Favorite Fantasy Foods
Cassandra Reeder
641.5 Ree
The Secret Library : A Book-Lovers' Journey Through Curiosities Of History
Oliver Tearle
909 Tea
Fifty Years Of 60 Minutes : The Inside Story Of Television's Most Influential News Broadcast
Jeffrey Fager
791.4572 Fag
Logical Family : A Memoir
Armistead Maupin
B Mau Maupin, Armistead
Homemade Holiday : Craft Your Way Through More Than 40 Festive Projects
Sophie Pester, Catharina Bruns
745.5941 Pes