Nonfiction


Nnedi Okorafor, illustrations by Shyama Golden
Description: Nnedi takes the reader on a journey from her hospital bed deep into her memories, from her painful first experiences with racism as a child in Chicago to her powerful visits to her parents' hometown in Nigeria. She examines great artists and writers who have pushed through their limitations, using hardship to fuel their work. Through these stories and her own, Nnedi reveals a universal truth: What we perceive as limitations have the potential to become our greatest strengths--far greater than when we were unbroken. A guidebook for anyone eager to understand how their limitations might actually be used as a creative springboard, it offers an inspiring look at how to open up new windows in your mind.
Call Number: 155.24 Oko
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 11, 2019
James Porter Moreland
Description: J.P. Moreland offers an honest reveal of his extended battle with debilitating anxiety and depression while pointing readers toward sound sources of information, treatment, and recovery. Anxiety and depression can be overcome.
Call Number: 248.86 Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 25, 2019
Karen González
Description: An immigrant reflects on Scripture, her life, and the God who sees the plight of migrants and refugees. Includes ideas for action and reflection, and discussion questions.
Call Number: 261.836 Gon
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 25, 2019
Ruqia Abdi
Description: The big issues that confront Somali parents more than any other as they raise children in a new cultural environment are the education system, a lack of trust in Social Services, and a lack of a support system. The divide between the culture they grew up with and the new place in which they raise their children can seem too big to cross. Better Parenting promotes healthy parent-child relationships through helpful strategies and a focus on the love and care mothers and fathers have for their children, examining the importance of early learning and play, parental investment, leading by example, and balancing schoolwork and free time.
Call Number: 305.893 Abd
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 16, 2019
Anne L. Koch
Description: Both a memoir of Ken Koch's transformation to Anne Koch when he was in his sixties and a guidebook to navigating the tricky waters of gender reassignment as a senior.
Call Number: 306.768 Koc
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 27, 2019
Winona Guo, Priya Vulchi
Description: An exploration of race in America. Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi recount their experiences talking to people from all walks of life about race and identity on a cross-country tour of America. The two young women deferred college for a year to collect first-person accounts of how racism plays out in this country every day--and often in unexpected ways. They reveal the lines that separate us based on race or other perceived differences and how telling our stories--and listening to the stories of others--are the first and most crucial steps we can take towards negating racial inequity in our culture. This toolkit offers a deep examination of the seeds of racism and strategies for effecting change.
Call Number: 305.8 Guo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 20, 2019
Ganesh Sitaraman, Anne Alstott
Description: Whenever you go to your local public library, send mail via the post office, or visit Yosemite, you are taking advantage of an American tradition: the public option. From public schools to museums, these government-supported opportunities co-exist peaceably alongside private options, ensuring equal access and expanding opportunity for all. Sitaraman and Alstott challenge received wisdom about the proper role of government, inviting us to consider the vast improvements with the expansion of public options. The Public Option reveals smart new ways to meet pressing public needs while spurring healthy competition, fairer choices, greater security, and more meaningful participation in American life.
Call Number: 338.62 Sit
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 19, 2019
Suketu Mehta
Description: A timely argument for why the U.S. and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrants. Mehta attacks the issue of immigration head-on. Drawing on his own experience as an Indian-born teenager growing up in N.Y. City and on years of reporting around the world, he subjects the worldwide anti-immigrant backlash to scrutiny. The West is being destroyed not by immigrants but by the fear of immigrants. Mehta juxtaposes the phony narratives of populist ideologues with the ordinary heroism of laborers, nannies, and others, and explains why more people are on the move today than ever before. As civil strife and climate change reshape large parts of the planet, borders have become porous. Mehta demonstrates that immigrants bring great benefits, enabling countries and communities to flourish.
Call Number: 305.9 Meh
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 20, 2019
Ruth Kassinger
Description: Say "algae" and most people think of pond scum. But without algae, none of us would exist. They have been essential to life on our planet for eons. Today, seaweed production is a multi-billion dollar industry. In Slime we'll meet the algae innovators working toward a sustainable future: from seaweed farmers, to scientists, to the entrepreneurs. Ruth Kassinger takes readers on an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes, and into-the-kitchen tour. Slime will delight and amaze with its stories of the good, the bad, and the up-and-coming.
Call Number: 579.8 Kas
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2019
Matthew D. LaPlante
Description: Superlative is the story of extreme evolution, and what we can learn from it about ourselves, our planet, and the cosmos. It's a tale of crazy-fast cheetahs and super-strong beetles, of microbacteria and enormous plants, of whip-smart dolphins and killer snakes. This book will inspire you to change the way you think about the world and your relationship to everything in it.
Call Number: 591 LaP
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 15, 2019
Donald R. Prothero
Description: It took centuries of scientific effort--and a lot of luck--to discover and establish the diversity of dinosaur species we now know. Donald R. Prothero tells the fascinating stories behind the most important fossil finds and the intrepid researchers who unearthed them. In twenty-five vignettes, he weaves together dramatic tales of the dinosaur discoveries with what modern science now knows about the species to which they belong.
Call Number: 567.9 Pro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 16, 2019
Alessandro Biggi, Francesco Brachetti, Alberto Gramigni
Description: New York City's all-avocado bar, Avocaderia, offers healthy and unique eats that are as beautiful as they are tasty. For restaurateurs Alessandro Biggi, Francesco Brachetti, and Alberto Gramigni, the avocado isn't just a superfood packed with nutrients and heart-healthy fat--it's a versatile ingredient that gets people excited about eating well. Now you can bring the Avocaderia experience home.
Call Number: 641.646 Big
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 27, 2019
Robert Stone, Alan Andres
Description: In 1961, President Kennedy proposed the nation spend $20 billion to land a man on the Moon before the end of the decade. Stone and Andres reveal the unknown stories of the individuals whose imaginative work across several decades culminated in America's momentous achievement. They show that the moon landing-- 50 years ago-- grew out of the dreams of science fiction writers, filmmakers, military geniuses, and rule-breaking scientists. Setting these key players in the political, social, and cultural climate of the time, the book focuses on the science, the history, and the individuals behind the greatest human achievement of the 20th century.
Call Number: 629.454 Sto
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 20, 2019
Mike Glenn
Description: Dementia and Alzheimer's is a journey no one wants to take, yet life doesn't give us a choice. Author Mike Glenn's mom didn't want to be sick, and while she couldn't overcome the devastation of disease, she wasn't going down without a fight. She fought the illness, denying its presence; she fought the doctors; she fought him. This is a book about a mom's fight with dementia and the struggle of a son who wanted to help but didn't always know how. It isn't about knowing all of the answers. It is one son's journey with his mom--a mom with Alzheimer's and a son who did the best he could, and who wrote this story in hopes that you'll find a few laughs for your journey, realize you're not alone, and find the courage to do the best you can.
Call Number: 616.831 Gle
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 1, 2019
Acadia Tucker
Description: Acadia Tucker has produced this easy-to-understand guide to growing and harvesting perennial foods. Concerned about global warming, Tucker believes there may be no better time to plant these hardy crops. Sturdy and deep rooted, perennials can weather climate extremes; they tend to thrive without chemicals; they don't need as much water. Tucker lays the groundwork for tending an organic, regenerative garden. The book profiles 34 popular herbs, fruits, and vegetables, with instructions on how to plant, grow, and harvest them. Tucker also includes 34 recipes.
Call Number: 635 Tuc
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 20, 2019
Kelly Smith Trimble
Description: A master gardener shares her advice, tips, and favorite bits of wisdom on growing and enjoying the fruits of a small backyard food garden.
Call Number: 635 Tri
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 15, 2019
Julien Bitoun
Description: Text and photographs tell the full story of every single act that performed at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival.
Call Number: 781.66 Bit
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 20, 2019
Jeremy Wade
Description: Jeremy Wade, angling explorer, offers the book he was destined to write--the distillation of a life spent fishing. Many people ask him how they can improve their own fishing results. This book is his reply: part science, part art, and part elusive something else--which is within every angler's ability to develop. You will learn when to let instinct override logic, which details are vital and which may be irrelevant, and how a "non result" can be a result. Thoughtful and funny, brimming with wisdom and adventure, these are pitch-perfect reflections that anyone who has ever fished will identify with: simple, fundamental principles that apply to all angling--and to life.
Call Number: 799.1 Wad
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2019
Jason Turbow
Description: They Bled Blue is a mad tale of excess and exuberance. That it culminated in an unlikely World Series win--during a campaign split by the longest player strike in baseball history--is not even the most interesting thing about this team. The Dodgers were led by Tommy Lasorda--part manager, part cheerleader; Steve Garvey, the first baseman, had anchored the most durable infield in major league history, and they were all aware that 1981 would represent the end of their run together; and the season's real story was the lefthander nearly straight out of Mexico, Fernando Valenzuela, and Fernandomania spread.
Call Number: 796.357 Tur
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 25, 2019
Gordon H. Mueller, National World War II Museum
Description: Over 150,000 troops landed on the five beaches of D-Day, with over 20,000 reported casualties across both sides. June 6, 1944 will be a day forever remembered in history. The story of D-Day is an event that reverberates through time as one of the most pivotal moments in our history. 'Everything We Have' tells the personal stories of the people involved in Operation Overlord, in their own words. Using rare documents, artifacts and first-hand accounts from US The National WWII Museum's official archives, you can gain a rare insight into the thoughts and feelings of those soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy.
Call Number: 940.5421 Mue
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 25, 2019
Jonathan M. Hansen
Description: A portrait of the early years of Fidel Castro, showing how an unlikely Cuban led his country in revolution and transfixed the world. Castro got his toughness from his father. He grew up to be full of contradictions. In prison, he had a passion for French literature, wrote flowery love letters, and contemplated the meaning of life. As a militant, he staged a reckless attack on a military barracks but was canny about building an army of resisters. As a young politician, he was attentive to the needs of strangers but often indifferent to the needs of his own family. This book will change what you think you know about Fidel Castro.
Call Number: B Cas Castro, Fidel
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 26, 2019
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Broken Places & Outer Spaces : Finding Creativity In The Unexpected
Nnedi Okorafor, illustrations by Shyama Golden
155.24 Oko
The Story Of The Dinosaurs In 25 Discoveries : Amazing Fossils And The People Who Found Them
Donald R. Prothero
567.9 Pro
Finding Quiet: My Story Of Overcoming Anxiety And The Practices That Brought Peace
James Porter Moreland
248.86 Mor
Avocaderia: Avocado Recipes For A Healthier, Happier Life
Alessandro Biggi, Francesco Brachetti, Alberto Gramigni
641.646 Big
The God Who Sees: Immigrants, The Bible, And The Journey To Belong
Karen González
261.836 Gon
Chasing The Moon: The People, The Politics, And The Promise That Launched America Into The Space Age
Robert Stone, Alan Andres
629.454 Sto
Better Parenting : A Guide For Somali Parents In The Diaspora
Ruqia Abdi
305.893 Abd
Coffee With Mom : Caring For A Parent With Dementia
Mike Glenn
616.831 Gle
It Never Goes Away: Gender Transition At A Mature Age
Anne L. Koch
306.768 Koc
Growing Perennial Foods: A Field Guide To Raising Resilient Herbs, Fruits & Vegetables
Acadia Tucker
635 Tuc
Oh Crap! I Have A Toddler: Tackling These Crazy Awesome Years--no Time Outs Needed
Jamie Glowacki
306.874 Glo
Vegetable Gardening Wisdom : Daily Advice And Inspiration For Getting The Most From Your Garden
Kelly Smith Trimble
635 Tri
Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories Of Race, Culture, And Identity
Winona Guo, Priya Vulchi
305.8 Guo
50 Years: The Story Of Woodstock Live: Relive The Magic, Artist By Artist
Julien Bitoun
781.66 Bit
The Public Option : How To Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity, And Promote Equality
Ganesh Sitaraman, Anne Alstott
338.62 Sit
How To Think Like A Fish : And Other Lessons From A Life In Angling
Jeremy Wade
799.1 Wad
This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto
Suketu Mehta
305.9 Meh
They Bled Blue: The 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers: Fernandomania, Strike-season Mayhem, And The Weirdest Championship Baseball Had Ever Seen
Jason Turbow
796.357 Tur
Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, And Just Might Save Us
Ruth Kassinger
579.8 Kas
"Everything We Have": D-Day, 6.6.44 : The American Story Of The Normandy Landings Told Through Personal Accounts, Images And Artifacts From The Collections Of The National Wwii Museum
Gordon H. Mueller, National World War II Museum
940.5421 Mue
Superlative : The Biology Of Extremes
Matthew D. LaPlante
591 LaP
Young Castro: The Making Of A Revolutionary
Jonathan M. Hansen
B Cas Castro, Fidel