Nonfiction


Bill Nye, Corey S. Powell
Description: Everyone has an inner nerd just waiting to be awakened by the right passion. Bill Nye will help you find yours. Here Bill shows you how to develop critical thinking skills and create change, using his "everything all at once" approach that leaves no stone unturned. Whatever the change, there are certain strategies that get results: looking at the world with relentless curiosity, being driven by a desire for a better future, and being willing to take the actions needed to make change happen. He shares how he came to create this approach, telling the story of how Bill Nye became Bill Nye, how he became a champion of change and an advocate of science, and how he became The Science Guy.
Call Number: 153.4 Nye
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 28, 2017
Patrick O'Malley, Tim Madigan
Description: When the New York Times ran Patrick OMalley's story about the loss of his infant son--and how his inability to "move on" challenged everything he was taught as a psychotherapist--it inspired a flood of gratitude from readers. What he shared was a truth that many have felt but rarely acknowledged by the professionals they turn to: that our grief is not a mental illness to be cured, but part of the abiding connection with the one we've lost.
Call Number: 155.937 OMa
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 25, 2017
Mel Robbins
Description: Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself? Using the science of habits, riveting stories and surprising facts from some of the most famous moments in history, art and business, Mel Robbins will explain the power of a "push moment." Then, she'll give you one simple tool you can use to become your greatest self, and it takes just five seconds to use this tool.
Call Number: 179.6 Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 7, 2017
Nina Roesner, Debbie Hitchcock
Description: A guide to navigating the difficulties of your relationship with your teen and building one that lasts long afer those in-between years.
Call Number: 248.8431 Roe
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 9, 2017
Bill Lunn
Description: When his mother received the call that her 21-year-old son, Cpl. Ben Kopp, had been shot while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom, she feared he would lose his leg. But due to complications, Ben went into a coma, and 8 days later he was pronounced brain dead. Cpl. Kopp, an American hero who saved the lives of 6 fellow soldiers on the battlefield, died a Ranger, a warrior, and a patriot. Through the donating of his organs, bone, skin, and tissue, the fun-loving kid from Rosemount, MN went on to save the lives of 4 Americans and benefited the lives of more than 60. Heart of a Ranger captures the true story of American bravery and sacrifice. In these pages and in reality, the impact of Ben's life beats on.
Call Number: 359.9 Lun
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 18, 2017
Ming Lei, Lura Frazey
Description: Lei Ming tells the story of his life in rural China, often lonely, terrified and abused. Identified as a girl at birth, he set out on a mission to find answers to the paradox within himself. Along the way, he overcame obstacles and challenges, and found a reconcilliation with God and the Christian church that brings him peace.
Call Number: 306.768 Lei
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 10, 2017
Seamus O'Mahony
Description: We have lost the ability to deal with death. Most people will die in a hospital in the care of strangers, doctors, and nurses they have known at best for a couple of weeks. They may not know they are dying, having been told that there is still hope. They are unlikely to see their family doctor in their final hours, robbed of their dignity and fed through a tube after excessive and hopeless medical interventions. This is the starting point for O'Mahony's book on the western way of death. Dying has never been more public, with celebrity memoirs detailing their illness, but in private we have done our best to banish all thought of dying and made a good death increasingly difficult to achieve.
Call Number: 306.9 OMa
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 7, 2017
Elijah C. Nealy
Description: A comprehensive guide to the medical, emotional, and social issues of trans kids. Elijah Nealy has written a comprehensive guide to understanding, supporting, and welcoming trans kids. Covering everything from family life to school and mental health issues, as well as the physical, social, and emotional aspects of transition, this book has best practices to support trans kids.
Call Number: 306.768 Nea
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 25, 2017
Debby Irving
Description: For 25 years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one "aha!" moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan.
Call Number: 305.8 Irv
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 10, 2017
Jet Tila
Description: Chef Jet Tila has compiled the best-of-the-best 101 Eastern recipes that every home cook needs to try before they die! The dishes are authentic yet unique to Jet--drawn from his varied cooking experience, unique heritage and travels. The dishes are also approachable--with simplified techniques, weeknight-friendly total cook times and ingredients commonly found in most urban grocery stores today.
Call Number: 641.595 Til
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 10, 2017
Katy Beskow, Dan Jones (Photographer)
Description: 15 Minute Vegan features a hundred brand new vegan recipes that can be prepared in mere moments. Using ingredients that are available in supermarkets, the recipes are as easy--from shopping to cooking to serving. The book starts with Katy's introduction to vegan cooking and cooking, with advice on the equipment you need to make your cooking go faster, plus essential storecupboard ingredients. She offers straightforward recipes and tips about preparation, freezing and storing. Whether you're already eating vegan or just want to try something new, nothing could be simpler and faster.
Call Number: 641.5636 Bes
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 14, 2017
Valerie Sagun
Description: Valerie, her yoga practice, and her body positive campaign have been featured in magazines where she's been celebrated for her exciting messages about self-acceptance--both on the mat and off. Now, in this complete guide, Valerie provides both inspiration and customized instructions for yogis of all sizes and shapes, along with passionate encouragement to help readers discover newfound confidence through the transformative power of yoga.
Call Number: 613.7046 Sag
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 9, 2017
Darren Purchese
Description: Darren Purchese is renowned for his high-end dessert creations. Known as the chef with the tricks, with a scientific approach to food and ingredients, in Lamingtons & Lemon Tart, he turns his eye to the classics, cast with his trademark flair for the home cook who might be ambitious, but also wants to feel that the recipes are within their grasp--and that ingredients can be sourced with ease. Recipes are divided across eight chapters, while Darren also takes readers through the basics of what he considers to be "sweet essentials", including batters, confectionary, caramel, pastry, meringues, jellies, and chocolate garnish.
Call Number: 641.86 Pur
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 2, 2017
Andrew E. Budson, Maureen K. O'Connor
Description: As you age, you may find yourself worrying about your memory. With more than 41 million Americans over the age of 65 in the United States, the question becomes how much (or, perhaps, what type) of memory loss is to be expected as one gets older and what should trigger a visit to the doctor. This book addresses these key concerns and more. It is written in an easy-to-read yet comprehensive style, featuring clinical vignettes and character-based stories that provide real-life examples of how to successfully manage age-related memory loss.
Call Number: 616.83 Bud
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2017
Britt Collins
Description: Strays is a true story of a man who rescues a stray, injured cat and how they save each other. Homeless, alcoholic, and depressed, Michael King lives on the wrong side of the tracks in Portland, Ore. After he nurses the cat her back to health, they travel from Oregon to California to Montana, surviving blizzards and bears. Tabor comforts Michael when he's down, giving him someone to love and care for, and inspiring him to get sober and to come to terms with his past. The pair become inseparable, healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts. When Michael discovers that Tabor has an identification chip and an owner in Portland, he makes the difficult choice to return to Portland and reunite Tabor with her owner.
Call Number: 636.8 Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 31, 2017
Aihan Kuhn
Description: This book is designed to guide beginning students through the fundamentals of tai chi in ten weeks. The author teaches readers the twenty-four-step Yang-style form. She shares insights on warming up, healing, and avoiding injury. More than just exercise, she shows readers how this art helps us cultivate health, balance, and qi (energy).
Call Number: 613.7148 Kuh
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 14, 2017
Andrew Root
Description: Dr. Andrew Root's search for the canine soul began the day his 8-year-old son led the family in a moving Christian ritual at the burial service for Kirby, their beloved black lab. In the coming weeks, Root found himself wondering: What was this thing we'd experienced with this animal? Why did the loss hurt so poignantly? Why did his son's act seem so right in its sacramental feel? In The Grace of Dogs, Root draws on biology, history, theology, cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds), and paleontology to trace how in our mutual evolution, humans and dogs have so often helped each other to become more fully ourselves.
Call Number: 636.7088 Roo
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 9, 2017
Alexandra Cavoulacos, Kathryn Minshew
Description: In this guide to the ever-changing modern workplace, Minshew and Cavoulacos show how to play the game by the New Rules. Their website,TheMuse.com, is known for advice on how to figure out what your values and your skills are and how they play out in the marketplace. Through quick exercises and structured tips, they guide you as you sort through countless options; communicate who you are and why you are valuable; and stand out from the crowd. Figure out how to choose your career path, land the best job, and feel excited to go to work every day.
Call Number: 650.14 Cav
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 3, 2017
Dan (Daniel) Prendergast, Erin Prendergast
Description: If you are fortunate enough to live on property that includes trees, The tree doctor is the ideal manual for care and maintenance. This is a comprehensive volume that includes information on tree identification, tips regarding what makes a good city tree, proper planting and pruning techniques and how to get the most value out of your trees.
Call Number: 635.977 Pre 2017
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 2, 2017
Heather Crosby
Description: Heather Crosby loves a good recipe, but most of the time, she cooks pantry to plate. Just take stock of what you have on hand and what you're in the mood for, and then improvise. This book has 30 recipe templates to help you freestyle meals and snacks on the fly, plus 100 recipes that show the templates in action.
Call Number: 641.5636 Cro
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 15, 2017
Peter Cossins
Description: The first Tour de France was a far cry from the polished international sporting event we see on TV today. Organized by the falling L'Auto magazine, the editors thought that organizing a grand cycling tour could save their publication. But in 1903, cyclists weren't enthusiastic about what was pitched to them as a heroic race through rutted roads, with heavy bikes, on a single fixed gear, for 3 full weeks. Cossins paints a portrait of France in the early 1900's and a race that was packed with mishaps and adventure. Who knew that a ramshackle cycling pack would draw crowds to throng France's roads and cheer the first Tour heroes. But they did, and cycling would never be the same again.
Call Number: 796.62 Cos
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 14, 2017
John Eisenberg
Description: The story of baseball's legendary "Iron Men," Cal Ripken Jr. and Lou Gehrig, who each achieved the record of most consecutive games played. When Ripken beat Gehrig's record of 2,130 games in a row by 502 games, the feat spawns an array of questions. The Streak delves into this impressive but controversial milestone. It dives into the history of the record and looks at the pastime in different eras, going back more than a century. Was it harder for Ripken or Gehrig to play every day for so long? Besides considering all parts of the equation, the book captures the American appreciation for that workaday mentality and that desire to be there for the game they love, the job they are paid to do.
Call Number: 796.357 Eis
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 26, 2017
Dave Page, Jeff Krueger, photographer
Description: Dave Page offers a fresh look at the young F. Scott Fitzgerald and his St. Paul friends and neighbors. Readers will learn about--and recognize--the sources for the characters and the places he wrote about--as well as understand why St. Paul so inspired him. Many of his characters and tales were based on real people and events from the young writer's life, set against the socioeconomic times of the Jazz Age, where he perceived a great gulf between the haves and the have-nots in his hometown. F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota combines insights into the writer's early career with the rich architectural history of St. Paul, taking readers into the homes and places he frequented.
Call Number: 813.09 Fit Fitzgerald, F. Scott
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 28, 2017
Sean. Bloomfield, Colton Witte
Description: After accelerating their studies and graduating high school early, two teenagers set off from their hometown in Minnesota to embark on a 2,200 mile canoe journey up the heart of North America. Their destination: the permafrost shores of Hudson Bay.
Call Number: 917.127 Blo
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 16, 2017
Carolyn Porter, Marcel Heuzé
Description: A graphic designer's search for inspiration leads to a cache of letters and the mystery of one man's fate during World War II. Minnesota graphic designer Carolyn Porter stumbled across a bundle of letters and was drawn to their pen-and-ink handwriting. As she grappled with designing the font, she had one of the letters translated, and she quickly became obsessed with finding out why the letter writer, Marcel Heuze, had been in Berlin, how his letters got to Minnesota, and whether he returned to his family after the war. This is the story of her search to uncover the mystery of one man's fate during WWII, and her work on what would become the P22 Marcel font.
Call Number: 940.5472 Por
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 27, 2017
Svetlana Aleksievich, Richard Pevear, translator, Larissa Volokhonsky, translator
Description: Bringing together dozens of voices, War's Unwomanly Face is Svetlana Alexievich's collection of stories of women's experiences in World War II, both on the front lines, on the home front, and in occupied territories. Alexievich gives voice to women whose stories are lost in the official narratives, creating an alternative history from the personal and private stories of individuals. Collectively, these women's voices provide a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human side of the war.
Call Number: 940.5347 Ale
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 7, 2017
Evan S. Rice
Description: An inventive and visually-appealing passport to the wide world of travel, It doesn't tell readers to go anywhere, it shows them how to go everywhere. The book is a treasure trove of information about the art of travel that is crafted for the modern adventurer. It is an offbeat guide full of actionable advice, a worldwide exploration reference work, an unconventional collection of world trivia, and a resource of inspiration, designed for use in a great global adventure. Inspired by the look of vintage field guides, The Wayfarer's Handbook provides the distilled essentials of hundreds of interesting topics, presented in a direct and precise but stylish way.
Call Number: 910.2 Ric
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 25, 2017
Kendra Bean, Anthony Uzarowski
Description: A celebration of the life and achievements of the iconic Hollywood star offers authoritative discussions of such topics as the creation and maintenance of her glamorous image, her marriages, and her celebrity friendships.
Call Number: B Gar Gardner, Ava
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 11, 2017
Laura Dassow Walls
Description: There was much more to Henry David Thoreau than his brief experiment in living at Walden Pond. A member of the intellectual circle centered on his neighbor Ralph Waldo Emerson, he was also an ardent naturalist, a manual laborer and inventor, a radical political activist, and more. Now 200 years after his birth, Walls renews Thoreau for us in all his profound, inspiring complexity.
Call Number: B Tho Thoreau, Henry David
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 3, 2017
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Everything All At Once : How To Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap Into Radical Curiosity And Solve Any Problem
Bill Nye, Corey S. Powell
153.4 Nye
Tai Chi In 10 Weeks : Beginner's Guide
Aihan Kuhn
613.7148 Kuh
Getting Grief Right : Finding Your Story Of Love In The Sorrow Of Loss
Patrick O'Malley, Tim Madigan
155.937 OMa
The Grace Of Dogs : A Boy, A Black Lab, And A Father's Search For The Canine Soul
Andrew Root
636.7088 Roo
The 5 Second Rule : Transform Your Life, Work, And Confidence With Everyday Courage
Mel Robbins
179.6 Rob
The New Rules Of Work : The Modern Playbook For Navigating Your Career
Alexandra Cavoulacos, Kathryn Minshew
650.14 Cav
With All Due Respect : 40 Days To A More Fulfilling Relationship With Your Teens And Tweens
Nina Roesner, Debbie Hitchcock
248.8431 Roe
The Tree Doctor : A Guide To Tree Care And Maintenance
Dan (Daniel) Prendergast, Erin Prendergast
635.977 Pre 2017
Heart Of A Ranger : The True Story Of Cpl. Ben Kopp, American Hero In Life And Death
Bill Lunn
359.9 Lun
YumUniverse Pantry To Plate : Improvise Meals You Love--From What You Have!
Heather Crosby
641.5636 Cro
Life Beyond My Body : A Transgender Journey To Manhood In China
Ming Lei, Lura Frazey
306.768 Lei
The First Tour De France : Sixty Cyclists And Nineteen Days Of Daring On The Road To Paris
Peter Cossins
796.62 Cos
The Way We Die Now : The View From Medicine's Front Line
Seamus O'Mahony
306.9 OMa
The Streak : Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., And Baseball's Most Historic Record
John Eisenberg
796.357 Eis
Transgender Children And Youth : Cultivating Pride And Joy With Families In Transition
Elijah C. Nealy
306.768 Nea
F. Scott Fitzgerald In Minnesota : The Writer & His Friends At Home
Dave Page, Jeff Krueger, photographer
813.09 Fit Fitzgerald, F. Scott
Waking Up White : And Finding Myself In The Story Of Race
Debby Irving
305.8 Irv
Adventure North
Sean. Bloomfield, Colton Witte
917.127 Blo
101 Asian Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die : Discover A New World Of Flavors In Authentic Recipes
Jet Tila
641.595 Til
Marcel's Letters : A Font And The Search For One Man's Fate
Carolyn Porter, Marcel Heuzé
940.5472 Por
15 Minute Vegan : Fast, Modern Vegan Cooking
Katy Beskow, Dan Jones (Photographer)
641.5636 Bes
The Unwomanly Face Of War : An Oral History Of Women In World War II
Svetlana Aleksievich, Richard Pevear, translator, Larissa Volokhonsky, translator
940.5347 Ale
Big Gal Yoga : Poses And Practices To Celebrate Your Body And Empower Your Life
Valerie Sagun
613.7046 Sag
The Wayfarer's Handbook : A Field Guide For The Independent Traveler
Evan S. Rice
910.2 Ric
Lamingtons & Lemon Tart : Best-Ever Cakes, Desserts & Treats From A Modern Sweets Maestro
Darren Purchese
641.86 Pur
Ava : A Life In Movies
Kendra Bean, Anthony Uzarowski
B Gar Gardner, Ava
Seven Steps To Managing Your Memory : What's Normal, What's Not, And What To Do About It
Andrew E. Budson, Maureen K. O'Connor
616.83 Bud
Henry David Thoreau : A Life
Laura Dassow Walls
B Tho Thoreau, Henry David
Strays : A Lost Cat, A Drifter, And Their Journey Across America
Britt Collins
636.8 Col