Nonfiction


Jessica Allen, foreword by Meredith Vieira
Description: What are America's best-loved novels? PBS launched The Great American Read series revealing America's 100 best-loved novels as determined by a rigorous national survey. Celebrities and everyday Americans champion their favorite novel. The Book of Books presents all 100 novels with information about each book, author profiles, a snapshot of the novel's social relevance, film or television adaptations, other books and writings by the author, and little-known facts. Also included are themed articles about banned books, the most influential book illustrators, reading recommendations, and the best first-lines in literature. Includes rare images of the original manuscripts, first-edition covers, rejection letters, and other ephemera.
Call Number: 016.8 All
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 4, 2018
Nicole J Phillips
Description: Feel like your focus could use a little refining? Let the stories that often go untold in our society become your secret passageway to a life full of purpose and joy. A compilation of the author's most popular articles from stories sent in from people all over the United States for original publication in a newspaper in Fargo, North Dakota. Each story reminds us that love is a powerful tool to combat life's ugliness and motivates readers to step out of our comfort zones to activate the true benefits of kindness.
Call Number: 177.7 Phi
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2018
Rupert Sheldrake
Description: Many studies are showing that religious and spiritual practices generally make people happier and healthier. Sheldrake shows how science helps validate seven practices on which many religions are built, and which are part of our common human heritage: meditation, gratitude, connecting with nature, relating to plants, rituals, singing and chanting, and pilgrimage and holy places. He summarizes scientific research on what happens when we take part in these practices, and suggests ways that readers can explore these fields for themselves. By opening ourselves to the spiritual dimension, we may find the strength to live more fulfilling lives.
Call Number: 201.65 She
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 19, 2018
Max Allan Collins, A. Brad Schwartz
Description: Fiction writer Max Allan Collins and historian A. Brad Schwartz team up in this myth-shattering dual portrait of Al Capone, America's most notorious gangster, and Eliot Ness, the legendary Prohibition agent whose investigative work crippled his organization. They deliver the definitive account of the "Battle for Chicago," the iconic struggle between the mythic yet real combatants who have captivated the world for 90 years.
Call Number: 364.106 Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 11, 2018
Dolly Chugh, foreword by Laszlo Block
Description: Many of us believe in equality, diversity, and inclusion, but how do we stand up for those values in our turbulent world? Chugh reveals the surprising causes of inequality, and offers practical tools to respectfully and effectively talk politics with family, to be a better colleague to people who don't look like you, and to avoid being a well-intentioned barrier to equality. Being the person we mean to be starts with a look at ourselves.
Call Number: 303.385 Chu
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 20, 2018
Adam Cayton-Holland
Description: A tragicomic memoir about the author's beautiful, funny, and heartbreaking relationship with his younger sister and the depression that took her life. Adam Cayton-Holland went from a painfully sensitive kid growing up in Denver to a writer and performer with a career in comedy. His parents taught Adam and his sisters to feel the pain of the world deeply and to combat it through any means necessary. Adam chose to meet life's tough breaks and cruel realities with stand-up comedy; his older sister chose law; their youngest sister, Lydia, struggled with mental illness and ultimately took her own life. Both a moving tribute to a lost sibling and an inspiring guide to navigating grief and pain, and trying your hardest to choose life in the wake of a terrible loss.
Call Number: 362.28 Cay
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 4, 2018
Ted Rulseh
Description: Whether you fish, paddle, swim, snowshoe, ski, or just gaze upon your favorite lake, A Lakeside Companion will deepen your appreciation for the forces that shape lakes and the teeming life in and around them. You'll discover the interconnected worlds of a lake: the water; the sand, gravel, rocks, and muck of the bottom; the surface of the lake; the air above; and the shoreline, rich in flora and fauna. Explained, too, are the physical, biological, and chemical processes that determine how many and what kinds of fish live in the lake, which plants grow there, the color and clarity of the water, how ice forms in winter and melts in spring.
Call Number: 577.63 Rul
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 18, 2018
Karen Panetta, Katianne Williams
Description: There is a place for all girls and young women in STEM classes and careers. To succeed in science and tech fields today, girls don't have to change who they are. A girl who combines her natural talents, interests, and dreams with STEM skills has a greater shot at a career she loves and a salary she deserves. This isn't a book about raising competitive, test-acing girls in lab coats; this is about raising happy, confident girls who realize the world of opportunities before them.
Call Number: 507.1 Pan
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 10, 2018
Stefano Mancuso
Description: Planet are responsible for more than just the air we breathe, but for many of our modern comforts: our medicine, food, even our fossil fuels. Mancuso reveals the surprisingly sophisticated ability of plants to innovate, to remember, and to learn, highlighting the creative solutions plants offer to our most vexing technological and ecological problems. Despite not having brains or central nervous systems, plants perceive their surroundings with an even greater sensitivity than animals. They efficiently explore and react promptly to potentially damaging external events thanks to their cooperative, shared systems; without any central command centers, they remember prior catastrophic events and to actively adapt to new ones.
Call Number: 581.4 Man
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 19, 2018
Robert C. Hamilton, Sally Collings
Description: Robert C. Hamilton, M.D., has spent more than three decades caring for newborns. In his practice, Dr. Bob has seen it all--what works, what doesn't. How can you get your baby to nurse, sleep, and maybe even cease crying? What strategies can help you connect and communicate with your infant? What important decisions will you make during the first year for your child, yourself, and your partner? Here, Dr. Bob shares his clear, sensible, warm advice--as well as all the latest scientific data and research on how to help you navigate the unforgettable first year of your child's life.
Call Number: 649.122 Ham
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 19, 2018
Luke Voytas
Description: A good-health handbook for parents of children from birth through age 4 that helps new or anxious parents feel confident, and with an emphasis on the first couple of years of baby's life. Dr. Voytas covers everything beginning with the final preparations leading up to baby's birth, including how to find the right doctor and the essentials you will need when he or she comes home. The book then follows the normal checkup schedule through age four. Development and feeding are addressed throughout, but includes topics like sleep, picky eaters, discipline, and screen time. Includes FAQs and brief case studies that prepare parents for handling common illnesses they might encounter.
Call Number: 649.1 Voy
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 11, 2018
Leslie F. Halleck
Description: Gardening Under Lights is a highly-detailed, accessible guide for seed starters, plant collectors, houseplant fans, and anyone who wants to successfully garden indoors any time of the year. You'll learn the basics of photosynthesis, the science of light, how to accurately measure how much light a plant needs, and details about the most up-to-date tools and gear available. Also included are tips and techniques for helping ornamental plants (like orchids, succulents, bonsai, and more) and edible plants (arugula, cannabis, oregano, tomatoes, and more) thrive indoors.
Call Number: 631.583 Hal
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 6, 2018
Ibtihaj Muhammad, Lori L. Tharps
Description: Ibtihaj Muhammad's path to Olympic greatness has been marked with opposition and near-debilitating challenges because of her race, religion, and gender. As the only woman of color and the only religious minority on the U.S. women's saber team, she had to push past sterotypes, misconceptions, and negativity to find her own path to success and Olympic Glory. Her reflection provides an unflinching and honest portrayal of how she managed to stay true to herself and still play by the rules.
Call Number: 796.86 Muh
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 6, 2018
Frye Gaillard
Description: Frye Gaillard has given us a deeply personal history, bringing his storyteller's eye to this pivotal time in American life. He explores the competing story arcs of tragedy and hope through the political and social movements of the times--civil rights, black power, women's liberation, the Vietnam War and the protests against it. But he also examines the cultural manifestations of change--music, literature, art, religion, and science. There was in these years the sense of a steady unfolding of time, as if history were on a forced march, and the changes spread to every corner of our lives. Gaillard offers one writer's reconstruction and remembrance of a transcendent era--one that, for better or worse, lives with us.
Call Number: 973.92 Gai
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 19, 2018
Bart Van Es
Description: The true story of a young Jewish girl in Holland under Nazi occupation who finds refuge in the homes of an underground network of foster families, one of them the author's grandparents. The girl had been raised by her foster family as one of their own, but after the war, there was a falling out, and they were no longer in touch. Bart van Es grew up hearing the story and always wondered what really happened during the war, and after. He found her, now in her 80s and living in Amsterdam. The book brings together a re-creation of that harrowing childhood of Lientje's with the present-day account of Bart's efforts to piece that story together.
Call Number: 940.5318 Van
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 23, 2018
John P. Eaton, Charles A. Haas
Description: A unique chronology, this fascinating volume tells Titanic's full story, moment by moment, from the birth of the key players to the latest expeditions, recovery, and exhibition of artifacts. It provides a feast of information and illustrations as well as the latest scientific information from the wreck site.
Call Number: 910.452 Eat 2017
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 28, 2018
Julian Jackson
Description: A definitive biography of the mythic general who refused to accept the Nazi domination of France, drawing on letters, memoirs, and papers in the de Gaulle archives that show how this volatile man put a broken France back at the center of world affairs. When France was overrun by German troops, one junior general fled to London, where he took to the radio to address his compatriots back home. "Whatever happens," he said, "the flame of French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished." For the rest of the war, de Gaulle insisted he and his Free French movement were the true embodiment of France.
Call Number: B Gau Gaulle, Charles de
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 24, 2018
Justin Martell, Alanna Wray McDonald
Description: While often characterized as an oddball curio, Tiny Tim was a master interpreter and student of early American popular song, and his story is one of Shakespearean tragedy framed around a bizarre yet loveable public persona. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews with family, friends, and associates, plus access to Tiny's never-before-seen diaries, and years of original research, author Justin Martell brings that story to life with the first serious biography of one of the most fascinating yet misunderstood figures in popular music.
Call Number: B Tin Tiny Tim
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 4, 2018
William Shatner, David Fisher
Description: William Shatner says he felt he couldn't die as long as he was busy. And Shatner is always busy. Still, a brief health scare in 2016 forced him to take stock. After mulling over the lessons he's learned, the places he's been, and all the miracles and strange occurrences he's witnessed over the course of an enduring career in Hollywood and on the stage, he arrived at one simple rule for living a long and good life: don't die. Shatner shares stories from his unique life.
Call Number: B Sha Shatner, William
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 18, 2018
Ellis Amburn
Description: This is classic Hollywood history as told through the life and career of one its most iconic actresses. Researched and full of anecdotes about actors' seemingly endless tinsel town indiscretions, this book not only profiles one of the finest actresses of her time, but also the culture of the film industry's golden age.
Call Number: B De H De Havilland, Olivia
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 11, 2018
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The Book Of Books
Jessica Allen, foreword by Meredith Vieira
016.8 All
Beyond The Checkup From Birth To Age Four : A Pediatrician's Guide To Calm, Confident Parenting
Luke Voytas
649.1 Voy
Kindness Is Contagious : 100 Stories To Remind You God Is Good And So Are Most People
Nicole J Phillips
177.7 Phi
Gardening Under Lights : The Complete Guide For Indoor Growers
Leslie F. Halleck
631.583 Hal
Science And Spiritual Practices : Transformative Experiences And Their Effects On Our Bodies, Brains, And Health
Rupert Sheldrake
201.65 She
Proud : My Fight For An Unlikely American Dream
Ibtihaj Muhammad, Lori L. Tharps
796.86 Muh
Scarface And The Untouchable : Al Capone, Eliot Ness, And The Battle For Chicago
Max Allan Collins, A. Brad Schwartz
364.106 Col
A Hard Rain : America In The 1960s, Our Decade Of Hope, Possibility, And Innocence Lost
Frye Gaillard
973.92 Gai
The Person You Mean To Be : How Good People Fight Bias
Dolly Chugh, foreword by Laszlo Block
303.385 Chu
The Cut Out Girl : A Story Of War And Family, Lost And Found
Bart Van Es
940.5318 Van
Tragedy Plus Time: A Tragi-Comic Memoir
Adam Cayton-Holland
362.28 Cay
Titanic : A Journey Through Time
John P. Eaton, Charles A. Haas
910.452 Eat 2017
A Lakeside Companion
Ted Rulseh
577.63 Rul
De Gaulle
Julian Jackson
B Gau Gaulle, Charles de
Count Girls In : Empowering Girls To Combine Any Interests With Stem To Open Up A World Of Opportunity
Karen Panetta, Katianne Williams
507.1 Pan
Eternal Troubadour : The Improbable Life Of Tiny Tim
Justin Martell, Alanna Wray McDonald
B Tin Tiny Tim
The Revolutionary Genius Of Plants : A New Understanding Of Plant Intelligence And Behavior
Stefano Mancuso
581.4 Man
Live Long And... : What I Learned Along The Way
William Shatner, David Fisher
B Sha Shatner, William
7 Secrets Of The Newborn : Secrets And (Happy) Surprises Of The First Year
Robert C. Hamilton, Sally Collings
649.122 Ham
Olivia De Havilland And The Golden Age Of Hollywood
Ellis Amburn
B De H De Havilland, Olivia