Nonfiction


Sally Clarkson, Nathan Clarkson
Description: From his early childhood, Nathan was bursting with creativity and energy, while struggling with learning issues as well as anxiety and OCD problems. He was often labeled "bad," or as being in need of "fixing." Sally dared to believe that Nathan's differences could be part of an intentional design from a loving Creator with a plan for his life. She trusted that the things that made him different were the very things that could make him great. Now she shows you how to dare to love and nurture the "different" one in your life.
Call Number: 248.843 Cla
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2017
Rob R. Dunn
Description: The bananas we eat today aren't our parents' bananas: We eat a recognizable, consistent fruit that was standardized in the 1960s from dozens into one basic banana. But the banana we love is dangerously susceptible to a pathogen that might wipe them out. That's the story of our food today: Modern science has brought us produce in perpetual abundance--once-rare fruits are seemingly never out of season, and we breed and clone the hardiest, best-tasting varieties of the crops we rely on most. As a result, a smaller proportion of people on earth go hungry today than at any other moment in a thousand years, and the streamlining of our food supply guarantees that the food we buy tastes the same every single time. Our corporate food system has nearly perfected the process of turning sunlight, water and nutrients into food. But our crops themselves remain susceptible to nature's fury. And nature always wins.
Call Number: 338.19 Dun
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 21, 2017
Ron Powers
Description: Ron Powers offers a searching narrative of the social history of mental illness in America paired with the personal story of his two sons' battles with schizophrenia. From the centuries of torture of "lunaticks" at Bedlam Asylum to the eugenics era to the follies of the anti-psychiatry movement to the current landscape in which many families struggle alone to manage afflicted love ones, Powers looks at our fears and myths about mental illness and the fractured public policies that have resulted. With that is the story of Powers's son Kevin--spirited, endearing, and gifted--who triumphed even while suffering from schizophrenia until finally he did not, and the story of his surviving son Dean, who is also schizophrenic. A blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here.
Call Number: 362.26 Pow
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2017
Lauren Smith Brody
Description: Presents a guide for new moms coping with the demands of the real world after childbirth, offering advice on everything from returning to work and maintaining a work/life balance to breastfeeding and obtaining childcare.
Call Number: 306.36 Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 26, 2017
Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Nadel
Description: Inspires women to use practical, psychological, and spiritual tools to create a more fulfilling way of life and to attain happiness and freedom from the have-it-all superwoman culture. We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere is a practical manual for change, providing nine universal principles that offer a path for dealing with life's inevitable emotional and spiritual challenges. It's for anyone who wants to see her own life and the world around her change for the better. Putting these principles at the center of our lives offers an antidote to our me-first culture and allows each of us to be freer and happier, and to replace unhelpful habits with a more positive, peaceful, and rewarding way of living.
Call Number: 305.42 And
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 30, 2017
Dan Egan
Description: The Great Lakes--Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior--hold 20 percent of the world's supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. Reporter Dan Egan's portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blends the story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.
Call Number: 577.63 Ega
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 7, 2017
Brian Cox, J. R. (Jeffrey Robert) Forshaw
Description: In this journey of scientific exploration, the authors consider some of the most fundamental questions about our Earth, Sun, and solar system--and the star-filled galaxies beyond. How big is our solar system? How quickly is space expanding? How big is the universe? What is it made of? Some of these questions can be answered on the basis of observations you can make in your own backyard. Other answers draw on the astonishing information now being gathered by teams of astronomers operating at the frontiers of the known universe.
Call Number: 523.1 Cox
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 20, 2017
Gordon Campbell
Description: Gardens take many forms, and have a variety of functions. They can serve as spaces of peace and tranquility, a way to cultivate wildlife, or as places to develop agricultural resources. Globally, gardens have inspired, comforted, and sustained people from all walks of life, and since the Garden of Eden many iconic gardens have inspired great artists, poets, musicians, and writers. This short history embraces gardens in all their splendor, from parks, and fruit and vegetable gardens to ornamental gardens, and takes the reader on a globe-trotting historical journey through iconic and cultural signposts of gardens from different regions and traditions. Ranging from the gardens of ancient Persia to modern day allotments, it concludes by looking to the future of the garden in the age of global warming, and the adaptive spirit of human innovation.
Call Number: 635.09 Cam
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 21, 2017
Louise Green
Description: Offers a guide for plus-sized women to overcome cultural stereotypes and achieve high levels of fitness, from motivation, gear, and goals to appropriate nutrition for athletes and overcoming performance plateaus.
Call Number: 613.7045 Gre
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 24, 2017
Erin Benzakein, Julie Chai, Michèle M. Waite, photographer
Description: Welcome to the world of Floret Farm, where hundreds of flower varieties grow and thrive to produce show-stopping arrangements. Here, star flower farmer Erin Benzakein shares her insights on planting a cutting garden of your own--wherever you live. Learn the secrets to her airy and lush arrangements, including how-tos for spectacular bouquets, garlands, and wreaths to showcase your gorgeous flowers. Featuring planting, cultivating, and harvesting advice for more than 175 flower varieties along with tops to preserve their freshness from field to centerpiece, this book has everything you need to start planning your garden and the stunning arrangements that will keep your home bright and blooming year after year.
Call Number: 635.966 Ben
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 24, 2017
Noël Kingsbury
Description: A survey of 133 of the most commonly grown plant groups explains where each plant came from and the journey it took into home gardens. Kingsbury tells tales of the most important plant hunters, breeders, and gardeners throughout history, and explores the unexpected ways plants have been used.
Call Number: 635.9 Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2017
Lauren Fern Watt
Description: Lauren Fern Watt moved to New York City after graduating from college, and she took her enormous 160-pound mastiff, Gizelle, along for the ride. It wasn't easy, but Lauren managed to find a dog-friendly (i.e., tiny) apartment in the middle of it all--Times Square. Throughout her twenties, Gizelle always was there for Lauren: her first job, her mother's struggle with addiction, and the challenges of becoming an adult in the big city. So when Gizelle got sick and Lauren realized her best friend might not always be around, she designed an epic bucket list to make the absolute most of the time they had left. Gizelle's Bucket List is about how a dog can teach humans the power of unconditional love and the value of each precious moment.
Call Number: 636.7 Wat
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2017
Shauna Miller
Description: A style guide for teen girls explains how to develop a personal style, shares budget-conscious tips for do-it-yourself projects, and explains how to get the most out of shopping at mainstream economy stores.
Call Number: YA 646.3 Mil
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 7, 2017
Niki Kapsambelis
Description: The courageous, hopeful story of the one family who may hold the key to finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. The DeMoe family has the most devastating form of the disease that there is: early onset Alzheimer's. Of the six DeMoe children whose father had it, five have inherited the gene; the sixth, Karla, has inherited responsibility for all of them. But rather than give up in the face of such news, the DeMoes have agreed to be part of a worldwide study that could change the landscape of Alzheimer's research and offers the brightest hope for future treatments--and possibly a cure. Their tale is intertwined with the dramatic narrative history of the disease, the cutting-edge research that brings us ever closer to a possible cure, and the accounts of the doctors spearheading these groundbreaking studies.
Call Number: 616.831 Kap
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 5, 2017
foreword by Lonnie Ali
Description: THE FIGHTER. THE ACTIVIST. THE MAN. THE ICON. An officially authorized collection, Muhammad Ali Unfiltered is an intimate look at this inspiring figure. Celebrate the life of Muhammad Ali in these pages of images, quotes, and tributes to the Greatest of All Time.
Call Number: 796.83 Muh
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 10, 2017
Dave Malloy, script and annotations, Steven Suskin, edited and compiled
Description: Presents the annotated script of the musical inspired by Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace," and includes behind-the-scenes photographs, interviews with the cast and crew, and details on the costumes, set design, and lighting.
Call Number: 782.14 Mal
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 4, 2017
Erik Weihenmayer, Buddy Levy
Description: No Barriers is about Erik Weihenmayer's journey since coming down from Mt. Everest in 2001, and the path to where he is today. It is the story of his life, his struggles in the pursuit of growth, learning, and family, as well as his dream to kayak the Grand Canyon as a blind athlete. It is also about the many people he's encountered along the way with a "No Barriers" mindset, who live a No Barriers life. They give those around them the courage to do great things. People who have risked failure, transcended their personal barriers, and shown others a way forward. No Barriers is a way of living, and it exists in all of us. But sometimes through trauma, loss, isolation, and disillusionment, people get shoved into a dark place. Making hard choices becomes the energy we need to propel us forward, live with purpose and become our very best selves.
Call Number: 796.092 Wei
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 21, 2017
Habibo A Haji, Joseph Culhane
Description: Conquering the Odds, Journey of a Shepherd Girl is the story of a young girl, Habibo, who grew up in the primitive village of Balcad, Somalia. Habibo's life is one of difficulty and hardship, survival at best. Yet, because of unyielding determination, she has succeeded in life. Her successes, however, have not been without emotional strain and scars.
Call Number: 967.73 Haj
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 24, 2017
James Edward Wright
Description: The Vietnam War is largely recalled as a mistake--in the decision to engage there or in the nature of the engagement. Or both. Veterans of the war remain largely anonymous figures, accomplices in the mistake. Critically recounting the steps that led to the war, this book does not excuse the mistakes, but it brings those who served out of the shadows. It recounts the experiences of the young Americans who fought in Vietnam and of families who grieved those who did not return. The book describes the "baby boomers" growing up in the 1950s, why they went into the military, what they thought of the war, and what it was like to serve in "Nam." And to come home. With a narrative of the Battle for "Hamburger Hill," and through interviews with those who served, the book depicts the cruelty of this war, and its quiet acts of courage.
Call Number: 959.7043 Wri
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 26, 2017
Andrew Carroll
Description: Letters and diaries help create a vivid account of the American experience in World War I, with General John Pershing featured prominently. Pershing led all of the American troops in Europe during World War I, and had to surmount obstacles to build an army and command millions of U.S. soldiers. Pershing himself concealed inner agony from those around him: before the United States entered the war, Pershing suffered a personal tragedy so catastrophic that he almost went insane with grief and remained haunted by the loss for the rest of his life. Woven throughout Pershing's story are the experiences of a group of American men and women. These voices makes the high stakes of this American saga piercingly real, showing the War's impact on those who served--during the conflict and in the years after.
Call Number: 940.41 Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 26, 2017
Barry W. Babcock
Description: Essays about the author's life experiences living simplistically with and not against nature in the Mississippi Headwaters area of northern Minnesota.
Call Number: 977.683 Bab
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 20, 2017
Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman
Description: In WWI, telephones linked commanding generals with soldiers in the trenches. A woman in uniform connected almost every one of their calls, speeding the orders that won the war. Like other soldiers, the "Hello Girls" swore the Army oath and stayed for the duration. Most of these were ordinary, enterprising young women motivated by patriotism and adventure. The first contingent arrived in France just as the German Army trained "Big Bertha" on Paris. When the switchboard operators sailed home a year later, the Army dismissed them without veterans' benefits or victory medals. The women commenced a sixty-year fight that a handful of survivors carried to triumph in 1979. Technological developments encouraged an unusual band to volunteer for military service at the precise moment that feminists back home championed a federal suffrage amendment. The same desire to participate fully in the life of their country animated both groups, and both struggled after 1920 to reap the rewards of victory.
Call Number: 940.41 Cob
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 20, 2017
Tom Doyle
Description: Draws on first-person interviews to trace the rock artist's meteoric rise in the 1970s, documenting his significant achievements and the private struggles that led to his suicide attempts and temporary retirement.
Call Number: B Joh John, Elton
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 20, 2017
Cheech Marin, John Hassan
Description: A memoir by the counterculture legend, Cheech Marin, discusses how he formed the successful comedy duo with Tommy Chong, became a representative of the recreational drug movement, forged a successful solo career, and amassed a collection of renowned Chicano art.
Call Number: B Mar Marin, Cheech
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 7, 2017
Lyndal Roper
Description: Examining the inner life of Martin Luther, the founding leader of the Reformation, the author reveals a literary genius who was full of contradictions and whose Ninety-Five Theses began the greatest upheaval and transformation of Christianity in history.
Call Number: B Lut Luther, Martin
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2017
Agnes Nixon
Description: In this memoir, Agnes Nixon--the television pioneer who wrote and produced the award-winning soap operas All my children and One life to live--outlines her own dramatic life and how she broke network taboos about controversial issues and began a long line of female showrunners.
Call Number: B Nix Nixon, Agnes
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 21, 2017
William Daniels
Description: There I Go Again is a celebrity memoir, revealing the life of a man whose acting career has been so rich that many Americans know his face even while they might not recognize his name. William Daniels has enjoyed success both in Hollywood and on Broadway and been embraced by fans of successive generations. He is celebrated by fans for his iconic roles, among them George Feeny in Boy Meets World, KITT in Knight Rider, Dr. Mark Craig in St. Elsewhere, and John Adams in the play and film 1776. Daniels guides readers through some of Hollywood's most cherished productions, offering recollections of entertainment legends. Looking back on his 75+-year career, Daniels realizes that he backed into stardom. With his wife by his side, he wound up exactly where he was supposed to be: on the screen and stage.
Call Number: B Dan Daniels, William
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 24, 2017
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Different : The Story Of An Outside-the-box Kid And The Mom Who Loved Him
Sally Clarkson, Nathan Clarkson
248.843 Cla
The President's Kitchen Cabinet : The Story Of The African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, From The Washingtons To The Obamas
Adrian Miller
641.509 Mil
Never Out Of Season : How Having The Food We Want When We Want It Threatens Our Food Supply And Our Future
Rob R. Dunn
338.19 Dun
Muhammad Ali Unfiltered
foreword by Lonnie Ali
796.83 Muh
No One Cares About Crazy People : The Chaos And Heartbreak Of Mental Health In America
Ron Powers
362.26 Pow
Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet Of 1812 : The Journey Of A New Musical To Broadway
Dave Malloy, script and annotations, Steven Suskin, edited and compiled
782.14 Mal
The Fifth Trimester : The Working Mom's Guide To Style, Sanity, And Big Success After Baby
Lauren Smith Brody
306.36 Bro
No Barriers : A Blind Man's Journey To Kayak The Grand Canyon
Erik Weihenmayer, Buddy Levy
796.092 Wei
We : A Manifesto For Women Everywhere
Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Nadel
305.42 And
Conquering The Odds : Journey Of A Shepherd Girl
Habibo A Haji, Joseph Culhane
967.73 Haj
The Death And Life Of The Great Lakes
Dan Egan
577.63 Ega
Enduring Vietnam : An American Generation And Its War
James Edward Wright
959.7043 Wri
Universal : A Guide To The Cosmos
Brian Cox, J. R. (Jeffrey Robert) Forshaw
523.1 Cox
My Fellow Soldiers : General John Pershing And The Americans Who Helped Win The Great War
Andrew Carroll
940.41 Car
A Short History Of Gardens
Gordon Campbell
635.09 Cam
Teachers In The Forest : Essays From The Last Wilderness In Mississippi Headwaters Country
Barry W. Babcock
977.683 Bab
Big Fit Girl : Embrace The Body You Have
Louise Green
613.7045 Gre
The Hello Girls : America's First Women Soldiers
Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman
940.41 Cob
Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden : Grow, Harvest & Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms
Erin Benzakein, Julie Chai, Michèle M. Waite, photographer
635.966 Ben
Captain Fantastic : Elton John's Stellar Trip Through The '70s
Tom Doyle
B Joh John, Elton
Garden Flora : The Natural And Cultural History Of The Plants In Your Garden
Noël Kingsbury
635.9 Kin
Cheech Is Not My Real Name : But Don't Call Me Chong!
Cheech Marin, John Hassan
B Mar Marin, Cheech
Gizelle's Bucket List : My Life With A Very Large Dog
Lauren Fern Watt
636.7 Wat
Martin Luther : Renegade And Prophet
Lyndal Roper
B Lut Luther, Martin
Penny Chic : How To Be Stylish On A Real Girl's Budget
Shauna Miller
YA 646.3 Mil
My Life To Live : How I Became The Queen Of Soaps When Men Ruled The Airwaves
Agnes Nixon
B Nix Nixon, Agnes
The Inheritance : A Family On The Front Lines Of The Battle Against Alzheimer's Disease
Niki Kapsambelis
616.831 Kap
There I Go Again : How I Came To Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, Kitt, And Many Others
William Daniels
B Dan Daniels, William