Nonfiction


Alan P. Lightman, illustrations by Dola Sun
Description: In today's frenzied and wired world, we are obsessed with the idea of not "wasting time." But have we lost the silences and solitude so essential to our inner lives? Evidence suggests the value in wasting time, of letting the mind lie fallow for some periods, of letting minutes and hours go by without scheduled activities or intended tasks, of unplugging from the grid. Lightman explores the technological and cultural origins of our time-driven lives. He reveals the many values of "wasting time", for replenishing the mind, for creative thought, and for finding and solidifying the inner self.
Call Number: 153.35 Lig
Format: Book
Date Added: May 23, 2018
Jonathan Rauch
Description: Draws on cutting-edge scientific studies to discuss the U-shaped trajectory of happiness, which declines from the optimism of youth before surging upward again after age fifty, and offers ways to endure the slump during midlife.
Call Number: 155.66 Rau
Format: Book
Date Added: May 15, 2018
Jimmy Carter
Description: In an intensely personal recollection, the president describes his encounter with faith, and how it has sustained him in both happiness and disappointment. Quoting eminent Protestant theologians, he describes his belief in religious freedom, moral politics, and the place of prayer in his daily life.
Call Number: 234.23 Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 25, 2018
Austen Hartke
Description: Many people--even many LGBTQ allies--lack understanding of gender identity and the transgender experience. Hartke offers a biblically based, educational, and affirming resource to shed light and wisdom on this modern gender landscape. This book provides access into an underrepresented and misunderstood community and will change the way readers think about transgender people, faith, and the future of Christianity. By introducing transgender issues and language and providing stories of both biblical characters and real-life narratives from transgender Christians living today, Hartke helps readers visualize a more inclusive Christianity, equipping them with the confidence and tools to change both the church and the world.
Call Number: 277.3 Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 24, 2018
edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Description: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, himself a refugee, brings together a host of prominent refugee writers from around the world to explore and illuminate their experiences. Poignant and insightful, this collection of essays reveals moments of uncertainty, resilience in the face of trauma, and a reimagining of identity. The Displaced is a powerful look at what it means to be forced to leave home and find a place of refuge.
Call Number: 305.9 Dis
Format: Book
Date Added: May 9, 2018
Kendall Rose
Description: You've met the partner of your dreams and have gotten your happily ever after, but now you've taken on a new role: stepmom. And you have no idea what you signed up for. Or maybe you've been a stepmom for a while now, but things are getting you down. Who do you turn to for help? Where is the stepmothering support group that'll give you the advice you need? Who actually gets how hard being a stepmom can be?
Call Number: 306.8747 Ros
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2018
Ivan E. Coyote
Description: Ivan Coyote is a celebrated storyteller and the author of ten previous books, including Gender Failure (with Rae Spoon) and One in Every Crowd, a collection for LGBT youth. Tomboy Survival Guide is a funny and moving memoir told in stories, about how they learned to embrace their tomboy past while carving out a space for those of us who don't fit neatly into boxes or identities or labels.
Call Number: 306.768 Coy
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2018
Patti Fletcher
Description: The business world is stacked against women who have been trained to follow the deeply ingrained, unspoken rules of business culture created long before they entered the workforce. But imagine a world where women throw out the old playbook and start making their own rules. Dr. Patti Fletcher helps you recognize and smash those old rules and introduces you to the women who have found success by breaking them. Disrupters reveals the keys you need to achieve your own version of success.
Call Number: 650.1 Fle
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2018
Mark Bittman
Description: Here's how to grill absolutely everything-- from the perfect steak to cedar-plank salmon to pizza-- explained in Bittman's straightforward style.With practical advice on all the grilling basics, this book is an exploration of the grill's nearly endless possibilities. Discover just how simple-- and versatile-- grilling can be.
Call Number: 641.76 Bit
Format: Book
Date Added: May 18, 2018
Sally Helgesen, Marshall Goldsmith
Description: Ready to take the next step in your career, but not sure what's holding you back? Helgesen and Goldsmith see that women face specific and different roadblocks from men as they advance in the workplace. The very habits that helped women early in their careers can hinder them as they move up. What got you here won't get you there ... and you might not even realize your blind spots until it's too late. Helgesen and Goldsmith identify the 12 habits that hold women back as they seek to advance, showing them why what worked for them in the past might actually be sabotaging their future success.
Call Number: 650.1 Hel
Format: Book
Date Added: May 11, 2018
Nathan H. Lents
Description: An illuminating, entertaining tour of the physical imperfections--from faulty knees to junk DNA--that make us human. If we humans are supposedly evolution's greatest creation, why do we have such bad knees, catch head colds so often, have so many useless bones in our wrists? Lents explains that our evolutionary history is a litany of mistakes; the human body, one big pile of compromises. As a testament to our greatness: humans have become very, very good at getting around the design flaws..This book celebrates our imperfections and offers an unconventional accounting of the cost of our success.
Call Number: 612 Len
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2018
Dina Rose
Description: You know how to give your kids healthy food, but the hard part is getting them to eat it. After her research and work with parents, Dina Rose found that when parents focus solely on nutrition, their kids eat poorly. When families shift their emphasis to behaviors--the skills and habits kids are taught--they learn to eat right. Every child can learn to eat well, only if you show them how to do it. Proportion, variety, and moderation are habits all kids need to learn, and Dr. Rose gives you clever, practical ways to teach these food skills. You can teach your children how to eat, and give them the skills they need for a lifetime of health and vitality.
Call Number: 613.2 Ros
Format: Book
Date Added: May 10, 2018
Kim Brophey
Description: Every dog owner knows that along with the joy can come the stress and frustration of behavioral problems, which are expensive to diagnose and treat. Brophey has developed a system that allows owners to identify what their dog is struggling with, why, and how they can fix it. Dog owners get a new understanding of what motivates and affects their dog's behavior. Her innovative technique rethinks the way we categorize dogs, and distills information from scientific disciplines into four elements: learning, environment, genetics, and self. This book will change the life of every dog owner and lead to happier human-canine relationships.
Call Number: 636.7083 Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2018
Laurie Nadel, foreword by Dan Rather
Description: You are comfortably living your life when suddenly your world turns upside down. Everything normal is ripped apart. Where do you turn to pick up the pieces? While there is no way to predict exactly how you would respond to catastrophic loss, this book offers a psychological roadmap through cycles of shock and trauma to discover meaning, renewal, and hope. She has worked with people whose lives were shattered by violence, but when her own home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, she discovered the Five Gifts that helped her rebuild her life.
Call Number: 616.8521 Nad
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2018
Jennifer L. Summerfield
Description: Presenting a new way to work with your dog, with simple step-by-step instructions and lists to help you teach your dog the most important and necessary skills.Take your dog from wild to well-behaved. Here are the best dog training tips, advice, and instructions, breaking them out into bite-sized pieces to help you--and your dog-- learn everything you need to know. With step-by-step instructions for teaching simple commands such as sit and drop it, guides for getting your dog used to new environments, as well as easy-to-follow instructions for teaching basic tricks and correcting bad behaviors, this book has everything you need for your pet.
Call Number: 636.7083 Sum
Format: Book
Date Added: May 1, 2018
Nadine Horn, Jörg Mayer
Description: It's your turn at the grill! BBQ, make way for VBQ: smoky, succulent, and completely plant-based barbecued fare. Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer have transformed the art of grilling into a veggie lover's feast. Here are over 80 recipes to satisfy every craving for food that's fresh and fiery. VBQ takes everything you love about BBQ and adds a kick of color, creativity, and flavor. Horn and Mayer's illustrated guide to tools and techniques takes the guesswork out of using a chimney starter, getting the perfect char on your asparagus and tofu, and more.
Call Number: 641.5636 Hor
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2018
Mary Appelhof, Joanne Olszewski
Description: Don't let your food waste go to waste! With a little help from a family of worms, you can turn all your kitchen scraps and leftovers into rich, valuable vermicompost for your garden and houseplants. Keeping a self-contained worm bin and harvesting the compost your worms produce is clean, easy, and productive with this classic guide, fully updated, 35th anniversary edition.
Call Number: 631.8 App 2017
Format: Book
Date Added: May 1, 2018
Bob Dylan, Jeff Burger
Description: Dylan on Dylan is a chronologically arranged anthology of interviews, speeches, and press conferences, as well as excerpts from more than eighty additional Q&As spanning Dylan's entire career--from 1961 through 2016. The majority have not been previously anthologized and some have never before appeared in print. The material comes from renowned media outlets and from obscure periodicals like Minnesota Daily, from Dylan's alma mater. Interviewers include some of the top writers of our time, as well as musicians. Introductions put each piece in context and, in many cases, include reminiscences about the encounter
Call Number: 781.66 Dyl Dylan, Bob
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2018
Don Graham, Edna Ferber
Description: A larger-than-life narrative of the making of the classic film, marking the rise of America as a superpower, the ascent of Hollywood celebrity, and the flowering of Texas culture as mythology. Drawing on archival sources, Graham's Giant is a comprehensive depiction of the film's production, showing readers how reality became fiction and fiction became cinema.
Call Number: 791.4372 Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 25, 2018
Doron Francis, Stephanie Francis
Description: Homecamp is a collection of stories and images from everyday adventurers--people who have found ways to experience and embrace the outdoors, on their terms. Some have gone on epic adventures: sold their belongings and lived in a van, trekked through the Himalayas or biked across continents. Others simply found new ways of seeing the world around them: cleaned up a beach, learned how to forage or spent a night alone in the woods. All found that their experiences in nature transformed their lives and freed them, even if only briefly, from the monotony of their 9-to-5 grind.
Call Number: 796.5 Fra
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2018
John Pring (Graphic designer), Rob Thomas (Designer), Rob Sheffield
Description: A visual history of The Beatles illustrates the evolution of their style and sound through infographics that examine the songs on every album, cover designs, chart positions, instruments used, and a wealth of other details.
Call Number: 781.66 Pri
Format: Book
Date Added: May 14, 2018
Susan Jacoby
Description: Baseball, the "national pastime", is the country's most tradition-bound sport. Despite remaining popular and profitable, the game is losing young fans, among African Americans and women as well as white men. Its greatest charm--a clockless suspension of time--is also its greatest liability in a culture of digital distraction. Jacoby explores these paradoxes and analyzes of the current challenges to its special position--in reality and myth--in American culture. Why Baseball Matters reminds us that the game has retained its grip on our hearts precisely because it has demonstrated the ability to reinvent itself in times of social change.
Call Number: 796.357 Jac
Format: Book
Date Added: May 23, 2018
Joseph Crespino
Description: Who was the real Atticus Finch? The publication of Go Set a Watchman in 2015 forever changed how we think about Atticus Finch. Once seen as a paragon of decency, he was reduced to a small-town racist. Crespino reveals how Harper Lee's father provided the central inspiration for each of her books. A.C. Lee was an opponent of mob rule, yet he was also a racial paternalist. Harper Lee created the Atticus of Watchman out of the ambivalence she felt toward white southerners like him. But when a militant segregationist movement arose that mocked his values, she revised the character in To Kill a Mockingbird to defend her father and to remind the South of its best traditions.
Call Number: 813.09 Lee Lee, Harper
Format: Book
Date Added: May 17, 2018
Stuart Eizenstat, foreword by Madeleine Korbel Albright
Description: The definitive history of the Carter Administration from Stuart Eizenstat, the man at Carter's side from his political rise in Georgia through four years in the White House. He writes the comprehensive history of an underappreciated president--and gives an intimate view on how the presidency works. Eizenstat also details Carter's missteps, because Carter's desire to do the right thing, not the political thing, often hurt him and alienated Congress. His willingness to tackle intractable problems led to long-lasting accomplishments. It shows first-hand where Carter succeeded, where he failed, and how he set up many successes of later presidents.
Call Number: 973.926 Eiz
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2018
George Foy
Description: The harrowing account of the true story of the recent shocking disappearance of El Faro, an American cargo ship that disappeared in Hurricane Joaquin and sank suddenly in the Bermuda Triangle in 2015--taking with it 33 lives.
Call Number: 910.9163 Foy
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2018
Wilbur A. Smith
Description: Wilbur Smith has lived an incredible life of adventure, and now he shares the true stories that have inspired his fiction. The things he has done may have seemed appalling at the time, disastrous even, but out of them have come another story or a deeper knowledge of human character and the ability to express himself better on paper, write books which people enjoy reading. He lived a life that could never have been imagined. Here are intimate stories of his life that have been the raw material for his fiction--a testament to a writer whose life is as rich and eventful as his novels are compelling.
Call Number: B Smi Smith, Wilbur A.
Format: Book
Date Added: May 14, 2018
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In Praise Of Wasting Time
Alan P. Lightman, illustrations by Dola Sun
153.35 Lig
The Five Gifts : Discovering Hope, Healing And Strength When Disaster Strikes
Laurie Nadel, foreword by Dan Rather
616.8521 Nad
The Happiness Curve : Why Life Gets Better After 50
Jonathan Rauch
155.66 Rau
Train Your Dog Now! : Your Instant Training Handbook, From Basic Commands To Behavior Fixes
Jennifer L. Summerfield
636.7083 Sum
Faith: A Journey For All
Jimmy Carter
234.23 Car
VBQ: The Ultimate Vegan Barbecue Cookbook : Over 80 Recipes, Seared, Skewered, Smoking Hot!
Nadine Horn, Jörg Mayer
641.5636 Hor
Transforming : The Bible And The Lives Of Transgender Christians
Austen Hartke
277.3 Har
Worms Eat My Garbage: How To Set Up And Maintain A Worm Composting System
Mary Appelhof, Joanne Olszewski
631.8 App 2017
The Displaced : Refugee Writers On Refugee Lives
edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen
305.9 Dis
Dylan On Dylan: Interviews And Encounters
Bob Dylan, Jeff Burger
781.66 Dyl Dylan, Bob
The Stepmoms' Club: How To Be A Stepmom Without Losing Your Money, Your Mind, And Your Marriage
Kendall Rose
306.8747 Ros
Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, And The Making Of A Legendary American Film
Don Graham, Edna Ferber
791.4372 Gra
Tomboy Survival Guide
Ivan E. Coyote
306.768 Coy
Homecamp : Stories And Inspiration For The Modern Adventurer
Doron Francis, Stephanie Francis
796.5 Fra
Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions For A Sustainable Future
Sue Reed, Ginny Stibolt
635.048 Ree
Visualizing The Beatles : A Complete Graphic History Of The World's Favorite Band
John Pring (Graphic designer), Rob Thomas (Designer), Rob Sheffield
781.66 Pri
Disrupters: Success Strategies From Women Who Break The Mold
Patti Fletcher
650.1 Fle
Why Baseball Matters
Susan Jacoby
796.357 Jac
How To Grill Everything : Simple Recipes For Great Flame-cooked Food
Mark Bittman
641.76 Bit
Atticus Finch: The Biography : Harper Lee, Her Father, And The Making Of An American Icon
Joseph Crespino
813.09 Lee Lee, Harper
How Women Rise: Break The 12 Habits Holding You Back From Your Next Raise, Promotion, Or Job
Sally Helgesen, Marshall Goldsmith
650.1 Hel
President Carter: The White House Years
Stuart Eizenstat, foreword by Madeleine Korbel Albright
973.926 Eiz
Human Errors : A Panorama Of Our Glitches, From Pointless Bones To Broken Genes
Nathan H. Lents
612 Len
Run The Storm : A Savage Hurricane, A Brave Crew, And The Wreck Of The Ss El Faro
George Foy
910.9163 Foy
It's Not About The Broccoli : Three Habits To Teach Your Kids For A Lifetime Of Healthy Eating
Dina Rose
613.2 Ros
On Leopard Rock : A Life Of Adventures
Wilbur A. Smith
B Smi Smith, Wilbur A.
Meet Your Dog : The Game-Changing Guide To Understanding Your Dog's Behavior
Kim Brophey
636.7083 Bro