New Nonfiction

This old man : all in pieces

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:17
by Angell, Roger,
Publisher Doubleday, [2015] ©2015
First edition
xii, 298 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Call Number 814.54 ANG
Summary "In February 2014, The New Yorker published an essay by Roger Angell called "This Old Man," a meditation on life at age ninety-three. With great humor and not an ounce of self-pity or sentimentality, Angell wrote about health, mind, and memory; reckoning with the past and a long list of friends and family who have died; daily joys and struggles; and, above all, love. Cheerful and beautiful and moving, the piece became an instant classic, won a National Magazine Award, and has been shared and discussed by legions of readers young and old. "This Old Man" is the centerpiece of Angell's new book, which gathers essays, letters, photos, comic verse, and drawings that in aggregate present a kaleidoscopic portrayal of a deeply engaged and vibrant life. Angell's fluid prose and native curiosity make him an amiable and compelling companion on the page. Whether the subject is coping with the loss of his wife, Carol, editing John Updike, the seventh game of the 2014 World Series, his appreciation of fox terriers, or the Fourth of July ceremonies in his summer home in rural Maine, what links the pieces (most of recent vintage) is the deep sense of gratitude that suffuses them. Gratitude for the people he has known, the experiences he's had, the writers and friends and baseball players he admires. It's a portrait of a full and fascinating life, but a portrait always directed generously outward. Angell is New Yorker royalty. Son of Katharine S. White, the first fiction editor of The New Yorker, and stepson of E. B. White, Angell wrote his first piece for the magazine in 1944 and was for many years chief fiction editor himself. His affectionate take on the magazine and the personalities who've worked there makes for a lively slice of twentieth (and twenty-first) century cultural history. He is even better known as a baseball writer--he's in the Hall of Fame with Babe Ruth and Willie Mays!--and the baseball writing in the book is pure heaven for fans of the national pastime. Engaging, sharp, and wonderfully written, This Old Man is a pure pleasure to read"--

Vintage home : using 20th-century design in the contemporary home

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:17
by Miller, Judith, 1951-
Publisher Firefly Books, [2015]
288 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
Call Number 747 MIL

Witches of America

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:17
by Mar, Alex,
Publisher Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
First edition.
viii, 276 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number 299.94 MAR

Time pieces : a Dublin memoir

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 04:17
by Banville, John
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
pages cm
Call Number XX(1660535.2)

A history of the world in 500 walks

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 07:09
by Baxter, Sarah,
Publisher Thunder Bay Press, [2016]
400 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm.
Call Number 910.202 BAX
Summary "From geologic upheavals and mad kings to trade routes and saints' ways, this book relates the tales behind the top 500 walks that have shaped our society. It's easy to imagine traveling back in time as you read about convicts and conquistadores, silk traders and Buddhists who have hiked along routes for purposes as varied as the terrain they covered. From prehistory to the present day, take a grand tour of world events at eye-level perspective with accounts that combine knowledgeable commentary with practical detail. You may even be inspired to lace up your own boots! "--

Crochet geometry : geometric patterns to fit and flatter

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 07:06
by Mullett-Bowlsby, Shannon,
Publisher Lark, [2016] ©2016
xiv, 114 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Call Number 746.434 MUL

City of sedition : the history of New York City during the Civil War

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 22:04
by Strausbaugh, John,
Publisher Twelve, 2016.
First edition.
vi, 423 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Call Number 974.703 STR
Summary In a single definitive narrative, City of Sedition tells the spellbinding story of the huge--and hugely conflicted--role New York City played in the Civil War. No city was more of a help to Abraham Lincoln and the Union war effort, or more of a hindrance. No city raised more men, money, and materiel for the war, and no city raised more hell against it. It was a city of patriots, war heroes, and abolitionists, but simultaneously a city of antiwar protest, draft resistance, and sedition. Without his New York supporters, it's highly unlikely Lincoln would have made it to the White House. Yet, because of the city's vital and intimate business ties to the Cotton South, the majority of New Yorkers never voted for him and were openly hostile to him and his politics. Throughout the war New York City was a nest of antiwar "Copperheads" and a haven for deserters and draft dodgers. New Yorkers would react to Lincoln's wartime policies with the deadliest rioting in American history. The city's political leaders would create a bureaucracy solely devoted to helping New Yorkers evade service in Lincoln's army. Rampant war profiteering would create an entirely new class of New York millionaires, the "shoddy aristocracy." New York newspapers would be among the most vilely racist and vehemently antiwar in the country. Some editors would call on their readers to revolt and commit treason; a few New Yorkers would answer that call. They would assist Confederate terrorists in an attempt to burn their own city down, and collude with Lincoln's assassin. In this book, a gallery of fascinating New Yorkers comes to life, the likes of Horace Greeley, Walt Whitman, Julia Ward Howe, Boss Tweed, Thomas Nast, Matthew Brady, and Herman Melville. New York historian Strausbaugh follows the fortunes of these figures and chronicles how many New Yorkers seized the opportunities the conflict presented to amass capital, create new industries, and expand their markets, laying the foundation for the city's--and the nation's--growth.--Adapted from dust jacket.

The perfect resume : resumes that work in the new economy!

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 03:49
by Quillen, W. Daniel,
Publisher Cold Spring Press, [2016]
2nd edition.
183 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Call Number 650.142 QUI
Summary "In this book you'll learn how to put together a great resume that is tailored specifically for each job you are seeking. We'll show you why resumes are important, teach the mechanics of drafting one, how to use key words and action words, listing your accomplishments in a way to catch the hiring manager's attention, which language works best, which sections to include and which to exclude, letters of recommendation, and much more. We also present a variety of resume formats and sample resumes" -- page [4] cover.

United States of Jihad : investigating America's homegrown terrorists

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 03:27
by Bergen, Peter L., 1962-
Publisher Crown Publishers, [2016]
First edition.
387 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Call Number 363.325 BER

Calmer, easier, happier screen time : for parents of toddlers to teens: a guide to getting back in charge of technology

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 06:24
by Janis-Norton, Noël,
Publisher Yellow Kite, 2017. ©2016
xiv, 257 pages ; 20 cm
Call Number 649.1 JAN
Summary Do you constantly find yourself battling to stop your kids spending hours in front of a screen? Whether it's a TV, an iPad, a PC or a PlayStation children are spending more and more time absorbed in the digital world and for most parents it's a cause for concern.The most frequent question parenting expert Noel Janis Norton is asked by desperate parents is how to limit and manage screen time. Parents know their children become aggressive and stressed after prolonged time on an electronic device, and they know that it limits their child's willingness to do other activities, yet they are at a loss of what to do about it. In Calmer Easier Happier Screen Time, Noel adapts her proven parenting strategies to this most complex of areas. Using the latest scientific research to show just how addictive the digital world can be for the developing brain of a child, she uses the calmer, easier, happier techniques to help parents wean their children away from their electronic devices and get back in charge.

American character : a history of the epic struggle between individual liberty and the common good

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 20:53
by Woodard, Colin, 1968-
Publisher Viking, [2016]
308 pages : map ; 24 cm
Call Number 323.44 WOO
Summary "Explores the ongoing debates throughout history between the fight for individual rights and the community as a whole, from discussions that took place at the Constitutional Convention, through the Civil War, all the way up to the modern Tea Party"--NoveList.

Half yard gifts : easy sewing projects using left-over pieces of fabric

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 02:41
by Shore, Debbie (Writer on sewing),
Publisher Search Press, 2016.
96 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Call Number 646.2 SHO
Summary Contains 22 projects to sew and give away, each made using less than half a yard of fabric. The book contains gifts for all your family and friends: the projects range from pincushions, bags and paperweights to aprons for budding chefs, kneeling pads for gardeners and tool belts for DIY-enthusiasts. The projects are made in a range of prints and styles and use a range of techniques: either follow each project closely, or adapt the size and fabric to suit the recipient. Debbie gives advice on how to customize the projects, so that you can create the perfect gift for your loved one.