New Nonfiction

Famous works of art-- and how they got that way

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Nici, John B.
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
xxxii, 281 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Call Number 701.03 NIC

Furiously happy : a funny book about horrible things

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Lawson, Jenny, 1973-
Publisher Flatiron Books, 2015.
First edition.
xxii, 329 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Call Number 817 LAW
Summary "A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best. As Jenny says: "Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos. Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you'd never guess because we've learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, 'We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.' Except go back and cross out the word 'hiding." Furiously Happy is about "taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what make us who we are, and they're the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence. It's the difference between "surviving life" and "living life". It's the difference between "taking a shower" and "teaching your monkey butler how to shampoo your hair." It's the difference between being "sane" and being "furiously happy." Lawson is beloved around the world for her inimitable humor and honesty, and in Furiously Happy, she is at her snort-inducing funniest. This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are - the beautiful and the flawed - and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny's mom says, "Maybe 'crazy' isn't so bad after all." Sometimes crazy is just right"--

Hear my sad story : the true tales that inspired "Stagolee, " "John Henry, " and other traditional American folk songs

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Polenberg, Richard
Publisher Cornell University Press, 2015. ©2015
ix, 293 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number 782.42164 POL
Summary "In Hear My Sad Story, Richard Polenberg describes the historical events that led to the writing of many famous American folk songs that served as touchstones for generations of American musicians, lyricists, and folkloristsm,"--NoveList.

How to amaze your son : crafts, recipes and other creative experiences to teach him to see the extraordinary in the ordinary

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Vidaling, Raphaële,
Publisher Firefly Books, 2015.
144 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Call Number 745.5083 VID
Summary This book "has more than 50 truly creative and inspiring projects that will elicit 'wow' and 'cool' from the most skeptical of boys. There are crafts, science experiments, creative experiences, and easy magic tricks"

Million dollar women : the essential guide for female entrepreneurs who want to go big

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Pimsleur Levine, Julia,
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2015.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number 658.409082 PIM

Nora Ephron : everything is copy

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Dance, Liz, 1954-
Publisher McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2015]
187 pages ; 23 cm
Call Number 814.54 DAN
Summary "Nora Ephron wrote screenplays for three beloved contemporary romantic comedies--When Harry Met Sally (1989), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You've Got Mail (1998). This book offers a sustained critical analysis of her work and life. The complexity of her work is explored through the context of her childhood in a deeply dysfunctional family of writers"--

Read this before our next meeting : how we can get more done

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Pittampalli, Al,
Publisher Portfolio / Penguin, 2015.
Portfolio / Penguin edition.
iv, 75 pages ; 19 cm
Call Number 658.456 PIT

Sinatra : the chairman

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Kaplan, James, 1951-
Publisher Doubleday, [2015] ©2015
First edition.
979 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Call Number B SINATRA
Summary Presents a behind-the-scenes examination of the life and career of the legendary performer that offers insight into his prolific accomplishments, multidimensional character, and complex relationships.

Slow cooker quick-prep recipes.

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Hearst Books (Firm),
Publisher Hearst Books, [2015]
127 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number 641.5884 SLO

Strangers drowning : grappling with impossible idealism, drastic choices, and the overpowering urge to help

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by MacFarquhar, Larissa
Publisher Penguin Press, 2015
320 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number 179.9 MAC
Summary "What does it mean to devote yourself wholly to helping others? In Strangers Drowning, Larissa MacFarquhar seeks out people living lives of extreme ethical commitment and tells their deeply intimate stories; their stubborn integrity and their compromises; their bravery and their recklessness; their joys and defeats and wrenching dilemmas. A couple adopts two children in distress. But then they think: If they can change two lives, why not four? Or ten? They adopt twenty. But how do they weigh the needs of unknown children in distress against the needs of the children they already have? Another couple founds a leprosy colony in the wilderness in India, living in huts with no walls, knowing that their two small children may contract leprosy or be eaten by panthers. The children survive. But what if they hadn't? How would their parents' risk have been judged? A woman believes that if she spends money on herself, rather than donate it to buy life-saving medicine, then she's responsible for the deaths that result. She lives on a fraction of her income, but wonders: when is compromise self-indulgence and when is it essential? We honor such generosity and high ideals; but when we call people do-gooders there is skepticism in it, even hostility. Why do moral people make us uneasy? Between her stories, MacFarquhar threads a lively history of the literature, philosophy, social science, and self-help that have contributed to a deep suspicion of do-gooders in Western culture. Through its sympathetic and beautifully vivid storytelling, Strangers Drowning confronts us with fundamental questions about what it means to be human. In a world of strangers drowning in need, how much should we help, and how much can we help? Is it right to care for strangers even at the expense of those we are closest to? Moving and provocative, Strangers Drowning challenges us to think about what we value most, and why."--provided by publisher.

The cause of all nations : an international history of the American Civil War

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Doyle, Don Harrison, 1946-
Publisher Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2015] ©2015
First edition.
xviii, 382 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 25 cm
Call Number 973.72 DOY
Summary "The Civil War is most often understood as an internal conflict, one fought by American soldiers over issues uniquely American in origin and consequence. But in The Cause of All Nations, distinguished historian Don H. Doyle reframes our understanding of the Civil War, describing it as a conflict that was shaped by international forces--and which had major international repercussions. Doyle shows that, rather than being an internal struggle, the Civil War hinged on the support of nations across the seas, especially in Europe. Both the North and the South looked to Europe for backing, and the Confederacy in particular depended on Britain and France recognizing it as a legitimate nation, which would allow for commercial treaties, loans, and even military aid. Indeed, representatives of the North and the South went so far as to adapt their ideologies to the expectations of European leaders, in the hopes of garnering much-needed support; at a certain point late in the war, the Confederacy even considered abolishing slavery in an attempt to win over French and British rulers. Lincoln quickly learned to reframe the Union's argument in order to win over potential allies. Instead of framing the debate around the unconstitutionality of the South's secession, his speeches began to highlight the importance of preserving the Union and freeing the slaves, an approach with allowed Lincoln to win the support of the European public. The United States became the 'Great Republic, 'an embattled defender of liberty', equality, and self-government and, in Lincoln's poignant words, the 'last best hope of earth.' A bold account of the international dimensions of one of America's most defining conflicts, The Cause of All Nations offers an important new way of understanding the Civil War"--

The challenge of things : thinking through troubled times

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Grayling, A. C.
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2015.
First U.S. edition.
297 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number 192 GRA
Summary A. C. Grayling's lucid and stimulating books, based on the idea that philosophy should engage with the world and make itself useful, invariably cause discussion. The Challenge of Things joins earlier collections, collecting Grayling's recent writings on the world in a time of war and conflict. In describing and exposing the dark side of things, he also explores ways out of the habits and prejudices of mind that would otherwise trap us forever in the deadly impasses of conflicts of all kinds. Whether he is writing about the First World War and its legacy, free speech, the advantages of an atheist prime minister or the role of science in the arts, his essays are always enlightening, enlivening, and hopeful.--Adapted from book jacket.

The life of Benjamin Franklin, written by himself. Volume 2

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Publisher Forgotten books, [2015] ©2015.
546 pages ; 23 cm.
Call Number XX(1581975.2)

The Mayo Clinic handbook for happiness : a 4-step plan for resilient living

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Sood, Amit,
Publisher Da Capo Lifelong, 2015.
First Da Capo Press edition.
xiv, 241 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Call Number 158 SOO
Summary "Offers a straightforward plan anyone can implement across 10 weeks. Combining groundbreaking insights from neuroscience and psychology, and wisdom from philosophy and spirituality, Dr. Sood reveals how to reduce everyday anxiety and find greater fulfillment in life."--Page [4] cover.

The path to citizenship

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Howell, Sara
Publisher PowerKids Press, 2015.
First edition.
24 pages : colored illustrations, color map ; 24 cm.
Call Number 323.623 HOW

The shred power cleanse : eat clean, get lean, burn fat

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Smith, Ian K.,
Publisher St. Martin's Press, 2015.
First edition.
xvi, 206 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number 613.2 SMI
Summary "Dr. Ian is answering Shredder Nation's call for a short-term, fast-acting cleanse that will help you reset and power through to your new weight loss goal! The SHRED Power Cleanse takes the classic detox plan to a new level. You won't find any fiberless, anemic juices on this regimen! Dr. Ian lays out each day of the two-week program, giving you everything you need to jump-start BIG change"--

The truth : an uncomfortable book about relationships

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Strauss, Neil,
Publisher Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, [2015] ©2015
First edition.
421 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number 306.7 STR
Summary From the author of the blockbuster bestseller The Game comes a shockingly personal, surprisingly relatable, brutally honest memoir, in which the celebrated dating expert confronts the greatest challenge he has ever faced: monogamy and fidelity. Neil Strauss became famous to millions around the world as the author of The Game, a funny and slyly instructive account of how he transformed himself from a scrawny, insecure nerd into the ultra-confident, ultra-successful pickup artist known as Style. The book jump-started the international seduction community, and made Strauss a household name--revered or notorious--among single men and women alike. But the experience of writing The Game also transformed Strauss into a man who could have what every man wants: the ability to date--and/or have casual sex with--almost every woman he met. The results were heady, to be sure. But they also conditioned him to view the world as a kind of constant parade of women, sex, and opportunity--with intimacy and long-term commitment taking a back seat. That is, until he met the woman who forced him to choose between herself and the parade. The choice was not only difficult, it was wrenching. It forced him deep into his past, to confront not only the moral dimensions of his pickup lifestyle, but also a wrenching mystery in his childhood that shaped the man that he became. It sent him into extremes of behavior that exposed just how conflicted his life had become. And it made him question everything he knew about himself, and about the way men and women live with and without each other. He would never be the same again. Searingly honest, compulsively readable, this new book may have the same effect on you.

The wise king : a Christian prince, Muslim Spain, and the birth of the Renaissance

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Doubleday, Simon R.,
Publisher Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2015]
xxix, 304 pages : illustrations, map, genealogical tables ; 25 cm
Call Number 946.02 DOU

This old man : all in pieces

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
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, 11/02/2017 - 13:42
by Miller, Judith, 1951-
Publisher Firefly Books, [2015]
288 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
Call Number 747 MIL