Nonfiction

The Noticer

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Andy Andrews
The Noticer

Are you a dog, cat, pet bird, pet fish?  More enlightening to me was discovering my husband truly is a cat.  This small volume is wonderful,  it is all about perspective.  We all need a touch of perspective as we go through our own days.  It also helped me be more empathetic to those around me.  If you are having a tough time in any area of your life this is a good book to pick up.  The noticer in the book states, "I notice things about situations and people that produce perspective.  That's what most folks lack-perspective-a broader view."  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circulation

The End of Dieting

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Joel Fuhrman
The End of Dieting

Summary: In The End of Dieting, Joel Fuhrman M.D., a board–certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat to Live, Super Immunity and The End of Diabetes, delivers a powerful paradigm-shifting book that shows us how and why we never need to diet again.

Fuhrman writes, "By reading this book, you will understand the key principles of the science of health, nutrition and weight loss. It will give you a simple and effective strategy to achieve—and maintain—an optimal weight without dieting for the rest of your life. This new approach will free you forever from a merry-go-round of diets and endless, tedious discussions about dieting strategies. This is the end of dieting."

My opinion:  I really enjoyed learning about Dr. Fuhrman’s insight on nutrition and learning about his Nutritarian diet. This book has helped me to become more aware of healthier food options and to be more mindful about my relationship and choices with food. I was surprised to discover that I like many of the recipes in this book and that following as close to his Nutritarian diet isn’t as hard to do as I thought.  Check our catalog

Tania K., Circulation

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

Friday, August 11, 2017
Nicholas Carr
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
An interesting look at how technology is impacting our lives. The concepts are thought provoking, whether you agree or disagree.  Check our Catalog
 
Sue A2, Reference
 

Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Marianne Monson
Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women

I like reading about women who step up to every challenge they meet. Frontier Grit tells us about twelve such women. They not only confronted challenges to better their own lives but also they often improved the lives of others. I had heard of a couple of the women, but it was a treat to meet new ones.  Check our catalog

Doris M., Reference

 

Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Ralph Stanley, with Eddie Dean
Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times

A giant and legend in the music business, Ralph Stanley recounts his 60+ years in the industry with warmth, honesty, and great story-telling.  It isn't just a book about the music business - it's about rural life in the early 20th century and what it was like to grow up in those times in a corner of Appalachia.   He remained true to his vision of the Stanley Brothers sound despite trends in the music business; and late in his life experienced a renaissance when others discovered his music through the hit movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"  If you read "Hillbilly Elegy" you will like this book also.  This is one of my favorite autobiographies.  Check our catalog

Margaret B., Reference

Outliers

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Malcom Gladwell
Outliers

Malcom Gladwell has a gift for weaving a compelling narrative.  In his bestselling nonfiction book, Outliers, he tackles the complicated subject of success, taking a special interest in those individuals who lie on the outside of what is considered to be normal, i.e. the outlier.  Gladwell delves into the question of why some people have remarkable success while others of equal or even greater ability fail to ever reach their full potential. Conversely, he points out how disadvantages can actually be the best catalyst for success. What are the factors at play that make a person successful?  Is it genius?  Is it drive? Or could it be something else?  

Gladwell takes the reader on a painstakingly researched journey of success, looking closely at genius and how a high IQ doesn’t always propel a person toward a stellar future.  He examines the cases of software giant Bill Gates, looks into the near miraculous rise of the Beatles and peeks into the world of the giants of industry of the mid-19th century.  Gladwell attempts to answer the question of what it takes to be a superstar on the Canadian Hockey League, how the booming textile industry of the early 20th century paved the way for a generation of successful Jewish lawyers and why Asians really are good at math. What Gladwell concludes is in some ways startling.  No one became a giant of industry, a super-star athlete or a nation of mathletes on their own.  The factors at play are as varied and surprising as the outcome, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll find this book fascinating.

While not everyone has what it takes to be the next Bill Gates (and believe me, it takes a lot!) I do believe that everyone can benefit from that little nugget of practical wisdom found at the heart of Malcom Gladwell’s fascinating look at Outliers.  Check our catalog

Darci H., Reference

How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip

Monday, June 19, 2017
Hithu Palepu
How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip

I'm about to head out on an oversees trip and packing is always a source of anxiety and worry for me before big trips like this. So I was very happy to see this title among the Library's new books and checked it out straightaway.

This compact little book is full of lots of practical advice for efficient, hassle-free packing and includes blank packing lists at the end to photocopy and have on hand for future trips. I took lots of notes and really needed the sample packing lists.

I still need to carefully consider and plan what clothing I will pack, as my wardrobe is not as well-defined and composed as the author's own wardrobe seems. She's made suggestions for packing accessories which I will use, but I would have loved a resource lists for purchasing recommended travel bags and accessories, including both high-end and more affordable pieces. I also will not create a packing station in my home, as she suggests, but I do like her forward-thinking in having everything I use each time I travel well-supplied and ready at hand.

This was a quick read and will help me plan my packing more efficiently and less stressfully. I'd recommend this book to anyone who travels, whether on a fairly regular basis or only rarely.

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Brandi T., Reference

Rising Strong

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Brene Brown
Rising Strong
If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall.  This is a book about what it takes to get back up and wholeheartedly go another round.  The author, Brene Brown, is a researcher who doesn’t write “feel good and get over it lessons”.  Instead, she writes about common denominators of people who find themselves face down in the arena and work through the pain, shame, fear, etc. to pull themselves up and get back into life. Check our catalog
 
Kathleen Z., Administration

Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Norman Ohler
Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich

A well-documented and surprising account of the extremely high use of methamphetamines and other opioids by Germans from the 1930s through the end of WWII and the Nazi downfall. The facts are astounding! The drugs caused almost super-human behavior which was crucial to the Wehrmacht Army gaining more territory in 100 hours than they did during all of WWI, defeating the strongest military at that time, and capturing France in only eleven days. They were also crucial in forcing the Czech President to surrender his country and prolonging the war in Europe by years although German officials realized by the end of 1941 that they could not defeat the Russians.

Five years of research in the scattered and incomplete records of Hitler's personal physician, Dr. Theodor Morell, provide information of the massive pharmaceutical capabilities (833,000 pills were pressed daily) and evidence of Hitler's extensive and possibly unknown use of a variety of stimulants and animal by-products. Hitler personally took 120-150 pills and 8-10 injections each week near the end of the war when his supplies ran out and production facilities had been destroyed. There can be no doubt that these substances altered the course of the war and history itself.

Although only about 65% of Morell's records are known to exist, they are scattered in Koblenz, Munich, Washington, D.C., and College Park, MD and have only been available to the public since 1998. Previous attempts to translate from the German and miscellaneous notations have made accurate interpretation very difficult and are often erroneous.  Mr. Ohler's dedication and efforts are outstanding and provide an interesting and thought-provoking read.  Check our catalog

Dana A., Reference

 

 

Oranges and Sunshine

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Margaret Humphreys
Oranges and Sunshine

I saw the movie starring Emily Watson several years ago and loved it.  It was so well done and movingly sad what these children had been put through.  I just read Margaret Humphries book and was very pleased that the movie had been true to her voice.  Great Britain had a bureaucratic system for decades, through the 1960's, to emigrate it's orphans and foster children to its' outer realms like Canada and Australia.  Margaret shares heartbreaking details of the adults that are still little children wondering what did they do wrong, missing a mommy. Her background as a social worker made her the perfect ally in their search, navigating the system for answers and providing great empathy. Check our Catalog

 
Cindy A., Circulation
 

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