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 Bestselling Nonfiction from a variety of sources including the New York Times.


Dead wake Cover
Erik Larson
The last crossing of the Lusitania.
940.4514 Lar
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Mar 23, 2015
Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end Cover
Atul Gawande
Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families of the terminally ill.
362.175 Gaw
Book
Oct 20, 2014
Becoming Steve Jobs : the evolution of a reckless upstart into a visionary leader Cover
Brent Schlender
Rick Tetzeli
Based on the hugely popular cover story about Steve Jobs in Fast Company in May 2012, this is the behind the scenes account of how Steve Jobs arguably became the most famous and visionary CEO in history. Award-winning journalist Brent Schlender and veteran editor Rick Tetzeli have interviewed friends, industry insiders, and the people who knew Jobs best throughout his evolution as a CEO and leader. In addition Schlender, who knew Jobs personally for 25 years, has over 100 hours of interview tapes with Jobs to draw on, many hours of which have never before been transcribed.
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Apr 6, 2015
H is for Hawk Cover
Helen Macdonald
As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T.H. White's tortured masterpiece, The Goshawk, which describes White's struggle to train a hawk as a spiritual contest. When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She buys Mabel on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge. Then she fills the freezer with hawk food and unplugs the phone, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals.
598.944 Mac
Book
Mar 16, 2015
Killing Patton : the strange death of World War II's most audacious general Cover
Bill O'Reilly
Martin Dugard
Killing Patton takes readers inside the final year of the war and recounts the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.
355.0092 ORe
Book
Oct 6, 2014
In defense of a liberal education Cover
Fareed Zakaria
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Apr 13, 2015
Yes please Cover
Amy Poehler
The actress best known for her work on "Parks and Recreation" and "Saturday Night Live" reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood, and her relationship with Tina Fey.
B Poe
Book
Nov 10, 2014
Heretic : why Islam needs a reformation now Cover
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ayaan Ali Hirsi makes a powerful case that a religious Reformation is the only way to end the terrorism, sectarian warfare and the repression of women and minorities that each year claim thousands of lives throughout the Muslim world.
ordered 022615
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Apr 6, 2015
What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions Cover
Randall Munroe
Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website.
500 Mun
Book
Sep 15, 2014
Pioneer girl : the annotated autobiography Cover
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Pamela Smith Hill
Follows the Ingalls family's journey through Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, back to Minnesota, and on to Dakota Territory, [examining] sixteen years of travels, unforgettable experiences, and the everyday people who became immortal through Wilder's fiction. Using additional manuscripts, letters, photographs, newspapers, and other sources ... Wilder biographer Pamela Smith Hill adds ... context and leads readers through Wilder's growth as a writer.
B Wil
Book
Mar 30, 2015
Where you go is not who you'll be : an antidote to the college admissions mania Cover
Frank Bruni
Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. That belief is wrong. It's cruel. In this book, Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes.
378.161 Bru
Book
Mar 30, 2015
So you've been publicly shamed Cover
Jon Ronson
For the past three years, Jon Ronson has been immersing himself in the world of modern-day public shaming--meeting famous shamees, shamers, and bystanders who have been impacted. This is the perfect time for a modern-day Scarlet Letter--a radically empathetic book about public shaming, and about shaming as a form of social control. It has become such a big part of our lives it has begun to feel weird and empty when there isn't anyone to be furious about. Whole careers are being ruined by one mistake. A transgression is revealed. Our collective outrage at it has the force of a hurricane. Then we all quickly forget about it and move on to the next one, and it doesn't cross our minds to wonder if the shamed person is okay or in ruins. What's it doing to them? What's it doing to us?
152.44 Ron
Book
Apr 13, 2015
Between you & me : confessions of a Comma Queen Cover
Mary (Editor) Norris
ordered 020515
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Apr 13, 2015
Unforgettable : a son, a mother, and the lessons of a lifetime Cover
Scott Simon
UNFORGETTABLE is a son's spirited, affecting, and inspiring tribute to his mother and the love between parent and child. When NPR's Scott Simon began tweeting from his mother's hospital room in July 2013, he didn't know that his missives would soon spread well beyond his Twitter followers. Squeezing the magnitude of his final days with her into 140-character updates, Simon's evocative and moving meditations spread virally. Over the course of a few days, Simon chronicled his mother's death and reminisced about her life, revealing her humor and strength, and celebrating familial love. UNFORGETTABLE, expands on those tweets to create a memoir that is rich, deeply affecting, heart-wrenching, and exhilarating. His mother was a glamorous woman of the Mad Men-era; she worked in nightclubs, modeled, dated mobsters and movie stars, and was a brave single parent to young Scott Simon. Spending their last days together in a hospital ICU, mother and son reflect on their lifetime's worth of memories, recounting stories laced with humor and exemplifying resilience. UNFORGETTABLE is not only one man's moving tribute to his mother's colorful life and graceful death, it is also a powerful portrayal of the universal bond between mother and child.
B Sim
Book
Apr 13, 2015
Killing Jesus : a history Cover
Bill O'Reilly
Martin Dugard
The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly, and historian Martin Dugard detail the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly two thousand years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God. Killing Jesus will take readers inside Jesus's life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable--and changed the world.
232.96 ORe
Book
Jan 12, 2015
Every day I fight Cover
undefined Scott
Larry Platt
Shortly before he passed away, on January 4, 2015, Stuart Scott completed work on this memoir. Struck by appendiceal cancer in 2007, Stuart battled this rare disease with an unimaginable tenacity and vigor. Throughout the countless surgeries, enervating chemotherapies, endless shuttling from home to hospital to office and back, Stuart kept pushing himself. He wanted to be there for his teenage daughters, Sydni and Taelor, not simply as their dad, but as an immutable example of determination and courage.
070.4497 Sco
Book
Apr 13, 2015
17 carnations : the royals, the Nazis and the biggest cover-up in history Cover
Andrew Morton
Morton tells the story of the feckless Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor, his American wife Wallis Simpson, the bizarre wartime Nazi plot to make him a puppet king after the invasion of Britain, and the attempted cover-up by Churchill, General Eisenhower, and King George VI of the duke's relations with Hitler. From the alleged affair between Simpson and the German foreign minister to the discovery of top secret correspondence about the man dubbed 'the traitor king' and the Nazi high command, this is a saga of intrigue, betrayal, and deception suffused with a heady aroma of sex and suspicion.
941.084 Mor
Book
Mar 23, 2015
Beneath the surface : killer whales, SeaWorld, and the truth beyond Blackfish Cover
John (Animal trainer) Hargrove
Howard Chua-Eoan
A firsthand account of the lives of captive killer whales by one of SeaWorld's most experienced orca trainers and the star of Blackfish argues that their needs are not met in captivity and traces advocacy efforts comparing the lives of free and captive orcas.
599.536 Har
Book
Apr 13, 2015
Our kids : the American Dream in crisis Cover
Robert D Putnam
An examination of the growing inequality gap: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility. It's the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. During the last twenty-five years we have seen a disturbing "opportunity gap" emerge. Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity, the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life. Now, this central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was. Robert Putnam offers a personal but also authoritative look at this new American crisis. Putnam tells the tale of lessening opportunity through life stories of rich and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country. He provides a disturbing account of the American dream that should initiate a deep examination of the future of our country.
305.513 Put
Book
Mar 23, 2015
Not that kind of girl : a young woman tells you what she's "learned" Cover
Lena Dunham
If I could take what I've learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine was worthwhile. I'm already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or thinking that it was your fault when the person you are dating suddenly backs away, intimidated by the clarity of your personal mission here on earth. No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist or a dietician. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle.
791.45 Dun
Book
Mar 30, 2015
I am Malala : the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban Cover
Malala Yousafzai
Christina Lamb
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price.
303.625 You
Book
Dec 29, 2014
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Erik Larson
940.4514 Lar
Jon Ronson
152.44 Ron
Atul Gawande
362.175 Gaw
Mary (Editor) Norris
ordered 020515
Brent Schlender
Rick Tetzeli
ordered 040215
Scott Simon
B Sim
Helen Macdonald
598.944 Mac
Bill O'Reilly
Martin Dugard
232.96 ORe
Bill O'Reilly
Martin Dugard
355.0092 ORe
undefined Scott
Larry Platt
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Fareed Zakaria
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Andrew Morton
941.084 Mor
Amy Poehler
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John (Animal trainer) Hargrove
Howard Chua-Eoan
599.536 Har
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Robert D Putnam
305.513 Put
Randall Munroe
500 Mun
Lena Dunham
791.45 Dun
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Pamela Smith Hill
B Wil
Malala Yousafzai
Christina Lamb
303.625 You
Frank Bruni
378.161 Bru