Nonfiction Recommendations

Outside the Box : Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists

Outside the box : interviews with contemporary cartoonistsBy Chute, Hillary L, interviewer.
Hillary Chute is Professor of English at University of Chicago and a frequent contributor to the canon of writing on comics; she is the author of Graphic Women: Life Narratives and Contemporary Comics. Over the past decade, Chute has conducted interviews with many of today’s leading cartoonists, and presents twelve of these in Outside the Box.... Read more
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One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Created Christian America

One nation under God : how corporate America invented Christian AmericaBy Kruse, Kevin Michael, 1972-
Kruse’s meticulously-documented and well-written book debunks the notion that America’s founders deliberately created a "Christian" nation. In their effort to counter the effects of Roosevelt’s New Deal, corporate America successfully enlisted the religious right, and moving under the campaign slogan “freedom under God” elected Dwight Eisenhower as President.... Read more
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On the Run : Fugitive Life in an American City

On the run : fugitive life in an American cityBy Goffman, Alice, author.
Alice Goffman spent the years from her sophomore year through grad school (6 years) as a participant observer (the researcher becomes part of the group being studied) of a virtually all-black neighborhood in Philadelphia to support her undergrad sociology thesis and her graduate work.... Read more
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The Stranger : Barack Obama in the White House

The stranger : Barack Obama in the White HouseBy Todd, Chuck, 1972- author.
Todd Chuck is a former chief White House correspondent, NBC political director, and currently hosts NBC’s Meet the Press.... Read more
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The Birth of a Nation : How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War

The birth of a nation : how a legendary filmmaker and a crusading editor reignited America's Civil WarBy Lehr, Dick
Journalist Lehr’s well-reviewed book is a detailed, well-researched, and fascinating look at the politics and controversy that followed the debut of D. W. Griffith’s 1915 film, The Birth of a Nation, based on Thomas Dixon’s 1905 book, The Clansman. Glorifying the role of the KKK, the film caused an immediate and widespread uproar due to its demeaning depiction of black people .... Read more
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The Digital Divide : Arguments for and Against Facebook, Google, Texting and the Age of Social Networking

The digital divide : arguments for and against Facebook, Google, texting, and the age of social networkingBy Bauerlein, Mark
Bauerlein, author of 2008’s The Dumbest Generation has compiled a thematically organized book of previously published essays about the so-called digital age we live in and its effects, pro and con on our lives and our futures. Bauerlein has contributed the introduction and biographical notes on each essay.... Read more
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Death of a King : The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year

Death of a king : the real story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final yearBy Smiley, Tavis, 1964-
Political commentator and popular talk-show host Tavis Smiley presents a close examination of Dr. King’s last year: April 1967 to April 1968, during which he struggled to stay on the non-violence message, a radical position which did not set well with his friends and allies, who thought he was stepping outside the bounds of civil rights issues; the new younger activists thought his message was out of date and dismissed him.... Read more
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Creativity, Inc.

Creativity, Inc. : overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspirationBy Catmull, Edwin E.
This book’s subtitle states its theme: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration. The man with the answers is author Ed Catmell, who also happens to be the President of Pixar Animation Studios and Disney Animation Studios.... Read more
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Tomorrow-land : the 1964-65 World's Fair and the transformation of AmericaBy Tirella, Joseph
*Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World’s Fair and the Transformation of America... Read more
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The Gardener of Versailles

The gardener of Versailles : my life in the world's grandest gardenBy Baraton, Alain author.
Alain Baraton has been the gardener-in-chief of the massive gardens that surround the Palace of Versailles for over 30 years; centuries old, it is one of the largest (2100 acres) and most famous gardens in the world. Baraton has written many popular books in his native France; this is the first to be translated into an English edition.... Read more
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How to Age in Place : Planning for a Happy, Independent, and Financially Secure Retirement

How to age in place : planning for a happy, independent, and financially secure retirementBy Languirand, Mary A.
An up-to-date and thorough fast read, which will prompt some thoughtful assessment for adult readers at any age who are planning for retirement, especially those whose vision of retirement is to live as independently as possible.... Read more
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Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening

Mister Owita's guide to gardening : how I learned the unexpected joy of a green thumb and an open heartBy Wall, Carol, 1951-
Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening is a memoir about two friends: the author, Carol Wall, is a fifty-something English teacher who lacks gardening skills, and Mister Giles Owita, a Kenyan immigrant who is a natural and seems to work magic as a part-time gardener in the neighborhood where Carol lives. Carol hires Mister Owita to revitalize her neglected yard, and learns both not to be afraid of flowers, but not to be afraid of life.... Read more
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Masks of Anarchy

Masks of Anarchy : the history of a radical poem, from Percy Shelley to the Triangle Factory FireBy Demson, Michael author.
Through the Evil Days is Book 8 in the award-winning Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series. These books can be enjoyed individually without having read earlier books in the series. Book 8 finds Episcopal Reverend Clare Fergusson married to Police Chief Van Alstyne, who decides they should go on their long-delayed honeymoon: a week out of town ice fishing. Clare is pregnant and not really comfortable with this idea, but goes along.... Read more
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Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution

Difficult men : behind the scenes of a creative revolution: from The Sopranos and The wire to Mad men and Breaking badBy Martin, Brett, 1972-
The subtitle of Difficult Men is Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Martin discusses in detail the creative shift in the late 1990’s (continuing to the present day) in the substance and quality of television programs being presented on the new premium cable channels.... Read more
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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Just mercy : a story of justice and redemptionBy Stevenson, Bryan
Just Mercy is Bryan Stevenson’s outstanding memoir in which he details his role in the establishment and building of a non-profit organization called the Equal Justice Initiative ( in Montgomery, Alabama. The EJI provides legal defense for poor incarcerated adults and children who, in many cases, did not have access to adequate legal counsel.... Read more
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How I Shed My Skin : Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood

How I shed my skin : unlearning racist lessons of a southern childhoodBy Grimsley, Jim, 1955-
Novelist Jim Grimsley deconstructs his childhood, growing up in the rural South in North Carolina. He was an elementary school student when the 1966 decision (Brown v. Board of Education) came down which started the end of segregation by race. In minute detail, Grimsley remembers the key moments from elementary through high school which challenged him to not become the bigot that his automatically ingrained upbringing said he should be.... Read more
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Marbles : Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me

Marbles : mania, depression, Michelangelo, and me : a graphic memoirBy Forney, Ellen
Have you heard of the concept of graphic medicine? Comics can be used these days (since comics these days cover such wide topics) therapeutically and even educationally in doctor / patient settings.... Read more
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Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century

Reappraisals : reflections on the forgotten twentieth centuryBy Judt, Tony
Tony Judt was a renowned British historian who frequently contributed essays to the New York Review of Books and authored many books. Sadly, he died in 2010 from ALS, but left us with a great treasure in the form of his books and journal articles. Reappraisals is a collection of his NYRB essays written between 1994 and 2006 on a wide variety of political and historical subjects.... Read more
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What We See When We Read

What we see when we read : a phenomenology ; with illustrationsBy Mendelsund, Peter.
As much a delightful art project as book, What We See When We Read is an exploration of the nature and mechanics of human imagination: how we visualize people and places in our minds that make a written work come alive for us as we read it.... Read more
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Reaching Down The Rabbit Hole

Tools for Living: Diabetes

Learn about diabetes and how to manage it with various activities and tips. This kit includes health resources, cookbooks, a DVD, and a sample copy of Diabetes Forecast Magazine. The kit checks out for three weeks and can be requested for pickup at any YDL location. 

Tools for Living: Memory Improvement

Expand your understanding of how the brain works and sharpen your memory with activities and tips. This kit includes books, a DVD, and games to improve memory and brain power. Games can be used alone or with a group. The kit checks out for three weeks and can be requested for pickup at any YDL location. 

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & The Fall Of Imperial Russia

Fleming tells the story of the Romanovs, one of the last royal families in Europe, against the backdrop of World War I and increasing unrest in the Russian empire. Perfect for budding historians, reluctant readers who thrive on nonfiction, or anyone interested in royalty rule, mystery, rebellions, or even dysfunctional parenting, this book has it all.

The Disease Delusion : Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life

Dr. Jeffrey Bland is considered the father of functional medicine, which “looks at the patterns of dysfunction underlying…chronic diseases…and offers a model of care that can prevent or reverse these illnesses.” This model personalizes treatment to a patient’s particular genetic makeup, environment, lifestyle, and diet; if the latter elements can be changed, then the way genes are stimulated by, and respond to, outside influences can be changed as well.

Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers: Advice to Dads of All Ages

Edgerton, known for his acclaimed novels such as Night Train and The Bible Salesman, is also the father of four children, ranging from age five to 30. At 68 years young, he has learned a few things about raising kids, and he here shares tips and his delightful sense of humor with fathers along all stages of the journey.