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New Nonfiction Releases
August 2012


These books are being published and released this month. They have been ordered by the Library and will be available soon.

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• Biography and Memoir 
• General Nonfiction

Biography & Memoir

coverBright Lights, No City
By Max Alexander
In this hilarious and inspiring memoir, the American co-founder of the Cranium board game shares his experiences in Ghana, West Africa, where, armed with a strange business plan, he set out to create a for-profit enterprise that empowers the world’s poor as modern consumers.

Brooklyn Zoo: The Education of a Psychotherapist
By Darcy Lockman
A New York City clinical psychologist documents the story of her stressful but exciting education in the face of institutional dysfunction, supervisor sabotage and the author’s conflicted feelings about her profession.

The Forgetting River: A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity, and the Inquisition
By Doreen Carvajal
Carvajal traces her research into her family story after discovering that her ancestors were forced to renounce their Jewish faith in Inquisition-era Spain, and describes her visit to the centuries-old Andalucian town of Arcos de la Frontera where modern locals remain haunted by memories of past tragedies.

I’ll Stand By You: One Woman’s Mission to Heal the Children of the World
By Elissa Montanti
Chronicling her journey through grief and anxiety, Montanti discusses how she founded the Global Medical Relief Fund to raise money for children who were victims of the war in Bosnia, and recounts her joint efforts with the Shriners Hospitals to relocate dozens of injured children and provide them with free housing and ongoing medical care.

coverInto the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War
By Dakota Meyer and Bing West
A Medal of Honor-awarded Marine sniper shares the controversy-marked story of his heroic contributions during a 2009 Taliban ambush during which he saved a company of Afghan soldiers and Marine advisors, a victory that compelled him to disobey orders and assume command without reinforcements or artillery support.

January First: A Child’s Descent into Madness and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her
By Michael Schofield
A writing instructor at California State University and creator of the blog traces the story of his fight to save his daughter from her extremely severe schizophrenia and what he has learned about mental illness and its impact on family life.

Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases, and Finding Redemption
By Shon Hopwood and Dennis Burke
A local basketball star and son of church organizers, Hopwood returned from a tour of duty with the Navy with few prospects, and proceeded to commit five bank robberies for which he was sentenced to years in prison.  Hopwood describes how he rallied with the support of family and friends and learned savvy legal skills that enabled him to build a promising life as a free man.

The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals
By Jenny Brown
A provocative advocacy member illuminates sobering realities about the food system, tracing how she lost a leg to bone cancer in childhood before finding a connection with farm animals, and questioning her Southern Baptist upbringing to expose what she learned about slaughterhouse abuses.

coverThe Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s
By Peter Doggett
An acclaimed journalist presents a song-by-song chronicle of David Bowie’s most influential decade, detailing the singer’s musical, lyrical, conceptual and social impact, and exploring the development of an artist who profoundly affected pop music and the very concept of stardom.

Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety
By Daniel B. Smith
The author of Muses, Madmen, and Prophets shares affirming, personal insights into the experiences of anxiety in today’s world, evocatively describing its painful coherence and absurdities while sharing the stories of sufferers to illustrate anxiety’s intellectual history and influence.

Not Young, Still Restless
By Jeanne Cooper
The 82-year-old actress, best known for her 38-year-long career portraying Katherine Chancellor on the daytime soap opera, “The Young and the Restless,”  shares stories of her life before, during and away from the CBS soundstage and reveals the real woman behind her TV persona.

Out of the Blue
By Victor Cruz and Peter Schrager
The popular wide receiver for the 2012 Super Bowl-winning New York Giants shares the inspiring story of his rise from an undrafted free agent to a record-setting athlete, describing his youth in Patterson, New Jersey, and the values he embraces about hard work, family life and believing in oneself.

By Joe Posnanski
A definitive account of the legendary college football coach, written with the full cooperation of the subject and his family, traces his life from the time he was hired at Penn State following his successful career as a quarterback at Brown University, to his award-winning 62-season career as a coach at Penn State.

The Sinatra Club: My Life Inside the New York Mafia
By Sal Polisi
An insider’s account of the downfall of the New York Mob profiles organized crime at the height of its influence while recounting the author’s participation in several lucrative heists, and relates his decision to become a federal informant and the ways in which drug, greed and breakdowns in family values were ultimately responsible for the Mob’s demise.

Solo: My Life on the Edge
By Hope Solo and Ann Killion
Thriving on competition and driven to win, the headline-making goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national soccer team reveals how she has repeatedly triumphed over adversity.

When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine
By Monica Wood
An account of the 1963 death of the author’s father against a backdrop of JFK’s assassination describes how her mother, three sisters and she were financially dependent on her father’s wages and how their loss and Catholic faith reflected the experiences of the nation.

Winter Journal
By Paul Auster
A memoir by the author of The Invention of Solitude describes his mother’s life and death and the effects of time and aging on one’s body and memory, and reflects on the changes in sensory perception as the body ages.

General Nonfiction

coverAre Your Prescriptions Killing You? How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects, and Be Healthier with Fewer Drugs
By Armon Neel, Jr. and Bill Hogan
A veteran board-certified pharmacist cites the high number of annual deaths associated with prescription drug side effects, calling for changes in prescription practices that account for the needs of aging bodies.

Belly Melt Diet: The 6-Week Plan to Harness Your Body’s Natural Rhythms to Lose Weight for Good!
By The Editors of Prevention Magazine
Explaining how women can understand and work with their circadian rhythms and other physical cycles to enable weight loss, the editors of one of the country’s leading health and nutrition magazines outline how to eat, exercise and sleep in accordance with a two-phase plan that addresses issues in chronobiology, hunger hormones and metabolism.

Best of Rivals: Joe Montana, Steve Young, and the Inside Story Behind the NFL’s Greatest Quarterback Controversy
By Adam Lazarus
Lazarus follows the intense on- and-off-field rivalry between San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young during the late 1980s and early 1990s, a competition that left them both on top of the rankings as two of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game. The author draws from interviews with Montana and Young, as well as Jerry Rice, George Seifert, Mike Holmgren and many others.

The Black Rhinos of Namibia: Searching for Survivors in the African Desert
By Rick Bass
An award-winning environmental author visits the Namib Desert with a group of former poachers, now conservationists, in search of endangered black rhinos that were saved from extinction by human intervention and cutting-edge conservation techniques.

coverCaveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger
By Ken Perenyi
Ten years after the case was closed by the FBI, an artist with an uncanny ability to mimic the work of the old masters confesses and describes his thirty-year career as a professional art forger.

A Death in Italy: The Definitive Account of the Amanda Knox Case
By John Follain
A London Times journalist presents a comprehensive account of the highly publicized trial of Amanda Knox, drawing on hundreds of first-hand interviews and access to complete case files to assess the true story and media sensation surrounding the 2007 murder of her roommate, and Knox and Raffaele Sollecito’s arrests.

Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West
By Ruben Martinez
An Emmy-winning journalist and poet describes the political and demographic upheaval that has juxtaposed opulent wealth and extreme poverty in the modern American West, from drug addiction epidemics in New Mexico to an exclusive enclave on the Rio Grande in Texas.

Don’t Let the Republican Drive the Bus!: A Parody for Voters
By Erich Origen and Gan Golan
The team from Goodnight, Bush presents a scathing parody of the Caldecott Honor-winning children’s book that features a hyper-conservative vulture who longs to drive a bus in spite of a secret loathing of public transit, a goal that will enable him to give rides to privileged cronies and run over progressive adversaries.

coverDreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep
By David K. Randall
A reporter for the Associated Press examines the complex world of sleep and discusses interesting questions as to whether or not women sleep differently than men, and asks the question: if you killed someone while sleepwalking, would it count as murder?

The Entrepreneur: The Way Back for the U.S. Economy
By Robert Ringer
The best-selling author of Action! shares strategies for successful business conduct in what he believes to be an increasingly hostile economic environment, explaining how today’s entrepreneurs can effectively navigate higher taxes and mandates about providing health care coverage.

Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape
By Danica McKellar
McKellar challenges intellectual stereotypes while counseling girls on the core concepts of high school geometry, combining reader-favorite personality quizzes and real-life testimonials with coverage of topics ranging from congruent triangles and quadrilaterals to proofs and theorems.

The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People
By John Kelly
Kelly describes the Great Irish Potato Famine that began in 1845 and discusses how the combined forces of bacterial infection, political greed and religious intolerance started a disaster that killed twice as many people as died during the American Civil War.

coverHeretic Queen: Queen Elizabeth I and the Wars of Religion
By Susan Ronald
A chronicle of Elizabeth I’s role in the Wars on Religion credits her with establishing a future England as a world power, covering topics ranging from the queen’s use of ambivalence as a political tool and her efforts toward British independence to Elizabeth’s tolerance in religious matters and the challenges of the Reformation.

More than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889
By Stephen Kantrowitz
A narrative chronicle of the efforts of Northern activists to establish free citizenship for African Americans before and after the Civil War offers an award-winning historian’s perspectives on the era to explain how their campaigns redefined citizenship and extended well beyond the parameters of emancipation.

Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back
By Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy
Tracing some of the economic highs and lows that impacted the world in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the authors introduce the emerging field of resilience research and explain how to approach disruptions in ecosystems, business and government to better reinforce independent world systems.

The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World’s Greatest Empire
By Anthony Everitt
Everitt traces the rise of Rome as an unlikely evolution from a market village to the world’s most powerful empire, offering insight into its political clashes, military strategies, leading figures and internal corruptions.

coverSapp Attack
By Warren Sapp and David Fisher
A no-holds-barred personal account by the multiple award-winning defenseman and television sports analyst shares uproarious observations on lesser-known aspects of pro football, tracing his rise through high school and college athletic programs and his relationships with famous fellow players while sharing insights into how the NFL system actually works.

Several Short Sentences About Writing
By Verlyn Klinkenborg
A New York Times editorial board member and esteemed writing instructor counsels aspiring writers on how to move past conventional understanding of creativity, writer’s block and other literary challenges to develop a greater appreciation of how thinking, observation and learning become integral parts of the writing process.

Snow-Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835
By Jefferson Morley
The Washington, D.C. editor of Salon  documents how the epic struggle over slavery culminated in a race riot in mid-19th-century Washington City, providing coverage of such topics as the period influx of free black citizens, the contributions of District Attorney Francis Scott Key and the trials of Arthur Bowen and Beverly Snow.

Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America
By Tanner Colby
Colby chronicles the United States’ troubling relationship with race as reflected by four historical events, including the integration of a racist Birmingham school system and a Kansas City neighborhood’s fight against housing discrimination.

coverSome Remarks: Essays and Other Writing
By Neal Stephenson
This brilliant collection of nonfiction essays from the New York Times best-selling author covers a vast array of topics including, but not limited to, the importance of genre, Isaac Newton and metaphysics, Star Wars and 300, that offer a fascinating look into the mind of a remarkable writer.

The Synchronicity Key: The Hidden Intelligence Guiding the Universe and You
By David Wilcock
The author of the best-selling The Source Field Investigations expands on his findings in alternative sciences to reveal the interconnected nature of the universe, explaining hidden elements of time, how they relate to 2012 prophecies and his recommendations for a spiritual life.

Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success
By Madeline Levine
Combining cutting-edge research with 30 years of clinical experience, a renowned psychologist examines how we view success, raise our children and expend our energies and resources, and demonstrates how to shift one’s focus to adopt a parenting style that promotes academic success, a sense of purpose, connection and meaning in life.

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