What the Amish Can Teach Us About the Simple Life: Homespun Hints for Family Gatherings, Spending Less, and Sharing Your Bounty
By Georgia Varozza
Georgia Varozza grew up learning and living the simple, plain life of the Amish. She learned how to create for herself a contented, homemade way of life no matter where she went. Even when she was away at college, Varozza lived like the Amish. She made and sold quilts and crocheted afghans, using her needlework skills to make ends meet. While living in San Francisco she was able to grow her own herbs and food items between the concrete streets and among the hi-rise apartments. Despite the hurry, scurry of life in a big city, Varozza lived in quiet contentment. For those of us who live in the frantic and technology-driven world of today, but crave a more quiet, contented way of life, Varozza shows us we can look to the Amish for inspiration.(Format: Print)
Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: from the Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad
By Brett Martin
Recognize the title of your favorite adult TV show in this book’s title? Have you wondered how those and other critically-acclaimed, masterfully-written, -acted, and –directed shows come together? You may find that this book with its behind-the-scenes revelations will give you fascinating insights into the creative process of premium TV shows. Much of the focus is on the creative and often, yes “difficult” men (no women) that are the “show-runners”. That’s a job title that’s evolved in recent years to describe the person responsible for the creation of the show and its subsequent development; in fact, the show-runner has creative control of just about every aspect, from writing, to directing, to casting, and more. The name of show-runners like David Chase; or Matthew Weiner; or Vince Gilligan – have become as recognizable to fans of their shows as the actors playing the shows’ main characters. Of course, because these are hugely creative people with hugely massive egos, with few exceptiong the creative process of writing and producing these weekly shows becomes a titanic struggle and of course, there are millions of dollars on the line, not to mention the networks’ reputations. Good reading while you wait for Mad Men’s Don Draper to return for another season....(Format: Print)
Rest in Pieces; the Curious Fates of Famous Corpses
By Bess Lovejoy
No one here gets out alive, according to the late musician Jim Morrison. He’s correct, but some of the most influential figures in history had very interesting times as they crossed into the Great Beyond. The deceased have been stolen, burned, mutilated, stuffed and more! From Abraham Lincoln to Lord Horatio Nelson, read the sometimes hilarious and sometimes horrifying stories of the corpses of some of history’s finest folk. Lean about attitudes toward the dead, and how respect (or lack thereof) has been shown through the ages. Extensively indexed with wonderful source notes, this is a fascinating book about a topic that interests us all. (Format: Print)
Bunker Hill: a City, a Siege, a Revolution
By Nathaniel Philbrick
Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord. In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists. (Formats: Print; Large Type; Book-on-CD)
Moving Miss Peggy: a Story of Dementia, Courage, and Consolation
By Robert Benson
When the vibrant, beloved Miss Peggy began the agonizing descent into the darkness of dementia, her family faced what an estimated 35.6 million people around the world live with each day. Moving Miss Peggy: A Story of Dementia, Courage and Consolation is an intimate look at what dementia means for a family: how do you organize your mother s new life, how do you move her from her cherished home; how do you come to terms with the fact that the woman who, as Benson writes, once seemed to hold the whole world in her hands, now does not know the day of the week? Simply told, it’s a story that will resonate with many adult children. (Format: print)
iPad: the Missing Manual
By J.D. Biersdorfer
The iPad comes loaded with a ton of features, like emailing, surfing the internet, reading ebooks, playing music, watching videos, playing games, and much, much more, but it doesn’t come with any instructions informing the user how to do them! iPad: the Missing Manual will fill the gaps left by the lack of an instruction book packed in the iPad box. The reader can turn on their iPad, sit down with the manual, and go page by page through the book, learning how to use the features of the iPad. Colored screen shots, easy to read and understand text, great organization of tasks to be prformed each step of the way, and a good dose of hmor, make learning to use the iPad fun. Biersdorfer has written other books along the “missing manual” theme, and this one surely takes the frustration and complication out of using the iPad! (Print format)
A Grand Complication: the Race to Build the World’s Most Legendary Watch
By Stacy Perman
Two wealthy, powerful men engage in a decades-long contest to create and possess the most remarkable watch in history. James Ward Packard of Warren, Ohio, was an entrepreneur and a talented engineer of infinite curiosity, a self-made man who earned millions from his inventions, including the design and manufacture of America's first luxury car-the elegant and storied Packard. Henry Graves, Jr., was the very essence of blue-blooded refinement in the early 1900s: son of a Wall Street financier, a central figure in New York high society, and a connoisseur of beautiful things-especially fine watches. Then, as now, expensive watches were the ultimate sign of luxury and wealth, but in the early twentieth century the limitless ambition, wealth, and creativity of these two men pushed the boundaries of mathematics, astronomy, craftsmanship, technology, and physics to create ever more ingenious timepieces. With meticulous research, vivid historical details, and a wealth of dynamic personalities, A Grand Complication is the fascinating story of the thrilling duel between two of the most intriguing men of the early twentieth century. Above all, it is a sweeping chronicle of innovation, the desire for beauty, and the lengths people will go to possess it.
Tipping Sacred Cows: Kick the Bad Work Habits That Masquerade as Virtues
By Jake Breeden
We all know the "sacred cows" at work: the conventional wisdom to try your best, work well with others, and produce excellent work. But these cherished nuggets of advice, in practice, have a dark side that can lead to career-limiting unintended consequences. Based on Jake Breeden′s experience coaching thousands of leaders in 27 countries, and the latest scientific research in behavioral economics, neuroscience, and psychology, Tipping Sacred Cows reveals how to overcome the dangerous behaviors that masquerade as virtues at work, and how to lead with fewer self-imposed limitations and greater results. Identifies the seven most common sacred cows at work, including balance that turns bland, creativity that conceals narcissism, and passion that becomes obsession. Offers simple steps for recognizing and overcoming the potentially career-limiting effects of each of the most common sacred cows.
Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America’s Most Widespread Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed it Forever
By Geoff Williams
This book chronicles the events leading up to, during, and after the Great Flood of 1913. It began on March 23 with a series of tornadoes, but then unprecedented rains began falling and continued to pummel a wide area of the country (including Ohio). This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Great Flood, and the author gives us horrifying glimpses as heroes and villains emerge from the catastrophe. Mother Nature claimed more than 700 lives during her rampage, with millions more homeless and in despair.
Storm Kings: The Untold Story of America’s First Tornado Chasers
By Lee Sandlin
This book tells the story of weather-obsessed individuals whose groundwork made the science of meteorology possible. The population’s interest in North America’s tornadoes is as old as civilization. As population centers began to fan out into the Midwest, reports of strange, singing storms that left pure destruction piqued the interest of a number of individuals, including Benjamin Franklin. The author’s vivid descriptions of some of the devastating tornadoes from the country’s past are truly frightening. Storms such as these demanded an explanation, and the stories of the men who investigated “whirlwinds” is a fascinating read.
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