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Adult Nonfiction


The Secret Rooms: the True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, & a Family Secret

By Catherine Bailey

(Adult Non-fiction)

When the author began researching archival materials at Belvoir Castle in England, she never dreamed that she would stumble into a mystery. When the 9th Duke of Rutland died alone in the very rooms holding the family archives, his heir ordered the rooms sealed up. Not until sixty years later was historian Catherine Bailey permitted to enter and begin looking through the massive amounts of correspondence. As she read, disturbing references to events in the past were uncovered. Even more, three years of the late Duke’s life were simply erased from the files. Why? The author uncovers a family that gives new meaning to the word dysfunctional, and brings to light what the Duke was trying desperately to cover up during his last days. (Format: Print)




Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century 

By Peter Graham

(Adult Non-Fiction)

This is a fascinating look at two teenaged girls who committed premeditated murder in 1954 New Zealand and the trial that followed.  One of the young ladies is better known today as mystery author Anne Perry.  In the 1950’s, Perry was Juliet Hulme.  She and her best friend Pauline Parker took Parker’s mother for a walk and bludgeoned her to death.  Why? Read this true crime book to find out the twists and turns that led up to the killing, still considered one of the most interesting cases of all time.  (Format: Print)




Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio 

Edited by Lisa Watts

(Adult Non-fiction)

Ohio was a great place to grow up!  That’s the consensus from a diverse group of contemporary writers claimed by the Buckeye State as “ours.”  From poet Rita Dove, former poet laureate of the United States, to Mark Winegardner, tapped to continue writing the Godfather saga; the contributors to Good Roots share childhood memories of an idyllic Midwest upbringing and how it shaped them in adult hood.  Some were raised in cities, others in rural Ohio towns, but they all share a sense of pride and nostalgia for their roots. (Format: Print)





Rose Kennedy’s Family Album: From the Fitzgerald Kennedy Private Collection, 1978-1946

Forward by Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg

(Adult Non- Fiction)

If you think you’ve seen all the photos that are to be seen of the Kennedy family, this collection might surprise you.  Included here are photographs from long before there was a Kennedy “dynasty”.  These are photos belonging to family matriarch Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, presented here along with brief commentary by Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg.  Viewing these photos of the Kennedy children,  Kennedy and Fitzgerald grandparents, friends, etc.,  and reading some of the accompanying notes, letters, and diary entries, one is struck by the ordinariness of the typical family groupings and settings (albeit a very wealthy family, even early on). As the publisher writes: “The images capture the formative years of a uniquely American dynasty, imparting a glowing nostalgia to the period and detailing the family's progress as it grows from a pair of turn-of-the-century newlyweds into a populous, vibrant clan of hopeful young men and women on the brink of their brilliant destinies.” (Format: Print)




The Woman Who Knew too Much: Alice Stewart and the Secrets of Radiation

By Gayle Greene

(Adult Non-Fiction)

For years, Dr. Alice Stewart had warned that low-dose radiation was far more dangerous than has been acknowledged.  Her studies in England in the 1950’s regarding the X-raying of pregnant women led to discovering that fetal X-rays doubled a child’s risk of developing cancer.  This went against everything the medical community had been told about X-rays, and Dr. Stewart’s work was ignored.  Years later, she continued her crusade, linking the dangers of nuclear weapons programs to dangerous health risks for industry workers.  This book is the story of her remarkable life and pioneering scientific work. (Format: Print)




An Unintended Journey; a Caregiver’s Guide to Dementia

By Janet Yagoda Shagam

(Adult Non-fiction)

This book addresses the needs and challenges faced by adult children and other family members who are scrambling to make sense of what is happening to themselves and the loved ones in their care. The author, an experienced medical and science writer known for her ability to clearly explain complex and emotionally sensitive topics, is also a former family caregiver herself. Using both personal narrative and well-researched, expert-verified content, she guides readers through the often-confusing and challenging world of dementia care.  (Formats: Print; e-book)




Little Girl Lost: the True Story of the Vandling Murder                             

By Tammy Mal

(Adult Non-fiction; True Crime)

The heinous murder of 9 year-old Mae Barrett on a snowy cold night in January of 1945 shocked the small town of Vandling, Pennsylvania.  Mae Barrett decided to walk home from church that January evening.  She met someone she knew on her trip home, and she disappeared.  By morning snow covered the streets, making it nearly impossible for police to track her route the previous night.  When her badly beaten and mutilated body was found the following day in an abandoned house, the community was in disbelief.  One bloody, lone glove dropped in the snow by the killer would lead detectives directly to 13 year-old Myron Semunchick.  He would become the youngest person ever charged, convicted, and sentenced for first-degree murder in Pennsylvania.  Readers will not want to put down Little Girl Lost until the final page is read. (Format: Print)




Dad is Fat                              

By Jim Gaffigan

(Adult Non-fiction; Humor)

In Dad is Fat , stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who's best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children--everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers' communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four year olds ("there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor"). Reminiscent of Bill Cosby's Fatherhood, Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home (Format: Print)




What the Amish Can Teach Us About the Simple Life: Homespun Hints for Family Gatherings, Spending Less, and Sharing Your Bounty

By Georgia Varozza

 (Adult Non-Fiction)

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)



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