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Adult Nonfiction

 

How About Never - Is Never Good for You? My Life in Cartoons

By Robert Mankoff

(Adult Non-Fiction)

People tell Bob Mankoff that as the cartoon editor of The New Yorker he has the best job in the world. Never one to beat around the bush, he explains to us, in the opening of this singular, delightfully eccentric book, that because he is also a cartoonist at the magazine he actually has two of the best jobs in the world. With the help of myriad images and his funniest, most beloved cartoons, he traces his love of the craft all the way back to his childhood, when he started doing funny drawings at the age of eight. After meeting his mother, we follow his unlikely stints as a high-school basketball star, draft dodger, and sociology grad student. He allows us into the hallowed halls of The New Yorker to show us the soup-to-nuts process of cartoon creation, giving us a detailed look not only at his own work, but that of the other talented cartoonists who keep us laughing week after week. (Format: Print)

 

 

 

Cheaper By the Dozen

By Frank Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

(Adult Non-Fiction)

The classic American memoir of twelve kids, two parents, and a world of laughter and love. Translated into more than fifty languages and adapted into two classic motion pictures, Cheaper by the Dozen is the unforgettable story of the Gilbreth clan as told by two of its members. In this endearing, amusing memoir, siblings Frank Jr. and Ernestine capture the hilarity and heart of growing up in an oversized family. Mother and Dad are world-renowned efficiency experts, helping factories fine-tune their assembly lines for maximum output at minimum cost. At home, the Gilbreths themselves have cranked out twelve kids, and Dad is out to prove that efficiency principles can apply to family as well as the workplace. The heartwarming and comic stories of the jumbo-sized Gilbreth clan have delighted generations of readers, and will keep you and yours laughing for years. (Formats: Print; Large Print; e-Book; Book-on-CD; DVD)

 

 

 

 

Success Through Stillness

By Russell Simmons

(Adult Self-Help)

In Success Through Stillness, hip-hop mogul ( and bestselling author of Super Rich: a Guide to Having it All) Russell Simmons shows the connection between inner peace and outward success through interviews with other successful leaders in various industries, and how learning to be still has been instrumental in his own career. Simmons attributes his meditation practice with changing his life for the better and says that there is no "bad" way to meditate, only different forms for different people.  Simmons guides readers into finding greater clarity and focus, and explains how to be healthier in both mind and body. Simmons breaks down what he's learned from masters of meditation into a guide that is accessible to those unfamiliar with the practice.  (Format: Print)

 

 

 

 

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)

 

  

 

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