September 2011 Nonfiction

Computer, Science, and General Works

Unwasted : my lush sobriety by Sacha Z. Scoblic.

A “New York Times” columnist shares the wildly bizarre feat of getting clean, getting her eyes open, and getting a life. Filled with humor and newfound awareness, “Unwasted” chronicles Scoblic’s journey to becoming sober.

Philosophy and Psychology

All pets go to heaven : the spiritual lives of the animals we love by Sylvia Browne

World-famous psychic, spiritual guide, and #1 “New York Times”-bestselling author Browne uses her special psychic gift to show readers how pets fit into the afterlife. With 40 years of research and stories culled from her decades-long career, the author reveals keen insights into the true beings of animals.

Incognito : the secret lives of the brain by David M. Eagleman

If the conscious mind accounts for only a tiny fraction of the brain’s function, what is all the rest doing? This is the question that Eagleman, a renowned neuroscientist and acclaimed author of “Sum,” answers in a book as accessible and entertaining as it is deeply informed by startling, up-to-the-minute research.

Religion

The Christmas spirit : memories of family, friends, and faith by Joel Osteen

For many, the Christmas season can be filled with distractions and anxiety rather than the joy and peace it is supposed to bring. In The Christmas Spirit, his first holiday book, Joel Osteen offers uplifting and inspiring stories of family and friends celebrating Christmas traditions that will help readers return to the essence of the holiday by practicing the principles taught by our Savior, Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate that day. With these stories, Joel reminds us all of what is truly important in life. Filled with humorous and compelling holiday memories from Joel’s family and friends, this heartwarming collection will inspire and amuse readers while enhancing their faith in God’s goodness and eternal wisdom. The stories in The Christmas Spirit reflect that this Christian holiday is a celebration of family: God’s family, our own, and the diverse global family. Friends and families from near and far share faith and Christmas traditions: They laugh together. They grieve together. They support each other. They offer proof that the best way to overcome hurt and loneliness is to reach out to others who may be hurting and lonely, too. Joel’s unique stories and memories will encourage readers to savor their own Christmas memories, to share them with loved ones, and to create new memories and traditions that will be passed down for generations to come. For those feeling stressed, hurt, or lacking direction this holiday season, these heartwarming stories will serve as a healing balm and a guiding light to a more hopeful and peaceful holiday. Over the past decade, Joel Osteen has been called the Most Influential Christian in America by numerous publications and, in 2006, was named one of Barbara Walters’s Most Fascinating People. Hailed as “America’s voice of hope,” Joel Osteen is one of the most respected pastors in America. Each week 43,000 people attend his worship services at Lakewood Church in Houston, and his weekly inspirational program is seen by more than 7 million television viewers across America, along with tens of millions more in 200 nations throughout the world. This new book of stories from family and friends about Christmas will be cherished by readers everywhere.

Social Sciences

Rules for radical conservatives : beating the left at its own game to take back America by David Kahane

Are you a frustrated conservative shocked by the bunch of far Left fanatics driving the bus-and our future-off a cliff? It’s time to fight back with the same ruthlessness that has served the radicals so well-not just now, but for the long term. And who better to reveal their strategies-and their fatal weaknesses-than one of their own? Playing on his all-too-typical hubris and good old greed, we’ve recruited well-known liberal apparatchik David Kahane to lead conservatives out of the political wilderness, whether he means to or not. Is he arrogant and obnoxious? Absolutely. Does he deliver the goods? You betcha. We’ll let Dave speak for himself:   Please allow me to introduce myself. . . . My name is David and I’m going to share some secrets. I’m going to take you into the smoke-free back rooms of today’s progressive political machine to reveal how it really operates-and how you can bring it down. I’ll lay out the rules we radicals have used to run circles around you, and clue you in on how to make them work for you, too. How do I know this stuff? As the son of the sainted “Che” Kahane, I’ve been schooled in the art of seizing and holding political power as we transform America one antiquated tradition and constitutional clause at a time. Now I work in Hollywood, where I’ve perfected the game pioneered by such pros as Machiavelli, Saul Alinsky, and Al Capone, father of the immortal Chicago Way. Read on and learn from our time-tested techniques:   • Know your enemy, his intentions, his weapons, and his weaknesses. You too can play relentless, on-message hardball with every scandal, hypocrisy, lie, and fundamentally flawed policy your adversaries dish up. • Become what you behold. Adopt some of our scorched-earth tactics, best described in David Mamet’s Untouchables: “They pull a knife, you pull a gun.” • Take no prisoners. Attack our premises, expose their true nature and consequences, and pin them on us, hard. • Never cede anything to the other side, philosophically speaking. Force the Left to argue facts, not emotions. We hate that. •Treat us with the same respect we give you.None. • It is better to be feared than liked, especially by your enemies.And it helps to show up for the fight. (Note to past and future Republican candidates.) Why am I telling you all this? Because I thrive on making trouble and, frankly, because I’m proud of what my team has done. Between us, I dont think it matters if I turn over our playbook to you at this late date. I dont think you can get it together to stop us now. Plus, I got a lot of money. Happy reading, America! You think you can take us down? Go for it. I dare you.

Constitution cafe : Jefferson’s brew for a true revolution by Christopher Phillips

Energized by the initial optimism surrounding Obama’s presidency and, conversely, the fierce partisanship in Congress, Christopher Phillips has set out to engage Americans in discussions surrounding our must fundamental rights and freedoms, with some help from Thomas Jefferson. A radical in his own day, Jefferson believed that the Constitution should be revised periodically to keep up with the changing times. Instead, it has become a sacred, immutable text-and in Phillips’s opinion, it’s in need of some shaking up. From a high school in West Virginia to People’s Park in Berkeley, California; from Burning Man to the Mall of America, Phillips gathered together Americans from all walks of life, moderating dialogues inspired by Jefferson’s own populist political philosophy, formulating new Constitutional articles. With contagious passion and conviction, Philips has taken up Jefferson’s cause for a truly participatory democracy at a time when our country needs it most.

The end of country by Seamus McGraw

Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, is home to one of the richest natural gas deposits the world has ever known. “The End of Country” is the compelling story about the battle for control that ensued after the discovery of the Marcellus gas deposits.

Precious objects : a story of diamonds, family, and a way of life by Alicia Oltuski

In the middle of New York City lies a neighborhood where all secrets are valuable, all assets are liquid, and all deals are sealed with a blessing rather than a contract. Welcome to the diamond district. Ninety percent of all diamonds that enter America pass through these few blocks, but the inner workings of this mysterious world are known only to the people who inhabit it. In Precious Objects, twenty-six-year-old journalist Alicia Oltuski, the daughter and granddaughter of diamond dealers, seamlessly blends family narrative with literary reportage to reveal the fascinating secrets of the diamond industry and its madcap characters: an Elvis-impersonating dealer, a duo of diamond-detective brothers, and her own eccentric father. With insight and drama, Oltuski limns her family’s diamond-paved move from communist Siberia to a displaced persons camp in post-World War II Germany to New York’s diamond district, exploring the connections among Jews and the industry, the gem and its lore, and the exotic citizens of this secluded world. Entertaining and illuminating, Precious Objects offers an insider’s look at the history, business, and society behind one of the world’s most coveted natural resources, providing an unforgettable backstage pass to an extraordinary and timeless show.

Skyjack : the hunt for D.B. Cooper by Geoffrey Gray

“I have a bomb here and I would like you to sit by me.”   That was the note handed to a stewardess by a mild-mannered passenger on a Northwest Orient flight in 1971. It was the start of one of the most astonishing whodunits in the history of American true crime: how one man extorted $200,000 from an airline, then parachuted into the wilds of the Pacific Northwest and into oblivion. D. B. Cooper’s case has become the stuff of legend and obsessed and cursed his pursuers with everything from bankruptcy to suicidal despair. Now with Skyjack , journalist Geoffrey Gray delves into this unsolved mystery uncovering new leads in the infamous case.   Starting with a tip from a private investigator into a promising suspect (a Cooper lookalike, Northwest employee, and trained paratrooper), Gray is propelled into the murky depths of a decades-old mystery, conducting new interviews and obtaining a first-ever look at Cooper’s FBI file. Beginning with a heartstopping and unprecedented recreation of the crime itself, from cabin to cockpit to tower, and uncanny portraits of characters who either chased Cooper or might have committed the crime, including Ralph Himmelsbach, the most dogged of FBI agents, who watched with horror as a criminal became a counter-culture folk hero who supposedly shafted the system&Karl Fleming, a respected reporter whose career was destroyed by a Cooper scoop that was a scam&and Barbara (nee Bobby) Dayton, a transgendered pilot who insisted she was Cooper herself.   With explosive new information and exclusive access to FBI files and forensic evidence, Skyjack reopens one of the great cold cases of the 20th century.

Portrait of a monster : Joran van der Sloot, a murder in Peru, and the Natalee Holloway mystery by Lisa Pulitzer and Cole Thompson

In May 2005, Natalee Holloway disappeared from a high school trip to Aruba. Five years to the day later, 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez was reported missing in Lima, Peru. Implicated in both crimes was one young man: Joran van der Sloot.A 22-year-old Dutchman, van der Sloot has become the subject of intense scrutiny by the media and the public in the years since 2005. He was arrested and detained by Aruban authorities in connection with the Holloway murder, only to be released after questioning. In 2008, during a Dutch sting operation, he admitted to being present for Holloway’s death–but later recanted his statement.In 2010, on the five year anniversary of her disappearance, a young business student in Peru named Stephany Flores Ramirez disappeared, only to be found dead three days later in a hotel room–registered to Joran van der Sloot. He was arrested for the murder, and he confessed, but later claimed it was coerced.This is the first book to offer a probing look at the man tied to two of the most sensational cases of the decade. With unprecedented access to investigative files from law enforcement in the U.S., Aruba, Chile and Peru, Portrait of a Monster offers an unflinching glimpse into the workings of an international manhunt and a chilling portrait of the alleged killer within.  Exclusive Details from Portrait of a Monster include: • Interviews with members of the families of Joran, Stephany and Natalee.• Internal communications between Interpol, the FBI, Aruban officials and officials in Chile and Peru.• Never before seen police files from Chile, Peru and Aruba.• Behind the scene details of the police interviews with Joran at police headquarters in Peru as  described by those who were in the room.• Exclusive police document entitled “The 21 Reasons why police think Joran is guilty” of the murder  of Stephany Flores.• Transcripts from police interviews in Aruba with Joran, and Satish and Deepak Kalpoe, including    the secretly recorded audiotape of the three alone in an interrogation room of the Aruban Police   Department.• Joran’s troubles in Thailand, including a possible connection to human sex trafficking.• Never before seen photos of the crime scene in Peru, Stephany’s car, police mug shots, fingerprint   files, hotel records and more.

Reasonable doubt : the fashion writer, Cape Cod, and the trial of Chris McCowen by Peter Manso

Chronicles the 2002 murder of Christa Worthington and the ensuing trial and conviction of African-American trash collector Christopher McCowen, revealing the conflicting testimony, crime-scene contamination and police misconduct that have caused many to believe that McCowen is innocent.

Language

The well-spoken thesaurus : the most powerful ways to say everyday words and phrases by Tom Heehler

In this unconventional, easy-to-use thesaurus, Heehler, a degree student at the Harvard Extension School, invites the reader to speak like an academic without sounding like one. Written in accessible yet sophisticated language, the book offers 17 lessons on rhetorical form and design, using the writing techniques and rhetorical formulas of 17 writers and speakers, including Ken Kesey, Barbara Kingsolver, Margaret Atwood, T. S. Eliot, Cormac McCarthy, and Barack Obama. Techniques covered include the conversion of the figurative, verb displacement, poetic articles, and creative prepositions. Readers are steered from the seven rhetorical sins (melodrama, needlessness, cliché, pretension, craftiness, perkiness, and wordiness) with particularly odious examples. Entries on common words and phrases in the thesaurus section provide not just synonyms, but more powerful words, which the author calls powernyms, illustrated with example boxes. A list of 200 well-spoken alternatives to common words and phrases rounds out the reference. Heehler is the creator of a free online language course called Fluent in Five Languages. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Technology and Applied Science

Prime time by Jane Fonda

In this inspiring and candid book, Jane Fonda, #1 bestselling author, actress, and workout pioneer, gives us a blueprint for living well and for making the most of life, especially the second half of it. Covering sex, love, food, fitness, self-understanding, spiritual and social growth, and your brain. In Prime Time, she offers a vision for successful living and maturing, A to Z. Highlighting new research and stories from her own life and from the lives of others, Jane Fonda explores how the critical years from 45 and 50, and especially from 60 and beyond, can be times when we truly become the energetic, loving, fulfilled people we were meant to be. Covering the 11 key ingredients for vital living, Fonda invites you to consider with her how to live a more insightful, healthy, and fully integrated life, a life lived more profoundly in touch with ourselves, our bodies, minds, and spirits, and with our talents, friends, and communities. In her research, Fonda discovered two metaphors, the arch and the staircase, that became for her two visions of life. She shows how to see your life the staircase way, as one of continual ascent. She explains how she came to understand the earlier decades of her life by performing a life review, and she shows how you can do a life review too. She reveals how her own life review enabled her to let go of old patterns, to see what means the most to her, and then to cultivate new goals and dreams, to make the most of the mature years. For there has been a longevity revolution, and the average human life expectancy has jumped by years. Fonda asks, what we are meant to do with this precious gift of time? And she writes about how we can navigate the fertile voids that life periodically presents to us. She makes suggestions about exercise (including three key movements for optimal health), diet (how to eat by color), meditation, and how learning new things and creating fresh pathways in your brain can add quality to your life. Fonda writes of positivity, and why many people are happier in the second half of their lives than they have ever been before. In her #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, My Life So Far, Jane Fonda focused on the first half of her extraordinary life what she called Acts I and II with an eye toward preparing for a vibrant Act III. Now we have a thoughtfully articulated memoir and guide for how to make all of your life, and especially Act III, Prime Time.

What’s eating your child? : the hidden connections between food and childhood ailments : anxiety, recurrent ear infections, stomachaches, picky eating, rashes, ADHD, and more : and what every parent can do about it by Kelly Dorfman

Why treat your child with drugs when you can your child with food?

Sugar nation : the hidden truth behind America’s deadliest habit and the simple way to beat it by Jeff O’Connell

“Sugar Nation” lays bare the dangerous consequences of Americans’ love affair with sugar and offers a simple plan to beat our nation’s diabetes epidemic.

Attracting native pollinators : protecting North America’s bees and butterflies : the Xerces Society guide by Eric Mader

The Xerces Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of pollinators, offers a comprehensive guide to creating inviting habitats for the bees, butterflies, wasps, flies, moths, and beetles who pollinate over 70 percent of North America’s flowering plants. Native bees, particularly, are discussed in-depth with information on establishing nesting sites and foraging areas, conservation on farms and in natural areas, and reducing the impact of land management practices on pollinators. Replete with stunning color photographs on every page, the resource includes sample garden plans, regional plant lists for pollinator gardens, a list of butterfly host plants, a pictorial guide to native bees, and extensive additional resources. This impressive reference should prove invaluable to gardeners, orchardists, farmers, park managers, and others responsible for the maintenance of green spaces. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Composting inside & out by Stephanie Davies

Hundreds of millions of tons of solid waste are produced in the U.S. annually, and landfills simply store it, not eliminate it. Recycling diverts significant amounts of waste, but the fact remains that the majority of landfill space is occupied by organic material. The good news is, composting is a natural and beneficial way to eliminate this waste, and anyone can do it.

Gardening with children by Monika Hannemann

Brooklyn Botanic Garden-home of the oldest continuously operating children’s garden in North America-offers a groundbreaking handbook that helps parents, teachers, and community gardeners introduce kids to the pleasures of gardening. In addition to growing common plants from seed, children will become more aware of nature’s cycles and earth’s ecology, and enjoy a variety of fun projects.

Growing tasty tropical plants in any home, anywhere by Laurelynn G. Martin and Byron E. Martin

At last, homegrown food doesn’t have to be humble. In fact, it can be downright exotic. A cup of coffee brewed from beans grown in the kitchen. Juice from an orange harvested from the living room. A salad sprinkled with pomegranate seeds or olives plucked from a tree in the dining room. It’s now possible in any climate, thanks to Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere, the breakthrough book by Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin. In this practical guide the owners of the acclaimed Logee’s Tropical Plants draw on a century’s worth of family secrets for lush, exotic edibles, all grown in containers indoors.The book covers 47 varieties of fruiting plants — from chocolate to cherries, from papaya to passion fruit, from grapefruit to guava. For each plant the Martins provide everything an enthusiast needs to know, including information on plant selection, planting, pruning, maintenance, and harvesting. They also provide guidelines for caring for container-grown fruit trees — watering, pest control, pruning, fertilizers, and troubleshooting. The book will have instant appeal to the ever-growing number of consumers interested in growing their own food, as well as houseplant enthusiasts looking for new and unusual (and productive!) plants. The Martins observed a 40 percent increase in fruiting plant sales from 2007 to 2008 alone, and their hotline is bombarded with questions about growing exotic fruits. There are simply no other books devoted to growing tropical edible plants indoors. This book, truly the first of its kind, is sure to be both an immediate hit and a long-term classic. Now anyone can enjoy the challenge and satisfaction of growing tropical fruit…as close to home as it gets.

Taunton’s complete guide to growing vegetables & herbs from the publishers of Fine Gardening & Kitchen Gardener ; edited by Ruth Lively

Published from 1996 to 2001, Kitchen Gardener magazine featured articles focused on edible gardening, written by expert gardeners from throughout the US and Canada. A former editor of the magazine, Connecticut-based Lively assembles valuable information from the numerous issues of the magazine into a single volume sure to inspire novice and experienced gardeners alike as the current “eat local” movement gains ground across the US. The first half of the text addresses basics, from design and layout to hardscape and structures, soil improvement, watering, fertilizing, and managing pests and problems. The second half is an A-to-Z guide to sowing, growing, and harvesting 85 vegetable and herbs. Illustrated throughout with color photographs, diagrams, and charts. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

The top 100 baby food recipes : easy purées & first foods for 6-12 months by Christine Bailey

It’s easy to rely on jars of processed food when feeding a baby-but doesn’t your baby deserve better? In this latest Top 100 entry, child nutrition expert Christine Bailey offers recipes that are simple, nutritious, delicious, and just right for 9-to-12-month-olds. Her yummy fare ranges from Fennel & Apple Purée to Creamy Pesto Chicken with Roast Vegetables. Also included: a table of when to introduce specific foods.

The everything root cellaring book : learn to store, cook, and preserve fresh produce all year round! by Catherine Abbott ; foreword by Meghan Shinn

There’s an old-fashioned solution to the problem of fresh produce going bad. Store fruits and veggies in a root cellar or other cold storage location! This book provides you with step-by-step plans on how to build a root cellar–or utilize the one you’ve got. Professional farmer Catherine Abbott teaches you: How to effectively organize your root cellar Where to store fruits and vegetables in unconventional places What the best fruits and vegetables are for storing Ways to preserve, dry, and freeze a variety of foods to enjoy all winter long Recipes for fresh fruits, berries, veggies, and herbs to cook all year round Featuring illustrations for building root cellars as well as a full nutritional breakdown for all 150 recipes, you will love this comprehensive guide. Before long, you’ll know how to provide yourself and your family with great nutritious foods all year long!

French classics made easy by Richard Grausman

Classic French food is hotter than ever. But one thing hasn t changed few of us have the time, the patience, the technique, or the cream and butter allowance to tackle the classics as presented by Julia Child s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The good news is we don t need to. For the past 40 years Richard Grausman, America s premier culinary teacher, has been training American chefs in a simpler, better way of French cooking, and in French Classics Made Easy a refreshed and updated edition of his original collection, At Home with the French Classics he shares all of his extraordinary innovations and techniques. Golden souffl’s in ten minutes. A light and luscious chocolate mousse that can be made as a cake, a chocolate roll, souffl?, or pudding. Plus Cassoulet, Boeuf Bourguignon, Coq au Vin, Bouillabaisse, Poached Salmon with Beurre Blanc in all, 250 impeccably clear, step-by-step recipes in range of anyone who knows how to boil water or dice an onion. When a step isn t critical, Grausman eliminates it. If something can be done in advance, he does it. Plus he s cut the amount of butter, cream, egg yolks, salt, and sugar; the result is health-conscious recipes that don t compromise the essential nature of the dish. Techniques are illustrated throughout in line drawings. It s the grandness of French cuisine, made accessible for both entertaining and everyday meals.

Put ’em up! : a comprehensive home preserving guide for the creative cook, from drying and freezing to canning and pickling by Sherri Brooks Vinton

With simple step-by-step instructions and 175 delicious recipes, Put ‘em Up will have even the most timid beginners filling their pantries and freezers in no time! You’ll find complete how-to information for every kind of preserving: refrigerating, freezing, air- and oven-drying, cold- and hot-pack canning, and pickling. Recipes range from the contemporary and daring – Wasabi Beans, Cherry and Black Pepper Preserves, Pickled Fennel, Figs in Honey Syrup, Sweet Pepper Marmalade, Berry Bourbon, Salsa Verde – to the very best versions of tried-and-true favorites, including applesauce and apple butter, dried tomatoes, marinara sauce, bread and butter pickles, classic strawberry jam, and much, much more.

Alan Dunn’s Christmas cakes by Alan Dunn

Add elegance and cheer to any holiday celebration! Alan Dunn, a master of the art of sugarcraft, makes it easy to create single- and double-tiered round, square- and even star-shaped cakes with sugarcraft poinsettias, holly berries, fir cones, and snowflakes. With stunning photography throughout, this guide presents 15 festive cakes and seven sprays to adorn the Christmas table.

The little book of pies & tarts : 50 easy homemade favorites to bake & share

Nothing says “home sweet home” like the aroma of a freshly baked pie. Now it’s easy to bring that sweetness into your kitchen! From basic ingredients and tools to essential techniques, this magnificent little cookbook explains everything needed to make perfect pies and tarts with ease. Rolling, shaping, and baking piecrusts will be a joy with the 50 foolproof recipes organized by difficulty-from a simple Banana Cream Pie to a savory Pesto and Ricotta Quiche to a sophisticated Strawberry Tart with a rosemary- and tarragon-scented crust.

Chic & unique celebration cakes : 30 fresh designs to brighten special occasions by Zoe Clark

Cake decorating is the perfect way to celebrate at any time of the year, and this book is packed with colourful cake designs for every occasion. It features 10 chapters, each with a stunning main cake design and two co-ordinating smaller treats, including cupcakes, mini cakes, cookies, fondant fancies and chocolates. Step-by-step illustrated instructions cover every essential technique, such as piping, stenciling and using cutters.

Whoopies! fabulous mix-and-match recipes for whoopies pies by Susanna Tee

Whoopies–small treats with a Devil’s Food Cake exterior and a Marshmallow Crème center–are the perfect, luscious dessert. So how can you possibly improve on a classic? By adding a variety of fabulous flavors and toppings!  This beautifully photographed cookbook offers twenty irresistible seasonal recipes (plus many variations), including Red Velvet, Creamy Strawberry, Butterscotch Toffee, and more! Each bite is a little bit of sweet heaven.

The punch bowl : 75 recipes spanning four centuries of wanton revelry by Dan Searing

This unique guide showcases 75 irresistible punch recipes: 50 vintage classics and 25 from today’s most accomplished bartenders. From Scorpion Punch to Rocky Mountain Punch, these single-bowl concoctions are perfect for any large party, whether casual backyard gathering or elegant holiday soirée. Featuring gorgeous photos of vintage bowls, glasses, and ladles, this fascinating cocktail companion also recounts the centuries-old history of punch.

Spend-a-little save-a-lot home improvements : money-saving projects anyone can do by Brad Staggs

Spend-A-Little, Save-A-Lot Home Improvements will help anyone save money by making their homes energy efficient and safe. Many of the projects have “green” benefits that will help reduce energy consumption. Step-by-step photos and instructions will show homeowners how to complete home improvement projects. Whether prepping a house for sale, or upgrading a “keeper”, the projects in this book will prove valuable, in a real sense.

Simply-built cabinets by Danny Proulx

Yes, cabinets are those things that make up the storage in a kitchen. And they are the built-in storage spaces in your bathroom, den and other rooms. But cabinets are also free-standing storage units like bookcases. Building cabinets is really building boxes and there are simple techniques to create solid, quality cabinets that look great. Learn easy steps for making doors and drawers for your cabinets; how to make counter tops, install hardware and more.

What to expect the second year : from 12 to 24 months by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel ; foreword by Mark D. Widome

Just in time for those first steps, here’s the next step in What to Expect. Picking up the action at baby’s first birthday, What to Expect the Second Year is the complete why, when, and how-to guide to the ôwonder yearö-twelve jam-packed months of amazing milestones, lightning-speed learning, and endless discoveries. Filled with must-have information on all things toddler, from feeding (tips to tempt picky palates) to sleep (how to get more of it), talking (decoding those first words) to behavior (defusing those first tantrums). Plus, how to keep your busy toddler safe and healthy.

The mom’s guide to running a business : strategies for work success and family balance by Michelle Lee Ribeiro

Do you have a hobby, a passion, a desire to bring your ideas to the world?

Gourds + fiber : embellishing gourds with basketry, weaving, stitching, macramé & more by Ginger Summit, Jim Widess

Two of the world’s leading experts combine gourd decorating and fiber arts for a fresh, up-to-date take on a centuries-old craft. Ginger Summit and Jim Widess will inspire gourd aficionados with a wide range of techniques, from coiling and plaiting to stitching and lacing. Over thirty fabulous projects use materials such as pine needles, silk cord, leather, reed, felt, and beads.

Books & journals : 20 great weekend projects by Constance E. Richards

Rev. ed. of: Making books and journals. 2000

Arts and Recreation

30-minute rings : 60 quick & creative projects for jewelers by Marthe Le Van

Make a fabulous fashion statement fast with this new entry in the popular 30-Minute series. 30-Minute Rings showcases 60 wonderfully inspired and fun projects from top artists — each created in just half an hour. The rings are stylish and modern, using materials ranging from elegant gold and silver to pink pearls and repurposed items. Contributors include Joanna Gollberg, Carlos Caballero Perez, Sara Westermark, Boris Bally, and many other fabulous jewelers. Also see 30-Minute Earrings and 30-Minute Necklaces !

Supergods : what masked vigilantes, miraculous mutants, and a sun god from Smallville can teach us about being human by Grant Morrison

From one of the most acclaimed writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind’s great modern myth: the superhero. Morrison draws on history, art, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this alternate universe to provide the first true chronicle of the superhero.

Inspiritu jewelry : earrings, bracelets and necklaces for the mind, body and spirit by Marie French

Discover the healing power of jewelry. Inspiritu Jewelry is a book full of inspiration and techniques for creating rich and romantic-looking jewelry with a new dimension – that of using adornment to enrich the spirit and offer a sense of wellbeing. This book guides you through 25 jewelry ?prescriptions.’ Entries from an old ?Prescriptions? book, belonging to a healer by the name of Milagros tie all of these projects together. The year is 1924 and you are introduced to healing methods Milagros used to treat the afflictions and heartaches of those in her small town. In addition to each project guiding you through a variety of jewelry-making techniques, each piece suggests a particular benefit to the wearer from learning patience to gaining protection on a journey and from offering forgiveness to remembering a loved one. You are also encouraged along the way to create jewelry pieces of your own for whatever purpose your desire.

New dimensions in bead and wire jewelry : unexpected combinations, unique designs by Margo Potter

Discover 30 stepped-out projects that explore the possibilities for using wire as a dimensional design feature as well as a structural one through combinations of both hard, soft wire and beads. In addition to basic wire-working techniques, inside New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry you’ll find a thorough introduction to the various types of wire that popular author Margot Potter uses throughout the book. Projects are organized into five chapters, each with a different focus on the type of wire used. Two chapters focus on hard-wire projects, two on soft wire, and a final chapter combines the two wire types together. Troubleshooting tips are sprinkled throughout the book and three variations per chapter give you great additional inspiration!

Sewn by hand : two dozen projects stitched with needle & thread by Susan Wasinger

Part nostalgia, part modern “slow movement,” Sewn By Hand celebrates the gentle comforts of creating beautiful pieces the old-fashioned way. This contemporary collection allows stitchers to be eco-friendly and mobile, as they carry their projects along with them just as knitters do. And with more than 20 items ranging from fashionable pillows and aprons to practical totes and pincushions, sewers will produce gorgeous results while they experience the simple joys of traditional sewing.

50 photo icons by Hans-Michael Koetzle

The most important landmarks in the history of photography under the microscope Photographs have a strange and powerful way of shaping the way we see the world and influencing our perceptions of reality. To demonstrate the unique and profound influence on culture and society that photographs have, Photo Icons puts the most important landmarks in the history of photography under the microscope. Each chapter of this special edition focuses on a single image which is described and analyzed in detail, in aesthetic, historical, and artistic contexts. The book begins with the very first permanent images (Nic phore Ni pce’s 1827 eight-hour-exposure rooftop picture and Louis Daguerre’s famous 1839 street scene) and takes the reader up through the present day, via the avant-garde photography of the 1920s and works such as Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother (1936), Robert Doisneau’s Kiss in Front of City Hall (1950), and Martin Parr’s ‘New European photography.’

Literature

The productive writer : tips & tools to help you write more, stress less & create success by Sage Cohen

Teacher, poet, business woman, and blogger Cohen presents an encouraging and galvanizing guide to productive writing. She provides copious exercises to bolster writing output as well as solutions to common problems faced by writers. Topics covered include thinking positive thoughts, embracing fear, and writing in the margins of a full-time life. The text includes inspirational quotes from the famous and snippets of easily remembered advice. The blocked or beginning writer is sure to find many helpful hints

Writer with a day job : inspiration & exercises to help you craft a writing life alongside your career by Áine Greaney

You can work full time and still have a productive writing life. Many writers waste time waiting for the day they can finally quit their day jobs and live the so-called writing dream. Don’t wait. You can do both-and your writing will be the better for it.

On writing fiction : rethinking conventional wisdom about the craft by David Jauss; foreward by Brett Lott

Possibilities and Paradoxes in the Craft of Fiction The pieces of a satisfying novel or story seem to fit together so effortlessly, so seamlessly, that it’s easy to find yourself wondering, “how on earth did the author do this?” The answer is simple: He sat alone at his desk, considered an array of options, and made smart, careful choices. In On Writing Fiction , award-winning author and respected creative writing professor David Jauss offers practical information and advice that will help you make smart creative and technical decisions about such topics as: Writing prose with syntax and rhythm to create a “soundtrack” for the narrative Choosing the right point of view to create the appropriate degree of “distance” between your characters and the reader Harnessing the power of contradiction in the creative process In one thought-provoking essay after another, Jauss sorts through unique fiction-writing conundrums, including how to create those exquisite intersections between truth and fabrication that make all great works of fiction so much more resonant than fiction that follows the “write what you know” approach that’s so often used.

History and Geography

Cocktail hour under the tree of forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller

In this sequel to ‘Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight’, Alexandra Fuller returns to Africa and the story of her unforgettable family. In ‘Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness’ Alexandra Fuller braids a multilayered narrative around the perfectly lit, Happy Valley-era Africa of her mother’s childhood; the boiled cabbage grimness of her father’s English childhood; and the darker, civil war- torn Africa of her own childhood. At its heart, this is the story of Fuller’s mother, Nicola. Born on the Scottish Isle of Skye and raised in Kenya, Nicola holds dear the kinds of values most likely to get you hurt or killed in Africa: loyalty to blood, passion for land, and a holy belief in the restorative power of all animals. Fuller interviewed her mother at length and has captured her inimitable voice with remarkable precision. ‘Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness’ is as funny, terrifying, exotic, and unselfconscious as Nicola herself. We see Nicola and Tim Fuller in their lavender-colored honeymoon period, when east Africa lies before them with all the promise of its liquid equatorial light, even as the British empire in which they both believe wanes. But in short order, an accumulation of mishaps and tragedies bump up against history until the couple finds themselves in a world they hardly recognize. We follow the Fullers as they hopscotch the continent, running from war and unspeakable heartbreak, from Kenya to Rhodesia to Zambia, even returning to England briefly. But just when it seems that Nicola has been broken entirely by Africa, it is the African earth itself that revives her. A story of survival and madness, love and war, loyalty and forgiveness, ‘Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness’ is an intimate exploration of the author’s family. In the end we find Nicola and Tim at a coffee table under their Tree of Forgetfulness on the banana and fish farm where they plan to spend their final days. In local custom, the Tree of Forgetfulness is where villagers meet to resolve disputes and it is here that the Fullers at last find an African kind of peace. Following the ghosts and dreams of memory, ‘Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness’ is Alexandra Fuller at her very best.

Haunted presidents : ghosts in the lives of the chief executives by Charles A. Stansfield, Jr

Have the men who held the high-pressure job of running the nation become restless spirits, reluctant or unable to leave the world of the living? This book follows the nations presidents chronologically, from George Washington to Ronald Reagan, with stories about their ghostly manifestations, their experiences with unexplained phenomena, and odd encounters involving members of their families. Readers will learn about Washingtons phantom appearance at the Battle of Gettysburg, Dolley Madisons spirit in the White House rose garden, Andrew Jacksons encounter with the Bell Witch, Abraham Lincolns prophetic dreams, the mischievous ghost of Franklin D. Roosevelts dog Fala, Richard Nixons spiritual conferences with dead presidents, and the odd demon cat that materializes prior to national disasters

Urban heroes : stories of ordinary Pittsburgh residents who do extraordinary things by John W. Stanko and Karla Threadgill Byrd

Biography

In my time : a personal and political memoir by Dick Cheney ; with Liz Cheney

In this eagerly anticipated memoir, former Vice President Dick Cheney delivers an unyielding portrait of American politics over nearly forty years and shares personal reflections on his role as one of the most steadfast and influential statesmen in the history of our country. The public perception of Dick Cheney has long been something of a contradiction. He has been viewed as one of the most powerful vice presidents–secretive, even mysterious, and at the same time opinionated and unflinchingly outspoken. He has been both praised and attacked by his peers, the press, and the public. Through it all, courting only the ideals that define him, he has remained true to himself, his principles, his family, and his country. Now in an enlightening and provocative memoir, a stately page-turner with flashes of surprising humor and remarkable candor, Dick Cheney takes readers through his experiences as family man, policymaker, businessman, and politician during years that shaped our collective history. Born into a family of New Deal Democrats in Lincoln, Nebraska, Cheney was the son of a father at war and a high-spirited and resilient mother. He came of age in Casper, Wyoming, playing baseball and football and, as senior class president, courting homecoming queen Lynne Vincent, whom he later married. This all-American story took an abrupt turn when he flunked out of Yale University, signed on to build power line in the West, and started living as hard as he worked. Cheney tells the story of how he got himself back on track and began an extraordinary ascent to the heights of American public life, where he would remain for nearly four decades: * He was the youngest White House Chief of Staff, working for President Gerald Ford–the first of four chief executives he would come to know well. * He became Congressman from Wyoming and was soon a member of the congressional leadership working closely with President Ronald Reagan. * He became secretary of defense in the George H. W. Bush administration, overseeing America’s military during Operation Desert Storm and in the historic transition at the end of the Cold War. * He was CEO of Halliburton, a Fortune 500 company with projects and personnel around the globe. * He became the first vice president of the United States to serve out his term of office in the twenty-first century. Working with George W. Bush from the beginning of the global war on terror, he was–and remains–an outspoken defender of taking every step necessary to defend the nation. Eyewitness to history at the highest levels, Cheney brings to life scenes from past and present. He describes driving through the White House gates on August 9, 1974, just hours after Richard Nixon resigned, to begin work on the Ford transition; and he portrays a time of national crisis a quarter century later when, on September 11, 2001, he was in the White House bunker and conveyed orders to shoot down a hijacked airliner if it would not divert. With its unique perspective on a remarkable span of American history, In My Time will enlighten. As an intimate and personal chronicle, it will surprise, move, and inspire. Dick Cheney’s is an enduring political vision to be reckoned with and admired for its honesty, its wisdom, and its resonance. In My Time is truly the last word about an incredible political era, by a man who lived it and helped define it–with courage and without compromise.

A stolen life : a memoir by Jaycee Dugard

Dugard recounts, in her own words, her story of being kidnapped on June 10, 1991. She was 11 years old.

Rafa by Rafael Nadal and John Carli

First the disclaimer: I’m a sold out Rafa Nadal fan. I appreciate everything about his game but, even more what is seen as him the person. In an age of Egos larger than life in professional sports, and lifestyles that overstep the limits of decency, Rafa could not be more different. This book not only outlines this as fact, but reinforces what many would take for granted these days; there are few things more priceless than a strong family. In terms of reading this from a tennis player’s perspective, this is not a book about technique. However, Rafa’s first-person account of what he was saying to himself, what his mental success and failure points were, is in my perspective, in the same league with, if not of more practical use, than The Inner Game of Tennis, Winning Ugly by Brad Gilbert, or any other book that addresses the mental approach to tennis. There is a tremendous amount to learn from his approach. Second disclaimer: The book has only been out for 24 hours and I’m only 2/3 of the way through it. Specifically, the book is just starting to discuss the 2010 US Open. But, I can’t put it down (Well, in fact I have to. I have to go to work). I’m willing to bet that, if you read about tennis, play tennis, or in any way are interested in Rafa, you’ll have the same experience I’m having reading this book. One last perspective. If there’s aver a second book written By Rafa and his team, I hope it’s about how he transitions from Tennis to whatever is next in his life. That could be a sequel even more interesting to read.

Finding Everett Ruess : the life and unsolved disappearance of a legendary wilderness explorer by David Roberts

Finding Everett Ruess by David Roberts, with a foreword by Jon Krakauer,is the definitive biography of the artist, writer, and eloquent celebrator of the wilderness whose bold solo explorations of the American West and mysterious disappearance in the Utah desert at age 20 have earned him a large and devoted cult following. More than 75 years after his vanishing, Ruess stirs the kinds of passion and speculation accorded such legendary doomed American adventurers as Into the Wild’s Chris McCandless and Amelia Earhart.   “I have not tired of the wilderness; rather I enjoy its beauty and the vagrant life I lead, more keenly all the time. I prefer the saddle to the street car and the star sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading into the unknown, to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by cities.”  So Everett Ruess wrote in his last letter to his brother. And earlier, in a valedictory poem, ”Say that I starved; that I was lost and weary; That I was burned and blinded by the desert sun; Footsore, thirsty, sick with strange diseases; Lonely and wet and cold . . . but that I kept my dream!”                                                Wandering alone with burros and pack horses through California and the Southwest for five years in the early 1930s, on voyages lasting as long as ten months, Ruess also became friends with photographers Edward Weston and Dorothea Lange, swapped prints with Ansel Adams, took part in a Hopi ceremony, learned to speak Navajo, and was among the first “outsiders” to venture deeply into what was then (and to some extent still is) largely a little-known wilderness.   When he vanished without a trace in November 1934, Ruess left behind thousands of pages of journals, letters, and poems, as well as more than a hundred watercolor paintings and blockprint engravings. A Ruess mystique, initiated by his parents but soon enlarged by readers and critics who, struck by his remarkable connection to the wild, likened him to a fledgling John Muir. Today, the Ruess cult has more adherents-and more passionate ones-than at any time in the seven-plus decades since his disappearance. By now, Everett Ruess is hailed as a paragon of solo exploration, while the mystery of his death remains one of the greatest riddles in the annals of American adventure. David Roberts began probing the life and death of Everett Ruess for National Geographic Adventure magazine in 1998.  Finding Everett Ruess is the result of his personal journeys into the remote areas explored by Ruess, his interviews with oldtimers who encountered the young vagabond and with Ruess’s closest living relatives, and his deep immersion in Ruess’s writings and artwork.  It is an epic narrative of a driven and acutely perceptive young adventurer’s expeditions into the wildernesses of landscape and self-discovery, as well as an absorbing investigation of the continuing mystery of his disappearance.  In this definitive account of Ruess’s extraordinary life and the enigma of his vanishing, David Roberts eloquently captures Ruess’s tragic genius and ongoing fascination.

Lady blue eyes : my life with Frank by Barbara Sinatra, with Wendy Holden

I have drawn on my memories spanning eight decades to chronicle not only my twenty-six years with Frank but the journey my life took me on before I was even by his side. It has been quite an adventure, and when I look back on it now, I sometimes cannot believe that I managed to fit all this in during just one lifetime. In sharing my memories with those who still remember and revere Frank Sinatra, I hope that I have been able to present a different view, one that is written from the heart. This book is for Frank, the love of my life…. I want everyone to know what a truly wonderful man he was and how, by becoming his bride, I ended up being the luckiest woman in the world.

Three weeks with my brother by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks

Now in paperback comes Nicholas and Micah Sparks’ “New York Times” bestselling memoir of their life-affirming journey around the world.

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