New August Nonfiction









Yes, chef (B SAMUELSSON) -- This book chronicles Marcus Samuelsson's remarkable journey from Helga's humble kitchen to some of the most demanding and cutthroat restaurants in Switzerland and France, from grueling stints on cruise ships to New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a coveted New York Times three-star rating at the age of 24.



When we were the Kennedys : a memoir from Mexico, Maine (B WOOD) -- The Wood family is much like its close, Catholic, immigrant neighbors, all dependent on a father’s wages from the Oxford Paper Company. Until the sudden death of Dad, when Mum and the four closely connected Wood girls are set adrift. Funny and to-the-bone moving, When We Were the Kennedys is the story of how this family saves itself, at first by depending on Father Bob, Mum’s youngest brother, a charismatic Catholic priest who feels his new responsibilities deeply. And then, as the nation is shocked by the loss of its handsome Catholic president, the televised grace of Jackie Kennedy—she too a Catholic widow with young children—galvanizes Mum to set off on an unprecedented family road trip to Washington, D.C., to do some rescuing of her own.


Is this thing on? : a computer handbook for late bloomers, technophobes, and the kicking & screaming (004.16 S) -- The hand-holding guide to computers is now updated to show seniors how to use and enjoy the devices sure to be given as gifts, including tablets, e-readers, smart phones, and iPods - and to help them dip into social media and other sites for sharing, including Facebook, Skype, and YouTube.




Coming to my senses : a story of perfume, pleasure, and an unlikely bride (305.42 H) -- Embarking on a journey that takes her from perfume galleries and private laboratories in her hometown of Austin, TX, to the glamorous perfume showrooms of NYC, Harad discovers a secret network of perfume-traders, scent sharers, botanists, and fragrance enthusiasts around the world. Through them she comes to reassess her ideas about femininity, passion, her own long-term relationship--and what her life is about.


Land of promise : an economic history of the United States (330.973 L) -- Presents a historical perspective on the relationship between economic, technological, and political change by analyzing the economic growth of the United States over the course of two centuries.



Octopus : Sam Israel, the secret market, and Wall Street's wildest con (332.64 L) -- This story is a real-life thriller that tells the inside story of a hedge fund fraud and the wild search, for a secret market beneath the financial market we all know. Sam Israel was a man who seemed to have it all, until the hedge fund he ran, Bayou, imploded and he became the target of a nationwide manhunt.



Overdressed : the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion (338.477 C) -- Evaluates the costs of low-priced clothing while tracing the author's own transformation to a conscientious shopper, a journey during which she visited a garment factory, learned to resole shoes, and shopped for local, sustainable clothing.



With liberty and justice for some : how the law is used to destroy equality and protect the powerful (342.73 G) -- From the nation's beginnings, the law was to be the great equalizer in American life, the guarantor of a common set of rules for all. But over the past four decades, the principle of equality before the law has been effectively abolished. Instead, a two-tiered system of justice ensures that the country's political and financial class is virtually immune from prosecution, licensed to act without restraint, while the politically powerless are imprisoned with greater ease and in greater numbers than in any other country in the world.


Twelve patients : life and death at Bellevue Hospital (362.11 M) -- A memoir from the Medical Director of Bellevue Hospital that uses the plights of twelve very different patients-from dignitaries at the nearby UN, to supermax prisoners from Riker's Island, to illegal immigrants, and Wall Street tycoons-to illustrate larger societal issues. Manheimer is not only the medical director of the country's oldest public hospital, but he is also a patient. As the book unfolds, the narrator is diagnosed with cancer, and he is forced to wrestle with the end of his own life even as he struggles to save the lives of others.


Ad infinitum : a biography of Latin (470.9 O) -- A study of the Latin language examines its role in the evolution of Western culture and civilization, its relationship with ancient Greek language, science, and philosophy, its place in the Catholic Church, and its function as an ancestor of modern-day languages.



Extreme cosmos : a guided tour of the fastest, brightest, hottest, heaviest, oldest, and most amazing aspects of our universe (523.1 G)  -- A star-gazer since childhood, astronomer Gaensler has not lost his wide-eyed fascination with the stars.  In this engaging, accessible, and eye-opening read, he gives readers a guided tour of the universe, with an emphasis on the extremes of temperature, light, and more.



Small is bountiful : getting more crops from your pots (635.986 D) -- Demonstrates how to create a working garden on a patio, sharing projects that explain how to use gardening containers to grow thirty edible crops, in a volume that also outlines strategies for watering, fertilizing, and pairing crops with flowers.



The Sugar Cube : 50 deliciously twisted treats from the sweetest little food cart on the planet (641.86 J) -- This covetable cookbook is a greatest-hits collection from Sugar Cube, a tiny pink food cart in Portland, Oregon, that is thronged daily by hungry hordes craving voluptuous sweets intensified with a spike of booze, a lick of sea salt, or a "whoop" of whipped cream. Sugar Cube founder and baker Kir Jensen left the fine-dining pastry track to sell her handmade treats on the street. Recipes for 50 of Kir's most enticing cupcakes, cookies, tarts, muffins, sips, and candies are made more irresistible (if possible!) by 32 delicious color photographs. Sassy headnotes and illustrations that resemble vintage tattoos liven up this singular boutique baking book.


Mr. Twee Deedle : Raggedy Ann's sprightly cousin : the forgotten fantasy masterpieces (741.5973 G) -- From our Marschall Books imprint comes this magnificent collection of Mr. Twee Deedle, Johnny Gruelle's masterpiece, unjustly forgotten by history and never before reprinted since its first appearance in America's newspapers from 1911 to 1914. The title character in the Sunday color page, Mr. Twee Deedle, is a magical wood sprite who befriends the strip's two human children, Dickie and Dolly. Gruelle depicted a charming, fantastical child's world, filled with light whimsy and outlandish surrealism.


Knit red : stitching for women's heart health (746.432 Z) -- Gorgeous knitwear--that does good, too! The knitting community has always come together to support a great cause, and Knit Red once again attests to knitters' generous, giving spirit. These 30 beautiful red-themed projects help raise awareness of the number-one killer of women today: heart disease. The patterns are all donated by top designers, including Debbie Stoller, Debbie Bliss, Iris Schreier, and Deborah Newton. In addition, the book offers important medical information, a Heart Healthy Resources and Action Plan, and powerful stories from survivors of this deadly ailment.


The boy in the song : the true stories behind 50 rock classics (782.42 H) -- The Boy in the Song is a follow up to 2010's The Girl in the Song. It features the real-life stories that inspired some classic pop songs about the male of the species. While the first book was filled with songs about unrequited love, the follow-up is more varied, with songs written from a number of emotions. There are songs motivated by love and hate, there are tributes and there are biographical tales. Each song is featured on two, four or six pages with a small biography of the artist along with the story of how and why the song was written, and, most intriguingly, what happened after the song became a hit.


Mathletics : a scientist explains 100 amazing things about the world of sports (796. B) -- A math professor shows how math and physics can offer unexpected insights into the world of sports, from the g-forces experienced by gymnasts during the "giant swing" maneuver to an explanation as to why left-handed boxers have a strategic advantage.



Buried in the sky : the extraordinary story of the Sherpa climbers on K2's deadliest day (796.522 Z) -- Presents the stories of the sherpas who have acted as expert consultants to Westerners climbing the Himalayas, focusing in particular on Chhiring Dorje Sherpa and Pasang Lama, who survived when eleven other climbers died on K2 in August 2008.



New ways to kill your mother : writers and their families (809 T) -- In pieces that range from the importance of aunts (and the death of parents) in the English nineteenth-century novel to the relationship between fathers and sons in the writing of James Baldwin and Barack Obama, the author illuminates the intimate connections between writers and their families, but also articulates the great joy of reading their work.



The Auschwitz volunteer : beyond bravery (940.5318 P) -- September 1940. Polish Army officer Witold Pilecki deliberately walked into a Nazi German street round-up in Warsaw and became Auschwitz Prisoner No. 4859. He had volunteered for a secret undercover mission: smuggle out intelligence about the new German concentration camp, and build a resistance organization among prisoners. Pilecki's clandestine intelligence, received by the Allies in 1941, was among earliest. He escaped in 1943 after accomplishing his mission. Dramatic eyewitness report, written in 1945 for Pilecki's Polish Army superiors, published in English for first time.


Eat the city : a tale of the fishers, trappers, hunters, foragers, slaughterers, butchers, farmers, poultry minders, sugar refiners, cane cutters, beekeepers, winemakers, and brewers who built New York (974.71 S) -- New York is not a city for growing and manufacturing food. It’s a money and real estate city, with less naked earth and industry than high-rise glass and concrete. Yet in this intimate, visceral, and beautifully written book, Robin Shulman introduces the people of New York City - both past and present - who  do grow vegetables, butcher meat, fish local waters, cut and refine sugar, keep bees for honey, brew beer, and make wine. In the most heavily built urban environment in the country, she shows an organic city full of intrepid and eccentric people who want to make things grow. What’s more, Shulman artfully places today’s urban food production in the context of hundreds of years of history, and traces how we got to where we are.