New Nonfiction for June

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is how : proven aid in overcoming shyness, molestation, fatness, spinsterhood, grief, disease, lushery, decrepitude & more-- for young and old alike (814 B) -- From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running With Scissors comes a groundbreaking book that explores how to survive the "un-survivable" and will challenge your notion of self-help books.

 

 

The first 20 minutes : surprising science reveals how we can exercise better, train smarter, live longer (613.7 K) -- At one point or another, nearly every person who works out wonders: Am I doing this right? Which class is best? Do I work out enough? Answering those questions and more, The First 20 Minutes helps both weekend warriors dedicated to their performance and readers who simply want to get and stay fit gain the most from any workout.

 

The story of Earth : the first 4.5 billion years, from stardust to living planet (550 H) -- In this radical new approach to Earth's biography, senior Carnegie Institution researcher and national bestselling author Robert M. Hazen reveals how the co-evolution of the geosphere and biosphere--of rocks and living matter--has shaped our planet into the only one of its kind in the Solar System, if not the entire cosmos.

 

 

Ripe : a fresh, colorful approach to fruits and vegetables (641.64 R) -- Author and food writer Cheryl Sternman Rule, who is also the voice behind the popular blog 5 Second Rule, and award-winning food photographer Paulette Phlipot, have teamed up to bring inspiration to hungry home cooks. Their goal is not to deliver another lecture on eating for the sake of nutrition or environmental stewardship (though they affirm that both are important), but to tempt others to “embrace the vegetable, behold the fruit” because these foods are versatile, gorgeous, and taste terrific. Starting with red and progressing towards a calmer white, Ripe is arranged by color to showcase the lush, natural beauty of fruits and vegetables.

 

Sweet tooth : the bittersweet history of candy (394.12 H) -- Candy's history is vast and complex and plays a distinct part in the growth of the Western world. Thanks to the ubiquity of these treats which allows us to take them for granted, that history has been hidden or forgotten. Until now. Filled with Hopkins' trademark humor and accompanied by her Candy Grab Bag tasting notes, Sweet Tooth is a must-read for everybody who considers themselves a candy freak.

 

How to teach relativity to your dog (550.11 O) -- Physics professor Chad Orzel and his inquisitive canine companion, Emmy, tackle the concepts of general relativity in this irresistible introduction to Einstein’s physics. Through armchair—and sometimes passenger-seat—conversations with Emmy about the relative speeds of dog and cat motion or the logistics of squirrel-chasing, Orzel translates complex Einsteinian ideas—the slowing of time for a moving observer, the shrinking of moving objects, the effects of gravity on light and time, black holes, the Big Bang, and of course, E=mc2—into examples simple enough for a dog to understand.

 

The presidents club : inside the world's most exclusive fraternity (973.92 G) -- A riveting new history of the private relationships among the last 13 presidents, uncovers and explores the partnerships, private deals, rescue missions, and rivalries of those few men who served as commander in chief.

 

 

 

Vegan cooking for carnivores : over 125 recipes so tasty you won't miss the meat (641.5636 M) --Ellen DeGeneres' personal chef, Roberto Martin, shares over 125 delicious vegan recipes he's created that he hopes will make healthy vegan cooking accessible and easy for everyone.  Some of the standouts Martin, a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef, has developed for Ellen and Portia include: Banana and Oatmeal Pancakes, Avocado Reuben, Red Beans and Rice, "Chick'n" Pot Pie, and Chocolate Cheesecake. Featuring mouthwatering photographs by award-winning food photographer, Quentin Bacon, this cookbook will appeal to die-hard carnivores and vegetarians alike.

 

The weight of the nation : surprising lessons about diets, food, and fat from the extraordinary HBO documentary series (616.398 S) -- Readers know America is getting fatter but might not know that 75% of us may be overweight or obese by 2018, that children are at risk for obesity and diabetes as never before, or that obesity is the number one cause of the rise in our nation's health care costs. They might also believe, like many Americans, that obesity results from a lack of self-control. But people today work harder and take better care of their health than ever before. So how could three-quarters of us somehow suddenly lack willpower when it comes to eating right and exercising?

 

Thought revolution : how to unlock your inner genius (158.1 D) -- Encompassing twelve years of research, the book takes readers on an unexpected journey that will set them free, and it all begins with moving the pen from one hand to the other. The technique is called "Intuitive", or "nondominant" hand writing and is the basis for this revolutionary approach to making lasting life changes.

 

 

Garbology : our dirty love affair with trash (363.728 H) -- A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist takes readers on a surprising tour of the world of garbage. Trash is America's largest export. Individually, we make more than four pounds a day, sixty-four tons across a lifetime. We make so much of it that trash dominates America's place in the global economy--now the most prized product made in the United States. In 2010, China's number-one export to the U.S. was computer equipment. America's two biggest exports were paper waste and scrap metal. Somehow, a country that once built things for the rest of the world has transformed itself into China's trash compactor.

 

People who eat darkness : the true story of a young woman who vanished from the streets of Tokyo and the evil that swallowed her up (364.1523 P) -- Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, chronicles the 2000 disappearance, massive search, long investigation, and the even longer murder trial behind the gruesome murder case of Lucie Blackman in Japan.

 

 

Most talkative : stories from the front lines of pop culture (791.45 C) -- The man behind the "Real Housewives" writes about his lifelong love affair with pop culture that brought him from the suburbs of St. Louis to his own television show.

 

 

 

Chic on a shoestring : simple to sew vintage-style accessories (646.2 R) -- Why throw out your old clothes when they can be transformed for very little money? With an eye for all things 'stylishly vintage', Mary Jane takes throw-away items and illustrates how they can be used to create a host of covetable clothes and accessories. 'Chic on a Shoestring' will take you through - step-by-step - all you need to know to create fabulous clothes and accessories you actually want to wear, and provide you with lots of variations and inspiration to foster your own style. And with advice on how to find useful treasures at markets, charity shops and vintage stores, you will be making your own creations in no time.

 

Gravity : how the weakest force in the universe shaped our lives (531.14 C) -- Physicists will tell you that four forces control the universe. Of these, gravity may the most obvious, but it is also the most mysterious. Newton managed to predict the force of gravity but couldn't explain how it worked at a distance. Einstein picked up on the simple premise that gravity and acceleration are interchangeable to devise his mind-bending general relativity, showing how matter warps space and time. Not only did this explain how gravity worked - and how apparently simple gravitation has four separate components - but it predicted everything from black holes to gravity's effect on time. Whether it's the reality of anti-gravity or the unexpected discovery that a ball and a laser beam drop at the same rate, gravity is the force that fascinates.

 

The little red guard : a family memoir (B HUANG) -- Traces a Communist Chinese family's fifteen-year struggle to honor a grandmother's dying wish to be buried in spite of a national ban of traditional Chinese practices, an effort that pitted family members against one another and risked their capture by authorities.

 

 

 

Zapped : why your cell phone shouldn't be your alarm clock and 1,268 ways to outsmart the hazards of electronic pollution (363.189 G) -- Are we going to give up our cell phones, laptops, and other electronics? Absolutely not. But emerging scientific evidence reveals that the very innovations that have changed our lives are also exposing us to an unprecedented number of electromagnetic fields—and that it’s crucial we make important changes to our home and work environments. Now, Ann Louise Gittleman has created the first step-by-step manual for fortifying your body, detoxifying your home, and protecting yourself and your family from electronic pollution (and her powerful fixes are easier than you might think!). Zapped is an empowering guide to living safely with the gadgets we can’t live without.