New September Nonfiction









Read this! : handpicked favorites from America's indie booksellers (028.1 R) -- This book offers lists of favorites that have flown under the radar, but off of bookstore shelves. First published on Hans Weyandt's blog for Micawber's Books, each list includes a bookseller's top fifty books, anecdotes, and interviews about the life of being a bookseller, reader, and engaged citizen.


The mobile wave : how mobile intelligence will change everything (303.4834 S) -- This ground-breaking analysis of the impact of mobile intelligence--the fifth wave of computer technology--argues that the changes brought by mobile computing are so big and widespread that it's impossible for us to see it all, even though we are all immersed in it. With the perspective of a historian, the precision of a technologist, and the pragmatism of a CEO, Saylor provides a panoramic view of the future mobile world.


Days of destruction, days of revolt (362.58 H) -- Two years ago, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges and award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco set out to take a look at the sacrifice zones, areas that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, progress, and technological advancement. They wanted to show in words and drawings what life looks like in places where the marketplace rules without constraints, where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize earnings.


Trapped in mediocrity : why our schools aren't world-class and what we can do about it (370.973 B) -- Katherine Baird, an economist, clearly spells out how our educational system is trapped in mediocrity. She points the direction to where we need to go to get out of the trap and carefully examines each factor that has lead to the current state in education.


The chemical choir : a history of alchemy (540.1 M) -- In this account religious scientists such as Isaac Newton and Robert Boyle rub shoulders with honest obsessives and conscious frauds in a fast-paced narrative which demonstrates just how mistaken is the generally accepted view of alchemy, and how much more fascinating and engaging is its genuine history.


Dreamland : adventures in the strange science of sleep (612.821 R) -- In Dreamland, Randall explores the research that is investigating those dark hours that make up nearly a third of our lives. Taking readers from military battlefields to children’s bedrooms, Dreamland shows that sleep isn't as simple as it seems. This book is a tour of the often odd, sometimes disturbing, and always fascinating things that go on in the peculiar world of sleep. You’ll never look at your pillow the same way again.


The gift of pets : stories only a vet could tell (636.0887 C) -- Coston continues to work at his own veterinary practice in Virginia, meeting adorable pets and their loving and quirky owners every day. These include Precious the parrot, remarkably friendly and unafraid for a bird, Dahmun, or "Mountain of Love," the Bull Mastiff, named by his linguist owner in a language he created, and Greco the beagle shepherd mix, who likes to eat rocks because he is too macho to chew on toys, his Greek owner insists. In stories ranging from humorous to heartfelt to tragic, this book makes a lovely gift for any animal lover.


Artisanal gluten-free cooking : 275 great-tasting, from-scratch recipes from around the world, perfect for every meal and for anyone on a gluten-free diet--and even those who aren't (641.5638 B) -- Here at last is the delectable and doable gluten-free recipe book so many people with celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or wheat allergy have been looking for. This cooking philosophy follows simple rules with more than 250 recipes that span the globe and are gluten-free.


Comic-con and the business of pop culture : what the world's wildest trade show can tell us about the future of entertainment (741.5973 S) -- Rob Salkowitz, a recognized expert in digital media and the global digital generation (and unabashed comics enthusiast), explores how the humble art form of comics ended up at the center of the 21st-century media universe. From Comic-Con’s massive exhibit hall and panels to its exclusive parties and business suites, Salkowitz peels back the layers to show how comics culture is influencing communications, entertainment, digital technology, marketing, education, and storytelling.


This will end in tears : the miserabilist guide to music (781.59 H) -- The first and definitive guide to melancholy music--across genres and through time that will lead fans through the albums and artists integral to the miserablist landscape. In a sense, this a book about the saddest songs ever sung.



You can't make this stuff up : the complete guide to writing creative nonfiction--from memoir to literary journalism and everything in between (808.042 G) -- From rags-to-riches-to-rags tell-alls to personal health sagas to literary journalism everyone seems to want to try their hand at creative nonfiction. Now the go-to expert for all things creative nonfiction, taps into one of the fastest-growing genres with this new writing guide. Frank and to-the-point, with depth and clarity, Gutkind describes and illustrates each and every aspect of the genre, from defining a concept and establishing a writing process to the final product.


The wives : the women behind Russia's literary giants (891.709 P) -- In Russian literary marriages, the wives of some of the most famous authors of all time did not resent taking a “secondary position,” although to call their position secondary does not do justice to the vital role these women played in the creation of some of the greatest literary works in history.


Gil Hodges : the Brooklyn bums, the miracle Mets, and the extraordinary life of a baseball legend (B HODGES) -- Acclaimed authors Tom Clavin and Danny Peary tell Gil Hodges's incredible life story as never before, vividly tracing his baseball career with rare insight from family and friends, and also delving into his unsung tour of duty as a U.S. Marine. Along with Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges is one of baseball's great role models. As a player who revolutionized the first-base position and drove in 1,274 runs, he may also be the greatest player not inducted into the Hall of Fame.