Featured New Nonfiction for February
The $1,000 challenge : how one family slashed its budget without moving under a bridge or living on government cheese / Brian J. O'Connor (332.024 O) -- A funny, useful guide to saving $1,000 a month, based on the popular series in The Detroit News. With middle-class families more stretched than ever, nationally syndicated personal finance columnist Brian O'Connor decided to test his own advice about saving money. He began a ten-week experiment to cut his family's monthly expenses by $1,000-without sacrificing anything truly important. The result is a funny, savvy guide to budgeting in the real world, across ten different categories of spending. It can help families eliminate petty squabbling about money and feel better about where those hard-earned dollars are going.
In meat we trust : an unexpected history of carnivore America / Maureen Ogle (338.19 O) -- The untold story of how meat made America. The moment European settlers arrived in North America, they began transforming the land into a meat-eater's paradise. Long before revolution turned colonies into nation, Americans were eating meat on a scale the Old World could neither imagine nor provide: an average European was lucky to see meat once a week, while even a poor American man put away about two hundred pounds a year. Maureen Ogle guides us from that colonial paradise through the urban meat-making factories of the nineteenth century to the hyperefficient packing plants of the late twentieth century. From Swift and Armour to Tyson, Cargill, and ConAgra. From the 1880s cattle bonanza to 1980s feedlots. From agribusiness to today's "local" meat suppliers and organic countercuisine. Along the way, Ogle explains how Americans' carnivorous demands shaped urban landscapes, Midwestern prairies, and Western ranges, and how the American system of meat making became a source of both pride and controversy.
All the time in the world : a book of hours / Jessica Kerwin Jenkins (390 J) -- All the Time in the World proffers a miscellany of customs, traditions, and pleasures people have pursued throughout the ages. An antidote to the contemporary cult of Getting Things Done, the book takes its cue from the medieval books of hours, which prescribed certain readings and contemplations for various parts of the day and year. Full of witty bon mots, interesting etymologies, and arresting anecdotes, the book encompasses an array of cultures and eras including ancient Greece, Renaissance Florence, 1930s Shanghai, and the Hollywood Hills of the late 1960s, drifting through the worlds of fashion, beauty, art, food, or travel. Entertaining, unexpected, and charming, All the Time in the World digs up the forgotten treasures of the past and inspires a passion for good living in the present.