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December 17, 2017

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Books, Movies & Music : New Adult Nonfiction

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New Nonfiction Books for Adults

 

Hundreds of books are added to the Library's collection each month. Here are the most recent Nonfiction books for adults.

 

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Exact Thinking in Demented Times: The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science

Exact Thinking in Demented Times: The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science
Sigmund, Karl, 1945-

The philosophy of science between the two world wars, 1920s-1930s.


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Holds: 4 on 6 copies

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Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Roach, Mary

The author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can't walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As the author discovers, it's possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA's new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), she takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 15 copies

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The Prince

The Prince
Machiavelli, Niccolò, 1469-1527

The classic handbook of statecraft written by an Italian nobleman recommends guile and craftiness to attain and maintain political power.


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Holds: 2 on 8 copies

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The Valachi Papers

The Valachi Papers
Maas, Peter, 1929-2001

"In the 1960s a disgruntled soldier in New York's Genovese Crime Family decided to spill his guts. His name was Joseph Valachi. Daring to break the Mob's code of silence for the first time, Valachi detailed the organization of organized crime from the capos, or bosses, of every Family, to the hit men who "clipped" rivals and turncoats. With a phenomenal memory for names, dates, addresses, phone numbers - and where the bodies were buried - Joe Valachi provided the chilling facts that led to the arrest and conviction of America's major crime figures. The rest is history. Never again would the Mob be protected by secrecy. For the Mafia, Valachi's name would become synonymous with betrayal. But his stunning exposé broke the back of America's Cosa Nostra and stands today as the classic about America's Mob, a fascinating tale of power and terror, big money, crime ... and murder."--Back cover.


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Holds: 3 on 2 copies

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Blood Profits: How American Consumers Unwittingly Fund Terrorists

Blood Profits: How American Consumers Unwittingly Fund Terrorists
Neumann, Vanessa

International smuggling has exploded, deepening and accelerating the collaboration of transnational organized crime and terrorist groups. Vanessa Neumann, an expert on dismantling illicit trade, explains how purchasing illegal goods translates to supporting organized crime and terrorists. Neumann leads the reader through a variety of cases, both by geography and by industry (selecting industries where illicit trade is generally poorly understood), before extracting lessons learned into some policy recommendations that we can all embrace.


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Holds: 0 on 5 copies

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Becoming An Ally to the Gender-expansive Child: A Guide for Parents and Carers

Becoming An Ally to the Gender-expansive Child: A Guide for Parents and Carers
Bianchi, Anna

When Anna Bianchi's grandchild asked, "Nanny, you do know I'm a girl, don't you?", Anna recognised this as a pivotal, and daunting, moment in their relationship. She knew that to answer her grandchild, who had been assigned male at birth, her own attitudes, assumptions and beliefs about gender would need to be examined. With reassuring honesty and openness, Anna draws deeply on four areas: her own experience, current research, interviews with children and their families, and a discussion of power, both in society and between children and adults. She shows how the inner journey of the adult inevitably impacts on the outer journey of the child and, given the significance of this, offers a step-by-step guide to becoming an ally to the gender-expansive child.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 4 copies

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The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of A Lost World

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of A Lost World
Brusatte, Stephen


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 15 copies

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Atkins: Eat Right, Not Less : your Guidebook for Living A Low-carb and Low-sugar Lifestyle

Atkins: Eat Right, Not Less : your Guidebook for Living A Low-carb and Low-sugar Lifestyle
Heimowitz, Colette

"Beautifully illustrated and filled with 100 whole food recipes and simple solutions for eating the foods we love in a healthier way, this brand-new Atkins guide focuses on eating right--not less--to achieve weight management goals and improve your overall health. For more than forty years, Atkins has been a leading brand, using proven scientific research to help hundreds of thousands of people achieve weight loss and weight management goals on a lower-carb diet. But while many Americans would like to lose weight, most don't want to adhere to a strict program. Discovering a healthy, sustainable way of eating that you can live with beats yo-yo dieting that only leaves you frustrated and discouraged. Atkins: Eat Right, Not Less offers choices and helps you find the level of carbohydrate consumption that you will be able to sustain in Atkins's first four-color hardcover guidebook. By making small adjustments to the foods you already eat, you can ease into a healthier lifestyle while still making a huge impact on your health and weight. Detailed information about the popular Atkins 40 approach (a favorite of Alyssa Milano and Kim Kardashian, and one of the Most Googled Diets of 2016), and the new flexible, personalized Atkins 100, Atkins: Eat Right, Not Less also provides step-by-step directions for those of us who need a more structured program with the original Atkins 20 approach, as well as meal plans for all three levels, grocery lists, and 100 simple and delicious recipes to kick-start your new lifestyle"--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 9 on 8 copies

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The Rough Guide to Paris

The Rough Guide to Paris
Blackmore, Ruth

The Rough Guide to Paris is the ultimate insider's guidebook to Europe's most elegant and romantic city. Inspirational photography, neighborhood-by-neighborhood guides, and detailed, full-color maps help you get the most out of a visit to Paris - whether that means climbing the Eiffel Tower and boating on the Seine or visits to offbeat art galleries and hidden-away gardens. Frank, incisive reviews take you straight to the best of the city's cafés, restaurants, and nightlife venues, from the ultra-stylish to the magnificently traditional, while tell-it-like-it-is listings help you find the right accommodation for your budget, including boutique design hotels on the Left Bank, grand classics on the Right, or just-perfect budget hideaways.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 8 copies

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Power Plates: 100 Nutritionally Complete, One-dish Vegan Meals for Balanced Living

Power Plates: 100 Nutritionally Complete, One-dish Vegan Meals for Balanced Living
Hamshaw, Gena


Format: Book
Holds: 3 on 8 copies

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