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December 16, 2017

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Popular Nonfiction books for adults

 

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

 

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Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House

Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House
Brazile, Donna, 1959-

"Donna Brazile's explosive book is the first insider account of the Russian hacking of the DNC and the missteps by the Clinton campaign and Obama administration that enabled Donald Trump's victory. In June 2016 the Washington Post first reported that Russian hackers had penetrated the Democratic National Committee. Barely a month later, these cyber criminals--which the U.S. government later confirmed as Russian intelligence operatives--posted thousands of damaging emails online. These documents seemed to confirm Bernie Sanders supporters' belief that the DNC had become a tool of the Clinton campaign well before the convention. The hacking's fallout was swift and devastating--and the attack wasn't even over. As chaos threatened to consume the party, Democrats turned to a familiar figure to right the ship: Donna Brazile. Known to millions from her frequent TV appearances, Brazile was no stranger to high stakes and dirty opponents. The longtime Democratic strategist had a reputation in Washington as a one-stop shop for fixing sticky problems. What Brazile found at the DNC, however, was unlike anything she had experienced before--and much worse than is commonly known. The party was beset by infighting, scandal, and hubris, while reeling from a brazen and wholly unprecedented attempt by a foreign power to influence the presidential election. Plus, its nominee, Hillary Clinton, faced an opponent who broke every rule in the political playbook. Packed with never-before-reported revelations about what went down in 2016, Hacks is a campaign thriller with vital lessons for anyone who cares about free and fair elections. Only by laying bare the missteps, miscalculations, and crimes of 2016, Brazile contends, will Americans be able to salvage their democracy."--Dust jacket flap.


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Holds: 112 on 28 copies

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Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From the Best in the World

Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From the Best in the World
Ferriss, Timothy

"We All Need Mentors. Here Are More than 100 of the World's Best. When facing life's questions, who do you turn to for advice? We all need mentors, particularly when the odds seem stacked against us. To find his own, four-time #1 best-selling author Tim Ferriss tracked down more than 100 eclectic experts to help him, and you, navigate life. Through short, action-packed profiles, he shares their secrets for success, happiness, meaning, and more. No matter the challenge or opportunity, something in these pages can help. You will learn: The three books legendary investor Ray Dalio recommends most often. Lessons and tips from elite athletes like Maria Sharapova, Kelly Slater, Dara Torres, Tony Hawk, Dan Gable, and more. How and why Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz says no to most incoming requests. The mental models of poker phenoms Daniel Negreanu, Annie Duke, Fedor Holz, and Liv Boeree. The meditation and mindfulness practices of David Lynch, Jimmy Fallon, Sharon Salzberg, Rick Rubin, Richa Chadha, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, and others. The high-school loss that motivated actor Terry Crews for life. and how you can use the lesson. Why TED curator Chris Anderson thinks "pursue your passion" is terrible advice. Why renowned designer Debbie Millman believes in therapy but not in work-life balance. How Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens went from repeated rejections to global mega-bestseller. The new beliefs, behaviors, and habits that have most helped cryptocurrency icons (founders of Ethereum, Zcash, etc.) in the last five years. Why Arianna Huffington recommends that you regularly scramble apps on your phone. The "bar complex" exercise that keeps country star Tim McGraw young. Why bestselling author Steven Pressfield believes college students should drive trucks and become cowboys. Why comedian Patton Oswalt wishes at least one catastrophic failure on anyone in the arts. Astrophysicist Janna Levin's unique reframe that helps her see obstacles as opportunities. Why actor Ben Stiller likes to dunk his head in a bucket of ice in the morning. Why Dropbox co-founder Drew Houston's cheat sheet for his younger self would include a tennis ball, a circle, and the number 30,000. Other mentors include Neil Gaiman, Ashton Kutcher, Dita Von Teese, Marc Benioff, Evan Williams, Brandon Stanton, Esther Perel, Darren Aronofsky, Steve Aoki, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Stephanie McMahon, Craig Newmark, Gretchen Rubin, Bear Grylls, Laura Walker, Mr. Money Mustache (Pete Adeney), Linda Rottenberg, Jesse Williams, and many more"--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 111 on 20 copies

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Priestdaddy

Priestdaddy
Lockwood, Patricia

Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met, a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates "like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972." His daughter is an irreverent poet who long ago left the Church's country. When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents' rectory, their two worlds collide. In Priestdaddy, Lockwood interweaves emblematic moments from her childhood and adolescence, from an ill-fated family hunting trip and an abortion clinic sit-in where her father was arrested to her involvement in a cultlike Catholic youth group, with scenes that chronicle the eight-month adventure she and her husband had in her parents' household after a decade of living on their own. Lockwood details her education of a seminarian who is also living at the rectory, tries to explain Catholicism to her husband, who is mystified by its bloodthirstiness and arcane laws, and encounters a mysterious substance on a hotel bed with her mother. Lockwood pivots from the raunchy to the sublime, from the comic to the deeply serious, exploring issues of belief, belonging, and personhood. Priestdaddy is an entertaining, unforgettable portrait of a deeply odd religious upbringing, and how one balances a hard-won identity with the weight of family and tradition.


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Holds: 111 on 24 copies

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The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity

The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity
Perel, Esther

A guide for loving couples who are looking to renew sexual passion in their lives explains how societal taboos and ideals about domestic equality have compromised the healthy expression of eroticism in today's relationships.


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Holds: 111 on 15 copies

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Instant Potʼ Obsession: The Ultimate Electric Pressure Cooker for Cooking Everything Fast

Instant Potʼ Obsession: The Ultimate Electric Pressure Cooker for Cooking Everything Fast
Zimmerman, Janet A.

A cookbook giving quick pressure cooker recipes. Also includes tips on cleaning and taking care of your pot.


Format: Book
Holds: 109 on 20 copies

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Bravetart: Iconic American Desserts

Bravetart: Iconic American Desserts
Parks, Stella


Format: Book
Holds: 108 on 18 copies

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Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
Sapolsky, Robert M.

Why do we do the things we do? attempts to answer that question, looking at it from every angle. He hops back in time, in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its evolutionary legacy. The result is a dazzling tour of the science of human , a majestic synthesis that harvests cutting-edge research across a range of disciplines to provide a subtle and nuanced perspective on why we ultimately do the things we do-- for good and for ill.


Format: Book
Holds: 107 on 31 copies

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One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-yet Deported

One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-yet Deported
Dionne, E. J.

Three of Washington's premier political scholar-journalists explain why the Trump presidency poses a threat to the nation and discusses how the citizen activism it has inspired can lead to democratic renewal.


Format: Book
Holds: 105 on 21 copies

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Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
MacLean, Nancy

"An explosive expose of the right's relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, and change the Constitution. "Perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government." --Booklist (starred review) Behind today's headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. Democracy in Chains names its true architect--the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan--and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority. In a brilliant and engrossing narrative, Nancy MacLean shows how Buchanan forged his ideas about government in a last gasp attempt to preserve the white elite's power in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. In response to the widening of American democracy, he developed a brilliant, if diabolical, plan to undermine the ability of the majority to use its numbers to level the playing field between the rich and powerful and the rest of us. Corporate donors and their right-wing foundations were only too eager to support Buchanan's work in teaching others how to divide America into "makers" and "takers." And when a multibillionaire on a messianic mission to rewrite the social contract of the modern world, Charles Koch, discovered Buchanan, he created a vast, relentless, and multi-armed machine to carry out Buchanan's strategy. Without Buchanan's ideas and Koch's money, the libertarian right would not have succeeded in its stealth takeover of the Republican Party as a delivery mechanism. Now, with Mike Pence as Vice President, the cause has a longtime loyalist in the White House, not to mention a phalanx of Republicans in the House, the Senate, a majority of state governments, and the courts, all carrying out the plan. That plan includes harsher laws to undermine unions, privatizing everything from schools to health care and Social Security, and keeping as many of us as possible from voting. Based on ten years of unique research, Democracy in Chains tells a chilling story of right-wing academics and big money run amok. This revelatory work of scholarship is also a call to arms to protect the achievements of twentieth-century American self-government"--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 102 on 21 copies

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You Are A Bad Ass: How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life

You Are A Bad Ass: How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life
Sincero, Jen, 1965-


Format: Book
Holds: 103 on 25 copies

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