New titles for Lifelong Learning

February 21, 2012

February 21, 2012
Annotations from Baker & Taylor or Ingram
 
All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps
Isay, Dave
The founder of Storycorps, a national project that records, shares and preserves the lives of Americans from all backgrounds, depicts people’s love stories from early dating, to finding connections and lifelong commitment and through death.
 
The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table
Mcmillan, Tracie
A journalist traces her 2009 immersion into the national food system to explore how working-class Americans can afford to eat as they should, describing how she worked as a farm laborer, Wal-Mart grocery clerk, and Applebee’s expediter while living within the means of each job.
 
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Boo, Katherine
A first book by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist profiles everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother of a prospective female college student and a young scrap metal thief, in an account that illuminates how their efforts to build better lives are challenged by regional religious, caste and economic tensions.
 
Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are
Seung, Sebastian
A neuroscientist builds on theories that human identity is defined not by genes but by the unique connections between brain cells, describing his work with leading researchers and what they are learning about personality, intelligence, and mental disorders.
 
Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired–and Secretive–Company Really Works
Lashinsky, Adam
An analysis of the systems, tactics and leadership strategies that have contributed to Apple’s successes profiles such practices as the direct accountability of employees and the company’s annual retreat for up-and-coming executives, sharing insider perspectives on Apple’s plans after the loss of Steve Jobs.
 
The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works
Taylor, Timothy
Provides information about the key principles of both macro and microeconomics, covering such topics as why budget deficits matter, what the Federal Reserve actually does, and why health insurance is so expensive.
 
Night Sky: A Falcon Field Guide
Nigro, Nicholas
Night Sky: A Falcon Field Guide covers both summer and winter constellations, planets, and stars found in the northern hemisphere. Conveniently sized to fit in a pocket and featuring full-color, detailed photographs, this informative guide makes it easy to identify objects in the night sky even from one’s own backyard.
 
The Quantum Universe: (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does)
Cox, Brian / Forshaw, Jeff
Renders fundamental scientific principles in the area of quantum mechanics comprehensible and engaging, working through obscure and vague aspects to explain related natural world observations, how the quantum world was constructed, and why it is important.
 
Stunned By Grief: Remapping Your Life When Loss Changes Everything
Brizendine, Judy
A highly focused, conversational book that cuts through the clutter and zeroes in on flashpoint issues critical to a griever’s healing, the approach to grief presented here is revealing, practical, and down-to-earth. Designed for anyone struggling with death–or any of life’s tragic losses–it features straight talk from people who have been through similar situations, focusing on what to expect and how to thrive again. Tools, tips, and strategies abound to help enhance healing and life remapping. Grievers will come to realize they are not alone and, in the process, discover hope by connecting with the experiences of others.
 
Thinking the Twentieth Century
Judt, Tony / Snyder, Timothy (CON)
Offers a narrative of the United States’ history during the past 100 years, not by discussing the events, but by discussing ideas, and highlighting the thoughts and thinkers that helped shape the century.
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