November Picks: Non-Fiction

My Own Words Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781501145247
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 4th, 2016

The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993—a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women’s rights, and popular culture.

The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993—a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women’s rights, and popular culture.

My Own Words offers Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, law and lawyers in opera, and the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution. Throughout her life Justice Ginsburg has been (and continues to be) a prolific writer and public speaker. This book’s sampling is selected by Justice Ginsburg and her authorized biographers Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams. Justice Ginsburg has written an introduction to the book, and Hartnett and Williams introduce each chapter, giving biographical context and quotes gleaned from hundreds of interviews they have conducted. This is a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of America’s most influential women.


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Never Look an American in the Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian Amiercan Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781616957605
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Published: Soho Press - October 11th, 2016

The author of Foreign Gods, Inc. and Arrows of Rain tells his own immigrant’s tale, where what is lost in translation is often as hilarious as it is harrowing.

Okey Ndibe’s funny, charming, and penetrating memoir tells of his move from Nigeria to America, where he came to edit the influential—but forever teetering on the verge of insolvency—African Commentary magazine. It recounts stories of Ndibe’s relationships with Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and other literary figures; examines the differences between Nigerian and American etiquette and politics; recalls an incident of racial profiling just thirteen days after he arrived in the US, in which he was mistaken for a bank robber; considers American stereotypes about Africa (and vice-versa); and juxtaposes African folk tales with Wall Street trickery. All these stories and more come together in a generous, encompassing book about the making of a writer and a new American.
 


Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution Through Painters' Eyes Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781632864659
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 18th, 2016

A vibrant and original perspective on the American Revolution through the stories of the five great artists whose paintings animated the new American republic.

The images accompanying the founding of the United States—of honored Founders, dramatic battle scenes, and seminal moments—gave visual shape to Revolutionary events and symbolized an entirely new concept of leadership and government. Since then they have endured as indispensable icons, serving as historical documents and timeless reminders of the nation’s unprecedented beginnings.

As Paul Staiti reveals in Of Arms and Artists, the lives of the five great American artists of the Revolutionary period—Charles Willson Peale, John Singleton Copley, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, and Gilbert Stuart—were every bit as eventful as those of the Founders with whom they continually interacted, and their works contributed mightily to America’s founding spirit. Living in a time of breathtaking change, each in his own way came to grips with the history being made by turning to brushes and canvases, the results often eliciting awe and praise, and sometimes scorn. Ever since the passing of the last eyewitnesses to the Revolution, their imagery has connected Americans to 1776, allowing us to interpret and reinterpret the nation’s beginning generation after generation. The collective stories of these five artists open a fresh window on the Revolutionary era, making more human the figures we have long honored as our Founders, and deepening our understanding of the whirlwind out of which the United States emerged.


Other-Wordly: Words Both Strange and Lovely from Around the World Cover Image
By Yee-Lum Mak, Kelsey Garrity-Riley (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781452125343
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 11th, 2016

Discover words to surprise, delight, and enamor. Learn terms for the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees, for dancing awkwardly but with relish, and for the look shared by two people who each wish the other would speak first. Other-Wordly is an irresistible gift for lovers of words and those lost for words alike.


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Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143109792
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Published: Penguin Books - October 4th, 2016

New York Times Bestseller: Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity—and how we can reclaim conversation

Preeminent author and researcher Sherry Turkle has studied digital culture for over three decades. Long an enthusiast for its possibilities, here she investigates a troubling consequence: at work, at home, in politics, and in love, we are fleeing from conversation. The dinner table falls silent as children compete with phones for their parents’ attention. Friends learn strategies to keep conversations going when no one is looking up from their devices. Online, we share opinions that our followers will agree with—a politics that shies from real conflicts and solutions.

We see the costs of the flight from conversation everywhere: conversation is the cornerstone for democracy and in business it is good for the bottom line. In the private sphere, it builds empathy, friendship, love, learning, and productivity. The case for conversation begins with the importance of solitude and self-reflection, which are both endangered. Afraid of being alone, we rely on other people to give us a sense of ourselves.

But there is good news: we are resilient. Based on five years of research and interviews in homes, schools, and the workplace, Turkle argues that we have come to a better understanding of where our technology can and cannot take us and that the time is right to reclaim conversation. We have everything we need to start, we have each other.


Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062405371
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 25th, 2016

Well-behaved women seldom make history. Good thing these women are far from well behaved...

Illustrated in a contemporary animation style, Rejected Princesses turns the ubiquitous “pretty pink princess” stereotype portrayed in movies, and on endless toys and, books and tutus on its head, paying homage instead to an awesome collection of strong, fierce, and yes, sometimes weird, women: warrior queens, soldiers, villains, spies, revolutionaries, and more who refused to behave and meekly accept their place.

An entertaining mix of biography, imagery, and humor written in a fresh, young, and riotous voice, this thoroughly researched exploration salutes these awesome women drawn from both historical and fantastical realms, including real life, literature, mythology, and folklore. Each profile features an eye-catching image of both heroic and villainous women in command from across history and around the world, from a princess-cum-pirate in fifth century Denmark, to a rebel preacher in 1630s Boston, to a bloodthirsty Hungarian countess, and a former prostitute who commanded a fleet of more than 70,000 men on China’s seas.

A fun and informative look at girl power, Rejected Princesses offers a new kind of role model and makes clear that women have been kicking ass for eons—and always will.
 


The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings That Make Surprising Sense Cover Image
By Daniel Menaker, Roz Chast (Illustrator), Billy Collins (Foreword by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780544800632
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 18th, 2016

During his time at The New Yorker, Daniel Menaker happened across a superb spelling mistake: “The zebras were grazing on the African svelte." Fascinated by the idea of unintentionally meaningful spelling errors, he began to see that these gaffes—neither typos nor auto-corrects—are sometimes more interesting than their straight-laced counterparts. Through examples he has collected over the course of his decades-long career as an editor and writer, he brings us to a new understanding of language--how it's used, what it means, and what fun it can be.

Illustrated by the inimitable Roz Chast, with a foreword from former poet laureate Billy Collins, The African Svelte offers thoughtful and intelligent exit Jesus. Menaker glances at familiar fumbles like "for all intensive purposes" and "doggy-dog world," but readers delighted by language will find themselves turning the pages with baited breath to discover fresh howlers that have them laughing off their dairy airs.


The Shepherd's View: Modern Photographs from an Ancient Landscape Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250103369
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 18th, 2016

From The New York Times bestselling author of THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE comes a beautiful book of photography and wisdom chronicling an ancient way of life.

I am the luckiest man alive, because I get to live and work in the most beautiful place on earth: Matterdale in the English Lake District.
When I was a child we didn't really go anywhere, except a week in the Isle of Man when I was about ten years old, and I never left Britain until I was twenty.

Even now, years later, the best bit of any travelling is coming home.

James Rebanks is a phenomenon in his native England, where THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE spent over 6 weeks as a number one bestseller, and we hit the list twice here in the States. Now with THE SHEPHERD'S VIEW James brings us into the world of pastoral baking competitions, sheep shows and moments out on the fell watching the sheep run away home, interweaving thoughts and reflections on the art of shepherding with his photographs of the valley, people and animals that make up the daily life of a shepherding community. A view into a life lived by the three hundred surviving fell farming families, this is a book of breathtaking photos and words filled with reverence and love.


Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love Cover Image
By Jane Sobel Klonsky (Photographer)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781426217111
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Published: National Geographic Society - October 25th, 2016

Vermont Author!

This captivating collection of photographs and anecdotes is a one-of-a-kind celebration of humans’ special bond with, and love for, their senior dogs. Since 2012, photographer Jane Sobel Klonsky has traveled the United States with one mission: to capture images and stories that focus on the powerful relationship between dogs in the twilight of their lives and the people they share their life with. A book for any dog lover who appreciates the connection, unconditional love, and bond that can only be provided by a canine companion.