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.
A Non-anxious Presence
"For much of recent history individuals and institutions could plan, execute, and flourish with their visions of a better world. Volatile, complex forces could be addressed and confronted with planning and management. But crisis is a great revealer. It knocks us off our thrones. It uncovers the weaknesses in our strategies and brings to light our myths and idols. Our past strategies run aground, smashed by unpredictable and chaotic waves. Yet in the midst of the chaos of a crisis comes opportunity. The history of the church tells us that crisis always precedes renewal, and the framework of renewal offers...
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This superb new translation of the Qurʼan is written in contemporary language that remains faithful to the meaning and spirit of the original, making the text crystal clear while retaining all of this great work's eloquence. The translation is accurate and completely free from the archaisms, incoherence, and alien structures that mar existing translations. Thus, for the first time, English-speaking readers will have a text of the Qurʼan which is easy to use and comprehensible. Furthermore, Haleem includes notes that explain geographical, historical, and personal allusions as well as an index in which Qurʼanic material is arranged into topics for...
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God of the Oppressed
"God of the Oppressed remains a landmark in the development of Black Theology - the first effort to present a systematic theology drawing fully on the resources of African-American religion and culture. Responding to the criticism that his previous books drew too heavily on Euro-American definitions of theology, James Cone went back to his experience of the black church in Bearden, Arkansas, the tradition of the Spirituals and black folklore, and the black history of struggle and survival, to construct a new approach to the gospel." "In his reflections on God, Jesus, suffering, and liberation, Cone relates the gospel message...
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"History keeps teaching one lesson that no one wants to learn: the guys out to save the world have a way of blowing it up. Satoshi Nakamoto created bitcoin to take all the tinkering out of the finance system, but then somehow in 2022 the blockchain industry's poser boy became a quant from Jane Street hellbent on tinkering with money and eventually everything else. Sam Bankman-Fried (or SBF), the co-founder of the trading firm Alameda Research and the exchange FTX, became a leader in the crypto industry as decentralized finance exploded in 2020. He became famous as his firm splashed...
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"Shows how the book of Revelation calls Christians to faithful witness and patient endurance as they await the coming of Jesus, who will put an end to evil and welcome his people into a cleaned and renewed creation"-- Provided by publisher.
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The Limits of My Language
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"In this poignant memoir from the New York Times bestselling author of To Shake the Sleeping Self, a forty-year-old gay man and his eccentric conservative mother travel the country together and find surprising answers to our generational and cultural rifts. When his mother, Barbara, turned seventy, Jedidiah Jenkins was reminded of a palpable, sobering truth: Our parents won't live forever. For years, he and Barbara had talked about taking a trip together, just the two of them. They landed on an idea: retrace the thousands of miles Barbara trekked with Jedidiah's father, travel writer Peter Jenkins, as part of the...
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Differ We Must
"From journalist and historian Steve Inskeep, a compelling and nuanced exploration of the political acumen of Abraham Lincoln via sixteen encounters before and during his presidency, bringing to light not only the strategy of a great politician who inherited a country divided, but lessons for our own disorderly present. In 1855, as the United States found itself at odds over the issue of slavery, then lawyer Abraham Lincoln composed a note on the matter to his close friend, the heir to a slaveholding family in the South. Lincoln--who was morally against the institution of slavery--rebuked his friend for his opposing...
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Emigrants From England to the American Colonies, 1773-1776
Donated by the Seattle Genealogical Society.
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Hang on the Potatoes
Matthias Peterson (b.1873) married Alexandra Anderson in 1897, and immigrated to Rock County, Minnesota in 1902. The family returned to Norway between 1920 and 1922, and then immigrated to Trosky, Minnesota. Matthias returned to Norway again; his wife and family remained in Minnesota. Descendants lived in Minnesota, Iowa, Florida, Texas and elsewhere. Includes relatives in Norway.
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