• Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know

    Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know

    Gladwell, Malcolm

    In this thoughtful treatise spurred by the 2015 death of African-American academic Sandra Bland in jail after a traffic stop, New Yorker writer Gladwell (The Tipping Point) aims to figure out the strategies people use to assess strangers-to "analyze, critique them, figure out where they came from, figure out how to fix them," in other words: to understand how to balance trust and safety. He uses a variety of examples from history and recent headlines to illustrate that people size up the motivations, emotions, and trustworthiness of those they don't know both wrongly and with misplaced confidence.

    Format: Book - 2019

    Holds: 480 on 324 copies

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  • The Yellow House

    The Yellow House

    Broom, Sarah M.

    "Sarah M. Broom's [memoir] The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America's most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother's struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina."--

    Format: Book - 2019

    Holds: 465 on 279 copies

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  • How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

    How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

    Odell, Jenny

    "When the technologies we use every day collapse our experiences into 24/7 availability, platforms for personal branding, and products to be monetized, nothing can be quite so radical as doing nothing. Here, Jenny Odell sends up a flare from the heart of Silicon Valley, delivering an action plan to resist capitalist narratives of productivity and techno-determinism, and to become more meaningfully connected in the process"--

    Format: Book - 2019

    Holds: 447 on 74 copies

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  • The Body: A Guide for Occupants

    The Body: A Guide for Occupants

    Bryson, Bill

    A head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As compulsively readable as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody. Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." The body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information"--

    Format: Book - 2019

    Holds: 432 on 279 copies

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  • A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of A Faith

    A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of A Faith

    Egan, Timothy

    At a time when Britain, America, and much of Europe have never been so secular--and when his mother's death and his Irish Catholic family's complicated history with the church prompted a reckoning with his own beliefs -- Timothy Egan decided to follow in the footsteps of centuries of seekers. He embarked on a thousand-mile pilgrimage through the theological cradle of Christianity, to explore one of the biggest stories of our time: the collapse of religion in the world that it created. Egan sets out along the Via Francigena, once the major medieval trail leading the devout to Rome, and makes his way overland via the alpine peaks and small mountain towns of France, Switzerland and Italy. The goal: walking to St. Peter's Square, in hopes of meeting the galvanizing pope who is struggling to hold together the church through the worst crisis in half a millennium. Making his way through a landscape laced with some of the most important shrines to the faith, Egan finds a modern Canterbury Tale in the chapel where Queen Bertha introduced Christianity to pagan Britain; parses the supernatural in a French town built on miracles; and journeys to the oldest abbey in the Western world, founded in 515 and home to continuous prayer over the 1,500 years that have followed. He is accompanied by a quirky cast of fellow pilgrims and by some of the towering figures of the faith--Joan of Arc, Henry VIII, Martin Luther.

    Format: Book - 2019

    Holds: 415 on 270 copies

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  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

    Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

    Gottlieb, Lori

    "A hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world--where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she)"--

    Format: Book - 2019

    Holds: 412 on 262 copies

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  • Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over

    Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over

    Roman, Alison

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * It's not entertaining. It's having people over. The social media star, New York Times columnist, and author of Dining In helps you nail dinner with unfussy food, unstuffy vibes, and the permission to be imperfect. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review * The New Yorker * NPR * The Washington Post * San Francisco Chronicle * BuzzFeed * The Guardian * Food Network * A PEOPLE 2019 FOOD FAVORITE " Nothing Fancy delivers what those of hoping to up our dinner party game are looking for: It's utterly current and distinctly doable ."-- Eater An unexpected weeknight meal with a neighbor or a weekend dinner party with fifteen of your closest friends--either way and everywhere in between, having people over is supposed to be fun, not stressful. This abundant collection of all-new recipes--heavy on the easy-to-execute vegetables and versatile grains, paying lots of close attention to crunchy, salty snacks, and with love for all the meats--is for gatherings big and small, any day of the week. Alison Roman will give you the food your people want (think DIY martini bar, platters of tomatoes, pots of coconut-braised chicken and chickpeas, pans of lemony turmeric tea cake) plus the tips, sass, and confidence to pull it all off. With Nothing Fancy , any night of the week is worth celebrating. Praise for Nothing Fancy "[ Nothing Fancy ] is full of the sort of recipes that sound so good, one contemplates switching off any and all phones, calling in sick, and cooking through the bulk of them." -- Food52 "[ Nothing Fancy ] exemplifies that classic Roman approach to cooking: well-known ingredients rearranged in interesting and compelling ways for young home cooks who want food that looks (and photographs) as good as it tastes." -- Grub Street "The recipes will provide well for friendly dinner parties, while still being straightforward enough to cook quickly on a midweek evening after work." -- Vogue "Roman's recipes are elegant but straightforward, impressive but actionable, with an emphasis on easy vegetables (like peppers with yuzu), homespun desserts (like blackberry and cornmeal cake), and show-stopping entrees (like lamb chops for the table)." -- Esquire (syndetics)

    Format: Book - 2019

    Holds: 409 on 261 copies

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  • Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-delusion

    Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-delusion

    Tolentino, Jia

    A breakout writer at The New Yorker examines the fractures at the center of contemporary culture with verve, deftness, and intellectual ferocity--for readers who've wondered what Susan Sontag would have been like if she had brain damage from the internet.

    Format: Book - 2019

    Holds: 403 on 286 copies

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  • Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

    Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

    Walker, Matthew P.

    "The first sleep book by a leading scientific expert--Professor Matthew Walker, Director of UC Berkeley's Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab--reveals his groundbreaking exploration of sleep, explaining how we can harness its transformative power to change our lives for the better. Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life--eating, drinking, and reproducing--the purpose of sleep remained elusive. An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. Now, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. Within the brain, sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming mollifies painful memories and creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge to inspire creativity. Walker answers important questions about sleep: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? How do common sleep aids affect us and can they do long-term damage? Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer's, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children, and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses."--

    Format: Book - 2017

    Holds: 382 on 67 copies

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  • Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and A Conspiracy to Protect Predators

    Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and A Conspiracy to Protect Predators

    Farrow, Ronan

    In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood's most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move, and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family. All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance they could not explain -- until now. And a trail of clues revealed corruption and cover-ups from Hollywood to Washington and beyond. This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. And it's the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement. (1/19/2020 11:53:32 AM)

    Format: Book - 2019

    Holds: 351 on 113 copies

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