New Non-Fiction – June and July 2009

The Addict: One Patient, One Doctor, One Year Michael Stein, 362.293 STE 2009 – The world of prescription drug addiction seen through the  story of a woman whose life was taken over by her desire for the next pill.

The American Future: A History Simon Schama, 973 SCH 2009 – The noted historian looks at the multiple crises facing the United States with references to America’s past history.

Are You Kidding Me? The True Story of Rocco Mediate’s Extraordinary Battle with Tiger Woods at the U.S. Open Rocco Mediate and John Feinstein, 796.352 MED 2009 – The dramatic showdown at the 2008 U.S. Open.

The Armchair Birder: Discovering the Secret Lives of Familiar Birds John Yow, 598 YOW 2009 – Interesting facts about the lives of birds outside your window. Columbine Dave Cullen, 371.782 CUL 2009 – A recounting of the horrific events at Columbine High School.

Complexity: A Guided Tour Melanie Mitchell, 501 MIT 2009 – Fascinating and elusive questions are presented that the science of complexity is attempting to answer.

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite David E. Kessle, r613.2 KES 2009 – Why is it so difficult to resist certain foods and so easy to overindulge?

Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud Robert Pinsky, ed., 808.81 ESS 2009 – A wide range of poetry for speaking and listening enjoyment.

Faith Under Fire: An Army Chaplain’s Memoir Roger Benimoff, 956.7044 BEN 2009 – The author’s time as an Army chaplain in Iraq created a crisis of faith and a turning point in his life.

The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found Mary Beard, 937.7 BEA 2008 – A penetrating look at the world famous archaeological site.

The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women & a Forty-Year Friendship Jeffrey Zaslow, 302.34 ZAS 2009 – Eleven childhood friends formed a special bond growing up in Ames, Iowa.  A bond that has lasted through the years.

Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde Jeff Guin, 364.1552 GUI 2009 – The real story of Bonnie and Clyde is different from the myths that have grown up around them. Fascinating.

The Horse Boy: A Father’s Quest to Heal His Son Rupert Isaacson, 618.92 ISA 2009 – The author was devastated with his son’s diagnosis of autism. Discovering his son’s connection with animals, they went to Mongolia.

House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street William D. Cohan, 332.66 COH 2009 – With the collapse of Bear Stearns in March 2008, the meltdown on Wall Street officially began. How and why?

K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America’s Most Unlikely Tourist Peter Carlson, 947.085 CAR 2009 – The true story of a stranger in a strange land: Khrushchev’s tour across America in 1959.

Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto Mark R. Levin, 320.52 LEV 2009 – The talk radio host discusses a conservative approach to government that includes greater freedom for individual Americans.

A Lion Called Christian Anthony Bourke and John Rendall, 599.757 BOU 2009 – The heartwarming story of he reunion of two young men and their pet lion, Christian.

Old World Daughter, New World Mother: An Education in Love and Freedom Maria Laurino, 306.874 LAU 2009 – The author of Were You Always an Italian? returns with a spirited look at life as a second-generation American.

One Hundred Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know: Math Explains Your World John D. Barrow, 510 BAR 2009 – The uses of mathematics in explaining many of life’s most intriguing questions are entertainingly presented.

One Square Inch of Silence Gordon Hempton and John Grossmann, 333.78 HEM 2009 – Silence is our nation’s fastest-disappearing resource. The author is recording the natural terrestrial soundscapes before they vanish.

Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead Peter Manseau, 203.7 MAN 2009 – The author traces the trail of religious relics over the centuries.

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg, 232.9 SPA 2009 – An inspirational tour of Jewish culture during the time of Jesus.

Soldiers Once: My Brother and the Lost Dreams of America’s Veterans Catherine Whitney, 305.90697 WHI 2009 – When the author’s brother, a Vietnam veteran, died, he was 53 years old and living in poverty and had not seen his family in 16 years.

Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be Chris Gardner, 158.1 GAR 2009 – The author of The Pursuit of Happyness presents a look at  beginning anew.

The Towering World of Jimmy Choo: A Glamorous Story of Power, Profits, and the Pursuit of the Perfect Shoe Lauren Goldstein Crowe and Sagra Maceira de Rosen, 338.76 CRO 2009 – The behind-the-scenes story of the one of the most talked-about brands. “A smart, sexy business book.”

Unfinished Business: What the Dead Can Teach Us About Life James Van Praagh, 133.91 VAN 2009 – Emotional stories from a well-known medium.

The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education Craig M. Mullaney, 958.104 MUL 2009 – The author had been graduated from West Point, attended Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, but was he prepared for war in Afghanistan?

Valkyrie: The Story of the Plot to Kill Hitler, By Its Last Member Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager, 943.086 BOE 2009 – The author’s patriotism turned to disgust as he learned of the atrocities of the SS. He and his brother joined a conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler.

Weather’s Greatest Mysteries Solved! Randy Cerveny, 304.2 CER 2009 – Sample mystery: Why did T. Rex become extinct? And there’s many more weather conundrums in this fascinating book.

Why Don’t Students Like School? A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What it Means for the Classroom Daniel T. Willingham, 370.1523 WIL 2009 – Why can kids remember the smallest details from their favorite television program, yet miss the most obvious questions on theiw history test?