New Nonfiction Books – August 2015

300 Sandwiches: A Multilayered Love Story…with Recipes
Stephanie Smith
641.84 SMI 2015
The story of the author and her boyfriend who, after she had made a turkey and Swiss on wheat bread sandwich for him, told her “Honey, you are 300 sandwiches away from an engagement  ring.”

The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America’s Liberties
Carol Berkin
342.73 BER 2015
The author explains that the Bill of Rights was actually a brilliant political act executed by James Madison to preserve the Constitution, the federal government, and the latter’s authority over the states.  Here are the dramatic details.

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget
Sarah Hepola
362.292 HEP 2015
For the author, alcohol was “the gasoline of all adventure.” But then it all became too much — a poignant and humorous memoir.

Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868
Cokie Roberts
973.7082 ROB 2015
An exploration of the way in which the Civil War transformed the lives of women in Washington, D.C., and the city itself.

Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?
Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
818 SCO 2015
The mother and daughter team present a new collection of stories and true confessions that every woman can relate to.  Fun! 

The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth about Food and Flavor
Mark Schatzker
641.3 SCH 2015
Does it sometimes seem that food doesn’t taste quite like it used to?  According to the author, this is not an illusion. The flavor of food is changing, and has been for more than half a century.

The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe
Michael Pye
940.1 PYE 2015
Adventures that ranged from the terror of the Vikings to the golden age of cities, the intriguing story of how the modern world emerged on the shores of the North Sea.

First Over There: The Attack on Cantigny, America’s Frist Battle of World War I
Matthew J. Davenport
940.434 DAV 2015
The true story of America’s first modern military battle, its first military victory during World War I, and its first steps onto the world stage.

The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes
Zach Dundas
823.8 DUN 2015
More than a century after Sherlock Holmes first entered our world, what is it about Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation that continues to fascinate us?  The author sets out to find some answers.  Fun!

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers
Nick Offerman
973.002 OFF 2015
The humorist, woodworker, and actor reminds us of our obligation to nurture the American qualities that we cherish.

The Hidden History of America at War: Untold Tales from Yorktown to Fallujah
Kenneth C. Davis
355.020973 DAV 2015
A new, revealing look inside six landmark battles that offer crucial insights into our nation’s history.

How to Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent
Naveed Jamali
327.12092 JAM 2015
A fascinating story of a young American who taught himself to be a secret double agent and helped the FBI bust a Russian spy in early 2000s New York.

The Hunter Killers: The Extraordinary Story of the First Wild Weasels, the Band of Maverick Aviators Who Flew the Most Dangerous Missions of the Vietnam War
Dan Hampton
959.7043 HAM 2015
At the height of the Cold War, America’s most elite aviators bravely volunteered for a covert program aimed at eliminating an impossible new threat.  Half never returned.  An untold story of aviation history.

Keepers: The Greatest Films—and Personal Favorites— of a Moviegoing Lifetime
Richard Schickel
791.43 SCH 2015
The author has seen, by his own estimate, more than twenty thousand films.  Here is a history of film as he’s seen it, a tour of his favorites, a master class in what makes a film soar or flop.

Marrakech Express
Peter Millar
964 MIL 2014
An entertaining and informative look at the north African country of Morocco, a country that is struggling to maintain its unique blend of tradition and tolerance.

Modern Romance
Aziz Ansari
306.7 ANS 2015
A thoughtful, and amusing, exploration of the rewards and perils of modern romance.

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
Rinker Buck
978 BUC 2015
An epic account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon with a team of mules, a journey that hasn’t been attempted in a century.

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
Robert Kurson
910.452 KUR 2015
The author of Shadow Divers, returns with a new adventure of danger and deep-sea diving, historic mystery and suspense.

Playing Scared: A History and Memoir of Stage Fright
Sara Solovitch
792.028 SOL 2015
Stage fright is one of the human psyche’s deepest fears.  Surveys in the United States rank public speaking as one of the top fears, affecting up to 74 percent of people.  Fascinating.

Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise
Thich Nhat Hanh
294.34 NHA 2015
The noted Zen master shares a practical guide to understanding and developing a powerful inner resource — silence — to help us find happiness and peace.

The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics
Barton Swaim
320.973 SWA 2015
An intimate and hilarious look inside the spin room of the modern politician.

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice
Adam Benforado
364.3 BEN 2015
A legal scholar exposes the powerful psychological forces that undermine our criminal justice system and affect us all.

The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos
Leonard Mlodinow
509 MLO 2015
An inspiring tour through the exciting history of human progress and the key events in the development of science.