New Nonfiction Books- October 2011

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
Charles C. Mann
909.4 MAN 2011
The author of 1491, explores the explosive changes that occurred following the discovery of the “new world.”

Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy
John Julius Norwich
262.19 NOR 2011
A sweeping chronicle of the most significant popes and what they meant politically, culturally, and socially to Rome and to the world.

An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine
Howard Markel
362.29 MAR 2011
An astonishing account of the years-long cocaine use of Sigmund Freud as well as William Halsted, an innovative surgeon, both of who were practicing medicine at the same time in the 1880’s.

The End of Country
Seamus McGraw
333.79 MCG 2011
The author relates the story of Marcellus Shale discovery on the landowners of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. Topical and informative.

End Game: The End of the Debt Supercycle and How It Changes Everthing
John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper
336.34 MAU 2011
What if the bigger financial crisis is ahead of us, not behind us?

Everything Is Obvious: Once You Know the Answer
Duncan J. Watts
153.4 WAT 2011
Does common sense fail us? Do we think we understand more about human behavior than we really do?

Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse: The True Story of a Woman Who Risked Everything to Bring Hope to Afghanistan
Suraya Sadeed
958.104 SAD 2011
The amazing life story of a woman, the daughter of a former governor of Kabul, who after living in the United States, returned to Afghanistan to deliver hope to orphans, refugees and women and girls.

Haiti After the Earthquake
Paul Farmer
972.94 FAR 2011
The noted physician who has worked in Haiti for nearly thirty years, describes the earthquake’s devastating impact on the impoverished country.

How Literature Works: 50 Key Concepts
John Sutherland
803 SUT 2011
Fun stuff for the literary-minded.

How to Click with People: The Secret to Better Relationships in Business and in Life
Rick Kirschner
158.2 KIR 2011
An interpersonal communications expert explains tips on relating to others and solving problems both in person and online.

I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59
Douglas Edwards
338.761 EDW 2011
One of Google’s early employees takes a trip inside the company that has changed the world.

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
David Eagleman
153 EAG 2011
If the conscious mind is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest of the brain doing?

The Interrogator: An Education
Glenn L. Carle
327.12 CAR 2011
An undercover CIA spy tells the story of his most serious assignment as an interrogator in the U.S. global war on terror.

The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral — And How it Changed the American West
Jeff Guinn
978.02 GUI 2011
On the afternoon of October 26, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona a deadly shootout among eight armed men shaped how future generations came to view the old West.

Lincoln on War
Harold Holzer, ed.
973.7 LIN 2011
With his speeches, letters, and memoranda, President Lincoln fought the Civil War as brilliantly as any general who took the field.

Lip Service: Smiles in Life, Death, Trust, Lies, Work, Memory, Sex, and Politics
Marianne LaFrance
153.69 LAF 2011
A smile may not be quite as simple as it first appears. Smiles are indeed social acts with serious consequences.

Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
Dorothy Wickenden
371.1 WIC 2011
In the summer of 1916 two young society ladies leave their home in Auburn, New York for the wilds of Colorado to become teachers, to the shock and dismay of their families and friends.

Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World
Jay Bahadur
364.164 BAH 2011
Caught up in a decades-long civil war, Somalia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Included in the country’s chaos is the scourge of piracy.

Saved by Beauty: Adventures of an American Romantic in Iran
Roger Housden
955 HOU 2011
The author traveled to Iran to meet with artists, writers, filmmakers, and religious scholars who embody the long Iranian tradition of humanism.

La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life
Elaine Sciolino 02.35 SCI 2011
Seduction is more than a game to the French: it is the key to understanding France.

Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper
Geoffrey Gray
364.165 GRA 2011
The fascinating unsolved mystery of the man who parachuted into the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with $200,000 he had extorted from an airline.

Tangled Webs: How False Statements Are Undermining America from Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff
James B. Stewart
364.134 STE 2011
The Pulitizer Prize-winning author asserts that America is facing a crisis of perjury and false statements occurring at the highest levels of business, politics, sports and culture.

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading
Nina Sankovitch
028.9 SAN 2011
When the author’s older sister died at the age of forty-six, Nina Sankovitch turned to books for comfort, escape, and introspection.  Reading became the ultimate therapy.

Visions of a Better World: Howard Thurman’s Pilgrimage to India and the Origins of African American Nonviolence
Quinton Dixie and Peter Eisenstadt
303.61 DIX 2011
In 1935, Howard Thurman, an influential African American religious thinker took a pivotal trip to India that would forever change him and that would ultimately shape the course of the civil rights movement in the United States.

The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners that Shape Who We Are Today
Rob Dunn
612 DUN 2011
According to the author a professor of biology, our “clean living” has benefited us in some ways, but it has also made us sicker in others.