Nonfiction

Classic book cover

Classic

Mary Berry

641.5 /Berry
Cookbooks, Nonfiction

These are my wonderful brand-new recipes - timeless classics, simple British dishes and delicious, modern favourites to tempt family and friends. With my trusted tips and techniques for quick, easy and foolproof cooking, in Classic I'll show you how to make the very best food in my own special, no-fuss way.

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GBBO lovers, take heed! The Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry has a cookbook that was just released in the States. So start calling those shrimp "prawn" and set your kitchen scales to metric. On your marks..get set...bake! -Melody

Ballpark : baseball in the American city book cover

Ballpark : baseball in the American city

Paul Goldberger

796.35709 /Goldberger
Nonfiction, History, Sports

"An exhilarating, splendidly illustrated, entirely new look at the history of baseball: told through the stories of the vibrant and ever-changing ballparks where the game was and is staged, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic. From the earliest corrals of the mid-1800s (Union Grounds in Brooklyn was a 'saloon in the open air'), to the much mourned parks of the early 1900s (Detroit's Tiger Stadium, Cincinnati's Palace of the Fans), to the stadiums we fill today, Paul Goldberger makes clear the inextricable bond between the American city and America's favorite pastime. In the changing locations and architecture of our ballparks, Goldberger reveals the manifestations of a changing society: the earliest ballparks evoked the Victorian age in their accommodations--bleachers for the riffraff, grandstands for the middle-class; the 'concrete donuts' of the 1950s and 60s made plain television's grip on the public's attention; and more recent ballparks, like Baltimore's Camden Yards, signal a new way forward for stadium design and for baseball's role in urban development. Throughout, Goldberger shows us the way in which baseball's history is concurrent with our cultural history: the rise of urban parks and public transportation; the development of new building materials and engineering and design skills. And how the site details and the requirements of the game--the diamond, the outfields, the walls, the grandstands--shaped our most beloved ballparks. A fascinating, exuberant ode to the Edens at the heart of our cities--where dreams are as limitless as the outfields"--

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This is more of an architectural history book than a sports book. Goldberger focuses on the relationship between the major league ballpark and the city it serves, discussing the different trends of stadium architectural history. This is more than just for baseball fans. If you are interested in urban development and renewal, I highly recommend it. -Anne M

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On democracy

E. B. (Elwyn Brooks) White

320.973 /White
Nonfiction, Political

"Anchored by an introduction by Jon Meacham, this concise collection of essays, letters, and poems from one of this country's most eminent literary voices sheds much-needed historical context on the state of the nation and offers a ray of hope for the future of our society; for "as long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman...the scene is not desolate.""--

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This collection of essays, letters, and poetry brings together E.B. White's thoughts on the politics of his day, mostly from the 1930's to the 1970's. All are very relevant to our own time--the role of the free press, freedom of speech, and what democracy means in America. It is a great read. -Anne M

Sorry I'm late, I didn't want to come : one introvert's year of saying yes book cover

Sorry I'm late, I didn't want to come : one introvert's year of saying yes

Jessica Pan

155.232 /Pan
Nonfiction, Humor

"What would happen if a shy introvert lived like a gregarious extrovert for one year? If she knowingly and willingly put herself in perilous social situations that she'd normally avoid at all costs? Writer Jessica Pan intends to find out. With the help of various extrovert mentors, Jessica sets up a series of personal challenges (talk to strangers, perform stand-up comedy, host a dinner party, travel alone, make friends on the road, and much, much worse) to explore whether living like an extrovert can teach her lessons that might improve the quality of her life. Chronicling the author's hilarious and painful year of misadventures, this book explores what happens when one introvert fights her natural tendencies, takes the plunge, and tries (and sometimes fails) to be a little bit braver."--Provided by publisher.

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Love the title of this book. I know a lot of people who can relate to this! -Melody

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Nine months : before a baby is born

Miranda Paul

jE Paul
Kids, Health, Nonfiction

"As a baby grows in her mother's tummy, a soon-to-be big sister and her family spend nine months preparing for the newest member of the family to arrive."--

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I love you but I hate your politics : how to protect your intimate relationships in a poisonous partisan world book cover

I love you but I hate your politics : how to protect your intimate relationships in a poisonous partisan world

Jeanne Safer

158.24 /Safer
Nonfiction, Self Help

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Is hyper-partisanship poisoning your relationships? This book can help shed light on managing those conflicts! Dr. Jeanne Safer is a psychotherapist in NYC who has worked with couples to work through their disagreements. -Melody

Sacred spaces : the awe-inspiring architecture of churches and cathedrals book cover

Sacred spaces : the awe-inspiring architecture of churches and cathedrals

Guillaume de Laubier

726.5 /Laubier
Art / Art History, Nonfiction

"From St. Peter's Basilica in Rome to Notre-Dame in Paris, Christian churches represent some of our most significant architectural achievements, designed to evoke wonder and awe. Offering unprecedented access to a collection of revered religious landmarks, photographer Guillaume de Laubier takes readers on a stunning architectural tour. Sacred Spaces showcases breathtaking photographs of extraordinary churches and cathedrals, revealing original, illuminating views of icons, such as la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, while also shedding light on lesser-known sites, such as Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. Whether Catholic, Protestant, or Orthodox; made of wood, stone, concrete, or glass; Roman, Gothic, Baroque, or modern, the places of worship featured in this richly produced volume present an extraordinary overview of our architectural and cultural history"--Provided by publisher.

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New to our collection in 2019, this is another title with beautiful photographs of cathedrals in England, Spain, and Portugal, as well as other types of "sacred spaces" in other countries. -Heidi L

The reading promise : my father and the books we shared book cover

The reading promise : my father and the books we shared

Alice Ozma

028.9 /Ozma
Nonfiction

Named for two literary characters ("Alice" from Lewis Carroll and "Ozma" from L. Frank Baum), the author is the daughter of a Philadelphia-area elementary school librarian. Father and daughter embarked on a streak of reading-out-loud sessions every night before bed as Ozma was growing up--a "streak" that would continue for eight years straight.

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A heartfelt memoir about the love of literacy between a daughter and her father. -Meredith

Paperback crush : the totally radical history of '80s and '90s teen fiction book cover

Paperback crush : the totally radical history of '80s and '90s teen fiction

Gabrielle Moss

809.89283 /Moss
Nonfiction

"Every twenty- or thirty-something woman knows these books. The pink covers, the flimsy paper, the zillion volumes in the series that kept you reading for your entire adolescence. Spurred by the commercial success of Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club, these were not the serious-issue YA novels of the 1970s, nor were they the blockbuster books of the Harry Potter and Twilight ilk. They were cheap, short, and utterly beloved. Paperback crush dives in deep to this golden age with affection, history, and a little bit of snark"--

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Reading this book was a step back in time. There were so many titles from my childhood (tweendomhood?) and I was immediately whisked away to my friends' bedrooms, where we would spend hours reading side-by-side, trading books back and forth in a system we developed to get the most use out of our public library checkout limits. I still own some of the books discussed in this book. Others I forgot about but now remember perfectly and long to read them once more. Thank you, Grabrielle Moss, for sharing your obsession with all of us. You are not alone! :) -Meredith

An unlikely journey : waking up from my American dream book cover

An unlikely journey : waking up from my American dream

Julián Castro

BIOGRAPHY Castro, Julián
Nonfiction, Biographies, Political

In the spirit of a young Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father, comes a candid and compelling memoir about race and poverty in America. In many ways, there was no reason Julian Castro would have been expected to be a success. Born to unmarried parents in a poverty-stricken neighborhood of a struggling city, his prospects of escaping his circumstance seemed bleak. But he and his twin brother Joaquin had something going for them: their mother. A former political activist, she provided the launch pad for what would become an astonishing ascent. Julian and Joaquin would go on to attend Stanford and Harvard before entering politics at the ripe age of 26. Soon after, Joaquin become a state representative and Julian was elected mayor of San Antonio, a city he helped revitalize and transform into one of the country's leading economies. His success in Texas propelled him onto the national stage, where he was the keynote speaker at the 2012 DNC--the same spot President Obama held three conventions prior--and then to Washington D.C. where he served as the Obama Administration's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. After being shortlisted as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton, he is now seen by many as a future presidential candidate. Julian Castro's story not only affirms the American dream, but also resonates with millions, who in an age of political cynicism and hardening hearts are searching for a new hero. No matter one's politics, this book is the transcendent story of a resilient family and the unlikely journey of an emerging national icon.

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