Nonfiction

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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The war on normal people : the truth about America's disappearing jobs and why universal basic income is our future book cover

The war on normal people : the truth about America's disappearing jobs and why universal basic income is our future

Andrew (Entrepreneur) Yang

362.582 /Yang
Nonfiction, Business

From entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the founder of Venture for America, an eye-opening look at how new technologies are erasing millions of jobs before our eyes-and a rallying cry for the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy.

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Shortest way home : one mayor's challenge and a model for America's future book cover

Shortest way home : one mayor's challenge and a model for America's future

Pete Buttigieg

BIOGRAPHY Buttigieg, Pete
Nonfiction, Biographies, Political

"A mayor's inspirational story of a Midwest city that has become nothing less than a blueprint for the future of American renewal. Once described by the Washington Post as "the most interesting mayor you've never heard of," Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-six-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has improbably emerged as one of the nation's most visionary politicians. First elected in 2011, Buttigieg left a successful business career to move back to his hometown, previously tagged by Newsweek as a "dying city," because the industrial Midwest beckoned as a challenge to the McKinsey-trained Harvard graduate. Whether meeting with city residents on middle-school basketball courts, reclaiming abandoned houses, confronting gun violence, or attracting high-tech industry, Buttigieg has transformed South Bend into a shining model of urban reinvention. While Washington reels with scandal, Shortest Way Home interweaves two once-unthinkable success stories: that of an Afghanistan veteran who came out and found love and acceptance, all while in office, and that of a Rust Belt city so thoroughly transformed that it shatters the way we view America's so-called flyover country."--Provided by publisher.

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The opposite of woe : my life in beer and politics book cover

The opposite of woe : my life in beer and politics

John W. (John Wright) Hickenlooper

BIOGRAPHY Hickenlooper, John W.
Nonfiction, Biographies, Political

"The governor of Colorado tells his story, from early loss to college on the ten-year plan, to business and political success"--

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This fight is our fight : the battle to save America's middle class book cover

This fight is our fight : the battle to save America's middle class

Elizabeth Warren

305.55 /Warren
Nonfiction, Biographies, Political

"Senator Elizabeth Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America's middle class, and by the time the people of Massachusetts elected her in 2012, she had become one of the country's leading progressive voices. Now, at a perilous moment for our nation, she has written a book that is at once an illuminating account of how we built the strongest middle class in history, a scathing indictment of those who have spent the past thirty-five years undermining working families, and a rousing call to action."--Jacket.

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Bernie Sanders guide to political revolution book cover

Bernie Sanders guide to political revolution

Bernard Sanders

328.73 /Sanders
Nonfiction, Political

In the Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution, Independent congressman, presidential candidate and activist Bernie Sanders continues his fight against the imbalances in the nation’s status quo, and shows you how to make a difference to effect the changes America―and the world―need to create a better tomorrow.

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