Nonfiction

The art of logic in an illogical world book cover

The art of logic in an illogical world

Eugenia Cheng

160 /Cheng
Nonfiction

"In a world where fake news stories change election outcomes, has rationality become futile? In The Art of Logic in an Illogical World, Eugenia Cheng throws a lifeline to readers drowning in the illogic of contemporary life. Cheng is a mathematician, so she knows how to make an airtight argument. But even for her, logic sometimes falls prey to emotion, which is why she still fears flying and eats more cookies than she should. If a mathematician can't be logical, what are we to do? In this book, Cheng reveals the inner workings and limitations of logic, and explains why alogic--for example, emotion--is vital to how we think and communicate. Cheng shows us how to use logic and alogic together to navigate a world awash in bigotry, mansplaining, and manipulative memes. Insightful, useful, and funny, this essential book is for anyone who wants to think more clearly."--Amazon.com.

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I was very excited to learn about this book. Haven't read it yet but it's definitely on my to-read list! I love listening to reasonable arguments from different points of view and learning how people think about the world. However, the political tribalism times we are living in are definitely driving people mad. I'm looking forward to reading about how a mathematician balances logical and emotional persuasions. -Melody

Big mushy happy lump : a "Sarah's Scribbles" collection book cover

Big mushy happy lump : a "Sarah's Scribbles" collection

Sarah (Sarah C.) Andersen

COMIC Sarah's
Humor, Nonfiction

Containing illustrated personal essays on the author's real-life experiences with anxiety, career, relationships and other adulthood challenges, this collection of the hugely popular, world-famous Sarah's Scribbles comics are perfect for those of us who boast bookstore-ready bodies and Netflix-ready hair.

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The third book in my discovery of Sarah Andersen's Sarah Scribbles collection is a must read. All three books are fast reads, too fast in my opinion, so I think I will check them all out again. Her charming drawings of life as a new adult and funny and poignant at the same time. I especially like that she has a cat and a bunny and that the two of them figure highly in her work. -Maeve

Adulthood is a myth : a "Sarah's scribbles" collection book cover

Adulthood is a myth : a "Sarah's scribbles" collection

Sarah (Sarah C.) Andersen

COMIC Sarah's
Nonfiction

Adulthood is a myth confronts head-on the horrors, anxiety, and awkwardness of modern adult life. From the agony of holding hands with a gorgeous guy to the yawning pit of hell that is the wifi gone down to the eye-watering pain of eating too-hot pizza because one cannot stand to wait for it to cool down, Sarah fearlessly documents it all. Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah's total frankness on extremely personal issues such as body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and consistently hilarious.

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Sarah Andersen's series of books on adulting are so much fun. One need not be a newly aged-in adult to enjoy her take on the world. I eagerly await another of her books. -Maeve

Herding cats : a "Sarah's scribbles" collection book cover

Herding cats : a "Sarah's scribbles" collection

Sarah (Sarah C.) Andersen

COMIC Sarah's
Animals, Nonfiction

"With characteristic wit and charm, Sarah Andersen's third collection of comics and illustrated personal essays offers a survival guide for frantic modern life: from the importance of avoiding morning people, to Internet troll defense 101, to the not-so-life-changing futility of tidying up. But when all else fails and the world around you is collapsing, make a hot chocolate, count the days until Halloween, and snuggle up next to your furry beacon of hope"--Back cover.

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I love love love Sarah Andersen. Her name came up in a discussion with a colleague about books, imagine that, and she said she thought I might like Sarah's books. Then she told me there were in the comics section of the library. I don't read comic, or not may I told her and she said that I would be delighted. I was and you will be too. Her books, the library has three, are on adulting and I am a verifiable adult, but I still found them very funny. In fact, I laughed out loud and shared a number of the pages with my cat, Calvin. He isn't much for laughing, but I know he was amused. -Maeve

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Fear : Trump in the White House

Bob Woodward

973.933 /Woodward
History, Nonfiction

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump's White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president's first years in office.

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This best selling work by noted author Bob Woodward does not disappoint. It isn't an easy read as he details the first years of the Trump presidency, in fact an almost day-to-day reckoning of the Trump White House and the various staff who are hired, fired or quit. I think it is one of the most important works to be published on the 45th president of the United States. Add it to your must read list. -Maeve

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Less : a visual guide to minimalism

Rachel Aust

640 /Aust
Nonfiction, Home

A visual guide to embracing a minimalist lifestyle helps readers scale back possessions and keep only the essentials through decision trees, flow charts, and personality quizzes.

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A different take on one of my favorite topics! -Meredith

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New minimalism : decluttering and design for sustainable, intentional living

Cary Telander Fortin

648.8 /Fortin
Nonfiction, Home

The decluttering craze meets a passion for sustainable living and interior design in this gorgeous new book for readers of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This book promises an opportunity for self-reflection and lasting change, by getting to the bottom of why we've accumulated too much stuff in the first place, therefore allowing us to transform our lives. Professional decluttering and design team Cary and Kyle of New Minimalism will take you through every step, from assessing your emotional relationship to your stuff to decluttering your home to then turning it into a beautifully designed space that feels clean and tidy without feeling sparse or prescriptive. And all of this without filling up a landfill--you'll find resources and strategies to donate and reuse your stuff so you don't have to feel guilty about getting rid of it!

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A great book for those who want to live with less, but not add to the earth's landfill in the process. -Meredith

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Alone time : four seasons, four cities, and the pleasures of solitude

Stephanie Rosenbloom

910.4 /Rosenbloom
Nonfiction, Travel

"A wise, passionate account of the pleasures of travelling solo. In our increasingly frantic daily lives, many people are genuinely fearful of the prospect of solitude, but time alone can be both rich and restorative, especially when travelling. Through on-the-ground reporting and recounting the experiences of artists, writers, and innovators who cherished solitude, Stephanie Rosenbloom considers how being alone as a traveller--and even in one's own city--is conducive to becoming acutely aware of the sensual details of the world--patterns, textures, colors, tastes, sounds--in ways that are difficult to do in the company of others."--

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Stephanie Rosenbloom writes a travel column for the New York Times, and has a breezy, friendly voice. Don't let that fool you, though--she's a thinker. Here she recounts her travels through four different cities, reflecting upon what makes solo travel unique: How does one travel differently when they are alone? How do they experience things? What are the unforeseen benefits? How does travelling alone change somebody? In addition to her own experiences, she references a lot of very current research that relates to the topic. A very interesting and enjoyable book, whether or not you are hitting the road. -Candice

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The English cathedral

Peter Marlow

726.60942 /Marlow
Nonfiction

Among the most magnificent buildings of England are its Anglican cathedrals, great symbols of spiritual and architectural power. There are few experiences more uplifting and humbling than standing in the nave of a cathedral, and no one can fail to marvel at Durham's incomparable Romanesque masterpiece, the elegant stylistic unity of Salisbury, the world-famous stained glass of Canterbury or the striking Gothic scissor arch at Wells.

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We have some great English cathedral books (see also my list on the topic), but this new book is unique. The photographer (Peter Marlow) took the pictures from the same vantage point in each of the 42 cathedrals so you get a comparative sense of their size, art, and architecture. My favorite naves: Bristol, Canterbury (soaring arches!), Ely, Lichfield, Liverpool, Wells, Winchester. I really liked the other 35 too. -Heidi L

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Anthology of amazing women : trailblazers who dared to be different

Sandra (Vocalist) Lawrence

jBIOGRAPHY 920.72 Lawrence
Kids, Nonfiction, Biographies

From Aud the Deep-Minded to Malala Yousafzai, this beautifully illustrated collection introduces 50 diverse women who have pushed the boundaries of human excellence and endeavor to a new generation.

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A wonderfully diverse look at women who did amazing things during their lives. While some names will be very familiar to readers, there are plenty of unsung heroines to get excited about. Personal favorites for me included Nakano Takeko, a female samurai, and Aud the Deep-Minded, a Viking matriarch. -Morgan