Nonfiction

Leadership in turbulent times book cover

Leadership in turbulent times

Doris Kearns Goodwin

973.099 /Goodwin
Nonfiction

"In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration into the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? In Leadership in Turbulent Times, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)--to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders. No common pattern describes the trajectory of leadership. Although set apart in background, abilities, and temperament, these men shared a fierce ambition and a deep-seated resilience that enabled them to surmount uncommon adversity. At their best, all four were guided by a sense of moral purpose. At moments of great challenge, they were able to summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others. This seminal work provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field. In today's polarized world, these stories of authentic leadership in times of apprehension and fracture take on a singular urgency."--Provided by publisher.

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I saw Doris Kearns Goodwin recently talk about this book and it piqued my interest. I'm listening to the eAudio version and it's very good. I'm looking forward to listening to it in the evening while I work on projects around the house. -Kara

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Type is beautiful : the story of fifty remarkable fonts

Simon Loxley

686.224 /Loxley
Art / Art History, Nonfiction

This book traces the history of fifty remarkable fonts. Thoroughly researched and visually exciting, it takes readers through the story of each font's creation and distinct characteristics, as well as why it succeeded or failed. Some of the fonts were commissioned for major commercial or cultural projects. Other fonts became culturally significant unintentionally. This book gives readers an unforgettable cast of characters, including Johannes Gutenberg, William Caslon, Nicolas Jenson, Stanley Morison, William Morris, and Thomas Cobden-Sanderson, the English artist and bookbinder who famously "bequeathed" the unique metal type created for his failed Doves Press to the Thames, casting the type into the river to prevent its future use.

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I've been aware of fonts for as long as I've used word processing software, and even though Calibri is the default in what I use at work, every once in a while I see the other choices and am tempted to get fancy. It was so fun to read about some of typefaces whose names I've seen before: Garamond, Baskerville, Goudy Old Style, Times New Roman, Helvetica. And then there were the ones I hadn't heard of but had such intriguing titles that I had to read more: Antique Olive, Bloody Hell, Fat Face Italic, and Cooper Black. There's history here, and art, and quirky personalities. Great book! -Heidi L

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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

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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

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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

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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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Toilet training : the Brazelton way

T. Berry Brazelton

649.62 /Brazelton
Nonfiction

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American Academy of Pediatrics guide to toilet training

author American Academy of Pediatrics

649.62 /American
Nonfiction

"Helping your child through the toilet-training process may be one of your greatest challenges as a parent. And when it comes to this important developmental stage, every child is unique. If you've been confused by conflicting information from friends, relatives--even other books--here is expert advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the organization representing the nation's finest pediatricians. Gathering invaluable input and suggestions from a wide range of parents on their experiences with toilet training their children, this revised and updated edition answers parents' most frequently asked questions. The American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Toilet Training is an essential resource for parents who want the best advice for themselves and the best experience for their children,"--Amazon.com.

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