Nonfiction

Hiking Iowa book cover

Hiking Iowa

Elizabeth Hill

917.77 /Falcon/2005
Travel, Nature, Nonfiction

I was fortunate enough to go on a hike at Palisades-Kepler State Park led by Elizabeth Hill. Her knowledge of Iowa hikes can help you choose just the right location to go exploring.

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I was lucky enough go on a hike led by Elizabeth Hill at Palasades-Kepler State Park. Her knowledge of the best Iowa hiking spots can help you plan for a great outing. -Maeve

Literary witches : a celebration of magical women writers book cover

Literary witches : a celebration of magical women writers

Taisia Kitaiskaia

809.89287 /Kitaiskaia
Nonfiction, Literary Nonfiction, Poetry

"Literary Witches draws a connection between witches and visionary writers: both are figures of formidable creativity, empowerment, and general badassery. Through poetic portraits, Taisia Kitaiskaia and Katy Horan honor the witchy qualities of well-known and obscure authors alike, including Virginia Woolf, Mira Bai, Toni Morrison, Emily Dickinson, Octavia E. Butler, Sandra Cisneros, and many more.

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This book is a lot of things--biography, poetry, grimoire. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the poetry is deliciously odd. Plus, it's all about incredible female writers! -Amanda

Why we sleep : unlocking the power of sleep and dreams book cover

Why we sleep : unlocking the power of sleep and dreams

Matthew P. Walker

612.821 /Walker
Science, Nonfiction

"The first sleep book by a leading scientific expert--Professor Matthew Walker, Director of UC Berkeley's Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab--reveals his groundbreaking exploration of sleep, explaining how we can harness its transformative power to change our lives for the better. Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life--eating, drinking, and reproducing--the purpose of sleep remained elusive. An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. Now, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. Within the brain, sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming mollifies painful memories and creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge to inspire creativity. Walker answers important questions about sleep: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? How do common sleep aids affect us and can they do long-term damage? Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer's, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children, and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses. Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, Why We Sleep is a crucial and illuminating book"--

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If you have ever struggled to sleep or stay asleep Matthew Walker's Why We Sleep is well worth reading. He offers suggestions on how to improve your sleep and why sleep, especially uninterrupted sleep is so important. He also explores REM sleep and dreaming. -Maeve

199 cemeteries to see before you die book cover

199 cemeteries to see before you die

Loren Rhoads

363.7509 /Rhoads
Travel, History, Nonfiction

The most striking cemeteries from around the globe.

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I love to explore cemeteries. Many gravestones are works of art and you can often find statuary as well. While the guide did omit Iowa City's Oaklawn Cemetery with its Black Angel there are so many great cemeteries to explore that 199 Cemeteries to See Before you Die is a must read. (And the title of the book is a clever play on all those other places to visit before you die...) -Maeve

Educated : a memoir book cover

Educated : a memoir

Tara Westover

BIOGRAPHY Westover, Tara
Memoir, Nonfiction

"Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it."--Provided by publisher.

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Educated is a fascinating read. Westover's resilience is remarkable. While some members of her family dispute her recollection of her childhood if even half of what she writes is true her ability to achieve so much is still extraordinary. -Maeve

Gay & lesbian history for kids : the century-long struggle for LGBT rights, with 21 activities book cover

Gay & lesbian history for kids : the century-long struggle for LGBT rights, with 21 activities

Jerome Pohlen

j306.76 Pohlen
Kids, Nonfiction, LGBTQ+

"Who transformed George Washington's demoralized troops at Valley Forge into a fighting force that defeated an empire? Who cracked Germany's Enigma code and shortened World War II? Who successfully lobbied the US Congress to outlaw child labor? And who organized the 1963 March on Washington? Ls, Gs, Bs, and Ts, that's who...This up-to-date history includes the landmark Supreme Court decision making marriage equality the law of the land. Twenty-one activities enliven the history and demonstrate the spirited ways the LGBT community has pushed for positive social change."--Provided by publisher.

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Pride : celebrating diversity & community book cover

Pride : celebrating diversity & community

Robin Stevenson

j306.76 Stevenson
Kids, Nonfiction, LGBTQ+

"This work of nonfiction for middle readers examines what -- and why -- gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters celebrate on Pride Day every June"--Title page verso.

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Drawn from nature book cover

Drawn from nature

Helen Ahpornsiri

j508.2 Ahpornsiri
Kids, Nonfiction, Nature, Animals

An intricately crafted journey through four seasons of flora and fauna. Helen Ahpornsiri's intricate artwork transforms leaves, petals, and seeds into bounding hares, swooping swallows, and blossoming trees. Using nothing but pressed plants, this journey through the seasons captures the wonder and magic of the natural world between the pages of a book. This standout title with beautiful nonfiction text will take readers through an extraordinary year in the wild.

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This beautiful book is a study in seasons presented through pressed flower art. You'll learn when birds build nests, why crickets chirp, what happens to deer antlers and how frogs hibernate. Each of the informational spreads is accompanied by engrossing collage illustrations made from pieces of the natural world. A wonderful way to incorporate art into science. -Morgan

Bellevue : three centuries of medicine and mayhem at America's most storied hospital book cover

Bellevue : three centuries of medicine and mayhem at America's most storied hospital

David M. Oshinsky

362.11 /Oshinsky
Nonfiction, History

A history of the iconic public hospital on New York City's East Side describes the changes in American medicine from 1730 to modern times as it traces the building's origins as an almshouse and pesthouse to its current status as a revered place of first-class care.

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This is an engrossing book not just about a fascinating, storied hospital, but also the history of medical practices throughout centuries in a burgeoning city. -Candice

Enough : our fight to keep America safe from gun violence book cover

Enough : our fight to keep America safe from gun violence

Gabrielle D. (Gabrielle Dee) Giffords

363.33 /Giffords
Nonfiction

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords--disabled from an assassination attempt in Tucson, Arizona--and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, share their impassioned argument for responsible gun ownership and more responsible gun control laws, despite being gun owners and staunch supporters of the Second Amendment themselves.

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Following the assassination attempt on her life, former Congressman Gabby Giffords wrote a couple of books about her rehabilitation and offered up solutions for responsible gun control. -Melody