Notable New Nonfiction: April 2017
Here are some highlights from the new nonfiction titles added to the catalog recently.
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Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy by Jonathan Taplin
Move Fast and Break Things tells the story of how a small group of libertarian entrepreneurs began in the 1990s to hijack the original decentralized vision of the Internet, in the process creating three monopoly firms-Facebook, Amazon and Google-that now determine the future of the music, film, television, publishing and news industries. Taplin offers a succinct and powerful history of how online life began to be shaped around the values of the men who founded these companies, including Peter Thiel and Larry Page: tolerating piracy of books, music and film while at the same time promoting opaque business practices and subordinating privacy of individual users to create the surveillance marketing monoculture in which we now live.
Maybe It's You: Cut the Crap, Face Your Fears Love Your Life by Lauren Zander
In Maybe It's You, life coach Lauren Handel Zander walks readers through the innovative step-by-step process that has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of her clients, and explains how anyone can achieve amazing things when we stop lying and finally start keeping the promises we make to ourselves. Whether readers want to find love, succeed at work, fix a fractured relationship, or lose weight, Zander's method will offer a road map to finally get there.
God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America by Louis S. Warren
In 1890, on Indian reservations across the West, followers of a new religion danced in circles until they collapsed into trances. In an attempt to suppress this new faith, the US Army killed over two hundred Lakota Sioux at Wounded Knee Creek. Louis Warren's God's Red Son offers a startling new view of the religion known as the Ghost Dance, from its origins in the visions of a Northern Paiute named Wovoka to the tragedy in South Dakota and how its tenets helped the religion endure for decades afterward.
The Despot's Accomplice: How the West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy by Brian Klaas
For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the world is steadily becoming less democratic. The true culprits are dictators and counterfeit democrats. But, argues Klaas, the West is also an accomplice, inadvertently assaulting pro-democracy forces abroad as governments in Washington, London and Brussels chase pyrrhic short-term economic and security victories. The Despot's Accomplice draws on years of extensive interviews with people on the frontlines of the global struggle for democracy; cumulatively, their stories weave together a tale of a broken system at the root of democracy's global retreat.
Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions by Richard F. Harris
An award-winning science journalist describes, through anecdotes, personal stories, and interviews with top biomedical researchers, how the dysfunction and waste in much of today’s scientific research is holding back progress and hurting people with improper methods, poor design and sloppy statistics.
Resurrecting the Shark: A Scientific Obsession and the Mavericks Who Solved the Mystery of a 270 Million Year-Old Fossil by Susan Ewing
Two men, independently fascinated with the Helicoprion, a mysterious, Paleozoic monster shark fossil, join forces with an unconventional group of like-minded collaborators to solve the puzzle of the shark’s unique spiral of teeth and learn more about the creature.
The Hero's Closet: Sewing for Cosplay and Costuming by Gillian Conahan
This essential handbook offers detailed, step-by-step instructions that cover the basics of sewing costumes (which often require skills not found in standard sewing guides) to help even the most novice sewists create the costumes of their dreams. A skilled crafter and avid cosplayer, Gillian Conahan walks readers through finding inspiration online and through their fandom; shares insight into translating character art into real-world garments; and offers advice on pattern selection, alterations, fabrics, and embellishment techniques.
Eve of Destruction; Extreme Culture in an Era of Political Madness by Peter Biskind
Wondering why we're constantly inundated with zombies, vampires, witches, aliens from outer space, extras from the Book of Revelation, and a Pandora's box of other supernatural creatures? Drawing on shows likeThe Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, films like Avatar and World War Z, and various other dystopian, and supernatural fantasies, cultural critic Peter Biskind explains why these formerly disreputable subjects have suddenly become mainstream, minting money, creating a vast fan base and reveals the ideological battles behind the violent and seemingly mindless escapism of 21st century popular culture.
Where Ever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To by Annabelle Gurwitch
A hysterically funny and slyly insightful new collection of essays from New York Times bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch, about her own family of scam artists and hucksters, as well as the sisterhoods, temporary tribes, communities, and cults who have become surrogates along the way.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. Author David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long.
The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch That Saved My Life by Rick Ankiel
On October 3, 2000, 21-year-old pitcher Rick Ankiel took the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game One of the National League division series. All was going well until he threw a pitch that missed the mitt--wildly. Then he threw another. Then another, five in all. Slowly at first, then rapidly, his once-impenetrable pitcher's psyche crumbled. He would forever look back on that day as the day the unwelcome, inexplicable Phenomenon arrived. Now, Ankiel tells the story of his personal battle with an anxiety condition widely known as the Yips, the courageous soul-searching that followed, and his eventual triumph over the demons in his own mind to reenter the game.
The Complete Book of Clean: Tips and Techniques for Your Home by Toni Hammersley
Whether you're a neat freak or new to the world of homekeeping, let Toni Hammersley be your guide to establishing routines, learning techniques and mastering the best home cleaning hacks out there. Learn what needs a deep-clean and how often, how to substitute kitchen supplies for chemicals and what to do about the toughest homekeeping dilemmas. Soon you'll find that no matter the number of pets, kids, or home traffic, maintaining a clean home can be a breeze.