Spotlight On: New Nonfiction (Adult)

New Nonfiction (Adult): These books are all located in our new book area in the adult section, which is located next to the computers. All of these books are new to the library within the last year, and range in topics from true crime to memoir to history and more. All books in this section are cataloged using the Dewey Decimal System.

Hellfire Boys: The Birth of the U.S. Chemical Warfare Service and the Race for the World’s Deadliest Weapons / Theo Emery

Traces the actions of the “Hellfire Battalion,” a group of American engineers who were trained in gas warfare and were sent to the front lines in France to launch multiple assaults against the Germans. (358.34 EME)

The Man From the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer / Bill James

A celebrated baseball statistician uses his analytic skills and interesting sleuthing techniques to uncover the culprit in a 100 year-old cold case involving a spate of axe bludgeoning deaths across the country, from Iowa to Louisiana. (364.1523 JAM)


What It’s Like to Be a Dog: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience / Gregory Berns

A noted neuroscientist relates how he and his team taught dogs to go into an MRI scanner completely awake, an experiment that helped them discover what makes dogs have different capacities for self-control and value systems and a complex understanding of human speech, and which was expanded to other animals. (591.513 BER)

A Taste of Italy: 100 Traditional, Homestyle Recipes / Damiano Carrara

Growing up in Lucca, Italy, chef Damiano Carrara learned how to cook, not only from his mother and grandmother, but also from his father. Here, he brings those dishes from his family’s table to yours—including his father’s tried-and-true recipe for homemade gnocci with pesto.(641.5945 CAR)

Growing Up Fisher: Musings, Memories, and Misadventures / Joely Fisher

A behind-the-scenes memoir by the half sister of the late Carrie Fisher describes their upbringing in their Hollywood family, the author’s personal struggles with identity, her two-decade marriage, her experiences as a mother to five children and how she became motivated to pursue a creative life in the wake of Carrie’s death. (792.092 FIS)

The Cold War: A World History / Odd Arne Westad

The immediate historical roots of the Cold War sprouted after World War II, when Soviet-led countries faced off against the U.S. and its allies. Though the division of Germany into East and West, the Iron Curtain cutting off Eastern Europe, and the American anticommunist frenzy of the 1940s and ’50s come readily to mind, award-winning historian Odd Arne Westad traces the Cold War’s origins to the Industrial Revolution and illuminates its effects throughout the world. (909.825 WES)

Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir / Amy Tan

The best-selling author of such novels as The Joy Luck Club presents an intimate memoir on her life as a writer that explores formative experiences from her childhood and her evolving perspectives on the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory. (921 TAN)


Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned to Fight Hitler / Bruce Henderson

Drawing on veteran interviews and archival research, an account of the lesser-known contributions of the German-born Jewish-American soldiers known as the Ritchie Boys describes how they risked their lives to join major combat units and gather crucial intelligence from German POWs. (940.53 HEN)

The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia / Masha Gessen

The award-winning Russian-American journalist and author of the best-selling The Man Without a Face traces how within the space of a generation, Russia has succumbed to a more virulent and resistant strain of autocracy as demonstrated by the experiences of four prototype individuals born at the once-presumed dawn of Russian democracy. (947.086 GES)

Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights / Steven Levingston

A revelatory account of the contentious relationship between the 35th President and Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the tumultuous early years of the Civil Rights movement shares insights into their profound influence on one another and the important decisions that were inspired by their rivalry. (973.922 LEV)

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” ~Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

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