New Nonfiction Arrivals

Posted on: Monday, July 29, 2013 at 6:00:00 pm

Here's a sampling of our new nonfiction book and DVD arrivals. Click an image to view availability or place a hold.

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Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller

Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room—the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding.
 
In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home, her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends, and the emotional burden that ultimately led to an attempt to take her own life. And in beautiful prose, Miller sheds light on her complicated yet loving relationship with her parents that has thrived in spite of the odds.

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Glastonbury the Movie: In Flashback (Not Rated)

Beautifully shot in epic CinemaScope this new film, created from over 100 hours of previously unseen material, spins back the years and drops you into the best of the old-school Glastonburys. Features the Orb, Spiritualized, The Verve, Lemonheads, Porno for Pyros and more. Glastonbury The Movie In Flashback is a must-see for all festival fans. *

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A Place at the Table (Rated PG)

In an era where one even full-time workers rely on soup kitchens for sustenance, filmmakers Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush take us into the lives of three Americans who wage a daily struggle against hunger, and speak with various experts about the possibility of ensuring that every American is well fed. Despite the fact that our nation has the means and resources to feed every hungry mouth, it's estimated that one in four American children don't get enough to eat. If we possess the capability to provide these starving children with a nutritious diet but fail to do so, what does that say about us as a society? Barbie is a single mother from Philadelphia who knows how it feels to go to bed hungry. As a young girl she rarely knew where her next meal would come from, and she's determined that her two children will never face that uncertainty. Meanwhile, in Colorado, famished second grader Rosie finds it difficult to concentrate in school, and relies on the kindness of others to fill her plate, while Mississippi grade-schooler Tremonica finds her asthma aggravated by the only meals that her mother can afford - which are decidedly lacking in nutrients. In addition to talking with the people affected by hunger on a daily basis, Jacobson and Silverbush also speak with such experts as sociologist Janet Poppendieck, nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle, Witness to Hunger's Mariana Chilton, Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges and various others about the problem of hunger, and the potential solutions.*

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Secrets of Althorp: The Spencers (Not Rated)

Nestled on over 14,000 acres of English countryside is Althorp House, the childhood home and final resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales. 19 generations of Spencers, one of Britain's most eminent aristocratic dynasties, have lived there for over 500 years. The estate is now in the hands of Diana's brother Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer, guardian to a vast wealth of artistic and historical treasures. Works by Rubens and Van Dyck line the walls, while the guest book boasts signatures from such illustrious figures as King William III, Sir Winston Churchill, and Queen Elizabeth II. Earl Spencer leads a personal tour around this noble manor that is to him, above all, still very much a family home, relaying how the history of the house is inextricably bound up with the character, strengths, and weaknesses of those who have lived there before him.

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Shirley Jones: A Memoir by Shirley Jones

She sang her way into America’s heart in classic films like Oklahoma!Carousel, and The Music Man. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Elmer Gantry. And she played one of television’s most beloved moms in the iconic 1970s sitcom, The Partridge Family. From golden-voiced ingénue to bus-driving mother of a pop band, Shirley Jones has always seemed as pure and wholesome as her squeaky-clean image. But now she’s ready to set the record straight—in a memoir as shockingly candid, deliciously juicy, and delightfully frank as the star herself.

This is the real Shirley Jones: a small-town girl from Pennsylvania with a rebellious nature, radiant smile, and rare talent that grabbed the attention of Broadway legends Rodgers and Hammerstein—on her very first audition. Shirley’s meteoric rise put her in the company of major movie stars like Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, and Burt Lancaster. But it was the dashing, charismatic, and deeply troubled actor Jack Cassidy who stole Shirley’s heart—and unlocked her highly charged sexuality. For the first time, she reveals the stunning details of their rocky marriage and adventurous life: the infidelities, the costar crushes, the sexual experimentation. She talks openly about her relationship with stepson David Cassidy, her cult status with The Partridge Family, and her second marriage to wacky TV comedian and producer Marty Ingels. Most of all, she reveals a side of Shirley Jones we’ve never seen before. . . .

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Silicon Valley (American Experience) (Not Rated)

Silicon Valley tells the story of the pioneering scientists who transformed rural Santa Clara County into the hub of technological ingenuity we now know as Silicon Valley. The film spotlights the creativity of the young men who founded Fairchild Semiconductor and in particular the brilliant, charismatic young physicist Robert Noyce.

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This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking - In America's Gilded Capital by Mark Leibovich

Washington—This Town—might be loathed from every corner of the nation, yet these are fun and busy days at this nexus of big politics, big money, big media, and big vanity. There are no Democrats and Republicans anymore in the nation’s capital, just millionaires. That is the grubby secret of the place in the twenty-first century. You will always have lunch in This Town again. No matter how many elections you lose, apologies you make, or scandals you endure.
 
In This Town, Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, presents a blistering, stunning—and often hysterically funny—examination of our ruling class’s incestuous “media industrial complex.” Through his eyes, we discover how the funeral for a beloved newsman becomes the social event of the year. How political reporters are fetishized for their ability to get their names into the predawn e-mail sent out by the city’s most powerful and puzzled-over journalist. How a disgraced Hill aide can overcome ignominy and maybe emerge with a more potent “brand” than many elected members of Congress. And how an administration bent on “changing Washington” can be sucked into the ways of This Town with the same ease with which Tea Party insurgents can, once elected, settle into it like a warm bath.

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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth.
 
Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the “Kingdom of God.” The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was captured, tortured, and executed as a state criminal.
 
Within decades after his shameful death, his followers would call him God.
 
Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor. Scores of Jewish prophets, preachers, and would-be messiahs wandered through the Holy Land, bearing messages from God. This was the age of zealotry—a fervent nationalism that made resistance to the Roman occupation a sacred duty incumbent on all Jews. And few figures better exemplified this principle than the charismatic Galilean who defied both the imperial authorities and their allies in the Jewish religious hierarchy.
 

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