New Nonfiction Arrivals

Posted on: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 5:00:00 pm

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

Anita - Speaking Truth to Power

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power (Not Rated)

This documentary from award-winning filmmaker Frieda Lee Mock examines the legacy of Anita Hill more than 20 years after her attempt to report Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for sexual harassment. The story made headlines and history when Hill, in 1991, sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee and gave her testimony in regards to being subjected to lewd behavior by her superior, and continues to influence sexual dynamics and gender politics in the modern workplace.*

Disneynature Bears

Bears: Disney Nature (Rated G)

Disneynature's Bears takes viewers on an educational and entertaining adventure through the Alaskan wilderness, where the documentary follows a fiercely protective mama bear named Sky and her two young cubs, Amber and Scout, over the course of an entire year. Narrated by John C. Reilly, the film trails this young family as they venture down a mountain in search of sustenance, and encounter a variety of threats, including a pair of imposing male bears named Magnus and Chinook, as well as a crafty -- and very hungry -- wolf named Tikani. As the seasons shift, Sky teaches Amber and Scout the secrets to recognizing danger and foraging for food. Later, as salmon appear in the local waters, Sky attempts to build her fat reserves for the coming winter. But it won't be easy, because challenges await over every summit, and the competition for food can be fierce.*

Also available on Blu-Ray.

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food & Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn

A family history with recipes, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good offers a flavorful tale spanning three generations as Flinn returns to the mix of food and memoir readers loved in her New York Times best-seller The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry. From a Route 66 trek to San Francisco to their Michigan farm to the shores of Florida, humor and adventure defines her family even in the worst of times. (Think Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle meets the works of Ruth Reichl topped with a dollop of Julia Child.) You'll savor Uncle Clarence's divine corn flake-crusted fried chicken, Grandpa Charles' spicy San Antonio chili and her grandmother's birthday-only cinnamon rolls. Through these flavors, Flinn came to understand how meals can be memories and cooking can be communication. Brimming with warmth and wit, fans of Luisa Weiss' My Berlin Kitchen, Gabrielle Hamilton's Blood, Bones and Butter and especially Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn will delight in this revealing look at a family that just might resemble your own.

Also available as an audiobook.

Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier (Not Rated)

Charlie Siskel and John Maloof's documentary Finding Vivian Maier examines the life of a career nanny who was a prolific photographer in her spare time. She specialized in capturing urban streets scenes in Chicago and New York, and after her death was recognized as one of the most talented photographers of her time. The filmmakers show how her work was discovered, and grew in esteem.*

One Hundred Days of Real Food

100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love by Lisa Leake

The creator of the 100 Days of Real Food blog draws from her hugely popular website to offer simple, affordable, family-friendly recipes and practical advice for eliminating processed foods from your family's diet.

Inspired by Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, Lisa Leake decided her family's eating habits needed an overhaul. She, her husband, and their two small girls pledged to go 100 days without eating highly processed or refined foods—a challenge she opened to readers on her blog.

Now, she shares their story, offering insights and cost-conscious recipes everyone can use to enjoy wholesome natural food—whole grains, fruits and vegetables, seafood, locally raised meats, natural juices, dried fruit, seeds, popcorn, natural honey, and more.

The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin

The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average American reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up.

But somehow some people become quite accomplished at managing information flow. In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel—and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time.

With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to executive office workflow, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of our daily lives. This Is Your Brain on Music showed how to better play and appreciate music through an understanding of how the brain works. The Organized Mind shows how to navigate the churning flood of information in the twenty-first century with the same neuroscientific perspective.

Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs

Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk

Weaving the lives of scores of creative duos—from John Lennon and Paul McCartney to Marie and Pierre Curie to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak—Joshua Wolf Shenk identifies the core qualities of that dizzying experience we call "chemistry." Revealing the six essential stages through which creative intimacy unfolds, Shenk draws on new scientific research and builds an argument for the social foundations of creativity—and the pair as its primary embodiment. Along the way, he reveals how pairs begin to talk, think, and even look like each other; how the most successful ones thrive on conflict; and why some pairs flame out while others endure.
 
When it comes to shaping the culture, Shenk argues, two is the magic number, not just because of the dyads behind everything from South Park to the American Civil Rights movement to Starry Night, but because of the nature of creative thinking. Even when we're alone, we are in a sense "collaborating" with a voice inside our head. At once intuitive and surprising, Powers of Two will change the way we think about innovation.
Tim's Vermeer

Tim's Vermeer (Rated PG-13)

Obsessed with discovering the secret of Johannes Vermeer's photo-realistic artwork, inventor Tim Jenison embarks on an illuminating eight-year journey that takes him not only to the Dutch city of Delft, where the celebrated master created some of his best-known works, but also to the North coast of Yorkshire for a conversation with artist David Hockney, and to Buckingham Palace to bask in the full glory of a Vermeer masterpiece.*

Also available on Blu-Ray.

Item descriptions from Amazon. *Item descriptions from All Movie Guide.

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