We are beefing up our large print nonfiction collection! Check out some of these new titles:
18 tiny deaths : the untold story of Frances Glessner Lee and the invention of modern forensics / Bruce Goldfarb – Eye-opening biography of Frances Glessner Lee, who brought American medical forensics into the scientific age. The story of a woman whose ambition and accomplishments far exceeded the expectations of her time, 18 Tiny Deaths follows the transformation of a young, wealthy socialite into the mother of modern forensics. 18 Tiny Deaths delves into Lee’s journey from grandmother without a college degree to leading the scientific investigation of unexpected death out of the dark confines of centuries-old techniques and into the light of the modern day. Lee developed a system that used the Nutshells dioramas to train law enforcement officers to investigate violent crimes, and her methods are still used today.
The address book : what street addresses reveal about identity, race, wealth, and power / Deirdre Mask – Tells the story of how streets got their names and houses their numbers, and why something as seemingly mundane as an address can save lives or enforce power.
The Brother you choose : Paul Coates and Eddie Conway talk about life, politics, and the revolution / Susie Day – Two Baltimore Black Panthers describe the unlikely bond that compelled one to advocate on behalf of the imprisoned other’s innocence for more than three decades, discussing the politics and legal experiences that shaped their friendship.
Coffeeland : one man’s dark empire and the making of our favorite drug / by Augustine Sedgewick – This extraordinary history of coffee opens up a new perspective on how the globalized world works, ultimately provoking a reconsideration of what it means to be connected to faraway people and places through the familiar things that make up our day-to-day lives.
The end of Alzheimer’s program : the first protocol to enhance cognition and reverse decline at any age / Dale E. Bredesen, MD. – In The End of Alzheimer’s Dale Bredesen laid out the science behind his revolutionary new program that is the first to both prevent and reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Now he lays out the detailed program he uses with his own patients. Accessible and detailed, it can be tailored to anyone’s needs and will enhance cognitive ability at any age.
If then : how the Simulmatics Corporation invented the future / Jill Lepore – A brilliant, revelatory account of the Cold War origins of the data-mad, algorithmic twenty-first century. The Simulmatics Corporation, founded in 1959, mined data, targeted voters, accelerated news, manipulated consumers, destabilized politics, and disordered knowledge–decades before Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Cambridge Analytica. Silicon Valley likes to imagine it has no past but the scientists of Simulmatics are the long-dead grandfathers of Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk. Borrowing from psychological warfare, they used computers to predict and direct human behavior, deploying their “People Machine” from New York, Cambridge, and Saigon for clients that included John Kennedy’s presidential campaign, the New York Times, Young & Rubicam, and, during the Vietnam War, the Department of Defense. Jill Lepore, distinguished Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer, unearthed from the archives the almost unbelievable story of this long-vanished corporation, and of the women hidden behind it. In the 1950s and 1960s, Lepore argues, Simulmatics invented the future by building the machine in which the world now finds itself trapped and tormented, algorithm by algorithm.
Midnight in Chernobyl : the untold story of the world’s greatest nuclear disaster / by Adam Higginbotham – Journalist Adam Higginbotham’s definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster–and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century’s greatest disasters.
Overstated : a coast-to-coast roast of the 50 states / Colin Quinn – The United States is in a fifty-states-wide couples’ counseling session, thinking about filing for divorce. Can a nation composed of states that are so different possibly hang together? Quinn … calls us out state-by-state, from Connecticut to Hawaii. He identifies the hypocrisies inherent in what we claim to believe and what we actually do. Within a framework of big-picture thinking about systems of government— after all, how would you put this country together if you started from scratch today?— to dead-on observations about the quirks and vibes of the citizens in each region, Overstated skewers us all: red, blue, and purple. It’s ultimately infused with the same blend of optimism and practicality that sparked the United States into being.
Pappyland : a story of family, fine bourbon, and the things that last / Wright Thompson – The story of how Julian Van Winkle III, the caretaker of the most coveted cult Kentucky Bourbon whiskey in the world, fought to protect his family’s heritage and preserve the taste of his forebears, in a world where authenticity, like his product, is in very short supply.
May 13, 2021: JJ