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New Titles Nonfiction June 2014

Biography & Memoir

Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self
Alex Tizon
An intimate assessment of the mythology, experience and psyche of the Asian-American male traces the author’s experiences as an immigrant under the constraints of American cultural stereotypes.

Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work
Susan L. Mizruchi
Based on the actor’s personal letters, audiotapes, and annotations on screenplays and books, Mizruchi paints a unique portrait of the legendary star’s off-screen life, including his embrace of foreign cultures and his collection of 4,000 books.

Brothers Forever: The Enduring Bond between a Marine and a Navy SEAL That Transcended Their Ultimate Sacrifice
Tom Sileo and Tom Manion
Two Naval Academy roommates and close friends made the ultimate sacrifice defending America three years apart: one as a fallen U.S. marine and the other as a fallen U.S. Navy SEAL.

A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf
James R. Hansen
Hansen offers an authoritative biography of the most prolific and influential golf course architect of the 20th century, who designed courses in 42 states and 28 countries. (including one here in St. Charles – the St. Charles  Park District’s Pottawatomie Golf Course.)

Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad through the Wild
Novella Carpenter
The author of the best-selling Farm City describes her effort to connect with her long-estranged septuagenarian father, a homesteader, classical guitarist and war veteran, whose views on freedom prompted a life of solitude.

Hard Choices
Hillary Rodham Clinton
The former secretary of state, senator and first lady shares candid reflections about the key moments of her service in the Obama administration as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.

I Heard My Country Calling: A Memoir
James Webb
The decorated former Secretary of the Navy reflects on his military family’s post-World War II experiences, discussing such topics as his accomplished pilot father’s frequent deployments, his four years at Annapolis and his service in the Vietnam War.

A Long Way Home: A Memoir
Saroo Brierley
In an account of his inspirational effort to find his birthplace in India, the author describes how he was accidentally separated from his family in the mid-1980s, his survival on the streets of Calcutta, his adoption by an Australian family and his headline-making Google Earth search.

Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s 
Tom Doyle
Featuring rarely seen family photos and based on exclusive first-hand interviews, a chronicle of Paul McCartney’s lesser-known struggles in the first decade after the Beatles’ breakup discusses McCartney’s reclusive life, substance abuse problems, arrests and efforts to launch Wings.

The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps
Michael Blanding
Blanding draws on exclusive interviews with confessed rare-map thief E. Forbes Smiley to document his high-stakes experiences with mercenary explorers and mapmakers, and offers insight into the cutthroat map trade while investigating allegations of hundreds of additional thefts.

Margarita Wednesdays: Making a New Life by the Mexican Sea
Deborah Rodriguez
The author of the best-selling Kabul Beauty School continues her journey of self-discovery after her 2007 flight from Afghanistan where, after experimenting with New Age culture, she became a hairdresser in seaside Mexico within a new family of locals and expats.

The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark
Meryl Gordon
Gordon describes the sad life of Huguette Clark, heiress to a copper magnate’s fortune, who withdrew from society to live in a huge 5th Avenue apartment before spending the last years of her life in a New York hospital.

Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce
Sylvia Jukes Morris
A follow-up to Rage for Fame traces the story of the playwright, Congresswoman and first American female to be appointed to a major ambassadorial position abroad, covering such topics as her concentration camp testimony, her advocacy of women’s equality and the deep personal losses that shaped her life.

Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest
Jen Doll
An unmarried journalist charts the haphazard course of her own perennial wedding guesthood, describing the wide range of weddings she has attended and the ways in which nuptial celebrations change relationships and compel guests to reexamine goals and beliefs.

Scalia: A Court of One
Bruce Allen Murphy
A deeply researched portrait of the controversial Supreme Court justice includes coverage of his career achievements, his appointment in 1986 and his party-dividing resolve to support agendas from an ethical, rather than political, perspective.

Sidelined: Overcoming Odds through Unity, Passion and Perseverance
Chuck Pagano
This moving story of overcoming insurmountable odds follows the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, who was diagnosed with leukemia three weeks into the 2012 season, as he continued to coach from his bedside and got back into the game with the help of his team and thousands of Colts’ fans.

Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty
Daniel Schulman
Schulman follows the lives of the wealthy and powerful family that built one of the largest private corporations in the world despite an epic, decades-long feud, and discusses their corporate, social, philosophical and political ambitions.

Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row
Damien Echols and Lorri Davis
A portrait of the unlikely relationship between a former death-row inmate and his wife describes the legal and personal influences that shaped their 16-year correspondence and subsequent marriage.


General Nonfiction

The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War
A. J. Baime
Baime chronicles Detroit’s dramatic transition from an automobile manufacturing center to a highly efficient producer of World War II airplanes, citing the essential role of Edsel Ford’s rebellion against his father, Henry Ford.

Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp
Kenneth P. Vogel
Vogel describes the evolving changes to campaign financing over the past 10 years and discusses the potential impact that ultra-wealthy benefactors, greedy consultants and secret donor summits will have on the upcoming elections.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Bessel van der Kolk
A forefront expert on traumatic stress outlines an approach to healing, explaining how traumatic stress affects brain processes and how to use innovative treatments to reactivate the mind’s abilities to trust, engage others and experience pleasure.

The Cat Encyclopedia
Dorling Kindersley, Inc.
Purr-fect for cat lovers of all ages, this visual resource profiles cat breeds from around the world, provides expert advice on kitten and cat care and celebrates cats in both art and culture.

China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa
Howard W. French
A former New York Times bureau chief and Pulitzer Prize finalist documents the burgeoning Chinese presence in Africa to examine China’s potentially world-changing role in reshaping Africa’s culture and economy.

Churchill and Empire: A Portrait of an Imperialist
Lawrence James
This autobiography of a noted prime minister of Great Britain highlights his relationship with the British Empire and his time serving in conflicts in India, South Africa and the Sudan, and discussing his prejudiced view that some nationalities were superior to others.

Denali’s Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America’s Wildest Peak 
Andy Hall
Hall draws on survivor testimonies, lost documents and radio communications to chronicle the harrowing 1967 Mount McKinley climbing tragedy involving the deaths of seven mountaineers.

The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Heads of Basketball’s Best Players
Idan Ravin
Sharing his unorthodox drills and improvisational techniques in action, professional basketball’s hottest trainer, recounting his own inspirational journey, reveals how faith, effort, dedication and passion can transform any player into a superstar – and anyone – into a success.

How Not to Be Wrong:  The Power of Mathematical Thinking
Jordan Ellenberg
The columnist for Slate’s popular “Do the Math” celebrates the logical, illuminating nature of math in today’s world, sharing in accessible language mathematical approaches that demystify complex and everyday problems.

Knowledge Is Beautiful: A Visual Miscellaneum of Compelling Information
David McCandless
In this sequel to The Visual Miscellaneum, McCandless delves into the world of visualized data where stunning infographics that blend the facts with their connections, contexts, and relationships make information meaningful, entertaining and beautiful.

The Leap: The Science of Trust and Why It Matters
Ulrich Boser
The author of the best-selling The Gardner Heist explores the potential mutual benefits of prioritizing trust between the public and the institutions it relies on by documenting his visit to a corrupt Latin American city and his trust-related scientific experiments.

Life’s a Bark: What Dogs Teach Us about Life and Love
Larry Kay
A lighthearted book of wisdom by the creator of the award-winning Animal Wow DVD and co-author of Training the Best Dog Ever combines evocative photos and heartwarming lessons about how to improve one’s outlook through the examples of canine companions.

Making Make-Believe Real: Politics as Theater in Shakespeare’s Time
Garry Wills
Wills studies the images, symbols, pageants and creative performances ambitious Elizabethans used to secure political power.

The Making of a Man: How Men and Boys Honor God and Live With Integrity
Tim Brown
The NFL All-Pro sports analyst and businessman teaches men and boys principles and priorities for live, revealing Tim’s struggles with life and God, his ultimate triumph and the foundation of faith and family that even today helps him to be one of the most respected men in the world of sports.

Molly’s Game: High Stakes, Hollywood’s Elite, Hotshot Bankers, My Life in the World of Underground Poker
Molly Bloom
All bets are off in this insider’s story of excess, greed and danger that follows the author who, in the late 2000s, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game in existence until it all came crashing down around her and she lost everything.

The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt’s Past and Present 
Toby Wilkinson
The award-winning author of The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt  traces the history of the famous river to illuminate the civilizations it renewed and sustained, documenting the stories of real and fabled characters whose experiences were intertwined with the Nile.

Sextant: A Young Man’s Daring Sea Voyage and the Men Who Mapped the World’s Oceans
David Barrie
This fascinating and adventure-filled history of the navigation tool that measures the angle between a celestial object and the horizon, allowing sailors to pinpoint their exact location at sea, chronicles its development and how it saved many a navigator.

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
Mark Miodownik
A world-leading materials scientist presents an engrossing collection of stories that explain the science and history of materials, from the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our clothing, revealing the miracles of engineering that seep into our everyday lives.

Virtual Unreality
Charles Seife
The award-winning author of Proofiness and Zero explains how to separate fact from misinformation online, covering a wide range of interests from breaking news stories and online dating to program trading and Wikipedia.

West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776
Claudio Saunt
The author details the other revolutions during 1776, including the reaction of the native residents of San Francisco in the wake of the first European settlement there and the devastation of the Aleutian Islands by the Russians’ hung for sea otters.

Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation
Adam Resnick
A memoir in essays by an Emmy Award-winning former writer for Late Night with David Letterman reflects on darkly comic touchstone incidents that shaped his antisocial inclinations and indifference to basic familial obligations.

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book
Peter Finn and Petra Couvee
The authors draw on unique access to classified CIA files to document the role of Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago in promoting American Cold War agendas in the 1950s, revealing how the CIA helped publish the Soviet-banned book in Russian to an enthusiastic black-market audience.