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December 12, 2017

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Hundreds of books are added to the Library's collection each month. Here are the most recent Nonfiction books for adults.

 

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Typewriters: Iconic Machines From the Golden Age of Mechanical Writing

Typewriters: Iconic Machines From the Golden Age of Mechanical Writing
Casillo, Anthony

"From the creation of the QWERTY keyboard to the world's first portable typing machine, this handsome collection is a visual homage to the golden age of the typewriter. From the world's first commercially successful typewriter{u2014}the Sholes & Glidden Type Writer of 1874{u2014}to the iconic electric models of the 1960s, eighty vintage devices are profiled in elegant photographs and fascinating text that highlights the design modifications, intricate details, and peculiar quirks that make each typewriter unique. From functional advances like noiseless machines to luxurious details such as mahogany covers and inlaid mother-of-pearl, a century of design innovation and experimentation is charted in these pages. Packed with visuals and rich with history, Typewriters is the essential story of a writing invention that changed the world"--Back cover.


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The Diaries of Emilio Renzi: Formative Years

The Diaries of Emilio Renzi: Formative Years
Piglia, Ricardo

"A giant of contemporary Latin American literature, Argentine novelist Ricardo Piglia's secret magnum opus was a compilation of 327 notebooks that he composed over nearly six decades, in which he imagined himself as his literary alter ego, Emilio Renzi. A world-weary detective, Renzi stars in many of his creator's works, much like Philip Roth's Nathan Zuckerman. But the Renzi of these diaries is something more complex--a multilayered reconstruction of the self that is teased out over intricate, illuminating pages. As Piglia/Renzi develops as a reader and writer, falls in love, and tussles with his tyrannical father, we get eye-opening perspectives on Latin America's tumultuous twentieth century. Obsessed with literary giants--from Borges and Cortázar (both of whom he knew), to Kafka and Camus--The Diaries comprise a celebration of reading as a vital, existential activity. When Piglia learned he had a fatal illness in 2011, he raced to complete his mysterious masterwork as rumors about the book intensified among his many fans. First released in Spanish as a trilogy to tremendous applause, The Diaries of Emilio Renzi cements Piglia's place in the global canon."--Amazon.com.


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Tina Barney

Tina Barney

Internationally acclaimed American artist Tina Barney burst on the scene in the early 1980s with her provocative yet intimate photographs capturing the domestic lives and social rituals of the elite. In choosing colour over black and white and producing large-format prints, she broke the tradition of established fine-art photography at the time. Her unstintingly honest portrayal of her subjects, many of whom are family and friends, remains completely original. Straddling the line between candid and choreographed photography, between engagement and detachment, she captures her subjects in a range of rarefied settings, both private and public. Her iconic tableaux suggest rich narratives or, as she has written, the synchronization of psychological, emotional, and sociological plots that bind a family together. Long awaited, this lavish survey is the most definitive book to date on Barney s work.


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Everything's Bigger in Texas: The Life and Times of Kinky Friedman

Everything's Bigger in Texas: The Life and Times of Kinky Friedman
Sullivan, Mary Lou

Best known as an irreverent cigar-chomping Jewish country-and-western singer, turned author, turned politician, Kinky has dined on monkey brains in the jungles of Borneo, supped with presidents, and vacationed with Bob Dylan in the tiny fishing village of Yelapa, Mexico. A satirist who loves pushing the envelope, he's been attacked onstage, received bomb threats, and put on the only show in Austin City Limits' history deemed too offensive to air. From the 1970s music scene in L.A. with Tom Waits and the Band, to political platforms advocating legalized marijuana, to friendships with John Belushi, Joseph Heller, Don Imus, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, and Billy Bob Thornton, this is the candid account based on dozens and years of interviews of the larger-than-life Texan who is still writing books and songs, recording albums, and performing for enthusiastic audiences throughout the world.


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The 50 Greatest Prehistoric Sites of the World

The 50 Greatest Prehistoric Sites of the World
Stone, Barry, 1960-

"Humanity's written history stretches back only 5,000 years, a mere blip on the timeline of our existence. If you want to know what it really means to be fully human, to see the whole story, you need to go back. Way, way back. Prehistoric humans couldn't write, but they were adept at telling their own stories. On every continent and outpost where they gained a foothold, they left signs for modern man to decipher. From the Middle Bronze Age settlement of Arkaim on the Kazakh Steppes to the temples of the Olmec in Mexico; from one of the first European proto-cities at Nebelivka in Ukraine to the neolithic henges of Avebury and Stonehenge; from the dolmens of Antequera in the heart of Andalucia to the megalithic culture that thrived in isolation on Indonesia's tiny Nias Island. The 50 Greatest Prehistoric Sites of the World examines the clues found at these sites and more, unravelling their timeless secrets." -- provided by publisher.


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GMDSS: A User's Handbook

GMDSS: A User's Handbook
Bréhaut, Denise

"The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)--the revolutionary maritime equivalent of 911--provides a fast and efficient way of calling for assistance at sea, whatever the size of craft or its location. Denise Bréhaut explains the system and clearly outlines the procedures required to get help quickly, as well as covering the syllabi of the General Operator's Certificate (GOC), the Long Range Certificate (LRC), and the Restricted Operator's Certificate (ROC). Concise descriptions of channel usage, call signals, types of transmission modes, and all the various equipment involved-both aboard and throughout the entire system--allows novices as well as long-time users to thoroughly understand this life-saving communication system. Maps of INMARSAT areas and clear instructions for step-by-step distress communication protocols make this THE GMDSS bible. The sixth edition of GMDSS incorporates all the changes to the regulations that came into force in 2009 as well as the 2016 system updates."--Amazon.com.


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The Barefoot Navigator: Wayfinding With the Skills of the Ancients

The Barefoot Navigator: Wayfinding With the Skills of the Ancients
Lagan, Jack


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Mortgage Management for Dummies

Mortgage Management for Dummies
Tyson, Eric

Borrowing through a mortgage is a huge decision and being debt free is the ultimate gift you can give to yourself, and your family. Managing Your Mortgage For Dummies helps you understand your options and how to secure the best and lowest cost mortgage for your situation. The book helps you polish your credit report and score, and choose the right borrowing option for your home as well as other real estate you might own. And whether you select a 15 or 30 year mortgage, Managing Your Mortgage For Dummies will help you understand your options for paying it off much faster and potentially saving tremendously. This new title will provide tips and action steps to take to pay-off your mortgage sooner than you planned.


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Holds: 0 on 8 copies

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The 6 Week Cure for the Middle-aged Middle

The 6 Week Cure for the Middle-aged Middle
Eades, Mary Dan


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Mean Little Deaf Queer: A Memoir

Mean Little Deaf Queer: A Memoir
Galloway, Terry

"When Terry Galloway was born on Halloween, no one knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system. After her family moved from Berlin, Germany, to Austin, Texas, hers became a deafening, hallucinatory childhood where everything, including her own body, changed for the worse. But those unwelcome changes awoke in this particular child a dark, defiant humor that fueled her lifelong obsessions with language, duplicity, and performance. As a ten-year-old self-proclaimed "child freak," she acted out her fury at her boxy hearing aids and Coke-bottle glasses by faking her own drowning at a camp for crippled children. Ever since that first real-life performance, Galloway has used theater and performance-onstage and off-to defy and transcend her reality. With disarming candor, Terry writes about her mental breakdowns, her queer identity, and her life in a silent, quirky world populated by unforgettable characters. What could have been a bitter litany of complaint is instead an unexpectedly hilarious and affecting take on life."--Publisher's description.


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