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Nonfiction titles from the Peak Picks collection that are currently in rotation. Stop by any branch to see what's available today!

 

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Astrophysics for People in A Hurry

Astrophysics for People in A Hurry
Tyson, Neil deGrasse

"The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe"--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 221 on 149 copies

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Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
Brown, Brené

A life-changing book that uses new research to challenge old beliefs about belonging.


Format: Book
Holds: No Holds. No Wait. on 71 copies

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Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name: The Change of Worlds for the Native People and Settlers on Puget Sound

Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name: The Change of Worlds for the Native People and Settlers on Puget Sound
Buerge, David M.


Format: Book
Holds: No Holds. No Wait. on 221 copies

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Discovering Seattle Parks: A Local's Guide

Discovering Seattle Parks: A Local's Guide
Westerlind, Linnea


Format: Book
Holds: No Holds. No Wait. on 5 copies

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Desmond, Matthew

"[The author] takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the 20 dollars a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind. The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords: Sherrena Tarver, a former schoolteacher turned inner-city entrepreneur, and Tobin Charney, who runs one of the worst trailer parks in Milwaukee. They loathe some of their tenants and are fond of others, but as Sherrena puts it, "Love don’t pay the bills." She moves to evict Arleen and her boys a few days before Christmas. Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America's vast inequality-- and to people's determination and intelligence in the face of hardship. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible"--Amazon.com.


Format: Book
Holds: 232 on 283 copies

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The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too)

The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too)
Rubin, Gretchen

"Reveals the surprising truth about the four hidden personality types that drive everything we do. Learn how to understand yourself better--and also how to influence others more effectively"--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: No Holds. No Wait. on 73 copies

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God: A Human History

God: A Human History
Aslan, Reza

Explores humanity's attempts to comprehend the divine by giving it human traits and emotions, and calls for a more expansive understanding of God to develop a more universal spirituality.


Format: Book
Holds: No Holds. No Wait. on 224 copies

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The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion : Surprising Observations of A Hidden World

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion : Surprising Observations of A Hidden World
Wohlleben, Peter, 1964-

"Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves Peter Wohlleben's wealth of personal experience observing nature in forests and fields with the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world. Horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up. Peter Wohlleben follows the hugely successful The Hidden Life of Trees with insightful stories into the emotions, thoughts, and intelligence of animals around us. Animals are different from us in amazing ways--and they are also much closer to us than we ever would have thought."--Dust jacket flap.


Format: Book
Holds: No Holds. No Wait. on 226 copies

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No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters
Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-

"From acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, and with an introduction by Karen Joy Fowler, a collection of thoughts--always adroit, often acerbic--on aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation. Ursula K. Le Guin has taken readers to imaginary worlds for decades. Now she's in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice -- sharp, witty, as compassionate as it is critical -- shines. No Time to Spare collects the best of Ursula's blog, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her wonder at it. On the absurdity of denying your age, she says, "If I'm ninety and believe I'm forty-five, I'm headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub." On cultural perceptions of fantasy: "The direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is 'escapism' an accusation of? " On her new cat: "He still won't sit on a lap"--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: No Holds. No Wait. on 228 copies

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Promise Me Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

Promise Me Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
Biden, Joseph R.

The former vice-president of the United States chronicles the difficult final year of his son's battle with cancer, his efforts to balance his responsibilities to the country and his family, and the lessons he learned.


Format: Book
Holds: No Holds. No Wait. on 222 copies

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