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Peak Picks Nonfiction

 

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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The RBG Workout

The RBG Workout
Johnson, Bryant

How does Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the Supreme Court's favorite octogenarians, stay so active and energetic? She owes it in part to the twice-weekly workouts she does with her personal trainer, Bryant Johnson. . .Now, with the RBG Workout, you can exercise alongside Justice Ginsburg and Bryant. From planks to squats to (full) push-ups, this simple but challenging workout - illustrated with four-color illustrations of the justice in workout gear -- will have you getting fit in no time. With tips from the bench, and sidebars with Bryant's folksy wisdom on getting fit and staying healthy.


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

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The River of Consciousness

The River of Consciousness
Sacks, Oliver, 1933-2015

Oliver Sacks, a scientist and a storyteller, is beloved by readers for the extraordinary neurological case histories (Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars) in which he introduced and explored many now familiar disorders--autism, Tourette's syndrome, face blindness, savant syndrome. He was also a memoirist who wrote with honesty and humor about the remarkable and strange encounters and experiences that shaped him (Uncle Tungsten, On the Move, Gratitude). Sacks, an Oxford-educated polymath, had a deep familiarity not only with literature and medicine but with botany, animal anatomy, chemistry, the history of science, philosophy, and psychology. The River of Consciousness is one of two books Sacks was working on up to his death, and it reveals his ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge, and his unceasing, timeless project to understand what makes us human.


Format: Book
Holds: No Holds. No Wait. on 219 copies

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The River of Consciousness

The River of Consciousness
Sacks, Oliver, 1933-2015

Oliver Sacks, a scientist and a storyteller, is beloved by readers for the extraordinary neurological case histories (Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars) in which he introduced and explored many now familiar disorders--autism, Tourette's syndrome, face blindness, savant syndrome. He was also a memoirist who wrote with honesty and humor about the remarkable and strange encounters and experiences that shaped him (Uncle Tungsten, On the Move, Gratitude). Sacks, an Oxford-educated polymath, had a deep familiarity not only with literature and medicine but with botany, animal anatomy, chemistry, the history of science, philosophy, and psychology. The River of Consciousness is one of two books Sacks was working on up to his death, and it reveals his ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge, and his unceasing, timeless project to understand what makes us human.


Format: Book
Holds: No Holds. No Wait. on 219 copies

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Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites

Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites
Perelman, Deb


Format: Book
Holds: No Holds. No Wait. on 218 copies

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living A Good Life

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living A Good Life
Manson, Mark

"In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. For decades, we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is--a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up. Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited--"not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault." Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek. There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives"--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: No Holds. No Wait. on 66 copies

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The Sun and Her Flowers

The Sun and Her Flowers
Kaur, Rupi


Format: Book
Holds: No Holds. No Wait. on 212 copies

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Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)
Sedaris, David

Shares the author's favorite diary entries, providing a look into the mind of a comic genius.


Format: Book
Holds: No Holds. No Wait. on 1 copies

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We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
Coates, Ta-Nehisi


Format: Book
Holds: 406 on 301 copies

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We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
Union, Gabrielle


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

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What Happened

What Happened
Clinton, Hillary Rodham

The former secretary of state relates her experiences as the first woman candidate nominated for president by a major party, discussing the sexism, criticism, and double standards she had to confront, and how she coped with a devastating loss.


Format: Book
Holds: No Holds. No Wait. on 67 copies

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