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December 18, 2017

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Books, Movies & Music : New Adult Nonfiction

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New Nonfiction Books for Adults

 

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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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Levitt, Steven D.

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask but Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life; from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing-and whose conclusions turn conventional wisdom on its head. Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They usually begin with a mountain of data and a simple question. Some of these questions concern life-and-death issues; others have an admittedly freakish quality. Thus the new field of study contained in this book: freakonomics. Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, Levitt and Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives - how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. In Freakonomics, they explore the hidden side of everything. The inner workings of a crack gang. The truth about real-estate agents. The myths of campaign finance. The telltale marks of a cheating schoolteacher. The secrets of the Klu Klux Klan. What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world, despite a great deal of complexity and downright deceit, is not impenetrable, is not unknowable, and-if the right questions are asked-is even more intriguing than we think.


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Holds: 22 on 31 copies

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The Tyranny of Metrics

The Tyranny of Metrics
Muller, Jerry Z., 1954-


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 6 copies

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Mary's Dust: Poems

Mary's Dust: Poems
Mueller, Melinda


Format: Book
Holds: 11 on 3 copies

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Feast your Eyes

Feast your Eyes
Wright, Brittany


Format: Book
Holds: 5 on 6 copies

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Fly to the Assemblies!: Seattle and the Rise of the Resistance

Fly to the Assemblies!: Seattle and the Rise of the Resistance

"Seattle has long been considered a center of progressive thought and action. And while that is largely true, like any other growing city it has wrestled with familiar demons: racism, class struggles, economic opportunism, sexism, and more. But since the 2016 election, the city has emerged as a central staging ground for the resistance against the new administration, its policies, and the rising wave of the far right. Amid such turbulent times, we must not let injustice become the new status quo. We must question, criticize, and challenge the socio-political structures in place, and seek out solutions and changes that represent all Americans, not just a privileged and wealthy few. The diverse voices of the writers, activists and journalists in Fly To The Assemblies explore the redoubled challenges facing citizens today."--Provided by publisher.


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Holds: 0 on 10 copies

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Wonders Beyond Numbers: A Brief History of All Things Mathematical

Wonders Beyond Numbers: A Brief History of All Things Mathematical
Ball, Johnny

Johnny Ball has been a well-loved name in mathematics for many years. Wonders Beyond Numbers is his magnum opus, and his first book for more than ten years. It is nothing less than the history of mathematics; he describes it as 'a summation of my career as an enthusiast for mathematics'. It will help spark (or re-spark) the reader's love of maths in its many facets. The scope of the book is breathtaking. Running in something approaching chronological order, it shows that every breakthrough in maths represents a single step forward, resting on the work of others, and it brings to life the importance of numbers, shapes and patterns in the world around us.


Format: Book
Holds: 4 on 6 copies

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The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung

The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung
Scruton, Roger


Format: Book
Holds: 4 on 5 copies

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The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age

The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age
Schwartz, David N., 1956-

"In 1942, a team at the University of Chicago achieved what no one had before: a nuclear chain reaction. At the forefront of this breakthrough stood Enrico Fermi. Straddling the ages of classical physics and quantum mechanics, equally at ease with theory and experiment, Fermi truly was the last man who knew everything--at least about physics. But he was also a complex figure who was a part of both the Italian Fascist Party and the Manhattan Project, and a less-than-ideal father and husband who nevertheless remained one of history's greatest mentors. Based on new archival material and exclusive interviews, The Last Man Who Knew Everything lays bare the enigmatic life of a colossus of twentieth century physics."--Amazon.com.


Format: Book
Holds: 10 on 6 copies

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Some Beheadings

Some Beheadings
Machado, Aditi


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 3 copies

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Texas

Texas
Rhodes, Andy

A guide to travelling in Texas that provides information on the state's landmarks, activities, attractions, restaurants, accommodations, tours, and more.


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Holds: 0 on 4 copies

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