Adult Nonfiction for August

“American Rhapsody: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars, and One Great Building” by Claudia Roth. PierpontAmerican Rhapsody

“The Book: A Cover-To-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time” by Keith Houston. Everybody who has ever read a book will benefit from the way Keith Houston explores the most powerful object of our time. And everybody who has read it will agree that reports of the book s death have been greatly exaggerated.

“The Born Again Runner: A Guide to Overcoming Excuses, Injuries, and Other Obstacles for New and Returning Runners” by Pete Magill.

“The Commander: Fawzi Al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948” by Laila Parsons. The definitive biography of the military leader who stood at the center of Arab politics for four decades

“Company Confessions: Secrets, Memoirs, and the CIA” by Christopher Moran.

“How to Read Water: Clues and Patterns from Puddles to the Sea” by Tristan Gooley. In his eye-opening books  “The Lost Art of Reading Nature s Signs”  and  “The Natural Navigator ,” Tristan Gooley helped readers reconnect with nature by finding direction from the trees, stars, clouds, and more. Now, he turns his attention to our most abundant yet perhaps least understood resource.    Distilled from his far-flung adventures sailing solo across the Atlantic, navigating with Omani tribespeople, canoeing in Borneo, and walking in his own backyard Gooley shares hundreds of techniques in  “How to Read Water.”

“The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook: 165 Recipes for Eating, Drinking & Watching Sports” by Daina Falk. Offers game-day recipes from a nationally recognized sports expert and fan, including such options as Cajun shrimp skewers, empanadas, buffalo chicken salad, and Italian hero sandwich, along with signature recipes from professional athletes.

“The Huntress: The Adventures, Escapades, and Triumphs of Alicia Patterson: Aviatrix, Sportswoman, Journalist, Publisher” by Michael Arlen. The … biography of the maverick newspaperwoman, equestrian, aviatrix, and intrepid adventurer Alicia Patterson, which follows her … exploits through the first half of the 20th century, from her troublemaking days as the middle child of complicated parents to her successes as publisher of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Newsday

“I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life” by Ed Yong.

“Natural Color: Vibrant Plant Dye Projects for Your Home and Wardrobe” by Sasha Duerr. A book of seasonal projects using the brilliant spectrum of colors derived from plants to naturally dye your clothing and home textiles.

“Now I Sit Me Down: From Klismos to Plastic Chair: A Natural History” by Witold Rybczynski. A history of chairs becomes a revealing history of design and leisure, and ultimately of how we see ourselves

“Somme: Into the Breach” by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore. Rescuing from history the heroes on the front line whose bravery has been overlooked, and giving voice to their bereaved relatives at home, Hugh Sebag-Montefiore reveals the Battle of the Somme in all its glory and misery, helping us to realize that there are many meaningful ways to define a battle when seen through the eyes of those who lived it.

“The View from the Cheap Seats Selected Nonfiction” by Neil Gaiman. An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on myriad topics. From art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories. Insightful, incisive, witty, and wise, this book explores the issues and subjects that matter most to Neil Gaiman, offering a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and influential artists of our time.

“Wasting Time on the Internet” by Kenneth Goldsmith.

“Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Traces the evolution of the author’s views on social justice, from his youth in the civil rights era to his current role as a cultural commentator on topics ranging from race and economic inequality to music and the influence of the media.

“Yellowstone: A Journey Through America’s Wild Heart” by David Quamman. Best-selling author David Quammen takes readers on a breathtaking journey through America s most inspiring and imperiled ecosystem Yellowstone National Park in this monumental book on America s first national park. Yellowstone s storied past, rich ecosystem, and dynamic landscape are brilliantly portrayed in a captivating mosaic of photographs and eloquently written text that blend history, science, and research from the field.

“You’ll Grow Out of It” by Jessi Klein. Introducing Jessi Klein, a Nora Ephron for a new generation. Both a tomboy and a late bloomer, she grew up always feeling like more of an observer than a participant in the rites of modern femininity. You’ll Grow Out of It is a funny and incisive collection of real life stories in which Klein explores the milestones of the twenty-first-century woman.

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This is just a sampling of new books now available from any of the four branches of Josephine Community Libraries, thanks to funding from the Carpenter Foundation, the Meyer Memorial Trust, Grants Pass Friends of the Library, and donors like you and your neighbors.