New Adult Nonfiction for December

“The Wellness Mama Cookbook” by Katie Wells. Fresh is simply best. To get the tastiest, most nutritious produce, you have to grow your own, and in a cold climate this presents unique challenges. Fresh from the Garden will help you extend the growing season to produce the best vegetables, berries, and herbs, right in your own backyard. The guide includes more than 150 edible plants and helps you decide which varieties to choose; where and how to plant, tend, and harvest them; and what to do with your bounty.case-against-sugar

“Turner Classic Movies: Movie Night Menus: Dinner and Drink Recipes Inspired by the Films We Love” by Tenaya Darlington. Spotlights thirty crowd-pleasing films from the 1930s through the ’80s, paired with signatures drinks and dishes that appear in, or are inspired by, each film’s setting and stars. Filled with entertaining tips and background on each film, dish, and cocktail, the book offers a unique culinary tour of movie history.

“Startup Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your Way to Happiness” by Anna Akbari. Like any Silicon Valley startup, the business of life is not as glamorous as its Instagram account would make it seem. What do you do when planning is not an option? When control is out of your reach? You isolate the small stuff, experiment constantly, and use the results to lay a more sustainable foundation for the future.

“The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You” by Tara Sylvia. This groundbreaking work of practical, popular science reveals that fat is much smarter than we think.

“The Optimist’s Guide to Divorce: How to Get Through Your Breakup and Create a New Life You Love” by Jill Sockwell. A warm, friendly, girlfriend-to-girlfriend guide to surviving divorce and coming out better on the other side, in three stages: Deal (the aftershock of separation), Heal (learning to detach and move forward) and Reveal (celebrating the stronger, happier you).

“National Geographic Guide to the National Historic Sites of Canada” by National Geographic. As the official companion book to 150th anniversary of the Canada s birth, this guide is also the companion to the  Guide to the National Parks of Canada, 2nd Edition , celebrating the historic sites that are key in building the story of Canada.

“Mindful Beauty: How to Look and Feel Great in Every Season” by Estelle Lefebure. A life in the spotlight can make it harder still to weather the passing of time, but Estelle Lefebure former supermodel and French wellness sensation has discovered the secret. French women reportedly have great genes, but model Estelle Lefebure divulges how they really maintain their fantastic natural looks. Her positive outlook inspires, and she offers a simple, enjoyable path to well-being and looking fabulous forever.

“If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body” by James Hamblin. An empirical, exhaustive, and entertaining look at the body and its functions, in the vein of the author’s stories and viral video series for The Atlantic on sleep, aging, diet, and more, examining and reassessing those health concerns that never seem to go away.

“Goop Clean Beauty” by the Editors of Goop, Foreword by Gwyneth Paltrow. The editors of GOOP have curated their greatest tips and recommendations, favorite detox recipes, workout plans, and hair and makeup looks in one guide.

“Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Blood Type Diet Solution” by Peter D’Adamo & Catherine Whitney. If you’ve ever suspected that not everyone should eat the same thing or do the same exercise, you’re right. In fact, what foods we absorb well and how our bodies handle stress differ with each blood type. Your blood type reflects your internal chemistry. It is the key that unlocks the mysteries of disease, longevity, fitness, and emotional strength.

“The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook: 500 Vibrant, Kitchen-Tested Recipes for Living and Eating Well Every Day” by America’s Test Kitchen. This thorough yet user-friendly book brings the Mediterranean into the American home kitchen, with 500 amazingly flavorful yet surprisingly approachable recipes for everyday cooking

“The Case Against Sugar” by Gary Taubes. From the best-selling author of  Why We Get Fat,  a groundbreaking, eye-opening expose that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick. Also in audiobook format.

“Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health” by Belisa Vranich. BREATHE is a groundbreaking look at a health topic we have all taken for granted. In a fascinating, straightforward, jargon-free exploration of how our bodies were meant to breathe, Dr. Belisa Vranich delves into the ins and outs of breathing.

“Books for Living” by Will Schwalbe. A celebration of reading in general and [a] … recommendation of specific books that can help guide us through our daily lives … for everyone who loves books, loves reading, and loves to hear the answer to the question: “What have you been reading lately?”

“Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out–And Never Say Diet Again” by Rebecca Stritchfield. This practical, inspirational, and visually lively book shows you how to create a healthier and happier life by treating yourself with compassion rather than shame. It shows the way to a sense of well-being attained by understanding how to love, connect, and care for yourself and that includes your mind as well as your body.

“The King Is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII” by Suzannah Lipscomb. An insightful and elegant examination of Henry VIII’s last will and testament that evokes the glittering world of the Tudor king in all its glory, pomp, and paranoia.pigeon-tunnel

“The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars” by Dava Sobel, read by Cassandra Campbell (audio). The little-known true story of the unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.

“Killing It: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart” by Sheryl O’Loughlin. Sheryl O Loughlin, the former CEO of Clif Bar, offers the ultimate life and business course. Killing It gives entrepreneurs the tools they need to start their enterprise and thrive both in the office and at home.

“The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World’s Fair” by Margaret Creighton, narrated by Callie Beaulieu (audio). In 1901, Buffalo, New York, the eighth biggest city in America, wanted to launch the new century with the Pan American Exposition. It would showcase the Western hemisphere and bring millions of people to western New York. With Niagara Falls as a drawing card and with stunning colors and electric lights, promoters believed it would be bigger, better, and – literally – more brilliant than Chicago’s White City of 1893.

“Time Travel: A History” by James Gleick, read by Rob Shapiro, (audio). Gleick tracks the evolution of time travel as an idea in the culture–from Marcel Proust to Doctor Who, from Woody Allen to Jorge Luis Borges. He explores the inevitable looping paradoxes and examines the porous boundary between pulp fiction and modern physics.

“The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life” by John Le Carre, read by John Le Carre (audio). The author shares personal anecdotes from his life, discussing subjects ranging from his Cold War-era service in British intelligence to his work as a writer in Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

“Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds” by Bernd Heinrich, narrated by Norman Dietz (audio). Bernd Heinrich’s passion for ravens has led him around the world in his research. Mind of the Raven follows an exotic journey-from New England to Germany, and from Montana to Baffin Island in the high Arctic-offering dazzling accounts of how science works in the field, filtered through the eyes of a passionate observer of nature.

“Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History” by Scott Andrew Selby, narrated by Don Hagen (audio). On February 15, 2003, a group of thieves broke into an allegedly airtight vault in the international diamond capital of Antwerp, Belgium and made off with over $108 million dollars worth of diamonds and other valuables. They did so without tripping an alarm or injuring a single guard in the process.

“Pumpkinflowers” by Matti Friedman, narrated by Eric Michael Summerer (audio). The winner of the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for The Aleppo Codex returns with the gripping true story of a band of young Israeli soldiers, including the author, who in the 1990s were charged with holding an outpost inside Lebanon known as the Pumpkin.

“The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World’s Most Coveted Fish” by Emily Voigt, narrated by Sands Xe (audio). A riveting journey into the bizarre world of the Asian arowana or “dragon fish”-the world’s most expensive aquarium fish-reveals a surprising history with profound implications for the future of wild animals and human beings alike.

“El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency” by Ioan Grillo. “El Narco” draws the first definitive portrait of Mexico’s drug cartels and how they have radically transformed in the last decade. This piercing book joins testimonies from inside the cartels with firsthand dispatches and unsparing analysis. The devastation may be south of the Rio Grande, but America is knee-deep in this conflict.

“The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy” by Manly P Hall. Classic reference explores ancient mythology, philosophy, and religion. Hundreds of entries range from Islamic and Christian history to arcane rituals ofDruids, Freemasons, alchemists, other secret societies.

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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.