New Adult Nonfiction for January

“American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus” by Lisa Wade. A revelatory account of the new culture of sex that has come to dominate the American college experience.american-hookup

“Everybody Curses, I Swear!: Uncensored Tales from the Hollywood Trenches” by Carrie Keagan. Carrie Keagan’s “naughty interviews with Hollywood’s elite are the stuff of legend, earning her the nickname ‘Barbara Walters on Acid.’ She’s gone toe-to-toe with virtually every celebrity in the world, and she’s been taking notes. Get ready for all the juicy, behind-the-scenes stories from the biggest stars as she shares her journey from being a bullied kid from Buffalo to Hollywood’s most fearless host.

“Furious George: My Forty Years Durviving the NBA Divas, Clueless GMs, and Poor Shirt Selection” by George Karl. The most outspoken and combative coach in NBA history and one of the most successful, amassing more than 1,175 victories, the sixth best winning record ever reflects on his life, his career, and his battles on and off the basketball court in this no-holds-barred memoir.

“A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870” by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. A stunning and sure-to-be controversial book that pieces together, through more than two dozen nineteenth-century diaries, letters, albums, minute-books, and quilts left by first-generation Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, the never-before-told story of the earliest days of the women of Mormon “plural marriage,” whose right to vote in the state of Utah was given to them by a Mormon-dominated legislature as an outgrowth of polygamy in 1870, fifty years ahead of the vote nationally ratified by Congress, and who became political actors in spite of, or because of, their marital arrangements.

“Madwomen” by Shara McCallum. Poems progress through the wilds of the mind and memory, dispatching parables, and challenging of the myth of self.

“The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own” by Veronica Chambers. Michelle Obama is unlike any other first lady in American history. From her first moments on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful, to be strong, to be fashion-conscious, to be healthy, to be First Mom, to be a caretaker and hostess, and to be partner to the most powerful man in the world.

“The New Odyssey: The Story of the Twenty-First Century Refugee Crisis” by Patrick Kinglsey. In the humane tradition of Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” comes a searing account of the international refugee crisis.

“Our Bodies, Our Data: How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records” by Adam Tanner. Hidden to consumers, patient medical data has become a multibillion-dollar worldwide trade industry between our health-care providers, drug companies, and a complex web of middlemen. This great medical-data bazaar sells copies of the prescription you recently filled, your hospital records, insurance claims, blood-test results, and more, stripped of your name but possibly with identifiers such as year of birth, gender, and doctor. As computing grows ever more sophisticated, patient dossiers become increasingly vulnerable to reidentification and the possibility of being targeted by identity thieves or hackers.

“A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life” by Ayelet Waldman. When a small vial arrives in her mailbox from “Lewis Carroll,” Ayelet Waldman is at a low point. Her mood storms have become intolerably severe; she has tried nearly every medication possible; her husband and children are suffering with her. So she opens the vial, places two drops on her tongue, and joins the ranks of an underground but increasingly vocal group of scientists and civilians successfully using therapeutic microdoses of LSD.

“Revolutionary Science: Transformation and Turmoil in the Age of the Guillotine” by Steve Jones. The city was saturated in scientists; many had an astonishing breadth of talents. The Minister of Finance just before the upheaval did research on crystals and the spread of animal disease. After it, Paris’s first mayor was an astronomer, the general who fought off invaders was a mathematician while Marat, a major figure in the Terror, saw himself as a leading physicist. Paris in the century around 1789 saw the first lightning conductor, the first flight, the first estimate of the speed of light and the invention of the tin can and the stethoscope.

“Sin Bravely: A Memoir of Spiritual Disobedience” by Maggie Rowe. As a young girl, Maggie Rowe took the idea of salvation very seriously. Growing up in a moderately religious household, her fear of eternal damnation turned into a childhood terror that drove her to become an outrageously dedicated Born-again Christian regularly slinging Bible verses in cutthroat scripture memorization competitions and assaulting strangers at shopping malls with the good news that they were going to hell.  Finally, at nineteen, crippled by her fear, she checked herself in to an Evangelical psychiatric facility. And that is where her journey really began.

“The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives” by Lisa Servon. A gripping and incisive expose of our broken banking system why so many Americans on many rungs of the economic ladder are unable to efficiently get at their money, pay bills, or save for emergency expenses.

“The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America” by Mark Sundeen. A work of immersive journalism steeped in a distinctively American social history and sparked by a personal quest, “The Unsettlers”  traces the search for the simple life through the stories of these new pioneers and what inspired each of them to look for — or create — a better existence. Captivating and clear-eyed, it dares us to imagine what a sustainable, ethical, authentic future might actually look like.

“The Vegetarian Athlete’s Cookbook: More than 10o Delicious Recipes for Active Living” by Anita Bean. For anyone who takes fitness seriously–from committed to weekend athletes–the vegetarian recipes of bestselling author and nutritionist Anita Bean will fuel workouts and aid recovery.

“Why Won’t You Apologize? Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts” by Harriet Lerner. Renowned psychologist and bestselling author of The Dance of Anger sheds new light on the two most important words in the English language I m sorry and offers a unique perspective on the challenge of healing broken connections and restoring trust.

“A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order” by Richard Haass. (Audio) Read by Richard Haass. In A World in Disarray, Haass argues for an updated global operating system call it world order 2.0 that reflects the reality that power is widely distributed and that borders count for less. One critical element of this adjustment will be adopting a new approach to sovereignty, one that embraces its obligations and responsibilities as well as its rights and protections. Haass also details how the U.S. should act towards China and Russia, as well as in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He suggests, too, what the country should do to address its dysfunctional politics, mounting debt, and the lack of agreement on the nature of its relationship with the world.

“KIlling the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan” by Bill O’Reilly (Audio) Read by Robert Petkoff. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. Killing the Rising Sun takes listeners to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan.

“In the Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett” by Tony Fletcher. For this first-ever accounting of Wilson Pickett’s life, bestselling biographer Tony Fletcher interviewed members of the singer’s family, friends and partners, along with dozens of his studio and touring musicians. Offering equal attention to Pickett’s personal and professional life, with detailed insight into his legendary studio sessions and his combative road style, In the Midnight Hour: The Life and Soul of Wilson Pickett is the essential telling of an epic life. book-of-joy

“The Analyst: Poems” by Molly Peacock. When a psychoanalyst became a painter after surviving a stroke, her longtime patient, distinguished and beloved poet Molly Peacock, took up a unique task. The Analyst is a new, visceral, twenty-first century in memoriam of ambiguous loss in which Peacock brilliantly tells the story of a decades-long patient-therapist relationship that now reverses and continues to evolve.

“The Drug Hunters: The Improbable Quest to Discover New Medicines” by Donald R. Kirsch. The search to find medicines is as old as disease, which is to say as old as the human race. Through serendipity by chewing, brewing, and snorting, some Neolithic souls discovered opium, alcohol, snakeroot, juniper, frankincense, and other helpful substances. Nowadays, Big Pharma conglomerates spend billions of dollars on state-of the art laboratories staffed by PhDs to discover blockbuster drugs.

“Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau”  by Kevin T. Dann. To coincide with the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth in 2017, this thrilling, meticulous biography by naturalist and historian Kevin Dann fills a gap in our understanding of one modern history’s most important spiritual visionaries by capturing the full arc of Thoreau’s life as a mystic, spiritual seeker, and explorer in transcendental realms.

“Falling Ill: Last Poems” by C.K. Williams. Over the past half century, the great shape-shifting poet C. K. Williams took upon himself the poet s task: to record with candor and ardor the burden of being alive. In Falling Ill, his final volume of poems, he brings this task to its conclusion, bearing witness to a restless mind s encounter with the brute fact of the body’s decay, the spirit s erasure.

“The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars” by Daniel Beer. The House of the Dead is a history of Siberia with a focus on the last four tsars (1801-1917). Daniel Beer explores the massive penal colony that became an incubator for the radicalism of revolutionaries who would one day rule Russia.

“Letters to a Young Muslim” by Omar Saif Ghobash. In a series of personal letters to his son, Omar Saif Ghobash offers a short and highly readable manifesto that tackles our current global crisis with the training of an experienced diplomat and the personal responsibility of a father. Today’s young Muslims will be tomorrow s leaders, and yet too many are vulnerable to extremist propaganda that seems omnipresent in our technological age. The burning question, Ghobash argues, is how moderate Muslims can unite to find a voice that is true to Islam while actively and productively engaging in the modern world.

“Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation” by Brad Ricca. The true story of Grace Humiston, the detective and lawyer who turned her back on New York society life to become one of the nation’s greatest crime fighters during an era when women were rarely involved with investigations.

“Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living” by Manjula Martin. A collection of essays from today’s most acclaimed authors–from Cheryl Strayed to Roxane Gay to Jennifer Weiner, Alexander Chee, Nick Hornby, and Jonathan Franzen–on the realities of making a living in the writing world.

“The Stress Test: How Pressure Can Make You Stronger and Sharper” by Ian Robertson. From one of the world s most respected neuroscientists, an eye-opening study of why we react to pressure in the way we do and how to be energized rather than defeated by stress.

“The Rabbi’s Atheist Daughter: Ernestine Rose, International Feminist Pioneer” by Bonnie S. Anderson. Known as “the queen of the platform,” Ernestine Rose was more famous than her women’s rights co-workers, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. By the 1850s, Rose had become an outstanding orator for feminism, free thought, and anti-slavery. Yet, she would gradually be erased from history for being too much of an outlier: an immigrant, a radical, and an atheist.

“Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers” by Timothy Ferriss.  Tim Ferriss, on his hugely popular podcast,  The Tim Ferriss Show , has interviewed top performers of every type. Here, in the ultimate self-help book, he distills and tests the key insights from these elite athletes and adventurers, entrepreneurs and executives, creative thinkers, researchers, and more, to help readers learn to become healthy, wealthy, and wise.

“The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by the Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?

“Home Decor Cheat Sheets: Need-To-Know Stuff for Stylish Living” by Jessica Probus. Home Decor Cheat Sheets shows you the dos, the don’ts and the timeless design rules for a perfectly coordinated space. These colorful, easy-to-understand illustrations teaches you everything needed to beautifully furnish, arrange and decorate your home.

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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.