“Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge” by Erica Wagner. His father conceived of the Brooklyn Bridge, but after John Roebling’s sudden death, Washington Roebling built what has become one of American’s most iconic structures–as much a part of New York as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. Yet, as recognizable as the bridge is, its builder is too often forgotten–and his life is of interest far beyond his chosen field. It is the story of immigrants, of the frontier, of the greatest crisis in American history, and of the making of the modern world.
“Diana: Her True Story–In Her Own Words” by Andrew Morton. The sensational biography of Princess Diana, written with her cooperation and now featuring exclusive new material to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death. When “Diana: Her True Story” was first published in 1992, it forever changed the way the public viewed the British monarchy. Greeted initially with disbelief and ridicule, the #1 New York Times bestselling biography has become a unique literary classic, not just because of its explosive contents but also because of Diana’s intimate involvement in the publication.
“Poets of the Bible: From Solomon’s Song of Songs to John’s Revelation.” By Willis Barnstone. Includes Barnstone’s translations of the three gnostic gospels, the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary Madalene, and the Gospel of Judas. “The vividness and beauty of the language emerge in a fresh way . . . with evocative simplicity.” –Robert Alter, professor emeritus of Hebrew and comparative literature, University of California, Berkeley
“Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean” by Morton Stroksnes. In the great depths surrounding the Lofoten islands in Norway lives the infamous Greenland shark. At twenty-six feet in length and weighing more than a ton, it is truly a beast to behold. But the shark is not just known for its size alone: its meat contains a toxin that, when consumed, has been known to make people drunk and hallucinatory. Shark Drunk is the true story of two friends–the author and the eccentric artist Hugo Aasjord–as they embark on a wild pursuit of the famed creature–from a tiny rubber boat”–
“Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America” by Amy Ettinger. A journalist channels her ice-cream obsession, scouring the United States for the best artisanal brands and delving into the surprising history of ice cream and frozen treats in America. For Amy Ettinger, ice cream is not just a delicious snack but a circumstance and a time of year–frozen forever in memory… her love of ice cream has led to a fascinating journey to understand ice cream’s evolution and enduring power, complete with insight into the surprising history behind America’s early obsession with ice cream and her experience in an immersive ice-cream boot camp to learn from the masters.
“Toscanini: Musician of Conscience” by Harvey Sachs. On the 150th anniversary of his birth comes this monumental biography of Arturo Toscanini, whose dramatic life is unparalleled among twentieth-century musicians. No other musician had as great an impact as Arturo Toscanini on the performance of opera and symphonic music in the twentieth century. With tremendous passion and stubbornness–and thanks to his extraordinary talents–he reshaped our ideas about what a conductor’s goals should be and how to achieve them.
“Ways of Grace: Stories of Activism, Adversity, and How Sports Can Bring Us Together” by James Blake. Inspired by Arthur Ashe’s bestselling memoir Days of Grace, a collection of positive, uplifting stories of seemingly small acts of grace from across the sports world that have helped to bridge cultural and racial divides.Like many people of color, James Blake has experienced the effects of racism firsthand–publicly–first at the U.S. Open, and then in front of his hotel on a busy Manhattan street, where he was tackled and handcuffed by a police officer in a case of “mistaken identity.” Though rage would have been justified, Blake faced both incidents with dignity and aplomb.
“Wine. All the Time.: The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking” by Marissa A. Ross. Does the thought of having to buy wine for a dinner party stress you out? Is your go-to strategy to pick the bottle with the coolest label? Are you tired of choosing pairings based on your wallet, instead of your palate? Fear not! Bon Appetit wine columnist and Wine. All The Time. blogger Marissa A. Ross is here to help. In this utterly accessible yet comprehensive guide to wine, Ross will walk you through the ins and outs of wine culture. Told in her signature comedic voice, with personal anecdotes woven in among its lessons, Wine. All the Time. will teach you to sip confidently, and make you laugh as you’re doing it.
“Toss Your Own Salad: The Meatless Cookbook with Burgers, Bolognese, and Balls” by Eddie McNamara. Takeout food every night is great…for leaving you broke, bloated and praying for a national healthcare plan to deal with your fat ass self. Eddie McNamara wants to show you how to stop being a takeout junkie or a Gordon Ramsay wannabe who spends years learning complex knife skills you don’t need. He also wants to show you how to pump up the flavor without resorting to using meat because – really – who needs to eat more meat?
“100 Greatest Video Game Characters” edited by Jaime Banks, Robert Mejia, and Aubrey Adams. 100 Greatest Video Game Characters provides readers with an understanding of the cultural significance of these iconic personalities. Whether the reader is seeking out information on a particular character or group of characters, students, scholars, and fans alike will find this collection accessible.
“Cannibalism” by Bill Schutt. Audiobook narrated by Tom Perkins. Bill Schutt, author of Dark Banquet: Blood and Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures, takes us on a tour of cannibalism research, exploring the factors that lead to outbreaks of cannibalism-in other species and our
“Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It” by Richard V. Reeves. It is now conventional wisdom to focus on the wealth of the top 1 percent–especially the top 0.01 percent–and how the ultra-rich are concentrating income and prosperity while incomes for most other Americans are stagnant. But the most important, consequential, and widening gap in American society is between the upper middle class and everyone else.
“Fodor’s Vancouver & Victoria: With Whistler, Vancouver Island & the Okanagan Valley” by Fodor’s Travel Guides. Vancouver has a bit of everything, and it’s all top-notch: fantastic food, excellent local wine, stylish shopping opportunities, boutique hotels, friendly people, world-class skiing in nearby Whistler, and gorgeous terrain for hiking, biking, boating, and beach-going. Fodor’s Vancouver & Victoria is the guide to help you plan your time from the slopes to the surf and everything in between.
“The Haven’s Kitchen Cooking School: Recipes and Inspiration to Build a Lifetime of Confidence in the Kitchen” by Alison Cayne. The Must-Have Book That Will Teach You How to Cook Learning to cook has never been simpler–or more delicious–thanks to The Haven’s Kitchen Cooking School . Each of the book’s nine chapters centers on a key lesson: in the eggs chapter, readers will learn about timing and temperature while poaching, frying, and scrambling; in the soups chapter, they will learn to layer flavors through recipes like Green Curry with Chicken.
“Instrumental” by Dave Chisholm. Tom is a solid, but not great, musician. While his bandmates are happy to play gigs for themselves at their own clubs, drinking free beer and shooting the breeze, Tom aches for the next level, whatever that is. And as musicians are wont to do in magical fables, he meets a mysterious stranger with a seemingly simple offer: take a battered old trumpet for free, and just enjoy it, no exchanges and no strings.
“Objects from a Borrowed Confession” by Julie Carr. Poetry. Women’s Studies. With OBJECTS FROM A BORROWED CONFESSION, poet Julie Carr has undertaken an expansive reexamination, amassing a project written over the last ten years that approaches the subject of confession from within the confession itself. Carr neither mounts an apology on behalf of confessional poets (there is no apology necessary), nor does she offer readers a straightforward critical appraisal of confession in writing itself. Rather, the poet approaches her topic as a theme worthy of consideration, offering fresh insight to what it is about the confessional text that can provide catharsis for one reader just as easily as make another uncomfortable.
“Open Heart: A Cardiac Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table” by Stephen Westaby. When Stephen Westaby witnessed a patient die on the table during an open heart surgery for the first time, he was struck by the quiet, determined way the surgeons walked away. As he soon understood, this detachment was a crucial survival strategy. In a profession where failure is literally a heartbeat away and the cost of that failure is death, how else could he live with the consequences of his performance? In Open Heart, Westaby reflects on over 11,000 surgeries, showing us why the procedures have never become routine and will never be.
“A Paris Year: My Day-To-Day Adventures in the Most Romantic City in the World” by Janice MacLeod. Part memoir and part visual journey through the streets of modern-day Paris, France, A Paris Year chronicles, day by day, one woman’s French sojourn in the world’s most beautiful city. Beginning on her first day in Paris, Janice MacLeod, the author of the best-selling book, Paris Letters, began a journal recording in illustrations and words, nearly every sight, smell, taste, and thought she experienced in the City of Light.
“Raising the Bottom: Making Mindful Choices in a Drinking Culture” by Lisa Boucher. Have you ever wondered if social drinking has unintended consequences to your health, family, relationships, or your profession? Have you ever thought that losing control of your drinking couldn’t happen to you or someone you love? All the women you know are too smart. Too rich. Too kind. Too together. Too much fun. Pick one. We live in a boozy culture, and the idea of women and wine has become entrenched.
“This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information” by Kyle Cassidy. A tribute in text and photos to librarians and libraries in all fifty states describes the diverse backgrounds and motivations of today’s librarians and includes original essays by such contributors as Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, and Paula Poundstone.
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.