New Adult Nonfiction for June

“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.