“The Cooperstown Casebook: Who’s in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and Who Should Pack Their Plaques” by Jay Jaffe. In “The Cooperstown Casebook,” Jay Jaffe shows us how to use his revolutionary ranking system to ensure the right players are recognized. The foundation of Jaffe’s approach is his JAWS system, an acronym for the Jaffe WAR Score, which he developed over a decade ago. Through JAWS, each candidate can be objectively compared on the basis of career and peak value to the players at his position who are already in the Hall of Fame. Through his analysis, Jaffe shows why the Hall of Fame still matters and how it can remain relevant in the 21st century.
“Dangerous Ground: My Friendship with a Serial Killer” by William M. Phelps. In September 2011, M. William Phelps made a bold decision that would change the landscape of reality-based television–and his own life. He asked a convicted serial killer to act as a consultant for his TV series. Under the code name “Raven,” the murderer shared his insights into the minds of other killers and helped analyze their crimes. As the series became an international sensation, Raven became Phelps’s unlikely confidante, ally–and friend.
“Patient H69: The Story of My Second Sight” by Vanessa Potter. In 2012, Vanessa Potter, a married advertising film producer with two young children, was stricken by Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD), a rare illness that resulted in sudden blindness and paralysis. While a multidisciplinary team of neurobiologists, psychologists, immunologists, and developmental biologists treated her, she blogged and kept audio-diaries, using the pen-name Patient H69. In her own words, Potter reveals the terror and torment of her blindness.
“The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II” by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Richard Pevear. Bringing together dozens of voices this is a collection of stories of women’s experiences in World War II, both on the front lines, on the home front, and in occupied territories. These women–more than a million in total–were nurses and doctors, pilots, tank drivers, machine-gunners, and snipers. They battled alongside men, and yet, after the victory, their efforts and sacrifices were forgotten.
“Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul” by Jeremiah Moss. For generations, New York City has been a mecca for artists, writers, and other hopefuls longing to be part of its rich cultural exchange and unique social fabric. But today, modern gentrification is transforming the city from an exceptional, iconoclastic metropolis into a suburbanized luxury zone with a price tag only the one percent can afford.
“The Way We Die Now: The View from Medicine’s Front Line” by Seamus O’Mahony. We have lost the ability to deal with death. Most of the dying spend their last days in general hospitals and nursing homes, in the care of strangers. They may not even know they are dying, victims of the kindly lie that there is still hope. They are often robbed of their dignity after a long series of excessive and hopeless medical interventions. Dying has never been more exposed, with public figures writing memoirs of their illness, but in private we have done our best to banish all thought of death.
“What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories” by Laura Shapiro. Each of the six women in this group portrait was famous in her time, and most are still famous in ours; but until now, nobody has told their lives from the point of view of the kitchen and the table. It’s a lively and unpredictable array of women; what they have in common with one another (and us) is a powerful relationship with food”–
“Atomic Adventures: Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder: A Journey Into the Wild World of Nuclear Science” by James A. Mahaffey. The latest investigation from acclaimed nuclear engineer and author James Mahaffey unearths forgotten nuclear endeavors throughout history that were sometimes hair-brained, often risky, and always fascinating.
“Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling” by Michael Cannell. Grand Central, Penn Station, Radio City Music Hall–for almost two decades, no place was safe from the man who signed his anonymous letters “FP” and left his lethal devices in phone booths, storage lockers, even tucked into the plush seats of movie theaters. His victims were left cruelly maimed. Tabloids called him “the greatest individual menace New York City ever faced.” In desperation, Police Captain Howard Finney sought the help of a little known psychiatrist, Dr. James Brussel, whose expertise was the criminal mind.
“Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local – And Helped Save an American Town” by Beth Macy. The Bassett Furniture Company was once the world’s biggest wood furniture manufacturer. But beginning in the 1980s, the first waves of Asian competition hit, and ultimately Bassett was forced to send its production overseas. One man fought back: John Bassett III, a shrewd and determined third-generation factory man, now chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co, which employs more than 700 Virginians and has sales of more than $90 million.
“The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision” by Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi. Over the past thirty years, a new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science. New emphasis has been given to complexity, networks, and patterns of organisation, leading to a novel kind of ‘systemic’ thinking. This volume integrates the ideas, models, and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework.
“350+ Crochet Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets” by Jan Eaton. Give a professional finish to your crochet garments and accessories with this indispensable compendium of technical know-how and troubleshooting tips. Techniques are organized in the order that you’d need them as you work through a project, from choosing the right yarn to looking after your finished garment. Step-by-step photographs, diagrams, and clear instructions guide you through each stage of your work, or you can dip in for help with a particular problem.
“350+ Knitting Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets: How to Be Better at What You Do” by Betty Barnden. Give a stylish finish to your knitted garments and accessories with this essential compendium of knitting know-how. Over 350 tips, techniques, and secrets are explained and illustrated with clear step-by-step photographs and diagrams. Discover how to read patterns and charts, choose color and yarns, mix and match stitch patterns, and adapt designs for the perfect fit.
“40 Colorful Afghans to Crochet: A Collection of Eye-Popping Stitch Patterns, Blocks & Projects” by Leonie Morgan. In this new book from Leonie Morgan you’ll discover a delightful collection of hexagons to crochet in bright and inspiring colorways. With 75 original designs to choose from, a further 50 vibrant color variations, and five eye-catching projects to try, there’s plenty here to spark the imagination.
“Arbitrary Stupid Goal” by Tamara Shopsin. In Arbitrary Stupid Goal, Tamara Shopsin takes the reader on a pointillist time-travel trip to the Greenwich Village of her bohemian 1970s childhood, a funky, tight-knit small town in the big city, long before Sex and the City tours and luxury condos. The center of Tamara’s universe is Shopsin’s, her family’s legendary greasy spoon, aka “The Store,” run by her inimitable dad, Kenny–a loquacious, contrary, huge-hearted man who, aside from dishing up New York’s best egg salad on rye, is Village sheriff, philosopher, and fixer all at once.
“Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us” by Sam Kean. Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of Earth and our existence on it”–Dust jacket flap.
“Dirty Wars and Polished Silver: The Life and Times of a War Correspondent Turned Ambassatrix” by Lynda Schuster. Dirty Wars and Polished Silver is Schuster’s story of her life abroad as a foreign correspondent in war-torn countries, and, later, as the wife of a U.S. Ambassador. It chronicles her time working on a kibbutz in Israel, reporting on uprisings in Central America and a financial crisis in Mexico, dodging rocket fire in Lebanon, and grieving the loss of her first husband, a fellow reporter, who was killed only ten months after their wedding.
“Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home” by Nicole J. Georges. When Nicole Georges was sixteen she adopted Beija, a dysfunctional shar-pei/corgi mix–a troublesome combination of tiny and attack, just like teenaged Nicole herself. Georges’s gorgeous graphic novel Fetch chronicles their symbiotic, codependent relationship and probes what it means to care for and be responsible to another living thing–a living thing that occasionally lunges at toddlers.
“Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts” by Ryan Holliday. How can we create and market creative works that achieve longevity? Holiday reveals that the key to success for many perennial sellers is that their creators don’t distinguish between the making and the marketing. The product’s purpose and audience are in the creator’s mind from day one. By thinking holistically about the relationship between their audience and their work, creators of all kinds improve the chances that their offerings will stand the test of time.
“Putin: His Downfall and Russia’s Coming Crash” by Richard Lourie. Lourie posits that Putin’s Russia will collapse just as Imperial Russia did in 1917 and as Soviet Russia did in 1991. The only questions are when, how violently, and with how much peril for the world. The U.S. election complicates everything, including Putin’s next land grab, exploitations of the Arctic, cyber-espionage, Putin and China … and many more … topics
“The Stars in Our Eyes: The Famous, the Infamous, and Why We Care Way Too Much about Them” by Julie Klam. Klam delves deep into what makes someone a celebrity, explains why we care about celebrities more than ever, and uncovers the bargains they make with the public and the burdens they bear to sustain this status.
“Strays: A Lost Cat, a Homeless Man, and Their Journey Across America” by Britt Collins. For fans of A Street Cat Named Bob and Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World , Strays is a compelling true story of a man who rescues a stray, injured cat and how they save each other.Homeless, alcoholic, and depressed, Michael King lives in a UPS loading bay on the wrong side of the tracks in Portland, Oregon. One rainy night, he stumbles upon a hurt, starving, scruffy cat and takes her in. Nursing her back to health, he names her Tabor and she becomes a bit of a celebrity in southeast Portland.
“You Are Getting Sleepy: Lifestyle-Based Solutions for Insomnia” by Paul Glovinsky, PhD and Arthur Spielman, PhD. For readers enticed by Arianna Huffington’s The Sleep Revolution but looking for the medical research to support the claims, two doctors have penned a guide using the latest research in an effort to get people to the state of being sleepy, the ultimate goal for insomniacs.
“Dangerous” by Milo Yiannopoulos. “The liberal media machine did everything they could to keep this book out of your hands. Now, finally, DANGEROUS, the most controversial book of the decade, is tearing down safe spaces everywhere.” –Publisher’s marketing
“So You Want to Be a Cop: What Everyone Should Know Before Entering a Law Enforcement Career” by Alley Evola. This book is for every adult who secretly wishes they were a police officer or is pursuing that dream and making it a reality. So You Want to Be a Cop looks at the daily ins and outs of the job of a police officer, from recruitment, life at the academy, patrol, and eventually promotion to either a supervisory or specialized role.
“Wise Craft Quilts: A Guide to Turning Beloved Fabrics Into Meaningful Patchwork” by Blair Stocker. Infuse your quilts with love–how to add your personal story and more meaning to your handmade quilts. In Wise Craft Quilts, celebrated quilt designer and crafter Blair Stocker shares ways to use cherished fabrics to make quilts with more meaning. Each of the twenty-one quilts featured here gathers a special collection of fabric, outlines a new technique, and spins a story.
“The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat” by Stephan J. Guyenet. Why does our behavior betray our own intentions to be lean and healthy? The problem, argues obesity and neuroscience researcher Stephan J. Guyenet, is not necessarily a lack of willpower or an incorrect understanding of what to eat. Rather, our appetites and food choices are led astray by ancient, instinctive brain circuits that play by the rules of a survival game that no longer exists. And these circuits don’t care about how you look in a bathing suit next summer
“GPS for Everyone: You Are Here” by Pratap Misra. GPS is based on simple ideas that have been around for centuries, but their implementation had to wait until the required technologies matured and came together. This book discusses these principles, technologies, and how GPS came to be developed. The only prerequisite for this book is curiosity about a technology that has insinuated itself into our lives in a way that we can’t imagine how we ever lived without it.
“The Miracle of Fasting, 51th Edition: Proven Throughout History for Physical, Mental, & Spiritual Rejuvenation” by Paul C. Bragg. This book is a must read for those seeking to cleanse and detoxify their body and to gain spiritual energy and live a longer, healthier life.
“I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But the Pool” by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella. Lisa and Francesca are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. This seven book series is among the best reviewed humor books published today and has been compared to the late greats, Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron.
“American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land” by Monica Hesse. A breathtaking feat of reportage, American Fire combines procedural with love story, redefining American tragedy for our time.
“Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man’s Voice from the Silence of Autism” by Naoki Higashida. Naoki Higashida wrote The Reason I Jump as a 13-year-old boy. Now, he shares his thoughts and experiences as a 24-year old young man with severe autism. In short, powerful chapters, he explores education, identity, family, society and personal growth. He also allows readers to experience profound moments we take for granted, like the thought-steps necessary for him to register that it’s raining outside.
“Why?: What Makes Us Curious” by Mario Livio. Experiments demonstrate that people are more distracted when they overhear a phone conversation–where they can know only one side of the dialogue–than when they overhear two people talking and know both sides. Why does half a conversation make us more curious than a whole conversation? Livio interviewed scientists in several fields to explore the nature of curiosity.
“So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley” by Roger Steffens, Introduction by Linton Kwesi Johnson. A revelatory, myth-shattering history of one of the most influential musicians of all time, told in the words of those who knew him best.
“The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives” by Jesse Eisinger. Why were no bankers put in prison after the financial crisis of 2008? Why do CEOs seem to commit wrongdoing with impunity? The problem goes beyond banks deemed Too Big to Fail to almost every large corporation in America–to pharmaceutical companies and auto manufacturers and beyond. An inside reference to prosecutors too scared of failure and too daunted by legal impediments to do their jobs–explains why
“The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace” by Alexander Klimburg. No single invention of the last half century has changed the way we live now as much as the Internet. Alexander Klimburg was a member of the generation for whom it was a utopian ideal turned reality: a place where ideas, information, and knowledge could be shared and new freedoms found and enjoyed. Two decades later, the future isn’t so bright any more: increasingly, the Internet is used as a weapon and a means of domination.
“The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera” by Adam Begley. Of all of the legendary figures who thrived in mid-19th-century Paris–a cohort that includes Victor Hugo, Baudelaire, Gustave Courbet, and Alexandre Dumas–Nadar was perhaps the most innovative, the most restless, the most modern. The first great portrait photographer, a pioneering balloonist, the first person to take an aerial photograph, and the prime mover behind the first airmail service, Nadar was one of the original celebrity artist-entrepreneurs.
“Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe” by Inara Verzemnieks. A haunting, luminous reckoning with exile and loss. Raised by her Latvian grandparents in Washington State, Inara Verzemnieks grew up among expatriates. Her grandmother’s stories re-created in vivid, nostalgic detail the family farm she’d left behind in a borderland violently contested during the Second World War.
“Up Sterling Creek Without a Paddle: Confessions of a Recovering Journalist” by Paul Fattig. With James Herriot-like entertaining stories (this time about cats, dogs, very lost motorists, roofers, electricians, and even an attorney who’s in the well-drilling business), Paul Fattig has delivered a very enjoyable, rich novel that shows the lighter side of life. Like two bright-eyed lambs trotting happily off to slaughter, Paul and Maureen Fattig had no idea what was in store when they bought the woebegone old cabin along Sterling Creek in the upper reaches of the beautiful Applegate Valley in southwest Oregon. An informative and humorous memoir from a retired and recovering journalist.
“Alone” by Christophe Chaboute. On a tiny lighthouse island far from the rest of the world, a lonely hermit lives out his existence. Every week a supply boat leaves provisions, its occupants never meeting him, never asking the obvious questions: Who are you? Why do you hide? Why do you never leave? But one day, as a new boatman starts asking the questions all others have avoided, a chain of events unfolds that will irrevocably upend the hermit’s solitary life.
“Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World” by Billy Bragg. Skiffle — a “do-it-yourself” music craze with American jazz, blues, folk, and roots influences — is a story of jazz pilgrims and blues blowers, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls, coffee-bar bohemians and refugees from the McCarthyite witch hunts. Skiffle is reason the guitar came to the forefront of music in the UK and led directly to the British Invasion of the US charts in the 1960s.
“Sprinkle Glitter on My Grave: Observations, Rants, and Other Uplifting Thoughts about Life” by Jill Kargman. From her unique lingo (things don t simply frighten her, they M. Night Shyamalan her out ) to her gimlet-eyed view of narrow-mindedness, to her morbid but curiously life-affirming parenting style, Jill Kargman is nothing if not original. In this hilarious new book, the sharp-elbowed mother of three turns her unconventional lens on life and death and everything in between.
“What Motivates Getting Things Done: Procrastination, Emotions, and Success” by Mary Lamia Mary Lamia explores the emotional lives of people who are successful in their endeavors–both procrastinators and non-procrastinators alike–to illustrate how human motivation works and how to make the most of it. She illustrates how so-called negative emotions like distress, fear, and shame can drive the achievement of goals.
“Priest of Nature: The Religious Worlds of Isaac Newton” by Rob Iliffe. After Sir Isaac Newton revealed his discovery that white light was compounded of more basic colored rays, he was hailed as a genius and became an instant international celebrity. An interdisciplinary enthusiast and intellectual giant in a number of disciplines, Newton published revolutionary, field-defining works that reached across the scientific spectrum, including the Principia Mathematica and Opticks.
“Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady” by Susan Quinn. Audiobook read by Kimberley Farr. In 1932, as her husband assumed the presidency, Eleanor Roosevelt entered the claustrophobic, duty-bound existence of the First Lady with dread. By that time, she had put her deep disappointment in her marriage behind her and developed an independent life now threatened by the public role she would be forced to play. A lifeline came to her in the form of a feisty campaign reporter for the Associated Press: Lorena Hickok.
“Ravilious & Co.: The Pattern of Friendship” by Andy Friend. A dynamic tale of art and friendship, set between the World Wars, against the backdrop of a rapidly changing world.
“Al Franken, Giant of the Senate” by Al Franken. The Harvard-educated comedian, talk-show host, and U.S. Senator chronicles the story of his unlikely senatorial campaign, detailing the ensuing months-long recount and what his service has taught him about America’s deeply polarized political culture.
“Understanding Trump” by Newt Gingrich. Foreword by Eric Trump. In UNDERSTANDING TRUMP, Newt Gingrich shares what he learned from more than two years helping Trump and his team throughout the campaign, the election, and during the first months of the presidency. Mr. Gingrich provides unique insight into how the new president’s past experiences have shaped his life and style of governing.
“Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Civil War” by David Fisher. From the birth of the Republican Party to the Confederacy’s first convention, the Underground Railroad to the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Gettysburg to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, [this book examines] the often little known stories behind the battle lines of America’s bloodiest war and debunks the myths that surround its greatest figures.
“I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons” by Kevin Hart. Kevin Hart, like Ernest Hemingway, JK Rowling, and Chocolate Droppa before him, was able to defy the odds and turn [his disadvantaged childhood around. In his literary debut, he takes the reader on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he’s overcome each challenge to become the man he is today
“Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?” by Mumia Abu-Jamal. A powerful indictment on the history of police violence against people of color, from slavery to today’s Black Lives Matter. Over the course of nearly four decades in prison, Abu-Jamal . . . has become an astute student of the justice system as well as a particularly cogent opponent of the death penalty.
“The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball’s Most Historic Record” by John Eisenberg. From an award-winning sports writer, the fascinating story of baseball greats Cal Ripken and Lou Gehrig, who each at one point achieved the coveted and sometimes confounding consecutive games played record, making them baseball’s most legendary “Ironmen.”
“The Longevity Plan: Seven Life-Transforming Lessons from Ancient China” by John D. & Jane Anne Day. At forty-four, acclaimed cardiologist John Day was overweight and suffered from insomnia, degenerative joint disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. While lecturing in China, he’d heard about a remote mountainous region known as Longevity Village, a wellness Shangri-La free of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, dementia, depression, and insomnia, and where living past one hundred–in good health–is not uncommon.
“A Stone of Hope: A Memoir” by Jim St. Germain. Born into abject poverty in Haiti, young Jim St. Germain moved to Brooklyn’s Crown Heights, into an overcrowded apartment with his family. By the time he was arrested for dealing crack cocaine, he had been handcuffed more than a dozen times. At the age of fifteen the walls of the system were closing around him.But instead of prison, St. Germain was placed in “Boys Town,” a nonsecure detention facility designed for rehabilitation.
“Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan” by Elaine Hayes. Sarah Vaughan, a pivotal figure in the formation of bebop, influenced a broad array of singers who followed in her wake. Drawing from a wealth of sources as well as on exclusive interviews with Vaughan’s friends and former colleagues, Queen of Bebop unravels the many myths and misunderstandings that have surrounded Vaughan while offering insights into this notoriously private woman, her creative process, and, ultimately, her genius
“Warrior of the Light: A Manual” by Paulo Coelho. By the author of the international bestseller “The Alchemist” come short notes on accepting failure, embracing life, and rising to one’s own destiny.
“Sting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir” by Steve Rushin. A bittersweet memoir of the author’s 1970s childhood nostalgically shares observations of his family life as it was shaped by influences ranging from the Steve Miller Band and Saturday morning cartoons to Bic pens and Schwinn Sting-Ray bikes.
“Martin Luther: Rebel in an Age of Upheaval” by Heinz Schilling. No other German has shaped the history of early-modern Europe more than Martin Luther. In this comprehensive and balanced biography we see Luther as a rebel, but not as a lone hero; as a soldier in a mighty struggle for the universal reform of Christianity and its role in the world.
“Leap in: A Woman, Some Waves, and the Will to Swim” by Alexandra Heminsley. At once inspiring, hilarious, and honest, the new book from Alexandra Heminsley chronicles her endeavor to tackle a whole new element, and the ensuing challenges and joys of open water swimming.
“Stitched Sewing Organizers: Pretty Cases, Boxes, Pouches, Pincushions & More” by Aneela Hoey Celebrate and use your sewing skills with Aneela Hoey’s 15 stylish yet functional patterns for a wide variety of sewing organizers. Designed to work together, many of the smaller projects fit into larger ones and can be made into a coordinating set. Showcase trendy fat quarters and half-yards or use up scraps of your favorite fabric as you make cute containers for yourself, to give to your friends, or to bring to swaps!
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.