New Non-Fiction Arrivals

April 6, 2011

We delight in the Library when Ray, our wonderfully humorous UPS guy, brings us boxes of new books. We converge on the table and tear them open with a glee that probably crosses the line of proper deportment. Mother would not be proud. We had a delivery yesterday, with Ray, in typical form, thanking us for “stopping in” to put in a day’s work. Said delivery contained more than a dozen new non-fiction books which we hope our patrons will be equally excited  by, including:

Aerotropolis: The Way We Will Live Next by John Kasarda and Greg Lindsay
Not so long ago, airports were built near cities, and roads connected the one to the other. This pattern the city in the center, the airport on the periphery shaped life in the twentieth century, from the central city to exurban sprawl. Today, the ubiquity of jet travel, round-the-clock workdays, overnight shipping, and global business networks has turned the pattern inside out. Soon the airport will be at the center and the city will be built around it, the better to keep workers, suppliers, executives, and goods in touch with the global market. This is the aerotropolis: a combination of giant airport, planned city, shipping facility, and business hub. The aerotropolis approach to urban living is now reshaping life in Seoul and Amsterdam, in China and India, in Dallas and Washington, D.C. The aerotropolis is the frontier of the next phase of globalization, whether we like it or not.

Charlotte Moss Decorates: The Art Of Creating Elegant And Inspired Rooms by Charlotte Moss
With her inimitable flair for style, Moss has led a celebrated career in the interior design world. Now her singular vision is revealed through an extraordinary collection of her acclaimed rooms. Moss graciously invites the reader to be engaged, inspired, and “ready to decorate.” With 200 photos.

The Dressmaker Of Khair Khana: five sisters, one remarkable family, and the woman who risked everything to keep them safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war-a rare achievement for any Afghan woman-Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana tells the incredible true story of this unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban.

Egypt On The Brink: From Nasser To Mubarek by Tarek Osman
In this immensely readable and thoroughly researched book, Tarek Osman explores what has happened to the biggest Arab nation since President Nasser took control of the country in 1954. He examines Egypt’s central role in the development of the two crucial movements of the period, Arab nationalism and radical Islam; the increasingly contentious relationship between Muslims and Christians; and perhaps most important of all, the rift between the cosmopolitan elite and the mass of the undereducated and underemployed population, more than half of whom are aged under thirty.

The Fear: Robert Mugabe And The Martyrdom Of Zimbabwe by Peter Godwin
A journalist recounts his return to his home country of Zimbabwe during “The Fear,” a period during which dictator Robert Mugabe, refusing on concede his power after losing an election, waged a campaign of terror against his own people. By the award-winning author of When a Crocodile Eats the Sun.

The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick
The best-selling author of Chaos analyzes how information has become a defining quality of the modern era, tracing the evolutions of pivotal information technologies while profiling key contributors from Charles Babbage and Ada Byron to Samuel Morse and Claude Shannon.

Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art And Science Of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
Foer’s unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they’ve forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget: In every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories. Moonwalking with Einsteinn draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of memory, and venerable tricks of the mentalist’s trade to transform our understanding of human remembering.

My Korean Deli: Risking It All For A Convenience Store by Ben Ryder Howe
A former senior editor of The Paris Review recounts his participation in a family effort to buy and run a Korean convenience store for his in-laws, a pursuit that raised issues about work and family while he shuttled between two divergent cultural arenas. This sweet and funny tale of a preppy editor buying a Brooklyn deli with his Korean in-laws is about family, culture clash, and the quest for authentic experiences.

Otherwise Known As The Human Condition: Selected Essays And Reviews, 1989-2010 by Geoff Dyer
Geoff Dyer has earned the devotion of passionate fans on both sides of the Atlantic through his wildly inventive, romantic novels as well as several brilliant, uncategorizable works of nonfiction. All the while he has been writing some of the wittiest, most incisive criticism we have on an astonishing array of subjects—music, literature, photography, and travel journalism—that, in Dyer’s expert hands, becomes a kind of irresistible self-reportage. From the bestselling  author of Jeff In Venice, Death In Varanasi.

The Pruning Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You’ll Ever Face; Answers to Every Question You’ll Ever Ask by Lewis Hill and Penelope O’Sullivan
Pruning is essential to keeping trees, shrubs, and other plants healthy and beautiful. Not only does pruning keep plants from getting unwieldy and large, it also allows light and air to reach more branches, encourages fruit and blossom growth, removes diseased branches, and adds structural strength to plants. But many homeowners and gardeners feel overwhelmed by pruning. When is the right time to prune? How much should be removed? What’s the difference between pinching and heading back? What tools should be used? How can a homeowner ensure that pruning ultimately enhances — and doesn’t harm — the plant? For all these questions and more, The Pruning Answer Book has the answer. Written by two highly respected garden writers with years of experience in providing pruning advice, this book is sure to become a tool as essential as the pruning shears themselves.

The Social Animal: the hidden sources of love, character, and achievement by David Brooks
With unequaled insight and brio, David Brooks, the New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Bobos in Paradise, has long explored and explained the way we live. Now, with the intellectual curiosity and emotional wisdom that make his columns among the most read in the nation, Brooks turns to the building blocks of human flourishing in a multilayered, profoundly illuminating work grounded in everyday life. This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica – how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature.

Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created The OSS And Modern American Espionage by Douglas Waller
He was one of America’s most exciting and secretive generals the man Franklin Roosevelt made his top spy in World War II. A mythic figure whose legacy is still intensely debated, Wild Bill Donovan was director of the Office of Strategic Services (the country’s first national intelligence agency) and the father of today’s CIA. Donovan introduced the nation to the dark arts of covert warfare on a scale it had never seen before. Now, veteran journalist Douglas Waller has mined government and private archives throughout the United States and England, drawn on thousands of pages of recently declassified documents, and interviewed scores of Donovan’s relatives, friends, and associates to produce a riveting biography of one of the most powerful men in modern espionage.