New June Nonfiction

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New Life, No Instructions: A MemoirNew Life, No Instructions by Gail Caldwell

By Gail Caldwell

Summary:  Pulitizer Prize winner Gail Caldwell pens a memoir on how seemingly faint winds can blow us wildly off course; on how spending time with a beloved animal can benefit our basic humanity; and on what it means to overcome, at middle age, a multitude of blows. Caldwell had contracted polio as a child, and as she matured it reduced her walk to a painful limp. When a new doctor said she needed a hip replacement– and that her leg could be lengthened– she no longer saw her body in decline and realized she could live pain free. She describes how the resulting rehabilitation opened up a world of understanding, possibility, and connection.

Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight with Michelle BurfordFinding Me: A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings

By Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford

Summary:  Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world. Barely out of her own tumultuous childhood, Michelle was estranged from her family and fighting for custody of her young son when she disappeared. Local police believed she had run away, so they removed her from the missing persons lists fifteen months after she vanished. Castro tormented her with these facts, reminding her that no one was looking for her, that the outside world had forgotten her. But Michelle would not be broken. In Finding Me, Michelle will reveal the heartbreaking details of her story, including the thoughts and prayers that helped her find courage to endure her unimaginable circumstances and now build a life worth living. By sharing both her past and her efforts to create a future, Michelle becomes a voice for the voiceless and a powerful symbol of hope for the thousands of children and young adults who go missing every year.

Struck By Genius: How a Brain Injury Make Me a Mathematical MarvelStruck by Geneius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel by Jason Padgett

By Jason Padgett

Summary:  The remarkable story of an ordinary man who was transformed when a traumatic injury left him with an extraordinary gift No one sees the world as Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, numbers call to mind distinct geometric shapes, and intricate fractal patterns emerge from the movement of tree branches, revealing the intrinsic mathematical designs hidden in the objects around us. Yet Padgett wasn’t born this way. Twelve years ago, he had never made it past pre-algebra. But a violent mugging forever altered the way his brain works, giving him unique gifts. His ability to understand math and physics skyrocketed, and he developed the astonishing ability to draw the complex geometric shapes he saw everywhere. His stunning, mathematically precise artwork illustrates his intuitive understanding of complex mathematics. The first documented case of acquired savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia, Padgett is a medical marvel. Struck by Genius recounts how he overcame huge setbacks and embraced his new mind. Along the way he fell in love, found joy in numbers, and spent plenty of time having his head examined. Like Born on a Blue Day and My Stroke of Insight , his singular story reveals the wondrous potential of the human brain.

A Fork in the Road: Tales of Food, Pleasure & Discovery on the Road by James OselandA Fork in the Road: Tales of Food, Pleasure & Discovery on the Road

By James Oseland

Summary:  Join us at the table for this 34-course banquet of original stories from food-obsessed writers and chefs sharing their life-changing food experiences. The dubious joy of a Twinkie, the hunger-sauced rhapsody of fish heads, the grand celebration of an Indian wedding feast; the things we eat and the people we eat with remain powerful signposts in our memories, long after the plates have been cleared. Tuck in, and bon appetit! Featuring tales from: James Oseland, Giles Coren, Curtis Stone, Annabel Langbein, Neil Perry, Tamasin Day-Lewis, Jay Rayner, Madhur Jaffrey, Michael Pollan, Francine Prose and more.

Talent Intelligence: What You Need to Know to Identify and Measure Talent by Nik Kinley and Shlomo Ben-HurTalent Intelligence: What You Need to Know to Identify and Measure Talent

By Nik Kinley and Shlomo Ben-Hur

Summary:  The challenge with most companies′ talent intelligence is that it is just not that intelligent. Having good talent intelligence-an accurate understanding of the skills, expertise, and qualities of people-is essential for the people decisions that all businesses make. Yet despite its vital importance, most organizations appear to be failing at this critical task. The reason lies in talent measurement : how companies produce their talent intelligence and then use it. Written by Nik Kinley and Shlomo Ben-Hur-two experts in the field-this book draws on the latest research to show how businesses can transform the value and impact of their talent intelligence to make sure they get the right people in the right roles. When that happens, all their talent management and development activities are built on an accurate understanding of the talent available to them. Filled with illustrative examples, the book shows how to overcome the stumbling blocks that stand in the way of successful talent intelligence and reveals step-by-step what organizations need to measure, how they can best do so, and how they can successfully implement measurement and use the results. As the authors explain, knowing what methods and tools to use is just part of the challenge: the bigger issue for many firms is ensuring they know how to use them and make the best use of the intelligence they provide.

The TAB Guide to DIY Welding: Hands-on Projects for Hobbyists, Handymen, and Artists by Jackson MorleyThe TAB Guide to DIY Welding: Hands-on Projects for Hobbyists, Handymen, and Artists

By Jackson Morley

Summary:  A practical guide with step-by-step instructions and hands-on projects for newcomers to metalwork and MIG welding The TAB Guide to DIY Welding shows you how to get started with MIG welding and metalworking. Inside, you’ll find illustrated step-by-step instructions for making useful objects for around the home, as well as fun artistic projects. This easy-to-follow book takes you through setting up a metalworking studio, finding local resources for materials, and the safe operation of metal studio tools. Everything you need to know about MIG welding is here in one handy resource. You’ll learn what steel is made of and the principles behind electrical welding. Then you’ll learn how to acquire new steel, how to interface with steel suppliers,and how to find your own salvaged steel. After the basic principles of metalworking, hand and power tools are covered–and they’re put to use through hands-on projects that allow you to develop new welding skills and establish building blocks for future tasks. By the end of the book, you’ll be able to create successful metal projects on your own, like a pro! Illustrated instructions with photos and drawings provide step-by-step procedures and clear explanations Projects include useful items for around your home and garden, including a log holder, plant stands and tables, a rolling garden cart, and a barbeque grill Easy-to-follow examples and explanations for beginning artists, DIYers, and hobbyists Expert advice from an experienced teacher of MIG welding courses Course supplement for classroom and shop instruction A list of online and local resources to help beginning metalworkers access a metalworking community.

Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects into Stuff You Love by Blair StockerWise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects into Stuff You Love

By Blair Stocker

Summary:  Wise Craft is a guide to the homemade life, turning old things into special new objects that enhance the home. Based on the popular blog of the same name, this guide focuses on creating a homemade atmosphere that reflects your family, without spending a fortune. Instead of throwing away old shirts and boring dishes, or passing up thrift store finds that aren’t quite right, author Blair Stocker teaches how to remake, adding special touches to make them work for her home-and yours . The book is divided into four seasonal chapters, with designs that reflect different holidays and the changing seasons, allowing you to update your home according to the weather outside. Many projects are portable or perfect to do during a family movie night, making the Wise Craft lifestyle an easy one to attain.Sixty projects include May Day cones and recycled floral mirror frames-perfect for a teenager’s room-plus throw pillow updates, a picnic blanket made from a pile of men’s shirts, spooky Halloween dishes, advent calendars, and recycled gift jars. Beautiful photography and illustrations make each project a snap, no matter your crafting background.

The Penland Book of Glass: Master Classes in Flamework TechniquesThe Penland Book of Glass: Master Classes in Flamework Technique

Summary:  Classes in flamework-glass techniques are presented by ten leading contemporary artists who have taught at the renowned Penland School of Crafts. These skilled masters offer revelatory essays that are paired with gorgeous galleries of work and fantastic photographic step-by-steps that teach specific skills.

The Book fo Card Games: The Complete Rules to the Classics, Family Favorites, and Forgotten Games by Nikki KatzThe Book of Card Games: The Complete Rules to the Classics, Family Favorites, and Forgotten Games

By Nikki Katz

Summary:  Your Favorite Card Games, All in One Place! Now you can enjoy all the games you’ve always loved–and find new favorites–with The Book of Card Games . From bridge and pitch to war and whist, this timeless collection outlines the rules to more than fifty classic games and a number of entertaining variations. You can reference the exact rules for gin rummy or try a new spin on the game-night staple with Manipulation Rummy. Why not switch it up on the poker table and go all in during a round of Anaconda, Football, or Omaha? You can even have fun on your own with solitary games like Free Cell and Monte Carlo. The Book of Card Games stacks the deck in your favor for hours of entertaining fun with family and friends!

Contents:  Where do card games come from? — All Fours — Baccarat — Bezique — Blackjack — Brag — Bridge — Calypso — Canasta — Clock — Crazy Eights — Cribbage — Euchre — Fan Tan — Fifty-Two — Free Cell — Go Fish — Golf — Hearts — I Doubt It — Klaverjas — La Belle Lucie — Marjapussi — Memory — Michigan — Montana — Monte Carlo — Oh Hell! — Old Maid — Patience/Klondike — Pinochle — Piquet — Poker — President — Push — P’yanitsa — Pyramid — Red Dog — Rook — Rummy — Scopone Scientifico — Sheepshead — Skat — Slap Jack — Spades — Speed — Spider — Spit in the Ocean — Spite and Malice — Spoons — Tablanette — The Game of 727 — The Game of Twos — War — Whist — Wild Widow — Yukon — Zheng Fen.

World War I: The Definitive Visual History: From Sarajevo to Versailles by R. G. GrantWorld War I: The Definitive Visual History: From Sarajevo to Versailles

By R. G. Grant

Summary:  2014 marks the centennial of the start of World War I — DK will mark the occasion with the publication of World War I: The Definitive Visual Guide , a vividly illustrated, in-depth account of the Great War. Written by historian R. G. Grant, and created by DK’s award-winning editorial and design team, World War I charts the developments of the war from a global perspective. Using illustrated timelines, detailed maps, and personal accounts, readers will see the oft-studied war in a new light. Key episodes are set clearly in the wider context of the conflict, in-depth profiles look at the key generals and political leaders, and full-color photo galleries showcase the weapons, inventions, and new technologies that altered the course of history. A vivid portrait of the confrontation on land, sea, and sky, World War I: The Definitive Visual Guide offers readers a bold and thoughtful new look at this complex and explosive moment in history.

Brando's Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work by Susan L. MizruchiBrando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work

By Susan L. Mizruchi

Summary:  When people think about Marlon Brando they think of the movie star; the hunk; the scandals. Susan L. Mizruchifinds the Brando others have missed: the man who collected four thousand books; the man who rewrote scripts,trimming his lines to make them sharper; the man who consciously used his body and employed the objects around him to create believable characters; the man who used his fame to foster Indian and civil rights. From Brando’s letters, audiotapes,and annotated screenplays and books–many never before available–Mizruchi gives us a complex person whose intelligence belies the high-school dropout. She shows how Brando’s embrace of foreign cultures and outsiders led to brilliant performances in unusual roles–a gay man, an Asian,and a German soldier–to foster empathy on a global scale and to test himself. In portraying a fuller Brando, Mizruchi portrays an even more fascinating man.

 

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