New Non-Fiction Books

Why veterans run : military service in American presidential elections, 1789-2016 / Jeremy M. Teigen. cover
The assumptions that military service helps candidates attract votes - while lacking it harms a candidate's chances - has been an article of faith since the electoral coronation of George Washington in 1789. Perhaps the most compelling fact driving the perception that military service helps win votes is the large number of veterans who have held public office. Some candidates even exaggerate their military service to persuade voters. However, sufficient counter-examples undermine the idea that military veterans enjoy an advantage when seeking political office. In Why Veterans Run, Jeremy Teigenexplains the tendency of parties to elevate those with armed forces experience to run for high office. He describes the veteran candidate phenomenon by examining the related factors and patterns, showing why different eras have more former generals running and why the number of veterans in election cycles varies. With both quantitative and qualitative analysis, Why Veterans Run investigates each postwar era in U.S. electoral history and elaborates why so many veterans run for office. Teigen also reveals how election outcomes with veteran candidates illuminate the relationship between the military and civilian spheres as well as the preferences of the American electorate.
Your baby skin to skin : learn to trust your baby's instincts in the first year / Rachel Fitz-Desorgher. cover
"A baby's instincts are not learned and can never be wrong. Why, then, do we feel the need to work against our newborns - and try to teach them how to be a baby? Sounds crazy doesn't it? Experienced midwife Rachel Fitz-Desorgher helps you understand your baby, and teaches you to stop fighting against their inbuilt reflexes and instinctive cuse. Instead, she uncovers the reasons babies act the way they do, which will produce many 'lightbulb' moments of recognition even in the most sleep-deprived parent."--Publisher's description.
Everything you love will burn : inside the rebirth of white nationalism in America / Vegas Tenold. cover
Reveals how white supremacist and nationalist groups rose in influence to achieve political support at the highest levels of government, examining the transformation of once-small groups into threatening mainstream organizations.
Enlightenment now : the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress / Steven Pinker. cover
An assessment of the human condition in the twenty-first century presents data demonstrating that life quality, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise throughout the world because of the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.
Hippie food : how back-to-the-landers, longhairs, and revolutionaries changed the way we eat / Jonathan Kauffman. cover
An enlightening narrative history-an entertaining fusion of Tom Wolfe and Michael Pollan-that traces the colorful origins of once unconventional foods and the diverse fringe movements, charismatic gurus, and counterculture elements that brought them to the mainstream and created a distinctly American cuisine. Food writer Jonathan Kauffman journeys back more than half a century-to the 1960s and 1970s-to tell the story of how a coterie of unusual men and women embraced an alternative lifestyle that would ultimately change how modern Americans eat. Impeccably researched, Hippie Food chronicles how the longhairs, revolutionaries, and back-to-the-landers rejected the square establishment of President Richard Nixon's America and turned to a more idealistic and wholesome communal way of life and food. From the mystical rock-and-roll cult known as the Source Family and its legendary vegetarian restaurant in Hollywood to the Diggers' brown bread in the Summer of Love to the rise of the co-op and the origins of the organic food craze, Kauffman reveals how today's quotidian whole-foods staples-including sprouts, tofu, yogurt, brown rice, and whole-grain bread-were introduced and eventually became part of our diets. From coast to coast, through Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Vermont, Kauffman tracks hippie food's journey from niche oddity to a cuisine that hit every corner of this country. A slick mix of gonzo playfulness, evocative detail, skillful pacing, and elegant writing, Hippie Food is a lively, engaging, and informative read that deepens our understanding of our culture and our lives today.
All the pieces matter : the inside story of The wire / by Jonathan Abrams. cover
"The definitive oral history of the iconic and beloved TV show The Wire, as told by the actors, writers, directors, and others involved in its creation. Since its final episode aired in 2008, HBO's acclaimed crime drama The Wire has only become more popular and influential. The issues it tackled, from the failures of the drug war and criminal justice system to systemic bias in law enforcement and other social institutions, have become more urgent and central to the national conversation. The show's actors, such as Idris Elba, Dominic West, and Michael B. Jordan, have gone on to become major stars. Its creators and writers, including David Simon and Richard Price, have developed dedicated cult followings of their own. Universities use the show to teach everything from film theory to criminal justice to sociology. Politicians and activists reference it when discussing policy. When critics compile lists of the Greatest TV Shows of All Time, The Wire routinely takes the top spot. It is arguably one of the great works of art America has produced in the 20th century. But while there has been a great deal of critical analysis of the show and its themes, until now there has never been a definitive, behind-the-scenes take on how it came to be made. With unparalleled access to all the key actors and writers involved in its creation, Jonathan Abrams tells the astonishing, compelling, and complete account of The Wire, from its inception and creation through its end and powerful legacy"-- Provided by publisher.
The food therapist : bad habits, eat with intention, and indulge without worry / Shira Lenchewski, MS, RD. cover
"Media darling and registered dietitian Shira Lenchewski helps readers improve their relationship with food, conquer cravings, and feel their best. If you asked people to post a status update on their relationship with food, most would say "It's Complicated." We aspire to eat healthfully, but find ourselves making hasty food choices driven by stress and convenience. Or we treat ourselves to a decadent dessert, but feel so guilty we don't even enjoy it. The truth is we can't make good food decisions if we don't examine our relationship with food. In THE FOOD THERAPIST, Shira Lenchewski reveals the root causes of our emotional hang-ups around food, and provides tools to help us plan ahead wisely, conquer cravings without deprivation, and recognize our fullness signals. THE FOOD THERAPIST will help us create a truly positive relationship with food to lose weight, feel great, and finally make peace with our bodies and the scale"-- Provided by publisher.
Black fortunes : the story of the first six African Americans who escaped slavery and became millionaires / Shomari Wills. cover
"The astonishing untold history of America's first black millionaires - former slaves who endured incredible challenges to amass and maintain their wealth for a century, from the Jacksonian period to the Roaring Twenties - self-made entrepreneurs whose unknown success mirrored that of American business heroes such as Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, and Thomas Edison. Between the years of 1830 and 1927, as the last generation of blacks born into slavery was reaching maturity, a small group of smart, tenacious, and daring men and women broke new ground to attain the highest levels of financial success."--Amazon.com
Roland G. Henin : certified master chef : 50 years of mentoring great American chefs / Susan Crowther ; foreword by Thomas Keller ; afterwoed by Raimund Hofmeister, CMC. cover
"Certified Master Chef Roland G. Henin has been our nation's top culinary mentor for the past fifty years, training such prestigious chefs as Chef Thomas Keller of French Laundry and Per Se and Certified Master Chef Ron DeSantis. For the first time, his story is being told--from his own perspective and through the lens of some of America's most prominent chefs. Read about how Certified Master Chef Rich Rosendale was inspired by Henin to turn a decommissioned nuclear bunker into a training kitchen. Discover Thomas Keller's motivation for becoming a chef--a philosophy he learned from Henin. This fascinating memoir includes more than fifty interviews from mentees and colleagues who were shaped in some way by Chef Henin. Full of humorous anecdotes and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the elite culinary world, this is a rare and fascinating look at the life and legacy of a culinary genius. Chef Henin was among the first European chefs to cross the Atlantic and bring classical cuisine to American culture. Pioneering chefs like Roland Henin and Jean-Jacques Rachou were subversive radicals of their Old World. You won't be disappointed by this unique memoir. As Chef Henin says, If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right."--Publisher description.
This narrow space : a pediatric oncologist, his Jewish, Muslim, and Christian patients, and a hospital in Jerusalem / Elisha Waldman. cover
"A memoir both bittersweet and inspiring by an American pediatric oncologist who spent seven years in Jerusalem taking care of Israeli and Palestinian children with one tragic thing in common--a diagnosis of pediatric cancer"-- Provided by publisher.
Without precedent : John Marshall and his times / Joel Richard Paul. cover
A portrait of the influential chief justice, statesman, and diplomat illuminates his pivotal role in the establishment of the Constitution and Supreme Court and recounts his work as an advisor to multiple presidents.
The food explorer : the true adventures of the globe-trotting botanist who transformed what America eats / Daniel Stone. cover
Documents the adventures and legacy of nineteenth-century botanist and food explorer David Fairchild to reveal the stories of how diverse crops ranging from avocadoes and mangoes to seedless grapes and pomegranates were introduced to America from faraway cultures.