New Non-Fiction Books

Colour palettes in home decoration / Jessica Chen. cover
Colour palette in home decoration' has become a special domain for designers in response to the increasingly higher demand for colour aesthetics of the public. The book looks into dozens of well-designed projects, showcasing the colour design principles and applications in different contexts in home design.
Tahini and turmeric : 101 Middle Eastern classics-made irresistibly vegan / by Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox. cover
"Cofounders of MayIHaveThatRecipe.com share 101 inventive vegan Middle Eastern recipes. Add a dash of Spain, a chunk of Lebanon, a splash of Israel, and a hint of America. Blend until smooth and voila! You may end up with a well-mixed identity crisis, but happily you'll get Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox, amazingly creative and food-mad sisters raised in Barcelona by Syrian-Lebanese Jewish parents. Since moving to the United States about twenty years ago, they have successfully married comforting Middle Eastern flavors with new healthy ingredients. Their site Mayihavethatrecipe.com features their award-winning recipes, gorgeous food photography, and receives over 110,000 page views a month. In their debut cookbook, Cohen and Fox interpret 101 Middle Eastern dishes in an irresistible--and easy--collection of vegan recipes, creating tempting, healthy dishes that take readers and eaters beyond the conventional and recognizable Middle Eastern staples of baba ghanoush and baklava. Instead, they offer modern, lighter dishes bursting with flavor. Covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between--and complete with tips on cooking staples and an introduction to some newer ingredients to keep in your pantry--these recipes are perfect for the health-conscious cook who loves the flavors of the Middle East. Written by experienced recipe developers and bloggers, the recipes are free of time-consuming or complicated techniques and are meant to be served on busy weeknights and during casual gatherings with friends. With simple tricks, like substituting spring roll wrappers or pita bread for from-scratch dough, they've made it easy to prepare delicious, exotic food without an all-day affair in the kitchen"-- Provided by publisher.
Green escapes : the guide to secret urban gardens / Toby Musgrave. cover
An insider's guide to the world's greatest 'secret' gardens, green spaces, and pocket parks tucked away in cities around the globe. Cities everywhere are graced with charming but little-known, off-the-beaten-track gardens and green spaces, offering urbanites in the know a chance to immerse themselves in nature. These often small, well-kept secrets are not as grand as those on the tourist trail but are equally delightful and rewarding to visit, if you know where to find them. 'Green Escapes' is the revelatory insider's guide to these secret gems. Each of them open to the public, the gardens range from pocket parks, courtyards, and rooftop terraces, to community gardens and more.
Become an American ninja warrior : the ultimate insider's guide / the experts and competitors of American Ninja Warrior. cover
"Published to coincide with the show's tenth anniversary, an official behind-the-scenes guide shares stories from its hosts, creators, and top contestants on how American ninja warriors train on the show's legendary obstacle courses."--Publisher's description.
Energy : a human history / Richard Rhodes. cover
"Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author Richard Rhodes reveals the fascinating history behind energy transitions over time--wood to coal to oil to electricity and beyond. People have lived and died, businesses have prospered and failed, and nations have risen to world power and declined, all over energy challenges. Ultimately, the history of these challenges tells the story of humanity itself. ... Human beings have confronted the problem of how to draw life from raw material since the beginning of time. Each invention, each discovery, each adaptation brought further challenges, and through such transformations, we arrived at where we are today. In Rhodes's singular style, Energy details how this knowledge of our history can inform our way tomorrow."--Amazon.
Tots! : 50 tot-ally awesome recipes from totchos to sweet po-tot-o pie / Dan Whalen, creator of The food in my beard. cover
"It's a fact: Americans love tots, and last year consumed 3.5 billion of them. And not just at home. From fast-food joints to high-end restaurants, chefs are joining the tot trend, serving exotically spiced tots or fun mash-ups like Totchos, with tots replacing the corn chips in nachos. But now, prepare for TOT-al domination! Created by mad-genius food blogger Dan Whalen, Tots! elevates the friendly little tater to its place in the culinary spotlight. This irresistible cookbook with a nubby tot-texture on the cover offers 50 delicious, playful, and surprising recipes for snacks, appetizers, inspired main dishes, and inspired sides, even desserts. (Yes, you could create an entire tot-centric dinner.) Here are party dishes like Buffalo Tots and Tot Poutine. A Tot Caesar for an elegant starter. Tots for breakfast, like Tots Benedict and a Tot Shakshuka, and tots for dinner--Moules Tots, Chicken Tot Pie, Tater Tot Pizza, and Bibimtot. Side dishes--next Thanksgiving, try Sausage and Tot Stuffing. And for sweets lovers, Tot Churros (deep-fried and dipped in chocolate ganache), Apple Tot Crumble (that crispy salty tot topping really plays off the warm sweet apples), and Tot S'mores--a heavenly melt of a dish. Every recipe uses frozen commercial tots--but Dan Whalen also shows die-hard tot lovers how to make tots from scratch and then alter their creations with different spices (think Tots Vindaloo) and sauces. It's TOT-ally awesome"-- Provided by publisher.
Inside Iran : the real history and politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran / Medea Benjamin. cover
In 1979, the Iranian Revolution brought a full-scale theocracy to the 80 million inhabitants of the Middle East's second largest country, with. The rule of the ayatollahs opened the door to Islamic fundamentalism. In the decades since, bitter relations have persisted between the U.S. and Iran. Yet how is it that Iran has become the primary target of American antagonism over nations like Saudi Arabia, whose appalling human rights violations fail to depose it as one of America's closest allies in the Middle East? In the first general-audience book on the subject, Medea Benjamin elucidates the mystery behind this complex relationship, recounting the country's history from the pre-colonial period to its emergence as the one nation Democrats and Republicans alike can unite in denouncing. Benjamin has traveled several times to Iran, and uses her firsthand experiences with politicians, activists, and everyday citizens to provide a deeper understanding of the complexities of Iranian society. Tackling common misconceptions about Iran's system of government, its religiosity, and its citizens' way of life, Benjamin makes short work of the inflammatory rhetoric surrounding U.S.-Iranian relations, and presents a realistic and hopeful case for the two nations' future.
The hacked world order : how nations fight, trade, maneuver, and manipulate in the digital age / Adam Segal. cover
"For more than three hundred years, the world wrestled with conflicts that arose between nation-states. Nation-states wielded military force, financial pressure, and diplomatic persuasion to create "world order." Even after the end of the Cold War, the elements comprising world order remained essentially unchanged. But 2012 marked a transformation in geopolitics and the tactics of both the established powers and smaller entities looking to challenge the international community. That year, the US government revealed its involvement in Operation "Olympic Games," a mission aimed at disrupting the Iranian nuclear program through cyberattacks; Russia and China conducted massive cyber-espionage operations; and the world split over the governance of the Internet. Cyberspace became a battlefield. Cyber conflict is hard to track, often delivered by proxies, and has outcomes that are hard to gauge. It demands that the rules of engagement be completely reworked and all the old niceties of diplomacy be recast. Many of the critical resources of statecraft are now in the hands of the private sector, giant technology companies in particular. In this new world order, cybersecurity expert Adam Segal reveals, power has been well and truly hacked"-- Provided by publisher.
Tailspin : the people and forces behind America's fifty-year fall--and those fighting to reverse it / Steven Brill. cover
"From the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of America's Bitter Pill: a tour de force examination of 1) how and why major American institutions no longer serve us as they should, causing a deep rift between the vulnerable majority and the protected few, and 2) how some individuals and organizations are laying the foundation for real, lasting change. In this revelatory narrative covering the years 1967 to 2017, Steven Brill gives us a stunningly cogent picture of the broken system at the heart of our society. He shows us how, over the last half-century, America's core values--meritocracy, innovation, due process, free speech, and even democracy itself--have somehow managed to power its decline into dysfunction. They have isolated our best and brightest, whose positions at the top have never been more secure or more remote. The result has been an erosion of responsibility and accountability, an epidemic of shortsightedness, an increasingly hollow economic and political center, and millions of Americans gripped by apathy and hopelessness. By examining the people and forces behind the rise of big-money lobbying, legal and financial engineering, the demise of private-sector unions, and a hamstrung bureaucracy, Brill answers the question on everyone's mind: How did we end up this way? Finally, he introduces us to those working quietly and effectively to repair the damages. At once a diagnosis of our national ills, a history of their development, and a prescription for a brighter future, Tailspin is a work of riveting journalism--and a welcome antidote to political despair"-- Provided by publisher.
When Einstein walked with Gödel : excursions to the edge of thought / Jim Holt. cover
"A collection of essays on philosophy, mathematics, and science, and the people who pursue them"-- Provided by publisher.
Tip of the iceberg : my 3,000-mile journey around wild Alaska, the last great American frontier / Mark Adams. cover
Recounts the author's effort to retrace the historic 1899 Harriman Expedition around Alaska by using the state's public ferry system, and discusses how the lessons learned on the 1899 journey relate to Alaska's current environmental situation.
Promise of the Grand Canyon : John Wesley Powell's perilous journey and his vision for the American West / John F. Ross. cover
"When John Wesley Powell became the first person to navigate the entire Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon, he completed what Lewis and Clark had begun nearly 70 years earlier--the final exploration of continental America. The son of an abolitionist preacher, a Civil War hero (who lost an arm at Shiloh), and a passionate naturalist and geologist, in 1869 Powell tackled the vast and dangerous gorge carved by the Colorado River and known today (thanks to Powell) as the Grand Canyon." Powell was a scientist, bureaucrat, and land-management pioneer. "He began a national conversation about sustainable development when most everyone else still looked upon land as an inexhaustible resource. Though he supported irrigation and dams, his prescient warnings forecast the 1930s dust bowl and the growing water scarcities of today. Practical, yet visionary, Powell didn't have all the answers, but was first to ask the right questions."
She has her mother's laugh : the powers, perversions, and potential of heredity / Carl Zimmer. cover
Presents a history of the human understanding of heredity and how it has shaped society, chronicling the transitions brought about by genetic research and making predictions about how evolving understandings are likely to impact the future.
Ruthless tide : the heroes and villains of the Johnstown flood, America's astonishing gilded age disaster / Al Roker. cover
Presents a narrative history of the 1889 Johnstown Flood to chronicle key events, the damage that rendered the flood one of America's worst disasters, and the pivotal contributions of key figures, from dam engineer John Parke to American Red Cross founder Clara Barton.
Arne & Carlos favorite designs : greatest hits and new inspirations / [Arne Nerjordet, Carlos Zachrison] ; photography: Ragnar Hartvig. cover
"Across 15 years and 7 uniquely beautiful instructional books, Arne & Carlos have built their brand, from breakout phenomenon to reliable supplier of creative inspiration. Now they've gathered the "best of the best"--70 of their favorite techniques and patterns, including balls, dolls, birds, slippers, sweaters, scarves, mittens and more--in a sourcebook that has something for everyone. Arne & Carlos not only share their greatest hits in fresh and exciting ways, they also provide 15 brand-new projects, for 85 masterful designs in total."--Page [4] of cover.
The easy heart healthy cookbook for slow cookers : 130 prep-and-go low-sodium recipes/ Nicole R Morrissey. cover
To maintain a low-sodium diet, you need a heart healthy cookbook with recipes that are simple, quick, and convenient to fit into your everyday routine. The Easy Heart Healthy Cookbook for Slow Cookers makes low-sodium meals easier than ever with prep-and-go recipes for your slow cooker. Prep meals in 15 minutes or less―with no additional steps―and discover how simple it is to fit low-sodium meals into your schedule.
The Truly healthy vegetarian cookbook: hearty plant-based recipes for every type of eater / Elizabeth Thomson, photography by H︠e︡lene Dujardin. cover
"Over 100 deliciously easy vegetarian recipes that are actually good for you...certified health coach Elizabeth Thomson didn't always follow the healthy vegetarian lifestyle that she does today. LIke many Americans, Liz once believed that going "meatless" was healthy enough. Without much cooking experience, she relied on convenience meals like mac 'n' cheese, french fries, and pizza - all of which were vegetarian but not nutritious. Today, the voice of the popular blog 'I Heart Vegetables' has reformed her unhealthy habits, and is dedicated to helping others do the same. In 'The Truly Healthy Vegetarian Cookbook,' Liz presents vegetarian meals that are easy, delicious, and above all, good for you..." from back cover.
Apple cider vinegar handbook : remedies for natural living / Amy Leigh Mercree. cover
"Natural, popular, and inexpensive, apple cider vinegar is the latest health trend. Learn more about its powers with this attractive and easy-to-use illustrated guide--complete with recipes! We all know that apple cider vinegar is a useful addition to the pantry and a tasty ingredient in cooking. But it can do more than just add flavor. With the potential to cure an upset stomach, treat a sore throat, aid weight loss, and more, apple cider vinegar is one of today's handiest all-natural remedies. The Apple Cider Vinegar Handbook shows you why this inexpensive liquid is a must-have in your home and how to use it to achieve optimum health"-- Provided by publisher.
What the eyes don't see : a story of crisis, resistance, and hope in an American city / Mona Hanna-Attisha. cover
"The dramatic story of the signature environmental disaster of our time and an inspiring tale of scientific resistance by a relentless physician who stood up to power. Flint was already a troubled city in 2014 when the state of Michigan--in the name of austerity--shifted the source of its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Soon after, citizens began complaining about the water that flowed from their taps--but officials rebuffed them, insisting that the water was fine. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at the city's public hospital, took state officials at their word and encouraged the parents and children in her care to continue drinking the water--after all, it was American tap water, blessed with the state's seal of approval. But a conversation at a cookout with an old friend, leaked documents from a rogue environmental inspector, and the activism of a concerned mother raised red flags about lead--a neurotoxin whose irreversible effects fall most heavily on children. Even as circumstantial evidence mounted and protests grew, Dr. Mona knew that the only thing that could stop the lead poisoning was undeniable proof--and that to get it, she'd have to enter the fight of her life. What the Eyes Don't See is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona--accompanied by an idiosyncratic team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders--proved that Flint's kids were exposed to lead and then fought her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, this book shows how misguided austerity policies, the withdrawal of democratic government, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself--an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family's activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice. What the Eyes Don't See is a riveting, beautifully rendered account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their--and all of our--children."--Dust jacket.
Quench : beat fatigue, drop weight, and heal your body through the new science of optimum hydration / Dana Cohen, MD and Gina Bria. cover
"Chronic headaches...brain fog...fatigue...weight gain...insomnia...gut pain...autoimmune conditions. We may think these and other all-too-common modern maladies are due to gluten intake or too much sugar or too little exercise. But there is another missing piece to the health puzzle: Proper hydration. Yes, even in this era of Poland Spring many of us are dehydrated due to moisture lacking diets, artificial environments, medications, and over-dependence on water as our only source of hydration. For this reason, that new diet or exercise plan may fail because our body doesn't have enough moisture to support it. Quench presents a wellness routine that can reverse all of that, based on breakthrough new science in the field of hydration. Readers will be surprised to learn that drinking too much water can flush out vital nutrients and electrolytes. Here is where "gel water" comes in: the water from plants (like cucumber, berries, aloe), which our bodies are designed to truly absorb right down to the cellular level. In fact, Ms. Bria's work as an anthropologist led her to the realization that desert people stay hydrated almost exclusively from what they eat, including gel plants like cactus. Based on groundbreaking science from the University of Washington's Pollack Water Lab and other research, Quench offers a five-day jump start plan: hydrating meal plans and the heart of the program, smoothies and elixirs using the most hydrating and nutrient-packed plants. Another unique feature of their approach is micro-movements-small, simple movements you can make a few times a day that will move water through your fascia, the connective tissue responsible for hydrating our bodies. You will experience more energy, focus, and better digestion within five days...then move onto the lifetime plan for continued improvements, even elimination of symptoms"-- Provided by publisher.