New Non-Fiction Books

Infinite succulent : miniature living art to keep or share / Rachael Cohen ; photographs by Marie Monforte. cover
"From blue-green to purple and pink, flower-shaped to squat and spiky or tall and fuzzy, the variety, versatility, and low-maintenance care of succulents makes them go-to plants for home gardeners. Here, succulent stylist Rachael Cohen shows that these traits also make succulents the ideal material for living art. Tiny, jewel-like succulents can be clipped and replanted in infinite combinations, and unlike cut flowers, they thrive in these arrangements. When planted in corks, they become charming living magnets; when placed in seashells, they are a delightful reminder of a day at the beach. Succulents can also grow nestled in moss, creating an opportunity for even more creativity: arrange them atop mini pumpkins or adorn a headband or a tiny wreath."-- Provided by publisher.
Battle against HIV/AIDS : a look back at the first decades of the Santa Clara county experience / Ken Yeager. cover
"The LGBTQ community has made great strides toward civil rights and in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Today does not feel like it did in the 1980s and 90s. It's important to recognize that the decades prior to our recent advancements were ones of hardship and devastating loss of life." -- Introduction.
Zero waste : simple life hacks to drastically reduce your trash / Shia Su. cover
We have a worldwide trash epidemic. The average American disposes of 4.4 pounds of garbage per day, and our landfills hold 254 million tons of waste. What if there were a simple and fun way for you to make a difference? What if you could take charge of your own waste, reduce your carbon footprint, and make an individual impact on an already fragile environment? A zero waste lifestyle is the answer and Shia Su is living it. Every single piece of unrecyclable garbage Shia has produced in one year fits into a mason jar and if it seems overwhelming, it isn't! In Zero Waste, Shia demystifies and simplifies the zero waste lifestyle for the beginner, sharing practical advice, quick solutions, and tips and tricks that will make trash-free living fun and meaningful. Learn how to: Build your own zero waste kit. Prepare real food the lazy way. Make your own DIY household cleaners and toiletries. Be zero waste even in the bathroom! And more! Be part of the solution! Implement these small changes at your own pace, and restructure your life to one of sustainable living for your community, your health, and the earth that sustains you.
Romance of the rails : why the passenger trains we love are not the transportation we need / Randal O'Toole. cover
American transportation has undergone many technological revolutions: from sailing ships to steam ships; from passenger trains and urban rail transit to airplanes and automobiles. Normally, the government has allowed and even encouraged these revolutions, but for some reason the federal government is spending billions of dollars trying to preserve and build obsolete rail transit and passenger train lines, including high-speed trains that cost more but are less than half as fast as flying. O'Toole asks why passenger trains have been singled out -- and whether this policy makes sense. -- adapted from jacket
Tao classic of longevity and immortality : sacred wisdom and practical techniques / Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha. cover
"An essential guide to achieving health, balance, joy, peace and more by applying ancient spiritual wisdom in an all-encompassing practical technique for one's entire being and entire life"-- Provided by publisher.
The book of help : a memoir in remedies / Megan Griswold. cover
"Traces one woman's lifelong quest for love, connection, and peace of mind. A heartbreakingly vulnerable and tragically funny memoir in remedies, Megan Griswold's narrative spans four decades and six continents--from the glaciers of Patagonia and the psychotropics of Brazil to academia, the IVy League, and the study of Eastern medicine"--Jacket.
Unicorns, dragons and more : fantasy amigurumi. cover
This book includes crochet designs submitted to the annual design contest at
Thread folk : a modern makers book of embroidery projects and artistic collaborations / Libby Moore. cover
"This book features fifteen original and artist-inspired embroidery designs for experienced and novice stitchers alike. Author and fiber artist Libby Moore introduces vibrant patterns, fresh themes, and darling designs that elevate embroidery to appeal to the modern maker. From hoop designs to adorning clothing, cushions, and more, Moore's chic patterns bring a playful edge to embroidery. Along with unique original patterns, Moore also reveals exciting collaborations with other artists, including clothing designer Audrey Smit, and illustrators Alli Koch and Lauren Merrick."-- provided by publisher.
Sue Stratford's knitted aviary : a flock of 21 beautiful birds to knit / Sue Stratford. cover
This delightful book from best-selling author and knitting designer Sue Stratford provides patterns for 21 charming birds for you to knit. Using simple techniques and basic stitches, you'll be amazed at how quickly and easily you can create your own flock of characterful knitted birds. Whether you choose a seagull, puffin, flamingo, bullfinch or parakeet, your bird will take on a personality all of its own and no sooner will you finish one than you'll want to start on another little feathered friend to keep it company. As well as the birds themselves, there are ideas for how to display them, and at the end of the book are instructions for a hanging nest, a felt nest box, branches, flowers and leaves, in addition to all the templates you need to make them.--Provided by publisher
An embroidery book of stitch craft : simple stitches & peculiar patterns / Gayla Partridge ; [photography by Thomas Pomeroy]. cover
Step inside a world of arcane imagery and rich esoteric symbolism in Stitchcraft: An Embroidery Book of Simple Stitches and Peculiar Patterns. Author Gayla Partridge draws upon her knowledge of phrenology, anatomy, floral design, and Ouija to create deeply imaginative embroidery art. Through extraordinary, stylized photography and detailed close-ups of her designs, readers learn about Partridge's sources of inspiration, technique, and modern twists on an age-old craft. From the anatomy of snakes to bountiful bouquets, from Dia de Los Muertos to a threaded Virgin Mary, readers will be inspired to follow Partridge's exclusive designs, and to create their own. The intricate pieces in Stitchcraft are entirely achievable with basic embroidery stitches and easy-to-follow instructions, enchanting embroidery beginners and experts alike. --from Amazon.
Sew + quilt : techniques and projects for hand-stitching + patchwork, a beginner's guide / Susan Beal. cover
In sew + quilt, Susan Beal provides clear, step-by-step instructions for 4 fundamental hand-stitching techniques and 4 foundational quilt blocks as the foundation for learning how to use hand-stitching as an embellishment to add texture and color to quilt projects. Each fundamental technique includes a small project as a learning tool, followed by 12 more-generous yet accessible patchwork projects that build on the basics. A mix of traditional and modern patterns for both smaller, faster quilts and larger quilts. Step-by-step instruction, with lots of illustrations and photos, plus tips and advice on everything a quilter needs to experience the joy of making something beautiful and personal.