New Non-Fiction Books

All that you leave behind : a memoir / Erin Lee Carr. cover
"A celebrated journalist, bestselling author, and recovering addict, David Carr was in the prime of his career when he collapsed in the newsroom of The New York Times in 2015. Shattered by his death, his daughter Erin Lee Carr, an up-and-coming documentary filmmaker at age twenty-seven, began combing through the entirety of their shared correspondence--1,936 items in total. What started as an exercise in grief quickly grew into an active investigation: Did her father's writings contain the answers to the questions of how to move forward in life and work without your biggest champion by your side? How could she fill the space left behind by a man who had come to embody journalistic integrity, rigor, and hard reporting, whose mentorship meant everything not just to her, but to the many who served alongside him? In All That You Leave Behind, David Carr's legacy is a lens through which Erin comes to understand her own workplace missteps, existential crises, relationship fails, and toxic relationship with alcohol. Featuring photographs and emails from the author's personal collection, this coming-of-age memoir unpacks the complex relationship between a daughter and her father, their mutual addictions and challenges with sobriety, and the powerful sense of work and family that comes to define them"-- Provided by publisher.
African Americans of San Jose and Santa Clara County / Jan Batiste Adkins ; foreword by Dr. Steven Millner. cover
"The rich history of people of African heritage in the Santa Clara Valley began as early as 1777, and in the 1800s, a lively black community took root. By the Great Migration in the 1900s, neighborhoods in San Jose, Palo Alto, and Santa Clara became home to many African Americans from Southern and Midwest states who were seeking new opportunites. By the 1960s, African Americans found jobs in the emerging technology industry, at Ford Motor Company, and in public service agencies. African Americans pursued degrees at San Jose State College (SJSC), the University of Santa Clara, Stanford University, and community colleges located in the Santa Clara Valley. SJSC's athletic programs opened the door for student athletes, while Dr. Harry Edwards, John Carlos, and Tommy Smith took on civil rights challenges. The complicated history of the black community throughtout Santa Clara County has mirrored the nation's slow progress towards social and economic success. This progress is captured in the presented images chronicling individual stories of political struggle, success, and triumph."--Provided by publisher
The energy codes : the 7-step system to awaken your spirit, heal your body, and live your best life / Dr. Sue Morter ; foreword by Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD. cover
"Transform your life with this revolutionary and accessible seven-step guide--grounded in energy medicine, neurobiology, and quantum physics--to awaken your true health and potential through energy healing"-- Provided by publisher.
The cost of these dreams : sports stories and other serious business / Wright Thompson, ESPN the magazine senior writer. cover
"Whether it be Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods or Pat Riley or Urban Meyer, Wright Thompson strips the away the self-serving myths and fantasies to reveal his characters in full. There are fascinating common denominators: it may not be the case that every single great performer or coach had a complex relationship with his father, but it can sure seem that way. And there is much marvelous local knowledge: about specific sports, and times and places, and people. Ludicrously entertaining and often powerfully moving, The Cost of These Dreams is an ode to the reporter's art, and a celebration of true greatness and the high price that it exacts"-- Provided by publisher.
#Imomsohard / Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley. cover
Has it been months since you've read a book with actual adult words that had nothing to do with farm animals or superheroes or going potty? Well then, it's time to take a break. Pour yourself some wine. Put on your comfy pants. Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley invite you to join their laugh-out-loud, best friend banter on the eighty bajillion ways moms give their all every day.-- Adapted from dust jacket flap.
This life : secular faith and spiritual freedom / Martin Hagglund. cover
"A profound, original, and accessible book that argues that a faith not in God or eternal life, but in the finite, temporal life we lead here on earth is one that gives that life far greater depth of meaning. A manifesto for a truly secular faith that speaks eloquently to both believers and agnostics alike. The philosopher and critic Martin H©Þgglund believes that we need a new way of thinking about faith. In contrast to the traditional religious faith in eternity, he proposes a secular faith in the valueof living in time. He argues that the concept of an eternal heaven actually renders our mortal life meaningless since it assumes that our ultimate aims should be to escape it. Engaging writers and thinkers as diverse as C. S. Lewis, Kierkegaard, St. Augustine, Nietzsche, Martin Luther, and even Karl Ove Knausgaard, H©Þgglund provides not only a critique of religious ideals, but also a positive, alternative understanding of the beliefs and values that can motivate us to live lives of meaning in the here and now"-- Provided by publisher.
Tao te ching (Daodejing) : The tao and the power / Lao-tzu (Laozi) ; translated with an introduction and commentary by John Minford. cover
"The most translated book in the world after the Bible, the Tao Te Ching, or "Book of the Way," is a guide to cultivating a life of peace, serenity, and compassion. Through aphorisms and parable, it leads readers toward the Tao, or the "Way": harmony withthe life force of the universe. Traditionally attributed to Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher who was a contemporary of Confucius, it is the essential text of Taoism, one of the three great religions of ancient China. As one of the world's great works of wisdom literature, it still has much to teach us today, offering a practical model based on modesty and self-restraint for living a balanced existence and for opening your mind, freeing your thoughts, and attaining enlightenment and self-awareness. With itsemphasis on calm, simplicity, purity, and non-action, it provides a time-tested refuge from the busyness of modern life. This new translation seeks to understand the Tao Te Ching as a guide to everyday living and encourages a slow, meditative reading experience. The Tao Te Ching's eighty-one brief chapters are accompanied by illuminating commentary, interpretation, poems, and testimonials by the likes of Margaret Mead, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. Specially commissioned calligraphy for morethan two hundred Chinese characters illustrates the book's essential themes"-- Provided by publisher.
Only a thought away : keeping in touch with your loved ones in spirit / by Patrick Mathews. cover
"Every day, your loved ones in spirit are with you, helping and guiding you in the miraculous ways that only spirits can. This amazing book teaches you how to make powerful connections with them and explore the subtle and not-so-subtle signs they send you. Bestselling author Patrick Mathews proves that despite seeming so far away, your deceased loved ones are much closer than you think. Sharing stories and experiences he's gained as a medium, Patrick explains that there are different boundaries between you and those in spirit, but that won't stop you from continuing your relationship with them. You'll also gain a deeper understanding of how the grieving process works and find answers to the most common questions about the afterlife. Only a Thought Away makes it clear that you, just like Patrick, are in touch with Heaven." -- Provided by publisher.
Choosing to be a medium : experience & share the healing wonder of spirit communication / Sharon Farber. cover
"Experience the wonder of spirit communication first hand--even if you don't think you were born a medium. Sharon Farber shares her amazing story of becoming a medium through study, not birthright, and she reveals how you can become one, too. This easy-to-use, empowering book provides everything needed to lay your foundation for connecting with loved ones in spirit. Build your skills through practical techniques and hands-on exercises. Explore the different types of mediumship, what it is and isn't, and its roots in Spiritualism. Learn how to gather information from those you connect with in spirit and how to overcome common fears and challenges. Featuring insights from Q & A sessions with various mediums, along with many ways to enhance your abilities--including setting intention, raising your vibration, trance work, meditation, and grounding--Choosing to Be a Medium demonstrates that anyone can connect with spirits on the other side."--Amazon.com.
Where Buddhism meets neuroscience : conversations with the Dalai Lama on the spiritual and scientific views of our minds / edited by Zara Houshmand, Robert B. Livingston, and B. Alan Wallace ; with... cover
"Organized by the Mind and Life Institute, this discussion addresses some of the most troublesome questions that have driven a wedge between Western science and religion. Where Buddhism Meets Neuroscience resulted from meetings of the Dalai Lama and a group of eminent neuroscientists and psychiatrists. Is the mind an ephemeral side effect of the brain's physical processes? Are there forms of consciousness so subtle that science has not yet identified them? How does consciousness happen? The Dalai Lama's incisive, open-minded approach both challenges and offers inspiration to Western scientists. The book consists primarily of dialogue and intense, frank conversations between the Dalai Lama and participants. Questions of perception, dualism, categories of consciousness, memory, dreams, the nature of mental illness, and the mind during and after death are all explored"-- Provided by publisher.
Walking meditation : easy steps to mindfulness / Nguyen Anh-Huong & Thich Nhat Hanh. cover
"With [this book], you will discover a serene spiritual practice that will help you walk with presence and peace of mind, whether in the stillness of nature or on a bustling sidewalk in the city. Now including online access to complementary audio and video guided mediations, Walking Meditation features esteemed Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh along with one of his principal students, Nguen Anh-Huong, as they illuminate the central tenets of this powerful art."--Page 2 of cover.
Start where you are : a guide to compassionate living / Pema Chodron. cover
An American Buddhist nun explains how to become compassionate and fearless by accepting the pain in individual lives in their present state through the study of fifty-nine traditional Tibetan Buddhist sayings.
Perfecting patience : Buddhist techniques to overcome anger / The Dalai Lama ; translated by Thupten Jinpa. cover
"All the world's major religions emphasize the importance of the practice of love, compassion, and tolerance. This is particularly true in the Buddhist traditions, which unanimously state that compassion and love are the foundation of all paths of practice. To cultivate the potential for compassion and love inherent within us, it is crucial to counteract their opposing forces of anger and hatred. In this book, the Dalai Lama shows how through the practice of patience and tolerance we can overcome the obstacles of anger and hatred. He bases his discussion on A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life, the classic work on the activities of bodhisattvas--those who aspire to attain full enlightenment in order to benefit all beings"-- Provided by publisher.