New Non-Fiction Books

Bing Crosby : Swinging on a Star - The War Years, 1940-1946/ Gary Giddins cover
"Bing Crosby dominated American popular culture in a way that few artists ever have. From the dizzy era of Prohibition through the dark days of the Second World War, he was a desperate nation's most beloved entertainer. But he was more than just a charismatic crooner: Bing Crosby redefined the very foundations of modern music, from the way it was recorded to the way it was orchestrated and performed. In this much-anticipated follow-up to the universally acclaimed first volume, NBCC Winner and preeminent cultural critic Gary Giddins now focuses on Crosby's most memorable period, the war years and the origin story of White Christmas. Set against the backdrop of a Europe on the brink of collapse, this groundbreaking work traces Crosby's skyrocketing career as he fully inhabits a new era of American entertainment and culture. While he would go on to reshape both popular music and cinema more comprehensively than any other artist, Crosby's legacy would be forever intertwined with his impact on the home front, a unifying voice for a nation at war. Over a decade in the making and drawing on hundreds of interviews and unprecedented access to numerous archives, Giddins brings Bing Crosby, his work, and his world to vivid life--firmly reclaiming Crosby's central role in American cultural history." -- book jacket.
Living with the gods : on beliefs and peoples / Neil MacGregor. cover
"Until fairly recently, religion as a major influence on the nature of individual societies around the world seemed to be on the wane. Now, far from being marginalized, the relationship between faith and society has moved to the center of politics and global conversation. Neil MacGregor's new book traces the ways in which different societies have understood and articulated their places in the cosmic scheme. It examines mankind's beliefs not from the perspective of institutional religions but according to how shared narratives have shaped societies--and what happens when different narratives run up against each other. As he did in A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany: Memories of a Nation, MacGregor brilliantly combines objects, places, and ideas to examine and, ultimately, illuminate these pressing contemporary concerns"-- Provided by publisher.
I am dynamite! : a life of Nietzsche / Sue Prideaux. cover
"A biography of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche"-- Provided by publisher.
Ernest Hemingway : artifacts from a life/ Hemingway collection at the John F. Kennedy Library ; edited with an introduction by Michael Katakis ; foreword by Patrick Hemingway ; afterword by Sean He... cover
"Beautifully designed, intimate and illuminating, this is the story of American icon Ernest Hemingway's life through the documents, photographs, and miscellany he kept, compiled by the steward of the Hemingway estate and featuring contributions by his son and grandson.//For many people, Ernest Hemingway remains more a compilation of myths than a person: soldier, sportsman, lover, expat, and of course, writer. But the actual life underneath these various legends remains elusive; what did he look like as a laughing child or young soldier? What did he say in his most personal letters? How did the train tickets he held on his way from France to Spain or across the American Midwest transform him, and what kind of notes, for future stories or otherwise, did he take on these journeys?//Ernest Hemingway: Artifacts from a Life answers these questions, and many others. Edited and with an introduction by the manager of the Hemingway estate, featuring a foreword by Hemingways son Patrick and an afterword by his grandson Seán, this rich and illuminating book tells the story of a major American icon through the objects he touched, the moments he saw, the thoughts he had every day. Featuring over four hundred dazzling images from every stage and facet of Hemingways life, many of them never previously published, this volume is a portrait unlike any other. From photos of Hemingway running with the bulls in Spain to candid letters he wrote to his wives and his publishers, it is a one-of-a-kind, stunning tribute to one of the most titanic figures in literature." -- provided by publisher
Lose well / Chris Gethard. cover
"A laugh-out-loud, kick-in-the-pants self-help narrative for anyone who ever felt like they didn't fit in or couldn't catch a break--comedian and cult hero Chris Gethard shows us how to get over our fear of failure and start living life on our own terms"-- Provided by publisher.
Hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos and margaritas / Steve Burggraf, Guillaume Pagliano, Alexandre Auriac & Elsa Launay. cover
"With more than 100 recipes, from quick and easy to classic to more gourmet fare, including some more unusual ingredients, this book brings all of your fast-food favorites together in one place (alongside some awesome accompaniments like fries, coleslaw, mash, and milk shakes)making it the perfect companion for casual weekends and entertaining friends (or just yourself, if youre feeling greedy). The hot dogs chapter features a range of recipes including pork & fried onion, chipolata & potato salad, beef sausage and Stilton, and chorizo, queso freso, and guacamole. In the burger chapter, youll find recipes for the essentials like buns and how to master the perfect patty, before moving on to classics such as a bacon cheeseburger, blue cheese, and southern fried chicken, as well as burgers that take inspiration from all over the world, including an Irish burger, English burger, Spanish burger, and a spicy Indian burger that pairs beautifully with a crisp lager. The tacos and margaritas chapters contain all of the popular tacos such as carnitas, roast chicken, carne asada, chorizo and potato, ceviche, and baja fish as well as all of the tequila-spiked cocktail recipes you need to turn your feast into a fiesta."--Amazon.
A forever family : fostering change one child at a time / Rob Scheer with Jon Sternfeld. cover
"In the tradition of The Promise of a Pencil and Kisses from Katie comes an inspirational memoir by the founder of Comfort Cases about his turbulent childhood in the foster care system and the countless obstacles and discrimination he endured in adopting his four children"-- Provided by publisher.
The formula : the universal laws of success / Albert-László Barabási. cover
In an examination of the scientific principles behind success, a leading researcher reveals the surprising ways to turn achievement into success.