New Non-Fiction Books

201 knitting motifs, blocks, projects & ideas / Nicki Trench. cover
In this directory, Nicki Trench presents 150 knitting blocks and motifs, plus 51 patterns. This superb resource starts with 30 basic stitches, including garter and stocking stitch and more.
Jefferson's daughters : three sisters, white and black, in a young America / Catherine Kerrison. cover
A portrait of the divergent lives of Thomas Jefferson's three daughters reveals how his white daughters struggled with the realities of lives they were ill-prepared to manage, while the daughter he fathered with a slave did not achieve freedom until adulthood.
The subtle art of not giving a fuck : a counterintuitive approach to living a good life / Mark Manson. cover
"In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. For decades, we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Mason doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is--a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up. Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited--"not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault." Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop runningand avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek. There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives"-- Provided by publisher.
Practical monitoring : effective strategies for the real world / Mike Julian. cover
"Practical Monitoring covers essential topics including: monitoring antipatterns, principles of monitoring design, how to build an effective on-call rotation, getting metrics and logs out of your application."-- Provided by publisher
Easy garden projects : 200+ simple ideas for your yard, garden & home. cover
"Everyone could use a little greenery in their lives! Easy Garden Projects features 200+ creative garden projects of all skill levels and styles to help you liven up your home and yard. Country Gardens magazine celebrates the spirit and romance of gardening as a lifestyle, with an emphasis on a less formal, more personal aesthetic. With its simple tutorials that anyone can do to enhance their space, Easy Garden Projects appeals to a wide swath of gardeners. Whether it's a homemade faux-stone planter filled with succulents or a potting bench made from reclaimed wood, each design features a finished-project photo and step-by-step instructions to guide you on your gardening path. The look and feel of the book reflects the breezy, rustic, and organic style of the Country Gardens brand. No matter where you live and garden, Easy Garden Projects features fun ways to spend a weekend or just a few hours making something beautiful."--provided by Amazon.com.
Everything happens for a reason : and other lies I've loved / Kate Bowler. cover
"A divinity professor and young mother with a Stage IV cancer diagnosis explores the pain and joy of living without certainty. Thirty-five-year-old Kate Bowler was a professor at the school of divinity at Duke, and had finally had a baby with her childhood sweetheart after years of trying, when she began to feel jabbing pains in her stomach. She lost thirty pounds, chugged antacid, and visited doctors for three months before she was finally diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. As she navigates the aftermath of her diagnosis, Kate pulls the reader deeply into her life, which is populated with a colorful, often hilarious collection of friends, pastors, parents, and doctors, and shares her laser-sharp reflections on faith, friendship, love, and death. She wonders why suffering makes her feel like a loser and explores the burden of positivity. Trying to relish the time she still has with her son and husband, she realizes she must change her habit of skipping to the end and planning the next move. A historian of the "American prosperity gospel"--the creed of the mega-churches that promises believers a cure for tragedy, if they just want it badly enough--Bowler finds that, in the wake of her diagnosis, she craves these same "outrageous certainties." She wants to know why it's so hard to surrender control over that which you have no control. She contends with the terrifying fact that, even for her husband and child, she is not the lynchpin of existence, and that even without her, life will go on. On the page, Kate Bowler is warm, witty, and ruthless, and, like Paul Kalanithi, one of the talented, courageous few who can articulate the grief she feels as she contemplates her own mortality"-- Provided by publisher.
Brickwork projects for patio & garden : designs, instructions and 16 easy-to-build projects / Alan & Gill Bridgewater. cover
"From the decorative to the practical, Brickwork Projects for Patio & Garden offers a range of projects for all levels of expertise. Sixteen original projects range from a simple garden wall to a beautiful raised herringbone patio. Each project has been photographed step-by-step during construction and the finished piece is shown in its garden setting. Clear construction diagrams and concise text accompany every project. A comprehensive techniques section provides expert advice and information on designing, planning, tools, materials, foundations, concrete, mortar and cutting and laying brick. This attractive and accessible DIY book is full of ideas for creating practical garden features using this simple and traditional material"--Amazon.com.
Grow your own HRT : sprout hormone-rich greens in only two minutes a day / Sally J. Duffell. cover
"Feeling menopausal and need some help? Did you know you can grow your own HRT? Sprouted foods are one of the world’s richest sources of plant hormones and not only the densest form of nutrients on the planet but also easy to digest. As we evolved on plant hormones, we have receptors in our cells looking for them and it supports our systems to get them back into our diets. "Grow Your Own HRT" shows the scientific proof of why some women menopause without problem and how you can become one of them. You find detailed instructions on how to grow hormone-rich plants on your windowsill in just two minutes a day. In addition, the author details how to self-diagnose, how much to take and which sprouts to grow for which symptoms. This book shows scientific proof that sprouted foods contain • Plant oestrogens • Plant progesterone • Plant sterols • Natural detoxifying nutrients. Plus all the studies on how sprouted foods help * Menopause symptoms * Cancer * heart disease * osteoporosis * dementia * diabetes * autism. Say no to expensive supplements, changing your whole diet and synthetic hormones. Grow your own HRT the way nature intended - it's quick, cheap and natural - you have nothing to lose." --Publisher description.
Green : a pocket guide to pot / written by Dan Michaels ; photographs by Erik Christiansen. cover
Addressing a generation of pot smokers living at a time when over half of America has legalized medical marijuana, this quick reference edition of the successful Green delivers the planet's best bud photography. Organized alphabetically, each of the 150 strains features a gorgeous bud shot plus a breezy description of the bud and its essential stats (lineage, flavor, high, and medicinal uses). Updated with more popular strains as well as new live plant and microscopic bud photography, this edition of Green will be the go-to strain guide for recreational and medicinal users alike.
Sister of darkness : the chronicles of a modern exorcist / R.H. Stavis with Sarah Durand. cover
A non-denominational exorcist shares the story of her work wrestling hostile entities from infected souls, in an account that also offers insights into how pain and trauma can make people vulnerable to energy-draining negative forces.
The Star Wars cookbook : BB Ate : awaken to the force of breakfast and brunch / by Lara Starr ; photography by Matthew Carden. cover
Awaken your inner Force with 29 intergalactic breakfast recipes. Fuel up with Hans Soloatmeal, battle hunger with Admiral Ackbars, and so much more! These easy-to-make, mouthwatering recipes feature characters and scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And photographs featuring Star Wars figurines re-creating epic moments from the films provide an extra helping of humor.
Animal quilts : 12 paper piecing patterns for stunning animal quilts designs / Juliet van der Heijden. cover
"Create incredible quilts for your home with this collection of foundation paper-pieced quilt patterns featuring 12 different animals. Learn how to create realistic representations of your favorite animals and birds in stunning paper-pieced quilt blocks. This unique collection of 12 contemporary quilt patterns includes a tiger, butterfly, swan, owl, peacock and polar bear as well as many more. There are instructions to show how to resize the quilt blocks if you want to make them larger, as well as instructions for how to add borders to increase the size of the overall quilt. Juliet also explains how the fabric choice can really alter the overall effect of the quilt patterns to create very different results, and she encourages you to have fun and adapt the quilt patterns through your own choice of fabrics. There are step-by-step instructions showing Juliet's foundation paper-piecing techniques and a handy CD with all the pattern pieces ready to print out."--provided by publisher.
The longevity code : secrets to living well for longer from the front lines of science / Kris Verburgh. cover
"A leading proponent of a bold new approach to slowing aging details the fast-developing science of longevityand the steps we can takeat any ageto live well for longer." -- From Amazon.com summary.
The line becomes a river / Francisco Cantú. cover
""A beautiful, fiercely honest, and nevertheless deeply empathetic look at those who police the border and the migrants who risk - and lose - their lives crossing it. In a time of often ill-informed or downright deceitful political rhetoric, this book is an invaluable corrective."--Phil Klay For Francisco Cantú the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River makes urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line"-- Provided by publisher.