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Outstanding Non-Fiction Books From the American Library Association, the Modern Library, and Librarians

All are owned by the Chandler Public Library Hamilton Branch

Almond, Steve. Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America. 2004. Almond's passion for candy, chocolate or otherwise, leads him to inventory the various sweetmeats he has encountered throughout his life. He attempts to visit candy factories to back up his appetite with fact, but he discovers how very secretive candy manufacturers can be. The decidedly regional nature of American candy production takes Almond to all sorts of destinations where he encounters those tastefully inventive minds who satisfy the country's sweet tooth. 338.4766415 Almond - Audiobook Available

Alronson, Marc. Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials. 2003. Acclaimed historian Aronson offers a compelling narrative about the mysteries, facts, half-truths, etc. of the Salem witch trials.133.43 Aronson

Asinof, Eliot. Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series. 1963. It's all here: the players, the scandal, the shame, and the damage the 1919 World Series caused America's national pastime. 796.357646 Asinof

Alvarez, Walter. T. Rex and the Crater of Doom. 1997. Geologist Alvarez presents the development of the impact theory of dinosaur extinction as the adventure/mystery it was. 576.84 Alvarez

Ambrose, Stephen. Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West. 1996. A chronicle of Lewis and Clark’s journey covering their incredible hardships, first encounters with Native Americans, the contributions of Sacajawea, and Lewis' post-journey depression. 978.02 Ambrose - Audiobook Available

Aronson, Marc. Art Attack: A Short Cultural History of the Avant-Garde. 1998. Discover everything you ever wanted to know about bohemians, hipsters, and the development of the world's most radical art. 700.411 Aronson

Baldwin, James. Notes of a Native Son. 1984. A collection of essays examining what it means to be a black American. 305.800973 Baldwin

Berstein, Carl. All the President’s Men. 1974. The Watergate affair. 364.132 Berstein

Bernstein, Leonard. The Joy of Music. 1959. All aspects of classical music. 780 Bernstein

Bissinger, H.G. Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, and A Dream. 1990. In 1988, Bissinger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Philadelphia Inquirer editor, left his job to spend a year with a high school sports team. The sport he picked was football, the location, the depressed West Texas oil town of Odessa, called by Larry McMurtry "the worst town on earth." Here 20,000 fans turn out regularly to watch their Permian Panthers win. Here there is no high-blown talk of playing the game well; just the raw need to win at all costs. In this atmosphere, players vomit from nervousness before each game and often play with injuries. Bissinger makes you feel the tensions of the kids, who are not just playing a game, but literally fighting for the honor of their town. 796.332 Bissinger
Blackstone, Harry, Jr. The Blackstone Book of Magic & Illusion. 1985.
A well-known magician introduces readers to the history, principles, and effects of one of an entertaining art. 793.8 Blackstone

Blais, Madeleine. In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle. 1995. Learn about the year of heart, sweat, and muscle that transformed the Amherst Lady Hurricanes basketball team into state champions. 796.323 Blais

Bloom, Allan. The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education has Failed Democracy and Impoverish the Souls of Today’s Students. 1987. 973.92 Bloom

Boorstin, Jon. Making Movies Work: Thinking Like a Filmmaker. 1996. Behind-the-scenes look at the art of filmmaking. 791.4301 Boorstin

Bradley, James. Fly Boys. 2003. The author of Flags of Our Fathers achieves considerable but not equal success in this new Pacific War-themed history. Again he approaches the conflict focused on a small group of men: nine American Navy and Marine aviators who were shot down off the Japanese-held island of Chichi Jima in February 1945. All of them were eventually executed by the Japanese; several of the guilty parties were tried and condemned as war criminals. 940.5405 Bradley - Audiobook Available

Brokaw, Tom. The Greatest Generation. 1998. Stories of men and women whose everyday lives of duty, honor, achievement, and courage gave us the world we have today. 940.5481 Brokaw

Brown, David. Inventing Modern America: From the Microwave to the Mouse. 2003. Brown introduces 35 practitioners of American ingenuity in this peppy survey, neatly profiling inventors in the fields of medicine, consumer products, transportation, energy, computing, and telecommunications. Shared traits include a preternatural attention to detail, a gift for following up on "serendipitous flashes," gumption, and the ability to withstand ridicule and ruthless competition. 609.7309 Brown

Brown, Dee. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West. 1970. There's another side of America's western expansion: the one seen through Native American eyes. 970.5 Brown

Brumberg, Joan Jacobs. The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls. 1997. The historical evolution of body perception has turned the value system of American girls inside out. 305.235 Brumberg

Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring. 1962.This landmark book gave birth to the environmental movement. 363.7384 Carson

Carter, Jimmy. Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis. 2005. President Carter turns his attention to the political arena. He is gravely concerned by recent trends in conservatism, many of which, he argues, stem from the religious right's openly political agenda. Criticizing Christian fundamentalists for their "rigidity, domination and exclusion," he suggests that their open hostility toward a range of sinners (including homosexuals and the federal judiciary) runs counter to America's legacy of democratic freedom. 306.0973 Carter – Audiobook Available

Chang, Iris. The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II. 1997. Barely a postscript in official Japanese history, the horrific rape, mutilation, torture, and murder of hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens. 951.042 Chang

Corwin, Miles. And Still We Rise: The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner-City Students. 2000. Overcrowded, underfunded Crenshaw High School has a dropout rate of almost 50%. Notorious as the setting for the movie Boyz 'n the Hood and as home base for one of L.A.'s worst gangs, Crenshaw is located in the impoverished and crime-ridden South-Central district. The struggling students whose stories Corwin adroitly interweaves face trying circumstances: some have parents on welfare, in prison or addicted to crack; many work at part- or full-time jobs; several cope with the scarring effects of abuse. Yet most minority students in Crenshaw's "gifted magnet program" manage to get As and go on to college. Corwin succeeds admirably in avoiding the cliched image of inner-city schools, with wide-eyed, altruistic teachers and menacing students. 371.95 Corwin

Crowe, Chris. Getting Away With Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case. 2003. Crowe investigates the before and after of the murder of Emmett Till, a 14 year old black youth from Chicago visiting his aunt in Mississippi, as well as the dramatic court trial and how this case provoked changes in race relations in America. 364.1523 Crowe

Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa. 1937. In this book, the author gives a true account of her life on her plantation in Kenya. 92 Dinesen

Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. 1997. Diamond contends that these three factors determined the course of world power throughout history. 303.4 Diamond- Audiobook Available

DuBois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches. 1903. Educator DuBois describes the lives and history of African American farmers. 973.0496073 DuBois

Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. 2001. The author worked as a hotel maid, waitress, cleaning woman and Wal-Wart sales clerk and from her experience and research reveals low-wage America in all its colors, struggles and strategies for survival. 305.569 Ehrenreich Audiobook Available

Ettlinger, Steve. Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How The Ingredients Found Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (yes, mined), and Manipulated Into What America Eats. 2007. From the phosphate mines in Idaho to the corn fields in Iowa, from gypsum mines in Oklahoma to the vanilla harvest in Madagascar, Twinkie, Deconstructed is a fascinating, thoroughly researched romp of a narrative that demystifies some of the most common processed food ingredients—where they come from, how they are made, how they are used—and why. Beginning at the source (hint: they’re often more closely linked to rock and petroleum than any of the four food groups), we follow each Twinkie ingredient through the process of being crushed, baked, fermented, efined,and/or reacted into a totally unrecognizable goo or powder with a strange name—all for the sake of creating a simple snack cake 641.308 Ettlin 2007 – Audiobook Available

Faludi, Susan. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women. 1991. This unflinching analysis examines the current status of American women. 305.42 Faludi

Flannery, Sarah. In Code: A Mathematical Journey. 2001. "I have no doubt that I am not a genius," writes Sarah Flannery, the 16-year-old Irish girl who won first place in the 1999 European Union Contest for Young Scientists. Nonetheless, her project about public key cryptography, the method used to transmit secure data over the Internet, created a media sensation. Until a security hole was discovered, some believed that Sarah's encryption algorithm could be worth millions, and she became an instant celebrity. Despite the advanced math discussed here, this will appeal to high school and college students because the author is a very young mathematician and does a commendable job of explaining how she got interested in such an intense science project. 510.92 Flanne

Freedman, Samuel G. Small Victories: The Real World of a Teacher, Her Students, and Their High School. 1990. How does this overcrowded, underfunded inner city school send 92% of its graduates to college? 373.11 Freedman

Freedman, Russell. In the Days of the Vaqueros: America’s First True Cowboys. 2001. Long before cattle or cowboys first appeared in the American west, men were herding livestock in Spanish Mexico. 636.213 Freedman

Friedan, Betty. The Feminine Mystique. 1963. This ignited a revolution that profoundly changed our culture, our consciousness, and our lives. 305.42 Friedan

Friedman, Thomas. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century. 2005. This brilliantly paced, articulate, and accessible explanation of today's world is an ideal title for tech-savvy teens. Friedman's thesis is that connectedness by computer is leveling the playing field, giving individuals the ability to collaborate and compete in real time on a global scale. While the author is optimistic about the future, seeing progress in every field from architecture to zoology, he is aware that terrorists are also using computers to attack the very trends that make progress plausible and reasonable. This is a smart and essential read for those who will be expected to live and work in this new global environment. 303.4833 Friedman- Audiobook Available

Gould, Stephen Jay. The Mismeasure of Man. 1981. Gould's history of the attempt to quantify intelligence could be called the "misuse of science." 153.93 Gould

Gombrich, E. H. The Story of Art. 1995. Everything from cave paintings to the experimental art of today is covered, in words and pictures. 709 Gombrich

Grogan, John. Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog. 2005. Labrador retrievers are generally considered even-tempered, calm and reliable; and then there's Marley, the subject of this delightful tribute to one Lab who doesn't fit the mold. Grogan, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and his wife, Jenny, were newly married and living in West Palm Beach when they decided that owning a dog would give them a foretaste of the parenthood they anticipated. Marley was a sweet, affectionate puppy who grew into a lovably naughty, hyperactive dog. 636.7527 Grogan – Audiobook Available

Hawking, Stephen. A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. 1988. Cosmology becomes understandable as the author discusses the origin, evolution, and fate of our universe. 523.1 Hawking – Audiobook Available

Hersch, Patricia. A Tribe Apart: A Journey into the Heart of American Adolescence. 1998. An intimate three-year journey through contemporary adolescence. 305.235 Hersch

Hersey, John. Hiroshima. 1946. Six Hiroshima survivors reflect on the aftermath of the first atomic bomb. 940.5425 Hersey

Hillenbrand, Laura. Seabiscuit: an American Legend. 2001. A fascinating account of one of the sport's most alluring icons....Seabiscuit often reads like a novel. 798.4 Hillenbrand – Audiobook Available

Humes, Edward. No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year in the Life of Juvenile Court. 1996. A tragic and heartbreaking portrait of the chaos characterizing America's juvenile justice system where, as one inmate writes, "my screams have no voice, no matter how loud I shout." 364.36 Humes

Jonas, Gerald. Dancing: The Pleasure, Power, and Art of Movement. 1992. This international survey explores dance as social, cultural, and religious expression. 792.8 Jonas

Junger, Sebastian. Fire. 2001. From the author of the Perfect Storm comes a collection of essays on a terrifying elemental force: fire- and the cast of characters that risk everything to bring those fires under control. 909.829 Junger – Audiobook Available

Junger, Sebastian. The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea. 1997. Haunting premonitions didn't save seven fisherman from the ferocious and deadly power of the sea. 974.45 Junger – Audiobook Available

Kennedy, John F. Profiles in Courage. 1956. During 1954-1955, John F. Kennedy, then a U.S. Senator, chose eight of his historical colleagues to profile for their acts of astounding integrity in the face of overwhelming opposition. 920.02 Kennedy

Katz, Jon. Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho. 2000. While promoting his book Virtuous Reality, journalist Katz was introduced to the world of "geeks," those smart, technically savvy misfits who are ostracized by their high school peers. Katz wrote in his column on the slashdot.org Web site about the isolation, exclusion and maltreatment--from dirty looks to brutal beatings--such kids routinely face. Tens of thousands of anguished e-mails confirmed his story. While the bulk of the book has broad social and educational implications (concerning the fate of bright kids who don't come from socially and educationally privileged backgrounds), it is a highly personal tale: Katz takes us inside the lives of two young men, shows us their sense of isolation, their complete absorption in the cyberworld, their distrust of authority and institutions, and their attempts to negotiate an often hostile society. He breaks through the stereotype and humanizes this outcast group of young people. 338.761004 Katz

Kingsolver, Barbara. Small Wonder. 2002. In 22 wonderfully articulate essays; Kingsolver raises her voice in praise of nature, family, literature, and the joys of everyday life while examining the genesis of war, violence and poverty in the world. 814.54 Kingsolver

Kolb, Rocky. Blind Watchers of the Sky: The People and Ideas that Shaped Our View of the Universe. 1996. Kolb delivers a witty and lively history of astronomy and cosmology. 523.1 Kolb

Kotlowitz, Alex. The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America's Dilemma. 1998. A murder mystery surrounding the death of a young black man exposes a deeply rooted racial divide. 977.411 Kotlowitz

Kozol, Jonathan. Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools. 1991. A stinging indictment of America's public school system advocates an equal distribution of per pupil funding to right the gross inequities in our current system. 371.967 Kozol

Krakauer, John. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster. 1997. A dream expedition to Everest became a nightmare. 796.522 Krakauer – Audiobook Available

Kurlansky, Mark. Salt: A World History. 2002. In his latest work, Kurlansky is in command of every facet of his topic, and he conveys his knowledge in a readable, easy style. Deftly leading readers around the world and across cultures and centuries, he takes an inexpensive, mundane item and shows how it has influenced and affected wars, cultures, governments, religions, societies, economies, cooking (there are a few recipes), and foods. 333.85632 Kurlansky – Audiobook Available

Larson, Erik. Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America. 2003. Larson's ambitious, engrossing tale of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 focuses primarily on two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect who was the driving force behind the fair, and Henry H. Holmes, a sadistic serial killer working under the cover of the busy fair. After the 1889 French Exposition Universel wowed the world with the Eiffel Tower and high attendance numbers, interest began to grow in the U.S. for a similar fair. Chicago and New York were the top contenders for the location, and in February 1890, Chicagoans were overjoyed to hear they had won the honor. 364.1523 Larson – Audiobook Available

McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. 1993. A comic book asks and answers the question of whether or not comics are a literary form. 741.5 McCloud

McCourt, Frank. Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis and Teacher Man 1996. The author recounts his childhood in Ireland and young adulthood and adulthood in Brooklyn. 92 McCourt – Audiobooks Available

McCullough, David. John Adams. 2001. The author surpasses previous biographers in depicting Adams's years at Harvard, his early public life in Boston and his role in the first Continental Congress, where he helped shape the philosophical basis for the Revolution. 92 Adams – Audiobook Available
McCullough, David. 1776. 2005. In the Pulitzer Prize–winning John Adams, McCullough provided an in-depth look at the life of America's second president; here, the author shifts his focus to the other major players of the American Revolution, providing a detailed account of the life and times of the generals and soldiers who fought for and won America's independence. 973.3 MccullAudiobook Available

Meltzer, Milton. Piracy & Plunder: A Murderous Business. 2001. Includes a history of pirates, why and how they became thieves and killers, the lives they led on sea and on land, the harm they did, and the fates they suffered. 910.45 Meltzer

Nafisi, Azar. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. 2003. Lolita in Tehran? Yes, and plenty of other Western classics, read and discussed by a group of women who met secretly with Nafisi, an instructor at the University of Tehran until she was expelled in 1997 for shunning the veil and left the country. 92 Nafisi Audiobook Available

O'Gorman, James F. ABC of Architecture. 1998. Function, structure, and beauty are the interdependent basics -- the ABC -- of architecture. 720 O’Gorman

Parkman, Francis. The Oregon Trail. 1994. A man’s account of his 1846 travels on the Oregon Trail. 978.02 Parkman

Paulos, John Allen. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences. 1988. Paulos illustrates the importance of understanding and the consequences of misunderstanding mathematical concepts in everyday life. 510 Paulos

Preston, Richard. Demon In The Freezor. 2002. On December 9, 1979, smallpox, the most deadly human virus, ceased to exist in nature. After eradication, it was confined to freezers located in just two places on earth: the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta and the Maximum Containment Laboratory in Siberia. But these final samples were not destroyed at that time, and now secret stockpiles of smallpox surely exist. 616.9105 Audiobook Available

Ralston, Aron. Between a Rock and a Hard Place. 2004. From midday Saturday, April 26, 2003, until midday Thursday, May 1, Ralston was pinned between a boulder and a canyon wall in a remote area of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. He had little food and water. No one would even wonder where he was until he didn't show up for work on Tuesday. Unable to sit, lie down, use his right arm (that was the part between the rock and the wall), or sleep, he knew right away that he was in for an excruciatingly difficult time. 92 Ralston – Audiobook Available

Ryan, Terry. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. 2001. Married to a man with violent tendencies and a severe drinking problem, Evelyn Ryan managed to keep her 10 children fed and housed during the 1950s and '60s by entering--and winning--contests for rhymed jingles and advertising slogans of 25-words-or-less. 92 Ryan
Salisbury, Gay. The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of dogs and Men in a Race Against An Epidemic. Many readers are familiar with the story of the dog Balto and the Nome, AK, diphtheria outbreak of 1925 and how 20 men and more than 200 dogs raced 674 miles against time and weather to save a community. The Salisburys provide a complete account of that feat-the first book in 40 years to do so-and, perhaps, introduce readers to two of the most crucial and courageous characters in this drama, Leonhard Seppala and his peerless lead dog, Togo. 614.5123 Salisbury – Audiobook Available

Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. 2002. What McDonaldization has done to our health, economy, and culture. 394.1 Schlosser – Audiobook Available

Sheehan, Neil. A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam. 1988. A soldier exposes the corruption undermining the American war effort in Vietnam. 959.704 Sheehan

Singh, Simon. Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem. 1997. A Princeton professor pursues a lifelong dream of solving a 350-year-old mathematical puzzle. 512.74 Singh

Sobel, Dava. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time. 1995. A self-taught eighteenth-century English clockmaker succeeds where the scientific community failed. 526.6209 Sobel

Stark, Peter. Last Breath: Limits of Adventure. 2002. Combining the adrenaline high of extreme sports with the startling facts of physiological reality, veteran travel and outdoor sports writer Peter Stark narrates a series of adventure stories in which thrill can cross the line to mortal peril. Each death or brush with death is at once a suspense story, a cautionary tale, and a medical thriller. 613.68 Stark

Strickland, Carol and John Boswell. The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History From Prehistoric to Post-Modern. 1992. From cave paintings to conceptual art, art history is demystified. 709 Strickland

Stringer, Christopher and Robin McKie. African Exodus: The Origins of Modern Humanity. 1997. The authors support the theory of a single origin of modern humanity with paleoanthropological, archaeological, and DNA evidence. 599.938 Stringer

Sullivan, Robert. Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants. 2004. Sullivan has made a hobby out of rat-watching, and has written a peculiar and fascinating book about his adventures with his own rat pack. 599.352 Sulliv

Thomas, Lewis. The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher. 1974. These essays offer an optimistic scientist's view of a wide variety of subjects. 301.3101 Thomas

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden. Essays Thoreau wrote while building a cabin and living at Walden Pond. 818.309 Thoreau
Tobin, James. Great Projects: Epic Story of the Building of America, from the Taming of the Mississippi to the Invention of the Internet. 2003. A well-written, entertaining historical and social record of how men and women tamed the elements and transformed the land on which they lived, mostly for the better. The book's thematic scope is ambitious and often encompasses discontinuous subject matter as it moves from the harnessing of water power on the Mississippi, Edison's discovery of electricity and how Samuel Insull democratized it for the masses in Chicago, to the construction of New York City's enormous waterworks and bridges, the evolution of Boston's ever-continuing "big dig" over several decades and the leap from material to virtual space with the Internet. 609.73 Tobin

Washington, Booker T. Up From Slavery. 1901. Vividly recounting Washington's life--his childhood as a slave, struggle for education, founding and presidency of the Tuskegee Institute. 92 Washington

Watson, James D. The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery and Structure of DNA. 1968. The excitement of participating in a momentous discovery and understanding how the scientific method works. 572.86 Watson

Williams, Juan. Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. 1987. From Brown v. the Board of Education to the Voting Rights Act, Williams outlines the social and political gains of African Americans. 323.40973 Williams

Wolfe, Tom. The Right Stuff. 1979. The men had it. Yeager. Conrad. Grissom. Glenn. Heroes ... the first Americans in space ... battling the Russians for control of the heavens ... putting their lives on the line. 629.1 Wolfe

Wright, Lawrence. The Looming Tower, Al-Qaeda and the Road to 911. 2006. Wright, a New Yorker writer, brings exhaustive research and delightful prose to one of the best books yet on the history of terrorism. Al-Qaeda, formed in Afghanistan in 1988 and led by Osama bin Laden, pursued a different agenda, blaming America for Islam's problems. Less wealthy than believed, bin Laden's talents lay in organization and PR, Wright asserts. Ten years later, bin Laden blew up U.S. embassies in Africa and the destroyer Cole, opening the floodgates of money and recruits. Wright's step-by-step description of these attacks reveals that planning terror is a sloppy business, leaving a trail of clues that, in the case of 9/11, raised many suspicions among individuals in the FBI, CIA and NSA. 973.931 Wright – Audiobook Available

Wright, Richard. Black Boy. 1945. Wright's unforgettable and eloquent autobiography of growing up in the South. 92 Wright – Audiobook Available

X, Malcolm. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. 1965. An autobiography of the Black Muslim leader Malcolm X. 92 X

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Atkin, S. Beth. Voices from the Streets: Young Former Gang Members Tell Their Stories. 1996. Gang members from all races and backgrounds describe why they joined, and why--and how--they left. Downtown/Sunset.

Bodanis, David. The Secret Family: Twenty-four Hours Inside the Mysterious World of Our Minds and Bodies. 1997. The unseen world around us and within our bodies is shown in vivid detail following a typical family through their day. Downtown

Copland, Aaron. What to Listen For in Music. 1939. The composer provides a basic intro to the mysteries of musical composition and music appreciation. Downtown

Cumming, Robert. Annotated Art. 1995. Art masterpieces are made understandable through the exploration of some of the world's greatest paintings. Basha/Downtown/Sunset

Day, David. The Search for King Arthur. 1995. Discover through magnificent illustrations and romantic retellings what is fact and what is legend about this fifth-century hero. Sunset

Dorris, Michael. The Broken Cord. 1989. The persistent physical and emotional problems of his adopted son baffled the author until he learned the condition had a name: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Downtown.

Edelman, Marion Wright. The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours. 1992. A child advocate shares her Thoughts on values, raising families, and the future of our country. Downtown.

Finn, David. How to Look at Sculpture: Text and Photographs. 1989. To understand sculpture, you have to know what to look for. Downtown.

Ford, Michael Thomas. The Voices of AIDS: Twelve Unforgettable People Talk About How AIDS Has Changed Their Lives. 1995. Individuals whose AIDS experiences have been catalysts for making a difference share their stories. Sunset.

Fouts, Roger. Next of Kin: What Chimpanzees Have Taught Me About Who We Are. 1997. Describing his career of communicating with chimpanzees, Fouts explains evolutionary, genetic, and emotional bonds with our next of kin. Downtown/Sunset.

Garfunkel, Trudy. On Wings of Joy: The Story of Ballet from the 16th Century to Today. 1994. Fascinating history, dancers, choreographers, and stories. Downtown.

Hubbell, Sue. A Country Year: Living the Questions. 1986. A former wife and librarian observes her natural surroundings during a year spent as a beekeeper on a beautiful Ozark farm. Downtown.

Penn, W. S., editor. The Telling of the World: Native American Stories and Art. 1996. Traditional and contemporary legends, stories, and art from many tribes explain our world and its lifeforms. Downtown.

Petroski, Henry. Invention by Design: How Engineers Get From Thought to Thing. 1996. Using examples from paper clips to monumental bridges, Petroski shows how engineering work. Downtown.

Pipher, Mary. Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls. 1994. Pipher looks at societal "girl poisoning" and the emotional and psychological havoc it wreaks on the lives of young women. Sunset.

Regis, Ed. Virus Ground Zero: Stalking the Killer Viruses with the Centers for Disease Control. 1996. The history of the CDC is told through the handling of the Ebola outbreak in Zaire. Downtown.

Simon, David and Edward Burns. The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood. 1997. Crack owns this corner and infects the lives of all those within reach. Downtown.

Taplin, Oliver. Greek Fire. 1990. Taplin explores the continuing impact of ancient Greece on the modern world. Downtown.

Tolstikov, Vladimir. The Gold of Troy: Searching for Homer’s Fabled City. 1996. Catalog of an exhibition of "Priam's Treasure" held in Apr. 1996 at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. Downtown.

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