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New Non-Fiction Books at Steele August 3, 2016

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reclaiming“Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age,” by Sherry Turkle was technically published in October, 2015, but is a well reviewed book that I feel is worth mentioning.   This author proclaims that while we are constantly communicating by digital means and always plugged into our technical devices, our personal face- to-face communication is being neglected. Even our personal moments of solitude have been invaded. And it is this personal kind of communication and self-reflection that helps humanize our society, the traits that help us in our personal lives as well as our business lives. This book is a great reminder to help us balance technology in our everyday lives.

grunt-cover“Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War,” by Mary Roach explores how our soldiers combat the behind the scenes obstacles such as heat exhaustion, panic, noise and introduces the reader to the scientists who seek to conquer them. In her unique style, the author approaches this subject with scientific facts and humor. Library Journal and Booklist gave this book Starred reviews and Amazon ranked it Best Book of June 2016. This book should not be missed!

“Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul,” by Clara Bingham is a captivating oral history recording the turbulent events of 1969-1970. As the ’60s drew to a close, America was dealing with social and political upheaval, and this book weaves together the voices and stories from this era. It is admittedly a long book, but one that is both thought provoking and discussion worthy.

Connie Ogilvie, Librarian
Chemung County Library District

Stop by to browse new non-fiction at Steele April 24, 2015

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sparepartsNew non-fiction books are always fun to browse, and this month is no exception.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson is an incredibly detailed narrative of a well known event of World War I, the German attack on and the sinking of the Lusitania.

100 Years of Brodies With Hal Roach: the Jaunty Journeys of a Hollywood Motion Picture and Television Pioneer by Craig Calman is a book featuring the illustrious film career of the legendary film producer Hal Roach, famous for Laurel and Hardy , Our Gang Comedies, Topper, Of Mice and Men, and television series such as My Little Margie and the Gale Storm Show: Oh Susanna!.

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner brings to life the story of the Underground Railroad .

The Handy Investing Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci is a question and answer guide to investing. This book explains the differences in various investment instruments, clarifies concepts and definitions, and introduces investment strategies.

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis is a story about four Mexican American students who come together and build a robot out of scavenged parts, and win the “Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2004). But the story also involves tails of immigration laws and the triumphs and tribulations for these four boys before and after the competition.

Self-improvement in 2015 February 23, 2015

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Anxiety BustersWhenever a New Year approaches we all tend to look towards declaring resolutions, making changes in our lives, and embarking on new paths. Even though 2015 has already rolled in, I see the Winter Blues as a perfect motivation for seeking these new paths to self-improvement.
On that note there are several New non-fiction books that I would like to share with you.

“10 Best Anxiety Busters: Simple Strategies to Take Control of Your Worry,” by Wehrenberg, Margaret. In ten simple techniques this guide describes effective remedies for worry and anxiety.

“The 20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Vision Into Reality,” by McGraw, Phil. Dr. Phil discusses the reasons diets fail and identifies 20 key foods that will help you get beyond the failures and help you lose weight.

“Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-Minute Tips For De-Cluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life,” by Smallin, Donna. This book presents a manageable and simple approach to organizing and de-cluttering your home.

Connie Ogilvie, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

From pop culture to historical oddities, our new non-fiction books have some interesting subjects to appeal to all! December 12, 2014

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glamourgidgets“Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door: Television’s Iconic Women from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s” by Herbie J. Pilato. This book is a celebration of the wonderful women of television that many of us grew up with. A fact filled book that tells these women’s stories, and praises their talents; as well as a resource book for those interested in Television Industry history.

“Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé” by Bob Stanley. This book is an entertaining summary of pop music traced through familiar songs and musicians. It is an informative and humorous telling of the history of this music genre.

“Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show” by Dave Berg. This book was written by Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” co-producer of 18 years. It is an entertaining and insightful account of Jay Leno and the making of the “Tonight Show.” It tells the story of the antics, humor and strategies behind the scenes of America’s leading late night TV show.

“Dreamers and Deceivers: True Stories of the Heroes and Villains Who Made America” by Glenn Beck. This book tells the untold story of familiar characters from history, including entrepreneurs, frauds, and charlatans. Once again Glenn Beck peaks our interest in this new series on history.

Connie Ogilvie, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

New Biographies at Steele Memorial Library November 5, 2014

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Maeve BinchyA biography is a detailed account of a person’s life experiences, while an autobiography is written by the person themselves. If you are not familiar with our collection, the Chemung County Library District has a significant collection of biographies and autobiographies. While our library collection is a great resource for school assignments, it also can be an enriching experience to savor the detailed story of an interesting actor, politician, scientist or anyone you might admire. For the month of November, I am featuring several new biographies that have recently been added to our collection.

“Maeve Binchy: The Biography” by Piers Dudgeon. A comprehensive and uplifting biography of the much-loved Irish write that shows her life story was reflected in her books.

“Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter” by Randall Balmer. – “Balmer explores the paradoxes of a man balancing faith and ideals against the pragmatics of politics and the evangelical tide that favored him and later turned so vehemently against him.” Booklist Starred Review

“Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life” by Peter Ackroyd. a well-written portrait of the beloved film star, portraying the story of a gifted and complicated personality.

“Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin” by David Ritz. A powerful portrait of one of the greatest musical talents, portrays the hardships and triumphs of her life story.

“John Wayne: The Life and Legend” by Scott Eyman. An entertaining portrait of an American movie icon, skillfully traced from his early childhood through his amazing Hollywood career.

Connie Ogilvie, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

New Non-Fiction at Central (Steele) – July 2014 July 16, 2014

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Elmira Reformatory“Elmira Reformatory” by William G. Hinkle

“The 3-Day Reset: Restore Your Cravings for Healthy Foods in Three Easy, Empowering Days” by Pooja Motti

“My Salinger Year” by Joanna Rakoff

“The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting” by Alfie Kohn

“Not to Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites From a Lifetime of Film” by Kenneth Turan

“Shape Up Sisters!: What it Took for My Town in One of America’s Fattest and Poorest States to Lose 15,000 Pounds” by Linda Fondren

Sit With Less Pain: Gentle Yoga for Meditators and Everyone Else” by Jean Erlbaum

“You Can Begin Again: No Matter What, It’s Never Too Late” by Joyce Meyer

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