Friday, November 21, 2014

New Books on the Shelves

With Thanksgiving break just around the corner, and the bitter bite of winter settling in like a houseguest, now is a great time to drop by the library to browse our selection of new books. Whether you're looking for the latest in YA fiction or a hefty IT manual to curl up with over a cup of hot chocolate, we've got it. Looking for suggestions? We’ve got those too.

If the upcoming holiday has you dreaming of home-grown kale and locally-produced, pasture-raised turkey, explore the future of good food in The Third Plate by Dan Barber. Cindy Burke guides readers through the often confusing world of organic, conventional, local and sustainable foods in To Buy or Not to Buy Organic. History and food intersect in The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food by Lizzie Collingham, and Karen Le Billon discusses the benefits of "eating French" (including a cure for picky eaters!) in French Kids Eat Everything.

If Le Billion’s book inspires you to delve further into French history and culture, check out Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne, which covers everything from Caesar to de Gaulle, and Twilight of the Belle Epoque by Mary McAuliffe, which explores Paris and the artists, musicians, writers and scientists who lived there at the turn of the twentieth century.

Interested in delving into the lives and ideas of great philosophers? We’ve expanded our collection of the Very Short Introduction series so you can do just that. Read up on everything from Agnosticism and Humanism to Schopenhauer and Spinoza.
If you don’t have any particular subject in mind and are just interested in a riveting tale, check out The Lost Elements: the Periodic Table’s Shadow Side by Marco Fontani and learn about the elements that make it onto the table. In The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age, Myra McPherson explores the fascinating lives of sisters Victoria Woodhull -- the first woman to run for president with Frederick Douglass as her running mate -- and Tennie Claflin, who ran for Congress. I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse, edited by Lee Gutkind, offers insight into the struggles and triumphs of a nursing career.

We’ve got fiction too, so take your pick: adventure -- The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove -- thriller -- The Seville Communion by Arturo Perez-Reverte -- or love and crime -- Sarah Waters’s latest, long-awaited novel, The Paying Guests.

Find all these books and more on our new books list!