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Interesting New Nonfiction (Fall 2013)
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Cover Art: Fizz : How Soda Shook Up the World /
Fizz : How Soda Shook Up the World
Donovan, Tristan
This social, cultural, and culinary history charts soda's remarkable, world-changing journey from awe-inspiring natural mystery to ubiquity. Off-the-wall and offbeat stories abound, including how quack medicine peddlers spawned some of the world's biggest brands, how fizzy pop cashed in on Prohibition, how soda helped presidents reach the White House, and even how Pepsi influenced Apple's marketing of the iPod. This history of carbonated drinks follows a seemingly simple everyday refreshment as it zinged and pinged over society's taste buds and, in doing so, changed the world.
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Cover Art: Citizen Canine : Our Evolving Relationship to Cats and Dogs /
Citizen Canine : Our Evolving Relationship to Cats and Dogs
Grimm, David
Cats and dogs were once wild animals. Today, they are family members and surrogate children. A little over a century ago, pets didn't warrant the meager legal status of property. Now, they have more rights and protections than any other animal in the country. Some say they're even on the verge of become legal persons. How did we get here and what happens next? Grimm explores the changing social attitudes that have transformed pets into family members, and the remarkable laws and court cases that have elevated them to quasi citizens.
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Cover Art: The Tell : The Little Clues That Reveal Big Truths About Who We Are /
The Tell : The Little Clues That Reveal Big Truths About Who We Are
Hertenstein, Matthew J.
Every day we make predictions based on limited information, in business and at home. Will this company's stock performance continue? Will the job candidate I just interviewed be a good employee? What kind of adult will my child grow up to be? We tend to dismiss our predictive minds as prone to bias and mistakes, but in 'The Tell', psychologist Matthew Hertenstein reveals that our intuition is surprisingly good at using small clues to make big predictions, and shows how we can make better decisions by homing in on the right details.
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Cover Art: Change : What Really Leads to Lasting Personal Transformation /
Change : What Really Leads to Lasting Personal Transformation
Kottler, Jeffrey A.
Change is often a mystery, one that baffles doctors, therapists, teachers, coaches, parents-and especially those of us who struggle to alter bad habits or simply make lasting improvements in our lives. Why do we suddenly change for the better after years of failed efforts? Why do some of us never escape our self-destructive behaviors, even when we desperately want to? What is it that most reliably and effectively produces growth, learning and development that persist over time? In this vividly written volume, psychotherapist Jeffrey Kottler weaves together inspiring stories and the latest research, taking the reader on a fascinating exploration of human behavior while highlighting what does-and does not-lead to lasting change.
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Cover Art: The Modern Art Invasion : Picasso, Duchamp, and the 1913 Armory Show That Scanda
The Modern Art Invasion : Picasso, Duchamp, and the 1913 Armory Show That Scanda
Lunday, Elizabeth
Winter 1913: New York City was at the cusp of an artistic revolution. In an era when realism dominated the art scene, the International Exhibition of Modern Art-known as the Armory Show-astonished the country by introducing modern art to America. The Modern Art Invasion brings the Armory Show to life through the people who were there-the ragtag group of outsider artists who put on the show, the observers who attended, and the critics who were both baffled and indignant about the art on display. It places the show in the larger context of American culture just before World War I and offers a fast-paced tour of life in America and Europe, peering into Gertrude Stein's Paris salon, sitting in at the parties of New York socialites, and elbowing through the crowds at the Armory itself.
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Cover Art: Innovation : How Innovators Think, Act and Change Our World /
Innovation : How Innovators Think, Act and Change Our World
McDonald, Kim Chandler
Businesses looking to succeed in the digital, global economy must innovate to survive, and " Innovation" highlights the pioneers who have broken the mold and led the pack in every field, from IT to food, fashion to healthcare. Innovation expert, Kim Chandler McDonald underlines the common denominators linking these highly creative people, such as their compulsion to tell their truth, unpalatable or not, their entrepreneurial instincts and their steadfast protection of their brands. This book offers understanding of innovation as a mindset rather than a process --insight on how to start thinking like an innovator and into how this can assist them with their own careers and goals.
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Cover Art: The Tastemakers : Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up With Fondue (Plus Baco
The Tastemakers : Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up With Fondue (Plus Baco
Sax, David
Greek yogurt. Spicy chipotle mayo. Honeycrisp apples. The Cronut. These days, it seems we are constantly discovering a new food that will make us healthier, happier, or even somehow smarter. After a brief life as a novelty houseplant and "I Love the '80s" punchline, chia seeds are suddenly a superfood. Speaking of which, what ever happened to pomegranate juice? Or acai berries? Did they suddenly cease to be healthy in 2010? And by the way, what exactly is a superfood again? In this eye-opening, witty work of reportage, David Sax uncovers the world of food trends: where they come from, how they grow, and where they end up.
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Cover Art: Uprisings : A Hands-On Guide to the Community Grain Revolution /
Uprisings : A Hands-On Guide to the Community Grain Revolution
Simpson, Sarah
If we want to reduce our environmental impact, build resiliency in our community and improve food security, it's up to us to make it happen. In many North American communities, the instrument of change is . . . grain. Grain is the perfect metaphor for how we've lost control of our food supply, and with it the skills and tools to feed ourselves. Uprisings shows how communities can take back their power by reviving local grain production to improve food security, local economies, and the environment.
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Cover Art: The Next America : Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown /
The Next America : Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown
Taylor, Paul
For the first time in its recent history, America faces the prospect of intergenerational conflict. The affluent baby boomers--self-indulgent, easy going, and the beneficiaries of the greatest welfare program in American history--are bankrupting the young, the Millennials. Young and old in America are poles apart and the breadth of today's chasm is unprecedented. By 2030, America's age pyramid, the relationship between the number of working Americans asked to support retirees, will take on a shape it's never been before. Is there a great Battle of the Ages looming on our horizon, one that pits a mostly white generation of older adults against a mostly non-white generation of younger ones? Change Ahead presents a surgical examination of the wide array of economic, demographic, social, and political data to illuminate the tectonic changes affecting the make-up of America's demographic today.
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