Libraries, Nonfiction

12 New Non-Fiction to Hit the Otis Shelves

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1) 100 poems
Author:Heaney, Seamus

Selected poems from a Nobel laureate

Seamus Heaney had the idea to make a personal selection of poems from across the entire arc of his writing life, a collection small yet comprehensive enough to serve as an introduction for all comers. He never managed to do this himself, but now, finally, the project has been returned to, resulting in an intimate gathering of poems chosen and introduced by the Heaney family. No other selection of Heaney’s poems exists that has such a broad range, drawing from the first to the last of his prizewinning collections. In 100 Poems , readers will enjoy the most loved and celebrated poems, and will discover new favorites. It is a singular and welcoming anthology, reaching far and wide, for now and for years to come.


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2) The 5-ingredient college cookbook: easy, healthy recipes for the next four years and beyond

Author:Ellgen, Pamela

“College is a time of learning. But it’ll be hard to ace your classes if you fail to feed yourself well. ‘The Five-Ingredient College Cookbook’ makes it easy for students to prepare truly tasty, mostly healthy, and totally realistic meals. They’re still fast. They’re still cheap. But they’re a whole lot better for you than the alternative.”–Back cover.


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3) American carnage: on the front lines of the Republican civil war and the rise of President Trump
Author:Alberta, Tim,

Instant New York Times Bestseller

Politico Magazine’s chief political correspondent provides a rollicking insider’s look at the making of the modern Republican Party–how a decade of cultural upheaval, populist outrage, and ideological warfare made the GOP vulnerable to a hostile takeover from the unlikeliest of insurgents: Donald J. Trump. The 2016 election was a watershed for the United States. But, as Tim Alberta explains in American Carnage, to understand Trump’s victory is to view him not as the creator of this era of polarization and bruising partisanship, but rather as its most manifest consequence.


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4) The code: Silicon Valley and the remaking of America
Author:O’Mara, Margaret Pugh, 1970-

The true, behind-the-scenes history of the people who built Silicon Valley and shaped Big Tech in America Long before Margaret O’Mara became one of our most consequential historians of the American-led digital revolution, she worked in the White House of Bill Clinton and Al Gore in the earliest days of the commercial Internet.


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5) Fermenting a culture: a practical guide to crafting live-culture foods and drinks with 100+ recipes from kimchi to kombucha
Author:Lukas, Kathryn, 1963-

“‘Fermenting a Culture’ provides the history, health information, and safest methods for preserving, along with 115 recipes for krauts, pickles, kimchi, fermented vegetables, hot sauces, preserved fruits and jams, yogurt, kombucha, and even hard ciders and mead”–


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6) The gaijin cookbook: Japanese recipes from a chef, father, eater, and lifelong outsider
Author:Orkin, Ivan

Ivan Orkin is a self-described gaijin (guy-jin), a Japanese term that means “outsider.” He has been hopelessly in love with the food of Japan since he was a teenager on Long Island. Even after living in Tokyo for decades and running two ramen shops that earned him international renown, he remained a gaijin. Fortunately, being a lifelong outsider has made Orkin a more curious, open, and studious chef. In The Gaijin Cookbook , he condenses his experiences into approachable recipes for every occasion, including weeknights with picky kids, boozy weekends, and celebrations. Everyday dishes like Pork and Miso-Ginger Stew, Stir-Fried Udon, and Japanese Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce are what keep the Orkin family connected to Japan. For more festive dinners, he suggests a Temaki Party, where guests assemble their own sushi from cooked and fresh fillings. And recipes for Bagels with Shiso Gravlax and Tofu Coney Island (fried tofu with mushroom chili) reveal the eclectic spirit of Ivan’s cooking.


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7) Homegrown: how the Red Sox built a champion from the ground up

The captivating inside story of the historic 2018 Boston Red Sox, as told through the assembly and ascendancy of their talented young core–the culmination of nearly a decade of reporting from one of the most respected baseball writers in the country.


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8) How to: absurd scientific advice for common real-world problems
Author:Munroe, Randall

The world’s most entertaining and useless self-help guide, from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? It’s full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole.


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9) A teen cookbook: delicious and easy recipes to cook for yourself

Cooking for Yourself is Very Easy. Get your copy of the best and most unique Teen recipes from BookSumo Press! Come take a journey with us into the delights of easy cooking. The point of this cookbook and all our cookbooks is to exemplify the effortless nature of cooking simply. In this book we focus on delicious recipes for beginners.


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10) Time is tight
Author:Booker T., 1944-

The long-awaited memoir of Booker T. Jones, leader of the famed Stax Records house band, architect of the Memphis soul sound, and one of the most legendary figures in music. From Booker T. Jones’s earliest years in segregated Memphis, music was the driving force in his life. While he worked paper routes and played gigs in local nightclubs to pay for lessons and support his family, Jones, on the side, was also recording sessions in what became the famous Stax Studios-all while still in high school. Not long after, he would form the genre-defining group Booker T. and the MGs, whose recordings went on to sell millions of copies, win a place in Rolling Stone’s list of top 500 songs of all time, and help forge collaborations with some of the era’s most influential artists, including Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Sam & Dave. Nearly five decades later, Jones’s influence continues to help define the music industry, but only now is he ready to tell his remarkable life story.


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11) Umami Bomb: 75 vegetarian recipes that explode with flavor
Author:Pelzel, Raquel

“Pure vegetable magic!”–CARA MANGINI, chef and author of The Vegetable Butcher Ingeniously built around the use of eight umami-rich ingredients–aged cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, soy sauce, miso, caramelized onions, smoke, and nutritional yeast–these 75 recipes are bursting with the sublime, savory fifth taste. Turn mushrooms into “lardons” for a bold take on Southern black-eyed peas and greens. Caramelize onions to use in the best grilled cheese ever. Add a secret spoonful of soy sauce to the frosting of your next chocolate cake–the soy taste disappears but leaves behind an unexpected depth of flavor. Part of the brilliance of Umami Bomb is how the recipes layer these key ingredients to amplify their effect–like adding miso to an already cheesy cacio e pepe sauce for pasta so savory and delicious you’ll do a double take.


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12) Unwritten rules of social relationships: decoding social mysteries through autism’s unique perspectives
Author:Grandin, Temple

Born with autism, both Temple Grandin and Sean Barron now live famously successful social lives. However, their paths were quite different. Temple’s logical mind controlled her social behavior. She interacted with many adults and other children, experiencing varied social situations. Logic informed her decision to obey social rules and avoid unpleasant consequences. Sean’s emotions controlled his social behavior. Baffled by social rules, isolated and friendless, he made up his own and applied them to others. When they inevitably broke his rules, he felt worthless and unloved. Both Temple and Sean ultimately came to terms with the social world and found their places in it. Whether you are a person with autism, a caregiver in the autism community, or just someone interested in an outsider view of society, their powerful stories will enthrall and enlighten you. The first edition of Unwritten Rules of Social Engagement was the Silver Award Winner of the Book of the Year Awards and the original edition sold more than 40,000 copies in hard cover!


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