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Librarians' Choice 2001 - Nonfiction

cover of Dispatches from the Tenth Circle: The Best of The Onion

This is just a tiny fraction of terrific nonfiction titles added to the library's collections this year. Ask your librarians for more suggestions.

Dispatches from the Tenth Circle: The Best of The Onion
Robert Siegel, Editor
081 qD612 2001
The Onion, which bills itself as "America's Finest News Source," is highly regarded for its finely-honed, biting satire of both modern life and newspaper journalism. This collection of articles, infographics and opinion polls is not only witty but also laugh-out-loud funny in its observations on politics, religion and popular culture.

I Only Say This Because I Love You: How the Way We Talk Can Make or Break Family Relationships Throughout Our Lives
Deborah Tannen
306.87 T166 2001 (also in audio cassette and compact disc)
Tannen, a linguistics professor, investigates the patterns of speech within families. Using research, personal recollections, literature and the movies, she explores such subjects as family arguments, sibling rivalry, and differences in the way men and women apologize.

Talking Money: Everything You Need to Know About Your Finances and Your Future
Jean Chatzky
332.02401 C495 2001
Chatzky, a regular contributor to the Today Show and a Money magazine columnist, offers practical, straightforward advice for those interested in taking control of their finances.

Fastread Investing: Understand Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds and More!
Richard Mintzer
332.6 M667 2000
In easy-to-understand terms, Mintzer explains how to pick stocks, bonds, and mutual funds "like the pros", how to find financial information on the Web, and how to invest wisely for your retirement in this handy guide.

CQ Researcher on Saving the Environment
332.720973 qC882 2001
This collection of articles from The CQ Researcher explores a wide range of environmental issues, including the battle between business interests and environmentalists, rain forests, population growth, alternative energy sources, and global warming.

A Woman's Education
Jill K. Conway
378.0092 C767Zc 2001
The author of the best-selling "The Road from Coorain" returns with a memoir about her ten years as the first woman president of Smith College. During this time, Conway contended with her husband's illness, as well as the deeply-rooted resentment of most of the senior male faculty.

cover of Space Odyssey: Voyaging Through the Cosmos

Space Odyssey: Voyaging Through the Cosmos
William Harwood
520 fH343 2001
The author draws upon the latest advances in astronomy and space technology to explain the state of our universe and what may be found in the furthest reaches of the cosmos. Beautiful photographs and illustrations detail the wonders of the known universe and beyond. Harwood also discusses theoretical phenomena such as wormholes, space-time warps, and cosmic strings, in terms that laymen can easily understand.

Under Sail: Aboard the World's Finest Boats
David Glenn
623.82023 qG558 2000
This lavishly illustrated book discusses sailboats, ranging from schooners and cutters built a hundred years ago to the latest in high-tech yachts. A book for anyone who loves boats and sailing-readers will swear they can smell the sea salt in the air!

Your Naturally Healthy Home: Stylish, Safe, Simple
Alan Berman
696 qB516 2001
For those concerned about the environment, this is a wonderful resource. The author gives detailed information about the sources and products you can use to make your home environmentally friendly. Whether you are building a new home or renovating a current residence, the information in this book is practical and helpful.

Jim Borgman: My 25 Years at the Cincinnati Enquirer
Jim Borgman
741.5973 qB733my 2001
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jim Borgman is known to Cincinnatians through his artistry, as well as his pointed political wit. This collection brings together highlights from his successful career.

cover of Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones

Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
781.64092 J78Zj 2001
From his beginnings as a jazz trumpeter through his production work in the hip-hop genre, the career of Quincy Jones has covered a vast range. His autobiography recounts the story of his phenomenal success working with the greats, including Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson.

The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Caroline Kennedy, Editor
808.81 B5612 2001
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis encouraged her children to write or choose a poem for memorization for every holiday and birthday. Each poem was then pasted into a scrapbook. Caroline Kennedy selected 114 for this volume. Also included are poems Jackie wrote as a teenager and young bride. Photographs of the family and personal recollections by Caroline round out this wonderful tribute.

In Fact: Essays on Writers and Writing
Thomas Mallon
813.509 M255 2001
Thomas Mallon, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in reviewing, is known for his energetic and graceful essays. In this collection, Mallon discusses the literary merits of writers such as Don DeLillo, Tom Wolfe and Gore Vidal, as well as past masters such as H.L. Mencken, Siegfried Sassoon and John Kennedy Toole. He also indulges his love of "literature's suburbs" in his ruminations on fan mail, obituaries, indexing and handwriting.

No End Save Victory: Perspectives on World War II
Robert Cowley, Editor
940.542 N739 2001 (also in audio cassette)
This collection of 46 essays covers a multitude of subjects on the war from the Asian and European theaters to the "secret war" fought behind the lines. Contributors include Stephen A. Ambrose, Caleb Carr, John Keegan, and many others. A good choice for readers seeking fresh viewpoints on World War II.

Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans' Movement
Gerald Nicosia
959.7043373 V6662Zn 2001
Nicosia traces an overlooked but very important component of the anti-war movement: dissenting veterans. The book is based on more than 600 interviews the author conducted with Vietnam veterans who returned home to become active in the protest movement, as represented by the activities of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

John Adams
David G. McCullough.
973.44092 A214Zm 2001 (also in audio cassette)
According to noted historian Gordon S. Wood this book is "by far the best biography of Adams ever written." The book traces the life of Adams from birth to death and shows the personal relationships Adams enjoyed with the other founders, particularly Thomas Jefferson. The author, David G. McCullough is considered the preeminent popular historian of our time.