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December 2005

Librarians’ Choice 2005 · Nonfiction

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David G. McCullough
Pulitzer Prize winning historian McCullough turns his attention to 1776, the year our nation was founded. With his usual narrative gusto, McCullough offers a vivid chronicle of the military campaigns waged by George Washington and the Continental Army during the first year of the revolution. A rewarding read for history buffs.

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Robert L. Wolke
Can eggs be a thousand-year-old? What makes spices spicy? What are marshmallows made of? Chemistry professor and Washington Post food columnist Wolke answers these and many more intriguing questions in his second foray into the science of cooking.

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Rudolph Chelminski
In this fascinating examination of the high pressure world of French cuisine, the author chronicles the triumphs, heartbreaks, and fierce competition in the restaurant business that led to the suicide of one of France’s premier chefs.

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A. Roger Ekirch
“Rather than a backdrop to daily existence, or a natural hiatus, nighttime in the early modern age instead embodies a distinct culture, with many of its own rituals and customs.” Drawing extensively on material from newspapers, diaries, letters, memoirs, trial transcripts, literature, etc., Ekirch vividly recreats of the European nocturnal world in the days before electricity.

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Editor, Billy Collins
Billy Collins, America’s former Poet Laureate, has assembled this rich collection of poetry by some of America’s most compelling contemporary poets, including Sharon Olds, Stephen Dobyns, and C.K. Williams.

cover of Shakespeare After All Shakespeare After All
Marjorie B. Garber
You may not think that another introduction to Shakespeare is needed but Garber’s comprehensive and insightful work displays a fresh and affable approach to a survey of the Bard’s plays.

cover of Talking Back—To presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels Talking Back—To presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels
Andrea Mitchell
Veteran broadcast journalist Andrea Mitchell reflects on a thirty-year career in which she met, interviewed, and sometimes tangled with some of the most powerful political figures of the day.

cover of The Pea and the Sun: A Mathematical Paradox The Pea and the Sun: A Mathematical Paradox
Leonard M. Wapner
The Pea and the Sun relates the story of the people, events, and mathematics that led to the fomulation of the Banach-Tarski Paradox in 1924. This theorem states that a sphere can be broken into pieces which can be reassembled into two spheres equal in volume to the first! Wapner entertainingly renders advanced mathematics accessible to the layman.

cover of Where God was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion Where God was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion
Bruce S. Feiler
Utilizing the approach that served him well in previous books (Walking the Bible, Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths), Feiler visits sacred sites in Israel, Iran, and Iraq to explore the common roots shared by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and examine the influence of religion on contemporary life.

cover of Charlemagne’s Tablecloth: A Piquant History of Feasting Charlemagne’s Tablecloth: A Piquant History of Feasting
Nichola Fletcher
In this “smorgasbord of informative and entertaining essays,” Fletcher offers an irresistible survey of the history of feasting—from Renaissance extravaganzas to refined Japanese tea ceremonies to Day of the Dead celebrations. The Scottish food writer enthusiastically details the rituals of preparing and presenting feasts and as well as many of the cultural traditions associated with feasts. Bon appetite!

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Jason Christopher Hartley
Hartley’s gritty memoir of his tour of duty as a National Guardsman in Iraq is one of the many books published recently by soldiers and reporters about their experience on the front lines of war. In prose that is by turns candid, poignant, and vulgar, Hartley offers a harrowing account of what it means to be a soldier in Iraq. Much of the material was originally posted to the blog Hartley maintained while stationed in Iraq.

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Jean Campbell
The editor of Beadwork magazine shares tips for selecting beads, explains the basics of stringing and techniques, and offers a selection of twenty-five simple projects. A terrific resource for novice beaders!

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Kim Ballor
Looking for some creative new beading projects? Ballor has plenty of inspiring ideas, ranging from charm bracelets to hoop earrings to beaded belts.

cover of My Life So Far My Life So Far
Jane Fonda
The actress/activist/fitness guru/philanthropist/ invites readers to participate in her journey of self-discovery as she looks back on defining moments and relationships from her remarkable life.

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Priscilla Beaulieu Presley
Priscilla, Lisa Marie, and assorted other members of the Presley extended family share sentimental anecdotes and loads of candid family photographs of the King. “Fry up a banana sandwich and enjoy” says Booklist magazine.

cover of The Beatles: The Biography The Beatles: The Biography
Bob Spitz
A veteran rock journalist leaves no stone unturned in this meticulously researched and definitive history of the Fab Four. Drawing on a wide variety of primary sources, Spitz details the meteoric rise and acrimonious dissolution of the band and casts a critical eye at the lovable mop top image that they carefully cultivated.

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Jerry Lewis
Nearly fifty years after his glorious partnership with Dean Martin came to an end, Jerry Lewis offers readers a candid, emotional account of their turbulent relationship.

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Nikki Marie Taylor
Taylor explores the growth of the black community in Cincinnati in a time when the city’s connections to the South made it a very hostile environment. Through perseverance and determination, this group was able to form a vibrant community in the face of discrimination and mob violence.

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Robin Kessler
In this rapidly changing, competitive job market, a well-constructed resume can improve your chances of attracting the attention of potential employers. This handy guide will help you create a resume that emphasizes the knowledge, skills, and abilities that companies are looking for.

cover of How to Run Your Business Like a Girl: Successful Strategies from Entrepreneurial Women Who Made it Happen How to Run Your Business Like a Girl: Successful Strategies from Entrepreneurial Women Who Made it Happen
Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin
Three successful company owners explain how they got started, offer tips for success, share advice about dealing with adversity, and talk about the importance of establishing a balance between your professional and personal life.

cover of Intellectual Property Rights in Frontier Industries: Software and Biotechnology Intellectual Property Rights in Frontier Industries: Software and Biotechnology
Leading intellectual property scholars weigh in on an increasingly important international business issue.

cover of The Entrepreneur’s Guide: To Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets & Licensing The Entrepreneur’s Guide: To Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets & Licensing
Jill Gilbert
An intellectual property lawyer explores the range of legal protections available to artists, inventors, and small business owners.