As part of my job duties, I select non-fiction books for the Marianna Black Library. This task takes a good deal of time reading reviews, perusing publishers’ catalogs, finding out which authors have made appearances on talk shows, and scanning the best-seller lists. In non-fiction, best sellers are not always the books that are checked out the most. For example, true crime is a real popular non-fiction genre. So are cookbooks and craft subjects, but I leave those to another staff member. The other day, the library received a shipment from the book jobber. The variety of books in that shipment is the subject of this blog.
True Crime – Gregg Olsen, A Twisted Faith: a Minister’s obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church. The motto of the book could be sex and religion mixed together leads to murder even, in a church. Douglas Perry, The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago. Murder did pay in Chicago in the 1920s if you were a beautiful woman and you could turn an all male jury’s eyes. Paul Spicer, The Temptress: the Scandalous Life of Alice de Lanze and the Mysterious Death of Lord Erroll. Alice, an American feme fatale, who shot and maimed one lover and got away with murdering one of her husbands, according to Spicer.
Science: Heidi Cullen, The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet. Climatologist Cullen warns about a changed world based long range climate forecasts. Sam Kean, The Disappearing Spoon and Other Tales of Madness and the History of World from the Periodic Table of the Elements. Kean narrates the role of the various chemical elements in the history of the world.
Politics: Andrew J. Bacevich, Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War. Bacevich contends American current foreign policy is going to lead the country to a state of permanent conflict, somewhere in the world. Rick Sanchez, Conventional Idiocy: Why the New America Is Sick of Old Politics. The ex-CNN anchor takes on the American public’s discontent with the current political climate. Alexander Zaitchik, Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance. Zaitchik thinks Beck is a very dangerous man because he states ignorance as fact. If you are a Glenn Beck fan, you can see which of his books the library owns here.
Biography: Nancy G. Brinker, Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer. This book is not only a biography of an individual, Susan G. Komen, but of a crusade to eliminate breast cancer which caused her death. Stephen M. Shearer, Beautiful: the Life of Hedy Lamarr. This biography of the late famous actress emphasizes her beauty and her brains as well.
Another way to find out what is new @ the library is to subscribe to the Next Reads e-mail newsletters produced by library staff in cooperation with Next Reads. Each newsletter focuses on one or two genres of either fiction or non-fiction. To register, just follow this link.