NEW 153.9 EPSTEIN 2019
Range : why generalists triumph in a specialized world
Summary:Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule. David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields–especially those that are complex and unpredictable–generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see. Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, Range makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.
NEW 220.9 BARTON 2019
A History of the Bible: The Story of the World’s Most Influential Book
NEW 320.520973 WILL 2019
The conservative sensibility
Summary:"A reflection on American conservatism, examining how the Founders’ belief in natural rights created a great American political tradition–one that now finds itself under threat, both from progressives and elements inside the Republican Party"–
NEW 355.699 COTTON 2019
Sacred duty : a soldier’s tour at Arlington National Cemetery
Summary:An extraordinary journey behind the scenes of Arlington National Cemetery, Senator Tom Cotton’s Sacred Duty offers an intimate and inspiring portrait of "The Old Guard," the revered U.S. Army unit whose mission is to honor our country’s fallen heroes on the most hallowed ground in America. Cotton was a platoon leader with the storied 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment — The Old Guard — between combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the height of the Iraq Surge, he carried the flag-draped remains of his fallen comrades off of airplanes at Dover Air Force Base, and he laid them to rest in Arlington’s famed Section 60, "the saddest acre in America." He also performed hundreds of funerals for veterans of the Greatest Generation, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The Old Guard has embodied the ideals of honor and sacrifice across our nation’s history. America’s oldest active-duty regiment, dating back to 1784, The Old Guard conducts daily military-honor funerals on the 624 rolling acres of Arlington, where generations of American heroes rest. Its soldiers hold themselves to the standard of perfection in sweltering heat, frigid cold, and driving rain. Every funeral is a no-fail, zero-defect mission, whether honoring a legendary general or a humble private. In researching and writing the book, Cotton returned to Arlington and shadowed the regiment’s soldiers, from daily funerals to the state funeral of President George H. W. Bush to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, reliving the honor — and the challenges — of duty at the nation’s "most sacred shrine."
ISBN:“0062863169 (pbk.)”, “9780062863164 (pbk.)”, “0062863150 (hardcover)”, “9780062863157 (hardcover)”
NEW 362.10973 GALEA 2019
Well : what we need to talk about when we talk about health
Summary:"In a stirring and radical new treatise from one of America’s most respected voices in health and medicine, Well examines the subtle factors that determine who gets to be healthy in the United States. Physician Sandro Galea reckons with our country’s many fraught relationships–with history, money, pain, and pleasure, which are in turn augmented by factors like luck, compassion, and values–in terms of how they determine the health of those in the world’s richest country. Well represents a radical new approach to Americans’ ingrained understanding of health. It examines the forces that are not typically part of the health discussion–but should be–and is a clarion call for where the country goes from here"–
ISBN:“0190916834 (hardback)”, “9780190916831 (hardback)”
NEW 362.6 ARONSON 2019
Elderhood : redefining aging, transforming medicine, reimagining life
Summary:"For more than 5,000 years, "old" has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet at the very moment that humans are living longer than ever before, we’ve made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, denigrated, neglected, and denied. […] Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson uses stories from her quarter century of caring for patients, and draws from history, science, literature, popular culture, and her own life to weave a vision of old age that’s neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy — a vision full of joy, wonder, frustration, outrage, and hope about aging, medicine, and humanity itself. Elderhood is for anyone who is, in the author’s own words, "an aging, i.e., still-breathing human being."" —
ISBN:“1620405466 (hardback)”, “9781620405468 (hardback)”
NEW 364.152 O’NEILL 2019
Chaos : Charles Manson, the CIA, and the secret history of the sixties
Summary:An investigative journalist chronicles his twenty-year obsession with the 1969 Manson murders and describes how he discovered evidence of a cover-up, carelessness from police, misconduct by prosecutors, and potential surveillance by intelligence agents.
NEW 368.382 MAGEE 2019
Summary:<b>A powerful and path-breaking expose of America’s Medical Industrial Complex–the network of mutually beneficial relationships between big business, academic medicine, patient advocacy organizations, hospitals, and government–and a compelling way forward for transforming America’s healthcare system</b>
NEW 641.5954 KRISHNA 2019
Indian-ish : recipes and antics from a modern American family
Summary:A young food writer’s witty and irresistible celebration of her mom’s ""Indian-ish"" cooking–with accessible and innovative Indian-American recipes.
ISBN:“1328482472 (paper over board)”, “9781328482471 (paper over board)”
NEW 759.5 LEONARDO 2019
The last Leonardo : the secret lives of the world’s most expensive painting
Summary:An epic quest exposes hidden truths about Leonardo da Vinci’s "Salvator Mundi," the recently discovered masterpiece that sold for $450 million and may not be genuine.
NEW 811.54 SCANLAN 2019
Summary:A stark, elegiac account of unexpected pleasures and the progress of seasons. Fifteen years ago, Kathryn Scanlan found a stranger’s five-year diary at an estate auction in a small town in Illinois. The owner of the diary was eighty-six years old when she began recording the details of her life in the small book, a gift from her daughter and son-in-law. The diary was falling apart — water-stained and illegible in places — but magnetic to Scanlan nonetheless. After reading and rereading the diary, studying and dissecting it, for the next fifteen years she played with the sentences that caught her attention, cutting, editing, arranging, and rearranging them into the composition that became Aug 9–Fog (she chose the title from a note that was tucked into the diary). "Sure grand out," the diarist writes. "That puzzle a humdinger," she says, followed by, "A letter from Lloyd saying John died the 16th." An entire state of mourning reveals itself in "2 canned hams." The result of Scanlan’s collaging is an utterly compelling, deeply moving meditation on life and death. In Aug 9–Fog, Scanlan’s spare, minimalist approach has a maximal emotional effect, remaining with the reader long after the book ends. It is an unclassifiable work from a visionary young writer and artist — a singular portrait of a life revealed by revision and restraint.
ISBN:“0374106878 (hardcover)”, “9780374106874 (hardcover)”
NEW 940.53 BOUVERIE 2019
Appeasement : Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and the road to war
Summary:"A new history of the British appeasement of the Third Reich on the eve of World War II"–
ISBN:“0451499859 (trade pbk.)”, “9780451499851 (trade pbk.)”, “0451499840 (hardcover)”, “9780451499844 (hardcover)”
NEW 974.71 SATOW 2019
The Plaza : the secret life of America’s most famous hotel
Summary:A journalist explains how one illustrious hotel has defined our understanding of money and glamour, from the Gilded Age to the Go-Go Eighties to today’s Billionaire Row.
ISBN:“1455566675 (hardcover)”, “9781455566679 (hardcover)”
NEW 977 MCCULLOUGH 2019
The pioneers : the heroic story of the settlers who brought the American ideal west
Summary:"Best-selling author David McCullough tells the story of the settlers who began America’s migration west, overcoming almost-unimaginable hardships to build in the Ohio wilderness a town and a government that incorporated America’s highest ideals"–
345.744 MASSACHUSETTS 2019
Massachusetts Criminal Law and Motor Vehicle Handbook