Early October 2017 New Non-fiction

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The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency
by Whipple, Chris

The chiefs of staff, often referred to as “the gatekeepers,” wield tremendous power in Washington and beyond; they decide who is allowed to see the president, negotiate with Congress to push POTUS’s agenda, and–most crucially–enjoy unparalleled access to the leader of the free world. Each chief can make or break an administration, and each president reveals himself by the chief he picks. Through extensive, intimate interviews with all seventeen living chiefs and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity.

Logical Family: A Memoir
by Maupin, Armistead

In this funny, poignant and unflinchingly honest memoir, one of the world’s best-loved storytellers explains how he evolved from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to claim their own lives.

“A book for any of us, gay or straight, who have had to find our family. Maupin is one of America’s finest storytellers.”—Neil Gaiman

If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor
by Campbell, Bruce

Am I supposed to know this guy? you think to yourself.

No, and that’s exactly the point…

If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor is Bruce Campbell’s first book, and he invites you to ride with him through the choppy waters of blue collar Hollywood.

P.S. If the book sucks, at least there are gobs of pictures, and they’re not crammed in the middle like all those other actor books.

The Mudd Club
by Boch, Richard

The Mudd Club was filled with the famous and soon- to- be famous. Everyone from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, and Robert Rauschenberg to Johnny Rotten, The Hell’s Angels, and John Belushi: passing through, passing out, and some, passing on. Marianne Faithful and Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, William Burroughs, and even Kenneth Anger― just a few of the names that stepped on stage. No Wave and Post- Punk artists, musicians, filmmakers, and writers living in a nighttime world on the cusp of two decades. This book is a cornucopia of memories and images, and how this famed wicked downtown club attained the status of midtown and uptown.

Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Patio, Terrace, Backyard & Courtyard Gardening.
by Clifton, Jenny

This beautiful and practical new book is packed with creative ideas for making a successful outside courtyard space. The courtyard is typically an open area surrounded by walls or buildings, and can range from a tiny backyard, an urban terrace or patio area with small-scale gardening, to a more expansively sized area of garden with defined borders.

Includes step-by-step advice on all the practicalities and over 842 gorgeous color images, including garden plans and color diagrams, step-by-step techniques, and inspirational pictures of terraces, patios and courtyard gardens from around the world.

Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change
by Pao, Ellen K.

The co-founder of the diversity nonprofit Project Include shares the story behind her landmark 2015 lawsuit against powerhouse venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins, exploring what her case and refusal to settle revealed about Silicon Valley discrimination.

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve
by Greenblatt, Stephen

Stephen Greenblatt explores the enduring story of humanity’s first parents. Tracking the tale into the deep past, Greenblatt uncovers the tremendous theological, artistic, and cultural investment over centuries that made these fictional figures so profoundly resonant in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim worlds and, finally, so very ‘real’ to millions of people even in the present.

Vanity Fair’s Schools for Scandal: The Inside Dramas at 16 of America’s Most Elite Campuses–Plus Oxford!

A collection of essays focuses on the political, sexual, and administrative scandals that have recently rocked college and prep school campuses, from the Duke lacrosse team’s rape case to the allegations against the now-closed Trump University.

Addiction and Overdose: Confronting an American Crisis
by Goldsmith, Connie

Drug overdosing and death from prescription painkillers and heroin are at epidemic levels in the United States. How do people become addicted to opioids and other dangerous drugs, and why? Meet the experts who study the neurology of addiction. Hear stories of addicts in recovery, and of loved ones left behind by those who died from overdosing. Discover more about the social and economic costs of overdosing and about scientific research to decrease it. Learn about the connection between addiction and mental health disorders. Find out how to identify signs of addiction and overdose and what you can do to help someone get assistance.

The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles that Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, too)
by Rubin, Gretchen

During her multi-book investigation into understanding human nature, Gretchen Rubin realized that by asking the seemingly dry question “How do I respond to expectations?” we gain explosive self-knowledge. She discovered that based on their answer, people fit into Four Tendencies: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels. Our Tendency shapes every aspect of our behavior, so using this framework allows us to make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress, and engage more effectively.

The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid.
by Garrett, Pat F.

Born in November 1859 as William H. Bonney, Billy the Kid—as he soon became known—started his criminal career at the age of twelve by stabbing a man in a bar fight. He then moved on to stealing horses, gambling, participating in the Lincoln County War, and even perpetrating mass murder. Billy the Kid’s extraordinary exploits were followed in newspapers around the country, and his legend reached epic heights.

Garrett, the Sheriff of Lincoln County and Billy’s ultimate arbiter of justice, provides an incredible, firsthand account of the small-town kid who became a killer in The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid. Written just eight months after killing Billy in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, during a happenstance meeting in the home of Pete Maxwell, this fascinating, sensational book takes us play-by-play through Billy’s life. From his earliest days in New York and eventual move west to his adventures in Mexico and repeated arrests and escapes, this original account tells all.