Late October 2017 New Non-fiction

Collecting the World: Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum
by Delbourgo, James

In 1759 the British Museum opened its doors to the general public–the first free national museum in the world. James Delbourgo’s biography of Hans Sloane recounts the story behind its creation, told through the life of a figure with an insatiable ambition to pit universal knowledge against superstition and the means to realize his dream. Collecting the World tells the rich and complex story of one of the Enlightenment’s most controversial luminaries.

Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food Is Killing Us and What We Can Do about It
by Fuhrman, Joel

Fast food kills, but it also perpetuates bigotry and derails the American dream of equal opportunity and happiness for all. It leaves behind a wake of destruction creating millions of medically dependent and sickly people burdened with poor-quality lives. The solution hiding in plain sight – a nutrient-dense healthful diet – can save lives and enable humans to reach their intellectual potential and achieve successful and fulfilling lives. Dr. Fuhrman offers a life-changing, scientifically sound approach that can alter American history and perhaps save your life in the process.

Grant
by Chernow, Ron

Pulitzer Prize-winner and biographer of Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and John D. Rockefeller, Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant. His probing portrait of Grant’s lifelong struggle with alcoholism transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level. This is America’s greatest biographer, bringing movingly to life one of our finest but most underappreciated presidents. The definitive biography, Grant is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant’s life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.

The Grown-up’s Guide to Teenage Humans: How to Decode Their Behavior, Develop Unshakable Trust, and Raise a Respectable Adult
by Shipp, Josh

In The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans, Shipp shows all of us how to be that caring adult in a teenager’s life. Stressing the need for compassion, trust, and encouragement, he breaks down the phases of a teenage human from sixth to twelfth grade, examining the changes, goals, and mentality of teenagers at each stage. Shipp offers revelatory stories that take us inside the teen brain, and shares wisdom from top professionals and the most expert grown-ups.

The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home
by Kiernan, Denise

Documents the story of the Gilded Age mansion Biltmore, tracing George Vanderbilt’s construction of his European-style estate and the efforts of his bride, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser, to become its protector in the face of changing fortunes and times.

Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel
by Batchelor, Bob

Batchelor offers an eye-opening look at the life of Stan Lee, the man who created (with talented artists) many of history’s most legendary characters. Becoming the editor of Marvel Comics as a teenager, and toiling in the industry for decades, Lee threw caution to the wind and went for broke, co-creating the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, and others in a creative flurry that revolutionized comic books for generations of readers.

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
by Coates, Ta-Nehisi

“Biting cultural and political analysis from the award-winning journalist . . . [Ta-Nehisi Coates] reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath, and his own evolution as a writer in eight stunningly incisive essays. . . . He contextualizes each piece with candid personal revelations, making the volume a melding of memoir and critique. . . . Emotionally charged, deftly crafted, and urgently relevant.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

7 Lessons from Heaven: How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joy-filled Life
by Neal, Mary C.

Mary Neal takes readers deeper into her experience, which includes encounters with angels, a journey to a “city of light,” and what it was like to meet Jesus face-to-face. Even more, Neal shares how she came back with clarity that the God we hope for – the one who knows us, loves each of us as though we are the only one, and wants us to experience joy in our daily life – is worthy of our absolute trust. She offers practical insights and inspiration for how each of us can experience this God every day and begin living joyfully – without regret, worry, anxiety, or fear.

42 Is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero
by Rappaport, Doreen

Presents the life and accomplishments of the baseball legend, exploring how he broke the color barrier and overcame significant discrimination to play professional baseball.

Assassination Classroom 18
by Matsui, Yusei

Two classmates travel to the International Space Station in hopes of learning the secret to saving Koro Sensei’s life. Meanwhile, Yanagisawa and upstart Grim Reaper II train ever harder to assassinate him. Then, when academic setbacks lower the spirits of his students, Koro Sensei comes up with an ingenious—or perhaps idiotic—way to cheer them up. Next, Valentine’s Day arrives! Will any of the 3-E students or teachers find true love? And will the meddling and teasing of the others help or hinder cupid’s arrow from finding its target…?