Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Adult Nonfiction January 2015

by Ashlee D.

Kick the New Year off right with these December and January releases.
The time for New Year’s resolutions is here. What are your goals this year? To learn a new hobby? Get that big promotion? Spend more time with your family? Whether you want to revive your faith in God or take that camping trip you’ve always wanted, these books will help you find the tools you need to make a positive impact this year!

"The Wall Street powerhouse and author of Expect to Win offers a new way to conceptualize career strategies and gives us proven tools for successful change. Whether we're starting out, striving toward a promotion, or looking for a new opportunity, the working world isn't what it used to be. Wall Street veteran Carla Harris knows this, and in Strategize to Win she gives readers the tools they need to get started; get "unstuck" from bad situations; redirect momentum; and position themselves to manage their careers no matter the environment. --Provided by publisher.

“Do you feel like you’re busier than ever—yet never caught up? You’re not alone. Many of us are tired, frustrated, stressed from being overworked at the office and at home, with no concrete plan for getting it all under control without compromising our well-being. In this paradigm shifting book you will discover how to:
  • Identify your most significant priorities, in business and in life
  • Create more time to do the things you love without sacrificing results
  • Say no to the things that don’t matter, and yes to the things that do
  • Implement systems that give you more time tomorrow than you have today
  • Gain control and inner peace by adopting the “multiplier mindset.”

“Science popularizer Chad Orzel argues in Eureka that even the people who are most forthright about hating science are doing science, often without even knowing it. Every human can think like a scientist, and regularly does so in the course of everyday activities. By revealing the connection between the everyday activities that people do (solving crossword puzzles, playing sports, or even watching mystery shows on television) and the processes used to make great scientific discoveries, Orzel shows that if we recognize the process of doing science as something familiar, we will be better able to appreciate scientific discoveries, and use scientific facts and thinking to help address the problems that affect us all.” –Provided by Publisher

"There are about 800 self-made billionaires in the world today. What enables this elite group to create truly massive value, and what can the rest of us learn from them? John Sviokla and Mitch Cohen set out to answer this question with the first systematic study of 120 self-made billionaires, including extensive interviews with icons like Steve Case, Mark Cuban, and T. Boone Pickens, Jr. The authors conclude that self-made billionaires aren't necessarily smarter, harder working, or luckier than their peers. The key difference is what they call the "producer" mindset, in contrast to the far more common "performer" mindset. This book offers fresh stories and insights into producers' habits of mind. It also provides corporate leaders with a new approach to selecting and managing breakthrough talent, and advice about innovation and value creation for aspiring leaders or entrepreneurs"--Provided by publisher.

"From the author of The Introvert's Way, a friendly and accessible guide to dating and relationships for introverts.  Love is tricky for everyone--and different personality types can face their own unique problems. Now the author of The Introvert's Way offers a guide to romance that takes you through the frequently outgoing world of dating, courting, and relationships, helping you navigate issues that are particular to introverts, from making conversation at parties to the challenges of dating an extrovert"--Provided by publisher.

"Rawles details the tools needed to survive anything from a short-term disruption to a long-term, grid-down scenario. Field-tested and comprehensive, Tools for Survival is certain to become a must-have reference for the burgeoning survivalist/prepper movement"--Provided by publisher.

“The right relationship will launch you to the heights of achievement; the wrong one will tether you to mediocrity. God works in our lives through our relationships. Yet, all too often, we get our relationship advice from the most toxic sources we can find. The People Factor is based on the most effective, trustworthy relationship book of all time: the Bible. If you hunger for a richer, more fulfilling life, your Relational IQ is the place to start. If you put The People Factor principles to work, you will become stronger, happier, and healthier in all your relationships. You will be a better spouse, a better friend, a better boss, a better parent, and a better person.”—from book jacket.

Through vulnerable storytelling, a difficult diagnosis, and a good dose of humor, Margaret Feinberg reveals how joy is more than whimsy. It’s the weapon you can use to fight life’s battles. Fight Back With Joy will help you:
  • Expand your joy threshold by awakening to God’s fierce love for you
  • Escape fear and regret by applying biblical strategies to whatever crisis you’re facing
  • Overcome depression as you reignite your imagination for laughter and celebration
  • Discover freedom from the past by learning how to turn mourning into joy
  • Rise above endless demands and become more winsome, cheerful, and thankful

"The invention of numerals is perhaps the greatest abstraction the human mind has ever created. Virtually everything in our lives is digital, numerical, or quantified. The story of how and where we got these numerals, which we so depend on, has for thousands of years been shrouded in mystery. Finding Zero is an adventure filled saga of Amir Aczel's lifelong obsession: to find the original sources of our numerals. Aczel has doggedly crisscrossed the ancient world, scouring dusty, moldy texts, cross examining so-called scholars who offered wildly differing sets of facts, and ultimately penetrating deep into a Cambodian jungle to find a definitive proof. While on this odyssey, Aczel meets a host of fascinating characters: academics in search of truth, jungle trekkers looking for adventure, surprisingly honest politicians, shameless smugglers, and treacherous archaeological thieves--who finally reveal where our numbers come from. "--Provided by publisher.

Perhaps the most common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight or adopt a healthier lifestyle. If you fall into that category this year, let this list help you get started!

This book emphasizes eating clean, whole, unprocessed foods as part of a primarily plant-based diet, with delicious and healthy recipes that make it easy to do just that….You’ll find guidelines for restocking your pantry with whole grains, beans and legumes, lean proteins, and healthy fats; glossaries of the best sources of detoxifiers, antioxidants, and other health-boosting nutrients; and menus for a simple 3-day cleanse and a 21-day
whole-body detox, with easy-to-follow tips and strategies for staying on track.” – from Publisher.

"In her New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Plan, Lyn-Genet Recitas revealed what surprisingly "healthy" foods cause weight gain and a host of other health problems such as migraines, joint pain, and depression. Now all those who follow The Plan, and have learned which foods to eliminate from their diets, can support their new, healthier lifestyle with these delicious recipes. Recitas includes selections for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, sides, and desserts, such as Panko Crusted Orange Chipotle Chicken, Brazilian Coconut Rice, Provencal Fish with Fennel, Lemon, and Herbs, Red Velvet Cupcakes, and many more. Who says a healthy diet can't be a tasty one?"--|cProvided by publisher.

"Food Network personality Melissa d'Arabian shows you how to make healthy meals for your whole family and still save lots of money and time, in a cookbook with 120 new dishes. If you think that eating healthier is too expensive, Melissa is here to guide you and prove that healthy eating can be easy, affordable, and achievable with everyday supermarket ingredients. She provides nutritional information with each recipe to help readers decide what recipes are best for them and what they're feeding their families. If the secret to better health is better cooking at home, then Melissa's book is the ultimate toolkit for every home cook who wants to eat healthier and save money"--|cProvided by publisher.

"The Adrenal Reset Diet is the first scientifically sound, patient-tested weight-loss plan developed by a natural endocrinologist, Dr. Alan Christianson. He heals readers in any of the three stages of adrenal impairment--Stressed, Wired and Tired, or Crashed. Readers learn their stage and receive distinct strategies for diet, activity, and lifestyle change to bring them to Thriving. Recent study participants halved their cortisol levels in just 30 days--and lost an average of 9 pounds!"--Provided by publisher.

"Discover the exceptional nutritional content and disease-fighting qualities of super foods like broccoli, blueberries, and salmon and delicious, healthful ways to prepare them. By including super foods as part of a balanced diet, you can protect your heart, immune system, digestive
system, skin, and bones, and even reduce the risk of developing certain medical conditions later in life"--Provided by publisher.

“In The Rockstar Remedy, Gabrielle shares her unique strategies for boosting your energy and looking and feeling your best--even when your schedule doesn't seem to allow it. She shows readers that their health exists on a spectrum, and the simple act of making better choices every day--even if they're not the best choices--helps us achieve balance in both mind and body. With tips for improving energy levels, lists of foods to aim for and avoid, a simple no-starvation detox, and her popular "damage mitigation techniques," which show you secret ways to reverse the damage causes by less-than-perfect choices, Gabrielle offers a simple, effective plan for staying healthy and happy amid the chaos of our daily lives"--Provided by publisher.

"Nutrition powerhouse and #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fast Metabolism Diet, Haylie Pomroy, creates a food-based, supercharged weight-loss plan for those who have hit a plateau and need to microrepair metabolic function. Readers choose which of the 3 plans and goals that suit them best--and lose up to 3 pounds in 3 days, 5 in 5, or 10 in 10"--Provided by publisher.

Featuring a natural detox that fights aging at the cellular level and proven blood pressure "busters," this powerful program will help you erase years with visible and measurable results. In just 10 weeks, you can:
  • Reverse the diseases of aging
  • Fortify and rejuvenate hair and skin
  • Revitalize and strengthen bones, muscles, and joints
  • Improve heart health and blood pressure
  • Lose weight, especially in the tummy
  • Look and feel younger, healthier, and slimmer!
Complete with 28 days of meal plans and over 75 delicious recipes, THE DASH DIET
YOUNGER YOU has everything you need to look and feel years younger!” (from inside jacket)

"In The Best Green Smoothies on the Planet, Tracy Russell shares healthful, down-to-earth recipes made with unprocessed whole foods. Focusing on the many positive effects of drinking green smoothies, including detox and cleansing, natural weight loss, and mood enhancement, Russell offers nutrients-rich recipes with flavorful, fun combinations such as:  Pineapple-Chai Smoothie with Ginger Chocolate-Peanut Butter Green Smoothie Pomegranate-Cherry Green Smoothie Orange-Goji Berry Green Smoothie  With 150 delicious green smoothie favorites (enough smoothies for five whole months!), The Best Green Smoothies on the Planet provides recipes that can accommodate and enhance any individual or family diet. Anybody who wants to access the incredible health benefits of green smoothies will enjoy these easy, accessible, and tasty recipes"--Provided by publisher.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Rosie Project

by Jamal Rice

If you are a fan of The Big Bang Theory and were interested in how a character similar to Dr. Sheldon Cooper might fare in a romantic comedy then congratulations!  We have a great choice for you!

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is about Dr. Don Tillman, a man who looks at life logically and dispassionately but has a good heart.  Don likes to cook, but cooks the same meals every week because he likes the routine and can easily grocery shop since he only uses those ingredients.  He keeps an itinerary for his day-to-day events down to the minute and thus is very agitated when appointments are even a few minutes late.  Don has a hard time recognizing social cues, so there are constant misunderstandings.  In his late 30's he has decided to put together a scientific project to find himself a wife, since all previous efforts in romance were at the whim of "feelings."

We've all seen characters like this in media, but rarely are they the protagonist in most popular things because they lack an every-man sensibility.  This is what makes this love story so refreshing.  You'll see him trying to connect with individuals, but not fully grasping it and it makes for some amazing moments and things you just don't see coming.

The Rosie Project was so well received that it has been optioned by Sony for a motion picture.  If you read it, let us know what you think!

The Rosie Project is also Rutherford County's One Book for this year.  Check out the One Book program here and here, and look for One Book red boxes at your local library and other county locations.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Garrett's Reading Year in Review

Name: Garrett C. Crowell

Favorite new author or series you tried this year: 
Favorite series would have to go to The Last Policeman series by Ben H. Winters. The first one of this series was actually our One Read book (last year? A couple of years ago?) and I just discovered it in the Spring. The last volume of the trilogy came out in the Fall of this year, and I was first in line for holds for it – the series never varies in quality or focus and the progression does not disappoint.

Best book you read in 2014 that was released in 2014: 
The Girl With All the Gifts, by M.R. Carey – seriously, can’t recommend it enough.

Best “back catalog” book you read in 2014:
(easily the hardest question on here) If the goal is specifically to draw attention to something that people wouldn’t perhaps otherwise read, I’m going with John Dies at the End, which hurt my brains in a good way.

Most surprising book you read this year: 
Moon Knight: From the Dead – Moon Knight’s always been kind of a tertiary character in the Marvel Universe at best; what’s being done in this storyline is brilliant, though.

Best book you didn’t think you would enjoy but did:
Sort of a toss-up: The Cure for Dreaming and In the Shadow of Blackbirds (both by Cat Winters) are both period pieces well outside my normal scope of interest, but I very much enjoyed both of them.

Most interesting character you met this year:
Harry August, from The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, or Christopher John Francis Boone, from TheCurious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Okay, so this is probably impossible, BUT… what was your favorite book overall in 2014?
Bah. Okay, so THIS is the hardest question on here. It’s either going to be The Girl With All the Gifts, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, or World of Trouble. I waffle inconclusively at you.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Jerome's Reading Year in Review

Favorite new author or series you tried this year:  
Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles (it was new to me, anyway...)

Best book you read in 2014 that was released in 2014:  
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (also the only book I read that was released in 2014)

Best “back catalog” book you read in 2014:  
Ready Player One (audio) by Ernest Cline, read by Wil Wheaton

Most surprising book you read this year:  

Best book you didn't think you would enjoy but did: 
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

Most interesting character you met this year:  
Ramona Flowers, from the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Okay, so this is probably impossible, BUT… what was your favorite book overall in 2014?

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Liz's Reading Year in Review

Name: Liz
Favorite new music artist I tried this year: Iggy Azalea

Best book I read that was released in 2014: Out of the Depths: An Unforgettable WWII Story of the Survival, Courage, and the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis by Edgar Harrell

Best "back catalog" book I read in 2014: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Most surprising book I read this year: Debbie: My Life by Debbie Reynolds

Best book I didn't think I would enjoy but did: Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews

Most interesting character I met this year: Louis Zamperini
Favorite book in 2014: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Brittney's 2014 Reading Year in Review

Favorite new author or series you tried this year:
I really liked Jenn McKinlay's library cozy mystery series, which begins with Books Can Be Deceiving. These books are fluffy and fun, and they provided a nice escape from stressful days.

Best book you read in 2014 that was released in 2014:
I read some excellent new releases that are all really different: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, Yes Please by Amy Poehler, and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty.

Best “back catalog” book you read in 2014:
I listened to Maya Angelou read her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings on audio, which was enlightening and powerful. I also explored Southern literature and discovered a love of William Gay (Twilight and The Long Home), Flannery O'Connor (Wise Blood), and Carson

McCullers (The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter).  

Most surprising book you read this year:

Either I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb or Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. One is a memoir about Malala's attempted assassination by the Taliban, and the other is a young adult historical fiction novel about the Baltic genocide during World War II. While I was aware of both events, these books took me deeper and painted astonishing portraits of struggle and strength.

Best book you didn’t think you would enjoy but did: The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer. Amanda is a pretty controversial figure whose music I love and whose career I've followed through ups and downs. However, I'm not an entirely uncritical fan, and I also wasn't sure that there would be much new information for me in her memoir that wasn't covered on her blog or in her TED talk. Despite my reservations, I really enjoyed reading her thoughts about art, the media, the criticisms she has received, and her personal life. 

Most interesting character you met this year:
Oh, definitely Melanie from The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey, which I listened to on audio. Listen or read to find out why she's so intriguing.

Okay, so this is probably impossible, BUT… what was your favorite book overall in 2014?
Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I started hiking as a hobby this summer, and Wild was a huge inspiration to me as I took my first steps. I think of Strayed's journey every time I set foot on a trail or daydream about completing a thru-hike of my own.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Carol's 2014 Reading Year in Review

Name: Carol Ghattas

Favorite new author or series you tried this year: 
Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden

Best book you read in 2014 that was released in 2014:  
Gray Mountain by John Grisham

Best “back catalog” book you read in 2014:
No Ordinary Men by Sifton and Stern

Most surprising book you read this year:  
Mary Poppins, She Wrote by Valerie Lawson

Best book you didn’t think you would enjoy but did:  
King Rules by Alveda King

Most interesting character you met this year: 
Mary Poppins

Okay, so this is probably impossible, BUT… what was your favorite book overall in 2014? 
The Good News about Marriage by Shaunti Feldhahn(NF); Gray Mountain (Fic)